Weekend Family Highlights: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Family FUNDay, Circus and More


It’s the first full weekend of 2017! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to enjoy. Check ‘em out!

The Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host a craft time on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children up through Grade 4 are invited to drop in to make an icicle craft.


On Saturday at 8:00 PM, NJPAC will present the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the 1981 Indiana Jones film starring Harrison Ford with John Williams’ epic score performed live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Kids will love this unique opportunity to see a classic film on the big screen and enjoy a symphony performance at the same time. Tickets are $24-$94.

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.


Montclair Historical Center (formerly Montclair Historical Society) will host its monthly Family FUNday on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Crane House and Historic YWCA (110 Orange Road, Montclair). Enjoy family-friendly games in the museum, then warm by the fire in the hearth with cider. Games include an 1800s-style checker board and Monopoly from 1945. Depending on the weather, there will be a snowman contest. Admission is $10 per family (free for those with family memberships).

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.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) has three events for families this weekend. First up is Circus! With Les Parfaits Inconnus. This show is a crazy circus adventure featuring acrobatics, comedy, balancing, juggling, and live music. Show times are 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday.

Circus! With Les Parfaits Inconnus
Circus! With Les Parfaits Inconnus

Next up is Playing by Air, showcasing the talents of these award-winning performers. Enjoy juggling feats, displays of lights, colors, and motion, and engaging characters and musical instruments. Catch Playing by Air on Sunday at 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM.

Playing By Air
Playing By Air

Finally, Stam-Pede is an afternoon of percussive dance by five celebrated companies including Darrah Carr Dance, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Germaine Salsberg’s Les Femmes, Ryan Casey’s OFF BEAT, and The Bang Group. Styles of dance include tap, clogging, Irish Dance, and more. There is one performance of this show at 3:00 PM on Sunday. All three shows are $17 per person ($14 for members).


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

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