Weekend Family Fun: Little Read, Duck Derby, Monster Princess Tales, and More!

Here we are – another weekend! Are you ready for some fun? We’ve rounded up some activities the whole family can enjoy. Check ‘em out!

Montclair’s 2019 Little Read will be held this weekend with activities Friday evening and Saturday. On Friday from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Main Library Auditorium (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) stop in for Bedtime Stories from Mayor Robert Jackson, Library Director Peter Coyl, and others, as well as a live performance of PETER AND THE WOLF performed by a woodwind quintet. Then on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Fire Station #2 (588 Valley Road, Montclair), join the Montclair Fire Department as they read-aloud your favorite stories. From 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) the Museum staff will read to the children. Finally, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, join the Montclair Fire Department at Fire Station #3 (51 Harrison Avenue, Montclair) as they, too, read-aloud your favorite stories. Baristanet is proud to be one of the sponsors of The Little Read.

The Montclair Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Montclair Ambulance Unit (MAU) will host a Fall Fest and Duck Derby on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Edgemont Park (274 Valley Road, Montclair). Enjoy music, food and fun. Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will be set off at 3:30 PM; participants can adopt ducks and cheer them on for a chance to win prizes. Duck raffle tickets are $10.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Be My Neighbor Day on Saturday at 12:00 PM. NJPAC celebrates Daniel Tiger and all of his friends from the beloved number one PBS KIDS animated series with a day of family fun for all ages. Activities include arts and crafts, face-painting, dance, music, a photo booth, food trucks, and more. This event is free. RSVP online.

MATILDA The Musical’s final performances will be held this weekend at The Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong). Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is a captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM. Tickets are $28 for adults, $18 for young people, and $22 for seniors.

West Hudson Arts & Theater Company (380 Kearny Avenue, Kearny) will present The Monster Princess Tales on Saturday at 3:00 PM. Gather around the Campfire with stories of Werewolf Cinderella, Vampire Snow White, and Mummy Rapunzel with trick or treaters, evil monsters (stepmother and step sisters), Hairy Godmother, ghouls and ghosts and witches and warlocks. Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased online. Arrive early for the Monster Tea Party, which begins at 2:00 PM.

Montclair Cooperative School (65 Chestnut St, Montclair) will host the Forest Street Festival on Saturday from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM. There will be a variety of musicians throughout the day, as well as children’s activities. Visit the website for the schedule.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its season on Saturday with The Little Lou and Renaldo Show at 11:00 AM. This world-class clown and one-man circus is joined by Little Lou for a hilarious show featuring juggling and balancing, lots of comedy, and plenty of audience participation. Tickets are $14 for members and $17 for non-members.

Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host Creative Play on Saturday beginning at 10:00 AM. Three- to five-year-olds and their caregivers enjoy a special time before the Museum opens to the public. Explore the Museum’s art and science collections through storytelling, song, playful activities and an art-making project. October’s theme is Color – Hop on Board the Color Train! Children will be introduced to, as well as reinforce, primary and secondary color. Utilizing the Museum’s comprehensive collection, explore the galleries with a culminating activity in a studio setting. From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, enjoy Design Thinking Drop-Ins. Inspired by the Museum’s collections and special events, month themes are designed for visitors of all ages to drop in and experiment with the tools and materials of artists. Stay as long as you’d like. October’s theme is Brainstorming with S.C.A.M.P.E.R.

Newark Museum will also host several activities weekly on Saturday and Sundays, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM:

  • Family Drop-Ins – October’s theme is Mindfulness: Be Here Now! Author Ram Dass. In our fast-moving lives, we find a need to slow down and be in the moment. Let’s contemplate and create in a conscious and inspiring environment, the Newark Museum!
  • Imagination Station – Spark your creativity while thinking outside the box. Have fun while achieving the challenge.
  • Family Back Pack – A fun self-guided tour for the entire family! Utilize a spy glass, a timer and more, as well as prompts as your family interacts with great works of art to explore Community / Animals / People / Places!
  • Self-Guided Family Programs – These guides were developed to encourage three- to five-year-olds and their families to discover together. Designed to encourage observation and conversation, they are available free with Museum admission at the Front Desk and in the Education Lobby. Choose from the Red, Yellow and Blue Gallery Guides.

You can find information about all of the programs at the Newark Museum on their website.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mr. Rogers on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Mr. Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Enjoy this exciting story about the importance of believing in yourself. Activities to follow, plus, get a coupon for the Café for a $4 grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice.

At 2:00 PM on Saturday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Kids’ Book Hangout Event. Books can take you on amazing adventures through magical lands, the great outdoors, and even school! Join the fall Kids’ Book Hangout to discover your next great, adventurous read. Connect with fellow readers, play games and activities, and take-home giveaways! Plus, get a coupon for a $1 Rice Krispy Bar from the café.

