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Check Out Kidoolo….A GREAT New Kid’s Party Place in Springfield!

A Party Place Like No Other!

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There’s a new PARTY PLACE in Springfield, and it’s just what the doctor–okay, the kids–ordered! I had my assistant Christine check out the space with her two children ages 7 and 6, since mine are a wee bit too old for this spot, and her kids are already begging to go back!

Kidoolo (pronounced KID-uh-loo) opened on Route 22 in Springfield this past fall. Owned by husband-and-wife team Trish Stephens and Marc Turner of Westfield, Kidoolo doesn’t look like any other party place in our area. You won’t be accosted by crazy, swirly, brightly colored patterns on the walls and carpets when you enter. The interior design of Kidoolo is sleek and modern, clean as a whistle, and actually pleasant for parents to look at. Christine said, “I found myself asking where they got the cool leather benches for parents to sit on!”

There is a main sitting area for parents, with an adjacent “bar” where you can order light snacks and beverages. When Christine and her family were visiting, they were offered free ice water, which was a nice touch. Off the main lobby are our different play areas:

  • A climbing structure and toys.
  • An interactive dance floor area (not a separate room) featuring games projected onto the floor and a twinkling disco ball above.
  • A state-of-the-art laser tag arena, styled to look like New York City.
  • A video game room with 8 flat-screen TVs, various game consoles with tons of games, and bench seating, similar to the interior of a Game Truck.

Kidoolo was Trish’s vision, after receiving her MBA and working for 20 years in business and marketing for such companies as Nickelodeon. Trish said, “I  saw a void in the market when I was s earching for great kids’ play venues that provided awesome parties that weren’t overly crowded and were a little swanky . Also based on families hectic schedules, I wanted to offer exceptional services that made party planning stress free and extremely easy.”

 

Christine’s kids were able to play in all but the video game room, which wasn’t operating at that time. Christine said, “My kids actually did play on the climbing structure for a few minutes, but I would definitely say it’s best suited for children under age six. It’s a great spot for younger siblings to play while older siblings enjoy the other play areas.” 

She went on, “The dance floor was a lot of fun for my kids–they’ve seen this at other indoor play areas, but this one was actually working correctly, whereas similar floors at other locales seem not to work as well. They even played a successful faux soccer game!”

Kidoolo According to Christine, laser tag was the biggest hit with her family. “We were ALL dripping sweat and cracking up by the end of it; we had the best time doing it together as a family. The room is very dark, lighted by black lights, with lots of New York landmarks and buildings to hid behind, and it looks really snazzy. Music and sound effects blast through while you’re playing. All of our laser guns worked perfectly, which I imagine could be a concern. My daughter was a little scared at first because of the darkness and the loudness, and the manager was kind enough to turn the sound down for us! Each laser tag game lasts 8 minutes. You can purchase just one game, or an hour of games, which is what we did.” 

With a private party room on site and various all-inclusive theme party packages, Kidoolo seems like a terrific choice for any kid’s birthday celebration. A great way to check out the facilities before you book a party is to bring your kids for open play or open laser tag. Open Play (which only includes the climbing structure and dance floor) is held Tuesday through Thursday from 10am-4pm, Fridays from 10am-8-m, and Saturdays during select hours as listed the Kidoolo Facebook page (@Kidoolo). Laser Tag is available Friday evenings and select Saturday hours as listed on Facebook. 

Look out for a GRAND OPENING event on Saturday, January 28 from 12:30-3pm! 

For more information about Kidoolo, visit their website at http://www.kidooloplay.com.

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Some of Our Favorite Spots to Watch FOOTBALL!!

It’s FOOTBALL SEASON, folks! And sure, some of you might have fancy big-screen TVs and man-caves, but there’s something about watching the game in a bar, surrounded by other football fans, enjoying some friendly rivalry, drinking a freshly poured pint, and grazing on some buffalo wings while enjoying America’s favorite pastime! (And no, it’s not baseball–a recent study by Bloomberg concluded that football is the nation’s most popular sport now!) There’s no shortage of terrific bars and restaurants in the Cranford-Westfield Area . . . here’s our list of some great LOCAL BARS TO WATCH PRO FOOTBALL! 

