The weekend is here! Ready for some fun? We’ve put together some family-friendly activities in the area. Look at her!

Start the weekend with Movie Night at Riverfront Park: The Secret Lives of Pets. This event is presented by the Newark Museum of Art but is held in Riverfront Park (730 Raymond Boulevard, Newark). The Secret Life of Pets (2016). Rated PG. The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upset when its owner takes in Duke, a stray that Max instantly dislikes. The film will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles. This event is FREE and no registration is required. The event starts at 8 p.m., the film starts at 8:30 p.m.

This weekend there will be three film evenings at Demarest Farms (244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale). The Friday movie is Monsters, Inc. Catch The Notebook on Saturday. Finally, on Sunday, enjoy Playing With Fire. All shows start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $ 25 per car and must be purchased online.

Westfield Garden State Plaza (One Garden State Plaza, Paramus) is now hosting Dino Safari: A Drive Thru Adventure from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $ 49.95 per car for up to 7 people. Grab a prehistoric passport and join over 40 giant, moving dinosaurs on a world tour expedition at Dino Safari, a dinosaur adventure for the whole family. Get up close and personal with the most fascinating prehistoric creatures, from the mighty T. rex of North America to the giant amphibious Spinosaurus of Africa, as you learn how dinosaurs evolved over time, where they lived on Earth, and the discoveries made by paleontologists about how they ate, moved and behaved. Warning: earthquakes may break out, dinosaurs may fight, and your family may just have to help save the life of a baby dinosaur! So buckle up for the adventure of a lifetime in this totally COVID-safe experience!

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the family photo scavenger hunt. They take place daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. The July theme is “red, white and blue”. The cost is $ 10 per family or group of 6 or fewer people. Pre-registration is required.

On Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) is hosting Wonders of the Wild for children ages 6 to 12. The Turtle Back Zoo is a fantastic classroom! The Wonders of the Wild program offers students the opportunity to participate in complementary science and nature related programs and projects that promote science education and lifelong environmental stewardship. The theme for July 10th is South America. This is a drop-off program and the cost is $ 30.

The Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) is hosting a butterfly tent safari starting Saturday. The tent is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You must book a timeslot by calling the center at 973-228-8776. Walk-ins are not taken into account. Admission is $ 8 per person. Children up to 1 year are free. There is also a program for children ages 3 to 5, The Very Hungry Monarch Caterpillar, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Come dressed for a butterfly story walk in the trails for a day in the monarch’s life. A pre-registration is neccessary. The cost is $ 10 per child and $ 12 per adult, or $ 30 per family with up to two adults and two children.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (9 Main Street, Madison) is hosting Family Fun Day: Discovery at METC on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The all-day indoor / outdoor event includes mini tours of the new exhibition, hands-on tinkering in our educational building, exploring the fascinating art of solagraph photography, games on the METC lawn, immersion in archeology, and musical entertainment from Popsical Advanced School! This event is free of charge, but advance registration is recommended.

Premiere Stages at Kean Stage presents Sleeping Beauty on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Enlow Hall (215 North Avenue, Union). Sleeping Beauty is the captivating story of a princess who has fallen under the spell of a slightly creepy witch. Only when a prince from a distant kingdom discovers the sleeping castle is the evil spell broken. Experience the adventures of the Jester, King, Queen and Pages in this sparkling musical fantasy from Sleeping Beauty. Tickets are $ 15.

Monster Jam takes place on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at MetLife Stadium (One MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford) (doors open at 5:00 p.m.). Monster Jam is an action-packed motor sport with world-class athletes engaged in intense competitions for speed and skill. Experience heated rivalries, high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head fights for the event championship. These 12,000 pound monster trucks, including the iconic Grave Digger and Monster Energy, are engineered to perfection and push the envelope in freestyle, skills challenge and racing competitions. This is family fun at full throttle. These. Is. Monster Jam. Tickets cost $ 20 to $ 125.

The Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host its Zoo Explorers Program for four- and five-year-olds. The second event of the current session will take place on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Get involved in the exercise, storytelling, games, and crafts in these interactive, science-based lessons to learn more about the wonderful and fascinating world of animals. This is a drop-off program and the cost is $ 30 per class.

Kingsland Manor (3 Kingsland Street, Nutley) is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a free ice cream sundae or other refreshing treat while you relax on the terrace. And of course there are house and garden tours for those who want it. This event is free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted and added to the scholarship fund.

The New Jersey Botanical Gardens (Morris Road, Ringwood) are hosting a Family Woodland Hike Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. An easy, child-friendly hike in the paths and forests of the garden, during which you can learn something about the plants and animals in your area in a group-friendly hike. Smaller children may have to be carried. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center. Rain breaks off. This event is free, but donations are welcome.

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