Father’s Day Edition: Things to DO this Weekend June 16 + 17

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Things to DOIt’s Father’s Day Weekend and it’s starting to feel a bit like summer is on the way! We’ve got your weekend plan!

Saturday June 16th Father’s Day Photo Event at Hartshorn Portraiture  (Hoboken NJ Your $75 donation to Family Promise of Hudson County gets you a 10 minute session with Mac Hartshorn and a 5X7 custom print. Only 12 sessions available. Call the studio at 201.610.1199 or email us at studio@hartshornportraiture.com to help a family in need! Can’t make the Saturday event? Call or stop by for a Family Promise Gift Certificate for $75 to schedule your session another time and still support Family Promise.

Saturday June 16th  Creative Play at The Newark Museum (Newark, NJ 10:00 am and 11:00 am) Three to five year olds and their caretakers enjoy a special time before the Museum opens to the public.  Explore the Museum’s art and science collections through storytelling, song, playful activities and an art-making project. June’s focus is: Lights! Camera! Action! FREE

Saturday June 16th Critter Crawl at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum (Summit, NJ 9:30 am – 11:00 am) There’s an entire world of animals hidden from our eyes. Let’s uncover these amazing garden creatures as we explore this unseen world. Registration is required. Ages:  5 – 10. Cost:  Members $10, Non-member $25. Pre-Registration:  Required. On-Line Registration: Contact:  Doreen Schindler, D.Schindler@Reeves-ReedArboretum.org, (908) 273-8787 x1010.

Saturday June 16th  Fairy House Workshop by Therese Ojibway, creator of the South Mountain (Raritan) Fairy Trail (Roseland, NJ 11:00 am-1:00 pm) in Essex County South Mountain Reservation, will guide participants in the construction of their own fairy houses at the Environmental Center. Bring a few ecofriendly materials (no plastic!) – such as shells, stones, feathers, twigs to help make the fairies feel more comfortable. Advance registration and minimum number of participants required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per child, $12 per adult

Saturday June 16th Sugarsuckle and Serena & James Events (Hoboken, NJ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm)  are co-hosting a tea party to celebrate dads and their daughters. On Saturday, June 16th from 10am-12pm, we will be mixing and baking cookies, making a craft (to be used to hold the cookies) and enjoying story time with snacks and “tea”. Together, take home everything you’ve baked and made, as well as some cherished memories! Recommended for ages 3+. Daddy & Daughter Ticket $65 Sibling Ticket $35

Saturday June 16th Spring Family Fun Day at the Hoboken Historical Society (Hoboken, NJ 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm) Games, crafts, food and live entertainment, including Polka Dot the clown, are all part of the excitement at Hoboken Historical Museum’s Spring Family Fun Day. Polka Dot will entertain from 1-1:30pm and 2-2:30pm. Ben & Jerry’s will provide free ice cream from 2:30-3:30pm. Free hotdogs will be available for everyone. FREE

Saturday June 16th The 36th Annual Mermaid Parade (Coney Island, Brooklyn,  1:00 pm, Rain or Shine) is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. FREE (please be aware there may be some nudity and may not be appropriate for young children)

Saturday June 16th Family Fun Day at Liberty State Park  (Jersey City, NJ 11:00 AM-3:00 PM) FREE family event with activities for everyone of all ages, with a focus on families with special needs! Feel free to bring your friends and family along as well. Complimentary lunch will be provided to all guests (while supplies last).

Saturday June 16th  Adventures NYC in Central Park  Active families won’t want to miss this massive free annual event at the Central Park Bandshell. This year, activities like rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, zip lining, gaga, mountain biking, yoga, obstacle races and more. Visit nycgovparks.org to find out more about this year’s activities, then lace up those sneakers and go play. Located at the Central Park Bandshell. Ages 4 and up, waiver required for certain activities for children under 18. FREE

Saturday June 16th The B All In Foundation  (Jersey City, NJ 3:30 PM- 7:00 PM) presents it’s inaugural B ALL IN Charity game (which hopes to be an annual event) dedicated to supporting youth education in a fun environment. 100% of ticket sales for this event will go towards the Boys & Girls Club of Jersey City who has graciously hosted this event! Help us make the foundation’s first event a memorable one by attending our Charity Basketball Game! Tickets $25

Event Details:

