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50 Free Things To Do in New Jersey With Kids In August

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50 Free Things To Do In NJ With Kids In August!

Looking for things to do in New Jersey with kids that won’t bust your budget? Look no further – we’ve come up with FIFTY free things to do in New Jersey with kids in August that your kids – and you – will LOVE!

Do you know of other fun and free things to do in New Jersey with kids this month? Comment below and let us know about it!

50 Free Things To Do In New Jersey With Kids In August

1. Enjoy A Night of Music Under The Stars!

Enjoy a free family-friendly outdoor concerts at one of the many free summer concert events happening around New Jersey in August! Check out our listing here.

2. Family Fun Nights on the Beach

Sunday nights through July | 6:30pm – dusk

Come on out to the beach in Seaside Heights for a fun night of tug-of-war, long jump, hula hoops, hurdles, Frisbee golf, and a huge inflatable obstacle course!

3. Go Bowling!

It’s summertime and that means another year of fun, family-friendly fun at New Jersey bowling alleys courtesy of Kids Bowl Free! Sign up here.

4. Seine the Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays through August 25 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Find out what kinds of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures live and swim in Sandy Hook Bay as you help pull a long seine net along the edge of the bay. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Closed toe shoes are required.

5. See A Free Movie!

There are free summer movies happening all over New Jersey this month! Check out our listing of free summer movies in the park and on the beach to find a free movie in your NJ community.

6. Go Roller Skating!

Sign up for free weekly roller skating passes at Kids Skate Free and enjoy family friendly fun at New Jersey skating rinks!

7. Mad Science “Summer Camp”

Wednesdays and Saturdays through August | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Mad Science “Summer Camp” will take place at the Garden State Plaza every Wednesday and Saturday this month and will feature high energy demonstrations of fun, educational, and spectacular science experiments! Free admission but registration is requested.

8. Swallowtails and Monarch at Cattus Island County Park

Wednesdays in July | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Enjoy the beauty of the butterfly garden at the Cooper Environmental Center in Toms River! Learn all about the life cycle of butterflies, their host plants, and their unique characteristics.  You will also learn how to develop your own butterfly garden in your backyard.  Meet in front of the Cooper Environmental Center at Cattus Island County Park.

9. Hit the Beach!

Family time at the Jersey shore doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Free Beaches in New Jersey here!

10. Visit a museum!

New Jersey is home to dozens of free museums! Find a listing of them HERE, or find out how you can score free admission to NJ museums, nature centers, state parks, and more with your library card HERE!

11. Thrilling Thursdays In Margate

Thursdays throughout the summer

Enjoy Thrilling Thursdays in Margate! Thrilling Thursdays include free beach access, a local farmers market, sidewalk sales, and a family movie under the stars.

12. Nature Walks at Cape May Point State Park

Saturdays in August | 9:00am & 2:00pm

Enjoy a guided nature walk in beautiful Cape May Point State Park!

13. Science On the Fly at Jakes Branch County Park

Saturdays in August | 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Drop by Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood for a free (and fun!) “come and go” science-based program. A make and take craft will follow a brief lesson.

14. Guided Nature Walks at Cooper Environmental Center

Saturdays and Sundays in August | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Head on out to the Cooper Environmental Center in Toms River and enjoy a guided nature walk with one of the Center’s naturalists every Saturday and Sunday in August. Themes include Hummingbirds at Home, Osprey Watch, Butterfly and Bog Garden Stroll, and Mosquito Ditch Adventures.

15. Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Tour

Saturdays and Sundays in August | 10:00am – 11:00am

Join an educator from The Wetlands Institute and take a guided tour of the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary. Learn about the history of the sanctuary, the latest restoration efforts and the local flora and fauna – especially birds! Tours depart from Egret Espy trail, 2nd Avenue Entrance in Stone Harbor.

16. Romero Britto – Brilliant World of Color

August 4-8 2017 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

With an iconic style that the New York Times described “…exudes warmth, optimism and love,” Romero Britto is an international artist that uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. His playful themes and hard‐edged compositions, combined with his unique talent, unshakable resolve, and belief in his art, have granted him worldwide recognition, with galleries and museum exhibitions in over 100 countries and counting. Kids will love his colorful, playful works so be sure to catch his exhibition at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor!

