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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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting Tweets Our favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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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What I’m Listening to With the Kids: Raise Your Hand by The Not-Its!

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Not-Its!

For more than six years now, The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their up-tempo albums and live concerts that give children their first “rock show” experience. With the release of their fifth album, Raise Your Hand, this Seattle “Kindie Rock” quintet will have children and their parents on their feet Raising Their Hands for more.

The Not-Its! are Sarah Shannon (former singer Sub Pop band Velocity Girl), Danny Adamson (rhythm guitar), Tom Baisden (lead guitar), Jennie Helman (bass player) and Michael Welke (former drummer of Harvey Danger). Like many Kindie bands, the Not-Its are parents — with 10 young children inspiring them.

Raise Your Hand offers 15 really catchy songs with fun subject matter covering family, bugs, haircuts, reading, 80′s nostalgia, and more.

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Awesome Dad Brings Water Balloon Fights to the Next Level with Bunch O Balloons

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Water balloon fights are a mandatory summer time childhood game. The problem with water balloon fights, though, is that it takes FOREVER to build up your arsenal of balloons. Actually, it takes the parents FOREVER to build up the arsenal of balloons. Then in a few minutes of throwing, the balloons are gone and the fun is over. That’s why we think Josh Malone is a genius.

The dad from Texas has created Bunch O Balloons, a single-use device that allows you to fill up 37 balloons in roughly 20 seconds! And the best part is that it’s so easy, the kids can do it all by themselves.

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Kids’ Dashes Will Highlight Family Fun at Annual 4 Miler at Garret Mountain

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

4 Miler at Garret MountainSave the date, because even the smallest participants can help make a big difference. Kids ages 2 to 11 are invited to join the fun while supporting a worthy cause at the third annual 4 Miler at Garret Mountain on Saturday, September 6 at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park. Proceeds from the charity run/walk, sponsored by SaxBST, will benefit the Child Life Department at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

Kids’ dashes, with sprint distances ranging from 25 to 200 yards, will begin at 10:15 a.m. and are among this family-friendly event’s highlights for participating children, all of whom will receive finishing ribbons. Race day entertainment includes a live DJ, random prize drawings, a variety of children’s activities and post-race refreshments.

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Barista Kids Poll: Is Spanking a Reasonable Form of Discipline?

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Is Spanking a Reasonable Form of Discipline?For the 65 percent of Americans who approve of spanking as a form of discipline, the recent New York court ruling that spanking is a “reasonable use of force” is a win. 

Last week, a state appellate court in New York found that a father’s open-handed spanking of his 8-year-old son was “a reasonable use of force.” The ruling by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court dismissed a child neglect proceeding against the father who, in October 2012, spanked his 8 son for cursing at an adult during the party at a friend’s house.

The appeals court stated that “The father’s open-handed spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard the child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force and, under the circumstances presented here, did not constitute excessive corporal punishment.”

It’s legal in all 50 states for parents to hit their children. Per New Jersey Law spanking is not illegal as long as it is not used in excess:

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The New Jersey Renaissance Faire is Coming to Town!

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

This weekend, you have a chance to take the family on a trip to Crossford, England back in time during the 1500s.  You don’t need a time machine  or have to go very far, though, because the players of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire are bringing their amazing interactive theater talents to the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) in West Orange for the first annual New Jersey Arts Incubator Renaissance Faire this Saturday, July 26.

Entertainment abounds with acrobats, fire breathing, Shakespeare and music as well as the action of comedy sword fighting and drama at the Faire.  You can also peruse the wares of the fine craftsmen that bring the village to life.

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