Weekend Family Fun: Shakespeare, Lambs, Art and More

Another weekend is upon us! It’s time for some fun with the family? We’ve rounded up some things to do, whether you’re staying home or headed out!

Shakespeare Theatre Company will present Shakespeare Family Fest this weekend. Hear ye! Hear ye! Join the fun in a free weekend of virtual events for the whole family. Explore the magic of theatre with virtual performances of A Mini-Summer Night’s Dream and The Tiny Tempest, a stage blood demonstration, interactive workshops, movement activities, and more. This event is recommended for ages 5 and up. Register and view a schedule on the website.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township) will host Lamb Frolic on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 10: 00 AM and then again from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Help the farm staff socialize the baby lambs. Participants can interact with the lambs one-on-one. This rare opportunity allows for petting, playing, and possibly feeding. Cost is $50 per lamb with a maximum of 2 people per lamb. Preregistration is required for this all-ages event.

On Sunday at 10:00 AM, Karma Kids Yoga will host Dinosaur Yoga on Zoom! Calling all paleontologists! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk like a stegosaurus, have a snack with a triceratops, fly with Pteranodon, and dig up the bones of the mighty diplodocus? Travel around the world and discover some of the fiercest animals that roamed the earth. Jump into sand pits and dig up dinosaur bones, help baby dinosaurs hatch from their eggs and create never before seen dino poses. This class is suitable for children ages 3 to 7. Cost is $15 per child.

On Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host Family Studio Workshop: Be Yourself! Inspired by the new exhibition Fragile Freedoms: Maggie Meiners Revisits Rockwell, and her artwork The Wannabe, families explore what they want to be and make a collaged book reflecting their personal dreams and ambitions. This event is for families with children age 5-12. Preregistration is required as space is limited. Cost is $28 for members and $35 for non-members in groups of up to 4 family members.

On Sunday at 2:00 PM, the Newark Museum of Art will present Virtual Family Drop-in: Meet and Make with Artist Adebunmi Gbadebo. In this meet and make program, families see artist Adebunmi Gbadebo at work. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and create with her as she guides participants in a hands-on making experience inspired by her process. A list of necessary materials and a registration link can be found on the website.

Here’s an activity that’s a little bit craft, a little bit science, and a whole lot of fun! This DIY Robot Hand STEAM Activity uses string, straws, and card stock to teach kids a bit about robotics and engineering. Kids can also make predictions about how the hand will work and what would happen if they made modifications. Plus, it’s just fun to play with. You can read all about how to put it together and watch a video on this website.

If your kids can’t wait for the April showers to bring May flowers, have them make a garden of their own with this simple Egg Carton Flower craft. You’ll need some cardboard egg cartons, paint, pom poms and some straws. Cut the egg carton so that there are four cups together. Paint the insides of the cups with any colors you like. When it’s dry, attach a pom pom to create the center pistil of the flower and glue a straw to the back for a stem. Make a whole bunch and display them in a vase to brighten up the room!


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