15 Things to Do This Weekend 8/21 – 8/23


Attend the Industrial Crafts Day, Colts Neck Country Fair or do yoga at Lincoln Park Band Shell. You can also watch fireworks at the NJ Jackals vs. Quebec Capitales: Fireworks Spectacular, try different foods at the Laureate Food Truck Festival, or learn about sharks at Adventure Aquarium’s Summer of the Shark. Be sure to use #NJMOM when sharing pictures on social media!


1. Learn To Make A Video Game {Featured Event}
Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 1:00pm
Cowerks in Asbury, NJ
Cost: FREE

2. NJ State 4-H Horse Show
Friday, August 21, 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Enjoy a day outside at the Horse Park of New Jersey State and let your competitive side loose. There will be eight divisions in the show, including games, 4-H Drill Team Exhibition, and Horse Costume Class. Will your favorite horse win?
Horse Park of New Jersey
626 Route 524, Allentown, NJ 08501
Cost: Will be posted on Horse Park of New Jersey soon.

3. Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Fridays, August 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm
This show is based on the best-selling series, Magic Tree House, where the main characters, Jack and Annie go on different adventures. In this show, Jack and Annie discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more. Will your little ones be able to help them navigate their adventure?
Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)
Cost: $7

4. Hunterdon County 4-H Fair
Friday, August 21, 2015 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Enjoy a family day out at the Hunterdon County Fair. There will be plenty of food, games, and rides to entertain the little ones. There will even be a firework display at the end of the day on Friday, August 21, 2015.
Hunterdon County Fair Grounds, South County Park
1207 Route 179, Lambertville, NJ
Cost: Free Admission, $10 Parking

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5. Kids Climbing Club
Friday, August 21, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Rock climbing is a fun physical activity that helps kids improve their motor skills and flexibility. The session is two hours long with Elite Climbing’s friendly staff.
Elite Climbing
67 Old Kings Highway, Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Cost: $15/child
*Registration is required. To register, please call (856) 273-1370 or email contactus@eliteclimbing.com.

6. Eco Elephant Family Flea Market
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
It has been said that, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Visit the Eco Elephant Family market to see what vendors have to offer or you could even get a table for $25 and sell your own items.
Dorbrook Recreation Area
209 County Rd. 537, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Cost: Free

7. Industrial Crafts Day at Cooper Gristmill
August 22, 2015 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Learn about industrial crafting from demonstrations by a blacksmith, tinsmith and tin piercers. Participants will try weaving and spinning and create a tin-pierced craft to take home.
Cooper Gristmill
66 Route 513, Chester Township, NJ
Cost: $1 for children 4 to 16 | $3 for Adults | $2 for Seniors | Free for children under 4

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8. Yoga in the Park: Sponsored by Shiva Shanti Yoga School
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Had a hark week? Take some time to yourself and release some stress from your busy work week.
Lincoln Park Band Shell
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Cost: Free
*If it rains, class will be held at 165 Park Ave Second Floor

9. Bugs, Birds and Beyond
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Experience a day filled with learning about birds, bats, butterflies, spiders, insects, and bees. There will also be lots of games and crafts that children can get involved in.
Rutgers Agriculture Building
4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, 07728
Cost: Free

10. Colts Neck Country Fair
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a fun filled family day at the Colts Neck Country Fair. There will be tons of games and food for everyone. There will also be an apple pie contest and fireworks to wrap up the day.
Bucks Mill Recreation Area
125 Bucks Mill Rd., Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Cost: Free

11. NJ Jackals vs. Quebec Capitales: Fireworks Spectacular
Watch the NJ Jackals take on the Quebec Capitales at Yogi Berra Stadium and after the event there will be a fireworks show.
Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 6:35 pm to 10:35 pm
Yogi Berra Stadium
8 Yogi Berra Dr., Little Falls, NJ
Cost: $10-$12/person

12. Chocolate & Vanilla Celebration
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Treat your tastebuds to a day filled with chocolate and vanilla everything. There will be crafts and educational activities your children can partake is as well as voting on their favorite ice cream flavor.
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ, 08103
Cost: $6/ticket

13. Hairspray
Saturday, August 22rd, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Hairspray is a musical about Tracy Turnblad who dreams of being a dancer on the The Corny Collins Show. The musical won 8 TONY Awards and is filled with comedy, romance, and upbeat songs that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ
Cost: $15/person

14. Children’s Expo and Street Fair
Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 11:00 am
Spend a day outside where your little ones can participate in crafts, games, and activities. It will be fun for the whole family.
Downtown Cranford, Cranford, nj
Cost: Free

15. Laureate Food Truck Festival
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Treat your tastebuds to different foods at the Laureate Food Truck Festival. There will be 27 different food trucks to choose from, as well as a playground, bounce house & face painting for the little ones.
Laurita Winery
35 Archertown Rd., New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost: $8 to $50

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16. Flemington Corn and Tomato Festival
Aug 23 2015 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Locally grown corn and tomatoes will be used in the dishes to highlight the Buy Local campaign and to feature the great farms of Hunterdon County.
Walter Foran County Park on Park Avenue
Court Street Park, Flemington, NJ 08822
Cost: Free

17. Space Farms: Teddy Bear Day
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Have a teddy bear? Bring him or her to Space Farms and your child gets free admission. More information will be posted on Spacefarms.com
Cost: $12.50 for children 3-12 | $16.00 for adults | Children under 3 are Free

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18. Summer of the Shark
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Experience sharks face to face. Children will learn about the different species of sharks including sandbar, sand tiger, and great hammerhead sharks. Visitors will also be able to feed sharks themselves. It will be a day enjoyed by the whole family.
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ 08103
Cost: $18.95 – $25.95





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