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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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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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Sip, Sip and Away

A smattering of sippy cups that work great for kids from 6 months to toddler age.

There are a dizzying number of options available when it comes to sippy cups. It’s hard to know which ones are better for what age. Here’s a list of my favorites for different ages.

Training Cups:

Training cups are great for babies around 6 months old, who are just learning to use a cup. Dylan was never really a “bottle baby.” So, I wasn’t quite sure what to use to start him out. I soon learned about training cups. They are built a bit differently, to assist in easing baby in the transition to a cup.

Dr. Brown’s Soft-Spout Training Cup

Anatomy: 6 ounce cup, removable handles that spin, valve disc, silicone valve, spout cap, lid.

This was the first training cup Dylan tried. It holds 6 ounces, is BPA-free and spill-proof. The unique soft-spout makes it easier for baby to figure out how to drink. He had some trouble getting enough liquid from it at first, but soon developed his own technique. The handles on this cup spin, which can be a challenge when baby is trying to find the spout. The parts on this cup are interchangeable, and can be used with other Dr. Brown’s sippy cups. This is a great training cup. $5.49

Dr. Brown’s Designed to Nourish Training Cup

Anatomy: 6 ounce cup, removable handles, valve disc, silicone valve, spout cap, lid.

This 6 ounce training cup is BPA-free and features a spill-proof top with a “sip-activated valve.” This cup is the updated version of the Soft-Spout Training Cup and is part of Dr. Brown’s new feeding system called Designed to Nourish. The handles on this cup do not spin, so Dylan could easily pick this cup up and manipulate it. The other major difference between these training cups is that this one features a hard-spout cap that goes over the soft-spout (more like a sippy cup for an older child). Again, the parts are interchangeable with other Dr. Brown’s sippy cups. I have to say, these updates make for an even better training cup – I highly recommend it. $5.49

8-9 months:

After Dylan was becoming a pro at using the training cups, I decided to graduate to something that would allow him to get more liquid. I recommend these cups for the 9 month age-range.

ThinkBaby Sippy Cup

Anatomy:  9 ounce cup, easy-grip removable handles, spout sleeve, extra-soft cross-cut silicone spout, travel cap.

ThinkBaby’s 9 ounce sippy cup is BPA-, PVC-, phthalate-, lead-, melamine- and nitrosamine-free. One of the unique features of this cup is the cross-cut spout. The spout is basically a nipple that is spill-proof. The shape and contour of the cup and handles make it easy for baby to pick up and use. My son was very adept at using this cup right away, and got a lot of liquid out of it very efficiently. He didn’t need a training period. I love this cup and found it very helpful when I first introduced cow’s milk. $8.49 [Follow ThinkBaby on Facebook to receive a discount for ThinkSport Sunscreen.]

12 – 18 months:

Around 11 months, I started to notice that Dylan needed a sippy cup that released more liquid at a time. I was also beginning to introduce cow’s milk and wanted him to get as much as possible. The following sippy cups work great for water, milk, juice or whatever your active toddler is drinking.

Kid Basix Safe Sippy 2

Anatomy: thermo plastic rubber sleeve, stainless steel body, removable handles, straw-shaped spout, straw and straw adapter, travel plug, dust cap.

The Safe Sippy 2 has an 11 ounce capacity and is BPA- and phthalate -free. The idea and design of this cup is innovative and eco-friendly. The clean, non-leaching steel body and rubber sleeve keeps drinks cold, and reminds me of the water bottles that my husband and I use. Dylan took to this cup right away. He loves the ease of the handles and shape of the drinking spout. I love that you can use the travel plug, if you want to throw it into a bag. I like the straw adapter. It’s great for when your toddler is riding in his stroller or toddling around. As they don’t need to tip the cup back to get the liquid out. I had my friend’s three year old daughter try this cup also and she loved it. The 11 ounce capacity is the perfect amount of liquid for toddlers and preschool age kids. We found that the cup was easier for preschool age kids to use without the handles attached. I did notice that when thrown, this cup will dent. I highly recommend this cup for toddlers one year of age and up. Safe Sippy 2: $13.37

18 months and beyond:

The First Years Take & Toss 10 oz Straw Cups 

Anatomy: 10 ounce cup, snap-on lid,straw.

Once they get the hang of the whole cup thing, you may want something that they can get more liquid out of quicker. The First Years Take & Toss cups are BPA-free, dishwasher-safe and perfect for moms and toddlers on-the-go. The straw cups are my 19 month olds favorite. He can get milk out of them very efficiently and they aren’t expensive, so if we accidentally leave one at the park (or one gets accidentally thrown in the garbage) – it’s no big deal! These cups are simple and recyclable. The cups do leak quite a bit, so invest in a couple of the travel tops. $2.99

Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Leak-Proof Straw Bottle 

Anatomy: 10 ounce stainless steel cup, twist-on push-button lid, soft straw with straw stem.

Tired of throwing away sour milk? The answer to keeping milk fresh longer is the Thermos Foogo. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps beverages colder for longer. The design is sweat-proof, so it won’t leave rings on your furniture. This cup works great for car trips and keeps milk fresh. The cup works best if you refrigerate it for about 10 minutes before you fill it. This cup does leak if turned upside-down, so remember to click the lid shut between sips! $14.88

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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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