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Halloween Event Guide 2013

halloween-backgrounds-8The ORIGINAL Jersey City Halloween Event Guide is back for 2013! The 2012 Halloween Event Guide was a huge success for Adventures of a Mama! Although we haven’t been around much lately – we’re back and ready for Halloween. There are some really cool and spooky events going on in the Northern NJ and NYC area this Halloween. Check out some of our eerie favorites and have fun spooking! **DON’T FORGET TO CHECK BACK OFTEN FROM NOW UNTIL HALLOWEEN — WE’LL BE ADDING NEW EVENTS REGULARLY**

Ongoing and “Week-Of” Events:

State Scare Haunted Attraction: Oct. 25 – 27 and Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 from 7:30pm – midnight. This attraction is located adjacent to State Fair Seasons (formerly State Fair Halloween Superstore), which is at 229 Main Street in Belleville. While the nighttime event is suitable for children 12 and up, there is a Sunday Matinee for younger kids from 4pm – 6pm. Tickets prices: General admission $20/All Ages, VIP (skip lines) $35/All Ages, Not So Scary Matinee $8/Child 12 and under. Click here  for a $2 off coupon (only valid for nighttime event).

4th Annual Jersey City Zombie Crawl: Friday, Oct. 25 at 9:30pm. The fun begins at the Grove Street PATH station during Creative Grove night and moves on to LITM where you will transform yourself into a zombie and begin your undead crawl. Official T-shirts and face-painting are available for $10 or come dressed-up!

imagesClassic Horror Films: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Head on down to Landmark Loew’s Jersey City Theater and enjoy the classic horror films The Bride of Frankenstein (at 6:30pm, tickets $7/adults and $5/kids and seniors) and the silent Phantom of the Opera (at 8:30pm, tickets are $10/adult and $8/kids and seniors).

Halloween Fun at Liberty Science Center: LSC is Jersey City’s Halloween Headquarters, with so many activities to celebrate the spooky day! Weekend programs include: Bloody Hand Prints, Mystery Boxes, Do You Dare?, Brainless Artifacts, Creepy Crawly Worm Dissection and A Bloody Mystery. Plus, check out some spooky live action shows like Monsters Alive: Nature of the Beast (see fabled beasts up close!) on October 26 – 27 at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (tickets $5/person) and Zombie Autopsy (do zombies live?!) on October 26 – 27 at noon, 3:30pm and 4:30pm. For the first time, families can enjoy the Halloween Camp In: Sleepless Slumber Party, where you will have access to hundreds of hands-on exhibits, a film in the IMAX Dome Theater and fun Halloween-themed activities! The Sleepless party will run from 6pm October 25 – 9am October 26 and is $60/family (mention code SPOOKY for a special discount when you call to reserve your spot). Liberty Science Center is located in Liberty State Park at 222 Jersey City Boulevard in Jersey City. Click here for directions and parking information.

The Turtle Back Zoo Halloween Events: This fun little NJ zoo has some great events coming up for Halloween. Check out Spooky Zoo on October 25 from 6pm – 9pm and have fun with animal presentations, crafts, games, scary (and “not scary”) train rides and more! Ghost Stories will be told on October 26 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the zoo amphitheater. Get the kids in their costumes and come to the zoo for Howl-O-Ween on October 31 from 4pm – 9pm — safe trick-or-treat at more than 30 candy stations and ride the scary train! The Turtle Back Zoo is location at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange, NJ. Admission for both is $3/Member and $5/Non-member (kids under 2 are free).

Halloween Week at Jersey City Public LibraryHead over to the main branch of the Jersey City Public Library a 472 Jersey Avenue, for a week of Halloween fun! Activities will include: Halloween Stories for all ages on Monday, October 28 at 3pm, Make-and-Take Halloween Craft on Tuesday, October 29 at 3pm (make a cool trick-or-treat bag!), Halloween Fun and Games on Wednesday, October 30 at 3pm and a Spooky Movie on Thursday, October 31 at 3pm. Check out Halloween Crafts at: the Marion Branch of the library on October 29 at 3:30pm, the Lafayette Branch on October 30 at 3:30pm and at the West Bergen Branch on October 31 at 3:15pm. Registration is required for most of these events, click each link for more information.

