Labor Day Weekend Family Fun: The Lego Movie 2, Carnival, MakerSPACE, Corn Maze

Happy Labor Day Weekend! It’s the unofficial end of summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Check out these family-friendly events happening in our area!

On Friday St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (73 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host Movie Night on the Lawn with a showing of The Lego Movie 2. Bring your chairs and blankets for a movie on the great lawn of St. Luke’s. The evening will begin with a Lego Building Party at 7:00 PM and the movie will start around 8:00 PM. Cost is free. Please invite friends and family.


All weekend long, the Boonton Fire Department will host their annual Labor Day Carnival at Boonton High School (306 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton). Carnival hours are 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM on Friday and 3:00 PM to 11:59 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy rides, games, fireworks, music and more. See the website for prices and availability of ride bracelets.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring A Tale of Two Tribes: A Wetmore Forest Story on Saturday at 11:00 AM. This fun Storytime introduces the world of Wetmore Forest from Funko. Discover an enchanting forest where exploration and discovery are key.  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 its final Mad Science & Crayola Wild World Camp this  Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The event is 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 Terrific Terrestrials Show. From sleek sea turtles to sturdy, land-based tortoises, turtles come in many shapes and sizes, and can be found in many different habitats. We’ll start by sculpting a coil to make the shell, and we’ll add extra pieces and colors to make our own turtle sculptures. RSVP online.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Meet the Servants at The Willows! on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows, during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores and assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $ per child age 2-3, and free for children under age 2.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will also host Granary & Ensilage Pits on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Discover how the Granary building and Ensilage Pits were used on the farm. Help prepare ensilage, a livestock feed made by chopping green corn. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $ per child age 2-3, and free for children under age 2.

Stony Hill Farms (15 North Road, Chester) will open their Maze Fun Park for the season this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Enjoy a 10-Acre Corn Maze as well as other mazes, attractions and a farm market. Check the website for ticket prices and schedule.

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.

Also on Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp.) will host Hands on Tools! at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Peruse and use a variety of hand tools and equipment that were important to the farm technology of yesteryear. 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 100 Steps Climb at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp.) on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. On this holiday weekend, “labor” up the 100 Steps to the top of Turkey Mountain and return via the Lake Valhalla Overlook for a scenic view of the New York City skyline. This activity is for ages 7 and up. Cost is $1 per person. Preregistration is required by calling 973-334-3130.

The Rubin Museum (150 West 17th Street, NYC) will host September Family Sundays: Stringy Stories on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Embrace the things that make you unique! Explore how the artist Nari Ward, featured in the exhibition Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance, tells stories about places and people using found objects. Inspired by his artwork, We Shall Overcome, use recycled objects to create art that tells your own story! 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.

The annual Scandinavian Fest will be held on Sunday at Vasa Park (1 Vasa Drive, Hackettstown/Budd Lake). Tickets are $11 in advance, $14 for adults at the gate, $13 for seniors at the gate, and free for children 12 and under. Entry is free with authentic folk dress. For the 35th year, Scandinavian Fest will be held to celebrate and promote the cultures, histories, and current life of the Nordic area countries. Enjoy food, face painting, crafts, games, music and more.

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