Weekend Family Fun: Coco, Bring It On: The Musical, Canterbury Park Day and More!

And that’s (almost) a wrap on July! Make the last weekend count by going out and having lots of family fun. Here are some ideas on what to do!

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) and Montclair Film’s 2018 Summer Series will host an outdoor movie screening of Coco on Saturday at 7:30 PM. Young Miguel, who dreams of becoming a great musician one day, embarks on a wondrous journey to the beyond and discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestor’s stories and traditions. Steeped in the rich and many-faceted lore of Mexico’s grand culture, Coco is a beautiful work that is not to be missed. This film is rated G. (Note this event was originally scheduled for Friday evening but has been moved due to anticipated rain.

Also on Saturday, Montclair Public Library will host Secret Superhero Haberdashery: Super-Craft at 2:00 PM in the Youth Services Department. Make and decorate your won superhero mask and cape. This event is for children ages 4 and up. No registration required, but supplies are limited.

Friends of Canterbury Park will host 4th Annual Canterbury Park Day on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Rain date is Sunday. Enjoy music, fun, and activities. Bring a chair and your favorite foods to enjoy.

Catch Bring It On: The Musical this weekend at Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage (360 Hamilton Street, Rahway). Bring It On tells the story of Campbell Davis, a young cheerleader who dreams of leading her squad to victory at a national competition. The story focuses on the world of competitive cheerleading and the intense rivalries it creates. When she’s assigned to another school, she must face the challenges of fitting in and transforming the dance squad into a powerhouse competitor at the National Cheerleading Championships. This 70-minute musical is perfect for all ages. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $25.

On Saturday morning, Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Butterfly Tent Safari from 10:30 to 1:30. Flutter on over and visit the live butterfly tent. All are welcome to make-and-take a butterfly craft and participate in table activities. This all-ages event has a suggested donation of $2. Also from 12:00 to 1:30, learn to garden for butterflies. The presentation and discussion will be followed by a visit to butterfly host and nectar plants within the gardens, as well as a few minutes in the live butterfly tent. Advance registration is required by calling 973.228.8776. Fee is $8 per child and $10. For children age 5 and older.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring Doll-E 1.0 on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Tech-savvy Charlotte is confused when she receives a new toy – a doll! Once she finds the hidden battery pack, things get interesting. Stop in for storytime and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! Activities to follow. Later, at 2:00 PM, join in on the first Kids’ Book Hangout! Discover a new favorite book, meet other readers, enjoy fun activities, and receive free exclusive book swag.

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 “Lady Bugs!” Admission is free for RRA Members and $5 per child for nonmembers. There will also be free guided tours of the Arboretum every Saturday through October at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. No reservation is required but they are first come-first served, and group size is limited.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Campfire Stories 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 Meet the Servants at The Willows on Saturday 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows, during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores and assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove. 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.

Also on Saturday, Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 513, Chester Township) will host Sail, Sail, Your Boat from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Decorate boats and sail them in the tailrace! Boats can be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5) or borrowed for free. Please wear enclosed-toe shoes or boots. This event is free and open to all ages with an adult. Donations are appreciated.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host Summer 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 July’s theme is “Enchanted Woodland.” Cost is $10 per family; cash only. Exact change requested.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Upcycle Sunday – Soda Can Cookie Cutters on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Get the most out of your things by upcycling soda cans into cookie cutters. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior (65+), $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

Axelrod Performing Arts Center (100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park) will present Disney’s High School Musical On Stage! on Sunday at 7:00 PM. Based on the smash Disney Channel Original Movie, Disney’s High School Musical tells the story of the students at East High singing and dancing to an infection pop score. A popular high school basketball star and a shy, brainy transfer student discover they share a secret passion for musical theater. Tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, and $20 for students.

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. July’s theme is Inner Voyages. Embark on a journey without leaving New York! Envision a person, place, or time you would like to visit and map the journey you would take to get there. Challenge yourself to design a map both colorful and layered that symbolizes your inner voyage.

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