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  • HFA All Schools Open House, Thursday, Oct. 26th, 2017, 5-8 pm

    HFA All Schools Open House

    On October 26, Hoboken Family Alliance will host its 13th Annual All Schools Open House. Approximately 30 participating schools (see list below), including public, private, parochial, religious and charter schools, will present their information to families. From daycares to high schools please come to evaluate your child’s care and education all under one roof. New this year - Stevens Institute of Technology will also have a table! Parents will leave with a 2017 School Information Grid, which summarizes the school options in one convenient handout.

    Parents will have the opportunity to visit all these schools in one location and receive valuable information summarizing the various programs – age requirements, tuition (if applicable), registration and application deadlines, and any other questions you may have. School grades will be identified so that parents can focus on what schools make sense for their family’s needs.

    13th Annual HFA All Schools Open House
    Thursday, October 26th, 2017
    5pm to 8pm
    Hoboken High School Gym (800 Clinton Street)
    Entry is Free for HFA Members; $10 for Non-Members

    Proceeds to this event go to the HFA’s Scholarship Program.

    Platinum Sponsors

    Bright HorizonsSmart Start Academy

    Gold Sponsor


    Kiddie Academy

    Silver Sponsor

    Hoboken Montessori

    Schools Attending:

    All Saints Episcopal Day School
    Apple Montessori School
    Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool
    Dwight-Englewood School
    Elysian Charter School
    French American Academy
    Garden Preschool Cooperative
    Hoboken Catholic Academy
    Hoboken Charter School
    Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HOLA)
    Hoboken Montessori School
    Hoboken Public Schools (main contact in Superintendent Office)
    Hoboken Public Schools: Brandt Primary (K) & Early Education Program (PreK)
    Hoboken Public Schools: Calabro Elementary School
    Hoboken Public Schools: Connors Elementary School
    Hoboken Public Schools: Hoboken Jr/Sr High School
    Hoboken Public Schools: Wallace Elementary School
    Hoboken Public Schools: HECAC (Hoboken Early Childhood Advisory Council)
    HOPES Cap, Inc. (preschool provider)
    Kaplan Cooperative Preschool
    Kiddie Academy of Hoboken
    Mile Square Early Learning Center (preschool provider)
    Park Prep Academy
    Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County
    Tessa International School
    The Elisabeth Morrow School
    The Ethical Community Charter School
    The Hudson School
    The Scandinavian School
    Waterfront Montessori
    My Little Gan

  • PLAYFAIR NYC- $10 off for HFA members

    Play Fair
    , presented by Toys R Us & SpinMaster and created by the Toy Industry Association, is a family event focusing on Play and Family Entertainment.

    Play Fair is a celebration of play and entertainment for all ages. It’s an immersive, experience-rich event for children, parents, families, and teenage and adult fans. With hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives, attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow!

    We are offering HFA families $10 off EACH ticket to Play Fair when they buy tickets at http://www.playfairny.com/ with code: HOBFAM17

    • Located at the :
      Javits Center
      655 W 34th St
      New York, NY 10001

      Play Fair is Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th, 2017. Each day has an AM and PM session.

      10 AM to 2 PM – AM Session
      3 PM to 7 PM – PM Session

      SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5th: 
      10 AM to 2 PM – AM Session
      3 PM to 7 PM – PM Session
    See you at Play Fair!
    *Offer valid on new purchases only. All sales are final and schedule is subject to change.

  • NJMOM Baby Expo, HFA Discount code

    NJMOM Baby Expo
    Novermber 5, 2017
    W Hotel
    10am - 2pm

    HFA Discount code "HFA5" for $5 off tickets!

    Calling all expecting and new Hoboken moms!
    The NJMOM Baby Expo, presented by NJMOM, is an exclusive event for expectant and new parents in the greater New Jersey area on November 5, 2017 at the W Hoboken. Test, shop & learn about everything you need to know to step into parenthood with ease with 60+ baby and toddler brands showcasing the best in baby gear & accessories, local services and more. Sample products from exhibitors, attend educational seminars & workshops, win over $25k in giveaways, receive VIP gift bags and get pampered while enjoying healthy bites and mocktails in a relaxed setting at the W Hoboken.

    URL: www.njbabyexpo.com

    Here are a few things you’ll find at the NJMOM Baby Expo:

    • Over 60 Premium Baby & Toddler Brands: The NJMOM Baby Expo has all of the top baby brands on site to see and test the new products for 2017/2018 and much more! Stroller demos, car seat instillation, and our favorite gear and gadgets. Get the inside scoop from our Baby Gear experts and much more.
    • Expert Advice: From Pediatricians and Midwives, to Baby Gear Experts and Nursery Designers, you’ll receive full access to educational seminars in your ticket price.
    • Gift Bags, Giveaways & One-Day-Only Deals: Raffles and giveaways will provide several lucky attendees a chance to win some of our FAVORITE products! Our VIP gift bags will go home with the first 250 parents to register for a VIP ticket. Best of all, many of our vendors will be offering one-day-only specials, discounts and gifts with purchase throughout the day. One lucky attendee will win the Ultimate Expectant #NJMOM Giveaway including a babymoon at the W Hoboken!Other Special Sections Include:
    • Pampering Station
    • Natural Parenting
    • Healthy Bites, Sweet Treats and Mocktails
    • NJMOM Influencer Lounge
    • And more!

