Picture Gallery: JCFamilies’ Annual Holiday Party 2018
How fun wasn’t the JCFamilies Holiday Party this year? We have collected the best photos from the event – check if you can spot yourself or someone you know!
How fun wasn’t the JCFamilies Holiday Party this year? We have collected the best photos from the event – check if you can spot yourself or someone you know!
Summer may be the ideal time to jump into a pool or dive into the ocean, however winter lessons are a great time to prep if you aren’t the strongest swimmer. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children 1 to 4, so every child needs to learn how to swim. The British Swim School shares several smart reasons for taking winter swim classes to make sure your little one is in tip top shape for the summer!
When learning to swim during the winter, children can be water-safe as soon as pool season opens. Learning how to swim takes time. If you start lessons in spring, your child might not be safe during most of the summer – and drowning is still the leading cause of accidental death for children!
Swimming during winter has been shown to strengthen a child’s body and the immune system, which helps decrease the number of times a child is sick – contrary to popular belief. Ask your pediatrician! Swimming is also one of the best exercises, and with outdoor season over, your child still gets all the health benefits from staying active.
Less crowded classes means more value for money. Especially in small-ratio classes, your child will get much more attention from the instructors, compared to when classes are completely full during the busy summer. This can lead to much quicker process. Some swim schools even have empty classes now in which you can enroll. Ask for those – your child might get a private class without you paying the higher price for it!
Better availability of your preferred time. As it is less crowded during winter, you are more likely to skip the waitlist and easily get into even the most popular time slots that fit your busy schedule – on weekend mornings and after 5pm weekdays.
Drownings don’t just happen in the summer. Water is everywhere! Water-parks, for example, are open year-round and can be enjoyed much better when the child is water-safe.
Many parents look for an indoor activity for their child during the winter season – and swim lessons are more than just an activity. They are building skills that last a lifetime, on top of keeping your young ones busy.
As there is less to do during the winter, your student can better focus on swimming. Taking lessons 2x or even 3x per week results in much quicker progress, and you often get a discount.
No matter which reason is most relevant for you, taking swim lessons during winter seems like a really smart idea.
Sign up today in one of our heated indoor locations in Jersey City, Bayonne, Weehawken and Secaucus! Call (201) 676-3630 or Find A Class online.
British Swim School Hudson Waterfront, serving Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken, Bayonne, Secaucus, North Bergen, Edgewater and the surrounding communities.
There’s plenty of preparation that goes into making an event successful. The food, decorations and entertainment gets the party going! But where are you going to host all of the festivities? Luckily Jersey City has plenty of spaces that are available for you to rent. Check out our list of Event Spaces to Rent in Jersey City!
252 9th St, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 205-1218
My Gym Jersey City is renting out their space for all your celebration needs! Baptism, Quinceaneras, Sweet 16, baby showers and more can be held in My Gym. They help you and your family plan the perfect event every step of the way.
196 Morgan Street, Ground Floor, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 424-3075
Located steps from the Grove Street PATH, the Performing Arts Workshop boasts 2800 square feet of completely renovated, ground level space. Their facility houses three generously sized studios and a welcoming reception area!
262 17th St, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 918-6019
In October 2017, Art House Productions opened a new, fully-accessible, 5,500 square foot arts center that comprises studio space, a 99-seat flexible black box theater, and a visual arts gallery. They are an ideal space for hosting rehearsals, shows, and events in Jersey City. Not an artist? Not a problem! Art House fully equipped to help you put on your baby shower, graduation party, office holiday party, and so much more making it the perfect addition to our list of Event Spaces to Rent In Jersey City!
54 Coles St, Jersey City
Indiegrove is the perfect space for events, meetings and they offer relaxing environment to help you get your work done! This space is located in the heart of Downtown Jersey City footsteps to the Grove St PATH Station!
Located in Jersey City, Venue 845 is a beautiful, highly adaptable space for hosting any function, whether it is a personal celebration or a corporate event. Venue 845 features two spacious rooms and a loft perfect for entertaining youths. The loft space is equipped with 3 large plasma TV’s connected to Wii, PS4, and Xbox One game systems.
76 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City
720 Monroe St, Hoboken
Phone: (201) 795-5000
The Monroe Center for the Arts is the premier arts and business community in Hoboken NJ! Their two main buildings have 180,000 square feet of artist studios, office lofts and retail space ready for lease. The Studios range from 300 to 5,000 square feet!
720 Monroe St suite e-313, Hoboken
Phone: (201) 653-5887
On September 3, 2013, Just 4 Kids Salon did something very important. They became Hoboken’s first comprehensive kids salon, kids day spa and children’s birthday boutique, just for kids. Not only is it a great place to get a haircut, but it’s an awesome space to host your child’s next birthday! With 14 different party themes, Just 4 Kids has something for everyone!
