Weekend Family Fun: Harvest Fest, Play Day, Pumpkin Festival and More!

Happy weekend! Who is ready for fun? Check out these family-friendly events happening in and around town.

The final weekend of the Sparta New Jersey Renaissance Festival will be held this weekend 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 Storytime and Activities Featuring Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Pete the Cat makes his perfect pizza – pepperoni! Will it be ruined when his friends come over and add their own toppings or will Pete learn that the best kind of pizza is the one you share with your friends? Activities to follow, plus, get a coupon for the Café for a $4 Flatbread with any Café purchase.

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.

Glen Ridge Free Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host Curiosity Day on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00PM in the children’s area. Curiosity Day celebrates the magic of learning and discovery through reading featuring Curious George! The event will feature author Alexis Romay at 11:00 AM for a special Spanish/English storytime featuring Curious George stories. All are welcome.

Also on Saturday, Cooper Gristmill (66 Route 24, Chester Township) will host National Milling Day from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Celebrate famous 1780s inventor Oliver Evans’ 264th birthday. Evans created the first automatic flour mill and many other machines, including an amphibious barge. See some of Evans’ inventions at work in the Cooper Gristmill, decorate the ‘happy birthday’ poster, ad try out some simple machines and puzzles. 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 Township) will host Butterfly Bonanza on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Discover New Jersey’s fabulous butterflies and other pollinators and how they contribute to the natural world at this annual festival. Games, crafts, live music, activities, bug safaris and so much more will also be available. Cost is $4 per adult and $3 per child age 3 and older.


Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Speedwell Goes… to WAR! (1850s & 1860s) on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Explore the hidden histories of Stephen Vail, former owner and resident of Historic Speedwell. Taste food prepared on the hearth, try-on period fashion, and learn facts about the past. Cost is $10 per person and preregistration is required by calling 973-285-6550.

The Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farm (451 State Route 94, Vernon) begins this weekend and runs through November 3rd. Enjoy the hay wagon tractor, hay maze, corn maze, pig races, farm animals and so much more. Admission is $15 per person on the weekend.  Other activities are available for an additional fee such as carnival rides, concessions, face painting and more. The farm is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

This weekend, Dimenna Children’s History Museum (170 Central Park West at 77th Street, NYC) will host Revolutionary Summer: Metalsmithing in George Washington’s Encampment. Hours are Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Metalsmithing will be from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Enter George Washington’s Headquarters Tent and experience where he strategized, dined, and slept. Hear from Museum of the American Revolution educators as they detail Washington’s daily life with his troops. Then, meet one of the most important figures in the camp: the metalsmith. Get hands-on with iron, copper, and even silver! Learn all about the smith’s tools and take a turn at shaping a bowl or button. This event is free for all ages with museum admission.

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.

PlayDay South Orange: Come Play in the Street is back for its sixth year on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. It features more than 10 play areas including board games, basketball, radio-controlled cars, rope jumping and more. The event is free and open to the public, but some activities will require a wristband. You can find PlayDay South Orange on South Orange Avenue from Ridgewood Avenue to Valley Street, Village Plaza and everything in between.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp.) will host their annual Fosterfields Fall Harvest Fest on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Bring the entire family to a one-of-a-kind fall festival with farm animals, wagon rides, live music, hands-on farm and harvest activities, old fashioned games, wood-burning cook stove demos, and historic house tours. Food vendors will be on site. Cost is $8 per adult, $7 per senior, $6 per child age 3-16, and free for children under 3.

On Sunday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Moo, Baa, La La La. 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).

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.

Also on Sunday, it’s the MFEE Amazing FundRACER, a family-friendly festival, at Lackwanna Plaza in Montclair, from 2-5 p.m.

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