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 what says summer night like an outdoor movies and popcorn?
When: Friday, August 11, 8:30 p.m. -11 p.m., FREE, BYO Chair/Blanket
Where: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
Why: Meet up with the always adorable Minnie.
When: Friday, August 11, 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m., babies thru 6 years old, $28, Pre-Registration required
Where: 316 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood
What: Palisades Country Day School & Camp Open House
Why: Take a fun and informative tour of this popular school and camp!
When: Saturday, August 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: 212/248 Herbert Ave., Closter
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: See the beloved Disney show live.
When: Saturday, August 12 (7 p.m.) & Sunday, August 13 (Noon & 4:00 p.m), Students/$15, Adults/$18
Where: The Theater at Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Rd., Teaneck
Why: Rockabilly by The Gas House Gorillas and then Angels with Dirty Faces under the stars.
When: Saturday, August 12, music 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., movie at sunset, FREE
Where: Fort Lee Community Center, Fort Lee
Why: Wine tastings, live music, yummy food and more on the farm.
When: Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13, 12 p.m. - 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.m.- 5 p.m., $4
Where: 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Hohokus
What: Lake Tappan Paddle Day
Why: Get out on the water at this fun event.
When: Saturday, August 12, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., $25
Where: Washington Ave. North, Old Tappan
Why: Because the family that plays together, stays together!
When: Saturday, August 12, 2 p.m. -3 p.m., Family $30
Where: 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
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: Are you the next American Ninja Warrior? Learn the skills and have fun climbing your way to the top with real Ninja Warriors Henry Ferrarin and Joe Morasky.
When: Monday, August 14 through Friday, August 18, Monday, August 21 through Friday, August 25 & Monday, August 28 through Friday, September 1, full and half days available, daily and/or weekly options offered, ages 5-17, call (201) 768-8600 to book your spot.
Where: 266 Union Street, Northvale
Why: A summertime hiking adventure for your little hiker.
When: Tuesday, August 15, 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)
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: Don’t miss summer’s hottest glowing fitness party- and if you need childcare, drop off your kids at the Kids Academy!
When: Thursday, August 17, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., $15, Pre-Registration Required 201-746-4700
Where: 10 Van Riper Rd., Montvale
Why: Finger lickin' good #eeeeats on the farm.
When: Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Where: 244 Weirimus Rd., Hillsdale
Why: Enjoy the free popcorn and watch Hairspray under the stars.
When: Thursday, August 17, 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: 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
Why: Have a peachy keen weekend on the farm.
When: Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13, 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Why: Take a ride back to the Jurassic Period and discover the magic of Dinosaurs.
When: Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13, $50 (Check out Groupon for discounts!)
What: Jets Training Camp
Why: See the stars in green and white in action.
When: Select dates until Thursday, August 24, 5:30 p.m., FREE (Tickets required)
Where: Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, 1 Jets Drive, Florham Park
What: Montclair Jazz Fest
Why: A family-friendly event with kids activities, local vendors, and of course, amazing live music.
When: Saturday, August 12, Noon - 9 p.m., FREE
Where: Nishuane Park, Montclair
What: Grounds For Sculpture Young Artist Workshop: Designing with Nature
Why: Because you're never to young to appreciate art.
When: Saturday, August 12, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., $20, Ages 6-9
Where: 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton
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 a.m. - 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: Guided butterfly walks and fun activities all afternoon.
When: Sunday, August 13, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: 2 Morris Road, Ringwood
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
What: Pia Toscano at Little Nest Portraits
Why: Meet the American Idol singer, get your pic taken after having your hair and makeup done, and enjoy the free swag!
When: Friday, August 18, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., All ages, FREE
Where: 168 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
Why: Bring your fav bear along to visit this iconic museum in its 90th year.
When: Saturday, August 19, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Adults/$14.50, Kids are FREE if they bring a Teddy Bear
Where: 218 Route 519, Wantage