We understand that throwing a great birthday parties for your little one are super important which is why we like to stay in the know when it comes to the best party venues in and around Jersey City! Don’t forget to grab super yummy birthday treats!
Looking for a good book? Bookstores are great but you can find so many gems in your local Little Free Library! The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. The motto: Take a Book, Return a Book. We’ve created a list of Little Free Libraries in Jersey City to help you find your next read.
Once you’ve seen The Owl, you know you’re in the right place! This little library is for children’s books only, and will be a great place to find good children’s books in good condition, any time of the day or night, and drop off some children’s books meeting those criteria for others to enjoy!
Kensington Avenue (Between West Side Ave & JFK Blvd)
78 Erie St.
The Little Library located at Fasttrack-Languages was inspired by the idea of creating a book club for children! The little library was created with the vision and mission of encouraging children curiosity for books, stories and reading in general for fun not for an assignment or a requirement.
26 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
This brightly colored little library is located in Paulus Hook Park, straight across from PS16!
This nature themed little library is such a cozy spot to pick up or drop off a book!
Middle school is that period between elementary school and high school that can have a great impact on a child. They begin to experience new things, think in different ways and start to form more relationships with their peers. As parents, you have a growing number of option in choosing a school for your child. To keep you informed, we’ve created a list of Middle Schools in Hoboken and Jersey City.
1 McWilliams Place in Jersey City, NJ
Phone: (201) 533-1910
First on our list of Middle Schools In Hoboken and Jersey City is the Private Middle School at Hamilton Park Montessori School! This school is developed in accord with Montessori’s views on adolescents and learning. The curriculum includes a STEM component integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as a humanities strand that establishes links between history, current events, literature, critical reading and writing. The curriculum includes regular trips, often planned by the students, to do research and gather information.
150 Warren St. Suite 108 Jersey City, NJ
Phone: (201) 333-5600
Waterfront Montessori is an International Baccalaureate World School authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Program. The Middle School Program blends the dynamic Montessori curriculum into the IB Middle Years Program (IB MYP) in service of students who are in a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development.
180 9th Street Jersey City, NJ
Phone: (201) 631-6396
Explore Middle School is the only career and technical middle school in New Jersey. This is a project-based school whose curriculum is developed around thematic units which integrate interdisciplinary studies and engage students in a hands-on approach. Career and Technical programs include the arts, technology and applied sciences. Explore Middle School is also a one-to-one (1:1) environment, where each student has his/her own chromebook while in school. 1:1 technology allows teachers to differentiate both in terms of how they teach and how the students are expected to demonstrate their learning. Explore Middle School is a diverse community with an active Parent/Student Association.
209 Third street, Jersey City NJ
Phone: (201) 338-8320 ext 202
The French American Academy (FAA) is a warm, nurturing, progressive school offering a child-centered environment that uses the dual lenses of French and English to inspire and cultivate open-mindedness, empathy and a lifetime love of learning. Middle School Programs offers three tracks which include French/English, English with Accelerated French and Spanish/English.
41 Tuers Ave Jersey City, NJ
Phone: (201) 333-8844
Primary Prep Elementary is a private, non-denominational school offering an exciting learning environment to children in Kindergarten through Grade Eight. The school is located in the center of Jersey City, New Jersey with easy access to major roads and public transportation. The curriculum at Primary Prep is designed to encourage the students to think outside the box. Critical thinking is mandatory. During their time at Primary Prep, the pupils develop a strong foundation in math, reading, language arts, science, history, writing, and the arts. Technology is infused in the lessons through iPads, Google chrome books, and laptops
Phone: (201) 434-2405
The mission of Our Lady of Czestochowa (The OLC School) is to create a learning environment that encourages each child to grow as a spiritual, moral and intellectual individual, who will be able to embrace a global multicultural society of the 21st century.
As a Catholic school in a diverse community, we strive to develop virtues and values that foster the expression of a child’s potential. We encourage life-long learning and creative problem solving by providing a challenging and stimulating academic curriculum, while also allowing consideration for individual interests, abilities and needs.
601 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ
Phone: (201) 659-8335
The Hudson School provides intellectually inquisitive students in grades 5-12 with a rigorous and relevant college-preparatory education that inspires independent thinking and intellectual risk-taking. The private, middle school requires students to take four years of language arts, science, mathematics, history, theater arts, modern foreign language (French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, or Spanish), movement, physical education, health and nutrition, music, and art. Fifth and sixth graders also take computer science, movement and chorus. Seventh and eighth graders begin studying Latin and participate in a weekly community service activity. Beginning in sixth grade, students explore philosophy through logic, ethics and aesthetics classes.
