100 Ways to Have Summer Fun ~ Jersey Family Fun Day Trips & Destinations ~ Summer 2015

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Jersey Family Fun's Day Trips & Destinations guide for the summer of 2015 is our biggest guide to date. With 100+ Ways to have summer fun and 88 pages of ideas, this guide is just what you need to plan a summer of fabulous memory making with your family.


  • Table of Contents

    Events 2 Free & Discount Adm. Days 3 Free Food & Meal Days 8 Free & $1 Movie Days 11 Concerts & Performances 18 Unique Events 21 Activities 32Day Trips 40Family Travel 71

    The Jersey Family Fun Team

    Editor Jennifer AuerEvents & Ast. Editor Crystal Rodgers

    Writers & Team MembersMelanie Cortese

    Joanna Gnudi CortinaJillian FletcherMelissa Garner

    Lauran Randazzo JonesTraci Weston-Murn

    Nancy Moore Palutis

    Bring on summer!

    Every day my kids come home from school and remind me how many school days they have left. I admit I am half-excited and half-terrified. Excited to not have any more days of homework but terrified at the thought of how to fill so many days off from school with fun activities. Do you feel the same?

    Its with that in mind that we created our BIGGEST day trips and destinations guide to date. Weve packed it with over 100 ways to have summer fun with your kids. From community events to vacation destinations we hope youll find this a valuable tool in planning your summer of fun.

    Thank you to our team of writers for their work to create the great articles and directories. We appreciate our advertisers who make it all possible. And a special thanks to Gap Kids and Gymboree for their Nanotex clothing, pictured on the cover and pages 40 and 71. This stain-resistant wrinkle-free clothing can help your kids and mine look good all summer long, no matter what adventures you choose and we wish you many fun adventures.

    Enjoy your summer,Jennifer Auer, Editor

    Click the image for our complete calendar of events.

  • Bank of Americas Museums on Us

    On the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America's Museums on Us Program allows each card holder to get one free general admission at more than 150 museums nationwide. Look below for a list of museums in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York. Each card holder gets one free general admission. All you need is a photo id and your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card.

    Bank of America Free Admission Weekends Summer Schedule

    June 6th & 7thJuly 4th & 5thAugust 1st & 2ndSeptember 5th & 6th

    Participating Museums in New JerseyMontclair Art MuseumLiberty Science CenterNewark MuseumAijira, a center for contemporary art (closed Sundays)Morris MuseumWheaton Arts & Cultural CenterThe Noyes Museum of Art at Richard Stockton CollegeGarden State Discovery Museum

    Participating Museums in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Museum of ArtNational Constitution CenterNational Museum of American Jewish HistoryAfrican American Museum in PhiladelphiaAllentown Art Museum Carnegie Museum of Art

    Participating Museums in DelawareDelaware Art Museum (No Sundays)Delaware Museum of Natural History

    Participating Museums in New YorkThe Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Museum of Modern ArtStaten Island Children's MuseumBrooklyn Historical SocietyChildren's Museum of ManhattanQueens Museum of ArtLong Island Children's MuseumSuffolk County Vanderbilt MuseumLong Island Museum of American Art, History, & Carriages (Closed Jan-Feb)Old Westbury Gardens (May - Dec Only)

  • Philadelphia Museum of ArtDuring special Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art Pay What You Wish Days on the first Sunday of the month and Wednesday evenings your family can go to the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art at at fraction of the price.

    On these special days you are invited to the museum and you can pay whatever you can afford, just please pay something as the museum says even if it's just a

    penny. It is a great way to introduce you family to the arts museum.

    Pay What You Wish Days 2015 Summer Schedule

    No advance registration is required.Sundays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and pay what you wish is all day.Wednesdays 10:00 am - 8:45 pm pay what you wish begins after 5 pm.

    Wednesday, May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27thSunday, June 7thWednesday, June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24thSunday, July 5Wednesday, July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29thSunday, August 2ndWednesday, August 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26thSunday, September 6

    The Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhiladelphia, PA 19130Phone Number 215-763-8100

  • Please Touch Museum offers $2 Admission Days

    On the first Wednesday night of each month your family can visit the Please Touch Museum for $2 a person.

    Summer Schedule of $2 Admission Days At the Please Touch Museum Schedule

    Free parking will be offered as well during these times. No advance registration is required.

    Wed., June 3rd 4pm to 7pm Wed., July 1st 4pm to 7pm Wed., August 5th 4pm to 7pm Wed., September 2nd 4pm to 7pm Wed., October 7th 4pm to 7pm

    The Please Touch Museum is located at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park4231 Avenue of the Republic, (formerly North Concourse Drive) in Philadelphia.

  • Franklin InstituteFree Admission Days

    During special Target Community nights you can go to Franklin Institute for Free! Free Admission nights generally occur on the third Thursday of the month.

    No advance registration is required however registration on site might be requested. Parking is also a discounted rate of $6 during the evening!

