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Fireproof your Christmas Tree to have a Happy and Safe Holiday

This message is for anyone who celebrates Christmas with a real natural tree. This formula will help fireproof your tree. Someone passed this on to me so I thought I would do the same and pass it on to all of you.
Every year many dreams result in tragedy from Christmas trees catching on fire. Traditionally, we take a dead or dying tree (usually a spruce or fur, which is highly flammable when dry), not properly prepared, set it in our homes and wrap it with electrical wires. What an invitation for fire!! Provided you follow the directions carefully, this remedy should make your Christmas tree fireproof.
  • Two cups of Karo Syrup
  • Two ounces of liquid Chlorine Bleach
  • Two pinches of Epson Salt
  • One-half teaspoon of "Borax"
  • One teaspoon of Chelated Iron
  • Hot water
You can purchase the Karo Syrup, "Borax" and liquid Chlorine Bleach from your local supermarket. The Epson Salt can be purchased at the drug store and the Chelated Iron (pronounced Key-Lated) can be purchased from a garden shop or plant store.
1. With a saw, take your recently-purchased Christmas Tree and make a fresh cut at the base on the tree trunk. Cut an inch off of the based of the tree trying to make a level cut.
2. Immediately after cutting the base off the tree, mix your fireproofing ingredients as listed above. Fill a two gallon bucket with hot water to within one inch of the top and add the ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
3. Immediately stand the trunk of the tree in this solution and leave for 24 hours.
4. Keep the remaining solution and place your tree in a tree stand that contains a well where liquids can be poured.
5. When the tree is in it's final resting place, use a plastic cup to pour solution from the bucket into the tree well. Fill the well.
6. Every day without exception, the well of the tree stand must be "topped-off" with the solution from the two gallon bucket.
Follow these simple directions and your tree will be fireproofed. It may save your home and family from those fire tragedies we always hear about around the holidays! If your curious, after Christmas, when you remove your tree, snap off a branch and try to set it on fire OUTSIDE.
How does it work?
In a nut-shell the Karo Syrup provides the sugar necessary to allow the base of the tree to take up water. Up to 1.5 gallons of water can be taken up by the tree over a two week period. Boron in the "Borax" allows the tree to move the water and sugar out to every branch and needles in your tree. Magnesium compounds in the Epson Salt and Iron from the Chelated Iron provide essential components for the production of chlorophyll which will keep the tree green. The bleach prevents mold from forming in your solution.
Some of the other beneficial side-effects of this procedure are that the needles will not drop and you will notice an increase in natural pine fragrance.
I would like to give credit to the person who wrote this but I have no idea who that is.

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Leapfrog has a great line of interactive Education toys to bring out your child's learning potential
Parents can also connect online to view your child's progress and see suggested learning paths.
The Tag reader and Leapster are 2 fabulous products from Leap frog that have provided countless hours of entertainment and learning for my child. (Especially on long car trips)

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Halloween Safety Hazards -

Halloween Safety Hazards -

Halloween 5k in Hoboken Scary Scurry Kids' Run

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 10:00 AM local time

Address: Pier A, Hoboken NJ 1st Street and Sinatra Drive, Hoboken

Fees: $10.30 Prior to July 30th,
$20 through October 26th,
$25 Day of Race, Scary Scurry Kids'
Run $5
Registration Closing Date
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 11:59 PM
Brief Description:
Come out and beat your demons at the inaugural HoBOOken Halloween 5k Run. The USATF-certified race course will follow along Hoboken's beautiful waterfront and finish on Pier A. Little ghosts and goblins can participate in the Scary Scurry Kids' Run.

Additional Information:
The race is produced by the Elysianettes to benefit Project Play, whose mission includes replacing old and unsafe playground equipment in Hoboken's Church Square Park.

Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers as well as the top 3 male and female finishers within each age group.

All participants in the Scary Scurry Kids' Run will receive finishers' ribbons.

Awards will also be given out for the best costumes--so get creative!

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day!

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day!
Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 1:00—3:00 p.m.
At the old Jungle Habitat Property, Airport Road,
West Milford, NJ

Join Town Cycle at Jungle Habitat on October 2nd, and They will help you, your family and friends increase your comfort level and skills on a mountain bike.
Team Town Cycle is filled with veteran mountain bikers and racers. They will teach you some mountain biking basics while riding through some of the easier trails at Jungle Habitat.

Town Cycle is joining with IMBA to celebrate their 6th annual Take A Kid Mountain
Biking Day—but you don’t have to be a kid to join them! "We’ll have snacks and
water and a lot of fun planned—so come check it out! All ages welcome!"

Help us help others—bring a non-perishable or canned good for
donation to our local food pantry!

Cost: Free! You will be required to sign a waiver—parents don’t have to ride,
but must be present. Don’t forget your canned good!

Airport Road, West Milford, NJ

Helmets for all riders! Closed toe shoes—sneakers are fine! A geared
mountain bike is not required, but a bicycle with knobby tires and in good
working order is!

More info

Take your Pick - Pumpkin Picking and whole lot more in and around NJ

Pumpkin Picking in and Around NJ It's almost fall. The days are getting shorter and cooler, the leaves will soon be turning color.
Time to get out to a local farm, enjoy a hayride out to the pumpkin patch and pick out your own pumpkin.

When I was originally writing this post I was going to list all the farms in the area by county but there are a lot a websites out there that already do that (I will provide links to those Sites at the end of this post).
Instead I decided to list a few farms that I have been to and give you my opinion about what I feel are the great places to visit and why you should check them out. So without further ado here they are.

Demarest Farms in Hillsdale NJ
If you Live in or around Bergen county you can't beat Demarest farms. It is so close and boasts both apple and pumpkin Picking (Pumpkin Picking Starts Sept 26th)
Get your bag for Apple picking then cross the street and take a hayride out to the orchard and Pumpkin patch
They also have a corn maze and decorate the store for Halloween.
Demarest Farms has great pies and other food items as well as holiday items.
Tip: Go During the week and pay Just nine Dollars for the Hayride and up to 15 pounds of apples.

