• Hoboken Family Alliance 15th Annual Community Neighbor Awards Grants

    Hoboken Family Alliance 15th Annual Community Neighbor Awards Grants

    The Hoboken Family Alliance is now accepting nominations for our 15th Annual Community Neighbor Awards to be granted in 2018 at our Cabin Fever Event - Location & Date TBD.

    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  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
    • 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.  Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

    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.

  • Hudson Theatre Ensemble Silly on Sixth Children’s Series presents Sing Me A Story with Sue!

    Hudson Theatre Ensemble Silly on Sixth Children’s Series presents

    Sing Me A Story with Sue!

    Loads of fun – original songs, familiar favorites, singalongs, costumes, puppets, instruments
    Lots of Audience Participation

    Performances at Hudson School Performance Space 601 Park Ave., Hoboken on:

    Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1pm and 3pm
    Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 11am and 1pm

    (4 performances - Show runs about 40 minutes – perfect for children 2 to 10)

    All tickets $10.00.

    Reservations: 201-377-7014 or reservations@nullhudsontheatreensemble.com

    And if your child has a November birthday, what an easy way to celebrate by incorporating Silly on Sixth into your birthday plans! The entire audience will sing Happy Birthday to your darling child; your group has a wonderful time seeing Sing Me A Story with Sue! the kids meet the actors after the show, and you can take photos of your child with the actors; then off you go to one of Hoboken's many family-friendly eateries to continue the festivities. Just call Florence for details at 201-377-7014.

    Here’s what Broadway World says about our ensemble: “Kid's theater with a positive message is amazing. In the hands of the incredible Hudson Theatre Ensemble's Silly on Sixth, children's theater is a passionate alchemy of creativity and craftiness to be treasured.”

    And New Jersey Stage exclaims: “Silly on Sixth consistently produces delightful, charming shows that entrance and entertain their core audience of kids three to one hundred and three. There is no pandering to the audience. These skillful actors engage the young audience rapturously. Spend a richly deserved hour with Silly on Sixth. For parents this is an entertaining, safe time, without the laugh track of television but the values you may want your children to embrace.”

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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.