Catch a pig race, hop on a ride or get your fill of fair food at State Fair Meadowlands in East Rutherford, watch the kiddos brush up on archery skills at Fantasy Faire in Millville, or spread your wings and celebrate summer at the Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards in Princeton. We’re into the swing of summer, mama, enjoy it!
Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do this weekend:
State Fair Meadowlands
June 20 – July 7
State Fair Meadowlands is a big dose of fair fun for the family, with all the amusement rides you can imagine, live shows and concerts, and of course, fave fair foods like funnel cake for.the.win! Your littles will love the illusionists and the Royal Racing Pigs (yes, that’s a thing).
1 MetLife Stadium Drive
East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: daily fair admission or Express Combo Voucher $32, Kids 34” and shorter are free
Project: EATS in Jersey City
June 22-23, 11AM-7PM
Jersey City is known for its great food scene and Project: EATS takes it to a whole new level. With kiddie pools to keep the littles cool, tons of food trucks, sweet treats, vegan options, a boozy bar for adults, picnic area, and a DJ pumping up the crowd, this fun fest on City Hall Plaza will be a hit for the whole family.
City Hall Plaza
Jersey City, NJ
June 22-23, 10AM-5PM
Step back in time with your family and have some medieval fun at Fantasy Faire. Meet fun characters, learn a little history and watch tournaments. You can catch live performances all day and experience the obstacle course, pirate games, scavenger hunt, and have the kids test out their archery skills.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
Cost: Wheaton Arts general admission
Wine & Chocolate Festival
June 22-23, 11AM-5PM
Head to Monmouth Park Racetrack for the sweetest days of summer. Enjoy a day at the races featuring samples and tastings from your favorite local wineries and chocolatiers. You’ll probably want to head to this festival on Sunday for Family Day, where you’ll find clowns, face painting, pony rides, and a bounce house.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Cost: $5, Kids 12 and under are free, Parking $5
The Wetlands Institute 50th Anniversary Celebration
June 22-23, 9:30AM-4:30PM
Your little nature lovers will be in their glory this weekend at The Wetlands Institute. Learn about conservation, visit the touch tanks, watch animal demonstrations and take in an interactive program to learn about New Jersey’s ecosystem. You and the littles will also love the local arts and crafts demonstrations, the food trucks, and live music.
The Wetlands Institute
Stone Harbor, NJ
Cape May Hops Festival
June 22, 10AM-6PM
Kick off summer in Cape May with blues, brews, and barbeque! This is an outdoor family-friendly festival held at the beautiful Emlen Physick Estate featuring local breweries, live music, food vendors with tasty BBQ favorites, a crafts and collectibles show, and kids activities.
Emlen Physick Estate
Cape May, NJ
Edison Family Day
June 22, 11AM-3PM
Edison Family Day features tons of games and fun for the kiddos including slides, rock climbing, and trampolines. Don’t miss the lifelike dinosaur exhibit! Enjoy yummy foods and time together with the fam, and check out the health fair while you’re there.
New Jersey Convention Center, 97 Sunfield Ave.
World Rainforest Day
June 22, 1PM-4PM
Teach the kids the importance of being kind to our planet with World Rainforest Day at Jenkinson’s Aquarium! Learn from nature specialists and check out all the aquarium has to offer. This educational event is a perfect lesson for the littles on how to all do our part toward conservation and ways to contribute to keeping our rainforests alive and well.
Point Pleasant, NJ
Cost: Adults $18, Kids $14, Under 2 are free
2nd Annual Wiener Dog Races
June 22, 6:45PM-9:30PM
This one’s for the dogs, and it will have your littles laughing and smiling for days! At these races, you can watch these tiny little dachshunds dash across the finish line for prizes. Watch 8 races then stick around to see your favorite weiner take all.
East Rutherford, NJ
Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards
June 23, 4PM-9PM
Watch summer light up at Terhune Orchards. Your littles can make their own wings and antenna at this fest celebrating one of the best parts of summer nights. Enjoy live music, participate in interactive workshops and learn to juggle, spin a plate, balance feathers, and walk a tight wire! Check out Pam’s Firefly Tent for grilled foods while you enjoy pony rides, wagon rides, and face painting all evening.
Cost: free, $5 for crafts