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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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

sushi class

It’s the weekend and the weather is perfect, so get out and have some family fun!

Don’t forget about the Camplified Summer Family Music Festival, the Essex County Butterfly Tent Safari, and the 12th Annual Ice Cream Tasting Festival!

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

Learn how to be “Sushi Masters” at Kings Cooking Studios’ class for kids and a parent in Short Hills. (Saturday, July 19)

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3rd Annual Family Book Night at Watchung Booksellers: The Vanishing Coin

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

The Vanishing CoinThe 3rd annual Family Book Night at Watchung Booksellers happens on Thursday, July 24! This year’s book is The Vanishing Coin, Book One in the Magic Shop Series by author Kate Egan and magician Mike Lane.

You still have time to read the book before the party if you hurry and purchase it!

The Vanishing Coin tells the story of  how an unlikely pair of fourth graders, Mike and Nora, get together and discover who has a special magical talent. After a little abracadabra and special instructions you too will be able to show off some new magic tricks ( just like the characters in the book). This book is about learning magic and the magic of learning.

Join the Family Book Night for animated discussion and some Hocus Pocus with Author Kate Egan and Magician Mike Lane.

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Montclair Make Music Day Showed Music Matters

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Make Music Day

There was dancing in the streets at the farmers’ market in Montclair on June 21. It was mostly from the toddler set, but there it was. Then again, Amy Beshara was used to that, but this was different. It was happening at the first annual Montclair Music Day.

“Everywhere I go where there are little kids that happens. All the little kids were dancing. They have no inhibitions — running, twirling, dancing, whatever they feel like. They just twirl around and feel the music so naturally. That’s what humans are designed to do,” said Beshara, instructor who rounded up her own batch of young students and their violins there.

“It was such a fun day. It’s like Christmas for a musician,” Beshara said.  “All my little musicians, all my little fiddlers remembered their tunes from learning them a year ago or two years ago and I can just pull them together like that and say ‘show up here at 10 o’clock’ and they’re ready to play. We can play the tunes that engage the audience, music that’s fun to listen to and everybody knows it like ‘Oh, Susanna’ and ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.’”

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Montclair Jazz Festival: Fun For All Ages

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Jazz Festival

My family had a great time at last year’s Montclair Jazz Festival. With children’s activities provided by Montclair Art Museum, the Montclair Public Library, and, of course, Jazz House Kids, the Family Discovery Zone was the place to be for families with young children. So save the date, because the third annual MJF takes places on August 16!

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Orange Reservoir at the South Mountain Recreation Complex is Overflowing With Fun

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

South Mountain Recreation ComplexFor a long time, the Orange Reservoir was just some water you saw on your way to the Turtle Back Zoo or Codey Arena. But one piece at a time, Essex County has transformed the reservoir area into the South Mountain Recreation Complex—and now it’s a place for a pretty full day of family fun.

In May of this year, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren cut the ribbon on the new 1.7-mile walkway around the reservoir. The freshly paved path has a pair of footbridges, nautically themed decorations and lighting, new landscaping, access to hiking trails, and lots of benches and Adirondack chairs for kicking back and enjoying the views across the water.

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