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33762_155786851120007_341439_n[1]Welcome to the Essex County edition of NJ Moms Guide! We’ll be providing a look at events happening all over Essex County. As a mom of two young children (a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl), I’m always looking for fun things to do — for them and for me! Make sure to subscribe on the right, and let us know if you have any fun events to recommend for Essex moms!

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Heather@njmomsguide.com

The Essex County Weekend Guide: 8/23-8/24

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 23rd
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

St. Sebastian Feast

Venue: Kaveny Field, Grove and Walnut Streets, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 23, 3-10 pm

Cost: Free

Description: The annual Feast includes food, novelty vendors, rides for kids and adults, games, and live entertainment.

Website: http://www.saintsebastiansociety.com/index.html

Hometown Heroes Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 23, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: Stop by Barnes and Noble for a special storytime featuring Richard Scarry’s “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.”

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4729543

Phone: 973-758-1310

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Get The Led Out

Venue: Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 23, 7 pm

Cost: $42

Description: From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before.

Website: http://www.thewellmonttheater.com

Phone: 973-783-9500

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Live Music at the Turtle Back Zoo

Venue: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange 

Day & Time: Sunday, Aug. 24, 12 pm

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Description: Stop by the zoo and enjoy a live concert at the gazebo, featuring Sunhill Band.

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com/events-calendar/

Phone: 973-731-5801

Weekend Crafts

Venue: ImagineThat! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, Aug. 24, 10 am – 5 pm (also available on Saturday)

Cost: Free with admission

Description: Stop by the museum for weekend crafts and make a picture of your favorite summer memory for a scrapbook. Then stay and play all day.

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENT

Movie Night at OSPAC: Despicable Me

Venue: Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, 4 Boland Dr, West Orange

Day & Time: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: In Despicable Me, ex-supervillain Gru is adjusting to family life and an attempted honest living in the jam business, while a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen. The Anti-Villain League recruits Gru in the investigation and together with the eccentric AVL agent, Lucy Wilde, Gru concludes that his prime suspect is the presumed dead supervillain, El Macho, whose his teenage son is also making the moves on his eldest daughter, Margo. Seemingly blinded by his overprotectiveness of his children and his growing mutual attraction to Lucy, Gru seems on the wrong track even as his minions are being quietly kidnapped en masse for some malevolent purpose.  Come for a good movie and special time with friends, and have a bag of popcorn, an ice cream cone, a burger or cotton candy!

Website: http://www.njai.org/events/2014/8/26/movie-night-3

Phone: 973-669-7385

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENT

Free Movies in the Park: Back to the Future

Venue: Flood’s Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 North Ridgewood Rd, South Orange

Day & Time: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7:45 pm

Cost: Free

Description: From the Academy Award-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis comes Back to the Future – the original, groundbreaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies ever. When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future – and leave him trapped in the past. Free Movies in the Park are presented by the Village of South Orange, The Baird and South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/439/inthePark_Movie3

Phone: 973-313-2787

 

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 16th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Montclair Jazz Festival

Venue: Nishuane Park, Cedar Ave. between High St. and Harrison Ave., Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 16, 12-8 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Nestled in the idyllic 17 acre Nishuane Park, the Montclair Jazz Festival produced by Jazz House Kids, has grown from a small community event to a major cultural offering attracting a wide audience from across the region. The 2014 Montclair Jazz Festival is expected to attract more than 5,000 people for the full day of festivities. 

Website: http://www.montclairjazzfestival.org

Phone: 973-744-2273

Peter Pan

Venue: Morrow Church, 600 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2 pm and 7 pm showings; Sunday, Aug. 17, 2 pm

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Description: Please come and support these 70 wonderful and extremely talented entering 4th to 8th graders, from the local community, as they perform Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. for Local Hunger Alleviation. In only one week, they put together this fabulous show for charity. There is a $10 suggested donation which can be bought at the door or in advance at Words Book Store.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/mmtcdirector

Phone: 973-744-2273

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Weekend Crafts

Venue: ImagineThat! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, Aug. 17, 10 am – 5 pm (also available on Saturday)

Cost: Call for pricing

Description: Stop by the museum for weekend crafts. It’s temporary tattoo day! Then stay and play all day.

