For those who like a good fright before Halloween night, check out some of New Jersey's best haunted establishments. There are plenty of night-time haunts to please the older kids, some creepy walking tours to see an entire (possibly) haunted town, a scaredy-cat amusement park and even a few scare-free zones where kids can just trick or treat. And for more creepy/fun choices, check out our NJ Halloween Guide.
The humidity has dropped, high temps are just reaching the low 70s and the official start of fall is around the corner. Enjoy this sweet spot of the year before it gets too chilly with an outdoor activity: pick some juicy ripe apples during Fall Family Fun Days at Alstede Farms, sample schnitzel and listen to authentic German music at the Crystal Springs Oktoberfest or take the kiddos out to a minor league ballgame at TD Bank Ball Park. For more fresh air fun, check out the NJ Storytelling Festival at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture or take a Migration Walk at Stony Brook-Millstone Reserve. And remember, you can check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
Is that a chill in the air? The bright, sunny days of summer will slowly be giving way to shorter, cooler days as we near fall. This can be a beautiful time of year to explore the outdoors and spend some quality family time together. So pull on those sweaters and check out all that Jersey has to offer this weekend like the much loved Apple Day at Terhune Orchards, a cozy Fall Crafters’ Market at Allaire Village or the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with live music at Boyd Park. And for one last summer hurrah, head down to Atlantic City for their huge seafood festival! And remember, you can check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
The start of September can feel like a whirlwind of school, classes and adjusting to new schedules, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. The weather is still warm, so why not take a break and see what Jersey has in store for this weekend? The month is full of great festivals so check out the Asbury Park Oysterfest down the shore, stuff yourself silly with moussaka at St. Demetrios Greek Festival or learn about butterflies at Pyramid Mountain’s Monarch Festival. You can also get muddy with a Pond Study class at Liberty State Park, take your pooch to the canine friendly end-of-season event at Morey’s Pier Water Park or celebrate the High Holidays early with the family as you taste apples and hear the Shofar at Liberty Science Center. And remember, you can check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
The unofficial last weekend of summer is here, Jersey, and it’s time to enjoy one final carefree family outing before diving into school, schedules and busy September. If you've decided to stick around town, there's some great events to keep the whole gang happy! Check out the last weekend of the awesome Lightning Show at Liberty Science Center, bring the kiddos to see the NJ State Museum's new exhibit Wonderful World's Fair or take a guided tour and have a picnic at the Botanical Gardens. If you're spending one last weekend down the shore and need a little break from the heat, book your tickets to see the kid-friendly Beauty & the Beast, Jr. at Surflight Theatre. Also, you can check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar and don't miss our Summer of Play Guide with 100s of ideas for a fun, playful, and tech-free summer!
September may be just around the corner, but we still have a few summer weekends left to squeeze in warm weather outings! Don’t let the month of August go by without checking out one of the great festivals in NJ, like the Canal Day Music & Craft Festival or the Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival. Duck indoors for a few hours and take in a production of the kid-friendly musical Willy Wonka Jr. at the Surflight Theatre or soak up all you can of the great outdoors with Bats for Beginners at Tenafly Nature Center or a Guided Hike at the NJ Botanical Gardens. Also, you can check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar and don't miss our Summer of Play Guide with 100s of ideas for a fun, playful, and tech-free summer!
When my girls were toddlers, I put a lot of time and energy into coming up with fun activities to keep them (and me) busy. And I soon discovered how many wonderful places and events New Jersey has to offer little ones. Now that my kids are entering kindergarten, the days of mommy-and-me classes, story times and playgrounds will be replaced by soccer games, dance lessons and homework. Take advantage of these great opportunities throughout New Jersey while your preschoolers are young enough to appreciate them. For more cant-miss Garden State destinations, check out 100 Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up.
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