Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Family Friendly Groupons

Ice cream! Planet Swirl in Whippany has a deal - $7 for $14 worth of ice cream, $14 for $30 worth of ice cream, or $85 for a birthday party package that covers up to 10 kids.

Learning Kids Academy in Montville offers kids' art & academic classes, or 4 weeks of piano class. Their deal is 4 sessions for $39, or 4 45-minute piano lessons for $69.

Haunted Scarehouse in Wharton looks like fun for older kids, or even a parents' night out. Options vary, but the lowest price is $42 for admission for 4 redeemable on select days in Sept-Nov.

Jump On In Boonton has a deal - 10 sessions for $49 or 15 sessions for $59.

Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton is selling summer camp deals (go figure): $69 for 1 week or $119 for one week, for 2 kids. Hours are 8:30am-5:30pm, with snacks provided (no lunch).

Sesame Place offers admission packages for families or groups from sizes 2 people to 5. Packages start at just $81.98 for 2.

ImagineThat! Children's Museum in Florham Park has admission for 2 for $11, or admission for 4 for $20.

Monday, September 23, 2013

5 Weekday Recipes I'm Trying

I have some go-to recipes, but lately I am looking for more slowcooker options, so I can spend more time overseeing homework and less time in front of the stove.

We are also watching carbs, but you can easily add rice or potatoes, to finish off the meal. We normally enjoy a fresh garden salad with dinner.

Here's what I'm going to cook this week:

Wednesday: Turkey Picata (not a slowcooker recipe; trying to mix it up a little)
Thursday: Easy Tilapia with wine and tomatoes (again, not slowcooker, but looks fast!)

5 Days of Weekend Fun

Where did the weekend go?

Thankfully, there are plenty of weekday activities to look forward to:

Monday: Toddler Trek "Going Nuts" at the Great Swamp in Chatham from 10am-11am
Tuesday: Lunchbox Ideas at ShopRite of Wharton from 11am-2pm. Demonstrations of how to create a healthy lunch to go for your kids.
Wednesday: Mechanical crafts at Historic Speedwell in Morristown from 2pm-4pm.
Thursday: Kitchen, garden and handiwork from the olden days at Fosterfields in Morristown from 3pm-4:30pm.
Friday: Free Starbucks for Moms at Kidnetic from 9:30am-12pm, with paid child admission.

There are many more activities this coming week. Check out the calendar page. Be sure to double-check prices and availability with the events themselves, before hitting the road.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Today! Mommy & Me Cooking Class at ShopRite of Parsippany

Today from 1:45pm-2:45pm ShopRite of Parsippany is having a Mommy & Me Cooking program, which will be conducted by their in-house dietician, Tara. 

This is for children ages 3, 4 and 5.

The class is limited, so call ahead to see if there is still availability. The cost is $10 and you can 973.335.2625 for registration and details.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Morristown Mayo Community Theatre Upcoming Kids Shows

angelina ballerina
Angelina Ballerina
Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm and 4 pm
Tickets: $12-15

Young Angelina sets out to be to be the star dancer she's always dreamed of becoming in this musical based on the popular books and TV series. Ages 4-10 
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Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell
Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm and 4 pm
Tickets: $12-15

Dan Zanes creates irresistible grooves from exuberant traditional songs and smart, inventive originals that make for an all-ages dance party. Elizabeth Mitchell delivers homespun renditions of great songs by everyone from Woody Guthrie to Bob Marley that transfix both children and parents.
Ages 3 and up
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Fancy Nancy: The Musical
Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm
Tickets: $12-15

When it comes to being fancy, Nancy believes more is better. From her tiara to her sparkly shoes, she's out to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. Ages 4-12 

Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm
Tickets: $12-15

A girl finds herself in a colorful predicament after her indulgence in too many pink cupcakes causes a severe case of Pinkititis! Ages 4-12 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 4 pm
Tickets: $12 

Follow the wonderful adventures of a tiny caterpillar as he progresses to a butterfly in this delightful tale based on the book by Eric Carle. Plus other tales, including "Little Cloud" and "The Mixed-up Chameleon."
Grades K-3: Literature, relationships
Ages 5 and up 

are you my mother
Are You My Mother?
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4 pm
Tickets: $12 

Baby Bird emerges from her shell alone and embarks on a whimsical adventure to find her mother in this musical based on the popular book.
Grades K-3: Curriculum: Literature, Values, Family Relationships
Ages 3-8 

