If you’re struggling to keep the kids entertained every day, make the most of the heat without breaking the bank and keeping your daily activities fresh and exciting. We found some fun, free things that’ll end summer on a high note.
*Please note that the fairs and festivals below have free admission, but activities, food and rides are an additional fee.
Thursday, August 1
Ground control to Major Tom! The kids can learn what it takes to be a space traveler with Commander Beth, who’ll be recruiting members for the Library Space Academy at the Bound Brook Library. Registration required.
Thursday, August 1-Sunday, August 4
With live entertainment, games, contests, delicious seafood and a landlubber menu, this shoreside fest has something for everyone.
Saturday, August 3
Dress up as your favorite fairy and join the costume contest. Kids can hop on unicorn rides, make flower crowns and get their faces painted.
Saturday August 3, 10, 24
Each Saturday is a different themed craft and story, like the beach, ice cream and sharks. Kids have the chance to participate in a storytime, then get creative with their own craft following that week’s theme.
Monday, August 5-Sunday, August 11
Vendors, exhibits, carnival food, games and entertainment are available all week long; the whole family is sure to have a blast checking out activities and attractions, like the Axe Women Loggers of Maine and the Tallest Man in Middlesex.
Tuesday, August 6-Friday, August 9
If you’re a family of animal lovers, you’ll want to take a trip to the Salem County Fair to see English Horse shows and pig races or go on a pony ride. Be sure to check out some of the award-winning fruit, like the giant watermelons.
Saturday, August 10
Build cool sandcastles in the tournament, play games and participate in a kids fishing contest. Your family can stay until dusk to watch the sky light up with fireworks.
Saturday, August 17
This month’s all about reptile tales at the NJ State Museum! Little ones ages 6 months to 5 years will listen to a reading of What’s Next Door by Nicola O’Byrne, then visit the Crocs Rule! exhibit before heading to the STEAM center for hands-on activities. Registration required.
Sunday, August 18
It’s all about the 39th Annual Fire Muster and Fire Fighter’s Family Day at WheatonArts. Come for the firefighter competitions, a water barrel fight, bucket brigade and more than 80 antique fire trucks.
There’ll be food vendors, talented artists and crafters. The Hudson County Latino Foundation and Union City hosts this family street fair.
What better way to spend a Sunday than with farmers markets filled with fresh fruit and veggies, food trucks, live music and lots of fun family activities, sponsored by The Hudson Regional Hospital. You and your family even have the chance to adopt a pet.
Saturday, August 24
The Jersey Shore is always a popular spot in the summer and the activities are far from none. Join in with the Jazz and Blues music festival, which has more than just good music, food and games.
Kids and parents will love spending the day outdoors trying different ethnic foods, listening to live performers, going on pony rides and kayaking along the canal.
Sunday, August 25
Watch live entertainment, pet cute animals at the petting zoo, walk around and shop at the different vendors.
Nominal costs may apply
Bring your little ones to storytime at the Hoboken Historical Museum, where they’ll read and sing songs about city life. Two half-hour sessions are offered.
Bring your beach blanket or chair and get cozy on the beach at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk as you watch some of your favorite movies up on the big screen.
The dazzling 10-minute show lights up the whole boardwalk beach, so no matter where you are in Atlantic City, you won’t have to go far to see them.
Get up and boogie, people! Spend some quality family time making fun memories and sharing in lots of laughs.