5 Favorite Things: September 28th - October 3rd

Fall is officially here and I, for one, am ready for it! Bring on the warm apple cider, hay rides and football! In the meantime, here are some really family friendly, fun activities for everyone!


Dinosaurs After Dark

Field Station Dinosaurs

Through October 27th - 7 pm

Field Station: Dinosaurs is set to reopen for another awesome autumn season.  After a fantastic summer filled with exciting dinosaur activities, families can enjoy eight more weekends of entertaining and educational programming at the Field Station, including the return of the hugely popular Dinosaurs After Dark experience.

One of the most popular activities of the Autumn season is Dinosaurs After Dark, a spooky, funny adventure into a shadowy, prehistoric world. When the sun goes down, it’s discovered that there’s a T-Rex on the loose! A fearless Dinosaur Wrangler will lead a Tyrannosaurus Hunt along the Field Station's darkened trails. The Dinosaur Troubadour hosts the Crazy Cretaceous Costume Party, a musical puppet show where staff paleontologists use the scientific method to determine the scariest Halloween costume of all. The experience concludes with a dinosaur sing-a-long around a campfire with s'mores and hot chocolate! Reservations are recommended as space is limited.

For those looking to do their exploring during the day, the Field Station will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and there’s so much to capture any dinosaur lover’s imagination. 

Visit the website for more information.


Sunflower Festival at Holland Ridge Farms

Cream Ridge, NJ

Through October 27th - 9 am - 6 pm

I know it might be a schlep, but this seems SOOOOO worth it for a nice day trip with the family!

New Jersey’s premier Sunflower Festival features over 50 acres of towering sunflowers, thousands of colorful mums, assorted cut flowers and Indian corn - all available to pick and purchase. Enjoy a memorable day at the farm filled with lots of fresh-air fun.

The festival is now in its second year. The farm is yours to explore when you visit. Make sure to bring your camera, then stop into the Bakery Barn for a cup of coffee and some mouth-watering treats. Plus, visit one of our food trucks. Youngsters can enjoy face painting, pony rides, and hay bale mazes. On weekends, enjoy a variety of events like food trucks, live music, and fire pits.

Visit the farm website for more information.

15th Annual Fall Family Festival

Essex County Environmental Center

Saturday, September 28th - 11 am - 4 pm

Head over to the Essex County Environmental Center to celebrate the autumn equinox. There will be fun-filled activities for the entire family, including hands-on nature games and crafts, canoeing, Native American life, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, food, and more.

All ages

Visit the website for more information.


Jeff Boyer’s Big Bubble Bonanza

Mayo Performing Arts Center

Monday, September 30th - 12:30 pm, & 3 pm

Master bubble wrangler Jeff Boyer pops over to MAYO with his amazing bubble spectacular, including volcano bubbles, bubble rainbow with people inside and more. 

All Ages

Tickets: $12-15

Visit the theatre website for info and tickets.

Historic Speedwell

4th Annual Speedwell Games

Saturday, September 28th - 11 am - 4 pm

Enjoy games, and play with toys that were used in the bygone era of the Vail Family.

$5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4.

Visit the park website for more information.

And as a “extra” event added into our 5 favorites…

#ad Grand Opening of Party City Rockaway!

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WHAT: This Saturday, September 28th, Party City is celebrating the Grand Opening of their new 15,000-square-foot store in Rockaway, NJ.

The event will include a ribbon cutting with Rockaway township Mayor Michael Puzio, live radio coverage by Z100 co-host Danielle Monaro and a character appearance by Batman and his Batmobile.

Get there early!!! The first 100 customers in attendance will receive a free $20 Party City gift card while all attendees will receive free food, giveaways and exclusive discounts.

WHEN: Saturday, September 28th

  • 8:30AM – Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Michael Puzio

  • 9AM – 1:30PM Appearance by Batman and his Batmobile

  • 10AM – 12PM Z100 Danielle Monaro

WHERE: Rockaway Townsquare Mall, 357 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway, NJ 07866 (Outside mall - formerly Toys R Us location)