NJ Mom’s Weekend Fun Guide: Things To Do 5/9-5/10


Happy Mother’s Day to all of our NJ {Super} Mom’s this weekend! There is no lack of wonderful ways to make your Mother’s Day extra special this year. Whether you choose to be served breakfast in bed, or enjoy one of the many “Mom’s Are Free” promotions running this weekend, have fun and enjoy the weekend with your family!


photo via Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Mother’s Day at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk {Featured Event} 
Sunday May 10th 1:00pm-4:00pm
All day long, mothers enjoy free admission to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Fun House, Mini Golf, and Amusement Park with a paid child admission. Have a blast with facepainters, balloonists, and arts & crafts from 1-4pm. Mom gets a FREE chair massage, too?

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk 300 Ocean Avenue Point Pleasant, NJ
Cost: Cost of admission varies per attraction, mom is FREE


photo via Adventure Aquarium

1) Mother’s Day Penguin Weekend
Saturday May 9th and Sunday May 10th
Adventure Aquarium invites you to treat mom and grandma to a weekend of Penguin fun with the 20+ residents of Penguin Island. Get up close with the youngest penguin Goblin and his mom Diane. All visiting moms on Sunday May 10 will receive a commemorative button (while supplies last).
Adventure Aquarium 1 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ
Cost: $25.95/adult and $18.95/child ages 2-12


photo via Millville Airshow

2) Millville Wheels and Wings Airshow
Saturday May 9th and Sunday May 10th 10:00am-6:00pm
The United States Air Force F-16 Thunderbirds are making their only appearance in New Jersey this year at the Millville Wheels and Wings Airshow! See the US Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team, modern jets, military airplanes, historic warbirds, aerobatic acts and formation flying for over five hours of thrills and fun! There will also be restored classic cars, food and more fun on hand as well!
Millville Airport Leddon Street Millville, NJ
Cost: $15/adults and $10/children under 10


photo via Shrek the Musical On Tour

3) Shrek the Musical
Saturday May 9th 7:00pm and Sunday May 10th 3:00pm
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a TONY Award-winning fairy tale adventure. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. This kid-friendly production is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Algonquin Arts Theatre 173 Main Street Manasquan, New Jersey
Cost: $20-36/ticket


photo via NJ State Museum

4) Super Science Saturday
Saturday May 9th 9:00am-4:00pm
An amazing day of science is planned at the 35th annual Super Science Saturday: New Jersey State Science Festival! The day will be jam-packed with fun and hands-on science-based programs that are not only educational, but entertaining as well! Visitors are being encouraged to bring in their own archaeology or natural history “finds” to be identified by the museum’s staff. The planetarium will be discounted at just $5/per person all day. Use the hashtag #njsuperscience to share your own photos and find out event updates!
New Jersey State Museum 205 W State Street Trenton, NJ
Cost: FREE

5) “Fun at the Shore” Fishing Derby
Saturday May 9th 9:00am
The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is hosting a series of Spring fishing derbies for children under the age of 15. The first 150 children will be provided with fishing poles, there is no entry free and prizes will be awarded. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bait, chair and fishing pole. Registration starts one hour before the start time.
Orange Reservoir West Orange, NJ
Cost: FREE



photo via Lowe’s Home Improvement

6) Lowe’s Build & Grow
Saturday May 9th 10:00am
Head to your local Lowe’s Home Improvement this Saturday morning for some fun Build & Grow activities! Mom will love her Mother’s Day Planter and the kids will have a blast building it! The event also includes an apron, patch and goggles!
Build & Grow at your Local Lowe’s Home Improvement
Cost: FREE

7) Let’s Move: Healthy Kids Day
Saturday May 9th 10:00am-2:00pm
The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges presents Healthy Kids Day! This is the YMCA’s initative to improve the health and well-being of kids and their families nationwide. There will be a wide array of active play and educational activities to get kids moving and learning.
Rowley Park, East Orange
Cost: FREE

8) Children’s Festival
Saturday May 9th 10:00am-5:00pm
Historic Smithville’s Children’s Festival is this Saturday. This free event includes animals from the Cape May Zoo and the Atlantic City Aquarium.  Enjoy children’s activities all day long, as well as a fun bubble station!
Village Green at Historic Smithville Route 9 and Moss Mill Road Smithville, NJ
Cost: FREE

