Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fun Weekend Events in and Around New Jersey!

Looking for some fun things to do in and around New Jersey this weekend?  Here are my top picks for weekend fun!

Lehigh Valley Pet Expo

Just a hop, skip and a jump from New Jersey is the Lehigh Valley Pet Expo, held in the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds!

Read on to learn about all of the fun planned at this family event!
Photo credit:  American Pet Professionals

Here's just a sampling of the fun things you can see at this family pet show, straight from their press release:

Gail Mirabella and the Dynamo Dogs Variety Act - You can teach your old do new tricks – these veteran-performing dogs will knock the spectators socks off with their Trick Dog Show Routine, Frisbee Dog Acrobatics and dynamite performances! Gail and her canine friends will wow the crowd as they do all over the country.  Gail recently performed at the National Dog Show and also the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2016!·      
NEW! Rabbit Hopping – it’s not the bunny hop you’re thinking of – but talented rabbits who love to jump! Yep, think agility for your bunny!  Allikatt’s Bunnies will present an agility demo of rabbits hopping all weekend – and there is even a seminar so you can learn how to get involved in this sport with your own hare. 
NEW! Kan Do K9’s Sport Association – featured in the ring on Saturday and Sunday spectators will watch dogs fly through the agility course and learn about Rally.
Rainforest Reptile Show – an exciting, fascinating adventure through the rare and endangered reptile world! Many exotic reptiles will be slithering around at the show.
TICA Championship Cat Show – for cat lovers who have never been to a cat show, this is a purrific way to see all different breeds of cats up close!
Dancing with your Dog - On Sunday see dogs dance to a choreographed routine with their trainer Kan Do K9’s – watch out DTWS!
Photo credit:  American Pet Professionals

Also available is a petting zoo, pony rides, pot-bellied pigs at Piggy Villa, beautiful alpacas, and other unusual and exotic animals.  Over 100 vendors and many rescue groups with adoptable animals will be on hand. Nerf Dog Ambassadors will be handing out free Nerf dog toys to the first 1000 families to attend!

Notes from their press release:  "Attendees are allowed to bring their well-behaved pets to the expo. There are some regulations and restrictions-please check our website at or contact us.  Participate with your purebred dog in our Parade of Breeds taking place at the expo on Saturday, January 30 check out the website for information.
Photo credit:  American Pet Professionals 

The Lehigh Valley Pet Expo will be held on Friday, January 29 from 4pm – 9pmSaturday, January 30 from 10am - 7pm and on Sunday, January 31 from 10am-5pm. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5 for children (ages 12 and under), 3 and under are admitted Free. You can go on our website at for discount coupons or to purchase discount tickets online. Parking is free.
For additional information or vendor space call (631) 423-0620 or email us at or visit our
**There is an additional nominal charge for some attractions."

Photo credit:  American Pet Professionals

4H Trainmasters Winter Train Spectacular

If you have a little engineer on your hands (or a big engineer for that matter), you might enjoy taking them to see the 4H Trainmasters Winter Train Spectacular in Bridgewater, NJ.  

Here's the info from their press release about this fun-filled show:

"The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters will be holding their annual Winter Train Show at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ on January 30th and 31st, 2016 from 10am-5pm each day.  New this year is the addition of more than 40 vendors and crafters to the two-day event.   Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12 years old.  Admission pays for entry to both the train and vendor shows.

The Trainmasters’ 40-by-60-foot layout will be on display and continuously running throughout the show.  Multiple trains will run simultaneously across thousands of feet of track and30 unique scenery displays. The scenery represents a range of styles—from traditional landscapes and buildings, to designs incorporating robotics to scenery made of LEGO blocks and MINECRAFT toys.

photo courtesy of 4H Trainmasters

Scenery displays change from show to show, so there is always something new to see.  “Each club member creates their own unique scenery section for the layout.  When it all comes together, it creates a very unique collection of designs, unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else,” says club member parent Michele Ferreira.

The club also has an expansive collection of O-scale trains, including THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE, THE POLAR EXPRESS and a collection of rare and classic trains. Club members will lead How to Build a Model Railroad tutorials.There will also be hands-on activities for younger children such as interactive train tables, train-related craft activities and small animals to pet.

photo courtesy of 4H Trainmasters

A varied selection of quality, pre-owned train items are being sold at the event.   “Many generous people have donated trains and equipment to the club over the years.  We use lots of these things ourselves.  Other items will be sold at the show and the money will be reinvested in the club,” says senior club leader Jim Wood.

More than 40 vendors and crafters will offer non-train items for sale at the show this year. Vendors will host free drawings at their tables.The winners need not be present to win. 

Concessions will be available for purchase all day, each day of the show.  Attendees can get snacks, drinks or sit down to have breakfast or lunch.

Proceeds from the annual winter train show support the Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters’ College Fund and other club activities.

Members of the 4-H Trainmasters range in age from fourth-graders to one year out of high school.  The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters Club currently has about 30 members.  It was the first youth-led model railroad club in the state when it formed in 2000 with six kids.

So mark your calendars for January 30th and 31st and come see a very unique train event.  The first 20 children through the door each day will receive a prize, so plan to be there early!

For directions to the show, please visit For additional information, contact the Somerset County 4-H office at 908-526-6644.  The Trainmasters club’s website,, will also contain additional information, especially in the event of inclement weather."

Other Events This Weekend:

Imagine That! Discovery Museum- Florham Park : Jan. 30th-31st, Create a picture for Groundhog Day! 10:00am-5:30pm

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is playing at the NJ Performing Arts Center: Jan. 30th-31st, 2:00-4:00pm.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center Maple Sugaring Event Jan.30th-31st 2:00-3:00pm.

The Mega Bubble Show - Mayo Center for the Performing Arts:  Jan.31st, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, advanced tickets required

Maybe I'll see YOU at one of these amazing events!  Mark your calendars now!

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