Weekend Family Fun: Charlotte’s Web, Junie B. Jones, Rainbow Fish and More!


Happy weekend! If you’re looking for some fun and family friendly things to do around town and beyond, we’ve got you covered. Take a look!

The Holiday Lights Spectacular continues at Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange). From 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, take a winter stroll through the Zoo under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. There will be a Meet & Greet with Mrs. Claus, with the option to purchase professional photos. The Spectacular will be open next weekend as well at the same times, and then nightly from December 7 through December 31 (closed December 24 and December 25). Admission is free, but a donation of non-perishable food items, new toys, or gently used coats is requested.

This weekend, the Model Railroad Club (295 Jefferson Avenue, Union) will host the 2018 Annual Light & Sound Show. The layout is transformed into a theatre and the trains run to a professional narrated script. It is an event enjoyed by thousands of guests each year. The show will be open on Friday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Sunday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 60+), and $5 for children age 3-11.

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Story Time on Saturday at 10:30 AM. This week’s book is The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains by Annie Silvestro. A pine tree grew in the farthest corner of the tree farm on a small patch of land that bordered the train track. The tree loved trains. But one morning, when a little boy picks her to be his Christmas tree, she is uprooted and brought to a home far from the zooming trains she loves.

On Saturday at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn) will present Theatreworks USA’s Charlotte’s Web at 10:00 AM. Based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte explores true meaning of friendship. This performance is for children ages 5 and up. All tickets are $15.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2018-19 season with a performance by Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Lucy Kalantari is an award-winning children’s artist making jazz age inspired music for families. It’s the Holidays is a seasonal concert featuring music from her holiday EP with original songs commemorating Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s. The show celebrates community, unity and togetherness. Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.

Kean Stage’s Wilkins Theatre (1000 Morris Avenue, Union) will present Rainbow Fish on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Rainbow Fish tells the story of the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colors of the rainbow. Using blacklight and enchanting puppetry skills, the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings Marcus Pfister’s best-selling book to life in a production that teaches a valuable lesson about sharing. Tickets are $15.

On Saturday and Sunday morning, Black Box Performing Arts Center (200 Walraven Drive, Teaneck) will present Junie B. Jones The Musical at 11:00 AM. This heartwarming adaptation of the best-selling book series by Barbara Park follows Junie B. as she fins a way to navigate the ups and downs of a new school year. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors, and $12 for kids under $12.

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 Saturday of the month. Join in to explore art and creativity. This Saturday’s theme is Shape. Circle, squares and triangles oh my! Have fun connecting simple shapes to great works of art at the Newark Museum, from the Seeing America galleries to the simple and complex shapes in the Ballantine House, our restored Victorian mansion. Reservations are suggested by calling 973.596.6672.  Every Saturday, the Museum will host its Family Drop-Ins program. December’s theme is Elements of Nature ~ Earth, Water, Fire, Air. Come explore and create using inspiration from the Museum’s collection that reflect the elements that are around us daily. 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 How to Catch a Snowman on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Our heroes’ entry for the snowman contest has magically come to life. Will the snowman teach our heroes a lesson they’ll never forget? Who snows! 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.

State Theatre of NJ (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will present Alex & the Kaleidoscope as part of their Milk and Cookies Series on Saturday. Performances will be at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Take a new look at our beautiful world through the kaleidoscope of Emmy Award-winning children’s entertainer Alex Mitnick and his bandmates. Clap along, sing, dance, and improvise with the band int his delightful, interactive concert of original songs. It’s an uplifting, feel-good concert that will leave you more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. This performance is geared for children ages 3-8. Tickets are $3.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host Gingerbread Wonderland on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Guests young and old marvel at the creativity and skill that characterizes this charming exhibit of hundreds of edible structures. Past year’s “gingerbreads” have included models of Harry Potter scenes, Notre Dame Cathedral, Santa’s Workshop, Japanese temples, Chinese pagodas, European castles, and much more. Cost is $2 per person. Children under 2 are free.

On Sunday, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham) will host Trail Treasure Hunt from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Enjoy a seasonal nature scavenger hunt where families work together to follow clues and find the answers to nature riddles along the trails. This all ages event is $2 per person age 3 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973.635.6629.

Also on Sunday, enjoy Winter’s Snooze, a short talk on the winter habits of wild animals followed by a winter family walk at Pyramid Mountain (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp.). This activity will run from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Cost is $2 per person age 3 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973.334.3130.

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.

Brooklyn performing arts presenter On Stage At Kingsborough (2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn) will present Hanukkah Lights Up The World, an evening of international songs and stories inspired by the Festival of Lights. This special concert is presented and hosted by MusicTalks, an organization that breaks down the barriers between musicians and audience. Host Elad Kabilio/MusicTalks, Yiddish theatre star Daniella Rabbani, Israeli soloist Inbar Goldmann, and the Israeli ensemble, 12thNight Klezmer revel in international songs and stories inspired by the Festival of Lights, from Klezmer and Ladino to classical opera and jazz. The performance will be held on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $34-39.

For a listing of local holiday related events happening this weekend and throughout December, be sure to check out our recent post here.

For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.

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