Happy weekend! This is it – the last weekend of August! Are you ready to squeeze in the last drops of summer fun? Let’s do it!
Field Station Dinosaurs is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Overpeck Park (3 Overpeck Park Driveway, Leonia). Now in their 10sth season, the world-class family attraction combines the latest science with the creative minds of great artists to create a unique experience that is exciting, educational and fun. Field Station is a wild science expedition where over 30 realistic, life-sized dinosaurs come to life. Hike along wooded trails, see life-sized dinosaurs, and enjoy a full schedule of shows, games, and activities, all included in your Day Pass admission. Tickets start at $17.75. Children under 2 are free. This week, Friday night at 7pm, they’re hosting a special, one-night-only event, Nighty Nighty Mighty T. A hilarious, sunset show featuring a sleepy T-Rex who just won’t go to bed! Our dinosaur babysitter needs everyone’s help to help read bedtime stories, sing lullabies and count sheep. But will our bedtime rituals work before the T-Rex gets hungry? Come in your PJs and bring a pillow to the craziest pajama party ever! Space is limited.
DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream Mall (1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford) will present Dive-In Movies on select Fridays in August and September. Guests are invited to swim or inner tube in the world’s largest indoor wave pool while watching a DreamWorks movie on a jumbo screen. The movie’s audio will play throughout the park, and all the record-breaking rides, slides and attractions will be open so guests can splash and play while they watch. Movie-themed snacks, cool Coca-Cola products and swim accessories will be available. The series continues this Friday from 7pm to 10pm with a screening of the family favourite. Shrek. Visit the website for ticket information.
Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held daily from 8am to 5pm, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. August’s theme is “I’m So Bored.” Looking for something to do on these lazy summer days? Grab a camera or phone and get the family outside! Take a photo of each item to win a prize! Cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Advance registration is required.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will offer free Saturday tours this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours begin at the Visitor Center. No reservations are required, and tours are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morristown) will host an Ice Cream Party on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Life is better with ice cream! Learn how ice cream is made the old fashioned way and have the chance to try some. The cost of this activity is $10 per child. Advance registration is required.
Michaels (Riverfront Center, 348 Rt 3 W, Clifton) will be hosting Sunday Makebreak from 2pm to 4pm. This week’s craft is Watercolor Bookmarks. Are you an avid art reader? Want to make your own bookmark? Come into your local Michaels and we’ll show you how to make this beautiful floral bookmark. No registration required.
On Sunday, stop by the Sunday Farmers Market at Westfield Garden State Plaza (One Garden State Plaza, Paramus) between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. In addition to farm fresh produce, there are over 20 food vendors, food trucks, a car show, children’s activities and more. Catch Oceans Rock where you can see, touch and learn about the wonders of the ocean, sharks and more during this interactive experience. This event is free.
The Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) hosts Spark!Lab on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Spark!Lab offers every child (ages 5-12 and accompanied by an adult) a new, informal approach to hands-on learning. Instead of following step-by-step instructions, young inventors will be empowered to solve problems and overcome real-world obstacles. Spark!Lab offers many unique, project-specific stations where inventors can directly engage with engineering and design challenges. There is also a newly created space with a train and exploration table filled with unique tools to help spark creativity, thinking and learning for children aged 1-4). The cost is included in admission, which is $12 for adults, $8 for children 3-17 and free for children under 3. Extended through September 30, young inventors will receive a free Spark!Lab Passport during their summer lab visits. . With each visit they will receive a stamp and with six stamps they will complete the challenge and win an exclusive prize. The first ten inventors to complete this challenge will receive the You Topia Moving Diorama Creation Kit (pictured above)! Other prizes include a Spark!Lab journal and more!
Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City) has several special exhibits that will be closing soon. The Pigeon Comes to Jersey City celebrates the art and characters of beloved children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems. This young student exhibition features best friend duo Elephant and Piggie, loyal companion Knuffle Bunny and Pigeon, the sly city bird best known for his antics in Don’t let the Pigeon drive the bus! It will also continue to feature Minecraft: The Exhibition. This is an area of 6000 square meters. multimedia experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, whether they play Minecraft or not. The exhibit features an immersive experience that includes blocked scenes and characters from the game. Both exhibits will be open until September 5, 2022. The Liberty Science Center is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Cost is the price of general admission, plus an additional fee. Visit the website for details.