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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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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
PARENTS NIGHT OUT

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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SATURDAY, JUNE 7th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Kids Workshop at Home Depot

Venue: Home Depot, 60 Orange St, Bloomfield

Day & Time: Saturday, June 7, 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 pint-size riding lawn mower. The workshops are designed for children ages 5-12.

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

Phone: 973-680-8700

Cinderella the Remix

Venue: Victoria Theater at NJPAC, 1 Center St, Newark

Day & Time: Saturday, June 7, 2 pm

Cost: $22/adult, $13/child

Description: This brand-new, ultra-contemporary version of Cinderella is fueled by song, dance and original rap, all courtesy of Imagination Stage. Though she still lives under the rule of a wicked stepmother, this Cinderella spends her time mixing beats and dreaming of becoming the hottest DJ in Hip-Hop Hollywood. To realize her dreams, she’s forced to disguise herself as a boy and prove to the world that Girl Power rules. This event is presented as part of NJPAC’s Family series.

Website: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/cinderella-remix

Phone: 1-888-GO-NJPAC

West Orange Street Fair

Venue: Babcock to Lakeside along Main Street in front of Thomas Edison National Historical Park, 211 Main St., West Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, June 7, 11 am – 7 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Come experience the best of West Orange packed into one event. In addition to free admission to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, there will be artists, crafters, retailers and a variety of food vendors. Activities include a junior ranger tent, animated video art, a dream rocket children’s art project, electric vehicle car show and live entertainment. Find parking at 80 Main St (shuttle buses run every 15 minutes).

Website: http://westorange.org/index.aspx?NID=1121

Phone: 973-325-4100

Collagraph Butterfly Print

Venue: Van Vleck Gardens, Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, June 7, 4-6 pm

Cost: $60 ($40 for members)

Description: Explore nature and butterflies in Van Vleck’s new Butterfly Garden. Drawing inspiration from the garden, and working in the Education Center, explorers will make an original collagraph print based on their findings and their own personal expression. All supplies provided. Good for ages 6 and up. To register, contact the Montclair Art Museum at http://www.montclairartmuseum.org or at the number below. 

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

Phone: 973-259-5139

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

The Smithereens

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, June 7, 8 pm

Cost: $33-$60

Description: Best known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop that inspired countless alternative rockers, The Smithereens gained popularity with 11, the album the spawned the hits “A Girl Like You,” “Blood and Roses,” and “Blue Period.”   2011, their first album of new material in 12 years produced by Don Dixon, features 13 new tracks and finds the seminal New Jersey rockers picking up right where they left off: with irresistibly catchy hooks and rapturously fuzzed-out guitars.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/413/TheSmithereens

Phone: 973-313-2787

Grease

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn

Day & Time: Saturday, June 7, 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: 973-376-4343

SUNDAY, JUNE 8th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Clifford the Big Red Dog Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Sunday, June 8, 2 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for a special storytime during which guests will meet Clifford and read about his great adventures.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4697968

Phone: 973-758-1310

Father’s Day Breakfast & Craft

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

Day & Time: Sunday, June 8, 10 am

Cost: $12.99/adult, $14.99/child

Description: Join the museum for a Father’s Day breakfast of bagels, juice and coffee, followed by a seat at the craft table. Kids will craft and color a special giant card all about Daddy. Then stay and play all day!

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com/2013-06-16-Fathers-Day.htm

Phone: 973-966-8000


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TUESDAY, JUNE 10th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Preschool of Rock free trial class

Venue: Village Dance Academy, 155 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood

Day & Time: Tuesday, June 10, 11-11:30 am

Cost: Free

Description: Preschool of Rock will be keeping the beat over the summer with their  Summer Drummer Mommy and Me toddler music classes. They’ll be creating drum circles, singing, dancing, exploring and discovering for a wonderful six-week session.

For a limited time, free trial classes are being offered in the Maplewood and Midtown Hoboken locations. Try a class to see why parents say that Preschool of Rock “blows all of the others away!”

