I know mommies are getting crazy with the rain these days! Well, hopefully it will clear up soon and we can get outdoors! Jersey City has a great festival on Saturday that would be fun to check out. And, if you can travel a bit, Princeton Art Museum has a free family fun day or head to Toms River for their Chili Championship. If you want to escape the Garden State, NY has two events that look fun as well. Have a great weekend!


Our Lady of Visitation Carnival. Thurs: 6-10pm; Fri: 6-11pm; Sat: 4-11pm; Sun: 3-9pm. Good food and fun rides! 234 Farview Avenue, Paramus. 

Aristocats Kids. Fri: 7pm; Sat: 1pm and 7pm; Sun: 1pm. Thomas O'Malley and his rag tag bunch of Alley Cats come to the rescue in this jazzy adventure with songs from the Disney movie. (This is a youth production: elementary). Porch Light Theatre, Glen Rock. Link here


Everything Jersey City Festival. 11am to 6pm. Ten blocks of family fun and four stages of free music and entertainment. Bounce house, slide, petting zoo and more. Link here.

Family Day: A Passport to Art. 10am to 2pm. Explore art through the ages and all over the world. Hands on activities, performances, storytelling, scavenger hunts, and prizes. Pizza and refreshments, too! Free. Princeton Art Museum. Link here

Journeys Backyard Barbeque Tour. Top extreme sports athletes and XGames stars will be featured as well as an alternative sports playground and Fun Zone. Woodbridge Center Mall, Woodbridge. Link here

NJ State Chili & Salsa Championship. 11am to 5pm. Live music, food and craft vendors …as well as amazing chili! $7 tasting kit. Washington Street, Toms River. Link here

Superhero Breakfast. 9:45am. Come in costume and ask Spiderman and Batman your burning questions. $13.99/child and $10.99/adult. Includes breakfast. Imagine That Museum, Florham Park. Link here

Book Swap. 9am to 3pm. Drop off all unwanted books at the Essex County Environmental Center between 9am to 12pm. Get a voucher to come back from 12pm to 3pm and pick up more books! 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland. Link here.

Ocean Fun Day. 11am to 3pm. Exhibits, nature tours, children's activities and more. Free admission and parking. Island Beach State Prark. Link here.  

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. 2pm to 4pm. A tale of firsts: a trip to the laundry, first words and more. Based on Mo Willem's picture book. NJPAC, Newark. Link here

Ballet with a Latin Beat. 8pm. NJ Ballet presents a cross cultural success. Community Theatre at Mayo Center, Morristown. Link here

Fairy Festival. 10am to 2pm. Dress for a magical celebration of spring! Tooth Fairy, story time, sports, pony rides, market and salon. Turkey Brook Park Gazebo and Great Lawn, Budd Lake. Free! Link here

Walk n' Roll. 8am to 12:30pm. A 1, 2, or 5 mile course and live music, games and prizes at a carnival. Presented by Kohl's Department stores. Free but donations welcome (for Children's Specialized Hospital). Johnson Park, Piscataway. Link here


Jim West's Dinosaurs. 2pm. Human scale puppets recreates the days of the dinosaurs. For grades Pre-K to 4yrs. Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway. $12-$15. Link here

Sunday Funday. 9am to 12pm. Learn about nature through a guided walk in the forest. Also, create a nature craft. $30/pair and $15 additional family member. Tenafly Nature Center (pre-register). Link here

Family Day. 1pm to 5pm. Many dynamic, museum-wide art activities. Andy Warhol is the current exhibition. Montclair Art Museum. Link here

NJ Ballet's Sleeping Beauty. 1:30 and 4pm. Storyteller narration makes this perfect for little ones. Community Theatre at Mayo Center, Morristown. Link here

Girls' Day Out. 1-5pm. Meet Lisa Oz and relax with mini beauty and health sessions. $35 advance; $45 at door includes a copy of US, Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most. Westminster Hotel, Livingston. Link here

               NEW YORK

(Saturday) Hudson River Pageant 2011. 1pm to 5pm. Parade of giant puppets, costumes and performances. Hudson River Park, NY. Link here.  

 (Sunday) 8th Annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza. 11pm to 5pm. A music and art-filled afternoon with mom bands, Gymboree play tent, arts and crafts, food, vendors, and more! Riverside Park South. W. 68th St, Pier. Link here