Weekend Family Fun: Film Fest, Open Cockpit, MAM Family Day, Storytime and More!


The weekend is here! It’s time for some fun family time. We’ve rounded up plenty of things to do. Here’s a sampling!

Catch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at My First Film Fest 2

This weekend, the Film Society at Lincoln Center (165 West 65th Street, NYC) will present My First Film Fest 2. This festival aims to bring the excitement of a film fest to young movie lovers and offers 12 movies over three days. Tickets start at $7 each and packages are available.

The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey (400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro) will host its final Open Cockpit Weekend of the year on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The display includes a variety of aircraft. Get an up-close look at these planes, helicopters, and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Access to the museum is included.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host “A Loud Winter’s Nap” Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. This picture book looks at the benefits of friendship. Find out if Tortoise will sleep through the winter or stay awake to enjoy the frosty fun. Activities to follow. At 12:00 PM, the store will host its 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire. Experience the latest in virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, pen-invent technology, robotics, coding, programming, and more. The MLC Stem Center of Montclair and the students from the Pioneer Academy of Wayne will discuss their ongoing robotics endeavors and offer demonstrations of little bits and slime.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Craft Stick Ornaments 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 Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host “Era Uma Vez, na Biblioteca” (Once Upon a Time, at the Library) on Saturday at 11:00 AM. All families are welcome to be a part of this experience of storytelling in Portuguese. The program will be run in Portuguese, and is oriented towards families with children from newborns to 9-year-olds. Stories will be interwoven with song and rhymes, all in Portuguese. No registration is required.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2017-18 season on Saturday with Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: Everybody Loves Pirates at 2:00 PM. Lucy and Little Chucky search for buried treasure, only to find a gang of bumbling pirates getting in the way. With over a dozen hand-crafted puppets, kids will love this cast of characters. 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.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will offer Family Day: Exploring Our Environment on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Participate in a day of themed exploration with many dynamic activities reflecting current exhibits at the museum. At 2:00 PM, enjoy a special puppet theater performance. Tickets for the day are $10 for nonmember families (advance registration required) and free for Family Members (no advance registration required). Tickets for the puppet show are $10 per nonmember and $8 per member, and are not included in the Family Day. Puppet show tickets are sold only at the door on a first come, first served basis.

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host Mother-In-Law’s Meal: Children’s Author Ahmondylla Best at 2:00 PM. Author, musician and teaching artist Ahmondylla Best debuts her new book Mother-In-Law’s Meal. Join Best for a musical journey with the song that inspired the book, which is a fun story about a delicious, hearty Caribbean style stew. This event is intended for children ages 3 to 8. Registration is required.

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, give thanks and reflect as the year ends with Mindfulness Poetry. 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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