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

Weekend Family Highlights: GLAM Festival, Storytime, Walking Tour, Creative Play and More!

BY  |  Friday, May 12, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun activities in the area for the whole family to enjoy. Check ‘em out!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a special Mother’s Day Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. This week’s story is “How to Raise a Mom” by Jean Reagan. The book is filled with charming role-reversal humor, creativity, and love. Activities will follow.

On Saturday at 3:00 PM, Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host “Buzz Words” with children’s author Ayana Webb. Webb’s book, Buzz Words, is a speech development storybook about early-occurring sounds. As a nationally certified speech-language pathologist, she reminds us that children improve best with compassion, understanding, and love. No registration is required. All ages are welcome.

 

 

POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN. The Glenridge Avenue Arts & Music Festival (Glenridge Avenue, between Bloomfield Avenue and Forest Street, Montclair) will take place on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Enjoy music, artisan food, and family fun, and shop from over 40 vendors. The event is free and will be held rain or shine. Continue Reading

Everything Is Awesome on a Legoland Vacation

BY  |  Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

If the contents of your house are at least 10% Lego, then your Master Builders will love a family vacation to the Legoland hotel and theme park in Florida.

Located in Winter Haven, FL (a short drive from the Orlando and Tampa airports), Legoland is on the grounds of Cypress Gardens, one of the first amusement park resorts in the state. The Lego folks bought up the property, rebuilt it the Lego way, and now everything about it is designed to delight kids 3 to 9 who can’t get enough of the plastic-brick stuff.

The hotel states its intentions as clearly as possible: The entrance is a fantasia of giant Lego characters, the lobby has a castle play area surrounded by a moat filled with thousands of colored bricks, and the pool has large-scale floating Legos in it so kids don’t have to stop building even while they swim.

Each floor of the hotel has a different Lego theme (Adventure, Pirates, Friends, etc.), and there are insanely complicated Lego creations everywhere they could possibly be. When we got into our room, our son was immediately met with a set of puzzles that revealed the code for a small safe near his bed, and inside were Lego kits, juice boxes, and activity books.

Even the elevators are fun: once the doors close, disco lights switch on and snippets of songs like “Dancing Queen,” “YMCA,” and “The Hustle” keep you moving until you get to your floor.

The hotel also has a pretty good “Brick Restaurant” buffet and daily activities for kids to work on cool projects and show off what they’ve built. The resort isn’t fancy or luxurious, but it hits its target audience like a ton of brick fun.

Of course, the real attraction is just next door: Legoland amusement park. Like the hotel, it’s overstuffed with cool Lego fun, including rides, shows and attractions built around Ninjago, Lego City, Brickbeard the Pirate, and even Duplo areas for little kids. The park has lots of rollercoasters and other thrill rides, but none of them are too much for little kids (and in fact would bore older kids—we didn’t see a single teenager with any family in the park). For an extra fee, there’s a water-park section at the back with lots of splashes and slides and such to cool off in the Florida heat.

Even though it’s an amusement park, there’s still a strong focus on the bricks and the builds. The Imagination Zone has giant Duplo renditions of Albert Einstein and a giraffe outside, and all sorts of projects for kids who want to make cars, buildings, and other creations. And the large-scale Lego creations on view are pretty amazing: there’s a full-size Ford Mustang made of Lego, several detailed scenes from Star Wars movies (plus life-size Darth Vader and R2-D2), and Miniland USA, which features scaled-down re-creations of the Vegas Strip, Midtown Manhattan, the Kennedy Space Center, and more. It’s hard not to be amazed by the hundreds of thousands (or more?) of bricks that are painstakingly put together all over the park.

Yes, you’ll hear “Everything Is Awesome” too many times while you’re there. But Legoland is a fun and totally awesome Florida family vacation for Lego fans.

For more information about Legoland Florida, visit www.legoland.com/florida.

Fun with the Y’s Geyer Family Branch Wheel-A-Thon!

BY  |  Tuesday, May 09, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair invites you to hit the pavement on Sunday, May 21 at the 1st Annual Ride For a Reason Wheel-A-Thon in support of the Y’s Annual Campaign. Children up to age six are invited to ask their friends and family to sponsor them. Bring your bikes, trikes, scooters or strollers! Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Free Comic Book Day, WBGO Kids Jazz Concert, The Little Prince

BY  |  Friday, May 05, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! There’s so much to do around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling of activities for the whole family.


First of all, check out the family-friendly films at the Montclair Film Festival this weekend.

