Things to DO this Weekend May 13 + 14

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stuff to do this weekendHappy Mother’s Day! We’ve got a huge bouquet of fun to brighten Mom’s weekend.

Saturday and Sunday May 12th + 13th 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM (Chester, NJ 50 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Take a scenic hayride around Alstede Farm to Harvest Hall, where you can dine on an asparagus-themed brunch. Afterward, visit with Alstede’s barnyard animals and enjoy pony rides, a bounce house, and wagon train rides. All moms get a free ice cream cone, too!

Saturday and Sunday May 12th + 13th 10:00 AM-9:00 PM (Hamilton, NJ 1 hour from Hoboken/JC) Discounted tickets are available (online only)  for Mother’s Day at Grounds For Sculpture, where your family can pose for Insta-worthy pictures with the garden’s giant, 25-foot-tall sculptures..

Saturday and Sunday May 12th + 13th Fuel up for a full day of fun by dining at one of the best brunch spots in northern NJ or the Jersey Shore, no cooking or clean-up required.

Saturday and Sunday May 12th + 13th 8:00 PM (Newark, NJ 25 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Score tickets to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 20th anniversary performance at NJPAC, which will feature the treasured classic, Revelations, as well several new masterpieces.

Sunday May 13th (Summit NJ 36 minutes from Hoboken/JC)  Work up a sweat at the Summit Area YMCA Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk in support of the LIVESTRONG cancer survivor organization. The family-friendly event also includes a magic show, Zumba, a Tot Trot for kids under 5, and a Kids Zone with games and activities. Register here.

Sunday May 13th 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 PM (Short Hills, NJ 40 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Burn off brunch calories with a guided hike through the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, and learn about the woodland area’s wildflowers and wildlife.

Sunday May 13th 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM (Upper Montclair 26 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Bask in the warm weather with a picnic lunch at Presby Iris Gardens. Each boxed lunch comes with a gourmet sandwich (vegetarian options included), lemon square dessert, chips, and a drink. All you need is a blanket so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the live jazz concert.

Sunday May 13th 11:00 AM-3:00 PM (Ringwood, NJ 55 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Lace up your sneakers for a guided walking tour of NJ’s lovely Botanical Gardens and Skylands Manor. Wander over to the sweet-smelling Lilac Garden, where the flowers are in peak bloom this time of year.

Sunday May 13th (Oceanport, NJ 1 hour from Hoboken/JC) Brunch while watching the horse races at Monmouth Park, or raise a glass of bubbly at the champagne bar near the horse paddock and walking ring. All moms gets free admission plus a chance to win two tickets to see Ed Sheeran (swoon!). Kids 12 and under are always free, and there’s a playground right near the track, plus clowns, face painting, pony rides, and a bounce house.

Sunday May 13th 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM (Morris Township, NJ 40 minutes from Hoboken/JC) The lilacs are in bloom at the Willowwood Arboretum. Enjoy staff-led tours of the gardens and the grounds throughout the day, as well as light refreshments. Baby lilacs will be on sale to gift or plant at home.

Sunday May 13th 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Summit, NJ 36 minutes from Hoboken, JC)  Sip tea and dine on traditional foods such as sandwiches, scones, and delicate desserts at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Then take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the spring Sunday.

Sunday May 13th 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM (East Windsor, NJ 55 minutes from Hoboken/JC) You can easily spend the entire day at Working Dog Winery, starting with a continental breakfast at 11am. Or come for lunch and dine on delicious BBQ from the Jersey Devil food truck. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy a live concert from Spoondrift.


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