Fall Family Events in Jersey City

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

Let’s check out some of the best family events in Jersey City this fall. Whether you are looking for indoor activities, outdoor activities, educational activities, or something else, there are so may events for families and so many things to do in Jersey City.

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“MAGICIANS’ FACE-OFF” 

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

Free Magic shows in Jersey City

Enjoy a “Magicians‘ Faceoff” at this year’s JC Families Education Fair!

We are inviting a group of talented magicians to show off their magical skills to our young audiences!
Get ready to be tricked, inspired and entertained!
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JC EDUCATION FAIR 2017

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

Only fair in Jersey City where you can get information about & speak to the representatives of major Schools,Day Cares  & Activity Centers,Classes in & around Jersey City & Hoboken

JERSEY CITY! Take a look at the list of schools, daycare and activity Centers that will be attending #JCEducationFair  Saturday 23rd from 10am to 2pm in Hamilton Park.
Jersey City Recreation Department
The Early Childhood Department of the Jersey City Public Schools

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Hamilton Park Conservancy BBQ Festiva

Saturday, September 23 at 12 PM – 8 PM

Our 8th Annual BBQ Festival in support of The Hamilton Park Conservancy. BBQ, music, drinks and more. Noon to 8pm

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RNA Flea Market & Park Fest in the Heights

Saturday, Sep 23rd from 10am – 5pm in Riverview Park the Heights

 

 

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JC Harvest Festival 2017 

 

Harvest Festival in Jersey City

Fall is here and so are the beautiful colors of the season! Join us for the ultimate celebration with our Harvest Festival on Oct 7th, 10:30 am – 1:30pm at Van Vorst Park.

We have a fun event planned for the whole family with pumpkin decoration, face painting, music for kids and more. See u there!

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Midnight Market is NJ’s first monthly night market and foodie nightlife event! Come celebrate October with us on Friday the 13th!! 

Food, Music, and Drinks! *Costumes welcomed but not required*
This Foodie Party is open to all 21 & older! Cash event! ATMs on site.
No pets. No Children. No Refunds. 
Go to www.midnightmarketjc.com for more information!

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JC Halloween Spooktacular 

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Spooky Terminal 2017

Join us as we transform the historic Central Railroad of NJ into The Spooky Terminal on October 28th. Located in a one of a kind venue over looking the gorgeous Manhattan skyline in the heart of Liberty State Park. All aboard!

There will be Fun Activities, Bouncy House, Costume Contest and more! Details coming soon..


Family Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall

Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall this Halloweeen! There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn and CANDY!This event is sponsored by the HDSID

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2 delicious recipes with Squash, Beautiful Squash!

Don’t just leave gourds for pumpkin pie or cornucopia decorations for Thanksgiving. They are extremely versatile and can easily be used in your mid-week go-to repertoire for easy, filling, seasonal, affordable meals to feed a family. Make the most of squash while it is seasonally available! Indeed, they do require some prior prep, but this can easily be tackled a few nights in advance of when you intend to consume them. Consider using Sunday to par-roast and prepare the ingredients, so mid-week all you need to do is a quick final blast in the over and PRESTO, dinner is on the table in less than 20 minutes. With both recipes, you can modify by removing cheese/dairy and using meat or meatless sausage options depending on your taste, preference and dietary requirements.

Stuffed Delicata Squash

Delicata squash has a texture somewhere between sweet potato and butternut, it’s extremely buttery, smooth yet firm texture lends itself extremely well for stuffing as it will still hold its firm yet fork tender texture. The size varies but roughly it is about the size of one medium hand. Factor one full squash per adult and half squash for kiddos.

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Serves 4

4 Delicata Squash, cut in half length-wise

1 small red onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large carrot, minced

1 large celery stick, minced

1 cup mushrooms, chopped

1 teaspoon each: dried oregano, parsley, basil

2-3 cups low or no sodium chicken or vegetable stock

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Salt and pepper to taste

¾ cup feta cheese crumbled

Six pack of vegetarian sausage meat of your preference, removed from ‘skin’ and roughly chopped*

*you can use ground meat if you wish

What to prepare in advance:

Cut and roast the squash, flat side down on a parchment lined baking sheet in advance for approximately 30 minutes (or until just fork tender) in pre-heated oven at 325* F. Once squash has baked and cooled, remove stringy flesh and seeds (reserve seeds, sprinkle with sea salt and bake them for a tasty snack).

When squash is roasting, in a pan with a glug to EVOO, sauté carrots, onions, celery, until starting to turn a light golden brown, add garlic and mushrooms and sauté on medium low for additional 5 minutes. Add cut up sausage meat of your choice, sauté for additional 5-8 minutes until the sausage is lightly caramelized and cooked through, stir in dried herbs. Deglaze pan with 2-3 cups low or no sodium stock, turn heat down and let simmer for about 10 minutes on low heat until sauce thickens slightly and stock is cooked through. NB. The pre-roasted squash and filling will easily last a few days in air tight containers in the refrigerator.

