We rounded up the BEST things to do in Bergen County on our Weekend PLAYlist!
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Events Not to Miss:
Why: A classic summer carnival to start off the week.
When: Now through Saturday, August 5
Where: Forum School Parking Lot, Waldwick
Why: Because even the beach waits for shopping.
When: Now thru Saturday, August 5
Where: Downtown Ridgewood
Why: Authentic Italian food, games, rides, live entertainment and more.
When: Now through Sunday, August 6, 6-11:00 p.m.
Where: 110 Main St., Fort Lee
Why: Snag an autograph, enjoy the Kids’ Zone, and watch these champs in action.
When: Select days now until Monday, August 14, check website for schedule, FREE
Where: Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford
Why: Just one of the cute events happening this week at this adorbs open play space.
When: Friday, August 4, 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 pm, babies thru 6 years old, $28, Pre-Registration required
Where: 316 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood
Why: Nothing like outdoor movies and popcorn to ring in summer.
When: Friday, August 4, 8:30 -11 p.m., FREE, BYO Chair/Blanket
Where: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
Why: Get a touch of farm life by digging up potatoes and bringing them home.
When: Saturday, August 5, 10:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m., $7 for a 5lb bag of potatoes, Pre-Registration required
Where: 700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff
Why: Classic Rock by The Nice Guys and then Casablanca under the stars.
When: Saturday, August 5, music 7-8:30 p.m., movie at sunset, FREE
Where: Fort Lee Community Center, Fort Lee
Why: Take a walk in the forest or learn about our feathered friends.
When: Sunday, August 6, 3- 4 p.m. $6 & 6:30-8 p.m. $10
Where: 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
Why: Music, kids entertainment, and peaches everything.
When: Sunday, August 6, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Where: Main Street Train Station, Ramsey
What: Field Station Dinosaurs
Why: The Dinos are back and better than ever!
When: Check website for summer hours and special events.
Where: Overpeck County Park, 40 Fort Lee Rd., Leonia
Why: A summertime hiking adventure for the littles.
When: Tuesday, August 8, 10 a.m., Ages 7+, FREE
Where: Kearney House, Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin
Why: Escape the heat with a FREE summer flick.
When: Tuesdays & Wednesday until August 16, 10 a.m.
Where: Bow Tie theaters (Bergenfield & Hoboken)
Why: Moonstruck under the stars.
When: Wednesday, August 10, 8:30 p.m., FREE
Where: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, Ridgewood
What: Hillsdale Family Fun Night
Why: Kids activities and live music.
When: Wednesday, August 9, 6:00 p.m., FREE
Where: Veteran’s Park, Hillsdale
What: Mad Science Summer Camp
Why: High energy demonstration of fun, education and science for kids of all ages.
When: Every Wednesday & Saturday until August 30, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., FREE, VIP packages available for $10
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, Level 2 by Macy’s and Ruby Tuesday
Why: Finger lickin' good #eeeeats on the farm.
When: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 244 Weirimus Rd., Hillsdale
Why: Enjoy the free popcorn and watch The Sand Lot under the stars.
When: Thursday, August 10, 8 p.m., FREE
Where: Veterans Park, Westwood
If you’re heading out of Bergen:
What: NYC Restaurant Week
Why: Dine at your fav NYC hotspots for an amazing price.
When: Now through Friday, August 18
Where: Participating restos
What: New Jersey State Fair
Why: Every day has something different at this action-packed family fair.
When: Now thru Sunday, August 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Kids/$6, Adults/$14
Where: Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta
Why: Every little kid is a farmer at this imaginative event.
When: Now through Labor Day, ages 2-5
Where: 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
Why: Meet astronauts, take a look at NASA technology and more at this cutting-edge event.
When: Now through Sunday, August 6, Kids/$24, Adults/$33
Where: Pier 86, W. 46th St. & 12th Ave., NYC
What: Jets Training Camp
Why: See the stars in green and white in action.
When: Saturday, August 5, 5:30 p.m., FREE (Tickets required)
Where: Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, 1 Jets Drive, Florham Park
Why: Over 25 gourmet food trucks and live music at this fun outdoor event.
When: Saturday, August 5, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Where: Firemans Field, Rockaway
Why: Channel your inner paleontologist with dino adventures that will make you roar.
When: Now through Monday, September 4
Where: 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
Why: 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance.
When: Weekends and Labor Day starting Saturday, August 5 through October 1, Ages 5-12/$12, Adults/$25
Where: Tuxedo Park, NY
What: 3rd Annual Princess Ball
Why: Princesses, shopping, live music, face painting, glitter tats and more.
When: Sunday, August 6, 1-5 p.m., Kids under 12 are FREE, Adults/$10 before August 4 or $15 at the door
Where: 1 Pal Drive, Wayne
Why: Take the little kids to rock out.
When: Monday, August 7, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY
Why: Enjoy this FREE summer show based on the hilarious book series.
When: Now through August 18. Check website for show times.
Where: The Lucille Lortel Theatre, NYC
Why: A modern retelling of three classic Hans Christian Andersen tales ideal for kids ages 3-9.
When: Now thru fall 2017. Check the website for all available dates and times, kids/$8, adults/$12
Where: The Cottage at Central Park
Why: Dress like a pirate and set your sail to the Hudson Valley where games, adventures and treasures await!
When: Weekends now through August 26 & 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (entry every 15 min.), online admission: adults/$12, ages 3-17/$6, at the door: $14 & $8
Where: Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, NY
What: Wolf Sanctuary
Why: Take a tour and watch the wolves roam their natural landscape.
When: Saturdays & Sundays, ages 4+/$11, adults/$12. Tours last 60-90 min.
Where: Lititz, PA
What: Summer Movie Express
Why: $1 movies for kids and a break from the heat.
When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays through August 23, 10 a.m.
Where: Regal Nanuet Stadium, Nanuet, NY
Why: Live Music, a farm stand, kids activities, lawn games and more at this BYO urban farm picnic.
When: Wednesdays in August, 6:00 p.m.
Where: 171 Grove St., Clifton
Why: Wine tastings, live music, yummy food and more on the farm.
When: Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13, 12 -6 p.m., $12
Where: 244 Wierimus Lane, Hillsdale
Why: Shop these unique vendors in support of the historic museum.
When: Saturday, August 12, 10 a.n.- 5 p.m., $4
Where: 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Hohokus