Well, they “huffed and the puffed,” but this week’s winds “could not blow your house down!"

However, we were blown into a great week of events for the whole family. Whether you feel like celebrating Dr. Seuss’ 114th birthday at a Read Across America event, National Craft Month or even National Nutrition Month – you can’t go wrong participating in any of these activities in and around West Orange.

This week’s list of “Things to do with Kids” is brought to you by The Goddard School, an early childhood education franchise coming soon to West Orange.

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Fun for the whole family …

Enjoy a Day at the Theater – March 2 and March 3 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Take the family the Studio Playhouse in Montclair to see “Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot,” a goofy retelling of the traditional Cinderella story. Written by Elizabeth Ely Moreno and directed by Mirit Skeen, the show follows Ella Le Grand, who not only has to contend with her evil stepmother, but also must deal with having huge feet. All’s well that ends well, as the tale shows that true beauty comes from within, and that it’s not just okay to be yourself, in fact it’s the only way to be! Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online or by calling the box office at 973-744-9752. The theater is located at 14 Alvin Place, in Upper Montclair.

Fun for the littles …

Music Makes the World Go Around! – Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m.

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to join Guitar Joe at the Livingston Library for a free magnificent medley of music and storytelling including songs, picture books, puppet shows, dance parties, multimedia presentations, drum circles, egg-shaker jams, and so much more!

Storytime at IndigKids – Feb. 28 at 11 a.m.

After an invigorating morning of shopping at the Short Hills Mall, bring the kiddos to a free IndigoKids storytime event at Indigo Short Hills.

Polly Want a Cracker? – March 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Families are invited to the free Buccaneer Bounce and Pirate Party being held at the South Mountain YMCA, at 13 Jefferson Ave., in Maplewood, where they will participate in fun activities and enjoy pizza, snacks and some prize booty! Registration required: 973-762-4145.

Has Reading Gone to the Dogs? – March 4 at 4:30 p.m.

New readers can practice their reading skills by reading to friendly therapy dogs at the West Orange Library.

Building with Legos – March 5 at 4 p.m.

Children in grades K-5 are invited to come build with Legos and make new friends at the West Orange Library

Pottery Barn Storytime at The Mall at Short Hills – March 5 at 11 a.m.

Shop till you drop at the Short Hills Mall and then pop in to Pottery Barn for readings, activities and more! Ask about becoming a Pottery Barn Kids Book Club member.

Does Your Baby Like to Boogie? – March 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Caregivers and children ages 6 months to 2 are invited to dress comfortably and stop by the Livingston Library to get their boogie on at the Boogie Woogie Babies class, where they will sing songs, play and possibly break a sweat.

 

Feeling Crafty?

Call for an appointment: 973-761-2394

In honor of National Craft Month, Artist Barbara Alsieux is offering a free one-hour line drawing/water color class at her Fine Art Studio to any interested new students ages 5-18. A parent must accompany any child under age 18.

Create with Crayons – Match 5 at 11 a.m.

Children ages 2-5, with their caregiver, are invited to drop to make a creative coloring craft at the Millburn Library.

Crafty Kids Unite! March 6 at 3:30 p.m.

Children ages 5 and up are invited to drop in to make fun crafts at the free class being held at the Millburn Library, which is located at 200 Glen Ave, in Millburn.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

“What Pet Should I Get?” March 2 at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at Target with a reading of the story, “What Pet Should I Get,” at the top of every half hour. There will also be Seuss giveaways, fun activities and more.

Dress as Your Favorite Seuss Character Day – March 2 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (early access for families with disabilities at 10 am)

Children of all ages are invited to come to the Morris Museum dressed as their favorite Seuss characters to celebrate Dr. Seuss Family Fun Day, where they will enjoy readings of Dr. Seuss classics throughout the day and make hats like the Cat’s. The children’s show “Seussology” will run in the Bickford Theatre at 11 am and 1:30 pm (separate admission fee of $12).

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Storytime at Barnes and Noble – March 2 at 11 a.m.

Calling all kids. Stop by Barnes and Noble at the Livingston Mall to celebrate Dr. Seuss with storytime, games, and activities. Get a coupon from the B&N Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! 

For Teens …


3/1 – Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) Adventure Time! – March 1 at 3 p.m.

Epic quests await teens ages 13 and older, who join the West Orange Library DnD event where they will participate in roleplaying, storytelling, on- the-spot strategic thinking, math skills, problem solving, and team work all rolled up into one!

Need a Night Out for yourself?

Dance Party! 8 pm

Gather some friends or a special someone and head over to the Manor for a night of dancing to current dance hits and a freestyle mashup of dance songs from across the decades. Doors open at 6 p.m. Enjoy cocktail table seating, bar seating, a full bar, beverage service, and a lounge food menu. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. No reservations needed. Must be age 21 or over.

It’s National Nutrition Month – Look Where Kids Can Eat for Free!

  • Verona Inn Tavern (Verona) - Free kid's dinner with purchase of adult dinner on Mondays
  • Moonshine Supper Club (Millburn) - Kids eat free on Sundays and Tuesdays
  • Firehouse Subs (Florham Park) - Kids eat free on Sundays
  • Smashburger (Florham Park and East Hanover) - Kids eat free on Tuesdays