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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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FRIDAY, APRIL 11th
PARENTS NIGHT OUT

South Pacific

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn

Day & Time: Friday, April 11, 8 pm (showings throughout the weekend and running through the first weekend in May) 

Cost: $35-$110

Description: One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, South Pacific is an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush tropical island during WWII. This musical masterpiece boasts remarkable songs that transcend time – “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “There Is Nothing Like a Dame,” and many more. Only Paper Mill Playhouse can give you the grandeur and the intimacy of this unforgettable theatrical experience. Winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Website: http://www.papermill.org/shows-tickets/season-calendar/view/1744/date/2014-04-11.html

Phone: 973-376-4343

SATURDAY, APRIL 12th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

WBGO Kids Jazz Spring Concert Series 2014

Venue: NJPAC (Victoria Theater), One Center St, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, April 12, 12:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Discover America’s original musical art form at this free concert series that brings jazz culture and performance to your neighborhood. These interactive, 1-hour long concerts give kids the opportunity to lean about the distinct qualities of jazz and why it’s a reflection of our community, nation and world. There will be a Q&A session with the artist, small gifts, and a chance to win a door prize. This Saturday, meet Joe Locke & Force of Four. The band will share a look behind the scenes of recording from rehearsing and what the band needs to do to get ready for a recording session. Please arrive 30 minutes early to ensure seating.

Website: http://www.wbgo.org/kidsjazz/concert

Calico Critters Playday

Venue: Learning Express (two locations: Verona and West Caldwell)

Day & Time: Saturday, April 12, 3-4 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Stop by your local Learning Express store for crafts, coloring and activities. Enter to win a Calico Critters prize worth $40.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/859162954109131/?ref=22

Phone: 973-287-6138

Essex County Family Day

Venue: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Prudential Concert Grove, Park Street entrance, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, April 12, 11 am – 3 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Spend an afternoon under a canopy of cherry blossoms with games, entertainment, food, paddle boats and more. Hosted by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs. 

Website: http://www.essexcherryblossom.com/index.php/events/family-fun-day

Phone: 973-268-3500

Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, April 12, 2 pm

Cost: $18-$25

Description: A giant genie, princesses, and wizards abound in the marvelous tales of Scheherazade, the storyteller heroine of Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales. She tells her tales to heal her Sultan and save his kingdom: Aladdin discovers a genie’s lamp in a hidden cave; Sinbad sails to distant lands where he rescues an enchanted bird; the Kalandar Prince battles a fiery dragon. Through the magic of the stories the Sultan makes a journey of self-discovery, experiencing the kindness of strangers, the triumph of good over evil, and the power of a loving relationship to bring new possibilities. He becomes the hero of each tale, ultimately discovering his true capacity to forgive and to love. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Website: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?w=9f10820efcae5333ba9b08f9b2c9ed33&t=tix

Phone: 973-313-2787

SUNDAY, APRIL 13th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Millburn-Short Hills Street Fair

Venue: Millburn Ave and Spring St, Millburn

Day & Time: Sunday, April 13, 11 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: The Millburn-Short Hills Street Fair features music, food, vendors, kids activities and more. 

Website: http://www.millburnshorthillschamber.com/millburn-short-hills-street-fair

Phone: 908-654-1400

Kids Family Concert: School of Rock

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

Day & Time: Sunday, April 13, 2-3 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Montclair’s School of Rock house band performs a set of songs that were inspired by books. Come learn about the performance program at the School of rock, how they teach music and encourage young students, and the value of working together in music. 

Website: http://www.montclairlibrary.org/library-events/kids-family-concert-school-of-rock/

Phone: 973-744-0500 

Free Family Day

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

Day & Time: Sunday, April 13, 1-5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Explore the galleries, studios, and grounds indoors and out by experiencing this Museum-wide event. Take part in innovative collaborative art projects inspired by MAM exhibition “Robert Smithson’s New Jersey.” Join the fun and stop by the Ask the Geologist Booth with any and all rock-hound inquiries.

Website: http://www.montclairartmuseum.org

Phone: 973-746-5555


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TUESDAY, APRIL 15th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Story Time

Venue: Pottery Barn Kids, The Mall at Short Hills, Short Hills

Day & Time: Tuesday, April 15, 11-11:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Pottery Barn Kids for story time. This week’s special theme is Peter Rabbit. Become a book club member and you’ll receive a book club passport at your first story time as well as a special gift after attending five story times. The next story time event will be held on April 22 and the theme is Earth Day.

Website: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html

Phone: 973-564-5801

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SATURDAY, APRIL 5th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

WBGO Kids Jazz Spring Concert Series 2014

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

Day & Time: Saturday, April 5, 12:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Discover America’s original musical art form at this free concert series that brings jazz culture and performance to your neighborhood. These interactive, 1-hour long concerts give kids the opportunity to lean about the distinct qualities of jazz and why it’s a reflection of our community, nation and world. There will be a Q&A session with the artist, small gifts, and a chance to win a door prize. This Saturday, meet America’s favorite composer, pianist & bandleader, The Eli Yamin Quartet. Please arrive 30 minutes early to ensure seating.

Website: http://www.wbgo.org/kidsjazz/concert

Kids Workshop at Home Depot

Venue: Home Depot, 60 Orange St, Bloomfield

Day & Time: Saturday, April 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 birdbath/birdfeeder from the new FOX film “Rio 2” that will be in theaters April 11.

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

Phone: 973-680-8700

Superhero Breakfast

Venue: Imagine That! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Saturday, April 5, 10 am

Cost: $14.99/child, $12.99/adult

Description: Up, Up and Away! Join the museum for a meet and greet with your favorite superhero. There will be a super breakfast (bagels, coffee and juice) and lots of opportunities to capture super photos! Wear your cape and then stay and play all day.

