There are tons of activities happening this week into next. You and your children can participate in the Frog Pond Club on Oct. 16, Family Walk & Campfire on Oct. 17, Pajama Storytime on Oct. 18, the Pumpkin Painting Party on Oct. 19, have Breakfast with the Flamingos on Oct. 20, join the  STEAM Club on Oct. 22 and so much more. Your teens might enjoy the Comic Book Club on Oct. 16 or the Dungeons and Dragons Club on Oct. 18. And, adults can meet Hoda Kotb on Oct. 16 or Sally Field on Oct. 19 at the Short Hills Mall or learn “How Money Works for Kids” on Oct. 17. In addition, National Pasta Day is on Oct. 17 and there are links to some delicious recipes to make with children below.

If you are looking to participate in fun activities and more this week, please enjoy this list of “Things to Do with Kids” in and around town, brought to you by The Goddard School in West Orange. #ThingstodowithKids

Note: If you attend any of these events, partake in any of the ideas shared below, or just have a great picture of your kid(s) that you’d like featured, please send photos to jackie.eventscolumn@gmail.com. In addition, please send any events you’d like added to this column to the same address.

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FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

 

World Wednesdays on Oct 16 at 4 pm at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

People of all ages are invited to attend this program featuring folktales, stories, and activities from around the globe, highlighting a different country, region and/or culture.

 

Family Walk & Campfire on Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm at the Essex Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland)

People of all ages are invited to join a naturalist for a short walk on the trails to experience forest life at dusk. Afterward, enjoy a campfire and fire-popped organic popcorn and mint tea. Advance registration
is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child; $12 per adult.

 

Chess Club on Oct. 17 at 4 pm at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Players of all ages and abilities welcome.

 

Turtle Back Zoo Adult Zoo Camp on Oct. 19 from 9 am – 4 pm (Berson Education Center, Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange)

Have you ever wondered what your children actually do at Zoo Camp? Now you can experience Turtle Back Zoo Camp through the eyes of an adult, but with the curiosity and excitement of childhood! To further Turtle Back Zoo's mission of conservation, education, and stewardship, zoo campers of all ages are introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature, and science. Spend a day with us and enjoy the full zoo camp experience complete with behind the scenes tours, conservation-themed activities, up-close animal presentation, and games. Weather permitting, train and carousel rides are included of course! As with all of our camp days, we spend some time in the classroom, but we also spend time in the best classroom around - the Zoo! Please dress comfortably for the time both inside and outdoors. You may bring your own snacks, but your camp day includes a catered lunch with adult beverages available and an afternoon snack break. For more information please contact Marguerite at 973-731-5800 ext. 103. Register here.

 

West Orange Farmers Market (Chilli Cookoff) on Oct. 19 from 9 am to 2 pm at 80 Main Street Parking Lot (North End)

Guests will enjoy fresh produce, local eggs and honey, artisanal cheeses, delicious baked goods, fresh juice, local flowers, vegan goods, upcycled crafts, lunch options, and much more. There will be nearly 60 vendors, many of which cater to children with crafts, products, and books. This week’s special event: Register here to compete in the Chili Cook-off. Guests will vote on which chili is their favorite. The chili with the most votes will win the prize. There are two categories to enter: Traditional Chili and Vegan Chili. On the day of the event, contestants should bring a ready-to-serve chili and their entry ticket to the market. Setup time is at 8 am and serving starts at 9 am. All chili should be brought in a crockpot with a lid and a serving utensil (ex. ladle or spoon). Electricity to keep the chili warm will be provided. All market guests will receive two tickets and the chance to sample all chili entries. Each guest will vote on their favorite traditional chili and favorite vegan chili. Votes will be tallied at 1 pm. The $10 registration fee is non-refundable.

 

Pumpkin Painting Party on Oct. 19 at 11 am at the Essex Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland)

Participants of all ages will enjoy spending some time decorating and painting a pumpkin to help them get into the spirit of the season. Seasonal refreshments will be offered. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child; $12 per adult.

