Events Happening in Jersey City This Weekend

Events Happening in Jersey City This Weekend

No plans this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Below is a list of local events happening in Jersey City this weekend. As the weather gets warmer make sure to enjoy the local parks in Jersey City, maybe even go for a picnic or enjoy one of the outdoor dining options in the area as well!

Intro to Mindfully Tasting Chocolate Class 

Friday, April 19th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Indiegrove, 121 Newark Avenue, 5th Floor, New Jersey, 07302. Learn directly from a chocolate educator who has experience in creating chocolate confections, making chocolate from bean to bar and has been certified in tasting chocolate and cacao and has educated dozens of chocolate enthusiasts on these very chocolate topics.   Buy Tickets

Columbia Park Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20th from 10 am to 12pm. Columbia Park Easter Egg Hunt at  John F. Kennedy Boulevard at Bartholdi Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Bayside Park Family Fun Day

Saturday, April 20th from 11am to 3pm. Kid friendly event at Bayside Park, 1 Bayside Park Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

2019 Jersey City Challenge Race

Saturday, April 20th: The Jersey City Challenge Race returns to Jersey City with innovative obstacles by Force5 Equipment, the leaders in OCR obstacles & training equipment, new finisher’s medals, new shirts, music on course, and much more! Check in will take place at 7:30 am at Exchange Place Plaza.

Jersey City Free Public Library’s Jazz Appreciation Month Event

Saturday, April 20th: Join for this Jazz Appreciation Month event from 7pm to 9pm at The Miller Branch Library / Cultural Arts Center. 489 Bergen Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07304

Easter Sunday at Downtown Community Church 

Sunday, April 21st: Join Downtown Community Church for Easter Sunday Services: 10:30AM or 12PM. Kids classes at both services. More details at https://www.downtownjc.church

 

Picture Gallery from JCFamilies Spring Festival and JC baby Fair 19′

Picture Gallery from JCFamilies Spring Festival and JC baby Fair 19′

Check out our photos from the Annual JCFamilies Spring Festival and JC Baby Fair 19′. Maybe you can spot yourself or someone you know!

Jersey City Award Night

Jersey City Award Night

Jersey City is a wonderful place to raise a family, and we are fortunate to have several great schools, parks, neighborhoods and so much more in the area! The city is a warm, safe and carries its identity thanks to all the local businesses, hard working charities, volunteers and many communities that strive to make Jersey City an amazing city to live in every day.

To honor this spirit and to recognize such exemplary work , JCFamilies is organizing an Award Night for the very first time! The event will be held in November, 2019.

This inclusive event will be steered by the JC residents through an open voting system on Facebook . This event is ‘By the people, For the people’. We present the following categories and we seek your votes to recognize the best in each. JCfamilies is open to adding categories you think are relevant for the community. Please write to us regarding new additions or additional nominations.

Schools and Living

1. Most active neighborhood association – voting from April 15th to April 28th through our Facebook Page

List of Neighborhood Associations Included:

Historic Paulus Hook Association

Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association

Riverview Neighborhood Association

West Side Community Alliance

Village Neighborhood Association

Powerhouse Arts District Neighborhood Association

Harsimus Cove Association of Jersey City

Van Vorst Park Association

Journal Square Neighborhood Association

Astor Place Neighborhood Association

Berry Hill/Claremont Neighborhood

Greenville Neighborhood Alliance

If we are missing any neighborhood associations, please contact us at [email protected] so that we can add it to the list! 

2. ‘Parents Choice’ Public School in Jersey City – voting from April 29th to May 12th. 

