This is a great holiday weekend to enjoy the company of family and friends while remembering those who have sacrificed their lives for our great country. There are some great weekend events like the Kite Festival in Wildwood or the opening of Field Station Dinosaurs in Secaucus. Or, take a spot on a parade route and cheer on your local heroes. On Monday, Teaneck's family festival looks like loads of fun! Have a great weekend!

WEEKEND

Fit and Fun Family Festival. Sat to Sun. 1 to 4pm. Crafts, a veggie craft, planting activity and educational activities. Camden Children' Garden. Link here. 

Wildwoods International Kite Festival. Sat/Sun: East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on beach, learn to fly for newbies, Candy Drop, and Running of the Bols (9am). Mon: World Indoor Kite Competition (Convention Center @ 9am). Link here.

Tour of Somerville Cycling Series. Fri: 9pm; Sat: 9am start; Sun: 1:30pm; Mon: 10:45am-. Tens of thousands of spectators will attend this free event with food, kids activities, live music and etnertainment. Over 600 professional and amateur cyclists. Somerville. Link here

SATURDAY

Opening Day: Field Station Dinosaurs. 10am to 5pm. A world class family attraction–"Jurassic Park" comes to our area as 30 life-size animatronic dinosaurs come to life! The story of the dinosaurs is vividly presented on twenty acres of wild, unpredictable woods, mysterious pathways, and mountain trails. Scientists from the New Jersey State Museum have worked to ensure that the exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies. Workshops, games and activities connect the story of the dinosaurs to our world today, giving new relevance to their lives and power to the tale of their extinction. Experience it all Memorial Day weekend. Secaucus. Link here

Patriotic Wand Craft. 11am to 3pm. Free! Lakeshore Learning Store, Hackensack. Link here

Memorial Day Remembrance. 10am to 5:30pm. Activities to help remember those fallen in service. Imagine That Museum, Florham Park. Link here

Decoration Day. 1:30m to 3pm. Learn about WWI heroes and the ladies who helped the cause. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morristown. Link here

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue. Crafts, flowers, songs and quiet fireworks in the theater with a patriotic theme. Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill. Link here

SUNDAY

Street Fair. 11am to 5pm. More than 100 artists, crafters, and vendors. Live music and entertainment for kids, too! Downtown West Orange. Link here

Guided Nature Walk. 3pm to 4pm. All ages welcome, Nonmembers: $5. Tenafly Nature Center. Link here

Gone for a Soldier: Jerseymen in the Civil War. 1pm to 4pm. Civil War objects will be on display at this exhibit. $8 adults/ $4 for 6 to 12yrs/free 5 and under. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown.  Link here

MONDAY

Teaneck's Cedar Lane Family Festival. 11am to 6pm. 11am: Service at municipal green; 12pm: Tribute and Opening Ceremony: Cupcake eating contest (ages 9 to 12yrs); 1:15: Pizza Eating Competition (ages 18+); 2:30 to 5pm: Cabaret competitions; 5pm: Blue Haze Jazz Ensemble. Also: crafts, International food, shopping and kids activities. Link here

Teaneck Armory Memorial Day Fair. 9am to 5pm. Giant rock wall, kiddie rides, games, face painting, festival food, vendors and more! Teaneck National Guard Armory. Link here

2nd Annual Multicultural Festival. 12pm to 8:30pm. Live music, inflatabes, games, roller skating, vendors and awesome food! Free. Mackay Park, Englewood.

Sheep Shearing Day. 11am to 2pm. Professional shearer will be doing demos at the petting zoo area. Free with admission. Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange. Link here.

Memorial Day Paddle. 10:30am to 12:30pm or 2 to 4pm. Enjoy a pleasant paddle on the Passaic River. $30/canoe or $15/person. Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland. Link here

Some local parades: 

Ridgefield. 10am. Begins on Linden Avenue. 

Englewood. 10am. Begins at Soldier's Monument, ends at Veteran's Memorial Park. 

Cliffside Park. 9:30am. Begins on Anderson Avenue in downtown area. 

Palisades Park. 10am. Begins on Ross and Ethel Avenue. 

Leonia. 11:30am. Begins on Broad Avenue in downtown area. 

Oradell. 9am. Begins at Prospect Ave and Park Ave.