 

Breakfast with the Flamingos on Oct. 20 from 8:30 – 10  at Turtle Back Zoo (Berson Education Center, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange)

Are you feeling in the pink? People ages 6 and up are invited to participate in a fun morning where they'll learn all about the most famous of pink birds, the Flamingos. Flock to the zoo for a fun conservation education event featuring our fascinating flamingos. Guests will learn all about flamingos in the wild and meet TBZ's own mixed flock. They will witness fun flamingo behavior, discover why flamingos are pink and should come with an appetite because breakfast is delicious! The event includes a special visit to the new Flamingo exhibit. Ticket includes Hot breakfast, Education program, Up-close introductions to some ambassador animals, Activity, Special visit to TBZ's flamingo exhibit and Admission to the Zoo for the day (for non-Zoological Society members). All minors must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket; all attendees must purchase a ticket. $30/person general admission, $24/ person for Zoological Society members (members will be required to show a current TBZ membership card). Dress comfortably for walking outside. This event is rain or shine except in the event of extreme weather. Please park at the Berson Education Center; the program begins in the Center's classrooms promptly at 8:30 am. Call #973-731-5800 ext.103 to learn more or if you have concerns about accessibility. Register here.

 

Celebrate the Big Draw with Free Art Sessions at the Apple Store from Oct. 1-31 at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

From October 1–31, join free at Apple art sessions at Apple Short Hills and take part in the world’s biggest drawing festival – The Big Draw. Get hands-on with iPad and Apple Pencil to draw, paint, and more. Check times for upcoming sessions here: apple.com. Call (973) 467-4890 for details.

 

Behind the Scenes TBZ Animal Hospital on Oct. 22 at 2-2:30 pm at Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue West Orange)

The public is invited for a 30-minute Behind the Scenes Tour of the Zoo where they meet and greet one of TBZ's Vet Techs. Hospital Tours are geared for older audiences. Those ages 6–18 must be accompanied by an adult. All members of the party must have a ticket. There are no photos permitted in the Hospital. Click here to register. Ticket includes admission.

  

FUN FOR LITTLE KIDS

 

Little Moving Artist Class at Monica + Andy on Oct. 16 from 10:30-11:15 am at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

Bring your little ones, ages 2-4, to participate in a Movement Class with The Little Moving Artist. Children will enjoy this whimsical and imaginative movement class that incorporates dancing, imagery, music, sensory props and costumes. Children will ice skate on paper plates, tap dance on bubble wrap, take part in an ultimate snowball fight, bug hunt, fly with superhero capes and wings, freeze dance, and more. Drop-in fee: $10; Family: $15.

 

Frog Pond Club on Oct. 16 from 4-5 pm at the Essex Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland)

Children ages 5 through 9 will uncover and discover ecosystem interactions at the frog pond. They will explore with nets, magnifiers, and microscopes to investigate what lives at the pond and learn from a naturalist what can be done to protect and conserve the pond inhabitants. Advance registration is required. Call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per child per session

Schedule:

  • Tuesdays: October 8, November 12, December 10
  • Wednesdays: October 16, November 20, December 18

 

Storytime at Barnes and Noble on Oct. 17 and 22 at 10 am at the Livingston Mall (112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston)

Children will embark on an exciting adventure as they are introduced to some of your childhood favorites, as well as some you may not have heard before.

 

Zumbini with Alli at Monica + Andy on Oct. 17 at 4 pm at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

Join Monica + Andy for a fun afternoon of Zumbini with Alli - the ultimate bonding experience. For children ages 0-4 and their caregivers, Zumbini combines music and movement to create the ultimate bonding experience! Sing, dance and play together while developing your little one’s social, cognitive, emotional and motor skills. The cost of series is $150 (additional sibling $69) or $25 for drop-in demo class.

 

Little Explorers Fall Nature Program on Oct. 17 and 22 (see other dates below) from 10-11 am at the Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland) 

This child-caregiver class uses stories, walks, and crafts to develop an awareness and appreciation for science and nature for the child as well as the caregiver. Each week, a different nature or science topic is covered. Advance registration and payment are required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $12 per child/session.

