BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, May 24, 2013 1:00pm |
Memorial Day Weekend is here and there’s so much to do with the family if you’re staying local.
We’ve told you about the Memorial Day services and parades, Maplewood’s Rubber Duck Race, the West Orange Downtown Street Fair, and Maplewood MayFest, and there’s even more!
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The Met’s Cloisters Museum is holding Family Festival: In Search of the Unicorn, a two day event celebrating unicorns, Medieval times and magic. (Saturday, May 25)
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, May 24, 2013 7:00am |
Grab your keys, pack the kids into the car and arrive at your destination in less than two hours! A few of these Day Trips could be made into an overnight trip too.
Here is a list of Day Trips we’ve reviewed that offer fun for the entire family:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:30am |
Tomorrow begins the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer, so we’re giving a big fist pump to the Jersey Shore, which needs your love this summer, after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area. Show the shore some love by taking the family to enjoy the beaches and attractions:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:00am |
The world’s tallest indoor ropes course standing is at Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY, just about 30 minutes from Montclair.
Palisades Climb Adventure stands 85 feet tall and provides adventure, thrills and excitement for those looking for the experience. Since I’m not that person, my husband recently took our 9 year old daughter there to meet some friends and they both did the ropes course. Nervous at first, my daughter went through the course and loved it.
BY Eileen Lundberg | Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 10:15am |
LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Grand Opening on March 27,2013
If you are looking for something new to do with the kids, the brand new LEGOLAND Discovery Center Weschester at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, NY is well worth visiting.
We decided to skip the opening week crowds two weeks ago and went during this quiet week when Montclair schools are closed. Legoland taps into the ‘build what YOU want’ creativity of the old Lego bricks and also uses the newer themes in their toys in a tasteful way. They have created an engaging, experiential play zone that will appeal to kids age 3-10. Parents will appreciate the variety of activities and the simple layout of the center. The area is entirely enclosed. Adults are not permitted without a child so it feels like a safe haven. The most attractive feature is that kids can move easily between the activities and they can stay all day. The Center is open 10 am – 9:30 pm most days which sounds like a dare to kids!
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 10:30am |
If you’re not one of the lucky ones vacationing for spring break, and don’t need vacation camps because you’re off from work too, day trips are a great way to feel like you did something special. Grab your keys, pack the kids into the car and arrive at your destination in less than two hours. A few of our suggestions could be made into an overnight trip too.
Here’s a list of some day trip destinations we’ve written about that are fun for the entire family:
BY Brian Glaser | Friday, Mar 22, 2013 11:30am |
One of the things I love about taking my son to children’s museums is that we (and he) always know what’s in store, more or less, but each venue puts its own spin on the genre. Imagine That!, a children’s museum in Florham Park, delivers just what little ones are looking for in a playspace and provides enough unique entertainment to make it worth repeat day trips.
Perched in an industrial park, Imagine That! is divided into roughly 3 sections: themed play areas (trains, grocery store, doctor’s office, dance studio, etc.); runaround room (a tubes-and-slides playset, a climbable pirate ship, and an area featuring a full-sized fire truck and cars and planes and such); and rooms for private parties or a family meal.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 8:00am |
For my math loving oldest daughter’s 9th birthday on New Year’s Day, we visited the new MoMath: The Museum of Mathmatics in NYC.
We had a taste of what MoMath offers when its traveling exhibit Math Midway visited the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. The Square-wheeled Trike and Tessellation puzzles were a huge hit and they are now permanent exhibits at MoMath.
BY Justin Mannato | Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 10:00am |
For a while, my wife and I had been looking to take our five year old daughter to her first Broadway show. Given the cost, however, we were in no hurry. As luck would have it, we found an offer for discounted tickets to Mary Poppins on Broadway, and thought it would be a perfect Christmas gift for my daughter and my mom. (We had introduced the movie to our daughter over the summer and she loved it.)
We were not disappointed.
Mary Poppins is two and a half hours of pure joy. It has all of the familiar songs you love and characters you remember, plus some new ones. Of course, the show’s plot does stray from the film. (A lot, actually.) But I think that’s to be expected. If you go into it with an open mind, it won’t bother you. The good thing for kids my daughter’s age, and a little younger, is there are no scary parts. There is, however, a mean nanny who replaces Mary right after intermission. She’s so over-the-top mean it’s funny, though.
BY Holly Korus | Friday, Dec 28, 2012 3:00pm |
The desk in Edison’s library
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas Edison
As an artist, people are always asking me where I come up with my ideas. As I develop ideas for Ask Holly, I have had loads that end up in the “Epic Fail” pile. Never did I think that taking the quick trip to the Thomas Edison Historical National Park complex in West Orange would open so many doors in my mind. My children and I were fascinated to learn the way this famous inventor worked.
Many of us know Thomas Edison as the mostly deaf ”Wizard of Menlo Park,” who, before moving to West Orange, was the driving force behind inventing the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the first commercially practical incandescent light—to name only a few. He held 1,093 US patents in his name and was the driving force behind thousands of ideas and new concepts.
“I readily absorb ideas from every source, frequently starting where the last person left off.”
A trip to the Thomas Edison National Historic Park is a family day trip that you’ll love: