Weekend Family Fun: Scarecrows, Princess Who?, Wizard of Oz, The Grinch, and More!


Happy November! Are you ready for some family-friendly fun? We’ve rounded up some events and activities happening in and around town! And just a reminder: Don’t forget to Fall Back this weekend!

Beginning on Friday, 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 4:00 PM. Tickets are $8 per person and available online.

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Upper Montclair) will host Your Vote Counts Too! With Children’s Author Anita Iaco. Anita Iaco will read her timely children’s book Let’s Vote! A Fruitful Election Tale. Miss Jenn invites her students to vote for their official lass fruit and picks three students to speak for the banana, the orange, and the apple. They present some nice (and not-so-nice) reasons why their fruit should be elected, but before the votes are tallied, everyone learns valuable lessons for the present and future. Anita will also discuss our government election process and mention local races taking place this Election Day. Kids will also be able to cast their own vote for their favorite fruit. No registration is required, and the event is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Story Time on Saturday at 10:30 AM. This week’s book is The Zebracorn by Afonso J. Henrique. Zizou is a zebra who meets a tricky unicorn that sends him on an adventure he’ll never forget. While on this incredible journey, Zizou faces many challenges, makes new friends, but more importantly, learns a lot about himself. After Zizou reaches the Starry Kingdom and meets the Unicorn King, he’s found worthy of becoming the first ever, Zebracorn.

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 Line. All lines lead to the Newark Museum! Explore the way lines connect, travel, and intertwine with each other. Reservations are suggested by calling 973.596.6672. Every Saturday, the Museum will host its Family Drop-Ins program. 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. Drop in anytime between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.   Both of these programs are 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 by the Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Multi GRAMMY-nominated Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. Bodies spring to their feet and rush the stage; jumping, dancing and bouncing off each other like bumper cars, all participating in the kiddie mosh pit found at nearly every Justin Roberts concert. With a style compared to Elvis Costello and Green Day, they’re an audience favorite year after year. 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 How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Grow your heart three sizes with this beloved holiday classic. Join us for Storytime featuring activities and an Advent calendar to take home, while supplies last. 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.

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.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street) will present The Wizard of Oz on Friday at 7:30 PM and on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. This performance features all the classic songs you love. It’s a faithful adaptation of the film recreating the dialogue and structure of the MGM classic nearly scene for scene, though it is adapted for live stage performance. Tickets are $49-$99.

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 “Corn!” 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.

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 flour.

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