Weekend Family Fun: Art, STEM, Theater and More

Another weekend is upon us! Are you looking for some family-friendly fun? Well, you’re in the right place! We’ve rounded up some things to do in the area. Check ’em out!

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.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morristown) will host How Does Your Garden Grow for children ages 9 and up on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Winter is the ideal time to start seeds for vegetables! Help the farmers get the crops going for the spring season. Cost is $10 per person and preregistration is required.

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.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Wonders of the Wild! Winter Edition on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This 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 week’s session is entitled, “Water Quality.” Cost is $30 and you must purchase in advance.

Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) hosts Spark!Lab on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:0 PM. Spark!Lab offers any child (ages 5-12 years old and accompanied by an adult), a new informal approach to hands-on learning. Instead of following step-by-step instructions, young inventors will be empowered to problem-solve and overcome real-world obstacles. Spark!Lab offers many unique, project-specific stations, where inventors can engage directly with engineering and design challenges. There is also a newly created space with a train and exploration table filled with unique tools to help spark creativity, thinking, and learning for children ages 1-4). The cost is included in admission, which is $12 for adults, $8 for children 3-17, and free for children under 3.

Turtle Back Zoo will also host Family Nature Club: Nature Adventures on Sunday at South Mountain Dog Park (Bear Lane, Maplewood). Nature is a treasure trove: what will you create? Join in to collect natural materials to create home décor and search for local wildlife along the way. Tickets are $15.

The Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong) will present it’s final weekend of Boogie on Saturday at 4:00 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Not being able to sleep due to nightmares, Alex attempts to put an end to them once they discover the Boogieman is the cause. However, after meeting this famous monster, Alex learns the truth about fears and that it’s okay to be afraid because fears are just a part of us. Tickets are $28.

Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host Sunday Studio on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, with sessions beginning on the hour. Join in each Sunday for a fun family art-making activity inspired by our current exhibitions. Explore materials, learn new techniques, and meet other community members while enjoying creative time with your family. Each week features a different project designed by MAM Teaching Artists to spark the imagination and encourage conversation in response to artworks on view in museum galleries. This program is aimed at families with children ages 5–12, but all are welcome. Inspired by the exhibition Tenacity & Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, and his illustrations for the book Goin’ Someplace Special, families this week will create personalized paper dolls and explore self-expression in fashion, while learning composition and collage. This event is free with admission and registration is required.

On Sunday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Newark Museum of Art (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host Family Drop-In: Design Your Own Poster. Make a social justice poster that expresses your values and inspires your imagination! We invite you to INSPIRE change! Whether you have 30 minutes or a couple of hours, stop by anytime between 1pm and 4pm. This activity is included with general admission, but you must register in advance.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Phot 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 this is the final week of the theme for February, which is “Growing Presidential.” Nothing like a month full of presidents to get you thinking about plants. Lots of plants are named in honor of presidents and lots more are just plain presidential.  Thomas Jefferson described botany as “among the most useful of the sciences,” so put on your thinking cap and keep your eyes open! Get outside and explore the gardens with this contact-less family photo scavenger hunt. The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Preregistration is required.

Stop by Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City) for the newly opened Minecraft: The Exhibition. This is a 6,000-sq.-ft. multimedia experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, whether they play Minecraft or not. The exhibition features an immersive experience that includes blocky scenes and characters from the game. Minecraft: The Exhibition will be open through September 5, 2022. Liberty Science Center is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cost is the price of general admission, plus an additional fee. Visit the website for details.

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