Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do around town and beyond. Check ‘em out!
Kick off the weekend with Disney’s DCappella at Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) on Friday evening at 8:00 PM. 100% Voice! 100% Disney! DCCappella, Disney Music Group’s new a cappella group featuring seven world class vocalists, is coming to Morristown. Created by Disney and contemporary a cappella legend Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sig Off and much more), DCappella will appeal to fans of both Disney and a cappella with their modern a cappella versions of Disney hits. Tickets are $39-$89.
The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Build a Bird House on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. For adults and children ages 10 and older who are accompanied by an adult. Participants will build a home that encourages breeding birds and other wildlife to take residence. Putting out your bird house now creates a good chance of having a nesting pair of songbirds in your garden by spring. Advance registration is required by calling 973.228.8776. Cost is $10 per child and $12 per adult.
Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn) will present Junie B. Jones on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Hurray! Junie B. Jones is finally ready for first grade, at last! But getting used to the whole new group of friends, a new teacher, and new glasses is challenging, even for irrepressible Junie B. Follow her adventures as she writes everything down in her “top-secret personal beeswax” journal. This performance is for children ages 5 and up. Tickets are $15.
Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2018-19 season with a performance by 123 Andres. This Latin GRAMMY winning duo brings beats and rhythms from all over Latin America that get kids to jump, dance and sing along, en espanol and en ingles. Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.
Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) 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. February’s theme is Heritage. Every Saturday, the Museum will host its Family Gallery program. February’s theme is Heritage and Identity. Explore and convey the different ways we can express our heritage and identity utilizing the Museum’s collection of historic works to inspire. 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.
Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring The Good Egg and The Bad Seed on Saturday at 11:00 AM Learn how to keep yourself happy when everyone else around you is rotten, and how being happy might just be the best choice in these two stories from Jory John and Pete Oswald. Stop in for storytime, activities, stickers and a craft and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! Activities to follow.
On Saturday, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township) will host Outdoor Skills: Worst Case Scenario – Winter Edition for kids ages 10 to 15. Learn what to do if you get injured or lost in the woods in the winter. The class will run from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Cost is $10 per child. Preregistration is required by calling 973-635-6629.
On Saturday at 2:00 PM, the West Orange Arts Council will present a screening of Batman (1966 version) at AMC Dine in Theater West Orange (495 Prospect Avenue, West Orange) as part of the West Orange Classic Film Festival. In addition to the movie, there will be a costume contest with prizes.
The Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong) will host A Better Place to Be on Friday at 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM. An original piece commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stage Exchange program, A BETTER PLACE TO BE brings together the immigration journeys of two young women. First that of TGS Founder and Executive Director Stephen L. Fredericks great-grandmother’s voyage to America in the late 1800’s and that of a young Syrian girl coming today. Weaving poetry, music and folktales from each time and place, the play celebrates our similarities and opens the door for a better appreciation for our differences. This event is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $18.
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 “Love Is in the Air.” Cost is $10 per family at the door.
On Sunday, BergenPAC (30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood) will present Disney’s Frozen Sing-A-Long on Sunday at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Join Elsa and Anna at a screening of the movie and the princesses lead the audience in a sing-a-long. Elsa and Anna will be available for photos in the lobby before each show. Please note that this is first come, first serve, so arrive early. The princesses will not be available after the shows. Tickets are $15-$25.
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.
Montclair Public Library (50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will present Maurice Chestnut: Black History Month at the Montclair Public Library on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Montclair Public Library proudly presents master tap-dancer Maurice Chestnut. Mr. Chestnut, along with professional tap dancers will dance to hip hop and jazz songs by musicians such as Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis. His presentation is a labor of love in homage to the invaluable artistic contributions by African American artists. This electrifying event includes a powerful exhibit of commemorative stamps celebrating singular African-Americans and a PowerPoint presentation by philatelist (stamp collector) Clarence M. McKnight about the Civil Rights Movement stamps “To Form a More Perfect Union.” Mr. McKnight has been collecting stamps since 1986. No registration is required. All ages are welcome.
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.
For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.