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 19th
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENT

Movie Night at OSPAC: The Incredibles

Venue: Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, 4 Boland Dr, West Orange

Day & Time: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: In “The Incredibles,” rated PG, a family of superheroes forced to live a normal life gets called into action. Come for a good movie and special time with friends, and have a bag of popcorn, an ice cream cone, a burger or cotton candy! 

Website: http://www.njai.org/join-us

Phone: 973-669-7385

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20th
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENT

Free Movies in the Park: Frozen

Venue: Flood’s Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 North Ridgewood Rd, South Orange

Day & Time: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7:45 pm

Cost: Free

Description: In this stunning big-screen comedy adventure, fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.Free Movies in the Park are presented by the Village of South Orange, The Baird and South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Website: http://sopacnow.org/438/inthePark_Movie2

Phone: 973-313-2787

 

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Meet & Greet with Elsa and Anna

Venue: Cedar Grove North End Fire Department, 170 E. Lindsley Rd, Cedar Grove

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 9, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, or 5:30 pm

Cost: $10

Description: Do your kids love Frozen? Perfect Princess Parties NJ is hosting a meet and greet with Elsa and Anna this Saturday. The event includes sweet treats, beverages, craft for kids, story time and a live sing-along performance by Elsa and Anna. Adults are FREE only when you buy online! 

Website: http://www.perfectprincesspartiesnj.com/special-events.html

Contact: perfectprincesspartiesnj@gmail.com

Power Up

Venue: Thomas Edison National Historical Park, 211 Main St, West Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 am

Cost: Free

Description: Bring your kids to learn about solar energy systems and batteries. Retired engineer and inventor, Harry Roman will organize the fun and learning. There will be lots of things to touch and learn about as Harry discusses alternate technologies and shows you how to make batteries from common materials. Lots of fun and lots of learning. Don’t miss this one!

Website: http://www.nps.gov/edis/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=543011-232573

Phone: 973-736-0550

Summer at the Gazebo Concert Series: Starfish Rocks!

Venue: Gazebo, Springfield Ave (outside the Hilton Branch Library), Maplewood

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 am – 12 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Come hear Starfish, “the greatest rock band in the world…for kids and families!” With lively songs like “Stop, Drop and Rock and Roll,” “Air Guitar” and “The StarFish Stomp,” StarFish gives kids’ music a classic rock makeover.

Website: http://www.starfishrocks.com

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Get Pop-Cultured: Teenage Ninja Turltes

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Stop by Barnes and Noble and discover your inner Ninja Turtle with exciting ninja activities for kids ages 5 to 10.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4725247

Phone: 973-758-1310

Weekend Crafts

Venue: ImagineThat! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, Aug. 10, 10 am – 5 pm (also available on Saturday)

Cost: Call for pricing

Description: Stop by the museum for weekend crafts. This weekend kids can fill a mailbox instead of an inbox. Going on vacation? Make a postcard to send home to your friends, and then stay and play all day.

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 12th
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENT

Movie Night at OSPAC: Matilda

Venue: Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, 4 Boland Dr, West Orange

Day & Time: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Matilda, rated PG, is a 1996 fantasy children’s film directed by Danny Devito about the family outcast who discovers she can move things with her mind. Come for a good movie and special time with friends, and have a bag of popcorn, an ice cream cone, a burger or cotton candy!

Website: http://www.njai.org/join-us

Phone: 973-669-7385

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13th
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENT

Free Movies in the Park: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Venue: Flood’s Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 North Ridgewood Rd, South Orange

Day & Time: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was rained out last year and was promised to be the first film screened this summer. Director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends 10-year-old, Elliot. Free Movies in the Park are presented by the Village of South Orange, The Baird and South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Website: http://sopacnow.org/437/inthePark_Movie1

Phone: 973-313-2787

 

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Kids Workshop at Home Depot

Venue: Home Depot, 60 Orange St, Bloomfield

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 am

Cost: Free

Description: Home Depot workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to the Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin. This Saturday, build a mini-crate pencial holder. The workshops are designed for children ages 5-12.

