One thing’s for sure: if you live in the garden state, Labor Day weekend is shaping up to be a great one. Fly high with museum tours and historic aircrafts at Airfest in Rio Grande, watch paper boat races with the Frenchtown Vikings at Frenchtown Riverfest in Frenchtown or feast on Danish apple cakes galore at the Scandinavian Fest in Hackettstown.
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Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do this weekend around New Jersey:
August 30 – September 2
Soar over to Cape May Airport for a day that will make you and the littles want to fly (literally). Airfest returns to the U.S. Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum this year with museum tours, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, historic aircraft and bombers on display—with bomber flights too. A bonus? Admission is free for members of the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum.
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ
Cost: Adults $16, Kids 3-12 $12, Kids aged 2 and under are free
Admission is free for members of the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
Bradley Beach Labor Day Lobsterfest
August 31 – September 1
Did somebody say lobster?! This free event features six bands and DJ’s playing your favorite songs, over 180 craft and specialty vendors, all the food (and seafood) you can imagine. As far as kid’s activities go, there’ll be water slide, rides, face painting and sand art. Bonus: the event is oceanfront, so you and the family can dig your toes into the sand at the end of this fun event.
500 Ocean Avenue
Bradley Beach, NJ
BBQ & Craft Beer Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack
August 31 – September 2
Mamas, you can’t go wrong with a good BBQ dish and a nice cold beer to wash it down. Test out the state’s best pulled pork, brisket and ribs and enjoy a beer in the Craft Beer Garden, which features over 40 craft beers to try. There’s plenty of fun for the kids too, like bounce houses, face painting and clowns. Listen to live music while you pile up napkins, too…you’ll definitely need them.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Cost: $5, Kids aged 12 and under free, Parking $5
Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival
Celebrate the youth in your life, as well as those in your favorite community, at the Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival. The Just Be You Festival is a celebration of all things performing arts, including film, theater, music, dance, fashion and comedy. The festival features engaging entertainment, education, live music and tons of fun for every family member’s age.
Rutgers University Paul Robeson Campus Center Dance Theater
Cost: Adults $12, Students/Seniors $10
4th Annual Brigantine Art Walk
August 31, 10 AM – 5 PM
The annual Brigantine Art Walk will have all the littles’ faces smiling, all while inspiring their creativity. There will be 38 artists at the event to display and sell their artwork with so many stimulating colors, shapes, designs and techniques that kids will love to gaze at.
26th Street Baseball field
September 1, 12 PM – 7 PM
Riverfest is back with a fun-filled day of friends, family, food, music, art and paper boat races with the Frenchtown Vikings. As the summer comes to an end, this is the perfect way to enjoy family-friendly activities that are truly unique to Frenchtown.
Make your way to rustic Vasa Park for a festival that celebrates all things Scandinavian. Chow down on Swedish meatballs, Danish apple cakes or old-fashioned soda pop while you watch live performances of folk-dancing, singing, medieval battles and cultural presentations about the Nordic region. Have any traditional folk costumes? Wear it and your admission is free.
NJ Vasa Park
Cost: $11 in advance
At gate: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Kids aged 12 and under free
September 1, 9 AM – 8 PM
Pompton Day at Pompton Lakes is finally here, and will feature live bands, DJs, food trucks, face painting, balloon animals, craft vendors, a dunk tank, a bounce house and plenty of more. Your family will not want to miss out on the epic activities—and beautiful scenery—offered at this great event.
Pompton Lakes, NJ
The Filipino American Festival
September 1, 10 AM – 8 PM
Ready to celebrate, integrate and promote cultural diversity? The Filipino American Festival will educate your family about Filipino Americans for the day, and preserve their heritage through music, food, customs and traditions. Enjoy the presentation of traditional costumes at the fest’s fashion show or hang out in the beer garden while you eat traditional Filipino delicacies.
New Overpeck Bergen County Park
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Riverdale’s Annual Labor Day Street Fair
September 2, 10 AM – 5 PM
The weekend isn’t over yet, so be sure to celebrate Labor Day at Riverdale’s Annual Labor Day Street Fair that features live music and entertainment, an awesome food court, shopping, arts and crafts, carnival games, kiddie rides, bounce houses, face painting and more.
91 Newark Pompton Tpke