Weekend Family Fun: Beauty and the Beast, The Bazillions, Art Adventure and More

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There are plenty of great opportunities for family fun this weekend and we’ve rounded them up right here for you.

Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn) will present Clementine on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Join Americas favorite curly-haired carrot-top as she navigates the hilarious waters of friendship, family, school, and mischief on an epic third-grade adventure you’ll never forget. This performance by TheatreworksUSA is for ages 4 and up. Tickets are $12.75.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Mother Bruce Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. When Bruce the curmudgeonly bear who likes to keep to himself is left with four live goslings who think he’s their mother, he tries to get them to fly south. Find out if Bruce can rid himself of his new companions in this hilarious story. Activities to follow.

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 The Charm & Magic of Adornment. 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 Drawing Light. 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 and Sunday, drop in to the MakerSPACE program and experiment with the tools and materials of artists.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kindness Crafts Kids Club 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-$5 per child and includes supplies.

Studio Players (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will host performances of Beauty and the Beast on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM both days. This is a non-musical special Magic Trunk show and is fully produced and acted by students ages 8-18. Tickets are $8 each.

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.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will present The Bazillions at 11:00 AM on Saturday. These YouTube stars mix Beatles-esque harmony with the spirit of Schoolhouse Rock and Sesame Street. This educational rock-n-roll concert is appropriate for ages 2 and up. Tickets start at $17 for non-members and $14 for members.

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 February’s theme is “It’s a Small World.” Cost is $10 per family; cash only.

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host Author/Artist Talk about Before She Was Harriet on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Main Library Auditorium. Hear award-winning author/illustrator duo Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome talk about their new book, Before She Was Harriet, the Story of Harriet Tubman. Registration is recommended but not required.

Jersey City Theater Center at Merseles Studios (339 Newark Avenue, Jersey Citt) will present Pinocchio by Puppetworks on Sunday at 1:00 PM. This adaptation of the classic tale features marionettes to tell the story of a marionette come to life. 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 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) will host Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year Celebration on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Kick off the year of the Earth Dog with your family and friends! Celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year, with an afternoon of art, music, and food. Learn about traditional Losar celebrations, go on a family tour of the galleries, listen to Himalayan music, and explore the possibilities of your future through Losar and Earth Dog-themed activities and art projects.

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

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