STEVE HEPLER / Whippany Railway Museum Father’s Day Train Rides

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, so it’s time to plan something different to do. Take Dad to a festival or for some BBQ. Whether dad is active or prefers to relax, here are some fun ways to spend his day.

June 14

Daddy and Me Tea
The Mathis House, Toms River
The tea service includes homemade scones, miniature desserts and full pot of tea inside the beautiful Victorian mansion. Dads and kids will be making potted plants to take home.

June 14-16

Father’s Day DIY Workshop
MarketFair, Princeton
The drop-in workshop includes craft kits and photo moments dads and kids can make together. You’ll also get a coupon to Barnes & Noble, so you can take dad gift shopping afterward.

June 15-18

Tri-County Fair
Christ Church, Rockaway
Come out for heart-pounding rides such as the Polar Express or the Sky Hawk, classic rides like the Ferris Wheel, kiddie rides, games of chance, monster truck rides, pony rides, fun fair foods and much more. There will be family-friendly music, a fireworks show, an old time car show complete with ’50s music, monster truck rides, and the Extreme Illusions and Escapes of Josh Knotts. On Father’s Day, take a picture with Dad and the Batmobile.

June 16

Cookie Decorating
Marcia’s Munchies, Beachwood
During this Father’s Day-themed workshop you can make cookies especially for the father figure in your life.

June 16-18

Kymer’s Camping Resort Opening Weekend
Kymer’s Camping Resort Branchville
Plan a Father’s Day weekend mini vacay to 200 scenic acres in the Kittatinny Mountains. Whether you hike the Appalachian Trail, kayak on the lake or simply relax by the Olympic-size swimming pool, there is something for everyone to enjoy. If you don’t have your own camping gear, Kymer’s offers park models, cabins or new luxury tent rentals.

Sports Card & Collectibles Show
Moorestown Mall, Moorestown
Friday – Sunday
Teach the kids about sports history as you browse through collections of collectibles, novelties, autographed memorabilia, sports card releases and apparel.

June 17

Father’s Day Fishing Derby
Town Center Lake Gazebo, Robbinsville
Kids and dads of all ages can catch and release fish from the lake as they compete for prizes in different age categories.

Rock and Roll Playhouse
Wellmont Arts Plaza, Montclair
To celebrate Father’s Day, bring your kids (especially those 10 and younger) to listen to music by Grateful Dead for Kids and Dean & Co. There will also be games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out.

Frank Thomas Memorial Fluke Tournament
Bakers Marina on the Bay, Highlands
The third annual tournament is a Father’s Day tradition. You can fish by land, kayak or boat. You’ll get swag, a BBQ cookout and a fish weigh-in.

June 17-18

Asbury Park Bazaar
Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Celebrate Father’s Day Weekend at the Asbury Park Bazaar North 2 Shore Festival Pop-Up featuring makers, music and art. North To Shore Music & Arts Festival will bring together multiple venues and events across Asbury Park including concerts, comedians, movies, entertainment, surprise guests, special pop-ups, and more from June 14-18. Asbury Park Bazaar will feature shopping, food and libations, face painting for kids and vendors.

Celebrate Dad
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
There will be a variety of fun ways to treat Dad with the whole family. Saturday will offer free admission for live music and vineyard wagon tours. The cornhole tournament and country line dancing have additional fees. On Sunday, choose between brunch inside; or there will be free admission to The Grove with live music and more.

Camelbeach Opening Weekend
Camelback Resort, Poconos, PA
Camelbeach Outdoor Waterpark will celebrate its 25th anniversary with scavenger hunts, live entertainment, and the opening of the new Rival Racer waterslide.

Father’s Day Winery Weekend
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
The whole family can celebrate dad at the orchards, though only dads and moms can sample wine. Kids can visit the animals in the barnyard and play on the tractors. There will be music plus light fare. Take a walk on the farm trail and visit the farm store.

June 18

Father’s Day Hike & Craft
Plainsboro Preserve, Plainsboro
Spend time together outdoors as you join a free nature hike and craft with the important father figure in your life.

Father’s Day Family Woodland Hike
New Jersey Botanical Garden, Ringwood
This will be an easy, child-friendly hike in the garden’s woodlands, where you’ll learn a bit about the plants and animals around you in a hike designed to fit the group.

Coffee and Chrome Car Show
Shoppes at Dragon Village, Bridgeton
Aside from the merchant shops, the weekend will include a car show and coffee club. Plus, there will be craftsmen, artisans and food vendors, along with 4-H-hosted crafts, a basket raffle and train and/or trolley rides.

Father’s Day Fun
iPlay America, Freehold
Download a free Unlimited Ride Band and Dad will be treated to unlimited rides on Go-Karts, Freedom Rider, Reverse Time and more. You can also get $10 off when you book a Topgolf Swing Suite Bay in advance.

Father’s Day Train Rides
Whippany Railway Museum, Whippany
Step back in time and surprise Dad with a 45-minute, round-trip ride that travels the route of The Whippanong Trail, where General George Washington’s armies were in the winter of 1779. Then, go inside the museum to see all sorts of artifacts and railroad history.

Bob Hermes’ Father’s Day Fishing Derby
Boyd Pond, North Brunswick
Bring your family plus a chair, fishing pole and bait to catch and release fish from the ponds in honor of Father’s Day.

Brunch and Dinner Cruises 
Lincoln Harbor Marina, Weehawken
Celebrate fathers and father figures aboard a summer cruise. See the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and more at twilight on the dinner cruise or soak up the summer sun from an open-air deck at brunch.

Father’s Day at Casino Pier
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark, Seaside Heights
Dads can either ride free or enter the waterpark for free today.

Father’s Day at Jenkinson’s
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, Pt. Pleasant
Dads receive free admission if they bring a paying child. Go through the aquarium, fun house, mini golf, rides and Adventure Lookout.

Dads Ride For Free
American Dream, East Rutherford
Bring your favorite father figure to take a free ride on The Dream Wheel where he’ll get to take a joy ride high above the earth and see views of NJ and NYC.

Leonard Synder Memorial Father’s Day Fishing Derby
Nomahegan Park, Cranford
The pond will be stocked with bass and catfish, so bring a pole and you’ll get free bait and bobbers to see what you and the family can catch.

Father’s Day Luau
Bellview Winery, Landisville
Families can spend the day together enjoying live music, food trucks, and wine for the adults.

Father’s Day at The Track
Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport
You can sit down for Father’s Day brunch in the Dining Club, or pack a picnic to celebrate in the picnic area. All gentlemen receive free admission. After you eat, you can watch the live horse racing, plus there will be free Family Fun Day activities in the afternoon.

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