Weekend Family Fun: Story Pirates, Cinderella, Magic, Art and More!

The weekend is here! We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do in the area and beyond. Check ‘em out!

On Saturday Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host an Earth Day & Arbor Day Craft. From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Drop in to make a craft celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day!

Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime is back on Saturday at 10:30 AM with Richard Morris and Sheep 101. One night, a boy counts sheep as he tries to fall asleep, but Sheep 101 gets stuck in the fence. Will he ever get out?

Pixie’s Playground Theatre Company, a brand-new Children’s Theatre in Essex County, will present its first show, Cinderella, on Saturday at the Bloomfield Public Library’s Little Theater (90 Broad Street, Bloomfield). Performances will be held at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. This hilarious take on the classic tale reminds us that kindness makes all the difference in life. Recommended for children ages 3 to 14. Children under 3, including sleeping babies, will not be allowed in the theater. Tickets are $20-$30.

Bergen PAC (30 N. VanBrunt Street, Englewood) will present Story Pirates: Greatest Hits on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Story Pirates celebrates the words and ideas of young people. Their Greatest Hits performance is a sketch comedy musical based on some of their favorite stories written by kids from around the country. Audience members will also get to make suggestions for an improvised segment. Tickets are $19.

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host Read to Mila: A Therapy Dog Visit on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Mila the dog is an avid reader and wants you to read your favorite book to her. Registration is required. Limited registration; each reader will have 5 minutes with Mila.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will host Discovery Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Make a discovery and enjoy a unique family experience. Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center for an interactive exploration of nature. This week’s topic is nests! Admission is free for RRA Members and $5 per child for nonmembers.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Learn about some of the world’s greatest scientists and how they changed the world. Activities to follow.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Spring Showers 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 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 “Poetry.” 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.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Meet the Servants at The Willows on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home during the WWI era. Help the maid with household chores and assist in the preparation of historic foods. 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.

Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn) will present Pete the Cat on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Pete the Cat is sent to live with Jimmy Biddle’s family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. This show recommended for ages 4 and up. Tickets are $12.

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.

On Sunday, Bergen PAC (30 N. VanBrunt Street, Englewood) will present Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Zookeeper Jack Hanna brings his Emmy Award winning TV series to the stage with some of the world’s most spectacular animals and special footage from overseas adventures. He will also inspire audiences with his passion and dedication to wildlife conservation. Tickets are $19-$39.

Mayo Performing Arts Center will present The Magic of Salazar on Sunday at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Rising magic star Anthony Salazar performs fantastic illusions with a dash of comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation in this high-energy show guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Tickets are $12-$15.

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.

On Sunday, Montclair Art Museum (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) invites the community to celebrate creativity at Spring Family Day from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Participate in a day of exploration with many dynamic Museum-wide art activities for the entire family. Cost is $10 for up to six people for nonmembers. This event is free for Family-level members and above.

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.

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