COVID Friendly Outings for Your Child

Are you bored? Are your kids bored? Is being stuck at home driving you mad? You don't have to be miserable to be safe. There are local safe activities available to ensure you can enjoy the summer (or at least a day) with your family. Every place listed below has implemented new safety measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, get outside and get some Vitamin D (wearing a mask and safely of course). You and your family deserve it. Note: Please be sure to contact the venue before visiting, as visiting hours and regulations may change day to day.

Spend the Day at the Beach! The beach is a great safe way to enjoy the warm weather. While at the beach you will feel normal again, almost pre-COVID normal. One new change is how you will purchase your daily pass. Many beaches sell their daily passes starting 6:30PM the night before using the Viply app only. Daily passes are usually around $8-$9 for each adult. You do not need to purchase a pass for any child under the age of 12.

Go to a farm and pick something. Depending on the month you choose, you can be picking berries one month and apples another. Farms are open for picking usually from Spring through Fall. Be sure to contact the farm before you go and check out the website. Some farms have new special restrictions. Check our list of pick-your-own-farms here.

Brookhallow's Barnyard in Boonton NJ is a family run petting zoo. Brookhallow's Barnyard offers both drive-through and walk-through options. You and your child can feed the animals carrots. Tickets are released at 10:00 AM for the following days availability. Children under 2 are free.

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills is home to a wide variety of native wildflowers, ferns, and trees. It is also a popular birding spot in spring and fall months. While indoors remain closed, outdoor trails and grounds are open. Check the website for the hours the trails are open, because they close the trails to the public if a summer camp is in session. Admission is free.

Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown features 54 acres of gardens, flowers, and wildlife. It opens at 8:00 AM daily and closes at dusk.

Monmouth Park is featuring Drive-In Live Music to benefit The Count Basie Theater, The NJ Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, and Hackensack Meridian Health COVID-19 Response Fund. Concerts are currently planned through the end of August. The drive-in format will place cars 9 feet apart and guests must stay inside their vehicles unless using the restroom.

See a Drive-In Movie at Warwick Drive-In

Nightly double features are available ($12 per adult/ $8 per child (ages 4-11).

Six Flags Drive-Through Safari is back! It boasts 350 acres of wildlife from all over the world. You must drive no faster than 5 mph, and remember animals always have the right of way. Tickets must be purchased in advance for each person riding in your car.

Tranquility Farms' cut your own flower field is now open. Flowers are only $.25 a stem! You should bring your own scissors and only cut the flower you would like (not the whole plant). They also have a farm store and delicious homemade ice cream.

The Zoo - Both Turtleback Zoo and The Bronx Zoo are now open, requiring masks, temperature checks, and social distancing. We have visited both zoos and had excellent experiences at both. Both zoos are serving food but you can elect to bring your own lunch and eat it in the picnic areas.

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