Looks like it's gonna be a chilly weekend, so don that sweatshirt before you head outdoors! My top picks this weekend are the Shearing Festival in Long Valley–which looks like an unusual and fun activity to do with the family, the NJ History Fair–a great way to teach kids about history right here in NJ (and I'm not talking the Jersey Shore kind!), and the Rubin Run at JCC on the Palisades. And, of course, don't forget mom! There are tons of great activities like hikes and arts/crafts programs to do as well as an event at the NY Botanical Garden that sounds classic and beautiful. Have a great weekend!
Shen Yun. Fri: 8pm; Sat: 2pm and 8pm; Sun: 2pm. Dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns. See ancient legends brought to life alongside modern tales of courage with a live orchestra. $60 to $130. State Theatre of NJ, New Brunswick. Link here.
Annual Herb Sale. Thurs/Fri, Family Day on Saturday: 9am to 5pm. Buy high quality, organic herbs. On Saturday there will be activities for kids. Montclair Historical Society. Free! Link here.
Yantacaw Family Swap. Drop off Fri: 3:30 to 5pm; Swap: Sat: 9am to 11:30am. Bring items your family no longer use on Friday and come on Saturday to pick up items you need. DVDs, videos, CDs, video and computer games, books, puzzles, toys, sports equipment, shoes, baby gear, clothes, etc. Free. Yantacaw Elementary School Gym, 20 Yantacaw Place, Nutley.
Kite Day. Sat/Sun: 10am to 5pm. Bring your own kite or choose a ready-made kite from the store. You can test it out at the 10 acre pasture. Country music, entertainment, wagon rides and food. Kids games and activities in the barnyard. Terhune Orchards, Princeton. Free! Link here.
Shearing Festival. 10am to 4pm. Watch sheep shearing, make crafts, enjoy live music and storytelling, etc. Valley Shepherd Creamery, Long Valley. Call to register, tickets: Adult $10/$6 child. Free parking. Link here.
Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair. 11am to 5pm. Five centuries of NJ's history in one place! Exhibits, music, open hearth cooking, an 1864 baseball game, kids activities. Great way to learn history! Historic Village at Allaire, Farmingdale. Link here.
Mother's Day Floral Craft. 10am to 1pm. Learn how to make crepe paper flowers and arrangements. Preregister; for ages 7 to 12yrs. Liberty Hall Museum, Union. $10/child. Link here.
Martini's with Mom. 6 to 9pm. A selection of hors d'oeuvres, chef's carving and pasta station. $19.95/person. Call for reservations: 908-547-6050. Link here.
Stuart Little. 10am. Based on the story by E.B. White. Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn. $12-15. Link here.
Little Orchestra Society: Peter and the Wolf. 11am and 1pm. The 75th anniversary of Prokofiev's Russian masterpiece. Preregister. For ages 6 to 12. Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Link here.
Azalea Garden Grand Opening. 10am to 5pm. Nearly 3,000 azaleas and rhododendrons expand the core collection. Play lawn games, fly a kite, sip lemonade, and kids can don Victorian-era costumes. Reserve a lunch at $14/person. Admission: $20 adults; $8 children. NY Botanical Garden, Bronx. Link here.
Mother's Day Rubin Run. 8am to 11:30am. A 10K, 5K run/walk, two spin-a-thons, continental breakfast, and kids carnival. Great giveaways, free babysitting from 8:30am to noon, cash prizes, and all moms get a rose at finish line. $25 to register. JCC on the Palisades, Tenafly. Contact Irene at 201-408-1472. Link here.
Cape May Annual Spring Festival. Home garden tours, ghost tours, murder mystery dinners, Tulip festival, etc. Link here.
Mother's Day Brunch at W Hoboken. 11am to 2pm. Savory bites, live jazz music, bath products from Bliss Spa. $60/adult/$30/child over 4yrs. Advance purchase required. Link here.
Patty's Green. 2pm to 3pm. A live action musical eco-program for children and parents that promotes green living, earth care, nutrition and recycling. Presented by Connecticut Children's Theatre. Shea Center for the Performing Arts, Wayne. $10. Link here.
NJ Ballet's Sleeping Beauty. 4:30pm. Performed with Storyteller narration so it's perfect for young kids. BergenPac, Englewood. $20 to $35. Link here.
Weis Ecology Center, Ringwood. 11am to 2pm. 3 mile loop hike up Wyanokie High Point. Pack a lunch and bring water. Recommended for elementary age kids and parents. $5 to $8/person or $15-24/family. Moms free! (preregister) Link here.
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Englewood. 1:30pm to 3pm. For families and kids 4yrs and up. Moms attend free! Call to see if there are openings: 201-567-1265.
Tenafly Nature Center. 10am to 12pm. Nonmembes, $5. Link here.