Weekend Family Fun: Family Jam Montclair, Movies, Books, Fairies and More!

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

Kick off the weekend with Free Friday Flicks at Kip’s Castle Park (22 Crestmont Road, Verona) on Friday at 7:00 PM. This week’s movie is The Wizard of Oz (1939) on the lawn and under the stars. Arrive early for some pre-movie entertainment. Gates open at 7:00 PM and the movie begins at dusk. Concessions will be available for sale. Admission is free. Rain date is Saturday.

Montclair Film in partnership with Montclair Bounce and Partners for Health Foundation will present Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Friday evening at Nishuane Park (48 High Street, Montclair). Venue opens at 7:00 PM and the film will begin at sundown. Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. This screening is free.

Also on Friday evening, Montclair Bounce will host Roll & Rock All-Ages Dance Party at YMCA of Montclair (25 Park Street, Montclair) from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. All are welcome (members/community) to join the YMCA of Montclair and DJ PaP for the closing of BOUNCE WEEK at a family and community Roll & Rock dance party. The event will include refreshments, hands-on art activities for ages 6-12, a create-your-own-guitar project, rockin’ tattoos, glitter nail art, and slime! Photo booth area for families so bring your cell phone! Childcare for ages 6-and-under provided.

All weekend long, The Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong) will present Sideways Stories from Wayside School: A Play Adapted From Louis Sachar’s Wayside School Novels. Wayside School is sideways. That’s how the builder built it. Instead of making thirty classrooms side by side, he built them one on top of the other, which explains why all kinds of crazy things happen there – especially to Myron, Bebe, Leslie, Rondi and Dameon, who attend class on the thirtieth floor. You’ll also get to meet Mrs. Gorf, the meanest teacher at Wayside School, the delightful Mrs. Jewls, and Louis, the yard teacher. And, if you’re curious, you might get to find out what happened to the nineteenth floor! Performances are Friday at 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for young people ages 17 and under.

Also this weekend, Paper Mill Playhouse has performances of The Magic School Bus. When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.

The 2019 Maplewood South Orange Book Festival will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at The Woodland in Maplewood (60 Woodland Road, Maplewood). The festival will feature an extensive children’s area with over 40 children’s and YA authors, including R.L. Stine, as well as a kids “fun zone,” featuring games, music, food, face-painting, and general mayhem for kids of all ages. Most events at the Festival are free of charge an open to the public.

Montclair Family Jam will be held on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Montclair Community Pre-K (49 Orange Road, Montclair). This is a community focused music and arts festival. Celebrate MCPK and Montclair with a day of local vendors with activities for children and families.


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.

Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (46 Park Street, Montclair) will continue their Second Saturday program this Saturday at 3:00 PM. The Inclusive Movement Center will bring their popular Ninja Warrior Course, so get ready to get physical and challenge yourself to new heights! Participants must be at least 3 years of age. Activities will be planned for children under 3 in the nursey space. Tennis shoes are mandatory for this activity.


The Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Essential Oil Friendship Bracelets on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM for children ages 4 to 9. Create a crafting memory with nature-inspired 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 a parent/caregiver). 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.

Also at the Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) on Saturday is Smores n’ More from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. For this family event, come out to build a campfire and practice fundamental fire skills in a safe and controlled environment. Once we get our fire burning, we’ll roast marshmallows and make S’mores. All ages welcome. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required; call 973.228.8776. Cost is $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child and $12 per adult.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp) will host Trail Fest on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Bring the entire family and celebrate the first Trail Fest. Learn hiking basics and safety and join a guided hike to explore the trails. Various routes and lengths will be offered to accommodate a range of hiking abilities. This event is free.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Civil War Weekend on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Step onto the battlefield and become part of the action as the American Civil War is brought to life. Reenactors from the 2nd New Jersey Brigade showcase the daily lives of soldiers while demonstrating musket, artillery and bayonet drills, cannon firings, exciting skirmishes, and much more. Cost is $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

Cooper Gristmill (66 Route24, Chester Twp) will host Grains in the Garden I on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Stop by the Mill as they plant crops that people have grown and ground for centuries. Learn about the plants, help get the garden ready, and take home a seedling of your own. Cost is $5 per family. Preregistration is required by calling 908.879.5463.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host The Farm Know-How Day on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Explore Fosterfields and visit drop-in stations at the creamery, the icehouse, and the Willows. Stop by the farmhouse to see and smell what’s cooking. 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.

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.

The New Jersey Fairy Fair 2019 will be held on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Glenburn Pavilion (211 Hamburg Paterson Turnpike, Riverdale). This is a Family and Fairy Friendly Fair celebrating the role Fairies play in healing the planet, animals and us! Join us for a fun-filled day of shopping, food and music. Meet the Fairy Queen and the Fairy Godmothers! Lots of activities for the kids (knights and princesses included) to keep them busy while bigger folks find hand crafted items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, stones, oils, candles, etc. to indulge their Fairy-ness. Let the kiddies explore their Fairy fantasies, while you explore yours with the many talented Readers and Healers featured at the Fair. Stroll through the Fair dressed as your Fairy Self or whatever Fantasy Creature you choose, or dance to the tunes of our Fairy musicians and kick up the Fairy energy. Free admission to all. Vegan friendly and Gluten free food options will be available.

On Sunday, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Native and Invasive Plants Walk from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM for ages 10 and up. Walk along the Great Swamp OEC trails while getting an in-depth lesson on native and invasive plant species in New Jersey and the importance of biodiversity. Cost is $5 per person. 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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