Weekend Family Fun: Frozen Jr., Night Moves, Alice in Wonderland and More!

The weekend is here! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in and around the area. Have a look!

Union County Performing Arts Center (1601 Irving Street, Rahway) will present Frozen Jr. this weekend. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart. This production runs roughly 70 minutes and is performed by actors ages 5-17. Performances are Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $15.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring Dog Breath and Where’s Waldo on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Stop by this special Storytime celebrating the 30th anniversary of Where’s Waldo? and featuring a hilarious new book from Dav Pilkey with activities to follow.  Also, receive a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.

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 Harnessing Heat Show. Snakes are fascinating and often misunderstood reptiles. Their skin has a unique texture and they come in a wide range of patterns and colors. Design your own three-dimensional, patterned snake to take home. RSVP online.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Little Farm Friends: This Little Piggy on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Help a farmer round up the pigs for weighing before making an oink-tastic craft. This activity is for children ages 3-5 with an adult. Cost is $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for a set of six classes, and $4 for each participating sibling. Preregistration is required by calling 973-326-7645

At Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester), enjoy Industrial Crafts Day on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Discover early industrial crafts with exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations by a blacksmith, tinsmith, tin piercers, weavers and spinners. Create your own tin-pierced craft to take home. Cost is $3 per adult, $2 per senior, and $1 per child age 4-16.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Night Moves on Saturday from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM. A unique look at the zoo and its nocturnal animal collection, Night Moves gives you a guided evening tour of zoo exhibits where you will learn about different animal senses and adaptations. Tickets are $8 per person. Register online.

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.  Cost is $10 per family at the door.


On Sunday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Baby & Me Storytime Featuring ABCs of Biology. 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 Dig Spuds! from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Dig those potatoes that were planted this spring. At the Farmhouse, discover how potatoes are prepared in the kitchen. 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 ‘Limestone’ Quarry Hike at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp.) on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Join a hike to the ‘limestone’ quarry where dolomitic marble was actually mined. This activity is for ages 7 and up. Cost is $1 per person.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Hidden Heroes of Science: Alfred Vail on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy this talk about one of the hidden heroes of the telegraph project: Alfred Vail! Dig a little deeper into the reasons Alfred isn’t very well known and how that reflects our concepts of invention. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

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.