Weekend Family Fun: LEGOs, Disney, Milk & Cookies and More

Happy Weekend! It’s hard to believe it’s already November, isn’t it? We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do in and around town. Check ‘em out!

This weekend visit Brickfair Lego Fan Expo at Meadowlands Expo Center (355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus) on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy mini-golf, group builds, library of LEGO, bingo prizes, bounce houses, and more. Explore brilliant fan-built creations, meet the builders, and learn new building techniques. Shop for everything LEGO-related, too! Tickets are $15 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased online for a discount.

In honor of Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary, Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host a Sesame Street Scavenger Hunt. Stop in between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to celebrate with a fun scavenger hunt featuring all your favorite Sesame Street characters.

On Saturday, Bergen Performing Arts Center will present Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Disney Junior Holiday Party! Is a dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including Mickey & Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and many more, plus a special visit from Santa Claus!

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC) will continue its season on Saturday with The Magic of Harrison Kramer at 11:00 AM. Slight-of-hand tricks, magic, illusions, and even a bit of juggling in this interactive show for the whole family. Mind blowing magic. Tickets are $14 for members and $17 for non-members.

Free Saturdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 West 62nd Street, NYC) will present Gustafer Yellowgold on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Geared for children ages 2-5, Gustafer Yellowgold brings his funny and touching multimedia performance – including live music, animation, and quirky storytelling – to tell of his imaginative explorations of the Minnesota woods where he landed.

Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) 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.

Newark Museum 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 on their website.

Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Storytime and Activities Featuring The Crayons’ Christmas on Saturday at 11:00 AM for children ages 2-5. The crayons are back — just in time for the holidays! Stop in for Storytime and activities featuring this unique, new book and see how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate the season.

At 2:00 PM on Saturday, Barnes & Noble Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Gundam Build Day for ages 8-12. Build a RX-78-0 Gundam to take home! Sign up is required by calling the store at 973-779-5500.

State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will present The Bilingual Birdies as part of their Milk & Cookies Series. Performances will be at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM and are the perfect way to introduce children ages 3-10 to live theater. ¡Hola, amigos y amigas! The Bilingual Birdies invite you to dance and sing along to the festive sounds of Latin America. Explore the region’s rich cultural heritage and learn a little Spanish as you move to the irresistible rhythms of cumbia, salsa, tango, and samba. Tickets are $5.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Little Farm Friends: Car Talk on Saturday at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM for children ages 3-5 with and adult. Learn about cars from 100 years ago and build a car from recycled materials. Cost is $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for set of six 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 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 Elmo (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.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp) will host Nuts and Seeds Walk: Easy on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM for ages 5 and up. Learn to identify nuts and seeds dropping from local trees and their importance to wildlife. Preregistration is required by calling 973-334-3130.

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 project this Sunday will include Botanical Paintings with Natural Dyes, inspired by Virgil Ortiz’s Corn Pot on view in the Rand Gallery.

Also on Sunday, The Montclair Orchestra presents their annual child-friendly concert ‘Carnival of the Animals’ at 3pm (Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair). Complete with an instrument “petting zoo” to help introduce kids of all ages to the instruments that make up the orchestra, the children’s program for the season, led by Music Director David Chan, is a delight for young listeners. Tickets here.

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