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Six Tips for Easy Entertaining... 22 Wow party guests with little effort.

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Don’t Miss........................................................................ 8 This month’s entertainment and activities.

Travel.............................................................................. 38 Destinations, product picks, and getaway tips.

Health............................................................................ 42 Insight and items for your family’s care.

Update........................................................................... 50 Essential products and information for your brood.


Travel Directory.............................................................. 36 Attractions and accommodations for great getaways.

Calendar of Events........................................................ 44 A comprehensive listing of your neighborhood’s classes, events, and performances.

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Is a C-Section Right for You?........ 18

Contributing Writers Kelsey Banfield, Dr. Charles Bowers, Dr. Alisa Gean, Jess Michaels, Kara Mayer Robinson, Teresa Taylor, Louise Weadock, Dr. Steven Weinfeld, Angeli Zankel

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Letter from the Editor U The season we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s time to don beach gear, lounge poolside, explore local parks and playgrounds, and (safely) soak up the sun. After a harsh winter, we’re all in need

of some R & R. Even the little ones are in need of the summer break. If they’re enrolled in camp or summer programs, they’re likely looking forward to making new friends and reuniting with old ones. Discover the appeal of such bonding in “Camp Friendships” by Jess Michaels, who points out why these relationships work and are so important. You may also be celebrating a special day soon in addition to the seasonal change. Find the perfect party place, entertainer, or service in our Birthday Directory. It’s filled with tons of options to fit your child’s personality. To supplement your party planning, turn to Kelsey Banfield’s “Six Tips for Easy Entertaining.” The author discusses different ways to limit stress and up the fun factor for you and your guests. Another day of note this month honors our dearest dudes. Show Pops how much you care this Father’s Day by entering

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the Me and My Daddy Photo Contest for the chance to win a great prize. And surprise him with Angeli Zankel’s D.I.Y. photo-based project from “Coaster Craft.” The personalized keepsakes can be made with kids. Of course, the key to a wonderful summer is safety. In addition to practicing good skin care and sunburn prevention, get educated about traumatic brain injuries that can occur during sports and other activities. “Childhood Concussions” by Dr. Alisa Gean explains why these types of injuries affect children differently than adults and presents symptoms of which parents, coaches, and caregivers should be aware. Need ideas for how to avoid the dreaded “B-word” now that school’s out? With our extensive Calendar of Events, you won’t have to hear “I’m bored!” And when you need a respite, visit and The Sandbox Social blog to see what other parents are up to, as well as our Contests & Giveaways page to enter to win fantastic prizes. Have a sweet start to summer!

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DON’T MiSS Still Transforming

The popular Transformers film series continues with this fourth entry from Director Michael Bay. Mark Wahlberg stars as an automobile mechanic who makes an amazing discovery that brings down the Autobots, the Decepticons, and one paranoid government official. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27.

Even More Amazing

Based on the hit action film, Amazing Spider-Man 2 the video game offers hours of fun for the gamers in every family.Activision invites you to lead your favorite wall-crawling hero on an adrenaline-fueled search for dangerous criminals in the underworld of Manhattan.The new release is available now for the PS4 game system.

A Dragon’s Tale

Return to the mythical world of wild dragons and burly Vikings when How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes to theaters on June 13. Paramount Pictures’ animated action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s dragon slayers. Catch the action in 2D and 3D.

Back on the Prairie

Relive all of the wholesome family fun of Walnut Grove when Little House on the Prairie Season 2 comes to DVD. Starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, the six-disc set of the popular Emmy-winning series comes complete with 21 episodes, as well as many bonus features. Pick up your copy in stores or online today.

Winter in Summer

The weather outside is warm, but every day is a snow day with Disney’s Frozen: Olaf ’s Quest. Based on the smash hit film, the video game follows your favorite snowman across 60 imaginative levels inspired by the mythical kingdom of Arendelle. Join in on Olaf’s Quest now for the Nintendo 3DS.


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Hello, Kitty

Strap on your helmet, and get ready for some old-fashioned racing with Hello Kitty Kruisers. Choose from ten different racers; play with as many as three other friends; and race across land, sea, and air in this delightful video game. Rated E for Everyone, Hello Kitty Kruisers is available now for the Wii U game system.

Over the Falls

One of the Disney Channel’s most popular animated shows is ready to come into your home on DVD. Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales follows 12year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines as they uncover mysterious surprises, quirky characters, and hilarious adventures in the town of Gravity Falls.The six-episode DVD set is available now.

Start Your Engines

Fathom Events and Mattel put the pedal to the metal by bringing Team Hot Wheels®:The Origin of Awesome to select cinemas nationwide.The animated feature follows Gage, Rhett,Wyatt, and Brandon as they take on the mysterious black car that is transforming their town into a chaotic mess.The special two-day release is held on June 7 and 8. Check your local listings.

New from Nick

Nickelodeon proudly presents an exciting new app for preschoolers.The Nick Jr.App is populated by characters and clips from some of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows, from Dora the Explorer and The Backyardigans to Bubble Guppies and Blues Clues. Download yours today.

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Listeners of all ages will be transported to the magical landscapes of the land down under with Australian Playground.The new CD release features music from one of Australia’s most compelling children’s performers. Copies are available at select book, gift, health food, children’s, and other specialty shops. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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This summer, the Amazing Grace Circus offers your child a few experiences that she will literally “flip” over! The Big Top Circus Summer Day Camp teaches 5-18 year olds a variety of circus skills, like how to juggle, clown, perform acrobatics, fly on the trapeze, and more. Every session ends with a Showcase of Talents for family and friends. Camp programs run from June 30 to August 8, and pre-registration is required. Call (845)348-8740 or visit to reserve your child’s spot.

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Treat the little princess in your family to an unforgettable evening when the Enchanted Princess Ball comes to the New Jersey Children’s Museum in Paramus on June 6. From 5:30pm to 9pm, visitors are treated to a night of dining and dancing, DJ entertainment by Polka Dot, and all of their favorite Disney princesses. Registering in advance is strongly suggested. Contact the museum at (201)262-5151 or


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ummer camp is a place where strong friendships are made. Ask a child about peers who went to camp last year or an adult about people who attended 25 years ago, and you’ll discover the same thing: Camp friends are some of their closest friends. American Camp Association research has found that 96 percent of campers say that camp helped them to make new friends and 94 percent say camp helped them to get to know campers who were different than themselves. But what exactly is it about camp that fosters these strong friendships? At camp, children have the freedom to be themselves without the pressures of school or the constraints of who they may be at home. When children go to school with the same children each year, they may be categorized as the shy or the studious child. Camp allows children to reinvent themselves and be who they want to be in a positive, supportive environment. The shy child may become the outgoing child, and the child who may be not be the athletic kid at home can become entrenched in sports at camp. Camp is an intentional community, one where children return each summer and are reunited at the place they love. Children eat together, participate in a myriad of activities together, share traditions, and sometimes live communally in bunks together. In this environment, children must learn to share, make decisions as a group, and respect each other. Through all these shared experiences, bonds are formed and friendships are made. The camp environment also allows for children to try new activities each day. And when they succeed together, whether it’s reaching the top of the climbing wall or going down the zip line, they connect over the experience. Camp is also a place with strong traditions and rituals; sharing in these as a community allows for friendships to grow. Camp professionals are trained in the management of group dynamics. Counselors are trained to empower children in their group so they feel comfortable and to encourage each child to contribute to the group, showing him that he is valued. This leads a child to feel confident in a group, making it easier to find friends. With so much technology in the lives of today’s children, camp gives children a respite from it all. The majority of summer camps ban most technology, including TV, smartphones, tablets, and computers. As a result, children engage with each other face to face, building stronger friendships. For parents worried about their child going to camp without a friend from home — don’t fret! Children make friends at camp quickly. Many camps even host pre-camp events for first-time campers so they can meet new friends before the first day. Other camps host spring festivals at and welcome all new families. Even without these events, children will meet friends on the first day of camp. Whether it’s on the bus to camp, at the first shared meal, or during icebreaker games, children will begin to open up to each other. In no time, you will be hearing about all the new friends your child is meeting at camp. If your child does decide to go to camp with a friend, speak with the camp director and let him know that these children are friends from home. Consider putting them in separate bunks. This will help your child to be more outgoing in making new friends instead of just defaulting to his friend from home. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home from camp with a new saying, “Living 10 for two.” What does it mean? Kids wait 10 months of the year for those two months at camp, where they get to be with their friends again. Jess Michaels is the director of communications for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the summer camp experience.

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Summer y Da Care by Teresa Taylor

Options for every family. What do you mean the kids aren’t going to be in school all day? Three words that panic any working mother: “Day care failure.” Now that school’s out, it’s time to explore summer care plans so your career can stay on track and your family can, too. Traditionally, an ideal day care system has three options: a friend, a coworker, or a relative. There are also camps, programs, and certified day care centers. The more caregiver choices you have, the better!


Ask for help. The hardest thing to do is ask for help. The fact is that having the kids go to school was part of your day care system. Now is the time to put your pride away and ask a family member or friend for help. Maybe the in-laws can visit for a week to spend quality time with the kids?