3:30pm: Event Registration

4:00pm: Boys & Girls Club Kids – Full Court Basketball Game

4:30pm: Catch N’ Shoot 3 Point Contest

5:30pm: ‘Knockout’ Challenge Game

6:00pm: Team Cryo Central vs. Team Sole Fresh Charity Basketball Game

Saturday and Sunday June 16th + 17th Strawberry Festival at Alstede Farms (Chester, NJ 11:00 am-5:00 pm) Indulge in an assortment of strawberry treats including homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry lemonade slushies, strawberry sundaes, strawberry pies, strawberry rhubarb pies, strawberry fudge and more. Children can also enjoy pony rides, playing in the corn kingdom, moon bounce, wagon train rides, and tractor drawn scenic wagon rides. Kids :$17.99 for access to all activities and pick-your-own Adults: $7.99 (pay for what you pick is extra)

Saturday and Sunday June 16th + 17th Adventures on the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier  (Midtown NYC 11:00 am)  Take on the roles of the flight deck crew in this interactive tour that follows aircraft from the hangar deck to the air and back again. Email family@intrepidmuseum.org to register. Best for children 5-10 years of age. Free with museum admission. Registration required.
Saturday and Sunday June 16th + 17th  Parade of Trains Vintage Train Rides with the NY Transit Museum  (Brighton Beach, Brooklyn 11:00 am- 4:00 pm) Want to take dad back in time this Father’s Day? Well, the New York Transit Museum is here to provide a blast from the past. Once you swipe your MetroCard during the Parade of Trains event, you and your family can board the subway, but don’t expect your typical commute. The Brighton Beach station B/Q platforms will give riders the opportunity to hop aboard six different vintage train cars, some of which date back all the way to 1904. NYC looked a lot different back then! As much we love a trip to the museum, getting to explore these babies on the tracks is a great way to feel like a turn-of-the-century New Yorker. Some of the trains include BRT Brooklyn Union
Sunday June 17th Rubin Museum of Art Block Party (Chelsea NYC 11:00 am – 4:00 pm) Enjoy an afternoon of arty fun at the Rubin Museum’s annual outdoor fete, where the whole family can watch live music and dance performances, participate in art making and nosh on Van Leeuwen ice cream and snacks from Brooklyn Popcorn Truck. This year’s edition gives a nod to the Rubin Museum’s year-long exploration of “The Future” with activities and performances inspired by the theme, including a drone demo and a social timeline. Make sure to spend some time wandering around inside the Rubin, which has free admission all day. FREE
Sunday June 17th  Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival (Chinatown NYC 12:00-4:00) Celebrate the cultures of Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities at the crossroads of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Only here can you and your little ones marvel at Chinese opera and acrobatics, listen to klezmer, bomba and plena music, plus learn Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish in the same neighborhood. Encourage your brood to look over the shoulders of a mah jongg pro, make Puerto Rican masks and practice folk arts like Hebrew scribal art and Chinese calligraphy. True to the festival’s name, kosher egg rolls, classic New York–style egg creams and fresh empanadas will also be in abundance. Don’t forget to R.S.V.P. to the event! FREE 
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Father’s Day Event to Benefit Family Promise of Hudson County

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Father's Day Event

Join Us Saturday June 16th 9:30 am-12:30 pm for a Father’s Day event to benefit Family Promise of Hudson County . Your $75 donation gets you a 10 minute session with Mac Hartshorn and a 5X7 custom print. Only 12 sessions available. Call the studio at 201.610.1199 or email us at studio@hartshornportraiture.com to help a family in need!

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Your Summer Splash Pad Guide

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Summer is all about staying cool and for little ones the most fun to be had is at a “spray ground” or “splash pad” . These water playgrounds are great for young children who can’t swim and are enclosed to keep them safe. BONUS- most splash pads are free! Please check with the park before loading the kids in the car as these parks may have issues with equipment and can close unexpectedly for repairs.

