Weekend Family Fun: Lunar New Year, MakerSPACE and More

Hello, weekend! It’s going to be a cold one, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. We’ve rounded up some family friendly events in the area. Check ‘em out!

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Wonders of the Wild! on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing classroom! Our 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. Available to students ages 6 -12. The program includes a visit to the Zoo or South Mountain Reservation as weather permits. This is an in-person, drop-off program. This Saturday’s theme is Producers, Consumers, Decomposers. Tickets are $30.

On Saturday, Newark Museum of Art (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host MakerSPACE from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The MakerSPACE at The Newark Museum of Art comes back on selected Saturdays! Be part of a fun, interactive area where visitors of all ages play, tinker, and create as they make connections between the materials, processes, and concepts of artwork and natural science objects in the Museum’s collections and their own creativity. Look at the artwork in the galleries, learn more about it, then experiment with materials and processes in the MakerSPACE. Register online. This program is included with Museum admission.

Newark Museum of Art will host Virtual Family Drop-In: Bird Mask on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Design your very own bird mask inspired by the Endangered! exhibition. This free program is geared towards families with 5- to 10-year-olds. A full list of supplies you’ll need is listed on the website, where you can also register for the program.

Maple Sugaring Demos will be held at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township) on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make real maple syrup over a wood-fired evaporator.  This year, the program will be held entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather.  Spiles and syrup will be available for purchase, while supplies last. Cost is $5 per person. You must preregister and select your time slot, either the 1:00 PM or the 2:30 PM.

On Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, OMA Cross Cultural Works will host Lunar Fest NJ at The Woodland (60 Woodland Road, Maplewood). Ring in the Lunar New Year and celebrate the Year of the Tiger! Enjoy performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center or a shadow puppet show performed by the Chinese Theater Works. There will be plenty of crafts for the kids to enjoy! And, yes, there will be food vendors too.

All weekend, Van Saun County Park (216 Forest Avenue, Paramus), Friends of the Bergen County Zoo will continue host Let It Glow – A Holiday Lantern Spectacular from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Let it Glow is a symphony of vivid glowing colors to tease your eyes and dazzle the mind. Enjoy an enchanting stroll throughout the zoo. With over 30 scenes, these hand-made artistic wonders are more breath-taking than the last! The last night for this event is January 30th. Tickets can be purchased at the door but buying online is recommended as the event may sell out. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 3 and older. Children 2 and under are free.

Big Apple Circus will present shows each weekend through January 30th at Lincoln Center (10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC). The performance puts a modern twist on a beloved classic and performing throughout the holidays and into the New Year. This all-new production will feature Guinness world record holder, daredevil, Nik Wallenda, and his fearless family of highwire walkers. Joining the Wallendas is an international cast of gold-medal-award-winning, world-class circus artists in this Reenergized, Reimagined, and Reinvigorated production of circus artistry. See these performers, previously on America’s Got Talent, The X-Factor, or YouTube, “live” in this up-close and immersive event. Tickets start at $35 and there are performances on Saturday at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM and Sunday at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM.

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