Website: http://app.mainstreetsites.com/dmn2164/classes.aspx?sem=12838#sem

Phone: 973-763-8001

Free Story Time

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

Day & Time: Tuesday, June 10, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Each Tuesday from April 1- June 10, 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. 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, MAY 31st
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Annual Essex County Open House

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

Day & Time: Saturday, May 31, 10 am – 2 pm

Cost: Free

Description: The 12th annual Essex County Open House is held at the Turtle Back Zoo and includes free admission to the zoo for everyone. There will be activities, giveaways and information about services provided by Essex County. Activities include carnival games, a drum demonstration, karaoke, prize wheels and trivia tests.

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com

Phone: 973-621-4400

Oceans of Fun

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

Day & Time: Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, 10 am – 5:30 pm

Cost: Free with museum admission

Description: Join the museum for  She Sells Seashells By the Seashore seashell craft project. Then stay and play all day!

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

Phone: 973-966-8000

SOPAC Superheroes

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, May 31, 10:30 am

Cost: $15 for onr adult/child, $10 for each additional child

Description: Become a Superhero with SOPAC and the Kidville Montclair Team!

Participate in a mini-Superhero training camp in the SOPAC Loft, starting the hour-long training camp with fun warm ups and superhero exercises. Children will then get to work on designing their own super-logos and masks to create their own superhero identity. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/412/SopacSuperheroes

Phone: 973-313-2787

Bobby Beetcut

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, May 31, 12 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Bobby Beetcut offers fun and funky music that parents will enjoy just as much as the kids. Long awaited by parents and music lovers, Bobby Beetcut brings the experience of a true artist to the children’s market with messages of self-empowerment. Now, a common bond between mom/dad and daughter/son is formed through music with original songs that are bound to become classics with winning reviews from children to parents and grandparents.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/411/BobbyBeetcut

Phone: 973-313-2787

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Grease

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn

Day & Time: Saturday, May 31, 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: 973-376-4343

SUNDAY, JUNE 1st
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

The Three Little Pigs Puppet Show

Venue: Dirt and Noise, 43a Church St, Montclair

Day & Time: Sunday, June 1, 2 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Enjoy a puppet show by Princess Moxie (aka Jennifer Levine), performing The Three Little Pigs with characters who reveal an unusual and inventive peronality.

Website: http://www.dirtandnoisekids.com/upcoming-events

Phone: 973-655-0572

32nd Annual YMCA-MRCA Montclair Run

Venue: YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park St, Montclair

Day & Time: Sunday, June 1, 7-9 am registration, 8:30 am Fun Run/Walk, 9:30 am 10K race

Cost: Check the website for costs

Description: Bring the family to watch or participate in the annual Montclair YMCA 10k run and 2 mile fun run/walk.

Website: http://events.raceforum.com/events/6201


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TUESDAY, JUNE 3rd
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Free Story Time

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

Day & Time: Tuesday, June 3, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Each Tuesday from April 1- June 10, 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. 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, MAY 24th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Gustafer Yellowgold! Kids Family Concert

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

Day & Time: Saturday, May 24, 2 pm

Cost: Free

Description: ‘Gustafer,’ performed by esteemed songwriter Morgan Taylor, is described by the New York Times as “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss, filtered through the lens of the Lower East Side.” Spark your imaginations with Taylor’s daring multimedia picture show as Gustafer comes to life on screen with music. Yellowgold is that rare gem that appeals to kids and adults of all ages, has toured America and Europe and has been performed as the support act for a Wilco tour. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind show! Registration required — call the number below.

Website: http://www.montclairlibrary.org/news-events

Phone: 973-744-0500, X2236

Spanish Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, May 24, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for the launch of Cuentacuentos: Storytime en Espanol featuring “To lo regalo!” by Gabriela Keselman. Come for Spanish-lanuage storytime, word practice, and activities.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4694813

Phone: 973-758-1310

Paint Red, White and Blue!

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

Day & Time: Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, 10 am – 5:30 pm

Cost: Free with museum admission

Description: In honor of Memorial Dat, remember our soldiers by making red, white and blue painting. Then stay and play all day!

