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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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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Free Museum Admission on Smithsonian Museum Day Live

BY  |  Monday, Aug 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

smithsonian museum day liveMy family loves museums. And I love free museum admission, so I always take advantage of the annual Museum Day Live. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission everyday, Smithsonian Museum Day Live is an annual event in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Smithsonian Museum Day Ticket…for free.  This year’s Museum Day Live takes place on Saturday, September 27.

Each Smithsonian Museum Day Live ticket is good for two people only. To receive yours, enter your information on this page. Your Ticket will be emailed to you after you submit your information. Print it out and bring to the museum to get free admission.

Here are some local museums participating in Smithsonian Museum Day Live:

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Land Ho! The Regatta Playground at South Mountain Recreation Complex is Open

BY  |  Friday, Aug 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Regatta Playground

Well planned family entertainment installations just keep popping up at South Mountain Recreation Complex. The latest to open is the Regatta Playground right next to the swan paddle boats dock and picnic pavilion. The playground is a great addition to the recreation area for Essex County residents because it is imaginative, open year round and it is free.

Here are some reasons why parents will appreciate the nautical themed playground:

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Girls on the Run Needs Coaches For Essex County Programs

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Girls on the Run
 

Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  The program for girls in grades 3rd-5th needs coaches to lead the local programs this fall.

Imagine the satisfaction and reward of helping not just one girl, but 15 or 20 gain a stronger sense of identity, greater self-acceptance, a healthier body, and an understanding of what it means to be part of a team in just a couple of hours a week. You DON’T need to be a runner to volunteer with GOTR, you just need the desire to help young girls.

Montclair mom Shannon Gibson shares her experience as a coach. “As a veteran coach, I love seeing the girls grow into these incredible, confident young girls. I feel such joy and pride at the end of the season 5k, when I see 1000′s of girls accomplish their goal and run across the finish line.”

Where do they need help?:

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Regatta Playground at South Mountain Recreation Complex to Open This Week

BY  |  Monday, Aug 11, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Regatta Playground

How cute is the new nautical-themed Regatta Playground at South Mountain Recreation Complex? Super cute. And my kids are so excited to go play in it when it opens this weekend:

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Kids 10 and Up Invited to Volunteer at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Township Animal Shelter

Does your kid love animals? The Montclair Township Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help our community’s homeless animals. Volunteers must be ages 10 and up and are required to attend an orientation.

All volunteers under 18 attending the orientation must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anyone under 15 must join with an adult volunteer who will accompany them each time they perform their volunteer duties.

Two new volunteer orientation sessions have been added to the Shelter schedule:

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Summer Fun Giveaway: Beyond Rubik’s Cube and Clifford the Big Red Dog at Liberty Science Center

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (18)

Rubik's Cube American Flag

Visitors solve cubes and add them to the mosaic!

WINNER: Congratulations to ldid220!

The Liberty Science Center has just what you need to break up the mid-summer slump with your kids. With its beautiful views of Manhattan and perennial must-dos like the Touch Tunnel and Pixelpalooza, not to mention walking the steel beams in the Skyscraper! exhibit, this Jersey City gem hardly needs to supplement its attractions. But it does!

Just in time for summer visits, the Liberty Science Center has two exhibits that make it easy for parents and children to connect with a new twist on old favorites. Beyond Rubik’s Cube will challenge and entertain with puzzles to solve and activities for younger children as well as older kids and adults. There is even a robot that can solve the Rubik’s Cube. Younger children will love exploring Birdwell Island with Clifford and all his friends in the Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit.

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A Knight to Remember for the Whole Family: Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Medieval Times

My kids have gotten to ages where it’s not so easy to find something everyone wants to do. My two daughters, ages 8 and 10, are “too old” for many of the things my son, age 4, likes to do. And of course, he’s too young for much of what they would like to do.

So you can imagine my excitement when I got an offer to visit Medieval Times, as this live jousting event seemed like something all my kids would enjoy, and surprisingly enough, they all did!  Even better, so did my husband and I.

Medieval Times is located in Lyndhurst, NJ, and is an easy trip from the Montclair area. From the moment we got there, everything was very much in keeping with ye olde traditions, beginning with being greeted as “My Lord” and “My Lady” as we arrived at the entrance to the Medieval Times Castle.

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Orange Reservoir at the South Mountain Recreation Complex is Overflowing With Fun

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

South Mountain Recreation ComplexFor a long time, the Orange Reservoir was just some water you saw on your way to the Turtle Back Zoo or Codey Arena. But one piece at a time, Essex County has transformed the reservoir area into the South Mountain Recreation Complex—and now it’s a place for a pretty full day of family fun.

In May of this year, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren cut the ribbon on the new 1.7-mile walkway around the reservoir. The freshly paved path has a pair of footbridges, nautically themed decorations and lighting, new landscaping, access to hiking trails, and lots of benches and Adirondack chairs for kicking back and enjoying the views across the water.

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