5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison, NJ: May 5 - May 11

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There is so much to do this week, inside and out!!

Star Wars Party & Book Signing with Jason Fry at Short Stories

Friday, May 5, 6-8 pm

An official Children's Book Week event!

Try to stump New York Times Bestselling author Jason Fry with your best Star Wars trivia question. Jason will sign his latest books and answer all your fan questions.

Come dressed up as your favorite Star Wars character, enjoy Star Wars-themed snacks, and get ready for trivia contests, crafts, and more out-of-this universe fun. If you love Star Wars, you won't want to miss this!

This event is FREE and open to young and old Padawans.

May Day in Madison

Saturday, May 6, 8 am - Noon

Help spruce up the town on this annual day of spring cleaning! Pick any May Day location, bring some gardening tools and your family and get to work beautifying Madison!

Email: ddc@rosenet.org for more information!

Morris County Parks Commission:

The Parks Commission has so much going on this month! Here are a few this weekend:

Saturday, May 6 - Preservation Tour, 10 am - 6 pm

Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Avenue

Come learn about historic preservation with new activities for our family backpacks and tours that will highlight some of the preservation projects that we’ve done at Historic Speedwell so far. We’ll also be discussing some of the new projects that will be underway in 2017.

$5 per adult, $4 for seniors and $3 for children

Saturday, May 6 & Sunday May 7 - Plant Sale, 9 am - 3 pm

Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue

Trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, vines, herbs, heirloom tomatoes…no matter your passion, the plant sale has something for you! Purchase the best plants and have all your gardening questions answered by on-site experts. Managed by the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum for over 20 years, this is one sale you will not want to miss. Cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted. Proceeds benefit Horticultural Education at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and other horticultural sites of the Morris County Park Commission.

Sunday, May 7, 2-3 pm - Tour the Arboretum

Tour the majestic jewel of Morris County, The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and its magnificent gardens and grounds with a knowledgeable tour guide. Get the inside information on the history of the property and its gardens, as well as the historic mansion.

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Happily Ever After @ SOPAC

Saturday, May 6, 2 pm

With Happily Ever After, get ready to laugh out loud at our hilarious renditions of some of the best stories from the Grimm Brothers’ iconic works. In this (not-so-grim) adventure, our engaging performers transform into Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

This fairy tale inspired production is the perfect way to create a magical afternoon! Loaded with audience participation and an endless stream of laughs, this show will leave you and your children shouting for more!

Founded in 2003, Bright Star Theatre tours the nation offering high quality, affordable programs to every imaginable venue including the National Theatre.

Join us at SOPAC for Happily Ever After to close out our 2016-17 Kids ‘N Family series season!

Tickets: $15

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Alice in Wonderland @ Papermill Playhouse

Sunday, May 7, 10 am

Filled with Lewis Carroll’s pure nonsense and madcap characters, this tale about a curious young girl has enchanted readers for many generations. In this re-imagined version of the tale, Alice goes on an enchanted journey of self-discovery with challenges, choices and happy conclusions. This meaningful story will resonate with anyone who has ever been on the daring adventure of growing up.

Tickets: $12.75

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And don't forget about Bank of America free museum days this Saturday! Liberty Science Center, Montclair Art Museum and so many more museums are participating!