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What’s going on in JC? July 21 – July 26

Here’s our list of family-friendly events and activities in the Jersey City and Hoboken area this week. Check out a rockin’ BBQ tomorrow, see a concert in the out of doors or head out for Hudson Restaurant Week! Plus much more, this week…

Events

Lucky 7’s Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll BBQ

Jersey City Independent reported on this event yesterday. There isn’t much else online except some Tumblr mentions from jcgastronomer. It all happens Saturday at Lucky 7’s in downtown Jersey City. They will be shutting down Second Street to celebrate! The grills start at 1pm and the bands begin at 2pm. Plan on plenty of cold beer (complete with a beer garden) and their sweet teas. Plus, a menu including ribs, suckling pig, mac-n-cheese and cornbread. Bands performing include The Static Sea, The Micks, They Live and more! Saturday, July 21 beginning at 1pm at Lucky 7’s, 322 2nd Street, Jersey City.

Summerfest Concerts on the Hudson

This FREE music series takes place on Sundays and Tuesdays through August 14 in Liberty State Park. This Sunday, Kim Lawrence and
Don Carter (big band music) will perform. Tuesday night David Cedeno (Latin music) will perform. The concerts take place at the gardens behind Liberty House Restaurant. FREE. Sunday, July 22 from 5pm – 7pm and Tuesday, July 24 from 7pm – 9pm at Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

Hudson Restaurant Week

While NYC Restaurant Week is going strong, don’t forget about this side of the river! Hudson Restaurant Week begins on Monday, July 23. Run by the creator of Get Out Hudson Magazine and HudsonPulse.com, Tamara Remedios, this bi-annual “culinary celebration” has been promoting Hudson County restaurants since 2005. Participating restaurants in Jersey City include Edward’s Steakhouse ($18 lunch and $35 dinner), Hamilton Inn ($18 lunch and $35 dinner), Maritime Parc ($35 dinner), Satis Bistro ($30 dinner) and more. Some restaurants participating in Hoboken include Clinton Social ($30 dinner), Amanda’s ($35 dinner) and more. Be sure to check the listings for available dates and special menus. It all begins Monday, July 23 and will conclude on Friday, August 3.

Newport Beach Party 

A beach in Jersey City? Yes! The new Newport Green park area has a little beach, right on the Hudson. This local food festival will be setting up shop there on Wednesday with some of the Newport’s top chefs. FREE. Wednesday, July 25 from 6pm – 8pm at Newport Green, Jersey City.

Films in Van Vorst

This Wednesday, Films in Van Vorst will be showing the 2011 film The Help. Bring your chair and blanket and “leave your cell phones at home.” Wednesday, July 25 at 8:30pm in Van Vorst Park, Jersey City.

Hoboken Family Fun Nights 

These FREE outdoor performances offer fun for the whole family every Tuesday night! This Tuesday, check out The Fuzzy Lemons, “the juiciest family-friendly rock band on the scene.” This event is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s. Tuesday, July 24 at 7pm at Shipyard Park, Hoboken.

Groove on Grove 

Wednesday night, head to the Grove Street PATH Plaza and check out this week’s Groove on Grove theme: A Collection of Accounts Showcase. Live music will feature Duck Goose, Sandra Small and the Small World Bands and Winner Takes All Collective. Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade, Saigon Café and Hard Grove Cafe. Wednesday, July 25 from 6pm – 9pm (rain or shine) at the Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City.

Movies Under the Stars

Movies begin at 9pm in June and July and around 8:15pm in August. Bring blankets, beach chairs and whatever you need to get comfy in the park. You can bring food, but alcohol is not permitted. Strangely enough, this week Hoboken Movies Under the Stars is showing The Help, the same movie as VVP is screening this week. There will be no movie showing on August 1. FREE. Wednesday, July 25 at 9pm at Pier A Park, Hoboken.

Hoboken Concerts in the Park 

This week, the Guitar Bar Allstars performs. Don’t forget your picnics and blankets! FREE. Thursday, July 26 from 5:30pm – 10:30pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, Hoboken.

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What’s going on in JC? July 10 – July 15

Here’s our list of family-friendly events and activities in the Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC area this week. Also, keep up with what’s going on locally: parking restrictions in Hamilton Park area for a commercial shoot, stuff for Mom & Dad to do and a great deal for Liberty Science Center tickets!

