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Warm Up To Some Good Ideas for N.J. Excursions

Spring is Here! Really! So try anything from njmomsguide.com to get out and melt away the post-winter blahs.

Warm Up To Some Good Ideas for N.J. Excursions

Are you looking for a family friendly way to enjoy the weekend? NJ Mom's Guide has prepared a list of events going on across northern New Jersey. Be sure to check out NJ Mom's Guide at www.njmomsguide.com.

Union County Happenings:



Saturday Outdoor Adventures: Early Spring Hike 

Where: Trailside Nature & Science Center 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside

What: With spring here (allegedly), today’s hiking theme is “green.” Hike the Green Trail in the Watchung Reservation in search of budding leaves, evergreen trees, ferns, moss, and other greenery.

When: 10 a.m., Saturday    

How Much: Admission is a donation 

Why: Hiking and fresh air a great way to welcome Spring! 

Log On: www.ucnj.org/trailside

Call:  908-789-3670


Enrichment and Awareness Fair 

Where: Trinity Episcopal School, 205 North Ave. East, Cranford 

What: Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS) is sponsoring a children’s Enrichment and Awareness Fair. A variety of entertaining activities and demonstrations will be featured i.e. Fun Bus, Karate, Yoga, Spanish and Sign Language. There will be an opportunity to talk to a fireman and see a K-9 Rescue Dog. Screenings and developmental health information will be provided i.e. speech development, vision, nutrition

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday 

How Much: Free! 

Why: Ideas anyone? For enrichment programs for your kids?

Log On: http://www.trinitycranford.org/ 

Call: 908-276-2881



Beginner Belly Dance Finger Cymbal Workshop 

Where: The Next Step in Fitness, 29 Alden St., Cranford

What: This is an introductory workshop in the use of finger cymbals. Learn basic Middle Eastern rhythmic patterns. Begin to play along with exotic Middle Eastern music. We will also begin to tackle the challenge of combining finger cymbals with simple foot patters. No dance or finger cymbal experience is necessary. Join us in a safe supportive environment. $40 finger cymbals included.

When: 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Saturday

Why: In an exercise rut? Try something new…

Log On: http://www.sharonfit.com/index.html 

Call: 908-370-8882



Willie Nile 

Where: JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains

What: Willie Nile is a songwriters’ songwriter and his live performances are legendary.  The New York Times called him “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years. 

When: 8 p.m.–11 p.m., Saturday

How Much: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

Why: Willie Nile, acclaimed singer-songwriter who is known for his legendary live performances and who has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen and The Who, will rock the house at the JCC!

Log On: http://www.willienile.com 

Call: 908-889-8800, ext. 214




Following George Washington’s Trail in New Jersey 

Where: Miller-Cory House, 614 Mountain Ave., Westfield

What:  Learn about the first president during this Sunday program. 

When: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 

How Much: Free! 

Why: Hikers, get in step on the George Washington trail! 

Log On: http://www.millercoryhouse.org/html/event_schedule.html 

Call: 908-232-1776



Couples Retreat

Where: First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, 37 Church Mall, Springfield

What: During this 3-hour workshop, couples will gain an understanding of mindfulness and incorporating it into the relationship; explore current love habits and specific ways to improve upon them; enhance listening and communication skills; develop a vision for your relationship and for your own personal goals.

When: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 

How Much: $25 per couple

Why: A way to reconnect with your loved one.

Call: 201-919-8984, ask for Sandra

Email:   ptspin@hotmail.com





GoNewark HoopFest

Where: The Championship Plaza, Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry St., Newark

What: Calling all college hoop fans: head to a festival of free, family-oriented, basketball-themed activities through Sunday. FanFest includes live musical performances, guest DJs, interactive basketball games, agility and skills challenges, Pop-A-Shot, coaching sessions, face painting, temporary tattoos, and more.

When: noon--6 p.m.

How Much: Free

Why: Slum dunk on fun!

