Weekend Family Fun: Magic, Spring, and More

Happy weekend! Ready for some fun? We’ve rounded up some things to do in the house and out!

A new month means a new theme for the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Participate any time between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM on Saturday or Sunday. Bring your camera or phone for April’s hunt, “Giants of the Garden.” Cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or fewer. Preregistration is required.


Morristown Recreation and Morristown Partnership will present Morristown’s Egg-Cellent Adventure now through April 12. This scavenger hunt around Morristown will include historical sites, points of interest, and business locations. A list of clues on the Town of Morristown website. Families, groups, and individuals with the most points/correct answers will be entered into a drawing for various prizes.


The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host a Spring Forest Egg Hunt on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Celebrate the beginning of spring with a Story Walk along the trail and an egg hunt within the forest grounds of the Environmental Center. Kids bring your favorite basket to collect eggs and earn a surprise bag. In the spirit of being green, participants exchange eggs for small prizes. This event is for families with children ages 1 to 6. Cost is $15 per child. Advance registration is required.


Story Pirates’ Sleep Squad is available on demand through NJPAC. By popular demand, ticket sales for Story Pirates SLEEP SQUAD have been extended through April 11, with new pricing and ‘Pajama Watch Party’ options on www.storypiratessleepsquad.com. Tickets to SLEEP SQUAD begin at $19, which is good for two weeks of unlimited streams on any device. The Family Viewing Pass ($34) includes a Dreamtime Travel Kit (masks, dream journal and Sleep Squad badges) mailed to the home in advance of the chosen date. The new ‘Watch Party’ option offers $5 off per Family Viewing Pass when three or more passes are purchased at one time.


On Sunday, Dallas-based Gregg’s Magic will present an Easter Magic show live on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET. At the end of the half hour magic show, Gregg will teach a magic trick and how to make a bunny rabbit balloon. Tickets are $10 per Zoom link.


This is the weekend for plastic Easter eggs to come out. But once the hunt is over, what can you do with the eggs? Here’s an activity that’s fun and educational, Spin and Spell Easter Egg. This one is simple. You use a permanent marker to write the first letter of simple words on one side of and egg towards the center where the two halves come together. On the other side write the last letters of the word. Put the egg together and have your child spin the egg to form different words. For example, one side can say at. The other side can have the beginning letters of b, c, f, m, s, h. Together they’d form bat, cat, fat, mat, sat, and hat. You can make a whole bunch of these and put those pieces of plastic to good use!


Here’s a spring activity involving eggs that isn’t about Easter. These Cress Heads are fun to make and a great science project. You’ll take some carefully broken eggshells, cotton balls, water, and a packet of cress seeds. You can use any other easy tor grow seed as well. Decorate the eggshells by drawing faces, add the cotton balls, seeds, and water. Put them in a sunny place and wait for them to grow! You can enhance the activity by making predictions like how long it will take to grow, and which might sprout first. You can also make observations about the sprouts. On top of that, they can look pretty cute, too!

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