What to prepare the night of:

Pre-heat oven to 325* F

Place squash skin side down on parchment lined sheet in baking tray and stuff generously with stuffing mixture. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until the sauce is bubbling, cheese melted and squash hot. Serve with fresh green salad. *Unlike several squash cousins, Delicata Squash skin is very soft and edible once baked.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash & Greens Bake

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Spaghetti Squash does not taste at all like spaghetti and has a somewhat bland and neutral taste by itself, but don’t be discouraged, it works perfectly with robust flavors to go along with it. In that respect it is like spaghetti, somewhat boring by itself, but completely transformed when paired with the right ingredients! I love using this dish as a perfect opportunity to get my family to eat their greens, no bribery required.

1 large Spaghetti Squash

3 cups steamed and roughly chopped broccoli or broccoli rabe

1 cup kale, collards or mustard greens roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, minced

2 cups low or no sodium vegetable stock

½ cup low fat cream cheese or low fat sour cream

¼ cup grated pecorino or parmigiana cheese

¾ cup grated cheddar cheese

What to prepare in advance:

As above, slice the squash in half, length wise, bake in advance in pre-heated over at 325*F. This squash has a watery texture and thicker skin, so bake skin side down, flat cut side up in a casserole dish, otherwise liquid may leak and scold the oven when you are pre-baking it. Once baked and cooled, remove squash from skin and discard skin. Place baked squash back into a 2-3inch thick casserole dish. The thread like texture is reasoning for the name.

When the squash is roasting, prepare the ‘spaghetti’ sauce topping. Sauté onions until golden, add steamed broccoli, kale and garlic and sauté additional few minutes until greens wilted but still vibrant in color. Add stock, simmer for about 5 minutes on medium heat, add cream cheese and stir until combined with stock vegetable mixture. Remove from heat. Place mixture on top of squash in casserole dish. Cool and cover tightly if reserving for a later night.

What to prepare the night of:

Pre-heat oven to 325* F

Sprinkle casserole with grated cheese. Bake in the over until bubbling, golden and hot. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Thanksgiving’s 5 Best Vegan Side Dishes

I look forward to the side dishes of Thanksgiving much more than the main course. In fact, I haven’t had turkey in years and I don’t miss it one bit. Why? Because these 5 recipes below are so scrumptious, so yummy and so delightful that I don’t have room for anything else!

cranberry-sauceCranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is such a staple to a Thanksgiving meal and one of my favorites. I always use fresh cranberries and replace the sugar with Maple Syrup like this Pioneer Woman recipe

 

vegan-mashed-potatoesVegan Mashed Potatoes

It turns out that Martha Stewart has quite a few vegan friendly recipes on her website

Vegan Mashed Potatoes are just as yummy and fluffy as their cream based cousin!  Take a look here.

 

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Vegan Stuffing

Stuffing from scratch can change how you think about this old fashioned side. When making this dish, it is always better to opt for fresh sage as opposed to dry sage to bring out the maximum herbal flavor. Use whole-wheat fresh bread to bring out a whole new level of heartiness to this traditional dish. The Minimalist Baker Vegan Stuffing

 

sweet-potato-casseroleSweet Potato Casserole

It’s time to replace the marshmallows on this holiday favorite with something much more wholesome and nutritious. Adding pecans and rolled oats gives you a crispy flavorful top layer that will leave you going back for seconds. And thirds. This vegan, gluten-free recipe will knock your socks off.

OhSheGlows Sweet Potato Crumble Casserole

gravyGravy

Mashed Potatoes without gravy is just not the same! Sure, mashed potatoes are delicious in all scenarios, but drizzling some creamy, tasty, warm gravy on top is like the icing on a cake. I put this gravy on everything. To make it vegan be sure to use vegan butter as opposed to dairy butter. Umami Girl’s Gravy Recipe.

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Halloween Tips and Tricks for Moms Who Just Can’t

Halloween Tips Jersey City

Now that we’re clear into October, if you haven’t started thinking about Halloween, you’re late. Costumes and candy are about to explode all over town and if you’re not ready for it, duck and cover.

Lots of our kids won’t know what they want to be. Some are too young to understand the concept entirely, and some will change their minds multiple times prior to the date. If you have a kid who has their heart set on Elsa or a Paw Patrol hero, consider yourself lucky. Don’t push the envelope. Log onto amazon RIGHT NOW and order the pre-made cookie cutter costume. Job done. There’s no reason to create drama where there isn’t any.

But if your kids fall in one of the other categories, here are a few things to consider:

    • Use make up, masks, and even hats sparingly. Anything on the face or head probably won’t make it more than a few minutes unless your child is over the age of 4.
    • No appendages. Enough said.
    • If your kid is a wild maniac (which is probably why you’re reading this) – excuse me, I mean: If your kid is high energy, costumes that look like clothes are best. Ultimately you want your kid to forget that they have it on until they look down and Surprise! I’m wearing a costume! Superhero t-shirts, for example, with sweatpants or leggings (for boys too) are great examples of this.
    • Consider costumes that double as dress-up/imagination play that can extend beyond Halloween. Melissa and Doug has a line of dress up clothes that work for this purpose, including doctor and firefighter outfits.
    • Take the easy way out. Go to Target or BJs or some kind of costume shop (but go soon while they still have sizes and options) and let them pick something. Unless you’re super-passionate about Halloween, there’s no need to have the best costume on the block. No one cares that much, especially the little ones.
    • Let it be fun. Don’t stress yourself out about finding the perfect ensemble unless it’s truly enjoyable for you AND your child.

