5 Favorite Things: May 3rd - May 9th

The warmer weather has got to be around the corner, right??? Well, we’ve found activities, both indoor and out, to keep everyone happy and active!


Peter and the Wolf

Saturday, May 4th - 10 am

Paper Mill Playhouse

THE MUSIC: A different instrument and melody (or “leitmotif”) represents each character of the play, creating an excellent link to understanding all types of music. THE STORY: A true adventure about a spirited young boy who meets the challenge of danger with courage, creativity and leadership. THE CELEBRATION: The value of love, friendship and caring. The lessons of greed, arrogance and prejudice. There is innocence and wisdom, youth and maturity, conflict resolution, moral development, and beauty in the natural order of life!

Ages 4+

Visit the Paper Mill website for information and for tickets.


Discovery Saturday @ Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Saturday, May 4th - 9 am - 1 pm

Make a discovery at the Arboretum, and enjoy a unique family experience. Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center on Saturdays, any time between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, for an interactive exploration of nature. This week the activity is making your own bird feeders! Or stay and check out all about pollinators!

Each week discover a new plant, animal or environmental topic through experiments, stories, games, and crafts. Borrow an Arboretum backpack loaded with binoculars, field guides, a magnifying glass and everything else needed for outdoor Arboretum adventure.

No pre-registration is necessary. Adults must be accompanied by a child.

Ages 3+

Free for members; $5 for non-members (children)

Westfield Spring Fling

Sunday, May 5th - 10 am - 5 pm

Downtown Westfield

More than 300 exhibitors will be in Downtown Westfield including arts, crafts, ,delicious festival foods, all day music, entertainment and children's activities will take place at the event. Bring your family for a fun filled day.

Visit the website for more information.


Madison Education Foundation 5K

Sunday, May 5th - 9:30 am

Madison High School

Calling all kids! The Kids Fun Run (ages 10 and under) at the Madison 5K will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Madison High School track. 

There are 3 race options: 100 meters, ¼ mile, and 1-mile. 

All Fun Runners will receive ribbons and ice cream! 

Visit the MEF website to register.


Charlotte’s Web

Mayo Performing Arts Center

Monday, May 6th - 4 pm

Based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte, Charlotte’s Web explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

Ages 4+

Tickets: $12-15

Visit the theatre website for more information.

And for the grown-ups…

Rhythm & Brewfest

Hilton Short Hills

May 4th - 12 - 4 pm

Rooftop season is almost here! To celebrate, Retreat Bar, Lounge & Rooftop at Hilton Short Hills is hosting its first annual Rhythm & Brewfest – a Live Music and Craft Beer Festival - on Saturday, May 4 from 12-4pm.

Sample local craft beer by Brix City Brewing, Bolero Snort Brewery and Brotherton Brewing Company, spirits and mead tastings by Jersey Spirits, Melovino Craft Meadery, Sourland Mountain Spirits, and Hilton collaborated Wente Vineyards. Touch of Grey Band presents live music featuring David Krumholtz. Enjoy food by Executive Chef Richard Kennedy, raffles, giveaways and more.

Tickets $35-50

Visit the event website for tickets.