Weekend Family Fun: Family Fest, Chemistry Day, Wizard of Oz Cosplay, Hansel & Gretel

Happy weekend! We officially watch summer turn to autumn this weekend, and there are plenty of fall activities on the calendar for the whole family to enjoy! Have a look!

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Sat AM Storytime: Luz Rios, Nightingale’s Song at 10:30 AM. Lenny the Nightingale has a song to sing but is discouraged to find that no one is interested in hearing it. Will he give up or will he find the courage to keep singing?

Family Fest at Crane Park will be held on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Crane Park is located at the intersection of Glenridge Avenue and Greenwood Avenue in Montclair, behind Lackawanna Plaza. This free event will feature robot wars, giant games, obstacle courses, slime making, art projects, and fun food and snack vendors. You can also expect face painting, music, and handcrafted items for sale.

Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host Chemistry Family Day on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This year’s theme is Out of this World. Enjoy an exciting experiment in BASF’s Kids’ Lab and explore science throughout the museum. Members of the Morris Museum’s Astronomical Society will be on hand to answer questions about all things celestial while helping visitors learn about the link between chemistry and astronomy. Mad Science will also present a show in the theater called Up, Up, and Away, introducing children to the principles of air and pressure. This event is free for members and $7 per child/$10 per adult for non-members. The show is included with admission.

On Saturday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Montclair Public Library (50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host Oz-play: “The Wizard of Oz” Cosplay & Singalong Screening. Join in a participatory singalong and cosplay viewing of the classic film. Dress as your favorite Oz character! Register online.

Hansel and Gretel 

On Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., Opera Theatre of Montclair presents its fifth full mainstage production, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. This fully-staged, costumed production will be sung in an English translation (from the original German). The show will run approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes with two short intermissions. The 22-piece orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Elizabeth Hastings. Performances will take place in Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair Center.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring Princesses Save the World on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Princess Penelope Pineapple is back and ready to save the day! When she receives an SOS from Princess Sabrina, Princess Penny learns that the Kingdom’s bees have disappeared, and they need to help. 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. At 11:30 AM, Nadine Haruni will present her newest book in the Freeda the Frog series titled Freeda the Frog is on the Move. The author will read this latest book which focuses on children’s mixed emotions involved in moving to a new school or town. She will sign purchased copies of this and other books in the series.

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 “Mushrooms!” 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 Klutz Craft 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.

Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester) will host Miller’s Pancake on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Join in this live adaptation of Eric Carle’s Pancakes, Pancakes! Learn where the ingredients for making a pancake come from, see grain ground into flour or meal, and watch the Miller make a pancake. This event is free, though donations are appreciated.

Also on Saturday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Cara’s Cottage at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. At the ‘Temple of Abiding Peace’ cottage that Caroline Foster built herself, enjoy the lovely garden and learn how she built the cottage. 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 2.

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.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will present Wool for the War on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Meet the Fosterfield’s sheep, and clean, card, and spin wool. Try knitting, an important WWI-related homefront activity that helped the troops. 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 2.

On Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, attend the 29th Annual Westfield FestiFall in downtown Westfield. Enjoy Artisan Alley, vendors, food, a KidZone with games and amusements, and more. Rain or shine!

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) brings back its Sunday Drop-In Studio. Drop by MAM’s Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio to explore a range of art materials and processes based on artwork on view in the galleries. Open-ended activities are designed to spark creativity in artists of all ages and abilities with seasoned MAM studio instructors standing by to provide hands-on assistance and technical advice. Reservations are not required and visitors of all ages are welcome! This event 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. 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.

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