9) Mother’s Day Basket
Saturday May 9th 10:00am-12:00pm
Children are invited to stop by the greenhouse at Reeves-Reed Arboretum to make a memorable gift for someone special this Mother’s Day! Children can then head over to the Education Center to make a card.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum 165 Hobart Avenue Summit, NJ
Cost: $15/members and $20/non-members

10) Lake Hopatcong Block Party
Saturday May 9th 10:00-5:00pm
Come support New Jersey’s largest lake and come together with your local community at the Lake Hopatcong Block Party!  The Hopatcong State Park will be filled with community organizations, food vendors, craft vendors, entertainment, children’s activities and much more all overlooking the beautiful Lake Hopatcong!
Lake Hopatcong State Park Route 183 Netcong, NJ
Cost: FREE


photo via Green Festival

11) 5th Annual Green Festival
Saturday May 9th 10:00am-4:00pm
The Town of Secaucus is hosting their 5th Annual Green Festival this Saturday. Come and enjoy this free event with face painting, a petting zoo, magicians, rock climbing, a butterfly exhibit, food trucks, pontoon cruises, live music, hot air balloons, arts and crafts, and so much more!
Secaucus XChange 5000 Riverside Station Blvd Secaucus, NJ
Cost: FREE

12) Mother’s Day at Wall Speedway
Saturday May 9th 1:00pm
Moms enjoy $15 admission and FREE flowers at the entrance courtesy of Gasko Farms of Monroe. This weekend is the modified triple crown race.
Wall Stadium Speedway 1803 Route 34 Wall, NJ
Cost: $15/moms

13) Big Jersey BBQ & Brew Fest
Saturday May 9th 12:00pm-5:00pm
The Big Jersey BBQ & Brew Fest is back at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, NJ! Bring your own blanket or chairs and enjoy some Mother’s Day weekend fun! There will be plenty of live music, delicious food and more! Kids can have a blast in the Kid Zone and mom will get one free beverage! 
Mercer County Park 1638 Old Trenton Road West Windsor, NJ
Cost: $10/adults, $5/children (Admission does not include food and beverages)

14) Mother’s Day at Morey’s Piers
Sunday May 10th 12:00pm-5:00pm
Moms ride for free on Mariner’s and Surfside Piers this Mother’s Day. Moms can enjoy rides, games, food and entertainment. Plus, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea with cookies and biscuits in an oversized “English tea cup”.  Kids can decorate sugar cookies and in the Parents Pavilion families can take a picture commemorating their special day.
Morey’s Piers 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
Cost: Prices vary; mom is free

15) Mother’s Day Festival at Alba Vineyards
Sunday May 10th 12:00pm-5:00pm
Alba Vineyard invites the whole family for this special Mother’s Day event. Enjoy wine tastings, a picnic lunch or lunch from one of the vendors, local crafters, horse drawn carriage rides, The Pirate Cupcake, children’s activities and more. The VooDUDES will be on hand providing musical entertainment. Wine tastings are available. Bring your own lawn chair, blanket or beach umbrella.
Admission is $10 for adults 21 and over, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and children 12 and under are free.
Alba Vineyard 269 Route 627 Milford, NJ
Cost: $10/adults 21 and over, $5 for ages 13-20 and FREE for under 12.

For Mom & Dad Only

best spas in nj16) Mom deserves to be pampered for Mother’s Day no doubt about it! Send her to one of our 50 NJ Mom Approved Spas for the day!

nj mom summer beach badge

17) The weather has been absolutely gorgeous and summer-like!  Does that have you wanting a trip to the beach? Find out where and when to get your beach badges!

the milky way18) The Jersey City Medical Center invites you to see a premier screening of The Milky Way on Thursday May 7th.  This informative and personal documentary will discuss the challenges of breastfeeding in the United States.  The event starts at 6pm with a cocktail hour.

il_570xN.686620715_clro19) Pick mom out a gift from one of our NJ Mom-owned Etsy shops!

MothersDay-2015-470x470FB-220) Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend
Saturday May 9th and Sunday May 10th 12:00pm-5:00pm
The Garden State Wine Growers Association invites mom and dad to a special wine trail weekend.  Each winery will offer a unique take on the weekend including special wines, complimentary tastings, live music, brunch, food pairings and much more.  Travel from Sussex to Cape May for this wonderful Mother’s Day Wine Trail. See the participating wineries here.


In search of more things to do this weekend in New Jersey? Visit NJ Mom’s event calender for more events happening around the state. Remember to use hashtag #NJMom this weekend for your chance to be featured.

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