Aug 10, 2018

End-of-Summer Activities

Fun Kids Activity

As the summer winds down and the school year looms ahead, consider trading in lazy summer days for some of these fun-filled events for the whole family!

On Saturday, Aug. 25, check out Pier Village’s Jazz and Blues Festival. Let the kids dance on the boardwalk to live music while enjoying delicious food available for purchase. Children’s activities will include crafts, games and more! The festival runs from 1 to 9 pm, rain or shine, with free admission.

Take a step back in time on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Canal Day Music & Craft Festival in Wharton. The main attraction of this old-time county fair is The Morris Canal, where activities will include free kayak rides and even a mule-drawn boat ride down the canal. The fair features live music, a wide selection of foods, and regional crafts. For the history buffs, check out the blacksmith demonstrations and Civil War Encampment! Cap off the day with fireworks at Robert Street Park. Parking with shuttle bus service to and from the festival is available at the Wharton Industrial Center, 170 West Central Ave. in Wharton.

Beach-loving families can still take advantage of warm summer nights while they can! Every Saturday evening in August, Movies on the Beach will be held at the Eighth Avenue beach in Belmar. Pack your beach chairs and a blanket to enjoy a free family-friendly movie starting at dusk.

Head to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach for a full night of family fun (activities are offered every Monday night in August, weather permitting). From 6 to 6:45 pm, you can hunt for treasures in the sand during the Aquarium’s Beachcombing. All ages are welcome (and free) to learn about and search for the many critters that live in our sandy beaches. Beachcombers should meet in front of the Aquarium at 6 pm to get the search underway.

From there, check out the Kiddie Beach Show which begins at 7 pm, located across from the Ride Park Train Station (also on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk). A new lineup of entertainment is presented every Monday night, featuring comedy and magic shows, cowboys and pirates! Bring a blanket and enjoy some snacks while you snuggle up with those sun-kissed kids.

Why not spend a day giving back and teaching little ones about serving the community? While you are out collecting back to school supplies with your children, consider having the kids pick out some extra items to donate to Lunch Break’s Back to School Drive. Items can be dropped off at Lunch Break headquarters (121 Dr. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank) through Aug. 11. On Saturday, Aug. 18, head to the Annual Community Picnic at Red Bank’s Count Basie Park from 9 am to 2:30 pm, where all the donated supplies will be handed out. Stay to enjoy live music, raffles, food and more!