Have Kids, Will Travel

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Travel expert Melissa Klurman will answer your family travel questions each week here on the new Barista Kids column — Have Kids, Will Travel:

Have Kids, Will Travel

Q: Is there an easy to reach beach destination where I catch can catch some September sun with the kids AND bring the dog? – Ken

A: Happily, the answer is YES. The Jersey Shore has gotten a lot pet friendlier this summer and there are two travel-worthy options in the southern beach towns that my family I uncovered this summer:

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Walk, Run, Or Race at the Second Annual Mountie Pride Fun Run

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mountie Pride Fun Run

Mark your calendars! The 2nd annual Mountie Pride Fun Run, co-sponsored by MFEE’s True Blue Spirit athletic initiative and the Montclair High School Athletic Department, will take place on Sunday, September 21. The event will once again feature the Community Pavilion, a 5K run and a 1 mile walk/run, plus new this year, a 5K competitive heat!

Besides being a ton of fun, the Mountie Pride Fun Run raises money for True Blue Spirit, helping to fund professional development for coaches, informational programs for student athletes and their parents, and banners and branding for MHS athletic facilities.

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Weekend Highlights: Labor Day Weekend Edition!

BY  |  Friday, Aug 29, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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This is the last weekend before school starts and a three-day Labor Day weekend, so get out and have some family fun!

There aren’t many local events going on, but the long Labor Day weekend will give you many options.

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.

Here are this weekend’s highlights:

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Feel Like a Family of VIPs on the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

Nothing makes you feel more like a VIP than a back stage all access tour. And when that tour is at Madison Square Garden in New York City, aka “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” you feel, in the words of my 10 year old, “pretty Swag.”

Yesterday my family was invited to take the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour and we had a blast. After the recent completion of an unprecedented three-year, top-to-bottom $1 billion transformation, The Garden is looking pretty cool these days.

In October 2013, the completion of Madison Square Garden’s transformation marked one of the most important moments in The Garden’s history. All shiny and new, Madison Square Garden has re-opened the All Access Tour, which allows families to experience the newly transformed Arena offering a behind-the-scenes look at the significant enhancements. This includes several new exhibits throughout that commemorate some of the most enduring and unforgettable moments in The Garden’s history.

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Giveaway: Tickets to Disney’s Choo Choo Soul at NJPAC

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Choo Choo Soul

WINNER: Congratulations to nycmontclair!

No lie. At the dinner table just this past weekend, we were reminiscing about Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and the Choo Choo Dance Crew. My 10 year old and I loved when the music video spots would play between shows on Playhouse Disney Junior. So I was really excited when I learned that Choo Choo Soul would be coming to NJPAC. If only I could convince my tween to go… We probably won’t go, but I do have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away to one lucky reader.

Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and the Choo Choo Dance Crew will perform at NJPAC on Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm and 5 pm

Imagine an incredibly hip duo who teach children A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s through music on an animated train … and Choo-Choo Soul is born! Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and the Choo Choo Dance Crew, the stage show adaptation of Disney Junior’s short-form music video series, follows the adventures of singer/train station manager Genevieve Goings and dancing/beatboxing engineer DC as they take kids to the jungle, the sea and magical locales while performing songs from classic Disney films: Continue Reading

Get Ready to Get Wet: The Inside Scoop on Great Wolf Lodge

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Great Wolf Lodge

A 60,000 sq foot indoor waterpark. Wolf ears. Pizza `round the clock. Two floors of buzzing, zapping, magic wand casting interactive games. An animatronic northern woods. Not to mention a kids salon, indoor mini golf and 10 pin bowling, and an arcade worthy of a pinball wizard.

This, my friends, is Great Wolf Lodge.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, your kids surely have – only 1 hour and 15 minutes away just across the Pennsylvania border in the Poconos, Great Wolf Lodge has been drawing families across Baristaville to it’s watery fun factory like wolves to pizza.

Both Georgette and I gave in to the wolf pack and brought our kids in the last few months. (I went with two boys, 10 and 11, and another mom; Georgette (the Editor in Chief of Barista Kids) went with her two girls, 7 and 10, and her husband.)

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Rent Party Throws its First Family Picnic

BY  |  Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Rent Party Family Picnic

Celebrating five years of raising money for local food banks while promoting local music for the community, first inn the South Orange – Maplewood area and recently in Bloomfield and other local towns, Chris Dickson and David Wagner of Rent Party wanted to throw a big bash. The Rent Party Family Picnic is what they came up with and it all happens on Saturday, September 6 in Maplecrest Park in Maplewood, NJ.

The day-long celebration of all things Rent Party will showcase local original music, including bands we have featured in our Dads Rock! series. And the writer of that series — Brian Glaser — just happen to play drums for Gumwall.

Here is the lineup of great music: 

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Aug 22, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Weekend

It’s the weekend so get out and have some family fun!

Don’t forget about the Montclair Film Festival Summer Series Ferris Bueller’s Day Off screening and the St. Sebastian Feast and Carnival— 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:

Heading to the Montclair Film Festival’s screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  tonight? Go to Just Kidding Around toy store beforehand for a few rounds of Pizza Party and other awesome games provided by the Haywire Group! (Friday, August 22)

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Sponsored Post: Have It All This Fall at Kidville Montclair!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 12:30pm  |  Comments Off

Gym, Music, Art, Dance, Pre-School Prep, Birthday Parties & More!

 

kidville

Enrollment is now open at Kidville Montclair and the semester begins on September 8th!  Classes are $99, and include UNLIMITED Playspace!

Kidville is an award winning enrichment center offering a variety of classes for kids newborn to age 6!

Come visit the 4500 square foot facility conveniently located on Valley Road in Upper Montclair with FREE (and ample) parking!
 
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Montclair Film Festival’s Summer Series Ends With Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Friday Night

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Who wants to see Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Church Street this Friday night? Anyone? Anyone?

Take your teens to Montclair Film Festival’s final outdoor film of the season and welcome in the new school year with the hilarious 1986 classic. There will also be a special appearance by Big Mamou before the film.

You know, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 

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