Weekend Family Fun: Curious George, Annie, Jedi Academy, Minga and More!

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Happy Weekend! Looking for something fun to do? We’ve rounded up these family-friendly events in and around the area. Check ‘em out!

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. 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 begins 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. Tickets are $25.

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime with News From Me, Lucy McGee at 10:30 AM. In this new series from state-award favorite Mary Amato, a spunky heroine matches wits with a mean girl and learns that middle can be a balancing act–so you can’t lose sight of what’s important. This storytime is perfect for kids age four to eight.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Child & Me: Therapeutic Play-Doh on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:45 AM. For children ages 3 to 7. Did you know essential oils can help children stay calm and focused? In this craft, each child will make Play-Doh scented with therapeutic grade essential oils. Jenn Forino, founder of plusoils.com, will teach a kid-friendly mini-workshop on how essential oils can be powerful tools for overall health and wellness. Each child will pick their favorite essential oil aroma to add to their Play-Doh. Advance registration and a minimum number of participants are required by calling 973.228.8776. Cost is $15 per child.

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host Lego Day on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Build with the Library’s huge Lego collection and create something cool.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2018-19 season with Jedi Academy on Saturday at 11:00 AM. You are invited to learn the ways of the Jedi with Panniken Moonjumper, a true Master of Intergalactic fun and adventure. During this engaging program your little Jedi Warriors, Princesses and Darth Vaders will feel empowered to discover the great Force within their hearts. Family audiences will be wowed by comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, light saber lessons and a visit from our space hero’s furry alien sidekick. Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members. This event is almost sold out.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host You Are My Happy Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. In this charming book from Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb, a mama bear and her cub cuddle together for a good night’s sleep and reflect on the everyday wonders of life that make them happy. Stop by for the story 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 11:00 AM, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Weekend Family Walk. Head to the trails to discover the unique animals and plants found at the Great Swamp. Learn amazing new nature facts along the way. This event is for all ages. Cost is $2 per person age 3 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973.635.6629.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will present CineKids: Minga et la cuillère cassée (Minga and the Broken Spoon from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Join MAM and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) for a screening of Minga et la cuillère cassée (Minga and the Broken Spoon). Let your imagination take you on an adventurous journey in the Cameroon forest with Minga, an orphaned girl living with her stepmother Mami Kaba and her stepsister Abena. One day, when she was washing dishes in the river, she accidentally broke a spoon. A furious Mami Kaba then chased her away from the house, asking her to find the only identical spoon hidden by her late mother. An adventurous journey then begins for Minga in the forest. Screening followed by a related hands-on art activity. 80-minute run time. Ages 7+. Tickets are $5 for MAM and FIAF members / $7 for nonmembers.

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.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Caching for Gold on Sunday from 10:30 PM to 12:00 PM. Geocaching is the perfect outdoor activity for families. Use a GPS and map to locate hidden treasures, called ‘caches,’ along the trail that contain special St. Patrick’s themed trinkets. All materials are provided. This activity is for ages 7 and up. Cost is $8 per person. Preregistration is required by calling 973-635-6629.

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 the family-friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

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