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Weekend Planner (July 25 - July 31): Festival of Ballooning, Boat Parade, Family Fair and More

Posted by: NJ Kids Team - July 23, 2013

Dear Friends,


We absolutely love July - yes, the weather has been heating up, but there’s still a full month before school madness begins again, the ocean is no longer a polar experience, and we are all a bit more relaxed, enjoying a ton of family fun activities. And, of course, it’s National Ice Cream Month AND National Blueberry Month! Two of our favorites - so, come on, let’s celebrate these two scrumptious treats. There are dozens of ways to pay homage to ice cream and blueberries - here are a couple we plan on enjoying....

  • Head to a pick-your-own farm and fill a pint or two with freshly picked blueberries. If there are enough left over when you get home, make a blueberry cobbler (topped with vanilla ice cream, of course!) Alstede Farms is a great place to start - and come on out for Family Fun Day this Saturday, July 26th!
  • Take a tour of the cow pasture and milking facility at BoBolink Dairy. Sure they specialize in cheese, but ice cream is still made from milk, which still comes from cows. An interesting tour nonetheless - and afterwards, head to your favorite ice cream shack for a cone!
  • Pull up a chair, grab a bucket of popcorn and enjoy Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (in case you’re wondering the connection, in the movie, Veruca Salt turns into a blueberry)
  • Visit Whitesbog Village- the birthplace of the Highbrush Blueberry (and a really beautiful 3 mile loop of the cranberry bogs and blueberry farm)
  • And if you want to be the coolest parent around - surprise the kids with ice cream for breakfast. Don’t forget the blueberries (and whipped cream!).

Enjoy! Here’s to the yummy sweetness of July!


The NJ Kids Team



This Week   


Monmouth County Fair
Wednesday, July 24-Sunday, July 28
Enjoy the old-fashioned fun of this country fair, including 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, entertainment, fireworks, home and garden competitions, an antique & classic auto show, and other special attractions.. Freehold.  Read More >>   


Thursday, July 25, 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bernie Worrell Free outdoor concert series. Chance to sample of Newark's best food with visits from some of the most innovative and popular food trucks as well as samples from Whole foods. Newark.  Read More >>  


QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Balloonin

Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28
The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and is the premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. ... Whitehouse Station.  Read More >>  


Saturday, July 27, 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) will throw its doors open wide for a Family Fair at Theater Square on Saturday, July 27th from 2:00-5:00pm. The fair will feature a wide range of activities, free of charge for all ages, including Zumba dance classes, arts and crafts projects, an instrument "petting zoo" and performances in Theater Square by the Oasis Youth Steel Ensemble, the Umoja Dance Company and students from NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens arts training program.Newark.  Read More >>  


Storybook Celebration Family Festival
Saturday, July 27 - Sunday, July 28, 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
The Storybook Gardens come alive inside the many fairytale-themed exhibits at the Camden Children's Garden. Join us for book crafts and of course a reading of children's classics. Visit the Giant's Garden and plant your own magic beans to take home.... Camden.  Read More >>  


Christmas in July Boat Parade in Wildwood
Saturday July 27, 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
 Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at Shawcrest Marina with the lead boat Bitten VI, then proceeds to West Wildwood, Ottens Harbor, then Sunset Lake and ends at Lighthouse Pointe. A fun family event for boaters and spectators. Registration is free...all boaters welcome. The parade sponsored by Coors Light, can be seen anywhere on the route. Prizes awarded for the two best decorated boats. Party at the end of the parade at Lighthouse Pointe featuring live entertainment with Mr. Moose.Wildwood.  Read More >>  


17th Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival
Tuesday, July 30, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Every Tuesday evening in July and August (with Wednesday night rain dates) from 7pm to 9pm, throughout the downtown. We are planning nine nights of Jazz this year. Westfield.  Read More >>   


Free Kids Bingo at Monmouth Mall
Wednesday, 07/31, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Kids ages 10 and under are invited to play free games of bingo to win prizes donated by the Monmouth Mall and its stores. Located in the food court. Eatontown  


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Posted by: NJ Kids Team| July 23, 2013
Categories:  Fun Things To Do
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