School of Rock Montclair to Trade Free T-Shirts for Food Donations

BY  |  Monday, Jan 16, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair will be accepting donations of full grocery bags of non-perishable items at their 125 Valley Road location from Friday, 1/20 through Monday, 1/30. In exchange for the donations and a program from one of the School’s free January concerts, the School will present the donor with a SoR Montclair t-shirt.

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Weekend Family Highlights: MLK Events, Pinkalicious, Oliver, Jr. and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jan 13, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There’s plenty to do around town and beyond. We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do in the area. Check ‘em out!

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After a sold out run in December, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present three additional performances of Oliver Jr. on Friday evening at 7:30 PM, Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM, and Sunday evening at 7:30 PM. Recommended for children ages 5 and up, this classic musical is based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. Running time is approximately 70 minutes. Tickets are $20 per person plus $1.69 service fee.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations begin this weekend at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township). Learn about the process of maple sugaring, identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Demonstrations are one hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.

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On Saturday, NJPAC will present a free program to celebrate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy an afternoon of dance, music, visual arts, and spoken word activities. All ages are welcome. Programs begin at 11:00 AM. Continue Reading

“Meow Is The Time For Yoga,” A Free Yoga Event for Kids

BY  |  Monday, Jan 09, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Meet Karuna Lynne Elson (“Yoga Girl”) and her Puppet Guru (“Swami Cat”) at JaiPure Yoga in for the CD release party of the debut album “Meow is the Time for Yoga,” Monday, January 16.

Parents, kids of all ages and Yogis will sing, laugh, breathe and move to the upbeat groove of yoga songs form the album such as Swami Cat’s Theme, I Have A Dog, The Candle Who Lost Her Light, and I Am The Wind (Sivasana Song).

All are invited to join Swami Cat and his friends for a Yoga Party with games, Hatha Yoga, sing-a-longs, raffles and giveaways! Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Family FUNDay, Circus and More

BY  |  Friday, Jan 06, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s the first full weekend of 2017! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to enjoy. Check ‘em out!

The Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host a craft time on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children up through Grade 4 are invited to drop in to make an icicle craft.

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On Saturday at 8:00 PM, NJPAC will present the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the 1981 Indiana Jones film starring Harrison Ford with John Williams’ epic score performed live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Kids will love this unique opportunity to see a classic film on the big screen and enjoy a symphony performance at the same time. Tickets are $24-$94. Continue Reading

January Programs For Kids, Families and Teens at Montclair Public Library

Monday, Jan 02, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Plenty to do this month at the Montclair Public Library:

January Programs For Kids, Families and Teens at Montclair Public Library

Storytime
Mother Goose is a great way to promote literacy among our preschool-aged patrons. Picture books, songs, art experiences, and puppets are used to build upon children’s natural enthusiasm for books and reading. Children of all abilities welcome.
*No registration required; space limited.
3rd floor
Ages 3 to 6
Mondays, January 23, 30, February 6 & 13 at 1:30pm
*Preference given to Montclair Library Cardholders; please bring card.

Babies in the Library
Babies meet babies! Parents and caregivers sing nursery rhymes together with their little ones. Songs, language activities, and board books will be introduced during each session. Make baby’s first library experience a special one! Children of all abilities welcome.
*No registration required; space limited.
3rd floor
Newborns-23 mos.
Tuesdays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14 & 21 at 10:30am & 11:30am
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Weekend Family Highlights: First Night Morris, FunPlex, Winter Wonderland and More!

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 9:19am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s the last weekend of 2016… and the first weekend of 2017! Happy New Year! We’ve found some family friendly fun for you this weekend. Enjoy!

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First Night Morris (The Green, Morristown) will mark its 25th Anniversary on Saturday evening. This family friendly event will be host to over 80 performances at more than 24 venues around downtown Morristown. The downtown Morristown event begins at 4:45 PM, with fireworks at 9:15 PM. Admission allows access to all First Night Morris County performances. Tickets are $25 per person and children 4 and under are free. For more details including a full schedule and map of performances, visit the website.

