Weekend Family Fun: Holiday Lights Spectacular, The Wizard of Oz, Rocks and Mineral Family Festival

It’s Thanksgiving weekend! Don’t just sit around eating leftovers, get out and have some family fun! We’ve rounded up some things to do in the area. Check ‘em out!

An annual favorite, Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will present its Holiday Lights Spectacular this weekend. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, take a winter stroll through the zoo under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats are appreciated. Santa will be at the Party Gazebo each night, and a variety of other attractions will be open. See website for schedule. The Spectacular is open from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Clairidge Bow Tie Cinema (486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will present The Wizard of Oz at 11:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss this rare chance to enjoy this classic film on the big screen.

The Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host a Rock and Mineral Family Festival this weekend. Presented by the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society, members of the Society will be on hand to identify your mystery rocks and minerals. Learn about fluorescent minerals, listen to engaging presentations, and watch videos on various topics about geology and the Earth. Stop in any time between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Saturday and 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Sunday. This program is included in the price of admission and free to members.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Everything is Mama Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. Jimmy Fallon is back with a follow-up to his bestselling picture book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA. His new book is a lighthearted look at the world from a baby’s point of view, as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to mama. Activities to follow.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Unicorn Slime workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children ages 3 and up can make a quick project. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Cost is $2 and includes supplies.

On Saturday, Santa will arrive at The Williams Center (1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford) for an afternoon of holiday fun from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy hot cocoa, cider, and candy canes, arts and crafts, and holiday stories. Take photos with Santa from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This event is free. Stick around for a movie, or head up the street to the Holiday Village in Lincoln Park (1 Highland Cross, Rutherford) for crafts with the Girl Scouts, rides and entertainment, “Frozen” musical revue, free horse and carriage rides, pictures with Santa, and stories with Mrs. Claus. Holiday Village will be open from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17th Street, NYC) hosts Family Sundays. Drop into the Museum on Sundays between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM for casual art-making and free family-friendly activities for children and their accompanying adults. Designed for children ages 3 and up with accompanying adults, the art activities change monthly and connect with the art and ideas of the Himalayas. This month, give thanks and reflect as the year ends with Mindfulness Poetry. At 2:00 PM, enjoy the family exhibition tour and go on your own thematic gallery search.

Also on Sunday, the Drop-In Studio at Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) continues between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. Open ended activities are designed to spark creativity in artists of all ages and abilities. 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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