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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Flutter By the Essex County Butterfly Tent Safari

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 09, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Butterfly Tent Safari

The Butterfly Tent Safari at the Essex County Environmental Center, an interactive display where visitors can observe hundreds of butterflies, will open from July 12 – July 26.

At the Butterfly Tent Safari families can spend time in the tent feeding the butterflies, listen to a story, make butterfly crafts,and more.

In addition to the public viewing times, the Environmental Center is offering butterfly-themed family programs that include access to the butterfly tent on Saturdays July 12, 19 and 26. Cost of the family programs is $7 per child and $9 per adult. Pre-registration is required.

The schedule is as follows:

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Bloomfield Park Playgrounds Get New Wood Chip Carpets

BY  |  Monday, Jul 07, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Park Playgrounds

The Bloomfield Recreation Department and the DPW Park Maintenance Dept. continually make improvements in the municipal park system to improve aesthetics, safety and functionality of its parks. New wood chip carpet was recently blown in the playgrounds at Felton and Brookside by a local vendor. And last month, Bloomfield resident Anthony Anderson and his Boy Scout Troop performed a community service project at Clarks Pond South as part of his Eagle Scout requirement. The finished product speaks for itself!

For a listing our the Bloomfield Municipal Park System click here.


Montclair Gets a Family Comic Book Store in East Side Mags

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

East Side Mags

As most comic book readers and collectors will tell you, having a favorite local shop is a must. We have two enthusiastic comic book readers in our family, so comic book shopping is very often a part of our weekend activities. I have a few titles I’ve enjoyed over the years, but my role in these outings is primarily as a mother. Most stores, I’ve found, are not geared toward young shoppers. The aisles are narrow, shelves are full of expensive collectibles, and navigating the layout can be difficult with a young person still learning to be mindful of the others around him where there is just so much to see.

When I learned of the new East Side Mags in Montclair, I expected much of the same. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Indoor Summer Fun: Kids Bowl Free Offers Free Games Every Day

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 01, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Kids Bowl Free

Bowling is a great family activity and, in summer, offers cool, indoor fun. And with the annual Kids Bowl Free program, bowling is a lot more affordable! Through October T-Bowl II bowling lane in Wayne is one of the participating centers.

Here are the details:

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High-Flyin’ Family Fun at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Pine Brook

BY  |  Friday, Jun 27, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Great news for families looking for a really fun indoor activity. Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Pine Brook, NJ (just a 20 minutes from Montclair) will opens its doors tomorrow, Saturday, June 28 at 10 am.

Sky Zone consists of four different courts: a Foam Zone where you jump into a pit of foam squares; a Sky Slam Court, with three basketball hoops for slam-dunking; a trio of dodge ball courts and a large full court for free jumping fun. There’s also lockers to store your belongings when you jump, a snack area, and benches for those who just want to watch the bouncing.

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Get Ready to ‘Get Down’: Glitz & Glam Kids Family Dance Parties in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glitz & Glam KidsLet’s be honest. Music classes eventually lose their magic and toddler tumbling sessions can become a drag. Sometimes we need a new activity to shake up our schedules. So when Barista Kids learned about the new Glitz & Glam Kids family dance parties in Montclair, we were eager to learn more.

Barista Kids sat down with event planner and Glitz & Glam Kids creator Keyana Tennant who told us all about these fun events.

BK: What are Glitz & Glam Kids family dance parties?
Tennant: These are monthly themed parties that the whole family can enjoy. We always have entertainment, like face painting and balloon twisters and characters as well as games, free raffles, food and drinks. We also have a DJ and, of course, dancing.  If you schedule a birthday party during one of the events, your guests can enjoy pizza and cake. Every family also leaves with a free family photo and free giveaways from local businesses.  And we have vendors just in case our attendees want to do a little shopping in between the fun.

BK: Sounds like all the makings of a fabulous time.
Tennant: It truly is. And the parties are inspiring, too. We carve out time between dancing and entertainment to showcase the children’s talents. Last month we had tumblers and at the June 29th party we will have a two year old DJ.

BK: Did you say that a two year old will be DJ’ing part of your next party?
Tennant: Yes… he dances, too.

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Sponsored Post: August Camp Options: YMCA of Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jun 13, 2014 2:00pm  |  Comments Off

YMCA of Montclair

The YMCA of Montclair has three camps that run throughout August and have space for more campers ages 3-15. Sign your kids up for just one week or for the entire month. Act quickly; they’re filling-up fast!

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Where to Pick Your Own Peaches in New Jersey

BY  |  Friday, Jun 13, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Pick Your Own Peaches in New Jersey

Did you know that New Jersey ranks 4th nationally for peach production, after California, South Carolina & Georgia? It’s true and you can take your family to one of the many pick your own farms in the Garden State to get your own juicy, sweet, delicious peaches.

NJ Peaches typically peak during late June through August. Keep in mind that peaches are easily affected by the weather, so it’s best to call the farm before you head over to make sure they have some peaches good enough to pick.

Here is where to pick your own peaches in New Jersey:

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