Weekend Family Fun: Maplewoodstock, Aristocats KIDS, Butterfly Tent Safari, A Year With Frog & Toad


Another week has come and gone – so that must mean it’s the weekend! Looking for something fun to do with the family? We’ve got you covered!

Maplewoodstock, a music and art festival, returns this weekend! The two day event (this Saturday & Sunday) offers great music, arts, crafts, and plenty for the kids including bouncy rides, face painting, ice cream and more.

Catch Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS this weekend at Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage (360 Hamilton Street, Rahway). Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Arisocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnip caper. Now it’s up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. Performed by actors ages 5-13, this 30-minute musical is perfect for all ages. Performances will be held Friday at 7:00 and Saturday at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 7:00 PM. Tickets are $12.

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.

Then, at 12:30 PM, children ages 3 to 5 are invited to arrive dressed for a butterfly parade around the trails to learn about a day in the life of the monarch. Check out food sources for other caterpillars and butterflies. This program includes entry into the live butterfly tent. Advance registration is required by calling 973.228.8776. Fee is $10 per child.

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host Mariachi Oro de Mexico: An Outdoor Performance and Introduction for Kids on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Stop by the Library’s plaza for a traditional acoustic treat performance by Mariachi Oro de Mexico. They’ll perform timeless classics from Mexico’s infinite catalog of folkloric music. Afterwards, they’ll head into the auditorium space where attendees can enjoy a brief history about Mariachis. All ages are welcome. No registration is required.

Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present its second and final weekend of A Year with Frog & Toad this weekend. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books and a Broadway hit with three Tony Award nominations, this whimsical musical follows two great friends – the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – and their forest friends through four fun-filled seasons. It tells the story of a friendship that endures and celebrates the differences that make everyone unique and special. Performances are on Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for children and $18 for adults.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities featuring The Princess and the Pit Stop on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Featuring appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and all of the Wicked Witches, this mash-up of race cars and royalty is a celebration of both girl power and horsepower. Activities to follow. (https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2932 )

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 “Honey Bees!” 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 Sumer Souvenirs 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 Help the WWI ‘Farmerette’ in the Garden from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday. Support the home-front efforts and help with the Woman’s Land Army ‘Farmerett’ tend the garden and harvest vegetables. 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.

From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (9 Main Street, Madison) will host Carriage to Car Day at METC. This event will offer an up close experience with a carriage and early automobiles. View extraordinary vehicles that harken back to a time when routine travel from place to place was a major event. There will be games and other activities for all, and the museum will be open for guided tours. A food truck will also be on site. Rain date is Sunday.

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.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will also host Curator’s Tour and Patriotic Craft on Sunday at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Discover why certain hens sit on a nest for 21 days to hatch a brood of baby chicks. 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.

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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