Weekend Family Highlights: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Hamilton History and More!

The weekend is here! Hooray! There’s plenty going on around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling!

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Frosty Friday in Bloomfield! Bring the kids to the Bloomfield High School cafeteria for pictures with Frozen characters, bingo, carnival games, face painting, arts & crafts and refreshments. Tickets are $10.00/child and $4.00/adult and can be purchased at the door.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations continue this weekend at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township). Learn about the process of maple sugaring, identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Demonstrations are one hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday only. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.


Also on Saturday, Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host a day of puppetry with the German puppet show “Punschi” (Sandglass Theater). Performances will be held at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, with an approximate run time of 60 minutes for each. Enjoy two tales in each session including Kasper and the Surprise performed by Jana Zeller and Fritzi’s Flea Circus performed by Shoshanna Bass. Both stories are fun and playful and will engage audience members of all ages. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members).

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South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, a dance performance based on C.S. Lewis’ classic novel, on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Set in Narnia, and featuring the beloved characters from the book, this performance is for children ages 5 and up an is approximately 55 minutes long. Tickets are $20 for children and $25 for adults.

On Saturday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their monthly Family Art Adventure from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Explore and discuss artwork and participate in a hands-on project in the studio. This activity is for children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations are not required. Cost is $18 per family for non-members and $6 per family for members.

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Also on Saturday, DiMenna Children’s History Museum at New -York Historical Society (170 Central Park West @ 77th Street, NYC) will host a Hamilton-Themed Family Benefit Party from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Parents and children ages 4-14 are invited to meet Alexander Hamilton and learn about his life with fun, interactive activities throughout the Museum. Tickets are $75 per child and $150 per adult. This event will raise funds to help the New-Work Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum continue to provide exceptional experiences and unique programming.

On Sunday (and most Sundays through March 12), enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing on the trails of Pyramid Mountain NHA (473 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp). Use your own showshoes or rent a pair. No experience is necessary. This event is free and for children ages 10 and up with their adult companions. Preregistration is required.

The Elisabeth Morrow School of Englewood will host a free family event on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Weehawkin Port Imperial Terminal NY Waterway (4800 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawkin). Children of all ages can receive musical instruction on an instrument of their choice, and try out various instruments at the Musical Petting Zoo. They can also enjoy face painting, a balloon maker, and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Also on Sunday, stop by Montclair Art Museum for Drop-In Studio between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The new Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.

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

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