See Georgia O’Keeffe and Saya Woolfalk at Montclair Art Museum with the Kids

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Art Museum has two colorful and fun exhibitions running through January 2013. Between the adobe houses, nature views, and Kastinam images of Georgia O’Keeffe and the brilliant color, butterfly adorned, and life-sized characters of Saya Wookfalk, children and their grown-ups will have lots to enjoy during afternoons at our own Montclair Art Museum.

The more traditional exhibition is Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico, but it may include pieces new to that those of us who had an O’Keeffe print hanging in our rooms.  Children will like seeing the Katsinam dolls and paintings of ceramic chickens and mountains. Older children will appreciate the variety of colors and styles O’Keeffe used to convey her surroundings. Saya Woolfalk’s The Empathics may frighten very small children, but focusing on the colors and butterflies should quell any anxieties. Kids will love the colors and sparkles and full-sized characters throughout the installation.  There is so much to look at and discover throughout that it may take two visits to appreciate. I strong suggest visiting the outdoor screens which feature video from the exhibit before seeing the installation. It will help prepare the kids for the experience.

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What’s for Dinner?: Hot Apple Cakes

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Finding an excuse to eat a little treat with a good cup of coffee is a delightful way to embrace the early fall days instead of mourning the end of summer. Usually, I don’t like the kids having snacks after school, but there are days when they need a little something to keep them going to dinnertime. Follow the recipe and these buttery little cakes will fit the bill.

Hot Apple Cakes are similar to Welsh Cakes, a specialty from my homeland. They are cooked on a heavy frying pan or if you have one, a bakestone. For some crazy reason, our house is a little raisin-averse, so I replaced the raisins in the traditional Welsh Cake recipe with grated apple and there are so many local apples in season that you might be spoiled for choice. I used Granny Smith apples – a great baking apple.

You can also get your kids involved by giving them some small cookie cutters to make their own.

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International Walk to School Day 2012

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Wednesday, October 3 is International Walk to School Day and Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Schools all over are getting involved and participating by organizing group walks or rides.

Last year, Bike to School Day was made into a separate event held in May. However, you can do either on International Walk to School Day. And for those of us in Montclair, who may not be able to walk or bike to school because of the Magnet System, many schools are organizing meet up areas a few blocks away so you can walk together in solidarity. The idea is to get fewer cars driving up to the schools.

Here are the local towns participating. Check online to see if your school has registered:

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Bass Art Studio Offering a Graphic Novel Class For Kids

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 10:21am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Young fans of graphic novels will be excited to learn that Bass Art Studio will be offering a class called Creating A Graphic Novel, taught by Kevin C. Pile, for kids ages 12-17.

Pile is the author of the graphic novel Blindspot, Katman, Take What You Can Carry, and the forthcoming Bad For You, all published by Henry Holt for Young Readers. He has done illustrations for The New York Times Op-Ed page, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications.

Kevin has taught comics and illustration in a variety of school environments and grade levels. He is a New Jersey Council of the Arts Resident Artist and currently teaches regularly at the Montclair Cooperative School and Montclair State University.

For more info and to register for the class, which begins on October 2, click here.

Montclair High School Crew Open Boathouse Day

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair High School Crew will be hosting an Open Boathouse Day on Saturday, October 6 at the Nereid Boat Club, located at 550 Riverside Avenue in Rutherford, NJ.  The event last from Noon to 2pm.

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Newark Museum and BASF Kids’ Lab: Getting Kids into Chemistry

BY  |  Friday, Sep 28, 2012 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

I’ve been a fan of Newark Museum for several years. They offer some great family programs, and now I’ve even more excited since the museum has partnered with the BASF Corporation to create the BASF Kids’ Lab program to children ages 6 – 12 and their families.

The BASF Kids’ Lab is an award winning science program designed to raise children’s interest in chemistry through safe and engaging hands-on activities coupled with interactive demonstrations. The lab will be open on select Saturdays and will offer a different chemistry lesson.

The Kids’ Lab schedule is as follows:

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Sep 28, 2012 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lots going on this weekend for families. We’ve told you about Oktoberfests and Harvest Festivals,  Museum Day Live, and Free Admission to National Parks, but there’s even more!

Check our Upcoming Events to find out all the local happenings and details. Also, if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter to get some great deals and find out about more great events and subscribe to our daily newsletter so you don’t miss a thing on Barista Kids. While you’re at it, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our new Pinterest page. We post a lot of important information over there, so you don’t want to miss out.

Here are this weekend’s highlights:

Bring the kids to Whole Foods Montclair after school for a Kids Sushi Class. They’ll learn all about the cuisine and hand roll their own meal. (Friday, September 28)

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School of Rock Montclair Presents a Weekend of Concerts

BY  |  Friday, Sep 28, 2012 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair will present two tribute concerts this weekend featuring the music of the bands Rage Against The Machine and The Deftones.  The shows will be the first of three themed concerts events presented by the School’s Performance Program students, who have been rehearsing their repertoires since July.

“In addition to having weekly 45 minute private lessons, our Performance Program students also rehearsed for three hours each week throughout the summer for these upcoming concerts,” says Phil Silverberg, general manager of School of Rock Montclair. “Their levels of commitment, talent, and passion are off the charts, and they’re going to rip the roof off in each of these amazing concerts.”

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Birthday Party Politics

BY  |  Friday, Sep 28, 2012 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

From pretty much the age of two, birthday parties quickly become the social life your child needs and you as a suddenly shut-in parent crave. They provide an instant play date and social interaction for parent AND child. So it is understandable that your first reaction is to take offense when the time comes that your child is NOT invited to a party. I mean, how dare someone not invite my precious little muffin, right? There must be some mistake. I could see if they don’t like me. But don’t take it out on my child. What will she think? How will I explain it to her? How will we go on? Oh, the humanity.

My daughter and I  were in Murph’s Sport Shop one day earlier this month picking out her first baseball glove. A big moment for a dad, even if his daughter has a marginal interest in the sport at best. (She’s already very good at humoring me.) We ran into a boy and his mom that we know from day care. Three short weeks of Kindergarten has already made day care seem like a distant memory. After some small talk about the first week of Kindergarten, how both kids are adjusting to their new schools, and other typical catching-up chit-chat, it was time for her and her son to leave.

“So we’ll see you at so-and-so’s party on Saturday?” She asked.

“Uh…I don’t think so.” I said, puzzled. (Only because I, like most men in the relationship, am not in charge of the social calendar.)

I stuck with my gut, knowing I definitely didn’t remember my wife mentioning a party for so-and-so. Maybe. As you might have guessed, things immediately turned awkward.

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The YMCA and The Horizon Foundation Bringing Healthy U to 40,000 NJ Children

BY  |  Friday, Sep 28, 2012 7:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair YMCA President and CEO JoAnn Short

Yesterday afternoon, the Montclair Geyer Family Center YMCA was host to members of The New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The NJ Department of Health, NJ Department of Education, Montclair’s own Celebrity Chef Alma Schneider, Dr. Renee Baskerville, Montclair’s 4th Ward Councilor, and many more.

The big to-do was for a very special announcement—The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance is expanding its HealthyU Initiative program.

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