Dinosaurs After Dark Coming to Field Station: Dinosaurs

BY  |  Monday, Sep 25, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a visit to Field Station: Dinosaurs, located at Bergen County’s Overpeck Park (40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia NJ). The Field Station has reopened for fall weekends through November 12.

The fun happens each Saturday and Sunday with a special “Super Stars of Science” program as Paleontologist Jason Schein shows off his findings from his recent dino dig in Wyoming. He’ll provide insight about the amazing things that a Paleontologist actually does. This real-life Indiana Jones will be joined by the Field Station’s own Brooke Rowzee who has accompanied Jason on his digs the past three years. Continue the learning and the fun with Jason’s own coloring book, A Dynasty of Dinosaurs.

Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:00 pm on September 29 and each consecutive weekend through October 28, guests will be able to see the T-Rex like they’ve never seen it before during Dinosaurs After Dark. This special after-hours experience allows families to explore the trails and the park by flashlight. It’s spooky and silly, often at the same time! This unique family experience includes interactive live shows and will answer the 65-million-year-old question, “Did Dinosaurs See in the Dark?” The night ends with a dinosaur sing-along complete with a campfire and roasted marshmallows. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Crane Park FamilyFest, Thomas the Tank Engine and More!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 22, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fall is here and so is the weekend! There are plenty of fun activities happening in our area as we usher in the new season, and we’ve rounded them up right here. Have a look!

Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime continues at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair). This week, author and illustrator Mike Malbrough will present his book, Marigold Bakes a Cake. Fans of Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon… series will enjoy this story about Marigold the cat who loves to bake cakes on Mondays, until one finch, two pigeons, and three loons get involved. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host two evets this Saturday. First up is Big Words for Little Geniuses Storytime at 11:00 AM. In this clever picture book by James and Sue Patterson, each letter of the alphabet provides an impressive new word for children to learn. Activities to follow. Then, at 1:00 PM, stop in for B-Fest, the second annual teen book festival featuring writing workshops, trivia, games, prizes, and sneak peeks of upcoming books. Events include B-In the Know, B-Super, B-Part of the Fun, and B-Creative.

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host Lego Day on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Stop in to build with the library’s huge Lego collection and create something cool.

Montclair Familyfest at Crane Park (corner of Glenridge and Greenwood Avenues, behind Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair) will be held on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Vendors and kid-centric activities for children and adults alike. Activities include face-painting and tattoos, scavenger hunt, Minecraft Mania open play, brain bending puzzles, cupcake decorating, sidewalk chalk drawing, healthy snacks and more! You can also celebrate the 10th birthday of the YMCA of Montclair’s Geyer Family Branch! This event is free.

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Weekend Family Fun: Storytime, Family Art Adventure, PlayDay South Orange!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 15, 2017 11:16am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! Who’s excited? We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do around town and beyond to help you spend your time.

Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime continues at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair). This week, author and illustrator Kristine Lombardi will present Mr. Biddles. An inventor cat and a lobster left on his doorstep – a great friendship in the making. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM. Continue Reading

Calling All Kids! The Art (Imitates Life, Imitates Art) Parade: A Seed Artist Presentation

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Kids will turn themselves into wild and colorful living works of art and parade, dance and sing through Downtown Montclair as led by a band of musicians from Seed Artists! Kids, just bring your wildest ideas and we’ll bring the art supplies and the artists and parents to help you become a life-size work of art. We’ll create on September 21 and finish up and parade through Downtown Montclair on September 22 at 6pm! Presented by Seed Artists in conjunction with the Montclair Public Library. Registration required. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Movies, StoryTime, Teddy Bear Picnic and More!

Friday, Sep 08, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Now that school is back in session, it’s time to make sure the weekend really shines! We’ve rounded up lots of fun and family friendly activities in and around town to help you fill your time.

Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime is back at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair). This week, Tara Laza will present 7 Ate 9, a fun story kids will love. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM.