Nursery – Grade 1: 527 Clinton Street, Hoboken, NJ
Grades 2 – Grade 8: 707 Washington Street, Hoboken,NJ
Phone: (201) 792-6292
All Saint Episcopal Day School tends to children of all faiths and embraces a view of spirituality that is broad and inclusive. The school is readily accessible by public transportation including bus, PATH and Light Rail services. Every grade is encouraged to get involved with extra curricular activities which include but are not limited to STEM-related activities, cooking, rugby, school plays and fencing.
159 2nd St, Jersey City, NJ
Phone: (201) 963-5555
The Waldo School is currently offering grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. All of primary school students participate in the International Baccalaureate curriculum, taught by teachers who participate in IB-accredited professional development opportunities. Students inquire into the core subject areas each day, including mathematics, language arts (reading and writing), science, and social studies.
95 Broadway Jersey City, NJ
Phone: (201) 984-4151
The Ethical Community Charter School is a K-8 school, free, public charter school. They believe children who have the skills to make good choices will thrive and positively shape the world. The school currently has openings in 7th and 8th grade. Applications for this school year is on a first come first serve for the current openings.
All applications considered in the 2019-2020 lottery are due on January 3rd, 2019. Our enrollment lottery will be held on January 10th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at TECCS. You can still submit an application after January 3rd. Doing so will place your child on the waiting list for the 2019-2020 academic year.
713 Washington St Hoboken, NJ
Phone: (201) 963-0222
The Hoboken Charter School is a K-12 community of learners that seeks to develop the academic, artistic, personal and civic growth of all its members through its commitment to service learning and learner-centered education. The Hoboken Charter School believe that students thrive in environments where expectations are clear and consistent at all levels, and where students are known — not only by their peers, but by the entire school community. An emphasis on curriculum that places the student at the center of inquiry is the foundation for the school’s four critical learning “cornerstones.” These cornerstones are: rigorous academics, arts literacy, and personal and civic growth.
1460 Garden St, Hoboken, NJ
Phone: (201) 876-0102
The Elysian Charter School of Hoboken is an innovative K–8, free, public charter school, located in Hoboken, New Jersey. Children come to us with strengths on which they can learn and grow. Elysian’s goal is to educate and inspire children to become curious, lifelong learners (strong in academic preparation), who have an appreciation of the arts, the diversity of all the peoples of the world, and the importance of community.
123 Jefferson Street, Hoboken, NJ
Phone: (201) 427 – 1458
The Hoboken Dual Language School is a dual language Charter School that opened in 2010. HoLa became the first charter school in New Jersey to implement a blind lottery system in favor of low-income families. The applications HoLa receives from low-income families are automatically given two entries into the lottery. Over time, HoLa’s student-body has grown to be incredibly diverse: 80% of the first graduating class is a person of color and half of them were either born outside of the U.S. or are first- generation Americans.
Jersey City Public Schools offers a diverse array of schools at all levels! Learn about the types of public Middle Schools available for you to choose from!
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.
TestRocker is now officially open in Jersey City. Last week Councilman James Solomon welcomed the global test prep company to the city with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
TestRocker is a PSAT, SAT & ACT prep class that has students and classes around the world. TestRocker has taught more than 10,000 students in over 40 countries. They have won multiple education awards and earned the approval of parents, students and educators across 3 continents. On average, TestRocker students improve their scores by more than 180 SAT and more than 4 points on the ACT.
TestRocker was designed by educator Suniti Mathur. With more than 18 years of experience preparing students for standardized tests, Suniti has perfected a learning program designed for students of all skill levels. The TestRocker program allows each student to reach their full potential and the highest scores possible.
TestRocker classes are available year round. Enrollment is rolling but space is limited and spots are reserved on a first come first serve basis. Classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays depending on the test you are preparing for and the time of year.
TestRocker’s classroom is located at 190 Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City’s Historic Downtown neighborhood. The newly renovated Vito A. Lofts provide students with a comfortable and modern classroom experience.
The founders chose to bring TestRocker to Jersey City for a number of reasons:
The company saw an opportunity to offer classes to students locally and that’s just what they did. After an extended soft launch TestRocker Jersey City has grown to serve more than 80 students and their families. TestRocker plans on helping more students and families by expanding throughout Hudson County.
