Weekend Family Highlights: Dr. Seuss Family Festival, Maple Sugaring at Van Vleck and Aesop Bops!

The weekend is here! Hooray! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun, family-friendly things to do around town and beyond. Enjoy!

Van Vleck House & Gardens will host a Maple Sugaring Family Program on Saturday. A tree in the garden will be tapped and, if the weather cooperates, the sap will flow. Families can learn how to identify a sugar maple tree and how to turn sap into syrup. After, participate in a taste test! The 1:30 PM time slot is still available. Pre-registration is required. The tour will last approximately one hour. Cost is $5 per person for Friends of Van Vleck and $7 per person for others.


Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will present a story time for children on Saturday at 11:00 AM. This week’s story is Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Hear about how as the sun sets, each of the hardworking trucks lie down to rest to prepare for another day of construction play.


On Saturday, South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present Aesop Bops! with David Gonzalez at 2:00 PM. This fast-paced and fun family show is full of audience participation, classic tales, and physical storytelling. This show is recommended for kids ages 4-12 and is approximately 55 minutes long. Tickets are $18 per person.



Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host Nation Beat at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Their live shows feature a mix of Brazilian rhythms, New Orleans funk, rock, jazz, bluegrass, and country blues. Be prepared to dance! Tickets are $17 ($14 for members). Expected run time is 60 minutes.



On Saturday, visit the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township) for the Maple Sugar Festival. Celebrate the peak of the maple sugaring season at this annual event. Hike through Maple Sugaring History on the trails, eat delicious maple syrup snow cones, participate in a syrup taste-test and more. This even takes place rain or shine from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Cost is $4 per person age 3 and up.



Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host its annual Dr. Seuss Family Festival on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Join in the fun with Ooblek Making and Cat in the Hat story time, then make Seuss-inspired crafts in the galleries. The Children’s theatre will present Seussology at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM. The Festival is included with regular museum admission. There is an additional charge for Seussology. Children and adults with special needs and their families are invited to experience the Festival before it opens to the general public from 10:00 to 11:30 PM.


Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host LEGO Time on Sunday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Children ages 4 and up are invited to hang out with fellow LEGO fans to build and create. Building related stories will be read and a LEGO movie will be on for viewing as you build. Registration is required.




Circus Now returns to NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC) on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The matinee will feature Nacho Flores Company from France and Race Horse Company from Finland. Before the show, kids will have a chance to learn basic circus techniques such as juggling scarves and balancing objects at a pre-show event beginning at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $2–$45 per person and can be purchased online.



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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