“Classical 4 Kids” Free Tickets To Orchestre National de Lyon Featuring Award Winning Pianist George Li

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) invites kids to experience classical music for free with “Classical 4 Kids!”

Classical music performances are free for kids with the purchase of an adult ticket (Use Code: CKIDS).

On Saturday, February 19 at 3 p.m., expose your son or daughter to Orchestre National de Lyon featuring 21-year-old George Li.

George Li. Photo: Christian Steiner

Li, hailed as one of the greatest pianists in the world, will make his debut at NJPAC. Li was recently recognized as a Silver medalist in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and winner of the prestigious XIV Concours International Grand Prix Animato 2014 Paris. He is regarded as one of the world’s most talented and creative young pianists. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Valentine Workshop, Chocolate Festival, Farm Fun, Dinosaurs

BY  |  Friday, Feb 03, 2017 11:17am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There are so many things to do around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling of the family-friendly events in our area.

Sunshine Sam (127 Valley Road, Montclair) will host Drop Off Valentine Making sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Hour-long sessions are available between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM on Sunday. Drop your kids off with artist-in-residence Jamie Menake who will help them make Valentines. Cost is $15 plus the cost of Valentines. Arts and crafts materials (glue, tape, etc.) are included in the cost of the class. Registration is required.

Also on Saturday, Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown will present a Chocolate Family Festival from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Activities include face-painting (12:00 PM to 3:00 PM), crafts (lollipop mustache, cupcake buddy, and more), Touch the Music Workshops (11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, and 2:30 PM) where kids can participate in a hands-on workshop with orchestral string instruments, and a performance in the Children’s Theatre of Lollipops for Breakfast (11:00 AM and 1:30 PM). Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children, and free for Museum Members. Additional fees apply for Children’s Theatre. Continue Reading

MMO Hosts 2nd Annual Montclair Kindergarten Roundtable 2/15

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

MMO Hosts Montclair Kindergarten Roundtable 2/15

It’s a Montclair thing. When it comes to kindergarten in the public schools, parents have to rank the schools in order of preference and then wait and see where their child will land. For some, the process can be anxiety provoking.

To the rescue, is the second annual Kindergarten Roundtable. Hosted by MMO Programs, the roundtable features an informal panel of parents with children who attend one of Montclair’s six elementary schools. Panelists will talk about their child’s school including what they love (and don’t love) about it, special programs, administration, teachers, and/or surprises. Continue Reading

Montclair Community Pre-K Family Network Center Presents a Parent Cafe

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The newly formed Montclair Community Council for Young Children (MCCYC) wants to engage the community in supporting Montclair’s young children and families, and help to develop parent leaders. Montclair Community Council for Young Children is a newly launched by Programs for Parents, which is the organizer of the Council.

The next parent meeting will take place at the Montclair Community Pre-K (MCPK) but the meeting is open to ALL families in the community interested in discussing what they want for young children and families in Montclair.

Fun child care will be provided during this meeting. Miss Anne and Miss LeAnne, two Music Together teachers, will be making music with the children. Please RSVP so that Programs for Parents knows how much pizza to buy, and MCPK knows how many people are needed to cover fun, music making and educational childcare.

Please RSVP to Stephanie Fitgerald at sfitzgerald@montclairprek.org or call 973-509-4500.

What: Parent Cafe
When: Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Montclair Community Pre-K, Classroom 1
49 Orange Road, Montclair


Weekend Family Highlights: Year of the Rooster, Mammoth Follies, Alex and The Kaleidoscope

BY  |  Friday, Jan 27, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Let’s hear it for the weekend! There are plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do and we’ve rounded some of them up right here. Check ‘em out!

On Friday evening, Glen Ridge Public Library will host A Night with Scooby & Gang, open to grades 6 through 12, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This event features a character costume contest, cartoons, games, crafts, prizes, and more. Dinner and dessert will be served. Register online.

Mammoth Follies

Mammoth Follies

South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present Mammoth Follies on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Recommended for ages 6-12, this educational production dramatizes historic and scientific facts and myths about the age of dinosaurs. This production is performed by Hudson Vagabond Puppets. Tickets are $20.

Alex and the Kaleidoscope in Concert

Alex and the Kaleidoscope in Concert

Also on Saturday, Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host Alex and the Kaleidoscope in Concert at 11:00 AM. Join Alex and his band on a musical journey around the world, captivating kids and stirring their imaginations. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members).

Suzi Shelton

Suzi Shelton

State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will host Suzi Shelton as part of its Milk & Cookies series on Saturday at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. This show is recommended for children ages 3-6 and is full of pop-rock songs about real-life kid issues. This event is free. Reserve your seats online.

Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Year of the Rooster: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM. This award-winning event celebrates China’s Spring Festival, combining the elegance of traditional Asian art and the beauty of American modern dance. Enjoy demonstrations and fun activities staged in the lobby before the performance. Tickets are $15-$37 each and available online.

Fastrack_GameOpen-300x198Sunshine Sam (127 Valley Road, Montclair) will host a Fastrack Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Slots are available for Beginners (ages 4-7) at 1:00 PM, Intermediates (ages 8-12) at 2:00 PM, and Pros (Ages 13+ including adults) at 3:00 PM. Fastrack is one of the store’s best-selling games and is fun for all ages. Simply use one hand and the elastic band to fire discs into a slot on your opponent’s side of the board. Winners of each tournament receive a Mini-Fastrack and a $20 Sunshine Sam Gift Certificate. There will also be discounts all day and other prizes for participants.

On Sunday (and most Sundays through March 12), enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing on the trails of Pyramid Mountain NHA (473 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp). Use your own showshoes or rent a pair. No experience is necessary. This event is free and for children ages 10 and up with their adult companions. Preregistration is required.

Also on Sunday, Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host a Mother Goose Storytime at 1:30 PM. This activity is for children age 3-6 as a way to promote literacy among preschool-aged children. Children of all abilities are welcome. No registration is required. Space is limited. Preference given to Montclair Library Cardholders, so bring your card.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations continue 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.

Also on Sunday, stop by Montclair Art Museum for Drop-In Studio between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The new Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.

For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

Boone Studio Montclair Offers Fitness, Yoga & Conditioning

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 3:07pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

boone yogaAre you looking to engage your child through fitness and yoga?

Boone Studio is currently offering kid’s yoga classes with a mix of structured and unstructured play, as a revamp of their babysitting program. Continue Reading

Animals Spell Love: Children’s Author David Cundy

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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David Cundy, illustrator of the children’s picture and gift book ‘Animals Spell Love’, visits Montclair Public Library!

The book is a wondrous work of text as art and features word-pictures of animals expressing the word “Love” in 16 languages from around the world, from Czech to Amharic to Korean, and even including American Sign Language. Gorgeously designed, ‘Animals’ celebrates kindness and diversity, and the belief that ‘all we need is love.’ Children will also participate in a sketch session with the author.

Cundy is an author, illustrator and graphic artist. He has designed type at Linotype, NY, and with the renowned type designer Matthew Carter in London. His firm, Design Trust, has created graphics for organizations such as the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, and Parsons School of Design. David has served on the board of directors of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and has taught in Yale’s graduate graphic design program.

Books will be available to purchase courtesy of Watchung Booksellers.

Registration required
Ages 5 & up
Sunday, February 5 at 2pm
Contact Youth Services Department, 3rd floor; by Phone: 973-744-0500 ext. 2236

NiCori Teen Ensemble Performs James and The Giant Peach

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


NiCori Studios and Productions presents the NiCori Teen Performance Ensemble in Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” The production is directed by Corinna Sowers Adler, musically directed by Deborah Martin and features choreography by Lisa Grimes.

The production tells the story of a boy named James who, when sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach – among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities – but, after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure! Continue Reading

Pow! Zoom! Zap! An Evening With…Superheroes!

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

super heroesCalling all DC & Marvel Comic fans, hone in the power as you go through an intensive but fun superhero training night! Wear your favorite superhero costume or t-shirt and come ready to experience a night that will live on forever. This superhero event will consist of: Superhero Boot Camp, make your own masks and shields, super slime science attack, cooking with the Incredibles and more! Pizza dinner will be provided.

Date: Friday January 27th
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

(this is a child only, drop off event) Continue Reading

Montclair BOE: Talk of Super Search, Weather Concerns and Betsy DeVos

BY  |  Monday, Jan 23, 2017 11:44pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

As if the nasty storm outside had been anticipated, the Montclair Board of Education presented a very light agenda for its January 23 meeting and wrapped things up in a little over half an hour.  Interim Superintendent Ronald Bolandi even made note of the weather in his report.

The Montclair Board of Education

The Montclair Board of Education

Superintendent Bolandi said that he hoped the nor’easter would let up in time for classes to open the following morning, but he conceded that the nature of the storm would have a worse effect on some Montclair neighborhoods than others.  He explained that while some parts of town would be spared any damage, the possibility of other areas sustaining damage due to downed trees was great.  The town, he said, had plenty of aging trees that were susceptible to being felled by the gusty winds.  A wind advisory was in affect for the Western Essex area, which includes Montclair. Continue Reading

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I was assigned to chimney security today at middle school in the State of Washington, to prevent Betsy DeVoss from trying to climb in that way when she couldn't get in the front door. Protesters abounded below while I rode shotgun on the roof. We're with Montclair all the way. Glad you're here MontClairVoyant!

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