1) STAGE HOUSE TAVERN, 366 Park Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ

Stage HouseGood luck finding a bar in our area that has more TVs or more food and drink specials during football–you won’t find it because Stage House has it all: TWENTY TVs with Sunday Ticket, happy hour pricing during games ($1 off any drink and discounted apps), a special $5 tailgate menu on Sundays featuring favorites like sausage & peppers and mac & cheese, $4 Blue Moons during Monday and Thursday games, and awesome RAFFLES with big giveaways every Sunday! Plus they have a huge outdoor patio bar with 5 TVs, so you can even enjoy the games al fresco on warmer days. 

Visit their website at: http://www.stagehousetavern.com 

2) ECHO TAP & GRILLE, 1079 U.S. 22, Mountainside, NJ

Echo Tap & GrillThe newest establishment among our Top Five, Echo Tap knows the way to a football fanatic’s heart! Nine big-screen TVs with Sunday Ticket are located in both the bar area and dining area. The list of game-time specials is long: $3 pints of Coors, Blue Moon, Yeungling, and Bud Light (or $9 pitchers of the same beers), $2 ribs (each), $6.95 wings, $5.95 nachos, $6.95 pizza, and $5.95 egg rolls. And let’s not forget what a COOL atmosphere they have going on there, with the industrial-chic decor! 

Visit their website at: http://www.echotapandgrille.com

3) CROKE PARK (in the basement of Molly Maguire’s), 1085 Central Ave., Clark, NJ

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This is such a fun spot to catch the game, with 12 flat-screen TVs and 5 booths with personal little TVs–great for bringing the kids or even turning it into a romantic date! Specials include $3 domestic pints, $4 imported pints, and 75-cent wings. 

Visit their website at: http://mollymaguires.dropzite.com/page/4804-CROKE-PARK

4) KILKENNY HOUSE, 112 South Ave. East, Cranford, NJ

Kilkenny HouseKilkenny’s just one of the friendliest bars around, where they remember their repeat customers by name and treat guests like family. Six big-screen TVs with Sunday Ticket are located at the bar, and “3” is the magic number for specials at the bar during football season: $3 domestic bottles or drafts on Sundays, $3 Millers on Mondays, the $3 Yuengling and Bud/Bud Light on Thursdays. Mondays are also 2-for-1 wings, so belly up the the bar! 

Visit their website at: http://www.kilkennyhouse.com

5) CRANFORD HOTEL, 1 South Union Ave, Cranford, NJ

Cranford HotelInside one of Cranford’s most iconic buildings is an awesome bar for watching football–make that two bars, since there’s one upstairs in the Hotel and another downstairs in The Cellar where you can watch every game! Some of the deals you’ll find during football are $3 Coors Light and Yuengling pints, $3 IPA cans, $9 pitchers (in The Cellar), and $5 menu items like pulled pork tacos and loaded chili fries (hello!!), not to mention some of the best buffalo wings around. Tell them I sent you–the Steele family is well known at the Hotel since our son worked there! 

Visit their website at: http://www.cranfordhotel.com

Honorable Mention:

GARWOOD LANES, 346 North Ave, Garwood, NJ

Garwood LanesGarwood Lanes is no ordinary bowling alley–it has one of the best “dive” bars around with surprisingly great food, and thought they don’t have many TVs like the other bars in our Top Five, they do have a big-screen TV with Sunday Ticket at the bar. And their football specials are second to none: $2.50 domestic pints at the bar and COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS AT HALFTIME! Yep, free food. How could you not love this place?

Visit their website at: http://www.garwoodlanes.com

There are plenty more options for great game-viewing in our area, like Bar Americana (Cranford), Thirsty Turtle (Cranford), Riverside Inn (Cranford), Rathskeller (Cranford), River and Rail Cantina (Cranford), Station Bar and Grill (Garwood), Darby Road (Scotch Plains), Publick House (Mountainside), and Grillestone (Mountainside), to name just a few. Where do YOU like to get your football on??