Fourth Annual Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street: Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3pm – 6pm. Presented by the Harsimus Cove Association and the Fourth and Fifth Street Block Associations, this annual Halloween block party will take place on 4th Street between Jersey Avenue and Coles Street. It’s so much fun each year, with loads of activities for small children, including games, DJ, dance area, face painting, balloons, a photo booth, food, a live music by Princess Kate and Racer Steve and much more! Wear your costumes and have some ghoulish fun!

The Ghost of Uncle Joe’s Halloween Fundraiser:  Saturday, Oct. 26 from 2pm – 10pm. This annual benefit is for and at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Dress up and bring the family for Halloween fun at Jersey City’s “national treasure”! Learn about the history of the cemetery, listen to great music and have some food and refreshments. Live local bands will be resurrecting Elvis Costello, Cream, The Doors, The Violent Femmes and more! Food will be available from Cal’s Hot Dogs and Honey Bakery. Suggested donation is $10/person. Don’t forget about the After Life Party at the Lamp Post Bar and Grille beginning at 10:30pm!

Halloween Parade for Kids and Pets in Paulus Hook Park: Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1pm – 4pm. Grab the kids and pets for this day of Halloween fun in Paulus Hook Park on Grand and Washington Streets. The Children’s Costume Parade begins at 1pm, with awards in various categories, and the Pet Parade begins at 2:30pm (vaccinated, well-behaved and leashed pets of all kinds welcome). $10 registration fee benefits Paulus Hook Park Redesign and the LibertyHumane Society.

Hamilton Park Annual Halloween Parade: Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5pm. Get your costumes on and march in the parade around the Hamilton Park and participate in activities!

DOCO Supernatural Halloween Festival: Don’t miss two days of Halloween fun at DOCO! On Oct. 30 at 4:30pm check out Pumpkin Carving Craziness! For a $5 donation you will get your little one a pumpkin of their very own to carve! On Oct. 31 from 6pm – 8:30pm come down for the Monster Mash. For a $10 donation, your little one will get face painting, photos, punch, games, treats and more! DOCO is located on Hamilton Park at 29 McWilliams Place.

Halloween “Day-Of” Events:

First Annual Jersey City Halloween Bash at City Hall: Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. This free event is sure to be spooktacular! Dress up and bring the whole family down for a night of fun including “Fright Night Movies”, a petting zoo, face painting, trick-or-treating, moon bounce, a costume contest and many more activities!

The Annual Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 3pm. The parade begins on Washington, between 12th and 13th and features local live music, floats and lots of costumed folk! The costume contest will be held at the Little League Field on 5th and River Terrace, immediately after the parade. Prizes will be awarded in five age categories. Expect bands, entertainment and more!

Halloween Parade for KiddosThursday, Oct. 31 from 4pm  – 6pm. HDSID  is hosting this parade, which will travel down Newark Avenue to the Grove Street PATH Station. Get your costumes on and come down for free pictures and treats.

Slice-O-Ween at Two Boots JC: Kids in costume will get a free slice at Two Boots Jersey City! Two Boots is located at 133 Newark Avenue.

Mall Wide Trick-Or-Treat: Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3pm – 6pm. If you want a controlled environment to trick-or-treat in, take the kids to the mall! Collect candy, participate in activities — even win giveaways and prizes! The Newport Centre Mall is located at 30 Mall Drive West.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8pm. Maxwell’s of Hoboken has been reanimated for Halloween — let’s do the time warp again! This feature will include a live performance by The Home of Happiness and the entire event is a for the Jersey City Cemetery Volunteer Project. Costumes are encouraged! $15 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds go to the benefit of The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery.

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

Boo at the ZooWeekends through Nov. 3. The Bronx Zoo hosts this Halloween event annually. Highlights include a hay maze, costume parade, dinosaur safari, treat stations, live music and more. Get 10% tickets if you purchase online! Tickets (with discount) are $30.56/Adults and $21.56/Children (ages 3 – 12). Zoo hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and 10am – 5:30pm on weekends and holidays. The Zoo Shuttle is $3 for the whole day. Parking is $15 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.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden: Now through Oct. 31. Celebrate Halloween with some family fun and intricately carved pumpkins, parties and parades! New this year, check out creepy creature encounters every weekend! Tuesdays – Fridays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm and weekends from 10am – 5:30pm explore the garden on your own, play in the Pumpkin Puppet Theatre, enjoy spooky readings and more. Weekdays at 1:30pm and weekends at 1pm and 3pm, take part in the daily parade! Also on weekends, bug out at the Ugh! Bugs & Creepy Creatures exhibit, featuring turtles, snakes, frogs, bugs and more! Stay later from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Oct. 25 -26) 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. Weekday “All Gardens Passes” are $20/Adult, $8/Children 2 – 12 (under 2 are free) and $18/Student (with valid student ID). Weekend “All Garden Passes” will cost you $25/Adult, $10/Children 2 – 12 and $22/Student. The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. Click here for directions.

