Weekend Family Fun: Cat in the Hat, Annie, Finding Neverland and More!

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The weekend is here! Looking for something fun and family-friendly to do? Check out these events!

This weekend, Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong) will present Curious George: The Golden Meatball. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM. Saturday’s performance will be sensory-friendly. Join Curious George, the inquisitive, lovable monkey-star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show in a brand-new musical. All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day comes just once a year. George has been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something is keeping people away… something pretty big. And that something is Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs-o-Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome!

This weekend also continues performances of Annie at Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage (360 Hamilton Street, Rahway). With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Performances will be Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $25.

On Friday and Saturday, State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will present Finding Neverland. Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award®-winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible, and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Recommended for children ages 7 and up. Performances will be Friday at 8:00 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Tickets are $35-$98.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will Build a Birdhouse on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For adults and children ages 8 and older who are accompanied by an adult. 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 and a minimum number of participants are required by calling 973.228.8776. Cost is $10 per child and $12 per adult.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2018-19 season with Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Enjoy a morning of Congolese-fueled world music for the kids. Prepare to sing, dance, help play percussion and hear Papa Sama’s fun stories about growing up in rural DR Congo. Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Little Blue Truck’s Springtime Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Celebrate the beauty of springtime with Little Blue Truck! Young fans will love finding all sorts of baby animals beneath the flaps in this delightful novelty board book. Stop by for the story and a coloring activity and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! Activities to follow.

On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Outdoor Skills: Geocaching for kids ages 10-15. Learn how to use a GPS and map to locate caches hidden around the swamp. Cost is $10 per person age 3 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973.635.6629.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts will host Makers Day from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Join fiber artist Anne Choi of Middle Brook Fiberworks who will be available to answer questions and demonstrate a variety of weaving techniques. Staff will help guide participants in creating their own woven strand. All activities are included with regular admission.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she comes home? 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. March’s theme is “Top of the Morning.” Cost is $10 per family at the door.

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.

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