Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

Can you believe it’s the last weekend of 2015? We hardly can! We’ve gathered up some family-friendly fun for you to enjoy!

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker

Christmas may be over, but you can still catch New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown). The final two performances will be on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Tickets start at $29. This favorite holiday event is recommended for children ages 4 and up.


Visit the Mahwah Museum to check out the Donald Cooper Model Railroad (201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah) this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. With seven trains running at a time, this children and adults alike will be entertained. Thomas the Tank Engine makes his way around the track, as well as a thirty car coal train and the Blue Main Line. Adults will surely appreciate the detail of the display. The railroad display is included in your museum admission.


Holiday-LightsIt’s also not too late to catch the
Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange). Stroll through the zoo under the lights, with over 50 winter and animal characters illuminated throughout. Bring a donation of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats. The lights display begins at 5:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday.


Beginning Saturday and running through January 3, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Road, Morris Township) invites you to a special Holiday Scavenger Hunt. Drop by the Haggerty Center anytime between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM to check it out. The theme is “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.” Bring a camera or a cell phone and find most of the items on the list to win a prize for the entire family. Cost is $10 per family. The Arboretum is closed on January 1.



11831728_949929925067764_156706172688913693_nOn Sunday from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, participate in a Family Nature Walk at the Environmental Education Center (190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge). This interpretive, all-ages walk is led by a naturalist and will explore your curiosities about the Great Swamp. No pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather as this is an outdoor event.



Celebrate Kwanzaa with the Umoja Dance Company at the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street) on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Umoja, as one of New Jersey’s premier dance companies, draws inspiration from West African dance and drumming traditions to celebrate the meaning of Kwanzaa. The museum will also host Family Gallery Programs and Creative Play Activities on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM.


Also on Sunday, take part in a Family Painting Class for all ages at Kayla’s Creative Art Studio (629 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights). Work together to pain an adorable snowman. Everything you need is provided, including at 16”x20” canvas, paint, and brushes. Order seats online ($30 per seat).




And here’s a bonus event for Monday: the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host a Toyland Family Festival on Monday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Children can make a penguin puppet, create a fantasy animal out of recycled materials, make a miniature toy wagon with wheels that turn as well as enjoy a new exhibit, see the 288 square foot mega model train, and more. For an additional fee, see Journey to Candyland with Gooen’s Balloowins in the Childrens Theater at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM.



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



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