Another weekend is here! It’s time to get down to business having fun the whole family can enjoy. We’ve gathered up some family-friendly activities for those who are getting out for in-person events and those who prefer virtual and at-home activities. Check ‘em out!
On Saturday at 10:30 AM, Montclair Public Library will host a virtual event, What Is A Watershed? Join your local NJ Watershed Ambassador as they discuss what exactly a watershed is, the Passaic River watershed that we live in, and how all of our actions impact our environment. You will use the interactive EnviroScape model to explore the different sources and effects of water pollution found within a watershed. This event is recommended for children in grades 3-5. Register online.
The Newark Museum of Art will host their next virtual Community Day: Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Did you know the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the country is found in Newark’s own Branch Brook Park? Join a virtual celebration to explore the wonders of cherry blossoms and enjoy a wide variety of other activities related to spring and Japanese culture. All programs are presented in English, some on Zoom/social media channels and some on social media only. The schedule of events is available online and you can register for each there as well.
From 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, Liberty Hall Museum will present Family Fun Day: Arbor(etum) Day! Liberty Hall enjoys the benefit of lots of trees – even before William Livingston moved to the property, he was ordering trees to be planted for enjoyment and study. Although so much has changed at the property over the last 250 years, the love of trees has not! Join in for activities, games & crafts on the grounds as the Museum opens their new arboretum and continues what the Livingston family began! Tickets are $10 for 1 adult and 1 child and $4 per additional child. Buy tickets online.
The Growing Stage Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is currently showing their latest Studio Series All Youth Production, Alice in Wonderland. Join Alice, a curious young girl, as she follows a white rabbit into the magical realm of Wonderland. There, she encounters some of the strangest and most peculiar creatures, including the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, adapted for the screen by Stephen L. Fredericks & Perry Arthur Kroeger, directed & edited by Cara Scalera. With artwork and masks designed by TGS Artist-in-Residence, Perry Arthur Kroeger, this vibrant, virtual world will practically pop off your screen! ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an All-Youth Virtual Studio Series, featuring young performers, ages 10-17. Tickets are $15 and allow for unlimited streaming through April 18. This production is appropriate for the entire family.
Sunday is Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Enjoy one of New Jersey’s largest daffodil collections at this decades-old tradition. This year the event will follow the Earth Day focus of “Restore the Earth” with spring themed activities including games and crafts, music, food trucks, art exhibit, vendors, and of course, the Green Goats will be there. Take the story walk, enjoy a treat, and join us for this fun-filled day. We will be complying with all COVID guidelines. Masks will be required. Rain or shine; refunds will not be given. Register for a timeslot online. This event is free to members and $10 for non-members.
Yoga with Carmen will host an Earth Day Kids Yoga Hike at Summit Field (2-60 Bear Lane, South Orange) on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This hike is perfect for kids ages 6-10. It includes a moderate hike, yoga, and fun Earth Day activities. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the South Mountain Conservancy that helps preserve, protect, and enhance its natural beauty. The cost is $40.
Ready for another craft? Check out these Coffee Filter Monsters. These are incredibly cute and easy enough for any age. Like many other coffee filter crafts, you’ll use washable markers to color on the coffee filters, then drop or spray water on them so the colors bleed. After they’re dry, you’ll cut the edges to almost look like fur. Add facial features with markers and googly eyes and some limbs out of crinkled construction paper, and you’ve got yourself a monster. Kids can have a blast making them as scary or silly as they like!
Since it’s time for April showers, it’s also time for a Raindrop Sun Catchers Craft! This activity makes great use of old or broken crayons, too. Using a variety of blue crayons, use a pencil sharpener to create crayon shavings on wax paper. Top with another piece of wax paper and then run an iron over it (that part isn’t for the kids!). Draw droplet shapes on the paper and cut out the drops. You can then use a hole puncher and embroidery floss to hang the droplets up. If rain-themed crafts aren’t your thing, you could use this same technique with a variety of shapes and colors that suit your child’s interests!