Halloween Parade & Pumpkin Sail in Central Park: Sunday, Oct. 27, 4pm – 6:30pm. The event will be held at Dana Discovery Center (inside Central Park on 110th). Bring your costumed kiddos and a carved jack-o’-lantern to participate in New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla at twilight. There will be entertainment and festivities including spooky music, crafts, live entertainment, a parade and more. Click here for information on how to participate.

40th Annual New York City Village Halloween Parade: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7pm. Celebrating it’s 40th anniversary, this infamous NYC parade’s theme this year is “revival.” Only those in costume will be welcomed to line up! Last year’s parade was the first ever to be cancelled (due to Hurricane Sandy), so come out and celebrate this year! You can watch the parade live on 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street from 7pm – 10:30pm or watch from the comfort of your living room, while waiting for the doorbell to ring, on WPIX Channel 11 from 7:30pm – 9pm or NY 1 from 8pm – 9:30pm.

For event submissions, please click here to email me! Happy haunting!

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Halloween Event Guide 2012

The 2011 Halloween Event Guide was a huge success for Adventures of a Mama! Although we haven’t been around much since mid-summer – we’re back and ready for Halloween. There are some really cool and spooky events going on in the Northern NJ and NYC area this Halloween. Check out some of our eerie favorites and have fun spooking! **DON’T FORGET TO CHECK BACK OFTEN FROM NOW UNTIL HALLOWEEN — WE’LL BE ADDING NEW EVENTS REGULARLY**

State Scare Haunted Attraction: Oct. 18 – 21, Oct. 25 – 28, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3 7pm – midnight (Sundays there is also a “not so scary matinee” for younger kids from 4pm – 6pm). 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 12 and up, there is a Sunday Matinee for younger kids from 4pm – 6pm. Tickets prices: General admission $20/All Ages, VIP (skip lines) $35/All Ages, Not So Scary Matinee $8/Child 12 and under. Click here  for a $2 off coupon (only valid for nighttime event). Click here for directions.

Hoboken Harvest Festival: Saturday, Oct. 20, 11am – 3pm. Pier A Park, First Street and Frank Sinatra Drive. Highlights include hay and pony rides, pumpkin painting, moonwalk, food, hay maze, face painting, sand art and more.

Halloween Fun at Liberty Science Center: LSC is Jersey City’s Halloween Headquarters, with so many activities to celebrate the spooky day!  Night of the Living Dead in 3D: Oct. 24, 26 – 28, 30 – 31. Check out the frightening 1968 classic now restored, colorized and in 3D! Tickets are $11.25/Adult and $8.50/Child. Click here to buy tickets. Spookley the Square Pumpkin: Oct 21, 27 and 28 at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm.Take your younger children ages 3 – 8 to see this cute Halloween film. Tickets are $3.50/Person. Click here to buy tickets. Costume Contest: Saturday, Oct. 27 at noon. Bring the kids in costume and they could win a free LSC birthday party. Suitable for kids up to age 12. Movie Monster Science Trivia: Saturday, Oct. 27, all day. LSC’s version of trick-or-treating – visit all the exhibitions to play trivia games and get candy as a prize! See if you’re brave enough to put your hand inside a “scare box”! Suitable for kids ages 5 and up from 10am – 3pm (free with paid admission). 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.

Halloween Crafts at Jersey City Public Library:

Pavonia Branch: Thursday, Oct. 25, 3:30pm. The Pavonia branch is located at 326 8th Street, Jersey City. Main Branch: Monday, Oct. 29, 3pm. The main branch is located at 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City. Heights Branch: Friday, Oct. 26, 3:30pm. The Heights branch is located at 14 Zabriskie Street, Jersey City. Registration is required for these events – contact your local branch for more information.

Ghosts of Uncle Joe’s Halloween Masquerade Rock & Roll Ball:  Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:30pm – 10pm. This benefit is for and at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Dress up and bring the family for Halloween fun at Jersey City’s “national treasure”! Learn about the history of the cemetery, listen to great music and have some food and refreshments. Check out the cemetery’s Facebook  page for more information. Donation is $10.

