April 24, 2014

Arbor Day

Date & Time: Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 1:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Morristown
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Who: Families
What: Join other families to celebrate Arbor Day with tree-mendously fun hands-on projects about trees, including a special scavenger hunt, a leaf rubbings craft and more.
Where: Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ
When: Thursday, April 24 from 1 – 4 pm
Cost: $15/family. For more information, call 973-538-2404.

Literacy Learning Workshop

Date & Time: Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 7:30pm
Filed Under: Caldwell, Educators, Parents
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Who: Parents
What: Learning to read is a complicated process involving many different skills and abilities. The roles of the school and the parents in guiding children along the literacy learning journey will be explored. You will hear a presentation by Danielle Hartwig (teacher and Intern from Early Childhood Leadership Institute) and Geula Zamist (Early Childhood School Director) and visit interactive displays.
Where: Congregation Agudath Israel, Early Childhood Center, 20 Academy Road, Caldwell, NJ
When: Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required. Please call the school office at 973-226-3600 or email here.

April 25, 2014

Sid the Science Kid

Date & Time: Friday, Apr 25, 2014 7:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Englewood
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Who: All ages.
What: Sid the Science Kid, the popular PBS Kids television show produced by The Jim Henson Company, comes to life in this incredible live stage experience! Kids and parents alike will be thrilled as Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald come to their town to discover the excitement and curiosities of the world!
With mysteries to explain and wonders to discover, Sid and his friends set off on a day of excitement and adventure, asking curious questions and finding cool answers.
Teacher Susie is along to keep the music flowing as the kids explore the world around them with audience interactive activities, cooperative problem solving and plenty of laughs to go around.
“Sid the Science Kid Live!” will have the whole family cheering, exploring, dancing and excited to figure out more about the great unknown, together!
Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ.
When: Friday, April 25 at 7:00 pm.
Cost: From $29 to $49.

April 26, 2014

Charlotte’s Web

Date & Time: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: 4 and up, Millburn
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Who: Ages 4 and up.
What: Based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte, this endearing musical explores true meaning of friendship.
Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.
When: Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 am.
Cost: Prices vary with seating. To purchase tickets click here.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park Junior Ranger Day

Date & Time: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: All ages, Families, West Orange
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Who: All ages
What: The National Park Service has designating April 26 as Junior Ranger Day during National Park Week. Junior rangers explore, learn and protect national parks. Children of any age can become junior rangers by completing a series of activities during their park visit and sharing the answers with a park ranger. If you prefer to earn your badge on your own, pick up a booklet at the visitor center and work alone or with your family to complete it.
Where: Thomas Edison National Historical Park, 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ
When: Saturday, April 26 from 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free with park admission ($7 per person, free for children under 16). Space is limited on Ranger-led programs, and tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Earth Day Volunteer Clean-Up

Date & Time: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Jersey City
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Who: All ages
What: Celebrate Earth Day by helping to keep Liberty State Park clean. Participants will walk along the beach and clean up any trash that has come ashore. Wear old shoes that can get wet and muddy, and bring work gloves if you have them.
Where: Liberty State Park Nature Interpretive Center, Freedom Way, Jersey City, NJ
When: Saturday, April 26 from 10 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: Free, but registration is suggested. To register, call 201-915-3402 x109 or email here.

Earth Day at Essex County Environmental Center

Date & Time: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 11:00am
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Roseland
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Who: All ages
What: Bring your family, friends and neighbors to this annual outdoor Earth festival. Celebrate nature with crafts, games and recreational opportunities, such as canoeing and hiking. Enjoy demonstrations, information and local eco-vendors. Environmental Center staff and partner groups will be on hand to guide visitors throughout the day.
When: Saturday, April 26 from 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ
Cost:
 Free

Bloomfield Earth Day Celebration

Date & Time: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 12:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Bloomfield, Families
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Who: Families
What: Activities include a reading from Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” a toddler reading and planting, seedball-making activities, a rain barrel demonstration and the first annual Earth Day Leadership Award. Visit with members of NJ Peace Action, Purple Dragon CSA, Essex-Passaic Greens, the Recycling Committee and others. Show your planet love by leaving the car at home and bike or walk to the event!
Where: 84 Broad Street (in the quad by the Civic Center and Library), Bloomfield, NJ
When: Saturday, April 26 from 12 – 3 pm
Cost: Free

