Things to DO This Weekend July 20 – 22

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Things to DO


Looking for things to DO This Weekend July 20 – 22?  Summer fun is in full swing- a water lantern festival, a dog-day celebration for furry family members, live music, exciting new foods in a historic setting and more!

Friday July 20th Enjoy a picturesque evening at Liberty State Park (Jersey City 4:00 PM- 9:30 PM) for the NY/NJ Lantern Festival when the Hudson River becomes illuminated by beautiful lanterns. The festivities begin with food trucks and music, followed by the designing of lanterns at 6:30pm. The lanterns then launch from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Tickets include a water lantern, markers for decorating, an LED flashlight and wristband. Tickets $18-$40 Lanterns will be collected by staff after the event and are 100% biodegradable,

Saturday July 21st Come on out to Liberty State Park (Jersey City 10:00 AM-12:00 PM) and search for a variety of summer shorebirds. Please dress to be outside and bring binoculars if you have them. Some binoculars available to borrow. The program will begin at the Park Office located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive. For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email

Saturday July 21st Make a discovery at the Reeves Reed Arboretum (Summit 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM) and enjoy a unique family experience. 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. This week’s topic: Fireflies! 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. Free for Arboretum members. $5.00 per child for non-members

Saturday July 21st  Field Station Dinosaurs presents Superstars of Science (Leonia 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)  This week: Robert J. Novins Planetarium Manager Amanda Boyle  Young guests and their parents will have the opportunity to learn straight from the experts about various fields of science and related topics to help better understand the fascinating world of dinosaurs.  Many of the “Super Stars” will have fun hands-on activities as part of their appearances, and there is no additional charge for any of the presentations.

Saturday July 21st Head to the Whitney Museum (Meatpacking District NYC  10:30 AM -3:00 PM) for a kid-friendly event the whole family can enjoy. Beat the heat! Bring your family to Whitney Kids Summer Family Day and engage with this summer’s exhibitions. Learn about light in paintings by Mary Corse, and explore the work of seven emerging Latinx artists in Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art. Join artist Guadalupe Maravilla to learn about the history of mask-making and then create your own fantastical mask. You can also participate in art workshops, gallery activities outdoors and indoors, and pick up a free Kids Activity Sheet or audio guide. Free with museum admission.

Saturday July 21st The Hermitage Museum is holding their 3rd Annual Food Truck Festival (Ho-ho-kus 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM)  There will be a large variety of delicious foods available from over 12 trucks. Explore different cuisines or keep it simple. It’s your choice! Craft beer, live bands and fun activities for the kids will also be part of the day’s offerings. Bring a blanket or a chair and picnic the day away on their beautiful property while listening to live performances by local bands. The Hermitage is a National Historic Landmark visited by George Washington and Aaron Burr.  Admission is $5. Children under 5 are free. No pets please.

Saturday July 21st  Attention all dogs and their families! Liberty Harbor is going to the dogs for an afternoon of dog-centric vendors, exhibitors, and service providers for the 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer. Come and celebrate all things dog related! Carnival games and giveaways will keep their tails wagging, and Zeppelin Hall Biergarten, Restaurant & Nightspot will keep your bellies full. Pawcasso Painting, Bobbing for Tennis Balls, Snack Catch, Dig Dog and our Dog Oasis are just a few of the activities planned to keep your pooch happy. The event will be held on Regent Street next to Zeppelin Hall. Free and open to the public.

Saturday and Sunday July 21 + 22 A beloved Hoboken tradition- don’t miss the 108th annual St. Ann’s Italian Festival– (7th at Jefferson in Hoboken 1:00 PM- 11:00 PM) Enjoy this old-school event featuring traditional treats like zeppole and sausage and pepper heroes, crafts, music, rides, games and more. Walk or Uber, parking with be a disaster but the fun is worth the trip!

Saturday and Sunday July 21 + 22 Rock and Roll Playhouse for Kids (Brooklyn 12:30 PM- 1:00 PM) This weekly family event lets little ones get creative with the help of some rock n’ roll. The hour-long performances—which take place at Brooklyn Bowl, the Capitol Theatre and Industry City—cover the best of the best: Prince, Bowie, Grateful Dead and so much more. Head to the event’s website to see the full schedule. This weekend – Saturday The Music of Bob Marley (Industry City, Greenpoint) and Sunday The Music of Tom Petty  (Brooklyn Bowl

Saturday and Sunday July 21 + 22 Build a love of reading and learning in the new Arthur’s™ World exhibition now open at Liberty Science Center. (Jersey City 10:00 AM-6:00 PM) Step into familiar locations from the beloved TV show and books. Open the Read family’s fridge and check out the good things to eat. Enter a spelling bee in Mr. Ratburn’s classroom. Be the librarian and loan books at the Elwood City Library. Make a video in the Lakewood School Auditorium. Also- don’t miss Jack Horner’s Dino Dig Thirty-five tons of sand. Over 60 full sized dinosaur bone casts. And kids can dig them up just like real-life paleontologist Jack Horner. The inspiration for the Jurassic Park series, Jack Horner helped develop LSC’s Dino Dig to let kids experience what it’s like to be a world-famous dinosaur hunter. (closed during inclement weather)

Sunday July 22nd Embark on a journey without leaving New York at the Rubin Museum of Art‘s Family Sundays (Chelsea NYC 1:00 PM-4:00 PM)  Get inspired by artists Ghiora Aharoni and Arthur Liou, whose video artworks at the Rubin depict their long pilgrimages (respectively) riding on rickshaws and walking 21,000 feet up Mount Kailash. At July Family Sundays, envision a person, place, or time you would like to visit and map the journey you would take to get there. Challenge yourself to design a map both colorful and layered that symbolizes your inner voyage. Free for children and accompanying adults


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