Weekend Family Highlights: Story Time, Mystery Hunt, French Fun and NJ Makers Day

BY  |  Friday, Mar 24, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s the first weekend of Spring! We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly events for you to enjoy. Check ‘em out!

On Saturday, Belleville Public Schools will host its 1st Annual Family and Community Health, Wellness, and Safety Fair at Belleville High School (100 Passaic Avenue, Belleville) from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This free event will feature balloons, a DJ, face painting, art, dancing, and other fun kid activities. There will be health screenings, fire safety, healthy living information, free giveaways, snacks, and more. Chair yoga will be held at 10:15 AM and 11:45 AM and Zumba will be held at 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will present a story time for children on Saturday at 11:00 AM. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Book, create your very own Little Golden Book to take home. Classic stories will also be read, such as The Monster at the End of This Book.

Also on Saturday, the Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host a Family Spring Mystery Hunt at 11:00 AM. Get outdoors and follow the numbered clues on the trails to find a surprise box. Anything more than a slight drizzle will cancel this program. Dress warmly. Advance registration is required by calling 973-228-8776. Fee is $10 per adult and $8 per child. Continue Reading

Sponsored: Teenagers as first-time campers. How do they do?

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 5:18pm

Campus Kids Weekday Sleep-Away Camp

From the directors of Campus Kids Weekday Sleep-Away Camp on the rural campus of Blair Academy

It’s not too late!

MY TEEN HASN’T BEEN TO SLEEP-AWAY CAMP YET.

How do 13, 14 and 15-year-olds do when they go to sleep-away camp for the first time? Some teens worry about fitting in at a camp where lots of kids have been attending for years. Will I be accepted? Will I make friends? Will I be homesick?

Experience teaches us that most of these first-time campers do very well. We recommend asking these key questions before choosing a camp:

  • Ask the director how many teens are in camp and how many are new to camp. What is the “social atmosphere” of the camp? How have new teen campers done in the past?
  • How does the camp help kids feel welcome and accepted? What are counselors doing throughout the day to encourage friendship and kindness? How are any problems identified and handled? What happens if your teen is homesick?
  • What is the activity program for teens? Is there variety and challenge? Are teens allowed to make choices?
  • Speak to a couple of families who were once in your shoes. What was their teen camper’s experience like? What went well, what didn’t? If their teen had concerns, how were they handled by the staff?

Remember, YOUR TEEN IS NOT TOO OLD TO BEGIN CAMP! Camp is the ideal place for your teen to gain independence, to make new friends, and to experience the pride of meeting new challenges, all of which are very important for the well-being of your son or daughter. Take advantage of what camp has to offer. It’s a special opportunity.

Bring your family for a private tour of the Weekday Sleep-Away Camp in Blairstown, NJ. 1-hour west of Manhattan.
We are making appointments for these dates:

  • March 25, 26
  • April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23

Choose two weeks or more.
Enroll online now. Only a deposit is due at this time.
Space in each age group is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

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Weekend Family Highlights: The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Storytime, Art and More!

BY  |  Friday, Mar 17, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly things to do in the area. Check them out!

This weekend, Belleville High School (100 Passaic Avenue, Belleville) will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 3:00 PM in the school’s Connie Francis Theater. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for children age 6 and younger and adults age 55 and older.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will present a story time for children on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes graphic novel for preschoolers is about four eggs, one big surprise and an unlikely friendship. After the story, stick around for coloring and activities.

Van Vleck House & Gardens (21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair) will host Garden Explorations Saturday Family Program on Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00 PM. The theme is Seeds and Germination. Visit the Education Center during the event hours and an environmental educator will discuss various topics relating to nature in and around the gardens. A simple craft will be offered as well as supplies for a self-guided activity on the property. Activities are designed for children ages 4 and up, however all are welcome. All children must be supervised by an adult. This rain or shine event is free for Friends of Van Vleck, otherwise $5 per child ages 4 and up ($10 maximum per family). No registration is required.

Photo: Jonathan Edelman

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host a bilingual concert with 2016 Latin Grammy Winner 123 Andrés and Friends at 11:00 AM. Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés (Uno, Dos, Tres Andrés) has been called “a rock star for little language learners.” His high-energy music gets kids singing and dancing. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members). Expected run time is 60 minutes.

On Saturday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their monthly Family Art Adventure from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Explore and discuss artwork and participate in a hands-on project in the studio. This activity is for children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations are not required. Cost is $18 per family for non-members and $6 per family for members.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) will present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live on Saturday at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Join Daniel on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved neighborhood. This show is recommended for children ages 2-6. Tickets are $20-$50 and are available online.

On Sunday, catch New Jersey Ballet’s Cinderella at Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) at 3:00 PM. This colorful spectacle is one of the ballet company’s most popular Kids & Families matinees. This classic fairy tale will be shown in two acts and will give even the youngest audience member a love for the ballet. Tickets are $15 – $25. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

On Sunday, Montclair History Center will host a Family FUNday at Crane House & Historic YWCA (110 Orange Road, Montclair) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This month, kids can create a tin-punched candleholder, corn husk creatures, and a woven potholder. They can also try writing with a quill pen and serve as “sous chefs” in the hearth kitchen by grinding spices. Tours are self-guided. Admission is $10 per family.

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.

Weekend Family Highlights: Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss and Storytelling at Van Vleck

BY  |  Friday, Mar 10, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! Hooray! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family friendly things to do around town and beyond. Enjoy!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will present a story time for children on Saturday at 11:00 AM. New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet’s story Dance will be featured. This laugh-out-loud story of a baby chick who learns to dance is sure to be a hit. Later, at 1:00PM, join in the celebration of The LEGO Movie where kids can help Batman protect Gotham from the Joker by making their very own LEGO Batman Speedwagon.

Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band at 11:00 AM. With catchy songs about everything from picky eaters to cloud science, and from helicopters to botany, there’s truly something for everyone. Danny Weinkauf is a GRAMMY winner and long-time bassist for They Might Be Giants, writing songs with both kids and parents in mind. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members). Expected run time is 60 minutes.

On Saturday, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will host two performances of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Relive the magic of the film on a 40-foot high definition screen while the orchestra plays the score. Tickets are $29-$89. Performances will be held at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Continue Reading

Baristanet 2017 Summer Sleepaway Camp Guide

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 07, 2017 8:37am  |  COMMENTS (0)

If you’re looking for a real camp experience for your school-aged kid, sleepaway camps are a great option, and will create memories for a lifetime.

Our Sleepaway Camp Guide contains mostly camps three hours away or less from our area.

CAMPS ARE LISTED BELOW IN THESE CATEGORIES: ARTS, BOYS ONLY, COED TRADITIONAL, EQUESTRIAN, FAMILY, GIRLS ONLY, MUSIC, SPECIALTY, SPECIAL NEEDS, SPORTS, TRADITIONAL, & TRAVEL.

Let us know of great camps that we should add to our list and we’ll update–email us here. The  Sleepaway Camp Guide link will also be available under Summer Camp Guide in the sidebar on our Family page.

SLEEPAWAY CAMP GUIDE SPONSOR: CAMPUS KIDS. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

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Baristanet 2017 Summer Day Camp Guide: Big Kids

BY  |  Monday, Mar 06, 2017 7:01pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Do you have a Tween or Teen? Our 2017 Summer Day Camp Guide: BIG KIDS, for middle school and high school kids, lists many nearby camps under the following categories:

ACADEMIC, ART & CRAFTY, LANGUAGE, MUSIC, SCHOOL CAMPS, SPECIALTY CAMPS, SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS, SPORTS, YOGA &DANCE, THEATER & ACTING, TRADITIONAL, TRAVEL & ADVENTURE, YMCA CAMPS.

We will continue to update. If you know of a great camp that’s not on our list, please send us an email.

The Baristanet Summer Day Camp Guide 2017 link will be listed on our sidebar so you can check out our comprehensive list all year! Continue Reading

Baristanet 2017 Summer Day Camp Guide: Little Kids

BY  |  Monday, Mar 06, 2017 2:16pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Baristanet 2016 Summer Camp Guide

Our 2017 Summer Day Camp Guide: LITTLE KIDS is primarily geared to ages 2 1/2 to 4th grade (some camps listed take kids through age 13); this guide lists many nearby camps under the following categories:

ACADEMIC, ART & CRAFTY, FOREIGN LANGUAGE, MUSIC, PRESCHOOLS & SCHOOL CAMPS, SPECIALTY CAMPS, SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS, SPORTS, YOGA AND DANCE, THEATER & ACTING, TRADITIONAL, TRAVEL & ADVENTURE CAMPS, & YMCA CAMPS.

We will continue to update. If you know of a great camp that’s not on our list, please send us an email.

The Baristanet Summer Day Camp Guide 2017 link will be on the Family page sidebar so you can check out our comprehensive list all year long!

Many of these camps fill up quickly; many also offer early registration and sibling discounts, so register soon. Be sure to ask any camp about visiting days and open house dates before summer.

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Weekend Family Highlights: Dr. Seuss Family Festival, Maple Sugaring at Van Vleck and Aesop Bops!

Friday, Mar 03, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! Hooray! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun, family-friendly things to do around town and beyond. Enjoy!

Van Vleck House & Gardens will host a Maple Sugaring Family Program on Saturday. A tree in the garden will be tapped and, if the weather cooperates, the sap will flow. Families can learn how to identify a sugar maple tree and how to turn sap into syrup. After, participate in a taste test! The 1:30 PM time slot is still available. Pre-registration is required. The tour will last approximately one hour. Cost is $5 per person for Friends of Van Vleck and $7 per person for others.
 

 

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will present a story time for children on Saturday at 11:00 AM. This week’s story is Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Hear about how as the sun sets, each of the hardworking trucks lie down to rest to prepare for another day of construction play.
 
 


 

On Saturday, South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present Aesop Bops! with David Gonzalez at 2:00 PM. This fast-paced and fun family show is full of audience participation, classic tales, and physical storytelling. This show is recommended for kids ages 4-12 and is approximately 55 minutes long. Tickets are $18 per person. Continue Reading

Bradford PTA Presents “The Harlem Wizards Vs. The Montclair Dragons” 3/25

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bradford PTA is very excited to present “The Harlem Wizards Vs. The Montclair Dragons” on March 25th! Charles H. Bullock School will also be participating in this event and tickets are now open to the Montclair community and beyond.

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Weekend Family Highlights: A Year With Frog and Toad, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve,” The Magic Flute

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do in our area. Check ‘em out!

Studio Playhouse (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present Goldilocks on Trial for its second and final weekend. A fun show for the entire family, Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Judge Wallabee will decide her fate after hearing testimony from Goldee, the Three Bears, Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, and other familiar fairy tale characters. Performances will be at 1:30 and 3:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 per person.

 

 


 

 
On Saturday at 2:00 PM, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will host A Year with Frog & Toad, presented by Wally Jones and Casa Manana Theatre. This whimsical musical was a hit on Broadway and is based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved books. It tells the story of a friendship that weathers all seasons. Tickets are $15 – $29 per person. Continue Reading

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