Fun Ways to Start the New Year

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

You stay up late New Year’s Eve ringing in the new year, but then you have to occupy the kids on New Year’s Day. There are some fun ways to celebrate the beginning of 2011 with your family.

New Year’s Day is my oldest daughter’s birthday, so we will be heading to the museum of her choice (this year it’s the Liberty Science Center, last year we went to The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH) and then having pizza and cake.

Here are some things you can do:

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Shorter February Break Next School Year For SOMA Kids

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The SOMA Board of Education approved its 2011-2012 school year calendar based on survey information received from students, staff and parents.

From it’s newsletter:

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Let it Snow

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

My son couldn’t wait to get out in the snow as soon as it started Sunday. In fact, he went out several times during the day and again that night. He refused to take his snow pants off even when he was inside, and after dinner he announced he was going back out.

“Fine,” I said, “but you’re going it alone.”

He got up, put his boots on (and his gloves and Turtle Fur neckwarmer and fleece headband and hat and ski goggles) and headed outside. This from a kid who hated, and I mean HATED, the cold when he experienced his first winter with us four years ago. My son is adopted. But he is adopted from Russia. My husband and I could not understand his distaste for cold weather. We wanted to say, “But you’re Russian. It’s biologically impossible for you to dislike the cold.”

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Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Concert

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

We gave you lots of fun, family options to spend New Year’s Eve here. Here’s a New Year’s Eve afternoon party for kids, and their parents, to enjoy.

The School of Rock Montclair’s Winter Break Camp students will present a special New Year’s Eve lunchtime concert at Just Jake’s on Friday, December 31.
The kid rockers will perform hits by Kiss, The Ramones, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Green Day, Metallica, Eric Clapton, U2, The Clash, and James Brown.“This show will be an awesome way for rockers of all ages to get amped up for New Year’s Eve,” says John Ginty, music director of the School of Rock Montclair.  “The songs that our Winter Break campers will be playing are timeless party anthems from all music genres, from metal to new wave, funk to punk, classic to contemporary, and everything in between. Twelve thirty in the afternoon may be a little early for dancing and rocking out, but the families, friends, and fans of our School of Rock musicians will have a hard time staying in their seats when they hear what our bands have put together!”

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Fun in the Snow

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010 6:43am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ask Holly: Recycled Holiday Card Crafts

Monday, Dec 27, 2010 6:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

So, we got two feet of snow here in Baristaville and I have 3 foot drifts in my driveway. My kids lasted about ten minutes out in the snow before they couldn’t fight the waist high drifts any longer. So, here at Ask Holly HQ I threw this post together as fast as I could (excuse the quality) on a kids craft with supplies that hopefully you already have in your house. Most likely, it will come in handy tomorrow.

Hate throwing away all of those beautiful holidays cards every year? Well don’t…reuse them for Holiday Card Crafts! My grandmother would make all kinds of fun things from holiday cards with my mother and aunt as kids and I continue the tradition with my own children. If you have cards, glitter, glue (or glitter-glue), a hole punch and some kind of thread, string, ribbon or yarn you’re all set.

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Snow Day Fun: Making Snow Ice Cream

BY  |  Monday, Dec 27, 2010 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

One of my fondest memories of winter is making snow ice cream with my mom. Yes–ice cream made with snow. My mom would make it growing up in Mississippi and she continued the tradition with me in Jersey City. The snow wasn’t as clean, but if you’re careful and get the clean top layers, it’s fine. And besides, a little dirt never hurt anyone.

Snow Ice Cream

  • 1 cup of 1/2 & 1/2
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 – 5 cups CLEAN Snow

Blend it all together and enjoy!

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Vacation Camp: Snow Closures

BY  |  Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 10:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Normally we list school closures, but as luck would have it, the storm came during winter break and we’re getting updates of Vacation Camp closures for tomorrow. The following camps are closed or having a delayed opening tomorrow, Monday, December 27, due to the storm and the state of emergency:


The Messy Artist Winter Vacation Day Workshop
Sports Domain Holiday Sports Camp
Montclair YMCA Live Y’ers and Little Live Y’ers at the Family Center

Delayed Opening

JCC Metrowest Vacation Camp (10 am)
Summit YMCA Winter Vacation Basketball Camp  (10 am)

First Snow

BY  |  Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 6:33pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sure we had some flurries a couple of weeks ago, but today is our first (real) snow. Baristaville mom, and great photographer, Lisa Passmore captured her daughter earlier today in the calm before the storm.

We would love to see more. Email us your photos of Baristaville kids playing in the snow.

Winter Break Family Fun

BY  |  Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 8:05am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Off this week with your kids? Since you don’t need Vacation Camp options, we’ve made a list of really fun things to do with the family during winter break. Baristaville offers lots of options, but since you’ve got nothing but time, we’re including events a bit farther away and in NYC.

With the snow coming, you can add sledding as an option!

Here’s what to do this week:

Go Ice Skating

Check our guide to ice skating in Baristaville here.

If you want to head into the city, here’s where to do some figure 8s:

The Pond at Bryant Park
W 42nd and 6th Avenue, NYC.
Hours: 8am-10pm
Admission: Free and you can rent skates for $13. Lockers available for free if you bring your own lock. Locks are $9.

Wollman Rink in Central Park
Central Park South (59th Street) and 6th Avenue. Wollman Rink is a two minute walk into Central Park from this entrance. Follow the footpath directly into the park. 
Monday & Tuesday  10 am – 2:30 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 10 am – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am – 11 pm
Sunday 10 am – 9 pm
Admission: Weekdays: Adults $10.25, Kids $5.50 / Friday – Sunday: Adults $14.75, Kids $5.75. You can rent skates for $6.25 and a locker for $10.50 ($6.00 will be returned with the lock.)

The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center, between West 48th & West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, NYC.
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 10:30 pm
Friday – Saturday 8:30 am – Midnight
Sunday 8:30 am – 10 pm
Admission: Adults $19, Kids $12.50. You can rent skates for $9.

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