Barista Kids Poll: Who Are You?

Friday, Aug 01, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Who are Barista Kids readers? We’d like to think that you’re a mix of parents of all age kids, some stay-at-home moms, some stay-at-home dads, some working parents, some expectant parents, but the truth is we haven’t asked in awhile.

Take our poll and tell us — Who Are You? We really want to know:



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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Aug 01, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Field Station: Dinosaurs

It’s another busy weekend full of family events on this first weekend of August!

Don’t forget about the Montclair Recreation screening of Despicable Me 2 at Edgemont Park, New Voices: Oh, What a Night! at Paper Mill Playhouse, Dan Zanes Deno’s Wonder Wheel Release Party, the New York Renaissance Faire, the Bike Right Learn to Ride Class, and the Montclair Township Animal Shelter Pajama Party — and there is more!

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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We Found Waldo in Montclair!

BY  |  Friday, Aug 01, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 where's Waldo

After searching for Waldo all month at 20 Watchung Plaza businesses, we found the real Waldo at Watchung Booksellers last night. He came for the big party the book store threw for all the scavenger hunt participants, and there were a lot — over 200 kids did the scavenger hunt.

There was red and white food to enjoy, arts & crafts, games, face painting and prizes donated by all the participating businesses. Check out all the fun in our slideshow below:

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Lands’ End Announces New Science Tees For Girls in Response to Montclair Mom’s Letter

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 7:24pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

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When Lisa Ryder, a Montclair mom, wrote this letter to Lands’ End questioning why the company offered realistic and cool science-themed tees for boys, but not girls, the letter went viral. Many parents agreed and voiced their feelings on the company’s Facebook page.

Yesterday, Lands’ End responded with this message:

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Local Kids Showcased in New Voices of 2014: Oh, What a Night! at Paper Mill Playhouse

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Voices of 2014: Oh, What a Night!

Paper Mill Playhouse will present 120 of the of the region’s most talented young performing artists from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory in a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill mainstage titled New Voices of 2014: Oh, What a Night! on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2.

Oh What a Night! is a tribute to the magical and unforgettable moments of the American musical.

Members of the competitive Conservatory who earned coveted spots in the Senior, Junior Plus, and Junior Companies (ages 10–18) are directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff in this concert which is the culmination of the five-week program. Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2014 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory.

The many talented young performers from our area are:

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Kids 10 and Up Invited to Volunteer at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Township Animal Shelter

Does your kid love animals? The Montclair Township Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help our community’s homeless animals. Volunteers must be ages 10 and up and are required to attend an orientation.

All volunteers under 18 attending the orientation must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anyone under 15 must join with an adult volunteer who will accompany them each time they perform their volunteer duties.

Two new volunteer orientation sessions have been added to the Shelter schedule:

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Calling All Junior Detectives! Learn Forensics 101 With the Montclair PD

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Forensics 101

Having just finished binge watching Luther on BBC, I really wish I was young enough to attend this event.  The Montclair Police Department would like to offer a little insight into the profession of crime scene investigation to kids in the 6th grade and up on Thursday, August 7, at the Montclair Public Library.

Topics covered will be fingerprints and DNA — from the science behind them to their practical use in police work, basic crime scene techniques and patrol officer functions, and an interactive roll-play exercise where Jr. Officers and Jr Detectives will work together to solve a crime.

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Little Shoebox Grows Up With Valley Girl Shoes in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

valley girl shoes

If you’re a fan of Little Shoebox for quality shoes for young children in Montclair, you’re going to be happy to learn that, just across the street and down the block a bit, Valley Girl Shoes will open mid-August.

Elaine Sinisi, owner of Little Shoebox is very excited to open a second shoe store. “With Valley Girl Shoes we’re hoping to accommodate girls that have outgrown Little Shoebox as well as their moms, and college students as well.”

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Montclair Film Festival Invites Families to See Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Hope for sunny with no chance of rain next Thursday, August 7, when Montclair Film Festival presents Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs in the 5th annual Summer Series Films Under the Stars at the Montclair Public Library.

Families can enjoy the 2009 film inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett’s beloved children’s book of the same name. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs follows inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and a brainy weathergirl (voice of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped, and food is falling in its place.




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Montclair State University Adopts SAT/ACT Test-Optional Admissions Policy

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

SAT/ACT-Optional Admission Policy

Montclair State University announced this week that it will become the first public university in New Jersey to adopt an SAT/ACT test-optional admissions policy for all undergraduate applicants. It joins more than 800 of the nation’s colleges and universities who are “test optional,” “test flexible” or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT.

Effective beginning with for the fall 2015 entering freshmen class, MSU will revise its admissions protocol, placing primary emphasis on an applicant’s high school GPA combined with close attention to the specific courses taken. Submission of SAT and ACT scores will no longer be required, although the University will consider these scores should a student choose to submit them.

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