With August winding down and schooldays not far behind, we’re soaking up summer as much as we can by getting out and about, socially distant, of course. Spend a day at Donaldson Farms picking the latest berries in season, sing along to all-time family faves and help raise money for charity at this MPAC Drive-In Concert, and reflect and calm your mind at Dean’s Market’s KYDS Mindful Mondays event in Ocean.
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Pick-Your-Own Raspberries at Donaldson Farms
August 12, 9AM – 5:30PM
Get your baskets together for a whole new berry crop that’s ready for picking— raspberries! Spend a day out on the farm picking this all-around favorite berry and taking pics of your littles.
Free entry, raspberries are $7.49 per pound
358 Allen Road
Gleaning at Circle Brook Farm
August 13, 9AM – 11AM
Head out to the farm this Thursday morning for some fresh air, exercise, and a volunteer sesh harvesting (aka “glean”) excess food. The fruits and veggies of your labor will be turned over to local food pantries to feed those in need. Kids are welcome, but adult supervision is required.
Circle Brook Farm
141 Brighton Rd.
Shark Week Magic Tree House Event on ZOOM
August 13, 11AM – 12PM
Calling all shark lovers! Join in on ZOOM from home to help celebrate Shark Week with an hour of fun facts, games, and even an opportunity to share with the rest of the group. You’ll be discussing things like how sharks use their noses and identifying other parts of their bodies, plus they’ll be reading Magic Tree House Shadow of the Shark by Mary Pope Osborne. Be sure to RSVP ahead of time.
Watch on ZOOM
NJPAC: Sounds of the City – DJ Beverly Bond with Special Guest Star Estelle – Virtual
August 13, 7 PM – 9 PM
Cozy up at home in the yard or in your living room for an evening family dance party, part of NJPAC’s Sounds of the City series, with Beverly Bond. As a DJ in high demand since the 1990s, Beverly has spun at parties for celebrities, including Prince, Jay-Z, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Alicia Keys. She’ll pull together a set of classic hip hop and R&B for her appearance at Sounds of the City.
Kites and Castles: Dragons and Fairies
August 13, 7 PM
Head out to the beach at dusk for this family fun weekly event. While you fly a kite, have the kids collect shells and stones and then get to work building a sandcastle with a fairy and dragon theme. Once you build your masterpiece, enter to win in their Grand Prize contest.
Philadelphia Ave Beach
Sing-a-Long With Elsa And Family Music Concert by Ron Albanese, aka Polka Dot
August 15, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bring the whole fam for this evening sing-a-long where you’ll have a plush turf square (fits up to 6 people), socially distant from everyone else. You’ll join Queen Elsa from Frozen and Ron Albanese, aka Polka Dot, a popular family entertainer around NJ, as they lead in musical tales. Order food to be delivered to your square and no need to worry about taking a bathroom break—the restrooms will be open.
Purchase tickets here
$60 per ticket for 6 people
Imagine That Museum
4 Vreeland Road
Flea Market at Scranberry Coop Vintage Store
August 16, 9 AM – 2 PM
Gather up the fam, grab some breakfast, and hit up this flea market for a morning of shopping around and checking out vintage finds to bring home. And of course, don’t forget your masks.
Scranberry Coop Vintage Store
42 Main Street/Route 206
Free Meditation: KYDS Mindful Mondays in Ocean
August 17, 6 PM – 7 PM
Bring the whole family over to Dean’s this Monday for this free evening meditation hour with Konscious Youth Development & Service as they guide you through a mindfulness and meditation practice and show you techniques to help develop self-awareness, manage your emotions, and find internal balance.
Dean’s Natural Food Market, Ocean Township
1119 Highway 35
Family Comedy Night at Surflight Theatre
August 17, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Get ready for a warm summer night full of laughs under the big tent as Taylor Mason brings his one-of-a-kind ventriloquist performance of comedy, music, and magic to the Surflight stage. And don’t be afraid to be a part of the laughs—audience participation is encouraged.
$12 per ticket
201 Engleside Avenue
MPAC Drive-In Concert Fundraiser Featuring The Weeklings – Beatles Bash
August 18, 6:30 PM
Pack up the car and the kids for a live concert under the stars to help raise money to benefit MPAC theater. The Weeklings will be performing a medley of The Beatles hits and family faves, bringing an authentic and fresh twist to the classic tunes. Each car will have a home space of 6 feet between each vehicle, and there’s plenty of room within it to spread out, so bring chairs and blankets. You’ll be able to grab a to-go meal from their concession stand, and restrooms will be available on site.
$100 per car for general parking, $125 per car for preferred parking
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Rd