Welcome to the weekend! We’ve rounded up a bunch of fun and family friendly things to do in our area. Check ‘em out!

paper mill playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn) presents New Voices of 2015: Hooray for Hollywood. 122 of the regions’ most talented young performers from the Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory will perform an original concert. Conservatory members range in age from 10 to 18 years old. Local Conservatory members include Cole Canzano, Stephen Hoebee-Elardo, and Katie Shults from Glen Ridge and Bobby Axelrod, Ella Fine, Sam Groisser, and Amanda Harris of Montclair. Tickets range from $25 to $45 and are available by calling 973-376-4343 or by visiting www.papermill.org. Show times are Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM.


On Friday at 7:00 PM, Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College (449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield) will feature The Little Mermaid Jr. This adaptation of the 2008 Broadway production is full of imagination and fun. The show is presented by NJ School of Dramatic Arts Kids on Stage. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.


fdeb1cd17a8e7ee51345c4015e88642f_dsc06896On Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will present Buzzfest, featuring a live honey harvest and bee-themed programming for all ages. The fee for this event is $5 per person age 2 and up. Activities include a live display hive, build-a-bee craft, roll a beeswax candle, and make pollinator garden seed balls and pollinator shelters. For additional information or to register, call 973-228-8776.


On Sunday, visit the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) as they send off their soon-to-close exhibitions Royals & Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs and Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars off in style. Visitors are invited to come dressed in their royal regalia – or they can design their own in an art workshop. After, take a photograph in front of a Hassan Hajjaj-inspired backdrop. Regular admission applies. Visitors can also take docent-led tours through the exhibits and view family friendly films in the auditorium. Regular admission applies. Museum hours are 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.



Also on Sunday, learn about the game of croquet at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (335 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp). The Rutgers Preparatory School’s Croquet Team will be on the Great Lawn to demonstrate the game. This free event will take place from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and is part of the Focus on England program.


All weekend long, Bank of America is offering cardholders a way to celebrate Family Fun Month for free at some museums. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free access to 150 participating museums in 32 states and 98 cities. For more information, check out Bank of America’s website.


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