Weekend Family Highlights: Goldilocks on Trial, Peking Acrobats, Little Mermaid and More!

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

President’s Day Weekend is here! Here are some of the best events happening in our area.


This weekend, Studio Playhouse will present Goldilocks on Trial, 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, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Peking Acrobats at 1:00 PM. Hailed as China’s most gifted tumblers, jugglers and gymnasts, these performers will amaze audiences with their bravery and dexterity. Tickets are $29-$59 per person. Continue Reading

Presidents’ Day Fun For Kids

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

YMCA of Montclair offers a full-day Staycation program for President’s Day, Monday February 21, for kids grades 1 to 6, with activities including gym time, games, swimming, crafts and more. Register by February 18.

President’s Day for Kids at Montclair History Center

Bring your kids to the Crane House and Historic YWCA and through hands-on activities and crafts, they’ll discover how our past presidents (and their wives and children) lived. Activities include an interactive timeline with artifacts, making a log cabin, hearth cooking, play-acting George Washington’s Rules of Civility by the hearth fire, making your own money, and a Symbols of Our Country scavenger hunt.

When: Monday, February 20, 10 am – Noon
Where: Crane House and Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair
Cost: $10/child
Registration is required by Thursday, February 16. Call 973-744-1796 or register on website. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Peter & The Wolf, Family Date Night, Galumpha

BY  |  Friday, Feb 10, 2017 10:15am  |  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.


Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach) will host two Family Date Nights on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Spend the weekend before Valentine’s Day with an evening of family fun. A package for four ($49.95) includes admission for four to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a plain pizza and a pitcher of soda at the Pavilion, a $10 PlayCard for the Pavilion Arcade, and 4 treats from the Sweet Shop. Additional family members are $10 each which includes aquarium admission and a treat from the Sweet Shop.


On Saturday, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will host two performances of Peter & the Wolf with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Each character in Prokofiev’s classic tale is represented by a specific theme and instrument, making this a wonderful introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, as well as a charming story. Tickets are $10-$20 per person. Performances are at 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Continue Reading

High School Students Can Serve On Montclair Film Festival’s Junior Jury

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Film Festival is offering students in grades 10 to 12 an exciting opportunity to serve on the 2017 Junior Jury. Jurors will meet industry professionals and will learn how to analyze and adjudicate films. They will receive MFF student memberships and VIP treatment with free access and reserved seats for select films. After deliberating and selecting the best film in its category, the jurors will present the Junior Jury Award as part of the Montclair Film Festival’s Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 6.

Students must be: Continue Reading

Cuteness Alert! Annual Favorite Doll Tea Returns For Its Ninth Year

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Returning for the ninth straight year, the much-anticipated Annual Favorite Doll Tea will take place this year on Sunday, March 12.

Favorite Doll Tea

Fun at Doll Tea 2013 (Photo: Sally Streeter)

The afternoon starts with the arrival of the children with their parents, grandparents or other special adult and dolls all dressed for a traditional high tea. Often the children and their dolls are dressed in coordinating outfits. The tables are laid with an array of finger sandwiches, steaming pots of tea, and refreshing lemonade. Dolls can visit the beauty salon run by the Girls’ Club of Glen Ridge. Guests can take a chance on the many raffle prizes and visit the vendors offering doll clothes, jewelry and small toys. The event is capped off with a delicious array of delicate desserts served on three-tiered trays. Every child leaves with a prize to remember the afternoon.

The Doll Tea sells out every year. Please RSVP by March 3rd to ensure your seats. Guests must purchase tickets in advance for this event. Continue Reading

School of Rock Montclair House Band to Raise Funds for Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair House Band, 14 of the School’s best teen musicians, will perform at Rock Therapy, a benefit for Dance Therapy, a program that was created by professional dancer Maurice Chestnut (“Dancing With the Stars” “Happy Dance 2”). The event will be held at Sharron Miller’s Academy of Performing Arts, which is located at 14 South Park Street in Montclair, on Saturday, February 11 at 7PM.

The Dance Therapy program aims to provide tap, ballet, and hip hop dance lessons to underprivileged children around the United States who don’t have access to such training, and who would embrace the therapeutic emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits that dance can provide. The money raised at the benefit event and via the Dance Therapy Go Fund Me page will be used for tap shoes for students, a portable wood floor, and a sound system.

School of Rock Montclair House Band students who will perform at the benefit event are: Continue Reading

“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

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.

Animals Spell Love: Children’s Author David Cundy

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

animals spell love
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

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