Weekend Family Highlights: Celebrate Earth Day, Bloomfest, Storytime and More

BY  |  Friday, Apr 21, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)



Happy Earth Day Weekend! Does Earth Day get its own weekend? Well, this year it does! There are plenty of celebrations going on, as well as many other activities. Have a look!


Visit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. Join Jacqueline Lopresti, author of Oliver and His Unlikely Friend. Oliver, a curious French bulldog, meets Toby, a garden toad, and they become friends in spite of their differences.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host We Are the Dinosaurs Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Laurie Berkner’s beloved hit “We Are the Dinosaurs” is now a picture book featuring playful art and a cast of adorable characters. Travel back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Continue Reading

Poesia: New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble Spring Community Storytime, 4/27

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, a pre-professional training and performing company for young dancers based in Summit, NJ, hosts a community storytime which brings the classical and contemporary poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson, Langston Hughes, Eve Merriam, and more to life at this free special event.

No registration required
Auditorium, Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair
Ages 4-10
Thursday, April 27 at 4pm
*(Please note that this program has been rescheduled from Saturday, April 1 at 2pm)

NJDTE dancers, including Montclair resident Ashe Turner, 16, will perform and lead interactive creative movement explorations inspired by the season of Spring, nature, and animals. Afterwards, the dancers will answer questions, sign autographs, and take photos with the children in attendance. Enjoy this complimentary presentation in anticipation of NJDTE’s annual repertory performance, “i Balli di Primavera!” at Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University for one performance only on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2pm. Continue Reading

Go Fish! Essex County’s 2017 Fishing Derbies Start in April

BY  |  Monday, Apr 17, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Get ready to go fish! Essex County’s 2017 Fishing Derbies start this month. The free events will be held in seven locations in the Essex County Park System.

Sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, each derby is free and open to children ages 15 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing pole, bait, bucket and chair. Prizes in various age categories for catching the first and most fish will be awarded at the conclusion of each derby.

The fishing derbies will be held as follows: Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Easter Egg Hunt, Sesame Street Live, Lego Day and More!

BY  |  Friday, Apr 14, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s a holiday weekend and spring break for many, but there’s still lots of fun to be had around town! Check out these great events.

If you’re looking for Easter activities, check out our earlier post featuring family activities for this weekend.

Sesame Street Live will be at State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) this weekend. “Make a New Friend” has all your favorite Sesame Street characters! Join them as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India. Together they explore friendship and culture. Tickets range from $17 to $77.

This weekend will be Free Entrance Days in the National Parks in honor of National Park Week. There are nine national parks in New Jersey, many of which ordinarily charge a fee. Continue Reading

Wee Kickers Soccer Programs in Montclair – Scholarships Available

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Get ready for Spring Soccer in Montclair!

FC Futbol Foundation, in partnership with Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, is offering scholarships for children ages 3-10 for Saturday Soccer: Wee Kickers program (begins April 22, 2017). The focus is on fun — maximizing touches and developing confidence, creativity and freedom through play.

Apply for a scholarship here (limited spaces available) or call 973-74-9094 and ask for Elaine Spears.

Weekend Family Highlights: Dino Day, Kids Jazz, Rainbow Fish, Storytelling and More!

BY  |  Friday, Apr 07, 2017 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy Weekend! There’s plenty of fun and family-friendly activities in the area to help you spend your time. Check ‘em out!



Visit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. Join Author Carol Roth for a reading of Hold Your Temper, Tiger, a book about managing tempers. Little Tiger is told to hold his temper, but where?


Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host The Legend or Rock Paper Scissors Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. This laugh-out-loud picture book tells the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors. Written by New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, Dre Daywalt, kids are sure to enjoy this story. Stick around for activities to follow.


Morris Museum will present a Family Festival: Dino Day on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. See real fossils, meet a dinosaur expert, and make a dinosaur craft. There will also be a visit from Field Station Dinosaur’s own T-Rex and, weather permitting, a fossiliferous dinosaur egg hunt. General admission applies ($10/adult, $7/children, free for members) and includes admission to the Museum’s exhibitions and activities.


WBGO Free Kids Jazz Concert Series continues this week with Dion Parson and The Rhythms of West Africa and the Caribbean and Their Influence on Jazz, America’s True Art Form on Saturday at 1:30 PM at NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark). Doors open at 1:00 PM. Adults must be accompanied by at least one child. This month’s performance is best for ages 14-18. Registration is required. Continue Reading

Girl’s Empowerment and Girl Power At Dirt & Noise – Saturday, April 8

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 12:05pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dirt & Noise, a Montclair children’s boutique located on Church Street, is hosting a fun event for girls age 5 to 12 to promote Girl’s Empowerment and Girl Power on Saturday, April 8,from 2-4 p.m.

The event caps off an exciting weeklong roster of events for Women’s Empowerment organized by Montclair Center Bid.

