Who’s ready for the weekend? We have plenty of fun and family friendly events to keep you busy!
On Saturday, the Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host an interactive book-reading with author Betty Larrea at 11:00 AM. The book, Lucinda’s Magical Yoga Adventure, takes children through a variety of poses as they pretend to be the animals and characters they meet in the story. After the reading, join Ms. Larrea for a meet and greet and book signing. This event is recommended for children ages 2-9 and their families.
The Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) hosts a drop in Discovery Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM each Saturday. This week’s theme is Flower Folklore. Families can borrow a backpack filled loaded with everything needed for an outdoor adventure. Discover nature through experiments, stories, games and crafts. The fee for this event is $5 per child and is free for members.
On Saturday afternoon, Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will celebrate the winners of their 2015 Bookmark Contest at 3:30 PM. The theme of the contest, inspired by the book Giants Beware!, was “Show us your quest-ready self.” At 4:00 PM, Jorge Aguirre, author of Giants Beware! will be on hand for the launch party of the recently released follow-up, Dragons Beware!
The Geyer Family Branch of the Montclair YMCA (159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair) will host a Teddy Bear Pajama Party on Saturday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Children age 4-8 are invited to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal or teddy bear. Activities include a picnic race, an art project, a snack project, a honey pot climb, a story and catch the honey. The fee is $20 per child ($10 per additional sibling) and the event is open to members and non-members.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, the fifth grade class at Seth Boyden Demonstration School (274 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood) will be presenting a production of Seussical Jr. the Musical. The show will feature everyone’s favorite characters from Dr. Seuss’ classic works including Horton, the Cat in the Hat and the Whos from Whoville. There will be plenty of snappy tunes and clever rhymes to make the performance fun for all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and those 2 and under will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online here. Show times are 7:00 PM on Saturday and 2:00 PM on Sunday.
Alstede Farms (1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester) will host a Strawberry Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There will be plenty of strawberry treats including homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry shakes, strawberry lemonade slushies, strawberry sundaes, strawberry pie and more! There will be a scenic hayride to the strawberry patch to pick your own strawberries, as well as pony rides, tractor train rides, moon bounce, corn kingdom and more. On Sunday only, there will be a Strawberry Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Prices vary for activities and the breakfast. Check out the website for details.
For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.