Weekend Family Fun: Waldo, Science, Dinos and more

How did we get to the end of July already? Another fun weekend awaits you as the month comes to a close! We’ve rounded up some family-friendly things to do. Check them out!

This is the last weekend of the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt at Watchung Plaza. Kids can spend a morning or several hours a week in July looking for Waldo at over 20 businesses around the Plaza. Stop by Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for a passport and to find Waldo there, then check out the businesses next door. On Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, there will be a party to wrap up the Where’s Waldo event.

Jurassic Quest, the largest and most realistic traveling dinosaur show in North America, will be at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison) this weekend. Hours are Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event includes unique and exciting experiences for the whole family. Observe the herd of life-size animatronic dinosaurs, including an Apatosaurus, Spinosaurus, T-Rex and an incredible 50-foot-long Megalodon. Tickets start at $22.

Also this weekend, Stony Hill Farms (15 North Road, Chester) will host its annual Sunflower Festival. Each festival ticket includes a wagon ride to the sunflower fields, time to take photos and enjoy the blooms, live music and access to vendors. There are also options to cut your own flowers. Kids can also enjoy tricycle rides, a barn board game, Noah’s Ark playground and more. Festival opening hours are 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $20.99 – $45.99.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will offer free Saturday tours this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours begin at the Visitor Center. No reservations are required and tours are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host a Family Photo Hunt. Held daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Bring your camera or phone to hunt this month. July’s theme is “That’s Awesome.” Bring your phone or camera on the hunt this month, “It’s awesome.” Look for shady places and cool plants. Take a picture of each item and get a prize. Cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Pre-registration is required.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host a Butterfly Tent Safari on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event features live butterflies and a butterfly themed program for all ages. You must reserve a time slot by calling the Center at 973.228.8776. Walk-ins will not be accommodated. Cost is $8 per person and includes a takeaway item per paid participant.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will also host
Butterfly Gardening Workshop on Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am for children aged 8+. Learn about butterfly gardening in this hands-on workshop. We will learn about native host and nectar plants and how they support our New Jersey butterflies. Meeting in Garibaldi Hall. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child and $12 per adult.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Wild Science on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Wild science is an evening of family fun, for kids of all ages! During the event, guests will have the opportunity to walk around the zoo, participate in conservation activities, enjoy talks with keepers, explore animal biofacts and enjoy up-close animal encounters. Mad Science Special Presentations. Tickets are $40 for non-member adults (21+) and $25 for non-member children (5-20). Children under 4 are free.

The Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) hosts Spark!Lab on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Spark!Lab offers every child (ages 5-12 and accompanied by an adult) a new informal approach to hands-on learning. Instead of following step-by-step instructions, young inventors will be empowered to solve problems and overcome real-world obstacles. Spark!Lab offers many unique, project-specific stations where inventors can engage directly with engineering and design challenges. There is also a newly created roller coaster and exploration table space filled with unique tools that help spark creativity, thinking and learning for children ages 1-4). The price is included in admission, which is $12 for adults, $8 for children 3-17 and free for children under 3. All summer until August 28, young inventors will be issued a free Spark!Lab Passport during their summer lab visits. With each visit they will receive a stamp and with six stamps they will complete the challenge and win an exclusive prize. The first ten inventors to complete this challenge will receive the You Topia Moving Diorama Creation Kit (pictured above)! Other rewards include a Spark!Lab diary and more!

Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City) has several special exhibits. The Pigeon Comes to Jersey City celebrates the art and characters of beloved children’s book author and illustrator, Mo Willems. This exhibit for young learners features the duo of best friends Elephant and Piglet, loyal companion Knuffle Bunny and Pigeon, the crafty city bird best known for its antics in Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! It will also continue to feature Minecraft: The Exhibition. It is 6000 sq.ft. a multimedia experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, whether they play Minecraft or not. The exhibit features an immersive experience that features block scenes and characters from the game. Both exhibits will be open until September 5, 2022. Liberty Science Center is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The price is the price of general admission plus an additional fee. Visit the website for details.

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