Weekend Family Fun: Labor Day Events, Outdoor Fun and More

Labor Day Weekend is here! It’s the unofficial end of summer and the new school year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun! We’ve rounded up some things for the whole family to enjoy. Check ‘em out!

This weekend, Boonton Fire Department will host their annual Carnival at Boonton High School (306 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton). The carnival will be open on Friday from 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 PM to 11:59 PM. Enjoy rides, games, and more. Visit the website for a schedule of performers.

Field Station Dinosaurs is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Overpeck Park (3 Overpeck Park Driveway, Leonia). This week only, they will also be open on Monday. 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.

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 ends this Friday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm with a screening of the family favorite Madagascar. 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 September is “Seedy Business.” Sure, everyone thinks that spring is the time for planting seeds, but plants have it all figured out. Many plants drop seeds in the fall— this gives seeds the chance to get used to the cold of winter and gives both birds and mammals opportunity to cache seeds for winter.  It’s also the perfect time for people to look for seeds, too. 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 Buzzing Around the Farm on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Join the farmers and discuss the roles bee play with plants and a brief tutorial on beekeeping. This activity is included in the price of admission. Preregistration is not required. Also, Neighbor Day Saturday will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Farm is offering BOGO admission so you can visit the farm, make a craft, and paly old-fashioned games. You can also bring lunch and picnic at the tent onsite.

On Sunday, Scandinavian Fest will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Vasa Park (1 Vasa Drive, Hackettstown). ScanFest is an all-day celebration of Scandinavia at its best, where you’ll discover the customs, the history, and the ethnic variety of the six Nordic nations: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Entertainment includes performers, artisans, talks, and children’s activities. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under.

On Sunday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, stop by the Clifton Labor Day Weekend Food Truck, Art, and Music Festival at Clifton Municipal Complex behind City Hall (900 Clifton Avenue, Clifton). Admission is $5 per person, and children under 36 inches in height are free. Enjoy food trucks, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

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!

This is your last chance to see two special exhibits at Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City). 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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