Elf on the Shelf To Visit Turtle Back Zoo This December

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 12:00pm  |  Comments Off on Elf on the Shelf To Visit Turtle Back Zoo This December

Elf on the ShelfElf on the Shelf – the special elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists – will be making daily appearances throughout Decemebr on the Turtle Back Zoo Facebook page.

Each morning from December 1 through December 24, a photo of the Elf in a unique Turtle Back Zoo location – in an exhibit, on the grounds, with an animal – will appear on the Zoo’s Facebook page. Parents can tune in daily to share the fun photo with their children, and to get a reminder to move their own elf to a new location at home!

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Where to Cut or Buy Real a Christmas Tree

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 8:00am  |  Comments Off on Where to Cut or Buy Real a Christmas Tree

Where to Cut or Buy a Real Christmas Tree

If you celebrate Christmas, you’re getting ready to put up the tree (unless you’re an early bird and did it the day after Thanksgiving.) If you prefer the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around here, or not too far away, there are many choices. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered.

Here are places where you can cut or buy a real Christmas tree:

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Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day 2013

BY  |  Friday, Nov 29, 2013 11:00am  |  Comments Off on Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day 2013

take your child to the bookstore day

On Saturday, December 7, the annual Take Your Child To a Bookstore Day takes place, celebrating neighborhood bookstores and the love of reading.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day was created by Jenny Milchman, a local mom and author. Milchman loves bookstores. In fact, every summer, she packs her family in the car and they drive across the country visiting independent bookstores and spreading the word about Take Your Child to A Bookstore Day. Why? Because, explains Milchman:

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Local Santa Photo-Ops

BY  |  Friday, Nov 29, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Taking pictures with Santa is a yearly tradition, even if it means a photo of a screaming, terrified child on St. Nick’s lap. I’m so lucky to be invited to a close friend’s annual holiday kick-off party. Santa is the honored guest and my girls get to sit on his lap and share their wish list. I’m happy because I get great photos with no lines.

If you’re not as lucky, you can find Santa at our town tree lightings or even have him come to your home thanks to the Montclair PBA, but is a list of local Santa Photo-ops (and one with Mrs. Claus!):

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Happy Thanksgiving

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 7:00am  |  Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

“But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.”

Marcie said it perfectly. Today be thankful for being together with the people you love.

All of us at Barista Kids wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Hanukkah

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 1:00pm  |  Comments Off on Happy Hanukkah

Barista Kids wishes you and yours a very happy Hanukkah on this first night of the Festival of Lights!

Make sure to check our Great Ideas to Celebrate Hanukkah and Thanksgivukkah guide full of events, recipes, crafts and more for the rest of the week.

(Excerpt photo: Flickr)

What We’re Thankful For 2013

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It’s a time, not just for stuffing your face, but to reflect on what you are thankful for. Here at Barista Kids we are so thankful for our wonderful readers—the ones that have been reading us from the beginning and the new ones who just discovered us. We’re thankful for the group of talented writers that make our site a great resource for parents.

This year, I’m thankful that my parents and close friends will join us at our home for Thanksgiving. For the first time in many years, I’ll be hosting a large crowd of loved ones.

Kristen Kemp is thankful  for “my big opinion and even bigger mouth. It’s taken me 39 years to become brave enough to say what I think and stand up for it.”

Here are what the other baristas are thankful for:

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Seen Around Town: Giant Turkey

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 7:15am  |  COMMENTS (1)


The turkey has landed in Montclair, and it’s a big one!

(Photo: Bernadette Baum)

Local Toy Drives To Help Make a Child’s Holiday Happier

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 2:00pm  |  Comments Off on Local Toy Drives To Help Make a Child’s Holiday Happier

Local Toy Drives

While you’re out holiday gift shopping for your family, pick up a toy or two for a child who may not receive much this year.

There are several local toy drives.  Here are a few that you can donate to:

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5 Will Drive

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 12:00pm  |  Comments Off on 5 Will Drive

5 Will DriveGetting a driver’s license is a major milestone for a teenager and for a teen’s parents. As a mom of two teens, one with a driver’s license and one just a few weeks away from getting her permit, I can personally say that teaching your child to drive can be a very stressful experience.

Imaging facing this stress times five? Karla and Jeff Jansen  from Omaha, Nebraska, and they have fifteen-year old quintuplets who all got their permits and are learning to drive at the same time!

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