Weekend Family Fun: Black History Month, Holiday Celebrations, and More

The weekend is here! Ready for some fun? There are plenty of things to do whether you stay in or head outdoors. Check out these activities happening this weekend!

Now through the end of the month, Maplewood Village Alliance and Springfield Avenue Partnership will present Walk of Heroes this month in honor of Black History Month. Walk of Heroes Education Program features educational posters of 25 notable African American Historical Figures from past and present on display in Maplewood’s Village and Springfield Avenue Storefronts. This is a free, self-walking tour.

Visit Theilke Arboretum (460 Doremus Avenue, Glen Rock) will host StoryWalk. Enjoy the story “Winter Snow” as you and your child walk through the arboretum. The story begins at the playground entrance at the pool parking lot. The StoryWalk will be up throughout the winter. Enjoy the outdoor reading experience over and over. The StoryWalk is free, but donations are always appreciated.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host their Family Photo Scavenger Hunt this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The theme for February is Brrr! It’s Cold. This event is suitable for all ages and the cost is $10 per family. Preregistration is required. Bring your camera or phone. Take a photo of every item and get a prize.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host their Maple Sugaring Demo on Saturday. Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. The program will be held entirely outdoors. There will be one session at 1:00 PM and another at 2:30 PM. Cost is $5 per person age 3 and up and free for children under age 3. Preregistration is required.

The Glen Ridge Public Library will host “All You Need Is Love” on Zoom on Saturday at 11:00 AM. This Valentine’s Day Music, Bubble and Comedy Show is a musical experienced designed to engage children through songs about love, movement activities, big giant bubbles, children’s stories, and interactive music technology. The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers. This event is free, but registration is required.

State Theatre New Jersey will present Ralph’s World, a show in their Milk & Cookies Music and Storytelling Series Online. Milk & Cookies is an online, lively music and storytelling series for families. This program is perfect for children ages 3-10. Dance, sing, and rock out with indie rock star and children’s entertainer Ralph Covert! Ralph Covert is the creator of Ralph’s World, the kids’ indie rock band that wins over children and parents alike. Ralph’s State Theatre Mil & Cookies debut performance will feature music, silliness, and fun for the whole family! A minimum donation of $10 will give you access to the show until May 1.

Robert J. Novins Planetarium in Toms River will present Virtual Stars in My Backyard. Join Captain Cara for a tour of the stars in your backyard! Learn about moon phases, visible plants, and stars in the night sky. Suggested for ages 6 to 11. Tickets are $10 per device.

Asia Society New York will host Family Day: Virtual Lunar New Year 2021 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Celebrate the Year of the Ox! Asia Society rings in the New Year with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. A schedule of events is available online. Watch the live webcast on YouTube or Facebook.

For some indoor fun that’s not virtual, try this Friction Science Experiment. It uses an empty bottle, a pencil or chopstick, a funnel, rice, and a scoop. The experiment involves using friction to lift the bottle with only the chopstick or pencil. This article explains how to make it work as well as the science behind it.

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