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Jersey City Public Library Preschool Story Hour Begins Today!

storytimeIt’s that time of year again! After many cold and boring winter months, The Jersey City Free Public Library has resumed its spring Preschool Story Hour. The spring schedule begins today March 4, 2013 and will run until May 24, 2013. All of the branches in JC are participating on various mornings. Here’s a list of all the locations, dates and times. Click here to see the full schedule. Children eight years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The library will be closed on March 29, 2013.

March 1st was NEA’s Read Across America Day and March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. What better way to celebrate than to take your little ones to the library and read with them!

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Halloween Event Guide 2011

There are plenty of great Halloween activities in NJ and NY this spooky season. Here is a guide to some of what the Jersey City area has to offer for you and your family.

State Scare Haunted Attraction: Oct. 20 – 23 and Oct. 26 – 31, 7 p.m. – midnight. This attraction is located adjacent to State Fair Halloween Superstore, which is at 229 Main Street in Belleville. While the nighttime event is suitable for children 14 and up, there is a Sunday Matinée for younger kids from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets prices: adults $18, children (12 and under) $15, VIP (skip lines) $30 for adults and children and $8 for adults and children for the matinée. Click here for a $2 off coupon (only valid for nighttime event). Click here for directions and a map.

Hoboken Harvest Festival: Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pier A Park, First Street and Frank Sinatra Drive. Highlights include hay and pony rides, pumpkin painting, food, hay maze, face painting and more. Click here for a map.

Halloween Crafts for Kids at Jersey City Public Library: Pavonia Branch: Thursday, Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m. The Pavonia branch is located at 326 8th Street, Jersey City. Main Branch: Thursday, Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m. The main branch is located at 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City. Heights Branch: Friday, Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m. The Heights branch is located at 14 Zabriskie Street, Jersey City. Registration is required for these events – contact your local branch for more information.

Halloween Spooktacular at Liberty Science Center: Oct. 28 – 29, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enter the “haunted school,” featuring the creepy cafeteria and sinister science lab. Also look for trick-or-treating, a costume contest, games and interactive activities like making slime. The two – five age-set isn’t forgotten about. They can follow their parents/caregivers through the IExplore playground, which features musical activities, a ball machine, a car and test track and more. Ticket prices: Adults $15, Children $13. Liberty Science Center is located in Liberty State Park at 222 Jersey City Boulevard in Jersey City. Click here for directions and parking information and here for a map.

Halloween 4th Street Block Party: Sunday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The second annual Harsimus Cove Association block party will take place on 4th Street between Jersey Avenue and Coles Street. It was a popular event last year (and a lot of fun)! Highlights include a haunted house, music, crafts, games, food and much more. Click here for a map.

Kids Halloween Mask Making: Saturday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Gallery 1200 in Hoboken is hosting this event with local artist Ibou Ndoye. Kids, five years and up, will use recycled materials to make interesting and artistic Halloween masks. Sign-up in advance. Donation: $10 per child at the door. Click here for a map.

Ghosts of Uncle Joe’s Halloween Benefit:  Saturday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m. This benefit is for and at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Gates open at 5 p.m. First Resurrection at 5:30 p.m. Final Burial at 10 p.m. Zombie Parade to the Lamp Post at 10:30 p.m. After Life Party to follow… Check out the cemetery’s Facebook page for more information. Donation is $10. Click here for a map.

Hamilton Park Annual Halloween Parade: Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. – noon. Get your costumes on and join in some Halloween activities and a parade through Hamilton Park. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable item for the Festival Food Bank. Click here for a map.

Halloween Party: Sunday Oct. 30, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Wayne Street Watch Block Association is hosting a Halloween event in Angel Ramos Park in Jersey City. Join in the fun with cookie decoration, pumpkin painting and live entertainment by Jersey City Children’s Theater. Click here for a map.

The Annual Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest: Monday, Oct. 31, 3 p.m. The parade begins on Washington, between 13th and 14th. The costume contest will be held at the Little League Field on 5th and River Terrace. Expect bands, entertainment and more!

