Weekend Family Highlights: A Year With Frog and Toad, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve,” The Magic Flute

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Studio Playhouse (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present Goldilocks on Trial for its second and final weekend. A fun show for the entire family, Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Judge Wallabee will decide her fate after hearing testimony from Goldee, the Three Bears, Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, and other familiar fairy tale characters. Performances will be at 1:30 and 3:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 per person.

 

 


 

 
On Saturday at 2:00 PM, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will host A Year with Frog & Toad, presented by Wally Jones and Casa Manana Theatre. This whimsical musical was a hit on Broadway and is based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved books. It tells the story of a friendship that weathers all seasons. Tickets are $15 – $29 per person. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Goldilocks on Trial, Peking Acrobats, Little Mermaid and More!

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

President’s Day Weekend is here! Here are some of the best events happening in our area.


 

This weekend, Studio Playhouse will present Goldilocks on Trial, a fun show for the entire family. Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Judge Wallabee will decide her fate after hearing testimony from Goldee, the Three Bears, Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, and other familiar fairy tale characters. Performances will be at 1:30 and 3:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 per person.


 

On Saturday, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Peking Acrobats at 1:00 PM. Hailed as China’s most gifted tumblers, jugglers and gymnasts, these performers will amaze audiences with their bravery and dexterity. Tickets are $29-$59 per person. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Peter & The Wolf, Family Date Night, Galumpha

BY  |  Friday, Feb 10, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There are so many things to do around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling of the family-friendly events in our area.


 

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach) will host two Family Date Nights on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Spend the weekend before Valentine’s Day with an evening of family fun. A package for four ($49.95) includes admission for four to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a plain pizza and a pitcher of soda at the Pavilion, a $10 PlayCard for the Pavilion Arcade, and 4 treats from the Sweet Shop. Additional family members are $10 each which includes aquarium admission and a treat from the Sweet Shop.


 

On Saturday, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will host two performances of Peter & the Wolf with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Each character in Prokofiev’s classic tale is represented by a specific theme and instrument, making this a wonderful introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, as well as a charming story. Tickets are $10-$20 per person. Performances are at 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Valentine Workshop, Chocolate Festival, Farm Fun, Dinosaurs

BY  |  Friday, Feb 03, 2017 11:17am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There are so many things to do around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling of the family-friendly events in our area.

Sunshine Sam (127 Valley Road, Montclair) will host Drop Off Valentine Making sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Hour-long sessions are available between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM on Sunday. Drop your kids off with artist-in-residence Jamie Menake who will help them make Valentines. Cost is $15 plus the cost of Valentines. Arts and crafts materials (glue, tape, etc.) are included in the cost of the class. Registration is required.

Also on Saturday, Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown will present a Chocolate Family Festival from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Activities include face-painting (12:00 PM to 3:00 PM), crafts (lollipop mustache, cupcake buddy, and more), Touch the Music Workshops (11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, and 2:30 PM) where kids can participate in a hands-on workshop with orchestral string instruments, and a performance in the Children’s Theatre of Lollipops for Breakfast (11:00 AM and 1:30 PM). Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children, and free for Museum Members. Additional fees apply for Children’s Theatre. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Year of the Rooster, Mammoth Follies, Alex and The Kaleidoscope

BY  |  Friday, Jan 27, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Let’s hear it for the weekend! There are plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do and we’ve rounded some of them up right here. Check ‘em out!

On Friday evening, Glen Ridge Public Library will host A Night with Scooby & Gang, open to grades 6 through 12, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This event features a character costume contest, cartoons, games, crafts, prizes, and more. Dinner and dessert will be served. Register online.

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South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present Mammoth Follies on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Recommended for ages 6-12, this educational production dramatizes historic and scientific facts and myths about the age of dinosaurs. This production is performed by Hudson Vagabond Puppets. Tickets are $20.

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Alex and the Kaleidoscope in Concert

Also on Saturday, Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host Alex and the Kaleidoscope in Concert at 11:00 AM. Join Alex and his band on a musical journey around the world, captivating kids and stirring their imaginations. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members).

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Suzi Shelton

State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will host Suzi Shelton as part of its Milk & Cookies series on Saturday at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. This show is recommended for children ages 3-6 and is full of pop-rock songs about real-life kid issues. This event is free. Reserve your seats online.

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Year of the Rooster: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Year of the Rooster: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM. This award-winning event celebrates China’s Spring Festival, combining the elegance of traditional Asian art and the beauty of American modern dance. Enjoy demonstrations and fun activities staged in the lobby before the performance. Tickets are $15-$37 each and available online.

Fastrack_GameOpen-300x198Sunshine Sam (127 Valley Road, Montclair) will host a Fastrack Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Slots are available for Beginners (ages 4-7) at 1:00 PM, Intermediates (ages 8-12) at 2:00 PM, and Pros (Ages 13+ including adults) at 3:00 PM. Fastrack is one of the store’s best-selling games and is fun for all ages. Simply use one hand and the elastic band to fire discs into a slot on your opponent’s side of the board. Winners of each tournament receive a Mini-Fastrack and a $20 Sunshine Sam Gift Certificate. There will also be discounts all day and other prizes for participants.

On Sunday (and most Sundays through March 12), enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing on the trails of Pyramid Mountain NHA (473 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp). Use your own showshoes or rent a pair. No experience is necessary. This event is free and for children ages 10 and up with their adult companions. Preregistration is required.

Also on Sunday, Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host a Mother Goose Storytime at 1:30 PM. This activity is for children age 3-6 as a way to promote literacy among preschool-aged children. Children of all abilities are welcome. No registration is required. Space is limited. Preference given to Montclair Library Cardholders, so bring your card.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations continue this weekend at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township). Learn about the process of maple sugaring, identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Demonstrations are one hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.

