Weekend Family Fun: Crafts, Music, Animals, and More!

Make way for May! Make way for the weekend, too! It’s time for some fun the whole family can enjoy. We’ve rounded up a selection of things to do this weekend whether you’d rather stay home or get out for a bit. Check ‘em out!

On Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Glen Ridge Library Public Library will offer a virtual class: Cereal Box Collage with Pop Artist Michael Albert. Start saving newspapers, magazines, food packaging, and other paper materials to join in for a morning of fun and creativity as Pop Artist Michael Albert shows us how to turn paper scraps into works of art. The list of materials needed for this interactive workshop are listed on the website.

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 May’s hunt, “Kinds of Blue.” Cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or fewer. Preregistration is required.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Twp) will host Born to Be Shorn on Saturday hourly from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It’s time for a haircut! Visit Fosterfields and watch master shearer, Margaret Quinn, demonstrate how to properly shear a sheep, the old-fashioned way. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Cost is $15 per person.

Shooting Star Dance Center will offer a Pop Up Class on Saturday at 9:00 AM. This class is for children ages 2-5 who want to try a class or want all the enjoyment of dance class without the commitment. The cost is $10 per child and class is 30 minutes long. You must be pre-registered via the website.

The Kearny VFW Carnival at Frank A Vincent Marina (Passaic Avenue, Kearny) will be held on Friday evening from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, then on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Wristbands are $25 in advance and $30 at the ticket window. Enjoy delicious food and treats, carnival games and prizes, and fun for the entire family. Capacity will be limited and COVID regulations will be enforced.

City of Garfield Events Committee will also host a carnival this weekend on Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, then on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The carnival will be at Columbus Park (394 Outwater Lane, Garfield). Enjoy live music, rides, games, and family fun. Admission is $2 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance on the Campy’s Blue Star Amusements website. Ride, game, and food credits may be purchased at the event and are not included with admission.

Turtle Back Zoo will host its May sessions of Family Nature Club beginning this Sunday with the theme Signs of Spring. This Sunday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, enjoy Birding Bonanza at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange. Meet at the gazebo near the 9/11 memorial. Bring your binoculars for 2021 migration season and search for hawks, eagles, songbirds, and more. Tickets are $10 per person. This activity is recommended for ages 6 and up.

On Sunday, The Newark Museum of Art will host Virtual Family Drop-In: Celebracion de Familia with 123 Andres at 2:00 PM. Latin Grammy winners 123 Andrés bring bilingual tunes that get families moving in Spanish and English. This interactive event combines rhythms from the Americas, unique instruments, and gives you the chance to learn or practice Spanish words. This program will be offered in both English and Spanish. Register online for this free event.

It’s time for May flowers! This daisy craft is fun to make and easy enough for most kids. Using cotton swabs cut in half, a small ball of yellow play dough, and green pipe cleaners, you’ll have everything you need to help kids make their own flower garden. If you want to make it educational, you can talk about the different parts of a flower and what helps flowers grow. It’s also a great activity for developing fine motor skills.

This is also the perfect time for caterpillar crafts. This one uses paper plates and whatever coloring implements you have at home. Cut the outer band of the plate off and decorate it for the body of the caterpillar. Using the center of the plate, cut out a head and decorate that too. You can use pipe cleaners for antennae, but you could just as easily cut them out of paper. One plate will make two caterpillars. Pair this with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle or, for something completely different, let the kids make creatures or monsters or whatever kind of bugs they want with this same shape.

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