The 9th Annual Crane Park Festival: Fun For the Whole Family

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Crane Park Festival

For the ninth year in a row, the annual Crane Park Festival in Monclair will offer  music, art, and lots of fun  for the whole family. The fun community event happens next weekend on Saturday, September 27.

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Pumpkin Picking Farms in New Jersey

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pumpkin Picking

Local bakeries and coffee shops are offering pumpkin spice drinks and desserts, there’s a cool, crisp breeze in the air, and the leaves are turning color —  it’s time to pick your pumpkins! Sure you can buy a pumpkin at your local market, but there is something so special about pumpkin picking with the family. It’s a wonderful autumn tradition.

There are many pick your own farms in New Jersey that offer much more than just pumpkin picking. You’ll find corn mazes, hayrides, delicious food and more. And apples are still ripe for picking:

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Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with Kids

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

At sundown on Wednesday, September 24, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends.

There are plenty of ideas online for making a festive Rosh Hashanah meal. Barista Kids contributor Anna Sandler gets inspired  by the recipes at The Shiksa in the Kitchen – particularly  her Apple Honey Challah and she’s a huge fan of her Oven Roasted Root Vegetables.

For celebrating the holiday with kids, she recommends heading over to Creative Jewish Mom and choosing a Rosh Hashanah craft from her huge selection. Most are good for mixed ages, and utilize common items you’re likely to have at home. You can make Stuffed Paper Shapes for Rosh Hashanah or Woven Paper Apples.

In addition to your local temple’s services, here are some of fun, family events to celebrate Rosh Hashanah:

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4th Annual Junior League of Montclair-Newark Run for Children at Risk

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Kids at the Run 4 Children at Risk 2011

On Sunday, September 27th the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. (“JLMN”) will host its fourth annual JLMN Run for Children at Risk.

The run and Kids Races will be held at the Lacordaire Academy in Montclair. Families are encouraged to stay after the race and enjoy Lacordaire Academy’s Oktoberfest.

The run helps to raise both awareness and funding for the extensive programs offered by the JLMN to children at risk in Montclair, Newark and many surrounding towns. Some of the non-profit’s recent successes include; the Youth Conference Education & Career Fair, Newborn Kits to the Bloomfield Dept of Child Protection & Permanency, Essex County Adoption Day and helping pass three Human Trafficking Bills in the state of NJ. Proceeds from the run will help continue the great work by the trained and enthusiastic volunteers.

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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It’s a beautiful weekend! Get out and enjoy it with your family at these events.

Don’t forget about the 9th annual Parents Who Rock Backyard Family Jam, the “Catch That Cookie” author eventsthe Frozen Party and Childhood Cancer Benefit at Tutu Spoiled in Montclair — 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:

Have some nocturnal fun tonight. Both Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange and Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit are holding special nighttime events for families to see the animals in a different light. (Friday, September 12)

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See How to Eat Like a Child at Studio Playhouse in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

How to Eat Like a Child

L-R Hailey Brooks, Sophie Saraisky, Madeleine Saraisky, Ella Freund, Julia Resnick, Rayna Berl (Credit:Laura Byrne-Cristiano)

Studio Players will present How to Eat Like a Child, a musical comedy for all ages beginning next weekend, September 20 at Studio Playhouse in Montclair.

This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious. Besides “how to eat like a child,” you’ll learn lessons like how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically.

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Calling all Mini Scientists! Science Classes Giveaway at L3 Academy in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

l3 academyL3 Academy in Montclair is a seriously fun learning center offering STEM programs. Founded by two Glen Ridge mothers, L3 focuses on bringing more learning and fun to students ages 3 to 13. The programs encourage children to learn through doing and making mistakes. Class sizes are small so students benefit more more individualized attention.

Thanks to L3 Academy’s generosity, Barista Kids is giving  away enrollments in Science classes to THREE lucky readers. 

  • Jr Scientists: World Explorers (Grades PreK/K) Mondays at 4:55-5:40 / Fall 2014 (start date on 9/22)
  • Super Scientists: Fabulous Physics (Grades 1-3) Saturdays 9:30-10:30 AM in Fall 2014
  • Super Scientists: Newton’s 3 Laws (Grades 1-3) Wednesdays 3:40-4:40 AM in Fall 2014

Classes begin in September. Entering to win is easy. Just follow these directions:

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Four Great Events for Local Author Hallie Durand’s New Book, “Catch that Cookie!”

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Catch that Cookie

Join the fun at one of the local events being held this weekend to launch Catch that Cookie!, a new picture book for kids ages 3-5 by local Maplewood Author Hallie Durand in collaboration with Caldecott Award winning artist David Small. Catch that Cookie! retells an adventure that really happened when author Hallie Durand’s son Marshall was at Maplewood’s Morrow Memorial Preschool and solved the mystery of the disappearing gingerbread cookies with his classmates. You can learn more about Catch that Cookie! and author Hallie Durand at her website here.

Here are the fun, family events:

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Belches, Burps, and Farts – Oh My!

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Belches, Burps, and Farts - Oh My!

Every family has a different take on how to manage the topic of gas. Some find it to be “potty humor” best left unspoken. Others think it’s no big deal and hope their kids use their manners appropriately. Some find the whole topic hilarious. Regardless of where you fall and how you approach the subject with your children, there’s just no denying that gas is a natural part of life and children are going to be curious about it.

Enter “Belches, Burps, and Farts – Oh My!” by Artie Bennett, the newest picture book for kids by the author of “Poopendous,” “Peter Panda Melts Down,” and “The Butt Book.”

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POSTPONED: Parents Who Rock 9th Annual Backyard Family Jam

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Parents Who Rock

Postponed due to projected rain — will take place next Saturday, September 20

Every September, the local talented parents of Parents Who Rock congregate in a backyard and jam. The jam is always for a good cause, as PWR’s goal is to raise money for non-for-profit organizations throughout the community. This year, PWR will donate to the COPE Center in Montclair. PWR’s founder Alma Schneider says, “We are very concerned about the recent deaths and struggles of young people in Montclair and the surrounding areas due to drugs, alcohol and depression so are raising money for the COPE center.”

In addition to a great line-up of live music with some surprise young musicians, and several family-friendly activities, like kids yoga, face painting and even The Lice Lady doing head checks!

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and join the Backyard Jam:

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