15 Things to Do This Weekend in NJ 11/13 – 11/15

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Attend Wild Kratts Live! at Bergen Performing Arts Center, become an engineer at Kids Create Again!, or celebrate Teddy Bear Day at Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Interact with a Peanuts Movie themed Ice Palace, try pies at Terhune Orchards – Pie Sampling Weekend, or discover the world of Dora and Diego at the Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore exhibit!

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1. Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm & 4 pm
Step into the enchanted story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
W.H.A.T TheaterFirst Lutheran Church
65 Oakwood Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032
Cost: $8

2. National Teddy Bear Day Picnic
Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 2 pm to 3 pm
Bring your teddy bear and help us honor National Teddy Bear Day, with a Teddy Bear Picnic for both human and stuffed visitors alike. Gather around our Museum Educator and listen to teddy bear stories. Take part in a fun teddy bear craft. Enjoy yummy teddy bear treats and an afternoon of teddy bear fun!
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
9 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940
Cost: $3

3. Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore!
Now open until Sunday, January 24, 2016
Kids will be thrilled to meet the bilingual characters Dora and her cousin Diego from the hit Nickelodeon TV preschool series Dora the Explorer. Boots, Map, Backpack, Tico, Isa, and Swiper are all part of the fun. Check out Isa’s Flowery Garden, Journey to the Purple Planet, Tico’s Nutty Forest, the Animal Rescue Center, a Rainforest Maze, and the Pirate Piggies’ Ship. Play games that encourage animal conservation and caring for the environment, and engage in interactive play!
Liberty Science Center – 4th Floor
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305
Cost: $17.75 +

4. Train Celebration at Camden Children’s Garden
Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Join us for train themed crafts, games, and fun railroad stories. Meet & Greet with “Buddy” from the PBS Kids Hit Show Dinosaur Train!
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
Cost: $6

5. Short Hills – Ice Palace
Now open until December 24, 2015
In celebration of The Peanuts Movie, Taubman Malls presents a ten-city interactive Peanuts Movie experience. Each Ice Palace will feature characters from the beloved 65-year-old Peanuts franchise. This interactive holiday display will showcase scenes from the new movie, plus a 30-foot Ice Palace with falling snow, a light show and other activities for the entire family. Interactive globes will feature graphics of the entire Peanuts gang enjoying a snow day ice skating and Snoopy taking to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, The Red Baron. Adults and children alike will be able to compare their icy hand print to that of Snoopy and Woodstock, see how they measure up to Snoopy and Charlie Brown, and have their photo taken at Snoopy’s dog house. End your magical journey at the Ice Palace with a visit to Santa and, of course, a special gift.
The Mall at Short Hills
1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ 07078
Cost: Free

6. Pie Sampling Weekend
Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9am to 5pm
Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 9am to 5pm
Come and taste our delicious home baked pies. Not sure which of our over 20 varieties of pies to serve for your Thanksgiving meal? Come out to try something new or taste your favorite. Our friendly store staff will be on hand to take your Thanksgiving pie orders.
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: Free

7. Open Arms Family Evenings at Garden State Discovery Museum
Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Enjoy a relaxing night of exploration and fun! Meet other families, with children on the autism spectrum and have the opportunity to socialize in a safe and interactive environment.
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Cost: Free

8. Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance Day
Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 12 pm to 4 pm
Experience Thanksgiving, 1920s farm style with hands-on farm chores, historical reenactors in period dress, interactive exhibits, and Thanksgiving feast preparations. To commemorate the end of WWII and the Civil War, a special tribute will be held at 2 p.m. All U.S. military personnel and veterans are honored, with a special recognition.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Road, Morristown NJ 07960
Cost: $6 Children | $8 Adults

9. Kids Create: Again! – Celebrating STEAM
Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm
Test your bridge-building skills and discover the science of bridges. Put your skills to the test as you engineer your own miniature catapult! Experience the wonder of 3D printing! Engineer your own moving machine is our Robotics Lab! Pre-registration is encouraged but not required
Roebling Museum
100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ 08554
Cost: $5.00; To register, please click here

10. Jersey Shore Comic Book Show
Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm
Over 20+ guest artists, writers and creators of comics ! More than 50 vendors offering up Comics, Non-Sport Cards, Graphic Novels, Pop Culture, Steam Punk, Anime, Comic Crafts, Toys, Collectibles and MORE!!!
Toms River Elks
600 Washington Street, Toms River NJ 08753
Cost: $5

Photo via BergenPAC

11. Wild Kratts Live!
Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 1 pm & 4:30 pm
The Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” as they activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescues a helpless animal friend and returns her home “Living Free and in the Wild!” Their Live show brings their television show to life and engages the audience. Through their captivating adventures the viewers learn that animals can take you anywhere in science!
Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
Cost: $19+

12. Gustafer Yellowgold!
Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2 pm
Gustafer Yellowgold returns to Montclair Public Library! Performed by renowned songwriter Morgan Taylor, ‘Gustafer’ is described by the New York Times as “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss, filtered through the lens of the Lower East Side.” Spark your imaginations with Taylor’s cutting edge multimedia picture show as Gustafer Yellowgold comes to life on screen with live music, creating that rare gem that appeals to kids and adults of all ages. Morgan Taylor has toured America and Europe and has performed as the support act for a Wilco tour. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind show!
Montclair Public Library – Auditorium
50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: Free

Photo via South Orange PAC

13. Rainbow Magic Live! Saving Fairyland
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2 pm
Follow best friends Rachel and Kirsty as they hunt for magical wands and trick the silly goblins to save Fairyland. Filled with fun and adventure, this musical production will travel around the world exploring the arctic, the desert, and the rainforest with lots of excitement and laughter along the way.
South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
Cost: $23 Children | $28 Adults

14. Eric Carle Family Day
Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Participate in a day filled of exploration with many dynamic Museum-wide art activities. Enjoy an Eric Carle Reading Marathon throughout the day as well as art projects inspired by the current exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends. Be sure to check out the various demos, art projects, and a toy workshop featuring toy author Dorothée Charles (for children of all ages)!
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $10 Non-Members | Free Members

Photo via Rhino Theatre

15. Shrek The Musical
Friday, November 13, 2015 to Sunday, December 13, 2015
Fridays at 8 pm | Saturdays at 7 pm | Sundays at 2 pm
Enjoy the greatest fairy tale never told about an ogre and his adventures through love and friendship!
Rhino Theatre
247 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Cost: $22+

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