Weekend Family Fun: St. Patrick’s Day, Pi Day, Magic and More

Another weekend is here so that means it’s time for some fun with the family! We’ve rounded up some things to do to help you spend your time. Check ‘em out!

Watchung Booksellers will present a virtual Saturday Storytime at 10:00 AM on Saturday. Blue, Barry, and Pancakes are best friends, but sometimes friends make mistakes. One day, when the gang goes to the beach, Barry and Pancakes lose Blue’s beloved beach ball. They come up with a plan to get it back, but things go way off course. Now, these pals will have to go inside a giant whale’s stomach, crash a pool party on an alien spaceship, and survive Duckzilla’s volcanic birthday bash if they ever hope to see Blue’s beach ball again! Join creators Dan and Jason to celebrate the launch of this raucous new series with a story, activity, and some silly fun! Register online.

On Saturday, The Newark Museum of Art will present Community Day: Zoopalooza from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM. A wild celebration for the whole family! See live animals and learn about the amazing variety of creatures in the world through fun and interactive virtual activities and demonstrations. Visit the website for the schedule and to register.

Enjoy a Maple Sugaring Demo at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township) on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM or 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood fired evaporator. The program is held entirely outdoors. Cost is $5 per person ages 3 and up. Preregistration is required.

On Saturday evening, Putumayo World Music, Wild Lotus Yoga, and Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band will host a free album launch and live yoga class for kids and families at 7:00 PM. Putumayo celebrates the release of their new album “Yoga Dreamland” with a unique Facebook Live online yoga event. Yoga Dreamland co-curator, yoga teacher, and musician Sean Johnson, live from Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans, will guide children and their families through a gentle, soothing yoga practice to support winding down for the evening together and a peaceful night’s rest. This short practice will be accompanied by a selection of beautiful, relaxing songs from Yoga Dreamland featuring artists from around the globe.

NJPAC will present Justin Willman: Magic for Humans on Saturday at 7:00 PM live on Zoom. This interactive show features magic, comedy, and unexpected surprises for one incredible hour that’s sure to delight everyone in your family. Tickets are $25 per device. During the performance, Justin will be able to see, hear, and interact with the audience in real time, making this a truly unique experience.

On Sunday, MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics in NYC will host virtual events in honor of Pi Day. Hour-long sessions will be held at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. Each session is $15, or you can register for all three for $35. Session descriptions and suggested materials are available on the website.

Looking for a Pi Day craft that’s not so heavy on the math? Try these Pi Day Bracelets! This is a fun one for learning numbers and colors, even if the littlest ones can’t really understand what Pi is in the first place. Print out a long version of Pi, extending well beyond the 3.14 part. Assign each digit a color. For example, 0 could be brown, 1 could be pink, 2 could be white, etc. Then, using Pi as your guide, string beads of the appropriate color onto a piece of elastic until you have the right length. Tie it off and you’re done!

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Wednesday, it’s the perfect time for a shamrock craft. This project is easy enough for most kids and involves cutting paper into strips, bending them, and stapling them together. This tutorial shows you exactly how to do it. The project calls for three colors of paper, but you can easily do it with one or two. Or, if you don’t have any green paper on hand, let the kids color a sheet of white paper with a crayon before cutting. You could also decide to use a different color altogether – sure, green might be the actual color a shamrock, but it’s the shape and having some fun that counts, isn’t it?

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