Weekend Family Fun: Valentine’s Day Crafts, Nature, Washington, LEGO and More

Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend! We hope it’s filled with love and fun! And speaking of fun, we’ve gathered up some family-friendly activities to enjoy. Check ‘em out!

On Saturday, The Newark Museum of Art will host Community Day: Celebrating Carnival from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Explore the traditions of Carnival as it traveled from Europe to Central and South America. Learn how this ancient tradition has evolved with each culture that has adopted the celebration. Join in for unique food, masks, music, and dance. The programs are in English with Portuguese vocabulary sprinkled throughout. Visit the website for a schedule of all virtual activities.

Beginning on Saturday, USS Constitution Museum will host LEGO Maritime Festival through February 21. Calling all LEGO brick fans – the USS Constitution Museum is bringing its popular LEGO Maritime Festival online! Get ready to build throughout February Vacation Week with fun activities designed for all ages. Visit the website for a schedule of live events and anytime activities.

On Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host Family Studio Workshop: Pop-up Valentine’s Day Cards. Get crafty with your family and create one-of-a-kind pop up Valentine’s Day cards for all your loved ones. Learn pop-up paper folding techniques while using mixed media, stickers, glitter, and assorted papers to collage a special card for your Valentine. This fun family art activity takes place in our spacious Leir Hall. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $28 (Members)/$35 (Non-members) per group of up to 4 family members and is suitable for children ages 5-12.

Turtle Back Zoo will present Family Nature Club: Rock On! on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with your friends and family? Take a walk on the geology side as we explore our foundation with the ‘rock’ in your life. Meets at Tulip Springs, 64 Cherry Ln, West Orange, NJ 07052, parking lot, not at TBZ. Restroom not available on-site. Tickets are $10.

A Laurie Berkner Virtual Family Concert – Valentine’s Party will be livestreamed at 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Sunday. Sing, dance, and play interactive games through your device with Laurie Berkner as she performs your favorite songs, interacts with you through the computer, and brings in a few surprises – from her house to yours. Join the event an hour before the concert for some fun pre-show activities. Tickets are $20 per device.

On Sunday, celebrate George Washington’s 289th birthday with a virtual event from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Sing “Happy Birthday,” show him your homemade card or drawing, and enjoy dessert with him if you like. At the end, George Washington will take questions from children in the audience, so be sure to think of a good question! The party is free and will be held on Zoom. Registration is required. Hosted by Washington Crossing Historic Park.

Here’s an easy Valentine’s Day craft for kids of all ages. This Yarn-Wrapped Heart is simple to make by cutting a heart out of cardboard, painting or coloring it red, and wrapping with pieces of yarn. Use whatever colors your kids love to make this craft their own!

This Stapled Paper Heart Wreath is another craft that’s suitable for most ages. Cut strips of cardstock, fold, and staple to make each heart. Then, connect the hearts to one another to form a wreath. Use all one color cardstock, varying shades of the same color, or choose any color palette you wish. Kids can also decorate each strip or write messages on them before stapling.

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