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Foster The Dream Gala hosted by CASA of Union County

image1There are a few events in our area that combine a magical evening with fundraising for a truly worthy cause . . . and the Foster The Dream Gala hosted by CASA of Union County is one such event. The 3rd annual gala is slated for Friday, November 6 at the beautiful Galloping Hill Country Club in Kenilworth, and the cause it supports is one you might not be aware of.

There are currently 542 Union County children in foster care, and the goal of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to have one advocate for every foster child, and to ensure a permanent, safe environment for every child.

According CASA’s Development and Marketing Coordinator, Gretchen Boger-O’Bryan: “Right now, we serve about 25 percent of the county’s foster children. We all must undergo an extensive training and then be sworn in by a judge, who issues a court order allowing the CASA to access the parties in the youth’s life to ensure their needs are being met. Amazingly, CASAs do this unique and challenging work on a volunteer basis. There really are some great hearts out there.”

Gretchen wears many hats for CASA; she also serves as one of six advocate supervisors who oversee a team of volunteer advocates, while continuing to act as a court advocate herself. Her career in legal journalism shifted course after she began volunteering with CASA years ago. She says: “Given the role adoption plays in my life every day – my daughter and husband were both adopted – advocating for children in need and making them whole again is certainly a top priority.”

The Foster The Dream Gala is the largest annual fundraiser for CASA of Union County. Attendees of the gala will enjoy a cocktail hour, live entertainment, dancing, open bar, and an elegant multi-course dinner. A live and silent auction will feature some highly coveted items, from event tickets to gift certificates to hotel stays and more. If that’s not enough, the evening will be capped off by FIREWORKS that guests can watch from the balcony overlooking the golf course!

To purchase tickets for the gala, visit https://casauc.ejoinme.org/fosterthedream2015tics. And for more information on CASA an the many ways to volunteer or support future CASA events, visit www.casaofunioncounty.org.

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The Deutscher Club of Clark is the Largest German Club in NJ!

Deutcher Club Of ClarkIf you are of German heritage — or simply love German beer, food, and music — you should definitely pay a visit to the Deutscher Club of Clark! The club is celebrating its 80th anniversary this September, and it has so much to offer local families.

The Deutscher Club is located on Featherbed Lane in Clark, and it is the largest German club in NJ — the 2nd largest in all of the United States!

On the club grounds is a ginormous wooden pavilion with a stage area, dance floor, and seemingly endless picnic tables. Outside are also the famous food and drink stands, where you can get a frothy cold “bier” to wash down your bratwurst and the world’s biggest darn soft pretzels. There’s also a great little playground for kids as well as an ice cream stand. The clubhouse has a bar and large dining area with a kitchen that can provide catering.

Throughout the summer and fall, the club hosts huge outdoor picnics with live German/American bands, Biergarten food and drinks, flea markets, and more. These events are open to non-members for a small entrance fee.

Regular happenings for members at the clubhouse include Friday and Saturday evening dinners (with live music every Saturday), and the bar is open most evenings. Members get together outside of the clubhouse for many activities supported by the club, such as skiing, German language classes, participating in the Steuben Day Parade in New York City, and German movie outings, just to name a few.

Deutcher Club Of ClarkTo become a member of the Deutscher Club, you need to be sponsored by a current member (of two years or more). Although most of the members are of German ancestry, membership is open to anyone! You can obtain an application on their website: www.deutscherclub.us.

Follow the Deutscher Club on Facebook to hear about all their events that are open to the general public. You won’t want to miss the classic car show on August 28 and of course the annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 3!

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Fireworks Celebrations in the Cranford/Westfield and Surrounding Areas

Westfield NJ 4th of July 2012

The Fourth of July just isn’t the same without fireworks.  If you’re Katie Perry, then you have your very own fireworks supply right there in your customized bra.  But, just in case you do NOT own pyrotechnic undergarments, here is a list of fireworks for the Fourth, as well as some other fun celebration ideas, in our area.  Pack up the family, with a blanket and whatever else you desire, and head out to one of these local celebration areas for some holiday fun!