Erth: Dinosaur Zoo
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 4 pm
Tickets: $12-15

Take a journey back to prehistoric times and meet an amazing selection of dinosaurs that come alive through incredible puppetry as children get to interact with these marvelous creatures in an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience.
Grades 2-8: Curriculum: Science, biology
Ages 5 and up 

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The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and The Hare
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm and 4 pm
Tickets: $12-15

Lightwire Theater uses dazzling visuals, black light effects, music and choreography to literally bring these two classic children's tales into a new and brilliant light.
Ages 4-8 

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Sid the Science Kid – Live
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Tickets: $15-30

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.
Ages 2-6 

New Jersey Ballet: Cinderella
Sunday, Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm and 4 pm
Tickets: $15-20

The classic fairy tale comes to life with lavish sets and costumes, performed with New Jersey Ballet's original "storyteller" narration so little children follow the story.
Ages 4 and up 

Go to the Mayo Center website for tickets.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Family-friendly Groupons In & Around Morris County, NJ

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sunday Activities for Families & Kids

There are a number of activities to participate in on Sunday and you can check them all out, along with details regarding the posts below, on my calendar page.

Here are the highlights:

1pm-3pm: Beets Me! Cooking demonstration at Frelinghuysen Arbortetum.
1pm-3pm: Stitch & Sew, sewing demonstration at Fosterfields Farm in Morristown showing handiwork of the 20th century.
1pm-2pm: Swampy Summer Sights family hike at the Great Swamp to look at end of summer plants & animals.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday - 3 Free Activities for Thursday

Some fun family-oriented freebies:

Thursday, September 12

  1. 4pm-5pm: Free crafting at Whole Foods in Madison.
  2. 5pm-8pm: "Pay as you wish" admission at the Morris Museum (every 2nd & 3rd Thurs. of each month).
  3. 7:30pm: Free concert in Parsippany - The Bronx Wanderers at Veterans Memorial Field.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Free At-Home Daily Curriculum for Preschoolers

Since my big girl is in Kindergarten these days, my 2-year-old misses her best buddy, and insists she wants to go to school.

She is pretty good at counting, likes to sing the alphabet, and knows her colors. I was wondering how I could go about teaching her, in a way that is interesting and not-too-much, but also follows a logical pattern.

After some googling, I found a website that offers free daily lesson plans that are simple and reasonable. I'm going to give it a shot.

Day 1 starts with "A," just as it should. The site introduces the topic with a link to the Starfall site (highly recommended by my older daughter's PreK teacher), where you view the letter. Then, there's a link to Google's "Safe Search" - where you view images of the letter A in different typefonts.  Then, you do an exercise where you color in an Alligator and do a little exercise with it.

I'm going to start tomorrow, but thought it was a site worth sharing, for those who have little ones at home, like me.

Monday, September 9, 2013

New Fall Kids Programs at the Morris County Library

Another great lineup from the Morris County, library!

Infant and Toddler Storytime-Birth to 2 years
Fridays, September 6 and 27, October 11, November 1 and 22, December 6 and 20
10:00 AM
No registration required

Preschool Story Time Ages-2-5
Tuesdays, September 24 - October 29, 10:00 AM Or Thursdays, September 26 - October 31, 10:00 AM
Registration required.

Music with Mr. Darren Ages-2-5
Tuesdays, September 24- October 29
10:30 AM-11:00 AM
Registration required.

Preschool Afternoon Stories-Ages 2-5
Tuesdays, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
2:00-2:30 PM
No registration required

Family Story Time-All Ages
Saturdays, September 7 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 9, December 7
2:30-3:00 PM
Registration required.

Family Story Crafts- Ages 3 and Up
Saturdays, September 7 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 9, December 7 3:00-3:30 PM
Registration required.

Craft Nights-Ages 5 and up 
Tuesdays, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17, 7:00-7:30 PM
Registration required.

Night Time Rhyme Time-All Ages
Mondays, September 16 & 30, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 9 6:30-7:00 PM
Registration required.

Paws For Reading-Grades 1-7
Mondays, September 23, October 28, November 25, December 16 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration required.

Writing Workshop- Grades 4-6
Saturdays, September 21, October 5 and 19, November 2 and 16, December 14 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Registration required.

Here is the full flyer from the Morris County Library.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Free Home Delivery or Pickup At ShopRite: Must order by end of day Monday!

