Weekend Family Fun: Robot Petting Zoo, Kites, Rapunzel and More!

The weekend is here so it’s time for some fun! There are plenty of family-friendly events happening in and around town for you to enjoy! Check ‘em out!

Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) 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. May’s theme for this program is Culture/Time/Place. Interpret artworks 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.

On Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Reeves-Reed Arboretum 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 Mama Birds and a Mother’s Day Craft. 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.

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. 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.

Town Paints, the annual Bloomfield art exhibition for local artists of all media, ages and skill levels, will take place this Saturday on the Historic Town Green (84 Broad Street, Bloomfield) from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. At the end of the event, all artists will have the opportunity to be evaluated for their works, with winners receiving awards, prizes and public recognition.

Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (46 Park Street, Montclair) will continue their Second Saturday program this Saturday at 3:00 PM with an interactive dance performance led by Ariel Rivka Dance! The all-female company will teach participants different movements and allow them to participate in the performance. The event will end with a meet and greet with the dancers and open gym for free play. Sign up for the event here.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Mommy & Me Friendship Bracelets on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM for children ages 4 to 9. Celebrate mom by creating nature-inspired, matching diffuser bracelets! Did you know essential oils can help children stay calm and focused? Jenn Forino, founder of plusoils.com, will teach a kid-friendly, mini-workshop on how essential oils can be powerful tools for overall health and wellness. Each child will make a set of diffuser bracelets (one for themselves and one to give mom on Mother’s Day). Additionally, each child will receive a roller bottle of therapeutic-grade essential oil, diluted so it is safe for them to apply to their diffuser bracelet. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required; call 973.228.8776. Cost is $25 per child/adult participant.

Montclair Robotics will host their annual Robot Petting Zoo on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the main gym at Montclair High School (100 Chestnut Street, Montclair). Come see live robots in action! At the event, there will be many high school robotics teams from around the east coast showing off their robots and how they work. Along with fun STEM games, there will also be activities with robots to introduce kids to build, CAD and electronics. There is no admission fee; only fun!

The Glen Ridge Arts & Eco~Fair (Ridgewood Avenue between Bloomfield and Clark Street) will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Celebrate art and environment with nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing the art and artistry of students, artists and crafters. There will be live entertainment, food, and fun family activities all day long. This event is rain or shine.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Speedwell Goes… National (1800’s & 1810’s) 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. For more information, email mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net. Cost is $10 for cooking, tasting, and fashion. Preregistration is required by calling 973-285-6550 or online.

Cooper Gristmill (66 Route24, Chester Twp) will host Homemade Clay on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Flour can be used for so much more than eating. Use clay made from stoneground flour to create something special to take home. Cost is $5 per family. Preregistration is required by calling 908.879.5463.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Piglet Weigh-In! on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Meet the piglets born this spring and help the farmers round them up for weighing. Guess which piglet weighs the heaviest – be careful, they are wiggly! 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.

Fosterfields will also host Farm to Table: Spring Shoots & Fruits on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Join a costumed interpreter cooking on the woodstove and celebrate the produce of the beautiful spring season as the farmers once did. 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.

Willowwood Arboretum (300 Longview Road, Chester Twp) will host Mother’s Day at Willowwood Arboretum on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Take a tour of the beautiful gardens and enjoy light refreshments. Lilac seedlings will be available for purchase. Cost is $5 per car.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host Book Sculptures Teen Workshop on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Upcycle our old art books by turning them into artistic sculptures. Turn discarded books into art with some glue, cutting tools, binding, and imagination. Makes a great Mother’s Day gift for a book lover! Cost is $35 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Register online or by calling 973-259-5139.

Studio Players (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present Rapunzel on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM. Well-known characters from the classic story mingle with delightful new characters to answer your long-asked questions: HOW did Rapunzel end up in the tower? WHY is the witch so protective of her? WHERE did the prince come from? WILL her parents like the prince? And most important of all, just WHAT the heck is a “Rapunzel”? Ticket are $10.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will host Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman Street, Brooklyn) on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Launch kites, enjoy live music by Brass Queens, and learn all about the science of flight through kite-flying activities and S.T.E.A.M. experiments. Tasty food and beverages will be available from local food trucks. New kites will also be available for purchase.

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. May’s theme is “Big, Bigger, Biggest” Cost is $10 per family at the door.

Bergen Performing Arts Center (30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood) will present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day! on Sunday at 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM. The popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!, based on the PBS TV series, is in its third year of touring. The beloved characters are hopping back on board the trolley as Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Tickets are $29-$79.

On Sunday, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host a Trail Treasure Hunt from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM for all ages. 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.

Also happening at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center is Mother’s Day Fairy Homes from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Get outdoors with mom and create a mystical house made of natural materials. Enjoy a story on fairy home etiquette and finish with a tour of the newly constructed fairy homes. Cost is $8 per person ages 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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