Family fun at the weekend: architecture, Mathilde, fishing, etc.


Hooray for the weekend? Ready to have fun? We’ve rounded up a few family activities for your enjoyment. Check them out!

Newark Museum of Art will present Family Movie Night: Sing 2 Fridays at 8:30 p.m. at Newark Riverfront Park (730 Raymond Boulevard, Newark). Buster Moon and his friends must persuade reclusive rock star Clay Calloway to join them for the opening of a new show. This event is free and no registration is required.

Pleasant Valley Productions will present Mathilde the musical at the Oskar Schindler Center for the Performing Arts (4 Boland Drive, West Orange) Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, it’s the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Tickets are $20 for premium and $10 for general admission.

Pixie Dust players will present 13 Jr. this weekend at Millburn High School (462 Millburn Avenue, Millburn). Evan Goldman has moved on from his hectic pre-teen life in New York City and found himself in sleepy Indiana after his parents divorced. Surrounded by an array of simple-minded college kids, he must establish his place in the pecking order of popularity. Can he find himself on a comfortable link in the food chain…or will he swing at the end with the outcasts?!? Performances will be Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Continuing this weekend, children can enjoy the Where is Waldo’s Treasure Hunt at Watchung Plaza throughout July starting at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays. They can spend the morning or a few hours a week in July looking for Waldo at more than 20 businesses around the Plaza. Stop by Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for a passport and to find Waldo there, then check out nearby businesses. A wrap-up party Where’s Waldo will be announced at a later date.

On Saturday, the Montclair Police Athletic League (MPAL), Montclair Police Foundation, Montclair Anglers, Eureka Lodge #52 and the Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 53 will host a FREE fishing derby for kindergarten-aged Montclair youth at the age of 12. at Edgemont Park in Montclair. The pond will be populated by more than 300 species of fish! Bring your fishing rod. A limited number of loan poles will be available for young people wanting to cast off for the first time. Bait will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Snacks will also be provided. Check-in is from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fishing tournament starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Adult registration and supervision will be required for all participants. All participants must register here: https://montclairpal.leagueapps.com/events/3259167-2022-fishing-derby

On Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the Montclair History Center (110 Orange Road, Montclair) will host Family Fun: Architecture Walking Tour. Column or pilaster? Herringbone brick or Flemish brick? On this family-friendly walking tour, look for architectural details in the beautiful homes on the streets near the Crane House & Historic YWCA. Teach your children the language of architecture. Maybe you’re raising the next Mead, McKim or White! All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $20 per family. Register online.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum (165 Hobart Avenue, Summit) will offer Saturday Free Tours this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours begin at the Visitor 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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. July’s theme is “Shady Business”. Bring your phone or camera for this month’s “That’s Cool” hunt. Look for shady spots and cool plants. Take a picture of each item and get a price. The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 people or less. Pre-registration is required.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morristown) will host Hook, line, sinker N! Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. To fish! Fishermen wanted at Fosterfields. Fish in the pond using bamboo poles… then put your catch back inside. All supplies are included. The cost is $7 and includes admission to the farm. Pre-registration is required.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host Butterfly Tent Safari Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event features live butterflies and butterfly-themed programming for all ages. You must reserve a timeslot by calling the Center at 973.228.8776. People without an appointment will not be accepted. The cost is $8 per person and includes one take-out item per paying attendee.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will also host Take action with insect education Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for children from 5 years old. Do you like insects ? Take part in a fun, hands-on family presentation on insects and butterflies. Meet at the Garibaldi room. Prior registration is required. The cost is $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child and $12 per adult.

The Growing Stage (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong) will present its final weekend of Georgia Mae James Unplugs America Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Sometimes, to feel connected, you have to disconnect. When Georgia Mae finds herself home alone with her two older siblings while her parents take the train to town, she hatches big plans for the night. However, Georgia Mae finds herself disappointed when Imogene and Henry are too invested in electronics to mess with her. So, Georgia Mae decides to shut down the power grid so they don’t have any distractions. However, when they realize that their parents are now stuck in the city and cannot return home, the three set out on an adventure to restore power. Along the way, they meet various people who help them on their journey, and ultimately they discover the simple pleasures of being together – and disconnected. This show is suitable for the whole family. Tickets are $28.

Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) houses Spark!Lab Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Spark!Lab offers any child (aged 5 to 12 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 solve problems and overcome real-world obstacles. Spark!Lab offers many unique, project-specific stations where inventors can tackle engineering and design challenges head-on. There is also a newly created space with a train and an exploration table filled with unique tools to help stimulate creativity, thinking and learning for children ages 1-4). Cost is included in admission, $12 for adults, $8 for children 3-17, and free for children under 3. All summer through August 28, young inventors will receive 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 win an exclusive prize. The top ten inventors who complete this challenge will receive the You Topia mobile diorama creation kit (pictured above)! Other prizes include a Spark!Lab journal and more!

Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City) has several special exhibitions. The Pigeon Comes to Jersey City celebrates the art and characters of beloved children’s book author and illustrator, Mo Willems. This exhibit for young learners features best friend duo Elephant and Piggie, loyal companion Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon, the cunning city bird best known for his antics in Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! It will also continue to feature Minecraft: The Exhibition. It is a 6,000 square foot. multimedia experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, whether they play Minecraft or not. The exhibit offers an immersive experience that includes blocky scenes and characters from the game. Both exhibits will be open until September 5, 2022. The Liberty Science Center is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost is general admission price plus additional fees. Visit the website for more details.

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