5 Favorite Things: May 10th - 16th

We’ve found some family fun for everyone this week, including some special Mother’s Day events!


Alvin Ailey Dance Theater


Friday, May 10th - Sunday May 12th - various times

You won't want to miss Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th anniversary season, with dazzling programs that include the New Jersey premiere of the company's first two-act work Lazarus and the Mother's Day program Timeless Ailey.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance forever changed the perception of American dance.

Tickets: $25 - $89

Visit the theatre website for tickets and showtimes.

And for the train aficionado…


Golden Spike 150 Day

Whippany Rail Museum

Saturday, May 11th - various times

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, with vintage train rides, special exhibits, live music and and family-friendly events. 

Trains depart at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, rain or shine, from the museum.

Tickets: $16 for adults, $11 for children under 12, Free for children under 1.

Visit the museum website for tickets and info.


Mother’s Day Fairy Homes

Great Swamp EOC

Sunday, May 12th - 12:30 - 4:30 pm

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center welcomes moms and kids to create mystical homes made from natural materials. Enjoy a story on fairy home etiquette, and finish with a tour of the newly constructed fairy homes. 

$8 per person

Pre-registration is required. Visit the website for registration.

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Mother’s Day at Grounds for Sculpture

Sunday, May 12th - 10 am - 9 pm

Grounds for Sculpture is the perfect setting for a Mother's Day outing. Stroll through the 42 acres of beautiful gardens and amazing works of art, with a special discount admission fee for Mother's Day.

The discount admission is available online only.

Visit the website for more information.

Storytime at the Museum

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Thursday, May 16th - 4 pm

Stories come alive at METC. Come to the museum dressed as your favorite storybook character, and join us as we read your favorite stories. 

We will also do some crafts inspired by several beloved children's stories. Feel free to bring your favorite book and we will read as many of these as we can.

$5 per child

Registration is required. Visit the museum website for registration.