Weekend Family Fun (At Home): Virtual Shows, “Ice” Breaking, Crafts and More

Another week gone by, another weekend upon us! With social distancing still in full swing, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to spend time with the family while spending time at home. Take a look!

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM, NJPAC will present Remote Control with Max Major: A Virtual Mindreading Experiment. The show features mentalist Max Major in an interactive Zoom experience. Tickets are $45 per family.

On Saturday at 3:00 PM, Montclair Public Library will present a virtual program, Jester Jim Live Show. Jester Jim will perform comedy, beat-boxing, and juggling using props and a looping machine. This free event can be viewed on YouTube here.


Here’s a fun game that’s easy to set up and easy to play: Break the Ice. Each player gets a cup, tissue, rubber band, toothpick and five dice. The tissue is secured tightly over the cup and dice are placed on top. Then, rolling two other dice, players poke a toothpick through the tissue as many times as the dice indicate. The last player to have dice on the ice and not in the cup wins!

Remember Shrinky Dinks? This activity mimics the process by melting plastic cups. You’ll want to use the soft, whitish kind. Decorate them with permanent markers, place them on the parchment paper, then pop them in the oven until they melt. Once melted, they form disks that can be used for decoration, gift tags, or anything else you come up with. This blog indicates the temperature the cups are melted at does not produce any dangerous fumes, but you’ll want to do your own research and melt at your own risk.


For crafty kids who like to use yarn, this craft is easy and fun. Attach some popsicle sticks to a toilet paper tube and loop the yarn around the sticks as shown in this blog post. Repeat the process over and over and soon you’ll have a snake! What could you do with this? Any number of things! Use it as a bookmark, a bracelet, or decoration. Kids can use their imaginations to come up with even more ideas.

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