Tips for Visiting a Water Playground with Kids

  • Don’t forget dry towels, sunscreen, and dry clothing. Remember to bring a plastic or mesh bag for wet bathing suits and towels. Do yourself a favor and place important items like cell phones in Ziploc baggies.
  • Check ahead to see if there are changing facilities or restrooms available.
  • Some water playgrounds prefer swim diapers for the little ones.
  • Figure out what the parking situation is ahead of time, if you are traveling by car. Some playgrounds do not offer a parking lot.
  • Hours: The time the water gets turned on and off can vary depending on the crowd, weather, and particular park, but hours seem to run something like 10 to dusk at most spots, with the water going on as long as it’s hot out, even before Memorial Day in some cases. Daily hours typically start when school lets out; otherwise it’s weekends only.

Berry Lane Park – Jersey City
This 17.5-acre park opened in 2016 on a former industrial site in the city’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood, just steps from the Garfield Light Rail station. The flat-surfaced sprayground has sprinklers that shoot water up from the concrete. Bright purple picnic tables and benches border the water area so parents can keep an eye on their kids without getting wet. The recreation area features several basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a sprawling playground with rope climbers, swings, and slides under big blue umbrellas, providing shade on hot sunny days. FREE

James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park – North Bergen
This Hudson County Park is a great summer destination for kids and parents alike. The children’s area includes a free splash pad, with plenty of water features to keep the kids cool. The splash pad is adjacent to a large, castle-themed playground. Families can easily spend the day at this 167-acre park that also includes trails, beautiful Woodcliff Lake, and views of the Manhattan skyline. FREE

Hamilton Park Splash Pad – Jersey City
It may not be the biggest water playground, but it sure is fun! The splash pad is fenced in and features in-ground sprinklers and buckets of water dropped from overhead. Hamilton Park is nestled in the heart of downtown Jersey City and offers a large playground, tennis courts, dog runs, a basketball court, and lots of grass on which to play. Bonus: the Hamilton Park area of Jersey City has tons of great food options. FREEt

Lyndhurst Town Park – Lyndhurst
There’s something for kids of all ages at this large Bergen County park. The splash pad is fenced in with three structures. Entry costs $2 per person for a wristband ($1 refund upon return) that allows you to come and go as you please from 10am – 5pm. Kids can run through a tunnel of rainbow-colored sprinkler rings or stand under a large, snake-shaped sprayer. With three (yes, three!) separate playgrounds for toddlers to big kids, you’ll find plenty of swings and slides for everyone. There’s also a snack bar where you can grab a hot dog or ice cream. A picnic area between the splash pad and playground is a perfect place to set up camp for a fun-filled day.

Madison Street Park – Hoboken
This park offers a large water play area with fun, modern playground equipment nearby. The water features include dumping buckets, in-ground sprays, and more, right in the center of the playground. All of it is done in bright primary colors. FREE

Mattano Park – Elizabeth
Your kids will get a kick out of this small splashpad. The soccer field-inspired pad includes a large spraying soccer ball with crossbar-goal water jets at both ends. A stone’s throw away is the new inclusive playground, with an accessible merry-go-all, roller side, roller table, swing seats, and other play equipment. FREE

Firefighters Memorial Park – Union City

This splash park is within a pool complex with a spectacular view of NYC. Food and drink are NOT close by but bring your food along and enjoy it in the adjacent park looking at the skyline. FREE

Newport Green – Jersey City (pictured above)

This park, spanning four acres on the waterfront in the Newport section of Jersey City, is a fantastic place to bring the kids on a sunny day. It has everything (and more) that you could ask for in a playground. The park’s water features include spraying misters, rings to run through, and dumping buckets, as well as a little beach complete with umbrellas and sand. There’s even a carousel for when the kids tire of soggy pants. Parking can be a problem, so plan ahead. (Tip: Park in the parking garage—if you spend $10 at Morton Williams they will validate). FREE

Van Saun Park – Paramus
The impressive Van Saun Park recently added a whimsical pond-themed, ADA-accessible sprayground, complete with gigantic lily pads, water creatures, and cattail misters. The mist is gentle and the size modest, so it can get crowded by the afternoon, but the kids don’t seem to mind. Water pools in sections, and kids delight in stomping through it. There’s plenty more to do at the park, including several adjacent playgrounds with all manner of slides, swings, climbing and hanging equipment. The 150-acre park also boasts walking trails, grills and picnic tables, a paved path great for kid bikers, beautiful gardens, a train ride, pony rides, carousel, and the popular Bergen County Zoo. There isn’t much shade in the play areas here, so come early or late. The  park says the water stays on 10am – 4pm daily. FREE