School’s Closed: Here’s What To Do With Kids During NJEA Teacher’s Convention

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November – a month with so many school closures! The NJEA Teacher’s Convention is coming up on November 8th and 9th, so the kids will be home and looking for something to do. If you’re at a loss for how to fill those extra days, we’ve found some fun activities that may fit the bill!

L3 Academy (1 Greenwood Avenue, Montclair) will host two days of mini camps. On Thursday, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, kids in Kindergarten through 5th grades can enjoy STEM Camp: Space. Spend the day sampling different STEM activities – from driving the Mars Rover to coding and science. Campers will explore the rough terrain of Mars in a vehicle driven by them; build the Mars Rover or the International Space Station; Space Adventure: Mission Control Escape Room; Make an edible rover using the design engineering process. Grades 4+ will code a space game. On Friday, L3 will offer STEM Camp: Build/Race, also for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grades. Campers will sample different STEM activities including creating a faster car using the Design Engineering Process, racing against time in a STEM escape room (adjusted for different age groups, all new LEGO Robotics builds, and exploring Bernoulli’s Law and other flight physics. Please note that there may be some differentiated activities for each age/grade group. Each day of camp costs $95. Register online.

The YMCA of Montclair (25 Park Street, Montclair or Bullock School, Washington Street, Montclair) will offer its Staycation School Vacation Program from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM both Thursday and Friday. This program is for children in grades 1 through 7. Children can participate in games, art, language, history, nutrition, physical play, video, free time, and more. Registration is required by 2:00 PM on the day prior. The per-day cost is $65 for Family Members, $75 for Youth Members, and $85 for Community.

Montclair Learning Center (360 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will offer two STEM Minicamps for children in grades 1 through 8 on Friday ONLY. Choose from morning only (9:00 AM -12:00 PM), afternoon only (12:00 PM -3:00 PM), or a full day (9:00 AM -3:00 PM). Cost is $40 for a half day or $80 for a full day. After Care is available from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM for an additional $15.

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will offer a Mini-Camp: Creepy, Weird, and Awesome on both Thursday and Friday. The camp examines some truly strange animal features and behaviors. Sign up for just one day or both. This camp is for ages 5 to 10. The fee is $85 per day. Drop-off is at 9:00 AM and pick-up is at 4:00 PM at the Berson Education Center.

Camp Caldwell at the Caldwell Community Center (1 Provost Square, Caldwell) will offer Mini-Camps for children ages 4 to 12 on both Thursday and Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. A typical day includes swimming, indoor and outdoor activities (weather permitting), and arts & crafts. Per day cost is $55 per child for members and $85 per child for non-members. Registration required by Sunday, 11/4.

South Mountain YMCA (13 Jefferson Avenue, Maplewood) will also offer Vacation Camp for children in Kindergarten through 5th grades. The program runs from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Member fee is $85 per child and community fee is $105 per child. Advance registration is required. See website for locations. https://www.metroymcas.org/south-mountain-ymca/vacation-camp-no-school-no-worries/

Express Yourself Studios (1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood) will offer School Break Mini-Camps both Thursday and Friday for children ages 4-10 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Participants will create paintings inspired by Master Artists using a mix of mediums (acrylics, watercolor, and pastels) and other projects using a myriad of materials (clay & paper collages). All materials included, 3-hours of studio time, $50 per child /per day or $45 per day if registering 2 or more children. Registration is required and can be done up to two days prior.

https://www.expressyourselfstudiosllc.com/election-day–njea-mini-camp-november-6-8-9.html

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (9 Main Street, Madison) will host an Exhibit Related Mini-Camp on Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Discover how people made clothes in the 1800s and try out several steps of the process of creating clothing and other textiles. Compare 19th-century processes and materials to those we use today. Cost is $8 per child for members and $10 per child for non-members. This activity is suitable for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th. Registration is required and can be completed online. http://www.metc.org/event/exhibit-related-mini-camp/

Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host Vacation Day Workshops on Thursday and Friday. From 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, children ages 5-10 can take part in a special hands-on workshop, Touch the Music, to learn all about trumpets and other brass instruments (advance registration required). At 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM on Thursday, the Children’s Theatre will present The Legend of the Banana Kid featuring Frogtown Mountain Puppets. On Friday at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM, Centenary Stage Touring Theatre company will present A Year with Frog and Toad. Tickets for all shows are $10 for Museum Members and $12 for Non-Members. Make a fun craft each day and enjoy science demonstrations in BASF’s Kids Lab each day from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

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