Happy first week back to school to all whose kids start school this week. With new schedules starting and homework being assigned, there are fewer activities happening right now. This will change soon as we enter into apple-picking season. However, right now, never fear – there are still many activities happing this week into next.

Have you attended storytime at Barnes and Noble yet – if not, this weekend is a great time to try one as the store is celebrating its One-Millionth Storytime with a never-before-released book by Dr. Seuss. Do your kids like to cook? If so, they shouldn’t miss the Williams Sonoma Jr. Chef: Pizza Party on September 7. Also, if your kids are fans of Christina Geist’s books, they can meet her along with TODAY show anchor Willie Geist, as Christina reads from her new children’s book, Sorry, Grown-ups, You Can’t Go To School on September 8 at Indigo at the Short Hills Mall.

And, if you like Drew And Jonathan Scott of The Property Brothers, you can meet them on the 10th at Indigo, too.

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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.

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.

 

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY…

 

West Orange Farmers Market on September 7th 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. This week’s theme is Eat Outside – where guests will take a tour of West Orange’s local food at the Farmers Market!

Dream Week at Just a Dream from Sept. 9-14 (250 S. Livingston Avenue., Livingston)

Just a Dream is holding a week-long fun-filled celebration with some of their favorite brands. A few of the artists who create the brands sold at the store will be onsite to meet guests and help children decorate sunglasses, bracelets, cookies, cupcakes, trucker hats and more. See schedule on Instagram @justadreamnj

 

FUN FOR LITTLE KIDS

 

Storytime at Barnes and Noble on September 5 and 10 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.

Celebrate Barnes and Noble’s One-Millionth Storytime With Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum on September 7th at 11 am at the Livingston Mall (112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston)

Celebrate Barnes and Noble’s one-millionth Storytime this weekend! A B&N story expert will read a never-before-released Dr. Seuss book about creating and looking at art. Plus, guests are invited to stay for activities and giveaways including free crayons (while supplies last) and will enjoy samples from the Café.

Celebrate Barnes and Noble’s One-Millionth Storytime With Hey Grandude! On September 8th at 11 am at the Livingston Mall (112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston)

Celebrate Barnes and Noble’s one-millionth Storytime this weekend! A B&N story expert will read Sir Paul McCartney's first picture book about the fun that grandparents and grandkids can have together. Plus, guests will enjoy fun activities and a Confetti Cupcake for $1.50 with any Café purchase.

IndigoKids Presents: Christina And Willie Geist on September 8th from 12-1 pm at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

Kids ages 3-7 and caregivers are invited to join author Christina Geist along with TODAY show anchor Willie Geist as Christina reads from her new children’s book, Sorry, Grown-ups, You Can’t Go To School. An audience Q&A and book signing to follow. The 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; seating and signing line-up will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; candid and posed photos are allowed.

Jam with Jamie At Monica + Andy on September 10th at 11 am at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

Kids ages 0–5 years and caretakers are invited to join Monica + Andy for a 45-minute music class of upbeat tunes that you and your little ones can jam out to. Your teacher comes armed with a guitar and props/instruments for the kids to use throughout the class: shakers, scarves, a parachute and more! Jam out to fun children’s songs, rock n’ roll oldies, and today’s hits. Pre-register for a single class: $29 a child and $26 per sibling; in-person day of $32 per child.

 

FUN FOR KINDERGARTEN TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-AGED KIDS…

 

Williams Sonoma Jr. Chef: Pizza Party on September 7th from 10-11 am at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

Kids ages 8-13 are invited to a Jr. Chef Pizza Party Benefiting No Kid Hungry. Have your kids ever wanted to learn to make pizza? Then this is the class for them! They will make pizza from scratch, starting with the dough, and then top it with fun toppings. Mangia Tutti (Everybody Eat!). Cost of $10 per child benefits No Kid Hungry. Please call (973) 467-3641 to reserve a spot.

Bike Right- Learn to Ride on September 7th 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

IndigoKids Presents: Christina And Willie Geist on September 8th from 12-1 pm at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

Kids ages 3-7 and caregivers are invited to join author Christina Geist along with TODAY show anchor Willie Geist as Christina reads from her new children’s book, Sorry, Grown-ups, You Can’t Go To School. An audience Q&A and book signing to follow. The 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; seating and signing line-up will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; candid and posed photos are allowed.

Creature Comfort: Practice Reading with a Therapy Dog on September 9 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm at the West Orange Library (46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange)

Kids will have a chance to practice their reading skills by reading to friendly therapy dogs.

 

FUN FOR TEENS…

 

Dungeons and Dragons: A Teen Club on September 6th 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!

Williams Sonoma Jr. Chef: Pizza Party on September 7th from 10-11 am at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

Kids ages 8-13 are invited to a Jr. Chef Pizza Party Benefiting No Kid Hungry. Have your kids ever wanted to learn to make pizza? Then this is the class for them! They will make pizza from scratch, starting with the dough, and then top it with fun toppings. Mangia Tutti (Everybody Eat!). Cost of $10 per child benefits No Kid Hungry. Please call (973) 467-3641 to reserve a spot.

 

FUN FOR ADULTS…

 

Indigo Presents: Better Together Book Tour with Drew And Jonathan Scott on September 10 from 6:30-8 pm at the Short Hills Mall (1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills)

The public is invited to join authors and TV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott of The Property Brothers on as they read their new book Builder Brothers: Better Together; audience Q&A and book signing to follow. 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; posed photography is allowed; memorabilia is not permitted.

 

HAVE FUN CELEBRATING THIS NATIONAL HOLIDAY…

 

National Pizza Day is on September 5

Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the US, so it’s quite fitting that it gets its own National holiday. Did you know pizza originated in ancient times? According to denirospizza.com, Greeks and Egyptians cooked pizza like flatbread and topped it with olive oil and spices. In addition, modern-day pizza, as we know it, evolved in Naples, Italy, in the late 18th century, when tomatoes were added.

There are many ways to celebrate this day. You can take your family to your favorite pizza place, or order in. You can also make pizza at home and add any toppings you’d like.

 

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 September 4, 1833 – 10-year-old Barney Flaherty became the first newspaper carrier.
  • On September 5, on 1698 – Russian Czar Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
  • On September 5, 1774 – The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.
  • On September 6, 1995 – Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's baseball iron man record by playing in his 2,131st game.
  • On September 7, 1921 – The first Miss America Beauty Pageant was held in Atlantic City, N.J.
  • On September 8, 1966 – Star Trek premiered on television.
  • On September 8, 1974 – President Ford gave an unconditional pardon to Richard Nixon for any crimes related to Watergate.
  • On September 9, 1850 -- California became the 31st state.
  • On September 9, 1956 – Elvis Presley first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
  • On September 10, 1946 – The sewing machine was patented.