As all the hard work you did to get day care in order during the academic year is thrown out the window, and you need another plan for three months. It is all about creating alternatives, options, and backup plans, as well as asking for help. You can’t take the mother out of the career woman or the career out of the mother, so use both to your advantage. Read on for five tips to help you have success at home and work during the summer.


Plan a “real” vacation. If you don’t plan it on your schedule, it won’t happen.You don’t have to spend a lot of money; camping or visiting relatives and friends is just fine. This could be a time for you to disconnect from the office for a few days. Put someone else in charge at the office, and it will be a good development opportunity for them.


Bring work home. If you can, try to leave work a little early and take advantage of the long summer days. You will need to make up for the time and work on a few things at home, but at least you get to spend an extra hour or two with the kids. Depending on their age, it is also a good time to introduce the concept of kids staying home alone for an hour.



Camps can be great! There are fabulous camp opportunities that the kids really enjoy. We are the ones that feel guilty and inadequate during separation. The kids will enjoy the change and probably learn something at the same time! Ask others for camp suggestions, and visit for resources and articles.

It is a two-way street. You likely have a co-parent in finding a solution. Engage your partner. This is not just your issue to solve, it is a family issue. Both of you are going to have to adjust for the summer months. Meet in the middle and find a schedule that works for everyone.

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Coaster Craft

Create a Father’s Day gift with fabulous form and function.

by Angeli Zankel

This is an unique, affordable project that you and your child can make for Father’s Day. Any dad would love a personalized gift like this coaster set! Tiles (about 20 cents each) and most of the supplies may be found at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Parental supervision (or participation!) is recommended, and discretion should be used to determine age appropriateness.

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Step 1 - Choose one photo per tile. Print the photos of your choice, and cut each one into a 4-by-4-inch square. Step2 - Start with one tile. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge Gloss glue onto the “shiny” side of it with the foam paint brush. Make sure your strokes are nice and even when applying the glue. Place your photo image side up on the tile, and gently press it down while smoothing out any bubbles. Allow the Mod Podge to dry for approximately five minutes.

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Step 3 - Once the photo has dried, apply an additional coat of Mod Podge on top of the photo on the tile. Evenly distribute the Mod Podge, and let it completely dry. Step 4 - Apply your second and last coat of the Mod Podge once more on top of the photo. Once dry, the tile with photo should look like the image on the right.

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Step 5 - Take your tile outdoors for adequate ventilation, and spray it with the gloss sealer to give it a nice finish. Steadily spray the coaster with the sealer until you are satisfied with the gloss finish. Let it dry for at least one hour. Step 6 - Complete the project by gluing the cork disc to the back of the tile with permanent glue. Step 7 - Let the tile air out for about a day. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for each tile you create. Carefully stack your coasters, tie a ribbon around them, and get ready to see Dad smile!

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Childhood Concussions

An introduction to traumatic brain injuries.


elieve it or not, childhood is one of the highest risk periods for experiencing traumatic brain injury (TBI) from sports-related concussions, motor vehicle accidents, and falls. TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in children. There are at least 3.5 million new childhood TBI cases every year, and nearly 5.3 million Americans (2 percent of the population) are currently living with a TBI disability. The nearly 3,000 youth football leagues across the United States with approximately 600,000 players present just a small sampling of the kids that are at risk for TBI. This number does not include children who participate in soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and hockey. Fortunately, the majority of TBI in children is classified as “mild,” often termed a concussion. In this author’s opinion, however, the classification of “mild” can be misleading as the injury may lead to disabilities that are associated with a variety of longterm social, behavioral, and reasoning difficulties. Although most concussions resolve on their own within days to months, a small minority of patients will experience persistent symptoms. 16 I parentguide News I June 2014

Children and adolescents are not little adults. Children’s brains are continuously developing, which means an injury would affect them differently than it would an adult in the following important ways: •A child’s brain, because of its early growth, is large and heavy relative to other parts of the body. It is poorly stabilized by weak neck musculature and is often the leading contact point on impact. •A child’s face provides less protection because a child’s facial skeleton is relatively small. •A child’s brain is more susceptible to tearing of the white matter (i.e., the “wiring” of the brain). This shearing injury is currently thought to be the primary cause of a concussion. Hence the slogan: “Wire together, fire together. Out of sync, lose your link.” •Brain swelling is more common in children than in adults as a child’s brain fills up the entire skull and there is no room for additional blood or brain swelling.

•The skull of a child is thin and provides less protection for sports that do not use head gear (e.g., soccer, baseball). •A child’s nervous system is constantly evolving (through age 24 in males and 20 in females). Consequently, the effects of a head injury on the developing brain are likely to interfere with neurodevelopmental processes. •Young patients are more prone to the “second impact syndrome” (SIS). This syndrome is believed to occur when a second concussion, even one of lesser severity to the first, re-injures the previously healing brain and results in death or devastating injury.

What should a parent and coach look for in a concussion? Concussions remain a symptom-based diagnosis, and they can be difficult to diagnose clinically. Early warning signs include: headache, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, balance problems, sensitivity to light and noise, memory problems, sleep disorders, and mood disorders. A loss of consciousness (LOC) is not necessary for the diagnosis of concussion. Indeed, only 10 percent of concussed individuals experience a LOC, with many incidents going unnoticed. However, a concussion typically does involve a period of short-term forgetfulness. Parents and coaches should be aware that athletes may minimize or fail to report their symptoms because of a strong desire to continue playing, or a belief that their symptoms

are mild enough to play through. Children who sustain a concussion are required to be removed from play or strenuous activity until clearance by a health care provider. TBI may be common, but it is also avoidable. To focus on prevention, parents should ensure children wear protective gear and play in a safe environment with heat and hydration precautions. If enrolled in supervised sports, children should have coaches that have been certified and can recognize possible TBI signs. Kids should continue playing outside and benefit from the rewards that playing team sports offer. That being said, everyone should understand the signs of a TBI injury, take proper steps to prevent them, and stop play immediately if a TBI may have occurred.

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C-Section Right for You? For some pregnant women, the idea of scheduling a Caesarean section sounds convenient and practical. Compared with traditional labor and delivery, getting wheeled into a surgery room on a scheduled day seems like it would be less painful and more controlled — but is it? The truth is, while C-sections have benefits and can be necessary to protect the baby or the mother, they still carry significant risks. That’s why the decision to have one should be carefully weighed. How do you know if a C-section is right for you? Of what should you be aware beforehand? What exactly are the risks involved, and how can you best heal from one? Here’s a look at what you need to know about Caesarean deliveries.

What determines the need for a C-section?

The main thing to keep in mind with C-sections is that they exist is to protect mothers and babies. When complications arise, a C-section provides a way to intervene surgically to protect them both. According to, “A C-section might be planned ahead of time if you develop pregnancy complications or you’ve had a previous C-section and aren’t considering vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Often, however, the need for a first-time C-section doesn’t become obvious until labor is under way.” When a mother has health conditions like an unstable heart disease or high blood pressure, or when a baby has health concerns such as fluid on the brain, a C-section may be scheduled before labor ever starts. But in other cases, a C-section may become necessary when labor has already started for the following reasons:

The reasons for and risks of Caesarean delivery. by Dr. Charles Bowers

Stalled labor. When a mother’s cervix isn’t opening properly despite hours of labor or when a baby is too big to fit through the birth canal, labor is stalled and a C-section may be needed. Breech birth. When the baby is in an abnormal presentation like feet first or shoulder first, a C-section may be necessary.

Baby is in danger. During labor, if the baby’s heartbeat changes significantly or a doctor is concerned about the baby’s oxygen supply, a C-section offers a way to get the baby out quickly without prolonged health damage.

Problems with the placenta or the umbilical cord. Some typical birth complications include placental abruption (placenta detaches from the uterus before labor is completed), placenta previa (placenta covers opening of cervix), or problems with the umbilical cord (when it slips through the cervix before the baby or gets compressed during contractions), any of which threaten safe vaginal delivery.

Multiples. Mothers carrying multiple babies will often have one or more of the babies in an abnormal presentation, making vaginal delivery difficult.

Additionally, once a mother has had a C-section, it is often suggested to deliver future children the same way, depending on the type of incision and other factors.

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Risks of C-sections

A C-section is a major operation, and, like all major surgeries, it involves risks. Babies born after elective C-sections may have a greater chance of breathing problems at birth, as well as other injuries. For the mother, risks include: •Increased bleeding •Blood clots •Inflammation and infection of the uterus membrane •Reactions to anesthesia •Wound infection •Surgical injuries to bowel and bladder •Greater risks for future pregnancies


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s parents, it’s easy to feel pressured to throw our children perfect birthday parties they will remember forever. And, as a mom of two kids, I have had firsthand experience learning what works and what doesn’t when it comes to birthday party entertaining. And I’ve realized: Parties don’t have to be stressful! Here are my go-to entertaining tips to help your next birthday party or get together run smoothly. 1) Start with an empty dishwasher. Even with a small gathering, dirty dishes pile up fast. To save yourself from a post-party sink full of dishes plus a full dishwasher, be sure to run and clear the washer before guests arrive.

