Weekend Family Fun: Lego Day, Art, The Gustager Yellowgold Show and More!


Happy weekend! Here’s your chance to spend some time with the family having fun. We’ve rounded up some activities in the area that may be of interest. Check ‘em out!

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway 95th Street, NYC) will present The Gustafer Yellowgold Show on Saturday at 11:00 AM. This multimedia performance from Grammy nominated Morgan Taylor is about a little guy from the Sun and is fun for all ages. Taylor, along with his full band, will be featuring material from his new album “Brighter Side” alongside classic fan favorites. This show is suited for children ages 2-7. For families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, this performance features brighter lighting in the audience and lowered sound levels. Tickets are $17 and up ($14 and up for members).

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host a Lego Day from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. Stop in to build with the library’s huge Lego collection and build something cool!

State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will present the next installment of Milk & Cookies, a lively, interactive storytelling and music series for families. It’s the perfect way to introduce children ages 3-8 to live theater. Two performances will be held at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. This month’s guest is Robbi K, a storyteller and musician who will perform childhood favorites and original songs and stories in a multicultural celebration. Tickets are $3.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host You! Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. A life full of adventure first requires big dreams, and big dreams need big encouragement. From world-renowned author and artist Sandra Magsamen comes this new book offering inspiration and hope to readers of all ages. Activities to follow.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Pony Bead Snowflakes 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, Newark Museum will offer its Creative Play programs at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Three- to five-year olds and their caretakers enjoy a special time before the Museum opens to the public. Explore the museum’s art and science collections through storytelling, song, playful activities, and an art-making project. The theme will be Feast for the Eyes. Visitors can also enjoy the Family Gallery Programs at Newark Museum 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 week’s theme is Poetry. Meet in the lobby. There are also self-guided programs available from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on both Saturday, drop in to the MakerSPACE program and experiment with the tools and materials of artists.

Montclair Art Museum’s (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) monthly Family Art Adventure is back on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Explore and discuss artworks in the galleries and engage in a fun hands-on project in the studio. This program is designed for children 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations not required. Cost is $18 per family.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) will host Winter Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunts. Families are welcome to participate any time between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM. Grab a camera or a phone and stop by the Hagerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt, and win a prize. Scavenger lists change every month and January’s theme is “It’s Alive.” Cost is $10 per family; cash only.

Also 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.

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. 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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