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What to Do Near Fairfield, NJ With a Family

by Amy Sutton

Fairfield, located within Essex County, is a small town about 25 minutes from Newark, New Jersey. Around 7,000 people call Fairfield home. If you're one of the residents of this area or planning a visit there, you'll find there is a wide array of activities for your family to enjoy together in and around Fairfield.

Family Fun

Your family can enjoy some quality time together at Fun Time Junction in Fairfield. This family fun center features a cloud bounce, super slide, sand art, games, laser tag and a huge soft play area for your family to play on. Or, you could visit Monster Mini Golf. When you hit the mini-golf course, you'll find black light mini-golf with ghoulish decorations all around. In addition to mini-golf, you and your children can play some games inside the arcade, including air hockey, skee-ball and racing games.

Recreation

Check out all of the activities that the Township of Fairfield Recreation Department has to offer. Your children can attend one of the summer camps available or sign up for some of the sports programs, such as soccer, football, cheerleading or baseball. Families can attend special events or scheduled outings to events such as plays or concerts. You can also take your family for a swim at the community swimming pool during the summer months to enjoy some water activities together.

Learning Opportunities

Your family can participate in a variety of free activities at the Fairfield Free Public Library. Kids can take classes to learn a new language, make some crafts or build with building blocks in the Lego Club. Young children can attend storytime with stories, music, fingerplays, movement and activities. Tweens and teens can go for Crafternoon at the Library to make cool crafts or watch a movie at one of the movie afternoon events. You could also take your children to the birthplace of Grover Cleveland, a short 8-mile drive from Fairfield in Caldwell, New Jersey. While visiting, your family will get to see an array of artifacts that teach about the former president. Kids can also try on period costumes and play games from that era.

Parks and Preserves

Get your family outside for some activities at one of the area parks or nature areas. At Great Piece Meadows, a nature preserve covering around 1,170 acres, you can walk the trails and try to spot native birds and wildlife, such as mink, turtles and salamanders. The Township of Fairfield Parks Department has a variety of parks for your family to enjoy, with upgraded play equipment and walking trails. Alternatively, make the 8-minute drive to Caldwell, where your family can have a picnic, go camping at the 150-acre Camp Wyanokie or do some fishing at the pond located inside Grover Cleveland Park.

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