Step Away from the Parks to Cool Off

What a long long winter. Even now, it is still chilly at night. But, the weather is turning for my favorite season, summer.

I find that in the summer, I prefer to get to the parks earlier in the morning to beat the heat and go to classes in the afternoon simply to avoid melting. A great option, is Mimi Kids Yoga.

Tumblin’ Tots is a favorite of mine. Ilsli, one of Mimi’s famous teachers, teaches a fun-filled action-packed class that includes the best of gymnastics and will help your child learn to roll, tuck and tumble. Kids not only build strength and muscle tone but confidence and coordination. Your child will be running and balancing and most likely ready for a good night sleep after.

Oh and don’t forget the foot rub. I have never seen so many kids sit so still (and quiet) while patiently waiting for some relaxation. I guess Octonaut and Backyardigan watching can be a little high stress.

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

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It’s finally May which means it’s almost summer, my favorite time of year. and if it’s May in Hoboken, that means its time to hit the streets and enjoy the weather with the Arts & Music Festival.

Don’t forget to stop by the Class Dash tent this Sunday form 11am to 6pm and bring a friend. We can’t wait to meet each of you and hear your suggestions.

Rockin Preschool

Recently, I stopped in to Preschool of Rock at Local Barre with Jared.  Wow.  What a fun and engaging class. I hate the word engaging, but he was engaging. He played the entire class with a smile plastered on his face and the kids had the best time.

I had both my kids and they were both having a great time. The music and the energy in the room were over the top. The class is perfect for all ages and really older kids can have just as much fun as the little ones, if not more.

The intimate setting made it seem like a personal concert but really my favorite part was Jared. He just loves teaching kids and it comes through. Towards the end, he showed the kids how to use a big drum, explained its background and let each kid explore in their own way. (I can’t remember the name of the drum but I bet my 5 year old can.)

My son in his typical run in circles mode actually sat down and listened to some music in between his circle running. And my daughter, as usual, was mad that “she hasn’t been to this class in so long.” That teaches me to let her tag along.

Preschool of Rock has always been a favorite with my kids. They have taken class with Michael and seen his shows at lots of local events. He knows my kids by name and always has them cracking up. Now, Jared is a new favorite for them too.

Taxi Addiction

Hoboken Aardvarks has always been a favorite for both my kids.  “Taxi Taxi Taxi” is often belted by my kids and embarrassingly enough, I have left the music on in my car without any kids nearby for longer than I care to admit. The songs are just so catchy.  (It’s not like I am singing along.)

My daughter took the class when Adam first came to Hoboken. It was so much fun and made me realize that the mommy and me world just might not need to be feared. There were plenty of classes offered throughout the week, so I was able to find one that worked for my schedule and her nap schedule.

She took Aardvarks for a long time and never grew bored of it. The class was relevant for her at all different ages. Whether she was sitting or dancing with a friend, she always had a great time and always had a request for Adam.

Even now at 5, when she tags along to her little brother’s class, she loves it. She often asks if she can go to his class since she “hasn’t been in a while” or gets mad when he has one and she missed it.

I thought my son might not like it since he is a typical, active (read: wild) boy.  He, of course, takes away a different element from the energetic classes. If you let him, he can run in circles the entire time while coaxing another kid into chasing him.

But, I really knew he was addicted when we drove somewhat near Adventures in Learning and he was pointing, mumbling Aardvarks and pouting when he realized I wasn’t stopping. I recently rerouted my driving.

Drop in and Drum

Trying to avoid going stir crazy, I stopped into Guitar Bar, Jr. last week for Little RocknRollers Mixed Ages.

Little RocknRollers is a fun, educational, and rockin’ musical experience gives children a chance to shake, drum, dance and strum together with their friends. What a great class. Karen runs the energetic class by using songs from Wheels on the Bus straight through to Yellow Submarine.

Both my kids had fun trying out their very own guitar, ukulele and drum. I couldn’t figure out who had more fun during class.  (Probably my daughter when she got her hands on the coveted silver guitar she was eyeing from the beginning of class.)