Schedule:

  • Toddlers (age 2) – Tuesdays— October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19 10 am to 11 am
  • Tots (age 3) – Thursdays— October 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21 1 pm to 2 pm
  • Pre-K (ages 4-5) – Tuesdays — October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19 1 pm to 2 pm OR Thursdays— October 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21 10 am to 11 am

 

Books n' Babies Storytime on Oct. 17 at 10:30 am at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Children up to 24 months and their caregivers will enjoy a morning class that includes stories, songs, and rhymes to introduce babies to language skills.

 

Pajama Storytime and Activities Featuring Good Night, Little Blue Truck on Oct. 18 at 7 pm at Barnes and Noble at the Livingston Mall (112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston)

A scary storm is brewing! When Little Blue Truck and his friend Toad join their other friends to seek safety from the storm, they find that it's easy to be brave together! Attendees will receive a free hot apple cider or juice, plus a cookie, while supplies last).

 

Saturday Storytimes on Oct. 19 from 10-10:30 am at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Children ages 0 – 5 and caregivers will listen to stories and work on a craft.

 

Storytime and Activities Featuring A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mr. Rogers on Oct. 19 at 11 am at Barnes and Noble at the Livingston Mall (112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston)

Mr. Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Join us for this special Storytime and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.


Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Moo (Peek-a-Flap Series) on Oct. 20 at 11 am at Barnes and Noble at the Livingston Mall (112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston)

Children ages 0-24 months and their caregivers are invited to attend Baby & Me Storytime where they will hear a story and participate in activities featuring sensory growth. Plus, guests will receive a coupon for a $2 off a grande Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

 

Terrific Toddlers Storytime on Oct. 22 at 10:30 am at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Children ages 2 - 3 ½ and their caretakers will enjoy puppets, stories, songs and fingerplays.

 

Preschool Storytime on Oct. 22 at 11:30 am at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Children and their caregivers are invited to come and enjoy interactive stories, songs, and games.

 

FUN FOR KINDERGARTEN TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-AGED KIDS

 

Comic Book Club on Oct. 16, 6:30-7:30 pm at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Do you like comic books? Graphic novels? Superhero movies? Kids in grades 4-12 are invited to come talk about their favorite books, movie adaptations, or styles of art and work on a project of their own.

 

Bike Right- Learn to Ride on Oct. 19 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Essex County Environmental Center (621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland)

This program for children ages 5 and older will make learning to ride a bike easier for your child with TransOptions’ Bike Right Learn to Ride class. Bike Right Learn to Ride will teach children the safe, easy and effective way to learn to ride. Using this "balance first" method, parents help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants will learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Please bring a helmet and a bike (without training wheels) in good working order. In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled. Advanced registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $10 per child.

 

Kids' Book Hangout Event on Oct. 19 at 2 pm at Barnes and Noble at the Livingston Mall (112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston)

Books can take you on amazing adventures through magical lands, the great outdoors, and even school! Join us for this fall Kids’ Book Hangout to discover your next great, adventurous read. Connect with fellow readers, play games and activities, and take home giveaways while discussing Chris Coffer’s book, A Tale of Magic! Bring a friend and we'll see you there. Plus, you will get a coupon for a $1 Rice Krispy Bar.

 

STEAM Club on Oct. 22 at 4 pm at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Kids ages 8-12 will learn about Roller Coaster Physics. Please register in advance by calling 973-736-0198 x216

 

FUN FOR TEENS

 

Comic Book Club on Oct. 16, 6:30-7:30 pm at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Do you like comic books? Graphic novels? Superhero movies? Kids in grades 4-12 are invited to come talk about their favorite books, movie adaptations, or styles of art and work on a project of their own.

 

Dungeons and Dragons: A Teen Club on Oct. 18 from 3:15-5:15 pm at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Teens ages 13+ are invited to join a Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) adventure! Epic quests await teens who join the DnD club at the library! DnD features role-playing, storytelling, on-the-spot strategic thinking, math skills, problem-solving, and teamwork all rolled into one! 

 

FUN FOR ADULTS

 

Take the Pink Lips Challenge from Oct. 1-31 at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills) and online

Here is a fun way to remind your loved ones to get their mammograms! Take the Pink Lips Challenge at home or stop by the Selfie booths in Grand Court or in the lobby of the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center. Take a picture with your pink lips in the lipstick of your choice. Blow a kiss to someone you love by sharing your post on social media, tagging them, and remind them it’s #TimeToMammo. And most importantly, schedule your mammogram here.

