Weekend Family Fun: Valentine’s Cards, Drag Queen Story Hour, A Wrinkle In Time and More!

Happy weekend – and it’s a long one, too! If you’re looking for something fun to do, we’ve rounded up some family-friendly events in the area. Take a look!

On Saturday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, The Eclectic Chic Boutique (547 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will host Weekend Workshop: Valentine’s Pop-Up Cards. Geared to children, but all are welcomed. You will learn how to make unique Valentine’s Day cards to give to the special people in your life. These cards have a pop-up inside to make them 3-D. All materials supplied. You can take home several cards that you make as well as the knowledge to make more of these at home. Cost is $10 per participant. RSVP required as space is limited.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2018-19 season with performances of Go Home Tiny Monster on Saturday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. One day, Sylvie and her family of handmade creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out. Go Home Tiny Monster features the Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, joyously absurd silliness, physical theater, live music, and surprising poignancy. 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 The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story on Saturday at 11:00 AM. When he was a pup, Guy was just like any dog in the shelter dreaming of a forever home, but all that changed when Meghan adopted him. Inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy. 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.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Hot Chocolate Hike on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Hike around the Environmental Center forest, build a warm campfire, sip hot cocoa and make s’mores. Dress warmly! Advance registration and minimum number of participants required; call 973.228.8776. Cost is $10 per child and $12 per adult.

Newark Museum (49 Washington Street) will host its Creative Play Program on Saturday at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Three- to five-year-olds and their caretakers are invited to enjoy a special time before the Museum opens to the public. Explore the Museum’s art and science collections through storytelling, song, playful activities and an art-making project. Themes vary each month. January’s theme is Shadows & Silhouettes. Every Saturday, the Museum 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.

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host Drag Queen Story Hour with Harmonica Sunbeam on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Main Library Auditorium. Children are invited to a dynamic and engaging story and craft hour with the one and only Harmonica Sunbeam. Drag Queen Story Hour teaches children about gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through stories and songs. Miss Sunbeam will lead the children through songs and stories, followed by a craft.

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.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham) will host Maple Sugaring Demonstrations from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and then from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Learn to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different delicious syrups, including syrup made right at the Great Swamp OEC. Preregistration is not required, but seating is first come, first served. Cost is $3 per person per session for ages 3 and up.

Also this weekend, The Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong) will present A Wrinkle in Time. This all youth production is an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel. Meg joins forces with Mrs. Whatist, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe, and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. This production is a full-length play, using dance and movement to help tell the story. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for those 17 and younger.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present American Girl Live on Saturday at 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM. American Girl Live is a premiere stage production featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, live and in-person. Join your favorite American Girl characters, and some brand-new friends, as they follow their hearts and share their dreams in a journey across time. This event is for children ages 5 and up. Tickets are $29-$79.

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.

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