The Greatest Show on Earth is rolling into New Jersey! Come see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey as they perform their newest show, “Dragons,” a thrilling tale about a Dragon Tribe of performers brought together to prove their courage against the fiery beasts. Classic acrobats, animals and aerialists make their appearance alongside the show’s giant dragons, all under one roof. May 16-20, various times at the Sun National Bank Center, 81 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, (609) 656-3200, Ringling.com, $25-80
Have fun being a kid at the Katz JCC’s KIDSLAND 2012, presented by Virtua. Browse the over 100 exhibits from local vendors offering hands-on kid activities and educational programs, play some games or grab a bite to eat. There will be prize drawings offered as well, so stop by if you’re feeling lucky. May 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4444, KatzJCC.org, $5 for adults and children over 2
Come join Collingswood for one of the town’s biggest events of the year. The 33rd Annual May Fair, which welcomed almost 50,000 guests last year, is bigger and better than ever. Get ready for a full day, with more than 200 artisans and crafters displaying their work for sale, food vendors from all over town selling anything from funnel cake to pulled pork sandwiches, and five live music stages. Stop by the KidZone, featuring pony rides, crafts, rides and games, for a little pint-sized fun. May 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Haddon Ave., Collingswood, (856) 854-2901, Collingswood.com, free
The Camden Children’s Garden wants to help you stay healthy and happy. The Fit and Fun Family Festival is an exciting opportunity for kids (and parents) to learn about how fun a healthy lifestyle can be. Kids will focus on physical activity and nutritious eating through thrilling crafts and activities. They can even bring home their own vegetable plant, so their veggies can grow as quickly and healthily as they do. May 26-27, 1-4 p.m. at the Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden, (856) 365-8733, CamdenChildrensGarden.org, free with admission
Rock and Roll
Spend the day rocking outside at Appel Farm’s 23rd Annual Arts and Music Festival. The arts and music center goes all out for one of the biggest festivals of the year, with eleven performers and a Children’s Village with puppeteers and storytellers. There will be a festival happy hour at the beer and wine tent, and craft vendors available all day. June 2, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer, (856) 358-2472
Once Upon A Time
The fairest of them all has touched down in South Jersey and she is looking for your help. Join the Broadway Theatre of Pitman as they re-tell the famous Brothers Grimm fairytale Snow White. You won’t want to miss this thrilling and classic tale of Snow White, the seven dwarfs, her wicked stepmother and the princess’ one true love. June 7, 10 a.m.; June 8, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; June 9, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, (856) 384-8381, TheBroadwayTheatre.org, $9
With the summer just kicking into full-swing, spoil Dad with a special Father’s Day at the Jersey Shore. Morey’s Piers are fully open, with the same rides, games, dishes and attractions that have kept families flocking to Wildwood for decades, but to celebrate the holiday the piers will be offering special, father-friendly surprises. June 17 at Morey’s Piers, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, (609) 522-3900, MoreysPiers.com
Grab your favorite stuffed animal and head down to the Camden County Library’s South County Branch for their Stuffed Animal Camp Out. This special night, for children ages three to seven, is full of campfire stories, songs and snacks, all with their fluffiest best buddy in tow. Kids can even make a craft alongside their stuffed animals to help light up the library’s “campground.” June 22, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Camden County Library South County Branch, 33 Coopers Folly Rd., Winslow Township, (856) 772-1636, CamdenCountyLibrary.org, free
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 3 (May, 2012).
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