Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

Welcome to the first weekend of 2016! We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly activities to participate in before the kiddos head back to school on Monday.

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Join the Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) for its final weekend of Eric Carle: Animals and Friends. This exhibition includes more than 60 collages, studies, and book dummies/mock-ups by the acclaimed children’s book illustrator Eric Carle. This exhibit is included in museum admission ($12 Adults, free for kids under 12). The museum is open from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

conductorstevewithwatchesedit-635629d1All weekend long, visit Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show at the New Jersey Expo Center (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison). The show is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door for adults. Kids 11 and under are admitted free. The show will feature trains for sale with exhibitors from all over the country. There will also be large operating model train displays. Of particular interest to kids will be performances by Steve the Magic Conductor at 1:30 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as meet and greets throughout the day. Steve’s show is filled with magic, comedy, storytelling and audience participation, all designed to get kids excited about reading.


This weekend is also the final days of the Kids Ride Free promotion on NY Waterway. Kids under 11 can ride the ferry free into New York City (2 children per paying adult). Enjoy a day in the city with getting in part of the fun!




Join Sonia De Los Santos for a bilingual sing-along at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) as part of their Just Kidding Series. Sonia is celebrating her first solo family music album, Mi Viaje: De Nuevo Leon to the New York Island, a collection of songs about growing up in Mexico and moving to a new country while learning about other cultures. She will be joined by special guest and long-time collaborator, Dan Zanes. The hour-long show begins at 11:00 AM. Tickets are $15.


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Video game lovers will enjoy Video Games Live at NJPAC on Saturday at 7:30 PM. Top orchestras and choirs will perform music from popular video games along with synchronized videos and lighting. Perfect for families, gamers and non-gamers, and live music enthusiasts or those new to orchestral performances. Tickets start at $39.50.


On Sunday at 3:00 PM, Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Sing-A-Long-A Grease. Join in the fun and sing along with this classic movie musical starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. Costumes are encouraged so break out your poodle skirt or biker jacket! Tickets start at $15.


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Also on Sunday, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick) will host its monthly Free First Sunday. Scavenger hunts and Family Activity Guides are offered from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Special tours for children and adults are at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Studio Z, a self-guided education space, has activities for younger visitors.


The Harlem Globetrotters will be at Rutgers University – The RAC (83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway) on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Celebrate the team’s 90th anniversary world tour with their unique and iconic family show. Tickets range from $20 to $55 per person. Join the Globetrotter stars after the game for autographs, photographs and high fives (subject to availability).


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



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