17. Mill Demonstrations at Historic Walnford

Every Saturday & Sunday in August | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Explore the grounds of Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold Township and see the 19th century gristmill in action! Village opens at 8:00am.

18. Free Tours of Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Every Saturday in August | 10:30pm & 1:30pm

Enjoy free, family-friendly guided tours of the Arboretum every Saturday. Tours begin at the Visitors Center. No reservations are required; and tours are on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 15 people per tour. Tours last approximately 30-45 minutes.

19. Discover 1800’s Village Life at Millbrook Village

Every Saturday and Sunday in August | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Stroll at your leisure through Millbrook Village. Several buildings are open and staffed with rangers and volunteers demonstrating traditional skills and reminiscing about 1800’s life in the village.  By 1875, Millbrook had reached a peak of 75 inhabitants and about nineteen major buildings. Today’s Millbrook Village does not replicate the Millbrook of 1832 or 1900. Rather, it evokes the feeling of countryside hamlets where most of the nation’s people lived until the end of the 19th century. Take a step back in time and see how things have (or haven’t) changed!

20. Nature & Wildlife Show at Cape May Convention Hall

Every Sunday in August | 7:30pm

Enjoy a free nature show for children with Steve Serwatka. Steve Serwatka is a self-supporting animal rehabilitation for the state of New Jersey.

21. National Lighthouse Day Celebration at
Cape May Lighthouse

August 7 2017 | 9:00am – 2:00pm

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day at the Cape May Lighthouse! Make your own crafts, listen to songs of the sea, meet the lighthouse keepers, shop for nautical merchandise and more, all on the grounds of the Cape May Lighthouse. Free admission to the activities, separate admission to climb the lighthouse. Free admission to the grounds and activities; cost to climb lighthouse $8 adults, $5 children (ages 3-12).

22. Salem County 4-H Fair

August 8-11 2017

Head on down to the Salem County 4-H Fair in Woodstown for some good old-fashioned family-friendly fun! Highlights of the fair include 4-H animal shows and exhibits, pig races, barrel racing, tractor pulls, an ice cream making contest, antique farm machinery exhibits, cattle sorting, the ladies’ skillet throw competition, a children’s pedal tractor pull, live musical entertainment, and fireworks! Free Admission / $10 for Parking (good all 4 days).

23. Rachel’s Rangers Hike in Palisades Interstate Park

August 8 2017 | 10:00am
August 15 2017 | 10:00am
August 22 2017 | 10:00am

Bring the kids out to beautiful Palisades Interstate Park along the Hudson River for a children’s hike with the Kearney House staff. Meet at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin.

24. Somerset County 4-H Fair

August 9-11 2017 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Head on out to the Somerset County 4-H Fair for good old free family fun! Live entertainment, wide variety of exhibits and animal shows, prizes, food for purchase and hands-on activities for kids!

25. 41st Annual Ocean Township Italian Festival

August 9-13 2017

The 41st Annual Ocean Township Italian Festival features great food (including Italian delights such as sausage & peppers and zeppolis), rides, games, live music, a petting zoo, food-eating contests, Friday night fireworks, and more! Wednesday is discount ride night. Free admission.

26. Wacky Wednesdays at the Absecon Lighthouse

August 9 2017 | 11:00am – 3:00pm | Dinosaurs
August 16 2017 |11:00am – 3:00pm | Outer Space

Wacky Wednesdays are a free program at Absecon Lighthouse for children twelve and under. Each themed program will include arts & crafts, coloring, and a matching theme movie. Wacky Wednesdays are a great way to share some quality family time and encourage the kids to get in touch with their artistic talents.

27. World Lion Day at the Cape May Zoo

August 10 2017

Celebrate World Lion Day with lion-related activities and keeper talks at the Cape May Zoo!

28. Atlantic County 4-H Fair

August 10-12 2017

Looking for free family-friendly fun in Atlantic County NJ? Look no further! The 2017 Atlantic County 4-H Fair takes place this month! Bring the entire family to the fair to visit the horses, cows, goats, pigs, and poultry, as well as fun pets like rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes, reptiles, and other more exotic creatures! Take in the photography, model railroad, robotics, fine arts, and other home arts displays, and don’t miss the tractor exhibits! Other fun things to do at the Atlantic County Fair include rides, games, eating delicious fair food, and enjoying the awesome entertainment. Free Admission / $3.00 Parking.