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com/2014-Superhero.htm

Phone: 973-966-8000

SUNDAY, APRIL 6th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Breakfast with the Gibbons

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

Day & Time: Sunday, April 6, 9:15-10:45 am

Cost: $20

Description: Swing on over to the Turtle Back Zoo Café for a primate themed continental-style breakfast. Afterward, visit the Tam-Ring Gibbon Exhibit to meet the gibbon keeper and learn about the white-cheeked gibbon ambassadors Suki and Sovann! Observe a training session, discover what they have for breakfast and find out what you can do to help conserve this special animal in the wild. Price of admission will include breakfast, presentation, activity stations, and admission to the zoo for the day.  Space is limited.

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com/breakfast-gibbons

Phone: 973-731-5801

An Extraordinary Day of Jewish Storytelling

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

Day & Time: Sunday, April 5, 2 pm

Cost: $5

Description: Three nationally known storytellers, Robin Bady, Gerald Fierst and Rivka Willick, will present a 90-minute program for adults and children 5 years and older. Bady, a New York storyteller, shares personal stories of her family’s uniquely Jewish-American experience and favorite folk tales. Fierst, a longtime Montclair resident, infuses traditional and personal stories with theatrical energy, humor and insights. Willick merges Orthodox rabbinic, traditional and personal stories, putting an original spin on traditional narratives. Pre-registration is required. 

Website: http://www.vanvleck.org/Jewish-Storytelling.htm

Phone: 973-744-4752

Cherry Blossom 10K Run

Venue: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Visitor’s Center, Belleville

Day & Time: Sunday, April 6, 8 am registration

Cost: $25 general

Description: Race through the historic cherry tree groves in this USATF-sanctioned race! The first 500 registrants will receive a commemorative Cherry Blossom 10K Run long-sleeved T-shirt. The top three finishers in each age category will receive a commemorative fleece jacket. A portion of the race proceeds benefit the Special Olympics. Same day registration begins at 8am. Advanced registration is recommended. Race starts at 10am.  Disabled Run starts at 10:10am. Free to enter the Park and watch!

Website: http://www.essexcherryblossom.com/index.php/events/cherry-blossom-10k-run

Phone: 973-268-3500

Strides For Hope 5K

Venue: Livingston High School Oval, Livingston

Day & Time: Sunday, April 6, 10 am

Cost: $25 to register

Description: Join the Saint Barnabas Foundation for the 2nd Annual Strides for H.O.P.E. 5K Run and 2K Family Walk to raise support and awareness for children with epilepsy cared for at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Runners and walkers will enjoy a UATF-certified course that offers quick and flat sections with a few inclines. Timers at miles one and two, water stations, and a clock finish are featured. Kids’ sprints are open to children 12 years old and younger. Exciting door prizes will be awarded, and family-friendly entertainment and refreshments will be on hand.

Website: http://www.tinyurl.com/StridesForHope

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Heart

Venue: NJPAC, Newark

Day & Time: Sunday, April 6, 7 pm

Cost: $39.50-$119.50

Description: Not only do the Wilson sisters lead the band, they were among the first women in rock’n’roll to write the songs and play their instruments. Top-sellers like “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You,” “What About Love” and “Magic Man” showcase the duo’s enormous talents as musicians and singers.

Website: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/heart

Phone: 1-888-GO-NJPAC


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TUESDAY, APRIL 8th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Kids Story Time

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Tuesday, April 8, 5-6 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble and JCC Metrowest for a special preschool song and storytime.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4686146

Phone: 973-758-1310

 

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SATURDAY, MARCH 29th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

WBGO Kids Jazz Spring Concert Series 2014

Venue: New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, March 29, 12:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Discover America’s original musical art form at this free concert series that brings jazz culture and performance to your neighborhood. These interactive, 1-hour long concerts give kids the opportunity to lean about the distinct qualities of jazz and why it’s a reflection of our community, nation and world. There will be a Q&A session with the artist, small gifts, and a chance to win a door prize. This Saturday, watch The Camille Thurman Quartet present an interactive, fun and engaging performance and learn about the blues and its presence in today’s music. Please arrive 30 minutes early to ensure seating.

Website: http://www.wbgo.org/kidsjazz/concert

Storytime with Author Sujean Rim

Venue: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield St, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, March 29, 10:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Watchung Booksellers for storytime with Sujean Rim, author of “Birdie’s Big Girl Hair,” a story about miniature fashionista Birdie’s very first haircut. Rim’s beautiful watercolor and fabric collages will have fashionistas of every age giggling as she showcases Birdie with iconic hairstyles from decades past. 

Website: http://watchungbooksellers.com/event/authorillustrator-storytime-sujean-rim-birdies-big-girl-hair

Phone: 973-744-7177

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Venue: Victoria Theater at NJPAC, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, March 29, 2 pm

Cost: $22/adult, $13/child

Description: Grab your camping gear and set out into the woods for this fun-filled family adventure—a musical adaptation of the award-winning children’s book from author Michael Rosen and illustrator Helen Oxenbury. The beloved book springs to life onstage as a father and his four brave children – a toddler, a preschool boy and two older girls – become intrepid adventurers on a quest to track down the beast of the title. This lively, lyrical adaptation is jam-packed with rollicking rhymes, catchy songs and lots of interactive, hands-on adventure. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt provides an ideal opportunity to introduce young audiences to the unique magic of theater and the potent power of the imagination. Recommended for grades PreK- 3.

