Weekend Family Fun: Disney, Shadow Play, Open Cockpit and More

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The weekend has rolled around once again, and that means it’s time to find some fun activities the whole family can enjoy. We’ve rounded some up – check ‘em out!

This weekend, Prudential Center will present Disney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie and the audience embark on a wild ride to many favorite Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London, travel to the sun soaked Montunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands and play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Performances will be Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets start at $16.

The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of NJ (400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro) will host an Open Cockpit Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Fully open cockpits include a very rare Lockheed Bushmaster, a Convair 880 circa 1958, a M*A*S*H Bell helicopter, a Walter Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Truck. Sit in as a pilot and get the feel of flying! Additionally, the world’s only surviving Martin 202 Cockpit has been refurbished and is now open for visitors to sit in. This aircraft was operated by TWA beginning in 1950. There will also be a Salute to Veterans and all past and active military are admitted free. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for children and seniors.

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host a Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Party on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Visit the library for Sesame Street-inspired activities!

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its season on Saturday with The Okee Dokee Brothers at 11:00 AM. This GRAMMY winning Minnesota duo remind children (and their adults) of their intrinsic ability to discover, imagine, and create through music. With witty lyrics, off-the-wall humor, strong musicianship, and a unique folk/bluegrass style, prepare for a hoe-down without leaving the city. Tickets are $14 for members and $17 for non-members

The Newark Museum of Art (49 Washington Street, Newark), formerly Newark Museum, will host Creative Play on Saturday beginning at 11:00 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. November’s theme is Line – All Lines Lead to the Newark Museum. Let’s explore the way lines connect, travel and intertwine with each other, and explore art and creativity! 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 Piles of Prompts.

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

  • Family Drop-Ins – November’s theme is Abstraction: Come and Explore the World of Realism and Abstraction. Is it a face? Is it a house? Let’s explore and convey the different ways we can express realistic aspects of our lives in an abstract way with the use of color, shape, line, form and gesture using the Museum’s collection of works for inspiration.
  • 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 of Art on their website.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring The Monster at the End of This Book and People in Your Neighborhood on Saturday at 11:00 AM for children ages 2-5. Follow along with Grover as he discovers the Monster at the End of this Book. Then, go on a tour of the neighborhood and find out what it’s like to be a postman, fireman, baker, dentist, and more!

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building for kids age 10-15 on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Learn about wilderness and survival skills, primitive shelters, and build a debris shelter in the woods. Cost is $10 per child. Preregistration is required by calling 973-635-6629.

Later, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host Awake at Night from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM for ages 6-10 with an adult. Hit the trails on a night hike and learn about nocturnal animals with a naturalist. Cost is $6 per person. Preregistration is required by calling 973-635-6629.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville) will host Trail Treasure Hunt on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM for children of all ages with an adult. Families will work together on a scavenger hunt to solve riddles and answer questions along the trails. Cost is $2 per person age 3 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 973-334-3130.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will also host Apple Cidering at 12:30 and 2:30 PM. Discover the reasons you’ve been looking at apples upside down your entire life and help make fresh apple cider by hand with an old-fashioned cider press. Enjoy a taste of sweet cider. Cost is $4 per person age 3 and up.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) will continue to host Scarecrows in the Garden 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.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Cookie (Sesame Street Friends) on Sunday at 11:00 AM. This activity is for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host Family Day: Shadow Play on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Experience the art of illusion at this fun-filled day inspired by the playfulness of the current exhibition Impossible Shadows: The Art of Larry Kagan. Be amazed by a spectacular shadow puppet performance and mystifying magic show with special guests Midnight Radio Show – a multidisciplinary arts collective – and Magician Tanya Solomon. Catch eye-catching optical illusions with MAM art educators, explore the light and shadow of your face while creating self-portraits in the Family Learning Lab, and dazzle your friends in a comic drawing station led by Montclair’s comic book store East Side Mags! Visit the galleries for a Family Tour of Impossible Shadows: The Art of Larry Kagan. Viewed without lighting, Kagan’s artwork looks like abstract metal sculptures. With special lighting, the sculptures’ shadows form a range of images from a portrait of Andy Warhol to a playful poodle. Visit the website for a full schedule. Cost is $10 per family (up to six people) and free for family-level members and above.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will also 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 project this Sunday will include Botanical Paintings with Natural Dyes, inspired by Virgil Ortiz’s Corn Pot on view in the Rand Gallery.

On Sunday, Bergen Performing Arts Center will present Mutts Gone Nuts at 1:00 PM. Canines and comedy collide in a smash hit performance that’s leaving audiences everywhere howling for more. From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action-packed, comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented 4-legged performers. Prior to the show, there will be The Instrument Petting Zoo from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Turtle Dance Music will present instruments from around the world for an interactive musical experience. Audience members will get to see silly demonstrations of banjos, drums, didgeridoos, guitars, hammered dulcimers, singing bowls, accordions and more. They will then be invited to touch, play and make music with each other. Tickets are $19-$29.

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will host Thalia Kids’ Book Club: Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce, The Magic Tree House on Sunday at 1:00 PM. The best-selling creator of the wildly popular award-winning series that travels back in time and to distant lands is joined by Natalie Pope, author of the Magic Tree House Research Guides, and Symphony Space’s Education Director, Madeline Cohen, for a lively afternoon in honor of the release of the deluxe edition of Christmas in Camelot. Actor Fred Hechinger (R.L. Stine’s Fear Street, Eighth Grade) will perform an excerpt from the book. For readers 7-10.

For more upcoming events, check out Baristanet Calendar.

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