10 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Week


School is just around the corner, but summer fun doesn’t have to end. Enjoy a night of food, good times, and games at the Outdoor Food and Music Fest in Paramus, see a magic show at the Imagine That Museum in Florham Park or spend a Friday night feasting on farm-to-table food and listening to live sounds at Donaldson Farms in Hackettstown.

featured image via Imagine That Museum

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Starlight Drive-In Family Movie Night: The Goonies
August 26, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM 
Pack up blankets and snacks, then head out for a family-bonding night watching this eighties classic from your car underneath the stars.
$5 donation/registration per car
Register here

Freehold Raceway Parking Lot (between Manalapan Ave and Park Ave)

Sleeping Beauty Live at Surflight Theatre
August 26-29, 6 PM – 7 PM 
Catch this storybook classic performed live under a tent on the outdoor stage by the amazing cast at Surflight Theatre. Your littles will love seeing the actors put on this magical performance in person right in front of their eyes.
$12 per ticket
Surflight Theatre
201 Eagleside Ave
Beach Haven 

The Music Man Ice Cream Musical 
August 26-31, 5 PM – 9 PM 

Are you missing going to a show? Get your fix at one of these family-friendly, vaudeville-style Broadway Cabaret nights. Make a reservation on the patio, and sing along with the performers, who’ll be incorporating guests into the show for a jolly night of music and ice cream.
Reservations required
The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe
2305 Grand Central Avenue

Outdoor Food and Music Fest at Westfield Garden State Plaza
August 27, 6 PM – 9:30 PM 
Take the family out for a lively (and socially distanced) night of food trucks and vendors, music, mini golf, hatchet tossing, corn hole, fair games, and more. And if you can sneak away to sample a new brew, Ghost Hawks Brewery & Wine will be there, too.
$7 per adult, $5 for ages 4-12, kids 3 and under are free
Westfield Garden State Plaza
Parking lot across Ring Road from AMC Theater

Friday Nights at Donaldson Farms
August 28, 5 PM – 9 PM
The farm is the place to be on Fridays—head out for family fun outdoors. You’ll have a ball admiring the sunset while eating the most delicious, farm to table meals by James Off Main and enjoying live Blues music by The Trevor B. Power Band.
$10 per person 15 years and older, 14 years and under are free
358 Allen Road

The Newark Museum of Art Jazz Sessions: An Evening with Sheila Anderson
August 28, 7 PM – 7:30 PM 

Catch this beautiful performance from your laptop with host, Sheila Anderson. She will welcome Mimi Jones and Luis Perdomo for this live virtual jazz performance you won’t want to miss.
Pay as you can 
Register here
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Outdoor Magic Show Followed by Dancing With Spiderman and Peppa Pig
August 28 and 29, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Find your turf (square) at the Imagine That Museum and enjoy an outdoor magic show with the fam. Littles will be delighted to dance around your square with Spiderman and Peppa Pig. Order food to be delivered to your square and no need to worry about a bathroom break—the restrooms will be open.
$60 per ticket for 6 people
Imagine That Museum
4 Vreeland Road
Florham Park

Rhythm in the Park Egg Harbor Township Summer Concert Series
August 28, 7 PM – 9 PM
Relax and take in the fantastic vocals of The Remedy Band, that feature classic oldies from the ’50s and ’60s. Bring a blanket or chairs, along with some snacks and settle in for this summertime concert.
Robert J. Lincoln Amphitheater
Tony Canale Park
Egg Harbor

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS: Hang @ Home Listening Party with Christian McBride and Melissa Walker 
August 28, 8 PM – 10 PM 
Here’s your family’s chance to connect and support jazz education for kids when you log on to this virtual jazz music party from a comfy spot in your house. The first 100 people to register will be able to interact virtually with jazz music performers Christian and Melissa, but even if you miss the signup, you still won’t miss out by tuning in.
Register here
Watch on ZOOM or Facebook LIVE here

NJPAC Max Major: A Mindreading Experiment
August 30, 8 PM
Back by popular demand—this incredible and unforgettable mind-reading experience 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. The intrigue begins when you receive a top-secret package in the mail to be opened at the start of the show—so be sure to sign up stat to receive it.
$45 per ticket
Buy tickets here
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About Author

Athena is a former nursery school teacher turned marketing wizard at NJMOM, who lives for fashion and globetrotting. As an aunt to 9 little humans, she loves finding cool new activities to do together that will keep everyone smiling. On any given weekend day, you can find Athena eating all the Greek food at her fave local NJ restaurant, Local Greek, in Princeton. Which, not so ironically, is owned by her big fat Greek family.