FRANK R. CONWELL SCHOOL – PS 3

JOTHAM W. WAKEMAN SCHOOL – PS 6

CHARLES E. TREFURT SCHOOL – PS 8

OLLIE CULBRETH, JR. SCHOOL – PS 14

WHITNEY M. YOUNG, JR. SCHOOL – PS 15

CORNELIA F. BRADFORD SCHOOL – PS 16

DR. MAYA ANGELOU –  PS 20

REVEREND DR. ERCEL F. WEBB SCHOOL – PS 22

 NICOLAUS COPERNICUS SCHOOL – PS 25

Patricia Noonan School, PS 26

GLADYS NUNERY SCHOOL – PS 29

ALEXANDER D. SULLIVAN SCHOOL – PS 30

DR. PAUL RAFALIDES SCHOOL – PS 33

GERARD J. DYNES – N.J. REGIONAL DAY SCHOOL 

DR. MICHAEL CONTI SCHOOL – PS 5

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. SCHOOL – PS 11

JULIA A. BARNES SCHOOL – PS 12

JOSEPH H. BRENSINGER SCHOOL – PS 17

MAHATMA K. GANDHI SCHOOL – PS 23

CHAPLAIN CHARLES WATTERS SCHOOL – PS 24

ALFRED E. ZAMPELLA SCHOOL – PS 27

CHRISTA MCAULIFFE SCHOOL – PS 28

President Barack Obama Elementary School – PS 34

RAFAEL CORDERO y MOLINA SCHOOL – PS 37

JAMES F. MURRAY SCHOOL – PS 38

DR. CHARLES P. DEFUCCIO SCHOOL – PS 39

MARTIN CENTER for the ARTS – PS 41

FRANK R. CONWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL – MS 4

FRANKLIN L. WILLIAMS SCHOOL – MS 7

EZRA L NOLAN SCHOOL – MS 40

ACADEMY I MIDDLE SCHOOL

WILLIAM L. DICKINSON HIGH SCHOOL

JAMES J. FERRIS HIGH SCHOOL

INFINITY INSTITUTE

INNOVATION HIGH SCHOOL

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL 

MCNAIR ACADEMIC HIGH SCHOOL

Renaissance Institute

HENRY SNYDER HIGH SCHOOL 

3.  Most involved developer in the community – voting from May13th to May26th. 

Restaurants and Businesses

1. Best family run business in Jersey city

2. JC  Local Business Woman and Man of the year

3. Favorite Family Friendly Restaurant

4. Best Local Blogger/Influencer

Community and charity

1.  Recognizing Community Leaders and Volunteers

2. Favorite Councilman/woman  in Jersey City

3. ‘Talk of the town’ Event in Jersey City

4. A Charity in Jersey City that deserves a special award for their work

5.  Recognizing women shelters

Sustainability

1.  Most environmental conscious business

2. Organization working towards sustainable living

JCfamilies is not funded by the government, JCFamilies is a 501(c)3 non-profit Family organization, your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Give your opinion and suggestions in the comment section below, or send us a private message on our Facebook Page!

Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started

Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started

Did you know that 40% of all food in America is wasted? By separating food for composting, participants are often more conscious of food waste and make a more concerted effort to only buy what they know they are going to use, saving money on groceries. If you’re curious about Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started, you’ve come to the right place!

How does composting work?

Composting is the process of recycling organic materials, such as food scraps, wood waste and dried yard trimmings. Furthermore, it’s a controlled process that requires the right mix of greens (nitrogen rich materials aka your food scraps) and browns (carbon rich materials aka wood chips, paper products or dried leaves), oxygen and water. Finally, the result is compost, commonly referred to as black gold. It’s a dark, nutrient-rich soil amendment that smells earthy and has so many
benefits.

Here’s a few of the benefits with composting:

1. Builds healthy soil
By using compost to improve the health of our soil, which grows the food that we eat, we’re restoring the quality of our food, and we’re keeping our family, our community and ourselves healthy!

2. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
When food scraps and yard waste reach landfills, they don’t have the oxygen needed to break down properly and are forced to decompose without it. This process produces methane, a gas 20-30x more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

3. Reduces landfilled waste
According to the EPA, more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material. The benefits keep going! Compost also helps fight erosion, improves water retention in soils and helps control plant diseases and pests, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

How to start composting in Jersey City

When it comes to Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started, JC residents have several options. Check them out below and go with whatever works best for you and your family!

Join Community Compost Company
CCC is a Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise that provides residential and commercial food scrap collection in Jersey City, Hoboken and the Hudson Valley of NY. The service is designed to give people the opportunity to compost who wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

If you’d like to join this program, you can sign up directly through their website and they come to you! Furthermore, they provide you with a 5-gallon bucket to fill with all acceptable materials. They then pick up directly from your doorstep and leave a clean bucket every pick up.  They give back compost twice a year for your houseplants or garden, or you can opt to have your share donated to a local organization. Their fee is $29/month for weekly pick up and $19/month for biweekly pick up. You can sign up now at communitycompostco.com or contact them at [email protected] for more information!

Community Garden, Bucket Exchange or your own backyard

Join a Community Garden
Did you know there are over 20 community gardens in Jersey City? Besides, a handful of them have active composting operations. If you’d like to use this option, look around and contact your local garden to learn more about participating.

