Who is ready for the weekend? It’s time for some family-friendly fun, and we’ve rounded up plenty of things to do in and around the area. Check ‘em out!
The New Jersey State Fair will be held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds (37 Plains Road, Augusta) beginning on Friday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM through Saturday, August 13. Activities include a lumberjack competition, demolition derby, monster truck show, truck and tractor pulls, a carnival, 4-H exhibits, an agricultural area, the Sussex County Horse Show, and more. Visit the website for a full schedule and ticketing information.
Westfield Garden State Plaza (One Garden State Plaza, Paramus) will present The Land of Luck Experiential Activation on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM. The Land of Luck is a free, choose-your-own-adventure experience that offers immersive games, photo opportunities and hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. Test your luck at the pop-a-shot or Kerplunk competition, customize a penny OR make your own slime as you venture between the mystical lands of Good Luck and Bad Luck.The Land of Luck is being held in celebration of “Luck” a new Apple original film by Skydance Animation which debuts on August 5 on Apple TV+. Be sure to stop by and test your luck, located on the first floor in front of Shopper’s Find department store.
Also this weekend, Stony Hill Farms (15 North Road, Chester) will continue to host their annual Sunflower Festival. Each festival ticket includes a wagon ride to the sunflower fields, time to take photos and enjoy the blooms, live music, and access to vendors. There are also options to cut your own flowers. Children can also enjoy trike rides, a barnyard board game, a Noah’s ark playground, and more. The hours for the festival are 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $20.99 – $45.99.
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 Hook, Line N Sinker on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Fish on! Anglers wanted at Fosterfields. Fish our farm pond using bamboo poles… then throw your catch of the day back in! All supplies included. Price includes admission to the farm. Cost is $7 per person, and this activity is suitable for all ages. Preregistration is required.
Montclair Public Library (50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host Summer Reading Finale on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Celebrate the closing of the Summer Reading Challenge. Bring a t-shirt, tote bag, or something else to personalize with tie-dye or fabric markers. Then take another spin of our Prize Wheel, eat a delicious paleta from Puras Paletas, and collect any outstanding prizes you have earned. No registration is required.
Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Family Nature Club on Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This event is called Invasive Species: Oh My! and is recommended for ages 6+. Invasive species: many of us have heard about the Spotted Lanternfly (see them, squish them), but what other invasive species are nearby? How did they all get here? What does it mean to be invasive? Enjoy a FNC hike to discover NJ’s invasive species and what steps we can take to reduce the risk of current and future threats. Meets at the Waterfront at the South Mountain Recreation Complex, across the parking lot from Turtle Back Zoo’s main entrance. Cost is $15 per person.
The Wayne Museum (533 Berdan Avenue, Wayne) will host Family Ag Day on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Enjoy music and activities by Bach to Rock. Lavene Gass will be leading yoga at 11:00 AM and meditation at 12:00 PM. The Van Riper-Hopper House will be open for tours, and there will be historic games for visitors to try out! Other activities and outreach by Lokai Rose, Mathnasium, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Kelly Education, and the Wayne Public Library will be available, as well as fiber arts demos. RSVP online.
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. Cost is the price of general admission, plus an additional fee. Visit the website for details.