19 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend June 21-23

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School’s out, the longest day of the year is here, and we’re celebrating with lots of family-friendly things to do this weekend. Check out live music, food trucks, strolling entertainment, a petting zoo, and more at the Summer Solstice Music Fest in Haddon Township, round up your crew to pick blueberries, take a wagon ride, enjoy locally made blueberry food at the Blueberry Summer Fest in Browns Mills, or feast on tacos, live music, face painting, rock climbing, and more at Taco Palooza in Hopatcong. Heading to the Shore? Get your beach badges and find the places to sink your toes in the sand with our Jersey Shore guide. (featured photo credit: istock/BanksPhotos)

(Note: It’s always best to check ahead for in-person events.)

SPONSORED

Impact Youth League Skills Camp
July 8-12 and 22-26
Stop by American Dream as they repurpose their Ice Rink into a basketball court with Impact Youth League at a week-long skills camp. There will be top-tier workouts, personalized training stations, competitive league games, and more.
American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

State Fair Meadowlands
June 20 – July 7
It’s the opening week of the State Fair Meadowlands. Bring the family for a day full of fun and enjoy 150+ rides and attractions, 100+ food vendors, 50 + game vendors, and 12 shows, including Cycle Circus, Pirates of the Columbian Carribean, Extreme Illusions and Escapes, and so much more. 
Cost: $39.99 for a Fun Pass
1 MetLife Stadium Dr, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Summer Solstice Music Festival
June 21 at 4 PM
It’s the official start of summer in Haddon Township. Live music, food trucks, strolling entertainment, a petting zoo, a beer garden, and a giant fun slide.
Cost: Free
Haddon Avenue between Strawbridge Avenue & Cooper Street, Haddon Township, NJ 08108

Summer Fest
June 21 at 6 PM

Kick off summer with this family-friendly event featuring live music, food trucks, a beer garden, amusement rides, and a car show. There is no rain date.
Cost: Free
Bellmawr Recreation Center, 125 S. Bell Road, Bellmawr, NJ 08031

Aquarium Beach Bingo
June 21 at 7 PM
Head to Jenks Boardwalk with the fam for a fun-filled night of bingo. Everyone who participates has the chance to win prizes.
Cost: Free
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Blueberry Summer Fest
June 22 – July 20, Saturdays at 10 AM
Round up your crew to pick blueberries, take a wagon ride, and enjoy locally made blueberry pies, donuts, and cakes. You can also tour the home of  Elizabeth Coleman White, aka The Blueberry Queen, and shop handmade vendors while listening to music on the Whitesbog stage.
Cost: no fee, but donations are appreciated.
Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 West Whites Bog Road #34, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

Morris County Pride 2024
June 22 at 11 AM
This family-friendly event will feature onstage performances, food, crafts, merchandise vendors, community groups, and special offerings for children, teens, and adults.
Cost: Details to come
214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ 07869

Woodland Park Day
June 22 at 2 PM
Grab the entire family for this fun event filled with activities for everyone. There will be fireworks, food trucks, a bounce house, face painting, a dunk tank, a sports challenge, and more. For the adults, check out the beer garden.
Cost: Free
Memorial Field, Rutherford Avenue, Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Kickoff To Summer Family Brunch
June 22 at 10 AM
Start summer off on the right foot with this fun event, perfect for the whole family. There will be a brunch buffet, a soft play area, ice cream, and cocktails for the adults.
Cost: $20 per child and $48 per adult
The Shepherd & the Knucklehead of Hoboken, 1313 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Food Truck Festival in Lavallette
June 22 at 3 PM
Get into the groove of summer with music and food trucks at the Jersey Shore for this family-friendly event. Don’t miss the Kickoff to Summer 5K in the morning, either.
Cost: Adults are $5, children are free
Lavallette Bayfront and Philadelphia Ave, Lavallette NJ 08735

