22 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend


We’ve hit that summertime sweet spot where the living is easy, especially with plenty of family things to do this weekend. Enjoy 100+ of the best street food vendors from NY and NJ and live performances at Dream Food Fest in Rutherford, bring on the summer fun with musical acts, live entertainment, animal events, rides, and lots of food at the Ocean County Fair in Berkley Township, or learn all about bees and pollinators, and enjoy tours of the Butterfly House and a bug parade at the Butterfly Festival in National Park. (featured photo credit: istock/Gregory Clifford)

(Note: It’s always best to check ahead for in-person events)


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Open House – Five Star Swim School in Cherry Hill
July 15 at 2 PM
Join Five Star Swim School Cherry Hill for a FREE event with fun activities, refreshments, a Trial Class, and Open Swim. Reserve today your child’s spot for the FREE TRIAL CLASS and watch them make a splash!
Cost: Free
5 Esterbrook Ln, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Dream Food Fest
July 14 at 12 PM
Bring your appetite and join the feast with 100+ best street food vendors from NY and NJ. This festival also features DJs, live performances, and musicians.
Cost: $15 – $50
American Dream, 1 American Dream Way East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Bastille Day in Jersey City 2023
July 14 at 2 PM
It’s an afternoon filled with wine, food, and drinks. Plus, games for the kids, mimes, cancan dancers, and activities for all.
Cost: Free
French American Academy, 209 3rd Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Ocean County Fair
July 12-16
The Ocean County Fair will have musical acts, live entertainment, animal events, games, activities, rides, food, and vendors. On Sunday, don’t miss Cowboy Larry too.
Cost: $10, and parking is free.
Robert J. Miller Air Park, Route 530, Berkeley Township, NJ 08721

White Meadow Lake Festival Days
July 13 – 16 at 4:30 PM
Bring the family out to enjoy rides, music, food, drinks, entertainment, a magician, strolling performers, a psychic, a vendor marketplace, and more. The clubhouse “Gold Lounge Bar” is open to the public during the weekend festival. End the weekend with a display of fireworks in the area.
Cost: Admission is free
White Meadow Lake Country Club, 100 White Meadow Road White Meadow Lake, NJ 07866

New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and The Angela Blues Festival
July 14-16
Bring your crew to experience food vendors, crafters, unique displays, a BBQ competition, and a Blues Festival with something for everyone.
Cost: Free to enter most areas
Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260

Annual Children’s Picnic
July 15 at 10 AM
Head over to the West Point Island Bay Beach for a BBQ, activities, games, and face painting. 
Cost: Free
West Point Island Bay Beach, West Point Island, Lavallette, NJ 08735, USA

Family Fun Day 2023
July 15 at 11 AM
This event includes interactive activities and crafts for the whole family. The days include music and entertainment, a bounce house, Pizza Vita’s food truck, and more.
Cost: Free
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main Street Madison, NJ 07940 

Christmas in July Food Truck Festival
July 15 at 11 AM
Bring the kids to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and experience Christmas in July at Laurita Winery’s food truck festival. Listen to live music, sip wine, and check out the diverse and yummy food from the trucks.
Cost: $13
Laurita Winery, 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533

Family Fun Saturdays
July 15 at 11 AM
Bring the whole family out to make glass beads and jewelry. The event will also have games, food, and activities. 
Cost: Free
Harriet Tubman Square, 501-551 Broad Street Newark, NJ 07102

Butterfly Festival
July 15 at 12 PM
Bring the kids to learn all about Bees and Pollinators. Learn about the importance of both and how you can attract them to your yards. Enjoy tours of the Butterfly House, free classes, and a bug parade. The rain date is July 16.
Cost: Free
Red Bank Battlefield National Park, 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ 08063

Family Fun Day
July 15 at 12 PM
Join this family fun day at Lake Musconetcong Park. There will be games, prizes, music, food, and more. The rain date is July 16.
Cost: Free
46 Musconetcong Ave, Stanhope, NJ 07874

Kamp for Kids Food Truck Festival
July 15 at 12 PM
Show your support and enjoy delicious food, vendors, music, and more at Kamp for Kids Food Truck Festival. Proceeds benefit children with autism.
Cost: Free
Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 NJ-38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Free Family Fun Day at the Beach
July 15 at 12 PM
Take the whole family out to enjoy a free afternoon of fun on the beach. This event includes surf lessons, beach volleyball, snacks, live music, a beach scavenger hunt, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Cost: Free
8th Ave or Deal Lake Drive, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

5th Annual Franklin Food Truck and Music Fest
July 15 at 12 PM
Bring your crew for family fun activities, including inflatable rides, face painters, local craft vendors, and live music from Naughty Humphry and The Big Fuss.
Cost: Admission will be $6 for everyone over 5. Tickets are $5 in advance (plus service charge)
500 Elizabeth Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873

Croquet & Ice Cream Social at Liberty Hall
July 15 at 1 PM
Head to Liberty Hall for their first-ever Croquet and Ice Cream Social Day.
Cost: $6 – $12
Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083

Sourland Mountain Festival
July 15 at 3 PM
Bring the family out for a day of outdoor fun. You’ll experience the natural beauty of the Sourland Mountain region while enjoying live music all day, local food and drinks, and activities of interest for all ages.
Cost: $15 – $125
Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road East Amwell Township, NJ 08551

Moo-sic on the Farm
July 15 at 4:30 PM
Bring a blanket and enjoy some Moo-sic on the farm. This event will feature an evening concert by Arts International String Orchestra, playing a beautiful range of music.
Cost: $5
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

Harvey Cedars Arts Festival
July 16 at 10 AM

Gather your crew for the annual Harvey Cedars Arts Festival. Peruse the artists and makers displaying their works of mixed media, photography, and fine crafts.
Cost: Free
Harvey Cedars Sunset Park, 1 West Salem Ave., Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008

I Paddle Camden
July 16 at 11:30 AM
Join this paddle excursion, for all levels, on the back channel of the Cooper River and Delaware River. Experienced River Guides and Aquatic Sciences Fellows will guide small groups of paddlers of all ages and comfort levels on a canoe or kayak excursion from Pyne Poynt Park in North Camden. Kids and pets are welcome.
Cost: Free
Pyne Poynt Park, 7th and Erie Streets, Camden, NJ 08102

Old-Fashioned Fun & Games at Historic Walnford
July 16 at 1 PM
Play a variety of historically themed games to delight and challenge the whole family at Historic Walnford.

Summer Festival at Safe Haven Farm
July 16 at 4 PM
Support rescue animals and mental health programs at Safe Haven Farm. This event will feature live music, food trucks, beer/wine, vendors, a basket raffle, and more.
Cost: $12
Safe Haven at Keneva Farms,1657 Commissioners Road South Harrison, NJ 08062

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Venessa is a first-time mom to a baby boy and a writer who loves to document her journey through journaling scrapbooking, and make-shift baby photoshoots. Before writing for NJMOM, she worked passionately as an English language arts teacher for over seven years. At NJMOM, she's searching for the best places to have fun with her family in New Jersey and loves giving other moms the scoop on what's happening in the Garden State. When she’s not writing or reading literary fiction, she enjoys vacationing with her family, jogging, and cooking up new recipes.