Weekend Family Fun: Space, Story Pirates, Bugs, Crafts and More

We’ve made it back around to another weekend! If you’re looking forward to spending some time with the family and having fun, then you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some activities the whole family can enjoy. Take a look!

On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Newark Museum of Art will host Community Day: Astro Fest with Mae Jemison. This fun-filled event will explore space and astronomy. During this day of cosmic adventure, you can enjoy a story and activity about the Moon, meet a real astronaut, and rock out to the spacey music of the Chromatics! All sessions are on Zoom and Facebook Live, unless otherwise noted. Visit the website for more information and schedule.

New York Transit Museum will host Special Day Online from 10:00AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday. This free event invites children with developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum to join the Museum online for a morning of fun. Explore the vintage train cars during a virtual tour of the subway platform led by Museum Education staff and discover the rhythm of transit in an interactive music performance. Registration is required; upon registering, instructions on joining via Zoom will be provided.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago will present Curious by Nature LIVE: Bugs Up Close on Saturday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This fun and interactive 60-minute workshop is designed with 5-9 year olds in mind, but kids of all ages are welcome. Join entomologist Allen and educator Nicole for this workshop. Using a special magnifying lens, observe different features of insect specimens that can’t be seen with just your eyes. Compare legs, wings, and even mouthparts to learn more about different bugs and their bodies. Tickets are $5.

 

Beginning this weekend, Story Pirates will present Sleep Squad, a family-friendly, interactive, virtual theater experience that turns your home into a rocket ship to launch kids into their dreams. Featuring brand new, unique, kid-driven comedy and music from the Story Pirates that you can’t see or hear anywhere else, this world premiere on-demand production creates a new kind of bedtime ritual for kids age 4-12. A “Dreamtime Travel Kit” can be delivered to each ticket buyer’s home address as well. Visit the website for additional details and dates. Tickets start at $35 for the program, plus $15 for a kit. The ticket holders may stream the show unlimited times for a 10-day period.

Scarecrows are pretty cute year-round, but they’re absolutely perfect for fall. Here’s a fun scarecrow puppet craft kids can make and then play with. This article provides a tutorial and a template you can download, but you can certainly follow along and make it without the template. Make a few with different colors, decorate the hats and shirts, and change up the smiles, then encourage kids to make up a story for a puppet show!

A fun way for kids to contribute to Thanksgiving dinner is to have them make special placemats for everyone. This article gives step-by-step instructions. All it takes is construction paper, so it’s easy and inexpensive, too! Kids can make a different color for each person at the table or make them all colorful. Either way, they’ll be handmade and special.

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