Comedy Class for Your Funny Kids

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Comedy Class for Your Funny Kids

Does your child seem to have a knack for making people laugh? Or maybe he loves being the center of attention, up on stage and in the spotlight. If this sounds like your kid, then Bloomfield mom Becky Veduccio-Langton’s upcoming Comedy for Kids class might be the ticket to your little one’s next punch line.

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Pumpkin Picking Farms in New Jersey

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pumpkin Picking

Local bakeries and coffee shops are offering pumpkin spice drinks and desserts, there’s a cool, crisp breeze in the air, and the leaves are turning color —  it’s time to pick your pumpkins! Sure you can buy a pumpkin at your local market, but there is something so special about pumpkin picking with the family. It’s a wonderful autumn tradition.

There are many pick your own farms in New Jersey that offer much more than just pumpkin picking. You’ll find corn mazes, hayrides, delicious food and more. And apples are still ripe for picking:

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Calling all Mini Scientists! Science Classes Giveaway at L3 Academy in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

l3 academyL3 Academy in Montclair is a seriously fun learning center offering STEM programs. Founded by two Glen Ridge mothers, L3 focuses on bringing more learning and fun to students ages 3 to 13. The programs encourage children to learn through doing and making mistakes. Class sizes are small so students benefit more more individualized attention.

Thanks to L3 Academy’s generosity, Barista Kids is giving  away enrollments in Science classes to THREE lucky readers. 

  • Jr Scientists: World Explorers (Grades PreK/K) Mondays at 4:55-5:40 / Fall 2014 (start date on 9/22)
  • Super Scientists: Fabulous Physics (Grades 1-3) Saturdays 9:30-10:30 AM in Fall 2014
  • Super Scientists: Newton’s 3 Laws (Grades 1-3) Wednesdays 3:40-4:40 AM in Fall 2014

Classes begin in September. Entering to win is easy. Just follow these directions:

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Sponsored: YMCA Of Montclair Geyer Family Branch Fall Registration

BY  |  Monday, Sep 08, 2014 4:01pm  |  Comments Off

YMCA Of Montclair Geyer Family Branch

The YMCA Of Montclair’s Geyer Family Branch at 159 Glenridge Ave in Montclair will open its 2014 Fall Session on Monday, Sept. 15, with enriching offerings for children ages 6 months and older.

Members may register online at or in-person. New Geyer Family Branch members may register in-person only.

New fall classes include:

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Your Guide to Apple Picking in New Jersey

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

apple picking in new jersey

I’m having a difficult time saying goodbye to summer this year, but the start of apple picking season makes me feel better. Nothing is more comforting than a warm apple pie. And when that pie is made with apples your family has picked, it tastes even better.

You can pick your own at one of these New Jersey farms (including one in New York) and do much more than get apples. These farms offer hayrides, corn mazes, activities and shops that have melt in your mouth treats. Here are some tips from Pick Your Own, a website with all the information you need to play farmer:

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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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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!



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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