Weekend Family Fun: Movies, State Fair, Family Jazz Discovery Zone!

Happy weekend! Are you ready for some family-friendly fun? We’ve rounded up some events happening in and around the area. Check ’em out!

The New Jersey State Fair and Sussex County Farm and Horse Show begin this Saturday and run through August 14th at the Sussex County Fairground (37 Plains Road, Augusta). The event will feature live entertainment, horse shows, exhibits, carnival games, and rides. Food vendors will be on hand as well. A schedule of events is available on the website. Tickets are available for admission, special events, and rides. Details are on the website.

On Saturday, Montclair Jazz Fest will have an all-day block party at Lackawanna Plaza (downtown Montclair). From 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, enjoy music and entertainment. From 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, there will be a Family Jazz Discovery Zone, a special place where kids and their families can gather to play, improvise, create, make new friends, and of course, share a passion for jazz! Community partners for the family area include Montclair Library, YMCA of Montclair, and the Montclair Art Museum. Visit the website for more details.

Kick off the weekend with a viewing of The Croods: A New Age at Van Saun County Park (216 Forest Avenue, Paramus) on Friday evening. This free event begins at sunset or approximately 8:30 PM. The movie is rated PG. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Westfield Garden State Plaza (One Garden State Plaza, Paramus) will continue to host Dino Safari: A Drive Thru Adventure now through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Tickets are $49.95 per car up to 7 occupants. Grab a prehistoric passport and join over 40 giant moving dinosaurs on a globetrotting expedition at Dino Safari, a completely drive-thru dino adventure for the whole family. Get up-close-and-personal with the most fascinating prehistoric creatures from the mighty T. rex of North America to the giant amphibious Spinosaurus from Africa while you learn how dinosaurs evolved over time, where on earth they lived, and the discoveries paleontologists have made about how they ate, moved, and behaved. Beware: along the journey, earthquakes might erupt, dinosaurs could battle, and your family might just have to help save a baby dinosaur’s life! So, buckle up for the adventure of a lifetime in this completely COVID-safe experience!

Stony Hill Farms (15 North Road, Chester) will host the final weekend of its Sunflower Festival. Sunset in the Sunflowers will be held on Friday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Enjoy a beautiful setting photography, take a wagon ride to the cutting field to select some blooms to take home, then enjoy some homemade ice cream and fresh fruit. On Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the festival will feature a wagon ride into the fields, time for photos, live music, and vendors. Tickets for each day are $19.99-$42.99 with various options and add-ons.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held daily from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. The current theme runs throughout August, which is “Throw Some Shade.” Travel from shady spot to shady spot and hunt for the clues to how trees survive the heat of summer.  Find all the items and win a prize. The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Preregistration is required.

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

Montclair History Center will offer Family Fun: Architecture Walking Tour on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Column or pilaster? Herringbone or Flemish bond brick? On this Family Walking Tour, we’ll look for architectural details in the beautiful homes located on the streets near the Crane House & Historic YWCA. Teach your kids the language of architecture. Maybe you’re raising the next Mead, McKim, or White! All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration closes at 5:00 PM on Friday. The cost is $20 per family.

Buzzfest 2019


The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Buzzfest on Saturday in three sessions: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Have you ever wondered how honey goes from hive to jar? Join the local beekeeper and see a real hive. You’ll even get to sample a taste. Learn about bees, their current challenges, and how we can help. Take home a bee-themed craft. Advanced registration is required. The cost is $15 per participant and the event is suitable for all ages.

Bella Princess LLC (98 Broad Street, Bloomfield) will host Fun in the Island Sun on Saturday with sessions at 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 11:30 AM. Join an Island Princess for an interactive adventure full of story, song, and special surprises. Recount the exciting tale of her island adventure through dance, crafts, and lots of laughs. Who knows, you might even get the chance to meet and greet with a magical mermaid along the way! Tickets are $29.97.

On Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Wonders of the Wild for ages 6 to 12. Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing classroom! The Wonders of the Wild program offers students an opportunity to participate in supplementary science and nature-themed programs and projects that facilitate scientific literacy and life-long environmental stewardship. The theme for August 7th is Rocks and Minerals. This is a drop-off program, and the cost is $30.

On Saturday at 8:00 PM, Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will also offer Night Moves, guided evening tours of the zoo exhibits where you’ll learn about different animal senses and adaptations. Bring your own flashlight and wear appropriate footwear. Cost is $8 per person. Buy tickets online.

Family Ag Day with Hazelman Farms will visit The Wayne Museum (533 Berdan Avenue, Wayne) on Sunday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy activities, produce for sale, music, programs, museum tours, and a petting zoo. Register online.

This weekend, Demarest Farms (244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale) will host movie nights. On Saturday, catch Aquaman. Then, on Sunday, enjoy Happy Feet. All shows start at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $25 per car and must be purchased online.



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