Sponsored: YMCA of Montclair Camp Registration Begins Saturday

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 12:00pm

YMCA OF Montclair

Are you ready for a summer of fun and adventure at YMCA of Montclair summer camps? Registration for ages 2-15 begins March 28 at 8 am.

Our camps offer children a safe and nurturing environment where they can feel confident pursuing their passions, learning new skills, making friends and creating lasting memories.

To view our 12 traditional and specialty camp options click here.

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Registration locations vary depending on the camp. For registration locations, click here.

Register early to ensure your child gets into the camps of their choice.



Sponsored: Spring Break & Summer Camp STEM Camp @ L3 Academy

BY  |  Friday, Mar 20, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

L3 Academy offers 1/2-day and full-day STEM camps that offer a creative combination of learning, community and physical activity that can all be combined for a great camp experience.

Spring Break STEM Sampler Camp (Grades PreK*-6) / LIMITED SPACE
Session I: April 7-9
Session II: April 21-23
Click here for more info. Download info here.

Summer STEM Camp Rising K-8
Click here for more detailed information

July 20-24, 2015
Wacky Science
Jr. Engineers

July 27-31, 2015
Robotics Camp: Roaring & Roving
Minecraft Madness Camp

August 10-14, 2015
The Art of Science & Engineering
Videogame Programming

August 10-14, 2015 (in Scotch Plains, NJ)
Wacky Science @Creative Kids NJ (Scotch Plains, NJ)

August 17-21, 2015
The Art of Invention
Toy Engineering & Prototyping

August 24-28, 2015
Robotics: Roaring and Roving
Minecraft Madness

Snacks are included in pricing. Sibling* and full-day registrations have discounts. For summer camp, the grade requirements are based on the grade level the child is starting in Sept. 2015.

L3 Academy is a seriously fun learning center focused on STEM. On Fridays and weekends, L3 hosts unique birthday parties including super scientists, crazy chemistry, LEGO® Robotics, and much, much more.



Contact us with any questions at 973.783.8333 or Info@L3-Academy.com. Register with us in-person or online.



Sponsored: Time to Start Planning Early for Mother’s Day – 5 Great Tips!

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 1:00pm

Frost Valley YMCA

There are many ways to say “Thank you, Mom” on Mother’s Day, but only a few will become memories she’ll never forget. Flowers wilt, cards get lost, and chocolates are lucky if they last until Monday. So this year, why not give mom a truly unforgettable experience?

Make her smile with an entire weekend to do whatever her heart desires – this year, give her a chance to get away from it all. Take her to an all-inclusive, low-cost family camp and retreat center, such as Frost Valley YMCA, located in the beautiful Catskills.

Why Frost Valley? Because Mom stays FREE from May 8-10 when she comes with a full paying guest for this all-inclusive, low-cost weekend. Whether she’s always up for an adventure, in need of a quiet weekend, or likes a little bit of everything, there’s something for everyone at Frost Valley. Here are five ways to make this Mother’s Day one that’s filled with new traditions and lasting memories.


Discover Nature’s Beauty

If mom’s a nature girl at heart, she’ll love being surrounded by the splendor of the Catskill Mountains in the springtime. She’ll take in the sights of tall evergreens, colorful wildflowers, wooded trails, shimmering lakes, and more — all within Frost Valley’s 5,500 acres. Frost Valley even has its own waterfall, High Falls, which is a stunning visual treat along a guided forest hike.

Frost Valley YMCA


Enjoy a Spa-like Experience

Breathe in; breathe out. Moms who would love a peaceful getaway can find their inner calm during a meditation or stretch class in Frost Valley’s new studio. She can enjoy a refreshing, natural facial and sip tea in her room at the Forstmann Castle or the hotel-inspired Lakeview Lodge, just two of many lodging options. Talk about queen for a day!


Get Crafty

Whether she’s a DIY fanatic or wants to try a new a craft, Mom will enjoy Frost Valley’s various arts and crafts programs. Candlemaking, recycled crafts, painting, and more are all within reach — and in a setting this inspiring, the creativity will be flowing.


