Easter Egg Hunts, Bunny Photo Ops and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Editor’s Note: We’re re-posting this guide, which has even more Easter fun events, including a fun West Orange Spring Fling event tonight!


The Easter Bunny is making his rounds before he gets busy filling baskets on Easter Sunday, April 20. You can catch him at several events leading up to the big day: egg hunts, brunch, train rides, crafts and more.

He is one busy bunny:

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National Parks Week Offers Free Admission

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

The cot in Edison's library

The cot in Edison’s library

Starting this Saturday, it’s National Parks Week. All 401 National Parks in the U.S. are FREE to the public between April 19 – 27. In addition, Saturday, April 26 is Junior Ranger Day. Kids can learn about a day in the life of a National Park Service ranger and how junior rangers can help preserve park resources. Activities will include model-building, phonograph demonstrations, outdoor scavenger hunts, and exhibits about local National Parks.

There are two great National Parks in New Jersey and they are both less than 30 minutes away: Edison National Historic Siteand Morristown National Historic Park:

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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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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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Jenkinson’s Annual 2 for 1 Ride Ticket Sale Next Weekend

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant is a Jersey Shore must with kids. There is Boardwalk food to enjoy, games to spend all your money on, a fun Aquarium and many rides for thrills!

Every year around Easter, Jenkinson’s holds a 2 For 1 Ride Ticket Sale. If you plan to take the kids down to Point Pleasant this summer, and you should, this deal is worth it:

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Team Zoey Spring Fling Fundraiser for Local Little Girl with Progeria

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

team zoey Zoey Aster Penny is a beautiful, sweet little girl from Verona with Progeria, a fatal disease that prematurely ages kids many times faster than normal. Team Zoey, an organization started by her parents, includes every one who helps in the Fight Against Progeria. This could mean you.

Team Zoey holds various events to raise money for  the Progeria Research Foundation to find a cure and develop treatments for all the kids suffering from this disease. The next event is Team Zoey Spring Fling on Friday, April 25.

It will be a fun, family night of events including a special live science show featuring Mad Science as well as face painting, manicures, tattoos, bake sale, pizza, drinks and much more!

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Apr 11, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

WeekendWhat to do, what to do? It’s another super busy weekend full of family events.

Don’t forget about the WBGO Kid Jazz concert at NJPACPassover events, a bunch of Easter events, Free Family Art Day at MAM, and the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival— and there’s even more!

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

Young children and their parents can cook up a spring feast at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills on Saturday. The highlight is Flower Power cupcakes! (Saturday, April 12)

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Enjoy a Free Family Art Day at MAM on Sunday

BY  |  Friday, Apr 11, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Free Family Art Day at MAM

In addition to all the wonderful family programs Montclair Art Museum offers, including the new Family Art Adventure, one of my favorite is its Free Family Days. It gives families a chance to really explore the museum, do projects, and see for themselves what MAM has to offer—all for free. The next Free Family Day will be on Sunday, April 13 and the theme will focus on the current exhibition Robert Smithson’s New Jersey.

It will be a full day of art, exploration, science and food too! Check out the schedule below:

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Watchung Booksellers Kids Bookmark Contest 2014

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Kids' Bookmark Contest!

It’s time for Watchung Booksellers annual kid’s bookmark contest, which is a great opportunity for creative kids to show off their talents. This year the theme is inspired by  Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans and asks — What Does Your Dream Pet Look Like?

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