Weekend Family Fun: Pizza Garden, The Jungle Book, and More!

The weekend is here and there’s so much to do! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things happening around town and beyond. Enjoy!

West Hudson Arts and Theater Company (65 Oakwood Avenue, Kearny) will present The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Stories this weekend. Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s quintessential children’s book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from “Chicken Little” to “The Gingerbread Man” gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around. Performances are Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $8.

Newark Museum will host a variety of activities this weekend. On Saturday at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM, the museum will host Creative Play. Three- to five-year-olds and their caregivers can enjoy a special time before the Museum opens to the public. Explore the Museum’s art and science collections through storytelling, song, playful activities and an art-making project. April’s theme is Seasons. Summer/Winter/Spring/Fall, which one is the best of all! Let’s explore the beauty of all the seasons amidst the museum’s collection of art! From our Seeing America Galleries to the Asian collection! 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.

The Garden State Model Railway Club (575 High Mountain Road, North Haledon) will host the 8th Annual Spring Model Railroad Show this weekend from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. This event provides fun for the whole family, including Thomas and special trains for children. Other trains include intermodal, mixed freight, coal, and passenger trains, both steam and diesel. Refreshments will be sold. Cost is $6. Children under 12 are free with an adult.

S.O.F.I.A will host Superhero Writers Club at The Community Service Center (11 Pine Street, Montclair) from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. You and your child (or a caregiver) will form a superhero team and write a story highlighting your actual strengths, desired powers and demonstrating how you will help others. You (or a caregiver) and your child will laugh together and learn things about each other you never knew. This event is free and open to children ages 5-12 and their caretakers. Pre-registration is required. Please email info@supportsofia.org.

On Saturday, State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will Sweetbeatz as part of its Milk & Cookies Series at 10:00 AM and 12;00 PM. What’s six feet tall, with a million-megawatt smile and golden voice? It’s Meredith Wright—aka Sweetbeatz! Come along with Meredith into a playful world where children can’t find their boots and everyone has a different kind of hair. Her original songs celebrate the spirit and sassiness of kids and invite them to discover the music that’s all around us. 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.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Bike Right – Learn to Ride on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For children ages 5 and older. Make learning to ride a bike easier for your child with TransOptions’ Bike Right Learn to Ride class. Bike Right Learn to Ride will teach your child the safe, easy and effective way to learn to ride. Using this “balance first” method, parents help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Please bring a helmet and a bike (without training wheels). In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required; call 973.228.8776. Cost is $10 per child.

Also on Saturday at the Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland), enjoy Plant a Pizza Garden from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. This event is for families. Learn about the herbs and plants needed to make a great tasting pizza. Participants will work in our Geodesic Biodome to create the beginnings of their own pizza garden. Each family will leave with their own potted pizza garden to take care of and harvest as needed. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required; call 973.228.8776. Cost is $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child; $12 per adult.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Families Forever: A Story of Families and Autism on Saturday at 11:00 AM. When Julia’s beloved fuzzy friend Fluffster goes missing, everyone works together to find him, and by the end, it is clear that when “family and friends stick together,” everyone is happy!  Stop by for the story and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4!

On Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp) will host Frog Jamboree from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. The spring peepers and wood frogs are calling from the vernal pools. Learn about these two frogs while listening to their chorus. Preregistration is required by calling 973.334.3130. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) Opening Day is this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Celebrate the first Saturday of the season with farm to table cooking demos, planting in the garden, wagon rides, and crafts! A perfect spring day filled with activities for the entire family. Schedule of activities is located on the website. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2-3, and free for children under age 2.

Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester) will also host Opening Day on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Celebrate the 39th season at Cooper Gristmill. Discover the site’s historic machines, tour the working water-powered mill, and try hands-on tools and puzzles. Last tour is at 3:30 p.m. Cost is a suggested donation of $3 per adult, $2 per senior, and $1 per child 4-16.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) celebrates its opening weekend on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Discover what’s new this year at Historic Speedwell. Enjoy a variety of traditional fun and games for the entire family. Save 10% off purchases in the Friends of Historic Speedwell Gift Shop. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

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.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present The Jungle Book at 2:00 PM on Sunday. Virginia Repertory Theatre brings the beloved children’s tale to life in their full staged production of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Join young Mowgli as he learns the ‘Laws’ of the jungle in the time-honored adventure, The Jungle Book. With the help of friends like the black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo the lovable bear, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer as Mowgli faces his fear and foils his nemesis the tiger, Shere Khan. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will delight both the young and the young at heart. Tickets are $18. This show is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Peg + Cat Live! on Sunday at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Based on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids show PEG + CAT, this totally awesome musical features wild comedy, countless favorite songs from the show, and Peg’s super coolest pal Ramone! When Peg’s Mom asks Peg and Cat to mail some really important letters, they come face to face with a really big dog. Really Big Problem! To solve it, they’ll need math—bar graphs, size comparison, position words, fair sharing, and a whole lot of counting. They’ll also need to count on each other, and the audience too, for their problem to be solved. Tickets are $12-$25.

Kean Stage (10000 Morris Avenue, Union) will present Pinkalicious, The Musical on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes and ends up turning pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Tickets are $15.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Orienteering for Families on Sunday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Spend time outside with the family and learn how to use a map and compass to find your way. Complete an orienteering challenge and win a prize. All materials are provided. Cost is $5 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.

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