Weekend Family Fun: Dinosaurs, Art, Crafts, Mishka and More!

It’s the last weekend of 2017! We’ve rounded up plenty of weekend family fun with things to do around town and beyond to help you spend your time. Whatever you choose to do, may these final days of the year be filled with fun!

If you’re looking for some family-friendly ways to ring in the new year, check out our New Year’s Eve round up.

Dinosaur Time Trek: Dragon Edition is coming to New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison) this weekend. Visit Time Trek Laboratories and travel to Jurassic times for a roaring, stomping, roam-through experience. Play all day in hands-on and interactive attractions designed for families. The exhibit is open for general admission on Saturday through Monday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Tickets are $19-24. Kids under 2 are free with paid adult admission.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) wraps up its Holiday Lights Spectacular this weekend. Nightly until January 1, 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.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host The Story of Ferdinand Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. All the other bulls love to run and jump and butt their heads together, but not Ferdinand. He would rather sit and smell the flowers. Then one day he is picked for the bullfights in Madrid. Find out how Ferdinand fares in this classic story. Activities to follow.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club craft 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, enjoy the Family Gallery Programs at Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) at 2:00 PM. Through storytelling, music, movement, and/or sketching, families with children of all ages engage with the Museum’s diverse collections. New activities each week highlight a different collection. This month’s focus is Global Holiday Fusion and the weekly theme is Candle Holder. Meet in the lobby.

On Saturday, Jersey City Theatre Center’s Merseles Studios (339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City) will present JCTC Kids Mishka: Stories from Around the World. Mishka is a Scandinavian holiday story about a teddy bear that runs away from the house of a spoiled litter girl. He discovers the world as he walks through the forest, eventually giving up his freedom to stay with a sick boy. The performance begins at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $10 – $12.

The Melting Pot (831 Route 10, Whippany) is hosting a nightly North Pole Pajama Party at the Pot. Kids 10 and under dressed in pajamas will receive a portion of chocolate fondue free with the purchase of adult cheese and chocolate fondue portions. Reservations must be made by phone.

On Sunday, the Drop-In Studio at Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) continues between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Note that the Museum is closing early this week. 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, on Baristanet Calendar.

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