Things to do in Bergen County: Week of August 19

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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:

What: Westwood Summer Movies In the Park
Why: Grab a blanket, enjoy the free popcorn, and watch “Paddington”.
When: Thursday, August 20, 8pm, FREE, Rain Date: Friday, August 21
Where: Veterans Park on the Train Station lawn, Westwood

What: Science 101 at Bergen County Zoo
Why: Beat the brain drain with this free class at the zoo.
When: Thursday, August 20, 6pm, FREE
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus

What: BBQ Thursdays at Demarest Farms
Why: After this week, only one more chance to enjoy the finger lickin’ menu at the Farm.
When: Now thru the end of summer, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: 244 Werimus Rd., Hillsdale

What: Bars of Beauty Ladies Night
Why: Have a #GNO and shop, drink, eat, and get pampered at this local fav.
When: Friday, August 21, 5pm, Reservation required, Call 201-483-8844
Where: 1 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell

What: FREE Lash Day at MUAH Makeup
Why: Your lash game for Saturday night just got an upgrade.
When: Saturday, August 22, 10am-8pm, FREE, Call and make an appointment
Where: 347 Broadway, Westwood

What: New York Giants Training Camp Open Practice
Why: Snag an autograph, enjoy the Kids’ Zone, and watch these champs in action.
When: Various days until Tuesday, August 25, check website for schedule, FREE
Where: Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford

What: Yoga in the Park
Why: Because with #backtoschool mania, you need your Zen more than ever.
When: Saturdays now thru Saturday, August 29, 9-10am, FREE
Where: Oscar E. Olsen Park, 162 W. Main Street, Bogota

What: Bobbi Brown Makeup Event at SeeSaw Boutique
Why: Complimentary make-up done before Saturday night? Yes please.
When: Saturday, August 22, 1:30-6:30pm, FREE, Reserve your spot at 201-567-5560
Where: 6 W. Railroad Ave., Tenafly

What: Mother Daughter Barre Class at Ivivva Westfield Garden State Plaza
Why: Because working out with your mini-me is bonding done right.
When: Every Saturday in August at 9am, FREE
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus

What: Wet Wildlife at Flat Rock Brook Nature Association
Why: Get up and close with plant and animal wildlife.
When: Sunday, August 23, 2-3pm, Ages 7+, $8
Where: 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood

What: Bats for Beginners at the Tenafly Nature Center
Why: Get batty, if you dare, at the TNC.
When: Sunday, August 23, Ages 5+, 7-8:30pm, $10
Where: 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly

What: Rapunzel, Doc McStuffin, and Elmo at The Big Playhouse
Why: Arts and crafts, open play, and meet & greets with your kiddos favorite characters.
When: Tuesday, August 25, Wednesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 27, 9:30am-12:30pm, $35 each, Pre-registration required
Where: 316 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood

What: Build-Your-Own-Taco…en Espanol!
Why: Combining learning the Spanish language with yummy tacos. ¡Win-win!
When: Wednesday, August 26, 1:30-3:30pm, FREE
Where: Brain Storm Tutoring, 808 High Mountain Rd., Suite 1, Franklin Lakes

If you’re heading out of Bergen…

What: Seaglass Carousel at the Battery Opening Day
Why: Ride the magical fish at the prettiest carousel we’ve ever seen.
When: Thursday, August 20, 1pm-12am, Then open daily 10am-10pm, $5
Where: Battery Park, NYC

What: Knight Train by The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Why: An interactive train ride full of family fun, to and from the NJ Renaissance Faire.
When: Saturday, August 22 & Sunday, August 23, Child/$18, Adult/$28, Check website for various train times.
Where: Phillipsburg

What: 2 For 1 Broadway Week Tickets
Why: Because prices like these only happen once a year.
When: Tickets on sale now for shows between Monday, September 7 thru Sunday, September 20
Where: NYC

What: Bronx Zoo Summer Series
Why: Grammy award winner Danny Weinkauf, the bassist for They Might Be Giants, will perform his new solo album for kids.
When: Saturday, August 22 & Sunday, August 23, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm, Included with regular admission
Where: Grizzly Corner, Bronx Zoo, NY

What: Jubilee Park Flea Market & Collectible Show
Why: Shop the day away at this outdoor market.
When: Sunday, August 23, 9-5pm
Where: 945 Allwood Rd. & Clifton Ave., Clifton

What: SummerSlam at the Barclays Center
Why: The biggest stars of the WWE in action.
When: Sunday, August 23, 6:30pm
Where: 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

What: New York Renaissance Faire
Why: Bring the fam for some good ole’ turkey leg eatin’ and medieval times fun.
When: Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day, Now thru Sunday, September 27, Children 5+/ $10, Adults/$19
Where: 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY

What: $1 Summer Movie Express at Regal Nanuet Stadium
Why: It’s the last week to check out either “The Lego Movie ” or “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water ” for $1 with your little movie-goer. 
When: Tuesday, August 25 & Wednesday, August 26, 10am, $1
Where: 6201 Fashion Dr., Nanuet, NY


What: Cook-Out Campfire
Why: A summer send off with a campfire, food, and family fun.
When: Friday, August 28, 6-9pm
Where: Franklin Lakes Baptist Church,  649 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes

What: Westwood Fall Crafts in the Park
Why: Because the early summer version is so popular, they created another one.
When: Sunday, August 30
Where: Veterans Park, Westwood

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