Glen Ridge Free Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host two events on Saturday. First up, from 9: AM to 12:00PM, will be Play Group. This drop-in play group encourages socialization among children up to 4 years old. The library will provide age appropriate toys and books to play with during the event. Caregivers are required to stay with their children while participating in the group. No registration is required, and the event is open to everyone. Then, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, they library will host Lego Day. Build with the library’s huge Lego collection and create something cool.

Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host two events on Saturday. Bike Right – Learn to Ride will be held from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM for children ages 5 and older. Make learning to ride a bike easier for your child with TransOptions’ Bike Right Learn to Ride class. Bike Right Learn to Ride will teach your child the safe, easy and effective way to learn to ride. Using this “balance first” method, parents help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Please bring a helmet and a bike (without training wheels). In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required; call 973-228-8776. Cost is $10 per child.

The Center will also host a Pumpkin Painting Party from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM for all ages. Participants will enjoy spending some time decorating and painting a pumpkin to help them get into the spirit of the season. Seasonal refreshments will be offered. Advance registration and minimum number of participants are required; call 973-228-8776. Cost is $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child and $12 per adult.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Little Farm Friends: All Farmers Big and Fall on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM for children ages3-5 with an adult. Learn about the colors you see on the farm in the fall through song and play. Collect leaves to create your own fall-inspired wreath. Cost is $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for set of 6 classes, $4 for each additional participating sibling. Preregistration is required by calling 973-631-5344.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will host Scarecrows in the Garden beginning this weekend and continuing on select days through December 1, 2019. Take a stroll through the gardens to see dozens of ghoulish, whimsical, and colorful scarecrows. If you’ve made your own and dropped it off, see your work of art showcased. Visit anytime between 8:00 AM and sunset. This is a free event.

Also this weekend at the Arboretum, enjoy a Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Bring your camera or phone for this season’s hunt, ‘Scarecrows Everywhere.’ Take a photo of every item and receive a prize. Participate any time between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM. Cost is $10 per family. This activity will continue on select days through December 1, 2019.

Each weekend, Dimenna Children’s History Museum (170 Central Park West at 77th Street, NYC) makes available a History Detective Briefcase. Calling all history detectives! Check out a free (with museum admission) History Detective Briefcase from the Membership Desk and use it to explore the Luce Center on the 4th floor, with its fascinating array of historical artifacts. Each briefcase provides fun, interactive, family-centered challenges—like games, sketching, and other activities—that help you discover even more about the past. At the end of your visit, simply return it to Membership! The Museum is open on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $22 for adults, $17 for Seniors/Educators/Active Military, $13 for students, $6 for kids age 5-13 years old, and free for kids 4 and under.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Junior Engineer Day on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Junior engineers are invited to build an invention to take home and create a poster to advertise it. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4. Preregistration is required by calling 973-285-6537.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will present Thalia Kids’ Book Club: R.J. Palacio, White Bird, Featuring Debra Monk on Sunday at 1:00 PM. The New York Times best-selling author of Wonder makes her graphic novel debut with White Bird, an unforgettable tale of kindness and courage. White Bird follows a young Jewish girl hidden in the midst of Nazi-occupied France, in this captivating tale brought to life by Palacio’s gorgeous illustrations. Actress Debra Monk (New Amsterdam), along with five Thalia Kids’ Book Club campers, will perform an excerpt from the book. In conversation with Symphony Space’s Education Director, Madeline Cohen. For readers aged 8-12. There will be a book signing at this event. Visit the website for signing guidelines.

On Sunday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Moo (Peek-a-Flap Series). 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 coupon for the café.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their Drop-In Studio on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Drop by MAM’s Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio to explore a range of art materials and processes based on artwork on view in the galleries. Each week features a new art-making activity and gallery talk inspired by current exhibitions. Reservations are not required, and visitors of all ages are welcome! This program is free for members and included with Museum admission for non-Members.

The Rubin Museum (150 West 17th Street, NYC) will host October Family Sundays: Diwali Delights on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Join in for a bilingual story time with The Culture Tree to get ready for Diwali. Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali is India’s most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, as told in the Hindu epic Ramayana. The five-day celebration of Diwali includes good food, friends, family, fireworks, rangolis, and lighting of diya lamps. At this special story hour, hear some of the folktales, history, and legends behind this beautiful celebration and see how it’s celebrated in India. Also, drop into the Education Center for some art making and enjoy the 2:00 PM family exhibition tour. These events are free.

On Stage at Kingsborough (2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn) will present Russian Souvenirs with National Dance Company of Siberia on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Like a fairy tale revealed, 50 stunning dancers in lavish costumes will flow from one popular Siberian folk dance to the next in a single, grand choreographic symphony. The highly trained dancers will leap, twirl, and stomp through modern interpretations of traditional Siberian folktales, accompanied by a musical score featuring a range of regional instruments. Tickets are $34-$39.

For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.