Weekend Family Highlights: Underwater Archaeology, Rainbow Fish, Theater!

BY  |  Friday, Jun 23, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Summer is finally here and school is out! There are plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in and around town, and we’ve rounded them up for you right here. Have a look!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Rainbow Fish Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Celebrate this modern classic’s 25th year in print with a reading of this story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions. Activities will follow. Continue Reading

Sponsored: Camp Newark Museum Offers STEAM Program Amidst World Class Art & Science Galleries

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 3:56pm

Camp Newark Museum

Come spend the summer with us at Camp Newark Museum, a fun, innovative six-week experience where children expand their knowledge through exploration of the Museum’s world class art and science collections. Arouse curiosity by investigating treasures made by man and by nature to gain a new perspective of the world around us. Campers transform materials using their imagination through our hands-on, inquiry driven S.T.E.A.M. curriculum, while also getting an insider’s view of the Museum’s expansive galleries.

In the words of a camp parent, “This camp rocks…[It’s] the magic, the intangibles, that enhance the program beyond measure. Camp Newark Museum is a S.T.E.A.M. program…joining a handful of trailblazing programs adding the Arts to S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The children don’t just study stars and dissect cow eyes, they sing, they dance, they study world-renowned and little-known artists, they draw and paint and mold, glass-blowing, maker-spacing, soul-inspiring ART. It’s outrageously wonderful.”

Each week your child will participate in:

  • Daily insider’s tours of one or more of the Museum’s 80 art and science galleries
  • Art-making including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and sculpture
  • Science labs such as nanotechnology, natural sciences, renewable energy and astronomy
  • Makerspace workshops from low tech to high tech, from sewing to soldering to circuitry
  • Performance art, including theater arts, dance and spoken word
  • Planetarium shows in the Museum’s Alice & Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium
  • Glass working classes for campers ages 9 and up with GlassRoots
  • Jazz concerts in the garden and the Newark Black Film Festival Youth Cinema
  • Outdoor activities in the Museum’s sculpture garden
  • Performance Showcase and Art Exhibitions of campers’ work on Fridays for parents

Contact [email protected] / 973.596.6637, for more information. Register online here.




Weekend Family Highlights: Camel Rides, Open Cockpit Weekend, Arts & Crafts Fair, Street Fair and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jun 16, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


This weekend, Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will offer Father’s Day Camel Rides. Instead of riding a pony, take a ride on a camel! Camels will be available Friday through Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Cost is $7 per ride after regular zoo admission.


The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey (400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro) will host an Open Cockpit Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The display includes a variety of aircraft. Get an up-close look at these planes, helicopters, and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Access to the museum is included.


The 29th Annual Spring Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park show will be held on Saturday and Sunday in Brookdale Park (473 Watchung Avenue, Montclair and Bloomfield). Open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, rain or shine, this event features over 150 fine artists and craftspeople sharing their work. Face painting will be available. Admission is free.

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Montclair Grass Roots Summer Camp Program Celebrating 50 Years Serving The Community

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Grass Roots Summer Camp Program is celebrating 50 years of serving the community with affordable, quality day camp!

From the hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday, children between the ages of 5 – 12 years old participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as baseball, kickball, tennis, basketball, water play, board games arts & crafts, and more!

Campers go swimming and on trips to many places such as bowling, roller skating, Monster Golf, New Jersey Explorer’s Museum, and Turtle Back Zoo, just to name a few! Lunch and an afternoon snack are also provided to campers at no additional cost. Before camp care starting at 8:00am and & after camp care extending to 5:30pm is also available. Continue Reading

Montclair Co-op Hosts Open Chess Tournament Sunday, June 18

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street in Montclair, will host an Open Chess Tournament on Sunday, June 18. Doors open 8 a.m., first round begins 9 a.m. Fee is $40 at the door.

All students in grades 1-8, from any school, are eligible to compete. Trophies and ribbons will be awarded for top place finishers. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Free Friday Flick, Strawberry Festival, Ice Cream Social and More

BY  |  Friday, Jun 09, 2017 9:43am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do. Check ‘em out!

Start the weekend off with a Free Friday Flick at Kip’s Castle Park (22 Crestmont Road, Verona). View a screening of A Dog’s Purpose on the lawn and under the stars. Before the movie, Orphaned Pets, Inc. and PAWS of Montclair, will be onsite. Donations of dry pet food and pet store gift cards are appreciated. Gates open at 7:00 PM and the movie begins at dusk. Concessions will be available for sale. Admission is free. Rain date is Saturday, June 10th. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Kids Jazz, Moana, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jun 02, 2017 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy June and welcome to the weekend! We’ve rounded up some family-friendly events around the area to help you enjoy the time. Check ‘em out!

