Weekend Family Highlights: Celebrate Earth Day, Bloomfest, Storytime and More



Happy Earth Day Weekend! Does Earth Day get its own weekend? Well, this year it does! There are plenty of celebrations going on, as well as many other activities. Have a look!


Visit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. Join Jacqueline Lopresti, author of Oliver and His Unlikely Friend. Oliver, a curious French bulldog, meets Toby, a garden toad, and they become friends in spite of their differences.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host We Are the Dinosaurs Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Laurie Berkner’s beloved hit “We Are the Dinosaurs” is now a picture book featuring playful art and a cast of adorable characters. Travel back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Celebrate Earth Day at Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) on Saturday. Drop in from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM to make a craft! This event is good for children up to 4th grade.

Celebrate Earth Day with the Montclair Public Library at both the Main Branch (50. South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) and the Bellevue Branch (185 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair). Drop in from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a surprise Earth Day Craft. No registration is required.

West Caldwell Environmental Commission will host their 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration in Crane Park (30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday. Enjoy face painting, Wrensch Park Tours, free tree saplings, pony rides, and Rizzo’s Reptiles. You can also enjoy the music of children’s entertainer, Polka Dot.

The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host Essex County Family Day on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Essex County Branch Brook Park (Concert Grove, Southern Division, Park Street Entrance, Newark). This free event will feature fun for the whole family including hula hooping, paddle boats, crafts, face painting, and a fishing derby. The Chris Clark Bicycle Stunt Show will be held at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from one of many food vendors.

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, you can catch two different Planetarium shows. At 1:00 PM, explore the sky with Sesame Street’s Big Bird in One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. This 25-minute show is recommended for kids ages 4-6. At 3:30 PM, there will be a Planetarium Show, “New Jersey Skies,” which is recommended for adults and children ages 6 years and up. This interactive tour of the constellations and planets under the starry sky of the planetarium dome will teach you to find bright nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.

On Saturday, Kids’ Comic Con will host its 11th Annual Event at the Bronx Community College (181st Street and University Avenue, Bronx) from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This year’s theme is Rainbow Rangers, and celebrates the diversity of heroes around the world. There will be artists, free drawing workshops, cosplayers, book venders, gamers, autograph signers, portfolio reviewing, and role-playing card game tournaments featuring Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, and Magic, the Gathering. Admission is free!

This weekend will be another Free Entrance Days in the National Parks in honor of National Park Week. There are nine national parks in New Jersey, many of which ordinarily charge a fee. For a list of parks, visit the website.

The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host Bloomfest! on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Essex County Branch Brook Park (Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Mill Street Entrance, Belleville + Prudential Concert Grove, Clifton Avenue Entrance, Newark). Enjoy a family day in New Jersey’s pinkest park! Enjoy a packed schedule of events including Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food, and more!

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.

Also on Sunday, Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will present Daffodil Day, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy this fun, family event which includes live performances by Shinbone Alley Stilt Band, the return of the Green Goats Petting Zoo, “green” themed games and crafts, and an outdoor market! Admission is free for RRA members and children under 3; otherwise $10/person or $25/family.

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

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