Weekend Family Fun: At Home and Outdoor Winter Activities

Well, here we are, the final weekend in 2020! How are you going to spend your time?

This is the second to last weekend for Holiday Adventure at Liberty Science Center (Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City). Special highlights include and outdoor Snowflake Maze, a Sock Skating Rink, a Holiday Dance Party, and more. The center will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Purchase your tickets and read the safety precautions online in advance. Tickets are $24.99 for adults, $19.99 for children age 2-12, and $21.99 for seniors age 62+.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp.) continues its December Family Photo Scavenger Hunt through the end of the month. Plants are the stars of the garden, no matter the season. Look for the stars and find the “stars” of the winter in this contactless family scavenger hunt. Find them all and win a prize. Participate at any time between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM. Cost is $10 per family for a group of 6 or fewer. Register online.

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Harambee! Songs and Stories for Kwanzaa with April Armstrong. This virtual program is hosted by Montclair Public Library and will be held on Saturday from 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM. Sing and clap along with April as she teaches you songs in Zulu (Zimbabwe) and Akan (Ghana). Using uplifting folktales from African, the Caribbean Islands, African-American traditions and others, April tells the stories that help illustrate some of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.

Unique Derique’s Fool La La: Home for the Holidaze will stream on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Unique Derique takes his annual jolly circus-inspired celebration to the online world! The Clown Prince of Fools combines his signature classic physical comedy, hambone, and playfulness in Fool La La: Home for the Holidaze, a hippity-hop, online romp chock full of fantastic fun for all ages! After the show, keep the virtual celebration going with a free hambone and juggling workshop for all ages. Learn to find your own rhythm! Tickets are $20.

Kids love making snowmen, but sometimes the weather isn’t quite what you need it to be for that project (or you just don’t want to go outside!). Here’s a Shredded Paper Snowman craft that is the perfect indoor winter activity. Use paper plates, shredded paper, glue, and construction paper to put this together.

Have you ever tried Pinecone Painting? Not only do kids end up with a creative and unique painting, they also have painted pinecones to display. This very easy project involves putting paper into a box, adding some paint and a pinecone, and gently rolling the pinecone around to spread the paint. Clean up is easy because the paint stays inside the box!

Dried pasta crafts can be lots of fun, but it can be difficult to add color to the past after the fact. Making colorful pasta is an activity all its own, and the results can be enjoyed in the future, too. This article teaches you how to make your own colorful pasta with supplies you likely have at home or can find at the grocery store.


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