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Things To Do This Weekend, May 18-21

Enjoy the warm weather at events of all kinds, like cultural festivals, beach celebrations and food-filled block parties.


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Wednesday, May 17-Sunday, May 21

Carnival at Church of the Assumption in Emerson

Classic carnival booths, fare, games and treats await your crew at this weekend-long celebration.

Thursday, May 18

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Pete the Cat

This cool cat is stuck with the Biddle family after he’s caught partying after bedtime. As boring as they seem at first, Pete gets them rocking in no time. Your kids will love watching Pete bond with his new family at Englewood's Bergen PAC.

Pre-Summer Wine Tasting

What better way to ring in summer than by sipping a glass of perfectly-chilled Chardonnay down the shore? Relish in a wine tasting that features reds and whites from Robert Mondavi, Silver Oak and Rancho Alegre before getting messy with bites from Texas flavor masters Topshelp BBQ at the Wine Loft in Long Branch. If you’re not into the vino, there will be Briney Gold Shipwreck rum cocktails to savor.

Go Greek at Liberty Science Center

Play a Greek god at an epic after-hours party that takes you back to the times of Zeus and Athena with live music and dancing. Also not to be missed: an amazing laser show, and tons of food and drinks all set to a Grecian theme. 

Charlotte's Web

This sensory-friendly performance for special needs kids about a pig and spider at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank will enchant your little ones. 

Thursday, May 18-Sunday, May 21

St. George Greek Orthodox Church Festival

Chow down on Greek fare like sliced lamb, mousaka, spanakopita and more. Participate in raffles, shop and enjoy kids activities at this Piscataway affair. 

Friday, May 19

Photo courtesy of Parteaz

Mommy and Me Tea with a Princess

​She’ll be overjoyed munching on tea sandwiches, scones and sweets with special guest Disney princess, Ariel at Parteaz in East Hanover. Make a fun keepsake frame with her to takehome.

unWINEd 5K and 1/2 Mile Grape Juice Run

This Doylestown, PA run is perfect for families, set among gorgeous strawberry fields and apple orchards. There's also live music, inflatables for kids, yard games and more. Don't leave without a glass of vino.

Friday, May 19-Sunday 21

Jersey Shore Festival

Head to the boardwalk at Seaside Heights for free music and crafts. See the work of over 200 artists from around the globe.

Seafood Festival

Belmar is hosting a free festival celebrating fresh seafood. Get your fill of your favorite shore dishes, visit the beer and wine tend, shop at vendor booths, enjoy live music and take the kids to childrens' activities. 

Photo courtesy of Facebook event page
 

Big Top Circus at Crossroads Middle School

Monmouth Junction is hosting a big top celebration all your little clowns will adore. 

Saturday, May 20

Honey and Strawberry Fest

Life is sweet at this springy celebration at Trenton's Oasis Family Farm. Take home some raw honey and farm fresh strawberries, as well as baked goods like strawberry pie. Don’t head home without hopping aboard a wagon ride, or getting a look at the observation bee hive.

A Taste of Spring: The Bayshore's 1st Food Truck and Craft Beer Fest

Taste craft brews, new food, live music and more at this inaugural Keansburg event. 

Maifest

Numerous brewers are rolling through with tasty beers, which go perfectly with music and fresh food. Don't miss out on the Kinderplatz, where the kids can go for age-appropriate fun. 

Family Magic Show with NJ Magician Steve Woyce

Join the beloved Steve Woyce for his high-energy magic show, chock-full of comedy and family-friendly tricks at Brunswick Square Mall in East Brunswick. Enjoy arts and crafts between shows.

Photo courtesy of Facebook event page
 

SpringFling 2017​

Bring the whole crew out to Atco to browse vendors, shop for crafts, enjoy entertainment and munch on some delicious food. Rain date is May 21.

Bloomfield Center Block Party

See the streets transform into a food bazaar featuring music, dancing and more your crew will love. 

North Caldwell Partnership for Education Food Truck Festival

This festival is bigger and better than ever. Enjoy a DJ's tunes, raffles, monster inflatables and tons of tasty food. 

World War I Centennial Bazaar

Meet with President Woodrow Wilson himself at this history buff’s haven. Your crew learns about victory gardens, knitting, lace making and WWI-era dancing at The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus. There will be live musical performances, as well as food and artifacts.

Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife Fundraiser

Go wild at this annual charity that donates every single penny from the event to animal preservation at the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. And the night wouldn’t be complete without a few animal ambassadors to cap everything off.

Photo courtesy of Facebook event page
 

North Caldwell Partnership for Education Food Truck Festival

This major North Caldwell fundraiser has plenty for your crew to enjoy. Grab a bite at one of the many food trucks, hop along to one of the monster inflatables, dance along to a DJ and help the North Caldwell BOE.

Bergen County Earthfest

Leonia's Overpeck Park is the perfect spot to soak up the sun and celebrate Mother Earth. There are green vendors, live music, a beer garden and more for your crew. 