Website: http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

Phone: 973-680-8700

Get Pop-Cultured: Marvel

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 2 (call the store for specific times)

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for a day filled with activities that will honor Marvel’s 75th anniversary. The day will include various activities, giveaways, including  special Marvel prizes, and more.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4719749

Phone: 973-758-1310

Free-Flight Bird Show

Venue: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange 

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3 (see below for showtimes)

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Description: The Turtle Back Zoo is proud to present a weekend of Free-Flight Bird Shows. Renowned avian specialist Phung Luu will be hosting special presentations with an assortment of raptor species. Showtimes on Saturday are 11 am and 2 pm; Sunday shows are at 12 pm and 3 pm.

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com/events-calendar

Phone: 973-731-5801

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

interACT Sings: On The Air

Venue: The Burgdorff Center for the Performing ARts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood 

Day & Time: Saturday, Aug. 2, 8 pm

Cost: $25-$35

Description: interACT Theatre Productions presents a musical gala celebrating the jukebox musical. Some of the most memorable jukebox hits that scored on Broadway will be performed b the community theatre company to raise money for the troupe’s upcoming season. The event includes a raffle and auction as well. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres are served at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. Tickets include food and drinks.

Website: http://www.interactproductions.org

Phone: 973-544-8489

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3rd
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Museums on Us Weekend

Venue: Montclair Art Museum, Newark Museum and Aljira (Newark)

Day & Time: Sunday, Aug. 3 (check museum hours; also available Saturday)

Cost: Free

Description: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch offers free admission to museums across the country for card holders, one weekend each month. There are several museums in Essex County that participate, including Montclair Art museum and Newark Museum.

Website: http://museums.bankofamerica.com

Weekend Crafts

Venue: ImagineThat! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, Aug. 3, 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Call for pricing

Description: Stop by the museum for weekend crafts. This weekend the museum is hosting “Rainbows in the Sea!” Kids can make their own colorful rainbow fish, and then stay and play all day. (Also available on Saturday.)

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000


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TUESDAY, AUGUST 5th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

2014 Annual National Night Out

Venue: Varies by town

Day & Time: Tuesday, Aug. 5

Cost: Free

Description: National Night Out is a nationwide event held annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is designed to strengthen our neighborhoods through police-community partnerships. The goal is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs and, most importantly, represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places to live. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better. Livingston will host an event at the Memorial Oval with food, games and a large-screen outdoor family movie, beginning at dusk and featuring The Lego Movie. South Orange will host its event at Flood’s Hill, beginning with live music at 6:30 pm as well as a Kids Zone featuring a bounce house, coloring station and more and concluding with a movie beginning at 8:30 pm. Check town websites for other events.

Website: Livingston: http://livingstontownship.org/police/national-night-out

South Orange: http://www.maplewoodonline.com/press_view.php?qs1=31093800thygum40

 

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SATURDAY, JULY 26th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

DC Comics: Storytime and more

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, July 26, 11 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for a day filled with DC Comics, beginning with Storytime at 11 am, followed by a LEGO Build for kids ages 8 and up at 12 pm, Storytime & Craft for kids ages 7 and up at 3 pm, and Strategy Game for teenagers at 5 pm.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2340

Phone: 973-758-1310

Live Music at the Turtle Back Zoo

Venue: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange 

Day & Time: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 12 pm

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Description: Stop by the zoo and enjoy a live concert at the gazebo. Saturday will feature a performance by Option X, and Sunday features School of Rock & Montclair House Band. 

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com/events-calendar

Phone: 973-731-5801

Family Fair at Theater Square

Venue: NJPAC’s Theater Square, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, July 26, 1 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Enjoy a summer day filled with performances and activities for the entire family. NJPAC’s outdoor Theater Square is the site of this second annual celebration, which features arts and crafts, refreshments, tours, an instrument “petting zoo,” contests and demonstrations. This year’s onstage entertainment, from 1 to 4pm, includes step line dancing, music, drumming, jazz, zumba and much more. Arts & crafts and more available all day.

