Who is ready for the weekend? It’s time for some fun time with the family. Not sure what to do? We’ve got you covered!
Kick off the weekend at State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) with Wild Kratts Live! on Friday at 6:30 PM. This 90-minute show features Martin and Chris Kratt of Zoboomafoo and Kratts’ Creatures in a classic Wild Kratts adventure. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts” the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from the villain’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again. Tickets are $25-$100.
On Saturday morning, State Theatre New Jersey will host the next performance in its Milk and Cookies series. This month, catch Tahira “Folktale Fun” at 10:00 AM or 12:00 PM. Tahira’s high-energy, interactive storytelling and music delight audiences of all ages. The Milk and Cookie series is a perfect way to introduce children ages 3-8 to live theater. Tickets are $3 each.
Saturday is Lego Day at the Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge). From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, all ages are invited to build with the library’s huge collection and create something cool!
Bergen PAC (30 N. VanBrunt Street, Englewood) will present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day! on Saturday at 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Join Daniel and his friends on an adventure as Daniel learns what it takes to be King. Tickets are $15 to $79.
Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Filled with gentle humor and insight, this book is a celebration of life on Earth. Activities to follow.
Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Earth Day workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children between the ages of 3 and 8 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 per child and includes supplies. A similar workshop is available for children ages 6 and up at the same time, with a cost of $5 per person.
Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host its Creative Play program on Saturday at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Three- to five-year olds and their caretakers can 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 art making. April’s theme is “Upcycle Your Community” and this week’s theme is “What’s On Your Plate?” The Museum will also host its weekly Family Gallery Program on Saturday 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 every week highlight a different collection. This week’s theme is “Contour Drawing.” Meet in the Lobby. Then, on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, the Museum hosts its MakerSPACE Drop-in Programs. Inspired by the Museum’s collections and special events, monthly themes are designed for visitors of all ages to drop in and experiment.
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 ($6 per family for members).
The 12th Annual Kids Comic Con will be held this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Bronx Community College (2155 University Avenue, Bronx). This year’s theme is RAINBOW RANGERS: ONE WORLD! and focuses on how heroes can come from any walk of life and anywhere in the world. Programming includes special guests, free drawing workshops, cosplayers, book vendors, gamers, autograph signings, portfolio reviews, and more. Admission is free.
On Stage At Kingsborough at Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center (2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn) will present How I Became a Pirate on Saturday at 2:00 PM. This spirited family musical is based on the popular book and is a swashbuckling adventure for the whole family. Meet the cast after the show. Tickets are $12.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Yarn Dolls and Whirligigs on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Create a yarn doll and button whirligig. See how much fun these toys of the past can be enjoyed by children today. Parental assistance needed. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior (65+), $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, and free for children under age 2.
Studio Players will present its final show of the season, Stuart Little, this weekend. Based on the book by E.B. White, the classic children’s story is coming to life on stage. Join Stuart and his friends on many adventures featuring boat races, dastardly cats, toy car road trips, and more. Performances will be held Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online.
Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn) will present two shows this weekend. First up on Saturday is Charlotte’s Web at 10:00 AM. Based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte, this story explores the true meaning of friendship. This show is recommended for children ages 5 to 10 and beyond! Tickets are $12. On Sunday, catch The Lightning Thief at 10:00 AM. Adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of Percy’s Greek mythology text book and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. This show recommended for ages 7 to 13. Tickets are $12.
This weekend, Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Party for the Planet Weekend in celebration of Earth Day. From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, join the annual celebration with animal talks and entertainment designed to help the young and old connect with the natural world and become better wildlife stewards. This event is included with zoo admission.
On both Saturday and Sunday, Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host Spring Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunts. Families are welcome to participate any time between 9:00 AM and 3:00 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 April’s theme is “In the Pink.” Cost is $10 per family; cash only. Exact change requested.
Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host Earth Day, Every Day: Craft on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. It’s never too early to teach our little ones that it is up to us to love and take care of our one and only Earth. Drop by and explore seeds in a creative way. This activity is for children ages 3 and up. No registration is required.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will host Daffodil Day on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Celebrate spring and the Earth amongst thousands of daffodils at this family-fun event. Enjoy Bash the Trash, featuring live entertainment with instruments made from recycled and reused materials, Green Goats Petting Zoo, dance workshops and yoga demonstrations, games and crafts, and more. Food and refreshments available for sale. Admission is free for RRA Members and children under 3. All others are $10 per person or $25 per family.
Mayo Performing Arts Center will present Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour on Sunday at 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM. This all-new interactive concert experience lets kids sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with all their favorite characters. Tickets are $29-$59.
Merseles Studios at Jersey City Theater Center (339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City) will present Pinocchio by Puppetworks at 1:00 PM. This adaptation of the classic 1883 adventure tale of a marionette puppet come to life is sure to be a delight. Tickets are $11 to $12. (https://www.jctcenter.org/event/1611148-jctc-kids-pinocchio-by-jersey-city/ )
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.
Sundays are for families at the Rubin Museum (150 West 17th Street, NYC). Drop into the Education Center between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM for some art-making, enjoy the 2:00 PM family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. April’s theme is Treasures from the Earth.
For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.