WBGO continues its Free Kids Jazz Concert Series on Saturday with Timbalooloo with Oran Etkin. Children ages 7 to 11 can join Oran and Clara Net as they travel the world and share melodies, rhythms, and stories of their travels. This month’s event will be held at Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) at 1:30 PM. Doors open at 1:00 PM.

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens (474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair) will host an outdoor movie screening of Disney’s Moana at 8:00 PM on Saturday. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. This event is free!

On Saturday at 8:00 PM, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) and Warner Bros. will present Bugs Bunny at the Symphony. Watch all the classic characters in their on-screen adventures as the orchestra performs the musical scores. Tickets are $24-$94.

Also on Saturday, explore Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township) 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 and 3, and free for children under age 2.

Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown) will host Dig It! Archaeology for Kids on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Junior archaeologists are invited to join a class to learn about what archaeologists study, what they do, and how they are represented, and they can participate in a mock dig. Cost is $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4-16, and free for children under age 4.

Tour the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) on the first Sunday of the month for only $3 per person (exact change is appreciated). Enjoy the magnificent gardens and grounds with a knowledgeable tour guide, and learn about the history of the property and its gardens, as well as the historic mansion. The one-hour tour begins at 2:00 PM. Meet in the lobby of the Haggerty Education Center.

The 50th Annual Newark Antique Fire Apparatus Muster & Parade will be held at the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) on Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy family-friendly activities for all ages, a parade, food and DJ music at the Museum and along Washington Avenue. For a full schedule of activities, visit the website.

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: Festival, Dinosaurs, Storytime, Irises and Memorial Day Paddle

BY  |  Friday, May 26, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It’s a long weekend so there’s extra time for fun! Check out some of the family-friendly events happening in our area this weekend.

The Annual African American Heritage Festival & Parade will be held this weekend in Weequahic Park (450 Elizabeth Avenue, Newark). The festival will have 28 rides, carnival food, and games. Admission to the festival is free. Hours of operation are 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday, and 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The Heritage Parade begins at 12:00 PM Sunday on Broad Street in Newark.

On Saturday and Sunday, celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens with live jazz music, lemonade, and cookies. Duke Lukic Trio will perform from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This event is free.

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Weekend Family Highlights: Chalk Walk 2017, Nishuane Mayfair, Family Garden Party

BY  |  Friday, May 19, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! We’ve rounded up lots of fun and family-friendly activities in and around the area. Check ‘em out!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Little Ree Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. New York Times bestselling author and Food Network star Ree Drummond’s new picture book based on life on the ranch. Activities will follow.

The Montclair Center BID invites kids to draw on Church Street at Chalk Walk 2017 (Montclair) on Saturday from 2-7 p.m. Volunteers from Montclair State University and the Montclair Art Museum art truck will be there to assist the young artists. The street will be closed to traffic. Young artists will be given a red artist’s neckerchief. Kids can create their own designs or color the Matisse-inspired designs that will be outlined. There will be live music beginning at 5:30 PM.

Dirt & Noise is hosting an artsy, get downright creative KIDS ART EVENT on Saturday, May 20 from 2pm-4pm on Church Street in conjunction with the Matisse Week Chalk Walk 2017. Activities will include DIY CHALK from Yin from L3 Academy, Creative Sidewalk Chalk Drawing from the The Creativity Caravan with their Craft Cycle, glitter tattoos from Just Kidding Around Montclair and more.

Nishuane School (32 Cedar Avenue, Montclair) will host its annual Mayfair on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This carnival is open to the community and will over activities for kids age 2+ including arts and crafts, bouncy houses, inflatable slides and obstacle course. There will also be an international food court. Montclair Animal Shelter will host an adoption station, raffle baskets, and a silent auction. MHS’ vocal group Passing Notes and local musicians Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam will perform. Admission is $10 per child age 2+ and includes all activities except food, raffle, and auction. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. This event is rain or shine. Continue Reading

Nishuane Mayfair Celebrates 30+ Years This Saturday, May 20!

BY  |  Monday, May 15, 2017 1:56pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Nishuane School will host its annual Mayfair on Saturday May 20 from 11 – 4pm. The fun-packed carnival event is open to the entire community and has been one of Montclair’s favorite family events for over 30 years.

Spreading across the Nishuane playing field, playground and parking lot, the day offers a range of activities for kids age 2+ including arts and crafts, bouncy houses and slides, an inflatable obstacle course, an international food court, baskets and a silent auction.

With new sponsor Papasikos Orthodontics, this year’s event is set to be even bigger and more fun-filled than previous years. Live performances will feature Nishuane students, MHS’ vocal group Passing Notes and local musicians, Jason Didner And The Jungle Gym Jam. Continue Reading

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