29. Long Branch West End Cruise Night & Classic Car Show

August 12 2017 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Check out amazing classic cars and awesome live music by Good Vibrations and Ragdoll at the West End Park Band Shell in Long Branch! The Beach Boys & Frankie Valli Tributes will be together on stage for one night! Two super tributes…one band! Rain or Shine!

30. Burlington City Festival of Lights

August 12 2017 | 3:00pm – 10:00pm

The Annual Burlington City Festival of Lights takes place on August 12th. Festivities begin with great food and merchandise vendors on the Promenade, as well as live music. Decorated and lighted boat parade on the Delaware River begin at 8 pm and the fun continues with fireworks at 9:30pm! Registration for the boat parade is free. Rain date: August 13th.

31. Colonial Games at Morristown National Historical Park

August 12 2017 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Come on out to Morristown National Historical Park’s Wick House and have some old-fashioned fun as you take on the same games that the soldiers and the Wick Family played. Try your hand at nine-pins, quoits, trap-ball, nine-man morris, fox & geese, and other 18th century games.

32. Passaic County Fair

August 17-20 2017

Come on out to the Passaic County Fair at Garret Mountain Reservation and enjoy the amusement rides, a car show, games, fireworks, crafters, live music, great food, a 5k race, pony rides, a beer/wine garden, county 4-H exhibits, health screenings, a boxing exhibition, chess tournament finals & more! Free admission; $5 parking fee.

33. Spend an Afternoon at the Bogs of
Cloverdale Farm Park

August 18 & 25 2017 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Spend an afternoon exploring the cranberry bogs at Cloverdale Farm Park in Barnegat! Wear waterproof boots. Free, but pre-registration is required.

34. Canal Day Music and Craft Festival

August 19 2017 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Canal Day Music and Craft Festival in Wharton NJ is an old time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal.  The free, family-friendly festival features a craft show, great food, live music on two stages, guided Morris Canal walking tours, free kayaking and boat rides on the canal, the Wallaby Tails Traveling Zoo, blacksmith demonstrations, a Civil War encampment, pony and hay rides, fireworks, and much more!  Free admission! Off-street parking available for $5.

35. Collingswood Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

August 19 & 20 2017 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Collingswood Crafts and Fine Arts Festival will present more than 160 crafters and fine artists as well as fun family art activities, delicious food, and fantastic live music. Free admission!

36. Newark Kids Rock Festival

August 20 2017 | 9:00am – 10:00pm

The Newark Kids Rock Festival is a free community festival which acknowledges and illustrates the creative efforts of the awesome youth of Newark NJ. The vision of Newark Kids Rock is to bring youth together and bring peace to the entire city of Newark. Not only will this event provide fun and safe recreation, but will cultivate a spirit of excitement in the city of Newark. Newark Kids Rock will take place in Lincoln Park and will feature a variety of carnival style games, contests, food, and entertainment.

37. 37th Annual Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade Muster
& Fire Fighter’s Family Day

August 20 2017 | 10:00am 4:00pm

WheatonArts and the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade will host the 37th Annual Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade Muster & Fire Fighter’s Family Day at WheatonArts on August 20th. Over 80 antique fire trucks from the Mid-Atlantic States will be on display on the grounds. Highlights of the Fire Muster include a firefighter competition to show how firefighters use their training and skills to battle fires, a water barrel fights, and fighter-fighting demonstrations.

38. Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Sandy Hook

August 21 2017 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

A solar eclipse happens when the moon completely blocks out the sun’s outer atmosphere called the corona.  This is a rare event – the last solar eclipse visible in the continental United States was 1979 and the next will take place in 2024. Come on out to celebrate at Gateway National Recreation Area’s Sandy Hook History House No. 1 at Fort Hancock where park rangers and astronomers will show you how to safely enjoy the solar eclipse.

39. Hunterdon County 4-H Fair

August 23-27 2017 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

The 2017 Hunterdon County 4-H Fair will features tons of fun things to do and see including antique tractor exhibits, livestock and pet exhibits and shows, live music and other live entertainment, tractor pulls, amusement rides, 4-H exhibits, free ice cream sundaes on Friday afternoon, fireworks, and lots more! Free Admission / $10 Parking.