Website: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/family-fair-at-theater-square-1

Phone: 973-642-8989

SUNDAY, JULY 27th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Weekend Crafts

Venue: ImagineThat! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, July 27, 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Call for pricing

Description: Stop by the museum for weekend crafts. It’s Parent’s Day! Make a special card to show Mom and Dad to show them how much you love them. Then stay and play all day!

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30th
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Free Concerts in the Park: Rock The Hill

Venue: Flood’s Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 North Ridgewood Rd, South Orange

Day & Time: Wednesday, July 30, 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Rock the Hill has been delighting audiences for five years with its eclectic mix of local and visiting garage rock bands. This year’s line-up includes two bands from Maplewood: Mood Ring, who performs an eclectic blend of original and cover rock, blues, and jazzy jammin’ music; and Five Cent Philosophers, who bring together a dedication to creating original material with a desire to rock on select covers, both familiar and obscure. Free Concerts in the Park are presented by the Village of South Orange, The Baird and South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/436/inthePark_RockTheHill

Phone: 973-313-2787

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SATURDAY, JULY 19th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Maplewood’s Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale

Venue: Maplewood Village

Day & Time: Saturday, July 19

Cost: Free

Description: Stop by Maplewood Village’s annual Summer Sidewalk Sale to shop, stroll and save, for the best in summer savings. Participating stores include No. 165, Hopscotch at Home, Jerry Rose Floral Design, Bee & Thistle, Words Bookstore and more. Coda Kitchen & Bar will sell their famous tacos outside and donate proceeds to s.o.f.i.a., a battered women’s support organization. 

Website: http://maplewoodvillagenj.com

Phone: 973-762-4556

Butterfly Tent Safari

Venue: Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland

Day & Time: Saturday, July 19, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: $2 suggested donation to the Essex County Parks Foundation

Description: Visit the Butterfly Tent Safari featuring live butterflies and butterfly-themed programming for all ages. In addition to seeing the live butterflies, this Saturday will feature a hands-on presentation about “Bugs ‘n Butterflies” called “Buzz Into Action with Insect Education.” The presentation, which is good for kids ages 5 and up, will take place from 10-11 am and from 12-1 pm. Call to register.

Website: http://www.essex-countynj.org/p/env/Butterfly%20Tent%20Safari%20Flier%202014_avp.pdf

Phone: 973-228-8776

Weekend Crafts

Venue: ImagineThat! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Call for pricing

Description: Stop by the museum for weekend crafts and make a watermelon. Then stay and play all day!

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000

SUNDAY, JULY 20th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Maplewood Community Band Summer Concert

Venue: Memorial Park Amphitheater, corner of Dunnell Rd and Oakview Ave, Maplewood

Day & Time: Sunday, July 20, 6 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Maplewood Community Music is proud to present its annual outdoor summer concert featuring the Maplewood Community Concert Band, performing a variety of summer concert favorites including marches, medleys and more! Don’t forget a blanket or chair and a picnic basket or a takeout dinner. Refreshments will be
available for purchase.

Website: http://maplewoodcommunitymusic.org

Live Music at the Turtle Back Zoo

Venue: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange 

Day & Time: Sunday, July 20, 12 pm (performance on Saturday as well)

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Description: Stop by the zoo and enjoy a live concert at the gazebo, featuring local band The Wag.

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com/events-calendar

Phone: 973-731-5801


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23rd
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Free Concerts in the Park: John Lee & Friends

Venue: Flood’s Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 North Ridgewood Rd, South Orange

Day & Time: Wednesday, July 23, 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Bassist, composer, educator and producer, John Lee is the co-founder of Jazz Legacy Productions and also serves as the executive director of the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars and All-Stars Big Band with whom he performs regularly. A resident of South Orange, John has played in the bands of Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie and more. Free Concerts in the Park are presented by the Village of South Orange, The Baird and South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/435/inthePark_JohnLee

Phone: 973-313-2787

 

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SATURDAY, JULY 12th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

The Numberlys Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, July 12, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for The Numberlys Storytime, featuring reading and activities for children ages 3 to 7.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4706118

Phone: 973-758-1310

Live Music at the Turtle Back Zoo

Venue: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange 

Day & Time: Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, 12 pm

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Description: Stop by the zoo and enjoy a live concert at the gazebo. Saturday will feature a performance by Ron Albanese, and Sunday features Tycoon Dog. 

