Weekend Family Fun: Disney, Jaws, Engineer Day, Storytime, and a State Fair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 04, 2017 9:04am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Who’s excited for the weekend! There are plenty of fun and family friendly things to do around town, and we’ve gathered up a sampling right here. Have a look!

This weekend, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust: A Collection of Disney Songs. Featuring teenage and young adult performers, this family-friendly revue-style musical includes some of your favorite songs. Tickets are $20 and available online. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM.

On Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM, Clairidge Bow-Tie Cinema (486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will be showing the 1975 classic, Jaws. The summer shark saga, directed by Steven Spielberg, takes place on fictional Amity Island, where the residents are terrorized by a Great White shark on the Fourth of July holiday. This is a great opportunity to show older kids a thriller on the big screen. The movie is rated PG. Continue Reading

NiCori Studios & Productions Presents “Into The Woods”

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

NiCori Studios & Productions presents the Teen Performance Ensemble in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” on Friday, August 4 at 8pm, Saturday, August 5 at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday, August 6 at 2pm at the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, “Into The Woods” intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

NiCori Teen Performance Ensemble Cast of “Into The Woods”

The performance is the culmination of a five week intensive musical theater camp for pre-professional teenagers ages 12-19. The NiCori Teen Ensemble members include: Elizabeth Nucci, Shannon Bretz, Gabbi Nucci, Iliyana Serrano, Katherine Stelma, Jessica Arriaga, Megan Moynahan, Grace Carlin, Katherine Heyman, Mia Campisi, Connor Carlin, and Mia Grossman from Bloomfield; Alex DiFilippo, Kevin W. Bergen, Jesse Dorfman, and Travis DiPrima from Hawthorn; Caroline Leonard and Emma Dean from Maplewood; Mariada Gonzales from Patterson; Kiana Carbone from North Arlington; Nayale Quimis and Yuleeza Rodriguez from Newark; Luke Surretsky and Olivia Gryzwinski from Nutley; and Rey Lamb of Montclair. Continue Reading

YMCA of Montclair Dolphins Swim Team Tryouts

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mark your calendar! Tryouts for the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins Swim Team are September 5-7. The Dolphins offer a year-round opportunity for swimmers ages 6 through high school to participate in both YMCA and USA swimming competitions. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend all 3 days of tryouts. Swim team is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to set goals and work to achieve them.

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Two Indian Block Printing Programs For Kids and Teens at Montclair Public Library, August 8

BY  |  Monday, Jul 31, 2017 12:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Don’t miss two traditional Indian Block Printing programs at Montclair Public Library, presented by Enjoy Explore India. Both are on Tuesday, August 8th.

Traditional Wood Block Printing Workshop with Enjoy Explore India (ages 6-11)

Use individually hand carved wood blocks by folk artists of Enjoy Explore India to create your own unique print design! The modern wood block designs included in these kits are a fun way for youth to relate to an ancient art form. Explore how the art of block printing connects us all and how cultures have used its potential in mass producing printed textiles and even revolutionized the way we share knowledge. Join us for an afternoon to explore your creativity and block printing skills!

Registration required
Ages 6-11
Tuesday, August 8 at 1pm

Traditional Wood Block Printing Workshop with Enjoy Explore India (Teens) Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: 101 Dalmations KIDS, Storytime, Superhero Summer Club, Butterfly Tent

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

Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family friendly things to do in the area. Check ‘em out!

For the second and final weekend, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will feature 101 Dalmatians KIDS, based on the Disney classic. Presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth, this production features a high-spirited score and lovable characters. Tickets are $10. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Storytime in Celebration of Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble on Saturday at 11:00 AM. The books featured will be Good Morning, Superman!, Be A Star, Wonder Woman! and Bedtime for Batman. These stories focus on turning everyday situations into amazing super adventures. Kids are invited to dress as their favorite superhero, villain or character. Activities to follow the stories. At 2:00 PM, there will be an additional event with this same theme with activities, giveaways, and more.

Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will host the final Saturday of the Butterfly Tent Safari on Saturday beginning at 11:00 AM. Suitable for all ages, all are welcome to make-and-take a butterfly craft and participate in table activities, as well visit the live butterfly tent. Continue Reading

Giveaway: Jack Horner’s Dino Dig is Back at Liberty Science Center!

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Staff members answer questions about the fossils.

Just in time to break up the second half of summer, the Liberty Science Center is once again hosting Jack Horner’s Dino Dig through September 4th, 2017. The Dino Dig includes more than 50 life-sized fossils buried in 35 tons of sand. Participants are given brushes to uncover their discoveries, and attentive and knowledgable staff members are at each station to answer questions and offer information about each uncovered fossil. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Finding Dory, 101 Dalmations KIDS, All About The Train Day and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jul 21, 2017 10:00am

Who’s ready for the weekend? We are, and we hope you are, too! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do. Enjoy!

Kick off the weekend with an Outdoor Family Movie at the Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) on Friday evening. Enjoy a showing of Finding Dory under the stars. This animated tale about a little blue fish with short-term memory loss and all her aquatic friends is full of adventure, laughs, and heartwarming scenes. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. No registration required. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-movie entertainment by Parents Who Rock’s The No Rehearsals begins at 8:00 PM. The movie begins at 8:30 PM.