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Weekend Family Fun: Paddle the Passaic, Marbling, Wagon Ride and More!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 01, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy Labor Day Weekend! It’s the unofficial end of summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in and around the area. Check ‘em out!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. In this sequel to Uni the Unicorn, Uni and the little girl who believes in unicorns finally meet and work together to save a magical land and its inhabitants. Activities to follow.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township) will host Explore the Farm Wagon Ride on Saturday from 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM. Board the open-air wagon for a leisurely ride around the historic farm. Cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2-3, and free for children under age 2.

The Creativity Caravan (28 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host The Magic of Paper Marbling on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Learn the ancient art of ebru, or paper marbling, in this drop-in event. All ages welcome. Cost is $10 per person and includes all materials.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Floogal Windsock workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children ages 3 and up can make a quick project. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Cost is $2 and includes supplies.

On Sunday, Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) will host its First Sunday Tour from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Meet in the lobby of the Haggerty Education Center for a tour of the grounds. Learn the history and enjoy the beauty. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Cost is $3; exact change is requested.

Also on Sunday, the Drop-In Studio at Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) returns between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. Open ended activities are designed to spark creativity in artists of all ages and abilities. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.

The annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair will be held on Monday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Park Avenue between Ames Avenue and W. Park Place. This event will feature a crafts and antiques fair, life entertainment on two stages, food stands, kids’ amusements including rides and a costume character musical revue, a beer garden, and more!

Also on Monday, Paddle on the Passaic. Hosted at the Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland), this event is geared for beginners and children 10 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Paddlers can enjoy the peaceful scenery as they paddle up river and then float downstream. Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot. Cost is $30 per canoe. Advance registration is required by calling 973.228-8776.

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

Weekend Family Fun: Movies at Montclair Film, Crafts, Upcycling and More

BY  |  Friday, Aug 25, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Who’s ready for the weekend? There’s plenty of family-friendly fun going on around town, so check out our list!

On Friday evening, Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun Park (216 Forest Avenue, Paramus) will host Zoo-Flix After Dark with an outdoor evening screening of Disney’s 2016 remake of The Jungle Book. This event is free. The movie will begin around 8:30 PM. Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks. The Jungle Book is rated PG.

This weekend, Montclair Film at Cinema 505 (505 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will present Princess Mononoke, an animated film that has been universally acclaimed by critics. Presented in English (dubbed), this Japanese classic is directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is an epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature. The movie will play Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 6:00 PM, and Sunday at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members).

Also showing this weekend at Cinema 505 is My Neighbor Totoro, also directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Roger Ebert called My Neighbor Totoro “one of the five best movies” ever made for children. It follows two girls who move to the countryside with their father and discover a family of gentle but powerful creatures, Totoros, who live in a camphor tree. The movie is presented in English (dubbed). Show times are Saturday at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members). Continue Reading

Montclair Sentinels Host 10th Annual Free School Supplies Event, 8/27

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 6:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair’s Sentinels Sixteen-87 will host their 10th Annual Free School Supplies event, with food, games and giveaways, on Sunday, August 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Glenfield Park. In order to participate, you must be a Montclair resident and able to show proof of residency. Supplies are limited; children must be present.

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Weekend Family Fun: Open Cockpit, StoryTime, Crafts, A County Fair and Jurassic Park

Friday, Aug 18, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Who’s ready for the weekend? There’s plenty of family-friendly fun going on around town, so check out our list!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) hosts Nothing Rhymes with Orange Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. We all know nothing rhymes with orange, but how does that make Orange feel? Left out, of course! But when Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive. Activities to follow.

Montclair Art Museum

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. Continue Reading

Writing Workshop For Kids from Authors of Shivers at Watchung Booksellers

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Writers and improv comedians Annabeth Condor-Stone and Connor White are coming to Montclair all the way from L.A. to lead an exceptionally funny writing workshop for kids entering 1st -5th grade.

Annabeth & Connor combine a raucous performance of their book, Shivers! The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything and Shivers! The Pirate Who’s Back in Bunny Slippers, with improv, a creative writing lesson, and a healthy dose of screaming. (They are seriously funny.) Kids see their ideas come to life right before their eyes. This guaranteed good time is not to be missed. RSVP to [email protected]

Writing Workshop for Kids, 1st-5th Grade with the Authors of Shivers
Tuesday, August 22nd, 4pm,
Watchung Booksellers

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