Weekend Family Fun: Dino Day, Jazz Concerts, Drop-in Museums, and More!

The weekend is here! If you’re looking for some family-friendly fun, we’ve rounded up a bunch of great ideas for you. Check ‘em out!

On Saturday at 2:00 PM, South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present Treasure Island. This thrilling tale of adventure is full of fun, piracy, and buried treasure. It is recommended for ages 3-7 with a running time of 60 minutes. Tickets are $20. 

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series on Saturday from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Doors open at 1:00 PM. Celebrate “Blues, Swing & Civil Rights” with vocalist Michael Mwenso to learn about improvisation and how America found freedom in this music. This performance is recommended for children ages 7 to 11. Adults must be accompanied by at least one child. The event is free, but registration is required. 

 

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host The Giving Tree Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Stop in for a reading of the classic children’s story about unconditional love. Activities to follow. 

Morris Museum will host Dino Family Day on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed New Jersey over 65 million years ago. A variety of activities are planned, including a Fossil Hunt, BASF’s Kids’ Lab, make your own paper dinosaur, photo opportunities, and a talk with a dinosaur expert. Check the website for the schedule. This event is included with regular admission, which is free for members, and $7 per child and $10 per adult for non-members. 

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Spring Kites 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 to explore the art and science collections through storytelling, song, play activities, and an art-making project. April’s theme is Upcycle your Community and this week’s theme is Paper… Paper… Everywhere! The Museum will also host its 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 Drawing Light. 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. 

Union County Performing Arts Center (360 Hamilton Street, Rahway) in association with Pixie Dust Players will present Winnie the Pooh Kids! on Saturday at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Winnie the Pooh is on the search for honey and meets up with his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl. Christopher Robin has been captured and the group prepares a rescue operation. Each performance is 30 minutes and suitable for all ages. Tickets are $12. (

On Saturday, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham) will host Frog Jamboree from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. All ages are welcome. The spring peepers and wood frogs are calling from the spring pools. Learn about these two frogs while listening to their chorus. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973-635-6629.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Hitch a Ride! on Saturday from 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM. Join the farm staff for a leisurely, open-air wagon ride around the historic farm. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, and free for children under age 2. (

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. 

BergenPAC (30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood) will present Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site: The Musical on Sunday at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Based on the book, this live action musical is full of fun. Bedtime is approaching, and this team of construction vehicles needs to get their rest. But Crane Truck is getting cranky, Cement Mixer takes too long with bath time, and Dump Truck just isn’t sleepy! Excavator and Bulldozer find that preparing for bed is a job in itself! Will they ever get some shut-eye? Tickets start at $15. A VIP ticket with post show meet and greet is also available. 

Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: King for a Day! on Sunday at 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM. The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all new show. Join in the fun that teaches valuable lessons such as kindness, helping others, and being a friend. This show is for ages 2-6. Tickets start at $20. 

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. 

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 the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

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