Weekend Family Fun: Fairy Day, Woof-A-Palooza, and More!

Happy weekend! If you’re looking for something fun and family-friendly to do nearby, check out some of these local events!

Make Music Montclair will take place this weekend around Montclair. On Friday, Rachel Kohn will perform her indie-rock kids pop music at Pigtails & Crewcuts (49 Claremont Avenue, Montclair) from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, then at Just Kidding Around (507 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, and then at Java Love – Upper Montclair (244 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair) from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM.


On Saturday, Make Music Montclair will present Woof-A-Palooza at Anderson Park (31 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Support the Montclair Township Animal Shelter by making a donation while enjoying music, contests, prizes and dogs! Suggested donations are $5 per adult, $3 per senior citizen and $2 per child.

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. 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.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Bike Right – Learn to Ride on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM for children ages 5 and older. Make learning to ride a bike easier for your child with TransOptions’ Bike Right Learn to Ride class. Bike Right Learn to Ride will teach children the safe, easy and effective way to learn to ride. Using this “balance first” method, parents help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Please bring a helmet and a bike (without training wheels) in good working order. In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required; call 973.228.8776. Cost is $10 per child.

Montclair Public Library (50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host “Era Uma Vez, na Biblioteca”: Portuguese Storytime for newborns to 9-year-olds on Saturday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. “Era Uma Vez, na Biblioteca” (Once Upon a Time, at the Library) welcomes all families to be part of this experience of storytelling in Portuguese. The program will be run in Portuguese and is oriented towards families with children from newborns to 9-year-olds. The stories will be interwoven with little songs and rhymes, all in Portuguese. The storyteller, Ana Cristina Coura, is an educator with a background in psychology who has taught children in Brazil for many years and worked as an art educator (for a nonprofit in N.Y.C.) for a few years before moving to Montclair with her husband and children. No registration is required.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Hook, Line, and Sinker! on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Using a provided historic fishing pole, cast a line to see if anything is biting at the pond. Catch of the day will be tossed back. 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.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Hammerin’!: Blacksmithing Master Class for children ages 13 and up on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Learn the basics of blacksmithing with William Barrett of Bill Barrett Custom Knives and create a project to take home. All supplies are provided. Prior experience is helpful, but not necessary. Cost is $30 per person. Preregistration is required by calling 973-285-6550.

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.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will also host Fairy Day on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Fairies will be visiting The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and to prepare for their stay, houses need to be built. Families are invited to celebrate the 13th Annual Fairy Day on the Sylvan Terrace and build a home for these visiting wee folk. Cost is $30 per fairy house. Preregistration is required by calling 973-326-7601.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp) will host Family Geocaching on Sunday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Get outside with the family and use a GPS and map to locate hidden treasures called ‘caches,’ along the trail. This event is for ages 7 and up. Cost is $8 per person and preregistration is required by calling 973-334-3130.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Silhouettes Workshop on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Learn the history of this special art form and how they were once a popular way to reproduce a person’s likeness. Create your own silhouette to take home. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 to 16, and free for children under age 4. Preregistration is required by calling 973-285-6550.

The New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands will run from now until July 7th at MetLife Stadium (1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford).  Enjoy rides and attractions, shows, fireworks, and food! For schedules, ticketing information and more, visit the website.

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