Great Opening Meet of the Essex Running Club Junior Track Series

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Essex Running Club Junior Track Series

The Essex Running Club held its first meet of the Junior Track Series yesterday, Sunday, June 29, at Hurrell Field in Glen Ridge. A record number of families registered their children, ages 4 – 13,  to race and it was a great event. 

What I love about the series is that is is very organized, children are split into age and gender groups, which means more heats, but less competition, and everyone is so supportive of the children competing. It’s a great lesson in competition and sportsmanship. Check out some photos from the meet below:

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Fireworks Bracelets for the Fourth of July

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Fireworks Bracelets

When you attend a Fourth of July parade, picnic, or firework show, you must dress the part. These red, white and blue fireworks bracelets are just the thing to show your patriotic spirit. Your kids will love making them too.

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Maplewoodstock 2014

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 8:00am  |  Comments Off on Maplewoodstock 2014

MaplewoodstockMaplewoodstock, the two-day free festival of local music and arts held in Memorial Park in Maplewood started in 2004, is back on July 12 and July 13 for another year of music, entertainment and family fun.

The Kids Zone has doubled in size with three inflatable, mini golf, a dunk tank, face paint, toys, sand art, and for the first time we are offering free games, arts and crafts, and fun demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy.

There will also be all day music with headliners such as Puss N Boots, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, and Raul Midon. And great vendors and plenty of  food!

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Montclair Mom Sends Message of Thanks to Basketball Players at Tuers Park

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 8:45am  |  Comments Off on Montclair Mom Sends Message of Thanks to Basketball Players at Tuers Park

Henry on the right, with his little brother Teddy

Henry on the right, with his little brother Teddy

Montclair mom, Alexandra Schulz is very grateful for the kindness of strangers this morning. Last evening, her 5 year old son Henry had a seizure while playing at Tuers Park. His babysitter said that a group of men, who were playing basketball, went over to help.

Alexandra thanked them in person, but she says it’s not enough, and wants to share her gratitude:

Gentlemen, the help and support you have to my son and babysitter means more to me than anything. I thank you for being there, and responding and helping as fast as you did. You are good people. If you do not have kids, someday I hope you do. I think you will be wonderful and caring parents. Thank you for helping my child and putting your good energy into the world.

She adds that Henry is 100% perfect today. “I am just so grateful for the help of these sweet basketball guys.”


Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 8:00am  |  Comments Off on Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

Parenting TweetsOur favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:





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Like A Girl is a Good Thing

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

like a girl

… like a girl.  As in, ‘throw like a girl,’ ‘run like a girl, ‘fight like a girl.’

What do you think of these words?

I viewed the #LikeAGirl video below made for the social experiment that Always (the brand) and documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield created to demonstrate how kids of different ages define these words. The results nearly took my breath away:

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National Ice Cream Month is Coming!

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 7:00am  |  Comments Off on National Ice Cream Month is Coming!

National Ice Cream Month

Of all the “national” days and month, National Ice Cream Month is my favorite. Yes, it even trumps Chocolate Pudding Day. Ice cream is my weakness, hands down. But it’s the treat I allow myself occasionally. But since July, which starts on Tuesday, is National Ice Cream Month, it’s summer and hot, I’m going to splurge a bit and enjoy it a bit more.

There are many place to get your ice cream fix locally—and sorry, but I’m not talking about yogurt places—no self-respecting ice cream lover would. You can make your own Blue Moon Ice Cream recipe and/or Ice Cream Pizza for something unique. But there are some other fun National Ice Cream Month events you may want to know about:

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Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July (Updated)

BY  |  Friday, Jun 27, 2014 12:30pm  |  Comments Off on Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July (Updated)

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July, aka Independence Day, is just one week away! There are many ways to celebrate. Parades, parties, fireworks… The choices of patriotic fun are endless.

Here’s where to celebrate the Fourth of July:

Montclair’s 64th Annual 4th of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks
Who: All ages.
What: Montclair’s 64th annual town parade and picnic to celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy food from local vendors, Jungle Gym Band will perform for the young and young at heart, face painting, bouncy house, train rides and more! That night, take the family to see the fireworks!
Where: The parade begins at 11 am along a 1.6 mile route traveling west on Bloomfield Avenue to Midland Avenue, continuing to Watchung Avenue, west to Valley Road and ending at Edgemont Park, where the July 4th Family Picnic will be held. The Montclair July 4th Fireworks display will take place at Yogi Berra Stadium on Montclair State University campus. Gates open at 7 pm.
When: Friday, July 4. Parade begins at 11 am (rain or shine) The picnic starts immediately after the parade. (no rain date) Fireworks at 9:15 pm.
Cost: Parade and Picnic are free. The fireworks stadium admission fee is $3 per person or $10 for a family, free for kids ages 5 and under.

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jun 27, 2014 10:00am  |  Comments Off on Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

fairy day

It’s a beautiful weekend and there are wonderful family events to enjoy!

Don’t forget about Montclair Public Library’s Summer Reading Kick-off party today, the outdoor screening of Hunger Games: Catching Fire at Kip’s Castle, Essex Running Club Junior Track Meets (first one happens this Sunday), State Fair Meadowlands, and the Glitz & Glam Kids Family Dance Party!

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Here are this weekend’s highlights:

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High-Flyin’ Family Fun at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Pine Brook

BY  |  Friday, Jun 27, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Great news for families looking for a really fun indoor activity. Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Pine Brook, NJ (just a 20 minutes from Montclair) will opens its doors tomorrow, Saturday, June 28 at 10 am.

Sky Zone consists of four different courts: a Foam Zone where you jump into a pit of foam squares; a Sky Slam Court, with three basketball hoops for slam-dunking; a trio of dodge ball courts and a large full court for free jumping fun. There’s also lockers to store your belongings when you jump, a snack area, and benches for those who just want to watch the bouncing.

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