Schaefer Farms in Flemington NJ
Although this farm is a bit of a ride (about and hour and 15 minutes from the GWB) For Pumpkin Picking I don't think it gets any better. You and your family can take a hayride out into their 40 acre Pumpkin Patch and pick out a pumpkin that is still on the vine.
They also have farm animals and a corn maze and the farm stand is filled with fall items. From Schaefer farms own Indian corn, gourds, kale, corn stalks and a wide variety of colorful mums to
apple cider and fresh baked pies from local vendors. Afterwards take a train ride on the Black River Railroad (This September be part of the The Great Train Robbery) or checkout the Liberty Village outlets of Flemington

Apple Picking at Maskers in NY
Maskers Orchard in Warwick NY
About an hour and 15 minutes from the GWB Maskers is a 200 acre Apple Orchard and starting September 19th the pumpkin patch will be open. The Orchard is really beautiful and you can drive out and have a picnic on the grounds if you wish. Many families bring a wagon for hauling their little ones and their apples. (I personally prefer the doodlebug bike trailer - but that's me any excuse to ride) The orchard also has a large country store with lots of neat and tasty items as well as a nice place to sit and relax for a while. Maskers Orchard has a number of Upcoming Events including clowns, music, and Pony rides. For a complete schedule of special events click here. After you are done at the Orchard Checkout the Warwick Winery and Distillery

Some Recommendations from Friends
Casola Farms in Holmdel
Not too far about an hour from the GWB. They have a hay ride, corn maze, petting zoo and a cowboy show! It should be a lot of fun for all the kids.

"And yes I am aware that only I can find an EYEtalian pumpkin farm complete with a sausage and pepper stand!" (from Kim)

Scroll down to the bottom of their page to get your coupons and save up to $3.00

Heaven Hill Farm in Vernon, NJ
Family fun for all ages every Saturday and Sunday from September 19 to October 25 including Monday, Columbus Day. Enjoy the scenic countryside on an old-fashioned hayride. Features pumpkin picking on a 40 acre pumpkin patch, pig races “Pigtuckey Derby”, feeding the farm animals, a petting zoo, learning the work habits of bees with an up close look inside their hives, a hay maze and hay crawl to a Hay Mountain, a corn maze, the Boo Barn offering animated entertainment for the young and young-at-heart, and the Haunted Acres Hayride every Friday and Saturday through October 30 from 7-10 p.m.

General Admission of $6 ( FREE for children ages 3 and under) . includes designing a customized sand art masterpiece and choosing your very own personalized “tattoo” at the face painting booth. (from Nancy)

Country Charm Farm Harvest and Pumpkin Festival New Paltz, NY
Walk among fun-filled, life-size scarecrows amid panoramic views of the Shawangunk Mountains.
Phone: 914-255-4321

Weekend Planner - Special Fall Edition

Apple & Pumpkin Picking:Hayride

Fall is here there is a slight chill in the air and the days are getting shorter so this weekend why not take the family to a nearby farm or orchard have some Apple cider and cider donuts. Then take a hayride out into an orchard or pumpkin patch to pick some apples or a pumpkin or two for Halloween.
Many orchards embrace the season with hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, homemade ice cream and even live music.
Apple varieties change from week to week, and guidelines change from orchard to orchard, so be sure to call ahead.
Ask whether you can bring your own bags and baskets, whether apple pickers (long poles that reach to the top of trees) are provided.
Tips for picking out a pumpkin to carve
1) When choosing your pumpkin, look for one that is without bruises, is evenly colored, and isn’t moldy or rotten. Check the bottom for rot and tap gently to hear a firm, hollow sound.
2) Pick a pumpkin that best suits your intended pattern/design, or vice versa.
3) The lighter the pumpkin’s skin, the softer the pumpkin will be, thus the easier to carve. However, lighter-skinned pumpkins may not last as long post carving.
4) Choose a pumpkin with a smooth, flat face, with shallow ridges and few of them.
5) Never carry your pumpkin by the stem.
for more tips on prepping,carving and Keeping your pumpkin fresh:Clicky

Here is a list by region of places to go picking:


Demarest Farm
244 Werimus Road, Hillsdale; 201-666-0472
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. holidays; by appointment weekdays.
Types of apples: More than 18 varieties, including Liberty, Black Twig, Double Red Delicious and Winesap.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking starting Sept. 27, face painting with Wiggles the clown, hayrides, ice cream shop and decorations.

Abma’s Farm and Market
700 Lawlins Road,Wyckoff, NJ 07481, 201-891-0278
30-acre farm dates back to the 1790s. The homestead and out-buildings have been well-preserved, kept in their original state, and the Dutch-style barn, one of the few 200-year-old barns still standing in Bergen County, converted into a thriving retail market with a “scratch” bakery and a gourmet kitchen.
Saturday rides are open to the public and run continuously starting Sept.27th thru October 25th, 11:00-3:45 pm. The fee for the ride is $5.00 per person, under two rides on a lap for free. No reservation is required. The wagons leave approximately every 15 minutes from the parking lot across the street. (Sequoia) During the ride the wagon will stop at the pumpkin patch and everyone will have the chance to pick a pumpkin, if you choose.
Pumpkins are purchased separately at the patch for various prices depending on the size.


Peaceful Valley Orchards
150 Pittstown Road, Pittstown; 908-730-7748
Hours: Starting Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends.
Types of apples: 23 varieties, including Jersey Mac, Grimes Golden, Suncrisp and York. Other activities: Pumpkin picking, weekend hayrides, Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 11 with live music, corn maze, activities for kids and an ice cream fund-raiser.


Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton; 609-924-2310
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: 21 varieties, including Gala, Stayman Winesap, Granny Smith and Fuji.
Other activities: Farm animals, corn maze, wagon and pony rides, Farm Trail Discovery Walk,“Corny-copia” Adventure Barn, pumpkin patch, 31st Annual Apple Days festival Sept. 20 and 21; Fall Family Fun Weekends Sept. 27 to Oct. 26.


