Weekend Family Fun: Crane Park FamilyFest, Thomas the Tank Engine and More!


Fall is here and so is the weekend! There are plenty of fun activities happening in our area as we usher in the new season, and we’ve rounded them up right here. Have a look!

Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime continues at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair). This week, author and illustrator Mike Malbrough will present his book, Marigold Bakes a Cake. Fans of Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon… series will enjoy this story about Marigold the cat who loves to bake cakes on Mondays, until one finch, two pigeons, and three loons get involved. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host two evets this Saturday. First up is Big Words for Little Geniuses Storytime at 11:00 AM. In this clever picture book by James and Sue Patterson, each letter of the alphabet provides an impressive new word for children to learn. Activities to follow. Then, at 1:00 PM, stop in for B-Fest, the second annual teen book festival featuring writing workshops, trivia, games, prizes, and sneak peeks of upcoming books. Events include B-In the Know, B-Super, B-Part of the Fun, and B-Creative.

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host Lego Day on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Stop in to build with the library’s huge Lego collection and create something cool.

Montclair Familyfest at Crane Park (corner of Glenridge and Greenwood Avenues, behind Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair) will be held on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Vendors and kid-centric activities for children and adults alike. Activities include face-painting and tattoos, scavenger hunt, Minecraft Mania open play, brain bending puzzles, cupcake decorating, sidewalk chalk drawing, healthy snacks and more! You can also celebrate the 10th birthday of the YMCA of Montclair’s Geyer Family Branch! This event is free.

The 13th Annual Fall Family Festival will be held at the Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Celebrate the autumn equinox at the Environmental Center! There will be fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy including hands-on nature games and crafts, canoeing, Native American life, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, food, and more. This is a free event. Some items may be for sale.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Craft Stick Characters workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children ages 3 and up can make a quick project. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Cost is $2 and includes supplies.

Liberty Science Center will open a new exhibit on Saturday called Thomas & Friends, Explore the Rails! Kids can learn, play, and solve problems with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends while immersing themselves in locations from the beloved TV series. This exhibit combines play with STEM concepts including counting, comparing sizes, and learning colors. Older kids can practice math skills, learn basic engineering concepts, discover science ideas through play, and see how technology works to keep engines running. This exhibit will run through May 13, 2018.

On Sunday, Montclair History Center will host Family Day: Science at the Shultz House with drop in hours from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Shultz House (30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair) is an amazing, fully-intact time capsule that takes you away to life in the early 20th century. Scientist and Montclair parent, Patricia Abad, PhD, will lead children on a microscopial adventure, exploring some of the biological slides Charles Shultz made himself in the early 1900s. Children will have the opportunity to make their own slides. Admission is free. Registration is requested at 973-744-1796 or [email protected].

Also on Sunday, the Drop-In Studio at Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) returns between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. Open ended activities are designed to spark creativity in artists of all ages and abilities. 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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