Spend New Year’s Eve at The FunPlex (182 Route 10 West, East Hanover) on Saturday from 7:00 PM to 12:30 AM. Enjoy unlimited indoor attractions, music, buffet, refreshments, and $10 worth of Arcade value per person. Tickets are $49 in advance and $54 at the door. Anyone entering the facility must have a ticket. There will also be a midnight celebration with favors. Continue Reading

Need Family Fun During Winter Break? Escape To Pip’s Island

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 9:36am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Looking for something fun and different to do over holiday break? Pip’s Island could be the answer!

Pip’s Island is a live show for kids which allows them to be a part of the experience. The children (and their adult companions) don’t simply watch the actors on a stage. Rather, they are completely immersed into the show and engage with the actors. In fact, there aren’t even chairs for the kids as they’ll be moving throughout the experience the entire time.

Kids will step through a magical tree portal where they’ll meet new friends Pip, Finn and Pebble. Together, everyone will move through this play experience to earn Spark badges by completing activities and puzzles. They will learn about the Island’s Guardian, Amperes Wattson, and his struggle against his twin brother, the dark and powerful Joules Volter.

The show promises several benefits to its participants including social development through teamwork and bonding; cognitive development using a STEM educational philosophy; emotional development by exploring feelings such as joy, fear, sadness and pride; and interactive play using imagination, dazzling props, and toys. Children will also learn the importance of a sense of social duty by working together with others toward a goal. By working together to earn their Spark badges, the children will feel a sense of accomplishment that they can use, along with the skills they’ve learned, back home in their real world. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Winter Wonderland, Santa Experience and More

BY  |  Friday, Dec 23, 2016 10:47am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s the first weekend of winter! It’s also a big weekend for holidays. There are still plenty of things to do, so check out these local activities!

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There’s still time and a few seats left to catch The Nutcracker at Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) on Saturday at 1:00 PM. This holiday classic is performed by the New Jersey Ballet featuring the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Children ages four and up will love this seasonal favorite.

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Bergen County’s Winter Wonderland at Van Saun Park (216 Forest Avenue, Paramus) will be open on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Attractions include open air ice skating, kids’ beginner synthetic rink, additional kids’ activities, Bergen Express train ride, Santa’s North Pole Workshop, unlimited carousel rides, zoo entry and programming, indoor/outdoor beer garden, and food trucks. The Winter Wonderland will also be open daily the entire week of December 26. Closed on December 25. Tickets are $14 (plus $1.69 fee) per person and include skate rental. Children 5 and under are free. Food and beverages are not included in ticket price but are available for purchase. Tickets are available online. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Kwanzaa Festival, The Polar Express and More

BY  |  Friday, Dec 16, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do in the area. Enjoy!

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Friday is Family and Friends Day for the Cherry Blossoms in Winter project in Branch Brook Park (Branch Brook Park, Newark). From 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, enjoy this multimedia public art installation which includes the work of local school children and teachers, Arts & Sciences undergraduates and faculty from across Rutgers University, artists of Newark, and others. The trees will be part of the exhibit, sound boxes will be used to send out songs and poetry recordings, and other literary and musical events will be on display.

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NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) invites you to celebrate the Nguzo Saba at their 18th annual Kwanzaa children’s festival and marketplace, featuring an Arts and Crafts Village and music and dancing. Admission is free! Explore the rhythms and culture of the African tradition. The celebration begins at 12:00 PM. Continue Reading

Rediscover Holiday Joy at The Apollo’s The First Noel

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 2:20pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

first-noel-playbillCurrently playing a limited engagement at The Apollo Theater’s famous mainstage, The First Noel is not just an antidote to the hustle of the holidays, but also a salve for those floundering to overcome obstacles and heal. In its second year, the musical is an entertaining holiday show about family and community. The First Noel, presented by the Classic Theater of Harlem, runs through December 18.

 

For music lovers, The First Noel is a treat featuring original songs as well as old favorites reinvigorated with jazz, gospel, and pop music influences. The performances are passionate and powerful. Highlights include “Life Happens,” different versions of which are sung by Ken Robinson (Henry) and Ashley Ware Jenkins (Adult Noel) at different points in the show, and “Noel’s Wish,” sung by Nia Bonita Caesar as Young Noel. The exuberant and creative staging makes it easy to fully enjoy the show from any vantage point. Continue Reading

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Montclair is relatively heterogenous and, it could fairly be said, takes pride in its diversity. Has Montclair named a street or school after Dr. King? Why is that?

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