Weekend Family Fun: Mary Poppins, Hop, Rainbow Fish and More!


Happy weekend! Got plans? If not, check out some of these fun and family-friendly events happening in the area!

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. This week’s story is Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld. The most important rule is #1: It must be your birthday. After that’s been established, a crew of hilarious animals help picture book pros Tom Lichtenheld and Beth Ferry take readers through a joyous romp that covers the most important elements of every year’s most essential holiday, including singing, closing your eyes and making a wish, blowing out candles on a cake, then settling into bed and dreaming of your wish coming true.

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

Essex County Family Day will be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Branch Brook Park (Concert Grove, Southern Division, Park Street Entrance, Newark). Visit the renovated and landscaped concert grove to enjoy an afternoon outdoors with your family. Test out your hula hooping, work out in our paddle boats, construct a craft, get your face painted, our grab food from one of many food vendors. Other family activities include a fishing derby that runs from 12:00 to 2pm with the award ceremony at 2:30pm. This event is free.

NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present The Rainbow Fish on Saturday at 11:00 AM. The enchanting Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns with its latest production, the Rainbow Fish, a one-of-a-kind, puppet-filled adaptation of the popular book by Marcus Pfister. This magical, under-the-sea adventure is sure to generate a few useful life lessons for young audiences, as well as a genuine enthusiasm for the art of reading. Tickets are $20.

Newark Museum will host a variety of activities this weekend.  The Family Gallery Program will be held on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Symbols are everywhere we look, from our cultural backgrounds to our present-day environment.  Let’s create new symbols that reflect us and/or the world we live in! The Self-Guided Weekend Family Program is held both Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM using the Red, Yellow & Blue Gallery Guides. These guides were developed to encourage 3-5-year olds and their families to discover together.  Designed to encourage observation and conversation, they are available for free with Museum admission at the Front Desk and in the Education Lobby. Finally, the MakerSPACE Drop-in Program will be held both Saturday and Sunday 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 and computer tools. Stay as long as you like. All programs included with admission to the museum.

Montclair Public Library (50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will present “Era Uma Vez, na Biblioteca”: Storytime in Portuguese from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. “Era Uma Vez, na Biblioteca” (Once Upon a Time, at the Library) welcomes all families to be part of this experience of storytelling in Portuguese. The program will be run in Portuguese and is oriented towards families with children from newborns to 9-year-olds. The stories will be interwoven with little songs and rhymes, all in Portuguese. The storyteller, Ana Cristina Coura, is an educator with a background in psychology who has taught children in Brazil for many years and worked as an art educator (for a nonprofit in N.Y.C.) for a few years before moving to Montclair with her husband and children. No registration required.

Bergen Performing Arts Center (30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood) will present Pirate School on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. David Engel’s Pirate School is a madcap, swashbuckling solo variety show for all ages. This riotous, interactive pirate escapade satisfies children’s universal curiosity for the briny buccaneers of yore while promoting everyday polite behavior and social courage. This show is part of BPAC’s Sensory Friendly Kidz Cabaret Series. Tickets are $19.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Workers on The Farm: 1900s Immigration Experience this Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Step into the shoes of Irish immigrants and learn what it was like to immigrate to Morristown in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Discover Irish-American traditions through cooking demos, musical performance, and stories, and join a special ceremony honoring immigrants at 1 p.m. Enjoy a wagon ride to the Willows, and step into a living theatrical performance about the Irish immigrants who settled at Fosterfields. Cost is 86 per adult, $7 per senior, $6 per child age 3-16, and free for children under age 3.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Speedwell Goes…Federal (1780-1800) on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Explore the hidden histories of Stephen Vail, former owner and resident of Historic Speedwell. Taste food prepared on the hearth, try on period fashion, and learn facts about the past. Cost is $10 for cooking, tasting and fashion. Preregistration is required. Register through the website.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will host 9 Strokes Abstract Art Workshop from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Begin the journey into self-expression. This hands-on art-making workshop designed for young people in the fifth through eighth grades will explore the post-World War II Abstract Expressionism movement. Students will experiment with techniques used by the ground-breakers of abstract art like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Cooning. As the grand finale, students’ original masterpieces will be displayed in a culminating exhibition in The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery. We believe in the importance of engaging children in visual art-making, and understand its value in fostering creativity, building confidence, pride and self-esteem. This workshop will give students the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression and creative thinking. The $25 fee covers a box lunch and materials. For further information and to register your child contact Linda Beard at LindaB@sopacnow.org.

On Saturday evening at 8:00 PM, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Mary Poppins in Concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Step in time, it’s one heart-tugging, toe-tapping song after another in the beloved film Mary Poppins! This family-friendly, symphonic cinema event features the five-time Oscar-winning Disney classic film unfolding on the big screen with the NJSO performing the charming and delightful musical score. Tickets are $20-$88.

On Saturday and Sunday, Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host a Family Photo Scavenger Hunt from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. 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. April’s theme is “Water, Water Everywhere.” Cost is $10 per family at the door.

On Sunday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will host Daffodil Day. Step back to the 1970’s and celebrate the arrival of spring and the inception of the Arboretum! Daffodil Day “Flower Power” will feature activities that the entire family can enjoy! This event is free for RRA Members and children under 3; Non-Members $10/person or $25/family.

On Sunday at 3:00 PM, State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will feature Mary Poppins in Concert with the NJSO. Don’t miss this Supercalifragillisticexpialidocious wonder live with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Step in time, it’s one heart-tugging, toe-tapping song after another in the beloved film Mary Poppins! This family-friendly, symphonic cinema event features the five-time Oscar®-winning classic Disney film unfolding on the big screen with the NJSO performing the charming and delightful musical score. This show is recommended for ages 10+. Tickets are $35-125.

On Stage at Kingsborough (2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn) will present Underneath a Magical Moon at 2:00 PM on Sunday. Underneath A Magical Moon re-imagines J.M. Barrie’s beloved story “Peter Pan” from the perspective of Wendy Darling. The audience is invited to fly with Wendy and her brothers as they create the world of Neverland, where time stands still and the impossible seems possible. Underneath A Magical Moon is a sparkling new production by international award-winning children’s playwright Mike Kenny (tutti frutti, York Theatre Royal) scored with exquisite live music and songs, enthralling movement, and a sprinkle of fairy dust. Tickets are $13.

Kean Stage (10000 Morris Avenue, Union) will feature the film Hop on Saturday at 11:00 AM. A slacker named Fred adopts a rabbit, voiced by Russel Brand, that jumps in front of his car and it turns out this particular creature is next in line to become the Easter Bunny and doesn’t want the job. The film is rated PG. Tickets are $10.

On Sunday, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp) will host Bear Rock Hike from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Enjoy a moderate hike for ages 7 and up to Bear Rock while learning about spring ephemerals, the early-blooming plant species. Preregistration is required by calling 973.334.3130. Cost is $2 per person.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Hidden Treasures of the Collection on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Learn about the fine and decorative art pieces in the Vail house during this curator’s tour. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

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.

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