The weekend is here! Are you looking for something fun and family-friendly to do? We’ve rounded up events happening in and around the area to help you spend your time. Take a look!
The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Family Yoga on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM for ages 5 and up. Happy Baby, Cats and Cows, Tree, Elephant and Child’s Pose. In this Family Yoga Class, you’ll share and enjoy an adventure of calming breath, fun asanas/poses, and gentle stretches with your nearest and dearest in a friendly, go-with-the-flow atmosphere. 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 Rosie Revere Engineer on Saturday at 10:00 AM. A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math). 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 performances by Doppleskope: The Amazing Story Machine at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The Grimm family is on the verge of presenting their amazing new Story Machine, which runs on steam and dreams and promises to revolutionize how stories are told and how people connect. When their fabulous contraption malfunctions, they have to invent a new way of storytelling on the spot, using puppets and help from the audience. The Grimms explore some of their favorite fairy tales, including The Hare and the Hedgehog, Hansel and Gretel, and The Brave Little Tailor. The show features multiple styles of puppetry, including tabletop puppetry, object theatre, and shadow puppetry, as well as live music, projections, and physical comedy. Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.
Every Saturday, the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street) will host its Family Gallery program. February’s theme is Heritage and Identity. 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.
Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday at 11:00 AM. As part of the biography kids’ book series, this week’s storytime focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an inspiring leader who had a dream of peace and love for all children everywhere. 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.
This weekend, Studio Players (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. In this goofy retelling of the traditional Cinderella story, Ella Le Grand not only has to contend with her evil stepmother, but she also has to deal with her feet. They aren’t dainty princess feet; they’re huge! All’s well that ends well as our tale shows that true beauty comes from within and that it’s not just okay to be yourself, in fact, it’s the only way to be. Tickets are $10.
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. February’s theme is “Love Is in the Air.” Cost is $10 per family at the door.
On Sunday morning, Van Vleck House and Gardens (21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair) will host a Family Guided Hike from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Birds and animals are active all winter long. Come take a walk in the garden and observe the bustling activity of birds and other critters during these very cold months. There are always interesting surprises during this time of year. Please dress for cold temperatures. Bring binoculars if you have them. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 per person for Friends of Van Vleck and $7 per person for the general public.
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 Flamenco Para Los Ninos: Family Concert on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Admission Nation of Montclair returns with their riveting presentation of Spain’s ancient music and dance form known as Flamenco. With its colorful costumes and passionate sounds, this singular cultural program is expressly designed for children and their families. Please join the Youth Services Department as we explore the rich heritage of Flamenco. Registration is recommended and 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.
On Sunday, lacrosse players may be interested in Rookie Day, a free, indoor, open-to-all clinic. Learn about lacrosse, try on equipment, get a lesson, meet coaches and players, and more. Beginners are welcome. The girls’ session will be held from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM and the boys’ session will be from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. This event is sponsored by Montclair Boys Lacrosse Club and Montclair Girls Lacrosse and will be held at Center Court Dome (14 Depot Square, Montclair).
Gotham Comedy Club (208 West 23rd Street, NYC) will continue its Kids ’N Comedy series on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Whether you’re a funny and clever teen looking for a creative outlet, or you are searching for an outing that will make the whole family laugh together (and get along), Kids ’N Comedy is the spot for you. This week’s show is themed All you need is love? In the remnants of Valentine’s Day these teens want you to know they’ve experienced greater heartbreak than Pete Davidson (sorry Ariana). They’ve loved, they’ve lost, they’ve been rejected in front of the snapchat nation. Celebrate the holiday of romance and humiliation with our awesome teenage comedians! Tickets are $18.
For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.