5 Favorite Things: Memorial Day Weekend!

Enjoy the loooong weekend and kick off summer with these fun family activities!

Some near, and some a little farther, but all a great way to spend time together this holiday weekend.


New Jersey Renaissance Faire

Liberty Lake, Bordentown

May 24th - 27th - 11 am - 6 pm

Okay, okay, it’s a little bit of a schlep but if you’re looking for something to cool to do this weekend, then this sounds fun for the whole family. The New Jersey Renaissance Faire is about to begin its 10th Season, an event of epic proportions! Located on the beautiful 60 acres of Liberty Lake, the New Jersey Renaissance Faire is the largest festival of its kind in the state of NJ, and has made a name for itself as the most interactive Renaissance Faire in the country. A renowned local destination for family entertainment, over three weekends, six stages host a variety of performances including sword fighting, music, comedy, fire breathing, and aerialists. Along with a cast of brilliantly talented cast of professionally trained actors, there is an extensive merchant village of talented artisans, and delicious food and drink, including Beer and Wine, courtesy of the South Jersey Celtic Society and Valenzano Winery. To purchase tickets or find out more about this wonderful event, check out our website.


Disney’s Beauty & The Beast

Paper Mill Playhouse

May 29th - July 3rd - various times

Singing teapots and candlesticks, an evil spell, and an unlikely love story are all part of the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award–winning animated feature, the stage production includes all of the original songs from the movie by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus additional gems by Menken and Tim Rice. The whole family will be enchanted by this gorgeous production, featuring stunning costumes and sets, spectacular dance numbers, and, of course, a fairy-tale ending.

Tickets range. Visit the theatre website for more info.

Discovery Saturdays @ Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Saturday, May 25th - 9 am - 1 pm

Make a discovery at the Arboretum, and enjoy a unique family experience. Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center on Saturdays, any time between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, for an interactive exploration of nature.

Each week discover a new plant, animal or environmental topic through experiments, stories, games, and crafts. Borrow an Arboretum backpack loaded with binoculars, field guides, a magnifying glass and everything else needed for outdoor Arboretum adventure.

No pre-registration is necessary. Adults must be accompanied by a child.

Visit the website for more information.

Memorial Day Tour: Call of Duty

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

Saturday, May 25th - 11 am

Join museum senior staff for a special guided tour of the exhibit, ‘Call of Duty: Patriotism During World War I.’ Learn the meaning behind America’s iconic symbols, and discover the home front activities of Caroline and Charles Foster and their peers. Free admission for current and past armed service members.

$6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, FREE per child under age 2. Waived for current active duty/retired Armed Service members.

Preregistration is required. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net.

Memorial Day Parade

Downtown Madison

Monday, May 27th - 8:30 am

The parade returns to Madison this year, the ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. sharp at Upper James Park with the laying of the wreath by the American Legion of Florham Park. Following the ceremony, the parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Condurso Way, proceeding down Main Street to Prospect Street, then, following Kings Road to Hartley Dodge Memorial, where there will be a solemn remembrance ceremony.