  • Order $150 worth of groceries via ShopRite from Home - find your local one here.
  • Pay $10 for Pickup - you park in an assigned parking spot, hand them your payment, plus any coupons and they load up your car.
  • Pay $6.95 (plus the $10), if you would like it delivered directly to your home.
  • Use coupon code SCHOOL13.
  • Delivery is valid until Saturday, but you have to order by the end of the day on Monday, September 9.


3 Groupons for Kids & Families In & Around Morris County

Sesame Street Live on September 21 @ Pru Center for 50% off, now $16.50
ImagineThat! Kids Museum in Florham Park 50% off, now $11 for admission for 2, $20 for admission for 4
Planet Swirl, Whippany (frozen yogurt bar), $85 birthday package for 10 kids (includes goody bags)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Make Sunday a Fun Day: 4 Great Things to Do

10am - 5pm: New Providence Street Fair
Kiddie rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, balloons and a clown performer
11:30am - 8pm: River Jam in Boonton at Grace Lord Park
Live acoustic music for families & children,food vendors, crafters, a beer and wine tent
12pm - 5pm: 1920s Country Fair at Fosterfields Farm in Morristown
Farm animals, wagon rides, music, exhibits, old-fashioned games, antique car rides, food vendors, sheep dog herding
7pm - 8:30pm: 9/11 Remembrance Service in Parsippany
Bring lawn chairs and listen to a ceremony in remembrance of 9/11.

Check out the calendar for full details.

Monarch Festival Today in Boonton! Great for kids.

Visit Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area onSaturday, September 7 to wish the Monarch butterflies well on their southbound journey. The annual Meet a Monarch Festival, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m., takes place during the Monarch’s peak migration time in New Jersey. Take a guided ‘Bug Safari,’ and venture through the butterfly garden. Meet live monarchs, from egg to adult, as well as the many other creatures that depend on milkweed. Feel the thrill of witnessing the tagging and exciting release of live Monarch butterflies. Travel through the lifecycle stations and experience Monarch metamorphosis firsthand. Try butterfly origami, and listen to live music and stories as you celebrate the life and legacy of these amazing animals. Native plants and seeds, as well as guides to New Jersey’s butterflies are available for purchase. All ages are welcome. The entrance fee is $4 per adult, and $3 per child ages 2 - 10. Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area is located at 472 Boonton Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005. For more information, please call 973.334.3130 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: Great experience at local veterinarian

When a pet is sick, sometimes information comes in the form of subtleties, not symptoms.

On Monday, my 9-year-old rescued Siberian Husky, Teddy, started peeing in the house. At first, I thought it was more of my 2-year-old toddler’s shenanigans, a pool of spilled water on her bedroom floor looked like her typical tea party gone bad. I cleaned it up and noticed the white paper towels had a slight discoloration, paused for a moment and gave our finicky orange cat a sidelong glance, then submitted it to a sniff test, and was grateful the unmistakable smell of ammonia didn’t assault me. I thought nothing of it.

On Tuesday evening after my girls and husband had gone to bed, the house was blessedly quiet, and I was web surfing. I heard the sound in the hallway of rustling and dripping. I got up and saw Teddy. He eyed me unabashedly, as a dark spot spread beneath him, onto my mocha rug. He wanted to go out that night and refused to come inside until morning. This was all so unlike him.

In the morning I called around to several vets, hoping to find someone with an evening appointment that same day. Morris Hills Veterinary Clinic was the most accommodating, offering a same day appointment.

My husband took Teddy to the vet around dinnertime. As I cooked, the phone rang and my husband asked me to send over a recent lab report from our last vet regarding a tumor that Teddy had been recently removed from Teddy’s hind leg. I asked if I could read the report to the vet over the phone rather than abandon the chicken cutlets sizzling on the stove, and overseeing our two little girls. Dr. Larry Hirshenson got right on the phone, and I read the main parts of the lab report to him. Afterwards, I told him that to me, Teddy seemed lethargic, and that his peeing did not seem behavioral, it seemed trance-like and unintentional. I appreciated the doctor’s unhurried, and concerned manner on the phone.

My husband came home after the appointment with Dr. Hirshenson and said simply, “I like him,” then delivered the worrying news. The doctor had looked under the microscope and had seen a plethora of white blood cells, but no bacteria, and was sending the sample to an outside lab for detailed analysis. Knowing Teddy’s age, he mentioned cancer as a possibility. My husband and I were stunnedscared at the implications of possibly losing our sweet pet, and the potential cost of further testing or treatment.

