Weekend Family Fun: Open Cockpit Weekend, Art, Theater, Architecture and More


The weekend is here again! Looking for something fun to do with the family? We’ve rounded up a whole bunch of activities and events in the area and beyond. Check ‘em out!

West Hudson Arts & Theater Company (65 Oakwood Avenue, Kearny) will present Princess Who? It’s a fun-filled, fairy-tale mystery adventure and everyone’s favorite fairy-tale characters are involved! When a girl wakes up in the forest, she has no memory of her past. She can’t remember where’s she’s from or how she got there. She can’t even remember her own name! As she makes her way through the Misty Forest, hoping to somehow find her way home, she meets several fairy-tale characters — Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Rapunzel to name a few. Some are helpful and some dangerous, yet all have information that helps our fair maiden recall her own story, eventually revealing her true identity as a princess. With plenty of roles to go around and fun new takes on the classic stories everyone loves, the Princess’s quest to remember her true identity will keep everyone guessing to the happily ever after ending. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Tickets are $8 per person and available online.

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Story Time on Saturday at 10:30 AM. This week’s book is Warren & Dragon: 100 Friends by Ariel Bernstein. Warren is a seven-year-old boy. Dragon is a seven-hundred-year-old dragon, but most people are sure he is really a stuffed animal. Warren’s twin sister challenges him to a contest at their new school: to make 100 new friends. On the first day of school, Dragon disappears! Not only has Warren not made any new friends, he lost his best friend! First day of school jitters are entertainingly explored in this laugh-out-loud chapter book.

Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host its Family Drop-Ins program on this and every Saturday. November’s theme is Architecture. Our environment, cityscapes and landscapes fill us with limitless beauty and wonder, and it is all built using shapes to create interiors and exteriors.  Can you meet the challenge? Drop in anytime between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. This program is included in the price of admission.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2018-19 season with a performance of Legend of the Banana Kid by the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers on Saturday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. With a fistful of bananas, Little Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits in this raucous cowboy adventure! Please note there are no guns in this show. This activity is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Juno embarks on an epic journey through time and space, stepping into the shoes of female icons like Frida Kahlo and Serena Williams. This Storytime is both a fashion fairy tale and guide to girl power! 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.

Second Saturdays at Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (46 Park Street, Montclair) is back. The Montclair Art Museum Art Truck will be onsite for a community art project. Food donations will also be received for the Human Needs Food Pantry. The event is from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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 “Potatoes!” 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.

The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey (400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro) will host Open Cockpit Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Visitors can enjoy the fully open cockpits of a very rare Lockheed Bushmaster, a Convair 880 circa 1958, a M*A*S*H Bell helicopter, a Walter Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Truck. Also, the world’s only surviving Martin 202 Cockpit has been refurbished and is now open for visitors to sit in. Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children and seniors.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will present Apple Cidering on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Learn interesting apple facts and help make fresh apple cider by hand with an old-fashioned cider press. Finish up with a taste of sweet cider. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up.

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 periodically, and the current theme is “Scarecrows.” Cost is $10 per family; cash only. Exact change requested.

On Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy interactive farm chores, a wagon ride, and a family-friendly craft. Visit the 1915 Farmhouse to see what holiday fare is being prepared. At 1:00 PM, join in a special program honoring all U.S. military personnel and veterans to recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Cost is $8 per adult, $7 per senior (65+), $6 per child age 4-16, and $4 per child age 2-3. Children under age 2 are free. Friends Members are half price with a current membership card. U.S. military personnel (past and present) are admitted free.

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. November’s theme is Whimsical Warlis and Radiant Rangolis. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil as depicted in the Hindu epi Ramayana. To symbolize a new beginning as Diwali approaches, people use rice flour to paint beautiful designs on the outside of their homes. Learn more about traditional Diwali activities by making art with rice flower.

The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) continues its 40th Anniversary season with a concert featuring the NJYS Youth Orchestra, Fortissimo Flutes, and Clarinet Ensemble on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors available online at www.ucpac.org.

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