The energy at Guitar Bar, Jr was perfect. All the kids in the room were engaged and were able to try all sorts of different instruments.

And before class closed, they were able to choose what instrument they wanted to play with during a lively jam session. Karen kept each child interested and when class was over no one wanted to leave.

Little RocknRollers is a series of classes offering classes for infants to 4 year olds. Guitar Bar, Jr.  allows drop-ins for all classes. Good to know as the weather gets nice and classes and park time compete.  Just call to be sure there is space.

We will be back soon for sure.

 

Bringing my Monkey to the Barre

I kept hearing just how great these barre classes were but didn’t understand why.  I am a runner and do yoga and just didn’t get all this barre business.

They had babysitting at Local Barre so I packed up the baby and headed to Maxwell Place for Monkey Barre.

Walking into Local Barre was like a vacation. The studio is gorgeous. I fell in love immediately with the luxurious feel to the studio including the cool bathroom. I signed in. Bought some special socks for class and was on my way.

Now I just hoped I could make it through class.

After putting away my coat and stroller and getting organized, I brought my baby to the babysitter. The room was clean and neat. As I left, he didn’t even notice I was gone.

The class is a fusion of ballet fundamentals, core conditioning, yoga and stretching and if that is not enough add in some weights and ballet barre. Ballet barre is a set of exercises facing the mirror and using a ballet barre that engage the largest muscle groups  – think butt and legs.

Classes are open to all levels thankfully because I was terrible at it and needed to watch what everyone was doing. Don’t be fooled the targeted micro movements are hard and during the 60 minute you are moving the entire time. Even if the teacher isn’t sweaty, you will be. Do this a few times a week and you will be back in your skinny jeans in no time.

Local Barre also offers a BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) class for babies 6 months and younger.

Beware 16 Handles is just steps away from Local Barre.

It’s Minutes Away

It’s so close.

It’s almost here.

No not Anthropologie and Baby Gap but spring. Although the implications of the new stores seem to be what everyone is talking about. Did you see that sign? It’s official.

I love spring. Not only does it lead to summer but it also makes doing everything so much better in Hoboken and Jersey City.

I can walk to the gym after school drop off and follow that up with a stop for my much needed caffeine fix at Empire Coffee before heading to a class for my son.

Puppetonia is one of my 2 year olds’ favorite classes in town. He can barely walk down Washington Street without almost diving out of his stroller wanting to see Mary and her friends and what they are up to. I am not sure if he is addicted to the story lines, the bubbles, the free play with Roxy Boxy, the fun dancing or the actors who know his name when he walks in. (Just like Cheers.) All I know is that he loves it and he makes it clear he wants to go.

There is a forecast for snow in the next few days but I am ready for spring and short sleeves.

When are you moving to a “real” town?

Many of my suburban friends are baffled that we have stayed in Hoboken for – sheesh – so long. How can we live in such a tiny space with 2 kids? How do I get my child to school? Where do I park my car? When are you going to finally move out?

Well we haven’t yet. My family of 4 loves Hoboken for all that it offers.

Walking EVERYWHERE and probably driving more often than necessary in a square mile town.  So many parks (with or without the constant drama surrounding them.) Easy commute to city and airport and my treasured shore.  Restaurants and shopping – although having a Lululemon in JC or Hoboken would seal the deal.  A zillion activities and classes for kids. The novelty of walking into Carlo’s ahead of everyone in line. Unplanned meet ups with friends constantly.  All the coffee shops knowing my order (which presents its own problem.) Oh and did I mention the gym?

Hoboken is incredible.  Sure the spaces are small and finding a three bedroom with a backyard, central AC and parking is a feat but we aren’t ready to leave. Not today at least. We have gotten really good at being creative in our living space and tossing unloved toys way sooner than our kids would like.

Staying in Hoboken has enabled my kids to grow up in a diverse town where a playdate happens anytime we walk into a park and the children’s classes are above and beyond.

And for all the suburbanites, don’t worry we still have Target 5 minutes away and apparently a Baby Gap in the works.