2) Prepare a family-friendly cheese platter or cheese-fruit kebabs. A cheese platter is a wonderful option for simple get-togethers as well as large parties. I like to serve unexpected but family-friendly and mild cheeses such as creamy Havarti or Gouda so even picky eaters are happy. Fruit kabobs offer a fantastic but simple way to serve fruit to kids. Layer grapes, strawberries, blueberries, or apples with your favorite kid-friendly cheese. The kabobs are perfect for grabbing and eating. (Just be careful that the skewers aren’t too sharp and are safely discarded after use).

3) Only place two items in the oven. In order to avoid a holdup at the oven, plan your menu to include no more than two items that need to be baked or heated. Unless you have an industrial-sized oven available (lucky you!), it’s difficult to time multiple baked items so they’ll be ready for the start of an event. Plus, cold foods are incredibly kid friendly and easy to prepare ahead of the party.With these types of munchies ready in the fridge, you can quickly satisfy hungry tummies at a moment’s notice. Don’t fret about preparing a four-course gourmet meal. Instead, make memories with your child and enjoy interacting with your guests.

5) Capture the moment. I usually try to carry a camera with me throughout the day to make sure I’m getting snapshots of special moments. Investing in a neck strap for your camera is worth it. It’s a lifesaver to have your hands free and ready to fill an empty glass or help with opening presents.Another option is to ask family or friends if they can help out. If you have a friend or sister who is a great photographer, she might not mind taking a few pics so that you get plenty of photos with your little ones. And, I always try to capture a few pictures before the party starts (while the kiddos are still clean!).

6) Have a two-bite maximum. Don’t serve anything that can’t be eaten in two bites, especially if you are hosting an event where children will be running around and adults will be standing most of the time. It makes conversation much easier when you are not fumbling around with a plate full of food, cutlery, and a beverage. One of my favorite kid-friendly recipes is a Havartiand-Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich that’s cut into snack-size quarters (see sidebar for recipe). 4) Pick a unique theme. My kids are constantly getting invited to birthday parties, and to ensure their own special days standout, I pick party themes that are as unique as they are. For inspiration, I look for theme ideas in the things my kids love, such as their favorite colors, books, animals, characters, etc. Once a concept is sparked, Pinterest offers additional resources to make the details happen.

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hether it’s your baby’s first birthday or a neighborhood get-together, always do what makes you feel most comfortable, festive, and lets you enjoy time with your guests. Hopefully these tips will not only get you through your next event, but also help keep planning fun, simple, and stress-free.


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BIRTHDAY DIRECTORY The Lizard Guys (908)722-1519 Fully certified and insured by the state of New Jersey, The Lizard Guys will spice up your next birthday party or special event with an educational show and tell that is perfect for kids ages 5 and up! Your Lizard Guys party host will show up to your home or party place dressed in an authentic jungle outfit, from boots to hat. Each fun and informative show entertains partygoers with approximately one-hour of interaction with nearly 10 various animals and a brief history about your child’s new friends that covers everything from what they eat to how they protect themselves. The animals range from five different categories, including lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, and bugs. To make the day even more memorable, The Lizard Guys always have a pocketful of plastic frogs and lizards to hand out as prizes and souvenirs. In addition to their birthday party programs, The Lizard Guys are available to appear at schools, grand openings, scout meetings, dinners, libraries, nature centers and all other occasions. Goodie bags are also available. Visit them at Mr. Giggles (973)379-6622 Parents will find anything and everything they need to turn their little boy or girl’s next birthday party into a huge success by inviting Mr. Giggles to the party! The perfect place to call for birthdays, anniversaries, bar/bat mitzvahs or any other special occasion, this fully licensed and insured company has been your full entertainment & music source since 1975. Mr. Giggles is home to an impressive line-up of entertainers and attractions that will satisfy even the pickiest party planner. Parents are welcome to choose from a wide variety of talented live entertainers including magicians, comedians, clowns, costumed char-

acters, puppeteers, Santas and more. If you’re looking to add a musical touch to your party, Mr. Giggles can provide an array of bands, DJs and musicians. Mr. Giggles can also help parents put together an assortment of fun and exciting theme parties from carnivals to a casino night! Don’t worry about waiting too long, because last minute calls are always welcome. Add some smiles, laughs and plenty of giggles to your next birthday party or special event by calling Mr. Giggles at (973)379-6622. Pop’s Pizza (201)270-7819 Mama Mia! What’s more fun than a pizza party? A Pizza Making Party where your children and their friends get to make a professional personal pizza in the comfort of your own home. Chef Jason leads groups of kids ages 4-11 through making delicious personal pizzas with full choice of toppings. Additional appetizers are also available. Parties include hats to decorate and keep, unique pizza-themed goodie bags and coloring pages. Pop’s Pizza staff will lead kids in fun and safe foodthemed games and activities, while the pizzas bake. All pots, pans, utensils, and supplies are provided. An oven is all that’s required. Your table and floor will be covered and protected. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.


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26 I parentguide News I June 2014 Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery is fully insured and possesses all necessary state permits. Allow them to educate while they entertain you and your family at your next birthday party. The program can also be tailored to the child’s favorite reptiles. They also provide animal cards for all the children to remember the party. Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery will gladly be available for scout meetings, schools, nature centers, libraries and all occasions. Take this unique opportunity to touch live snakes, turtles, lizards, and frogs. Meet Butterscotch the 15-foot python, Tiny the turtle and Spike the Bearded Dragon or Junior the alligator! With their energetic style and passion for reptiles, children and families can laugh and learn together. Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery uses humor to occupy the children for a whole hour! A break for all you parents out there! They bring nature to you and hope to inspire others to take an appreciation for the environment and nature’s creatures. Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery will donate a portion of the profits to the Endangered Species Program in NJ. For more information visit their website at www. or call (201)230-2415. Wings of Magic Your First Stop for Laughter, Fun & Magic! (908)803-5179 Wings of Magic is the creation of Magician and Variety Entertainer Mark A.S. Dolson, who has helped make events unforgettable for Six Flags, Radio Disney, Caesar’s Resorts, IBM, Etc. and hundreds of private events. Magic Shows are Mark’s specialty. All of Mark’s shows are full of laughter with lots of audience participation, along with your choice of theme characters ranging from Traditional Magic, to Princes, to Pirates, to Clowns, to the popular Wizard, and many others. The guest of honor is always the star of the Grande Finale. In most shows Mark will levitate the child of honor! Wings of Magic offers shows of many sizes, from simple shows for smaller groups to larger shows, transforming a magic show into a more theatrical experience, with lighting, special effects, music, etc. Mark can provide you with both sit down and strolling entertainment. Every show is custom made to make your event truly special. Wings of Magic offers Magic Shows, Balloon Sculpture, Goodie Bags, Stilt Walking, Temporary Tattoos, Sand Art, Spin Art, Games & Prizes, Slime Lab, Face Painting and more. Check out or call (908)803-5179 to make the magic happen!


At Their Place Bazaar Star Beadery 216 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07452 (201)444-5144 Looking for a place to create your very own wearable art? Why not take a trip to the Bazaar Star Beadery, the eccentric and whimsical store that offers you everything you need to bead the day away. Or planning a party? They can host your next Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, child’s birthday party, ladies night, Girl Scout jewelry badge party or just about any bead event you can think of! There are a multitude of different projects to choose from which means you’ll never get tired of creating and finding new ideas for your next party. Great for all kinds of children and adults alike, bead parties are a great way to re-introduce people to creative expression. Walk-in’s are always welcome as you can pull up a chair and bead to your hearts content with on-site instruction, or join in on one of the classes offered Monday, Friday and Saturday each month. They have many options for your child’s celebration, be it big or small, Bazaar Star Beadery can design a party that’s right for you. Give them a call and they’ll be happy to assist you.