Just two days later we had a phone message directly from Dr. Hirshenson. I called back quickly and the veterinarian was kind, unpatronizing and realistic. He told me that Teddy looked as young as a 4-year-old dog, and that he was hopeful that the preemptive strike of antibiotics he’d given us at the first appointment would knock out whatever bacteria was bothering Teddy. He also warned that should the treatment not work, he would suggest an ultrasound to get a view of what was really going on inside. I asked some questions as to the efficacy of the antibiotic, in the face of what could be a “very bad infection,” and he assured me the drug was the right one and could treat urinary tract or kidney infections. I asked several more questions, and each was thoughtfully responded to, and treated with compassion and professionalism.

My husband and I were completely satisfied with Dr. Hirshenson’s service, and would recommend him to anyone.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Quick! School ends this week. Here are 3 ways to help prep for a kid-friendly summer:

  • To dip your toes into the water, you have to buy a badge. It is NJ, after all. Join your local pool or lake, and bookmark the events calendar online to see when special activities will take place.
  • Check your library online and see when summer reading signups will occur, then head over and add your kids' names to the list. 
  • Shop for summer clothes. There are several local consignment shops having BIG sales this weekend.  Saturday, June 15, Once Upon a Child (137 Route 46, Fairfield) is offering 70% from 10am-12pm, 60% off from 12-2pm, and 50% off from 2-7pm. Renewal Resale (72Hamburg Tpke, Riverdale) is also having a sale through 6/15, it's buy one, get one free!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Atlantis Parsippany (Sheraton Hotel) Gym & Pool Groupon Offer - Great for Summer Splashing!

Atlantis in Parsippany (inside the Sheraton Hotel at 199 Smith Road) is once again having their annual pool membership deal. Members have access to two saline pools with cabanas and pool-side service, training equipment, saunas, and free group fitness classes.

The discounted prices are

  • $149 for an adult summertime membership with pool access (a $399 value). Adult memberships are for anyone 18 or older.
  • $49 for a youth summertime membership (a $150 value). Youth memberships are for anyone 15 or younger.

The deal is live for 5 days. To purchase, please click through my Groupon affiliate link, so that I can get credit for the referral.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Specials on TV This Week

Family-Friendly Easter Programs for the Week of March 24th. 

Channels are for Optimum Online North Jersey, actual channels may vary for other cable providers.


Mar 25 2pm
126 Disney JR
Winnie the Poo
Springtime with Roo
Mar 26 8:45PM

Mar 26 11:30AM
131 (13KIDS)
Sid the Science
Kid's Rock & Roll Easter
March 26 8PM
11 (WPIX)
Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1970 with Danny Kaye)

On Demand (free)
Dora the Explorer
Dora's Easter Adventure

Mar 27 12:30am
33 (NICHD)
Max & Ruby
Ruby's Easter Bonnet

Mar 29 8:30am
31 (DISN)
Sofia the First
Blue Ribbon Bunny

Mar 31 6PM
97 (TCMHD)
Easter Parade

Mar 31 7PM
Its the Easter Beagle
Charlie Brown

Sunday, March 24, 2013

More Easter Activities are "Hopping" Up!

Morris County, NJ Easter Activities March 24, 2013 - March 31, 2013

All of the Easter activities are available on the calendar page.

Here is a quick list of upcoming Easter Activities for this final week before the big day.

Friday, March 29
Giggles Playstation in Rockaway (next to a great children's consignment shop, Kid Swap) is having Easter egg hunts at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. There will be prizes, along with an Easter bunny.

Saturday, March 30
10am-11:30am: Michael's Crafts Stores are having a hatching chick craft for kids on the half hour.
10am-5pm: Alstede Farms in Chester is having an Easter activities and a tour of the baby animals, along with egg hunts.
10:30am-noon: Chester boasts it will have the "Largest Easter Egg Hunt in Morris County" at Municipal Field. Over 5,000 eggs, music, entertainment, and the Easter Bunny.
11am-1pm: Denville's Eggstravaganza: Downtown Denville will have an easter bonnet contest, collect Easter eggs from local merchants, balloons, face painters, and the Easter bunny.
The Whippany express train runs on the hour with visits from the Easter bunny, a clown, and other characters.

