We rounded up our favorite picks for fun family friendly events in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!
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Events Not To Miss:
What: Ridgewood Spring Sidewalk Sale Days
Why: Because shopping is cardio too…
When: Now thru Saturday, May 16, 9am-10pm
Where: Business District, Ridgewood
What: Cooking for Teens: Sweet & Savory Crepes
Why: Learn how to make the ultimate Euro brekkie.
When: Friday, May 15, 4pm, Ages 11-17, $35
Where: Chef Central, 240 Rt. 17 N., Paramus
What: BYOB Adult Coloring Session at Couture Craft Studio
Why: Because Mommies like crafting too.
When: Friday, May 15, 7pm, $15, Limited space- Pre-registration required
Where: 10 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick
What: The Great Spring Bird Count at Flat Rock Brook
Why: Help the staff collect data on our feathered friends.
When: Saturday, May 16, 8:30am-12:30pm, Ages 10+
Where: 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood
What: Jr. Chef Class: Top Your Tacos
Why: Because a child who knows how to make fresh salsa and guac? Keeper.
When: Saturday, May 16, 10am, Ages 9-13, FREE
Where: Williams-Sonoma locations
What: Open Cockpit Weekend at The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey
Why: Aviator-wannabees explore the cockpits of airplanes, helicopters and fire trucks.
When: Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 10am-4pm, Adults/$8, Children/$6
Where: 400 Fred Wehran Rd., Teterboro
What: Dwight-Englewood Summer Connections Open House
Why: Visit the campus and see what all the buzz is about.
When: Saturday, May 16, 1-3pm, Pre-registration required
Where: Hajjar Auditorium at Dwight-Englewood School, 315 E. Palisades Ave., Englewood
What: Turkish Spring Festival
Why: Art shows, Turkish food, vendors, and much more.
When: Saturday, May 16, 11am-6pm
Where: Overpeck County Park Leonia North
What: Endangered Species Day at Bergen County Zoo
Why: Celebrate the endangered species housed at the Zoo.
When: Saturday, May 16, 12-3pm
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
What: Rutherford Multicultural Festival
Why: International food, face painters, giant tree house, kids slide, music, vendors, beer tent, and more.
When: Saturday, May 16, 12-7pm, FREE, Rain Date: Sunday, May 17
Where: Lincoln Park, Rutherford
What: MRCC Trail Conference 5K Race & 1.5 K Walk
Why: A day of outdoor fitness along the scenic Ramapo Valley…
When: Sunday, May 17, 7:30am-12pm
Where: Darlington Schoolhouse, 600 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah
Why: Your little girl or guy’s chance to get in ALL the cars.
When: Sunday, May 17, 10am-2pm, $25 for a family of 4 ($30 day of)
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
What: Demarest 5K
Why: We love the 5K season…
When: Sunday, May 17, 7:45am registration, 9:30am start
Where: County Road School, 130 County Rd., Demarest
What: Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair
Why: Crafts, food, kids activities and more.
When: Sunday, May 17, 10am-4pm
Where: Along Boulevard from Washington to Division St., Hasbrouck Heights
What: A Taste of Ramsey
Why: Enjoy the live music and sample delicious #eeeeats from several popular local restos.
When: Sunday, May 17, 1-4pm
Where: Main Street Train Station, Ramsey
What: Wild and Crafty Rainforest Tour at Bergen County Zoo
Why: Meet the rainforest animals at the Zoo plus arts & crafts.
When: Sunday, May 17, 11am-12pm, Ages 6-9, $10, Pre-registration required
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
What: Family Field Day and BBQ at the YJCC Bergen County
Why: BBQ, games, crafts, sports, bounce house and lots of fun.
When: Sunday, May 17, 12-2pm, Families with children ages 2-7, $5 per person
Where: 605 Pascack Rd., Washington Twp.
What: Airbrush Event at Marcia’s Attic for Kids
Why: Customize a shirt or accessory, prizes, raffles, giveaways, and more!
When: Sunday, May 17, 11am-5pm
Where: 29 N. Dean St., Englewood
What: Mysterious Metamorphosis at Tenafly Nature Center
Why: Meet live frogs and a salamander.
When: Sunday, May 17, 2-3pm, All ages, $10
Where: 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
What: Pinkster Fest
Why: A Colonial celebration of Spring including a Maypole Dance, children’s games, garden tours, food, and more at this historic site.
When: Sunday, May 17, 1-5pm
Where: Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge
If you’re heading out of Bergen…
What: Summer Solstice Celebration at Stone Barns Center: Tickets available now!
Why: Enjoy the longest day of the year and the official start to summer with hands-on farm activities, a bonfire, seasonal food, and much more. Grab your tickets now before it sells out!
When: Friday, June 19, 5-9pm, Adults/$20, 2-15/$10
Where: 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, NY
What: Bear Awareness Day at TurtleBack Zoo
Why: Visit with the resident black bears…
When: Saturday, May 16, 11am-4pm
Where: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
What: Downtown Clifton Street Fair
Why: Live entertainment, great food, vendors, children’s rides and more.
When: Saturday, May 16, 10am-5pm
Where: Main Ave., Clifton
What: Hoboken Irish Festival
Why: Pony rides, petting zoo, beer garden, Irish Soda Bread competion, Irish food, crafts, and more.
When: Saturday, May 16, 12-6pm
Where: Sinatra Park, Hoboken
What: Tots on Tour at Grounds for Sculpture
Why: Become a “Park Explorer”, make art, story time, and lots of fun for 3-5 year olds.
When: Saturday, May 16, 11am & 1pm
Where: 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, NJ
What: Family Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Museum
Why: Stargaze with the fam…
When: Saturday, May 16, 6:45-9:30pm, FREE, Registration required
Where: Pier 86 W. 46th St. & 12th Ave., NYC
What: Nyack Street Fair
Why: Take a stroll around this charming downtown and enjoy the food, crafts, antiques, children’s area and more.
When: Sunday, May 17, 10am-5pm
Where: Downtown Nyack, NY
What: Children’s Container Gardening Workship & Family Woodland Hike
Why: Children ages 6 and up learn to grow veggies and herbs in containers (and will take home what they plant) plus an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden’s woodlands.
When: Sunday, May 17 (Gardening Workshop 1-3pm, Hike 1pm)
Where: New Jersey Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 302, Ringwood, NJ
What: Memorial Day Weekend at Crystal Springs
Why: Huge ‘Ol’ Fashion Family Country Festival on Sat & Real Deal BBQ/Jazz & Food Festival on Sun makes certain there is plenty of entertainment, food, activities, and active fun for all ages! Check out the website for a full list of all the excitement…
When: Saturday, May 23, 5-9pm, Ages 12+/$49, Ages 4-11/$25 & Sunday, May 24, 12-8pm, Ages 12+/$45, Ages 4-11/$22
Where: Sussex County, NJ
What: Memorial Day Weekend at The Big Playhouse
Why: Creative play-based fun and learning, not to mention a great back up if it rains.
When: Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24, 10am-12pm, Ages 6 and younger, $8.55, Registration required
Where: 316 Kinderkamack, Westwood