Weekend Family Fun: Little Read, Duck Derby, Gardens Aglow, Halloween Spooktacular on the Green


The weekend is here! Not sure what to do? You’ll have an abundance of choices this weekend — there are so many terrific happenings for families to enjoy this weekend! Make your schedule and don’t miss out!

Montclair’s The Little Read 2017 will be held this weekend. It kicks off Friday evening in the Main Library Auditorium (South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) at 7:00 PM with Bedtime Stories from the Mayor. Additional events will be held around town beginning at 11:00 AM. For a full schedule of events, visit the Library’s website.

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens (474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair) will host Gardens Aglow on Friday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. View the gardens at dusk as they come to life with artfully carved jack-o-lanterns supplied by local high school art departments. Activities, entertainment, and refreshments will be ongoing throughout the evening. This event is free and open to the public.

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime on Saturday at 10:30 AM. This week’s story is Polly and her Duck Costume by Leanne Lauricella. This book tells the true story of Polly, a blind goat rescued by the author who is also a rescuer of farmyard animals. Follow along with Polly as she settles in with her new family with the help of a fuzzy duck costume.

Join Montclair Ambulance Unit at Montclair Recreation’s Fall Fest on Saturday, at Edgemont Park for the Second Annual MAU Duck Derby. The Fall Fest starts at Noon, when you can enjoy FREE family-friendly entertainment, food trucks, kids’ activities, and much more. At 3:00 p.m., hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will race through Edgemont Park, all vying to cross the finish line first and be named Top Duck. Adopt your ducks and cheer them on to victory and the chance to win fantastic prizes.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Good Day, Good Night Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. By the author of the children’s classic Goodnight Moon, this picture book by Margaret Wise Brown highlights the reassuring world of the little bunny with hidden surprises on every page.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Vampirina Friendship Bracelets 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.

Montclair Art Museum’s monthly Family Art Adventure is back on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Explore the current exhibition Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event and its connection to meteorology. Participate in theme-related activities that unveil the wonders of weather patterns and climate. This program is designed for children 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations not required. Cost is $18 per family.

On Saturday at 2:00 PM, South Orange Performing Arts Center (1 SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present Sleeping Beauty. This classic children’s tale comes to life on stage in this production by The Panto Company USA. King Humphrey and Queen Bea’s daughter, Aurora, is put to sleep under the spell of a powerful sorceress, Vestra. When true love revives her, the entire kingdom comes back to life. This production is 60 minutes and recommended for children ages 4-10. Tickets are $20.

Bloomfield Recreation Department will host Halloween Spooktacular on the Town Green on Saturday beginning at 4:00 PM. Light refreshments, trick or treating, bean bag toss, guess the weight on the pumpkin, pumpkin patch and a costume contest will be held at this time. At 5:00 PM, enjoy a magic show. At 6:15, watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on the lawn (bring a chair or blanket). This event is free.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2017-18 season on Saturday with National Dance Institute: The Celebration Team! at 2:00 PM. Watch more than 100 children dancing as part of this high-energy performance. The children will perform excerpts from their 2017 Event of the Year, Harlem Night Song. For families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, this performance features lowered sound levels and designated quiet areas. The suggested age range for this show is 2-7 years old. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members). The expected run time is 60 minutes.

State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will host Big Jeff as part of its Milk and Cookies series this Saturday at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Sing and dance with to the upbeat, bouncy songs of this 6’6” children’s music favorite. This series is designed to introduce children ages 3-8 to live theater. Tickets are $3.

On Sunday, State Theatre New Jersey will present Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s production of these two stories by children’s illustrator Anita Jeram features puppetry, recorded music, and narration. The 1:00 PM performance is an autism-friendly relaxed performance provides a welcoming environment for people on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities.

The Prince and the Magic Flute continues at Merseles Studios (339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City) this Sunday. Based on the classic Mozart Opera, this production has been adapted for the marionette stage. It’s the tale of a brave prince and a funny bird catcher who attempt to rescue a princess from the Palace of the Sun with the help of magic bells and a magic flute. Doors open at 12:30 with a 1:00 PM start time. Tickets are $9 – $10.

Also on Sunday, the Drop-In Studio at Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) continues 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.

Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17th Street, NYC) hosts Family Sundays. Drop into the Museum on Sundays between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM for casual art-making and free family-friendly activities for children and their accompanying adults. Designed for children ages 3 and up with accompanying adults, the art activities change monthly and connect with the art and ideas of the Himalayas. This month’s theme is Celebrate Children’s Day and Diwali. This week’s theme is Board Games & Bright Lights. At 2:00 PM, enjoy the family exhibition tour and go on your own thematic gallery search.

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

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