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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, August 2011

Donald McDermott

PARENTGUIDE News August 2011

by Donald McDermott

Horsing Around
Check out the New Jersey State Fair and Sussex County Farm and Horse Show at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road in Augusta. The annual ten-day event takes place from August 5-14 with a bevy of family-friendly programming, such as horse shows, vendors, crafts, concessions, delicious foods, live animals, amazing entertainment and contests. Obtain full details at www.njstatefair.org.

Party in the Park
Spend quality time with your little ones this month at Shipyard Park, 13th Street and McFeeley Drive, Hoboken. The excitement begins on August 2 with an interactive class featuring Music Together. Award-winning children’s group Big Jeff & The Bouncy People drop in on August 9 for an unforgettable show. Starfish, an innovative five-piece rock band catering to children while taking musical inspiration from legends like Led Zeppelin and Tom Petty, hits the stage on August 16. Last but not least, the Americana Family Jamboree hosts a rocking good time on August 23. Call (201)420-2207 for further information.

Ready to Race
Enjoy racing at its finest when Hambletonian Day returns to the New Jersey area by popular demand. Harness racing’s most anticipated day of the year as the spectacular annual event features the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks race and the $1.5 million Hambletonian. The day also includes live music, face painters, carnival rides, games, pony rides and a parade of horses. The festivities occur on August 6 at the Meadowlands Racetrack, Stadium Road, East Rutherford. For tickets and additional information, log onto meadowlandsracetrack.com.

On Fire
The world’s largest multi-sport, Olympic-style showcase is just a short ride away in the five boroughs when the World Police and Fire Games comes to New York City. During the games, tens of thousands of firefighters and law enforcement officers from all over the globe compete in nearly 70 spectator sports and other scheduled events throughout the city. The games run from August 26 through September 5. Receive full details by logging onto www.2011wpfg.org.

Peace and Love
Parents, grandparents and children of all ages are invited to join Hippiefest on August 12. Flower Power Concerts, Inc. presents this “concert for peace and love” that includes the music of hippie-era rockers like Rick Derringer, The Rascals, Grand Funk Railroad and Gary Wright. Whether you were around for the 1960s and 70s or not, be a part of Hippiefest at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. For times and tickets, call (201)227-1030 or log onto www.bergenpac.org.

Out in the Street
Treat your entire family to fun in the sun at the Maywood Summertime Street Fair, West Pleasant Avenue, Maywood. JC Promotions presents this traveling street fair that includes games, vendors, children’s rides and much more. The fair runs on August 14 from 10am-5pm. Call (201)998-1144 or visit www.jcpromotions.info for additional details.

Wildlife Challenge
The Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, invites families to get in touch with the outdoor world during the Wildlife Challenge. This fascinating, free-with-admission outdoor exhibition features an obstacle course designed to test kids on their ability to survive as a wild animal living amid city streets and sewers. The Wildlife Challenge is open daily through September 5. Call (201)200-1000 or visit www.lsc.org to register.

Crafts for Families
The historic grounds of a beautiful 18th-century home provide the perfect backdrop for an exciting annual event when the Outdoor Craft Show returns to The Hermitage. Presented on August 20 from 10am-5pm, the day for parents and children features handmade crafts from local craftsmen and vendors. The impressive 14-room revival house that makes up The Hermitage is located on five eye-catching acres at 335 North Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus. For more information on the craft show or a full schedule of events, call (201)666-1340 or visit www.thehermitage.org.

Merry Meet-Up
The Bergen Town Center Mall invites children to say goodbye to another summer season during the Mommy & Me Meet-Up: End of Summer Party on August 18. Sponsored by NJ Kids and Bergen Town Center, the morning event offers an array of hands-on activities for children of all ages. The Bergen Town Center Mall is located at Route 4 and Forest Avenue, Paramus. Log onto www.bergentowncenter.com for a schedule of events and more information.

Outdoor Adventure
The soccer grounds at Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, comes alive with amazing programming during the Bergen County 4-H and Master Gardener Fair. The day-long, annual family event happens on August 6 from 10am-6pm. Find activities for young visitors, chick hatchings, science demonstrations and other neat fun. For directions, schedules and more information, dial (201)336-6785 or log onto www.co.bergen.nj.us.

Donald McDermott is an Associate Editor.