WBGO Kids Jazz Concert: The Nilson Matta Quartet

Date & Time: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 12:30pm
Filed Under: children, Families, Little Kids, Newark
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Who: Kids
What: Discover America’s musical art form at the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series! In an interactive performance by The Nilson Matta Quartet, titled “Nilson Matta’s Samba Meets Jazz,” Matta will take children on a musical journey revealing how Brazilian music is connected to jazz. Q&A session follows the concert. Adults must be accompanied by a child.
Where: Newark Symphony Hall (Terrace Ballroom), 1020 Broad Street, Newark, NJ
When: Saturday, April 26 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Cost: Free. Tickets will be handed out in lobby on day of performance only and on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 12 pm.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Date & Time: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1:30pm
Filed Under: Ages 3-11, Upper montclair
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Who: Ages 3 – 11
What: The story of Jack and the Beanstalk needs no introduction, but this version introduces an assortment of characters. To save his family from starvation, Jack must sell their beloved cow, Buttercup, but ends up trading her for a handful of beans. The beans are magic, of course, and sprout into a beanstalk that reaches into the sky. With the help of his good fairy, Frippery, Jack saves his father and destroys the evil giant. Audiences will be enchanted with stage magic in this classic tale.
Where: Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place (off Valley Road near the A&P), Upper Montclair, NJ
When: Saturdays and Sundays, April 26, 27, May 3 and 4, at 1:30 and 3:30 pm
Cost: All tickets are $8, with discounts available for groups of 20 or more that prepay. Purchase tickets here or call 973-744-9752.

Babywearing 101

Date & Time: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2:00pm
Filed Under: Montclair, New Moms, Parents
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Who: Parents
What: Babywearing is an invaluable skill, tool and bonding experience. In Babywearing 101, Britni Morley, Certified Babywearing Educator and owner of Wrap Me Tender, you will learn about the physiology, history, benefits and safety of babywearing, as well as see demonstrations of types of carriers.
Where: Montclair B.A.B.Y., 113 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ
When: Saturday, April 26 from 2 – 4 pm
Cost: $30 per person and $40 per couple. Click here to register.

Essex County MetroWest Dance Festival

Date & Time: Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 7:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Families, West Orange
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Who: All ages
What: Join Zaman Dance Theatre Collective, the JCC MetroWest and National Dance Week Foundation as they present the 4th Annual Essex County MetroWest Dance Festival. This evening of cultural, contemporary and classical dance will feature a diverse presentation of artists from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Some of the area’s most noteworthy youth and professional ensembles will be presenting an array of works, including Flamenco, African dance and Modern dance.
When: Saturday, April 26 from 7 – 9 pm
Where: JCC MetroWest Gaelen Center for the Arts, Maurice Levin Theatre, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ
Cost: Tickets are $15, plus service fees of $1/ticket and $.50/order, and may be purchased online here or by calling 1-800-494-8497.

April 27, 2014

Learn to Ride a Bike Class

Date & Time: Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: 5 and up, Montclair
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Who: Best for children ages 5 and up.
What: Bike&Walk Montclair offers this class for kids at that age where he or she wants to ride a two-wheeler. This class teaches a safe, easy, effective way to learn to ride. Using this “balance first” method, our facilitators help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Most people learn to ride their bike while taking the class, but even if they don’t, they will leave with an easy, hands-free, crash-free, and low-stress way to learn to ride.
Where: Montclair High School, 100 Chestnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042 (Faculty Parking lot on North Fullerton Ave)
When: Sunday, April  27 from 10 am – 12 pm.
Cost: $25 per student. Register online here.

Seussical

Date & Time: Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: 4 and up, Millburn
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Who: Ages 4 and up.
What: ”Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical adventure by Broadway veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The noble Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered bird Gertrude McFuzz, and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight in one of Theatreworks’ largest-scale productions to date!
An Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with Autism New Jersey and the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University.
Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.
When: Sunday, April 27 at 10:00.
Cost: Prices vary with seating. To purchase tickets click here.

Party for the Planet

Date & Time: Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 11:00am
Filed Under: All ages, West Orange
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Who: All ages
What: Celebrate Earth Day by learning about how you can help our Earth through animal talks, presentations, games and activities.
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ
When: Sunday, April 27 from 11 am to 4 pm
Cost: Free with park admission.

Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Date & Time: Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 11:00am
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Summit
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Who: All ages
What: Enjoy music, play games, create nature crafts, and join the Flower Power parade, all while marveling at over 40,000 bulbs in bloom.
Where: 
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ
When:
 Sunday, April 27 from 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: $10 per person; $25 per family.