Hillview Farms
223 Meyersville Road, Gillette; 908-647-0957
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends
Types of apples: 12 varieties, including Jonagold, Jonathan, Macoun and Honeycrisp.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking, hayrides.

Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Road, Chester; 908-879-5353
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: 29 varieties, including King David, Cortland, Braeburn and Ida Red.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking starts Sept. 27, hayrides on weekends.

Sun High Orchards
19 Canfield Ave., Randolph; 973-584-4734
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Types of apples: Up to 10 varieties, including Mollie Delicious, McIntosh, Golden Delicious and Cortland.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking starts Sept. 29, hayrides to pumpkin patch, farm tours.

Wightman’s Farms
1111 Mount Kemble Ave. (Route 202), Harding; 973-425-0840
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
Types of apples: 31 varieties, including Zestar, Paula Red, Mollie Delicious and Pink Lady.
Other activities:Weekend hayrides, Maizeland and the African Adventure corn maze, Kiddie Corn Pot Play Area.


Ripple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Road, Basking Ridge; 908-647-1300.
Hours: 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Types of apples: Cortland and Empire.
Other activities: none.


Pochuck Valley Farms
962 Route 517, Vernon (Glenwood) 973-764-4732
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: 16 varieties, including Lobo Mac, Melba and Gravensteins.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking, pick-your-own pears, wagon ride to orchard.

Heaven Hill Farm
449 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462 (973) 764-5144
Open Daily at 9:00 am
Besides the Haunted Nightmare Hayrides we have daytime activities including -- Kiddie Rides, costumes, Pumpkin Picking, Corn, Gourds, Apples, Cider, Mums, Halloween Displays & Decorations.

Windy Brow Farms
359 Ridge Road, Fredon; 973-579-9657
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.
Types of apples: 32 varieties, including Greening, Gala, Cortland and McIntosh.
Other activities:Wagon ride to orchard.


Brook Hollow Farm
Frog Pond Road, Hainesburg; 908-496-4577
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: 12 varieties, including McIntosh and Cortland.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking, pick-your-own peaches, weekend wagon rides.

Longmeadow Farm
561 Route 521, Hope; 908-459-5351
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
Types of apples: 13 varieties, including Ginger Gold, Northern Spy, Rome and Cameo.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking and hayrides start Oct. 4.

Mackey’s Orchard
284 County Route 519, Belvidere; 908-475-1507
Hours: Starting Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends.
Types of apples: More than 100 varieties, with 10 or more ripe for picking at a time, including Cortland, Gala, Rome and Granny Smith.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking in October, hayrides to orchard on October weekends, playground, ice cream.

Matarazzo Farms
783 Route 519, Belvidere; 908- 475-3671
Hours: Starting Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
Types of apples: 14 varieties, including McIntosh and Golden Delicious.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking, hayrides to pumpkin patch, corn maze, wine tasting and tours.

Race Farm
93 Belcher Road, Blairstown; 908- 362-8151.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: 10 varieties, including Gala, McIntosh, Rome and Idared.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking, pick-your-own vegetables.

Tree Licious Orchards
135 Karrville Road, Port Murray; 908-689-2906.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
Types of apples: More than 30 varieties, including Shinshu, Cameo, Gala and Mutsu.
Other activities: Pick-your-own peaches, pears and quince.


Apple PickingApplewood Orchards and Winery
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick; 845-986-1684
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: McIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Rome Beauty.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking, wagon rides, farm animals, duck pond.

Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh; 845-562-4268
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: 14 varieties, including Ida Red, Mutsu, Stayman and Northern Spy.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking, pick-your-own peaches, pears, grapes and vegetables.

Masker Orchards
45 Ball Road, Warwick; 845-986-1058
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: 14 varieties, including Macoun, Prime Reds, Sparta Macintosh and Smoothies.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking starting Sept. 20, pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, clown Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 6 to 8.
2008 Cider Print the Cider Coupon.

Ochs Orchard
4 Ochs Lane, Warwick; 845-986-1591.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: In September, McIntosh, Cortland, Red Delicious, Empire, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu and Stayman Winesap.
Other activities: Farm animals, homemade ice cream, pick-your own raspberries, tomatoes and pumpkins.

Pennings Orchard
169 South Route 94, Warwick; 845-986-7080;
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: 19 varieties, including Ginger Gold, Jonamac, Braeburn and Northwest Greening.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking, weekend hayrides, farm animals.

Prospect Hill Orchards
40 Clarke’s Lane, Marlborough; 845-795-2383
Hours: Starting Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.
Types of apples: McIntosh, Macoun, Gala, Cortland, Empire, Red and Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Winesap, Jonagold, Fuji, Ida Red, Rome and Granny Smith.
Other activities: Hayrides, pick-your-own pears.


Dr. Davies Farm
306 Route 304, Congers; 845- 286-7020;
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Types of apples: Cortland, Spartan, Empire, Ida Red, Crispin (Mutsu), Northern Spy, Red and Golden Delicious.
Other activities: Pumpkin picking, weekend hayrides.

The Orchards of Concklin
2 South Mountain Road, Pomona; 845-354-0369
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and Columbus Day.
Types of apples: Macoun, Red Delicious, Empire, Golden Delicious, Rome.
Other activities: Haunted house, giant slide, corn maze on weekends.

Other Events

Eco Trek 2010:Join the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey on October 2 for the fundraising walk and expo, Live Healthy, Go Green. Held at Lake Rickabear Outdoor Program Center in Kinnelon (less than an hour from the GWB) , the event encourages participants to walk 1.2 miles around the lake and visit health and environmental exhibits created by the Girl Scouts. Registration begins at 9am, and patrons gather for an 11am warm-up preceding the walk. Proceeds benefit the healthy lifestyles and green living initiative programs that are part of the Girl Scout leadership experience.
When: October 2, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM.
Where: Lake Rickabear Outdoor Program Center in Kinnelon

Home Depot - Kids Clinics
The Home Depot's Kids Workshops This months project is a whistle fire truck.
The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.