Parking Restrictions

ABC/Disney will be filming in Hamilton Park on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13. There will be no parking on McWilliams Place from 9am – 5pm on either day. Defiant Productions will be filming a television promo for ABC/Disney’s upcoming talk show Katie, Katie Couric’s new show. Here’s a note from the production company with more info.

Events

Con Vivo Music Series

This music series takes place at Mercado Park, on the southeast corner of Newark and Jersey Avenues. This free event features chamber music and is tonight! Tuesday, July 10 from 6pm – 8pm at Mercado Park, Jersey City.

 

Hoboken Family Fun Nights 

These FREE outdoor performances offer fun for the whole family every Tuesday night! Tonight check out After 3 Theatre and Mother Goose. “Celebrating the rich imagery of familiar rhymes, songs and stories, Mother Goose involves boys and girls ages 2 – 8 in a merry adventure.” Tuesday, July 10 at 7pm at Shipyard Park, Hoboken.

Groove on Grove 

Tomorrow night head to the Grove Street PATH Plaza and check out this week’s Groove on Grove theme: Favela Chic Showcase: Special Au Capoiera Performance. Live music will feature United States of Bugaloo, Kiwi and Olhos d’Agua. Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade, Saigon Café and Hard Grove Cafe. The Taco Truck will be joining in on the fun this week! Wednesday, July 11 from 6pm – 9pm (rain or shine) at the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

Movies Under the Stars

Movies begin at 9pm in June and July and around 8:15pm in August. Bring blankets, beach chairs and whatever you need to get comfy in the park. You can bring food, but alcohol is not permitted. Get a babysitter, because tomorrow night they are showing (one of my new faves) Bridesmaids, rated R. FREE. Wednesday, July 11 at 9pm at Pier A Park, Hoboken.

Hoboken Concerts in the Park 

This week, it’s the Hoboken Summer Bash! Enjoy performances by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and don’t forget your picnics and blankets! Hosted by Frank Raia. Thursday, July 12 from 5:30pm – 10:30pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, Hoboken.

Grassroots Community Rhythm Drumming Circle

The Grassroots Community Space holds a community rhythm drumming circle on the second Friday of each month. They welcome people of all ages to “bring an instrument and share their own rhythm with the rest of the community.” You must bring your own instrument, as they will not be provided and feel free to come and listen and dance. $5 donation. Friday, July 13 from 7pm – 9pm at Grassroots Community Space, 54 Coles Street, Jersey City.

Saint Anthony’s Festival

This is one of my very favorite local events in Jersey City! Saint Anthony’s of Padua Church hosts a festival/carnival every year on Sixth Street from Brunswick to Coles in Jersey City. It’s a mixture of old-school block party and NYC street fair. Indulge in Polish, Italian, Spanish and Philippino foods. Grab some beers for $4 and play games at the Midway! There will be live music from Rb Express, Sequoia and Pogo Dance Band! Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 from 5pm – 11pm and Sunday, July 15 from 1pm – 10pm. 330 Sixth Street, Jersey City.

City of Water Day

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is working to “transform the New York and New Jersey Harbor and Waterways to make them cleaner and more accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work with great parks, great jobs and great transportation for all.” Sounds good, right? This Saturday, celebrate City of Water Day in either Liberty State Park or Governors Island in NYC. There will be free ferries running between the two locations all day, so feel free to check out both! There are even “in your neighborhood” locations in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Hudson River Park and Staten Island and more, with more activities including an “urban swim” in the Hudson River. Liberty State Park will host exciting waterfront activities like guided historic boat tours, paddle boards, kayak tours, live music, wildlife demos from the Turtle Back Zoo and kid’s activities like a wave tank and face painting. Plus much more! For a map of City Water Day and directions click here. Saturday, July 14 from 10am – 4pm at Liberty State Park, Jersey City and Governors Island, NYC.

Deals

Liberty Science Center Discounted Tickets

This Travelzoo deal will get you an adult ticket, plus a free child ticket (a $29 value) for $16.75 to the Liberty Science Center. The deal is good for admission through September 3 and parking is not included. You have three more days to grab this deal. Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City.