Day at the Fair

Date & Time: Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 11:00am
Filed Under: Families, Hamilton
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Who: Families
What: Celebrate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey’s statehood by touring the park and its historic buildings, experiencing reenactments of cowgirl Annie Oakley and racecar driver Lucky Teter, visiting with animals at the petting zoo, and enjoying fairground activities and snacks all day long.
Where: Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ
When: Sunday, April 27 from 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free with park admission.

Project E.A.R.T.H.: Swamp Search

Date & Time: Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 12:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Basking Ridge, Families
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Who: All ages
What: Use your “eco-skills” on an exciting scavenger hunt on the Environmental Education Center trails to learn about the importance of the Great Swamp as an ecological and recreational resource. Enjoy environmental activities and games and participate in cool activities that promote positive environmental actions for everyone. Then head back to the EEC for a special program with live animals to celebrate Earth Awareness Month.
Where: Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
When: Sunday, April 27 from 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Cost: Free

Sid the Science Kid – Live

Date & Time: Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1:30pm
Filed Under: Ages 2-6, Morristown, Uncategorized
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Who: Ages 2 – 6
What: As seen on PBS Kids! Join Sid and his friends as they discover the excitement and curiosities of the world with you! With mysteries to explain and wonders to discover, Sid and his friends set off on a fun-filled day of excitement and adventure, asking curious questions and finding cool answers.
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ.
When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Cost: Tickets: $15 – $30

The Ugly Duckling (As seen on America’s Got Talent)

Date & Time: Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 2:00pm
Filed Under: All ages with an adult, Wayne
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Who: All ages, with an adult
What: Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, The Ugly Duckling, illuminates the stage with spectacular glow in the dark electro-luminescent wire puppetry that is a treat for children and adults alike. Incorporating fluid choreography against classical, jazz, and pop music, this hour-long production is described by Broadway.com as “an eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.”
Where: William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ.
When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Cost: Tickets: children $10, adults $12

April 29, 2014

Kosher Cooking Demonstration and Tasting

Date & Time: Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 6:30pm
Filed Under: Adults, Montclair
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Who: Adults only
What: Join J Connection Montclair Area for a Kosher cooking demonstration and tasting with renowned kosher chef Susie Fishbein of Kosher by Design. Participants will learn how to prepare and, of course, enjoy tasting a delicious three-course Kosher meal! Book signing will follow at the conclusion of the event.
Where: Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park Street, Montclair, NJ
When: Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm
Cost: $10/person. Please make check payable to The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life and mail to: Emmy Atlas, The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, 901 Route 10, Whippany, NJ 07981. Subject line should read Susie Fishbein Montclair Event.

April 30, 2014

Kids in the Kitchen Club

Date & Time: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 3:45pm
Filed Under: Ages 8 - 12, Roseland
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Who: Ages 8 – 12
What: This club will transform a child’s interest in cooking into new skills. Participants will have fun making an array of foods, one new item per club meeting. All food will be prepared with healthy and tasty goals in mind. Some examples are pizza, cookies, kale chips and fresh applesauce.
Where: Essex County Environmental Center, Garibaldi Hall, 621A Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ
When: Wednesday, April 30 at 3:45 pm
Cost: $10 per child per session (material fees included). Advance registration and payment are required. For information or to register, call 973-228-8776 or click here.

Nature Stroll

Date & Time: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 4:00pm
Filed Under: Ages 6 and 7, Roseland
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Who: Ages 6 and 7
What: Explore the changes in the wetland forest during spring. This class requires a minimum of five participants to run.
Where: Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ
When: Wednesday, April 30 at 4 pm
Cost: $7 per child per session. Advance registration and payment are required. For information or to register, call 973-228-8776 or click here.

SAT Math Workshops

Date & Time: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 7:00pm
Filed Under: Maplewood, Teens
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Who: Teens
What: Come to Maplewood Library for a free series of SAT math practice sessions. Take practice tests, go over test results and learn ways to improve your test performance! Come to one of the sessions or all three presented by Michael Steiner, certified high school math teacher.
Where: Maplewood Memorial Library, Main Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ
When: Wednesdays: April 2, 16 and 30 from 7 – 9 pm
Cost: Free, but please register for each session you wish to attend. To register for the April 30 session, click here.