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com/events-calendar

Phone: 973-731-5801

Field Station Dinosaurs: Return of the T-Rex!

Venue: Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair 

Day & Time: Saturday, July 12, 2 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Field Station: Dinosaurs presents The Dinosaur Troubadour and the Mighty T-Rex. The Dinosaur Troubadour from Field Station: Dinosaurs loves nothing more than sharing his knowledge of dinosaurs through song with enthusiastic children. The Dinosaur Troubadour will be stopping by the Montclair Public Library for dinosaur story time, sing-a-long and dance party. Then, you’ll meet an unbelievably life-like roaring, breathing 15-foot juvenile T-Rex. An interactive, entertaining and surprising Paleozoic adventure! No registration required.

Website: http://www.montclairlibrary.org/library-events/field-station-dinosaurs-return-of-the-t-rex/

Phone: 973-744-0500

SUNDAY, JULY 13th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Maplewoodstock

Venue: Memorial Field, Valley St, Maplewood

Day & Time: Sunday, July 13, 12-9 pm (also taking place on Saturday)

Cost: Free admission (there may be a fee for various rides & activities)

Description: Head to Maplewood for the annual fun-filled day of music, food, crafts, art, collectibles, clothes and KidZone. 

Website: http://www.maplewoodstock.com

King’s Cooking Studio: Let’s Do Brunch

Venue: King’s, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills

Day & Time: Sunday, July 13, 10 am – 12 pm

Cost: $50 per pair (child and adult)

Description: Join King’s of Short HIlls and Chef Marlan Mendlsohn and learn how to make lemon ricotta pancakes, fresh fruit kabobs, sour cream chocolate chip cupcakes, and strawberry smoothies. Good for children ages 5-9.

Website: http://kingsfoodmarkets.com/in-store-events/lets-do-brunch-ages-5-9-with-adult

Phone: 973-258-4009


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16th
PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Free Concerts in the Park: The Wisenheimers

Venue: Flood’s Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 North Ridgewood Rd, South Orange

Day & Time: Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: The Wisenheimers are a New Jersey band that play an infectious set of rock, pop and Top 40 hits. With more than 10 years performing, there is nothing this band can’t cover together. Free Concerts in the Park are presented by the Village of South Orange, The Baird and South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/434/inthePark_TheWisenheimers

Phone: 973-313-2787

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SATURDAY, JULY 5th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Storytime With Madeline

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, July 5, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for storytime with Madeline. Includes reading and activities.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4711245

Phone: 973-758-1310

West Orange Music & Food Festival

Venue: Historic Colgate Park (corner of Franklin Ave and Cherry St), West Orange 

Day & Time: Saturday, July 5, 6-10 pm

Cost: Free to attend, costs vary by food vendors

Description: Enjoy entertainment by The Wayne Brown Band, and dinner & beverages served by local restaurants. Great selections for the whole family! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. 

Website: http://www.westorange.org/DocumentCenter/View/1523

Phone: 973-325-4109

Live Music at the Turtle Back Zoo

Venue: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange 

Day & Time: Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, 12 pm

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Description: Stop by the zoo and enjoy a live concert at the gazebo. Saturday will feature a performance by Ron Albanese, and Sunday features Soular Rhythm. 

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com/events-calendar

Phone: 973-731-5801

Kids Workshop at Home Depot

Venue: Home Depot, 60 Orange St, Bloomfield

Day & Time: Saturday, July 5, 9 am

Cost: Free

Description: Home Depot workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to the Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin. This Saturday, build a bug house and discover the outdoors. The workshops are designed for children ages 5-12.

Website: http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

Phone: 973-680-8700

SUNDAY, JULY 6th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Weekend Crafts

Venue: ImagineThat! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, July 6, 10 am – 5 pm (also available on Saturday)

Cost: Call for pricing

Description: Stop by the museum for weekend crafts and face painting. Then stay and play all day!

