This weekend, watch dozens of sea creatures in the 5th Annual Promenade of Mermaids in Asbury Park, learn how to dance and eat like the Greeks at the Jersey Shore Greek Festival in Ocean, or celebrate the blueberry capital of the world at the Red, White, & Blueberry Festival in Hammonton. We’re soaking up summer, mamas, and there’s no shortage of options to have all.the.family.fun!
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Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do this weekend around New Jersey:
State Fair Meadowlands
June 28 – July 7
State Fair Meadowlands continues this weekend with a big dose of fair fun for the family. Ride all the amusement rides, take in the live shows and concerts, and of course, sample your fave fair foods. Your littles will love the illusionists and the Royal Racing Pigs (yes, that’s a thing).
East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: daily fair admission or Express Combo Voucher $32, Kids 34” and shorter are free
Jersey Shore Greek Festival
Get your fill of gyros, baklava and spanikopita while you enjoy some Greek culture with the family. The Jersey Shore Greek festival is a perfect chance to teach the littles something new about Greek culture while having fun with carnival games, rides, wonderful performances of Greek folk dancing, and all the delicious food and pastries you can imagine. Opa! 😍
Saint George Greek Orthodox Church Complex
1033 West Park Avenue
Cost: Adults $2, Kids 6 and under free
Sea Isle City Food Truck Invitational
June 28-30, 12PM-7PM
The 5th Annual Sea Isle City Food Truck Invitational returns with some of New Jersey’s food truck faves. Come hungry with the family to try out trucks of all kinds including Philly Fry, Dan’s Waffles, Marie’s Seafood, Cannoli World, Grilled Cheese Factory, The Empanada Sonata, and more. You can also check out the crafters and live music while you chow down at this family friendly event.
63rd St. at Landis Ave
Sea Isle City, NJ
Wall Township Fair
The Wall Township Fair is a sure-fire night of fun with the kids, who will love features like a performance by the “Kid’s Comedy Magician” Tom Durnin, a former contestant on America’s Got Talent. Listen to live local bands, watch the Wall Idol contest, enjoy amusement rides, and stick around for the fantastic fireworks display. Don’t miss the Hell on Wheels Stunt show, which features stunts and riders on BMX bikes, freestyle motocross, skateboards, inline skates, and street bikes. It’s sure to keep your crew on the edge of your seats!
1870 Baileys Corner Rd.
Cost: free admission, Ride nightly wristbands $30, Mega wristbands $65
Cape Express Beach Blast Sand Soccer Tournament at Morey’s Piers
June 29-30, 8AM-5PM
If you have some little soccer lovers in your clan, this awesome summer beach event is a must! It features 5 vs. 5 beach soccer for boys and girls U8-U18 and adults and it’s open to all. As a bonus, each youth team that registers will receive 10 Morey’s Piers Amusement + Water Park passes for admission to both Raging Waters and Ocean Oasis water parks, and all three of Morey’s Piers amusement piers. After you watch the soccer on the sand action, you’ll get 2 bonus days to enjoy rides and water parks on Monday and Friday.
Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks
Cost: youth teams w/ ride wristbands $830, adult teams w/out ride wristbands $450
Casino Pier Scavenger Hunt
June 28, 1PM-2PM
Calling all sleuths! Come on out to Casino Pier for boardwalk games, rides, pizza, funnel cakes, ice cream, and a scavenger hunt! Challenge the kiddos and see if their team can find all the items. Keep in mind, this event is for ages 15 and under only.
Seaside Heights, NJ
3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Festival
June 29, 12PM-4PM
Bring the pooch out for a stroll in Jersey City to celebrate the Dog Days of Summer Festival. Play dog-friendly games like Pawcasso painting, bobbing for tennis balls and Dig Dog, or relax in the Dog Oasis. Your littles will love meeting new furry friends as well seeing some adoptable dogs from See Spot Rescued and Second Chance Rescue NYC. Make sure to snap a cute photo in the doggy photo booth too!
Liberty Harbor Residences
Jersey City, NJ
5th Annual Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids
June 29, 2PM
Mystical creatures of the sea will take over in Asbury Park this weekend for the Promenade of Mermaids. Your kiddos will love seeing the colorful costumes and checking out more than 30 fabulous vendors selling mermaid art, jewelry, and other fun finds. Expect to see lots of mermaids, pirates, fish and other sea creatures roaming around town as you enjoy some family fun in the sun.
Asbury Park, NJ
Fanwood Summer Fan Jam
June 30, 11AM-7PM
The Fanwood Summer Fan Jam is a town favorite and keeps locals coming back each year. With a great lineup of live music (Bruce cover band The B Street band is among the acts!), a classic car show, and tons of delicacies to try out at the food trucks, this even has all the makings of a perfect summer outing with the family.
La Grande Park Pavilion
Red, White & Blueberry Festival
June 30, 10AM-4PM
Hammonton is the blueberry capital of the world and it is peak season to enjoy and celebrate this Jersey fresh fruit. Enjoy all things blueberry, in addition to yummy foods like butterfly fries, chicken strips, seafood, and coconut shrimp while you listen to live music from locals. Shop tons of local vendors and don’t forget to bring a pie home for later!
Old Forks Rd.