May 1, 2014

Homeschooling Meeting at MPL

Date & Time: Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:00am
Filed Under: Home School Families, Montclair
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Who: Families
What: Are you a new homeschooling parent? Check out the library’s monthly Homeschooling meetings and make friends with other families. A diverse collection of parenting books will be on display. Bring your favorite board game to share! For more information, email Enola Romano here.
Where: Montclair Public Library, Auditorium, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ
When: Thursday, May 1 from 11 am – 1 pm
Cost: Free

May 3, 2014

Kids Workshop at Home Depot: Build a Flower Planter

Date & Time: Saturday, May 03, 2014 9:00am
Filed Under: Ages 5-12 with an adult, Bloomfield, Clifton, Vauxhall
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Who: Young carpenters ages 5 – 12.
What: The 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.
Where: Your local Home Depot:
60 Orange Street, Bloomfield, NJ
955 Bloomfield Avenue, Clifton, NJ
2445 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall, NJ
When: Saturday, May 3 from 9 am – noon.
Cost: Free.

Are You My Mother?

Date & Time: Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: 4 and up, Millburn
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Who: Ages 4 and up.
What: At long last, Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother’s song. But her mother is not there. Where is she? Why isn’t she home? With the help of Dog, Cat, and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in this colorful musical adventure based on P.D. Eastman’s whimsical and well-loved picture book.
Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.
When: Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 am.
Cost: Prices vary with seating. To purchase tickets click here.

Annual Arbor Day Arb-B-Que

Date & Time: Saturday, May 03, 2014 11:00am
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Short Hills
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Who: All ages
What: Come out for a family barbecue complete with activities, food, photo ops and more!
Where: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills, NJ
When: Saturday, May 3 from 11 am – 2 pm
Cost: $20 adults; $10 children ages 3 – 12; under 3 free. Registration suggested. For more information, call 973-376-3587 or email here.

WBGO Kids Jazz Concert: Willie Williams

Date & Time: Saturday, May 03, 2014 12:30pm
Filed Under: children, Families, Little Kids, West Orange
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Who: Kids
What: Discover America’s musical art form at the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series! In an interactive performance titled “The Tenor Sax in Jazz and Blues” Willie Williams will perform examples of tenor greats as well as teach about the saxophone’s place in jazz history through examples like the “Pink Panther” theme, “My Favorite Things” and other popular tunes. The audience will also be invited to participate in a blues sing-along. Q&A session follows the concert. Adults must be accompanied by a child.
Where: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
When: Saturday, May 3 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Cost: Free. Tickets will be handed out in lobby on day of performance only and on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 12 pm.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Date & Time: Saturday, May 03, 2014 1:30pm
Filed Under: Ages 3-11, Upper montclair
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Who: Ages 3 – 11
What: The story of Jack and the Beanstalk needs no introduction, but this version introduces an assortment of characters. To save his family from starvation, Jack must sell their beloved cow, Buttercup, but ends up trading her for a handful of beans. The beans are magic, of course, and sprout into a beanstalk that reaches into the sky. With the help of his good fairy, Frippery, Jack saves his father and destroys the evil giant. Audiences will be enchanted with stage magic in this classic tale.
Where: Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place (off Valley Road near the A&P), Upper Montclair, NJ
When: Saturdays and Sundays, April 26, 27, May 3 and 4, at 1:30 and 3:30 pm
Cost: All tickets are $8, with discounts available for groups of 20 or more that prepay. Purchase tickets here or call 973-744-9752.

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show

Date & Time: Saturday, May 03, 2014 2:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Montclair
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Who: All ages
What: Come see an absurdly funny and touching multimedia concert of live pop rock songs, stories and animation, performed by award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor. Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself neck-deep in absurd situations as he explores his new life in the Minnesota woods.
Where: Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ
When: Saturday, May 3 at 2 pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required by calling 973-744-0500 ext. 2236.

Broadway’s New Generation

Date & Time: Saturday, May 03, 2014 7:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Wayne
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Who: Broadway Lovers of all ages
What: Five of musical theater’s brightest young stars will share the stage to recreate some of their favorite musical moments, display their versatility and share amusing behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Scheduled to appear are Jeremy Gumbs, Oona Laurence, Taylor Richardson, Adam Riegler and Ariane Rinehart. The evening will also feature a Q&A session with the audience.
Where: Rosen Theater at the Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne, NJ
When: Saturday, May 3 at 7 pm
Cost: $45 (regular); $65 (VIP). Click here to purchase tickets online.

