Happy weekend! The first week back to school can be a tough one for some kids, so why not have some family fun this weekend? We’ve rounded up plenty of family-friendly activities going on in and around the area. Check ‘em out!
Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring Corduroy Takes a Bow on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Celebrate 50 years of America’s favorite teddy bear with a brand-new, classically illustrated picture book by Academy Award winner Viola Davis. 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 “The Bowl!” 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 Leafy Fun 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.
Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (46 Park Street, Montclair) will begin its Second Saturdays program this weekend. From 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, kids can learn about the components that go into creating a theatrical production and then get to participate in creating one. This program is provided in conjunction with Playmakers.
Enjoy Open-Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Communication Kitchen at Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Recipes handed down through the Vail Family will be prepared on the open hearth. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.
Saturday is National Milling Day, and Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester) will celebrate the birthday of Oliver Evans, a 1780s inventor, who created the first automatic flour mill. See some of his inventions at work at the Gristmill and view antique printed flour bags. This activity will take place from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Cost is free, but donations are appreciated.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp.) will host A-Maize-ing Corn Painting on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Roll cobs of corn covered in fall paint colors and layer the colors to create a fantastic fall farm painting. Adult assistance is needed. 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 Saturday, from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, enjoy Farm Know-How: Granary & Ensilage Pits. Help prepare ensilage, a livestock feed made by chopping green corn and discover how the Granary building and Ensilage Pits were used. Cost for this event 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.
Harlem Stage (150 convent Avenue, NYC) will host an Open House: Drum Circle, Community Sing & DJ Party from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday. To launch the fall season, Harlem Stage invites the community to a party featuring singers, drummers, percussionists, dancers, and culture enthusiasts. Tour the Gatehouse and learn about its historical restoration from a facility to distribute clean water to New York City into a state-of-the-art flexible performing arts center. Pre-registration to participate in the drum circle is required. Register or RSVP via the website. This is a free event.
On both Saturday and Sunday, Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host Family 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 September’s theme is “Mellow Yellow” Cost is $10 per family; cash only. Exact change requested.
Sunday is Grandparents’ Day, and the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) invite kids to bring their grandparents for a day of fun and games, a leisurely stroll around the gardens and a special grandparents’ plant scavenger hunt. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee at Matilda’s Café. This event will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
From 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Sunday at Pyramid Mountain (472 Boonton Avenue, Intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue, Montville), take part in 100 Steps Climb! Children ages 7 and up can climb the 100 Steps to the top of Turkey Mountain and return via the Lake Valhalla Overlook for a scenic view of the New York City Skyline. This activity will take place from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Cost is $1 per person. Preregistration is required by calling 973.334.3130.
Also on Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Who Cut the Wood? at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Wood was crucial to Fosterfields long ago. Watch, or participate, in the cutting of wood for use around the farm. 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.
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 Future Figures. Dive into artist Chitra Ganesh’s fantastical exhibitions Face of the Future and The Scorpion Gesture by creating a poster of movable, futuristic figures. Ganesh reimagines how science fiction, mythology, and storytelling intersect. Inspired by the artist’s brilliant color palette and graphic animation style, bring to life the characters in your imagination by animating them with movable joints.
For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.