The weekend is here! Are you ready for some fun? We’ve rounded up plenty of family-friendly activities in and around the area. Take a look!
Watching Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Storytime with Julie Fogliano and her book, If I Was the Sunshine. Through clever, thought-provoking verse and warmly evocative art, NYT-bestselling storytellers Fogliano and illustrator Loren Long explore the awe-inspiring nature of relationships, love, and connection in this breathtaking picture book. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM.
The 10th Annual Fairy & Pirate Festival will take place on Saturday at Turkey Brook Park (204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake) from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Stop by for a day of fun and fantasy as fairies and pirates take over the park. Admission is free. Festivities include face painting, pony rides, bounce houses, games, 40+ vendors, dancing, fairy hair and more. All are encouraged to attend in costume. Food will be available for purchase.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins will open this weekend at The Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong). Performances will be Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM. Saturday’s show is sensory friendly. Money is tight, and times are tough in the town of Stillwater. With no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of Arctic adventures, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them and before long the Poppers have a snowdrift in the living room and a dozen delightful penguins living in the house. With an ever-increasing bill for canned shrimp, what can the wonderfully imaginative Poppers do but train the penguins and take the show on the road! It’s a flipper-flapping musical tale that will make you believe in the power of ingenuity and determination. This show is recommended for the entire family.
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. May’s theme is Warm/Cool & Hot/Cold I got… Steam Heat! Explore temperature and color, one affects the other! Join in and explore art and creativity! The Family Gallery Program will be held on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. May’s theme for this program is Culture/Time/Place. Interpret art works as they relate to our culture! Considering time and place as we create works that are representative of our personal experiences. 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 Yosi’s Beach Party: Family Concert on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Enjoy Yosi’s fun-filled interactive and humorous beach party for kids and their adults! Drop those jackets and get in the swim with Yosi’s beach party! Do the limbo, swim and spell at the B-E-A-C-H, sail away on a ship, and marvel at all the wonderful sea creatures as we join them at sea! Children’s musician Yosi performs his hit songs for families throughout the northeast. Online registration is required for Montclair Public Library cardholders. All others should call the Youth Services Department to be added to the waiting list.
On Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will host Discovery Saturdays. 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. This week’s theme is Woodpeckers. 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! Free for RRA members. $5.00 per child for non-members.
Also, take a free guided tour of the Arboretum on Saturday from May through October. No reservations are required, and tours are on a first-come, first-served basis for individuals who would like to learn more about the current season’s highlights. Tours last approximately 30-45 minutes and run between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Little Farm Friends: Horses and Carriages! this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This event is for 3-5 year olds with an adult. Meet and pet your ‘neigh-borhood’ horses at this fun morning of play, song, and games. Cost is $8 per child/parent pair, $45 per set of 6 classes; $4 for each additional sibling participating. Preregistration is required by emailing email@example.com.
Also at Fosterfields, Yarn Dolls and Button Whirligigs will take place from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Create a yarn doll and button whirligig. See how much fun these toys of the past can be for children today. Parental assistance will be 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.
Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester Twp) will host Black River Furnace Walk on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Join industrial archaeologist Joe Macasek and discover early industries along the Black River on this three-mile moderate walk. Meet in the parking lot. Cost is $5 per family.
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 “Big, Bigger, Biggest.” Cost is $10 per family at the door.
While you’re there, between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, plant spring flower seeds in honor of National Public Gardens Week. Registration is not required and the planting is free.
Maplewood’s Mayfest will be held Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Springfield Avenue between Indiana and Rutgers Streets. The event will feature over 150 vendors, activities, food, live music by local bands and a DJ, as well as performances by local dance and exercise studios.
Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Double Dare Live on Sunday at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The messiest game show on TV is now the messiest game show on the road. Double Dare Live is coming to Morristown and will bring all the action and excitement of Nickelodeon’s hugely popular TV show to the stage. All the Slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting will be hosted by the Double Dare legend himself, Marc Summers. Bring your whole family to the show you loved as a child. You might even get chosen to compete to win by answering brain-bending trivia questions, complete messy physical stunts, and even run the legendary obstacle course! Tickets are $49-$99.
South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present Laurie Berkner, Solo on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Recognized as “the queen of kids’ music” (People magazine), Laurie Berkner is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, author, and founder of Two Tomatoes Records, LLC. Limited tickets are still available.
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.
Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host The 11th Annual Historic Fashion Show – Fashion Wars! March through the history of American fashion during war times and see how military uniforms influenced civilian attire. Tours are at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:00. Cost is $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 and up, and free for children under age 4.
Tourette Association of America will host the 2019 Awareness 5K Run/Walk at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (Queens, NY). On-site walk/run registration begins at 7:00 AM. The Kids Fun Run starts at 8:45 AM and the 5K run/walk kicks off at 9:00 AM. The cost to participate is $30 in advance and $40 on the day of the event. The registration fee also covers admission to the Hall of Science and Queens Zoo.
Finally, on Sunday, the last Kids ‘N Comedy Show for the season will be held at Gotham Comedy Club (208 W. 23rd Street, NYC) at 1:00 PM. The Kids ’N Comedy monthly public comedy shows consist of the school’s best comedians performing for audiences of kids (ages 9 + up), their families and the general public. The theme for this week is Happy Mother’s Day, dedicated to the wonderful people who brought us into this crazy world. This one is dedicated to those who raised us, who love us, and who insist on licking their fingers to wipe the dirt of our faces- gross! Join our young comedians as they (lovingly) roast their legal guardians. Tickets are $18 plus a one-item minimum.
For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.