Try a New Adventure

Some moms are thrill-seekers, and Frost Valley has something just for them, too. She can feel the wind in her hair as she soars down a zipline, tests her strength during rock climbing, feels her heart race as she crosses a cable bridge, or gets in touch with her inner warrior at Frost Valley’s archery range, among other exciting activities. You’re certainly welcome to try, too – but don’t be surprised if Mom outdoes you!


Celebrate as a Family

Of course, mom is welcome to treat the weekend as a solo getaway, but she can bring the whole crew along if she prefers — there’s something for everyone to enjoy (including a card-making station for those last-minute gifters). Enjoy five freshly prepared meals in the dining hall, which caters to a variety of dietary needs including gluten-free and vegetarian.


Frost Valley YMCA

Learn more about Mother’s Day Weekend and other Family Weekends at FrostValley.org. But book your stay soon, as spaces fill up fast. Call their friendly staff at (845) 985-2291 or email info@frostvalley.org today!





Sponsored: Spring Forward with the Yard School of Art at MAM!

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Yard School of Art at MAM

Feeling the winter blues? Register for an art class today to challenge and inspire your creativity! The Montclair Art Museum’s Yard School of Art was named “Favorite Adult Art Class” and “Favorite Art Camp” in the 2015 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice awards and now invites you to discover why our students love us! The Yard School offers programs for adults, children, and teens throughout the year, including in our state-of-the-art Digital Media Lab and one-of-a-kind Ceramics Studio. Registration is now open for spring and summer offerings. Register online here or call 973-259-5139. Continue Reading

Sponsored: Fun For Kids of All Ages at Temple Sholom of West Essex

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 12:00pm

Temple Sholom of West Essex


Tot Traditions


Take time once a month to explore Jewish culture through song, dance, crafts and stories! You and your child will laugh, learn and love your time together. Each session will focus on a different Jewish holiday and is led by teacher Emily Walsh, an educator in Pre-K, theater and storytelling!

  • Sunday, March 8 at 10 am
  • Sunday, April 12 at 10 am
  • Sunday, May 3 at 10 am

There is no fee for this program. Continue Reading

Sponsored: The Clubhouse—A Premier Event and Party Space in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Feb 23, 2015 2:00pm

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse located in Downtown Montclair (recognized as New Jersey’s Favorite Downtown Arts District in 2013) is perfect for hosting a variety of events. Sporting activities, birthday parties, corporate/PR events, engagement parties, showers, food and wine tastings—the possibilities are endless at The Clubhouse.

This truly unique space combines an urban loft design with a warm, cozy, and inviting “home” feel — like entertaining in your living room, but without the fuss. Relax on our plush leather couches while enjoying a glass of scotch by the fireplace, have a drink at the bar with friends, play pool, darts, or poker with your buddies, or enjoy dinner and a movie with family. Large or small, parties at The Clubhouse are effortless and fun. Continue Reading

Sponsored: Give Your Kids the Best Summer Ever and Memories For a Lifetime at Willow Lake Day Camp

BY  |  Monday, Feb 23, 2015 11:00am

Willow Lake Day Camp

Willow Lake Day Camp is located on 35 breathtaking acres in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Our 250 mature, fun, nurturing and responsible staff ensures that children try new things, gain confidence and learn new skills.

Program & Special Events

Each day, campers participate in aquatics, athletics, adventure and art based activities. We have age appropriate fields, courts, pools as well as equipment for the campers so that campers receive high quality instruction with an emphasis on fun and participation.

As campers grow older, our program evolves with them; more choices, trips off camp, competitive sports leagues, full theatre productions, overnights at camp and more!

Mix in incredible special events like our Carnival, Willow’s Got Talent and Halloween in July (yes we go trick or treating) and every day is “the best day of the summer”.

Willow Lake Day Camp


We take hiring staff very seriously and we are the only camp in Essex, Morris or Sussex County where an owner/director hires and rehires each staff member. Our staff are warm, caring, fun and energetic.

Skilled specialists run each activity and our focus is on fun, safety and skill acquisition. Our staff make everything we do at camp exciting and our campers love to try new things, explore and follow the lead of our staff. Willow Lake staff are active participants all day, every day.

