Awesome Dad Brings Water Balloon Fights to the Next Level with Bunch O Balloons

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Water balloon fights are a mandatory summer time childhood game. The problem with water balloon fights, though, is that it takes FOREVER to build up your arsenal of balloons. Actually, it takes the parents FOREVER to build up the arsenal of balloons. Then in a few minutes of throwing, the balloons are gone and the fun is over. That’s why we think Josh Malone is a genius.

The dad from Texas has created Bunch O Balloons, a single-use device that allows you to fill up 37 balloons in roughly 20 seconds! And the best part is that it’s so easy, the kids can do it all by themselves.

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Montclair Boy to Compete on Food Network’s Chopped Teen Tournament

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Chopped Teen Tournament

Set your DVR’s to the Food Network on August 5  because Montclair’s own Jake Diamond will be battling it out on the Chopped Teen Tournament. If he wins that episode, the soon-to-be Renaissance eighth grader will get to compete on the season finale where the winner will walk away with a $25,000 prize and a culinary school scholarship.

Jake, who was also featured on Barista Kids two years ago when he competed on Super Chef Kids, was first introduced to cooking when he was five years old and immediately fell in love. “I’m a creative person and cooking lets me express that. I like to try new things and I love being able to just whip something up,” Jake explains. Now, an old pro in the kitchen, he enjoys preparing meat, cod and any kind of chicken. His favorite creation, though, is his hamburger. Jake’s twist on the traditional burger includes a sriracha sauce heat component along with onions, cheese and some other yummy ingredients.

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Kids’ Dashes Will Highlight Family Fun at Annual 4 Miler at Garret Mountain

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

4 Miler at Garret MountainSave the date, because even the smallest participants can help make a big difference. Kids ages 2 to 11 are invited to join the fun while supporting a worthy cause at the third annual 4 Miler at Garret Mountain on Saturday, September 6 at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park. Proceeds from the charity run/walk, sponsored by SaxBST, will benefit the Child Life Department at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

Kids’ dashes, with sprint distances ranging from 25 to 200 yards, will begin at 10:15 a.m. and are among this family-friendly event’s highlights for participating children, all of whom will receive finishing ribbons. Race day entertainment includes a live DJ, random prize drawings, a variety of children’s activities and post-race refreshments.

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Barista Kids Poll: Is Spanking a Reasonable Form of Discipline?

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Is Spanking a Reasonable Form of Discipline?For the 65 percent of Americans who approve of spanking as a form of discipline, the recent New York court ruling that spanking is a “reasonable use of force” is a win. 

Last week, a state appellate court in New York found that a father’s open-handed spanking of his 8-year-old son was “a reasonable use of force.” The ruling by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court dismissed a child neglect proceeding against the father who, in October 2012, spanked his 8 son for cursing at an adult during the party at a friend’s house.

The appeals court stated that “The father’s open-handed spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard the child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force and, under the circumstances presented here, did not constitute excessive corporal punishment.”

It’s legal in all 50 states for parents to hit their children. Per New Jersey Law spanking is not illegal as long as it is not used in excess:

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Kid Craft: Sea Glass Necklaces

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Rock and Sea Glass Necklaces

Are you going on vacation soon? Do you have a collection sea glass, or special rocks,  from your past visits to beaches? I’ve been sea glass all summer. Trying to extend the great memories I’m making, I wanted to wear my treasures. Making a sea glass necklace is a great way to do it!

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What’s for Dinner?: Pea, Feta, Mint and Barley Salad

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pea, Feta, Mint and Barley Salad

Pea, Feta, Mint and Barley Salad has one of my favorite food combinations — peas and mint. The sweetness of the peas contrasts with the freshness of the mint. This salad takes that combination and adds the salty tang of feta, with barley providing the backdrop. Apart from the time it takes to cook the barley, it is incredibly simple. It will also last a few days in the fridge, so there you have it — dinner and lunch! Continue Reading

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The New Jersey Renaissance Faire is Coming to Town!

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

This weekend, you have a chance to take the family on a trip to Crossford, England back in time during the 1500s.  You don’t need a time machine  or have to go very far, though, because the players of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire are bringing their amazing interactive theater talents to the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) in West Orange for the first annual New Jersey Arts Incubator Renaissance Faire this Saturday, July 26.

Entertainment abounds with acrobats, fire breathing, Shakespeare and music as well as the action of comedy sword fighting and drama at the Faire.  You can also peruse the wares of the fine craftsmen that bring the village to life.

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Kids Craft: Printable Paper Fortune Tellers

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

fortune tellers

Paper fortune tellers, what we referred to as “cootie catchers,” when I was a kid, are fun little origami tools for predicting someone’s future.

Here are two printable fortune tellers that our crafty contributor Jen Lange designed in cute animal designs (a pig an a penguin) to personalize with your own fortunes and play with your friends. 

Print them out, fold them like so:

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A Knight to Remember for the Whole Family: Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Medieval Times

My kids have gotten to ages where it’s not so easy to find something everyone wants to do. My two daughters, ages 8 and 10, are “too old” for many of the things my son, age 4, likes to do. And of course, he’s too young for much of what they would like to do.

So you can imagine my excitement when I got an offer to visit Medieval Times, as this live jousting event seemed like something all my kids would enjoy, and surprisingly enough, they all did!  Even better, so did my husband and I.

Medieval Times is located in Lyndhurst, NJ, and is an easy trip from the Montclair area. From the moment we got there, everything was very much in keeping with ye olde traditions, beginning with being greeted as “My Lord” and “My Lady” as we arrived at the entrance to the Medieval Times Castle.

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Ice Block Treasure Hunt: An Easy and Cool Way to Entertain Kids on a Hot Summer Day

BY  |  Monday, Jul 21, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ice Block Treasure Hunt

Any kid age two and over will enjoy poking around in a block of ice that is filled with tiny toys and going on an Ice Block Treasure Hunt! It’s a great activity on a hot summer day.

For my son, I just froze some of the toys he already owned (sequins, beads, little plastic guys), but you could make this project really exciting and freeze some not-yet-seen items.

All you need to do is take a plastic container fill it about 3/4 full with water and throw in the toys. If your child is doing this with you, my cousin Patsy pointed-out you could play “sink or float” while you do it.

Then pop the whole container of water and toys into the freezer and enjoy listening to your toddler ask “is it ready yet?” for the next several hours.

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