Weekend Family Fun: The Little Read, History, Science and More

The weekend is here once again! There are plenty of fun things happening in and around town that the whole family can enjoy. We’ve gathered some up for you right here. Check ’em out!

On Friday, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Montclair Public Library will host Little Read: “Bedtime Stories.” The event will be in-person and streamed online. Join special guest readers for the event. Registration is required.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, Field Station Dinosaurs (3 Overpeck Park Driveway, Leonia) will host Dinosaurs After Dark from 6:45 PM to 9:30 PM. A spooky, funny, and thrilling adventure for the whole family featuring a lantern lit tour of the park! But watch out! The trails are dark and there’s a hungry T-Rex lurking in the shadows. A fearless Dinosaur Wrangler will lead a Tyrannosaurus Hunt along the Field Station’s darkened trails with a stop at every dinosaur and a few surprises along the way. At the end of the night, everyone will gather around the campfire for a dinosaur sing-along, roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate! Tickets are $24. Children under 2 are free.

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 at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM, Van Vleck House & Gardens will host Outdoor Adventures. Join us in the garden as you explore and learn with our fun self-guided activity kits. Registration is required and includes everything you need to participate in the program.  Outdoor Adventures Activity Kits will be available outside the Raymond Family Education Center on the day of the program.  An Educator will be on hand to explain the topic of the day and to answer questions.  Ages 4 – 11, but all are welcome. Registration is required by Friday. Fee for non-members is $15 per family.

On Sunday at 2:00 PM, The Newark Museum of Art will host Virtual Family Drop-In: Make a Telescope. Virtual Family Drop-Ins are movement, artmaking, science experiments, and storytelling sessions for kids ages 5-12. The James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2021 and will be the premier space observatory for astronomers worldwide. Join to hear what Webb will study and learn how to make your own paper model of this amazing telescope! This event is free, but you must register online.

Drop into Craft Saturdays at Dey Mansion (199 Totowa Road, Wayne) for a free parent and child art project. Craft demonstrations start at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The event is open from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. New projects every week and all materials are included. The event will be held outdoors, weather permitting. RSVP online.

Also on Saturday and Sunday at Dey Mansion (199 Totowa Road, Wayne) will be Washington’s Encampment from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Learn what life was like as a soldier during the American Revolution. Watch soldiers cleaning their muskets while women prepare meals. Some officers may be drilling with their men while others plan for battle or play cards. Special appearances will be made by New Jersey’s local militia. The event is free. Parking and outdoor activities are free to the public. RSVP online.

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 Morristown Festival of Books and KidFest will be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. KidFest is a day-long, activity-filled event for kids of all ages and their families. An exciting part of the Morristown Festival of Books, KidFest is where kids meet their favorite authors and illustrators and partake in interactive presentations and book readings. Additionally, kids can get pictures taken with costume characters, enjoy fun music, play games, and more. Books are for sale throughout the event and can be personally signed by authors. The Festival center is on the lawn in front of the historic Vail Mansion (110 South Street, Morristown). A full schedule is available on the website.

Saturday is Open Cockpit Day at The New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame (400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro). Visitors will have the opportunity to view and sit in the cockpit of various vehicles, including a rare Lockheed Bushmaster plane and a US Cost Guard Rescue Helicopter. There is also a working display of the International Space Station (ISS) with uniforms and items used by many astronauts like Buzz Aldrin, and Scott and Mark Kelly. The outdoor event requires no reservations. Cost is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and children under 12, and free for children under 2.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. There’s a new theme every month and October’s theme is “Scarecrows in the Garden.” Can you use the clues to find all the scarecrows in this fun family photo scavenger hunt? Take a photo of each and win a prize. The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Preregistration is required.

On Saturday, Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Twp) will host New Wigwam Grand Opening from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The wigwam model at the Great Swamp has had a spectacular upgrade!  The new structure was constructed using authentic materials with no screws, nails, or power tools, and gives visitors unique insight into the Lenape way of life.  Sign up for a guided tour of the new wigwam, decorated with artifacts to look lived-in.  You’ll even get to examine real tools used by the Lenape thousands of years ago! Pre-registration is required. Cost is $6 per person.


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 Flight. Cost is $30 for this in-person, drop off program.

On Sunday from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Montclair History Center (110 Orange Road, Montclair) will host Family Architecture Walking Tour. Column or pilaster? Herringbone or Flemish bond brick? On this Family Walking Tour, we’ll look for architectural details in the beautiful homes located on the streets near the Crane House & Historic YWCA. Teach your kids the language of architecture. Maybe you’re raising the next Mead, McKim, or White! All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $20 per family and include general admission to the Crane House & Historic YWCA. Sales close on 10/9 at noon.


On Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Turtle Back Zoo will host FNC: Nature Adventurers! Get outside and enjoy the South Mountain Reservation’s fresh air with the entire family. Autumn: the prettiest, busiest time of the year. Search for animals preparing for winter and what find out what the favorite resident species are up to this time of year. The event will take place at Eagle Rock Reservation. Preregistration is required. Tickets are $10.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host Sunday Studio from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day by learning to make beaded friendship bracelets with guest artist Iakowi:he’ne’ Oakes, who will bring an array of beautiful beads and her own specialized tools and knowledge. You only need to bring your creativity! Iakowi:he’ne’ will share an overview of Native American beadwork, from its origins to the stunning creations of contemporary beadwork artists. Be inspired as you hand-select your own materials and create your own unique beadwork bracelet design to take home or gift to a friend. Advance registration for a one-hour time slot is required. The event is free with MAM admission.

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