Day Trip: Franklin Mineral Museum

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Franklin Mineral Museum

It seems like children of all ages, boys and girls alike, love rocks. Throwing them, lining them up, collecting them, shoving them in their pockets so you can find them in the washer later, it doesn’t matter. Rocks are cool. As the parent of a little geologist and ever on the lookout for an exciting outing that might actually teach my kid something, we recently ventured out to the Franklin Mineral Museum in Franklin, NJ.

Less than an hour from Montclair in beautiful Sussex County, the Franklin Mineral Museum offers the perfect mix of things to see and do.

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New York Renaissance Faire Offers Fun For Lords and Ladies of All Ages

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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If you missed the special New Jersey Renaissance Faire visit at OSPAC last week, don’t fret. The New York Renaissance Faire will offer adventure and fantasy for lords and ladies of all ages beginning this weekend.

The Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food music and dance. You’ll enjoy jousts, magic shows, theatre, Maypole dances and much more merriment.

And August 9 and 10, all children under the age of 12 get free admission!

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Bike Right Learn to Ride Class For Kids This Weekend

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bike Right Learn to Ride Class

My older daughter learned to ride her two-wheeler four years ago after taking a great “balance first” class at Bike NY. The “balance first” method takes the wheels off the bike and until kids learn how to balance on the bike before pedaling. Once they can balance, the pedaling comes easy.

This Saturday, August 2, TransOptions will be at the Essex County Environmental Center to teach a “Bike Right Learn to Ride” kids class for children ages 5 and older. Kids will learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. All you need to bring is an eager kid, his/her helmet and a bike (without training wheels) in good working order.

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Summer Fun Giveaway: Beyond Rubik’s Cube and Clifford the Big Red Dog at Liberty Science Center

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

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Visitors solve cubes and add them to the mosaic!

The Liberty Science Center has just what you need to break up the mid-summer slump with your kids. With its beautiful views of Manhattan and perennial must-dos like the Touch Tunnel and Pixelpalooza, not to mention walking the steel beams in the Skyscraper! exhibit, this Jersey City gem hardly needs to supplement its attractions. But it does!

Just in time for summer visits, the Liberty Science Center has two exhibits that make it easy for parents and children to connect with a new twist on old favorites. Beyond Rubik’s Cube will challenge and entertain with puzzles to solve and activities for younger children as well as older kids and adults. There is even a robot that can solve the Rubik’s Cube. Younger children will love exploring Birdwell Island with Clifford and all his friends in the Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit.

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HackensackUMC Mountainside Joins The Big Latch On 2014

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Big Latch OnCalling all Breastfeeding Mamas! Put that baby (or toddler) in a sling and head over to HackensackUMC Mountainside Hospital on Saturday, August 2 to join other nursing moms in solidarity at the annual The Big Latch On Nurse In.

The event is held in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and will feature a workout demonstration, massage station, prizes and refreshments.

“There is significant evidence that breastfeeding provides both immediate and long-term benefits such as a reduced incidence of gastrointestinal disturbances, strengthening of the immune system and a decreased risk of childhood obesity,” said Diana Durham, Director of Maternity Services at HackensackUMC Mountainside.

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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





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Local Teens Earn Community Service Awards from the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc.

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Congratulations to these local teens who each received a $500 scholarship and a certificate for their volunteer work from the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. They volunteered more than 1200 hours:
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Kids Want a Pet? Find One at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter Pajama Party

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Township Animal Shelter Pajama Party

If the kids have been begging for a  pet and you’ve been convinced then you might want to attend the Montclair Township Animal Shelter’s upcoming “Kitty & Poochie Pajama Party” on Friday, August 1.

Get the kids in their PJs and head to the pajama party starting at 7 pm. You can see all the cuddly pets who are available for adoption and enjoy some refreshments too. Find the pet you love, and you’ll get 1/2 price on adoptions that night.

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6 Ways to Get the Barista Kids Scoop

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Want parenting news, discussion, resources, event information, giveaways and more? Barista Kids is the place to go.

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


What to do, what to do? It’s another weekend full of great family events.

Don’t forget about  the “Flick and Float” screening of The Blind Side and swimming fun at Nishuane Pool in Montclair, the New Jersey Renaissance Faire at OSPAC , the NJPAC Family Fair at Theater Square, the last Essex Running Club’s Junior Track Meet of the season, and the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning— and there is more!

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You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:

Step back in time and enjoy a day of good old-fashioned fun with the family at Liberty Hall Museum in Union! Activities include Colonial- and Victorian-era lawn games, a croquet tournament, relay races, crafts and much more! (Saturday, July 26)

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