Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Aug 01, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Field Station: Dinosaurs

It’s another busy weekend full of family events on this first weekend of August!

Don’t forget about the Montclair Recreation screening of Despicable Me 2 at Edgemont Park, New Voices: Oh, What a Night! at Paper Mill Playhouse, Dan Zanes Deno’s Wonder Wheel Release Party, the New York Renaissance Faire, the Bike Right Learn to Ride Class, and the Montclair Township Animal Shelter Pajama Party — 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:

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We Found Waldo in Montclair!

BY  |  Friday, Aug 01, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 where's Waldo

After searching for Waldo all month at 20 Watchung Plaza businesses, we found the real Waldo at Watchung Booksellers last night. He came for the big party the book store threw for all the scavenger hunt participants, and there were a lot — over 200 kids did the scavenger hunt.

There was red and white food to enjoy, arts & crafts, games, face painting and prizes donated by all the participating businesses. Check out all the fun in our slideshow below:

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Local Kids Showcased in New Voices of 2014: Oh, What a Night! at Paper Mill Playhouse

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Voices of 2014: Oh, What a Night!

Paper Mill Playhouse will present 120 of the of the region’s most talented young performing artists from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory in a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill mainstage titled New Voices of 2014: Oh, What a Night! on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2.

Oh What a Night! is a tribute to the magical and unforgettable moments of the American musical.

Members of the competitive Conservatory who earned coveted spots in the Senior, Junior Plus, and Junior Companies (ages 10–18) are directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff in this concert which is the culmination of the five-week program. Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2014 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory.

The many talented young performers from our area are:

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Calling All Junior Detectives! Learn Forensics 101 With the Montclair PD

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Forensics 101

Having just finished binge watching Luther on BBC, I really wish I was young enough to attend this event.  The Montclair Police Department would like to offer a little insight into the profession of crime scene investigation to kids in the 6th grade and up on Thursday, August 7, at the Montclair Public Library.

Topics covered will be fingerprints and DNA — from the science behind them to their practical use in police work, basic crime scene techniques and patrol officer functions, and an interactive roll-play exercise where Jr. Officers and Jr Detectives will work together to solve a crime.

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Montclair Film Festival Invites Families to See Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Hope for sunny with no chance of rain next Thursday, August 7, when Montclair Film Festival presents Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs in the 5th annual Summer Series Films Under the Stars at the Montclair Public Library.

Families can enjoy the 2009 film inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett’s beloved children’s book of the same name. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs follows inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and a brainy weathergirl (voice of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped, and food is falling in its place.

 

 

 

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New York Renaissance Faire Offers Fun For Lords and Ladies of All Ages

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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If you missed the special New Jersey Renaissance Faire visit at OSPAC last week, don’t fret. The New York Renaissance Faire will offer adventure and fantasy for lords and ladies of all ages beginning this weekend.

The Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food music and dance. You’ll enjoy jousts, magic shows, theatre, Maypole dances and much more merriment.

And August 9 and 10, all children under the age of 12 get free admission!

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Bike Right Learn to Ride Class For Kids This Weekend

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bike Right Learn to Ride Class

My older daughter learned to ride her two-wheeler four years ago after taking a great “balance first” class at Bike NY. The “balance first” method takes the wheels off the bike and until kids learn how to balance on the bike before pedaling. Once they can balance, the pedaling comes easy.

This Saturday, August 2, TransOptions will be at the Essex County Environmental Center to teach a “Bike Right Learn to Ride” kids class for children ages 5 and older. Kids will learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. All you need to bring is an eager kid, his/her helmet and a bike (without training wheels) in good working order.

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HackensackUMC Mountainside Joins The Big Latch On 2014

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Big Latch OnCalling all Breastfeeding Mamas! Put that baby (or toddler) in a sling and head over to HackensackUMC Mountainside Hospital on Saturday, August 2 to join other nursing moms in solidarity at the annual The Big Latch On Nurse In.

The event is held in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and will feature a workout demonstration, massage station, prizes and refreshments.

“There is significant evidence that breastfeeding provides both immediate and long-term benefits such as a reduced incidence of gastrointestinal disturbances, strengthening of the immune system and a decreased risk of childhood obesity,” said Diana Durham, Director of Maternity Services at HackensackUMC Mountainside.

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Kids Want a Pet? Find One at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter Pajama Party

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Township Animal Shelter Pajama Party

If the kids have been begging for a  pet and you’ve been convinced then you might want to attend the Montclair Township Animal Shelter’s upcoming “Kitty & Poochie Pajama Party” on Friday, August 1.

Get the kids in their PJs and head to the pajama party starting at 7 pm. You can see all the cuddly pets who are available for adoption and enjoy some refreshments too. Find the pet you love, and you’ll get 1/2 price on adoptions that night.

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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What to do, what to do? It’s another weekend full of great family events.

Don’t forget about  the “Flick and Float” screening of The Blind Side and swimming fun at Nishuane Pool in Montclair, the New Jersey Renaissance Faire at OSPAC , the NJPAC Family Fair at Theater Square, the last Essex Running Club’s Junior Track Meet of the season, and the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning— 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:

Step back in time and enjoy a day of good old-fashioned fun with the family at Liberty Hall Museum in Union! Activities include Colonial- and Victorian-era lawn games, a croquet tournament, relay races, crafts and much more! (Saturday, July 26)

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