CLARK – parade from Wilson Avenue through town to borough parking lot on Craig Place, July 4, 10 a.m.; DJ and vendors in front of town hall starting and fireworks at dusk over Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School, July 4, 7:30 p.m. Clark Municipal Building, 430 Westfield Ave. ourclark.com, 732-388-3600.

CRANFORD  – canoe race at 8 a.m. followed by Firecracker 4-Mile Run at 9 a.m., music, face painting and other events in the park at 2 p.m., with fireworks at dusk, July 4. Nomahegan Park, Springfield Avenue. ucnj.org/parks, 908-709-7283.

ELIZABETH  fireworks beginning at dusk, July 4. Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park, Front Street and Elizabeth Avenue. 908-820-4222.

MOUNTAINSIDE – fireworks at dusk with free ice cream for children, sponsored by the borough, Mountainside PAL and Mountainside Fire Company, July 4, 9 p.m. Deerfield School, 302 Central Ave. mountainside-nj.com, 908-232-2400.

NEW PROVIDENCE  celebration on South Street from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue with DJ, juggler show, sidewalk chalk drawing and fireworks, July 3, 7 p.m. npbpa.com, 908-665-1400

PLAINFIELD – 92nd annual “Central Jersey July 4th Celebration” beginning with Veterans Parade on East Front Street and events in the park, concluding with fireworks, July 4, 10 a.m. Cedar Brook Park, Park Avenue and Pemberton Avenue. ucnj.org, 877-424-1234.

SPRINGFIELD – music by 1910 Fruitgum Company and John Ford Coley, petting zoo, pony rides, trackless train, moonwalk, water slide, food and drinks, concluding with fireworks, July 4, 5 p.m. $5. Meisel Avenue Park, Meisel Avenue. 973-912-2200.

SUMMIT  flag-raising ceremony at 9:45 a.m. followed by children’s decorated bicycle parade, music by Polka Dot and the Kootz, rides, crafts, games, and 7:45 p.m. concert with the Cameos, concluding with fireworks display at 9:15 p.m, July 4. Soldiers Memorial Field, Ashland Road. cityofsummit.org, 908-277-2932.

UNION – annual soap box derby 10 a.m. on Stuyvesant Avenue between Mountainview and Tyler avenues, concert by John Christian & Soiree at 7:30 p.m. at Biertuempfel Park, with music by Smooth followed by fireworks, July 4, 10 a.m. Biertuempfel Park, Winslow Avenue and Vauxhall Road. uniontownship.com, 908-686-4200.

WESTFIELD – Westfield Community Concert Band, contemporary and classical selections, overtures, Broadway tunes, popular music and traditional marches; bring lawn chairs and blankets, July 2, 7:30 p.m. Mindowaskin Park, East Broad Street and Park Drive. westfieldtoday.com, 908-789-4080.

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Mazzella’s of Mountainside NJ Offers an Array of YUMMY Food!

IMG_8903It’s the season for backyard entertaining, but don’t let all the party prep turn you into a party pooper! Forget slaving in the kitchen or standing over a hot grill while you’re forced to ignore your party guests. Instead, have your next party catered by Mazzella’s of Mountainside, the newest gourmet market in our area that has been garnering rave reviews.

Located at 846 Mountain Avenue (with plenty of free parking), Mazzella’s was opened in February of this year by brothers Gary and Stephen Mazzella. For the past 15 years they’ve run a successful Italian market in Jackson, and the Mountainside location is their second outpost. The bright and cheery store offers a wide selection of gourmet prepared foods; custom butchery and meats (sliced Boar’s Head deli meats, Bell & Evans, certified Angus, and homemade Italian sausage); cheeses (including homemade mozzarella); desserts; packaged goods; some fresh produce; and a great cup of coffee!

Mazzella’s offers hot and cold catering for parties as small as 8 up to large weddings and banquets. Wouldn’t a freshly made 6-foot-sub with all the fixings be perfect for your next summer party? They have a wide variety of homemade salads to go along with it, or you can go the hot route with entrees like baked ziti, pulled pork, baby back ribs, or one of their many vegetable entrees such as their “zucchini frittata,” which was a big hit at my friend’s Easter gathering.

