Weekend Family Highlights: A Christmas Story, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and Santa!

BY  |  Friday, Dec 09, 2016 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy Weekend! There’s plenty to do around town and beyond. Take a look at some of the events happening in our area.


Studio Players (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present The Cat in the Hat this weekend. The classic book by Dr. Seuss has been adapted for the stage in this live action production. Performances will be hold on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Tickets are $8 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the box office at 973-744-9752.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Clairidge Bow-Tie Cinemas (486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will show A Christmas Story at 11:00 AM. Bring the kids to see this holiday classic on the big screen! This movie is rated PG. Continue Reading

Register For Fun Winter Classes at Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Winter is on its way! The Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair knows parents will be looking for indoor activities to keep their children active and engaged and is offering lots of great classes for the winter session. Registration for the winter session begins Monday, December 12 for those with a family membership and Tuesday, December 13 for Kinder members and new members. The new session runs from January 2-February 18, 2017.

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In addition to the popular swim, cooking, dance, art and gym classes offered for the winter session, the Geyer Family Branch has several new classes, including: Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Gingerbread, Teddy Bear Tea, The Cat in the Hat, Cinderella and More!

BY  |  Friday, Dec 02, 2016 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

December is here and so is the weekend! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to enjoy. Check ‘em out!

This Saturday, the Essex County Environmental Center will host a Gingerbread House Making Workshop from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Staff will be on hand to help participants get started. Houses can be entered into the county’s annual contest as well. Some materials will be provided, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own. This is a free event and space is limited. Registration required.

curiousThe Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will celebrate Curious George’s 75th birthday on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Play fun Curious George inspired games like pin the yellow hat on the man, scooters, movies and more. Curious George movie showings will be at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

teddy-bear-teaThe Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host a Teddy Bear Tea on Saturday with seatings at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. Guests can enjoy delicious treats, a festive performance in the Bickford Theatre, and a visit from Santa. Perfect for families with children ages 3 to 8, this event offers a great opportunity for a holiday family photo. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased online for the 3:00 PM seating. Availability is limited for 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, but those interested can call the box office for more information. Continue Reading

Holiday Happenings For Kids and Families

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 01, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The holiday season is here and there are so many things to do! We’ve put together a list of family-friendly happenings that everyone can enjoy.

Montclair's Applegate Farm to Host First Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Party on 12/1Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Party – Applegate Farm Ice Cream (616 Grove Street, Montclair): On Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 PM, Applegate Farm Ice Cream will host their first Christmas tree lighting ceremony featuring music from a brass quartet from Montclair Orchestra, carolers, a DJ, reindeer, and ice carving. This event is free to attend. Refreshments and photos with Santa are available for purchase. Santa Weekends will continue through December 18.


Elf the Musical – State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick): Catch this modern Christmas classic about a human who grows up thinking he’s an elf. Performances will be held on Friday, December 2 (7:30 PM), Saturday, December 3 (2:00 PM and 7:30 PM), or Sunday, December 4 (1:00 PM and 6:00 PM). Tickets are $35-$95. Continue Reading

Santa Claus Comes to Montclair Early This Year

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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This Saturday, December 3, Santa Claus will visit the Business Districts on a Montclair Fire Department fire truck and will have gifts for all youngsters.

11:00 AM – Walnut St. Business District (Walnut St. Lot)

11:30 AM – Watchung Plaza (Watchung Ave. & N. Fullerton Ave.)

12:00 PM – St. James Church (Bellevue Ave. & Valley Rd.)

12:30 PM – South End Business District (Orange Rd. & Cedar Ave.)

The Montclair Community Band will play at each location, and Santa will have candy and gifts for all youngsters.

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Kids can mail a letter to Santa and will receive a personalized letter in return! Continue Reading

Montclair’s Applegate Farm to Host First Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Party on 12/1

BY  |  Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 11:35am  |  COMMENTS (0)

santra-tractorApplegate Farm Ice Cream will host their first Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. The free-to-attend event will feature Christmas music with from a brass quartet from Montclair Orchestra and carolers as well as a live DJ, plus a live reindeer, ice carving, and of course, the lighting of the tree. Applegate Farm will have offer their famous apple cider donuts, homemade ice cream, hot cocoa, and apple cider for sale as well. Santa will ride in on a tractor to light the 40-foot Christmas tree and kick off photos with Santa. Families can also enjoy a candy cane lane with make your own Stockings & Hats along with free s’mores and toasted marshmallows made by the fire. Applegate Farm will have offer their famous apple cider donuts, homemade ice cream, hot cocoa, and apple cider for sale as well.

