Weekend Family Fun: Dinos, Crafts, Movies and More

Happy weekend! This is it – the last weekend of August! Are you ready to squeeze the last drops of fun out of the summer? Let’s do it!

Field Station Dinosaurs is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Overpeck Park (3 Overpeck Park Driveway, Leonia). Now in their 10th season, the world-class family attraction combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists to create a one-of-a-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational, and fun. The Field Station is a wild scientific expedition where over 30 life-sized, moving, realistic dinosaurs come to life. Walk along wooded trails, check out life-sized dinosaurs and enjoy a full schedule of shows, games, and activities, all of which is included in your Day Pass admission. Tickets start at $17.75. Children under 2 are free. This week, on Friday night at 7:00 PM, they will host a special, one-night only event, Nighty Nighty Mighty T. A funny, sunset show featuring a sleepy T-Rex who just won’t go to bed! Our dinosaur babysitter enlists the help of everyone to help read bedtime stories, sing lullabies and count sheep. But will our bedtime rituals work before the T-Rex gets hungry? Come in your PJs and bring a pillow to the craziest pajama party of all time! Space is limited.

DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream Mall (1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford) will present Dive-In Movies on select Fridays in August and September. Guests are invited to swim or inner tube in the world’s largest indoor wave pool while watching a DreamWorks movie on a jumbo screen. Movie audio will play throughout the park, and all the record-breaking rides, slides and attractions will be open, so guests can splash and play while they watch. Movie-themed treats, Coca-Cola goodies, and swim accessories will be available. The series continues this Friday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm with a screening of the family favorite Shreck. Visit the website for ticket information.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. The theme for August is “I’m So Bored.” Looking for something to do on these lazy summer days? Grab a camera or phone and get the family outdoors! Take a photo of every item to win a prize! The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or fewer. Preregistration is required.

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.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morristown) will host Ice Cream Party on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Life is better with ice cream! Learn how ice cream was made the old fashioned way and get a chance to sample some. The cost of this activity is $10 per child. Preregistration is required.

Michaels (Riverfront Center, 348 Rt 3 W, Clifton) will host Sunday Makebreak from 2:00 Pm to 4:00 PM. This week’s craft is Watercolor Bookmarks. Are you an artsy avid reader? Want to make your own bookmark? Come in to your local Michaels and we will show you how to make this beautiful floral bookmark. No registration is required.

On Sunday, stop by the Sunday Farmers Market at Westfield Garden State Plaza (One Garden State Plaza, Paramus) between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. In addition to fresh farm produce, there are over 20 food vendors, food trucks, a car meetup, kids activities, and more. Catch Oceans Rock where you can see, touch, and learn about the wonders of the ocean, sharks, and more throughout this interactive experience. This event is free.

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. Extended through September 30, 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 that are closing soon. 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. Cost is the price of general admission, plus an additional fee. Visit the website for details.

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