Eco Fun Fest

Little environmentalists will have a blast celebrating all things nature at Morristown's Unity Charter School. They can play eco-friendly games, meet reptiles and shop the wares of various vendors, including produce and home goods.

Beer, BBQ and Bacon Showdown

Head to Lewis Morris Park in Morristown for gourmet grub, food and beer competitions and live entertainment. This is a can't-miss for craft beer drinkers. 

Biscuit

Who doesn’t love the classic books about this small yellow puppy? Your littlest ones will love seeing Biscuit onstage at Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, too.

Photo courtesy of Facebook event page
 

The Fairy Pirate Festival

Budd Lake has faerie dancing, face painting, pony rides, a treasure hunt and more. Bonus? Admission is free!

Annual NJ State Chili and Salsa Cook Off

Bring your appetite for the chili-eating contest (there's a kids version!), then take the little ones on inflatable rides, get their faces painted and more.

Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21

40th Annual Bordentown Street Fair

Witness side streets completely transform with crafters, food vendors and festival activities. Go shopping at a boutique stand while the little ones are at the kids’ corner having fun.

Fine Arts and Crafts

Verona Park is transformed into a craft market featuring the work of 140 vendors and artisans. Come through for artwork, clothing, jewelry, food and lakeside views.

Sesame Street Live! Make A New Friend

Head to Boardwalk Hall in AC with your tiniest tikes to teach them a lesson about making friends with those different from them. 

MAYFEST

See the works over 100+ juried crafters before stopping at the international food court at Historic Smithville. Let the kids run wild at the many attractions and activities perfect for their age group, then soak in the sights and live entertainment.

Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival

Make your way to Pennsville for delicious vino, snacks and food with the little ones. 

Open Cockpit Weekend

Pilots-in-training will have a blast checking out the cabins of unique aircrafts such as a MASH helicopter (aka a Bell 47) and a Martin 202 airliner (the last one standing in the world!) at Teterboro's Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of NJ.

Sunday, May 21

Photo courtesy of Kenilworth Street Fair
 

Kenilworth Street Fair & Car Show

This celebration on Boulevard in Kenilworth is the local block party of the year. Check out more than 150 exhibitions, vendors and craftsmen while kids enjoy rides, ponies, a car show and tasty food.

Beauty and the Beast/Peter and the Wolf

​This MPAC show in Morristown is two one-act ballets performed by the New Jersey Ballet. These classic tales will captivate your little one. The first is about love turning a beast handsome, and the next a young boy who saves his animal companions from a wolf.

Touch-A-Truck

Warren Middle School is hosting this hands-on event for little ones who love specialty vehicles like firetrucks. There will also be games and food for kids. 

Hair of the Dog 5K and Chesterfest Wine Festival

Support our furry friends by running in this beneficial race in Robbinsville. Then chow down, drink and be merry. 

Ongoing

Peter and the Starcatcher

From May 12-June 11, you can see this prequel to the Peter Pan story we all know and love. It's said to be a grown-up prequel, but the production at Eagle Theatre in Hammonton is for all ages. 

Toy World! at the New Jersey State Museum

Rewind the clock at an annual event that spotlights the Garden State’s little-known history of toy-making. Kids get to check out over 100 toys that were made locally between 1800 and the 1960s—aka Jersey’s Golden Era of manufacturing. 

The Hunterdon Art Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of 37 local artists on a self-guided driving tour through the winding roads of Hunterdon County. Art enthusiasts can take in the best local work in all mediums—from paintings to ceramics to woodworking. 

Sketch Comedy Writing

Get all the laughs without going on stage at a workshop that teaches how to make short, can-barely-breathe-funny vignettes. Aspiring writers learn the mechanics of character development, heightened jokes and watch a breakdown of comedy sketches before coming up with their own versions. No experience required.

PHOTO COURTESY OF STUMPY'S HATCHET HOUSE
 

Axe-Throwing

Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Eatontown is housed in an enormous industrial park that feels like a hunting lodge, this is the place to go-to take out all your frustration on defenseless targets. Don’t forget your flannels and a six-pack of your favorite brew. Head here anytime this month.

Go Kid-Free at iPlay America

Parents get to let loose sans kids at this gigantic arcade anytime after 10 pm on Fridays. The 21-and-over crowd can play games, listen to music from DJ Class Kills and take advantage of a full-service grill and sports bar. Your ticket also includes spins on go-karts, a round of laser tag and an epic 4-D movie experience.

Fire Museum at the Newark Museum

Got a fire truck-obsessed kid? This high-tech exhibit gives kids the chance to climb aboard a real fire truck cab before getting their hands dirty in a demo where they try on all kinds of gear. There’s also a Hazard House (complete with special effects and interactive devices) that teaches visitors how to get out of a burning building safely.

Piranha Falls at the Adventure Aquarium

Get lost in the Amazon in this new display that features one of the rainforest’s scariest creatures: piranhas. Children learn all about this extreme climate in an interactive exhibit that’s chock-full of red-bellied piranhas making their way through circuits of waterfalls.

 

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