Join Sustainable Jersey City’s Bokashi Bucket Exchange Program
Bokashi is a Japanese food recycling method that uses microbes to break down food through fermentation. This program is run Sustainable JC. Participants pay a $20 deposit for the starter kit (5-gallon bucket + 1 bag of bran) and bring their full bucket to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Each bag of bran after the initial is $5 and participants typically purchase 1 bag of bran per month. If you are looking for more information, contact Tyler Randall: [email protected]

Start a Backyard Compost Pile
Finally, if you’re lucky enough to have a backyard or rooftop, you can compost on your own! This is our favorite, Backyard Composting: It’s Only Natural. 

You can read more about Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started HERE. Make sure to also check out our blog about CCC here!

Information provided by Andrea Rodriguez from Community Compost Co. 

Jersey City Public Schools Free Pre-K Program

Free Public Pre-K Program in Jersey City

As parents, most of us go through the process of choosing a daycare or pre-school for our little ones. If you are looking for more information about the Free Public Pre-K Program in Jersey City, you’ve come to the right place! Jersey City Public Schools have a Free Pre-K Program for residents in Jersey City, and parents who have a child who will be 3 years on or before October 1, 2019 have a few options available:

Contracted Childcare Centers

The Contracted Childcare Centers will begin registration for the Pre-K three-year old program in March for the 2019-2020 school year. Each center continues to register until their program is full. Contact the Contracted Childcare Center directly for the registration dates and times. Take a look at our flyer below for their contact information.

Jersey City Public Schools:

Families living in the school area of P.S. #3, #5, #16, #23, #24, #33, #37, or #39 may register at their neighborhood public school. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is from March 1 – March 29, 2019, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Sibling Preference applications are available at your neighborhood school and must be submitted by March 29,
2019.

Pre-K 4 information

Parents who have a child who will be 4 years of age on or before October 1, 2019 can register their child starting in the month of March for the 2019-2020 school year at SuperTots II Educational Center, Inc. For registration times and dates, contact the center directly.  All families are also able to register at their neighborhood public school. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is from March 1 – March 29, 2019, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Sibling Preference applications are available and  must be submitted by March 29, 2019.

To-do list in order to register

To register, the Parent/Guardian is required to have their photo I.D. to enter the building. Also make sure you bring the original, as well as a copy of the following:

  • Child’s original birth certificate documenting 3 or 4 years of age on or before October 1, 2019
  •  Two proofs of residency (current telephone bill and utility bill) and a copy of each
  •  Child’s record of immunizations and a copy
  • Child must accompany parent or guardian at the time of registration

Contact The Contracted Childcare Centers through this link, or find their information on the flyer below! You can also call Early Childhood at (201) 915-6078

If you are looking for more information about the Free Public Pre-K Program in Jersey City, you've come to the right place!

 

 

 

 Department of Early Childhood is committed to providing the 3- and 4-year old children, who are Jersey City residents, with developmentally appropriate preschool experiences. Our mission is to:

  • Provide a learning environment that will help children develop intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.
  • Include education on health, nutrition, and social and emotional well being into a daily program of varied activities.
  • Enhance children’s feelings of self-worth and appreciation of their own and other’s ethnicity, cultures, and languages.
  • Develop social competence by providing opportunities for children to make decisions and solve problems during their school day.
  • Ease the transition of children into primary grades by providing appropriate early childhood experiences.

We contract with childcare centers throughout Jersey City to provide classes for most of our three year olds, and the majority of our four year olds attend classes in the Jersey City Board of Education schools. All classes are small—no more than 15 children—and are staffed with certified Early Childhood professionals and paraprofessionals. We do provide breakfast and lunch for our Preschool students.

If you have questions about our Early Childhood Preschool program, contact our office by phoning us at  201-915-6045.

Our Curriculum

We use the High Scope Curriculum which is a research- based, educational approach that emphasizes “active participatory learning.”   Active learnings means students have direct hands-on experiences with people, objects, events and ideas.  Learn about your pre-schoolers day through this video that offers a a glimpse into our Pre-K classrooms.

Jersey City Public Schools Free Pre-K Program

JCFamilies’ Events in Jersey City Spring and Summer 2019

JCFamilies’ Events in Jersey City Spring and Summer 2019


The winter can be long and not to mention freezing cold. Are you on the lookout for fun events to enjoy with the whole family this spring season? Luckily we have several fun events that you can look forward to! Take a look at some of the best options in Jersey City!

JCFamilies' Events in Winter and Spring 2019JCFamilies’ School, Summer Camp & Daycare Fair 2019

Are you looking for a Summer Camp for your child? Join JCFamilies for the annual Summer Camp Fair on April 27th!
 