Website: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/were-going-on-a-bear-hunt

Phone: 1-888-GO-NJPAC

SUNDAY, MARCH 30th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Spring Family Fun Day with Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam

Venue: Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave, Montclair

Day & Time: Sunday, March 30, 2:30-4:30 pm

Cost: advance tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for kids (free for kids under 2); at the door, it’s $12 for adults and $7 for kids

Description: Celebrate the arrival of spring! The kid-friendly rock ‘n roll band will play songs that encourage kindness, active play, learning and imagination. Special guests, a  magician, a costumed character, a face painter and an arts & crafts leader will also tie into these positive qualities. Purchase tickets in advance at the link below and use the coupon code “thinkspring”

Website: http://junglegymjam.ticketleap.com/springfamilyfunday

Phone: 973-744-5650

Easter Bunny Breakfast

Venue: Imagine That! Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, March 30, 10 am (check the website for additional dates available)

Cost: $14.99/child, $12.99/adult

Description: Join the museum for a special Easter Bunny Breakfast, including bagels, juice & coffee for all guests. The event will include an Easter parade and an egg hunt, along with a picture of your child and the Easter Bunny. All children receive a special Easter basket.

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com/2014-04-20-Easter-Bunny.htm

Phone: 973-966-8000


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TUESDAY, APRIL 1st
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Kids Story Time

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Tuesday, April 1, 10 am

Cost: Free

Description: Watch your kids as they embark on an exciting adventure with Barnes and Noble’s Story Time expert. Children will be whisked away and explore exciting new lands, after which they can enjoy arts and crafts and have a chance to socialize with other kids their age.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4672975-8

Phone: 973-758-1310

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SATURDAY, MARCH 22nd
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

LeapFrog Hands-On-Learning Event

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, March 22, 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for family reading fun with LeapFrog. Take a LeapReader interactive reading adventure. Space is limited. 

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4672975-7

Phone: 973-758-1310

CineKids at Montclair Art Museum

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

Day & Time: Saturday, March 22, 3:30 pm

Cost: $7 for nonmembers, $5 for members

Description: Join the museum and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) for a film screening of “Panique au village.” Three plastic toys scramble to rebuild their house after its accidental destruction. Standing in their way are mechanical penguins, parachuting cows, and gigantic waffles…the usual obstacles. The animated film is in French with English subtitles; knowledge of French is not required to enjoy the program. Following the screening, children are invited to do an arts-and-crafts project inspired by the film. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Website: http://montclairartmuseum.org

Phone: 973-259-5137

Yoga Storytime

Venue: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield St, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, March 22, 10:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Watchung Booksellers for a very special storytime with yoga expert Kanan Kapila from Jaipure Yoga in Montclair.

Website: http://watchungbooksellers.com/event/yoga-storytime-featuring-yoga-expert-kanan-kapila

Phone: 973-744-7177

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, March 22, 8 pm

Cost: $30-$38

Description: Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky is an amazing co-bill featuring two of today’s most popular touring singer-songwriters. Richard and Lucy performed together in the acclaimed folk “supergroup” Cry, Cry, Cry. 

Website: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?w=9f10820efcae5333ba9b08f9b2c9ed33&t=tix

Phone: 973-275-1114

SUNDAY, MARCH 16th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Sunday, March 16, 2 pm

Cost: $18-$25

Description: It’s not easy being a bug, especially on the first day of school! But luckily for Worrying Worm, Fearless Fly, and Sassy Spider, every creature finds its special talent. Spider waits anxiously to shed his skin; Worm feels self-conscious and embarrassed for having no legs; and Fly’s 327 brothers and sisters drive her so crazy that she can hardly focus on schoolwork. This hysterical musical will have everyone cheering on the quirky crawlers as they face problems and milestones common to us all. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Website: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=e2f71ae513f25e425390ba66d256aca5

Phone: 973-275-1114

The Music Man

Venue: NJPAC, 24 Rector St, Newark

Day & Time: Sunday, March 23, 3 pm

Cost: $59.50-$69.50

Description: NJPAC and Two River Theater Company in Red Bank co-present this concert version of America’s favorite musical about big brass bands and small-town spirit, featuring an all African-American cast. The Music Man tells the story of con man Harold Hill, who falls for piano teacher and librarian Marian Paroo in the summer of 1912 as he bamboozles the townsfolk of River City, Iowa into financing a marching band. “Professor” Hill has to choose between the promise of romance and a quick getaway as his scheme begins to unravel. 

Website: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/the-music-man

Phone: 1-888-GO-NJPAC

Jewelry Design

Venue: Imagine That Museum, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Sunday, March 23, 10 am – 2 pm

Cost: Free with admission

Description: Design your own original! Make a beautiful macaroni bracelet for your favorite someone.

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com/planning_calendar.htm

Phone: 973-966-8000


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TUESDAY, MARCH 25th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Kids Story Time

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Tuesday, March 25, 10 am

Cost: Free

Description: Watch your kids as they embark on an exciting adventure with Barnes and Noble’s Story Time expert. Children will be whisked away and explore exciting new lands, after which they can enjoy arts and crafts and have a chance to socialize with other kids their age.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4672975-7

Phone: 973-758-1310

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FRIDAY, MARCH 14th
PARENTS NIGHT OUT

The Other Josh Cohen

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn

Day & Time: Friday, March 14, 8 pm (playing through this Sunday, March 16)

Cost: $35-$100

Description: In this hilarious original musical comedy, good guy Josh Cohen is caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. He’s single, broke, and woefully underemployed when his apartment is robbed. But then a mysterious letter arrives that could change his life forever. “Imagine Seinfeld meets Rodgers and Hart directed by Woody Allen,” raved Backstage. This delectable new musical makes its way from Off Broadway to the Paper Mill stage and beyond.