1st Annual Franklinville Food Truck Festival
June 22 at 12 PM

Head to this first annual food truck festival, which promises tons of fun for the whole family. Food trucks, paintball, a DJ, kids’ activities, and more will be there. The rain date is June 29.
Cost: $10 per person
750 Delsea Drive, Malaga, NJ 08328

Taco Palooza
June 22 at 11 AM

Did someone say tacos? Bring the fam and enjoy food trucks, live music, face painting, rock climbing, a bungee trampoline, and more. There’s nothing better than some family fun with lots of tacos.
Cost: $5 pre-purchase through June 21 or $7 at the door; kids under 5 are free
Hilltop Field, 32 Lakeside Boulevard, Hopatcong, NJ 07843

40th Annual Giralda Music & Arts Festival
June 22 at 3 PM
If you have a family member who loves music, this event is for you. There will be music performances, an art show, children’s activities, a raffle, and food trucks.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Giralda Farms, Route 124, Madison, NJ 07940

BBQ Lunch At The Farm
June 22 at 11:30 AM
Stop by the farm for a delicious BBQ lunch and family-friendly fun while there. Your choice of food will include sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs, and pizza while you listen to live music. Make sure you get ice cream at the farm store before you leave.
Cost: $12 per ticket
Hillcrest Orchard & Dairy, 2 Davis Road, Branchville, NJ 07826

Fantasy Faire
June 22-23
Filled with costumed characters that portray historical and mythical figures, live performances, storytelling, dancing, drumming, and sword demonstrations. Come dressed in your favorite fantasy costumes.
Cost: $12 per adult, $11 per senior, $7 per student, and kids under 5 are free
WheatonArts, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 08332

Ducky Derby
June 22-23
Bring the whole family and race rubber ducks down the Millpond. There will be 10 rubber duck races daily, live animals, duck games, special prizes, a food truck, music, and more. While you are there, enjoy the historic demonstrations.
Cost: Free
The Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ 07727

Wild Fest 2024
June 23 at 12 PM
This festival will benefit Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. Food trucks, live music, face painting, balloon animals, and giant bubbles will be there. Bring your rods for fishing in the pond.
Cost: $10
Clinton Elks Lodge 2434, 211 Sidney Road, Franklin Township, NJ 08867

Fairy Day
June 23 at 1 PM
Visit the gardens and create a world where tiny fairies can visit. You will have the chance to build your own enchanted dwelling to welcome the fairies, gnomes, and other garden nymphs. Snacks are included.
Cost: $35 per fairy house
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07962

Cars At The Park Car Show
June 23 at 10 AM
Come check out all the cool cars while enjoying the summer weather. There will also be delicious food, drinks, a DJ, and more.
Cost: Free
2168 State Route 31, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826

Guided Fossil Hunts
June 23 at 4 PM
Dig up history with the fam at this fun event. You can expect to find marine fossils from the Cretaceous period, aka 65-72 million years ago, with equipment for screening for fossils and a guide to help you identify your treasures.
Cost: $5 per participant
Poricy Park Fossil Beds, Middletown, NJ 07748

Magical Meet & Greets
June 23 from 1 PM – 2 PM
Bring your little ones who love all things minions and get ready for the premiere of the new movie at this event, which is sure to make everyone laugh at the Minion’s Mosh Party, a comedic, energy-filled live production. 
Cost: Free
Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652

Five Star Swim Paint & Swim – Eatontown
June 22 from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Children will enjoy swimming for one hour with inflatable toys. Afterward, paint a 6×6 mini canvas to take home. Snacks and drinks for the kids are also provided. 

ONGOING EVENTS

North Brunswick Youth Sports Festival
June 13-30, select days
This festival will feature carnival rides, fireworks, Rosaire’s Royal Racers, High Flying Pages Thrill Show, Wild Wheels Thrill Motorcycle Show, a magic show, and a petting zoo.
Cost: $13-$35; prices vary on select dates
US-1, Milltown, NJ 08850

 

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