Weekend Family Fun: Fairs, Alice in Wonderland, Aquaman and More!

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Another weekend is upon us! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly events in and around the area. Check ‘em out!

The Passaic County Fair will be held this weekend at Garret Mountain Reservation (Woodland Park). Fair hours are 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Friday and 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy rides, fireworks, games, food, beer/wine garden, live music, performances, and health screenings. Admission is free and parking is $5.

Montclair Film Festival will present a free screening of Aquaman at Church Street (Montclair) on Friday evening. Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people — and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm’s half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep. The venue will open at 7:00 PM and the film will begin at sundown. Come early, bring a picnic and enjoy the show! Music from Thee Volatiles will begin at 7:00 PM.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused with his emotions all over the place. He feels so many things all at once! When he meets a little girl who shows him what feelings mean through color, he is able to define his emotions and gain peace and self-awareness in the process. Also, receive a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.

At 2:00 PM on Saturday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host History Bee Event. Explore the popular Who Was? Series with games and activities for young readers who love history! Discover the imaginative leaders who have made an impact on our world today—presidents, scientists, writers, and more!

Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host their self-guided Weekend Family Programs on Saturday and Sunday. From 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, explore the Museum with Gallery Guides. Choose from the Red, Yellow or Blue guides, which were designed 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. 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.

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 Life In The Sea Show. The streamlined shapes of sharks and fishes are perfect for living in the water. We can use simple shapes to draw sharks and fishes in a coral reef. Then we will add watercolor paint to create a colorful scene under the sea. RSVP online.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host The Baas and the Bees on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Create puffy paint window clings of sheep and bees that are important friends of the farm. While your creations dry, visit the real ‘buzzes and baas’ at the farm. Be sure to collect your special craft to take home. 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.

Enjoy a Tripod Rock Hike at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp.) on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Enjoy a guided hike to one of Pyramid Mountain’s most sought out geologic features. This activity is for ages 8 and up. Cost is $1 per person. Registration is required by calling 973-334-3130.

At Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester), enjoy Lost Art Lacing at the Mill on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. See skilled artisans create lace, a practice that is centuries old. Cost is a suggested donation of $3 per adult, $2 per senior, and $1 per child age 4-16.

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 2nd Annual Summer Fun Festival presented by Hudson Regional Hospital and the Town of Secaucus will be held on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the hospital (55 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus). Enjoy children’s activities, farmers markets, pet adoptions, free health services, food trucks and live music. This event is 100% free.

The Summit Summer Street Fair will be held on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Downtown Summit (Springfield Ave, Summit). Join the fun with family and friends to enjoy music, games, rides, a variety of food and more!

On Sunday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Baby & Me Storytime Featuring ABCs of Space. 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. Plus, get a free Starbucks tall coffee (hot or iced).

Also on Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp.) will host Caroline’s Special Place: Cottage Garden from 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM. Caroline Foster was an avid gardener. Walk through the Cottage garden she once tended and enjoy its colorful flowers. Create a family-friendly craft to take home. 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 Rubin Museum (150 West 17th Street, NYC) will host August Family Sundays: Spinning Spirals on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Just as a prayer wheel sends intentions into the world, this spiraling wind wheel will harness the air to sprinkle your thoughts, intentions, and reminder of what is important to you throughout your home. Discover more with The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel, an exhibition which explores the power of releasing your wishes into the world. Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art making and enjoy the 2:00 PM family exhibition tour. These events are free.

Axelrod Performing Arts Center’s Contemporary Ballet Theater (100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park) will present Alice in Wonderland on Sunday at 7:00 PM. With an imaginative, eye-popping digital-projection landscape that will transport audiences into Wonderland, this new ballet from the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater will be told through the dazzling, imaginative choreography of Gabriel Chajnik and a live orchestra conducted by Jason Tramm. Tickets are $26-$54.

For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.

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