Weekend Family Fun: Storytime, Theater, Canine Cabaret, Film, Art and More

Happy weekend! Not sure what to do? We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly events in the area. Check ‘em out!

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host Tick-Tock Make a Craft on Saturday. Drop in to the Children’s Area any time between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to make a fun clock craft in honor of Daylight Saving Time. This craft is appropriate for all ages.


Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host a Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. New York Times bestselling author Beth Ferry’s picture book “A Small Blue Whale” is about a lonely blue whale who learns the meaning of friendship.


Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host “Bruce’s Big Move” Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. Bruce shares his home with four geese and three mice, so he sets off to find a new household. This hilarious story is sure to keep kids giggling. Activities to follow.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Christmas Painted Rocks workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Free face painting is included. 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.


Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2017-18 season on Saturday with Future Hits at 11:00 AM. Matt Baron and band teach kids language skills through their one-of-kind kid-friendly rock concert. The suggested age range for this show is 2-7 years old. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members). The expected run time is 60 minutes.


This weekend, Montclair Film Center (505 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will continue its The Mastery of Miyazaki series by presenting his debut film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Considered to be Miyazaki’s master work, it is the story of a young princess whose love for all living things and passionate determination lead her to danger, sacrifice, and triumph. The film is presented in English (dubbed). Show times are Saturday at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.


Lionheart Youth Theatre Company will perform Petra and the Wolf as part of Brooklyn’s On Stage at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn) on Sunday at 2:00 PM. This captivating performance is inspired by the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf and feature large-scale puppetry and live music. Tickets are $12.


On Sunday, Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Mutts Gone Nuts! Canine Cabaret. Disorderly duo Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches create a canine comedy stunt show like no other, featuring high-flying frisbee dogs, dancing dogs, and Sammie the Talking Dog! Tickets are $12-$15. Show times are 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Stay after the show to “Meet the Mutts” and take a picture with them. Minimum donation of $5. All proceeds go to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.


The Prince and the Magic Flute continues at Merseles Studios (339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City) this Sunday. Based on the classic Mozart Opera, this production has been adapted for the marionette stage. It’s the tale of a brave prince and a funny bird catcher who attempt to rescue a princess from the Palace of the Sun with the help of magic bells and a magic flute. Doors open at 12:30 with a 1:00 PM start time. Tickets are $9 – $10.


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.


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’s theme is Celebrate Children’s Day and Diwali. This week’s theme is Board Games & Bright Lights. At 2:00 PM, enjoy the family exhibition tour and go on your own thematic gallery search.

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

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