This is the only fair in Jersey City where you can get information about & also speak to the representatives of several Schools, Day Cares, Summer Camps & Activity Centers in & around Jersey CityHoboken.
Browse through several camps while the kids are entertained, and hopefully by the end of the 3 hour event, you will have found the perfect summer camp for your child.

The Fun is Coming with The Sun 

Put your sun hats on for 3 hours of FREE & FUN-TASTIC outdoor fun for the whole family! Join for us for “Fun In the Sun” on April 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at City Hall Plaza, Jersey City.

Here is what to look out for:

– Be blown away with our Bubble Show for kids

– Music for kids by Rockness Music

– Your favorite Fire Truck is back for a visit. Meet its friendly firefighters and let them show you how its done!

– Put your creative hats on with Arts & Craft activities during JCFamilies Summer Camp Fair’19 happening at the same venue.

 

Mother’s Day Celebration in Jersey City 

Join us for a Mother’s Day Celebration in Hamilton Park on May 10th from 4pm to 7pm. There will be entertainment, music and several vendors.
Save the date! More information will come.
Check our website for updates about the event.

JC Fitness Fair 2019 

Join us for the 4th annual JC Fitness Fair in Jersey City! This is an opportunity to meet local fitness professionals and find the perfect workout or re-ignite your interest in an old favorite.

Save the date for our JC Fitness Fair in Jersey City: May 18th: 10am to 1pm

If you are interested in being a vendor, please email [email protected]

We hope to see you all there! More details will come.

If you are looking for Boxing or Yoga, you can find all the fitness options available in Jersey City in our JC FITNESS DIRECTORY:   http://jcfamilies.com/best-places-to-workout-in-jersey-city/

JC Kids Run in Jersey City 

Calling all KIDS from 1 to 10 years for The JC Kids Run in Jersey City on Saturday June 1st 2019.

The JC Kids Run in Jersey City is back for the 5th year, and it keeps getting bigger and better!  Children race through the course with the biggest smiles on their faces as the community cheers them on. The excitement and joy on their faces as they cross the finish line is priceless!

For more details about the JC Kids Run in Jersey City, check out this link.

Sign up HERE.

Why You Should Donate to JCFamilies

Five Reasons Why You Should Donate to JCFamilies




Since 2010, JCFamilies has been dedicated to serving and supporting families in Jersey City and the surrounding areas. JCFamilies is the largest and fastest growing family and community organization in Jersey City.
Did you know that JCFamilies organizes 12 to 15 free events every year?
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donations make organizations such as JCFamilies possible. If you haven’t donated yet, here are some reasons why you should!

 

1. We connect families by creating fun and wholesome experiences for parents and families in Jersey City. More than 25,000 local parents connect with us across all our properties.

2. JCFamilies connects the local businesses through the events. JCFamilies organize everything from weekly meet-ups for New Moms and educational workshops for New Parents to bigger annual events such as Annual Halloween Parade, Mother’s day celebration, Fitness fair, Feministival fair, Education Fair,Harvest Festival, and JC Kid’s Run.

3. We provide education awareness and resources. There are several options when it comes to daycare, preschool, types of schools and educational classes for children in Jersey City. Our JCFamilies’ Education Guide is annually published and locally distributed to help parents to navigate through all the options offered in Jersey City.

4. JCFamilies does not receive government funding or any financial support from local government.

5. JCFamilies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This means your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.



If you are planning on donating this season, why not consider JCFamilies? As our city is growing, we would love to continue to support our local community by connecting families in and around Jersey City!



Boosting Your Child’s Immunity + Healthy Sleep Workshop for Parents

Boosting Your Child’s Immunity + Healthy Sleep Workshop for Parents

Fighting colds and bad sleep as the season is changing?

Our upcoming workshop for Parents in Jersey City will focus on Boosting Your Child’s Immunity and how to maintain Healthy Sleep! 

Founder of Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness Dr. Laura T. Brayton will talk about five healthy steps to avoid illness, and how lack of sleep impacts immunity.

Dr. Brayton writes regularly on health-related topics and is a lecturer for various holistic groups in the community, including at yoga studios, childbirth education centers, and new moms groups. She also continues to stay up-to-date and current in her field with frequent post-graduate seminars in functional medicine, nutrition, allergy elimination, pediatrics, and maternity.

Register for the workshop HERE.

Price per person $10 – payment via PayPal Button.

Dr. Laura Brayton is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1999. She furthered her education at New York Chiropractic College where she graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2003 and served her peers as Class President, Student Body President and President of the Student American Chiropractic Association.

JCFamilies recently started organizing workshop for New Parents in Jersey City. If you have any suggestions for future workshops, send us an email to [email protected]