BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00pm |
There’s so much to do with the family this gorgeous May weekend.
We’ve told you about Mayfair, Maplewood Mayfest, Presby Iris Gardens Family Garden Party, the Fine Arts and Crafts at Verona Park Show, Big Truck Day, and the MHS’ Sisters on the Runway fashion show—but here’s more!
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Here are your weekend highlights:
Bring your American Girl Dolls to the Geyer Family YMCA for a special Friday night event. (Friday, May 17)
“Tee off” with your friends and family at the first ever Mini Golf Day at the MPL. (Saturday, May 18)
BY Anna Sandler | Friday, May 17, 2013 10:00am |
There are new animals at Turtle Back Zoo! Sea Lion Sound Exhibit recently opened, the largest exhibit to be developed in the zoo’s history.
The Grand Opening was on April 10, and featured special guests Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, and Governor Chris Christie, who is pictured below cutting the ceremonial ribbon, and also exploring the new Touch Tank:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, May 17, 2013 8:00am |
With Springfield Avenue Partnership as the host and Walgreens as the presenter, Maplewood MayFest will celebrate its 12th Anniversary on Sunday, May 19.
Performances by top local bands plus great family friendly activities, such as a petting zoo and pony rides, a kiddie train and inflatable rides, a balloon sculpture artist and lots of fun activities for kids. there will also be vendors, artists, a Classic Car show and more to enjoy.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:00pm |
There’s nothing we can do. The Cicadas are coming. But The Art Garage in Montclair is making the best of the freaky situation by having an Cicadageddon Art Contest in honor of the infamous Brood II hatching cicadas all along the East Coast. The contest is open to artists in the following categories:
- 5-6 years
- 7-9 years
- 10-12 years
- 13-18 years
Any kind of art medium is allowed! Kids, with help from their parents if needed, can submit a photo of their work with this entry form to The Art Garage—Email here.
Details and Prizes:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, May 16, 2013 1:00pm |
It’s spring, the weather is warm and sunny, and you’re probably thinking of your summer vacation right now, but we have a very, early Christmas gift for you—A Presale for tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular®!
The radiant Radio City Music Hall will be decked out for the season and the Rockettes will shine like never before in a breathtaking new number that transforms the stage into a glistening winter wonderland! Share in the joy with Santa, the Nutcracker, and the unforgettable Living Nativity. Performances begin on November 8, 2013.
Click here and use code PREMOM for special access to great seats before tickets go on sale to the general public on May 21, 2013 at 11 am.
BY Holly Korus | Thursday, May 16, 2013 11:00am |
Polymer clay comes in every color of the rainbow, doesn’t dry until baked in the oven, is super easy to work with, and is NOT AT ALL MESSY. It’s the perfect craft for all ages!
If anyone is still asking the question, “Who let the dogs out?”, the answer is me. My 10 year old recently had a puppy-themed birthday party and I let them all out. We picked the dog theme around the cute polymer clay poodle my ridiculously creative friend Fran Liscio made for us. Continue Reading
BY Announcement | Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:45am |
Twelve pre-school kids their parents gathered at Red Mango in Montclair to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot on Monday, May 13. Facilitated by Emmy Atlas, Jewish Family Concierge for Montclair and the surrounding areas, the children made Moses paper dolls and egg crate/pipe cleaner flowers and listen to PJ Library Shavuot stories while enjoying delicious frozen yogurt. The families were also provided with a brochure showing ways to celebrate Shavuot at home, a recipe for making blintzes, and information about PJ Library and upcoming programs.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, May 16, 2013 7:00am |
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the enchanting 1989 Disney animated film and one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Paper Mill Playhouse will delight and enchant all ages.
The score features the classic songs “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl” and the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, “Under the Sea” composed by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and his longtime collaborator, the late Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Mr. Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The book for the musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright. The production also features a cast of talented Broadway veterans. Time Magazine has called the show, “One of the most ravishing things I have ever seen on a Broadway stage.”
“The Paper Mill Playhouse version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid has never been seen before,” stated director Glenn Casale. “The script and the structure of the piece are entirely new. Ursula and Triton have new songs. It is a family adventure that you will want to share with your sons and daughters.”
Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be performed eight times a week from May 29 through June 30, Wednesday through Sunday at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.
Barista Kids is so excited to announce, thank to the generosity of Paper Mill Playhouse, a Family 4-pack ticket giveaway for the first preview performance on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 pm:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:30pm |
Parents magazine has an interesting article titled Guns Within Reach in which is states that “More than 1.5 million children live in households where firearms are kept unlocked and loaded” and that:
Each year, nearly 140 minors are accidentally killed and more than 3,000 are injured by firearms, most often at home or while visiting a friend, relative, or caregiver. About a quarter of victims under age 14 unintentionally shoot themselves. And, according to data from the Harvard School of Public Health, these estimates are certainly low, because many unintended shootings are incorrectly labeled as homicides.
No matter what your personal feelings are on owning guns, it’s important to discuss gun safety with your children and with other parents, especially when you are letting your child go over for a playdate or sleepover. We may think that people in our area may be like-minded, but that’s not always the case. The article encourages parents to ask if there are guns in the home and how they are stored before letting their children over someone’s home.
I’m just starting to do drop-off playdates and I’ve honestly never asked, nor have I been asked when a parent drops off her/his child at my home. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve assumed that the parents that I’ve gotten to know are not gun owners. It’s a naive and ignorant way of thinking. You can’t tell if someone is a gun owner by the way he/she looks, acts, lives… You also cannot tell if someone is a responsible gun owner, who practices every safety precaution, unless you ask.
Do you ask parents if they have a gun in the home before a playdate? Take our poll: