Teach the Kids Some History with Sugar Free Allstars Vinyl Release of “My Daddy’s Record Collection”

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My Daddy's Record Collection

National Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 19, and kindie rockers Sugar Free Allstars are celebrating indie stores with their first-ever vinyl 45 release of the single My Daddy’s Record Collection.

My Daddy’s Record Collection celebrates the joys of analog music, from the perspective of a young child who digs his dad’s “vinyl connection.” The song’s retro feel-good vibe reflects the vintage funky soul sound of the Sugar Free Allstars:

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Breaking Boundaries: A Progressive Program for Students with Special Needs

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Breaking BoundariesDoes your child have trouble making friends? Maybe they sit alone at lunch or rarely get together with other kids their age.  If you are concerned that your child doesn’t seem to fit in, Breaking Boundaries could be the perfect ‘fit’ you have been hoping for.

Breaking Boundaries is a progressive program that offers kids and young adults who have special needs opportunities to be social – without their parents. Co-Director Seth Blender, a special education teacher at Glen Ridge Public Schools, explains, “The activities help to foster independence because parents are not there. The kids need to learn how to adapt on their own.”  Past activities have included trips to MetLife Stadium, Tourne Park and King’s Cooking Studio.

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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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More TV Equals Less Sleep for Kids

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

More TV Equals Less Sleep for Kids

Letting your kids watch too much TV could be making them tired.

A recent Pediatrics study looking at the possible impact of television on children’s sleep, found that the more television a child watches, the less sleep he/she had each night. The effects seemed to be especially pronounced in boys, compared with girls. And having a TV in the bedroom was associated with a lot less sleep for minority children, according to the Pediatrics study.

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Motherhood Out Loud Makes New Jersey Premiere

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Motherhood Out LoudDreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, is presenting the New Jersey premiere of Motherhood Out Loud, a play about parenting.

This collection of pieces about motherhood from every angle comes to Dreamcatcher fresh from its recent Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in New York City. Both heartbreaking and hilarious, Motherhood Out Loud features the stories of fourteen writers. Utterly unpredictable, Motherhood Out Loud shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

Variety called the show “Chicken Soup for the Mom,” while BackStage summed it up as “storytelling at its sweetest.”

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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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Happy Passover

BY  |  Monday, Apr 14, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Barista Kids wishes those celebrating a happy and joyous Passover!

For your listening pleasure– ”Seder Plate” by The Macaroons. And don’t forget about Chozen!

 

 

Easter Round-Up 2014

BY  |  Monday, Apr 14, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Easter

Easter is this Sunday, April 20. We’ve put together a round-up of our Easter stories through the years. We also have a great Everything Easter board on Pinterest that has great food, crafts and decor ideas. Be sure to check it out!

Here is our Easter Round up of events, crafts, recipes, and more:

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New Baby Gifts: Useful and Unique

BY  |  Monday, Apr 14, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

NURSE PURSEGiving baby gifts can be difficult for those who want to give something useful, not just adorable. The last thing we want to do for our friends is add to their work – or clutter – when a new baby comes onto the scene. At the recent Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo, Barista Kids found several great ideas for baby and family gifts that are both useful and attractive.

First, the Nurse Purse is a traditional gift with a twist for mothers who decide to breastfeed their babies and work out of the home. This bag is made to hold a pump while still looking professional and beautiful. With easy access to the pump through the bag, there is no need to break down the pump between uses, and its roomy design provides space for files, personal items, and even a laptop. The various designs are grown-up and modern, allowing the bags to evolve in use as your child gets older.

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Celebrate Mother Earth at Family Celebrations

BY  |  Monday, Apr 14, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

earth dayThe first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

Earth Day 2014 is on April 26 and there are many local family events to celebrate our planet:

 

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