Chocolate Etc. 382 Main St., Wyckoff, NJ 07481 (201)891-3711 Come celebrate your child’s birthday with a creative party at Chocolate Etc! Recently doubled in size to accommodate more parties and a larger showroom to their homemade chocolates, personalized favors, candy bar wrappers and cake making supplies. Candy and chocolate sold by the pound sits side by side with the most delicious, ready to eat, mouth watering gift baskets! For those who want to try making chocolate at home, Chocolate Etc. has an entire line of molds, melting chocolates, lollipop sticks and toppings for the beginner as well as the most discerning chocolate maker. Chocolate Etc.’s birthday party packages for ages 5 and up are held 7 days a week and can accommodate up to 23 children. Partygoers gather in the store’s private party rooms for both a fun and creative experience where they will melt, mold, decorate and create their very own chocolates that they each take home in their own box, along with a mold and a diploma. Parties are also available in the early part of the day, which is perfect for Kindergarteners and children with 1/2 day schedules. The party rooms do sell out so you are encouraged to book your parties well in advance. For more details call Chocolate Etc. at (201)891-3711. • 212-213-8840

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe Ice Vault Skating Arena Locations in Englewood, Jersey City, Woodcliff Lake, 10 Nevins Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470 Wyckoff, NJ and Bronxville, NY (973)628-1500 (201)848-4088 Ice Vault Skating Arena is the tri-state area’s newest multi-rink facility! Featuring two impressive NHL-sized ice rinks this 76,000-square-foot, Looking to add a touch of spice to your child’s next birthday celebrastate-of-the-art family recreational facility is home to Ice Rentals, Rection without heading south of the border? Then take an unforgettable 19 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 reation Leagues, Public Skating, Figure Skating, Open Hockey, Youth trip to the moon! The Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, that is. With four and Adult Leagues, a fully stocked Pro Shop, Skating Camps and an convenient locations throughout the Bergen County area and one in Westchester, the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe presents visitors of all ages : # to life by a unique lightwith a bright, airy atmosphere that is FAx brought ing style and artistic decor. An outgoing, child-friendly staff is always waiting to greet your little ones. The Blue Moon is fully equipped om: iSSue DAte: to provide the party of a lifetime for as few as 10 to as many as 60 to A kids ages 4 and up. Your party guests will take part in a fun-filled celebration that includes a mouth-watering menu. Children will love Please call or fax yourofcomments and/or Blue Moon’s delicious selection Chips and Salsa; BurgersoK. and Fries; Beef or Chicken Tacos; Grilled Cheese; Pasta and Hot Dogs. Families can choose from buffet style or table service. For your added convegNAture oF APProvAl: nience, Blue Moon can also provide a birthday cake and all of your paper goods. Families are always welcome to liven up the festivities by inviting their own entertainer to the party. Children’s birthday parties at the Blue Moon are available 7 days a week! In addition to their wonderful birthday party packages, the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe also offers take-out, private parties and catering for all occasions. Call their main office today at (201)848-4088 to find out more!


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BIRTHDAY DIRECTORY abundance of programs to keep you or your family occupied for year round ice fun! And if you are looking to provide your child with a “cool” celebration on his or her next birthday, then Trustcompany Bank Ice Vault is the place to be! Their fun-filled, two-hour party packages provide your young guests with an hour of skating fun, time in the decorated private party room, skate rentals, their very own office party attendant, delicious food, favors and candy, tokens to the Ice Vault’s arcade, and a free skating pass for future use! The birthday child will receive a free Ice Vault T-shirt to make the celebration even more memorable. And to make the festivities as enjoyable for mom and dad as it is for the kids, Ice Vault lets you sit back and relax while they handle everything, from invitations to the personalized ice cream cake! This breathtaking new facility directly serves the Northern and North Central New Jersey area but also offers programs such as Euro Hockey, customized clinics and tournaments to accommodate all New Jersey residents. So find out more about some of the “coolest” programs and parties around by paying a visit to Ice Vault Skating Arena today!

birthday parties. Imagine That! specializes in private parties too! The appeal to children is obvious. Imagine That! provides children with a myriad of activities in a wonderful setting. Imagine That!! is proud to say they have been orchestrating children’s birthday parties for over 24 years. Customizing parties is “matter of fact.” From Kosher to Indian cuisine to anything in between, it’s all possible. They provide a birthday experience that will never be forgotten and your children will feel the same way. Drop in and party with Imagine That!

The Little Gym Englewood South, NJ (201)567-8880 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ (201)288-5556 Waldwick, NJ (201)445-4444 Wayne, NJ (973)305-0600 Fitness is fun! As a complete kids’ fitness center, The Little Gym offers loads of fantastic physical activities for infants to 12-year-olds. Birthday parties are guaranteed to be a high-impact celebration. Children of all ages and abilities enjoy participating in a variety of fitness fun Imagine That! Children’s Museum and games. There’s even an obstacle course! The Little Gym offers 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932 Gymnastics, Karate, General Fitness and Sports Development Parties (973)966-8000 where children learn, practice and play a favorite sport. Basketball, football, baseball or soccer—little athletes take their pick. All activiA children’s museum located five minutes off Rt.10 and Livingston ties are non-competitive and foster self-esteem and confidence. EvMall, Imagine That! offers over 50 hands-on exhibits including an aueryone is a winner! As an added attraction, children hang on for the thentic fire truck, real plane, dance area, science room, Dr./Dentist and time of their lives on a cable ride that takes them flying from one end multicultural area. With more than 16,000 square feet, the museum of the gym to the other. All activities are closely supervised by trained lets children take a voyage on the high seas on the deck of the pirate instructors who put safety first. The hour and a half parties include an ship or visit a two-story playscape. All exhibits stress learning using hour of activity followed by a half hour of celebrating in a decorated children’s andYork, hands-on participation. Touching is encourparty room. There is only one party held at a time so the birthday 9 Park Avenue South, imagination 13th Floor, New NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 aged at Imagine That! Visitors will also enjoy the new impressive train child always feels special. The Little Gym does everything from sendlayout. They offer pirate, fire fighter, princess, dance and other themed ing out invitations and supplying paper goods & balloons to adding snacks, pizza, juice and dessert to the festivities! The new modern faFAx # cility is air-conditioned, fully carpeted and ready to hold your child’s next birthday party!



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Medieval Times The Meadowlands Castle 149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071-0327 (888)935-6878 In the mood for some old-fashioned fun? Medieval Times invites you to come celebrate more than 20 years of feasting, fighting and fun! A popular dinner attraction for all ages, Medieval Times Castles features a two-hour dinner and live show based upon authentic medieval history. Guests enjoy a four-course medieval banquet while witnessing brave knights compete on horseback in games of skill, jousting matches and swordfights. Admission includes a four-course dinner, beverages and a live show. Parking is free. In addition to their regular daily schedules, Medieval Times is the perfect place to celebrate the next birthday of the young Lord or Lady of your own castle! Their special action-packed birthday party packages include preferred seating, an individual photo with the King or Queen, a cheering banner, birthday cake, and an announcement in honor of the birthday child during the performance! Medieval Times is located west of Giants Stadium and just minutes from mid-town Manhattan. Other locations include Hanover, MD; Lawrenceville, GA; Kissimmee, FL; Schaumburg, IL; Myrtle Beach, SC; Dallas, TX; Buena Park, CA; and Toronto, Ontario. Call the number above for reservations and further information. New Jersey Children’s Museum 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652 (201)262-2638, ext. 10 Have an unforgettable birthday party for your child at the New Jersey Children’s Museum! Designed for preschoolers, you and your guests


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lthough we associate it mostly with carefree fun, there is also science involved in child’s play. The latest educational research shows that from infancy on, play teaches us the valuable skills needed to strengthen our bodies and develop our brains. Play improves a child’s ability to identify, sort, react to, and expand upon the information presented to him in an environment. Children learn best by experiencing the world with their senses. They need to see, feel, hear, smell, and even taste things to understand them fully. A child is in an optimal learning situation when he participates in activities that utilize his senses. This is called “sensory play.” The more children use their senses, the more completely they learn. The science of play actually starts at conception! Playfully, to build leg and abdominal muscles, an unborn infant uses his legs to push off a uterine wall, causing him to flip and tumble. Once a child is born and through his adolescence, he should be surrounded by materials that invite use of the senses and provide quality learning opportunities. Engaging the senses during exploration enables children to develop communication, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Self-confidence and social development increase as children master what they are trying to achieve. More importantly, sensory play leads to imaginative play, which is crucial for emotional and cognitive development. Imagination helps children anticipate scenarios, too. When my children were growing up, I created a learning wonderland in our house based on research I conducted while at Johns Hopkins University. You, too, can make sensory-rich environments or scenarios for your kids. All you need to do is clear out an area like the basement, family room, or even the garage to use for playtime. Next, rummage through closets, storage items, and your kitchen to find creative learning tools. Then, pull it all together while being especially conscious of the five senses, which can be incorporated in the following ways: 30 I parentguide News I June 2014

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baking can offer a great way to boost math skills while stimulating the senses. With a chocolate chip cookie recipe, all of those spoon, cup, liquid, and solid measurements enable math practice and tickle the sense of smell. Another time, try creating a “smell test” station with dip sticks in oils, perfumes, and other aromatherapy items (being mindful of allergies and sensitive noses, of course).

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to explore and see the world with scavenger hunts and nature discovery. Find tips to foster nature-based activities at www.parentguidenews. com/Articles/NaturalSplendor. In a different play session, bring out some black lights, and see the kinds of effects they create on different colors and surfaces. The lights can also be used for calming behavior.

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special headphone experience by streaming a range of different sounds like music, banging, drumming, etc., through them. In addition, your children can form a rock band with microphones, bongos, and tambourines.



Make a sensory diet of taste experiences through cooking with varied flavors, taste testing, and even food fights!


Try to keep on hand a truckload of art supplies like clay, paint, putty, “slime,” canvas, plastic, and more. In the summer, employ water toys of all types and sizes for a fully tactile (and wet!) experience.