Website: http://www.papermill.org/shows-tickets/299-the-other-josh-cohen.html

Phone: 973-376-4343

SATURDAY, MARCH 15th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Family Art Adventure

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

Day & Time: Saturday, March 15, 6-7 pm

Cost: $15 per family

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

Website: http://montclairartmuseum.org

Phone: 973-746-5555

Storytime with Author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen 

Venue: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield St, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, March 15, 10:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen for a reading of “Duck, Duck, Moose.” Duck and Duck are preparing for a party and each step of the way, Moose inadvertently messes things up. When he disappears in shame, Duck and Duck must go find him so he can join in the party — which was for him! The slapstick humor of this story will have kids overcome with giggles.

Website: http://watchungbooksellers.com/event/authorillustrator-storytime-sudipta-bardhan-quallen

Phone: 973-744-7177

Generation Fit Family Day

Venue: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, March 15, 12-4:30 pm

Cost: Free with suggested admission: $10 for adults, free for children, seniors and students

Description: Enjoy a fun day learning how to eat right and stay fit. Activities will be available throughout the day for the entire family, including a Zumba fitness class, Sit Your Way to Fitness, Yoga, Garden Composting, Burning Calories Lab, fitness assessments and more.

Website: http://www.newarkmuseum.org/uploadedFiles/PDFs/Science/Gen%20Fit%20Lecture2014%20Final.pdf

Phone: 973-596-6550

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Parents Survival Night

Venue: The Little Gym of Caldwell, 353 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell

Day & Time: Saturday, March 15, 6-8:30 pm

Cost: $30 for members and $35 for non-members; all siblings are $15

Description: Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out. The kids will get pizza, gym time, a movie and games. 

Website: http://www.thelittlegym.com/caldwellnj/Pages/default.aspx

Phone:973-228-1787

SUNDAY, MARCH 16th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Venue: Main Street and Pleasant Avenue, West Orange

Day & Time: Sunday, March 16, 12:15 pm

Cost: Free

Description: The 63rd West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at Main Street and Pleasant Avenue. Grandstands will be located at the Community House and Degnan House on Main Street. 

Website: http://www.westorangeparade.com

Phone: 201-738-4226

Purim with Katie Balloons

Venue: JCC Metrowest, West Orange

Day & Time: Sunday, March 16, 10:30 am

Cost: $5 for members, $7 for guests

Description: The Katie Balloons Big Balloon Show will delight the whole family. Stay until the end of the show and Katie will teach you and the kids how to make your own balloon sculpture. Advance purchase is required and seating is limited. Contact Katy Strulson for more information at kstrulson@jccmetrowest.org or the number below. Directly following the Katie Balloons show, you can parade in costume and participate in the JCC’s Megillah Reading and make your own candy basket.

Website: http://www.jccmetrowest.org/specialevents

Phone: 973-530-3915

Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Sunday, March 16, 2 pm

Cost: $18-$25

Description: It’s not easy being a bug, especially on the first day of school! But luckily for Worrying Worm, Fearless Fly, and Sassy Spider, every creature finds its special talent. Spider waits anxiously to shed his skin; Worm feels self-conscious and embarrassed for having no legs; and Fly’s 327 brothers and sisters drive her so crazy that she can hardly focus on schoolwork. This hysterical musical will have everyone cheering on the quirky crawlers as they face problems and milestones common to us all. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Website: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=e2f71ae513f25e425390ba66d256aca5

Phone: 973-275-1114


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TUESDAY, MARCH 18th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Book Club Story Time

Venue: Pottery Barn Kids, The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Tpke, Short Hills

Day & Time: Tuesday, March 18, 11-11:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Pottery Barn Kids for story time. Become a book club member, and receive a book club passport at Story Time as well as a special gift. The March 18th theme is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Plus, visit the store any day this week and snap a photo of your child in front of the butterfly photo backdrop. Upload your photo to Instagram with #pbkbutterfly and you could win a $100 Pottery Barn Kids gift card.

Website: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html

Phone: 973-564-5801

Kids Story Time

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Tuesday, March 18, 10 am

Cost: Free

Description: Watch your kids as they embark on an exciting adventure with Barnes and Noble’s Story Time expert. Children will be whisked away and explore exciting new lands, after which they can enjoy arts and crafts and have a chance to socialize with other kids their age.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4672975-6

Phone: 973-758-1310

 

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FRIDAY, MARCH 7th
PARENTS NIGHT OUT

The Other Josh Cohen

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn

Day & Time: Friday, March 7, 8 pm (playing through March 16)

Cost: $35-$100

Description: In this hilarious original musical comedy, good guy Josh Cohen is caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. He’s single, broke, and woefully underemployed when his apartment is robbed. But then a mysterious letter arrives that could change his life forever. “Imagine Seinfeld meets Rodgers and Hart directed by Woody Allen,” raved Backstage. This delectable new musical makes its way from Off Broadway to the Paper Mill stage and beyond.

Website: http://www.papermill.org/shows-tickets/299-the-other-josh-cohen.html

Phone: 973-376-4343

SATURDAY, MARCH 8th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Storytime with Ame Dyckman

Venue: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield St, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, March 8, 10:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join author Ame Dyckman for a reading of her laugh-out-loud book, “Tea Party Rules.” When he follows his nose through the woods, Cub discovers a backyard tea party…with cookies!  He is just about to dig in when the hostess of the tea party shows up. And she has several strong opinions on how Tea Party must be played. Cub tries to follow her rules . . . but just how much can one bear take, even for cookies? A funny look at the required give-and-take of playtime, “Tea Party Rules” is an eventual friendship story that will delight grubby cubs, fancy girls, and cookie lovers everywhere.

