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!


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.


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

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.


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

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!


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)


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!


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.


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!


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.


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

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

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

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

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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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