Make your own Apple Picker
You can always make your own with a 2 liter bottle of soda and a broom handle and some duct tape and scissors.


The Mohonk Mountain House

Sitting atop the Shawagunk ridge, The Mohonk Mountain House is a resort that calms the mind, stimulates the body, and awakens the soul. From the moment guests pass under the majestic Willows they are greeted by the site of the 267 Victorian Castle and transported to a place of natural beauty from the Lake in the Sky to the Cliffs that surround the lake to the View of the Hudson Valley.

Guests at the mountain house receive three delicious satisfying meals a day as well as afternoon tea and cookies. For Lunch we opted for the Outdoor cookout at the Granary. The Granary sits above the Swimming area of the lake and is BBQ style lunch along with full salad and dessert bar. There is also an ice cream and Sundae bar.
The main dining room provides a westerly view overlooking the Hudson Valley where diners are treated to a stunning sunset views.

There are plenty of activities to take part in including swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing. Additional guide led activities such as Mounting Biking, Rock Climbing, and Horseback riding are also available for an additional fee.

Sitting at the top of the Mountain is the Albert Smiley Memorial
tower. Those who climb to the top of the tower will be rewarded with spectacular views of the landscape outstretched below.

As a single parent I enjoyed the opportunity to share time with my daughter away from the distractions of everyday life. We enjoyed our time together be it out on the lake fishing or pedaling one of the paddle boats, building sand castles on the lakeside beach, hiking along the trails or just relaxing in one of the rocking chairs overlooking the lake while enjoying an afternoon treat.

Mohonk also has a Kids camp which provided me with some personal time. I was able to hike up the rock scrambles and the crevasse, get in a mountain bike ride, a trail run, and even a yoga class while my daughter made friends with the kids at Mohonk.
While walking into the dinning hall the first evening after Kids camp one of the kids called out to my daughter and asked if she was doing the kids swim that night. Throughout dinner We met a few more "friends". I think it's great the way kids just get together. They remember each others name and refer to each other as friends. "That's my friend Sara she like Ariel (from the little mermaid) just like me" is a common type of introduction.

The Kids camp is made up of 2 daily sessions as well as evening activities like the kids swim.
Kids are placed in groups according to age.
Activities are age appropriate but parents can limit activities that their child is able to participate in.
Parents can feel comfortable that their kids are safe and enjoying themselves while they engage in one of the many activities offered at Mohonk or they can decompress at Mohonk's full service Spa, or participate in one of the classes offered at the Mohonk fitness center including Yoga and Pilates.

Our stay at Mohonk was for two nights and 3 days and while short we were able to pack a lot of fun into our days and nights creating memories to last a lifetime. One of my favorites was at the campfire after we ate some smores my daughter snuggled up with me on a log bench and we just watched the fire and looked up at the stars for a while nothing being said but a moment shared.

The Great Wolf Lodge - An Indoor Waterpark in the Poconos

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark

If you are looking for a fun place to go with the family for a special overnight or mini-vacation
Check out the Great Wolf Lodge located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

The centerpiece of the Lodge is an amazing indoor waterpark that houses 11 huge slides, 6 pools, a giant water fort, a lazy river and more.

While the Great Wolf's waterpark would provide enough entertainment for a days of water filled fun.
There is so much more including magi-quest, an interactive role playing game that will have your family exploring the Hotels halls for hours. to In Magi-quest Kids interact with a series of kiosks and a wand or compass to complete a series of quests and adventures.
Items can purchased and activated at that lodge's
magiquest store. ( Wand - $15.99 and up. Game - $12.99)

There is also an arcade with games that dispense tickets for prizes.
The prizes are reasonable, with 200 points we were able to claim a quite a few small prizes.

Another activity is the newly added Race Zone, where you can design and build your own remote control vehicle.
You get to choose from three different body styles, select the color of the vehicle and wheels. You even get to create your own drivers license.
After you build your car you can race it on their indoor race track. Along with your remote
control vehicle the Race Zone Package includes event tickets consisting of 3-4 races - $59.99 plus tax. There is also an option to rent a car and race time.

If you have younger children Enjoy the Nightly Pajama Story Time in the lobby following the Great Clock Tower Show.

If you have teens there is a special place for them too. The gr8_space features computers with Internet access, docking stations for ipods and mp3 players, as well as multiple gaming stations such as
Nintendo Wii, XBox360 & Playstation 3. Your teen can play games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band and sing some karaoke. There is also movies, snacks, music and videos.

If you want to unplug and relax a little the Lodge offers and full service Spa for Adults and Scoops which is a salon tailored for kids 4-12 with ice cream themed items like chocolate Brownie hand
cream and Strawberry Shortcake scrubs. As part of the service your child will be given a cool robe to wear during their spa treatment given a choice of colors and scents for their manicure, pedicure,or facial and afterwards they can head down to Bear Paw sweets and Eats for a free ice cream scoop.

Scoops is not cheap with services ranging from $39 for a facial up to $79 for a mani/pedi combo.
With regard to price, the Great Wolf lodge can range from reasonable to quite expensive depending on what you do.
Here are some tips to help stretch your money while there:

1) Fill your room - Rooms are sized for 4-8 people .
The price for the room is the same if you have 2 people or the base capacity.
Park passes are provided for the base capacity of your room as well.
2) Bring Food for Breakfast, Lunch, and snacks. Skip the meal plan. Unless you can clean out the all you can eat buffet the meal plan probably doesn't make sense for those with small children.
Rooms come with a mini fridge, microwave and wet bar sink.

3) Change in your room for the water park and leave valuables somewhere safe. This will save you $10 a day for lockers
Items that you do bring to the waterpark (Flip flops etc..) can be left at by your beach chair if you are lucky enough to score one.

