Weekend Family Fun: Music, Stargazing and More

The weekend is here! Ready for some downtime? We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do whether you’re going out or staying in!

The Paterson Music Project, a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts will hold a MLK Celebration Virtual Concert on Saturday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. PMP students will lead the celebration as emcees, share poetry, and perform music. Performances include William Grant Still’s arrangement of “Lift Every Voice” with guest performances from the wider Paterson and Wharton Arts community. Students will also premiere two original arrangements created during the fall 2020 semester based on the songs “This Little Light of Mine” and “We Shall Overcome.” The MLK Celebration will be available streaming on WhartonArts.tv. The event is free.


On Sunday, Montclair Art Museum will host a virtual event, Sunday Studio: Halo Moon from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Stargaze with MAM and learn the science behind halo moons while creating a mysterious painted nocturnal skyscape. We will be inspired by weather, the night sky, and George Inness’s masterpiece Winter Moonlight. This program is geared towards children ages 5-12 with their adult companions, but all ages are welcome. Participants will need a device with internet access and Zoom and they will need to provide their own supplies. A list is available on the website. This event is free for members and $7 for non-members.

On Monday, The Newark Museum of Art will host Community Day: MLK Jr. Day Celebration – Breaking Down Barriers from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This virtual celebration will honor the life and legacy of one of this nation’s greatest heroes: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year will highlight how barriers were broken and continue to be broken with a woman of color to become vice president of the United States. A schedule of events and registration links are available on the website.

What do you get when you cross winter, crafts, and science? You get the Exploding Snowman Science Experiment! Have the kids decorate a zip-top sandwich bag to look like a snowman face. Then you’ll stuff it with paper towel and baking soda. Add vinegar and seal it. The bag will swell quickly and explode. This blog post gives full instructions and suggestions for a science discussion.

For a slightly less messy snowman craft, try out this Mosaic Snowman. Draw an outline of a snowman on a piece of paper. Then cut white paper into small pieces to be glued onto the snowman. You can also cut the face pieces and accessories out of colored paper and glue them on next. The great thing about this project is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it because of the mosaic style. This is appropriate for most ages and all skill levels.


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