In order to enroll in TestRocker’s PSAT, SAT or ACT test prep classes families first need to attend a free consultation. During the consultation, TestRocker goes over how your student can accomplish their entrance exam goals, create a personalized study plan, gives a demo of TestRocker, provides you with upcoming class schedules, and fields any of your remaining questions. You can pick a time to meet with TestRocker that’s right for you and your family – click here to begin or call 201-333-1023.
The day you bring home your newborn for the first time will undoubtedly be the most powerful and joyful moment in your life. Until then, you can expect to be a nervous wreck imagining everything that could go wrong and everything you need to do to prepare for the arrival of your child.
A bit of advice: breathe. You can do this—and just because you have a physical disability doesn’t mean you won’t be able to rise to the challenges of parenthood. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few steps for preparing for your first child to put your mind at ease.
Another addition to the family means more space will be shared. More space can be an issue for families, especially when one or more members need a wheelchair or walker to get around. Now that you are expecting another family member, it is a good time to really consider the floor space in your living room, kitchen and bedrooms. As your child grows, they’ll soon move from the crib to the floor, and eventually be able to walk around your home. You need to make sure that everywhere your child can go, you can go as well. One option you may want to consider is to make room by putting some items into storage. The average monthly cost of renting a storage unit in New York, NY, is $92.92.
The need for more room becomes especially apparent in tight spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens. These areas can be tricky to maneuver when faced with a physical disability. Perhaps your home is already retrofitted with handrails to help you maneuver around, but now that you are expecting a child, some of these modifications may not facilitate you maneuvering with a child. To better ensure both the safety of you and your child, you should install handrails and grab bars in your kitchen and bathrooms make bathing and feeding your child safer and easier.
Child-proofing is an activity every parent must undertake. As soon as you realize that a toddler will be scurrying around your home, you begin to notice all the potential hazards that exist. Any parent will tell you that the key to keeping your child safe is proactive parenting. That means, before you bring your child home for the first time, you’ve already taken the time to plug up sockets, cover sharp corners, and put child locks on all the bottom cabinets and drawers.
Of course, there are other ways you can prevent an accident by happening to you and your child. If you are carrying your child you want to make sure that the floors you walk on are free of tripping hazards, not excluding your rugs and carpets. It is especially important to make sure that the rugs in your home are non-slip to prevent you from accidentally dropping your child while moving around.
Now that you are a parent, you’ll have to keep up with a lot of different items such as baby foods, medicines, powders, shampoos and other baby-related products. It can be difficult to keep up with so many different items all at once. When you throw in a physical disability, such as a visual impairment, the task becomes even more difficult. To help stay organized, label the containers for all your products with color-coded stickers, textured, tape, or even Braille labels.
Finally, you should know that you do not have to do this alone. You have family and friends who are going to be there by your side, ready to help you out when needed. Additionally, there are plenty of resources out there geared to help you out as a parent with disabilities. Receiving help from others isn’t a sign of a bad parent, but someone who is ready to do everything possible to give their kids a safe, happy life.
Parenting will be one of the biggest challenges you face. However, it will also bring you unmatched joy, countless memories and moments you’ll cherish forever.
About the writer Ashely Taylor: Ashley Taylor is a freelance writer, photographer, and advocate for people with disabilities. She created DisabledParents.org to provide information and resources to other parents with disabilities. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
If you’ve already brought out your coziest sweaters and lit all of your fall scented candles, your fall bucket list probably includes visiting a pumpkin patch. We’re here to help you check that off of your list! Along with picking out your perfect pumpkin, you and your family can explore corn mazes, sip on some yummy cider and much much more Here’s our list of the Top # Pumpkin Patches Near Jersey City.
552 Route 17 North Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Located in Ridgewood, NJ, Ward’s Pumpkin Patch is a short drive from Jersey City! You can choose from a vast seasonal selection of locally grown produce and homemade goods. Ward’s is open from 10 AM to sunset everyday in October. This is a perfect addition to our list of Top # Pumpkin Patches Near Jersey City!
451 NJ-94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462
A 1982 roadside fruit and vegetable stand grew into a full service Garden Center, Nursery, Farm Market and go to spot for seasonal events! Create fun fall memories with your family during at Heaven Hill Farm where they take their pumpkins seriously. Enjoy the Great Pumpkin Festival which is the largest fall festival in Nothern New Jersey! For $14 per person (free for those under 2) you can enjoy their corn mazes, hayrides, pig races and so much more!
1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
Elwood Pumpkin Farms is a Long Island farm grows their own pumpkins, making it one of the few places where you can pick them right off the vine. Make sure you plan ahead and bring cash! They do not accept credit cards.