4) Limit additional fee based activities - If you pick one activity it should probably be magi-quest especially if you have kids under 13 years old. Magi-quest can take up to six hours to complete and is one of the more popular activities with lodge guests.

The Spa and Race Track are more expensive and occupy less time.
When we were at the Great Wolf Lodge they had an un-advertised promo that bundled the magi-quest and Race track activities for a discounted price.

There are various rooms types The Wolf Den Suite has a cave-themed area with a bunk bed. Kids can “rough it” with movies and Nintendo on their own 20" flat screen LCD TV. The main dining hall is outdoor themed with the booths being setup like outdoor dining tents.

The staff at the Lodge was very friendly and accommodating and made our stay even more enjoyable.

Kids will love the Great Wolf Lodge Water park, Activities, and rooms.
Parents need to be creative to make it a good time without breaking the bank.

Kids Mountain Bike Race - Saturday August 21st

The Hilltop Reservation in North Caldwell will host a kid’s bike race on Saturday August 21. The event starts at the North Caldwell sports field parking lot on Courter Lane and Mountain Avenue.

This is the first chance for most youngsters to try bike racing really close to home on a track specially created for this event.

There's open fire roads and winding single track through the forest. Spectator viewing should be exceptional.

Racing starts at 9:00am

$10.00 fee payable on site for each competitor and all racers’ parents must complete and sign a rider release application.

There will be a minimum of four age groups competing (grouped by grade in Fall 2010 school year):

K – 1st grade boys 9:00am, girls 9:05, 0.6 miles

2nd – 3rd grade boys, 9:20am, girls 9:25, 1.2 miles

4th – 5th grade boys, 10:00am, girls 10:05, 2.4 miles

6th – 8th grade boys, 10:45am, girls 10:50, 3.0 miles

Boys and Girls will race separately but some boys and girls age classes may be combined depending on number of competitors in the classes.

Top prizes will be awarded for 1st – 3rd positions and everyone receives and award recognition for competing.

Some reading suggestions for kids about bikes and racing

Gracie Goat's Big Bike Race (Barnsville Sports Squad)

Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

Mike and the Bike

Mike and the Bike Meet Lucille the Wheel

Franklin Rides a Bike

Duck on a Bike

9 Foods Not to Give Your Kids

9 Foods not to give your Kids: This article by By Joe Wilkes Shares some startling data about Childhood Obesity, common food choices, and healthier alternatives. Read this before you serve up your next meal.


HOMELESS: THE MOTEL KIDS OF ORANGE COUNTY, premiering this Monday, July 26th explores the world of children who reside in discounted motels within walking distance of Disneyland, living in limbo as their families struggle to survive in one of the wealthiest regions of America. The parents of motel kids are often hard workers who don’t earn enough to own or rent homes. As a result, they continue to live week-to-week in motels, hoping against hope for an opportunity that might allow them to move up in the O.C.

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Despicable Me - Movie Review

Universal Studios most recent animated release Despicable Me with the voice of Steve Carell as Gru, a super bad villain who just became number two when a new Villain named Vector steals one of the great pyramids has a lot heart as well as laughs.
Through the course of the movie Gru's character make the transformation from a self centered villain with aspirations of grandeur to a selfless parent who realize that raising a child is indeed a grand undertaking with countless rewards.
Along the way there are plenty of laughs from Gru's um.. Dog and his minions who slapstick comedy steals most scenes. The movie is predicable but well done. There are a few scenes of that may be inappropriate for children 4 and under.
The girls are adorable especially the little one who unbridled joy can melt even the "despicable one's" heart.

Easter Egg - Stay during the final credits for some additional fun with the minions
If you were on the fence about seeing Despicable me jump off and get to a theater you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll boo, you'll hiss, most of all you'll have a good time.

Central Park Sandbox Program

Central Park Sandbox - July 12 through August 20, 2010

For children ages 3-8 years old and accompanying adults. No advance registration needed. All programs are FREE. Inclement weather will cancel these events.

Rock out in your favorite Central Park playground at free Sandbox Programs featuring dance, music and stories!
Now in its 21st consecutive summer, these Sandbox Programs happen in 15 different playgrounds.

Sandbox Dance: Mondays & Tuesdays, 11:00 am
Learn some new moves from a professional dance instructor as you feel the rhythm of musician Michael Wimberly's live African djembe beat at Sandbox Dance programs, co-presented by the Museum for African Art.
  • July 12: Heckscher Playground (W/C 63rd Street)
  • July 13: Bendheim Playground (East 100th Street)
  • July 19: Adventure Playground (West 67th Street)
  • July 20: East 96th Street Playground
  • July 26: Billy Johnson Playground (East 67th Street)
  • July 27: Spector Playground (West 85th Street)
  • August 2: Diana Ross Playground (West 81st Street)
  • August 3: East 110th Street Playground
  • August 9: Wild West Playground (West 93rd Street)
  • August 10: Heckecher Playground (W/C 63rd Street)
  • August 16: Safari Playground (West 91st Street)
  • August 17: Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground (East 79th Street)

Sandbox Music: Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 11:00 am
At Sandbox Music programs, you'll accompany live brass instruments with your own percussion rhythms under the guidance of professional musicians and educators from Central Park Brass.

  • July 14: East 110th Street Playground
  • July 15: Billy Johnson Playground (East 67th Street)
  • July 16: Spector Playground (West 85th Street)
  • July 21: West 110th Street Playground
  • July 22: Mariners' Playground (West 84th Street)
  • July 23: East 96th Street Playground
  • July 28: Rudin Family Playground (West 96th Street)
  • July 29: Wild West Playground (West 93rd Street)
  • July 30: Diana Ross Playground (West 81st Street)
  • August 4: Heckscher Playground (West/Central 63rd Street)
  • August 5: Bendheim Playground (East 100th Street)
  • August 6: Bernard Playground (East 108th Street)
  • August 11: Spector Playground (West 85th Street)
  • August 12: Diana Ross Playground (West 81st Street)
  • August 13: Billy Johnson Playground (East 67th Street)
  • August 18: Mariners' Playground (West 84th Street)
  • August 19: Adventure Playground (West 67th Street)
  • August 20: Wild West Playground (West 93rd Street)

Sandbox Stories: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 2:00 pm
Hear stories about goblins, shoemakers, witches, princesses, fools and much more at Dan Kitrosser's hilarious Sandbox Stories performances.