The Turtle Back Zoo: Spooky Zoo: Saturday, Oct. 27, 6pm – 9pm. This fun-filled event includes free pumpkin carving, magic, animal presentations and more! Halloween Celebration: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4pm – 9pm. Bring the kiddies in costume and have fun with “safe trick-or-treating”, ride the spooky train and more! The Turtle Back Zoo is location at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange, NJ. Admission for both is $5/General and $3/Members (kids under 2 are free).

Hamilton Park Annual Halloween Parade: Sunday, Oct 28, 10am – noon (raindate 10/29 5pm – 6:30pm). Get your costumes on and march in the parade around the Hamilton Park and participate in activities including the pumpkin roll, monster mash, mummy wrap, photo-op and much more! The parade begins at 10:15am sharp!

Third Annual Afternoon of Fright: RESCHEDULED TO: Sunday, Nov. 4, 3pm – 6pm. Presented by the Harsimus Cove Association, this annual Halloween block party will take place on 4th Street between Jersey Avenue and Coles Street. It’s so much fun each year, with loads of activities for small children, including games, crafts, music by Princess Kate and Racer Steve, face painting, a haunted tent, leaf jump, food, treats and who can forget the Halloween photo sessions? Wear your costumes and have some ghoulish fun!

Fall Festival: Sunday, Oct. 28, noon – 4pm. Presented by Hudson Dance & Movement and Hudson Ballet, this festival will have carnival games, face painting, a cupcake walk, costume contest, dance off and (the best part of all) learn the choreography to Michael Jackson’s Thriller (admittedly, a longtime dream of mine). Wear your costumes and win prizes! All proceeds from this event will go towards Hudson Ballet, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts organization. Tickets are $5/Child and $7.50/Adult. The event will take place at 70 Hudson Street, 4th Floor, Hoboken.

The Annual Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest: Monday, Oct. 31, 4pm. The parade begins on Washington, between 12th and 13th and features local live music, floats and lots of costumed folk! The costume contest will be held at the Little League Field on 5th and River Terrace, immediately after the parade. Prizes will be awarded in five categories. Expect bands, entertainment and more!

Annual Halloween Bash for Kiddos: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5pm  – 7pm. HDSID  is hosting this free annual event for kids and families at Gymboree located at 175 Newark Avenue, 3rd Floor, Jersey City. Get your costumes on and come down for free face painting, pictures and candy. Stony Hill Farms will be providing snacks. Check out the Facebook event page.

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

Boo at the ZooWeekends in October. The Bronx Zoo hosts this Halloween event annually. Highlights include a Halloween hayride, haunted house, hay maze, a costume parade, treat stations, live music and more. If you purchase four or more tickets online, you even get a free limited edition Boo at the Zoo Snake Hat! Tickets are $29.95/Adults and $19.95/Children (ages 3 – 12). Zoo hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and 10am – 5:30pm on weekends and holidays. 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.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden: Now through Oct. 31. Celebrate Halloween with some family fun and intricately carved pumpkins, parties and parades! October 20 – 21 watch master carver Ray Villafane of Food Network work his magic! Weekdays from 10am – 1:30pm explore the garden on your own and play in the Pumpkin Puppet Theatre. Weekdays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm take part in the daily parade at 1:30pm, decorate a fall science bag, explore the Children’s Adventure Garden and more. Weekends from 10am – 5:30pm check out giant pumpkin carving, Spooky Nighttime Adventures, daily parades, put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theatre and more. Stay later from 6:30pm – 8pm 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.

Halloween Parade & Pumpkin Sail in Central Park: Sunday, Oct. 28, 4pm – 6:30pm. The event will be held at Dana Discovery Center (inside Central Park on 110th). Bring your costumed kiddos and a carved jack-o’-lantern to participate in New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla at twilight. There will be entertainment and festivities including spooky music, marshmallow crafts, live entertainment, a parade and more. Click here for information on how to participate.

For event submissions, please click here to email me! Happy treating!