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Jersey City Family Activities & Events

Here are some of the family-friendly events and activities you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City and Hoboken area!

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JC Food Co-Op’s Spring Chef Showdown 

Watch Jersey City’s best chefs battle it out tonight. The chefs were delivered a secret ingredient before the event. They are tasked to prepare a dish featuring that ingredient for sampling by event attendees. A contest will determine a winner and proceeds of the event go to support the JC Food Co-op. The event will feature “great food, live music, a tricky tray, silent auction and refreshments.” Tickets are $30 at the door. Thursday, June 14 at 6pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City.

Hoboken Concerts in the Park 

Tonight 15 contestants vie for the title in the Sinatra Idol Contest. The winner receives prizes and a trophy. FREE. Thursday, June 14 at 7pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park (Frank Sinatra Drive b/t 4th and 5th) in Hoboken.

Creative Grove

This “meeting place, market, art experiment and scene” convenes every Friday at the Grove Street PATH plaza in downtown Jersey City. Tomorrow, check out the DJ’s and Drumming with host DJ Daveed Martinez and live drumming by the Urban Latin. “Artists, food, fashion, recycled crafts, outdoor lounge, tribal market, whimsical creations, street art, play chess or checkers.” Friday, June 15 from 3pm – 9pm at the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

The Yappy Yard Sale

This yard sale is being hosted by the Liberty Humane Society as a fundraiser. People are invited to donate unwanted items to be sold. The proceeds support Liberty Humane’s mission to help animals in need. Items available for sale at the event include housewares, games and toys, clothing, books and more. If you are interested in donating items click here. Saturday, June 16 (rain date Saturday, June 23) from 9am – 4pm at 235 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City.

Made in Jersey City The Delectable Dish

This annual event, in its fourth year, will showcase local restaurants, cafes and bistros. Jersey City foodies can rejoice with participating restaurants such as The Iron Monkey, GP’s (the new restaurant opening across from Hamilton Park), Made With Love and lots more. FREE. Monday, June 18 from noon – 3pm at City Hall.

Hoboken Family Fun Nights 

These FREE outdoor performances offer fun for the whole family every Tuesday night! This week check out The Hey Ya Brothers, a two-man slapstick comedy variety show for the whole family. Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm at Shipyard Park.

Movies Under the Stars

Movies begin at 9pm in June and July and around 8:15pm in August. Bring blankets, beach chairs and whatever you need to get comfy in the park. You can bring food, but alcohol is not permitted. This week they are showing Casablanca, rated PG. FREE. Wednesday, June 20 at 9pm at Pier A Park in Hoboken.

Two Boots Pizza Opening Party 

Come and party with JC’s newest family pizzeria. Two Boots is celebrating their grand opening at their new location on Newark Avenue, as we reported last week. Enjoy live music and free pizza for the whole family! Wednesday, June 20 from 6pm – 8pm at 133 Newark Avenue, Jersey City.

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Jersey City Family Activities & Events

Here are some of the family-friendly events and activities you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City and Hoboken area!

Events

Hoboken Concerts in the Park 

Check out an evening performance from Hoboken public schools’ music students tonight featuring The Hoboken Rockin Redwing Band, Wallace School Chorus and much more. FREE. Thursday, June 7 at 7pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park (Frank Sinatra Drive b/t 4th and 5th) in Hoboken.

ARTfest at Creative Grove

Celebrate art and artists at Creative Grove Artist and Designer Market this Friday. Featuring Maya Azucena, Nadine LaFond and more! Friday, June 8 from 3pm – 9pm at the Grove Street PATH Plaza in downtown Jersey City.

 

 

The 27th Annual Hamilton Park Festival

This yearly festival, hosted by the neighborhood association, is chock-full of family fun! Some of the recreational activities lined up include a tennis clinic for adults and children, a basketball clinic for kids, a boot camp and more! Food vendors include Cocoa Bakery, Lizzmonade and a beer garden courtesy of Hamilton Inn. Enjoy live music, activities for kids and adults and local JC vendors. FREE. Saturday, June 9 from 10am – 6pm (rain date June 10) at Hamilton Park.

JC Children’s Theatre: The Fabulous Fables of AESOP! 

