Weekend Family Fun: Mary Poppins, Street Fair and More

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The weekend is here! Let’s give a shout out to all the dads out there – Happy Father’s Day! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in and around town. Check ‘em out!

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 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) 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.

On Saturday, Montclair Public Library will host Animal Dads: Children’s Author Ami Dobelle for children ages 3-8 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Learn about the “real animal dads” that inspired the book and play a fun game. Meet live Madagascar hissing cockroaches! Books will be available for purchase with free stickers and giveaways for children.

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 Pineapples. 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.

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.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Weekend Family Walk on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Walk along the trails to discover the unique animals and plants found at the Great Swamp and learn amazing new nature facts. Cost is $2 per person age 3 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973-635-6629.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will also host Giant Reptiles Live Presentation on Saturday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Don’t miss this all ages event. Join Snakes-N-Scales, a reptile rescue and education organization, for an amazing, educational show featuring massive live reptiles. Cot is $7 per person. Preregistration is required by calling 973-635-6629.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Little Farm Friends: How Now Brown Cow this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This event is for 3-5 year olds with an adult. Meet New Jersey’s favorite cattle herd, the resident brown cows. Play games, make cow-related crafts, and even brush a cow. 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.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will also host Build Your Own Birdhouse Class on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM for children ages 8 and up. Caroline Foster loved carpentry. Join us for a special class for builders and creators and honor her legacy by building and decorating your own birdhouse. Cost is $15 per birdhouse. Preregistration is required by emailing agizzi@morrisparks.net.

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Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Speedwell Goes…Jacksonian (1820s) on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00. 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. Cost is $10 for cooking, tasting and fashion. Preregistration is required through the website.


Cooper Gristmill (66 Route24, Chester Twp) will host Chester Railroad Extravaganza on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Celebrate the 1800s Chester Railroad with hands-on activities and guided walks along the old railroad bed. Learn the history of trains and enjoy model train sets on display. Cost is $3 per adult, $2 per senior and $1 per child age 4 to 16.

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.

Nutley’s Annual Father’s Day Street Fair will be held this Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM along Franklin Avenue. Spend an action-packed, fun-filled Father’s Day at Nutley’s Annual Father’s Day Street Fair. There will be loads of family fun including carnival games, mechanical kiddie rides, pony rides, petting zoo, trackless train ride, face painter and more. Enjoy delicious food from food trucks and other festival food vendors. Enjoy live music and entertainment all day long. Shop among a wide variety of merchandise and craft vendors.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host its final Sunday Drop-In Studio for the season. 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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