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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 & Fourth of July Events ~ June 29 – July 4

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

Creative Grove

This “meeting place, market, art experiment and scene” convenes every Friday at the Grove Street PATH plaza in downtown Jersey City. Tomorrow, it’s a Belly Dancing/Wine Tasting Party. “Artists, food, fashion, recycled crafts, outdoor lounge, tribal market, whimsical creations, street art, play chess or checkers.” Admission is $20. Friday, June 29 from 3pm – 9pm at the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

Van Vorst Park Flea Market & Fundraiser 

This Saturday, the second annual community flea market will take place to benefit the groups that improve and maintain Van Vorst Park. If you are interested in selling your wares, visit the Van Vorst Park website for details. Saturday, June 30 from 9am – 4pm at Van Vorst Park, Jersey City.

Tango for Van Vorst Park Fundraiser

Part of the fundraising going on Saturday will include a night of Tango dancing, Argentinean wines, tapas and sweets. There will be dance performances and lessons available and included with admission. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Saturday, June 30 from 7pm – 11pm at Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City.

Fourth of July Information:

Fireworks 

Macy’s will be displaying its famous fireworks, which will deploy from six barges (between 24th Street and 50th Street in Manhattan), over the Hudson River. However, there are a limited number of areas that they can be seen from in NJ. You will be able to view them from Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City Heights. Click here for information via MommyPoppins NJ. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, Liberty State Park will not be having fireworks and will be closed to the public on the evening of July 4.

Fourth of July Street Closures

There will be several major roadways closed in the area during the July 4 Fireworks display. Sinatra Drive in Hoboken will be closed from 7pm until the fireworks are over. Boulevard East from Weehawken to North Bergen will be closed beginning at 7pm. Port Imperial Boulevard and River Road from Weehawken to North Bergen at 7pm. The county is urging those who want to see the fireworks to use public transit. Click here for NJ Transit information regarding the fireworks and traveling. Click here for Hoboken’s fireworks information, including parking restrictions, street closures and the announcement that the Steven’s campus will be closed to the public on July 4.

JC Farmer’s Markets

Jersey City Farmer’s Markets will still operate the week of July 4. Hamilton Park Farmer’s Market will be held on the actual day (Wednesday, July 4), so don’t worry – you can still get all the fresh stuff you need for your BBQ! Check out this link on the Jersey City website for more information about all eight of the Farmer’s Markets our city hosts.

*Note: Hoboken Family Fun Night, Movies Under the Stars and Concerts in the Park are all canceled for the week of July 4.

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Jersey City Family Activities & Events ~ June 23 – 28

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

Events

Not Yo Mama’s 4th Annual Blow Out Bash 

With live music, local artists, giveaways, more than 75 crafters (of course) and food from Vita Pizza, Lizzmonade and Hamilton Inn Beer Truck, this is definitely not “yo mama’s” craft fair. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Liberty Humane Society! Check out the Facebook event page for more information. Saturday, June 23 from 11am – 6pm. Powerhouse Arts District, 1st Street and Warren Street, Jersey City, NJ.

Jersey City Pet Owner’s Day 

This Saturday is the last Pet Owner’s Day of 2012. Bring your pets to City Hall for free shots and get them licensed. A one year license will cost you $8 for a neutered dog and $12 for an unneutered dog. A three-year license will cost you $20 or $30. Also, there will be $25 microchipping, $10 Frontline Plus applications and $5 per 10 lbs. of weight Strongid home dosages. Saturday, June 23 from 11am – 3pm (no rain dates) at City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City.

BBQ MusicFest – A Fun Raiser for NO Gas Pipeline 

Although the ruling was in favor of the pipeline, No Gas Pipeline continues to fight. Join them at this “fun raiser” with live music, beer from NJ Beer Company, Legal Beans BBQ, Made With Love and Basement Bowling. Your $15 donation benefits their suit against the ruling. RSVP on the Facebook event page. Sunday, June 24 from 2:30pm – 9pm 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 Americana Family Jamboree. Tuesday, June 26 at 7pm at Shipyard Park, Hoboken.

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 Hugo, rated PG. FREE. Wednesday, June 27 at 9pm at Pier A Park, Hoboken.

Hoboken Concerts in the Park 

Enjoy a performance by the New Jersey Symphony and don’t forget your picnics and blankets! Thursday, June 28 at 7pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, Hoboken.

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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

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, activities and deals you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City and Hoboken area!

Events

Groove on Grove 

Normally Groove on Grove is on Wednesdays, but this week you can catch it tomorrow for JC Fridays at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Listen to music from Ghetto Folk and Devi. Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade, Saigon Café and Hard Grove Cafe. Friday, June 1 from 5pm – 11pm rain or shine. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

Torico’s Reopens! 

