Weekend Family Fun: Movies, Dogs, and More

The weekend is upon us! That means it’s time for some fun, so we gathered up a sampling of family-friendly events happening in our area. Check ’em out!

The Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present Dear Edwina Jr. this weekend. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Join the adventures of the sometimes bossy but lovable advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in her latest edition of her weekly, “Advice-a-Palooza.” Tickets are $15 each. Seating will be assigned by the venue to maintain some social distance.

The State Fair Meadowlands wraps up this weekend at MetLife Stadium (1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford), now through July 11. Enjoy over 100 rides, games, food, and free shows. Fun pass tickets ($34.99) must be purchased online and include admission, unlimited rides and shows. Some attractions, as well as food and beverages, are not included.  There is no general admission ticket. Parking is free. The fair will be open Friday from 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM, and Saturday from 2:00 PM to 1:00 AM, and Sunday from 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Visit the website for show schedules.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held daily from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. The July theme is “Red, White, and Blue.” The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Preregistration is required.

On Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM, Montclair Public Library will present Tricky Dogs Show: A Circus-Style Comedy Dog Act. This event includes a pre-recorded video and live Q&A and will be hosted on Zoom. Your family needs tiny dogs performing feats of wonder! The Tricky Dogs Show is a circus style comedy dog act starring six terriers, one poodle, and their pet human, Rick Martin. Watch the pre-recorded show on Zoom followed by a live Q&A with circus master Rick Martin. Registrants will be given access to the pre-recorded show through July 15.

On Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Wonders of the Wild for ages 6 to 12. Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing classroom! The Wonders of the Wild program offers students an opportunity to participate in supplementary science and nature-themed programs and projects that facilitate scientific literacy and life-long environmental stewardship. The theme for July 10th is Enrichment. This is a drop-off program, and the cost is $30.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Family Nature Club: Nature Beats this Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Explore the sounds of nature and the unique ways that wildlife communicates, from physical to chemical communication. Meet at the snake statue outside the Berson Education Center. Tickets are $10. This activity is recommended for ages 6 and up.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host their Zoo Explorers Program for four- and five-year-olds. The new session begins this Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and has a second event on Sunday, July 18th. Join in for movement, stories, games, and crafts in these interactive, science-based lessons to learn about the wonderful and fascinating world of animals. This is a drop-off program, and the cost is $30 per class.

Family Ag Day with Hazelman Farms will visit The Wayne Museum (533 Berdan Avenue, Wayne) on Sunday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy activities, produce for sale, music, programs, museum tours, and a petting zoo.

This weekend, Demarest Farms (244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale) will host three movie nights. Friday’s movie is High School Musical. On Saturday, catch Forrest Gump. Finally, on Sunday, enjoy Tom and Jerry: The Movie. All shows start at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $25 per car and must be purchased online.



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