Weekend Family Fun: St. Patrick’s Day, Purim and More

Another weekend is here! Are you ready for some family-friendly fun? We’ve rounded up some local events, so 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.

Also on Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Newark Museum of Art (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host Creative Play: Splish Splash. Who doesn’t like to paint and get messy? Let’s check out some great works of art and wind it up with a fun and interactive experience! Be sure to dress for a messy project! This is a program specifically designed for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration is required and space is limited. This program is included with Museum admission.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space will host a free livestream event at 11:00 AM featuring Elena Moon Park and Friends. Voyage to East Asia and around the globe as Elena Moon Park & Friends perform reimagined children’s music, folk songs, and original tunes in a variety of languages. Reserve your spot online.

Newark Museum of Art (49 Washington Street, Newark) will also host Family Drop-In: Paint Like Pollock on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Design your own abstract masterpiece! Be sure to dress for messy paint! Family Drop-ins are movement, artmaking, science experiments and storytelling sessions targeted for kids aged 5-10.  Please note seating is on a first come, first-serve basis.  Register online. This program is included with Museum admission.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township) will host its final day of Maple Sugaring Demos on Saturday 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! March 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, “Classification and Taxonomy.” Cost is $30 and you must purchase in advance.

On Saturday, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (23 Main Street, Madison) will host a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. This event is free with Museum admission. Celebrate Irish culture with Niall O’Leary and friends! There will be Irish Step Dancing, singing, and live music. Children can participate and learn a dance! Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will host Morris Family Concerts: A Day of Irish Culture at 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Continue the celebration of Irish culture with two events at Mayo Performing Arts Center. First, an interactive Children’s concert at 2:30 PM will follow the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Morristown. Get warm, get a snack and Celebrate Irish heritage with various artists, bag pipers and step dancers. Kids can meet the performers and learn some steps, see how the bag pipe works and other activities. There is also a 5:00pm concert by Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones. Derek Warfield is a singer, songwriter, mandolin player and a founding member of the Wolfe Tones, performing with the band for nearly thirty-seven years, writing and recording over 60 songs. As a founding member of The Wolfe Tones, he featured on every album recorded by the band from 1965’s debut album The Foggy Dew through to 1989’s 25th Anniversary. He with the Young Wolfe Tones are keeping the tradition alive. Each show is sold separately. Tickets for the children’s show are $5. Tickets for the Derek Warfield concert are $45-$65.

Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) hosts Spark!Lab on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 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 (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Zoo Explorers for children ages four and five years old from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Sunday. Use movement, stories, games, and crafts for interactive, science-based lessons to learn about the wonderful and fascinating world of animals. Tickets are $30.

Temple Sholom of West Essex (760 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove) will host a Purim Carnival from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM on Sunday. Children are invited to arrive in costume and enjoy games, crafts, laser tag, and more. There will also be a food truck. Cost is $10 per child.

Bnai Keshet (99 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will also host a Purim Carnival on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM. This event is free and open to the community. Enjoy moon bounces, foosball, corn hole, photo booths, face painting, hot dogs, veggie dogs, soft pretzels, and cotton candy.

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 Transformed: Objects Reimagined by American Artists and Women’s History Month, families this week will create wearable art by transforming colorful fabric into sashes decorated with inspiring messages.. This event is free with admission and registration is required.

On Sunday, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Turtle Back Zoo will host Family Nature Club: Nature Adventurers – Woodland Wanderers, for their final session until June. Get outside and enjoy South Mountain Reservation’s fresh air with the whole family ages 6 and up. Explore a new trail at Dogwood Hillside on Brookside Drive to see what species you can uncover along the way. Tickets are $15.

Stop by Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City) for the recently 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 4:00 PM on Friday, and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, and Sunday. Cost is the price of general admission, plus an additional fee. Visit the website for details.

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 new theme for March is, “Teeny Tiny.” The gardens are waking up and if you look closely, you’ll find plenty of very tiny signs of spring.  Flowers and plants are small at this time of year just in case there is one last spring snow. Break out your camera and maybe your magnifying glass in this contact-less family photo scavenger hunt.  The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or fewer. Preregistration is required.

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