Log On: http://www.gonewark.com/HoopFest/ 


Chinese Acrobats of Hebei

Where: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange 

When: 4 p.m. and  7 p.m. 

How Much: Visit website for ticket details and to purchase tickets 

Why: Watch gravity-defying acrobatics combined with the discipline of martial arts. 

Log On: http://www.sopac.org 

Call: 973-275-1114 


School House Rock

Where: Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Ave.,West Orange 

What: Musical based on the Saturday-morning educational cartoon series, performed by students in grades 2-6. 

When: 8 p.m., Saturday 

How Much: Kid Stars: $13, members/students/seniors; $16, general admission; Mini Stars: $8, members/students/seniors; $10, general admission

Why: Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? Remember that?

Log On: http://www.jccmetrowest.org/ 

Call: 1-800-494-TIXS 


Green Eggs and Ham and The Sneetches

Where: SOPAC Loft, One Sopac Way, South Orange

What: Enjoy a performance of two Dr. Seuss classics with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Lori Mirabal, award-winning actress Emily Zacharias, and members of Columbia High School Special Dance Company. These stories are great way to get kids thinking about fairness, discrimination, and how to work together to solve problems.

When: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Saturday

How Much: Free, but space is limited, so call ahead!

Why: I do so like green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am 

Log On: http://www.twotowns.org/

Call: 973-761-6116, X6


Tropical Party

Where: It’s Sew Crafty, 1860 Springfield Ave., Maplewood

What: Get a little summer in your winter! Play limbo and tropical activities! Lay on a beach towel and pretend you’re sunbathing in the warm summer sun! Pizza and tropical beverages will be served and make your own Tropical Sundae

When: 5 p.m., Saturday 

How Much: $35 for 1 child; $30 each, for two or more

Why: Warm weather awaits in this fun activity! 

Log On: http://www.itssewcrafty.com/ 

Call: 862-205-7239




Seasoned Music series 

Where: New Jersey Arts Incubator, 495 Prospect Ave., West Orange 

What: West Orange-based vocalist Jae Dillard has graced the stages of the Rainbow Room, Cipriani’s and Lincoln center to name a few.  Featuring her favorite tunes and your recollection of melodies past for this musical escape.

The Seasoned Music series will feature performances by sophisticated, mature musicians. Guests will be treated to a variety of musical genres throughout the year including a night of smooth Jazz & R&B, Brazilian Jazz, R&B Soul and even a night of dancing with the Groove Gallery Orchestra.

When: 8 p.m.–10 p.m., Saturday 

How Much: $15

Why: A musical treat for your ears and soul! 

Log On: http://www.njai.org/ 

Call: 973-669-0602.



Rogues Company: The Brothers Booth 

Where: Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield 

What: James Karcher’s original play explores the complex relationships of father-to-son, brother-to-brother, and the other possible motives for the assassination of a president.

When: 8 p.m., Saturday 

How Much: $20;  $15, students/seniors 

Why: A compelling storyline set on stage. 

Log On: http://www.bccommunity.org/westminster 

Call: 973-748-9008, x279




Sleeping Beauty

Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark

What: Part musician, part poet and part expert actor, he returns this season with a thoroughly unique rendering of the timeless tale of Sleeping Beauty, a new work (co-commissioned by NJPAC) that backs this performer’s mesmerizing narrative skills with live piano accompaniment and captivating video imagery. Any Gonzalez performance gives young audiences a funny, fast-paced introduction to the power of words—and features plenty of audience participation to make kids feel as if they’re part of the story. This FamilyTime event is recommended for ages 8 and up.

When: 2 p.m., Sunday

How Much: Visit website to ticket information 

Why: “Sleeping Beauty” will win your heart whether you’re a lover of fairy tales, a romantic at heart or the young at heart. 

Log On: http://www.njpac.org/ 

Call: Box Office – 1-888 GO-NJPAC

 Egg Dying the Natural Way

Where: Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Road, Montclair

When: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday

How Much: $20 for adult & child, includes the cost of supplies. 

