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    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.

    We are so glad to be conducting this for the 10th consecutive year!

    Every gift, no matter the size helps spread love, joy & hope to children each year.

    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.

    2 Drives:

    1) Pajama and Book Program 

    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. We'll provide 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.

    You can make a difference by donating today.  If you’d like to contribute, we have 2 ways to do so:

    A) 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.**

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

    When: Friday, December 1 - Friday, December 22 (unless different date listed below)

    Where to Donate- 7 Locations:

    • Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street (Mon-Sat 10-7pm, Sun 11-6) – Drive will end here on Dec 23 *
    • Little City Books 100 Bloomfield Street (Tues – Sat 10 to 8, Sun 10 – 6, Mon 10 – 7)
    • Apple Montessori,1055 Maxwell Lane (M-F 7am-7pm)- Drive ends here on Dec 20 *
    • 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)

    Teen gifts are also needed. Teen items requested are:

    • Sports equipment: Baseballs & Gloves, Basketball, Footballs, Soccer Balls, Tennis Racquets & Tennis Balls, etc.
    • Art supplies: Colored pencils, Paint brushes, sketch pads
    • Games: Board Games, card games
    • Jewelry & purses
    • Journals
    • Movie Passes
    • Gift Cards (Dunkin' Donuts, Game Stop, Panera, Mc Donald's, Old Navy, H&M, Starbucks, etc)
    • Makeup, lotion, perfume
    • Hats, gloves, socks & Scarves
    • Warm clothing



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

    Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017
    Time: KICKOFF PARTY is from 11-2, but store is open from 10-8pm
    Location: Big Fun Toys  602 Washington St, Hoboken

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

    • Free Holiday Face Painting
    • Games
    • Discounts
    • Prizes
    • Exciting Holiday Toy Demonstrations
    • Biggest Sale of the Year -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).

  • 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




  • 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).


    At Children’s Art Therapy, we use art materials to express ourselves!  IMG_1740.jpg
    Children’s Art Therapy uses various art techniques and materials to explore feelings, develop social skills, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem, as well as simply learning to enjoy the art process and all it has to offer. Art opens the doors to communication in a non-threatening way, allowing great success for all!

    Please visit our website at www.childrensarttherapy.com
    For more information about art therapy.

    Below is our Summer Schedule happening at Celebrate Life Studio, 1200 Park Avenue in Hoboken! Our 4-week groups begin the second week of July and end the first week in August- a great way to check us out and see what art therapy is all about!
    Space is limited.

    Tuesdays (July 12th, 19th, 26th and August 2nd):
    9:30 - 10:20: Ages 2-4, Mommy or Daddy and Me group
    3:30 - 4:20: Ages 4-6, Art Therapy group
    4:45 - 5:35: Ages 6-8, Art Therapy group

    Thursdays (July 14th, 21st, 28th and August 4th):
    2:30 - 3:20: Ages 4-6, Art Therapy group

    All 4-week sessions are being offered for $200 (10% discount for siblings).
    If you don't see a time OR age group that works for you please contact us for other possibilities!

    Contact Jodi Goldberg to register at jodigoldberg@nullchildrensarttherapy.com

  • Happy 12th Birthday to the Roo!….

    Happy Birthday to You!


    This month marks 12 years since Romparoo opened its doors for business in Hoboken- WOW!

    We are proud to stand as the oldest children's play center in Hoboken!

    *** Special July Birthday Offer ***

    As a thank you to YOU for being with us for 12 years (and counting!), we're offering 12% off ALL newly purchased Romparoo classes and packages through JULY 31.  This includes both summer and fall classes and Birthday parties!  Summer classes can be prorated and there is still space left in Summer Camp!

    537 Park Ave

  • Brunch with ELSA from Frozen! Saturday at Mikie Squared Bar & Grill

    Back by popular demand!

    ELSA is in Hoboken and she is coming to

    Mikie Squared Bar & Grill, for BRUNCH

    She is looking forward to meeting everyone, having fun and giving out treats!!

    ELSA will pose for pictures so bring your camera.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Mikie Squared Bar & Grill

  • 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