Back to school is rough on everyone in the family…take a break and let those stressed out nerves calm down with some outdoor fun while it's still warm! We can still pretend it's summer, right? Have a great weekend!

WEEKEND

Oyster Fest.
Sat: 12pm to 10pm; Sun: 12pm to 6pm. Oyster eating contest, musical
entertainment, food, kids rides, etc. Historic Carousel, Asbury Park. Link here.

Hoboken Italian Festival.
Sat/Sun: 12pm to 10pm. Live music, pizza- and cannoli-
eating contest, fireworks, grape stomp and more! Sinatra Park. Link here.

SATURDAY

Free Trial Music Class. 9:30am to 10:15am. A mommy and me music class for 2 to 5 year olds. Learn musical concepts through play, stories, movement, singing and musical activities. Arete Academy, Englewood Cliffs. Link here.

Open Cockpit Day. 10am to 4pm. Touch a truck, airplane, helicopter and more! $7 adults/$5 children. Teterboro Airport, Teterboro. Link here.

Dumont Day Extravaganza. 10am. Live performances, food and activities for all! Memorial Park, Dumont. Link here.

Apple Basket Craft. 11am to 3pm. Kids creat a bushel shaped basket–perfect to take apple picking. Free! Lakeshore Learning Store, Hackensack.

Happy Baby Toddler Workshop. 10am to 11am. Whole Foods Paramus. Link here.

Open House. 2pm to 7pm. Meet the staff and get details on their amazing classes for boys and girls age 1 and up! Free! Professional Arts Academy, Edgewater. Link here.

Free Trial Classes. 10am to 2pm. Reserve your space to amazing dance classes for ages 2 and a half up to teens. Mariann's School of Dance, Paramus. Link here.

Butterfly Day. 10am to 12pm. Explore the gardens and work on arts and crafts projects. Liberty State Park Interpretive Center, Jersey City. Link here.

Get Out, Explore, Get Fit. 11am to 4pm. Scavenger hunt, colonial games, and fitness nutrition program from Goryeb Children's Hospital's Kid Fit Program. Jockey Hollow National Park, Morristown. Link here.

Edison Fall Family Spectacular Music Festival. Two stages, classic car and motorcycle show, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, NWS wrestling, fireworks, BMX show and more! Papianni Park Municipal Complex, Edison. Link here.

Hefty Harvest and Scary Scarecrows Family Festival. Make a scarecrow to take home (additional fee), games, crafts and more! Concession stand features pumpkin, cranberry and apple flavors. Camden Children's Garden, Camden. Link here.

SUNDAY

21st Annual Edgewater Arts & Music Festival. 11am to 6pm. Over 3,000 people expected to explore the world of art from local artists, photographers, fashion designers and more! There will be a Chidlren's Art Corner, too. River Road and Thompson Lane, Edgewater. Link here.

Gran Fondo NJ 2012. 7am. Ride through Morris and neighboring counties. Gran: 103 miles, Medio: 63 miles, Piccolo (43 miles), and Breve (18 miles). Supports The Seeing Eye. Link here.

Open House. 1pm to 4pm. Facility tours, access to gyms and pools, sample classes, moon bounce, clowns, face painting, water park, mini massages, music, giveaways and more! JCC on the Palisades, Tenafly. Link here.

South Orange Blues Festival. Live music, food, crafts, etc. Bring a blanket or lawn chair! South Mountain Reservation, West Orange. Link here.

Apple Cider Making.
12:30-1:30pm and 2 to 3pm. Learn about the history of apple cultivation
and cider making. Help out by bringing 3 or more apples per person.
Preregistration required. $10 nonmembers. Under 2 free. Tenafly Nature
Center. Link here.

1920's Country Fair and Harvest Festival. 12pm to 5pm. Exhibits, wagon rides, music, food, games, tours and more! $8 adults; $6 for children 4 to 16yrs; $4 ages 2 and 3. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris. Link here.