 

Indigo in Person with Hoda Kotb on Oct. 16 from 6-7 pm at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

The public is invited to join TODAY co-anchor and NYT bestselling author Hoda Kotb as she signs copies of her latest book, I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By. Individuals must have a wristband to be in the event space and book signing line; a limited number of tickets (wristbands) are available; each ticket will admit one person and include one copy of the book; tickets are not available for purchase in-store; maximum one ticket per person; one book maximum per person per ticket; guests will receive a wristband and book when they arrive at the store on the day of the event and must exchange their Ticketscene ticket for a wristband at that time; wristbands are non-transferrable and cannot be sold; access to the event area will only be granted to those guests who received a wristband; signing line-up will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; candid photography and posed photography from the line-up is allowed. The ticket price is $24 and tax and service fees and includes the admission of one person to the event and one personalized copy of Kotb’s book.

 

How Money Works for Kids - A Parent's Guide on Oct. 17, 7:30 pm at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

How Money Works for Kids is designed to help parents teach their children simple financial strategies, now, so they'll be better equipped to deal with money matters on their own later. Help your kids grow up money smart by starting the conversation now. Our kids model our behaviors and attitudes, so modeling good money habits is the best way to prepare kids for handling their own money. Learn the fundamentals of personal finance, budgeting, smart shopping and more. As a gift, free How Money Works for Kids booklets will be distributed to participants who register in advance. Register by emailing jessica7884@gmail.com

 

Indigo in Person: Sally Field on Oct. 19 at 2 pm the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills) and online

Join NYT bestselling author and academy award-winning actress Sally Field as she signs copies of her memoir, In Pieces. Event guidelines: This event is free and open to the public; individuals must have purchased one copy of the book to be in the book signing lineup; proof of purchase required from Indigo; signing line-up will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 250 guests; candid photos are allowed.


Cope Center: Parenting 101: Skills for Raising Resilient Children on Oct. 20, 1 pm at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

This workshop reviews key elements of effective parenting to help you provide a happy and stable environment for your child to develop as an independent and resilient individual. Self-care, picking your spot, active listening, consequences, and effective commands and directions will be discussed through the lens of good parenting being all about parenting the child you have-while keeping in mind that you are molding a future adult. Ideal for parents and caregivers of children of all ages.

 

Monica + Andy Lactation Group Drop-In Clinic on Oct. 21 at 10:30 am at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

Join Monica + Andy for a group drop-in breastfeeding clinic with Aliza Sternberg, an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), a certified lactation counselor (CLC) and a certified breastfeeding specialist (CBS), to provide you with assistance for your baby's latch, a scale available for weight checks, a forum to ask questions, or just a chance to connect with other breastfeeding moms. The cost is $20 per person and no appointment is required. Future dates: Oct. 21; Nov. 4; Dec. 2, and 30

 

HAVE FUN CELEBRATING THIS NATIONAL HOLIDAY

 

National Pasta Day is celebrated on Oct. 17

Did you know there are over 600 different types of pasta and that Americans consume about 20 pounds of pasta per person per year? This alone is a good enough reason to celebrate this delicious food that can be eaten in probably just as many ways. To celebrate, just choose your favorite pasta shape and add your favorite sauce. You can cook up some pasta and sauce at home with your kids, go out for a pasta dinner or order some in from your favorite restaurant.

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…

 

The next time you sit down for a family dinner, toss out some of these facts to spark a lively and informative family conversation. After dinner, look up some of these dates and facts and explore the historical moments as a family.

  • On Oct. 16, 1793 – Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.
  • On Oct. 16, 1962 – The Cuban Missile crisis began.
  • On Oct. 17, 1931 – Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.
  • On Oct. 19, 1983 – The Senate passed a bill making Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday.
  • On Oct. 19, 1781 – The Revolutionary War ended.
  • On Oct. 21, 1879 – Thomas Edison invented the incandescent electric lamp.