As we reported last week, Torico’s Ice Cream Parlor reopens tomorrow! Get delicious homemade ice cream for the first time in a year and a half. Friday, June 1 from 11am – 11pm at 20 Erie Street, Jersey City.

A Sound Start Demo Classes 

This Friday catch some FREE demo classes from A Sound Start. Classes include Kindermusik and Itsy Bitsy Yoga. Click here for class times. Also, the normal Saturday drop-in music class is free at 11am. No reservations required for any of the classes. Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at A Sound Start, 489 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City.

Bike JC Ward Tour 

This bike tour spans 15 miles and goes through all six wards of Jersey City. Click here for a map of the route. In person rider registration begins at 9:30am at Exchange Place and the tour begins at 11am.  The tour ends and the fun begins at 1pm – 5pm back at Exchange Place with live music, beer and “Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fair.” Sunday, June 3 beginning at 11am at Exchange Place, Jersey City. Rain date June 10.

Hoboken Family Fun Nights Begin 

The family fun begins on Tuesday and kicks off with Polka Dot Pals. These FREE outdoor performances offer fun for the whole family every Tuesday night! Tuesday, June 5 at 7pm at Shipyard Park, Hoboken.

Deals of the Day

NJ Children’s Museum 

This Groupon deal is offering a visit for two or four to the Children’s Museum in Paramus. Choose from two options: $10 for two tickets ($20 value) or $18 for four tickets ($40 value). Limited quantities available! Map.

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Jersey City Family Activities & Events

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

Events & Activities

Groove On Grove 

Every Wednesday, catch live music at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Tonight is “Shes & Hims Showcase” and the lineup includes Vanessa Perea, Brendan Kibbee and more! Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade and Saigon Café. Pick up some good street eats at The Taco Truck, who is stationed here every Wednesday evening! Wednesday, May 16 from 6pm – 9pm rain or shine. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Map.

JC Farmer’s Markets 

The Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market returned for another bountiful summer on Monday. You can check it out Mondays and Thursdays at the Grove Street PATH Plaza from 4pm – 8pm. The Hamilton Park Farmer’s Market returns today and this year it’s better than ever! Now boasting 15 vendors, this market has something for everyone this year. Vendors include, our personal favorite, Cocoa Bakery, Lizzmonade, Stony Hill Gardens, Pizza Vita Mobile Pizza Truck (which was amazing and wildly popular!) and more. Bring your reusable totes every Wednesday from 3pm – 7pm around the Hamilton Park Gazebo.

Pilates in the Park Fundraiser

In its fifth year, Renaissance Pilates is hosting this fundraiser to benefit cystic fibrosis. The nephew of Danielle Buccellato, founder of Renaissance Pilates, Stanley Zolek is the spokesman of the event. Come for a free 55-minute Pilates class on the Hudson River and donate money to the cause. A raffle will be held, along with a champagne toast at City Bistro’s rooftop. Saturday, May 19 starting at 9am in Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken. Map.

Hoboken Citywide Yard Sale & Flea Market

This citywide event will take place at 25 different locations across Hoboken. Find everything you can imagine! Beginning Friday, May 18, click here for a listing of locations. Saturday, May 19 from 10am – 3pm, Hoboken.

Deals of the Day

Bowling for One or Five People 

This new Amazon Local deal offers discount bowling at Nationwide Bowling Center, which has a Jersey City location called Hudson-Bayonne Lanes 1. Choose from two games for $7 (a $14 value) or $25 for two hours of bowling, with shoe rentals for up to five people (a $75 value). Garfield Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. Map.

One-Year Online Language Course 

I know this isn’t technically a local deal, since it’s an online company, but I think it’s a really good one! Livemocha.com and Google is offering one-year of an online language course for $39 (normally $99.95). As a mom, I’m always looking to learn something new, but don’t always have the time. This is a really convenient way to conquer that dilemma. Choose from more than 35 languages and log on anytime, from anywhere. There’s only three more days to grab this deal.

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Jersey City Family Activities & Cinco de Mayo Events

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

Jersey City Street Closure Alert

The following streets in Jersey City will be closed Wednesday, May 2; Thursday, May 3; Friday, May 4 and Monday May 7 from 7am – 4pm. Expect traffic delays.

