Weekend Family Fun: Bubbles, Art, Nature and Wellmont Arts Plaza Fall Bazaar

This weekend family fun guide is sponsored by The Newark Museum of Art.

Who’s ready for the weekend? It’s time for some family-friendly fun, and we’ve rounded up some of the best activities in and around town. Check ’em out!

Field Station Dinosaurs (3 Overpeck Park Driveway, Leonia) will host its last weekend of the fall season. They’ll be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The Field Station is a wild scientific expedition in Bergen County’s beautiful Overpeck Park, on the banks of a scenic creek and surrounded by natural woods. Over 30 life-sized, moving, realistic dinosaurs come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world’s leading roboticists and the imagination of our artists. Day passes are $16.95, and add-ons are available.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. There’s a new theme every month and the current theme is “The Secrets of Trees.” Trees are shedding their leaves, but are they shedding their secrets? Explore the arboretum to find the big, the historic, and the most remarkable trees in this fun, family, non-contact photo scavenger hunt. The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Preregistration is required.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary (324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills) will host Hot Apple Cider Hikes at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. Join an educator for a guided hike through the woodlands and explore the arboretum in fall foliage. After the hike, enjoy a cup of hot apple cider. The entire event will take place outside. Masks and pre-registration are required. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host a Turkey Feather Hunt. Search the library to find all the turkey feathers!

Montclair’s Wellmont Arts Plaza Grand Opening + Fall Bazaar will be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Wellmont Arts Plaza (5 Seymour Street, Montclair). The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Spiller and will feature 25+ local artists, artisans, small businesses, food + drinks, a live performance by the students of School of Rock, a live DJ, crafts for children, giveaways, and more! The event is free, but registration is required.


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

Drop into Craft Saturdays at Dey Mansion (199 Totowa Road, Wayne) for a free parent and child art project. The event is open from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. New projects every week and all materials are included. The event will be held outdoors, weather permitting. RSVP online.

On Saturday from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Hillside dad and local singer/songwriter Jason Didner will give an online rock concert on Live Streamer Cafe to help the Hillside Elementary School PTA raise funds to recover from Tropical Storm Ida flooding that damaged aesthetics equipment and supplies in the school’s basement. Donations are optional but highly encouraged.

Turtle Back Zoo will host Turtle Back Explorers on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM for 4 and 5 year olds (without caregiver). Join in and use movement, stories, games, and crafts for these interactive, science-based lessons to learn about the wonderful and fascinating world of animals. Supervised outings to specific areas of the Zoo that support the lesson are included as weather permits. Cost is $30.

On Sunday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host Sunday Studio from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Inspired by the installation By Our Own Hands, families will learn paper art techniques to construct a mini accordion book using a zig-zag pattern. They can then fill the pages with writing or drawing to tell a personalized story. This event is free with museum admission and advance registration is required. It is intended for families with children ages 5-12, but all are welcome.

On Sunday at 2:00 PM, Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Watching Plaza, Montclair) will host Jason Patterson, one of the authors of Barb the Last Berzerker, in store. Come on over to the bookstore to hang out with Jason, watch him draw Barb and Porkchop and then draw your own Bezerker characters. This book is for reads in grades 3-7.

Bergen Performing Arts Center (30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood) will present The Gazillion Bubble Show on Sunday at both 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. After twenty years as a Master of Bubbles, in 2007 Fan Yang brought his unique brand of bubble artistry to the Big Apple and has since wowed bubble lovers of all ages. The Gazillion Bubble Show truly is a family affair for Fan: his wife Ana, son Deni, daughter Melody, and brother Jano all can be found on stage in New York and around the world performing their bubble magic. Audiences are delighted with an unbubblievable experience, awashed with a bubble tide, and some even find themselves INSIDE a bubble. Mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects, and momentary soapy masterpieces will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again. Tickets are $25-$59.

On Sunday at 2:00 PM, The Newark Museum of Art will host Virtual Family Drop-In: Endangered Species. This virtual event is free. Virtual Family Drop-Ins are movement, artmaking, science experiments, and storytelling sessions for kids ages 5-12. Join in virtually for a meet and greet with endangered animals. Understand the environmental and social impacts that have contributed negatively to the survival of these animals and learn how we can help. Registration is required.

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