Weekend Family Fun: Reading, Magic, Art, and More

The weekend is here! It’s the perfect time for family fun, so we’ve rounded up plenty of ways for you to spend your time.

Kickoff the weekend on Friday evening with Montclair Public Library’s The Little Read 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Community leaders will read seasonal and holiday stories in this free virtual event. Visit the website for the schedule and link to view on Facebook.

On Saturday at 3:00 PM, catch Skinnamarink with Sharon and Randi: All the Holiday Fun You Can Sing! What do Sharon and Randi and their family and friends do when the holidays arrive during lockdown? They make music together, of course! Fans of all ages are invited to wear their favorite holiday sweaters and Join Sharon and Randi and some very special guests for a LIVE virtual show. Tickets are $10 – $25.

You’ll have three chances to catch Magic for Humans at Home with Justin Willman this weekend. Magician Justin Willman presents an all new mind-blowing and hilarious Zoom experience for the whole family just in time for the holidays. Tickets to the Livestream are $25. Shows are on Saturday at 6:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM, and Sunday at 6:00 PM.

Montclair Art Museum will host Sunday Studio: Winter Birds on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. This program will be held over Zoom and is geared towards children ages 5-12 with their adult companions, but all ages are welcome. Join in for a bird-watching expedition in MAM’s virtual galleries and be inspired by artwork from John James Audubon, Morris Graves, and other paintings of feathered friends in the exhibition Uncaged: Animals in the Collection. Learn watercolor techniques and have fun creating your own winter bird painting. Visit the website to learn what supplies are needed and to register your family. Cost is $7.

Here’s a snowman craft project that won’t leave you cold and wet at the end (at least it shouldn’t!). This was inspired by the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, so if you have access to it, you could opt to incorporate reading it with the activity. The first step is to paint a coffee filter with watercolor paint to create the backdrop. Then have your child cut out circles for their snowman. Glue the circles to the coffee filter once it’s dry, then decorate!

What could be more fun than decorating a giant gingerbread man? You’ll need paper or a piece of cardboard slightly bigger than your child. While they’re laying down on it, trace around their body to create the outline. Once that’s done, let your child use paint, markers, or crayons to create the gingerbread man. You could also glue on decorations or use stickers. This is a great opportunity for them to get creative and have fun!

If you want to have a little snowball fun indoors without the mess and chill you get when you go outdoors, check out these indoor snowballs. Wrap white yarn around a piece of cardboard you’ve cut to make your snowball tool. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard, tie it in the middle, and cut the loops. Fluff it out and you’ve got a snowball! You can view this tutorial here where you can see just how easy this is. What you do with the snowballs after that is up to you!

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