Count Down to Christmas with Bellie & Katrina

Count down the days ’til Christmas with us. Every day as we count down, we will offer a special promotion for that specific day. Check our FB Page daily to see what today’s holiday promotion will be. Share this holiday cheer with your friends too. Happy Holidays! xoxo- Bellie & Katrina

7th Annual HFA Toy & Pajama Drive for Local Children until Mon, Dec 22

The HOBOKEN FAMILY ALLIANCE (HFA) is launching a major toy and pajama drive for local children in need, within the age range 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 partnering with the nationally run Pajama Program to collect new pajamas and new books for homeless and needy 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. The Pajama Program, a 501(c)(3) charity, provides new pajamas and books to disadvantaged children, many of whom are waiting and hoping to be adopted.

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. Through the Pajama Program, 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 and are asking that all donated gifts be new and unwrapped please. Toys will be collected for ages infant to 17. 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:

100% of the amount donated 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 drives will run concurrently and have the same drop off locations:

When: Saturday Nov 29 – Monday, December 22
Where to Donate- 9 Locations:

  • Apple Montessori – 1055 Maxwell Lane (Hours: M-F 7:00am-7:00pm)
  • Baby Gap – 222 Washington St. (Hours: Mon- Sat 10a.m.- 7pm Sun 11-6pm)
  • Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington St (Hours: 11am-7pm)
  • Empire Realty- 407 Washington St.  (Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat & Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
  • New York Sports Club NORTH – 210 14 St  (Hours: 7:00am-7pm Daily)
  • PilsenerHaus & Biergarten – 1422 Grand St, Hoboken (Hours: Tues – Fri: 4pm-2 am, Sat & Sun: Noon to 2 am)
  • Work It Out Gym (2 locations)
    5 Marine View Plaza (2nd & River) – (Hours: 9 am-7pm weekdays, 9 am-1pm weekends)
    603 Willow Avenue – (Hours: 9 am-7pm weekdays, 9 am-1pm weekends)
  • Math Wizard 1200 Grand St # C-2 (Hours: Tues, Thu & Fri 4 pm to 7pm, Sat 10 am- 1 pm)

Any questions? – contact

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.

Hoboken Mommies & Pilsner Haus Celebrate the Holidays, December 14th (2-5pm)

Hoboken Mommies & Pilsner Haus Celebrate the Holidays, Sunday, December 14th (2-5pm)

Join us for this exciting event at the Pilsener Haus & Biergarten. Hoboken Mommies teamed up with Hoboken Family Alliance for our annual Toy Drive.  Every family is encouraged to bring a toy to donate!  Goodie for the little ones. Beer, wine and food specials offered from the Pilsener Haus.  Santa will be making a special visit!

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten 1422 Grand St Corner of 15th and Grand Streets.

Santa is coming to Bellie and Katrina, Saturday December 13th (12-4pm)

Santa is coming to Bellie and Katrina
Saturday December 13th (12-4pm)

Celebrate the holidays with Bellie and Katrina at their holiday event.  Join us for cookies, special promotions,  giveaways and more!  A picture with Santa ($10 donation) will help support the HFA Toy Drive.

Saturday December 13th (12-4pm)
Bellie & Katrina
159 4th Street

Math Wizard is Now a Registered Center for Math Kangaroo Competitive Exam!

We are writing to you to let you know about the exciting Math Kangaroo worldwide competitive Math contests in which an estimated 16,000 + children participate annually from around the world The test is administered in March every year. MathWizard of Hoboken is now a registered private center for taking the test right here in Hoboken! Here is a link to read up more about the contest and get some sample practice tests:

MathKangaroo website

If your students are interested in participating, SEE THE POSTER ATTACHED. Please contact us at the earliest with the name, address, email contact, phone number and grade of the student. We have 7 spots available and registration deadline has been extended to January 15th without any increase in fees.