Montclair entrepreneur Rachel Crampsey from Montclair Bread Company will talk about creativity and setting out to do whatever you want to do in this life. She will also be bringing DIY doughnuts for all the kids that attend (while supplies last). Continue Reading

Mr. Bunny, Storytime, Easter Bunny Express, Egg Hunts and More!

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 04, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Hippity-hoppity, Easter’s on its way! With the Bunny making his appearance soon, it’s time to celebrate with photo opportunities, breakfasts and egg hunts! Here are some events happening in our local area and nearby leading up to the big day on Sunday, April 16th.

Hop on the Easter Bunny Express and take a round-trip train ride from Flemington to Ringoes and return. Peter Cottontail will visit with each child and will pose for a photo upon request. Each child will also receive a candy treat. The train ride is about 25 minutes from Flemington to Ringoes, with a 10-15 minute layover to browse the gift shop and visit the museum car, before re-boarding for a return trip to Flemington. The train will operate on Saturday, April 8; Sunday, April 9; Friday, April 14; and Saturday, April 15 at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. Tickets are $17.50 for riders ages 12+ and $10.05 for riders ages 3-11. Children under 3 are free. Registration is required. The Flemington Station is located at 80 Stangl Road, Flemington, behind the Liberty Village Premium Outlets.

Mr. Bunny Comes to Glenfield Park! Montclair Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, in conjunction with PBA Local 53, welcomes Mr. Bunny from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Glenfield Park, 25 Maple Ave. Kids can enjoy visit with Mr. Bunny and enjoy an egg hunt, egg decorating and face painting. Egg hunt starts promptly at 11 a.m.; egg hunt bags will be provided. Have a picture taken with Mr. Bunny for $3. The event takes place rain or shine. For more information, contact the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs at 973-509-4915. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: STEMFestival, Creative Play and More!

BY  |  Friday, Mar 31, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

This weekend may be April 1st, but the fun activities we’ve rounded up are no joke! Here are some family-friendly things to do in and around the area. Enjoy!

On Friday, catch Hairspray at 7 p.m. at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, 173 Bellevue Ave. Montclair. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $6 for students. More info here.

On Saturday, Montclair Literary Festival has a host of activities for kids. Check them out here.

Glen Ridge First will present the 4th Annual STEMfestival on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge (219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge). Stop in to see working robots, LEGO villages and scenes from movies made by enthusiasts, Maker Village, Jr. FIRST ® LEGO ® League showcase, and experience hands-on demonstrations. There will also be an “inventions through the ages” exhibit, a green energy truck, and a mini camp fair for grades K-8. Food trucks and other goodies will be onsite. Tickets may be purchased online until 8:00 PM Friday evening for $18/family of 4, $8 individual adult, and $5 for child (ticket service applies). Tickets purchased at the event will be $10 per adult or child and cash only. Children 3 and under are free online and at the door.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Celebration of Beauty and the Beast on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Join in the fun and celebrate the releases of the new Beauty and the Beast Movie. In addition to a special Storytime, kids of all ages are invited to sing favorite songs from the movie soundtrack and participate in other fun activities. Attendees will receive a mini-poster and bookmark, while supplies last.

Also on Saturday, the Essex County Environmental Center (621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland) will a Nature Wind Chimes workshop at 10:30 AM for adults and children ages 8 and up. Gather items from nature and create a natural wind chime to enjoy at home. Advance registration is required by calling 973-228-8776. Fee is $10 per adult and $8 per child.

The Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark) hosts Creative Play programs for families on Saturdays at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00PM. April’s theme is Environment and Nature. Each one-hour program is designed especially for early learners ages 3-5. On Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM, there will be a Planetarium Show, “Earth, Moon and Sun,” which is recommended for adults and children ages 5-8 years. Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun. With the help of Coyote and Native American stories, you will learn about moon phases, eclipses, constellations and more! For more information about programs and admission charges, visit the website.

Tour the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) on the first Sunday of the month for only $3 per person. 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.

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.

You Can’t Stop The Beat! Catch HAIRSPRAY at Buzz Aldrin Middle School Thursday and Friday

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 9:46am  |  COMMENTS (0)

You can’t stop the beat coming from Buzz Aldrin Middle School, where the students have been busy each afternoon rehearsing and are excited to share their production of HAIRSPRAY Jr., set for this Thursday and Friday, March 30th and 31st.

This bouncy, bubbly musical takes place in early ’60s segregated Baltimore, and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a perennially cheerful, always upbeat though weight-challenged teen. Tracy’s greatest dream is to be one of the dancers on the Corny Collins Dance TV show — usually reserved for the perky, picture-perfect, high school “nicest kids” who get the most use out of the show’s sponsor — UltraClutch Hairspray. Tracy sets out to make her dream come true and in the process manages to integrate the show, unleash a wave of social change, and spur a lot of fantastic dancing!

The BAMS cast sings, acts and kicks up their heels to tell the story. Every student who auditioned for the play got a part. Director Karen-Ann Kaelin-Panico, who has directed the Mount Hebron/Buzz Aldrin shows for the last several years, views the play as a chance to teach the students about theater, not just put on a perfectly professional show.

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