BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 1:30pm |
WORDS bookstore in Maplewood, known for being a haven for families with children with special needs, offers Second Sundays: Special Afternoons for Special Kids, a free monthly event series for children with special needs and their families. Each second Sunday, they offer a fun program for children ages 3 – 10 and another session for kids ages 11 and older. This weekend kids can learn karate with Huang Karate. Huang Karate offers its own Special Needs Karate program in conjunction with Pediatrics Martial Arts. Read more about the program here. The next few months will offer a cooking class, acting workshop and yoga.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 11:30am |
Take the family out for pizza on Thursday night and help raise money for the GRHS Student Council.
At this fun annual event, several pies from local pizzerias are there for the tasting and voting. The catergories will be:
- Best cheese pie
- Best sausage pie
- Best pepperoni pie
- Best specialty pie
- Best homemade pie
- Best sauce
For just $10 per person, you can eat all the pizza you want and be a food critic. Bring your own beverage! Iron Chef Pizza Night is limited to the first 200 people.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 9:45am |
Meet Aqua the blue dog and Sugar the pink and purple cat. They are my daughters’ newest stuffed animal friends. They are special because they were created by them.
Happy Toy Machine is a new company that allows kids, or their parents, to create custom stuffed plush toys on an easy to use 3D creator. The stuffed toys can be created in almost anyway that you can imagine from having a blue nose with yellow feet to having wings and one eye. The choices and combinations are endless. Once the toy is created online, Happy Toy Machine takes over and makes it come to life in plush fabric.
My girls had so much fun creating their own custom stuffed animal friend. Once they were happy with their creation, they gave them names and we completed the order. In just a little less than a week we received the animals. Opening the box was very exciting, they squealed with delight when they saw how cute they were. We received the
large regular-sized animals, which I’ll admit, is a bit too large for my liking, but they love them. I’m told the large size ones are huge, so keep that in mind if you want something big.
Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 7:00am |
WINNER: Congratulations to mtclibn42!
Symphony Space’s Just Kidding performances in February feature some of the hottest acts in kindie music: Shine and the Moonbeams, a new family favorite, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Recess Monkey and a gala Thalia Kids’ Book Club event celebrating one of the all-time classics of children’s literature, A Wrinkle in Time.
It’s an exciting month and we have exciting news.
Gustafer Yellowgold will be performing next month as well! We first were introduced to the insanely creative combination of catchy original songs accompanying beautifully animated on-screen illustrations of a sun creature named Gustafer Yellowgold and his earthly friends when the band performed at the Montclair Public Library back in March 2009. We interviewed Morgan Taylor, the creator and singer/songwriter of Gustafer and learned all about the band. Not only did my girls love the show and Gustafer — they each have a stuffed GY doll, but my husband and I loved it as well. When you actually like the music your kids like, it’s awesome. We listen to our Gustafer Yellowgold CDs a lot.
Normally accompanied by a full band, singer-songwriter Morgan Taylor takes Gustafer to a new level with this year’s annual Symphony Space concert. Bigger and better than ever before, this year’s performance includes Taylor’s full band and The Chelsea Symphony in the Gustafer Yellowgold Golden Heart Symphony. There’s no better way to get swept up into Gustafer’s world.
Thanks to the generosity of Symphony Space, we have a Family 4-pack of tickets and an Infinity Sock DVD/CD to give away to one lucky Barista Kids reader!
Keep reading for details….
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Jan 30, 2012 1:00pm |
It’s time to nominate your favorite Montclair teacher for the 2012 Judy and Josh Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given annually to approximately 15 teachers in the Montclair public school system. The administration of the Weston Award is exclusively by parents. A selection committee of parent representatives from each of the Montclair public schools, along with Judy Weston, selects the award recipients based on the following criteria: creativity, high expectations, energy and concern for students. Winners receive a $2,000 cash award.
BY Stacey Gill | Monday, Jan 30, 2012 12:00pm |
Did I get your attention? Good. But this isn’t that kind of story. It’s actually a story about a family, this time from the UK, who chose to keep their baby’s sex a secret for five years. Through the baby’s infancy, toddlerhood and all the way up until “it” was about to enter elementary school the parents, Beck Laxton and Kieran Cooper, referred to their child as “the infant” and only told a few close friends and family members the sex of the child.
But five years after birth the secret’s out, and it’s a boy!
The family managed to keep the secret all this time by giving the baby a gender-neutral name, Sasha, and allowing him to wear clothing of his choice be it meant for boys or girls.
Keeping my baby’s sex private for just the nine months she was in the womb was hard enough for me. I’m not sure I could have kept going. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to share the information. It was that I didn’t want to know myself. My husband and I chose not to find out the baby’s sex before she was born because we felt like that was cheating. But guests at my baby shower did not care for our decision, and they let me know. They griped they didn’t know whether to buy the baby a pink blanket or blue one. I thought, what’s the difference? I don’t think the baby will care. “It” can’t even see color for the first few weeks.
BY Christina Gillham | Monday, Jan 30, 2012 7:30am |
Over the last several weeks, my son has somehow managed to tear holes in the knees of every single pair of pants he has.
I’m not sure how this happened, only that’s he’s a rough-and-tumble 5-year-old boy who likes to dash across the playroom on his knees to get another truck to play with and engage in long goodbye hugs with his friends that often resemble a wrestling match.
I can’t sew, so repairing the pants is out of the question (they are beyond repair anyway). And iron-on patches, which were big when I was a kid in the 70s, are still around, but they seem to be more decorative (or, oddly, political) rather than practical. So I’m now faced with having to buy my son a whole new set of pants. And that of course costs money. (Holly Korus, any advice on how to get around this?)
That got me wondering: Will my son’s propensity for destroying his clothes make him more expensive to raise than his baby sister? Or will my daughter, for whatever reason, cost more?
BY Lisa Davies | Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 8:00am |
What’s for dinner? Well, it’s party time…
Cake pops are not something I would usually recommend for dinner, but our house is full of birthdays in late January, hence the need for this Marie-Antoinette moment on a stick.
In case you’re wondering, cake pops are little balls of mashed-up cake and frosting on sticks. They are bite-sized delights made solely of the best bits of cake, all in one delightful mouthful. You may have seen them as there’s been a bit of fuss about cake pops in the online cooking community. Personally, I’m not convinced that Cake pops will become “the next cupcake” as some commentators have predicted—they are a bit too time-consuming compared to their longstanding and much simpler counterpart—but they are fun to make and the kids will love how they look.
I will come clean: I was scared of making cake pops especially once Barista Kids wonderfully talented renaissance woman, Holly Korus, had warned me how messy they were. That said, I’m always up for a challenge so here goes. And here are a few hints if you’re also up for the challenge: