13 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend


Hello summer, goodbye school year—now that schedules are easing up, there’s plenty of fun things to do with the fam to make the most of your free time. Hear the thundering engines of the high-speed boats at the Offshore Grand Prix in Point Pleasant Beach, see classic cars and pick fresh berries at the Car Show and Strawberry Festival at Ort Farms in Long Valley or take in the fresh aromas of lavender while walking alpacas during Music, Lavender, Alpacas, and More at Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Montgomery. And if you’re looking to fill your June calendar, take a peek at our 24 Free Things To Do In June.

Featured Photo Credit: @hiddenspringlavender

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RWJBarnabas Health: Cooking Classes for Kids
June 8-12 dates and times vary depending on the program.
Kids of all ages will love cooking up healthy treats in these virtual hands-on cooking classes (adult supervision required during class): Try Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen for kids 8-12, where they’ll learn to use a recipe, cook with nutritious ingredients, and utilize kitchen basics or try Taste Testers in Hannah’s Kitchen, and My First Cooking Class in Hannah’s Kitchen.
Cost: Free
(973) 926-7371

Offshore Grand Prix
June 11-13

Get those engines revved up— the whole family will be in awe of this high-speed boat race on the beach in Point Pleasant. Several events will take place during the weekend, and race day will be on June 13. Spectators can watch the race from the beach and the boardwalk.
Cost: Free
Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742 

The Third Annual Beach Haven Juried Art Walk 2021
June 12 from 10 AM-4 PM
Celebrate the arts and culture in Beach Haven and Long Beach Island this weekend with music and family events. Kids can do crafts, games, and more in the “Kiddie Zone” while you check out the local artists and their displays. And bring Fido too–there will be special doggy events and photo ops for your four-legged family member.
Cost: Free
Bay Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008

Reptile Highlight Walk
June 12 at 10 AM-11:30 AM

Learn about snake and turtle habitats while taking a 2-mile walk along the trails of Double Trouble State Park and the Double Trouble Village. Registration is required, and this event is open to all ages.
Cost: Free
Double Trouble State Park and Village
581 Pinewald Keswick Road, Bayville, NJ 08721
(732) 341-6662

VonThun Farms Strawberry Festival
June 12, 13 (Washington location) from 10 AM-5 PM

Pick fresh strawberries, have fun in the berry-themed activity area, take a hayride, let your littles get their faces painted, and hop on a pony ride. Special kid-friendly guests will be visiting during the weekend, and food will be available for purchase.
Cost: Prices vary depending on activities; admission to the field is $3
Washington Location- 438 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 07882
(732) 329-8656

Dairying at the Howell Living History Farm
June 12 from 10 AM-4 PM
Have you ever tasted old-fashioned ice cream? At Howell Living Farm, you can see the entire process, from milking the cow to collecting the milk and freezing it. Learn all about various cow breeds, milk and cream production, history, and more. Then visit the farmhouse to make cheese and butter before curing and tasting homemade ice cream. A children’s craft is available for a small fee.
Cost: Free, small fee for the craft

70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Twp., NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299

Summer Arts Fest 2021
June 12 from 12 PM-4 PM

Kick-off summer at this outdoor event, featuring art, music, food, and over 120 artisan and craft vendors. Dance along to live music (there will be two stages) and participate in community art projects at this lively fest, which also has prizes and other fun activities.
Cost: Free
Main Street, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Kamp For Kids Food Truck Festival
June 12 from 12 PM-6 PM

Head to the Cherry Hill Mall to support children with autism at this food truck event with a bunch of options like cheesesteaks, waffles, cupcakes, and more. Kids will love listening to the music, getting their faces painted, playing carnival games, and snapping selfies in the photo booth.
Cost: Free to enter, all other proceeds benefit children with autism
Parking Lot by Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
(856) 662-7440 ext. 7047

Car Show and Strawberry Festival at Ort Farms
June 13 from 9 AM-3 PM

See collectible, muscle, and antique cars, then PYO strawberries at Ort Farms. There will be pony rides, train rides, farm animals, and more for littles, plus food trucks too.
Cost: Admission is free, field entry admission for the strawberry patch
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853
(908) 876-3351

Music, Lavender, Alpacas, and More
June 13 at 10 AM
Kick off the month-long lavender season by heading to Hidden Spring Lavender Farm to take in the scent of blooming lavender, walk an alpaca, and enjoy live music. Let your littles get their faces painted, visit the alpaca photo booth, watch alpaca fiber demonstrations, all while listening to the sounds of Mark & Ralph Acoustic Duo. Food will be available to purchase too.
Cost: $20 each, purchase tickets in advance
Hidden Spring Lavender Farm 890 Route 601 Montgomery, NJ 08558
(609) 558-7034

Pier Village Family Fun Night
June 13 from 12 PM-8 PM
Every Sunday, Pier Village will be hosting a family fun day-to-night celebration with rock wall climbing, miniature golf, trampoline bungee jumping, rides, games, and more. Don’t miss the Pier Village Carousel, Family Fun Arcade, and Boardwalk Fun N’ Games.
Cost: Free, some costs for rides and games
1 Chelsea Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-0100

American Flag Day Ceremony
June 14 at 10 AM

Celebrate Flag Day at the Veteran’s Day Monument in North Wildwood. Join others for a ceremonial raising of the American Flag.
Cost: Free
Spruce and New York Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ
(609) 729-5832

Somerville Summer Stage
Every Saturday in June from 6 PM-9 PM

Bring your own chairs to this concert series, with a new performance every Saturday. Tyrone Stackhouse is expected to play on June 5, Sweet Fanny Adams on June 12, the Frost Kings on June 19, and Mail Order Bride on June 26.
Cost: Free
Division Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 524-0104

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About Author

Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.