What: Dye and decorate eggs using recycled natural materials and then enjoy a tour of the 1796 Israel Crane House. Wear your egg-dying clothes for a fun experience at a great old house. (grades 1-6)

Why: Give the Easter bunny a run for his money by dyeing Easter eggs the natural way… 

Log On: http://www.montclairhistorical.org/mhs-calendar.html 

Call: 973-744-1796



The Dalton Gang at Trumpets Jazz Club 

Where: Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair

What: The Dalton Gang offers something that’s very much needed in these difficult times: old-fashioned musical fun. The band mixes jazz, Latin and R&B, delivering instrumental sounds that get your juices flowing, make you tap your feet and start smiling.

The band was formed in 1979 by guitarist, compose and arranger Willy Dalton, 56, a New York native and longtime Paterson resident.

When: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 

Why: Jazz is ALIVE in Montclair!

Log On: http://www.trumpetsjazz.com/main.html 

Call: 973-744-2600 



Maplewood Restaurant Week

Where: For participating restaurants, visit website information 

What: Get ready to taste even more of what’s delicious in Maplewood! This year, restaurants and food establishments all over town are serving up special Prix Fixe menus and great discounts. It’s your chance to try new restaurants or visit old favorites for less.

When: through Sunday 

How Much: Visit website for pre-fixe menu

Why: The most delicious part of Spring! 

Log On: http://www.maplewoodrestaurantweek.com 

Call: 973-762-4556 




James and the Giant Peach

Where: Growingstage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey;  7 Ledgewood Ave., Netcong

 What: A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life in this dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises.

When: 4 p.m., Saturday

How Much: $18, adults; $14, children/seniors 

Why: A musical fantasy on stage.

Log On: http://growingstage.goes.com/?page_id=187

Call: 973-347-4946


Marvel Comics writer Fred Van Lente & artist Ryan Dunlavey signing 

Where: Dewey’s Comic City, 13 Park Ave, Madison

What: Meet Marvel Comics writer Fred Van Lente, (Power Man & Iron Fist, Amazing Spider-man, Incredible Hercules, Marvel Zombies) and more, and artist Ryan Dunlavey (Modok: Reign Delay, Action Philosophers and Comic Book Comics) 

What: 1 p.m.–3 p.m., Saturday 

How Much: Free 

Why: Whenever there are heroes, there are fans and when there are fans, there’s a book signing! 

Log On: http://www.deweyscomiccity.com/ 

Call: 973-593 0042


Learn to Skate

Where: Florham Park Roller Skating Rink, 192 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park

What: Learn to skate the safe way.  The comprehensive curriculum has 8 levels.  Certificates, patches and/or medals will be awarded at the end of each level.        

When: 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Saturday

How Much: $8 per class, per skater

Why: Start your skating lessons on the right foot. 

Log On: http://www.rollerrink.net/hours.html 

Call: 973-377-0465



The Taming of the Shrew 

Where: Brundage Park Playhouse, 2 Bungalow Lane, Randolph

What: The Taming of the Shrew” is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies and tells the story of a relationship between Katherina (played by Claire Bochenek of Netcong) and Petruchio (Played by David Chullanandana of Belleville).

When: 8 p.m., Saturday

How Much: $10

Why: One of William Shakespeare’s most clever and sophisticated comedies.

Log On: http://brundageparkplayhouse.org/

How Much: 973-989-7092



“Chopiniana” and “Romeo and Juliet” 

Where: The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South St., Morristown

What: Watch two classic ballets performed by Russia’s elite dancers. Mikhail Fokine’s Chopiniana is a stylized interpretation of romantic themes and moods based on Chopin’s Seventh Waltz. Shakespeare’s timeless tragic romance Romeo and Juliet is given a dynamic new interpretation, based on original choreography by Marius Petipa and a Tchaikovsky score.

When: 8 p.m., Saturday

How Much: Visit website for details

Why: A double delight!