May 4, 2014

May The Fourth Be With You

Date & Time: Sunday, May 04, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: All ages, NYC
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Who: All ages
What: Dress up as your favorite ”Star Wars” character and celebrate the epic space opera franchise with Jedi training, film-themed trivia, light saber demonstrations and opportunities to take photos with Jedi Masters.
Where: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, 234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
When: Sunday, May 4 from 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: Varies; those who dress in costume receive 20% off admission. Registration required by May 2. Call 212-398-3133 for information.

20th Hoboken Spring Arts and Music Festival

Date & Time: Sunday, May 04, 2014 11:00am
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Hoboken
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Who: All ages
What: Come to downtown Hoboken for a day of arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities, including rides, games, face painting, sand art and balloons.
Where: Washington Street between Observer Highway to 7th Street, Hoboken, NJ
When: Sunday, May 4 from 11 am – 6 pm
Cost: Free

The Suzi Shelton Band at The Bell House

Date & Time: Sunday, May 04, 2014 11:00am
Filed Under: Ages 1-10, Brooklyn, Families
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Who: Ages 1 – 10
What: Join Suzi and her band as they celebrate the release of her third CD, “Smile in My Heart,” including new hit songs “Fire Truck” and “Cinnamon Bear!” Special guest Mike Messer of The Dirty Sock Funtime Band joins Suzi onstage, as well as The Gumdrops and Horns. Marc Bazerman from Baze and His Silly Friends will open the show. See Suzi’s new music video before the show. Food will be available for sale, and kids will enjoy a hands-on creative project provided by Brooklyn Design Lab.
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY
When: Sunday, May 4 at 11 am
Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (in advance); and $15 adults, $10 children (at door).

May 6, 2014

Admissions Open House at MKA

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:00am
Filed Under: Montclair, Parents
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Who: Parents of children grades Pre-K – 3
What: Montclair Kimberley Academy will hold an Open House and Information Session for families interested in applying to the Primary School for the 2015-2016 school year.
Where: Montclair Kimberley Academy Primary School, Brookside Campus, 224 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ
When: Tuesday, May 6 from 9 – 11 am
Cost: Free. If you would like to register or would like information on other upcoming admissions events, please call 973-509-7930 or click here.

May 7, 2014

Family Storytime at Bellevue Branch

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 11:00am
Filed Under: 0-5 with an adult, Montclair
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Who: Newborns through 5 years old with caregiver
What: Share books, stories, finger plays, rhymes and music with your children. Enjoy a story session that encourages a love of reading and fosters the development of early literacy skills. Children of all abilities welcome.
Where: Kids Place at the Bellevue Branch of Montclair Public Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ
When: Wednesday, May 7 at 11 am
Cost: Free

Natasha Scott presents The College Admission Bible

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:00pm
Filed Under: Montclair, Parents, Teens
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Who: Teens and their parents.
What:  Learn insider tips and tricks to tackle the college admissions problems
Where: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair, NJ.
When: Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm.
Cost: Free.

May 8, 2014

Positive Parenting for your High School Athlete

Date & Time: Thursday, May 08, 2014 7:00pm
Filed Under: Montclair, Parents
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Who: For parents of high school age athletes (not for players), coaches
What: College athletic expectations and realities, parental support of your high school athlete. Topics include: etiquette as a parent of a high school athlete, parent involvement, communication with players, coaches and athletic administration, role of a high school coach.
Where: Montclair High School, LGI, 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair NJ.
When: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm; no reservations needed, please arrive promptly
Cost: FREE

NJIO Spring Strings Studio

Date & Time: Thursday, May 08, 2014 7:15pm
Filed Under: All ages, New Providence
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Who: All ages
What: String instruments take center stage for four consecutive Thursday evenings in May at the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra. Participants can expect a musically enriching experience for violinists, violists, cellists and bassists. The faculty, professional musicians with years of teaching experience, will provide instruction to small groups of musicians. Players will be grouped by instrument, and the camp concludes with a performance by students and faculty. All levels are welcome!
Where: New Jersey Youth Symphony Center, 570 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ
When: Thursdays: May 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 7:15- 9:15 pm
Cost: $100 for those who sign up by April 30; $125 after April 30. For more information, call Mary Beth Sweet at 908-603-7691 , email here or click here.

