Weekend Family Fun: Art, Pete the Cat, Space and More

Happy weekend! It’s time to have some fun, family style! We rounded up activities everyone can enjoy. Have a look!

On Saturday, Morris County Park Commission will host Maple Sugaring Demonstrations at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township). Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. This year, the program will be held entirely outdoors. 1-hour sessions will begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Cost is $5 per person age 3 and up. Children under 3 are free. Preregistration is required.

The Newark Museum of Art will host a Virtual Family Drop-In: Pocket Solar Systems. This fun, hands-on activity will be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and is recommended for children ages 5-10. Our solar system is home to the Sun, several major planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. But how far apart is everything? Build a simple scale model of the distances between the planets, the asteroid belt, and the Kuiper belt. Registration and a list of materials for the project are available on the website. This online event is free.

Portside Arts Center of Philadelphia, PA, will present the virtual art class Recycle Remix on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Join Miss Nicole and recycle all of those leftover boxes, envelopes, and wrapping paper from the holidays into beautiful artwork. Kids will use their imaginations to think of ways they can transform the things that they find around their house into their own creations. Not only is this an art lesson, but also a lesson in how to not be wasteful and to be respectful of the environment. This class is for children age 4-6 years old and is $10.

Karma Kids Yoga will host American Girl Doll Yoga on Zoom. Bring your favorite American Girl doll along for this special yoga class! Explore pint-size poses, mini-mudras, bitsy balances, and teensy twists as we help our American Girl dolls into yoga poses, partner poses, and challenging poses. The class will be held on Sunday at 10:00 AM and is for children age 6 and up. The fee is $15 per child.

TheaterWorksUSA with Luther Burbank Center for the Arts of Santa Rosa, CA, will present Pete the Cat. Register and view for free. The show will be available for 48 hours, Saturday and Sunday. From the comfort of home, enjoy this musical adventure based on the book series by Eric Litwin. The minute Pete the Cat meets the Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking, all except for Jimmy. For this organized second grader, the end of the school year has a lot of tests and the last thing he needs is some new cat in his life turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help. Together, they conquer second-grade art and both learn a little something new about inspiration and friendship.

Here’s a simple activity that can provide plenty of entertainment for kids of all ages. This DIY Funny Face Flip Book uses basic supplies that you may already have or are easy to acquire. Cut cardstock into thirds and attach them to cardboard with metal book rings. Use markers or crayons to draw different facial features on each piece. When all the pages are done, take turns picking different combinations of features to create faces. You can view a tutorial here.

It can be tough for kids to get the wiggles out in the winter, so this Jenga With a Twist idea could be the answer you’ve been looking for. If you already have a Jenga game, you can upcycle it into this new version. Simply write basic activities or challenges on each block including simple exercises, yoga poses, or songs to sing. You can make the activities as easy or difficult as you like to suit your family’s needs. Then, play the game as usual, but now the person who pulls a block has to perform the action listed. You can get more ideas here.

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