Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family friendly things to do around town and beyond. Check ‘em out!
Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn) will present Henry & Mudge on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Sometimes it’s tough being a kid, but life is a lot easier-and a lot more fun-when you’ve got a great big canine buddy to share your adventures! Follow the exploits of Henry and Mudge in this musical based Cynthia Rylant’s best-selling books. This performance is for children ages 4 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 Boogaloo Familia at 11:00 AM. A wild and upbeat bilingual musical journey through the history, musical style and worldwide cultural impact of Latin Boogaloo, the 1960s music and dance craze from the streets of Spanish Harlem. Sing along! Shake it! Boogaloo until you drop! Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.
On Saturday, Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host Dr. Seuss Family Fun Day from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Families with disabilities are welcome to early access at 10:00 AM. Celebrate the 114th birthday of one of the most beloved children’s authors – Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel. Activities include an opportunity to meet the Cat in the Hat, a photo station, Seuss Crafts, create your own birthday greeting, and story time. Visit the website for the full schedule. The Museum’s Bickford Theatre will present Seussology at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM. You know Thing 1 and Thing 2. Now you will meet Thing 3, Wild Thing, and watch him cause all kinds of mayhem! Family Fun Day is free for members and included with admission ($7 per child; $10 per adult) for non-members. Seussology is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Combo tickets are available.
Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Join us for Storytime, games, and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday 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 the Maple Sugar Festival from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Celebrate the peak of maple sugaring season at this annual festival! Enjoy tree tapping demonstrations, maple cream making and tasting, and themed games and crafts. Take a guided ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History,’ and watch the evaporation process on an authentic wood-burning evaporator. Fun for all ages! Rain or shine. Cost is $4 per person.
State Theatre of NJ (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will present New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble as part of its Milk & Cookies series on Saturday at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Meet the tapping feet of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble! In this high-energy, interactive show, dynamic young dancers demonstrate the fundamentals of tap dance and dazzle the audience with showstopping talent. Milk & Cookies is a lively, interactive storytelling and music series for families. This program is the perfect way to introduce young children to live theater. Tickets are $3 per person. The 12:00 PM show is an autism-friendly relaxed performance.
Bergen Performing Arts Center (30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood) will present Turtle Dance Music on Saturday as part of its Sensory Friendly Kidz Cabaret Series. Turtle Dance Music aims to spark children’s curiosity and imaginations through interactive, inclusive musical performances that use a wide range of instruments, stuffed animals, games and technology. The performance is geared for ages Pre-K and up. Performances will be at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Tickets are $19.
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.
South Orange Performing Arts Center (1 SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present Beauty and the Beast on Saturday at 2:00 PM. In the beloved story of Beauty & the Beast, the beautiful Belle finds herself in a spell-bound castle held captive by a beast…does she fall in love with the Beast before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl that has melted his heart? Filled with the wonderful ingredients you have come to expect from The Panto Company USA; lots of laughter, stunning costumes, music and plenty of magic. Tickets are $20 and the show is recommended for children ages 4-10.
On Stage at Kingsborough (2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn) will present Circus Incognitus with Jamie Adkins on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Jamie Adkins is a clown, juggler, balancing artist, and acrobat, for “Circus Incognitus.” Things go awry when he encounters a disintegrating ladder, an animated chair, a precarious slack wire, and attempts to juggle just about everything. Theatre goers even get involved in the endeavor by tossing lemons for Jamie to catch on a fork, held between his teeth…and that’s just the beginning of the fun! Tickets are $13. This show is for children ages 4 and up.
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 “Top of the Morning.” Cost is $10 per family at the door.
On Sunday, Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Brady Rymer performs rockin’ music for kids and families. When not moonlighting as a member of The Laurie Berkner Band, Brady’s pop and rock regularly wins critical acclaim and national awards including three Children’s Grammy nominations. The 4:30 PM show is a relaxed performance. Tickets are $12-$15.
Also on Sunday, BergenPAC will present B-The Underwater Bubble Show at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. B-The Underwater Bubble Show takes place in colorful underwater world of Bubblelandia. After another long day full of meetings and deadlines, Mr. B finds himself transported to a magical world that’s inhabited by seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, clown fish and more. They carry Mr. B along his imaginary journey in this beautiful underwater world where fantasy becomes reality and you are invited to follow him. Tickets are $19-$39.
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.