Weekend Family Fun: State Fair, Grease, Buzzfest and More!

Happy weekend! Ready for some fun? We’ve rounded up plenty of family-friendly activities to get you out of the house and spending time together. Check ‘em out!

The New Jersey State Fair begins this Friday and will run through August 11 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds (37 Plains Road, Augusta). The fair will feature carnival rides, a demolition derby, monster truck show and more. The family area includes racing pigs, a petting zoo, pony rides, a bicycle stunt show, and a performing arts tent. For hours, ticketing prices, and a full schedule, visit the website.

The Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present its second and final weekend of Grease with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM. It’s 1959 and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. At the heart of the story is the romance between greaser Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. After a whirlwind summer romance, Danny and Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find love once more? With hit songs including “Greased Lightning,” “We Go Together,” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” experience the friendships, romances and adventures of high school pals in the 1950s and see why Grease is still one of the most popular musicals of all time! Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Buzzfest on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Have you ever wondered how honey goes from hive to jar? Come join our local beekeeper as he extracts honey from a real hive! You’ll even get a sample taste. We’ll have crafts, games, an observation hive and more. Learn about bees, their current challenges, and how we can help. Advanced registration and minimum number of participants are required. Register by calling 973.228.8776. This is an all-ages event. The cost is $5 per person ages 2 and up.

Westfield Garden State Plaza will host Mad Science & Crayola Wild World Camp events every Saturday through August 31st from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The events are free. A $10 VIP Package is available that includes a Make & Take art project, 1 complimentary AMC Theatres children ticket, and a LEGO toy and exclusive retailer offers. This week’s event is Spectacular Safari Show presented by Mad Science. Lions are majestic animals, and fearsome predators. It’s no wonder a group of them is called a “pride”! Let’s learn how to create our own lion sculptures, and design savannah habitat dioramas for them to live in. RSVP online.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Model T Day on Saturday at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Calling all car enthusiasts! Join in for an exciting day on the farm featuring restored Model T’s from near and far. Enjoy fascinating lectures, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and live music followed by a special car parade at 2:15 PM. Cost is $8 per adult, $7 per senior, $6 per child age 3-16, and free for children under 3.

Cooper Gristmill (66 Route24, Chester Twp) will host 1880s Music Day at Milltown on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy many of the folk tunes and dances that were popular in the 1880s – you may recognize more of them than you expect. Join live musicians in playing with limberjacks and singing along. Cost is a suggested donation of $3 per adult, $2 per senior, and $1 per child age 4-16.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp) will host Who Lives in the Stream? on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The stream is alive with aquatic insects. Search for these macroinvertebrates and learn about their interesting life cycles and habitats. Wear boots or water shoes and old clothes. Cost is $5 per person. This activity is for ages 7 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973-334-3130.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring The Pigeon HAS to on Saturday at 11:00 AM. This is part one of this Kick Off to Go to School! This is part two of the Kick Off to Kindergarten Series. Enjoy fun activities to prepare kids as they begin a new adventure. Also receive a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.

At 2:00 PM on Saturday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host The Tail of Emily Windsnap Event. Join in for a Fin-tastic Friendship Fest, including games and activities all about Emily, Shona, friendship and more!

On Saturday and Sunday (and the rest of the week too until October!), Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host a Family Photo Scavenger Hunt from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away.  Cost is $10 per family at the door.

On Sunday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Busy Bees: Who Goes Roar? This event is for and children 0-24 months old and their caregivers. A book will be read, and attendees will be invited to participate in activities featuring sensory growth for the little ones. Plus, get a free Starbucks tall coffee (hot or iced).

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Lots of Knots on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Learn to tie basic knots and start a macramé project. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

Also on Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp.) will host Horseradish: The Root of a Condiment from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Discover how this tangy root vegetable is processed and used as a condiment. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2-3, and free for children under 2.

The Rubin Museum (150 West 17th Street, NYC) will July Family Sundays: Spinning Spirals on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Just as a prayer wheel sends intentions into the world, this spiraling wind wheel will harness the air to sprinkle your thoughts, intentions, and reminder of what is important to you throughout your home. Discover more with The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel, an exhibition which explores the power of releasing your wishes into the world. Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art making and enjoy the 2:00 PM family exhibition tour. These events are free.

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