Weekend Family Fun: Waldo, Frozen, Sharks, Butterflies and More

Summer weekends are for making memories with the fam! Here are some family-friendly things to do in and around the area. Check ’em out!

Continuing this weekend, kids can enjoy the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt in Watchung Plaza throughout July beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday. They can spend the morning or a couple hours a week during July searching for Waldo in over 20 businesses around the Plaza. Stop in to Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for a Passport and to find Waldo there, then check out the neighboring businesses. A Where’s Waldo Wrap Up Party will be announced at a later time.

Gas Lamp Juniors will present Frozen JR on Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 1:00 PM at Ridgewood Avenue School (235 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge). Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will offer Free Saturday Tours this Saturday at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Tours begin at the Visitors Center. No reservations are required and tours are on a first come, first served basis.

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. The theme for July is “Shady Business.” Bring your phone or camera for this month’s hunt, “That’s Cool.” Search for shady places and cool plants. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or fewer. Preregistration is required.

Essex County Environmental Center (621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Butterfly Tent Safari on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. This event features live butterflies and butterfly-themed programming for all ages. You must book a time slot by calling the Center at 973.228.8776. Walk-ins will not be accommodated. Cost is $8 per person and includes a take-away item per paid participant.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morristown) will host Ice Cream Party! on Saturday for children of all ages from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Life is better with ice cream! Learn how ice cream was made the old-fashioned way and get a chance to sample some.  Cost is $10 per child, and preregistration is required. Cost is $10 per person.

Montclair Public Library (50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host The Magic of Sharks for ages 4-10 on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM. This family magic show will feature a boatload of fun shark facts, jokes, and routines that will kids more excited about sharks than they already are! One audience volunteer will be turned into a shark expert as Steve attempts to read their mind. The entire audience will join in to play a magical game of Hide and Seek with a Shark and help save Dan the Scuba Man. Register online.

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (9 Main Street, Madison) will host Family Fun Day on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy an afternoon of kid-friendly activities centered around the new exhibit on the History and Evolution of Fighting Fire in New Jersey. The day’s events will include fire trucks, crafts, a scavenger hunt, museum tours, and other activities offered free to all participants. Registration recommended.

The Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong) will present Georgia Mae James Unplugs America on Saturday at 4:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Sometimes in order to feel connected, you have to unplug. When Georgia Mae is left home alone with her two older siblings while her parents take the train into the city, she comes up with big plans for the night. However, Georgia Mae finds herself disappointed when Imogene and Henry are too invested in the electronic devices to play with her. So, Georgia Mae decides to shut down the power grid so they won’t have any distractions. However, when they realize their parents are now stranded in the city and can’t get home, the three set off on an adventure to restore power. Along the way they meet a variety of people who help them on their journey, and ultimately, they learn about the simple pleasures of being together — and unplugged. This show is appropriate for the entire family. Tickets are $28.

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. All summer through August 28, young inventors will be issued a free Spark!Lab passport during their summer visits to the lab. With each visit they will acquire a stamp and with six stamps they will complete the challenge and earn an exclusive prize. The first ten inventors who complete this challenge will receive the You Topia moving diorama makers kit (pictured above)! Other prizes include a Spark!Lab journal and more!

Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City) has several special exhibits. The Pigeon Comes to Jersey City celebrates the art and characters of beloved children’s book author and illustrator, Mo Willems. This young learner exhibition features best-friend duo Elephant and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon, the wily city bird best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! It will also continue to present 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. Both exhibits will be open will be open through September 5, 2022. Liberty Science Center is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is the price of general admission, plus an additional fee. Visit the website for details.

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