  • July 13: Safari Playground (West 91st Street)
  • July 14: Rudin Family Playground (West 96th Street)
  • July 15: Adventure Playground (West 67th Street)
  • July 16: Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground (East 79th Street)
  • July 20: Bendheim Playground (East 100th Street)
  • July 21: Rudin Family Playground (West 96th Street)
  • July 22: Heckscher Playground (West/Central 63rd Street)
  • July 23: Safari Playground (West 91st Street)
  • July 27: Diana Ross Playground (West 81st Street)
  • July 28: Mariners' Playground (West 84th Street)
  • July 29: Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground (East 79th Street)
  • July 30: West 110th Street Playground
  • August 3: Spector Playground (West 85th Street)
  • August 4: Billy Johnson Playground (East 67th Street)
  • August 5: Adventure Playground (West 67th Street)
  • August 6: East 110th Street Playground
  • August 10: Spector Playground (West 85th Street)
  • August 11: West 110th Street Playground
  • August 12: Bendheim Playground (East 100th Street)
  • August 13: Bernard Playground (East 108th Street)
  • August 17: West 110th Street Playground
  • August 18: East 96th Street Playground
  • August 19: Rudin Family Playground (West 96th Street)
  • August 20: Bernard Playground (East 108th Street)

For more information call 212-860-1370.

Save 20% on Season Pass to NYC Zoos and Aquariums

NYC Zoo Membership Coupon
Last summer we went to the Bronx Zoo and NYC Aquarium we had a great time at both and plan on going again. This year we are going to take advantage of the family membership.

Now through May 31st you will get $20.00 off the premium membership so instead of paying $154 for 2 adults and 1 child you will pay only $134.

Included in that price you will receive
  • FREE admission for two adults and children in their household up to age 18 to the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park, Prospect Park and Queens Zoos

  • 4 FREE parking passes for the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium

  • FREE unlimited access to Bronx Zoo attractions including Congo Gorilla Forest, Wild Asia Monorail, Children's Zoo, Butterfly Garden, Zoo Shuttle, and Bug Carousel PLUS the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium 4-D Theaters

  • FREE admission for one additional guest or child caregiver

  • FREE updates on zoo activities and events withMembers' News and Members' E-News

  • Invitations to exclusive Members-only events

  • 10% discount at select gift shops and restaurants at the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium and Central Park Zoo

  • Discounts on Education programs and courses

  • Priority entry for Members—no long lines!
If you plan to attend the NYC Wildlife parks this year then this is an offer too good to pass up

Register here and print you membership card and parking passes online

Shrek Forever After - The final Chapter

What happens when you cross every ones favorite Ogre with It's a wonderful life....You Get Shrek Forever After.

The final installment of the Shrek franchise finds our green friend in an alternate version of Far Far Away when Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking deal maker, Rumpelstiltskin. A place where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met.

Can't wait to see it neither can I especially in 3D

Click here to get tickets

Storm Heaven with prayers

In times of desperation sometimes all we have is faith and the hope of a miracle. As a reader of kidzense you most likely have children or are connected to a child in some way. I am sure you will be able to relate to the story below and can only begin to imagine what a devastating event this is for this little girl and her family. What follows is the story of an eighth grade girl named Allyson Kafka and a tragic turn of events in her health.
Please think of Ally and keep her in your prayers.

Thank You,

Everything was going well for Allyson this year. She was loving her new school and making many new friends at Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke.
Ally got all A's and A+s on her first report card. She was enjoying her third year of ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop and looking forward to all of the 8th grade graduation events as well as confirmation.
She took the high school placement test at Catholic High and has been so excited about going to TCHS next year.

On December 9th, I took Ally and Megan for seasonal flu shots (Zack had already gotten his.) I asked the pediatrician for some blood work on Ally. When she had teeth fall out, she seemed be bleed a little longer than I would expect. When she got bruises (which was not often), they seemed a little bigger than I would expect.
My mom said she had this happen also so I thought maybe Ally had some clotting issue. We got the call the following day that Ally's platelets and white count were low and to bring her back on Friday, Dec. 11th for a repeat.
We were a little worried but thought it likely more a lab error. On the 11th, we were just about the head out the door to get Megan to her last final of the semester and then off for some shopping when the phone call came that Ally's platelets and white count were critically low and to get her to the ER at Bay view.

We were panicked and Ally was really scared. They talked about the possibility of an autoimmune issue and giving Ally some IV immunoglobulin to boost her own immune response.
They said that they were not fully equipped for pediatrics and sent us to downtown Hopkins. Ally was admitted and by Sunday, they were talking about doing a bone marrow biopsy. Again, panic. . . Ally had the biopsy done on December 15th and we were discharged on the 16th to outpatient services pending results. We took Ally there twice a week for platelet transfusions. On 12/23 we got the diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome with monosomy 7.

Ally's bone marrow was not producing normal cells and there was actually a change in the chromosome. Ally would need a bone marrow transplant. More panic and many tears followed. The next step was testing for a match. Jason, Megan, Zack, and I were tested on 12/28 and on January 5th, we got the news that Zack was a full match!!!! Thank you God! We began the long process of pre-transplant testing. On January 19th, Ally had another bone marrow biopsy in preparation for the transplant. She was scheduled for admission on Feb.3rd for chemotherapy and then the actual transplant (Zack's bone marrow harvest day) on February 9th. On January 22nd we had an outpatient visit and got the news that the bone marrow biopsy from the 19th was back and that the bone marrow cells had already transitioned to leukemia.

