Things to DO this weekend July 28 + 29

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Things to DO this weekend January 13-14Things to DO this weekend July 28 + 29

Things to DO this weekend July 28 + 29 Hot air balloons, butterflies and ladybugs and a 9 year old chess champ and author are on tap for fun!

Take the opportunity to head into the city this summer – kids ride free on NY Waterway. See website for details and restrictions

Saturday July 28th  The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning  (6:00 AM – 10:00 PM Readington, NJ) is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Held annually at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ, the festival truly has something for everyone!  From twice daily mass ascensions of up to 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, and more, the festival is jam-packed with stuff to do. Tickets $15 for Children $35 for Adults

Saturday July 28th Make a discovery at the Reeves Reed Arboretum– (9:00 AM- 1:00 PM Summit, NJ) This week’s topic: Lady Bugs! Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center on Saturdays, any time between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, for an interactive exploration of nature. Each week discover a new plant, animal or environmental topic through experiments, stories, games, and crafts. Borrow an Arboretum backpack loaded with binoculars, field guides, a magnifying glass and everything else needed for outdoor Arboretum adventure! No pre-registration is necessary. Adults must be accompanied by a child! Free for members. $5.00 per child for non-members

Saturday July 28th  Garden for Butterflies with Jean Greeley (12:00 PM-1:30 PM Roseland, NJ) , an Essex County Rutgers Master Gardener and butterfly enthusiast at Essex County Environmental Center. The presentation and discussion will be followed by a visit to butterfly host and nectar plants within our gardens. This program includes a few minutes in our live butterfly tent. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required; call 973.228.8776 to reserve. Best for adults and children ages 8 and older. $8 per child, $10 per adult. For little ones try the flutter tent-a  live butterfly tent. All are welcome to make-and-take a butterfly craft and participate in table activities. $2 per person suggested donation

Saturday July 28th Take a trip inside the Intrepid Museum’s (11:00 AM-12:00 PM Midtown. NYC)  planetarium to learn myths from around the world that explain the stars in the sky. Then create your own constellation and myth in a storytelling activity. Space is limited Best for ages 5-12. Free with museum admission

Saturday July 28th  Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Family Festival  (11:00 AM-12:00 PM Lincoln Center; NYC) all-ages, all-abilities event is led by the excellent performers at Mark Morris Dance Group. Participants learn the choreography of Morris’ Love Song Waltzes. After learning the steps, come back in August to see how the pros perform the dance with the Mostly Mozart Festival. FREE

Saturday July 28th Join “Chess for Chicas” at the Symposia Book store to celebrate National Math Week (1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Hoboken) for an afternoon of logic and learning with 10 year old chess whiz Sophie Gutter (author of “How to Play Chess and Love it”)  . She provides all the equipment to engage and empower kids of all ages to get gaming! It is a fundamental fact that playing chess assists children in the areas of math, reading and problem solving, as well as with getting better grades in school. However, it also pushes one’s psyche to engage in prediction, planning, and strategic thinking. FREE. No registration required.

Saturday and Sunday July 28th & 29th New York City Poetry Festival (11:00 AM Governors Island, NY) Poets large and small will find something to love at this outdoor summertime event on Governors Island. Whether it’s getting behind the mic and reciting some fierce stanzas, listening in as other poets perform their work or browsing publications from different writers, there is something for everyone at this gorgeous literary bonanza. All ages. FREE

Sunday July 29th Bring your buckets, shovels and other tools to Rockaway Beach for the Rockaway Beach Sandcastle Contest  (11:00 AM on- Rockaway Beach, Queens) and show off your sand sculpting skills at this 23rd annual competition for a chance to win prizes. When you’re done, check out displays done by the pros. Enter beach at 117th St.

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