Weekend Family Fun: Dinner and Movie Night Under The Stars, Montclair Jazz Festival and Much More!

Hope you had a great week and that you’re ready for plenty of family-friendly fun! We’ve gathered up some things to do around town and beyond, so have a look!

Bloomfield Center will host a Dinner and Movie Night Under the Stars on Washington Street (Bloomfield). Enjoy Dining and a Quiet Party from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Dine at one of the local restaurants or order “take out” from your favorite Bloomfield eatery. Kids can view “Secret Life of Pets” on the Bloomfield Recreation Department’s 25-foot movie screen (bring chairs!) beginning at 8:15 PM. A Pop Up Art Gallery will also be open from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Free parking will be available after 6:00 PM in the Farrand Street lot.

This weekend, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present Cinderella. This beloved classic tale has been adapted for young performers and features the music and lyrics of Rodgers and Hamerstein. Tickets are $20 and available online. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM.

The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will present The Wizard of Oz this weekend. Performances will be held on Friday at 8:00 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. This stage adaptation of the classic movie features all your favorite characters and songs. This production is suitable for the entire family. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, Museum or Theatre Guild Members, and students 18 and under with a valid college ID.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. While poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, this sweet parody of the beloved Goodnight Moon gives scientists of all ages everything they need to say goodnight and rest before returning to the research world in the morning. Activities to follow.

The Montclair Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Nishuane Park (Montclair). This free event will take place rain or shine and will feature a day of jazz music and fun. Bring chairs and enjoy the music. Pack a picnic or visit one of the many vendors. There will be a special Family Jazz Discovery Zone featuring partners Montclair Public Library and Montclair Art Museum. Kids can hang out, improvise, and learn about the music they’re hearing. For more information, including a full line up of performers, visit the website.

Also on Saturday, the Carriage House Craft Series will present Papermaking at Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Young engineers are invited to learn about the invention of one of the most popular everyday objects: Paper. Learn where paper comes from and conduct experiments to make a paper formula of your own. Cost is $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

Join in a Family I-Spy Walk at Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Explore the Arboretum gardens using a different tool each month and discover new ways of looking at flowers, trees, and other living things. Tour the vegetable gardens and learn to use a scale to measure weight and volume of produce. Cost is $2 per person age 5 & up. Preregistration is required by calling 973-326-7601.

The New Jersey State Fair Sussex County Farm & Horse Show continues at the Sussex County Fairgrounds (37 Plains Road, Augusta) and will run through Sunday August 13th. Entertainment includes racing pigs, a demolition derby, a chainsaw artist, carnival rides, music, vendors, horses and more! For a full schedule of events, visit the website. Admission costs available online as well. The Fair is open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily; 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, August 13th.

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

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