“The tree lighting event is the perfect kick off to photos with Santa. It is going to be fun for the whole family and having Santa and a live reindeer will definitely get everyone in the Christmas spirit,” says Applegate Farm owner Jason Street. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Holiday Lights Spectacular, Moostletoe, Wizard of Oz and More

BY  |  Friday, Nov 25, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Once you get done eating the leftovers, there are plenty of fun and family friendly things to do around town. Here’s a sampling!


The Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host a Rock and Mineral Family Festival this weekend. Presented by the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society, members of the Society will be on hand to identify your mystery rocks and minerals. Learn about fluorescent minerals, listen to engaging presentations, and watch videos on various topics about geology and the Earth. There will also be a mineral magic show on Saturday at 1:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Each day will also feature a talk on minerals by experts. Stop in any time between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Saturday and 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Sunday.


Continuing this weekend through January 3rd (dates/times vary), the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will present the 10th Annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular. The zoo will be turned into a Winter Wonderland. The landscaped paths will be illuminated and about 50 animal and holiday themed figures will light up the night. Several animal exhibits will be open including the Sea Lion Sound, Essex Farm, Tam-ring Gibbons Reserve, Tropical Currents Aquarium and the Reptile Building. Admission is free. This weekend the Spectacular will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Clairidge Bow Tie Cinema (486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will present The Wizard of Oz at 11:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss this rare chance to enjoy this classic film on the big screen. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Alice in Wonderland, Art, Dance and More

BY  |  Friday, Nov 18, 2016 9:15am

Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly events and activities. Check ‘em out!

Start off with Free Art Friday at The Creativity Caravan (101 Walnut Street, Montclair). This free event from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM gives everyone an opportunity to make a little craft. Art supplies will be provided.

thankyouuniverseVisit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. This week’s guest is Cindy Pilsbury Benson, author of Thank You Universe: An Expression of Gratitude for our Faithful Friend. This new book by the director of Montclair’s Pilsbury School nursery school inspires sincere appreciation for all creation. The entire family can enjoy this uplifting message. Continue Reading

Experience High-Flying Adventure at Palisades Climb

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 10:30am

palisades_climb1As the weather gets colder and your kids need indoor options for exercise and fun, Palisades Climb Adventure is a dizzyingly high-flying day trip.

This five-story indoor ropes/zip-line course is in one of the giant atriums of the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack, NY. The concept is pretty simple: everyone puts on a secure harness with a large strap that threads into an overhead-rail system, and then you make your way across high-flying obstacles that zig and zag and interconnect in ways that are either thrilling or terrifying, depending on your point of view.

I went with “terrifying,” but my son was squarely on Team Thrilling. Once he figured out that the overhead rails would keep him from falling more than a couple of inches, he bravely crossed the wobbly bridges, sideways rope webs, narrow beams and every other challenge across the five levels of the course. There are friendly and helpful staff members on every level of the course, keeping climbers safe and helping people who get stuck or scared on the obstacles.

The amazing thing is that there are no nets below and no side rails—because you’re never disconnected from the overhead rails (you have to guide your strap through the rails even on the stairways between levels), Palisades Climb provides a perpetually on-the-edge experience.

(Full disclosure: I spent most of our two-hour visit watching my son climb while I waited nervously on the corner platforms.) Continue Reading

Don’t Miss The Nutcracker: New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble Community Storytime at Montclair Library, 11/17

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 8:30am

Montclair Library with New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, a pre-professional training and performing company for young dancers, hosts a community storytime of The Nutcracker at the Library. Come see an excerpt of performances from New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s presentation of The Nutcracker on Thursday, November 17, at 4 p.m. Families who attend can also enter a raffle for free tickets to one of the three full performances at Montclair State University.

This special children’s event will feature a telling of the classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffman. Katie Lefkowitz, 12, and Donald Grennon, 12, who will perform the starring roles of siblings Clara and Fritz in NJDTE’s full-length production of The Nutcracker this December, will appear in costume to answer questions, sign autographs and take photos with children in attendance.

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble's  "The Nutcracker" in 2015. (Tony Turner)

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s “The Nutcracker” in 2015. (Tony Turner)

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