Weekend Family Fun: Carnivals, Touch-A-Truck, Nature and More

Now that school is back in session, it’s even more important to have fun on the weekend! We’ve rounded up some family-friendly events happening in and around the area to help you spend your time. Check ‘em out!

Start off the weekend at Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) with Night Moves on Friday at 7:30 PM. Get a unique look at the zoo and its nocturnal animal collection. Night Moves gives you a guided evening tour of zoo exhibits where you will learn about different animal senses and adaptations. Bring a flashlight and wear appropriate footwear. The tour is approximately 1 hour. Tickets are $8 and you can book your time slot online.

The Newark Museum of Art (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host Family Movie Night: Soul on Friday from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Doors open at 6:45. After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife. This event is free.

This weekend, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (721 Rahway Avenue, Union) will host its 44th Annual Greek Festival. Enjoy Greek food, live music, dancers, vendors, rides, and games. Admission is $2 and parking is free. Festival hours are Friday from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Saturday 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM, and Sunday 12:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Also this weekend, St. Anthony Orthodox Church of Bergenfield will sponsor a carnival at the Teaneck Armory (1799 Teaneck Road, Teaneck). There will be rides, games, food, and family fun. Armbands are available for $30. The carnival will be open on Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and Sunday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Shooting Star Dance Center (403 Broad Street, Bloomfield) will host pop up dance classes on Saturday. Dazzle, twirl, leap and play with one of our instructors as they lead your dancer through a 30-minute dance adventure.  Pop up classes are a great way to check out the studio and meet us without committing to more than 30 minutes at a time.   Sessions will be held at 9:15 AM, 10:00 AM, and 10:45 AM for children ages 2-5, and there will be one for ages 6-10 at 11:30 AM. The cost for the class is $10 and you must be pre-registered.

On Saturday, enjoy Picking Spuds at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morristown) from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. The potato crop is ready! Work with Fosterfields farm staff to pick this year’s potato crop, learn what happens to the potato garden during the off season, and take a small bag of potatoes home. Cost is $10 per person. Preregistration is required and is available online.

On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00, Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph (390 State Route 10, Randolph) will host Mission Gratitude: Touch a Truck. See and climb into actual fire trucks, rescue vehicles, police cars, and military trucks. Meet the real-life heroes who drive these and the specially trained first responders who tirelessly serve and protect our community. You can also greet canine friends being raised to become service dogs. This event is free.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held daily from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. There’s a new theme every month and September’s theme is “Back to School.” Follow the clues to discover all the important things you should know about plants, without going to school! Find all the items and win a prize. The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Preregistration is required.

Turtle Back Zoo will host Family Nature Club: Nature Adventures on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Ever wondered how to navigate in nature? Check out Camp TBZ as they explore our local habitat and discover how to use the tools of the trade. This activity is recommended for ages 6 and up. This activity meets at South Mountain Dog Park (Bear Lane, Maplewood). Cost is $10.

Family Ag Day with Hazelman Farms will visit The Wayne Museum Van Riper Hopper House (533 Berdan Avenue, Wayne) on Sunday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy activities, produce for sale, live music, youth programs, meditation, yoga, museum tours, and friendly meet and greets with critters.

The New York Renaissance Faire (600 NY-17A, Tuxedo Park, NY) continues on Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM through October 3. The Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England, set within the Majestic Groves of Sterling Forest. Tickets are $29.95 for adults, $13 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5. Visit the website to buy tickets and learn more about special events and theme weekends.

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