Weekend Family Fun: Carnival, Virtual Play, Games and More

Happy June! There’s nice weather ahead, but there’s fun to be had whether the sun is shining or not. Ready to play? We’ve rounded up plenty of activities to enjoy out on the town or staying home. Check ’em out!

A new month means a new theme for the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp). Held daily from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. The theme is “June Bugs.” The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Preregistration is required.

The Newark Museum of Art will host Virtual Creative Play – Safari Time: Paint an Ostrich on Saturday at 10:00 AM. What animals live in your neighborhood? What animals live around the world? Explore the Museum and find some creatures that we are familiar with, or not! It’s a safari! The website provides a list of materials needed. This activity is recommended for children aged 3-5 years. Registration is required.

Laurelwood Arboretum (752 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne) will host Sculpture Trail Event on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy a free sneak peek of Laurelwood Arboretum’s Sculpture Trail through free guided tours with plenty of artistic insights of the currently installed sculptures in the arboretum. This is a family event and there will be family art activities. Small replicas of the artists sculptures will be available and there will also be a raffle.

Westfield Garden State Plaza (1 Garden State Plz, Paramus) will host the Paramus L.E.A.D. Carnival this weekend. The carnival will be open Friday from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, then Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The price of admission will include free entertainment and attractions. General admission tickets are $5.00. Day passes and ride tickets are also available.

Shooting Star Dance Center (403 Broad Street, Bloomfield) continues to offer Pop Up Classes on Saturdays 9:00 AM. This 30-minute class is for children ages 2-5. You must be preregistered. This cost is $10.

Bowlero (679 Washington Avenue, Belleville) will offer Spring Kids Fest 2021 on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. It’s your family’s favorite day to bowl, eat, and have fun! Enjoy a free hour of bowling plus shoe rental for all kids 15 and younger, free $5 arcade card, discounts on bowling for adults, and food deals.

Staying in but tired of the same old board games? Try Giant Jenga! This extra-large version of the classic game is easy to make and fun to play. Cut foam board to the appropriate size and wrap it with duct tape so it doesn’t fall apart. Follow the same rules as the regular sized game. When the whole thing topples, watch out for falling blocks!


Here’s a fun, all-ages game everyone can enjoy: Clothespin Tag. Give each player a set number of clothes pins to attach to their clothing. Each player then tries to take the clothespins off the other players while also trying to protect their own. If you lose all your pins, you’re out. The last player with clothespins wins. You can play this game in other ways as well, such as dividing into teams, playing clothespin freeze tag, or anything else you can come up with based on the ages and number of players. Kids can also decorate the clothespins prior to play for an extra layer of fun!


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