Weekend Family Fun: Renaissance Faire, Touch-A-Truck and More!

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The weekend is here! Are you ready for some family-friendly fun? If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, check out these events!

The Flemington Opa! Greek Festival will be held this weekend at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church (85 Voorhees Corner Road, Flemington). Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries, Greek music and folk dancing, a vendor fair, carnival games and prizes, and pony rides. Cost is an entrance donation of $2 for adults and children over age 12. The festival will run Friday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

The Sparta New Jersey Renaissance Festival will also be held this weekend and next at Camp Sacajawea (844 White Lake Road, Sparta). Activities include vendors, archery, axe throwing, blacksmith demonstrations, an escape room, and more. On Saturday, Faerie Grandmother will listen to children’s dreams and gift special dream stones. Faire hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Celebrate Our One Millionth Storytime With Dr. Seuss on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Read Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum, a never-before-released Dr. Seuss book about creating and looking at art. Plus, stay for activities and giveaways including free crayons (while supplies last and enjoy samples from the café.

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 to 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.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Little Farm Friends: It’s a Bird’s World on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Birds play an important role in a farm, helping crops grow by transporting seed. Learn about bird’s homes by building your own nest, sing songs, and create a craft to help you birdwatch. Cost is $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for a set of 6 classes, and $4 for each additional participating sibling. Preregistration is required by calling 93-326-7645.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will also host Hitch a Ride! on Saturday from 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM. Enjoy a leisurely, open-air wagon ride around the historic farm. 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 age 2.

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.

The Whippany Railway Museum (1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany) will host their 2nd Annual Touch-A-Truck event. This fun family outing offers children of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore working trucks of all types, as well as meeting the people who build, protect and serve the local community. Hourly excursion trains will depart at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Club Car Seating is $19 for adults, $14 for children under 12, and free for children 1 year or younger riding on lap. Caboose Seating is $16 for adults, $11 for children under 12, and free for children 1 year or younger riding on lap. Each train ticket holder will receive a special commemorative keepsake of the day. Train tickets can be purchased online.

Also on Sunday, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp.) will host Who Cut the Wood? on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Watch or participate in the cutting of wood for use around the farm and try drill bits to learn the process of working it. 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.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Trail Treasure Hunt from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Calling all treasure hunters. Enjoy a seasonal nature scavenger hunt where families work together to follow cues and find the answers to nature riddles along the trails. This event is for all ages with an adult. Cost is $2 per person age 3 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973-635-6629.

Enjoy Reservoir Ramble – Moderate at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp.) on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:30 AM. Hike the Pyramid Mountain ridgeline, pass the famous Tripod Rock, and return along the scenic Taylortown Reservoir. This activity is for ages 10 and up. Cost is $1 per person. Preregistration is required by calling 973-334-3130.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Fake It ‘til You Make It; Celebrating the Highs and Lows of the SS Savannah on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean was also a complete failure. Enjoy a series of challenges to choose your own adventure. Can you get the ship safely to Europe and back? Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host another Celebrate Our One Millionth Storytime on Sunday at 11:00 AM. Read Hey Grandude!, Sir Paul McCartney’s first picture book about the fun that grandparents and grandkids can have together, along with other fun activities.

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.

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