3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234
We all know a tree grows in Brooklyn. But what about a pumpkin? Well kind of! Green Meadows Farm in Brooklyn’s Barren Island is transformed into a farm and petting zoo with a pumpkin patch every weekend in October! Admission is $9 and includes a pumpkin, hayrides, a kid-friendly haunted house.
1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ 07930
Enjoy the feeling of picking your own fruits and vegetables, jamming to live entertainment, family-friendly events and so much more at Alstede Farms! From 9 AM – 6 PM you can pick your-own perfect pumpkin to take home with you. If you sign up to be a Fresh Discovery member you get even more perks and will receive one 1 point for every $1.00 you spend on everything you purchase with your barn bucks card, so for every $100 spent on the farm you get $5 in rewards!
181 Mountain Road, Basking Ridge
Ripple Hill is a small family-owned and operated farm located in Basking Ridge, NJ which is located about 40 minute from downtown Jersey City! They offer pick-your-own apples on Sundays through October from 12 PM – 2 PM. Pumpkins become available in October and they have them available at the farm stand for purchase. Check out their Facebook page for up to date picking information and availability.
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton, NJ 08540
The pick-your-own patch at Terhune Orchards allows you to choose from pumpkins of all shapes and sizes! During the Apple Days Fall Harvest Festival Weekends, your little one can visit the paint-your-own pumpkin decorating area, cheer on their duck or choice during duck races and so much more! Weekend activities also include music, pony rides, scavenger hunts and a corn maze.
Things are going to get very spooky at Demarest Farms. For the first time ever, you and your family can experience the Haunted Orchards at Demarest Farms! The event features a Spooky Hayride and a bone chilling series of Haunted Houses filled all things that go bump in the night! If that wasn’t enough, they also have a Pumpkin Picking Movie Night on select dates!
723 Herschel St, Egg Harbor City, NJ
BOO! The, Cornfield of Terror at R and J Farms, which are open on the weekends will! Don’t worry, R and J Farms offers so many more attractions such as a corn maze, jumping pad and a farm stand. Take a leisurely ride on one of their hay wagons and stop at the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin to take home with you! The pumpkin is included in your hayride price!
3 Circle Drive Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Oasis Family Farm isn’t only a perfect place for pumpkin picking, but is an amazing playground for the aspiring paleontologist! They have several attractions including a fossil digging, a gem mining are and fun zone. It’s unique attractions earns this autumn oasis a spot on our list of Top # Pumpkin Patches Near Jersey City!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States. However, thanks in part to early detection and the advancement of treatments to fight breast cancer, millions of women are survivors! If you’re looking to gain a more in-depth understanding of breast cancer, support the cause or learn how to take the proper steps for early detection, you’re in the right place. We’ve created a list of Breast Cancer awareness Events Near Jersey City for you and your family to attend.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 1:30 PM 2:30 PM at 389 Central AveJersey City, NJ 07307
Cuteticles Nail & Spa is focusing on more than manicures and pedicures! Join them and the American Cancer Society in their first annual Cuteticles Breast Cancer Awareness Event! Cuteticles will donate 50% of the proceeds for services provided during the event. They’re looking to raise $10,000 to fight breast cancer so make sure you attend! RSVP on their Facebook page!
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Lincoln Park, Jersey City
All strides towards ending breast cancer are important! Making Strides Jersey City aims to unite and educate communities during their breast cancer walk. This is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. Registration begins at 8 AM and the walk starts at 10 AM. Can’t make the walk? No problem! You can make donations at anytime!
Jersey City Medical Center at 355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Conference Room 5
The Breast Cancer Survivor Group is designed to provide positive support for women who are currently being treated for, or are survivors of Breast Cancer. This is a free resource that can be attended with a friend or a loved one. Meet-ups are monthly and last for an hour: October 11th @ 5 PM, November 8 @ 5 PM and December 13 @ 5PM, January 10 @ 5 PM and February 14 @ 5 PM. Register with Michelle Ashley at [email protected] or 201-915-2073.
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine Englewood Health – Main Campus at 350 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
Join Englewood Health in a therapeutic yoga session including breathing and meditation. This is a free event but pre-registration and physical clearance is required. This event starts October 15th until December 17th!
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Jolie Studios at 1131 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Soul by the Pound is a 501c3 dedicated to empowering women in health and personal wellness. Soul by the Pound focuses on helping women discover ways to improve their physical and mental health with fitness events, panel discussions, and online tools. Join Soul by the Pound for the 6th Annual Break A Sweat for Breast Cancer event! This is a great opportunity to break a sweat and support survivors! Some of NYC’s hottest trainers will be there working on all levels of fitness. Don’t forget to grab a swag bag, watch live hair tutorials and so much more! Register here and save your spot!