Weekend Family Fun: Harvest Fest, Festi-Fall and Wizard of Oz

Happy weekend! Who’s ready for some fun the whole family can enjoy? Check out these terrific events happening in our area and beyond.

Kickoff the weekend with Family Movie: A Wrinkle in Time at Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) on Friday at 4:00 PM. Meg and her little brother, Charles Wallace, haven’t seen their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he found a new planet and used the concept known as tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin and guided by three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the three brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses a looming evil. The movie is rated PG. No registration is required.

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime with Sheetal Sheth and her first children’s book, Always Anjali. Anjali and her friends are excited to get matching personalized license plates for their bikes. But Anjali can’t find her name. To make matters worse, she gets bullied for her “different” name, and is so upset she demands to change it. When her parents refuse and she is forced to take matters into her own hands, she winds up learning to celebrate who she is and carry her name with pride and power. A timeless story about appreciating what makes us special and honoring our differences.

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will present “Era Uma Vez, na Biblioteca”: Storytime in Portuguese on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The program will be run in Portuguese and is oriented towards families with children from newborns to 9-year-olds. The stories will be interwoven with little songs and rhymes, all in Portuguese. Registration is required.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will kick off its 2018-19 season with a performance by Michael and the Rockness Monsters on Saturday at 11:00 AM. With a heavy dose of silliness and a rock and roll backbeat, musician Michael Napolitano brings years as a musician performing and touring with various artists. Expected run time is 60 minutes. Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.

Studio Players (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, based on the book by Roald Dahl. In this sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket pick up the story right where it ended… in the sky in a Glass Elevator. Chaos ensues as astronauts, a pompous head-of-state, and even space aliens challenge the gang’s return to the Chocolate Factory. Performances will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Tickets are $10.

Bloomfield Center Alliance will present Bloomfield Harvest Fest on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (downtown Broad Street). Activities include food from local restaurants and food trucks, family amusement rides, petting zoo and pony rides, marketplace featuring area businesses, live music, and more! Rain date is Sunday.

Newark Museum (49 Washington Street) will host its Creative Play Program on Saturday at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. This early childhood drop-in program will be held every first and third Sunday of the month. Join in to explore art and creativity. This Saturday’s theme is Color. Hop on board the color train! Children are introduced to primary and secondary colors. Utilizing the Newark Museum’s comprehensive collection, explore the galleries with a culminating activity in a studio setting. Reservations are suggested by calling 973.596.6672. Every Saturday, the Museum will host its Family Drop-Ins program. October’s theme is Fashion ~ What Shall I Wear? Fashion reflects our culture and society. Explore the Museum’s collection of textiles, kimonos, and jewelry, and see what inspires you. Drop in anytime between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.   Both of these programs are included in the price of admission.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring Builder Brothers on Saturday at 11:00 AM. HGTV’s favorite twins have written a children’s book! Drew and Jonathan think up big plans for even bigger projects, but will their plans go the way they hope? 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 “Bats!” 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 Paper Pumpkins 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.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Scary Delicious on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. People in the 19th century ate some frightening things! Experience this cooking demonstration as historic recipes are 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.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Time to Mourn at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed. This event is for children ages 12 and up.  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 October’s theme is “Orange You Glad.” Cost is $10 per family; cash only. Exact change requested.

Glen Ridge Community Festi-Fall will be held on Sunday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Glen Ridge Congregational Church (195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge). The event will include a chili cook-off, live music, a beer/wine tent, and kids’ games and activities. Tickets are $10 per person/$25 per family.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host 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.

Family Sundays continue 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. October’s theme is Rings of Reason. Explore ideas of growth and belonging. Just as tree rings show the passage of time, children can use a slice of a tree trunk to make a print, then add symbols, drawings, and writing to represent important events, people, and places to represent what has made them who they are today.

This weekend, The Growing Stage Children’s Theatre of New Jersey will open its production of the Wizard of Oz. The first performance will be held Friday evening at 7:30 PM. Other performances will be Saturdays and Sundays through October 28th at 4:00 PM. Tickets are $28 for adults, $18 for ages 17 and under, and $22 for ages 62 and over. This production is 90 minutes plus a 15-minute intermission and is suitable for the entire family.

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