9 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Week


Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to do things with the fam. Watch in awe as the sky fills up with larger-than-life hot air balloons at the Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival in Washington, jam out to a family sing-a-long with the School of Rock at Imagine That Museum in Florham Park, or take a trip to Neverland during this live performance of Peter Pan at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven.

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Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival
August 19, 2:30 PM – August 23, 9:30 PM
Due to COVID, the Warren County Balloon Festival moved to Warren County Community College this year. Check out the schedule, and if you’re an early riser, get there to watch the sky fill up with hot air balloons as the sun rises. There will be special drone demonstrations too. Purchase tickets in advance online.
$4 per ticket for a morning launch
$6 per ticket for an evening launch
Warren County Community College
475 RT-57 W

Kids Bowl Free at DiDonato’s
August 19 – August 25, 11 AM – 11 PM
Looking for something fun to do, that’s also safe for the whole family? Head to DiDonato Family Fun Center for a day of bowling, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. And the best part? Kids are free.
$2.95 – $4.95 per person, kids are free
DiDonato Family Fun Center
1151 S White Horse Pike

Newark Moonlight Drive-In Theatre – The Last Dragon
August 20, 9 PM
Head out to this pop-up drive-in theater at the Newark Bears Baseball Stadium, and get ready for a night of nostalgic fun as you watch an 80’s classic ‘The Last Dragon.’ Pre-order snacks and hot foods from the snack bar online, and pick them up once the movie starts.
$12 per adult, $8 per child
54 Bridge Street

Peter Pan at Surflight Theatre
August 21, 6 PM – 7 PM
Spend the day at the shore, and then take a trip to Neverland. The entire family will love seeing this live performance of the classic story and family-favorite, Peter Pan, that will transport you into another time.
$12 per ticket
201 Engleside Ave
Beach Haven

NJPAC Presents Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, Stream of Consciousness
August 21-22, 8 PM
Remember the show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’? Well, get ready for this live, interactive performance with two of the show’s stars, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood. This hilarious duo will have you and your family laughing endlessly as you take part in audience suggestions, leaving Colin and Brad to rely on their wits to make you all laugh.
$35 per ticket
Watch live on ZOOM

The Market at Whitechapel Projects
August 22, 10 AM – 1 PM
Spend a Saturday morning supporting local makers and farmers. Pick up fresh berries, Jersey tomatoes, and a bunch of natural products, handmade jewelry, clothes, and more at this popular market.
The Whitechapel Projects
15 2nd Avenue
Long Branch

School of Rock Performs Live and MAL from the Descendants Sing-A-Long
August 22, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bring the whole fam for Imagine That Museum’s 10th weekend of outdoor dining and family fun entertainment. You’ll get to jam out to a performance by the School of Rock, followed sing-a-long by MAL from the Descendants, Sitting on your own plush turf square (fits up to 6 people), socially distant from everyone else, you’ll even be able to order food to be delivered to your square. And no worries because restrooms will be open.
$60 per square
Imagine That Museum
4 Vreeland Rd
Florham Park

Downtown Somerville Summer Stage Concert Series
August 22, 6 PM – 9 PM
Bring your chairs, blankets, and masks for this night spent outside enjoying an impressive set of original songs by the Dan Harrison Band. While there’s no dancing, you can sway in your seats and groove with your family to maintain social distance as you listen under the stars.
Division Street

Free Movies in Avalon on the Beach
August 25, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM 
Switch out the at-home movie night for a movie on the beach. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, and snacks (it’s BYO) to the beach and dip your toes in the sand as you watch Onward on Tuesday night on the big screen while the waves crash nearby.
30th Street beach


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.