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000

Museums on Us Weekend

Venue: Montclair Art Museum, Newark Museum and Aljira (Newark)

Day & Time: Sunday, July 6 (check museum hours; also available Saturday)

Cost: Free

Description: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch offers free admission to museums across the country for card holders, one weekend each month. There are three museums in Essex County that participate.

Website: http://museums.bankofamerica.com

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 9th
PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Free Concerts in the Park: Max Headroom

Venue: Flood’s Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 North Ridgewood Rd, South Orange

Day & Time: Wednesday, July 9, 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Quickly becoming the areas must see 80′s tribute act, Max Headroom is considered the “new kids on the block,” proving that they can “rock onto Electric Avenue” with the best of them. Playing a full range of your favorite 80′s hits, complete with costumes, audience participation, and sing-alongs, a concert featuring Max Headroom is sure to be a blast from the past! Free Concerts in the Park are presented by the Village of South Orange, The Baird and South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/433/inthePark_MaxHeadroom

Phone: 973-313-2787

 

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21st
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

The Physics of Toys Workshop

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, June 21, 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Bring your kids to this special event at Barnes and Noble, during which children ages 7 and up will learn the cool aspects of physics by building their own speeding race car.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4703043

Phone: 973-758-1310

Family Art Adventure

Venue: Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair 

Day & Time: Saturday, June 21, 2-3 pm

Cost: $15 for nonmembers, $6 for members

Description: Come to MAM for an hour-long, drop-in gallery program for children ages 5 and up and their adult companions. Explore and discuss artworks and engage in fun activities in MAM’s galleries and sculpture garden.

Website: https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/learn-family.php#.U6Q1QyhiF-U

Phone: 973-259-5153

Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Venue: Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell

Day & Time: Saturday, June 21, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Caldwell Public Library hosts its Summer Reading Kickoff party with free ices, live music, giveaways and a special surprise guest. Caldwell Library cardholders of all ages are invited to join the Library’s Fizz Boom Read celebration and sign up for Summer Reading. The program runs until August 31 and participants can win prizes for reading whatever they choose, with no book reports required!

Website: http://www.caldwellpl.org

Phone: 973-226-2837

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Grease

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn

Day & Time: Saturday, June 21, 7 pm

Cost: $35-$116

Description: A rock & roll celebration of growing up and falling in love set in the Fabulous Fifties. The world’s #1 musical and America’s favorite bursts onto the Paper Mill stage in an all new production. An irresistible mix of fast cars and first loves. It’s Danny and Sandy, the Greasers and the Pink Ladies. It’s a thrilling injection of pure fun with astounding dancing and amazing songs that will make you want to stand up and shout, “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom!” The show runs through June 29.

Website: https://tickets.papermill.org/public/show_events_list.asp?shcode=680

Phone: 973-509-3820

SUNDAY, JUNE 22nd
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

FAN-tastic!

Venue: ImagineThat! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, June 22, 10 am – 5 pm (also available on Saturday)

Cost: Call for pricing

Description: Stop by the museum to fan away the summer heat! Build a fan to keep you cool. Then stay and play all day!

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000

Free Concert

Venue: Maplewood Memorial Park, Dunnell Rd at Oakview Ave, Maplewood

Day & Time: Sunday, June 22, 3-5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: The band Tycoon Dog will put on a free concert of family-friendly songs and improv touching on rock, blues, reggae, funk, pop, soul and hillbilly country. The concert will take place in Maplewood Memorial Park, on the hillside opposite the NJ Transit station. The music is positive and fun for folks of all ages, and this will be a great opportunity to celebrate outdoors with family, friends and neighbors.

Website: http://www.tycoondog.com

Phone: 917-612-0728


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TUESDAY, JUNE 24th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Tuesday, June 24, 11:45 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for zany monkey fun for a storytime featuring “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” Includes reading and activities.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4697969

Phone: 973-758-1310

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Popsicles in the Park

Venue: Littell People’s Park, Livingston

Day & Time: Wednesday, June 25, 10 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join PJ Library for the popular Popsicles in the Park series. Pack a dairy lunch, bring a blanket, and come hear stories and songs. Popsicles will be served!

