While this summer is shaping up to be a different one, there are still plenty of family-friendly things to do, whether you’re staying in or venturing out for a social distancing time away. Catch a virtual magic show on your laptop with New Jersey’s Got Magic to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of NJ, spread out and listen to local music at Friday Nights at Donaldson Farms in Hackettstown, or drive-in for a night of dazzling lights at the Fireworks Show at Skylands Stadium in Augusta.
featured image via @donaldsonfarms
Dive-In Movie Night: Frozen II
July 29, 7:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Hosted by the Middletown Sports Complex, bring your little Frozen fans to this outdoor showing of the sequel, with a special appearance by everyone’s favorite sisters, Elsa and Anna.
$7 per adult, $5 per kid
Middletown Sports Complex
214 Harmony Rd
Ortley Beach Kite Night
July 30, 5:30 PM – 8 PM
Head to the beach with your beach chairs and your fam for a night of watching beautiful, large scale kites sail across the sky.
Dover Beaches South
New Jersey’s Got Magic
July 30, 7 PM
If your kids are missing live magic shows, here’s how you can watch one without leaving home: This virtual performance will feature incredible magicians, illusionists, and mind readers from America’s Got Talent and Penn and Teller. The whole family will be laughing and wow-ed by the amazing illusions, all from the comfort of your living room. All proceeds benefit the Boy & Girls Clubs in New Jersey.
$25 per household
Purchase tickets here
NJPAC’s Sounds of the City: Danny Krivit
July 30, 7 PM – 9 PM
Jam out with the family at home during this virtual performance with Greenwich Village native, Danny Krivit, or ‘Mr. K’ who has been a DJ in NYC for almost 40 years, and brought his talents around the world at venues in Paris, Berlin, and even Newark’s own Link Park Music Festival.
Watch on Facebook Live here
July 31, 5 PM – 8:50 PM
Bring your beach ball (and masks) for an evening of guided nature walks, food trucks, and live music from Jimmy and the Parrots and Mr. Scott the Music Man.
Ocean County Parks & Recreation
1198 Bandon Road
Friday Nights at Donaldson Farms with James Off Main
July 31, 5 PM – 9 PM
Bring the blankets and adult beverages for this evening of music, fresh, farm-to-table fare, and lots of socially distant outdoor fun. While you feast on the farm-to-table fare (they’ve got corn dogs for the kids) from James Off Main, listen to live music by Atlanta Cafe Band, and take in all the stunning views of their growing crop fields, with the sun setting over the mountains.
$10 per person, children 14 and under are free (purchase tickets ahead, only ticket holders will be allowed in)
Donaldson Farms Farm Market
358 Allen Road
Summer Outdoor Yoga with Open Heart Yoga
August 1, 9 AM – 10 AM
Enjoy a zen morning of outdoor yoga with Open Heart Yoga NJ. All are welcome, but be sure to bring a mat, water, and mask.
Suggested donation of $10
577 Broad Street
The Market at Whitechapel Projects
August 1, 10 AM – 1 PM
Head to this outdoor market of makers, farmers, and growers, hosted by Whitechapel Projects, Asbury Park Bazaar, and Long Branch Bazaar. They’ll be here every Saturday until October, so be sure to stop by for New Jersey’s freshest produce, food, handcrafted and vintage goods.
15 2nd Avenue
Kites and Castles
August 1, 7 PM – 8 PM
Get that kite ready and pack up the sand toys—families will compete for best-themed sand sculpture. There will be designated areas 6 feet apart for castle building, as well as kite flying to keep a social distance.
Fireworks at Skylands Stadium
August 1, 8:55 PM
Missed those Fourth of July fireworks? Drive into the Skylands Stadium, park the car and open the sunroof for this dazzling light show, presented by the Sussex County Miners.
$15 per person
94 Championship Place
#NMOAatHOME: Summer Stargazing
August 4, 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Join in on some stargazing fun with the museum’s Planetarium manager and members of the North Jersey Astronomical Group, when they take you on this virtual tour of the stars, constellations, and planets, live. And if weather permits, you’ll have a chance to peep a telescopic view of a star cluster, nebulae, and maybe even a galaxy.
Click here to register to watch on ZOOM
Click here to watch on Facebook Live