  • York Street from Van Vorst to Washington
  • Warren Street from Montgomery to York Street

Events

Groove On Grove 

Every Wednesday, catch live music at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Tonight is “Dos De Mayo Fiesta” and the lineup includes Karikatura, The Machete Movement and more! Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade, Saigon Café and Hard Grove Cafe. Wednesday, May 2 from 6pm – 9pm rain or shine. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Map.

 

Project 365 Jersey City Green Week

Project 365: Jersey City Green Week will give residents local events each day of the week that “highlight and promote green and sustainable living throughout the year.” On Thursday, May 3, “explore, dine & shop” at various local businesses in town. By printing your “green pass” here you can save at participating local businesses through Saturday, May 5. A few restaurants include Marco and Pepe, Skinner’s Loft, The Iron Monkey and more. On Friday, May 5 there will be a Green Crafts Fair at the Grove Street PATH plaza beginning at 2pm. The five-day event concludes on Saturday, May 5 at Van Vorst Park for Green Events & Games from 11am – 3pm, with activities including a bike tour with Bike JC, multiple clean-up activities, kayaking at Jersey City Reservoir 3 and much more. This event is happening now and lasts through Saturday, May 5. Click here for details.

 

Seventh Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta

Come and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a parade and block party in downtown Jersey City! The two-block parade will begin across from City Hall (179 Grove Street) in downtown Jersey City. The parade begins at 4pm and the party begins at 5pm and will last until midnight. Enjoy live entertainment, food and more! Friday, May 4 from 4pm – midnight. 179 Grove Street, Jersey City. Map.

 

4th Street Arts 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off and Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 

This local Jersey City annual event challenges local restaurants and resident chefs to make chili and compete for the title “Best Chili in Chilltown.” Admission is $5/person and VIP entry is $25/person with an advanced ticket purchase and access to the event an hour early starting at 12:30pm. Judge’s Choice will be announced at 4:30pm and People’s Choice at 5:30pm. There will be lots of chili, cold beer, live music and much more! Saturday, May 5 from 1:30pm – 6:30pm. Purchase tickets here and RSVP via their Facebook page here. This event is kid-friendly, but leave the furry friends at home. 4th Street between Newark and Merseles, Jersey City. Map.

 

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival 

Come and check out this huge event with more than 300 artists, crafters, restaurants and more! There will be three stages of live music featuring acts like The dB’s, Freedy Johnston and more. There will be children’s activities on 3rd Street including rides, games, balloons, live performances and face painting. Sunday, May 6 from 11am – 6pm rain or shine. The festival will take place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street in Hoboken. Map.

Deals of the Day

Two Weeks of Sleep-Away Summer Camp

With this livingsocial deal, pay just $500 and get two weeks of sleep-away camp for your child ages seven – 16 from June 30 – July 15, July 17 – 31 or August 2 – 15. This deal is from Trail Blazer Camps and is in Montague, NJ. Only 12 days left on this deal! 210 Deckertown Turnpike, Montague, NJ. Map.

Classes and Play Time at My Gym 

This deal, brought to you by Plum District (formerly Doodle Deals), offers four classes, four free play visits and a lifetime membership at My Gym (up to $160 value). There are 15 locations available, including Hoboken. The deal expires in three days. My Gym locations.

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Jersey City Family Activities and Events

Spring Preschool Story Hours are back at JC public libraries!

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

Spring Preschool Story Hours: Spring story time has commenced at Jersey City Public Libraries. The new schedule is in effect until May 25, 2012. The main branch will hold family story time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11am. Click here to see the schedule of all the neighborhood library branches.

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten’s Family Fun Day: Bring the family down to Pilsener Haus in Hoboken for a beer and family fun! Activities include live music from “Big Jeff” and the Bouncy People and the Jammin’ Family Band. Get ready for “a whole bunch of country-rockin’ original tunes, well-known children’s favorites” and more. Sunday, March 25 from 12:30pm – 3pm. 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken

Events for Mama & Dada

Sixpoint Sessions @ LITM: If you have a babysitter readily available, head out to LITM tonight and enjoy yummy Sixpoint draught beer selections like Sweet Action, Resin Double IPA and Righteous Ale. Also, enjoy great music on vinyl via DJ Jersey Dan. Tonight starting at 9pm.

Deal of the Day

Unlimited Yoga at SunMoon Yoga: Enjoy this fabulous Living Social deal and pay just $29 for a month of unlimited yoga at SunMoon Yoga in downtown Jersey City ($49 for two months). Hurry, it expires tonight! 413 Monmouth Street, Jersey City

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