This column brings you the family best bets of the week for Bergen County.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy help you find the five best things to do and places to go with your family for the weekend.
Where/When: Friday 9 am to 11 am; In The Swing, 145 Hopper Avenue Waldwick 201-444-3556
Why Go: It’s free! Free coffee, snacks, and admission into the Playland. Kids will have a blast as they play on the many slides, tunnels and crawl-throughs, an air-bouce, and two ball pits.
Where/When: Friday 11 am; Franklin Lakes Public Library, 470 DeKorte Drive Franklin Lakes
Why Go: Listen to imaginative stories and sing original songs. Interactive participation and a guarantee of fun! Call to register 201-891-2224.
Where/When: Saturday 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm; AMC Garden State 16; Garden State Plaza Paramus
Why Go: Families can attend a free screening of the new Pokémon feature-length film, Pokémon-Zoroark: Master of Illusions. You’ll also have an opportunity to play the demo version of the game and learn all about its new features.
Where/When: Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm; NJ Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus
Why Go: Make a mask during craft time, get some beads and then strut your stuff during the cutest toddler Mardi Gras parade in town.
Pricing: $10 per person
Where/When: Saturday 9:00 am, 9:45 am or 10:30 am; Environmental Center, 150 Crescent Ave. Wyckoff
Why Go: Bergen County’s annual pancake breakfast includes pancakes, maple syrup, sausages, and coffee, tea, or juice. Reservations required for breakfast. Also see a demonstration on maple syrup making from splitting wood to tapping trees to boiling sap. Syrup-making demos will be held at 10:15am and 11:15am in the Sugar Shack next to Depew Barn.
Where/When: Saturday 1 pm and 3 pm; Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River Road Upper Saddle River
Why Go: Watch as this classic tale is brought to life by Gooen’s Balloowins. This is a unique storytelling technique of balloon sculpturing and audience participation.
Pricing: $10 for members; $12 for non-members
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