HFA HOLIDAY PARTY! DEC. 8, 2016 from 3-5pm

Join the HFA at our annual Holiday Party.

We will have entertainment by Preschool of Rock, holiday crafts and treats.

Donations will be accepted for New Toys & New Pajamas to benefit local charities (details in post below).

Thursday, December 8th

McLoone’s Pier House
1300 Frank Sinatra Dr.

Free for HFA Members
$5 per child for non-members

Sponsored by
Adventures in Learning




9th Annual HFA Toy & Pajama Drive for Local Children until Thursday, Dec 22

The HOBOKEN FAMILY ALLIANCE (HFA) is launching a major toy and pajama drive for local children in need, within the ages of newborn to  17 years in the Hoboken / Hudson County area.

All donations large and small are appreciated. To fulfill HFA mission, we hope to provide a nurturing environment to these children to help them be comforted and feel loved.

Recipients will include children in local organizations: Division of Youth & Family Services (DYFS), In Jesus’ Name Charities and York Street Project.

If you’d like to contribute, we have a number of ways to do so:

1) Pajama and Book Program
HFA is collecting new pajamas and new books for disadvantaged children. By providing pajamas and books, we are helping to create a warm and nurturing bedtime environment for vulnerable children and young adults living under difficult circumstances.

Many of these youngsters have been abused or abandoned and in many cases have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a loving mother or father tuck them in at bedtime. We hope to contribute to a warmer, more loving environment for these children.

Pajamas must be new and unused for all sizes, infant to age 17. Larger sizes are preferred, but all are appreciated!

2) Toy Drive
HFA hopes this event to bring something special to the children (ages infant – 17) and requests all donated gifts be new and unwrapped please.

Any donation of any size brings holiday cheer for a child who may otherwise not have received any gifts. The items are given to families who cannot afford to buy presents, so the children can open a gift that is given to them by a loved one, not a charity.

3) Tax Deductible Monetary Donation to Pajama & Toy Drive
If you wish to make a financial donation, Click the DONATE button below.
100% of donation will be used towards a tax-free purchase of a toy or a pajama. A tax deductible receipt will be generated to you.

How to Donate in Person: Both pajama & toy drives will run concurrently & have the same drop off locations:

When: Sunday Nov 29 – Tuesday, December 22 (unless date update below)
Where to Donate- 6 Locations:

  • Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street (Mon-Sat 10-7pm, Sun 11-6) – Drive will end at Big Fun on Dec 23 – Drive will end at Big Fun on Dec 23 *
  • Apple Montessori,1055 Maxwell Lane (M-F 7am-7pm)- Drive ends here on Dec 21
  • New York Sports Club NORTH, 210 14 St (7:00am-7pm Daily)
  • PilsenerHaus & Biergarten, 1422 Grand St (Tues – Fri 4pm-2 am, Sat & Sun Noon to 2 am)
  • Diamond Gymnastics, 738 Willow Ave (M & T 3-7pm, W -F 9:45-7pm,Sat 9-12, Sun- closed)
  • Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts 84 Washington St. (M- Fri 2-10pm, Sat. 9-3)

If your company would like to do a corporate drive, please contact us!
Any questions? – contact hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com

HFA truly appreciates your generosity!

The HFA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
All donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.

Big Fun Toy Drive Kickoff Party – Support Small Business & HFA!

Big Fun Toys will be holding their Fifth Annual HFA Toy Drive Kickoff Party on Small Business Saturday. Shop locally and support us!

Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016
Time: 10am to 8pm
Location: Big Fun Toys  602 Washington St, Hoboken

There are special events taking place at Big Fun to celebrate this wonderful day!

  • Letters to Santa
  • Raffles
  • Exciting Holiday Toy Demonstrations
  • Store-wide savings for all
  • Special discounts for customers who donate to the Toy Drive and more!


All toys will be donated to local families in need, including from In Jesus’ Name Charities, York Street Project and NJ Child Protection and Permanency (former know as DYFS).

Hoboken Historical Museum Kids Holiday Concert

Save the date, Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1:30 pm, for our annual Kids Holiday Concert in a new venue this year: The Assembly Room on the second floor of the Hoboken Fire Department Museum! Howard Olah-Reiken and Dave Lambert will play holiday season favorites and lead rousing sing-alongs.

Fire Department Museum
213 Bloomfield Street

Shop Amazon Smile and Support HFA

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Hoboken Family Alliance whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

Support us when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/13-4216229 and Amazon donates to Hoboken Family Alliance.