Website: http://www.thepartnershipnj.org/2115/popsicles_in_the_park

Contact: Jill at jfelton@jfedgmw.org

 

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SATURDAY, JUNE 14th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Father’s Day Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, June 14, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for a special storytime, celebrating dads and featuring the book “Mighty Dads.” There will be activities and a Father’s Day card making craft.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4697970

Phone: 973-758-1310

Winnie the Pooh

Venue: The Baird Theatre, 5 Mead St, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, June 14, 2 pm and 7 pm performances (also on Sunday at 2 pm)

Cost: $10 general admission, $7 for kids and seniors

Description: interACT Youth Productions presents the children’s classic Winnie the Pooh. Come see the talented cast of 3rd to 8th graders on their adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Website: http://interactproductions.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=2779

Phone: 973-544-8489

Cultural Heritage Festival

Venue: Maplewood Memorial park, Maplewood

Day & Time: Saturday, June 14, 11 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Come and enjoy the foods of many cultures, experience performances by ethnic dancers and musicians, and shop for crafts and merchandise from around the world. You will also have the opportunity to participate in free cultural activities of all kinds. The festival will feature performances by children’s Japanese Biwanko, East Indian Dancers, Reggae Band, Dixie Land Band, African Dancers, Hip Hop Dancers, Irish Step Dancers and Hawaiian Dancers, Israeli Dancer and more. Interactive activities include: Tai chi, Belly Dancing, Multicultural Zumba for adults and children, Israeli Dancing, Drumming, and Break dancing.

Website: http://www.twotowns.org

Phone: 862-216-0745

Montclair Center Summer Sidewalk Stroll

Venue: Montclair Center, Downtown Montclair in the area of Bloomfield Ave and Church St.

Day & Time: Saturday, June 14, 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Come to the Montclair Center Business Improvement District’s Sidewalk Stroll for a day of fun! There will be a bouncy house, the Montclair Center Stage, face painting, free balloons, demonstrations, tutorials, a classic car show, music and plenty of other family and children’s activities!  Check the website for show times and more details.

Website: http://montclaircenterbid.com/sidewalk-stroll

Phone: 973-966-8000

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Grease

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn

Day & Time: Saturday, June 14, 7 pm

Cost: $35-$116

Description: A rock & roll celebration of growing up and falling in love set in the Fabulous Fifties. The world’s #1 musical and America’s favorite bursts onto the Paper Mill stage in an all new production. An irresistible mix of fast cars and first loves. It’s Danny and Sandy, the Greasers and the Pink Ladies. It’s a thrilling injection of pure fun with astounding dancing and amazing songs that will make you want to stand up and shout, “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom!” The show runs through June 29.

Website: https://tickets.papermill.org/public/show_events_list.asp?shcode=680

Phone: 973-509-3820

SUNDAY, JUNE 15th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

A Tie for Daddy

Venue: ImagineThat! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, June 14, 10 am – 3 pm (also available on Saturday)

Cost: Call for pricing

Description: Join the museum for a special Father’s Day necktie craft. Then stay and play all day!

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000

Cats in the Garden VIII

Venue: Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair

Day & Time: Sunday, June 15, 11 am – 3 pm

Cost: $10 (free for kids under 10)

Description: Celebrate Father’s Day with the ONLY New Jersey Car Show to feature Jaguars exclusively. Sponsored by Madison Jaguar.

Website: http://www.vanvleck.org/html/catgarden2014.htm

Phone: 973-575-8737

Nutley Father’s Day Street Fair and Craft Show

Venue: Franklin Ave, Nutley

Day & Time: Sunday, June 15, 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Celebrate Father’s Day this year by heading to Franklin Avenue for crafters, merchandise vendors, festival foods, live entertainment, games, rides, a climbing wall, sand art, temporary tattoos and face painting.

Website: http://www.jcpromotions.info/calendar/event/nutley-new-jersey-68


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TUESDAY, JUNE 17th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Kids’ Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, June 14, 10 am

Cost: Free

Description: Watch your kids as they embark on an exciting adventure with the Barnes and Noble Storytime expert. Children will be whisked away and explore exciting new lands. Afterwards, they will enjoy arts and crafts and have a chance to socialize with other children their age.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4672975-19

Phone: 973-758-1310

 

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