  • Education Programs Galore for Kids and Families at the Hoboken Museum!

    Education Programs Galore for Kids and Families at the Hoboken Museum!
    Education Curator Maria Lara has a busy fall planned for local families -- mark these dates in your calendars, and share with your friends who have kids.

    • Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 4, area teachers are invited to a free after-school Educators Open House, 3:30 - 6 pm, at the Museum, 1301 Hudson St. Learn about the Museum's new WWI Exhibit-themed education programs, our ongoing education programs tailored for different age groups, and other resources for teachers. Learn more
    • New times for Storytimes! Thursday Storytime at the Museum moves to 2 separate sessions, at 10 am and 11 am, starting this week. Pre-registration is required and links will be posted for each session on the Museum's website on Wednesday at 10 am. Sunday Storytime at the Fire Department Museum is moving to 1:30 pm each week. No registration is required.  Learn more
    • Fall Family Fun Day, Sunday, Oct. 15 from noon - 4 pm, is a great afternoon filled with hands-on, all-ages fun, including crafts, games, refreshments and live entertainment. All are invited, kids, parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents! Musician and entertainer Ron Albanese, aka Polka Dot, will play fun songs at 1 and 2 pm. The program is free, thanks to our Family Sponsor, Macy's. Learn more
    • Starting Friday, Oct. 27, the Museum is introducing a new family program: Kids Night at the Museum! Kids ages 5 and older can ditch their parents for three hours, 6 - 9 pm, and enjoy crafts, snacks and a fun movie at the Museum, starting with the popular "Night at the Museum," starring Ben Stiller as a night guard who witnesses supernatural phenomena at the Museum of Natural History in New York. Two other nights are planned, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1. Reservations are required, and sign-up links are posted on the Museum's Calendar page. The cost is $25 per child, $20 for members' children (members, please call or email Education Curator Maria Lara at 201-656-2240 or education@nullhobokenmuseum.org for the code). Learn more

    Mark Your Calendars for More Seasonal Fun:

    • Saturday, Nov. 18 is Living History Day at the Museum! From 12 - 3 pm, experience the WWI era brought to life by historic re-enactors in full period costume. Explore the Museum, meet a WWI doughboy, handle historic military gear, and make war-related crafts.
    • Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 pm, catch the holiday spirit at our rollicking annual Kids Holiday Concert, a fun, family-friendly sing-along led by Dave Lambert and Howard Olah-Reiken in the Assembly Room on the 2nd floor of the Hoboken Fire Department Museum, 213 Bloomfield St. All ages are welcome (please note: the second floor is not handicap accessible). For information, please call the Hoboken Museum at 201-656-2240. Free! This program is supported by our Family Sponsor, Macy's.

  • Secaucus Gluten Free Expo – Oct 14 & 15, 2017

    The Expo hours are Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3pm. A single day pass will work for either day of the event.

    The GFAF Expos are the greatest events on earth for those living a gluten-free or allergen-friendly lifestyle. Attendees can sample hundreds of products, meet with local & national brands, receive coupons, and attend informative presentations by top-notch speakers. The Expos are a fun, family-friendly, educational & safe place made just for you!

    What do you get with your Expo Ticket?

    • Entry into the vendor fair with 100+ exhibiting brands
    • Coupons from the best gluten-free & allergen-friendly brands
    • FREE samples from exhibitors- baked goods, pizza, healthy options & more
    • Discounted products available for purchase
    • Informative classes related to the gluten-free & allergen-friendly lifestyle
    • Free reusable bag to carry your goodies
    • The chance to meet your favorite brands, restaurants, authors & bloggers

    *All sales are final. No refunds.

    GFAF Expo Sponsored by Udi's Gluten Free & Glutino. Gluten & Nut Free Area Presented by Enjoy Life Foods.


    NJ 20% off through 10/13:  https://www.eventbrite. com/e/secaucus-gluten-free-allergen-friendly-expo-oct-14-15- tickets-29824415630?discount= ADVANCE

  • HFA Seventh Annual Back to School Supplies Drive

    The Hoboken Family Alliance is hosting our 7th Annual Back to School Supplies Drive
    August 1 to September 16, 2017 to benefit children in need within Hudson County.

    HFA is committed to helping children succeed by ensuring every young person is ready to learn. Children living at or below the poverty line will find it difficult to get enough to eat this summer as their parents struggle to keep the lights on and make rent – they simply cannot afford to buy backpacks and school supplies.

