Weekend Family Highlights: The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Storytime, Art and More!


Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly things to do in the area. Check them out!

This weekend, Belleville High School (100 Passaic Avenue, Belleville) will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 3:00 PM in the school’s Connie Francis Theater. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for children age 6 and younger and adults age 55 and older.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will present a story time for children on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes graphic novel for preschoolers is about four eggs, one big surprise and an unlikely friendship. After the story, stick around for coloring and activities.

Van Vleck House & Gardens (21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair) will host Garden Explorations Saturday Family Program on Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00 PM. The theme is Seeds and Germination. Visit the Education Center during the event hours and an environmental educator will discuss various topics relating to nature in and around the gardens. A simple craft will be offered as well as supplies for a self-guided activity on the property. Activities are designed for children ages 4 and up, however all are welcome. All children must be supervised by an adult. This rain or shine event is free for Friends of Van Vleck, otherwise $5 per child ages 4 and up ($10 maximum per family). No registration is required.

Photo: Jonathan Edelman
Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host a bilingual concert with 2016 Latin Grammy Winner 123 Andrés and Friends at 11:00 AM. Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés (Uno, Dos, Tres Andrés) has been called “a rock star for little language learners.” His high-energy music gets kids singing and dancing. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members). Expected run time is 60 minutes.

On Saturday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their monthly Family Art Adventure from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Explore and discuss artwork and participate in a hands-on project in the studio. This activity is for children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations are not required. Cost is $18 per family for non-members and $6 per family for members.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live on Saturday at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Join Daniel on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved neighborhood. This show is recommended for children ages 2-6. Tickets are $20-$50 and are available online.

On Sunday, catch New Jersey Ballet’s Cinderella at Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) at 3:00 PM. This colorful spectacle is one of the ballet company’s most popular Kids & Families matinees. This classic fairy tale will be shown in two acts and will give even the youngest audience member a love for the ballet. Tickets are $15 – $25. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

On Sunday, Montclair History Center will host a Family FUNday at Crane House & Historic YWCA (110 Orange Road, Montclair) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This month, kids can create a tin-punched candleholder, corn husk creatures, and a woven potholder. They can also try writing with a quill pen and serve as “sous chefs” in the hearth kitchen by grinding spices. Tours are self-guided. Admission is $10 per family.

Also on Sunday, stop by Montclair Art Museum for Drop-In Studio between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The new Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.

For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

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