5 Favorite Things: September 6th - 12th

It’s beginning to feel like fall with the temperatures lowering and the kids going back to school. We’ve found some fun family activities for you and yours to enjoy!

Trailblazers Volunteer Day

Saturday, September 7th - 9 am - 11 am

Liberty State Park Nature Station

Help take back the land by becoming an LSP Trailblazer. Trailblazers focus on removing exotic invasive weeds and vines from around the trails that pass through the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area.

It is recommended that you wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes, and work gloves if you have them. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Bringing sunscreen, insect repellent, and water is also recommend.

Meet at the Nature Center, which is the blue building on Freedom Way. Free parking is available across the street.  Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Pre-registration is required.


PAWS for Art

Saturday, September 7th - 10 am - 5 pm

Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center

Bring your family dogs to WheatonArts for a day of art and fun! PAWS for Art is an annual, free admission event celebrating our four-legged friends and their owners. Hosted in partnership with the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, this outdoor event is held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PAWS for Art highlights include: Wheaton Barks Dog Show (with trophies for adult and children categories), local non-profit animal rescue groups, obedience demonstrations, animal-themed glassmaking demonstrations, personalized clay paw prints, pet-themed crafting activities for children, pet-themed retail exhibitors, and more! Pet food donations for the shelter are welcomed and encouraged.

Pet food donations for the shelter are welcomed and encouraged.


See the center website for more information.


NJ Taco Fest

Sunday, September 7th - 10 am - 8 pm

Sussex County Fairgrounds

If you love tacos, you won't want to miss this taco-centric event. Load up on delicious tacos while enjoying live music, a chihuahua beauty pageant, wrestling matches and more.

Margaritas and beer are available for adults.

$15 at door, $10 online, kids under 10 free

Visit the website for more information.


Touch a Truck 2 & Train Ride

Sunday, September 8th - 12 pm

Whippany Rail Museum

Come to the Whippany Railway Museum for its Touch-A-Truck 2 & Train Ride event.  This family event offers children of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore working trucks of all types, as well as meeting the people who build, protect and serve the local community.

See a collection of vehicles - fire trucks, transport vehicles, construction vehicles and public health and safety trucks - that will be positioned on the Museum grounds.  Attendees can climb into the cabs, honk the horns, examine the equipment, flash the lights and creatively explore the trucks with guidance from the respective professionals who will explain the equipment and discuss the work each vehicle performs.

Enter the cab of 120-ton, 112-year old steam locomotive No. 385, where you can settle into the locomotive engineer's seat, take hold of the whistle cord, ring the bell, and imagine what it was like to be in total command of a powerful, fire-breathing iron horse.

Climb aboard our mid-1900's excursion train as it makes a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip along the historic "Whippanong Trail".  Each train ticket holder will receive a special commemorative keepsake of the day. 

Train Ride Fare: Adult: $16.; Child (under 12) $11.; Infants (1 yr & under): Free

Visit the Museum website for more information.

Tea for Two

Sunday, September 8th - 1 pm

Macculloch Hall

Celebrate Grandparents’ Day with tea and dessert in the Museum’s Center Hall. Enjoy a story and special craft. Pre-registration required. Recommended for children ages 4 and older. $20 per child/adult pair, $10 for museum members. Pre-register with Cynthia Winslow, (973) 538-2404, ext. 16 or cwinslow@maccullochhall.org.