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May is one of the best months for getting out and getting rid of those winter cobwebs. There are many fun activities going on–whether carnivals, science day, historical events, or outdoor celebrations. Grab some sunscreen and head out for fun!


New York Baby Show. Sat/Sun: 10am to 4pm. Great exhibitors (discover new products!) and speakers like Dr. Harvey Karp, stroller test drive area and tune-up, family play area and moms lounge. Clifford and Scholastic’s “First Library” center, Huggies’ Diaper Derby and an Ultimate Nursery Giveaway. $10 single; $20 family. Pier 92, NY. Link here.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Fri and Sat. Lectures, exhibits, demos to help the world make better eating choices. Friday–Historic Speedwell in Morristown; Sat: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm has many activities planned from 11am to 4pm. Link here.

Visitation Academy Carnival. Thur: 6pm to 10pm; Fri: 6 to 11pm; Sat: 4 to 11pm; Sun: 3pm to 9pm. Thursday night is wristband night for $25. 222 Farview Ave, Paramus. Link here.

Fort Lee Madonna Carnival. Fri: 6pm to 10pm; Sat/Sun: 2pm to 6pm. Annual carnival with rides and great food. Church of the Madonna. Link here.


Annual Family Science Day. 9am to 12pm. Hands on science fair features tours, activities, and one hour mini space missions (must book in advance). Buehler Challenger & Science Center on Bergen Community College Campus, Paramus. Link here.

Homespun History Day. 10am to 4pm. Historical homes will be open to the public to enjoy–including Schoolhouse Museum in Ridgewood, Hermitage in HoHoKus, The Old Stone House in Ramsey, and more! $10 adults; free for children 12 and under. Link here.

Antibullying Event 2013. 2pm to 4pm. Speakers, food, giveaways and more! Tenafly Public Library. Link here.

Oradell Swim Club Opening. 5pm to 9pm. Burgers, hot dogs, ice cream sundaes and more, games and crafts, music and BYOB. The pool will not be open! $10 per person at door.

….Outdoor fun

Meadowlands Canoe Trip. 9:45am to 12pm. Enjoy a leisurely 2 hour paddle on the Hackensack River with a guide. $75 for family of 4, $40 for single adult. Ages 9+. Hackensack River Paddling Center, Secaucus. Link here.

Spring Bird Walk. 9am to 11am. For adults and children 10 and up. Non members $5. Tenafly Nature Center. Link here.

Children’s Hike to the Mansion Ruins. 2pm to 4pm. Meet at Park Headquarters in Alpine, PIP exit 2. 3 mile hike, easy terrain. FREE! Alpine. Link here.


The True Story of The Three Little Pigs. 2pm to 4pm. A fast paced musical adaptation where the stage becomes a courtroom and the audience the jury. Will the Wolf be found guilty or do the pigs have a secret? For ages 5 and up. $20-22. NJPAC, Newark. Link here.

Petrov Ballet’s Annual Spring Gala. Excerpts from classical ballets, short story ballets and character dances. Ramapo College of NJ, Mahwah. $30. Link here.

.…Essex County

Essex County Family Garden Party. 10am to 3pm. Live music, crafts, student art exhibits, gardening demos, and local exhibitors. FREE! Presbyterian Memorial Iris Gardens, Upper Montclair. Link here.

Mayfair at Nishuane. 11am to 4pm. An international celebration of friendship. Rides, games, music, international food, raffles. Free for adults and under 2yrs. $10 for unlimited rides and games. Nishuane Elementary school, Montclair. Link here.

Bear Awareness Day. 11am to 4pm. Visit Jelly and Jam–the resident black bears and learn how you can protect their kind. Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange. Link here.

….Middlesex County

NJ Homeschool Convention. Workshops, exhibitors and buy used curriculum. NJ Expo Center, Edison. Link here.


9th Annual Touch-a-Truck. 10am to 2pm. Take photos, explore a fire truck or construction vehicle, and get some food and refreshments too! $20 for a family of four online or $25 at gate. Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus. Link here.

Flat Rock Brook Nature Day. 12pm to 4pm. Live animal shows, canoe rides, nature stories and crafts, face painting, nature walks, scavenger hunts and more! Food for sale too. $5/pp rain or shine. Flat Rock Brook, Englewood. Link here.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks. 9am to 1pm. A walk-a-thon to raise money for autism research and awareness. Entertainment, info area, refreshments. Bergen Community College, Paramus. Link here.

4th Annual Run the Palisades. 7:30am to 12:30pm. Help the Diabetes Foundation by attending this fun event! 5K run, kids fun run and health fair. Check in before races start at 9:30am! Fort Lee Community Center. $20/5K; Kids run $10. Link here.

Pinkster Fest. 1pm to 5pm. Reading of the Pinkster Ode at 2pm; Dance around the Maypole 2:30 and 3:30pm, Historical scavenger hunt and drill for kids; Discussions and tours of house. Donation: $7 adult; $5 kids. Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge. Link here.

….Essex and Middlsex County

The Sweet Escape: NJ Confection and Dessert Tasting Expo. 2pm to 6pm. The Tri-State area’s pastry professionals, bakeries, restaurants, caterers, coffee houses and more will all be featured there. NJ Expo Center, Edison. $35 General Admission; $65 VIP. Link here.

Maplewood Mayfest. 12pm to 5pm. Rides, games, vendors, live music, festival food, classic car show, petting zoo, pony rides, and more! Indiana Street and Springfield Avenue, Maplewood.


NOTE: The 6th Annual Everything Jersey City Fest has been CANCELED this year. It was supposed to be on May 18th.