Weekend Family Fun: Magic Tree House, Grease, Harry Potter and More!

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Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in and around the area!

NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present The Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare on Friday at 7:00 PM. No matter what, the show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House transports them back to Elizabethan England. There, the daring sibling duo meet William Shakespeare himself – one of the greatest writers of all time! Adapted from Mary Pope Osborne’s critically-acclaimed book series, the tuneful tale – an original NJPAC production presented in partnership with George Street Playhouse – is sure to be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike. Tickets are $25.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present their 7th Annual Spring Production: Grease. Shows will be hold on Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. At Rydell High, “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through Senior Year. Featuring such favorites as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night” and “Alone at the Drive-In Movie,” MPAC’s production of Grease will feature a dynamic cast of several dozen young performers. Tickets are $20-$30.

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. June’s theme is Community ~ Animals. Safari time! Grrr… What animals are in your neighborhood and around the world? Let’s explore the museum and find some creatures that we are familiar with or not! It’s a Safari! Reserve your spot by calling 973-596-6672. The Family Gallery Program will be held on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. June’s theme for this program is Environment Light & Dark/Printmaking. Night & Day, Day & Night… let’s explore these concepts and turn them into works of art! Up for the challenge? 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.

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 Strawberries. 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.

Let’s Get Growing for Kids Three Sisters and a Scarecrow! will also be held at the Arboretum on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 11:00 PM. If you like popcorn, sweet sugar snap peas, and zoodle noodles made out of zucchini squash, you’ll love the Native American gardening practice of growing corn, beans and squash together. In this program, not only will we plant a Three Sisters Garden, but we will also build a scarecrow to protect it and enjoy a corny popped treat. Registration is required. This event is for children ages 5-10.

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: Garden Growers this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This event is for 3-5 year olds with an adult. Explore flowers, fruits and vegetables through song, stories and play. 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.

Fairy Friends will be held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Use a variety of natural materials to design and create elves, imps, fairies, and pixies to take home for your own garden or in the Fairy Houses on Fairy Day on June 23. Cost is $10 per person.

NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Live in Concert on Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM. In J.K. Rowling’s fifth adventure in the Harry Potter series, Harry and his friends race through the Department of Mysteries, practice Defense Against the Dark Arts in secret, and try to trace the origin of Harry’s terrible nightmares – all while enduring the unendurable Professor Umbridge, the detention-obsessed new leader of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will play the score as the movie is shown on a giant screen. Cost is $39-$89.

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. June’s theme is “What Smells?” Cost is $10 per family at the door.

On Sunday, Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host the First Sunday Tour of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Meet in the lobby of the Haggerty Education Center for a tour of the grounds. Learn the site’s history and enjoy the beauty of this exceptional horticultural site with a knowledgeable tour guide. Cost is $3 per person and exact change is requested.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host The Workers’ Walk on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Take a guided walk through Historic Speedwell and the remains of the Speedwell Ironworks (across the street), investigating forgotten features in the landscape and finding out what they can tell us about the early days of the Industrial Revolution. Preregistration is required by calling 973-285-6550. 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 Parent/Child Ceramics Ages 5-8 on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Working together with your child, explore the fundamentals of clay to create decorative and functional objects. All works will be glazed and kiln fired, ensuring they will be treasured for years to come. Cost is $65 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Registration is required and can be completed online.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will also 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.

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. 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.

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