    2015 FREE Admission Day Summer Schedule Wed., June 17th 5pm to 8pm - Ocean Science Wed., July 15th 5pm to 8pm - Science of the City There is no August schedule as of 3/26 Wed., September 16th 5pm to 8pm - Neighborhood Night

    For tips on how to make the most of a Franklin Institute Free Admission Day click over to this blog post.

    The Franklin Institute is located at 222 N 20th Street in Philadelphia.

  • National Constitution Center Celebrates Wawa Hoagie Day with Free Admission Spend Independence Week learning about our country's history with FREE Admission to the National Constitution Center on Thursday, July 2.

    For the third consecutive year, the Constitution Center will participate in Wawa Hoagie Day. The museum will have extended hours on Thursday, July 2, 2015 (9:30 am to 8 pm). Wawa Hoagie Day is Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness at its finest as 5 tons of hoagies will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free to thousands of people outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall starting at noon. Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police.

    Free Activities Include Special exhibition about Wawa's history Program on the history of the hoagie. Free make & take activities. Ceremonies, Concerts, & Shows. Scholarly chats and walking tours, at the museum and at various Historic Philadelphia locations.

    TheNational Constitution Center is located at the Independence Mall at 525 Arch Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Check out ourNational Constitution Center series to learn more.

  • National Doughnut Day is Friday, June 5

    From Dunkin' Donuts which dominates the tri-state area for these tasty delicacies to the local and independent shops that offer their own creations, a doughnut flavor exists for everyone and Friday, June 5, you can get one for FREE.

    The first Friday in June has been National Doughnut Day since 1938. It was created as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army and in Chicago it still is used as a fundraiser for this organization. It is meant to raise awareness for the social programs offered by the Salvation Army and to commemorate the "donut lassies" who are women that in addition to providing various supplies to soldiers also served them coffee and doughnuts on the front lines during World War I.

    Where to Get Free Doughnuts on National Doughnut Day 2015 Dunkin' Donuts (check your local store) Krispy Kreme Receive a free donut. Montclair Bread Company (113 Walnut St., Montclair) Tim Horton's (1 Hudson Pl, Hoboken) Top That Donuts (210 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach) Shore Good Donuts Duck Donuts

    So whether you are a traditionalist or a culinary daredevil, stop into one of the above vendors for a breakfast treat.

    Free Slurpee Day!

    July 11th is 7-11 Free Slurpee Day at 7-11 stores nationwide from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. Stop in to participating stores to get yours while supplies last.

  • Give yourself the night off from cooking at a discount! Take advantage of these restaurants in New Jersey offering kids a free meal!

    We suggest calling the location to confirm participation and terms. For the specific schedule by day and locations visit our complete listing online.

    Atlantic County Pizza Hut, Dennys, Moes Southwest Grill, Zona Fresca, IHOP, Mays Landing Diner, Friendlys

    Bergen County Moes Southwest Grill, IHOP, Jalapenos, Rocca, Hooters, Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, Millers Ale House, IKEA, Horizon Diner, Lakeside Grille and Bar, Bennigans, Que Pasta

    Burlington County Dennys, IHOP, Charleys Other Brother, Sonic, Pizzeria Uno, Marlton Tavern, Al Dente

    Camden County Qdoba, Dennys, Tortilla Press, Pop Shop, Millers Ale House, Bob Evans, IHOP

    Cape May County Oceanside Seafood, Cabanas

    Cumberland County Bennigans, Dennys, Friendlys

    Essex County IHOP, Nikko, Calandras Mediterranean Grill, Moonshine Supper Club, Franklin Steakhouse, Toro Loco, Verona Inn

    Gloucester County Pizzeria Uno, Landmark, Mozzarella Grill, Vals Seafood Trattoria, Dennys

    Hudson County Otaiko, Arthurs, Elysian Cafe, IHOP, Qdoba, Cheeseburger in Paradise

    Hunterdon County Riley and Jakes, Lovin Oven, The Rail

    Mercer County Town Diner, Pizzeria Uno, IHOP, Moes, Tavern on the Lake, Hooters

    Middlesex County Dennys, The Station Tavern, IHOP, Dickeys Barbecue Pit, Hooters, Pizza Hut, Pizzeria Uno, Brother Jimmys, Moes, Arirang, Buffalo Wild Wings, Millers Ale House

    Monmouth CountyCourt Jester, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rosalitas, All Seasons Restaurant Diner, IHOP, Valentinos, Inkanto, Red Oak Diner, Park East, Shore Cafe, Chubby Pickle, Chapter House, Sycamore Grill, Bubbakoos, Brass Rail, Ninos Coal Fired Pizza, Main Street Bar and Grill, Blue Swan, Molly Maguires Gastropub

    Morris County IHOP, Andreas Dining Room, Buffalo Wild Wings, Moes, Scallopini

    Ocean County Bubbakoos, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP, Ninos Coal Fired Pizza, Bubbakoos, 21 South, Sandys Cozy Corner, Lamp Post Inn, Farrells, Burger 25, Four Seasons Diner, Perkins, Pizza Hut, Sand Castle Diner, Toms River Diner, Tiffs, Tuscan House