There are no words to describe that moment. Shock, anger, sadness, complete disbelief. The bone marrow transplant would have to wait. They said we could have the weekend but needed to come back Monday, January 25th for Allyson to start chemotherapy. Ally was admitted, got her central line surgically placed and began chemotherapy. The admission was planned for about 4 weeks but ended up being 47 days. In the end we learned that the chemo did not work in getting Ally's leukemia into remission. We were going to be admitted for more chemo but then the MDs decided to try an outpatient chemo drug. The follow-up bone marrow showed that this too was not successful. A full match transplant would not help since Zack's marrow so closely matched Ally's that it too might not destroy the leukemia. It was decided to do a haplo or half-matched transplant with my marrow to give Ally's body an immune response to hopefully fight the leukemia. We were re-admitted for chemo 3/31/10 and had the transplant done 4/07/10. Now we wait and we pray.

This journey will not be an easy one and we will need the continued love, prayers, and support of each of you during this time. Please continue to pray with us that Allyson (and our family) will have the strength, courage, and faith to walk this path. Thank you.

Ally is currently in the PICU unit at Hopkins. Her body is rejecting the bone marrow and she has developed severe infections in her central line and blood stream. She has a condition called VOD that is just devastating and too horrible to describe. She was confirmed last night by our pastor and I believe he also did the sacrament of last rites. Sister has asked us to “storm heaven” with our prayers for a miracle because that is truly what Ally needs. I ask all of you to please remember Ally in your prayers. It is truly touch and go right now.

I thank you for your prayers. Maybe together we can work a miracle.

Children's Activities for Easter 2010

Easter Train Ride 2010This Easter there are plenty of opportunities to get out with the kids from riding the rails with the Easter Bunny to Easter Egg Hunts and other special activities.

Celebrate the coming of Spring with a visit from the Easter Bunny on the Delaware River Railroad Excursions. Board our beautifully decorated train and visit with the Easter Bunny! Join Mr. Bunny on a ride to his home! Once we arrive in the Bunny patch join Mr. Rabbit for an Easter Egg Hunt!

Every child will be able to look for their very own colorful Easter Egg. Each egg is filled with either a small toy or candy and each child can forage for a couple of eggs!

Enjoy your train ride while the kids have the time of their life with Mr. Rabbit!

4 trips a day!

11:00 AM- 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

March 27,28 &

April 3

Ticket prices are as follows:

Coach: Child $8.00 Adult $16.00

All Trips Leave From Scenic Phillipsburg, New jersey

Click here for Directions
Click here to Purchase Tickets

Easter Bunny trains are now operated in both Bergen County and in Morris – Passaic County! The Volunteer Railroaders Association would like to announce the return of their very popular Train Ride with the Easter Bunny.

On Saturday March 27th the trains will depart the NJ Transit Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center at 9:30AM, 12PM and 2:30PM for a round trip into Morris Country and back. During the trip we will pass historic Boonton Yard where you can see the numerous locomotives and cars being restored for inclusion in the proposed New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center.

On Sunday March 28th the trains will depart from NJ Transit Glen Rock/Borough Hall station at 9:30AM, 12PM and 2:30 PM where the train will head up into Rockland County and back again. Each round trip will last about 90 minutes giving everyone plenty of time to enjoy the festivities on the train.

During the approximately 90 minute ride the Easter Bunny will hop through the train and visits each child, giving them a special gift from his basket. In addition to the Easter Bunny there will be other surprise characters that will also visit each child. Each child can have his or her picture taken with the Easter Bunny so they can always remember their ride, so bring your cameras.
These Easter holiday decorated train rides are pleasant family fun with the little children enjoying the most! These events combine the mystery, history and love of the American railroad and the thrill of "riding the rails" with the magic of celebrating the holidays. The main characters stroll from car to car of the trains to the surprise and delight of the children while they visit with their families.
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Strasburg Easter train RideHere Comes Peter Cottontail Hoppin’ Down the Strasburg Rails

Strasburg, PA – Hop into the season with an Easter tradition at the Strasburg Rail Road, one of Pennsylvania’s leading family attractions. Travel with Peter Cottontail as an authentic steam train takes you on a 45-minute journey from the East Strasburg Station to Paradise, PA and back. Also enjoy a ride on our miniature steam train, or steer the Cranky Cars around a track. For a look behind-the-scenes take a tour of the Mechanical Shop where trains are built and refurbished. For a special treat, tempt your taste buds in our Dining Car, our Trackside Restaurant or pack your own lunch for an Easter picnic at Groff’s Grove.

The Easter Bunny Train pulls into the station April 2-4, 2010. Trains depart hourly from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday and Sunday. On Saturday, trains depart hourly from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. Adult coach fares (age 12+) are $16, child coach fares (ages 3-11) are $9 and infant coach fares (under 3) are $2. Tickets can be pre-purchased at or by calling 717-687-7522. Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket window.

Children's Activities for Easter 2010Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday April 3rd
Tickets are $10.00 plus tax, children and adults.
(Sorry no coupons or discounted tickets can be used for this special event).
Come meet the Easter Bunny as you enjoy a light breakfast at the New Jersey Children's Museum. Make a special Easter craft and then enjoy unlimited play in the museum after. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Mastercard and Visa are accepted. Tickets may not be available day of event.
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The Nature Program Cooperative

The Nature Program Cooperative
Click here for the NPC website.

Did you know there are over a dozen places and organizations in Bergen County alone that provide quality nature programs? Recently, they created the NPC – a pooling of knowledge and resources designed to offer the people of our region greater opportunities to explore and enjoy the County’s natural side.

