What’s for Dinner?: Spring Pea Soup

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Spring Pea Soup

This light pea soup is an ode to spring: a seasonal spring poem in soup form. Forget the hearty, heavy split pea variation that immediately comes to mind when you hear the words “pea” and “soup,” as this one is a different pan of soup altogether. Like the green shoots of rebirth evident all around, it is the very essence of freshness and vibrancy. Continue Reading

Happy Easter

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

happy easter

Barista Kids wishes those celebrating a very, happy Easter!

When I was a little girl, on the night before Easter, my mom would sing this song to me at bedtime. I would get so excited dreaming of all the goodies the Easter bunny would leave for me in my basket. It’s my favorite Easter memory:

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A Wonderful Day for a Montclair Spring Fling

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Community Spring Fling

The sweet springtime Egg Hunt drew kids of all ages to the 5th Annual Montclair Spring Fling today at Glenfield Park.

Doctor Bunny, aka 4th Ward Councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville, kicked off the event at the Wally Choice Community Center with a “move-athon” led by D’TaRelle Tullis of Pitter Patter Feet. Children also enjoyed a “make your best bonnet” hat making craft and a jellybean counting. DJ Denise Hamilton was on hand with her Karaoke Machine throughout the afternoon and topping off the entertainment was the family band Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam.

Barista Kids and Baristanet were proud supporters of the spring fling, along with the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Fourth  Ward Collaborative.



Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


There are some great family events to enjoy this holiday weekend.

Most of the events are Easter egg hunts and celebrations, but there are some other fun happenings to enjoy. The Jewish Museum hosts a Freedom Art Jam: Art and Dance Party for PassoverEarth Day celebrations begin this weekend, and it’s National Parks Week.

To make sure you’re always in the know when it comes to family events, parenting resources and discussion, sign up for our newsletter, which offers a great recap of our best stories, event information, guides and exclusive giveaways. And make sure to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our  Pinterest page. We post a lot of important information over there, so you don’t want to miss out.

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

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Tons of Fun For Kids at the Welcome to Walnut Street Sidewalk Fair

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Welcome to Walnut Street Sidewalk FairWe told you about how  the second annual “Welcome To Walnut Street” fair will showcase all of the best the neighborhood has to offer on Saturday, May 3, over on Baristanet. What we didn’t tell you is how much it will offer for kids and a super sweet detail.

Montclair Bread Company, whose Sunday doughnuts have become a huge addiction for families, will be making special Barista Kids mini-doughnuts with strawberry and chocolate glazes all covered in sprinkles — and they’re on us! Kids can enjoy a free doughnut courtesy of Barista Kids during the sidewalk fair.

Pretty sweet, right?

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Easter Egg Hunts, Bunny Photo Ops and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Editor’s Note: We’re re-posting this guide, which has even more Easter fun events, including a fun West Orange Spring Fling event tonight!


The Easter Bunny is making his rounds before he gets busy filling baskets on Easter Sunday, April 20. You can catch him at several events leading up to the big day: egg hunts, brunch, train rides, crafts and more.

He is one busy bunny:

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National Parks Week Offers Free Admission

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The cot in Edison's library

The cot in Edison’s library

Starting this Saturday, it’s National Parks Week. All 401 National Parks in the U.S. are FREE to the public between April 19 – 27. In addition, Saturday, April 26 is Junior Ranger Day. Kids can learn about a day in the life of a National Park Service ranger and how junior rangers can help preserve park resources. Activities will include model-building, phonograph demonstrations, outdoor scavenger hunts, and exhibits about local National Parks.

There are two great National Parks in New Jersey and they are both less than 30 minutes away: Edison National Historic Siteand Morristown National Historic Park:

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A Whole Community Art Project at Bullock School

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Each 5th grader at CHB painted part of this mural!

Each 5th grader at CHB painted part of this mural!

Every single student at Charles H. Bullock — that’s 463 children from Kindergarten through Grade 5 — took part in the planning, drawing, and painting of the latest Artist-in-Residence project at the elementary school. This art project is truly a community project, and it adorns the halls of the Charles H. Bullock stairways in creativity and color. Six joyful and expressive murals illustrate the school song as well as the Bullock students’ amazing amount of creativity and optimism.

Bryn Heathman, a Bullock mom and graphic designer, oversaw the project from start to finish. The mural came to life thanks to artist Andy Witten’s vision, another Bullock parent, which allowed the students’ creativity to remain authentic while maintaining a consistent aesthetic. Witten, also a Bullock parent, was brought on board thanks to the popular Bullock PTA sponsored Artist-in-Residence program.

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Celebrate Parenthood at North Jersey’s own Listen to Your Mother

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Listen to Your Mother 2014When was the last time you were told to “Listen to your mother”? In May, Baristaville will have a chance to listen to many stories of motherhood from all points of view. After several days of auditions that narrowed down almost 100 stories about mothers and motherhood, the selected authors for the inaugural year of the North Jersey Listen to Your Mother cast are getting ready to share their words with all of us at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 10th at 5 PM.

Organizers Sandy Rustin and Deborah Goldstein narrowed down the scores of auditions to fifteen authors and performers, many from the Maplewood/South Orange area. Each performer will share their personal stories, some humorous, some heartbreaking, as Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) continues its tradition of giving motherhood a microphone — this time in New Jersey!

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Go on the Montclair Bike Scavenger Hunt

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bike Scavenger Hunt


Save the date! On May 18 Bike&Walk Montclair and Diamond Cycle invite families to participate in the first ever Montclair Bike Scavenger Hunt!

Solve all the clues and you’ll be entered to win the $1,000 Cash Grand Prize or one of our other prizes, including a new Cannondale bicycle or jet simulator ride valued at $2,500.

The Bike Scavenger Hunt is not a race. It’s a family-friendly event with additional fun activities throughout the day at Lackawanna Plaza, which will be closed to cars throughout the event.

Here’s how it works:

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