Halloween Tips Jersey City

  • Consider consignment stores. It’s a bit of a drive out to Once Upon a Child in Fairfield, but if you can get something gently used for $5 or $10, you can grab a couple of things and feel comfortable having choices without breaking the bank. (Also you can stock up on jeans or light jackets while you’re out there. Or boots! Snow! OMG! Focus – Once Upon a Child only have name-brand stuff that’s in great condition. It’s worth the drive.)
  • Check Facebook groups for parents who hung onto last year’s costumes. Again, start doing that soon too because people jump all over the good ones in that arena. (Next! Next! Next!)
  • Family costumes are so cute but they’re also a lot of work. If your plan is to put your husband in a Big Bird costume, you’re going to want to start working on that (and him) now.
  • When all else fails: tutus & sparkles, capes & swords. For some kids, that’s all that matters anyway.

(P.S. Wine, anyone?)

 Feministival Series- FUNtastic Summer in JC

Feministival Series- FUNtastic Summer in JC

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 JC Education Fair

JC Education Fair

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“Magicians’ Face-off”

“Magicians’ Face-off”

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JC Harvest Festival 2016 

JC Harvest Festival 2016

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Halloween Parade 2016

Halloween Parade 2016

 

Turkey Day Tips

Turkey Day Tips

Ah, Thanksgiving…the day we give thanks by running around like fowl with our heads cut off trying to cook the perfect meal for a dozen people all with their own unique (re: uber picky) palates. So if you have the (cough, cough) fortune of hosting this year, here are some top tips and delicious recipes to help you survive your gluttonous feast.

Turkey Tips:

  1. Size Matters.  Assume 1-1.5 pounds of turkey per person when choosing your turkey.
  2. Understand Your Oven. Using an oven thermometer, check that your oven is actually heating at the temperature displayed. Knowing if your oven is running hot or cold will save pounds of frustration and possibly turkey.
  3. Two is Better than One. If you have an especially large crowd, consider cooking two smaller turkeys. They will cook faster than one larger turkey. It will be easier to fit in the fridge and the pan. Plus, you’ll have a nice full turkey centerpiece on the table while you carve into the other. 
  4. Have a Plan B. Liberty Prime, Raaz and Vu Restaurant all have reservations on Open Table for Thanksgiving. Just Saying.

Yummy Sides:

Rachel Ray adds a nice spin on the traditional cranberry sauce with this Ginger Apple Cranberry Sauce recipe

Southern Living is the Cookbook Bible in the South, so their Cornbread Dressing is at the top of my list. 

And this Mary Mac Tea Room recipe for Sweet Potato Souffle looks way easier than most while retaining the yumminess. The Marshmallow topping is especially goos for those with nut allergies.

Kid-Friendly Recipes Everyone Will Love:

I am a huge fan of the site Weelicious. They have fabulous, healthier recipes my kids love, like these Sweet Potato Biscuits. Sweet? Bread? My kids are in. 8 minutes prep? 15 to bake? I’m in too.

Or try these Pumpkin Pie Parfaits . Delicious. Easy. And bonus points for the possibility of child labor..uh…helpers on Thanksgiving.

And the cuteness factor is on overload with these pretzel turkeys .

Slaving over an oven for your brood is a noble, noble thing, but…

There’s always my way (cue maniacal laugh)

I must confess. I am an awesome cook…at very specific recipes, none of which are appropriate for Thanksgiving. So, like any non-cook hosting on Thanksgiving, I let someone else do the work while I sit back and take all of the credit.

Luckily, there some great options for those of us ingrediently challenged:

  1. Whole Foods: Organic? Check. An array of sides? check. Foturkey? It’s right here. Be sure to schedule your pick up early and be ready to sit and wait for your order.  Order Here
  1. Honeybaked Ham: Awesome roasted turkey and great sides. Their ham is also an option if you’re not into fowl. This has become my go-to place because they deliver (woot!). Order Here
  2. Fresh Direct: I’m pretty sure their drivers are out for human target practice every time they come into my neighborhood, but so many of friends use these guys they are worth mentioning. You can get the pre-made dinner or the DIY ingredients delivered. Order Here
  1. Local Farmers Markets: Many of our local markets are still running and stacked with Thanksgiving essentials. Consider pre-ordering your turkey, pie, sauces or sides from one of the local farmers. Farmers Market Calendar

And last but not least, have your favorite bottle of wine chilled and hidden in the deep recesses of your fridge, so even if your meal ends in disaster, you’ll still have a good time. Good luck and Godspeed JC!

Turkey Day Tips