Annual Halloween Bash for Kiddos: Monday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. – 7p.m. HDSID is hosting this free annual event for kids and families at the Grove Street Path Plaza. Get your costumes on and come down for free face painting, pictures and candy. Sassy Sweet Treats will be giving away free favor bags with cookies to the first 20 kids that stop by in costume. Check out the Facebook event page. Click here for a map.

Here are some NYC Halloween events that are worth traveling into the city for:

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden: Now through Oct. 30. Visit the Everett Children’s Adventure for some Halloween family fun. Highlights include a Pumpkin House, Pumpkin Puppet Theater and daily costume parades. Tickets (you will get an “all-garden pass”) are $20 for adults, $18 for students/seniors and $8 for children 2 – 12. Children under 2 and members are free. Remember to wear your costumes! Stay Saturdays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for a Spooky Nighttime Adventure and explore the Adventure Garden by flashlight after dark. There will be trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating activities. For this event, you will need a “special event ticket,” which will cost you $20 per person or $15, if you’re a member. The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. Click here for directions and here for a map. **Check out my Family deals for Halloween on Jersey City Family Examiner post for a great deal on tickets to the Haunted Pumpkin Garden!**

Boo at the ZooWeekends in October. The Bronx Zoo hosts this Halloween event annually. The best part: kids in costume get in for free! (Fine print: ticket for one child ages 3 – 12 years free with purchase of full-priced adult general admission ticket). Highlights include a Halloween hayride (included with Total Experience Tickets), hay maze (at Butterfly Patio), a costume parade, treat stations, animal-themed magic shows and more. Click here to get 10% off Total Experience tickets. General admission is $16 for adults, $12 for children 3 – 12 years (kids under 3 are free) and $14 for seniors 65 and up. Total Experience tickets include zoo admission and unlimited access to eight attractions (excluding camel rides): $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 3 – 12 years and $24.95 for seniors. The Hess Zoo Shuttle is $3 for the whole day. Parking is $13 for the day. Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent. The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. Click here for directions and here a map.

The Halloween Pirate Party at Hudson Terrace: Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Have a fun-filled day with food, candy, games and excitement for the whole
family. Playgames, including walk the plank, pin the parrot on the pirate, peg leg race, pumpkin coloring with real pumpkins and decorate, then fill your very own trick-or-treat bag! Dress in a costume, or have your faces painted at the event, to join in on the costume parade. (Recommended ages 2 – 6 years old). Tickets: $20 per person. Kids under 2 are free. Use discount code PIRATE20 to get 20% off tickets! Hudson Terrace is located at 621 West 46th Street in NYC. Click here for a map.

Halloween Parade & Pumpkin Sail in Central Park: Sunday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dana Discovery Center (inside Central Park on 110th) Kids wear costumes and bring along a carved jack-o’-lantern to participate in New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla at twilight. There will be entertainment and festivities. Click here for information on how to participate.

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Did I Just Say That?

A lot of parents promise themselves (and others) that they will never  speak in baby-talk to their children. “That will never come out of my mouth!” I understand. I was one of those parents…then I had a baby. It happens fast and without your consent. You look down at your little bundle one day and just blurt out, “widdle toesies!” CRINGE! (I blame sleep deprivation.) How could I have let this happen. Well, I’m beginning to think it just comes with the territory. As much as I was against this, I now know that it’s virtually impossible to not switch your L’s to W’s once in a while.

Another cringe-worthy thing I am totally guilty of is making up songs for my son. Looking back, I have always done this (usually to annoy my husband), but it’s just on a different level now. I will catch myself in the grocery store singing to my son about how stinky his “yiddle feet” are or (cringe) making up my own baby-related lyrics to a popular song. I won’t horrify you with any specifics. I will suddenly look up and see a guy walk by that definitely heard my baby-friendly Usher remix. Sh*t! I just try to evacuate the general area and/or use the nearest produce or cereal box for cover. I’m just thankful that I wasn’t doing one of my baby-mesmerizing dances because that would be really embarrassing. Wow, I’m one of those people. Sigh. It could be worse though, I could be singing him The Wiggles.

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