As any new parent or beleaguered friend of a new parent — or anyone who's seen a movie about new parents and their beleaguered friends — knows, kids celebrate one long parade of veritable "firsts": first word, first tooth, first birthday. This weekend, Morey's Piers is adding another first to the list with a "First Mud Run" event, for those ages 6 and up. The course runs about 1.5 miles and includes 10 muddy obstacles designed for beginners (among them: a mud pit, a rope jump, and a tire carry). Afterward, participants can cool off in one of Morey's Piers' two water parks, because registration comes with a free one-day pass. If the ticket price seems steep, you can volunteer as an assistant and register for free.
10 a.m. Saturday; Morey's Piers, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood; $52; 609-522-3900, moreyspiers.com.
According to one of those anecdotes whose provenance seems less important than the sentiment, Alfred Hitchcock once wrote, "I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equaled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig." Defenders of the art can get their fix this Monday at the Authentic Irish Pipe and Drum Brigade parade on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. (Skeptics can plan to take detours.)
7:30-9 p.m. Monday; Wildwoods Boardwalk; Free; 609-523-1602, wildwoodsnj.com/calendar.
A dog named Polly is the guest of note at the Jackson branch of the Ocean County Library this Friday. The wiry, blond hound is coming to hear children read to her. "She loves books," organizers say. "She can't wait to hear what you will read." Polly is a certified reading-therapy dog, an animal trained to listen as children practice reading aloud. Young readers can sign up for 15 minute slots and treat Polly to one of their favorite stories. Sign up in person at the Children's Desk or call 732-928-4400.
2-3 p.m. Friday; Jackson Branch, Ocean County Library, 2 Jackson Dr., Jackson; 732-928-4400, connect.theoceancountylibrary.org/.
Do your back-to-school shopping at the Wildwoods Convention Center this weekend. The center will be crowded with vendors selling discounted tees, hoodies, jeans, shorts, swimwear, footwear, pants, sweaters, skirts, outerwear, room wares, accessories — pretty much any school-related items you could want. If you can't make it this weekend, don't worry; the sale runs until Aug. 4.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Aug. 4; Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood; Free; 609-729-9000, wildwoodsnj.com.
Catch some Shakespeare on the lawn of Cape May's famous Victorian estate. The show was produced by REV Theatre Company, in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. Bring a blanket or chair, and a picnic if you'd like.