Some other fun, sensory-rich learning activities to try are game nights, creating photo exhibitions and art galleries, rock collecting and polishing, knitting, sewing, and carpentry. Within the context of free multi-sensory play, children learn how to make friends; use motor skills; and assimilate the symbols required to read, write, and calculate. You can’t go wrong as long as you keep learning and fun in mind! Anything you do will be a success when you make a conscious effort to be as creative as you can. The more sensory-rich your fun zone, the more scientific your play becomes. You’ll be amazed by how much your children can teach themselves. Your child’s growth in strength will also help him feel peace, comfort, joy, and a positive attitude of “Yes, I can!”

Louise Weadock is a registered child psychiatric nurse with 30 years of ASD/SID research experience, including research at Johns Hopkins University. She is the founder of the 18,000-square-foot family gym, WeeZee-The Science of Play, at 480 Bedford Road in Chappaqua, New York.


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Special Needs, Health & Fitness Services Close to Home Special Needs Abilities Therapy Network Speech/Language Pathologist - Terri Delmonico, MA, CCC-SLP Occupational Therapist - Andrea Delmonico, MS, OTR/L 700 Godwin Ave., Suite 120, Midland Park, NJ 07432 (201)447-0303 Abilities Therapy Network is a developmental, Speech/Language Therapy & Occupational Therapy Center, providing children and adults with the comprehensive and individualized tools necessary to reach their highest potential to become successful members of their family, classroom, and community. Services available include screening, evaluation, individual and group treatment, and consultation. Specialty services: PROMPT, AAC, Feeding/Swallowing, Sensory Integration, SIPT, “Handwriting Without Tears,” “Astronaut Training,” “Therapeutic Listening,” Adapted Dance and Yoga. Occupational therapy services are delivered in a fully-equipped sensory gym. Terri Delmonico is a speech and language pathologist with 25 years of practice in the Bergen County schools from PreK -12th grade. She has experience in working with articulation and auditory processing difficulties, receptive/expressive language delays, stuttering, and apraxia. She has received special training in AAC, Oral/Motor Disorders, Feeding/Swallowing Disorders, PROMPT Therapy, Floortime, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Andrea Delmonico is an occupational therapist with a specialization in sensory integration, as well as neurological, cognitive, and orthopedic rehabilitation. She is a certified Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) evaluator. She has received special training in “Handwriting Without Tears” and “Therapeutic Listening.” Andrea is also a dance instructor and adapted dance specialist. She has developed adapted dance and yoga programs for children with special needs with a focus on socialization. Berger Learning Group, LLC 31-11 Broadway, Fair lawn, NJ (201)742-5298 The Berger Learning Group, LLC, is a private Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) center in Northern New Jersey serving children, ages 15 months to 16 years, with autism, developmental delays and behavioral challenges. The group’s director, Diane Berger, MA, BCBA, is a board-certified behavior analyst and certified special education teacher in New Jersey and New York. Behavioral services offered at the Berger Learning Group include supervision and coordination of home and school programs, parent training, positive behavior intervention plans, functional behavior assessments, as well as a reading comprehension program based on concept imagery and adjusted for children with autism and other delays. Cognitive skills, language/communication, play skills and social skills are addressed and strengthened through one-toone ABA/VB instruction as well as weekly group sessions. Self-help skills such as toileting, dressing and self-feeding along with management of problem behaviors are also a major focus of the Group. Diane and her team of highly-trained ABA instructors provide individualized programming to meet each child’s specific needs as well as provide families with the training they require to support their child’s progress in generalizing new skills. 32 I parentguide News I June 2014

Good Talking People, LLC 111 Galway Place, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (201)837-8371 / (201)837-1668 Good Talking People, LLC is a well-established private practice in Speech Language Pathology made up of licensed and certified clinicians with over 25 years of experience. They provide diagnostic and intervention services for toddlers, children, adolescents and adults with speech language problems. Good Talking People, LLC has established a wonderful working relationship with many audiologists, dieticians, physicians, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists and various school professionals throughout Northern New Jersey, and the New York Metropolitan area. Their services include: Speech Language Evaluations, focusing on speech, language, voice, fluency, oral motor and social skills; Speech Language Therapy, offering individual sessions specifically designed to meet the needs of each client; Social Thinking and Communication Programs, running small group sessions designed to improve understanding of social situations; Preschool Screenings; Workshop and Training Services; School Social Skill Program; and a Parent Network & Referral program, designed to assist families facing new challenges by networking with others who have had experience in the area. Good Talking People, LLC is also an official certified provider of Fast ForWord, a computer training program by Scientific Learning Corporation. Horizon Speech Therapy Services (201)214-7643 Horizon Speech Therapy Services® is a private clinical practice serving northern New Jersey. It was created to provide quality Speech and Language Services for a variety of Speech and Language Disorders. Founder Susan Rothschild is a Speech-Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed by the State of New Jersey. Horizon specializes in pediatric speech therapy, including: Early Intervention (0-3 years), Preschool (4-5 years), School Age (6+ years), High School and College. Research has shown that children learn the most when they are in a natural environment that they feel comfortable in, which is why Horizon brings their services to you! All speech and language services are provided in the client’s home, daycare or school, depending on the client’s preference. They make it their job to get to know each client as an individual and access their specific needs, so they may be better equipped to set goals based on their strengths and weaknesses. Find out more about what Horizon can do for you, by calling (201)214-7643 today to schedule an appointment or visit them on the web at for more information. Sensory TKD of Bergenfield 155 South Washington Ave., Bergenfield, NJ (201)384-2424 Sensory TKD of Bergenfield is the first neuroscience inspired martial arts program. They specialize in training children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Dyspraxia and PDD. Children undergo a complete health history, unique functional neurological exam, nutritional and behavioral assessment. This information contributes to the customized Taekwon-Do and exercise intervention that best addresses each child’s individual challenges. Their Taekwon-Do instructors have extensive training to integrate

Special needs & Health & BIRTHDAY Fitness DIRECTORY tions to Taekwon-Do during the sessions. They are skilled at observing and detecting strengths and weakness so that the appropriate TaekwonDo intervention can be applied. This program began in 2006 when Chiropractor Dr. Kerry Escamilla who is also a student of functional neurology noticed improvements in his own difficulties with attention and impulsivity. Completing extensive courses in functional neurology, early child learning and behavioral disabilities, functional medicine and his own self study in sensory integration made the program what it is today. They pride themselves on providing a physically and psychologically safe environment. Many children who have not previously shown interest in physical activity are struck with new found enthusiasm for Sensory Taekwon-Do. Parents regularly witness transformations in coordination, strength, and self-esteem. For more information call (201)384-2424.

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Many people think Puerto Rico is all about piña coladas and hotel spa treatments. Not so! There’s oodles to do outside resort walls for kids and adults. Read on for the top five picks for family fun on the island that boasts it all: beaches, deserts, caves, rivers, and a rainforest.

1) Old San Juan

Viejo San Juan (as locals know it) is a seven-square-block area of cobblestone streets and pigeon-filled plazas. Quaint and charming, it’s more reminiscent of a European city like Barcelona than an old Caribbean port. It’s the perfect place for relaxed strolling with kids. There are parks and plazas around practically every corner, and the area’s not hurting for kid-friendly, yet authentic food. Head straight for El Morro National Monument, a fort surrounded by gargantuan stone walls and cannons. Built way back in 1540, it’s pretty much a maze filled with tunnels, dungeons, ramps, and secret passageways. Bring spare change to buy a kite to fly on its vast grassy area, where kids can run free while you savor the fabulous views of San Juan Bay.

2) El Yunque

A rainforest is part of the United States — who knew? El Yunque National Forest is super-accessible. Only an hour from metropolitan San Juan, this hotspot places you in thick of the jungle. You can drive right in and park within just a few steps of plenty of cool observation areas, waterfalls, hiking trails and lookout points. There’s also a welcome center to get a better grip on what to see. Kids get a huge thrill out of all the coquis, a.k.a. tree frogs, which make non-stop “ko-key” noises. Keep your eyes peeled for the Puerto Rican Amazon parrot, one of the most endangered birds in the world, but don’t hold your breath — spotting one isn’t a sure thing. Bring rain gear — it is, after all, a rainforest, and 100 billion gallons of rainwater is dumped on it every year.

3) Ponce

Drive to the southern side of the island to find calmer waters — the south touches the Caribbean Sea, while the north is on the Atlantic Ocean — and a genuine feel for local living. Go to the town square for the Old Ponce Fire Station (Parque de Bombas). It’s an awesome firehouse painted with bold

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red and black stripes and a surefire kids’ attention-grabber. Then walk over to Ponce’s boardwalk, Paseo Tablado La Guancha, for good local eats and a ferry ride to Coffin Island, which has gorgeous beaches and an old lighthouse.

4) Rio Camuy Cave Park

The cool factor in the caves at this locale is through the roof. It’s the third-largest cave system in the world, formed more than a million years ago. Translation: Convincing kids to visit is as good as done. The trails take you 200 feet down into the earth. You can take a trolley ride through the caves and sinkholes, which have some odd types of fish (they’re blind!), plenty of bats, and tons of ferns. Go on your own or prearrange a guided tour; either is an adventure. This isn’t just a way to kill an hour — plan on an entire day. Bring a picnic lunch, a camera to record all those crazy stalactites and stalagmites, and some extra coin for souvenirs.