You’ll be drooling over Mazzella’s selection prepared foods, such as their #1 bestselling honey mustard chicken, Peter Luger chicken, pasta bruschetta, and their signature prociutto breads–which are Italian meats stuffed into bread dough and shaped into a tempting loaf. During the holiday season Mazzella’s sells upwards of 500 loaves!

According to Gary Mazzella: “We pride ourselves on using the freshest ingredients and making everything from scratch–there are no short cuts at Mazzella’s.”

Visit their website for a good look at their menu and catering services: www.mazzellasmarket.com, or call 908-789-0505. Mazzella’s is open seven days a week.

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6th Annual Charity Car and Motorcycle Show in Mountainside, NJ 6/21/15

If the dads in your life are into cars, then I have a great Father’s Day outing for you: the 6th Annual Charity Car and Motorcycle Show in downtown Mountainside.

On Sunday, June 21, from noon to 6 pm, Mountain Avenue near New Providence Road will be transformed into a car show featuring classic beauties from every decade. If your family has a car motorcycle to show off, you can register to be in the show for $20 (or $15 if you register by June 10).

Even the kids can get in on the fun and showcase their bikes and ride-on vehicles for a prize! Trophies for all categories will be awarded at 3:30 pm.

In addition to the car show there will be live music from one of NJ’s favorite cover bands (The Nerds), plus a DJ, family games and prizes, great food and refreshments, and rumor has it–a dunk tank. Who doesn’t love drenching a local quasi-celebrity in freezing water?

The cost to attend is $5 per person or $20 per family of five; children under 5 are free. The event is sponsored by the Mountainside Police Athletic League. All proceeds benefit local charities!

Email [email protected] for information on how to register your vehicle in the show.

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Cranford Jaycees Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast!

The Cranford Jaycees will be hosting some FUN events….. Check it out!

Cranford Jaycees Annual Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, March 28th, join the fun behind Orange Avenue School, at 901 Orange Avenue in Cranford, and see how many eggs your little ones can find!  The hut begins at 10:00 AM SHARP, so be sure to get there a few minutes early.

And, of course, the Easter Bunny will be there to help things along!  So be sure to bring your camera!  The event is open to all Cranford children from ages 0 – 9.  It is one of those iconic memories that your child will hold and cherish, and tell their own kids about one day.

And, thanks to the Cranford Jaycees, the event is free.   In lieu of an admission price, the Jaycees are instead asking for donations for Cranford Family Care.  They are looking for NON-perishable food items.  Some items in particular that they are looking for are coffee, tea, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, canned meats, canned milk, snacks, breakfast items, juice boxes, snacks for kids, and anything else you think families might use or need on a daily basis.

Bring the kids out, have some fun, make some memories, and help out some local families that will be grateful for it.  Don’t you just love win-win situations?

Cranford Jaycees Pancake Breakfast

On Sunday, March 29th, the Cranford Jaycees will be holding their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Cranford VFW, located at 479 South Avenue, right next to the TD Bank.  The breakfast will run between 7:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  All proceeds from this breakfast will go towards funding the Cranford First Aid Squad, a dedicated group of volunteers who work so diligently to keep our community safe and healthy.

The cost per person is $5.00 per child, $7.00 per adult, or $20.00 for an entire family.  This buys you a full homemade breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, coffee, and juice.  Not only is it a break from having to make breakfast at home, but it’s a great time to socialize with neighbors.

Need another reason to go?  How about a visit from the Easter Bunny?  He’ll be there to enjoy breakfast with his favorite Cranford friends!  He is a big fan of the Cranford First Aid Squad.  They are who he calls when he pulls his back muscles rom carrying all of those baskets of eggs.  He will be delighted to visit with you and take some pictures while you ejoy your breakfast.  So stop by for some breakfast and some bunny time!