Bright Horizons Saturday Family Fun Series

At Bright Horizons® we strive to grow young readers, scientists, artists, and explorers who are engaged and curious. We invite your family to join us once a month for our Family Fun events. Each event focuses on a different area of our curriculum. You can expect fun-filled family time in our center that is designed for discovery, exploration, learning and fun! Children of all ages are welcome.

Saturday Family Fun Series Events are from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • December 3rd- Community Service Day
  • January 7th- Move & Groove Dance Party
  • February 4th- STEM Discovery Day
  • March 4th- Literacy Luau
  • April 1st- Spring Planting Party

Please RSVP for any and all of the events you will be attending at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/saturdayfamilyfun

5 locations to have fun and explore!

Bright Horizons at Maxwell Place
1155 Maxwell Lane, Hoboken

Bright Horizons at Maxwell Lane
1102 Maxwell Place, Hoboken

Bright Horizons at Sinatra Drive
366 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken

Bright Horizons at Plaza 3
152 Plaza 3, Jersey City

Bright Horizons at Lincoln Harbor
1000 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken


Sugarsuckle Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshops

Sugarsuckle hosts cookie decorating workshops!  Join us for a fun and edible arts and crafts activity, where cookies and icing are the creative medium.

Every workshop is thoughtfully planned around a theme.  The cookies are baked ahead of time and the royal icing is pre-colored and filled into decorating bottles.

We will share the techniques used to decorate each cookie.  After each demo, everyone will practice on his/her own set of cookies.

Decorated cookies will be arranged in a gift box to take home and to share with family and friends.

All supplies are provided.  Age groups, locations, fees and number of seats may vary from one workshop to another. Registration is required to ensure that there are enough materials for each participant.  Please email us with any questions info@nullsugarsuckle.com


Theme: Holiday Ornaments
Date: Saturday, Dec 3
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Location: Hugs & Bugs Club
529 Willow Ave, Hoboken
Fee: $35 (25% sibling discount)
Ages 2.5-5

Theme: Meet Santa & Decorate Cookies
Date: Sunday, Dec 4
Time: 2 hr sessions starting at 10am
Location: Hudson’s House of Play
40 Riverwalk Place, West New York
Fee: $50

Theme: Gingerbread Cookies
Date: Saturday, Dec 17
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: Celebrate Life Studio
1200 Park Ave, Hoboken
Fee: $35 (15% sibling discount)
Ages 3+

Theme: Holiday Cookies (Adults Only)
Date: Thursday, Dec 15
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Hudson Paperie
312 Washington St, Hoboken
Fee: TBD


Hoboken Family Alliance 14th Annual Community Neighbor Awards Grants

The Hoboken Family Alliance is now accepting nominations for our 14th Annual Community Neighbor Awards to be granted in 2017 at our Cabin Fever Event at Brandt School, 215 9th Street, Hoboken, NJ  scheduled for February 26 , 2017.

Non-profit organizations may apply directly or be nominated by a member of the community.

Organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a tax-exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3).
  • Must serve children or families in Hudson County.
  • Request funding for a special project or program, not to cover administrative or operating expenses.
  • Award recipients (or representative) must attend the Cabin Fever Festival on Feb. 26, 2017  to receive their award.

Organizations must include the following information to be considered:

1. Summary of program or project, not to exceed two pages, including:

  • Concise description of program / project / services
  • Amount requested and total project cost
  • Immediate impact it will have on the community
  • Who it will benefit and how many people will be impacted
  • If project is partially funded, will project be implemented
  • Timetable
  • Measurement for success

2. Mission statement of the organization and a description of the client base and markets it serves.

3.Proof of 501(c)(3) designation & IRS Tax ID number.

4.Organization name, contact name, address and phone number  of the representative making the request.

5. Note: The final deadline for submission is 5 p.m.  Friday, December 9, 2016.

Award recipients will be chosen at the discretion of the HFA Board of Directors and only from those nominees that meet the grant criteria.

For submissions or more information on the Community Neighbor Awards , please contact, Michele Hulsman, HFA Philanthropy Director, at philanthropy@nullhobokenfamily.org.

We look forward to reviewing the nominations.

Note: Applications to support individuals, political activities or private foundations will not be accepted.

Preschool of Rock Winter Flurry Pop Ups – 2 Week Mini-Session – Beginning December 5th

All students will receive an official Preschool of Rock CD, Activity Booklet and Musical Instrument!


How Can You Manage A Family, If You Are Missing Out On Taking Care of You?