5) Your hotel

Yes, my favorite Puerto Rican adventures are outside hotel walls. But truth be told, some of the best family resorts in the world are in Puerto Rico, so why not sink your teeth into them? Most offer multiple pools, gobs of beach activities, lively family events, a fully equipped recreation center, and a daily kids’ club. Spending a few days on the property is just plain good judgment! My suggestion: Alternate between active excursions and leisurely resort days and you’ll go home relaxed, refreshed, and revived.

Where to Stay

- Top pick: El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort that has its own private island and beach, an onsite water park, dozens of water activities, restaurants galore, and kids’ adventures around every corner. - Another good choice: The Caribe Hilton, which is close to Old San Juan, has plenty of pool action and grounds with peacocks, swans, turtles, and a rooster or two.

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Summer Day Trips & Family Vacations Beaches Resorts (800)BEACHES With three spectacular locations in Turks and Caicos and Jamaica, and soon a fourth in Barbados, and a fifth in Antigua; Beaches Resorts is the ultimate getaway for every member of the family. With outrageous waterparks, XBOX Play Lounge, the Scratch DJ Academy, exclusive Kids Camps, teen nightclubs, Certified Nannies, Butler service, and Red Lane Spas, Beaches Resorts provides an unrivaled experience in the Caribbean. As a proud sponsor of Sesame Street, Beaches Resorts also offers the Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street, where kids can spend their vacation with their favorite friends from the Sesame Street gang with daily activities and weekly stage shows. Beaches Resorts are also the perfect destination wedding and vow renewal venue, offering unrivaled choices for your most special day and the opportunity for the whole family to celebrate together with FamilyMoons. For more information, please visit

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Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Pier 83, W. 42nd St., NYC 10036 (212)563-3200 If you want to experience the best of New York, a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise is for you. Whether it’s seeing the skyline from a new perspective, or capturing a landmark photo, they help you make that memory. Circle Line has hosted more than 60 million guests since 1945 and is considered “America’s Favorite Boat Ride.” They have something for everyone. Choose from five different leisurely tours including the famous FullIsland Cruise, the landmark-spotting Semi-Circle Cruise, the quick and easy Liberty Cruise or the sunset Harbor Lights cruise. New this year, all cruises include all new tour content created in partnership with the New-York Historical Society, creating an enthralling narrative of the history, culture and landscape that make New York Iconic. The thrill seekers in the family can take a ride aboard the BEAST Speedboat– a 30-minute ride of pure excitement! Special event cruises include the popular Kids Cruise series (May 31, June 21, July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23, and October 25), fantastic Fourth of July fireworks cruises and family-friendly Bear Mountain cruises in the fall. Visit or find Circle Line on Facebook for more information on this relaxing and fun way to see the world’s most famous skyline.

TRAVEL DIRECTORY Discovery Times Square 226 W. 44th St., NYC 10036 This summer, Discovery Times Square will host the world premiere of Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The Exhibition (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network), based on the global box-office smash film franchise: Marvel’s The Avengers. This exhibition is a completely interactive experience that brings visitors into the cinematic world of Marvel’s The Avengers. Bringing to life the science behind Super Heroes, fans of all ages participate in a simulated recruitment, as if they were being trained as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and get a first hand look at intelligence files, classified studies, and experiments behind Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and more. Also at DTS this summer is the exhibit named one of CNN’s Top Ten “global must-see exhibitions,” The Art of the Brick. The world’s largest display of LEGO art ever now features brand new pieces by artist Nathan Sawaya including a ground-breaking LEGO art and photography collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Don’t miss this critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world— LEGO bricks. Log on to www. for more information.


daily June 21-Labor Day, September 1. Smugglers’ Notch Vermont 4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Smugglers’ Notch, VT 05464 1(866)771-3717 In the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Smugglers’ Notch Resort provides all the ingredients for a perfect summer family vacation. All you need to do is add your family! No other family summer resort offers such a wide variety of programs and activities. The FamilyFest and Adventure Connection vacation packages include accommodations in a comfortable, fully equipped condominium home, unlimited access to four waterparks including eight pools, and four waterslides, award-winning kids’ programs for ages 6 weeks-17 years, guided hikes, walks and much more. All just a short walk or an on-demand-shuttle ride to the Village Center with dining and shopping. The SimplySmuggs vacation package offers the same family activities and makes kids’ programs available at a significant discount. The ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tour adds a heightened level of excitement to your experience. Soar down more than 4,000 feet of zip lines, cross suspension bridges, rappel from trees— it’s the adventure of a lifetime. Smugglers’ offers a perfect, self-contained resort village where your family can relax, have fun and reconnect. For more than 50 years, Smugglers’ Notch has been helping families create memories that last a lifetime! Call (866)771-3717 or visit to make your reservation today! • 212-213-8840

Land of Make Believe Route 80, Exit 12, Hope, NJ 07844 (908)450-9000 Land of Make Believe is celebrating its 60th incredible “Pirate’s Escape,” and thanking its loyal patrons with a chance to win a new Ford Escape (No purchase necessary.) LOMB’s secret is, it was specifically built for parents to participate with their children. A magical amusement park and a pirate-themed, state-of-the-art waterpark features short lines, free parking, low prices and awesome family fun. Extraordinary summer fun awaits you & your family for a full day of river tubing, water slides, hayrides, roller coaster, ferris wheel, 1863 train ride, tilt-a-whirl, talking scare crow, old McDonald’s farm, carousel, and the list goes on. Bring your own food and enjoy the beautiful picnic grove. Safe, wholesome family atmosphere is just down the road, minutes away, your perfect day trip destination. Visit Facebook or The 2014 Grand Opening is slated for Memorial Weekend, including Monday. The park remains open June Weekends, and

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It’s time to cast off heavy socks and boots in favor of open-toed shoes and sandals. As your feet emerge from hibernation, consider thes following tips for summer foot care.

Sporting sandals? Stability, support, and protection should be top-of-mind when you’re sandal shopping. Look for a sandal with a low, stable sole and a heel cup that allows it to remain properly aligned on your foot while you walk. A toe cap will keep your toes from being stubbed. And don’t forget arch support, which helps distribute pressure evenly and makes sandals more comfortable. What about flip-flops? They’re everywhere, and while they may have a limited place in your warm-weather wardrobe, flip-flops should not be worn as an everyday summer shoe. Flip-flops provide zero support for your feet and ankles, and their structure leaves you open to toe stubs and ankle injuries. Limit your flip-flop use to the poolside or for short strolls up the block. Never wear them on uneven terrain. Pass the sunscreen. When you’re slathering on sunscreen everywhere else, remember your feet need sun protection, too. The upper surface of the foot generally lies perpendicular to the rays of the sun when standing. This positioning makes your feet susceptible to more ultraviolet radiation than other parts of the body.

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June 5: Mommy & Me Class, World of Wings, 1775 Windsor Road, Teaneck, (201)833-4650, Moms are invited to step inside World of Wings and spend some quality time with their little ones in a delightful morning program. Held again on June 12, 19, and 26. 10 - 11am.


June 8: Mother-Daughter Yoga Class, The Sukha Arts Center, 76 Schraalenburgh Road, Harrington Park, (201)857-2455, www. Discover a great way for mom to slow down and spend time with her little one in a relaxing mother-daughter yoga class. No previous yoga experience is necessary. 4pm.

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June 1: Crafts in the Park, Veterans Park, Westwood, (201)6661340. Veterans Park provides the picturesque setting for a day long event that includes a wide variety of merchandise for sale, from handmade jewelry, art, photography and pottery, to soaps, candles, crafts and much more. 10am-5pm. June 1: Montvale Street Fair, Paragon Drive, Montvale, www. Start off the brand new month by paying a visit to this day-long celebration for the whole family. 10am-5pm.

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June 1: Pottery Classes and Workshops, Wortendyke Pottery Studio, 211 Greenwood Ave., Midland Park, (201)652-5882, Children, teens and adults are invited to get creative this spring in hands-on classes. Sessions run through June 28.

June 9: The George Washington Bridge Challenge, Port Authority office, Fort Lee, Race across one of the world’s busiest bridges as the American Cancer Society sponsors an event that includes 5 and 10K distances for walkers and runners, and cycling routes that range from 4 to 63 miles.




June 11 and 12: Free Trial Classes, Mariann’s School of Dance, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, (201)261-1207, www.mariansdance. com. Children ages 2½ through adults from beginner to advanced skill levels are welcome to drop in throughout the day to take part in classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre and creative movement.


June 14: The Quest 5k For Autism, Ridgewood Wild Duck Pond, 1100 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, Quest Autism Foundation and Bergen Physical Therapy present an inaugural 5K to help raise much needed funds for Quest. The day includes a scenic 5k course, followed by a post race party that includes music, food and games for all.



June 8: Vintage Marketplace & Gourmet Food Truck Fest, 1050 Wall Street West, Lyndhurst, This Inaugural event will feature exhibitors selling antiques, vintage items and collectibles, as well as gourmet food trucks, live music and a beer and wine garden. 11am-7pm.


