Fall is a prime time to spend time outdoors with the family. There are tons of festivals happening all over North and South Jersey. You can also bike or run for a good cause–always a great way to introduce your kids to community service. Have a great weekend! 

WEEKEND

How to Train Your Dragon. Sat: 11am, 3pm and 7pm; Sun: 7:30pm. Be transported to a mythical world of fire-breathing dragons soaring overhead. 23 dragons, Viking warriors and circus artists/acrobats will thrill your family! IZOD Center, Rutherford. $24.50 to $89.50. Link here.

Pumpkin Land Festival.
10am to 6pm. Hayrides, "Pigtucky Derby," Halloween costume contest,
cider donuts, apple pie, haunted hayrides. $9/pp, children 2 and under
FREE! Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon. Link here.

Apple Days.
Sat/Sun: 10am to 5pm. Wagon rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, etc.
Also, visit the adventure barn, corn stalk maze and tons of apple
related stuff to do! Juicy roast pork, BBQ chicken, apple cider donuts,
music and more. $5; under 3 free. Terhune Orchards, Princeton. Link here.

FRIDAY

Uniqlo Grand Opening. 12pm. Discounts for first 500 shoppers on cashmere sweaters and jeans! Garden State Plaza Mall.

SATURDAY

Animation. Make your own animated cartoons with Cartoon Network characters. 30 hands-on activities will show how animation magic is created! Liberty Science Center, Jersey City. Free with paid admission. Link here.

Grand Opening Party. 10:30am to 2pm. Tour the center, Bubble Party (11am), crafts, food & drinks, balloon artist, face painting, tattoos, and more! Rainbow Academy, Westwood. Link here.

Fall Festival and Open  House. 4pm to 7pm. Free food, games, door prizes, kids activities. Kids games begin at 4pm. Redeemer Montclair Church. Link here.

Bloomfield HarvestFest. 11am to 6pm. A mile long outdoor marketplace, amusement rides and games. Broad Street between Belleville and Bloomfield Ave. Link here.

Halloween Fashion Show. 3pm to 4pm. Need costume or decorating ideas? Come to this fun event that features a costume contest (come in your fave costume!), activities and parade. Pottery Barn Kids, Hackensack. Link here.

Rahway River Trout Unlimited Kids Fishing Derby. 9am to 10:30am. Bait and tackle will be provided. Nomahegan Park, Cranford. Link here.

SUNDAY

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 7am to 12pm. Buy discounted theme park tickets and a portion goes to benefit Komen. The largest 5K in NJ! Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson. Link here.

Hoboken Arts and Music Festival.
11am to 6pm. Over 200 artists, crafters, businesses, restaurants,
vendors, non-profits and more. Live music and admission is free! Link here.

Bergen Bike Tour.
7:30am to 2pm. Benefit for Volunteer Center of Bergen County and
Tomorrows Children's Fund. 10, 25, and 50 mile routes for cyclists of
all levels. Begins and ends at Darlington Park in Mahwah. Also, a kids
ride! Barbeque, clowns, face painting, music, etc. Link here.

Change a Life 2012 Bike/Hike. 1:30pm to 4pm. Biking, hiking, walking and watching Chinese performances of dance and juggling! There will also be a kids tent. Proceeds go to sending medical teams to China to care for disabled children in orphanages. Palisades Interstate Park, Englewood Cliffs. $35 individuals; $125 families. Link here.

Hackensack Columbus Day Parade and Festival. 12pm on Main Street. Festival on The Green. Link here

Harvest Festival. 11am to 5pm. A celebration of Early American life…music, kids crafts, games, demos, displays, petting zoo andmore! Trailside Nature and Science Center, Mountainside. Link here.

Angelina Ballerina LIVE! 10am to 12pm. Meet the star of Angelina Ballerina, take a free class, and do some fun activties! Edgewater Community Center. Link here.