Weekend Family Fun: Moonwalk, Fishing Derby, 4-H Fair, Block Party, Insects and More!

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The weekend is here! There are plenty of family-friendly events happening in and around town. Have a look!

On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, catch a big one at the Kids Fishing Derby at Edgemont Park in Montclair. The pond will be stocked with more than 300 types of fish at this free derby. Register at montclairpal.org. More details above.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Township of Montclair will host an Apollo 11 commemoration event (Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing when Neil Armstrong and Montclair’s own Buzz Aldrin became the first men to step onto the surface of the moon. To acknowledge Buzz Aldrin’s academic accomplishments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) where he received his doctorate in 1963, Yin Chang, co-founder of L3 Academy – a Montclair learning center that offers STEM programs for kids – will have team members from the academy’s award-winning robotics club provide demonstrations. Rags Buchner who heads up Boy Scout Troop 40 in Rahway, NJ will have his Apollo 11 spacecraft replica on display in front of the library.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Butterfly Tent Safari on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Flutter on over and visit the live butterfly tent. All are welcome to make-and-take a butterfly craft and participate in table activities. Cost is a suggested donation of $2 per person.

From 10:30 PM to 11:30 AM, the Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will also host Buzz Into Action With Insect Education for children ages 5 and older. Enjoy this hands-on presentation all about bugs n’ butterflies. This program includes entry into the live butterfly tent. Advanced registration and minimum number of participants are required. Call 973-228-8776 to register. Cost is $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child; $12 per adult.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring Moon! Earth’s Best Friend on Saturday at 11:00 AM. What better way to learn about the history and formation of the moon than from the moon itself! Also receive a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.

Also on Saturday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Graphix Con on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Celebrate graphic novels with activities including drawing, writing, and exploring your favorite graphic novel series.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Egg Carton Model Ts on Saturday from 2:00 PM to $4:30 PM. Get ready for Model T Day by designing and constructing your own Model T with egg cartons, buttons and markers. 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.

Westfield Garden State Plaza will host Mad Science & Crayola Wild World Camp events every Saturday through August 31st from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The events are free. A $10 VIP Package is available that includes a Make & Take art project, 1 complimentary AMC Theatres children ticket, and a LEGO toy and exclusive retailer offers. This week’s event is Radical Rainforest Show presented by Mad Science. Frogs come in many colors and patterns. Some are bold and some are camouflaged. Let’s find out more about these amphibians, and use a special technique to paint speckled, watercolor frogs. RSVP online.

Cooper Gristmill (66 Route24, Chester Twp) will host Nature Art on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Use grains and natural items collected around the Gristmill to create artwork. Explore painting, printmaking, rubbings, collage, and other art techniques. Cost is a suggested donation of $3 per adult, $2 per senior, and $1 per child age 4-16.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp) will host Wild Edibles Walk for ages 10 and up on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Walk the trails and learn about common edible plants in the area and the many ways people have used them over time. Cost is $2 per person and preregistration is required by calling 973-334-3130.

The Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host Moonwalk@50! on Saturday. Be part of the festivities to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 astronauts setting foot on the moon. Activities include a children’s craft, space science in BASF’s Kids’ Lab, a reflective ‘moonwalk,’ and a special screening of the recent hit documentary, Apollo 11. From 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM, enjoy a day at the Morris Museum including videos related to the Apollo 11 mission, solar observing (weather permitting), displays and other surprises from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society. This portion of the event is free with Museum admission. Purchase a special “Moon Pass” ticket for additional commemorative activities from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Moon Pass tickets are $15 for members in advance, $20 for non-members in advance, and $25 for all on the day of the event. For a full line up of Moon Pass events, see the website.

On Saturday and Sunday (and the rest of the week too until October!), 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.  Cost is $10 per family at the door.

The Where’s Waldo Watchung Plaza Scavenger Hunt will run the entire month of July in Watchung Plaza (Montclair). Visit 20 stores in Watchung Plaza and find Waldo. Spend one afternoon on the challenge or visit each store on different days.

On Sunday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons will host Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Busy Bee: Never Touch a Crocodile. This event is for and children 0-24 months old and their caregivers. A book will be read, and attendees will be invited to participate in activities featuring sensory growth for the little ones.

The Rubin Museum (150 West 17th Street, NYC) will host its 6th annual Block Party on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Discover the power of community at the Rubin Museum’s annual Block Party. Join thousands of other New Yorkers at this outdoor event featuring art and activities for all ages inspired by the Rubin’s yearlong exploration of the power that dwells within us and flows between us. This event is free.

Also on Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp.) will host Hook, Line & Sinker from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Enjoy a leisurely day of fishing on the pond and learn the reasons that fishing was important to the Foster family. The catch of the day will be tossed back. All materials provided. 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.

The Morris County 4-H Fair will be held this weekend at Chubb Park (State Route 24, Chester). The fair will feature a host of arts, crafts, hands-on activities, live displays, music, rides, food, fireworks, and the great 4-H kids and their animals. The fair will be open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There is no admission fee for the fair, but a parking donation of $5 per vehicle is requested. On Friday evening, in preparation for the fireworks, parking will be $10, which includes 3-D fireworks glasses. For a schedule of events, visit the Morris County, NJ website.

For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.

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