Sunday, March 31
10am: ImagineThat! Florham Park is having a breakfast with the Easter bunny. Bagels and juice. All paid attendees will receive an Easter basket. Must pre-register.

**Links are provided to each event. Please verify all dates and times prior to attending. Enjoy!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Groupon Deal: $5 for a $10 Starbucks Card

Groupon is offering a $10 gift card, for just $5 for Starbucks.

After many sleepless nights of kids waking up, I sometimes treat myself to a Starbucks. I always love to try the coffee of the day. My kids love the yummy muffins.

What a nice deal!

$5 for a $10 Starbucks Card eGift

Morris County, NJ Easter Fun for Kids: This Weekend (3/23 and 3/24)

Please ensure you confirm all dates and times. More details are available by clicking on this link and heading to my Morris County Kids Calendar.

Saturday, March 23
10am - 5pm, Alstede Farms, Chester, Easter Activities & Baby Animal Farm Tour
10am - 11:30am, Michaels Craft Stores, Make An Easter Egg Mosaic for kids
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10:15am, Chelsea at Montville Senior Housing, Magic Show & Egg Hunt (must pre-register)
2pm - 4pm, Hamilton Farms, Boonton, Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Appearance
3pm - 5pm, Kidnetic, Montville, Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Visit
The Easter Bunny Express train in Whippany, NJ departs on the hour between 1 and 4pm.

Sunday, March 24
10am - 5pm, Alstede Farms, Chester, Easter Activities & Baby Animal Farm Tour
1pm-3pm, Michaels Craft Stores, Easter table setting with chargers (adults)
The Easter Bunny Express train in Whippany, NJ departs on the hour between 1 and 4pm.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring

Today is the first day of Spring. To celebrate, we are having a fancy tiara snack party. Picture to follow.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Living Social Family-Friendly Local Deal: Medieval Times in Lyndhurst

Living Social has a deal posted for Medieval Times, in Lyndhurst, which sounds like a really fun kids activity. I am thinking about buying tickets for us. I've actually never been to a Medieval Times, but have heard good things.

Get an adult ticket to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Lyndhurst for $39 ($67 value), or pay $27 ($41 value) for a child's ticket. (Price includes all taxes and fees.) Watch and eat from your seat as the drama of the royal court unfolds around you. You'll take in jousting, romance, dancing, and more in a grand setting fashioned as an 11th century Spanish castle while enjoying a traditional dinner feast of oven-roasted chicken, herb-roasted potatoes, tomato bisque soup, garlic bread, spare ribs, and a pastry, plus two rounds of soft drinks, coffee, or tea.

The link is in the orange text above - it's an affiliate link, so thank you in advance, if you do so following the link.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fun Kids Events for Easter 2013

Here is the list of Morris County, NJ Easter events for 2013. Be sure to check the calendar page for more details about events. Please verify events prior to attending as times and places may change and weather conditions may alter events.

Saturday, March 23
10am - 5pm, Alstede Farms, Chester, Easter Activities & Baby Animal Farm Tour
10am - 11:30am, Michaels Craft Stores, Make An Easter Egg Mosaic for kids
2pm - 4pm, Hamilton Farms, Boonton, Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Appearance
3pm - 5pm, Kidnetic, Montville, Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Visit
The Easter Bunny Express train in Whippany, NJ departs on the hour between 1 and 4pm.

Sunday, March 24
10am - 5pm, Alstede Farms, Chester, Easter Activities & Baby Animal Farm Tour
1pm-3pm, Michaels Craft Stores, Easter table setting with chargers (adults)
The Easter Bunny Express train in Whippany, NJ departs on the hour between 1 and 4pm.

Saturday, March 30
10am - 5pm, Alstede Farms, Chester, Easter Activities & Baby Animal Farm Tour
10am - 11:30am, Michaels Craft Stores, Hatching Chick Craft for kids
10:30am - ???, Easter Egg Hunt (billed as county's largest), Chester
11am - 1pm, Denville Eggstravaganza, Easter bunny, entertainment, Easter bonnet contest, Downtown Denville

The Easter Bunny Express train in Whippany, NJ departs on the hour between 1 and 4pm.

Sunday, March 31
10am - 12pm, Easter Bunny Breakfast, ImagineThat!, Florham Park, Easter Parade and Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 17, 2013

2013 Morris County Children's Easter Activities

Check out the calendar page for listings - lots of activities and events going on. I will post a summary on this page later on tonight.