Stuff to DO This Weekend 4/22 & 4/23

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Things to DOEarth Day means let’s get outside! Loads of fun to be had. Stuff to do 4/22 & 4/23

Saturday April 22 11 am to 2 pm Head to Turtleback Zoo and the Party for the Planet  earth day celebration with art, activities and a music festival just for kids. Five musical acts are scheduled including our studio manager Mario Padron and the Fuzzy Lemons at 12:45 Stuff to do 4/22 & 4/23

Saturday April 22 9 am to 1 pm ESPN and  the Tribeca Film Festival present a free, family-friendly day of film, sports, and fun features back-to-back screenings of classic sports films Angels in the Outfield and Space Jam for the whole family to enjoy, along with sports clinics, photo ops, face painting, special games and activities, and more Stuff to do 4/22 & 4/23

Saturday April 22 12 pm to 3 pm Bubble Party 2017  Grab your bubbles and wands! Bask in some spring sunshine and let your inner kid come out: join hundreds of other New Yorkers at this joyful bubble blowing party in Washington Square Park.

Saturday April 22 10 am to 11:30 am Get tinkering with a BeeBot Makers Event for 3-6 year olds at the Peck School in Morristown. Feed your little one’s hunger for STEM activities at this free event parent and child will have the opportunity to design their own labyrinth that will allow their Bee-Bot robot to successfully pollinate a spring flower



Miami Beach Spring Break

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miami beach spring breakSpring break found the Hartshorn family in tropical Miami. Mac and I lived there for many years so we have our favorite places that we’ve shared with our girls who now enjoy them as well. So much has changed in 25 years since I first arrived in Miami but there are still some old haunts that we return to time after time. Miami Beach Spring Break

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo for snorkeling in the country’s 1st undersea park. This is only living coral reef in the continental United States.

Miami Watersports for Catamarans – Hobie Cat Rentals- We make a point to rent a catamaran and sail around Biscayne Bay. This year the wind was up and we flew!

Puerto Sagua – Fantastic food at a true Collins Avenue landmark diner serving Cuban specialties

La Sandwicherie – Two locations! Super fresh sandwiches on crusty baguettes served with their special dressing.

Wynwood– This bohemian enclave has already been spoiled by big businesses so sadly some of the cool artists cannot afford the area but it is still a super destination The Wynwood Walls mural and sculpture project has brought the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art to Miami.  Also visit Wynwood Yard – an outdoor space filled with innovative food trucks and offering live music most evenings.

Although we stay with family, I love the hotels in Miami. The design, the signature scent as you walk into a lobby just screams luxury. I usually do a little research before our trip to see what’s hot in hotels. I am thrilled to say that the girls now like to join me on my adventures. Miami Beach Spring Break

While 1Hotel is still our favorite, second at the top of my list has to be the Faena Hotel in the Faena Arts District. The hotel features over-the-top Miami decor including red velvet and animal print upholstery and my favorite thing of all- a Damien Hirst installation of a glass-enclosed, gilded wooly mammoth skeleton entitled “Gone But Not Forgotten”. The Faena has 7 bar/restaurants on the property. We enjoyed an amazing Asian fusion meal at Pao followed by a very entertaining burlesque show in the hotel’s cozy theater. The live music and raunchy show made us feel like we had stepped back in time to the 1940’s. We ended our evening with drinks at Juvia, a spectacular ultra-modern space atop a designer parking garage with amazing views of Miami. Miami Beach Spring Break

Stuff to DO This Weekend 4/29 & 4/30

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Stuff to DO this weekend 4/29 & 4/30

Saturday, April 29 10 am to 6 pm 43rd Annual New Jersey Folk Festival , on the Grounds of the Eagleton Institute on Douglass Campus at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, \showcasing Turkish Traditions and featuring the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation. There will be live music and dance performances, an astounding array of crafts and food vendors, children’s activities & games, and heritage demonstrations.

Saturday, April 29 10 am Sing-along celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Disney classic Aladdin with Brad Kane, the singing voice of Aladdin, for a special performance of a soundtrack favorite before the free screening of the movie. Part of ESPN’s sponsorship of the Tribeca Film Festival Stuff to DO this weekend 4/29 & 4/30

Saturday April 29, 2017  9 am– 3 p.m8th Annual Roebling Museum Car Show.This event welcomes all car years, makes & models, foreign & domestic, including “Rat Rods.” More than 50 Awards with trophies. Music by Tom “E” Tunes. “Corvette” is our “Featured Marque” for 2017. Award for Best Corvette. Food and merchandise vendors as well.

Saturday, April 29 10 am-12 pm An Earth Day Event for Little Ones! Join Mommies Heart 2 Heart and teach children to take care of Mother Earth! Mommies Heart to Heart is partnering again with the Historic Paulus Hook Association in the Keep Jersey City Beautiful initiative to clean up the Four Corners Park on Grand St and Washington St. in Paulus Hook! RSVP on this event page to receive a free t-shirt and goodies! We will also need a head count to provide kiddie garden gloves! Stuff to DO this weekend 4/29 & 4/30

Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30  10 am to 6 pm Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens  One of the top three cherry blossom festivals in the US (after San Francisco and DC) Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 events and performances including traditional Japanese crafts, music and dance as well as anime and cosplay parades `that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season. Advance tickets are required Stuff to DO this weekend 4/29 & 4/30

Sunday, April 30  10 am to 6 pm Free Ice Cream Day at Alstede Farms we love this farm stand with its homemade pies and ice cream- especially FREE ice cream. In addition to the farmstand you can enjoy their animal petting zoo and park. Gardening fans can also get started on their summer gardens with a gorgeous selection of flower and vegetable plants