Weekend Family Fun: Lenape Day, The Hundred Dresses, Festivals and Manga Mania

This Weekend Family Fun column is sponsored by Demarest Farm. Visit Haunted Orchards at Demarest Farm.

Three cheers for the weekend! Looking for some fun and family-friendly things to do in town and beyond? We’ve got you covered!

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host the Montclair Fire Department on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM. Kids will get to meet, greet, ask questions, and learn all about what it’s like to be a firefighter! All ages are welcome.

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host two events on Saturday. First up is Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime with Joyce Wan as she reads from several of her Peekaboo books. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM. At 1:00 PM, join author Michelle Glasser and illustrator Jaclyn Stein for a look at their book, Mirth Meets Earth. Mirth “comes from a distant planet we haven’t discovered yet.” Read with your child while your fingers walk around the globe.

On Saturday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair will host their Second Saturdays: Halloween Party. They’ll have a bounce house, games, face painting, spooky organ music and trick or treating through the “haunted” playground. This event is free, but reservations are requested.

Verona’s Brookdale Avenue Elementary School (14 Brookdale Court, Verona) will hold its Fall Festival on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Celebrate Fall with a petting zoo, pony rides, fun inflatables for every age, pumpkin picking and decorating, carnival games and prizes, face painting, temporary tattoos, mermaid braids, and more! Enjoy hot apple cider, cotton candy, and donuts, too! Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the event.

Bloomfield’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department will present a Haunted Trail on the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway starting behind Demarest School (465 Broughton Avenue, Bloomfield). This event is open to adults and children age 10 and up. $3 per person or $15 for a group of six people. Participants should wear long pants and sneakers or boots and bring a flashlight. Tickets can be purchased in advance or onsite. The event begins at 7:00 PM and the last group will enter the trail at 9:45 PM. Rain date is Sunday.

Verona Green Fair & Open Streets Fest will be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, hosted by Sustainable Verona and Township of Verona at the Verona Civic Center (600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona). This free event will feature a variety of vendors, children’s games and learning experiences, a shredding event, medicine drop-off, live music, health and wellness information, food vendors, fresh organic produce, and more!

Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host its Family Drop-Ins program on this and every Saturday. 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.  This program is included in the price of admission.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring I Lost My Tooth! on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Mo Willems is back with another breakout beginning-reader series. This time, and ensemble cast of squirrels, acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza! 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 “Possums!” 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 BOO-tiful Bat 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.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Lenape Day on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Join this annual event celebrating the Lenape with dancing, drums, and historical talks by the Ramapough Lenape People. Enjoy games, crafts, touring a replica wigwam, and more. Great fun for the entire family! Cost is $5 per person age 3 and up.

Celebrate Apples at Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester) on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Try a hand-cranked apple peeler and assist with a demonstration of cider pressing as it was done in the 1880s. Apple head dolls will be on display and kids can decorate an apple to take home. Suggested donation is $3 per adult, $2 per senior, and $1 per child.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Farm Know-How: Carriage House from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM on Saturday. Tour the Carriage House and discover how the coachman used it. Learn about tack and watch the farmer harness a horse. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 to 3, and free for children under age 2.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will also host Time to Mourn at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. 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.

This weekend, Pixie Dust Players will present The Hundred Dresses at Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage (360 Hamilton Street, Rahway). Wanda Petronski, a second-grader, lives way up in a shabby house in Boggins Heights, and she doesn’t have any friends. Every day she wears a faded blue dress, but she’s told her classmates that she has a hundred dresses at home. After her classmates tease her, Wanda disappears. Her classmates decide they must find Wanda and make amends. This musical adaptation is based on the book by Eleanor Estes. Tickets are $20 each. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 11:00 AM, and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

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.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will also host Hitch a Ride on Sunday from 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM. Enjoy a leisurely, open-air wagon ride around the historic 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.

It’s Family Day at Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair). This event, titled Celebrating American Identity, is $10 per family (up to 6 people) and free for family-level members and above. Treat your favorite doll to a fun-filled day at the museum! Don’t have a doll? No problem – you can make one! Featuring a special story time with American Girl author Denise Lewis Patrick, who will read selections from her Melody books, along with other favorites, and lead participants in creating dolls and constructing decorative accessories for them to wear. Superheroes and action figures are also invited. Register on the website.

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.

Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host its monthly Second Sundays program on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This month’s event is Manga Mania. Those who love manga (comics created in Japan) can enjoy activities referencing the Kimono Refashioned: 1870s-Now! exhibit. A special tribute to manga pioneer, Osama Tezuka (Astro Boy) will be held in advance of his posthumous 90th birthday. Cosplay costumes are encouraged. Highlights include Wii video games and anime-themed board games, a J-pop (Japanese pop) live musical showcase, create-your-own manga strip and have it printed on a t-shirt, and other manga-inspired activities. This event is included in the cost of admission.

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 (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong) will continue its production of the Wizard of Oz. Performances will be held on 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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