May is almost here (can you believe it?), and this week’s lineup of family-friendly virtual events are celebrating spring. Whether it’s planting new seedlings with Duke Farms, cooking up brunch favorites with Montclair Culinary Academy or learning about great outdoors in your own backyard from Reeves-Reed Arboretum, these on-screen activities will shake up the usual family routine.
Virtual Storytime with Ms. Matilda
May 1, 2 PM
Your kids will love hearing Ms. Matilda from the Montclair Public Library read aloud via a virtual storytime session on Facebook Live. Be sure to keep an eye out for dogs Titi and Trinket to make an appearance.
Seed Starting with Kids
May 2, 10 AM
Have your kids ever wondered how one tiny seed can produce a crispy cucumber? Join Duke Farms educators to explore the magic of germination and learn how to plant your own seeds that can grow into a whole rainbow of vegetables or flowers. This interactive, virtual program will include movement, art, and science. Geared towards grades 1-4, but all are welcome (pre-registration required).
May the 4th Be With You! Build a Droid Contest!
With Star Wars Day (May 4) approaching, now is the perfect time to build a droid fit for that galaxy far, far away. Bay Head Life is challenging you to create your own droid out of recycled materials and submit it for competition. The winner will be announced on May 4 and will receive a 4-pack of Star Wars-inspired cupcakes from local Bayhead favorite, Mueller’s Bakery.
Montclair Culinary Academy’s ZOOM Sunday Family Brunch
May 3, 11 AM
Grab the whole fam, and tune to Chef Karan from the Montclair Culinary Academy for a Zoom live cooking class that’s fun for everyone. You’ll all learn to enjoy cooking together with brunch favorites like crepes, French Toast Casserole and bacon. Oh, and did we mention mimosas and bloody marys—yum.
Bring Your Favorite Characters to Life: TOY STORY
May 4, 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Parents and kids can join instructor Marjorie Enerson at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank for a creative workshop learning to draw your favorite Toy Story characters. All you need is paper, pencil, crayons, a computer, Zoom, and your imagination.
Arboretum at Home
May 6, 11 AM – 1 PM
Experience the wonder and excitement of Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit from the comfort of your own home. Sign up and they’ll email you a lesson plan that includes games, videos, and activities based around a weekly theme that the whole family can complete in your house or backyard.