JC Children’s Theatre begins a new show for the whole family. The Fabulous Fables of AESOP! Begins this Saturday at 2pm, although the 4:30pm performance is sold out, it will run through Sunday, June 17. Stories include The Lion and the Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper and more! This show is suitable for kids three years and older and the performance lasts for about 40 minutes (with a 15 minute workshop afterwards). Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, June 17 at Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City.

Hoboken Family Fun Nights 

These FREE outdoor performances offer fun for the whole family every Tuesday night! This week check out Rockin Railroad. Plus, there will be arts and crafts tables from 6pm – 6:45pm. Tuesday, June 12 at 7pm at Shipyard Park.

Movies Under the Stars

Movies Under the Stars kicks off for the season on Wednesday. Movies begin at 9pm in June and July and around 8:15pm in August. Bring blankets, beach chairs and whatever you need to get comfy in the park. You can bring food, but alcohol is not permitted. This week they are showing Money Ball starting Brad Pitt, rated PG-13. FREE. Wednesday, June 13 at 9pm at Pier A Park, Hoboken.

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Torico’s is back! (and they’ve got free ice cream today)

Yes, the day has finally arrived. Torico’s Premium Homemade Ice Cream Parlor opened its doors promptly at 11am to very eager Jersey City residents. I was one of them and for the record — the ice cream is just as good as I remembered. There wasn’t a line at noon, but I’m sure by tonight there will be. I thought it was more of a soft-opening, but they were stocked in just about everything. The only thing they didn’t have yet was soft-serve because of a machine problem. The cases were chock-full of old favorites like mint chocolate chip, vanilla peanut butter and strawberry. There is a new case with what looks like gelato, but I was told that it’s the same ice cream they always make, just with a different machine. Even their to-go case was full of fresh cakes, ice cream sandwiches and more. The store looks great after it’s 18 month renovation and there are little tables to enjoy your ice cream inside and out.

Torico’s is giving out free adult small-sized cups and small cones all day — so get over there and show them some love! They are open until 11pm tonight. 20 Erie Street, Jersey City. (201) 432-9458


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Jersey City Family Events & Activities

Here are some of the family-friendly events, activities and deals you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City, Hoboken and Northern NJ area!

Groove On Grove

Every Wednesday, catch live music at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Tonight’s lineup includes The Aster Pheonyx Project, J Ross Parrelli, a BMX demo by Grove Street Bicycles and more! Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade & Saigon Café. Wednesday, April 25 at 6pm. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Map .

The Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long! 

The family-favorite movie comes to life! Join in and sing along with the songs of The Wizard of Oz. If you dress in costume, you will receive a special surprise! April 26 – April 29 from 7pm – 9pm. Monroe Center for the Arts, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken. Map.

Arbor Day Celebration at Terhune Orchards 

This farm and orchard is such a fun place for a family daytrip! It’s one of my family’s personal weekend favorites. This Friday, Terhune, in Princeton, will be celebrating Arbor Day by inviting families and pre-school kids to the farm for story time and a free blue spruce seedling. FREE event, Friday, April 27 at 10am and 4pm. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ. Map.

Deals of the Day

Family Membership to Newark Museum

Brick City’s been all the talk these days. Now you and your family can be a part of it and experience the local culture that Newark Museum has to offer! This livingsocial deal boasts a one-year membership to the museum for two adults and up to four kids (with four tickets to the Planetarium) for just $30! If you are looking for some summer fun on a budget, this deal is for you. This deal expires in five days. Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. Map.

Massage Packages at Serenity Day Spa

Moms and Dads need deals, too! This grown-up only deal, brought to us by Groupon, gives a great deal for a massage right here in Jersey City at Serenity Day Spa. Choose from a 60-minute Swedish massage and paraffin treatment (normally $110) for $49 or a 60-minute couples massage, aromatherapy and two glasses of wine (normally $230) for $89. This deal expires in one day! (If you miss the deal, they are currently offering grand opening specials like $1/minute power massages or $50 for some massages and treatments.) Serenity Day Spa, 262 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ. Map.

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JC Restaurant’s ‘No Kids’ After 7pm Sign Causes Stir

After a local Jersey City restaurant posts a sign banning infants and toddlers after 7pm, the ever-growing JC parent community begins to stir. Check out the Mama’s story here.

