Happy summer, mamas—now that NJ is (mostly) open, we’re spending our days mixing it up with social distance outdoor activities and virtual ones, too. While there are always farmers’ markets and hiking trails to check out with the fam, there’s also a great lineup of fun events throughout New Jersey. Head out to pick the first crop of blueberries and smell fragrant lavender at Happy Day Farm, be wowed by an interactive mind-reading experience from your screen with Max Major: Remote Control with NJPAC, and drive in to see Maleficent Mistress of Evil on the big screen in Lambertville.
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U-Pick and Lavender Viewing at Happy Day Farm
Every day except Monday, 8 AM – 3 PM
Get out in the fresh air with your kiddos to pick the first crop of fresh blueberries and raspberries while maintaining social distance. Also be sure to wander through the relaxing, aromatic lavender fields, while sipping on fresh lemonade and shaved ices.
$3 per person, kids 1 and under are free. Cash only
Happy Day Farm
106 Iron Ore Road
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Mike Lee Family Facebook Live
June 24, 7 PM – 8:15 PM
Groove to the sounds of The New Brunswick Jazz Project during a live remote performance featuring the fantastic Lee Family. Be sure to pick up some dinner beforehand and set out the laptop to enjoy this jazz performance during dinner.
Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Dance Party
June 25, 2 PM – 2:30 PM
Take a break and log on to Nutley Library’s Facebook Live page for an energetic family dance party in your living room or backyard to kick off the summer season.
Watch on Facebook Live here
Kids and Family Virtual Yoga Class
June 26, 10 AM – 11 AM
Join Andrea Delmonico, an occupational therapist, for a live stream active hour of movement and yoga, designed for kids and adults. Her gentle approach will guide you and your kids through poses that foster a mind-body connection, all while having fun.
June 27, 1 PM – 2 PM
If your littles are missing those in-person performances, here’s how they can feel like they’re back: Join the Somerset County Library System for a virtual hour of discovering tricks, comedy, books, and more with magician and storyteller, Brian Richards.
The Imagination Express
June 26, 7 PM – 8 PM
Watch Steve the Magic Conductor perform tricks and magic as he kicks off a summer reading adventure, and delights kids through this Zoom show.
For ages 4-10
Max Major: Remote Control – A Mind Reading Experiment
June 26-28, 7 PM – 10 PM
Get ready for this incredible and unforgettable mind-reading experience that will leave you amazed, astonished, and no-doubt, thoroughly entertained with Max Major, who has appeared on the TODAY show and America’s Got Talent. During this virtual, interactive, hands-on experience hosted by NJPAC, your actions and thoughts will be predicted live on your screen through the powers of hypnosis and mentalism.
Buy tickets here
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Park-In Movie
June 27, 8 PM – 11 PM
Music Mountain Theatre has temporarily converted their parking lot into a drive-in movie spot, so pack up the car with some snacks and set out for a movie night beneath the stars.
$25 per car
Music Mountain Theatre
1483 Route 179
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Barnegat Summer Drive-In Movie: Frozen 2
June 27, 8:30 PM
Let it go and head to Barnegat Township Rec Center for a free drive-in of the sequel to this family favorite. Enjoy it on the big screen from the safety of your car and cozy up for a night of retro fun.
Barnegat Public Dock
427 E Bay Ave.
Barnegat, NJ 08005