A Wonderful Day for a Montclair Spring Fling

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Community Spring Fling

The sweet springtime Egg Hunt drew kids of all ages to the 5th Annual Montclair Spring Fling today at Glenfield Park.

Doctor Bunny, aka 4th Ward Councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville, kicked off the event at the Wally Choice Community Center with a “move-athon” led by D’TaRelle Tullis of Pitter Patter Feet. Children also enjoyed a “make your best bonnet” hat making craft and a jellybean counting. DJ Denise Hamilton was on hand with her Karaoke Machine throughout the afternoon and topping off the entertainment was the family band Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam.

Barista Kids and Baristanet were proud supporters of the spring fling, along with the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Fourth  Ward Collaborative.



Have Fun at Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Daffodil Day

Enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating spring at Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit next Sunday, April 27.

This year’s celebration has you step back to the 1970′s with a ”Flower Power” celebration, featuring activities that the entire family can enjoy!  There will be spring–themed games, nature crafts, and a guided parade through the Daffodil Bowl.  A professional photographer will be on hand to take family photos.  Food and refreshments will also be available in our Outdoor Flower Power Flea.  Registration is not required.

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


There are some great family events to enjoy this holiday weekend.

Most of the events are Easter egg hunts and celebrations, but there are some other fun happenings to enjoy. The Jewish Museum hosts a Freedom Art Jam: Art and Dance Party for PassoverEarth Day celebrations begin this weekend, and it’s National Parks Week.

To make sure you’re always in the know when it comes to family events, parenting resources and discussion, sign up for our newsletter, which offers a great recap of our best stories, event information, guides and exclusive giveaways. And make sure to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our  Pinterest page. We post a lot of important information over there, so you don’t want to miss out.

You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:

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Montclair Superintendent Introduces New District Director of Technology in Her Latest Newsletter

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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District’s new Director of Technology, Barry Haines

Montclair Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Penny MacCormack, sends out a monthly newsletter titled “Straight from the Superintendent.” In her latest edition she discusses the approved 2014-2015 budget and gives props to District Chief Operating Officer Brian Fleischer for his work, shares information about her meeting with Hillside School parents, announces upcoming PARCC 101 information sessions, and introduces the district’s new Director of Technology or “IT Guy” Barry Haines.




Read the entire newsletter here, and learn more about Barry Haines below:

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Nishuane School Raises Over $300 for the Montclair Public Library from its Pennies for Pages Program

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Nishuane School

The kids at Montclair’s Nishuane School have been doing a lot more reading this year— 31,488 books!

Children, parents and staff participated in the fourth annual Pennies for Pages, a school wide activity to encourage reading and raise money for the Montclair Public Library.

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Tons of Fun For Kids at the Welcome to Walnut Street Sidewalk Fair

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Welcome to Walnut Street Sidewalk FairWe told you about how  the second annual “Welcome To Walnut Street” fair will showcase all of the best the neighborhood has to offer on Saturday, May 3, over on Baristanet. What we didn’t tell you is how much it will offer for kids and a super sweet detail.

Montclair Bread Company, whose Sunday doughnuts have become a huge addiction for families, will be making special Barista Kids mini-doughnuts with strawberry and chocolate glazes all covered in sprinkles — and they’re on us! Kids can enjoy a free doughnut courtesy of Barista Kids during the sidewalk fair.

Pretty sweet, right?

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Easter Egg Hunts, Bunny Photo Ops and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Editor’s Note: We’re re-posting this guide, which has even more Easter fun events, including a fun West Orange Spring Fling event tonight!


The Easter Bunny is making his rounds before he gets busy filling baskets on Easter Sunday, April 20. You can catch him at several events leading up to the big day: egg hunts, brunch, train rides, crafts and more.

He is one busy bunny:

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National Parks Week Offers Free Admission

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The cot in Edison's library

The cot in Edison’s library

Starting this Saturday, it’s National Parks Week. All 401 National Parks in the U.S. are FREE to the public between April 19 – 27. In addition, Saturday, April 26 is Junior Ranger Day. Kids can learn about a day in the life of a National Park Service ranger and how junior rangers can help preserve park resources. Activities will include model-building, phonograph demonstrations, outdoor scavenger hunts, and exhibits about local National Parks.

There are two great National Parks in New Jersey and they are both less than 30 minutes away: Edison National Historic Siteand Morristown National Historic Park:

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A Whole Community Art Project at Bullock School

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Each 5th grader at CHB painted part of this mural!

Each 5th grader at CHB painted part of this mural!

Every single student at Charles H. Bullock — that’s 463 children from Kindergarten through Grade 5 — took part in the planning, drawing, and painting of the latest Artist-in-Residence project at the elementary school. This art project is truly a community project, and it adorns the halls of the Charles H. Bullock stairways in creativity and color. Six joyful and expressive murals illustrate the school song as well as the Bullock students’ amazing amount of creativity and optimism.

Bryn Heathman, a Bullock mom and graphic designer, oversaw the project from start to finish. The mural came to life thanks to artist Andy Witten’s vision, another Bullock parent, which allowed the students’ creativity to remain authentic while maintaining a consistent aesthetic. Witten, also a Bullock parent, was brought on board thanks to the popular Bullock PTA sponsored Artist-in-Residence program.

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Teach the Kids Some History with Sugar Free Allstars Vinyl Release of “My Daddy’s Record Collection”

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

My Daddy's Record Collection

National Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 19, and kindie rockers Sugar Free Allstars are celebrating indie stores with their first-ever vinyl 45 release of the single My Daddy’s Record Collection.

My Daddy’s Record Collection celebrates the joys of analog music, from the perspective of a young child who digs his dad’s “vinyl connection.” The song’s retro feel-good vibe reflects the vintage funky soul sound of the Sugar Free Allstars:

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