Things to Do in Bergen County Week of May 24

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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:
Why: Go back in time and have a roaring good day with the dinos.
When: Open weekends May 26-June 24, Tuesdays through Sundays June 25-September 2, 10 am-6 pm, $15.50 day pass
Where: Field Station: Dinosaurs, 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia
Why: Rides, games, food and raffles.
When: Thursday May 24, 6-10 pm, Friday May 25, 6-11 pm, Saturday May 26-Sunday May 27, 4-11 pm, wristbands available
Where: 34 Maple Avenue, Hackensack
Why: A night of crafts and dining under the stars.
When: Friday May 25, 5:30-8:30 pm, $17
Where: Fresh & Fancy Farms, 575 River Road, New Milford
Why: Kids get their OM on with a moonchild yoga & mindfulness class.
When: Saturdays through May 26, 9:45-10:45 am, $15/class
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Why: Families with kids ages 6 and older get dirty in this obstacle race.
When: Saturday May 26, 10 am-2 pm, family friendly wave/$45 for 11 tickets
Where: Century Field, 75 Elizabeth Street, Garfield
Why: Visit with the beloved monster and stay for open play.
When: Saturday May 26, 10 am-12 pm, kids/$28
Where: The Big Playhouse, 312 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood
Why: Honor military service men and women at this parade, and continue with free food, music and military vehicle rides.
When: Monday May 28, 10 am
Where: Parade starts at corner of Hackensack Street and Highland Avenue, Wood-Ridge
Why: The perfect fashionistas night out: personal stylists, a fashion show, music and a silent auction with amazing prizes.
When: Wednesday May 30, 8 pm, $85
Where: Indian Trail Club, 830 Franklin Lake Road, Franklin Lakes

What: Retta
Why: The star of NBC’s Good Girls signs her new book So Close to Being the Sh*t, Ya’ll Don’t Even Know
When: Wednesday May 30, 6 pm, purchase book from Bookends in advance
Where: Bookends, 211 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood
Why: Bounce, then unearth a fossil during an archaeological dig -- and bring home the treasure.
When: Thursday May 31, 5-6:45 pm, $19.95
Where: Bounce U, 70 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus
Why: Ages 8 and up will perfect their pizza-making skills, and create ice cream fruit cups.
When: Thursday May 31, 3:45-5 pm, $28
Where: Clay Paper Scissors Studio, 380 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell

What: Family Yoga
Why: Family zen time as you connect with nature and each other.
When: Saturdays through June 9, 9:30-10:20 am, $15/session non-member, $75/6-week session non-member
Where: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly

What: Trivia & Game Night
Why: Make it a game night and test your trivia skills, plus wine and beer.
When: Thursdays through June 28, 6 pm
Where: Garden State Public Market, 1 Garden State Plaza, Suite 1305, Paramus
Why: Children can breathe, relax and learn to pose in this yoga class.
When: Saturdays through June 30, 11 am, $15 single class, $48 3 class pack, $90 6 class pack
Where: Garden State Public Market, 1 Garden State Plaza, Store 95, Paramus

What: Garden State Public Market
Why: Bring your appetite for this pop up food hall with authentic cuisines.
When: Thursdays-Saturdays through June 30, 11 am-7 pm
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
If you’re heading out of Bergen:
Why: Good old-fashioned carnival fun, with fireworks Sunday
When: Thursday May 24-Friday May 25, 6-11 pm, Saturday May 26-Sunday May 27, 3-11 pm, pay one price $25 all-day
Where: Sloatsburg Community Field, 10 NY-17, Sloatsburg
Why: The largest kite festival in the US brings inflatable kites, family games and a kite competition.
When: Friday May 25-Monday May 28, begins at noon
Where: Beach at Rio Grande Avenue, Wildwood

What: Rapunzel
Why: The creators of “Friends” put their hilarious twist on the beloved hair-y-tale.
When: Friday May 25, 7:30 pm, Saturday May 26-Sunday May 27, 1 pm kids/$15, adults/$18
Where: Forum Theatre, 314 Main Street, Metuchen
Why: Opening May 26, join Arthur and his friends and family in this interactive learning exhibit.
When: Opens May 26 through September 16, free with admission
Where: Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
Why: An all-access pass for animal lovers to the zoo, plus meet-and-great with a vet tech.
When: Saturday May 26, 2-2:30 pm, $42.50-$50
Where: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
What: Sheep and Wool Festival
Why: Spin, weave and knit, meet the animals, and enjoy puppet shows and crafts.
When: Sunday May 27, 10 am-4 pm
Where: The Nature Place Day Camp, The Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
What: Summer on the Hudson: Mamapalooza
Why: Wellness actiities, music and yoga for you, face painting and gymboree play for the kids.
When: Sunday May 27, 12-5 pm
Whereraspberryier 1 in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street, NYC
Why: Live long and prosper as you go on an otherworldly adventure.
When: Open through May 28
Where: Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
Why: An all-out block party with rides, face painting, sand art, ponies and a petting zoo, plus plenty of shopping for you.
When: Monday May 28, 11 am-6 pm
Where: 1150 McBride Avenue, Woodland Park
Why: Find out why Apple Elementary stands apart from other elementary schools.
When: Thursday May 31, 9am-10am, free
Where: 25 Nevins Road, Wayne
Why: Pony and wagon train rides, bounce houses and tons more fun.
When: Weekends and Holidays through May, check schedule for times., $14.99 for all activities
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Astede Farms Lane, Chester
Why: Go back in time and let your imagination take over at this with hours of entertainment the whole family will love.
When: Saturdays and Sundays through June 3, 10 am-6 pm, ages 5-12/$12, adults/$20
Where: 1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown Township
Why: Get a taste of the Bronx’s diverse culture through music, dancing art and food.
When: Weekends through June 3, kids/$26.95, adult/$36.95
Where: The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

What: Stone Barns Center Weekend Admission
Why: Farm activities from meeting pigs and bees to collecting eggs.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am-5 pm
Where: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
Why: Swifties: Step inside the life of the hugely popular singer, who hand-picked personal photos, videos and lyrics for display.
When: Open daily, 11 am-6 pm
Where: GRAMMY Museum Experience, Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry Street, Newark
Why: The mischievous monkey goes on a cooking adventure in the hilarious musical, The Golden Meatball.
When: Sunday June 3, 1 pm, $15-$39
Where: Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood
Why: Shop from hundreds of vendors, and take in live music by local talent, treats to indulge in, pony and train rides.
When: Sunday June 3, 10 am-5 pm
Where: 216 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights 
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