On Saturday, don’t miss the North Fullerton Arts & Crafts Fair (10 am -t 5 p.m., 24 North Fullerton Ave. , Montclair). Community outdoor event with hands on crafts and live artists. Live music. Family friendly activities. Food trucks. Free Health Screenings. Face painting and much more.

Studio Playhouse (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present The Stinky Cheese Man, and Other Fairly Stupid Tales on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. This is the final weekend. Narrator Jack tries to keep a wild group of storybook characters in line before total chaos or a song breaks out. This show is for adults and children of all ages. Tickets are $8 and are available online.

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! Stop in to East Side Mags (7 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) for signings with guests, a raffle, and free comics! They’ll be opening early at 9:00 AM. Continue Reading

Jazz House Kids WeBop Classes Are Back in Swing!

BY  |  Wednesday, May 03, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jazz House Kids welcomes back WeBop®, a Jazz at Lincoln Center early-childhood jazz education program for children 18 months to five years. Held in the Jazz House studios in downtown Montclair, young children with their adults swing and strut to the rhythms of jazz as they learn about core concepts, instruments, and some of the great performers of jazz. Each class inspires creative learning and student participation with customized curriculum, creative movement, storytelling and live jazz music.

Jazz House Kids is now registering new and returning Weboppers and their adults for its spring session which begins May 7.
Class Schedule:

May 7- July 2, 2017
Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (ages 18 months- 3 years)
Sundays: 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (ages 3 years- 5 years)
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (ages 18 months- 3 years)

Tuition is $250, including the $10 registration fee. For more information and to register, call 973-744-2273 or email [email protected].

Jungle Boogie Event at YMCA of Montclair

BY  |  Monday, May 01, 2017 10:23am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Two fun fundraisers for the YMCA of Montclair by kids for kids. Please come out and help kids support the YMCA of Montclair’s Annual Campaign.


CANCELLED -Sleepover at the YMCA of Montclair

Join us for an overnight fundraiser. Kids are invited to spend the night (in tents that will be provided in the Park Street Branch gym) to raise money for youth scholarships to the YMCA of Montclair. Included are group games, gym free time, swimming, movies, snack, a “campfire” story and a light breakfast in the morning. For grades 4-7.

WHEN: May 6, 7:30pm to May 7, 8am (Register by May 4, 6pm)
LOCATION: YMCA OF MONTCLAIR, 25 Park Street, Montclair
COST: Members $50 Members/$60 Community; $30 Siblings


Jungle Boogie

Come party in the jungle! This special night at the YMCA of Montclair’s Geyer Family Branch run by the YMCA of Montclair’s teen Leaders’ Club will include a variety of fun activities including “snack making” and arts activities. Come dressed for a safari and bring your favorite stuffed animal! Parents are encouraged to return at 8:25pm to join their child for a “special event” in the big gym. For ages 4-9.

WHEN: May 12, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
LOCATION: YMCA OF MONTCLAIR Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Ave., Montclair
COST: $30 Member/$40 Community; $15 Additional Siblings

Weekend Family Highlights: Maisy, Pajama Day, Stinky Cheese Man and More!

BY  |  Friday, Apr 28, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! There’s so much to do around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling of activities for the whole family.


First of all, check out the family-friendly films at the Montclair Film Festival this weekend (and next!).

 

This weekend, Good Shepherd Academy (24 Brookline Avenue, Nutley) will present Beauty and the Beast, Jr. with three performances. This student production of the classic story is based on the original Broadway production and Disney’s animated film. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults.

 

Studio Playhouse (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present The Stinky Cheese Man, and Other Fairly Stupid Tales on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Narrator Jack tries to keep a wild group of storybook characters in line before total chaos or a song breaks out. This show is for adults and children of all ages. Tickets are $8 and are available online.

 

In honor of Independent Bookstore Day, visit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for a special Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. This week’s book is Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore. When you purchase a book after storytime, your child can “pay” for the book (on a very special cash register!), get a “receipt” and redeem it for a Maisy cookie at Tiny Elephant. Continue Reading

YMCA of Montclair Wants Kids to Prepare for an Adventurous Summer During Healthy Kids Day

BY  |  Monday, Apr 24, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The YMCA of Montclair is holding its annual free Healthy Kids Day® community event, Saturday, April 29, to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Adventure awaits participants at various stations from around the world where they can do different hands on activities that motivate and teach them how to develop healthy routines at home. Stations include: Continue Reading

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