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.

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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

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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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!

 

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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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Day Trip: Round Valley Recreation Area

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Round Valley Recreation Area

We’re past mid-August, and families have reached the time of summer desperation. All in the name of creating vacation memories, they either suddenly realize they haven’t taken enough trips, or because they have run out of new places to go. We are lucky in the Baristaville area in that we have countless choices for day trips to enjoy the best that summer has to offer. The Round Valley Recreation Area in Lebanon, NJ is a fantastic option for camping, grilling, swimming, and all around summer fun.

Just about an hour away, depending on traffic, the New Jersey State Park has extensive shady areas for picnicking and grilling. In a separate area, there is a sandy beach with lifeguards, changing rooms and restrooms, a snack bar, and two playgrounds. Families can also take a break from the beach by hiking one of the trails, knowing that cooling off in the lake is the reward of return. This is a carry in/carry out park, and you will receive a trash bag upon entry.

If you are lucky enough to be able to get away during the week, an almost empty beach will greet you and the family at Round Valley Recreation. Enjoy the sandy beach and not-too-cold water in quiet and relaxation. A favorite pastime for young people is wading around in the swimming area for net-fishing. Others just wait patiently for the tiny fish to nibble on toes. For families with children who have a low tolerance for an ick-factor, according to my son, the lake floor is walkable and not “gooey” at all.

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Wildwood: A Jersey Shore Family Vacation Guide

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Wildwood

Although I grew up in New Jersey, beach vacations (or “going down the shore” as we like to say) wasn’t part of my childhood. However, Wildwood has become a summer family staple for us as a vacation destination. A vacation in Wildwood, although less than three hours from Montclair (Garden State Parkway traffic notwithstanding), makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a whole new world.

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Family Fun to be Had at St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Aug 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

St. Sebastian’s Feast & Carnival

The 88th St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival will fill Kaveny Field in Montclair with rides (including the new “Ring of Fire Roller coaster”), games, bocce, face painting and my favorite—zeppoles! It all happens from August 20 – 24.

Festivities end on Sunday, August 24 at 3:30 pm with the Procession of the statue of St. Sebastian beginning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel through the streets of Montclair, where it will arrive at the feast at 6:30 pm.

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