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Aftershocks


There was a time, not so long ago, that earthquakes didn’t sound so bad. I remember wanting to experience one, just so I knew what it felt like. I also never used to be scared of tornadoes, flooding, movies about the apocalypse, etc. Lately, I’ve been noticing — things that didn’t use to scare me now terrify me. Could a certain toddling tyke have something to do with this?

When my building started shaking on Tuesday, I went from, “hmm, I’m dizzy” to “gotta to get outta here now!” really fast. My gut instinct was to get out of the house. When I got downstairs everyone was pretty freaked out, but I was actually shaking. Later, after I calmed down, I thought about why I had gotten so scared. I guessed that it was because I was alone with my young child and knew I had to protect him. Now, I know how this sounds, it was an aftershock, not even a real earthquake. Looking back, I’m shocked at just how terrified I was.

I’ve noticed over the last year that I can’t watch movies I would normally be into. The Road really disturbed me. Every time I tried to watch it, I would chicken out. Normally I would have been into this kind of movie, but now it bothered me to the point where it wasn’t enjoyable. In fact, anything about the apocalypse is less entertaining to me and way more disturbing. Dammit! Will I ever be able to watch a zombie movie again?!

Will this new personality trait begin to fade over time? Maybe it will, but maybe it won’t. Is this why so many moms I know aren’t fans of horror movies? Hmm. I guess I better buck up before Halloween arrives.

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Boob Tube for Preggos

A short guide to some popular television series about pregnancy.

It seems that every time you change the channel these days, there is a show on about pregnancy and birth. Some are great and can make you feel less anxious about the birth process, others are annoying and there are some that are downright scary.

I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, Discovery Health

A frequent flyer on The Soup, this is a whole series chronicling women who didn’t know they were pregnant. I thought this was a completely plausible concept, until I was pregnant. How could someone not know they were preggo? Maybe it was just me, but there was no hiding my belly, especially toward the end. This show recycles the same story and even gives the same symptoms time and again. She never got her period, she didn’t gain any weight and she never had cravings or nausea. The woman inevitably ends up attached to the toilet in shock. The dramatizations are often comical and over-dramatic. But, this show can often be horrifying for a pregnant woman to watch. These women are almost always screaming in pain and usually think they are dying. Let’s just say, it’s not the best thing to watch when you are scared of giving birth already.

A Baby Story, TLC

My husband actually banned this show from our house in my second trimester because it was freaking me out too much. At first, I liked this show. The women seemed real and the situations were very emotional. However, I started to notice that some of these episodes made me very nervous. I understand that not every show can be about the good/easy births because that would be boring. But, more often than not, this show highlights the more frightening birth stories. The emergency C-sections, Preeclampsia, breech babies, detached placentas…the list goes on. It’s a great show after you have given birth, but while you are pregnant, it just reminds you of all that can go wrong and it can be horrifying.

Pregnant in Heels, Bravo

This show is about a pregnancy concierge and the clients that she encounters in Manhattan. I have never watched it pregnant, but I’m sure I would have the same reaction to it. It is downright obnoxious. Who wants to watch a show about spoiled pregnant women? As you struggle to work while pregnant, figure out how much time you can take for maternity leave and budget money; these women are planning out how many people to hire to do everything for them after the baby arrives. One woman thought that she should never have to change a diaper because that’s what the people she hired were there for. Really? Unless you are dedicated to watching every show about pregnancy…I would skip this one.

One Born Every Minute, Lifetime

This show came on after I had Dylan. The ads for it looked intriguing, so I set my DVR. I have to say, my husband and I became addicted to this show. We feel that it is the most realistic out of the other shows. Sometimes there are complications, but the situations aren’t over-dramatic or edited to seem worse. The issues that the women have seem real. This show does a good job of showing how long and boring labor can be, and the humor that can be found in different situations along the way. There are women featured who want natural births, women who want drugs and some women who can’t decide. This show will make you remember how amazing it was to give birth. I wish this was on before I had given birth because I think it would have eased some of my anxiety about the whole process.

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Spaced Out

Check out my new post on Born & Bred! It’s called Spaced Out http://www.newyorkfamily.com/newyork/blog-2228-spaced-out.html

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