Opening Friday and running through July 29th, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will feature 101 Dalmations KIDS, based on the Disney classic. Presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth, this production features a high-spirited score and lovable characters. Tickets are $10. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM. Continue Reading

Day Trip: Sunrise Lake in Morris County

BY  |  Monday, Jul 17, 2017 9:00am

New Jersey summers may focus on the Jersey Shore, but that’s not the only option for sunning, picnicking, and cooling off when the heat is on. The Garden State is home to many county and municipal lakes that are open to the public. One particularly kid-friendly lake is Sunrise Lake in Morris County, less than an hour’s drive from Montclair.

With plenty of free parking, including stroller/accessible paths to the beach, families can bring all the gear and supplies they need to make it a full day of beach and park time. Entrance fees are $6/$7 for adults (weekday/weekend) and $5/$6 for children ages 5-15 and Seniors 65+. Children 4 and under are free. Sunrise Lake is open summer Tuesdays through Sundays, but it also opens on Mondays if they fall on a holiday.

The facilities include restrooms, changing rooms, and showers as well as a deck with picnic tables for lunching away from the sand. The beach house has several benches in the shade for a break from the sun. There are grilling areas and more tables farther from the beach house, including a grassy area and a covered area. We saw families utilizing these with quite a full picnic spread!

While the water and the sand are probably enough to entertain children, there is also a water slide flume on a grassy hill (included in the entrance fee) that makes for all ages fun. For children 7 and older, a 5-minute swim proficiency test and $3 will get 30 minutes on the Wibit (pronounced Wih-bit, not Wee-bit, I discovered) for sliding and bouncing and jumping fun. Want to get in a workout before taking another dip in the lake? Rent a paddleboat for between $5-$7 to check out the other side of the lake where cyclists and geese use the space.

photo from the Morris County Park Facebook Page

Sunrise Lake has attentive lifeguards who will give swim tests and answer questions in addition to their life-preserving duties. Several Adirondack-style chairs are set up on the beach and by the water for public use. The beach is clean, the water is welcoming, and there was a friendly, casual, and diverse clientele when we visited. Despite the parking lot filling up over the day, the beach never felt crowded.

Shallow and deep sections are separated by a rope line. Adults can swim in any area, but children must take a basic swim test with crawl or breast stroke to enter the deep area.

As a summer boon to families with very young children, Sunrise Lake opens every Tuesday just for children four years or younger and their parents or caretakers. For a discounted price of $3 (children 4 and younger are always free), caretakers can enjoy early morning beach time from 9 AM to 10:45 AM at Tiny Tot Tuesdays. Older siblings are asked to come after Sunrise Lake opens for regular business hours. For more information, call the Sunrise Lake Beach Club Office at 973-267-4351.

There is still one more Campout On The Beach day this summer for families who want to get the most out of Sunrise Lake. A bonfire, s’mores, and games are included. Pre-registration and pre-payment is necessary. See information here.

Sunrise Lake Beach Club is part of the Lewis Morris Park. Weekday hours are 10 AM – 5:30 PM (except for July Tuesdays, which begin at 11 AM). Weekend hours are 11 AM – 6:30 PM. Check with the website for changes and updates. For driving directions, use 270 Mendham Road, Morris, NJ 07962.

For an additional New Jersey Day Trip idea, check out this past post about Round Valley Recreation Area.

Weekend Family Fun: Three Musketeers, Family Art Adventure, Ice Cream Sunday

BY  |  Friday, Jul 14, 2017 9:00am

The weekend has arrived! There are so many fun things to do as a family in and around the area! We’ve rounded them up right here for you. Take a look!

Sweet Soles (255 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair) will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Sweet Soles customized and proper shoe fittings for kids. Stop in for face painting, balloon-making, and “Sweet Ice Queen” Ice Cream Truck from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Pig the Pug and Pig the Winner Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. These stories follow Pig the Pug as he learns lessons and pals around with his friend Trevor. Quirky illustrations accompany these relatable stories. Activities to follow the story.

On Saturday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their monthly Family Art Adventure from 2:00 PM to 2:30 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

Kids Ride Free on The Hudson Loop – 10 Mile Biking & Walking Waterfront Exploration

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 10:30am

Now through Labor Day, September 4, kids under 12 years old ride free on all NY Waterway ferries, including those serving The Hudson Loop walking and bike-riding trail.

The Hudson Loop offers bike-riders and walkers a 10-mile exploration of the two most exciting urban waterfronts in the nation, the West Side of Manhattan and the Hudson County waterfront in Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City, linked by NY Waterway ferries. Bike New York and the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition both support The Loop.

The Loop runs from Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan, north on the Hudson River Park walkway/bikeway to the West 39th Street Ferry Terminal, where service is available to Port Imperial in Weehawken. NY Waterway ferries run every 10 minutes during weekday rush hour and every 20 minutes off-peak, seven days a week. The crossing to Port Imperial takes eight minutes.

The Hudson Loop continues south on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway through Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City to the Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal where NY Waterway ferry service runs seven days a week, making a six-minute crossing to the Brookfield Place/ Battery Park City Ferry Terminal. Continue Reading

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