Are you ready for some weekend family fun? We’ve rounded up plenty of things to do that everyone can enjoy!
Kick off the weekend early with a family movie at Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) on Friday from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. The Princess and the Frog is rated G. Tiana, a waitress who aspires to one day run her own restaurant, is tasked with turning a frog prince back into a human, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him. No registration is required.
CANCELED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER: Montclair Jazz Festival will be held this Saturday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Nishuane Park (48 High Street, Montclair). In addition to a full lineup on the Mainstage, families can enjoy the Family Jazz Discovery Zone which is a special place where kids and their families can gather to play, improvise, create, and make new friends. No tickets required!
Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet and A Place for Pluto on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Celebrate science and the planets in this special space-themed Storytime. Customers will receive a glow-in-the-dark star (while supplies last). 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.
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 “Carrots!” 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 Back to School 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 Dig Spuds at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM on Saturday. Dig up those potatoes that were planted this spring! At the farmhouse, see how potatoes are prepared din the kitchen. Each session is one hour. 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 Saturday, Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester) will host 1880s Music Day at Milltown from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy an interactive program reminiscent of musical events performed in Milltown over a century ago. Join the musicians by playing fiddlesticks and animating dancing puppets called “limber jacks.” The event is free, but 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 August’s theme is “Do You See It?” Cost is $10 per family; cash only. Exact change requested.
On Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp.) will host Butterflies for You and Me from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Meet at the Cottage Garden and try nature journaling to explore how butterflies are valuable to a garden. This program is dependent on the weather. 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.
Also on Sunday, stop by Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester) for 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 or borrowed for free. This event is for all ages with an adult and the cost is free. Participants should wear enclosed-toe shoes or boots.
From 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday at Pyramid Mountain (Intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue, Montville), catch Caterpillar Kids. Look under a leaf, inside a flower, and up in the air… critters are everywhere. Learn about native plants that butterflies love, the importance of pollinators, and the creatures hidden in the garden. This event is $3 per child and is recommended for ages 3 and up with an adult. Preregistration is required by calling 973-334-3130.
On Sunday, Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host The Workers’ Walk from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Take a guided walk through Historic Speedwell and the remains of the Speedwell Ironworks (across the street), investigating forgotten features in the landscape. Discover what they tell us about what life was like in the early days of the Industrial Revolution. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior (65+), $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.
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. August’s theme is Togetherness Tapestry. Stitch together the pieces to your future! August Family Sundays honor the Shoton Festival (Yogurt Festival) in Lhasa, Tibet, during which thousands of people gather to unveil larger-than-life thangka of the Buddha Shakyamuni. Lend a hand stitching a collaborative tapestry and embrace creativity with community.
For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.