Website: http://www.watchungbooksellers.com/event/authorillustrator-storytime-ame-dyckman-tea-party-rules

Phone: 973-744-7177


Mi Casa Tu Casa

Venue: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd, West Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, March 8, 11 am

Cost: $8 for adults, children 12 and under are free

Description: Mi Casa Tu Casa is a vibrant blend of music and stories for the entire family. This bilingual play highlights the universal elements of Latin American folklore and opens doors to a wide range of world cultures. Musicians and storytellers are your guides on this journey through time, place, and imagination. Even audience members become part of the fiesta in this unique interactive experience.

Website: http://www.lunastage.org/calendar.php?id=96

Phone: 973-395-5551


Baby Rhythms

Venue: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, March 8, 1-2 pm

Cost: Free with museum admission

Description: Come explore Baby Rhythms at Newark Museum with presenter Dr. Gabriella Musacchia, a research fellow in the Infancy Studies Laboratory at Rutgers. You and your baby will have a hands on opportunity to explore musical instruments, socialize, foster a love for music and help your baby form the strong foundations for learning. As babies enjoy the fun they are also learning to master fundamental skills in new ways. Registration is required by calling Dr. Ismael Calderon at 973-596-6670.

Website: http://www.newarkmuseum.org/MakeItTakeIt.html

Phone: 973-596-6550

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Johnny Winter

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, March 8, 8 pm

Cost: $38-$50

Description: Voted one of the top 100 guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone Magazine, Johnny Winter is a guitar hero without equal. Signing with Columbia Records in 1969, he immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and blues. Throughout the 70s and 80s he was the unofficial torch bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Today Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide.

Website: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?w=9f10820efcae5333ba9b08f9b2c9ed33&t=tix

Phone:973-313-2787

SUNDAY, MARCH 9th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Peter Rabbit Tea Party

Venue: Pottery Barn Kids, The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills

Day & Time: Sunday, March 9, 3 pm and 4 pm

Cost: $10 per child

Description: Treat your budding baker to a springtime tea party! Kids will enjoy refreshments, stories and cupcake decorating, courtesy of Williams-Sonoma. RSVP ahead of time. Perfect for kids ages 4 and up.

Website: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html

Phone: 973-564-5801


Building Montclair in LEGO

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

Day & Time: Sunday, March 9, 5-7 pm

Cost: $35 per family

Description: Work with architect Stepen W. Schwartz of Building Blocks Workshops to visualize Montclair as you’ve never seen it before. With over 60,000 LEGO building blocks at their disposal, families will recreate specific buildings in Montclair. These building models will then be placed on a map of downtown. Suitable for families with children ages 5-14. Space is limited to 50 families of no more than 4 persons, including at least one adult. Advance online registration is required: http://montclairartmuseum.org/learn-family .

Website: http://montclairartmuseum.org

Phone: 973-746-5555


Truly Talented You Workshop

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Sunday, March 9, 2 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Girls ages 8-12 are invited to join Barnes and Noble for a special American Girl event. Truly Talented You features fun activities, puzzles and crafts inspired by the newest Girl of the Year.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4672766

Phone: 973-758-1310


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TUESDAY, MARCH 11th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Free Story Time

Venue: The Messy Artist, 365 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover

Day & Time: Tuesday, March 11, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Story time at the Messy Artist begins with a new special activity. Books, puppets, and/or felt stories will all be a part of the enchanting 30 minutes. Story Time will take place each Tuesday through the fall session. No pre-registration required, just stop in! Recommended for children 18 months – 5 years (with caregiver).

Website: http://themessyartist.com/free-storytime

Phone: 973-378-2425


Book Club Story Time

Venue: Pottery Barn Kids, The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Tpke, Short Hills

Day & Time: Tuesday, March 11, 11-11:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Pottery Barn Kids for story time. Become a book club member, and receive a book club passport at Story Time as well as a special gift. The March 11th theme is St. Patrick’s Day. The next story time is March 18th and the theme is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Website: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html

Phone: 973-564-5801

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28th

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

The Other Josh Cohen

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn

Day & Time: Friday, Feb. 28, 8 pm (playing through mid-March)

Cost: $35-$100

Description: In this hilarious original musical comedy, good guy Josh Cohen is caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. He’s single, broke, and woefully underemployed when his apartment is robbed. But then a mysterious letter arrives that could change his life forever. “Imagine Seinfeld meets Rodgers and Hart directed by Woody Allen,” raved Backstage. This delectable new musical makes its way from Off Broadway to the Paper Mill stage and beyond.

Website: http://www.papermill.org/shows-tickets/299-the-other-josh-cohen.html

Phone: 973-376-4343

SATURDAY, MARCH 1st

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Kids Workshop at Home Depot

Venue: Home Depot, 60 Orange St, Bloomfield

Day & Time: Saturday, March 1, 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 Trojan Horse bank from the new DreamWorks animated film “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” coming in March.

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

Phone: 973-680-8700 

 

The Lego Movie Building Event

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, March 1, 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for The LEGO Movie Building Event, during which children ages 4 and up can build a scene from the movie. Space is limited so sign up ahead of time by stopping by the store.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4672128

Phone: 973-758-1310

 

Beauty and the Beast

Venue: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown

Day & Time: Saturday, March 1, 1 pm (also a 7 pm showing)

Cost: $49-$79

Description: Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.

