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: Church of the Assumption Carnival
Why: Fresh popped popcorn, funnel cakes, rides, and more.
When: Now thru Sunday, July 12 (Wed- Thurs 6-10pm, Fri-Sat 6-11pm & Sun 4-9pm)
Where: 32 Locust Ave., Emerson
What: BBQ Thursdays at Demarest Farms
Why: Live music & a finger lickin’ menu at the Farm.
When: All summer, starting Thursday, June 25, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: 244 Werimus Rd., Hillsdale
What: Amphibians & Reptiles at Bergen County Zoo
Why: Learn all about our scaly friends in the Education Center Theater.
When: Thursday, July 9, 6pm, FREE
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
What: Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival
Why: A Lego fanatic’s dream world.
When: Friday, July 10 thru Sunday, July 12, $22, Ages 2 and under free, Check website for different show times.
Where: Meadowlands Exposition Center, 355 Plaza Dr., Secaucus
What: Yoga in the Park
Why: Put Dad on pancake duty and get your weekend off right.
When: Saturdays beginning July 11 thru Saturday, August 29, 9-10am, FREE
Where: Oscar E. Olsen Park, 162 W. Main Street, Bogota
What: Jr Chef: Cooking with Salt
Why: Learn how to bring out the flavor in everything you cook.
When: Saturday, July 11, 10am, Ages 8-13, FREE
Where: William Sonoma locations
What: Sea Glass Hunt Children’s Hike
Why: Bring something to carry your collected treasures home after this fun hike.
When: Saturday, July 11, 10-11:30am, FREE, $5 parking, Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Where: Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, Alpine
What: Seasonal Scavenger Hunt & Fun in the Forest at Tenafly Nature Center
Why: Take your pick of the outdoor fun.
When: Saturday, July 11, 2-3pm ($30 per family) & 3:30-4:30pm ($10)
Where: 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
What: Jurassic Park III at Field Station Dinosaurs
Why: See the summer blockbuster movie in the most perfect setting ever.
When: Saturday, July 11, 7pm, FREE, Limited to the first 200 guests
Where: One Dinosaur Way, Secaucus
What: Name That Tree at Flat Rock Brook Nature Association
Why: Take a lovely hike and learn to identify the local trees.
When: Sunday, July 12, 2-3pm, $8, Ages 7+, Pre-registration
Where: 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood
What: Photography Workshop for Children
Why: A workshop for mini shutterbugs.
When: Monday, July 13, 9:30-11am, Children entering Grades 3 thru 5, $20, Pre-Registration Required
Where: Thielke Arboretum, 400 Doremus Ave., Glen Rock
What: Jets Movie Night On The Field
Why: Enjoy the movie “Home” on the massive video boards, locker room tours, face painting, rides, popcorn and more!
When: Monday, July 13, Doors open at 6pm, Movie starts at 7:30pm, FREE but tickets required, Rain Date: Tuesday, July 14
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
What: Bow Tie Cinemas Summer Kids Series
Why: Watch “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” for FREE with the kiddos! Get there early to snag a spot.
When: Tuesday, July 14 & Wednesday, July 15, 10am, FREE
Where: Bow Tie theaters (Closter, Washington Twp. & Hoboken)
What: American Girl Fashion Show Model Search
Why: Give your little doll the chance to walk the runway at the upcoming Fashion Show in November.
When: Wednesday, July 15, 2-6pm, & Thursday, July 16, 10am-3pm, Ages 6-12, $25 Application Fee
Where: Prestige Lincoln, Paramus & Prestige Mercedes-Benz, Paramus
What: Set sail on the Hudson with the Family on the AJ Meerwald
Why: These 2-3 hour science-focused trips introduce kids to river creatures (plus they’re fun)
When: Thursday, July 16th thru Sunday, July 19th (check website for times/pricing)
Where: Departure from Alpine Boat Basin
If you’re heading out of Bergen…
What: Delaware River Railroad Excursions Day Out with Thomas
Why: Meet Thomas and other fun activities on this Celebration Tour!
When: Friday, July 10 thru Sunday, July 12 & Friday, July 17 thru July Sunday, July 19, $17-$36
Where: 100 Elizabeth St., Philipsburg
What: Tots on Tour at Grounds For Sculpture
Why: Hands-on Workshops and doses of culture for the 3 to 5 year old set.
When: Saturday, July 11, 11am & 1pm, 3-5 year olds
Where: 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton
What: Blueberry Festival at Oasis Family Farm
Why: Wagon rides, sand art, arts & crafts, and blueberry everything.
When: Saturday, July 11, 10:30am-4pm
Where: 3 Circle Dr., Robbinsville
What: Nyack Famous Street Fair
Why: 300 vendors, live music, a kid’s area, yummy food, and more!
When: Sunday, July 12, 10am-5pm
Where: Main St. & Broadway, Nyack
What: Munchkin Monday Summer Concert Series: The Little Rockers Band
Why: A FREE concert for your little munchkins!
When: Monday, July 13, 11am, FREE
Where: Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY
What: $1 Summer Movie Express at Regal Nanuet Stadium
Why: Check out either “Paddington” or “Turbo” for $1 with your little movie-goer.
When: Tuesday, July 14 & Wednesday, July 15, 10am, $1
Where: 6201 Fashion Dr., Nanuet, NY
What: Ballroom with a Twist at NJPAC
Why: See the pros from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” together on one stage. The first half includes a Q&A with the stars and at the end of the evening, audience members will have the opportunity to learn some moves and actually join their favorite dance pros on stage!
When: Saturday, July 18, Tickets starts at $35, Save 20% on all seats with discount code NJPAC20 plus Bergen Mama readers enter to win four FREE tickets!
Where: 1 Center St., Newark
What: Girls Night the Musical at BergenPAC
Why: Make it a Girls Night Out with the ladies and enjoy this critically acclaimed show!
When: Tuesday, July 21, Tickets start at $29, Bergen Mama Readers enter to win two FREE tickets!
Where: 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
What: Spiderman, Cinderella and Winnie The Pooh at The Big Playhouse
Why: Arts and crafts, open play, and meet & greets with your kiddos favorite characters.
When: Tuesday, July 21, Wednesday, July 22 & Thursday, July 23, 9:30am-12:30pm, $35 each, Pre-registration required
Where: 316 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood