We rounded up the best things to do in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!
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Events Not to Miss:
Why: Because even the beach stops for shopping.
When: Now through Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Englewood
Why: Rides, games, food and fun.
When: Now through Saturday, July 29, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Westwood Plaza
Why: Nothing like outdoor movies and popcorn to ring in summer.
When: Friday, July 28, 8:30 -11 p.m., FREE, BYO Chair/Blanket
Where: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
Why: The Indy Summer perform and then The Lego Batman Movie under the stars.
When: Saturday, July 29, music 7-8:30 p.m., movie at sunset, FREE
Where: Fort Lee Community Center, Fort Lee
Why: Meet the writer, comedian and politician as he signs his new book Giant of the Senate.
When: Saturday, July 29, 2 p.m., Book and ticket must be purchased before the event
Where: 271G Livingstong St., Northvale
Why: Zen out this Saturday morning.
When: Saturday, July 29, 8:30-9:30 a.m., FREE
Where: The Meadow at the Stable, 259 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood
Why: All things butterfly with kids activities, butterfly walks, music and more.
When: Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., FREE
Where: Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst
Why: Pony rides, corn hole games, yummy grilled corn, tomato fare and tons of family fun.
When: Saturday, July 29, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Where: 700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff
What: Shakespeare by the Pond
Why: Drew University’s Shakespeare Theater performs The Taming of the Shrew.
When: Sunday, July 30, 7 p.m.
Where: Gazebo in Demarest
Why: An unforgettable family night with food, drinks, outdoor movie, and more.
When: Tuesday, August 1, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Field, Hillsdale
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: Escape the heat with a FREE summer flick.
When: Tuesdays & Wednesday until August 16, 10 a.m.
Where: Bow Tie theaters (Bergenfield & Hoboken)
Why: Authentic Italian food, games, rides, live entertainment and more.
When: Wednesday, August 2 through Sunday, August 6, 6-11:00 p.m.
Where: 110 Main St., Fort Lee
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: Listen to live music outdoors and feel summery.
When: Wednesday, August 2, 7:30-9 p.m. If there is inclement weather, concerts will be held at Luther Lee in the gym.
Where: Demarest Duck Pond Gazebo
Why: Finger lickin' good #eeeeats on the farm.
When: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 244 Weirimus Rd., Hillsdale
If you’re heading out of Bergen:
What: NYC Restaurant Week
Why: Dine at your fav NYC hotspots for an amazing price.
When: Monday, July 24 through Friday, August 18
Where: Participating restos
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: 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: Hot air balloons, family entertainment, live music and more.
When: Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30, adults/$24, kids/$10
Where: Solberg Airport, Whitehouse Station
Why: Explore where our roots come through dance, art, music and storytelling.
When: Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Suggested for children up until age 12, FREE, Pre-Registration required
Where: The High Line at 16th St., NYC
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
Why: Catch a flick at the Zoo and meet a fairy before the show.
When: Saturday, August 2, 7:30 p.m., FREE
Where: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
Why: Learn all about birds of the region at this hands-on workshop.
When: Sunday, July 30, 1:00 p.m.
Where: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY
What: Mondays with Miffy
Why: Spend the morning with Miffy and hear stories, create arts and crafts, sing songs and more.
When: Mondays in July, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, NYC
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 July & August, 6:00 p.m.
Where: 171 Grove St., Clifton
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