The weekend is here again! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in the area.
Visit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. This week’s guest is Mallory Kasdan, author of Ella, a story of a clever parody about a little girl living in a hipster hotel.
Also on Saturday, visit Barnes & Noble (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) for a story time event at 11:00 AM. This week, there will be plenty of engaging activities and fun from Highlights ™ magazine, including puzzles and group activities. At 4:00 PM, kids ages 8 and up are invited to stop in for a LEGO ® Star Wars Rogue One Build Event, where participants can build designs from the new film coming out later this year.
The Wiggles – Wiggle Town Tour will be at the Wellmont Theater (5 Seymour Street, Montclair) on Saturday at 1:00 PM (doors at 12:00 PM). Called “the world’s biggest preschool band” and “your child’s first rock band,” The Wiggles have been making music for children since 1991. Ticket prices range from $20 to $79.50.
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC) will present Beethoven’s Wig on Saturday at 2:00 PM. This four-time Grammy Award-nominated vocal quintet sings witty and funny lyrics set to classical masterpieces. Arrive at 1:00 PM for a pre-show educational activity including a music-related craft and worksheet activity. Post show, from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, meet and greet with Richard Perlmutter, star of Beethoven’s Wig.
Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will begin its performance series with Vered and the Babes, an all-ages concert of swingy tunes. This Brooklyn based band has received Gold Awards from both Parents’ Choice and the National Parenting Publications (NAPPA). Kids and parents alike will enjoy this full band show. Tickets are $17 for non-members and $14 for members. Babies under 6 months admitted free.
Celebrate Lenape Day at Great Swamp OEC (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township). Learn about the Lenape culture and history with a traditional drum circle, dancers in regalia, real tools and artifacts, a wigwam replica, demos and hands-on activities. Take a guided walk on the wooded trails to learn more about the Lenape. Cost is $5 per person age 3 and up. Food will be available for purchase.
On Sunday, Bike-Walk Montclair has reintroduced the Tour-de-Montclair for families and cyclists of all ages and abilities. The event starts off with a family-friendly group ride, with 6- and 12-mile options, through the four wards of Montclair. After the ride, enjoy the Open Streets Festival, part of a national movement to “open” streets for walking, jogging, bicycling, dancing, and socializing, free from traffic. The event will include music, children’s activities, food, sustainability displays and parklets – mini urban public spaces designed and built in parking spaces. The ride begins at 10:00 AM (registration starts at 8:30 AM) and the festival continues until 3:00 PM.
Also on Sunday, stop by Montclair Art Museum for Drop-In Studio between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The new Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.
Caldwell will host its 25th Annual Caldwell Street Fair on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Enjoy rides, entertainment, the Beer Garden, live music, food and more. The fair will be held on Bloomfield Avenue in the center of Caldwell. (https://www.caldwellstreetfair.com/ )
This is the final weekend for the New York Renaissance Faire (600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY). Travel back in time to Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. The faire is open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the website for adult tickets, the stage schedule and special events. The faire is open Saturdays and Sundays through October 2, 2016.
For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.