Weekend Family Fun: Concerts, Holiday Events, and More

Another weekend is upon us! There are so many activities to enjoy and plenty of family fun for everyone!

Beginning today, The Growing Stage will present The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus. Your ticket will allow for unlimited streaming through January 3rd. Before the tale created by toy stores and corporations, L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, wrote down his own magical biography of the man called Santa Claus. This is Baum’s American mythology which celebrates the greatest gift we share with each other – love. Streaming price is $25 per family and the show is recommended for the entire family. Estimated running time is 90 minutes. The production will be filmed at The Historic Palace Theatre.

Also beginning today, The Pixie Dust Players will be streaming Faith Trust & Pixie Dust: In a Whole New World. Enjoy this magical medley-filled revue of your favorite Disney songs. If you remember their 2017 production, Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust, you will love this revamped and updated version. FTPD: In a Whole New World was filmed safely in front of a live audience at Camp Riverbend and all audio was pre-recorded by the performers to limit risk. The cost to rent the video is $10 for an individual and $25 for a family.

The Newark Museum of Art will host Community Day: Holiday Celebration on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Zoom and Facebook Live. Join the Museum as they journey around the world this holiday season. You’ll get to explore music, performance, and traditions from cultures across the continents. All are invited to this joyful celebration of holidays. Visit the website for the schedule of activities and to register.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host Family Studio Workshop: Seasonal Printmaking on Sunday, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Enjoy a fun holiday printmaking activity in the spacious Leir Hall. Create your own wrapping paper, cards, and gift bags with spectacular printed patterns you design yourself. Have fun making beautiful gifts and special family memories together. Space is limited with COVID-19 guidelines in place. Learn more and register online. Cos is $28 for members and $35 for non-members for each family group of up to four people.

Children’s performer Laurie Berkner will host two sessions of A Laurie Berkner Family Concert – Holiday Party on Sunday at 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Sing, dance, and play interactive games through your device with Laurie Berkner and special guest Susie Lampert as they perform your favorite songs, interact with you through the computer, and bring in a few surprises. Bring your holiday cheer, your dancin’ shoes, an animal (for your head), and your whole family. Laurie will be singing some greatest hits alongside special holiday-themed songs. Tickets are $20 for one device. Visit the website for more information.

For kids who can’t get enough of ice, here’s a game that should keep them occupied for a little while: DIY Mini Ice Rink! You’ll essentially freeze water in a glass baking dish to form the rink. Kids can skid little figurines across the ice for some figure skating or you can build goals with LEGOS and slide buttons around to play hockey. This article is full of ideas!

Crafts that become games are the best because they are two activities in one! This Snowman Bowling game is just that. Use toilet paper tubes to make the snowmen and decorate them with pipe cleaners, pom poms, or anyway you like. You can find a tutorial here, but once you have the general idea, you can probably change things up to use whatever you have around the house.

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