Website: http://mayoarts.org/indiv/indiv_BeautyandtheBeast.html

Phone: 973-539-8008

SUNDAY, MARCH 2nd

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Read Across America

Venue: Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave, Montclair

Day & Time: Sunday, March 2, 2 pm

Cost: Free

Description: March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Celebrate with the annual celebration of Read Across America. Parents and caregivers are invited to bring children, their favorite books to read, and will be paired up with a book buddy from the Library’s Teen Advisory Board. Registration is required.

Website: http://www.montclairlibrary.org/content3488

Phone: 973-744-0500

 

Curious George Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Sunday, March 2, 12 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Meet Barnes and Noble’s special guest, Curious George, and read about his adventures.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4664884

Phone: 973-758-1310

 

Weekend Park Bench

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

Day & Time: Sunday, March 2, 10-11 am

Cost: $18 per family

Description: Parents with young children can enjoy the Museum’s Park Bench program, which introduces children to the museum and serves as an artistic social outing. Get acquainted with other parents and young children, work on fun art projects, and take a guided tour. Storytelling provided in the galleries courtesy of the Montclair Public Library.

Website: http://montclairartmuseum.org

Phone: 973-259-5137


PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Shawn Colvin

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Sunday, March 2, 7:30 pm

Cost: $35-$55

Description: In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. In the 23 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released nine albums, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a remarkable canon of work.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/650/shawn_colvin

Phone:973-313-2787

 

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TUESDAY, MARCH 4th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Free Story Time

Venue: The Messy Artist, 365 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover

Day & Time: Tuesday, March 4, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Each Tuesday from January through March 11, story time at the Messy Artist begins with a new special activity. Books, puppets, and/or felt stories will all be a part of the enchanting 30 minutes. Story Time will take place each Tuesday through the fall session. No pre-registration required, just stop in! Recommended for children 18 months – 5 years (with caregiver).

Website: http://themessyartist.com/free-storytime

Phone: 973-378-2425

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

The Other Josh Cohen

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn

Day & Time: Friday, Feb. 21, 8 pm (playing through mid-March)

Cost: $35-$100

Description: In this hilarious original musical comedy, good guy Josh Cohen is caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. He’s single, broke, and woefully underemployed when his apartment is robbed. But then a mysterious letter arrives that could change his life forever. “Imagine Seinfeld meets Rodgers and Hart directed by Woody Allen,” raved Backstage. This delectable new musical makes its way from Off Broadway to the Paper Mill stage and beyond.

Website: http://www.papermill.org/shows-tickets/299-the-other-josh-cohen.html

Phone: 973-376-4343

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam

Venue: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield St, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 22, 10:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Enjoy a morning with Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam. New Jersey families have enjoyed various in-person experiences with the Jungle Gym Jam and kids around the world are experiencing the sounds of this kindie band in their families’ kitchens and cars over the radio airwaves, Internet radio and podcasts.

Website: http://watchungbooksellers.com/event/jason-didner-jungle-gym-jam

Phone: 973-744-7177

 

Totem Poles

Venue: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 22, 12-2:30 pm

Cost: $40 for members, $60 for nonmembers

Description: Help the museum celebrate its 100th birthday! Led by museum educator Peg Kenselaar, this workshop will included close observation of the Native American artifacts on view, after which the group will design, draw, paint, and embellish your very own totem pole. Before the workshop, think of three of your favorite pets or animals and why they are special to you. Students are encouraged to bring pictures of their animals to class. Register ahead of time by calling the number below or going to the website. Good for ages 5 and up.

Website: http://www.montclairartmuseum.org

Phone: 973-259-5139

 

Goldilocks

Venue: Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 22, 1:30 and 3:30 pm showings (additional showings on Sunday, Feb. 23)

Cost: $8

Description: In this comic spin on the classic fairy tale, Goldilocks is once again confronted by the Three Bears…and Joe, the Bears’ exchange student. This fresh adaptation teaches young audiences the meaning of responsibility through its clever, upbeat dialogue and audience participation. 

Website: http://studioplayhouse.org/2014/02/tired-of-being-cooped-up-in-the-house-come-and-see-goldilocks

Phone: 973-744-9752

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Princess Party

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

Day & Time: Sunday, Feb. 23, 10-11:30 am

Cost: $50 per child (with adult)

Description: Led by instructor Bonnie Laspina, children can enjoy a princess cooking party. Perfect for children ages 3-5. The menu includes magic princess wands, sugar cone fairy hats, dreamy dipped strawberries, cotton candy cupcakes, and royal sparkling punch. Call ahead or stop by to register.

Website: http://kingsfoodmarkets.com/media/files/kings-cooking-studio-classes.pdf

Phone: 973-463-6500

 

Hands-On Art & Science

Venue: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St, Newark

Day & Time: Sunday, Feb. 23, 1-4 pm

Cost: Free with museum admission

Description: Participate in one of several art & science programs: Good Sport, during which visitors will participate in a variety of hands-on activities used to determine fitness; Animal Olympics, during which visitors will try out activities designed to teach what makes animals Olympians; and Solar Power, during which you will use the power of light to cross the finish line with a miniature solar race car.

Website: http://www.newarkmuseum.org/FamilyHandsOn.html

Phone: 973-596-6550

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Bill Burr

Venue: NJPAC, 1 Center St, Newark

Day & Time: Sunday, Feb. 23, 8 pm

Cost: $39.50-$59.50

Description: A top comedic voice of his generation, Bill Burr (Breaking Bad’s Kuby) is a triple-threat success in TV, film and stand-up. He sells out theaters around the world and is known to millions of late-night viewers for his guest spots with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Burr has appeared in the films Stand Up Guys with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken and The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy – upcoming is Walk of Shame with Elizabeth Banks. His third comedy special is titled You People Are All the Same. Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast is one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts on iTunes.

