Weekend Family Fun: Curious George, Alastair Moock, The Bella Bee Story Tales and More

The weekend has rolled around again, so it’s time to figure out what to do! We’ve gathered up some fun family events this weekend taking place in our area and beyond, so check ‘em out!

Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn) will present Curious George on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey, star of books, movies, and the award-winning PBS television show, in this delightful new musical. Tickets are $12.

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime with Maisha Jackson at 10:30 AM. Maisha Jackson’s The Bella Bee Story Tales are adventures about Bella Bee and love. I Love My Mother Because…, the second book in the series, is about the unconditional love between Bella Bee and her mother. The first book, I Love My Sister Because… focuses on Bella Bee’s love for her big sister.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host I Am Harriet Tubman Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. From Brad Meltzer’s bestselling series Ordinary People Change the World, this book tells the story of Harriet Tubman’s pivotal role in the fight against slavery.

At 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble will also host a Harry Potter Book night in celebration of the book’s 20th anniversary. Come dressed as your favorite character, meet fellow fans, and enjoy trivia, games and more!

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Valentine’s Day Love Bugs 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 and includes supplies.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will present Alastair Moock at 11:00 AM. This show features rowdy, rootsy, singing and dancing fun for the whole family. Tickets are $17 and up. For families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, this performance features brighter lighting in the audience, lowered sound levels, the freedom to move about the theater during the show, and a designated quiet area.

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 Express Yourself: Clothing as Expression. 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 Contour Drawing. 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.

This weekend, Morris County Park Commission will host Maple Sugaring Demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM or 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Demonstrations will be held at Great Swamp OEC (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham). Experience the fascinating process of maple sugaring from start to finish. Identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different, delicious syrups, including syrup made on site. $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.

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.

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.

On Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township) will host A Winter’s Day on the Farm from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Join an exciting, outdoor family adventure to experience traditional farm life as it was in the early 20th century. Enjoy an open-air tractor pulled wagon ride, meet the friendly farm animals, learn the importance of ice harvesting and what tools were used, and help with daily farm chores. Warm up in the cozy farmhouse where seasonal foods will be cooking on the wood-burning cook stove. Cost is $8 per adult, $7 per senior (65+), $6 per child 4-16, and $4 per child age 2 and 3. Free for children under age 2.

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 on Baristanet Calendar.

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