Say hello to summer and kick off your weekend with a trip to a strawberry festival in Chester or Washington, or celebrate the environment while working on hands-on activities at an Eco-Fair in Rumson or an Earth Fair in Eastampton. For more fun this weekend, be sure to check out our complete list of fairs and festivals.
Got a bunch of five-and-unders to entertain? We’ve got perfect activities that cater just to them, plus free events for those on a budget. If you’re looking for great events in your neighborhood, check out our calendar for tons more.
Travel back in time at the Historic Speedwell, where reenactors from the Second New Jersey Brigade will show you how soldiers went about their days from musket, artillery and bayonet drills to cannon firings and skirmishes.
$7/adults, $5/ages 4-16, free/ages 4 and under
Opa! Stop by St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church for live Greek music, folk dancing, kids activities and indulge in traditional homemade Greek food (think souvlaki and pastries), plus taste some spirits.
$2/adults, free/ages 12 and under
Come out for entertainment (like a strolling piano), games of chance, 25 amusement rides and tons of food to fill up on. Don’t forget to visit the free world famous motodrome exhibit, too.
It’s time to party! Bop around to live music, hop on all the rides and try your luck at each of the games. Then, stuff your faces with yummy fare and peruse vendors’ wares.
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This three-day carnival is all about family-friendly rides for lil’ thrill seekers, plus wheels of chance, games of skill and opportunities to win prizes. There’ll also be an hourly and super-sized 50/50 and good eats like funnel cakes, zeppoles and ice cream.
It’s all about strawberries at Alstede Farms! Whether you like them best in shortcake or right off the stem, you and the kids can get your red berry fix all weekend (and next!). Pick some beauties, then a panoramic photo of the orchards and fields while riding in a wagon. There’ll also be children’s activities to keep your lil’ ones entertained.
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Did someone say hay rides? The kids can expel all that pent-up summer energy riding pedal karts, mini golfing, playing barnyard basketball and meeting farm animals. Don’t forget to pick some strawberries before you leave.
$12.99, $5/picking pass
FRIDAY (JUNE 7)
The kids can marvel at Steve Woyce’s magic show at the Rutherford Public Library, where he’ll ask for volunteers to help him make moon rocks appear and perform other magical surprises at this comedic space-themed show.
You don’t need to find the Yellow Brick Road to travel to Oz. Head to Kip’s Castle for a screening of The Wizard of Oz, which’ll teach the kids relevant lessons about friendship, courage and adventure.
SATURDAY (JUNE 8)
Step between the pages of a storybook and sing, dance and whistle through this interactive adventure at Elysian Park.
Remember waking up early every weekend to watch cartoons? Introduce your kids to the Looney Tunes gang—Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester and Daffy Duck—at the Hopewell Theater’s screening of these comedic classics.
Start your morning by searching for treasures amongst vendor booths, then hit the free kayak rentals on Beach Ave. Take a peek at the shark tournament weigh in after the pirate parade, which’ll have a pinata and other activities in the nature center. Snack on free cake and be sure to check out the NJ State Park Police K9 demos.
If you’re looking for hands-on activities that’ll educate the kids, this eco-fest has it all: river seining (catching fish), face painting, yoga, crafts, ribbon dancing, live music and more. Your mini marine biologists can get their environmental passports stamped when they visit different activity stations, which cover topics ranging sail trimming to rain gardens and storytime. Registration requested.
Pack the car with your lawn chairs, blankets and hungry kids—there’ll be 20 food trucks for the fam to pick from, plus a beer and sangria bar. Hit the kids activities, listen to live music from local bands, then stick around for fireworks at 9 pm.
$5/admission, free/ages 10 and under
Gather the whole family for live music, dancing, performances and fun for the kids that includes kids rides, a game trailer, petting zoo, martial arts exhibits, arts and crafts and more—including plenty of food!
Dress the kids in their superhero best to nab a free arcade card (only for the first 300 kids wearing a costume or shirt). Cosplayers from Wizard World will also be in attendance, posing for photo ops and interacting with your little ones.
Included with admission
Do you have four-wheeled fanatics at home? Head to MetLife Stadium to see monster trucks like Grave Digger, Zombie and El Toro Loco perform tricks and compete against one another.
SUNDAY (JUNE 9)
The kids can meet the Fairy Queen and her Fairy Godmothers, plus get in on activities with knights and princesses. Parents can shop for clothing, jewelry, stones, oils, candles or join kiddos listening to fairy musicians. There’ll also be vegan and gluten-free food options available.
With 20 food trucks, a beer and sangria garden, kids activities and vendors, what’s not to love? Bring your four-legged friends, lawn chairs and blankets for the perfect picnic at the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton.
$5/adults, free/ages 10 and under
Hit Historic Smithville Park for kids activities that’ll also teach them about the environment. From trash sculpting to paper making, environmental vaudeville to face painting, there’s plenty to keep them educated and entertained, like the art exhibits in the Worker’s House & Gallery. There’ll also be green vendors, artists and crafters, plus performances with an earth-friendly theme.
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Your younger crew will love the Kids Traveling Shindig, where they can hop on mechanical kiddie and pony rides, visit the petting zoo, reach new heights on the climbing wall, get their faces painted, visit with clowns and more. There’ll also be a food truck court with foods like gourmet grilled cheese, sweet potato fries, gyros and more. Parents can hit the exhibitors’ booths, listen to live entertainment or just pop down in a lawn chair while watching the dance and karate demos with the little ones.
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