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June 14: Monster Jam, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, (201)5591515, The Path of Destruction Tour stars the biggest performers on four wheels, including a variety of twelve-feet tall, ten-thousand pound machines that will bring you to your feet! 7pm. June 14: Seasonal Scavenger Hunt, The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, (201)568-6093, Families ages 4-adult will receive a set of clues to help solve nature riddles along the Nature Center trails. Each family will need to work as a team to complete the hunt and receive a small prize. 2pm.

June 15: Fourth Annual Wheels for Meals, Jewish Family Service, 1485 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, (201)837-9090, www. This annual event will be held on Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day to raise money for the JFS Meals on Wheels program, as well as its food pantry. 7am-noon. June 15: Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Cruise, Lincoln Harbor, Weehawken, (866)483-3866, Celebrate the special man in your life as Spirit Cruises presents this holiday event that includes live entertainment, DJ, dancing, breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, and more. Lunch and dinner cruises available.


June 17 - 30 June 17: Summer Programs, Art for Learning, Englewood, (201)503-9796, Discover fabulous summer programs for children in grades 1-10. Participants will enjoy field trips and hands-on activities in a variety of art media. Offered in weekly sessions through August 16.


June 24: Cresskill Performing Arts, locations in Cresskill and Englewood, Children as young as age 3 through teens who love to perform are sure to love this fun and fully interactive summer program. Runs through August 30.


June 30: Nature Day Camp, The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, (201)568-6093, www.tenaflynaturecenter. org. Campers will have fun exploring the solar system and our own home planet in a week-long camp session that focuses on the wonders of the universe. Pre registration required. Runs through July 3. 9am-3:30pm.

June 14: To Market Flea Market & Collectible Show, Main Memorial Park, 1400 Main Ave., Clifton, Spend your day strolling through an outdoor flea market featuring a wide variety of jewelry, clothing, handbags, perfumes, vintage collectibles, garage/ tag sale items, and so much more! 9am-4pm. fun for kids and the whole family, the park hosts an afternoon of great live music. 12-4pm. June 5: Creative Grove Artist Market, Grove Street and Christopher Columbus Drive, Jersey June 15: Family FunCity, A destination and place to relax, play and express yourself, Creative Grove is aFamily meetingFun place, Spring Day,market, art experiment and scene that involves the public, promotes art and culture, and builds community The as Hoboken space a forumMuseum, for dialogue and exchange. Presented again on 1301 Hudson St., 3-9pm. HoboJune 12, 19, and 26.

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June 5: Uptown Storytime, ThisThe Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, special afternoon event for(201)656-2240, Children and an adult companion are invited to enjoy a the whole family features hours ofMetsch. fun with arts, crafts, few cool stories led by librarian Penny





games, entertainers, and history. 12-4pm.

June 17-19: Dinosaur and Mineral Adventure, The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, (201)5686093, www.tenaflynaturecenter. org. Children ages 5-12 are invited to excavate fossils, create a shark tooth necklace, build a dinosaur model, crack open crystal filled geodes, and hanve plenty of hands on fun.





June 1 - 7

June 1: Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard Jersey City, Jersey City, (201)200-1000, Inspired by the top-rated kids show, the exhibition offers hands on Clifford themed adventures designed to help young children learn to share, play fair, believe in themselves, and help others. Runs daily through July 31. June 1: Riverview Jazz Festival, Riverview Fisk Park, Ogden Ave. between Griffith and Bowers Sts., Jersey City, www.visithudson. org, Featuring lots of fun for

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Calendarof Events June 6: Jersey City Slam, Grassroots Community Space, 54 Coles St., Jersey City, Designed to make creative members of the community feel totally safe and welcome, this inspiring weekly gathering in the heart of the artist community in downtown Jersey City gives people a chance to get on stage and showcase their original poetry. Presented again on June 13, 20, and 27. 9-11pm. June 7: Bierfest Saturdays, Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City, (201)721-8888, www. This Jersey City Biergarten is casual with community seating, relaxed atmosphere and good times. Come out and taste some of the best food Jersey City has to offer, enjoy casual seating, a relaxed atmosphere and sample more than 144 draft lines of European beers and American craft brews. Presented again on June 14, 21, and 28. 9-11pm. June 7: Story Time, The Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, (201)200-1000, Children ages 2-5 are invited to enjoy a fun and fully interactive program that brings together classic stories with a hightech twist. Presented again on June 14, 21, and 28.

June 9 - 21 June 9: Non Fiction Night - Jersey City Writers, John’s Kitchen Cafe, 109 Columbus Drive, Jersey City, www.johnskitchencafe. com. This workshop is designed to help writers produce compelling nonfiction. Each night the group will review works from three members to offer advice for improvement. Presented again on June 23. Free. 6:30-8:30pm. June 19: Uptown Storytime, The Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, (201)656-2240, Children ages 2 - 5 and an adult companion are invited to enjoy a few cool stories led by librarian Penny Metsch. June 21: The 6th Annual Walk for Team Walker, Exchange Place, Jersey City, Demonstrating that children can blend academics and athletics, Team Walker tutors work to assist children in academic disciplines and supplement their classroom instruction. 9:30am.

All Month Long Saturdays in June: Mangia Hoboken! - The Hoboken Food and Culture Tour, Hoboken PATH Station, River St., Hoboken, (800)595-4849, The tour will focus on family-owned businesses, where everything is still made by hand and you have a good chance of running into the owner. There will also be stops at points of local historical interest such as the site of Frank Sinatra’s childhood home. 2pm. Ongoing Throughout The Summer: The Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, (201)200-1000, www. Come in from the cold this winter and treat your family to some of the hottest exhibits and attractions around. Schedules include: The Animation Traveling Exhibit, Art of Science Photo Exhibit, Flight of the Butterflies IMAX Film, and the We Explore: Into The Arctic Program. Ongoing through November 30: Beyond Rubik’s Cube, Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard Jersey City, Jersey City, (201)200-1000, The museum welcomes families to enjoy 7,000 square feet of games, puzzles, history, art and engineering all inspired by Erno Rubik’s best selling masterpiece. Ongoing: The Hoboken Historical Museum and Cultural Center, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, (201) 656-2240, www.hobokenmuseum. org. Formed in 1986, the Hoboken Historical Museum is a volunteer organization dedicated to stimulating and satiating public interest in Hoboken’s rich history! HHM pursues its mission through exhibits; lectures; a bi-monthly newsletter; a quarterly magazine, preservation projects; historic house, garden and walking tours; partnerships with allied organizations; and e-initiatives. Ongoing: The Hoboken-North Hudson YMCA, 1301 Washington St., (201)963-4100. Families are invited to take advantage of another great season of activities, including Morning playtime, toddler programs, swim lessons and more! Call for more detailed information about programs and fees. Ongoing: Sky Club Swim Sessions, Sky Club Fitness and Spa,

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125 Marshall St., Hoboken, (201)222-2582, www.skyclubfitness. co. Featuring the only salt-water pool in Northern New Jersey, Sky Club’s swim sessions are the perfect way to make new friends, have some fun and encourage fitness in your 7-14 year old swimmer.

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June 1 - 15 June 1: Atoms Hockey Program, The Ice Vault Skating Arena, 10 Nevins Drive, Wayne, (973)628-1500, Children ages 10 and younger who like hockey will love the fun and fully interactive program that introduces beginner players to the basics of the game. Advance registration required. Weekly sessions run through June 30.

June 15: Dad’s Day Rebuilding Together Bergen County Father’s Day 5K, Saddle River County Park, Dunkerhook Section, Paramus, (201)447-8886. Celebrate Father’s Day during a family event and fundraiser that includes a 5K race and 2K walk. Registration begins at 8am.



June 7: Craft Fair and Massai Market, St. Michael’s Church, 1219 Ratzer Road, Wayne, (973)694-1026, St. Michael’s annual fundraising event includes a live DJ, international foods, fun things for the kids, and a wide variety of items for sale. 9am-6pm.

July 7 - 10: Jerrel Jernigan and Muhammad Wilkerson Football Training Camp, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, (973)720-2000, For more than 30 years, this top of14: the line camp has been dedicated to providing June Tofootball Market football instruction for aspiring young players and skill levels.

Flea Market & Collectible Show, Main Memorial Park, 1400 Main Ave., Clifton, Spend your day strolling through an outdoor flea Tuesdays in June: aZumba market featuring wide Fitness Classes, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 604ofValley Road, Clifton, New Jersey, (973)783-8999, www. variety jewelry, clothing, Ditch the same old workout and join the Zumba handbags, perfumes, vintage collectibles, garage/ tag sale items, and so much more! 9am-4pm.

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June 15: Flea Market & Collectible Show, Main Memorial Park, 1400 Main Ave., Clifton, This indoor and outdoor flea market offers a wide variety of jewelry, clothing, handbags, perfumes, vintage collectibles, garage/tag sale items and so much more!


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June 19: Free Health Screenings, The Willowbrook Mall, 1400 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, (973)785-1655, The Passaic County Public Health Partnership offers a helpful day of free health screenings. 11am-3:30pm. June 22: Jubilee Park Flea Market & Collectible Show, 915 Allwood Road & Clifton Ave., Clifton, This day-long outdoor show welcomes more than 75 vendors who will be offering an array of sports collectibles, clothing, dollar items, all types of jewelry, handbags, antiques, garage/tag sale items, comic books, vintage records, collectibles and more. 9am-5pm.