By Lisa M. Bruno, C.P.T., M.S. in Foods and Nutrition and Co-founder & Nutritionist at Work it Out Fitness Studios

Chances are that if you are reading this newsletter, you are the King or Queen of a busy household. You are juggling your kids’ academics, social calendar, family errands, and more. But the one thing that always falls to the wayside is your wellbeing.

A team is only as strong as its leader, and as a parent or head of a household you are the team leader. The habits you exude in your home will resonate with your children whether they admit they are watching or not. Building healthy habits does not have to be complicated; it can start with the basics.

As a foods and nutrition expert, it is hard to not jump into the basics of my favorite topic. Eating.

Starting to build healthy habits around food for you and your family, will not only energize you for the day, but it can also ensure that your long term health will be boosted; this is especially important as we creep into the Winter season.

Creating a plan for yourself to follow is daunting, so I took the legwork out of it for you. Instead, I scoured the shelves at our local Hoboken grocery stores and pulled together a quick and simple balanced meal plan to get you started.

What you will find below will include a balance of complex carbohydrates, which your body needs to maintain energy and will also increase your fiber consumption, plus lean proteins and plant-based proteins to help you feel fuller for longer and build lean body mass, along with healthy fats. The goal is to eat these three main food groups at each meal, and at least two of the food groups during your two snacks throughout the day.


1 egg on 1 slice regular bread

  • Suggestion: Dave’s Killer Bread
  • Health Benefit: High in protein and fiber to increase your satiety

1 apple with 1 tbs of a nut butter

Morning Snack

6 oz non-fat yogurt

  • Suggestion: Siggi’s Icelandic yogurt
  • Health benefit: There’s so many, but this might yogurt boasts 17-grams of protein for only 100-calories (plain flavor)


Build a Better Sandwich

  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 2-slices of oven baked, low sodium turkey
  • 1-slice low-fat cheese
  • Topped with your favorite vegetables (ex: tomato, baby spinach, 2-slices of avocado and red onion)

With a side of baby carrots (8-10), a sliced pear and 2-tbs of hummus

Afternoon Snack On-the-Go

A quick, healthy bar

  • Suggestion: Go Raw bar (Pumpkin Seed flavor)
  • Health benefit: Has 9-grams of protein, plus 5-grams of fiber

Evening Meal

4 oz baked chicken breast, boneless and skinless

2/3 cup cooked quinoa or millet tossed with sautéed zucchini and red peppers (1/2-cup cooked)

  • Suggestion: Bob’s Red Mill
  • Health benefit: Both are naturally gluten free for any gluten allergic family members. They are also a great source of a non-meat protein, between 8 – 22 grams per serving

2-cups of a side salad of your choice with a low-fat vinegar based dressing

Drink (water) All Day!  

Watch for sweetened beverages like Soda, Iced Tea and Fruit Juices. They can add 100+ calories to your daily intake and upwards of 16 packets of sugar in each serving.

Look to drink 64-oz of water per day. (8) eight ounce glasses.

The goal here isn’t too overwhelm you.

If making a full days change in how you are eating is too much, start with one meal or one snack, and each week change another meal or snack, until you implement the full day. Remember, healthy habits are built over time and small changes can be the most impactful.

To learn more about building healthy habits for you and your child, you’re invited to our free event on Thursday, Nov. 17th at our River Street studio from 7:30p – 9:00p. We will be partnering with Little Hoboken for a spirited panel discussion on how to build healthy, active kids. You’ll have a chance to hear more from me, my partner Noel Fiorentinos who was a former competitive gymnast, speech pathologist Cassie Mascari of Little Hoboken, and more experts. Plus we’ll be raffling off prizes and have discounts on our gymnastics program. We hope to see you there, and happy eating!

Meet Lisa Bruno! She is the co-founder and nutritionist at Work it Out Fitness Studios in Hoboken. She holds a B.S./M.S. in Foods & Nutrition, as well as a B.S. in Communications and her personal training certificate. Feel free to continue to learn more about nutrition with Lisa through Work it Out Nutrition by contacting her at lbruno@nullworkitoutgym.com and follow @WiOnutrition on Instagram.

More about Work it Out Fitness Studios! Located at 603 Willow Avenue and 5 Marine View Plaza, Work it Out hosts a variety of fitness classes including Ride, Toning, Barre, Pilates, Yoga and a proprietary style of class called Blended Ride, a mix of Ride and Toning in one. Along with fitness classes, they also host a popular and well-respected youth gymnastics program for children between the ages of 3 – 16 years old. For more information visit: workitoutgym.com and workitoutgymnastics.com. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @WiOwithus and @WiOgymnastics.