Log On: http://www.mayoarts.org/index.htm

Call: 973-539-8008


Long Valley Pub & Brewery

Where: Long Valley Pub and Brewery, 1 Fairmount Road, Long Valley

What: A special midday event.  Come watch and hear music from 2 Big 2 Fail Band.

When: noon – 5 p.m., Saturday

Why: Take a drive through this beautiful area, enjoy lunch and live entertainment.

Log On: http://www.restaurantvillageatlongvalley.com/rest_home.php?restid=1

Call: 908-876-1122




 Story Magic for Kids

Where: Sages Pages, 300 Main Street, Madison

What: An introduction to creative writing from the Writing Circle.

When: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sunday

How Much: Free!

Why: Introduce your child to the creative process of writing and plant the seed with an interest for the written word.

Log On: http://www.sages-pages.com/index.html

Call: 973-377-7777



The Writers Circle for Adults

Where: Sages Pages, 300 Main St., Madison

What: An introduction to creative writing from the Writing Circle.

When: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sunday

How Much: Free!

Why: Whether you’re into journal writing, personal blog writing, family history writing or creative writing there will come a day when you find yourself staring at a blank page stumped by the dreaded writers block.

Log On: http://www.sages-pages.com/index.html

Call: 973-377-7777



Almost Maine

Where: The Barn Theatre, 32 Skyline Drive, Montville

What: As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above the town of Almost, its residents find themselves falling in and out of love in whimsical and often unexpected way.

When: 2 p.m., Sunday

How Much: $15

Why: A romantic comedy that explores the “quirks” of being in and out of love.

Log On: http://www.barntheatre.org/index.asp

Call: 973-334-9320




BASF’s Kids Lab

Where: Liberty Science Center

What: If your family likes to learn together and is curious about what causes ‘stuff’ to be, well, stuff, sign up for the BASF Kids Lab at Liberty Science Center and enjoy fun, hands-on experiments! Families can even take many of their creations home. (Ages: 6-11).

When: 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., Saturday

How Much: Free w/paid admission

Why: Helps develop family “chemistry”.

Log On: http://www.lsc.org

Call: 201-253-1310



Charity Fashion Show for Dress For Success

Where: NYC-JC Luxury Guest Suites, 70 Greene Street – 44th floor, Jersey City

What: Join the fashion, beauty, and entertainment communities as they come together to benefit Dress For Success, an organization that provides interview and work clothes for disadvantaged women.

When: 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday

How Much: $75 in advance, $85 after March 1st, and $100 @ the door.

Why: Women unite!

Log On: http://springingintosuccess.charityhappenings.org/

Call: 917-685-7071



Hairspray: The Musical

Where: Hoboken High School, 800 Clinton St, Hoboken

What: Come see Hoboken HS rendition of the Tony-winning Broadway musical from the cult John Waters movie of the same name.

When: 2 p.m., Sunday

How Much: $10

Why: The students of Hoboken High School are no strangers to stardom and this spring, they’re hoping to steal the spotlight from Carlos Bakery to garner their own local fan base.

Log On: http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us/index.php?q=node/24

Call: 201-356-3700


Ladies Spinning and Styling Dance Workshop

Where: Salsa Fever Academy, 83 Franklin Street, Jersey City

When: noon – 2 p.m., Sunday

Cost: $20

Why: Ladies, learn to dance with elegance and grace!

Log On: http://salsafeveron2.com/

Call: 201-792-1616


In Real Time: Music by, for, and about women: Angela Blasi, Olga Vinokur & Wendy Warner

Where: New Jersey City University- Ingalls Recital Hall, 2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City

When: March 27, 2011 @ 3:00pm

How Much: Free!

What: Join NJCU as they present a free concert featuring music by, for and about women with Angela Maria Blasi (Soprano), Olga Vinokur (Piano), and Wendy Warner (Cello).

Why:  Enjoy a concert of chamber music.

Log On: http://www.njcu.edu/

Call: 201-200-2000

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