July 4: Annual Little Falls July Street Fair, Main St. & Stevens Ave., Little Falls, This day-long event for families include retail vendors, arts, crafts & photography exhibitors, promotional vendors, and local businesses or organizations, as well as the Kids Traveling Shindig! 10am-5pm.

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June 15: Family Fun Spring Family Fun Day, The Hoboken Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, (201)656-2240, www. This special afternoon event for the whole family features hours of fun with arts, crafts, games, entertainers, and history. 12-4pm.

June 17-19: Dinosaur and Mineral Adventure, The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, (201)5686093, www.tenaflynaturecenter. org. Children ages 5-12 are invited to excavate fossils, create a I parentguide News I 47 June 2014 shark tooth necklace, build a dinosaur model, crack open crystal filled geodes, and hanve plenty of hands on fun.

Calendarof Events party as certified instructor Jennifer Donayre-Manderichio leads a fast-paced class designed to burn hundreds of calories at a time! Thursdays in June: Zumba and Yoga, Vida Wellness Studio, 247 Crooks Ave., Clifton, (347)268-9940, Vida Wellness Studio hosts a special complimentary class to first time clients. Stop in for a great latin-style aerobic dance workout followed by an amazing yoga class. All levels welcome. 7-9pm. Saturdays Throughout June: Ninja Martial Arts for Children, • 212-213-8840 Passaic Bujinkan Buyu, 35 Harding Ave # 2, Clifton, New Jersey, (609)379-BUYU (2898), www.passaic-bujinkan-buyu.setec=: Museum Tours, Hamilton House Museum, 971 Valley Road, Clifton, (973)744-5707. Drop by the museum to learn how people lived in the past, as well as a little history of the area, during a weekly tour of the eye-catching restored Dutch farmhouse. 2-4pm.

Ongoing Throughout the Summer: Ice Skating for Families, The Ice Vault Skating Arena, 10 Nevins Drive, Wayne, (973)628-1500, Tie up your skates and treat your family to some of the coolest events on ice at Ice Vault. The state-of- the-art indoor skating facility offers something for everyone, including classes for tots, adults and hockey.


June 15: Family Fun Spring Family Fun Day, The Hoboken Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, (201)656-2240, www. This special afternoon event for the whole family features hours of fun with arts, crafts, games, entertainers, and history. 12-4pm.



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Ongoing Throughout the Summer: Soccer for Kids, Kiddie Soccer, various locations in Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic and Somerset Counties, (973)543-1197, The top of the line sports program that preschoolers areJune sure to 17-19: get a “kick” out of gets underway for another exciting spring season!



Dinosaur and Mineral Adventure, The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, (201)5686093, www.tenaflynaturecenter. org. Children ages 5-12 are invited to excavate fossils, create a shark tooth necklace, build a dinosaur model, crack open crystal filled geodes, and hanve plenty of hands on fun.







June 1 - 8

June 6: Pearl River Farmers’ Market, The River, 253 Ehrhardt Road, Pearl River, (914)806-5455. The market will feature conventional and organic produce from Hudson Valley farmers, fresh baked goods, cut flowers, children’s books, activities and entertainment for children, prepared food from Rockland Roots, and more. Fridays through October 31. 9am-2pm. June 7: Nyack Farmers’ Market, Municipal Parking Lot, Main St., Nyack, The Nyack Chamber of Commerce brightens your Saturday by highlighting local farmers and specialty food producers. Saturdays through November 22. 8am-1pm.


June 7: Tango in Nyack, Gagliardi Studio & Gallery, 39 Hudson Avenue, Nyack, (845)358-7031, Great people, a Tango lesson, special Tango instructor from NYC, refreshments and light snacks come together for one great night. Presented again on June 14, 21, and 28. 8pm.


June 7: Well-Strung - All Male Singing String Quartet, The Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack, (845)634-5729, ext. 307. As seen on The Today Show, this all-male string quartet takes you on a magical musical journey from Mozart and Vivaldi to Rihanna, Adele and Lady Gaga. 7pm.


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Spend your day strolling through an outdoor flea market featuring a wide June 8: Gay Pride Rockland Sunday!, Riverspace Parking Lot, Main variety of jewelry, clothing, Street, Nyack.perfumes, Everyone vinis welcome to enjoy a celebration filled handbags, June 15: Dad’s with music, vendors, Day entertainment, dancing, community leaders, tage collectibles, garage/ elected officials, family and children’s activities, a 22-foot slide, Rebuilding -12-5pm. tag saleTogether items, and so much more! 9am-4pm. bouncers, and more. Bergen County Father’s Day 5K, Saddle River County Park, Dunkerhook Section, Paramus, (201)447-8886. CelJune 15:Day Family Fun ebrate Father’s duringJune a family event and Highs and Lows, Cropsey Community Farm, 29: High Tunnel Spring Family Fun Day, 220 S. Little Road, New City, (845)634-3167 www.cropseyfundraiser thatTor includes The Hoboken Museum, CCF’s monthly workshopbegins series at for8am. families continues a 5K race and 2K walk. Registration Hudson St., Hobo- leads an in-depth tour of their state of as1301 farmer Joe Romero-Bosch the art (201)656-2240, growing facility.www. ken, This June 30: Summer Camp Fun, Deerkill Day Camp, 54 Wilder special afternoon event for Road, Suffern, (845)354-1466, This the whole family features hours of fun crafts, 3rd-generation, day camp for with boys arts, and girls age 3 to June 14:aentertainers, To family-owned Market history. 12-4pm. 15games, offers wide variety and of unforgettable indoor and outdoor daily

June 30: At the Circus Circus Summer Day Camp, Amazing Grace Circus, Grace Church, 130 First Ave., Nyack, (845)348-8740, Professional circus artists teach your 5-14 year olds circus skills such as clown routines, dancing, building human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, and more! Registration is required. Runs through August 8.

June 29 - July 1

activities their impressive 15 acre site in Rockland County. Flea Marketon & Collectible Summer sessions run through August 22. Show, Main Memorial Park, 1400 Main Ave., Clifton, Spend your day strolling June through an 17-19: outdoor flea market featuring wide Adventure, Dinosaur andaMineral variety of jewelry, clothing, The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 handbags, vin-(201)568Hudsonperfumes, Ave., Tenafly, tage6093, collectibles, garage/ www.tenaflynaturecenter. tag sale and so much more! org. items, Children ages 5-12 are in- 9am-4pm. vited to excavate fossils, create a shark tooth necklace, build a dinosaur model, crack open crystal filled geodes, and hanve plenty of hands on fun.

June 15: Family Fun

July 1: Mini Amis at Amis Gallery, 79 1/2 South Broadway, Ny-

Spring Family Fun Day,Mini Amis is designed to prepare your 3 1/2ack, (845)358-3706/. 5 year old for a successful school experience! Explore the world The Hoboken Museum, withHudson a feastSt., of Hobovisuals, children’s literature, manipulatives and 1301 movements! Year-round ken, (201)656-2240, www.daily classes. Ongoing registration. This special afternoon event for the whole family features hours of fun with arts, crafts, games, entertainers, and history. 12-4pm.

All Month Long

Tuesdays Throughout June: CounterStrike - Women’s Personal Safety/Self-Defense Workshops, The Workout Place, 12 Bardonia Mall, Bardonia, (845)624-2244, This weekly workshop covers an array of important topics, from the dynamics of victimization and confrontation avoidance to selfJune 17-19: confidence and self-defense training.

Dinosaur and Mineral Adventure, Tuesday and Wednesday in June: Play at the J, The JCC of The Tenafly Nature Center,(845)362-4400, 313 Rockland, West Nyack, A Hudson Ave., Tenafly, (201)568program that offers children ages 24 months and younger the per6093, fect www.tenaflynaturecenter. opportunity to run around and play while parents make friends, org. Children ages 5-12 are invited toneeds, excavate fossils, create a your your neighborhood shark tooth necklace, build a dinosaur model, crack open crystal filled geodes, and hanve plenty of hands on fun.

too. Registering in advance is recommended. Tuesdays at 3pm or Wednesday at 3pm. Wednesdays Throughout June: Bounce Acrobats, Bounce! Trampoline Sports, 612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage, (845)2684000, Perfect for kids and adults who love doing gymnastics and acrobatics, Bounce! presents a special class where beginners through advanced will work with Cirque acrobat Victor Byrne to gain confidence, perfect and practice new moves and get fit all in a safe and fun environment. 5:30 - 7pm. Ongoing Throughout June: Art Classes for Children and Adults, Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack, Don’t miss out on your chance to take part in morning, afternoon or evening classes. Tuesday and Thursday Throughout June: Terrific Twos, New City Library, 220 North Main St., New City, (845)634-4997, ext. 121, Two year olds and an adult companion work together on games, fingerplays, songs, sign language and more in a fun and developmental 45-minute program. 10 and 11:15am.

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