Website: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/bill-burr

Phone: 1-888-GO-NJPAC

 

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Free Story Time

Venue: The Messy Artist, 365 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover

Day & Time: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Each Tuesday from January through March 11, story time at the Messy Artist begins with a new special activity. Books, puppets, and/or felt stories will all be a part of the enchanting 30 minutes. Story Time will take place each Tuesday through the fall session. No pre-registration required, just stop in! Recommended for children 18 months – 5 years (with caregiver).

Website: http://themessyartist.com/free-storytime

Phone: 973-378-2425

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Parents Night Out!

Venue: Kidville, 516 Valley Rd, Montclair

Day & Time: Friday, Feb. 14, 6-10 pm

Cost: $40 for members, $50 for non-members (additional children are half price)

Description: Kids ages 2-6 can come in their PJs and enjoy fun Valentine’s day art projects, awesome gym adventures and more! Pizza and drinks are included. Spaces are limited so call ahead to reserve a spot.

Website: http://www.kidville.com/montclair

Phone: 973-826-0350

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

The Wizard of Oz

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 pm

Cost: $13-$18

Description: American Family Theater’s production of The Wizard of Oz is an original telling of the classic story. Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her friends in the favorite musical journey of all time! See The Wizard of Oz is a live-on-stage, sparkling production that features a terrific cast, unforgettable songs and special effects, plus lots of audience participation. Bursting with imagination and fun, American Family Theater’s Wizard of Oz is a tribute to the magic that only live theater can provide.

Website: http://sopacnow.org/681/TheWizardofOz

Phone: 973-313-2787


Hail To The Chief

Venue: Imagine That!, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 15 (also available Sunday, Feb. 16)

Cost: Free with museum admission

Description: Stop by the museum this weekend and celebrate President’s Day early. Do you know your presidents? Make a picture of your favorite president to hang on your refrigerator. Then stay and play throughout the museum.

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com/planning_calendar.htm

Phone: 973-966-8000


Goldilocks

Venue: Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 15, 1:30 and 3:30 pm showings (additional showings on Feb. 16, Feb. 22 and Feb. 23)

Cost: $8

Description: In this comic spin on the classic fairy tale, Goldilocks is once again confronted by the Three Bears…and Joe, the Bears’ exchange student. This fresh adaptation teaches young audiences the meaning of responsibility through its clever, upbeat dialogue and audience participation. 

Website: http://studioplayhouse.org/2014/02/tired-of-being-cooped-up-in-the-house-come-and-see-goldilocks/

Phone: 973-744-9752

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Parents Survival Night

Venue: The Little Gym, Town Center, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 15, 5:30-8:30 pm

Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non-members (sibling discounts available)

Description: Drop the kids off so that you can get some grown-up time! Parents Survival Night includes one hour of gym time, one hour of arts & crafts, snack, and one hour of party time. Call ahead to reserve your spot.

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

Phone: 973-422-1722


Kanye West

Venue: Prudential Center, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Cost: $39.50-$199.50

Description: Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour has been one of the most acclaimed tours of 2013/2014. This run of shows will be the last chance for North American fans to see the Yeezus tour’s creative concept.

Website: http://www.prucenter.com/default.asp?id=87&objid=1481

Phone: 800-745-3000


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Splash ‘N Boots Family Concert

Venue: Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave, Montclair

Day & Time: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Canada’s Splash ‘N Boots bring their fun music to Montclair. Enjoy a high-energy show guaranteed to make the kids sing, dance and laugh. Splash ‘N Boots’ music transcends borders through innovation, creativity and an undeniably fresh approach to family entertainment. 

Website: http://www.montclairlibrary.org/content3460

Phone: 973-744-0500


Harlem Globetrotters

Venue: Prudential Center, Newark

Day & Time: Sunday, Feb. 16, 7 pm

Cost: $21.75-$189.75

Description: The biggest family show in America is coming to Prudential Center when the Harlem Globetrotters take fan participation to the extreme by letting fans decide which NEW Globetrotter rule they’ll add to the game, like 6 on 5 or the Trick Shot Challenge! Experience hours of fun for kids, grandparents and everyone in between. Before the game, you can also take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you have an opportunity to spend time on the court with the Globetrotters – shooting, trying out ball tricks, and getting autographs and photos. The unique 30-minute pre-show, “Magic Pass,” will create memories of a lifetime. All customers must have a game ticket and Magic Pass for entry. Soft/rubber soled shoes must be worn on the court.

Website: http://www.prucenter.com/default.asp?id=87&objid=1470

Phone: 800-745-3000

 

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Make-Your-Own Cherry Tree Tile

Venue: Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland

Day & Time: Monday, Feb. 17, 2-3:15 pm

Cost: $18/person

Description: Great activity for all ages. Join Valerie Servidio from The Coloring Room for a fun, informative, artsy class on pottery design. Each participant will hand paint a cherry tree on clay tile adding their own artistic flare with brushes or fingers. The tiles can be signed, dated and picked up at a later date once they’ve been glazed and fired. Stencils will be available for younger children. Advance registration and payment are required.

Website: http://ow.ly/i/4yvYX

Phone: 973-228-8776


President’s Day Log Cabin Craft

Venue: Imagine That!, 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park

Day & Time: Monday, Feb. 17, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Cost: $13.99/child, $9.95/adult

Description: Make your own edible log cabin out of pretzels and frosting in honor of President’s Day. Then stay and play in the museum. Call the museum ahead of time to reserve your spot.