    Our backpack and school supply donations will go to children in need from the following organizations: In Jesus Names Charities, Division of Youth Family Services (DYFS) and York Street Project.

    What’s Needed: NEW Backpacks (Unisex backpacks are preferred if possible), lunch boxes, pencils, pens, pink erasers, two-pocket folders, binders, loose-leaf paper (wide rule), notebooks (both spiral & composition), scientific calculators, protractors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, calculators, rulers, pencil sharpeners with cover, pencil cases, glue sticks, scissors, index cards, etc.  Flash drives are also requested for the older children.

    Two options are available:  1) Pay Pal Donations or 2) Drop off Donations

    If you choose to drop off donations, we will have a drop box at Big Fun Toys. They will be selling backpacks and some school supplies too.

    DROP OFF: Tuesday, August 1 to Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street, Hoboken (Mon-Sat. 10-7pm, Sun . 11-6 pm )

    Your HFA CARD will provide a 10% discount off any purchase over $25 - www.bigfuntoys.com Also ask about the Big Fun Toy Rewards Program!

    FINANCIAL DONATION: If you prefer to financially donate, your donation of $25 will provide one backpack for a child, stocked with essential supplies. Cash donations are encouraged because HFA’s non-profit status allows it to purchase items without paying 7% sales tax.

    If you are making a monetary donation, a tax receipt will be automatically generated.

    If a child is prepared for the first day of school with a backpack and the right school supplies, the child will have the confidence to work towards having a successful school year.

    With your partnership, we will be able to accomplish this together. For more information, contact Michele at philanthropy@nullhobokenfamily.org

    Have a Great School Year!  Thank you.

  • Preschool of Rock Back to School Events

    Back to School is not just for big kids!

    Preschool of Rock, celebrating their 10th anniversary this winter, is offering a series of free back to school
    events for babies, toddlers and their parents!

    Events are being held on the mornings of September 11th through the 15th in various locations throughout
    New Jersey.

    New to music classes, or already a fan, everyone is welcome!

    What to expect? A free show by Preschool of Rock with giveaways and other special treats! All new families
    who attend receive a $25 coupon to use for Preschool of Rock services.

    Register here (Back to School tab): http://bit.ly/porbacktoschool
    Call Preschool of Rock here: 732.205.1971

    Locations participating in this wonderful Back to School event are:

    • Monroe Street Movement Space (Midtown Hoboken) 9/12/13 @ 10:00am
    • FitRxN (Downtown Hoboken) 9/13/17 @ 10:00am
    • Urban Jungle Play (Uptown Hoboken) - 9/13/17 @ 3:30pm

    Preschool of Rock is the original Rock-n-Roll music class for kids.

    What makes Preschool of Rock so special? Energy!

    The classes, where the teacher never sits, but actively engages the children by walking, singing and rocking
    out the entire 45 minutes, are a high energy experience where children make new friends and bond with their
    parents or caregivers.

    What do they do? The children experience a new instrument each week and have the opportunity to explore a
    variety of instruments throughout the class. Drumming is second nature in the classes. The children have the
    opportunity to play the Djembe drum every day as well as receiving other percussive instruments to rock out

    Come join the fun for the best 45 minutes of your week!

  • Apple Montessori Schools Open House, Friday Aug. 25th

    Join our Preschool Open House
    Ages 6 weeks to 6 years
    Friday August 25th
    9-11 am & 1-3 pm
    1055 Maxwell Lane, Hoboken

    We welcome you and your child to join our Open House to find out why parents voted Apple Most Loved Preschool. Family owned Apple makes the most of the critical early learning years from birth to age 6 by fostering your child’s unique potential, at his or her own pace. Our programs are child-inspired and research-proven.
    ·         Learn what the “whole child” approach means for your child
    ·         Meet our team of nurturing educators who love what they do
    ·         Discover what sets Apple Montessori apart
    ·         Tour our safety-certified school
    ·         Invite your child to experience Montessori in action  
    RSVP: hoboken@nullapplemontessorischools.com
    Learn more: https://www.applemontessorischools.com/august-open-house/

  • Hoboken National Night Out – Tuesday August 1, 2017

    Hoboken National Night Out!

    Church Square Park onTuesday evening

    On Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante along with the Hoboken Police Department will be hosting Hoboken’s annual National Night Out at Church Square Park from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


    National Night Out is a nationwide event that allows community workers to give back to their community. The goals of National Night Out are to :

    1) heighten crime and drug awareness;

    2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;

    3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnership;

    4) send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

    This year, HPD would like to see more of the Hoboken Community involved in this event.

    If you are a local business or organization who wishes to participate in the parade, or the festivities, please contact either Sergeant Melissa Gigante at gigantem@nullhobokenpd.org or Officer Daniel Simone at simoneda@nullhobokenpd.org. Let's make our community safer, stronger and more unified than ever before.