Weekend Family Fun: Crane Park FamilyFest, Thomas the Tank Engine and More!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 22, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fall is here and so is the weekend! There are plenty of fun activities happening in our area as we usher in the new season, and we’ve rounded them up right here. Have a look!

Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime continues at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair). This week, author and illustrator Mike Malbrough will present his book, Marigold Bakes a Cake. Fans of Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon… series will enjoy this story about Marigold the cat who loves to bake cakes on Mondays, until one finch, two pigeons, and three loons get involved. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host two evets this Saturday. First up is Big Words for Little Geniuses Storytime at 11:00 AM. In this clever picture book by James and Sue Patterson, each letter of the alphabet provides an impressive new word for children to learn. Activities to follow. Then, at 1:00 PM, stop in for B-Fest, the second annual teen book festival featuring writing workshops, trivia, games, prizes, and sneak peeks of upcoming books. Events include B-In the Know, B-Super, B-Part of the Fun, and B-Creative.

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host Lego Day on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Stop in to build with the library’s huge Lego collection and create something cool.

Montclair Familyfest at Crane Park (corner of Glenridge and Greenwood Avenues, behind Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair) will be held on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Vendors and kid-centric activities for children and adults alike. Activities include face-painting and tattoos, scavenger hunt, Minecraft Mania open play, brain bending puzzles, cupcake decorating, sidewalk chalk drawing, healthy snacks and more! You can also celebrate the 10th birthday of the YMCA of Montclair’s Geyer Family Branch! This event is free.

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Weekend Family Fun: Storytime, Family Art Adventure, PlayDay South Orange!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 15, 2017 11:16am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! Who’s excited? We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do around town and beyond to help you spend your time.

Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime continues at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair). This week, author and illustrator Kristine Lombardi will present Mr. Biddles. An inventor cat and a lobster left on his doorstep – a great friendship in the making. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Paddle the Passaic, Marbling, Wagon Ride and More!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 01, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy Labor Day Weekend! It’s the unofficial end of summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in and around the area. Check ‘em out!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. In this sequel to Uni the Unicorn, Uni and the little girl who believes in unicorns finally meet and work together to save a magical land and its inhabitants. Activities to follow.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township) will host Explore the Farm Wagon Ride on Saturday from 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM. Board the open-air wagon for a leisurely ride around the historic farm. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2-3, and free for children under age 2.

The Creativity Caravan (28 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host The Magic of Paper Marbling on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Learn the ancient art of ebru, or paper marbling, in this drop-in event. All ages welcome. Cost is $10 per person and includes all materials.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Floogal Windsock workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children ages 3 and up can make a quick project. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Cost is $2 and includes supplies.

On Sunday, Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) will host its First Sunday Tour from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Meet in the lobby of the Haggerty Education Center for a tour of the grounds. Learn the history and enjoy the beauty. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Cost is $3; exact change is requested.

Also on Sunday, the Drop-In Studio at Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) returns between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. Open ended activities are designed to spark creativity in artists of all ages and abilities. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.

The annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair will be held on Monday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Park Avenue between Ames Avenue and W. Park Place. This event will feature a crafts and antiques fair, life entertainment on two stages, food stands, kids’ amusements including rides and a costume character musical revue, a beer garden, and more!

Also on Monday, Paddle on the Passaic. Hosted at the Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland), this event is geared for beginners and children 10 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Paddlers can enjoy the peaceful scenery as they paddle up river and then float downstream. Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot. Cost is $30 per canoe. Advance registration is required by calling 973.228-8776.

For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

Weekend Family Fun: Movies at Montclair Film, Crafts, Upcycling and More

BY  |  Friday, Aug 25, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Who’s ready for the weekend? There’s plenty of family-friendly fun going on around town, so check out our list!

On Friday evening, Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun Park (216 Forest Avenue, Paramus) will host Zoo-Flix After Dark with an outdoor evening screening of Disney’s 2016 remake of The Jungle Book. This event is free. The movie will begin around 8:30 PM. Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks. The Jungle Book is rated PG.

This weekend, Montclair Film at Cinema 505 (505 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will present Princess Mononoke, an animated film that has been universally acclaimed by critics. Presented in English (dubbed), this Japanese classic is directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is an epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature. The movie will play Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 6:00 PM, and Sunday at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members).

Also showing this weekend at Cinema 505 is My Neighbor Totoro, also directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Roger Ebert called My Neighbor Totoro “one of the five best movies” ever made for children. It follows two girls who move to the countryside with their father and discover a family of gentle but powerful creatures, Totoros, who live in a camphor tree. The movie is presented in English (dubbed). Show times are Saturday at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members). Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Dinner and Movie Night Under The Stars, Montclair Jazz Festival and Much More!

BY  |  Friday, Aug 11, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Hope you had a great week and that you’re ready for plenty of family-friendly fun! We’ve gathered up some things to do around town and beyond, so have a look!

Bloomfield Center will host a Dinner and Movie Night Under the Stars on Washington Street (Bloomfield). Enjoy Dining and a Quiet Party from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Dine at one of the local restaurants or order “take out” from your favorite Bloomfield eatery. Kids can view “Secret Life of Pets” on the Bloomfield Recreation Department’s 25-foot movie screen (bring chairs!) beginning at 8:15 PM. A Pop Up Art Gallery will also be open from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Free parking will be available after 6:00 PM in the Farrand Street lot.

This weekend, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present Cinderella. This beloved classic tale has been adapted for young performers and features the music and lyrics of Rodgers and Hamerstein. Tickets are $20 and available online. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM.