Willow Lake Day Camp


Our shaded facility has age appropriate courts, fields and activities for children ages 3-15. Four heated pools and two lakes are great for campers to cool off, learn to swim and enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing and tubing.

Our belief is that our campers and staff should enjoy a clean, safe, organized and modern facility, but camp should be, well, camp! We are often told that we are a day camp that should be a sleep-away camp and that our mix of modern amenities in a rustic setting offers our campers the best of both worlds.

Door-to-Door Transportation

We offer door-to-door, air-conditioned transportation. Each bus is driven by professional drivers and is fully equipped with seatbelts and radio/cell phone communication. Bus counselors are in charge of keeping the campers safe and entertained.

Willow Lake Day Camp


Willow Lake offers a healthy hot lunch program. In addition to a hot meal, an extensive salad bar, sandwiches, yogurt, bagels and fresh cut fruit are available everyday. We are able to accommodate special diets and none of our foods use any nut oils or products. Campers are given ice pops or an ice cream snack each day before leaving camp.

Watch our video and see why Willow Lake Day Camp is right for your family!



Sponsored: YMCA OF Montclair Camp Information Fair is March 8

BY  |  Friday, Feb 20, 2015 1:00pm

YMCA OF Montclair

Looking for easy, one-stop shopping for the camp of your child’s or teen’s dreams? Then look no further than the YMCA Of Montclair’s Camp Information Fair. Join us March 8, 4 to 6 pm at our Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Ave., Montclair.

We offer 12 camps for ages 2-15, full-and half-day options and extended hours for working parents. At the fair, meet our camp directors and learn about our camps.

New Discoveries (provided by j goodger)

Some of our many camps include:

  • Our new Summer Quest camp gets teens ready for independence by learning job skills while having fun.
  • Summer Sparks is an awesome enrichment camp where everything is hands on; topics include Young Einsteins, Jewelry Making and Super Hero Creations.
  • Our Voyagers Teen Camp brings out teens’ adventurous sides with rock climbing, laser tag, an outing to Six Flags Great Adventure, beach trips and more.
  • Our Camp at the Lake has archery, boating, fishing, swimming, sports, arts, camping and outdoor adventure programs on a 40 acre facility with a beautiful lake.
  • New Discoveries for pre-K-elementary age campers is a traditional day camp with swimming, all kinds of sports, arts and crafts, nature, and more.


Our complete camp line-up can be viewed here.

Click here to RSVP for the Camp Information Fair.

Camp registration begins March 28 at 8 a.m. Click here for registration information.

YMCA OF Montclair



Sponsored: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Child’s President’s Day Holiday

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 9:30am

frost valley ymca

President’s Day is coming up on Monday, February 16 and the kids will be off from school, so why not make the most of the three-day weekend (or for some kids, a week-long holiday) by spending time together as a family?

From snowy sports, to crafts and classes, to simply relaxing, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy during a two-to-seven-day stay at Frost Valley YMCA. This year-round retreat center and summer camp is located just a few hours north of NYC in the beautiful Catskills (which was recently chosen by the New York Times as one of “52 Places to Visit in 2015”).

Whether you love the outdoors, or are more of a cozy-up-by-the-fireplace type, here are five ways you and your family can avoid the boredom blues during this midwinter holiday, and ALL of these options are available in one beautiful location: Frost Valley!

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Sponsored: Deerkill Day Camp

BY  |  Monday, Feb 09, 2015 2:00pm

Deerkill Day Camp

Now in its 6th year picking up in the Montclair area, Deerkill Day Camp is a very popular camp option among local families. This third-generation family business, celebrating its 58th season, is located on a wooded 15-acre site and brings a community feel to the summer camp experience for campers age 3 through 14.

Deerkill Day Camp

Deerkill offers children a chance to pick up a new sport or hobby, learn to swim and form lifelong friendships this summer. The diverse program includes professional swim instruction in large heated pools, an array of athletics on fields sized for younger and older children, adventure course challenges on their new climbing tower and zipline, creative and performing arts such as arts and crafts, ceramics, woodworking, dance, theater, and digital photography, and specialties such as karate and nature, among other activities. Continue Reading

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Thanks for reporting on this, Steven. I'm looking forward to learning about the Board's vision for the district with the addition of Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog.

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