Happy weekend! Are you ready for some fun? We’ve rounded up some family-friendly things to do around town and beyond. Check ‘em out!
All weekend long, the Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Shrek the Musical. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fair tale adventure that brings all the beloved characters from the film to life stage. Performances will be Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM ad 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20-$30.
Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City) will host the next installment of their Family Weekend Series on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. This month’s event is Aviation Destination. Build model planes and kites and test their ability to take flight! Each session is $25 per participant, $20 for LSC Members, which includes admission to the science center for the day. These sessions are perfect for children ages 4-11. Call or email to reserve a spot.
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 for children age 5 and up. Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center for an interactive exploration of nature. This week’s topic is “Nocturnal Neighbors.” Admission is free for RRA Members and $5 per child for nonmembers.
City Green (171 Grove Street, Clifton) will host its Third Annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, family activities, and lots of strawberry fun!
The 29th Annual MAAHF Parade and Festival will be held on Saturday. The parade begins at Glenfield School (25 Maple Avenue, Montclair) at 10:30 AM and ends at Nishuane Park (Cedar Avenue between High Street and Harrison Avenue). The festival will run from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Nishuane Park. Enjoy stilt walkers, a gaming truck, drill teams, a petting zoo, food and merchandise vendors, and live music. It’s a day of fun for the whole family!
Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring Oh, the Places You’ll Go! on Saturday at 11:00 AM. With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss addresses the ups and downs life presents while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within them all. Stop in for storytime with activities to follow.
Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Sloth Crafts 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.
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 (65+), $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, and free for children under age 2.
Later in the day at Fosterfields, enjoy Buzzes and Baas on the Farm from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Bees and sheep are important friends on the farm. Make a beehive with fingerprint bees or puffy painted sheep. While your creations dry, visit the real ‘buzzes and baas’ at the farm. Be sure to pick up your special craft to take home. 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.
On Saturday evening, catch a free screening of Beauty and the Beast presented by Montclair Film Fest and hosted by Presby Iris Gardens (474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair). Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle (Emma Watson), the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. Join Montclair Film for a free screening under the stars of this family classic!
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 June’s theme is “Hello Summer.” Cost is $10 per family; cash only. Exact change requested.
State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will present E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Sunday at 3:00 PM. View Steven Spielberg’s cinematic masterpiece with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by the NJSO. Tickets are $20-$88.
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. June’s theme is Spectacular Starscapes. June Family Sundays spotlight the Otolith Group, an art collective featured in the Rubin’s exhibition A Lost Future. The Otolith Group’s films are inspired by science fiction and imagined futures. To complement their work, create an imaginative, miniature world of your own inside a tiny bottle. What will your dreamy star-scape look like?
For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.