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Birds, Butterflies, and Bodies in Motion

A weekend roundup of notable happenings around NJ


The rain has finally gone away, the sun is out, and the weather's warm. Bask in the beautiful spring weather at a corn planting event or on a hike. If the weather's a little too warm for your liking, take in a staged, indoor performance. The choices are aplenty this weekend, so be sure to check out our calendar of events for a full list of daily happenings.

School House Rock Live

Forum Theatre in Metuchen, NJ
May 11, 12, and 13

This Stars on Stage production of School House Rock Live opens at 6 am as Tom Mizer, a young teacher, wakes up on his first day of work. As his alarm goes off, Tom enters and begins to rehearse his teaching technique. Soon, Tom's thoughts begin to take life around him. In an attempt to calm himself, Tom turns on the TV. Whats on this morning? Why, it's School House Rock!

Corn Planting

Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville, NJ
May 12

Children can help with corn seed selection, fertilizing, and planting. Afterward, children can grid and sift cornmeal for baking, and sample freshly-made cornbread. Children can also make a corn wreath craft.

Saturday Outdoor Adventures

Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside, NJ
May 12 (and most Saturdays)

At this Saturday Outdoor Adventure session, you'll learn about owls. Discover which owls inhabit the Watchung Reservation. Take a walk to known roosting sites to search for pellets and feathers. Learn to identify local owls by sight and sound.

NJ Goes Native

State Line Lookout on the Palisades in Alpine, NJ
May 12

Join an educational celebration of native plants. Go on hikes, learn about native plants and mushrooms, hear talks on horticulture and gardening, take part in workshops such as tea making, composting, and carving with native woods. Kids can make a reed craft and work on a "plant a plant" craft. 

National Train Day

Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ
May 12

The Morris Museum partners with the Morris County Public Library and the Whippany Train Museum to celebrate National Train Day and America's love of trains. Visit the model railroad gallery, decorate a golden spike, and make a train conductor.

Meet the Star of The Lorax Movie

Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ
May 12 and 13

Meet the small furry star of The Lorax Movie, then enjoy activities designed to get you thinking about living more lightly on the Earth. Make a pot from newspaper, fill it with soil, and plant sunflower seeds to take home and plant. Also learn how long it takes thrown-away items to disintegrate.

Children's Classic Stories 2012 featuring Cinderella

JP Case Theater in Flemington, NJ
May 12 and 13

Roxey Ballet delivers a  fun-filled and creative production of a this classic tale. This full-length production features original music and choreography and lavish sets.

Beautiful Butterflies, Birds, and Cinco de Mayo Family Festival

Camden Children's Garden in Camden, NJ
May 12 and 13

From crawling caterpillars and fluttering butterflies to lovely local birds, celebrate the garden's most beautiful and important inhabitants. Learn about the live butterflies inside the Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House. Celebrate the return of Monarchs from Mexico and the Mexican traditional holiday Cinco de Mayo. This event includes crafts, education, a planting activity, and a colorful cultural celebration.

On The Move

Kelsey Theatre at MCCC in West Windsor, NJ
May 12 and 13

Six contributing choreographers, including MCCC faculty members, alumni, and a current student, will blend their talents for a performance that will incorporate a variety of modern and international dance styles as it celebrates the body in motion. 

So, with all these great events to choose from, what will your family be up to this weekend?

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