Now that the weekend is here, it’s time for some fun! We’ve rounded up some family-friendly things to do around town and beyond. Check ‘em out!
The Essex County Environmental Center will host Shinrin-Yoku “Forest Bathing” on Saturday at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Take a relaxing forest walk in the new year. Shinrin-yoku is a term in Japanese that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” Follow cards along the trail that prompt you to participate in an awakening activity like smelling an aromatic plant, touching a textured tree bark or stopping to fill your lungs with fresh forest air. Advance registration and minimum number of participants required; call 973.228.8776. Cost is $10 per child. This event is for children ages 5 and up.
Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2018-19 season with performances of Beats, Rhymes, and Breaking on Saturday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. From head spins to windmills, and from 6-step to the trusty pop and lock, prepare the kids for a unique program of jaw-dropping break dance action from Manzana City Crew, a collective of artists based in New York City. Kids will join company members on stage to try out their own moves in an engaging and fast-moving atmosphere of fun. Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.
This Saturday at South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange), catch The Phantom Tollbooth at 2:00 PM. One day a mysterious tollbooth appears in Milo’s room and having nothing better to do, he drives his toy car through it. To his astonishment and increasing delight, he finds himself in a peculiar new world and on an eventful and dangerous quest. While on his magical journey, Milo discovers the delights of friendship, curiosity and knowledge and finds out that with a little bit of courage, anything is possible. This presentation is recommended for ages 6-11. Tickets are $20.
Every Saturday, the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street) will host its Family Drop-Ins program. January’s theme is Community & Celebration. Our community, environment and cultural celebrations define us as well as our families and friends who fill us with joy and wonder. Drop in anytime between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. On both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy self-guided weekend family programs. There are three Gallery guides, Red, Yellow, and Blue, developed to encourage 3-5-year olds and their families to discover together and encourage observation and conversation. These guides are available at the front desk from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Finally, on both days, enjoy the MakerSPACE Drop-in Programs from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Inspired by the Museum’s collections and special events, monthly themes are designed for visitors of all ages to drop in and experiment with the tools and materials of artists. Get messy with clay and paint and found materials. Get creative with blocks and digital computer tools. All of these programs are included in the price of admission.
On Saturday, Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township) will host a Teddy Bear Tea. Enjoy a respite from the colder weather with scrumptious treats and a magic performance with circus flair in the Bickford Theatre. Each child will receive a remembrance of the day. Perfect for families with children ages 3-8, this event offers a great opportunity for a winter-themed family photo. Tickets are $25 for Museum Members and $30 for Non-Members. Choose from the 11:00 AM or 1:00 PM seatings.
Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (46 Park Street, Montclair) will continue its Second Saturdays at Central with DJ Crick Daddy and a kid’s “cabin fever” themed dance party in the gym.
Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring Love, Z on Saturday at 11:00 AM. A robot named Z discovers a message signed “Love, Beatrice,” and decides to find out what “love” means. They embark on an adventure that leads to Beatrice, and back home again, where love was hiding all along. 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 Saturday and Sunday, Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host a Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item, return to the Education Center and pick up your prize. Lists change monthly. January’s theme is “Can You Believe That?” Cost is $10 per family at the door.
Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) will present its monthly Second Sundays program this Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This month’s event is A Jersey Mini Fest. Celebrate the Museum’s 110th anniversary with a mini-fest in tribute to the state we call home, New Jersey. Explore connections between New Jersey history and the Museum’s collection. Learn how to make a delicious tomato pie sauce (made famous in Trenton), inspired by Andy Warhol’s Campbell Tomato Soup installation. Enjoy live entertainment paying tribute to iconic New Jersey singers and dancers. Create unique jewelry in recognition of New Jersey as the one-time jewelry manufacturing capital of the U.S. Discover wild and fun facts about the Museum’s 110th-year history in a multimedia lecture. Also enjoy gallery tours and planetarium shows throughout the day.
Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Pinkalicious The Musical on Sunday at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. A girl finds herself in a colorful predicament after her indulgence in too many pink cupcakes causes a severe case of Pinkititis. This event is for children ages 4-12. Tickets are $12-$15.
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.
The Montclair Orchestra’s incredibly popular Children’s Concert returns on Sunday, at 3 p.m. Enjoy New Camerata Opera’s “Peter Rabbit,” based on the Beatrix Potter classic and set to the music of Donizetti, along with a mix of classical family favorites, and a percussion petting zoo! The concert takes place at Central Presbyterian Church at 46 Park Street in Montclair. Tickets $10-50, available online at www.montclairorchestra.org/events.
For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.