May 9, 2014

National Public Gardens Day at Presby

Date & Time: Friday, May 09, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Montclair
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Who: All ages
What:
 Celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Presby. Art, music, talks, tours and more!
Where:
 Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ
When:
 Friday, May 9 from 10 am – 4 pm
Cost:
 Free

Tot Shabbat @ Temple Sholom of West Essex

Date & Time: Friday, May 09, 2014 5:30pm
Filed Under: Cedar Grove, Families, Grades 1 and under
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Who: Grades one and below. Older siblings are welcomed.
What: Members and non-members will experience a brief, song-filled service led by Rabbi Groffman and Cantor Epstein for children in grades one and below and their families. Tot Shabbat is a great way to meet others with young children and to celebrate Shabbat together. Stay for dinner after the service.
Where: Temple Sholom of West Essex760 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ
When: Friday, May 9 at 5:30 pm
Cost: Free, but please RSVP to 973-239-1321.

Tap Factory

Date & Time: Friday, May 09, 2014 8:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Morristown
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Who: All ages
What: The ultimate tap experience! This high-energy dance and music spectacular blends music, percussion, tap dance and hip hop into a tremendously visual, dynamic celebration of tap for all ages.
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ.
When: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8 pm
Cost: Tickets: $29 – $59

May 10, 2014

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Date & Time: Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: 4 and up, Millburn
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Who: Ages 4 and up.
What: 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.
Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.
When: Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 am.
Cost: Prices vary with seating. To purchase tickets click here.

Montclair YMCA Healthy Kids Day/Health Fair

Date & Time: Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Montclair
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Who: All ages
What: Come and participate in individual activities and activities designed to get families moving and having fun. Professionals from the Y and leading health organizations will be on hand to offer advice, nutritional information and answer your healthy living questions.
Where: YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch, 25 Park Street, Montclair, NJ
When: Saturday, May 10 from 1 – 4 pm (Rain date: Sunday, May 11)
Cost: Free

Family Mini Golf Day at MPL

Date & Time: Saturday, May 10, 2014 2:00pm
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Montclair
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Who: All ages
What: The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) invites members of the Montclair community to “tee off” with their friends and family at the second annual Mini Golf Day at the MPL. This event will consist of nine holes of fun throughout the 3rd floor Children’s Department. All are invited to flex their golf skills on TAB-created obstacles, and top scorers will be awarded official “bragging-rights” certificates. Don’t miss out on the excitement, and let the games begin!
Where: Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ
When: Saturday, May 10 from 2 – 4 pm
Cost: Free. No registration required.

Edible Creations Family Night at the Y

Date & Time: Saturday, May 10, 2014 6:30pm
Filed Under: Families, Maplewood
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Who: Families
What: Create a wonderful spring centerpiece that is pretty, edible and healthy! The South Mountain YMCA will provide all supplies, fruits and assistance that you will need to create your family’s masterpiece. There will be pizza dinner and time in the gym after your creation is made.
Where: South Mountain YMCA, 13 Jefferson Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When: Saturday, May 10 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Cost: $25 per family (one arrangement per family). Space is limited to 20 families, so register early. Click here for the registration form.

May 11, 2014

Mother’s Day at Presby

Date & Time: Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:00am
Filed Under: All ages, Families, Montclair
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Who: All ages
What:
 Treat Mom to music, food, shopping and iris blooms on Mother’s Day at Presby!
Where:
 Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ
When:
 Sunday, May 11 from 10 am – 6 pm
Cost:
 Free

May 12, 2014

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee Workshop

Date & Time: Monday, May 12, 2014 10:30am
Filed Under: Adults, Montclair, Parents
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Who: Parents
What: Join a lively conversation about what it takes to prepare your child for the ups and downs of life. During this workshop, facilitated by Tricia Stern, LCSW, learn the keys to raising children who can bounce back from challenges and know how to forge relationships that help them keep their heads up high. Through cutting-edge research, parenting books and Jewish teachings, the importance of reasonable risk, grit and self-reliance and the downside of overprotection in promoting development will be discussed.
Where: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair, NJ
When: Monday, May 12 at 10:30 am
Cost: Free

The Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour

Date & Time: Monday, May 12, 2014 5:00pm
Filed Under: Ages 6-10, Montclair
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Who: Ages 6 – 10
What: Junie B. Jones is riding into Montclair in her giant stinky bus, with Mr. Woo in tow! Come for a super-fun, live theatrical performance as they travel in their Smelly Bus. Junie will share her “Trunk of Junk” Show & Tell and chat with the kids in this interactive show, followed by a meet & greet. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Watchung Booksellers.
Where: Montclair Public Library, Auditorium, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ
When: Monday, May 12 at 5 pm
Cost: Free. RSVP to Watchung Booksellers here or call 973-744-7177.

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