Weekend Family Fun: Walnut Street Fair, Penguins, STEM, Bike Repair and More!

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Happy weekend! If you’re looking for something family-friendly and fun, we’ve got you covered! We’ve rounded up plenty of events happening in and around town. Check ‘em out!

The Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair (159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair) will host Silly Science: Stem Is in the Air on Friday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Children ages 4-7 can participate in science activities and experiments. Cost is as follows: Family $25, Kinder $35, Community $45, additional siblings $20. To register, call or visit member services, Kristin Herzog, kherzog@montclairymca.org, 973-415-6115.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins will open this weekend at The Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong). Performances will be Friday at 7:30 PM, and 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.

Hosted by The Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Walnut Street Fair (Walnut Street, Montclair) is growing to be one of Montclair’s most beloved neighborhood street festivals, drawing more than 5,000 people annually. Bring the kids and enjoy a special Kids Corner with fun activities. Featuring live music, food trucks and local vendors. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date May 5.)

Lincoln Center Kids (61 W. 62nd Street, NYC) will present Falu’s Bazaar on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the David Rubenstein Atrium. This free performance is for children ages 2-5. Vocalist Falu Shah blends classical Indian music with American pop to create a unique “Indie-Hindi” style. Backed by both Western and traditional Indian instruments such as the table, harmonium, and bansuri (Indian bamboo flute), Falu teaches kids about Indian culture and takes families on a trip across the globe with her “ethereal and transcendent” (Billboard) sound.

The Town of Secaucus 9th Annual Green Festival will be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Secaucus Xchange (5000 Riverside Station Blvd, Secaucus). This free event will feature a petting zoo, rock climbing, raptors, a merry go round, food truck, eco cruises, pony rides, and so many other activities. Learn more at the website.

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.

Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn) will present Peter and the Wolf on Saturday at 10:00 AM. THE MUSIC: A different instrument and melody (or “leitmotif”) represents each character of the play, creating an excellent link to understanding all types of music. THE STORY: A true adventure about a spirited young boy who meets the challenge of danger with courage, creativity and leadership. THE CELEBRATION: The value of love, friendship and caring. The lessons of greed, arrogance and prejudice. There is innocence and wisdom, youth and maturity, conflict resolution, moral development, and beauty in the natural order of life! This show is for ages 4 and up. Tickets are $15.

Montclair Public Library (50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will present Bicycle Repair 101: Mr. G’s Creative Workshop for ages 5-18 on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Learn bicycle repair with a shop teacher. We’ll cover crucial skills like fixing flat tires, gear adjustments and brake replacement. Bring your own bicycle or learn from teacher examples. The first three bicycles will be used as a repair demonstration. Find more information about Mr. G via Instagram @MrGsworkshop. This program is for children and teens in attendance with their own bicycles (one bike per participant). Advanced registration is not required but there will be a sign-up sheet. Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

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 Feeder Birds. 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 on Saturday at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, is Let’s Get Growing for Kids: Pollinator Power! Ever wonder which flowers attracts the most butterflies, buzzing bumblebees and colorful ladybugs to your garden? Let’s discover which flowers pack a powerful and tasty treat for our pollinator friends, and plant a few to take home. Registration is required. This event is for children ages 5 to 10.

Finally, 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: Wake Up Baby Animals! this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This event is for 3-5 year odds with an adult. Meet the cutest new babies that live on the farm, sing songs, play games, and create a craft celebrating their recent arrivals. 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 from 10:15 to 12:00 PM will be Hitch a Ride! Join the farm staff for a leisurely, narrated open-air wagon ride around the historic farm. 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.

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.

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.

For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.

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