Weekend Family Fun: MAM Fall Fest, Fiesta Latina, Storytime, Nature and More

There is so much going on this weekend! If you’re ready for some family-friendly fun, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered up plenty of things to do in and around the area all weekend long. Check ’em out!

On Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM, Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Storytime in the Green (Watchung Plaza). Author Laura Sassi will read from her new book, Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep. Told in whimsical rhyme, this humorous country book for young children is an endearing tale of a distracted sheep and her persistent shepherd, inspired by the Biblical parable of the lost sheep. Bring a blanket and wrap up the first days of school with a story and activity.

Circus Vazquez will be at Westfield Garden State Plaza (One Garden State Plaza, Paramus) through September 27. Performances will be Friday at 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 8:00 PM. Circus Vazquez is returning to Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ with the biggest show ever! The 2021 tour has unforgettable performances with amazing acts from all over the world! Don’t miss it! Tickets start at $25.

The Bergen County Fall Harvest Festival will be held at Van Saun County Park (216 Forest Avenue, Paramus) this weekend. Hours are Friday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The event will feature a craft fair, carnival rides, farmers market, animals, music, face painting, pumpkin picking, entertainment, food trucks, 4-H and master gardener exhibits, and hands-on activities. Visit the Facebook page for more information including a schedule of events. Parking and admission are free.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will offer two opportunities for Breakfast with the Cheetah on both Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 AM. The cheetah is facing serious conservation challenges. During the program, you’ll learn all about cheetahs, including their natural habits and behaviors, how they face the conservation issues affecting their habitats, and what you can do to help them. The ticket includes discovery activities, breakfast, the conservation program, a meet and greet with the Ambassador Cheetah, and admission to the Zoo for the day. Tickets are $50 per person. This activity is for ages 6 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

The Newark Museum of Art (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host Community Day: Fiesta Latina on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Washington Park, which is across the street from the Museum. Kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month at this festive outdoor celebration. Featuring live music, dance, and a variety of hands-on activities, there will be fun for the whole family. Learn how to dance salsa, express yourself through metalwork, contribute to a Frida Kahlo-inspired community project, enjoy a traditional Ecuadorian folk dance performance, and so much more. This event is free.

Van Vleck House & Gardens (21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair) will host Outdoor Adventures: Garden Critters on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Explore the gardens and learn with fun self-guided activity kits. Registration is required and includes everything you need to participate in the program. This program is appropriate for children ages 4-11, but all are welcome. Cost is $15. Registration is required.

Shooting Star Dance Center (403 Broad Street, Bloomfield) will host pop up dance classes on Saturdays at 9:00 AM. 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 without committing to more than 30 minutes at a time. All pop up classes are $10. You must register in advance.

On Saturday, enjoy Fall Farm Fun at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morristown). Timed entries will be offered at 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, and 2:00 PM. Celebrate the fall season at Fosterfields! Navigate the corn maze and pick your own pumpkin in the brand-new pumpkin patch! Take an open-air wagon ride around the farm. Visit the farm and see corn grinding demos, butter churning, and all your favorite farm animals including the pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens. All activities included with admission, which is $15 per person. Pre-registration is required online.

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.

On Saturday, Laurelwood Arboretum (725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne) will host A Sculpture Trail: Grand Opening Festival from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Kids activities will include Storytime & Dance Party with Jolie Della Valle, Bubble Magician Meadow Perry, Juggler Dick Rainer, art projects, live music, and a smart phone activated audio tour of the sculpture. Food trucks will also be on site. Pre-registration and tickets are required. Tickets are $10 for children under 5, $15 for children ages 5-12, and $25 for everyone age 13+.

Montclair Art Museum will host MAM Fall Fest on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Celebrate the Museum’s reopening at this free day-long festival. Enjoy new exhibitions, live music, yoga, performances, drop-in art classes, food & drink, kids’ storytime, a Shop at MAM Trunk Show and Art Sale, and a whole lot of fun for all ages. Reserve your ticket online. Visit the website for a schedule of activities.

The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation at NJ Skylands (150 Snake Den Road, Ringwood) will host The Nature Friends Camp Midvale 100th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Join in for a festive day of activities, memories, community and fun to celebrate the first 100 years and look forward to the future of this special place. Activities include nature walks, family field games, folk dancing, and more. The event is free, but some activities require pre-registration.

On Sunday, Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will offer Zoo Explorers for children ages 4 and 5 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children will enjoy activities that use movement, stories, games, and crafts in an interactive, science-based lesson to learn about the wonderful and fascinating world of animals. This is a drop off program. Advanced registration is required and the cost for the event is $30.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Wonders of the Wild! On Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This program offers students ages 6-12 an opportunity to participate in supplementary science and nature-themed programs and projects that facilitate scientific literacy and life-long environmental stewardship. This week’s session is Enrichment. Cost is $30 for this in-person, drop off program.

BergenPAC (30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood) will host Blippi Live on Sunday at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Blippi the Musical brings the energetic and loveable character of Blippi off the screen and onto the stage with world-class production, audience engagement, and amazing music. Children ages 2 to 7 across the world have quickly taken a liking to Blippi’s charismatic personality and innovative teaching lessons. In this live event, they will continue to learn about the world around them while singing and dancing along with this one-of-a-kind show. Tickets are $29.50 to $99.50.

On Sunday, the Bergen County Historical Society at Historic New Bridge Landing (1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ) will host Harvest Homecoming from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Enjoy scarecrow making and exhibit, free pumpkin picking, and more. All three 18th century Jersey-Dutch Sandstone houses will be open for tours. Cost is $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for students age 6-21.

Michaels at Riverfront Center (348 Rt 3 West, Clifton) will host a Makebreak: Kids Worry Dolls on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Gather in-store for a FREE fun event! Worry dolls are small, handcrafted dolls that originated in Guatemala. Legend says that people can tell the dolls their worries, then place them under their pillows; come morning, the dolls will have given them the wisdom to do away with their worries. No registration is required.

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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