40. 15th Annual Atlantic City Air Show –
Thunder Over the Boardwalk

August 23 2017 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

The 15th Annual Atlantic City Air Show – Thunder Over the Boardwalk is the largest free event on Atlantic City’s summer calendar, and the largest air show of its kind! This year’s spectacular show features the US Air Force Thunderbirds, the US Army Golden Knights elite parachute jump team, a US Customs & Border Patrol HH-60 & Fast Boat Demonstration, the GEICO Skytypers, US Navy and New Jersey State Police fly-bys, and some of the best aerobatic pilots in the country!

41. FoodStock Rahway

August 24, 2017 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

FoodStock is an awesome night of fabulous music for a great cause – restocking the Rahway Food For Friends food pantry! The FoodStock Rahway Concert features Sugar Ray this year! It’s a fun and easy way to give back and combat hunger! This year’s goal is to collect 2500 pounds of food for Rahway Food For Friends. Please bring non-perishable and canned goods to the FoodStock collection booth.

42. Celebrate the National Parks Service’s Birthday with Free Admission!

August 25 2017

Celebrate the 101st birthday of the National Park Service with special activities and free admission to every National Park in New Jersey including Morristown National Historical Park, Gateway National Recreation Area, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park!

43. Night of the Stars at Jakes Branch County Park

August 26 2017 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Spend the night under the stars with A.S.T.R.A  (Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area) at Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood. If you’re a budding astronomer or a stargazer, this night is for you.  Volunteer members of the club will be on-site to share their out-of-this-world knowledge and answer your questions about the great unknown. Following the meeting, you may view the stars, planets and constellations through their telescopes. If you have your own telescope, feel free to bring it along.  The club members will be happy to give you pointers on how to locate the planets and constellations.

44. The Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival

August 26 2017 | 1:00pm – 9:30pm

The Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival will feature live music from six great jazz and blues bands, crafters, children’s activities, and fireworks.

45. PetraPuppets Wacky Friends Go Back To School

August 26 2017 | Hourly Shows from 10:30am to 1:30pm

Steve Petra is getting his wacky puppet friends ready for school. Join Big Mouth Gus, Pedro the Gargling Piranha Fish, ANToinette, and Krusty the Stale Donut in the Center Court of Bergen Town Center for magic, music and fun. In partnership with BergenPac.

46. Touch A Truck at Turkey Brook Park

August 26 2017 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Head on out to Mount Olive’s Turkey Brook Park for Touch A Truck Day! Turn imagination into real life with a chance for kids to climb into, onto, and take pictures with lots of different kinds of trucks!

47. Food Trucks and Fireworks in Mount Olive

August 26 2017 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Mount Olive’s Food Trucks and Fireworks Festival is a food lovers event featuring 25+ food trucks, live music, a beer garden, bounce houses for the kids, and fireworks at dusk! With a range from lobster bisque to mac n’ cheese and frozen cheesecake to fried oreos, there is sure to be something for everyone! Admission is free; parking is $5.

48. Fort Hancock Bike Tour

August 27 2017 | 9:30am – 11:30am

Join a ranger on a guided bicycle tour of Gateway National Recreation Area’s Historic Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook! The tour will highlight everything from batteries to beaches! Meet at Sandy Hook – Theater Parking Lot, Fort Hancock Historic Post. Bring helmet with bike. Call 732-872-5970 to make reservations.

49. Ben Franklin’s Experiments at Fort Lee Historic Park

August 27 2017 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

We all think we know the story of Benjamin Franklin. We know the story about him flying a kite in a thunderstorm, but do you know about the other inventions he worked on? Historian Mike Kochan will present and demonstrate some of Benjamin Franklin’s experiments! Mike will have replicas of the machines Franklin used in his experiments. Guests will have the opportunity to conduct some of the experiments themselves! This hands-on program will bring the history of electrical developments to life.

50. William Livingston Day at Liberty Hall Museum

August 31 2017 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Celebrate the 241st anniversary of William Livingston becoming New Jersey’s first elected Governor! Join us on the beautiful grounds of Liberty Hall Museum while we celebrate – colonial style! Learn about William Livingston and experience signing your name with a quill pen, colonial dancing & crafts, and much more.  Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required is space is limited, email libertyhall@kean.edu to reserve your spot.

Still looking for free things to do in New Jersey with kids in August?
Check out our Calendar of New Jersey Events for more great events!

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