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

Phone: 973-966-8000

SUNDAY, MAY 25th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Maplewood MayFest

Venue: Springfield Avenue (between Indiana and Rutgers Streets), Maplewood

Day & Time: Sunday, May 25, 11 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: You’ll find an array of rides, games, vendors, crafts, live music, food, a petting zoo, kiddie train, and fun activities at Maplewood’s annual community festival.

Website: http://springfieldavenue.com/events/mayfest

Phone: 973-763-6011

Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars

Venue: Eisenhower Corporate Campus, 290 West Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston

Day & Time: Sunday, May 25, 2:30 and 5:30 pm and Monday, May 26, 1:30 and 4:30 pm

Cost: $16-$23

Description: The Cole Bros. Circus returns to Livingston this Memorial Day weekend!

Website: http://GoToTheCircus.com


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TUESDAY, MAY 27th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Free Story Time

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

Day & Time: Tuesday, May 27, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Each Tuesday from April 1- June 10, 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. 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, MAY 17th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, May 17, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble and get ready for summer adventures with “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4689549

Phone: 973-758-1310

Bear Awareness Day

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

Day & Time: Saturday, May 17, 11 am – 4 pm

Cost: Free with Zoo admission

Description: Visit Jelly and Jam, Turtle Back Zoo’s black bears, and learn what you can do to protect bears wherever you live.

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com

Phone: 973-731-5801

Family Garden Party

Venue: Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair

Day & Time: Saturday, May 17, 11 am – 3 pm (rain date is Sunday, May 18)

Cost: Free

Description: You are invited to a family garden party. This free mini festival in the Gardens features live entertainment by Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam, kids activities and crafts, and more. View a Student Art Exhibit with work from students of Bradford School and the Deron School, and bring a picnic or visit one of the local food vendors. At 4 pm, stay and listen to jazz by Bob Miller and Ken Lorenz.

Website: http://presbyirisgardens.org/wordpress/?p=2308

Phone: 973-994-4040

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Richie Furay with Special Guest Rusty Young

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, May 17, 8 pm

Cost: $40-$225

Description: Richie Furay with Special Guest Rusty Young & additional surprise guest(s) celebrating Richie’s Milestone 70th Birthday is a one-night-only concert event featuring the Richie Furay Band and an exclusive area performance by Rusty Young along with special surprise birthday wishes. Opening set by Richie’s daughter, Jesse Furay Lynch.

Website: http://www.sopacnow.org/409/RichieFuray

Phone: 973-313-2787

SUNDAY, MAY 18th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Make Your Own Dinosaur

Venue: Newark Museum, 40 Washington St, Newark

Day & Time: Sunday, May 18, 1-4 pm

Cost: Free with museum admission

Description: Create a model dinosaur with air-dry clay. But, in order to make the best model, you’ll have to learn why the diplodocus’ tail was so long, and what colors a dinosaur *might* be. Instructors will lead you through the process and you’ll be able to take your dinosaur home with you.

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

Phone: 973-596-6550

29th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Show

Venue: Verona Park, Corner of Pleasant Valley Way and Bloomfield Ave, Verona

Day & Time: Sunday, May 18, 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free

Description: While many exhibitors travel from as far as Maine and Florida to participate in the annual event, top New Jersey talent graces the park as it once again is transformed into a craft boutique and art gallery with 140 juried fine artists, photographers and fine crafters who satisfy every taste. While at the park, go for a paddle boat ride, enjoy freshly baked goods and browse through many creations.

Website: http://www.rosesquared.com/verona-nj-may-17-18-2014.html

Phone: 973-735-6228

May Flowers Craft

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

Day & Time: Sunday, May 18, 10 am – 5:30 pm

Cost: Free with museum admission

Description: It’s time for the May flowers to bloom! Come to the museum and create a beautiful bouquet. Then stay and explore!

Website: http://www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Phone: 973-966-8000


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TUESDAY, MAY 20th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Free Story Time

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

Day & Time: Tuesday, May 20, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Each Tuesday from April 1- June 10, 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. 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, MAY 10th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn

Day & Time: Saturday, May 10, 10 am

Cost: $12.75

Description: This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis’ adventure story about four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. Perfect for children ages 6 and up.

