Weekend Family Fun: State Fair, Waldo, Parade and More

Happy Independence Day Weekend! Who’s ready for some fun? We’ve rounded up some things to do the whole family can enjoy. Check ‘em out!

It wouldn’t be Independence Day without fireworks! Find out where you can catch them in this post.

Montclair will celebrate the 4th of July on Monday with a parade at 11:00 AM and a community Picnic at 1:00 PM at Edgemont Park. The parade will span Bloomfield Avenue, Midland Avenue, Watchung Avenue, and Valley Road, ending at Edgemont Park, were there will be food trucks, music, games, and activities. Read more about it in our article.

Beginning this weekend, kids can enjoy the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt in Watchung Plaza throughout July beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday. They can spend the morning or a couple hours a week during July searching for Waldo in over 20 businesses around the Plaza. Stop in to Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for a Passport and to find Waldo there, then check out the neighboring businesses. A Where’s Waldo Wrap Up Party will be announced at a later time.

State Fair Meadowlands continues at MetLife Stadium (1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford) through July 10. Enjoy rides, games, food, shows, and more. Catch the fireworks on Sunday and Monday at 10:00 PM. The fair will be open on Friday from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM, and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 2:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Visit the website for a schedule of events and ticket information.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will offer Free Saturday Tours this Saturday at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Tours begin at the Visitors Center. No reservations are required and tours are on a first come, first served basis.

Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) hosts Spark!Lab on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Spark!Lab offers any child (ages 5-12 years old and accompanied by an adult), a new informal approach to hands-on learning. Instead of following step-by-step instructions, young inventors will be empowered to problem-solve and overcome real-world obstacles. Spark!Lab offers many unique, project-specific stations, where inventors can engage directly with engineering and design challenges. There is also a newly created space with a train and exploration table filled with unique tools to help spark creativity, thinking, and learning for children ages 1-4). The cost is included in admission, which is $12 for adults, $8 for children 3-17, and free for children under 3. All summer through August 28, young inventors will be issued a free Spark!Lab passport during their summer visits to the lab. With each visit they will acquire a stamp and with six stamps they will complete the challenge and earn an exclusive prize. The first ten inventors who complete this challenge will receive the You Topia moving diorama makers kit (pictured above)! Other prizes include a Spark!Lab journal and more!

Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City) has several special exhibits. The Pigeon Comes to Jersey City celebrates the art and characters of beloved children’s book author and illustrator, Mo Willems. This young learner exhibition features best-friend duo Elephant and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon, the wily city bird best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! It will also continue to present Minecraft: The Exhibition. This is a 6,000-sq.-ft. multimedia experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, whether they play Minecraft or not. The exhibition features an immersive experience that includes blocky scenes and characters from the game. Both exhibits will be open will be open through September 5, 2022. Liberty Science Center is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. It will be open for special hours on Monday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM as well. Cost is the price of general admission, plus an additional fee. Visit the website for details.

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