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com/2014-02-17-Presidents.htm

Phone: 973-966-8000


Winter Break Art Workshop

Venue: Express Yourself Studio, 1877 Springfield Ave,Maplewood

Day & Time: Monday, Feb. 17, 9 am – 12 pm (available every day this week)

Cost: $50 per child/per day, or $175 for the week (sibling and multiple day discounts available)

Description: Children ages 4-10 can join Express Yourself Studios for art and fun. Participants will create paintings using a mix of mediums and other projects using a myriad of materials. Inspirations will come from artists like Roy De Forest, Keith Haring, Paul Klee, Georgia O’Keeffe and more.  

Website: http://www.expressyourselfstudios.com/WINTER-BREAK-2014.html

Phone: 973-763-5256


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Free Story Time

Venue: The Messy Artist, 365 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover

Day & Time: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Each Tuesday from January through March 11, story time at the Messy Artist begins with a new special activity. Books, puppets, and/or felt stories will all be a part of the enchanting 30 minutes. Story Time will take place each Tuesday through the fall session. No pre-registration required, just stop in! Recommended for children 18 months – 5 years (with caregiver).

Website: http://themessyartist.com/free-storytime/

Phone: 973-378-2425

 

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating

Venue: Pottery Barn Kids, The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Tpke, Short Hills

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: From now through Feb. 14, join Pottery Barn Kids to celebrate the season with special events and activities. Whether your little one enjoys reading, crafting or baking, they’ll love what Pottery Barn Kids has in store. On Saturday, Feb. 8, stop by for cookie decorating. RSVP is required.

Website: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html

Phone: 973-564-5801


Valentine’s Day Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for a Valentine’s Day Storytime featuring “Love Monster” by Rachel Bright, stories, activities and Valentine’s treats.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4665336

Phone: 973-758-1310


Parent and Child Valentine Chocolates

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

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 8, 5-7 pm

Cost: $60 for members, $80 for nonmembers

Description: Spend special time with your child creating chocolates to present to loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Students will use candy molds to make a variety of lollipops and chocolates. Personalize your creations with white chocolate and candies. Limited to 6 families, so preregistration is required. Best for children ages 7 and up.

Website: https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/learn-yard-school.php

Phone: 973-259-5139


I “Heart” Maplewood Village

Venue: Maplewood Village

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: Saturday, Feb. 8 is a day of Valentine’s fun in Maplewood. There is a chance to win The Maplewood Sampler, a Valentine box full of chocolates and about $300 worth of gift certificates to Maplewood merchants. Come shop and dine in Maplewood Village during the day and look for a hidden hand painted heart — 21 village merchants have hidden these hearts in their businesses. Write down the location of 10 hearts and submit your entry, including your email address, at Coda Kitchen & Bar. The winner will be selected during a drawing at Coda Kitchen & Bar at 5 pm.

Website: http://www.maplewoodvillagenj.com

Phone: 973-762-4556

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

NJSO: Music of the Beatles: Classical Mystery Tour

Venue: NJPAC, 1 Center St, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 pm

Cost: $20-$35

Description: A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America, jam packed with your favorite tunes, sung, played and performed exactly as they were written. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with acoustic guitar and string quartet, and enjoy the rock/classical blend of the hard edged “I Am the Walrus.”

Website: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/new-jersey-symphony-orchestra-music-of-the-beatles-classical-mystery-tour

Phone: 1-888-GO-NJPAC

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Pinkalicious

Venue: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St, Morristown

Day & Time: Sunday, Feb. 9, 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm showings

Cost: $12-$15

Description: Pinkalicious is the story of a girl who finds herself in a colorful predicament after her indulgence in too many pink causes a severe case of Pinkititis. Pinkalicious, The Musical, now in its fifth year, is great for kids ages 4-12. 

Website: http://mayoarts.org/indiv/indiv_Pinkalicious.html

Phone: 973-539-8008


Hands-On Art & Science

Venue: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St, Newark

Day & Time: Sunday, Feb. 9, 1-4 pm

Cost: Free with the cost of admission

Description: Attend one of three drop-in art & science programs at the museum: Good Sport, during which visitors will participate in a variety of activities to determine fitness; Animal Olympics, during which visitors will try out activities designed to teach waht makes animals Olympians; and Solar Power, during which you will use the power of light to cross the finish line with a miniature solar race car.

Website: http://www.newarkmuseum.org/FamilyHandsOn.html

Phone: 973-596-6550

 

Coming Up This Week!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Open Play

Venue: The Little Gym, Town Center Way, 2nd Floor, Livingston

Day & Time: Monday, Feb. 10, Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb. 14 (times specified below)

Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members (sibling pricing available)

Description: Escape the deep freeze and come play at The Little Gym of Livingston. Open play available for children ages 4 months – 2  years on Monday, Feb. 10 from 12-3 pm; children ages 2-3 on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 1-4 pm; and children ages 3-5 on Friday, Feb. 14 from 1-4 pm. Space is limited so call the number below to register. 

Website: http://www.thelittlegym.com/livingstonnj/pages/default.aspx

Phone: 973-422-1722

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11th

KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Free Story Time

Venue: The Messy Artist, 365 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover

Day & Time: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Each Tuesday from January through March 11, story time at the Messy Artist begins with a new special activity. Books, puppets, and/or felt stories will all be a part of the enchanting 30 minutes. Story Time will take place each Tuesday through the fall session. No pre-registration required, just stop in! Recommended for children 18 months – 5 years (with caregiver).

Website: http://themessyartist.com/free-storytime

Phone: 973-378-2425


Book Club Story Time

Venue: Pottery Barn Kids, The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Tpke, Short Hills

Day & Time: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11-11:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Pottery Barn Kids for story time. Become a book club member, and receive a book club passport at Story Time as well as a special gift. The Feb. 11th theme is “Valentine’s Day.” 

Website: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html

Phone: 973-564-5801

 

 

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