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Family Summer of Fun Weekend Planner

The weather forecast for this weekend on the East Coast is finally predicting some long awaited sunshine and warm weather. So it is time to go outside and play. In this weeks planner we highlight some great playgrounds, but first there are some special events going on at a few of New Jersey's State Parks.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park is hosting the 231st Commemoration of the Battle of Monmouth on Saturday, June 27, 2009; 10 am to 5 pm and
Sunday, June 28, 2009; 10 am to 3 pm

One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields and forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a visitors center.
Click Here for the full event schedule

Waterloo Village Season of Canal Society Activities
Some of the features of the 14th Annual Canal Day include:
mule-towed boat rides, live period music, food, guided tours of the village by an architectural historian and of Morris Canal-related sites and the Canal Museum,
a blacksmith plying his trade, a 19th century canal boat captain telling tales of life on the canal,
exhibits on the Morris Canal Greenway and the Sussex Mine Railroad,
tours of the Waterloo United Methodist Church, celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Hackensack River Greenway Through Teaneck
Sunday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. to noon, The Windsor Park Trail. Walk the Windsor Trail with Wayne Thoen, hiker and naturalist. This walk goes from Fire Station on Windsor Road, just south of West Englewood Avenue to the parking lot of the former Perfume Factory. We will make arrangements for a return drive back to your car. It is a rarely walked trail that few people in Teaneck know. Be prepared for a long hike, fabulous sights, and a lot of fun. You can park on West Englewood Avenue.
Click here for a map of the Greenway
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Playgrounds in area that are extra special:
This week we will highlight some local playgrounds that have something extra to offer, from a wet and cool sprayground to a Kayak ride along the Hudson River.

Ridgewood Duck Pond - On East Ridgewood Avenue. The park has two large playgrounds, paved bike trails, a large pond, a stream with bridge crossings and a small waterfall.
Afterwards take a ride into Ridgewood there are shops and places to eat including a Ben and Jerry's to stop for Ice cream.

Lyndhurst PlaygroundLyndhurst Town Park: 367 Valley Brook Avenue
This playground has a great sprayground fenced in for the younger kids. There is also a traditional playground with both toddler and 5+ swings and Jungle gym. Diagonally across the street there is a Pizza Place and a dollar store.

Van Suan Park -
216 Forest Ave, Paramus, NJ‎ - (201) 634-1104‎
This Park is great! It has an amazing expansive playground, Merry-go-round, Pony rides, Train rides, Zoo, fishing, bike paths, and more Van Suan is truly a shinning star among the parks in Bergen County.

Ross Dock Park Area, Fort Lee, NJ
This is at the first Boat Basin on the southern park entrance (Henry Hudson Drive) will be on the left part way down the hill (river road). Follow Henry Hudson Drive about one mile to the Ross Dock circle and follow signs.
During the Summer months there is usually a fee to park. ($5) The playground here is really great though with a Small and Large version of the same Jungle gym. Lots of slides and things to climb. Picnic area and rest rooms as well.

Peirmont NY
A trip up scenic 9W and through Tallman State Park will land you in Peirmont a quaint town with a playground that was updated this year and has see-saws a Jungle Gym with a few slides a merry-go-round and a few other attractions. Next door to the Playground is Paradise Canoe and Kayak Where you can rent a Canoe or 2 person Kayak and paddle through the salt water marsh and even out onto the Hudson river near the Tappan Zee Bridge You can see some pictures from a post I did last year after our outing. The town of Peirmont has many places to eat and window shop and Sunday they host a Farmers Market

So this weekend get out and have some fun :)

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1 comment:

Michael said...

Tallman State park operates as a day-use area, offering a swimming pool, running track, tennis courts, playfield, cross country skiing, a walking trail, hiking and picnic areas.

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