Happy Earth Day

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 8:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

In honor of Earth Day today, here’s our favorite earth-friendly song—Jack Johnson singing Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – 3 R Song.

Check out our Earth Day event round-up for a few more ways to celebrate Mother Earth.



Meet the Author: The College Admissions Bible

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The College Admissions BibleNatasha Scott, a graduate of Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, is a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of a new book called The College Admissions Bible. She’ll discuss the book and the insider tips and tricks to tackle the college admissions problems at Watchung Booksellers on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm.

The concise yet comprehensive guidebook  contains everything you need to know about getting into college. You’ll learn the difference between the SAT and ACT and which test is right for you, how to maximize your relationship with your guidance counselor, and how to graduate college debt free — among man other things.

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

parenting tweetsOur favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:





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Happy Easter

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Barista Kids wishes those celebrating a very, happy Easter!

When I was a little girl, on the night before Easter, my mom would sing this song to me at bedtime. I would get so excited dreaming of all the goodies the Easter bunny would leave for me in my basket. It’s my favorite Easter memory:

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Have Fun at Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Daffodil Day

Enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating spring at Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit next Sunday, April 27.

This year’s celebration has you step back to the 1970′s with a ”Flower Power” celebration, featuring activities that the entire family can enjoy!  There will be spring–themed games, nature crafts, and a guided parade through the Daffodil Bowl.  A professional photographer will be on hand to take family photos.  Food and refreshments will also be available in our Outdoor Flower Power Flea.  Registration is not required.

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


There are some great family events to enjoy this holiday weekend.

Most of the events are Easter egg hunts and celebrations, but there are some other fun happenings to enjoy. The Jewish Museum hosts a Freedom Art Jam: Art and Dance Party for PassoverEarth Day celebrations begin this weekend, and it’s National Parks Week.

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:

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Montclair Superintendent Introduces New District Director of Technology in Her Latest Newsletter

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

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District’s new Director of Technology, Barry Haines

Montclair Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Penny MacCormack, sends out a monthly newsletter titled “Straight from the Superintendent.” In her latest edition she discusses the approved 2014-2015 budget and gives props to District Chief Operating Officer Brian Fleischer for his work, shares information about her meeting with Hillside School parents, announces upcoming PARCC 101 information sessions, and introduces the district’s new Director of Technology or “IT Guy” Barry Haines.




Read the entire newsletter here, and learn more about Barry Haines below:

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Nishuane School Raises Over $300 for the Montclair Public Library from its Pennies for Pages Program

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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The kids at Montclair’s Nishuane School have been doing a lot more reading this year— 31,488 books!

Children, parents and staff participated in the fourth annual Pennies for Pages, a school wide activity to encourage reading and raise money for the Montclair Public Library.

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Tons of Fun For Kids at the Welcome to Walnut Street Sidewalk Fair

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Welcome to Walnut Street Sidewalk FairWe told you about how  the second annual “Welcome To Walnut Street” fair will showcase all of the best the neighborhood has to offer on Saturday, May 3, over on Baristanet. What we didn’t tell you is how much it will offer for kids and a super sweet detail.

Montclair Bread Company, whose Sunday doughnuts have become a huge addiction for families, will be making special Barista Kids mini-doughnuts with strawberry and chocolate glazes all covered in sprinkles — and they’re on us! Kids can enjoy a free doughnut courtesy of Barista Kids during the sidewalk fair.

Pretty sweet, right?

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Easter Egg Hunts, Bunny Photo Ops and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Editor’s Note: We’re re-posting this guide, which has even more Easter fun events, including a fun West Orange Spring Fling event tonight!


The Easter Bunny is making his rounds before he gets busy filling baskets on Easter Sunday, April 20. You can catch him at several events leading up to the big day: egg hunts, brunch, train rides, crafts and more.

He is one busy bunny:

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