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Family-Friendly Mardi Gras And Pokemon Party This Weekend

Places to go with the family this weekend

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.

Free Playland Open House

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.

Pricing: Free

Teri Merliss Sing Along for Kids 

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.

Pricing: Free.

Pokemon Black Version & White Version Tour 

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.

Pricing: Free

Mardi Gras Weekend 

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

Pancake Breakfast & Maple Sugaring Demo 

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.

Pricing: $5

The Little Mermaid for Kids (ages 4+) 

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

Are we missing some of your favorite places to take the kids?  If so, share your plans in our comment box below. We want to hear from you!

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