Free Parenting Workshop: Taming Technology on Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 to 12 at Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave, Montclair. Pre-registation required: Contact Susan at Free Children’s Superhero Writers Club Workshop (with adult) April 4th from 10:00 to 12:30 at The Community Resources Center, 11 Pine St., Montclair. Pre-register by emailing Sofia Workshops.

Tip of the Week


Looking for something different to do while the kids are out for spring break?  Check out the “hidden gems” suggested by or visit the Laboratory at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange; the Laboratory is open Wednesday through Sunday10am to 4pm (September to July).

 If you’re staying at home and trying to get your family to help get rid of junk or the basement organized, have a family art project as the reward. Set aside a box or bag from materials to use for making “found object” sculptures to collect while doing the cleaning-up. When you’ve had enough work, spread newspaper on the kitchen table, break out the craft supplies (it’s worth investing in a low-heat glue gun, if you don’t already have one), make some popcorn and see who can make the craziest creature. Once everyone has finished their masterpiece, clean up together so that the table top can be transformed into your family’s gallery. You can even invite friends over for the “opening.” Everyone can celebrate their creations and you’ve gotten the mess cleaned up too. Check out these junk critters for inspiration.

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