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 (4)

Rubik's Cube American Flag

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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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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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

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

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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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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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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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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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Up, Up and Away… The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning Takes Flight This Weekend

BY  |  Monday, Jul 21, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

The 32nd annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Upwards of 165,000 people are expected at the three day event, which will run from July 25 – July 27, and your family will love it!

Named one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2013, the Festival features 39 hours of family entertainment and attractions with multiple events occurring at the same time throughout the Festival grounds.

Key attractions are the twice a day mass ascensions of more than 100 sport and special shaped hot air balloons from around the world taking place on the Balloon Launch Field, live concerts on the Main Stage, new amusement rides, and non stop fun at the Family entertainment.

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Get Loose and Get Together!: The Best of Dan Zanes CD and Release Party

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Best of Dan Zanes

On July 22, celebrating 15 years of producing “handmade all-ages social music,” GRAMMY award winner Dan Zanes will release his first greatest hits collection. “Get Loose and Get Together!” is a collection for the fans that have been following Zanes since the beginning  and for those who are new to the party.

Zanes has been referred to as the “crown prince of contemporary kid’s music” by People magazine. He is known for his diverse range of collaborations which have created one of modern day America’s quirkier folk experiences in which sea shanties, North American and West Indian folk music, and play party songs, blend with the sounds of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals to create a music that is loved by all ages.

Featuring fan favorites from over the years, this new CD is a perfect family soundtrack for this summer’s kitchen dance parties, backyard sing a longs and road trips. You can pre-order “Get Loose and Get Together: The Best of Dan Zanes” on iTunes

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