Registration fee: $20 (payable via check to MathWizard of Hoboken at the time of registration – transmitted directly to MathKangaroo)
Center: Hoboken MathWizard (1200 Grand St., C-2, Hoboken, NJ 07086)
Deadline: January 14th, 12 pm.
Required information (for non MathWizard students): Name, Address, Grade, phone and email contact.
Optional: 10 week Preparation bootcamp starts @ Hoboken MathWizard: January 15th, 2015 (enrollments accepted till January 10th, 2015)
Cost: $200

MathWizard will be happy to conduct tailored private MathKangaroo customized 10 week bootcamp to prepare for the contest at a special rate of $200 per student for the bootcamp. If this is something you would like to enroll in please contact us asap and bootcamps will commence on Jan 15th once enrollments for the competition are closed.

So sign up today for the contest – only 7 limited spots available as of today!!

201-253-5522 (c)
201-683-5045 (land)
MathWizard of Hoboken
1200 Grand St., C-2, Hoboken
(Corner of 13th and Grand)
Center Hours: Mon, Wed: 5-8 pm; Tu, Th, Fr: 4-8 pm; Sat: 10-1


“A Hoboken Tale” at Garden Street School of the Performing Arts

Come See…
“A Hoboken Tale “
Children’s Tickets are FREE
(reserve in advance

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts Presents…  “A Hoboken Tale”

A Hoboken Tale is an original musical written by studio owner, Dan McLoughlin and is a timeless tale based on Hoboken and it’s residents. Through the magic of Mr. Fabrini’s shop discover a new world of treasures and wonders that only your imagination can behold. Incredible music and sensational songs help tell this timeless tale. Join us for our 3rd Annual Production of A Hoboken Tale. Directed by Lisa Capps.

Friday Dec 12th at 8pm
Saturday Dec 13th at 7pm
Sunday Dec 14th at 5pm

Tickets are $12

The show is FREE for children ages 8 years old and younger.

To purchase your tickets email

HFA Holiday Party, Thursday, December 11th, 3-5pm

Join us for the HFA Holiday Party on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 3-5 p.m at Maxwell’s Tavern, 1039 Washington St, Hoboken. The HFA has teamed up again with Michael Napolitano from Preschool of Rock to host the ultimate rockin’ holiday party in town! Join us as we make those jingle bells rock. Sweets and treats for all, and a special appearance by Santa Claus! The event is free for all HFA members, $5 for non-members. Please bring a new unwrapped toy or pajamas for HFA’s Annual Toy & Pajama Drive to help spread holiday cheer to families in need. It’s sure to be a dashing, dancing, prancing good time.

Sponsored by Bright Horizons

Puppet Video Workshop

January 2015

Two-day workshop at the Heap
For Ages 9-11 (Space is limited)
Date: Two Saturdays, January 17th & 24th, 2015
When: Morning Session 9am-12pm OR Afternoon Session 1pm-4pm
Where: Puppet Heap (In the Monroe Center)
Address: 720 Monroe Street, Studio C202, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Fee: $150 (All materials included)

Petunia Applegate, teacher’s pet and intrepid investigative reporter, is on the scene to find out just what goes on in the mind of the classroom pet. What do goldfish think about all day? Why do snakes keep sticking their tongues out at everyone? What are the gerbils hiding in all those wood chips?

Now you can help Petunia answer these questions and many more by participating in Puppet Heap’s Puppet Video Workshop: The Pet Report!

Guided by professional puppeteers, you will design and build your very own puppet character, a classroom pet, and learn puppeteering techniques used for television and film. With your new performance skills and your puppet creation, you will participate in our group production “The Pet Report!” which will be broadcast online so you can share it with family and friends. Register soon and don’t miss your chance to show the world what life is really like for a classroom pet!

We recommend your child bring a snack and a water bottle.

Contact:; (201)222-1014



The Hoboken City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th has been rescheduled to Monday, December 15th due to the forecast for inclement weather. The event will take place starting at 5:00pm outside in front of Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Local school children & performers will sing favorite Christmas songs with Host & MC, Elvis the Elf along with a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Kick & Play Winter Deal

Kick & Play, brought to you by the creators of Super Soccer Stars, is a parent-child pre-soccer and movement program specifically designed for toddlers between 12 and 24 months. Individual attention, positive reinforcement, and engaging music help to develop pre-soccer skills that will have your toddlers learning to balance, run, kick and play – all while having a blast! Winter classes starting this January, 2015! Get $25 off now until January 31st, 2015 when you enroll for the winter! Use promo code HFAWIN15. Contact: ; 212-877-5425.