Weekend Family Fun: Animal Tracking, Beauty & The Beast and More!

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The weekend is here! Looking for something fun and family-friendly to do? We’ve got you covered! Check out some events that are happening in and around the area over the next couple of days.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Animal Tracking: Uncovering Wildlife in Wintertime on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Be a nature detective and discover evidence of wildlife. Kids will become familiar with the footprints of several kinds of wild animals through observation on a short hike. An animal story will be read, and the children will create the story’s events with ink prints of animal tracks on their own map. Advance registration and a minimum number of participants are required by calling 973.228.8776. Cost is $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child/$12 per adult.

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host a Play Group on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for children up to 4 years old. The library will provide age-appropriate toys and books to play with during the drop-in program. Caregivers are required to stay with their children while participating in the group. No registration is required, and the event is open to everyone.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its 2018-19 season with performances of National Marionette Theatre: Beauty and the Beast at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. This classic tale of the ferocious-looking Beast with a kind heart is a perennial favorite with audiences worldwide and is brought to vivid life through stunning marionettes. Join Beauty, our brave heroine, as she discovers there are many ways that one can be beautiful in this world, and how one looks on the outside can be very different than how one is on the inside. Tickets are $14 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.

The Shannon Rose (98 Kingsland Road, Clifton) will host a Kids’ St. Patrick’s Celebration on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Enjoy Irish music, face painters, a treasure from the Leprechaun, and Leprechaun costume contest for kids. Proceeds from raffle baskets will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The best-dressed prize will be free kid’s meals for a year. Space is limited. Call 973-284-0200 for reservations.

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 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host Matilda’s Tea: Shall We Dance for children ages 5 and up with an adult. Join dance instructor Jamie DiMare and learn the basics of ballroom dance. Explore the rise of the ballroom dance craze in the early 20th century, from the waltz to the foxtrot. Wear your best dancing shoes and hit the dance floor the way young Matilda Frelinghuysen would have. Enjoy tea, pastries, and tea sandwiches. Snow date is Sunday, March 10. Cost is $25 per person and preregistration is required by calling 973-326-7601.

Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (46 Park Street, Montclair) will host Second Saturdays at Central on Saturday at 3:00 PM. This month’s event includes amazing STEM activities led by molecular biologist and Montclair Mom, Dr. Patricia Abad. Learn about polymers and chemical reactions – creating and playing with slime and making art utilizing (safe) chemicals and colors.

This weekend, the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host my two events. On Saturday, the Seeing America Family Celebration will be held from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. It’s opening day! Experience the voices of American culture past and present. Families will be engaged with genuine diversity of a comprehensive range of narratives through the works of the Museum’s collections. Activities include Pop Art Photo Booth, Explorers-Guided Tours, Solar Scavenger Hunt, Planetarium shows, and more. This event is free with Museum admission ($15). Museum admission is free for members and Newark residents.

On Sunday, the Museum will host Second Sundays: HerStory. The stories, experiences, and achievements of women take center stage during a day of interactive activities including live entertainment, participatory storytelling highlighting Native women, prepare and taste indigenous food, regalia making demonstrations, drop-in art-making, and more. This event is free with Museum admission ($15). Museum admission is free for members and Newark residents.

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.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Nature Adventurers: Family Nature Club on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Come play and learn together in nature as a family with TBZ’s new nature club, Nature Adventurers. Harness the power of gaming to get families up and moving while exploring and learning about local nature and conservation. Each ticket includes a Family Nature Club water bottle. This activity is for all ages but is recommended for children age 4 and up. Tickets are $5 and are available on Eventbrite.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Trail Treasure Hunt on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Calling all treasure hunters! Enjoy a seasonal nature scavenger hunt where families work together to follow clues and find the answers to nature riddles along the trails. 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 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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