Weekend Family Fun: Disney, Jaws, Engineer Day, Storytime, and a State Fair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 04, 2017 9:04am

Who’s excited for the weekend! There are plenty of fun and family friendly things to do around town, and we’ve gathered up a sampling right here. Have a look!

This weekend, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust: A Collection of Disney Songs. Featuring teenage and young adult performers, this family-friendly revue-style musical includes some of your favorite songs. Tickets are $20 and available online. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM.

On Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM, Clairidge Bow-Tie Cinema (486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will be showing the 1975 classic, Jaws. The summer shark saga, directed by Steven Spielberg, takes place on fictional Amity Island, where the residents are terrorized by a Great White shark on the Fourth of July holiday. This is a great opportunity to show older kids a thriller on the big screen. The movie is rated PG.

Also on Saturday, a Jr. Engineer Day will be held at Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Dig into S.T.E.A.M., and be an engineer for a day with exciting hands-on activities. Learn how to use science, technology, and mathematics to solve everyday problems. Cost is $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host several events on Saturday. At 11:00 AM, enjoy the Peterrific and Aqualicious Storytime. In a follow-up to the Pinkalicious series, join Peter, Pinkalicious’ little brother, as he tries to build a tower of blocks that will reach the moon. Storytime will continue with a family trip to the beach in Aqualicious. Activities to follow. Also at 11:00 AM, Clifford the Big Red Dog will be in store for a meet and greet. Finally, at 1:00 PM, join in the fun at the LEGO BOOST Community Build celebrating the release of LEGO BOOST. Build, code, and play with Vernie the robot and learn how to program Vernie to complete obstacles and tricks.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township) will host Wash and Wear Sheep on Saturday. Help the farmers wash lambs that were born in the spring. Choose either the 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM session. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 and 3, and free for children under age 2.

On Sunday, celebrate “National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day” at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy an afternoon of zucchini-themed fun including Zucchini Car Races, Squash Toss Games, garden scavenger hunts, and more! Cost is $2 per person.

The New Jersey State Fair Sussex County Farm & Horse Show begins on Friday 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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