Weekend Family Fun: STEM, Dance, Petting Zoo and More

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the last weekend of April, but it’s true! And since the weekend is here, it’s time for some fun. We’ve rounded up a number of outdoor and virtual events the whole family can enjoy. Check ’em out!

On Saturday and Sunday, the Northeast Earth Coalition (NEEC) will host Montclair Park Appreciation Weekend, which includes park cleanups at 17 parks throughout Montclair. The Saturday schedule includes Canterbury Park (9:00am); Crane Park (10:00am); Edgemont Park (10:am); Gratz Park (9:00am); Nishuane Park (9:00am); Sunset Park (10:00am); Tuers Park (10:00am) and Yantacaw Brook Park (10:00am) in Montclair; Bay Street Train Station (10:30am). The Sunday schedule includes Erie Park (1:00pm); Essex Park (10:am); Porter Park (12:00pm); Rand Park (1:00pm) and Watchung Park (2:00pm) in Montclair. Register at the website.

This is the final weekend of the April 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.

If you’re up for a little bit of a drive, Tenafly will host a Street Fair and Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The event will be in Downtown Tenafly at Piermont and County Roads. There will be live music, dancing, food, children’s rides, games, and more. Admission is free.

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.

Mana Contemporary (888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City) will host Implied Scale: Confronting the Enormity of Climate Change with and opening exhibition on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Engage with large-scale, site-specific works, immersive installations, and powerful films. From 11:30 AM to 1:30, then again from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, enjoy the Natural Dyes Activity with Kristianne Molina. Decorate reusable cloth bags and clothes and learn about natural dyes made from foraged, natural materials, and food scraps. This engaging program helps support the Jersey City Office of Sustainability’s aim to rethink food waste and reduce the use of plastic bags. Visitors are welcome to bring their own reusable bags and clothes to dye. Mana Contemporary totes will also be available for purchase. Also, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, enjoy Birds of Prey Program with Flat Rock Brook. Draw inspiration from the animals depicted in James Prosek’s mural included in the Implied Scale exhibition and join Flat Rock Brook experts for a rare opportunity to view a great horned owl, Eastern screech owl, red-tailed hawk, and American kestrel. Visitors will learn about the birds’ lifestyles, habitats, and hunting habits in the wild and in urban areas. Experts will also discuss spotting these raptors on the hunt in our neighborhoods. This program is presented in partnership with the Canco Park Conservancy.

Imagine That (4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park) will host a Drive-Up Petting Zoo and Unicorn Rides outdoor event on Saturday. Choose your time slot between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Tickets are $15 per child. And you must register online. You will be directed to the back parking lot where you can park and exit your car to the petting zoo area. There will be an alpaca, goat, sheep, cows, lambs, rabbits, and a miniature donkey – about 20 animals in all. If you’d like to go inside and visit the museum after, you’ll receive a 50% discount off admission.

Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival continues through the weekend. There are virtual events scheduled all day Saturday and Sunday. Interact virtually with animals, learn about robots, and tour a mine, among other possible activities. See the website for schedule, details, and to RSVP. Keep in mind that Las Vegas is on Pacific time and plan accordingly.

College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, will host a virtual STEMCON Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. There are live activities as well as on demand content. Learn about bees, robotics, candy science, and much more. Some events require preregistration. Visit the website for more information.

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