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: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Hamilton History and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jan 20, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! Hooray! There’s plenty going on around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling!

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Frosty Friday in Bloomfield! Bring the kids to the Bloomfield High School cafeteria for pictures with Frozen characters, bingo, carnival games, face painting, arts & crafts and refreshments. Tickets are $10.00/child and $4.00/adult and can be purchased at the door.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations continue this weekend at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township). Learn about the process of maple sugaring, identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Demonstrations are one hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday only. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.

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Also on Saturday, Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host a day of puppetry with the German puppet show “Punschi” (Sandglass Theater). Performances will be held at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, with an approximate run time of 60 minutes for each. Enjoy two tales in each session including Kasper and the Surprise performed by Jana Zeller and Fritzi’s Flea Circus performed by Shoshanna Bass. Both stories are fun and playful and will engage audience members of all ages. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members).
 

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South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, a dance performance based on C.S. Lewis’ classic novel, on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Set in Narnia, and featuring the beloved characters from the book, this performance is for children ages 5 and up an is approximately 55 minutes long. Tickets are $20 for children and $25 for adults.
 

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

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Also on Saturday, DiMenna Children’s History Museum at New -York Historical Society (170 Central Park West @ 77th Street, NYC) will host a Hamilton-Themed Family Benefit Party from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Parents and children ages 4-14 are invited to meet Alexander Hamilton and learn about his life with fun, interactive activities throughout the Museum. Tickets are $75 per child and $150 per adult. This event will raise funds to help the New-Work Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum continue to provide exceptional experiences and unique programming.

On Sunday (and most Sundays through March 12), enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing on the trails of Pyramid Mountain NHA (473 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp). Use your own showshoes or rent a pair. No experience is necessary. This event is free and for children ages 10 and up with their adult companions. Preregistration is required.
 

The Elisabeth Morrow School of Englewood will host a free family event on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Weehawkin Port Imperial Terminal NY Waterway (4800 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawkin). Children of all ages can receive musical instruction on an instrument of their choice, and try out various instruments at the Musical Petting Zoo. They can also enjoy face painting, a balloon maker, and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

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: MLK Events, Pinkalicious, Oliver, Jr. and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jan 13, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There’s plenty to do around town and beyond. We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do in the area. Check ‘em out!

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After a sold out run in December, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present three additional performances of Oliver Jr. on Friday evening at 7:30 PM, Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM, and Sunday evening at 7:30 PM. Recommended for children ages 5 and up, this classic musical is based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. Running time is approximately 70 minutes. Tickets are $20 per person plus $1.69 service fee.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations begin this weekend at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township). Learn about the process of maple sugaring, identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Demonstrations are one hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.

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On Saturday, NJPAC will present a free program to celebrate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy an afternoon of dance, music, visual arts, and spoken word activities. All ages are welcome. Programs begin at 11:00 AM. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Family FUNDay, Circus and More

BY  |  Friday, Jan 06, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s the first full weekend of 2017! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to enjoy. Check ‘em out!

The Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host a craft time on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children up through Grade 4 are invited to drop in to make an icicle craft.

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On Saturday at 8:00 PM, NJPAC will present the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the 1981 Indiana Jones film starring Harrison Ford with John Williams’ epic score performed live by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Kids will love this unique opportunity to see a classic film on the big screen and enjoy a symphony performance at the same time. Tickets are $24-$94. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: First Night Morris, FunPlex, Winter Wonderland and More!

BY  |  Friday, Dec 30, 2016 9:19am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s the last weekend of 2016… and the first weekend of 2017! Happy New Year! We’ve found some family friendly fun for you this weekend. Enjoy!

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First Night Morris (The Green, Morristown) will mark its 25th Anniversary on Saturday evening. This family friendly event will be host to over 80 performances at more than 24 venues around downtown Morristown. The downtown Morristown event begins at 4:45 PM, with fireworks at 9:15 PM. Admission allows access to all First Night Morris County performances. Tickets are $25 per person and children 4 and under are free. For more details including a full schedule and map of performances, visit the website.

Spend New Year’s Eve at The FunPlex (182 Route 10 West, East Hanover) on Saturday from 7:00 PM to 12:30 AM. Enjoy unlimited indoor attractions, music, buffet, refreshments, and $10 worth of Arcade value per person. Tickets are $49 in advance and $54 at the door. Anyone entering the facility must have a ticket. There will also be a midnight celebration with favors. Continue Reading

Need Family Fun During Winter Break? Escape To Pip’s Island

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 9:36am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Looking for something fun and different to do over holiday break? Pip’s Island could be the answer!

Pip’s Island is a live show for kids which allows them to be a part of the experience. The children (and their adult companions) don’t simply watch the actors on a stage. Rather, they are completely immersed into the show and engage with the actors. In fact, there aren’t even chairs for the kids as they’ll be moving throughout the experience the entire time.

Kids will step through a magical tree portal where they’ll meet new friends Pip, Finn and Pebble. Together, everyone will move through this play experience to earn Spark badges by completing activities and puzzles. They will learn about the Island’s Guardian, Amperes Wattson, and his struggle against his twin brother, the dark and powerful Joules Volter.

The show promises several benefits to its participants including social development through teamwork and bonding; cognitive development using a STEM educational philosophy; emotional development by exploring feelings such as joy, fear, sadness and pride; and interactive play using imagination, dazzling props, and toys. Children will also learn the importance of a sense of social duty by working together with others toward a goal. By working together to earn their Spark badges, the children will feel a sense of accomplishment that they can use, along with the skills they’ve learned, back home in their real world. Continue Reading

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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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