5 Favorite Things: 4th of July Weekend

It’s Independence Day and there is so much to do to celebrate in our area!


Jack Horner’s Dino Dig Grand Re-Opening

Liberty Science Center

Through July 7th

Pint size paleontologists and their parents can visit the Liberty Science Center's special summer exhibit, Dino Dig. Through early September, the museum transforms its backyard into a dig site where kids can experience a paleontological expedition, working alongside the science center's Dino Dig Guide Team.

The opening week includes dino dance party, prehistoric touch tank and more.

Kids can sift through 35 tons of sand to uncover more than 60 fossils from T. Rex, Triceratops, Maiasaura and other species plus a dinosaur egg nest. The exhibit is designed to evoke the fossil-rich Hell Creek Formation in Montana.

This popular exhibit returns to the museum by popular request and is included, free of charge, with any Liberty Science Center admission ticket.

Visit the museum website for more information.


New Jersey State Fair

Through July 7th - various times


State Fair Meadowlands returns for 18 days with more than 150 rides and attractions plus plenty of free entertainment on two stages.  The fair, which features the largest Kiddieland in New Jersey as well as thrilling rides for older children and adults, over 50 food vendors, live animal shows, daring acrobats, illusionists, a hypnotist, games and shopping.

State Fair Meadowlands is the largest fair in the New York metro area, with more than 35 acres of fairgrounds. Dazzling fireworks shows will take place July 3 and 4.

Please visit website for details on hours, admission and parking.


Day Out with Thomas

Phillipsburg, NJ

Through July 14th - various times

Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019, which pulls into the The Delaware River Railroad Excursion in Phillipsburg for two back-to-back weekends. Children and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends fun.

Other activities include:

  • A 25-minute ride with a talking Thomas the Tank Engine

  • A Meet & Greet with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway

  • A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station featuring a variety of activities, such as crafts, a petting zoo and inflatables

  • Storytelling, video viewing and live music

  • Enjoy the amazing Juggler Jeff Peden, Ventriloquist Scott Wagstaff & His Zany Animals, and the Grand Master Band Wagon

Excursions depart every hour on the hour from 10am through 5pm.

Visit the website for more information.

Ice Cream Day Excursion Train

Whippany Rail Museum

Sunday, July 7th - various times

All aboard a 45 minute round trip ride from the Whippany Railway Museum, followed by a scoop of ice cream in honor of National Ice Cream Month.

Visit the museum website for more information.


Zoo-vies @ Turtleback Zoo

Tuesdays through August - various times

Turtleback Zoo presents free screenings from the top deck of the zoo's parking garage. Enjoy sunset, a great view, and a fun film all in one evening. Bring your own lawn chair and snacks or buy munchies from a concession. Films begin at dusk and are weather-dependent.

The garage is outside zoo grounds and film-goers do not need to pay zoo admission.

This week’s movie is Wonder Park

Visit the zoo website for pricing and info.