Current Nature Program Cooperative partners include:

Throughout the year, different partners of the Co-op will host an outdoor activity or indoor educational program at a nature center or other appropriate location to which all group members are invited. When applicable, member discounts will apply to all Co-op partner members and supporters. For example, when Tenafly Nature Center hosts an event, members of all other groups pay the TNC member rate. Non-members are also welcome to attend. All events will be advertised in each group’s newsletter.

Upcoming NPC programs: click here for more information.

  • Birding for Beginners Class
    Hosted by Bergen County Audubon in partnership with the NJ Meadowlands Commission
    March 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 am - 12 pm
  • Stream Invertebrates in Greenbrook Sanctuary Hosted by Greenbrook Sanctuary  March 28
  • Sky Creatures: Stories in the Sky
    Hosted by Meadowlands Environment Center
    Friday, April 16
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 - 9 pm

  • Survival in the Wild
    Hosted/Presented by Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
    Sunday, April 18
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30–3:30 pm.
  • Guided Paddle Through the Sawmill Marsh

    Hosted by Hackensack Riverkeeper
    Saturday, April 24
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 am

  • “Shad Bake” at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern
    Hosted/Presented by Palisades Interstate Park
    Saturday, May 1
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 am – 3 pm

  • Marsh Meander
    Hosted by Meadowlands Environment Center
    Saturday, May 15
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 - 2:30 pm

The Princess and the Frog from Leapfrog

My family is a big fan of Leapfrog products we currently have the Click-start, Leapster2, and Tag systems. So I was a little disappointed with a recent purchase we made of Disney's Princess and the Frog for the Leapster.

I had reviewed the online trailer and thought it would be a good addition with both math and spelling games.
The game has the characters and sounds from The Princess and the Frog. But it lacks originality and seems like a recycled version of other Leapster games. One big detractor is that the sound clips are often repeated back to back. It seems as though Leapfrog rushed to get this product out in time for Mardi Gras and ride the wave of the movies popularity.
In doing so they created a product that is similar to other Disney games and left this consumer feeling a little ripped off. As a parent I have come to expect games from leapfrog that help my child to master concepts in a fun, novel way. This one misses the mark.

The Magic of a Snow Day

The Magic of a Snow Day

This past week we received our first major snowfall of the winter.
Schools and many workplaces were closed.
Ah! The snow day, even as an adult I can remember the feeling of anticipation that school might be closed. A feeling eclipsed only by that of Christmas or a birthday.
So It was truly a gift to be able to experience my daughters first snow day. As she woke I gently whispered schools closed. Her thin slits for eyes grew wide and a smile spread across her face. Then she dashed to the window to look outside. The pool is buried, she said. The snow had drifted up to the wall that surrounds the pool in our building's courtyard.

We had pancakes for breakfast (something usually reserved for Sundays.) And watched the weather report. During the morning I had some conference calls and work to complete. (courtesy of technology, many parents don't get snow days anymore)

Venture Out

After a late lunch enough was enough, it was time to get outside and enjoy the magic of the snow.
Our Courtyard and parking lot had been transformed into a white windswept tundra. We trudged along to our car stopping along the way to make some snowballs and snow angels.
The car was also transformed as well. The snow covered windows blocked out most of the light. Once the heat got kicking it was a warm and cozy snow cave.

Onto the sledding
We drove up to a park along Husdon Terrace. This is a local favorite spot for sledding. The bowel shaped park offers a wide variety of sledding profiles from short and steep to long gradual slopes to everything in between. The perimeter of the hills were dotted with snowman and other snow sculptures.
We made a number of runs down each of the hills, had a snowball fight, and then proceeded to make a snow fort and then some more sledding.

One of my favorite memories that day was when we lied on our backs looking up at the falling snow. We followed the flakes from as high as we could see all the way down to the ground. And on a few occasions, right onto our faces. There is something about falling snow that quiets everything down, including the soul. It is a peacefulness that I have only experienced while it is snowing.
I am grateful that I was able to share this day with the best person I could imagine. While the snow transformed our town into a winter wonderland, for a few hours it transformed this 40 year old back into a kid.

Get ready to Dance

It seems like every Little girl wants to be a ballerina or dancer at some time in their life. Maybe it was the 1st time they experienced The Nutcracker, or saw The Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Show, or watched Angelina Ballerina. Whatever the reason is, if your child has a desire to dance The Edgewater Community center is providing you with a great opportunity to cultivate that desire.

Local Dance Instructor Maureen Strab will be holding classes for kids starting as young as three.
Classes begin Tuesday January 26th. The Edgewater Community Center is at 1167 River Road in Edgewater NJ. (Other days are available at other North Jersey Locations - you may contact Maureen for more information)

The Cost for the classes are as follows:
$120 for 10 week session Edgewater Residents
$140 for 10 week session Non Residents

The end of the session will culminate in a final performance providing an opportunity for your child to showcase what they have learned.

The following classes and times are available
2:00 - Creative Movement age 3
3:00 - Pre-Ballet age 4
4:00 - Dance Combo: ages 5 & 6 Ballet, tap, and jazz
5:00 - Dance and Drama: ages 7 & 8 Ballet, jazz, funk, theatre dance, acting
6:00 - Dance and Drama: ages 9-12 Ballet, jazz, funk, theatre dance, acting

Dance offers more benefits than just providing an outlet for burning off some extra energy.
It encourages the student to use their imagination and creativity through expressive movement. Broadens your child's knowledge of the arts.
Hones motor skills, balance, flexibility, and coordination.
Is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time.
Provides a venue for your child and you to make new friends with shared interests.

Here is a some information about Maureen
Maureen Straub is a performer, teacher, and choreographer in the tri-state area. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2001.
She has performed professionally in NYC, national and international tours, regional theatres, Children's DVDs, and even a documentary.
Her choreography has been featured at many venues including the world famous Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Bergen PAC.
Currently Maureen is working on a documentary, called ICONS, in which she plays Judy Garland and is also the choreographer. She has performed with legends Ben Vereen and Ann Reinking.
Maureen loves everything about the world of the arts. She enjoys passing on her knowledge and passion to the next generation.