Website: http://www.papermill.org/shows-tickets/season-calendar/view/1851/date/2014-05-10.html

Phone: 973-376-4343

Mother’s Day Storytime

Venue: Barnes and Noble, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, May 10, 11 am

Cost: Free

Description: Join Barnes and Noble for a Mother’s Day Storytime featuring “Oh, The Things My Mom Will Do,” stories celebrating Mom, and card-making.

Website: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4689550

Phone: 973-758-1310

International Migratory Bird Day

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

Day & Time: Saturday, May 10, 11 am – 4 pm

Cost: Free with Zoo admission

Description: New Jersey is part of the Atlantic Flyway, a path birds take during migration. This year’s theme helps us to learn “Why Birds Matter.” Discover what makes birds amazing and why they are so important to their ecosystems.

Website: http://turtlebackzoo.com

Phone: 973-731-5801

Frozen Party and Celebration

Venue: Precious Cargo, 2 West Northfield Rd, Livingston

Day & Time: Saturday, May 10, 3 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Join kids clothing store Precious Cargo for a Frozen party & celebration, including raffles, Frozen pretzels & cake pops, giveaways, manicures, tattoos ice cream and more.

Website: http://on.fb.me/1mGS54n

Phone: 973-994-4040

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Ballroom With a Twist 2

Venue: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn

Day & Time: Saturday, May 10, 8 pm (second showing Sunday at 2 pm)

Cost: $32-$87

Description: Ballroom with a Twist 2 is a critically acclaimed international dance production starring Dancing with the Stars celebrity pro Chelsea Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin, finalist from TV’s So You Think You Can Dance. This ground-breaking show pushes the boundaries of ballroom dance, infusing it with the energy and intensity of the latest contemporary and hip-hop styles.  Ballroom with a Twist 2 is an evening of entertainment for the entire family, highlighted by stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances.

Website: http://www.papermill.org/shows-tickets/season-calendar/view/1859/date/2014-05-10.html

Phone: 973-376-4343

Listen To Your Mother

Venue: SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange

Day & Time: Saturday, May 10, 5 pm

Cost: $15-$25

Description: Listen to Your Mother features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day. Listen to Your Mother is a national series of original live readings about motherhood. The mission of  Listen to Your Mother; North Jersey is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood (in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor) in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their local New Jersey authors.The North Jersey show will be donating a percent of ticket proceeds to NJCW, an Essex County Non-Profit dedicated to helping women and children in need in Essex County.

Website: http://sopacnow.org/406/ListentoYourMother

Phone: 973-313-2787

SUNDAY, MAY 11th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Happy Mother’s Day Tea for Two

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

Day & Time: Sunday, May 11, 10 am – 5:30 pm

Cost: Free with museum admission

Description: Join the museum for a special Mother’s Day celebration during which kids will make a teapot for Mom. Then stay and play all day!

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

Phone: 973-966-8000

Mother’s Day Concert

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

Day & Time: Sunday, May 11, 1 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Join Van Vleck House & Gardens for an open-air concert with a brass quartet fro the NJ Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy a picnic lunch with your family before or after the concert.

Website: http://www.vanvleck.org/Mothers-Day-2014.htm

Phone: 973-744-4752

Mother’s Day at Presby

Venue: Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair

Day & Time: Sunday, May 11, 12:30-3 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Come spend part of your Mother’s Day at Presby. The Bloom Room Gift Shop and Plant sale will be open and a free music program is scheduled. Taqueria Autentica Food Truck will be on hand, or stop by one of the local restaurants, or bring a blanket and picnic.

Website: http://presbyirisgardens.org/wordpress/?p=2268

Phone: 973-783-5974


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TUESDAY, MAY 13th
KIDS & FAMILY EVENTS

Free Story Time

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

Day & Time: Tuesday, May 13, 1-1:30 pm

Cost: Free

Description: Each Tuesday from April 1- June 10, 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. 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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