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.
Summer days are dwindling and although we may be preoccupied getting the kiddos ready for a new school year, there’s no reason not to take advantage of these last few August weekends. For big family fun, get your tickets to ride the Dinosaur Train at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions or jam out at the Kid’s Rock Weekend at the New Jersey State Theatre. You can also get those minds back into learning mode with a story time & craft at the NJ State Museum, the For Goodness Snakes outdoor adventure at Tenafly Nature Center or the historic Antique Auto Show at Allaire Village. 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!
Are the dog days of August starting to wear you down? As much I love summery outdoor fun, there are days when I need a break from chasing sweaty kids, globbing on lotion and cleaning sand from the car. If you need an escape from the August heat or rain, chill out indoors at these fun, air-conditioned events and activities. If your budget’s tight after camp and summer vacation, don’t sweat it. Everything on this list is free! And for more ideas to finish off the summer, check out the New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
No fancy vacations planned for this month? Not to worry, we've got you covered! New Jersey offers tons of great options for family outings close to home, whether you're looking for a beach adventure or want to visit a local farm or museum. Skip all the hassles involved with packing, crowded airports and sleepless hotel stays…your family can get their fill of summer fun right here at home in New Jersey. (And save you some money too.) Read on for our top 25 Staycation Ideas, and visit the Mommy Poppins NJ Summer Activity Guide for additional suggestions.
Before we know it, the leaves will be changing colors and school schedules will consume our days. So round up the troops during these warm and carefree weekends in August and have some summer fun! Get outdoors (and maybe get a little dirty!) as you learn about amphibians at Poricy Park’s Frog Fest, roll up your sleeves for some planting and weeding during Garden Time at Liberty State Park or sign up for S’mores Galore campfire and sing-a-long at Tenafly Nature Center. August in Jersey is also brimming with family-friendly festivals like the Peach, Pirate & Princess Festival at Camden Children’s Garden, Butterfly Festival at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association or Salt Water Day at the Laurence Harbor. 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!
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