The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will present The Wizard of Oz this weekend. Performances will be held on Friday at 8:00 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. This stage adaptation of the classic movie features all your favorite characters and songs. This production is suitable for the entire family. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, Museum or Theatre Guild Members, and students 18 and under with a valid college ID.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. While poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, this sweet parody of the beloved Goodnight Moon gives scientists of all ages everything they need to say goodnight and rest before returning to the research world in the morning. Activities to follow.

The Montclair Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Nishuane Park (Montclair). This free event will take place rain or shine and will feature a day of jazz music and fun. Bring chairs and enjoy the music. Pack a picnic or visit one of the many vendors. There will be a special Family Jazz Discovery Zone featuring partners Montclair Public Library and Montclair Art Museum. Kids can hang out, improvise, and learn about the music they’re hearing. For more information, including a full line up of performers, visit the website. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Disney, Jaws, Engineer Day, Storytime, and a State Fair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 04, 2017 9:04am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Who’s excited for the weekend! There are plenty of fun and family friendly things to do around town, and we’ve gathered up a sampling right here. Have a look!

This weekend, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust: A Collection of Disney Songs. Featuring teenage and young adult performers, this family-friendly revue-style musical includes some of your favorite songs. Tickets are $20 and available online. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM.

On Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM, Clairidge Bow-Tie Cinema (486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will be showing the 1975 classic, Jaws. The summer shark saga, directed by Steven Spielberg, takes place on fictional Amity Island, where the residents are terrorized by a Great White shark on the Fourth of July holiday. This is a great opportunity to show older kids a thriller on the big screen. The movie is rated PG. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: 101 Dalmations KIDS, Storytime, Superhero Summer Club, Butterfly Tent

BY  |  Friday, Jul 28, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family friendly things to do in the area. Check ‘em out!

For the second and final weekend, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will feature 101 Dalmatians KIDS, based on the Disney classic. Presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth, this production features a high-spirited score and lovable characters. Tickets are $10. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Storytime in Celebration of Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble on Saturday at 11:00 AM. The books featured will be Good Morning, Superman!, Be A Star, Wonder Woman! and Bedtime for Batman. These stories focus on turning everyday situations into amazing super adventures. Kids are invited to dress as their favorite superhero, villain or character. Activities to follow the stories. At 2:00 PM, there will be an additional event with this same theme with activities, giveaways, and more.

Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host the final Saturday of the Butterfly Tent Safari on Saturday beginning at 11:00 AM. Suitable for all ages, all are welcome to make-and-take a butterfly craft and participate in table activities, as well visit the live butterfly tent. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Finding Dory, 101 Dalmations KIDS, All About The Train Day and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jul 21, 2017 10:00am

Who’s ready for the weekend? We are, and we hope you are, too! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do. Enjoy!

Kick off the weekend with an Outdoor Family Movie at the Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) on Friday evening. Enjoy a showing of Finding Dory under the stars. This animated tale about a little blue fish with short-term memory loss and all her aquatic friends is full of adventure, laughs, and heartwarming scenes. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. No registration required. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-movie entertainment by Parents Who Rock’s The No Rehearsals begins at 8:00 PM. The movie begins at 8:30 PM.

Opening Friday and running through July 29th, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will feature 101 Dalmations KIDS, based on the Disney classic. Presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth, this production features a high-spirited score and lovable characters. Tickets are $10. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Three Musketeers, Family Art Adventure, Ice Cream Sunday

BY  |  Friday, Jul 14, 2017 9:00am

The weekend has arrived! There are so many fun things to do as a family in and around the area! We’ve rounded them up right here for you. Take a look!

Sweet Soles (255 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair) will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Sweet Soles customized and proper shoe fittings for kids. Stop in for face painting, balloon-making, and “Sweet Ice Queen” Ice Cream Truck from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Pig the Pug and Pig the Winner Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. These stories follow Pig the Pug as he learns lessons and pals around with his friend Trevor. Quirky illustrations accompany these relatable stories. Activities to follow the story.

On Saturday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their monthly Family Art Adventure from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Explore and discuss artwork and participate in a hands-on project in the studio. This activity is for children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations are not required. Cost is $18 per family for non-members and $6 per family for members. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Maplewoodstock, Walking Tour, Full Moon Hike, MOMIX and More

BY  |  Friday, Jul 07, 2017 9:00am

Happy Weekend! There is so much to do around town and beyond, and we’ve gathered some of the best family-friendly events right here for you. Check ‘em out!

Children and their families are invited to enjoy free Bastille Day-Themed Activities for Kids on Saturday at FIAF Montclair. Kids will create their own lampion du 14 juillet (Bastille Day lantern), enjoy story time in French and English, explore a French Book Fair, discover FIAF Montclair’s brand new French Library, and much more! Plus, each child will be entered into a complimentary prize drawing for a chance to win a free French class at FIAF!


Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Little Excavator Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. This new book from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of the Llama Llama series Anna Dewdney is sure to please! Little Excavator joins Loader, Dump Truck, Backhoe, and Crane as they get ready to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. Activities to follow the story.

Maplewoodstock, a music and art festival, will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Memorial Park (580 Valley Street, Maplewood). This event will feature music from a variety of bands including Saturday’s headliner, Los Lobos. New this year, there will be sign language interpreters for some performances. Local artists and merchants will be displaying their work and selling merchandise. Montclair’s own Lotus & Bug will be on hand selling infant and kids clothing at up to 50% off! There will be plenty of food vendors and a Kid Zone with fun things like bouncy rides, face painting, arts and crafts, and ice cream! For more information, including a line-up of performances, visit the website.

Get The ‘Buzz’ On Bugs on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township). Get acquainted with the good and bad insects found on the farm. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, and free for children under age 2. Continue Reading

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