Weekend Family Fun: Sherlock Holmes, Story Pirates and More!

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It’s time for another weekend! If you’re looking for some family-friendly fun, then you’ve come to the right place!

This weekend, Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City) will present Solve It Sherlock as part of their International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. This experience offers guests the chance to follow clues through an escape room and navigate their way to finding one of the most famous tools in crime-solving history. They will have to race against the clock, deciphering clues just like Sherlock would, to find the magnifying glass and find their way out of the escape room. While the main Sherlock Holmes exhibit will be at LSC through May 27th, the Solve It Sherlock experience is this weekend only. Visitors can experience this Premium Exhibition with the purchase of a Combination Pass ($29.75 for adults and $24.75 for children ages 2-12).

The 13th Annual Kids Comic Con will be held on Saturday at Bronx Community College (181st Street and University Avenue, Bronx) from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Kids can meet over 40 illustrators, puppeteers, painter and performers. Kids will also be able to draw their favorite heroes then add them to a giant mural. Additional activities include workshops such as how to write and draw comics, the science behind superheroes, and more. Admission is free for kids age 17 and under, and a suggested donation of $6 is asked of those 18 and over.

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host a Lego Day on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy Legos at the library! Build with the huge Lego collection and create something cool.

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 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.  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.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Little Farm Friends: Egg to Chick this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This event is for three-to-five-year-olds with an adult. Have fun with your pre-K child. Collect eggs, make rooster calls, and pet baby chicks. Cost is $8 per child/parent pair, $45 per set of 6 classes; $4 for each additional sibling participating. Preregistration is required by emailing ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net.

Also at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) on Saturday will be Plant Spuds. Choose from two sessions: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM or 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Dig in and help the farmers plant potatoes. Return later in the season to harvest some spuds to take home. 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 2.

Finally at Fosterfields, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM, join Tin Punch Designs. Make a family-friendly version of a tin punch design. Create your own pattern or trace an outline provided. Adult assistance needed. 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.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Big/Little Blacksmithing on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This event is for kids ages 6-12 with an adult. Learn the basics of blacksmithing with Billy Barret of Bill Barret Custom Knives in this hands-on class. Preregistration is required. Register through the website. Cost is $30 per pair.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Nest Building for Families on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. At this all-ages event, learn how birds use amazing strategies to construct nests. Cost is $5 per person age 3 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973-635-6629.

Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester Twp) will host The Care and Keeping of Rivers on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. In honor of Earth Day, celebrate all things water-powered with fun experiments and toys. Learn how the Black River runs the machinery today and discover the life cycles of a river. Cost is a suggested donation of $3 per adult, $2 per senior, and $1 per child age 4-16.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will host Discovery Saturdays on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Daffodil Day. Make a discovery at the Arboretum and enjoy a unique family experience. Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center, any time between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, on Saturdays for an interactive exploration of nature. Each week, discover a new plant, animal, or environmental topic through experiments, stories, games, and crafts. Borrow an Arboretum backpack loaded with binoculars, field guides, a magnifying glass, and everything else needed for outdoor Arboretum adventure! No pre-registration is necessary. Adults must be accompanied by a child! This event is free for RRA members and $5 per child for non-members. This week’s theme is Beautiful Blooms

Story Pirates Family Flagship Show is this Saturday at 12:00 PM at the UCB theater (555 W. 42nd Street, NYC). Stories by children from NYC and beyond will be brought to life and staged by the Story Pirates’ professional improvisational and comedic actors – replete with music, costumes and sets. During these shows, the NYC Story Pirates cast will take story ideas from the audience and turn them into hilarious musical sketch comedy. Tickets are $35.

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, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp) get some fresh air with Spring Things Walk: Easy for ages 4 and up. Learn about the animals that are building nests, laying eggs, and raising young while plants and trees wake from their winter sleep. The walk is scheduled from1:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

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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