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

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

Baristanet Mother’s Day Gift Guide

BY ,  |  Tuesday, May 09, 2017 12:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

With Mother’s Day approaching on May 14th, it’s time to make the extraordinary moms in your life feel extra special. From the fashionista to the social butterfly to the creative traveler, we’ve selected a few gifts she will love.

Beaded Bracelets

For the mom that loves to accessorize, beaded bracelets from Dot Reeder make a fabulous gift. Ranging from various stones such as black onyx, black lava, cracked blue agate, and matte grey agate, the stretch fit bracelets come as one long wrap bracelet or in a set of three. The simply and pretty bracelets are completed with a gold accent with rhinestones or a leather tassel. For some serious arm candy, pair the bracelets with a watch.

Dot Reeder
129 Watching Avenue, Montclair, 973-744-7410
$88-$130 Continue Reading

Baristanet Mother’s Day Dining Guide

BY  |  Monday, May 08, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mother’s Day, May 14, is right around the corner! Have you found the perfect gift? Treat Mom to a delicious meal and show her how much you care. Check out one of these local eateries:

Laurel & Sage (33 Walnut Street, Montclair) will be open for both brunch and dinner with special menus. There will be three pre-fixe brunch seatings at $35 per person: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM. The new spring dinner menu will be offered a la carte from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Outdoor garden style dining will be available if weather permits. Reservations at 973.783.1133 or [email protected]

Fascino (331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) is taking reservations for seatings between 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM. In addition to their regular a la carte menu, they will offer their 5-course tasting or 4-course vegetarian tasting, as well as some specials. 973.233.0350.

Laboratorio Kitchen

Laboratorio Kitchen (615 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will serve a Mother’s Day dinner from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM. They will offer their regular menu as well as specials. Reservations at 973.746.6100.

Jack’s Seafood Shack

If you can’t give Mom a vacation in Maine, you can give her a Maine lobster on Mother’s Day. Enjoy a whole lobster at Jack’s Seafood Shack (718 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.893.5283).

Ariane Kitchen & Bar (706 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona) will be open from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM and will offer the regular menu. There will also be live music. Reservations at 973.744.0533.

Essex Junction (60 Washington Street, Bloomfield) will be serving their regular bunch menu on Sunday beginning at 10:30 AM and their dinner menu at 3:00 PM. Reservations at 973.680.8110.

Highlawn Pavilion (Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange) will offer a 4-course prix fixe Mother’s Day dinner. $69.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. A Children’s Dinner is available upon request for ages 4-12 at $34.50 per person. Reservations at 973.731.3463.

The Manor

The Manor (111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange) will offer an a la carte dinner (seatings from 12:30 PM to 7:00PM), a brunch buffet (seatings from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM), and a dinner buffet (seatings from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM). The a la carte dinner is $79.95 per person and $29.95 per child, ages 3 to 10 plus tax and gratuity. Both buffets are $63.95 per person and $22.95 per child ages 3 to 10, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations at 973.731.2360.

Anthony’s Cheesecake (71 Washington Street, Bloomfield) will serve their always incredible brunch(!) beginning at 9:00 AM.

Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen offers cocktails and an array of seafood options including oysters, clams and other raw bar delights (183 Glenridge Ave., 973.744.0068).

The Shannon Rose Irish Pub (98 Kingsland Road, Clifton) will offer a Mother’s Day Brunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM featuring a carvery station, omelets prepared to order, and a chef’s table buffet, and a Kids Knee-High Buffet station with kid-friendly options. The regular menu will also be available. Brunch is $29 per person and $14 for children 12 and under. Reservations at 973.284.0200.

Spuntino

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas (70 Kingsland Road, Clifton) will offer brunch from 11:30 PM to 3:00 PM featuring a selection of a la carte dishes and the regular tapas-style menu will also be available. In addition, the Spring Truffle Festival menu will also be available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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