There is plenty to do in the area to keep the whole family entertained this weekend and we’ve rounded it all up just for you. Check ‘em out!
East Side Mags (7 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will kick the weekend off right with a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Admission is free, but a donation of healthy canned for Toni’s Kitchen is requested. Cosplay in your favorite Star Wars costume or just wear your favorite T-shirt! The East Side Mags website even hints at an appearance from Chewbacca!
On Saturday, Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday AM Storytime at 10:30 AM. Join Jolie Della Valle, author of Georgie and the Ants in the Pants. Georgie the Ant teaches kids to believe in themselves, follow their dreams, and embrace the ants in their pants.
The WBGO Free Kids Jazz Concert Series kicks off on Saturday at Newark Symphony Hall (1020 Broad Street, Newark). See Benny Benack III & The Benny Benack Band present “Jazz and Democracy.” Trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III shows how jazz is democracy in action. While showing the role of various instruments, they will draw parallels to freedom and government. Doors open at noon and the concert starts at 12:30. Admission is free but each adult must be accompanied by at least one child.
The Womens Club of Glen Ridge (219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host the 2016 STEMfestival on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Exhibitors include The Franklin Institute, Super Scientific Circus, several LEOG groups, NJIT, Ramapo College, Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association and many more. Participate in interactive demos and hands-on activities. Tickets are $10 cash per person at the door; kids under 3 are free. Discount tickets can be purchased online before 8:00 PM Friday evening.
South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) on Saturday at 2:00 PM. From the book, The Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl, the show comes to life through people and puppets. A 15-foot tall giant and a little orphan girl devise a plan to save the children of England from giants. Like other Roald Dahl stories, exciting things happen along the way is sure to please. Recommended for children ages 7-11. Stick around after the show for a post-performance Q&A. Tickets are $25 for children and $30 for adults.
Saturday is Astro Day at the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown). Join the Morris Museum Astronomical Society for a day of programming from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and night sky observing from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM. There will be hand-on space crafts, an exhibits on meteorites, and an exploration of brass instruments of the orchestra. This event is free with museum admission ($10 adults/$7 children).
This is the final weekend of James and the Giant Peach: The Musical at The Growing Stage, the Children’s Theatre of New Jersey (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong). Based on the book by Roald Dahl and designed for the whole family to enjoy, the story centers on James who finds himself inside the center of a giant peach among human-sized insects. Performances are Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM. There will be a special pre-show activity on Saturday at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children.
On Sunday, Thalia Kids’ Book Club will present A Celebration of Beverly Cleary at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC). Cleary, the author of over 30 books, including the Ramona Quimby series, Dear Mr. Henshaw, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle, will be celebrated on the occasion of her 100th birthday. An all-star cast of actors will pay tribute in this event suitable for children ages 8-12. Tickets are $15.
For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.