Weekend Family Highlights: STEMFestival, Creative Play and More!

This weekend may be April 1st, but the fun activities we’ve rounded up are no joke! Here are some family-friendly things to do in and around the area. Enjoy!

On Friday, catch Hairspray at 7 p.m. at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, 173 Bellevue Ave. Montclair. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $6 for students. More info here.

On Saturday, Montclair Literary Festival has a host of activities for kids. Check them out here.

Glen Ridge First will present the 4th Annual STEMfestival on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge (219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge). Stop in to see working robots, LEGO villages and scenes from movies made by enthusiasts, Maker Village, Jr. FIRST ® LEGO ® League showcase, and experience hands-on demonstrations. There will also be an “inventions through the ages” exhibit, a green energy truck, and a mini camp fair for grades K-8. Food trucks and other goodies will be onsite. Tickets may be purchased online until 8:00 PM Friday evening for $18/family of 4, $8 individual adult, and $5 for child (ticket service applies). Tickets purchased at the event will be $10 per adult or child and cash only. Children 3 and under are free online and at the door.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Celebration of Beauty and the Beast on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Join in the fun and celebrate the releases of the new Beauty and the Beast Movie. In addition to a special Storytime, kids of all ages are invited to sing favorite songs from the movie soundtrack and participate in other fun activities. Attendees will receive a mini-poster and bookmark, while supplies last.

Also on Saturday, the Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will a Nature Wind Chimes workshop at 10:30 AM for adults and children ages 8 and up. Gather items from nature and create a natural wind chime to enjoy at home. Advance registration is required by calling 973-228-8776. Fee is $10 per adult and $8 per child.

The Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) hosts Creative Play programs for families on Saturdays at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00PM. April’s theme is Environment and Nature. Each one-hour program is designed especially for early learners ages 3-5. On Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM, there will be a Planetarium Show, “Earth, Moon and Sun,” which is recommended for adults and children ages 5-8 years. Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun. With the help of Coyote and Native American stories, you will learn about moon phases, eclipses, constellations and more! For more information about programs and admission charges, visit the website.

Tour the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) on the first Sunday of the month for only $3 per person. Enjoy the magnificent gardens and grounds with a knowledgeable tour guide, and learn about the history of the property and its gardens, as well as the historic mansion. The one-hour tour begins at 2:00 PM.

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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