Family weekend: Waldo, Science, Dinos and more

How did we get to the end of July already? As we close the month, there’s another weekend of fun at your disposal! We’ve rounded up a few things to do for families. Check them out!

This is the last weekend of the Where’s Waldo treasure hunt in Watchung Plaza. Kids can spend the morning or a couple of hours a week during the month of July looking for Waldo at over 20 businesses around the Plaza. Stop at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for a passport and to find Waldo there, then check out nearby businesses. A Where’s Waldo Closing Party will be held on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Jurassic Quest, North America’s largest and most realistic traveling dinosaur show, will be held this weekend at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison). Hours are Friday from 10:00 to 20:00, Saturday from 9:00 to 20:00 and Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00. The event provides unique and exciting experiences for the whole family. See the herd of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, including 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 the annual Sunflower Festival. Each festival ticket includes a carriage ride to the sunflower fields, time to take photos and enjoy the blooms, live music, and access to vendors. There are also options for cutting your flowers. Kids can also enjoy trike rides, a backyard board game, a Noah’s Ark playground, and more. The festival time is from 10:00 to 20:00, from Friday to Sunday. Tickets cost $ 20.99 – $ 45.99.

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will offer free Saturday tours this Saturday at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Tours start at the Visitor Center. No reservation is required and tours are on a first come first served basis.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held every day from 8am to 5pm, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. The July theme is “This is Awesome”. Bring your phone or camera for this month’s hunt, “That’s great.” 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 the Butterfly Tent Safari on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. This event features live butterflies and butterfly-themed programming for all ages. It is necessary to book a time slot by calling the Center at 973.228.8776. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Cost is $ 8 per person and includes one takeaway per paid attendee.

it will also house the Essex County Environmental Center (621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland).
Butterfly gardening workshop on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 for children aged 8 and up. 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. Appointment at the Garibaldi Room. Advance registration is required. The cost is $ 30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $ 10 per child and $ 12 per adult.

The Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Wild Science on Saturdays from 5pm to 8pm. Wild science is an evening of family fun, for children of all ages! During the event, guests will have the opportunity to stroll around the zoo, participate in conservation activities, experience keepers’ speeches, explore animal biographical facts, and enjoy close encounters with the animals. Mad Science special presentations. Tickets cost $ 40 for non-member adults (21+) and $ 25 for non-member children (5-20). Children up to 4 years are free.

The Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) hosts the Spark! Lab on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm. Spark! Lab offers any child (aged 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 have the power to solve problems and overcome real-world obstacles. Spark! Lab offers many unique and project-specific stations, where inventors can engage directly with engineering and design challenges. There is also a newly created space with a train and exploration table filled with unique tools to help stimulate creativity, thinking and learning for children aged 1-4). Cost is included in admission, which is $ 12 for adults, $ 8 for children ages 3-17, and free for children under 3. Throughout the summer until August 28, young inventors will receive a free Spark! Lab passport during their summer visits to the lab. At each visit they will acquire a stamp and with six stamps they will complete the challenge and earn an exclusive prize. The top ten inventors who complete this challenge will receive the You Topia mobile diorama kit (pictured above)! Other rewards include a Spark! Lab journal and more!

The 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 young student exhibit features best friend duo Elephant and Piggie, loyal companion Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon, the crafty city bird known for his antics in Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! It will also continue to feature Minecraft: The Exhibition. This is a 6,000 square foot. multimedia experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, regardless of whether they play Minecraft or not. The exhibit features an immersive experience that includes blocky scenes and characters from the game. Both exhibits will be open until September 5, 2022. The Liberty Science Center is open from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. The cost is the general admission price, plus an additional cost. Visit the website for details.

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