    Passaic County Chevys, Pizzeria Uno, IHOP, Hooters,

    Salem CountyDennys, Elmer Diner

    Somerset County Moes, Willie McBrides, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP, Trio, Stoney Brook Grille, Stage House, Melting Pot, Uproot, Buffalo Wild Wings

    Sussex County OReillys

    Union CountyMolly MaGuires, OhBrians on the Green, IKEA, IHOP, The Station, Chevys, Buffalo Wild Wings, Arirang, Stage House Tavern, Pizza Vita, Tiffs

    Warren County IHOP, Bea McNallys

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  • For 9 weeks New Jersey Regal Cinemas will show select G & PG rated movies for only $1 a showing, Part of the proceeds of admission will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. The movies will be shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am.

    New Jersey Regal Cinemas locations Regal Burlington, Stadium 20, Burlington - Week 1 starts June 23Regal Hamilton Commons, Stadium 14, Mays Landing - Week 1 starts June 23Regal Commerce Center, Stadium 18, North Brunswick - Week 1 starts June 23Regal Hadley Theater, Stadium 16, South Plainfield - Week 1 starts June 23Regal Pohatcong, Stadium 12, Phillipsburg, Week 1 starts June 16Regal Cross Keys, Stadium 12, Turnersville Week 1 starts June 9Regal Cumberland Mall, Stadium 14, Vineland, Week 1 starts June 30The movie schedule may vary slightly from location to location.

    Summer Movie Express Movie Schedule

    Week 1The Nut Job PG Our Nut Job movie reviewAnnie PG Our Annie movie review

    Week 2Earth to Echo PGThe Boxtrolls PG

    Week 3Paddington PGTurbo PG Our Turbo movie review

    Week 4Rio 2 GHow to Train Your Dragon 2 PG

    Week 5Mr. Peabody & Sherman PGThe Book of Life PG Our Book of Life movie review

    Week 6Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb PGPenguins of Madagascar PG

    Week 7The Lego Movie PG Our The Lego Movie reviewDolphin Tale 2 PG Our Dolphin Tale 2 movie review

    Week 8Muppets Most Wanted PG Our Muppets Most Wanted movie reviewAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day PG Our Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day movie review

    Week 9Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PG Our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reviewThe Spongebob Movie PG

  • If you live near a Cinemark Theater boy are you in luck. This year for their summer movie clubhouse you can purchase a punch card that will grant you admission into all ten of the movies in their clubhouse for only $5 per person. No worries, if you can't get to the theater to

    purchase the tickets in advance you can purchase tickets at each showing for only $1 per person.

    The Summer Movie Clubhouse is a ten-week program of recently released G and PG films for kids. Day, times, and weeks of the series are determined by the local theatres.

    NJ Cinemark Theater Locations

    Cinemark 16, SomerdaleCinemark 12, Hazlet

    Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse - Movie Schedule

    Cinemark 16 Use this coupon for $1 off a snack pack. Showtimes are at 10:00 AM each Wednesday.6/24 - Mr. Peabody and Sherman7/1 - Penguins of Madagascar7/8 - Night at the Museum and the Secret of the Tomb7/15 - How to Train Your Dragon 27/22 - Alvin and the Chipmunks- Chipwrecked Our Alvin and the Chipmunks movie review7/29 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days8/5 - The Nut Job Our Nut Job movie review8/12 - Rio 28/19 - Turbo Our Turbo movie review8/26 - The Croods Our The Croods movie review

    Cinemark 12, Hazlet Use this coupon for $1 off a snack pack. Showtimes are at 10:00 AM each Wednesday and Thursday.6/24 and 6/25 - Mr. Peabody and Sherman7/1 and 7/2 - Penguins of Madagascar7/8 and 7/9 - Night at the Museum and the Secret of the Tomb7/15 and 7/16 - How to Train Your Dragon 27/22 and 7/23 - Alvin and the Chipmunks- Chipwrecked Our Alvin and the Chipmunks movie review7/29 and 7/30 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days8/5 and 8/6 - The Nut Job Our Nut Job movie review8/12 and 8/13 - Rio 28/19 and 8/20 - Turbo Our Turbo movie review8/26 and 8/27 - The Croods Our The Croods movie review

  • The Marquee Cinemas Free Summer Movies is an 8 week program of recently released G and PG films for kids. Kids have their choice between 2 movies playing on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am. Movie tickets are FREE!

    The New Jersey Marquee Cinema Orchard 10 is located at 1311 Rt 37 West in Toms River.

    Summer Movies Series Schedule

    Orchard 107/7 & 7/8-Mr. Peabody & Sherman/Earth to Echo7/14 & 7/15 - Rio 2/The Smurfs 2 Our Smurfs 2 movie review7/21 & 7/22- Despicable Me 2/Paddington Our Despicable Me 2 movie review 7/28 & 7/29 - Penguins of Madagascar/Lego Mov...