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Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside NJ offers Matinee Series

Trailside Nature & Science Center Matinee Series

Trailside Nature & Science Center

We may live in the suburbs, but the beauty and magic of nature is right nearby.  And if you’ve never taken advantage of the beautiful grounds, hiking trails, programs, and science center at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in nearby Mountainside, then now is the time to check it out.

Once again, Trailside is offering a “Matinee Series” of shows catering to young children and their families.   Each program begins at 1:30 PM, and runs approximately 45 minutes. All shows are recommended for children ages 4 and older. Admission is $5 per person, or $4 per senior citizen (62 & older with ID), and can be purchased beginning at 1:00 on the day of the show. They ask that strollers be left home or in the car.

Wednesday, July 16th – Magician Joe Fischer, who is outstanding at working with children,  will dazzle everyone with the “Fantasy, Illusion and Magic” performance.

Wednesday,  July 23rd –  “Rizzo’s Reptiles” is a nature and conservation program featuring live snakes, turtles,  and an alligators.

Wednesday, July 30th – “Kids Going Green” teaches the audience how even the smallest  things that we do can add up to big changes.   In this fast-paced puppet show,  Goldilocks is searching for a planet to live on that is “just right!”

Wednesday,  August 6th –  “Up, Up and Away” is a “Mad Science Show” that will amaze the audience while it teaches about earth’s atmospheric pressure. This is a highly visual show, with lots of audience participation, and it even features a hovercraft in action and a vortex generator that creates giant smoke rings.

Wednesday,  August 13th –  “The Science of Magic” with Lisa Lou will reveal the secrets of magic, using magnetism, light, air, condensation, and optical illusion.

Wednesday, August 20 – “Mammal Mania” will finish out the series.  Back by popular demand, Travis Gale of “Wallaby Tales” will present an interactive show that allows families to get an up-close and personal look at live animals from around the world.   This show is sponsored by The Trailside Museum Association, an organization dedicated to assisting Trailside staff in their ongoing efforts to educate people in all aspects of nature, science, and conservation by assisting with funding, volunteering and advocacy.

For more information about the Wednesday Matinee Series or other upcoming programs and special events, you can call 908-789-3670.  Or simply visit the Trailside website at www.ucnj.org/trailside . The Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.  It is a magical resource that we are lucky to be living so close to.  What a fun thing to o with the family!

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CrossFit TreeHouse of Kenilworth Grand Opening 7/12

Treehouse CrossfitYou’ve probably seen the name in recent years: CrossFit. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve wondered–what the heck IS CrossFit? Is it a gym? Is it a club? Is it for pro athletes or halfhearted exercisers? As it turns out, a new CrossFit facility is opening in our area, and I’ve got the full scoop on this fitness program that’s taken the nation by storm!

Kristin and Donald Steinmetz of Mountainside, along with partner Jason Chandler, are the brains (and brawn, truth be told!) behind CrossFit TreeHouse, which is set to open on July 12 in Kenilworth. Husband and wife Kristin and Don were members of a local CrossFit “box,” as each facility is known, Treehouse Crossfitwhere they met Jason, and the trio became fast friends and later, certified CrossFit trainers. Six months ago they started their own box, CrossFit TreeHouse, in the very basement of the Steinmetzes’ house! In no time at all they had 20 members coming to work out in their basement 5 nights a week while their young children slept upstairs. Needless to say, they are thrilled to be moving into their shiny new 4,000-square foot facility in Kenilworth.

I asked Kristin to give me the lowndown on this thing called CrossFit. I had no idea it’s been around since 1995 after starting on the West Coast and now has over 9,000 affiliates. According to Kristin: “CrossFit is small group training led by a certified trainer who programs workouts of the day (aka WODs) filled with constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. CrossFit blends movements using your own body weight with weightlifting and metabolic conditioning to prepare your body for any daily activity you might encounter. Doing CrossFit, you’ll improve your flexibility, muscle strength, and cardio endurance.”

Treehouse CrossfitI asked Kristin if CrossFit is only for people who are already in decent shape, and I absolutley loved her response: “There is no appropriate age or body type. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, can CrossFit! One of the best things about CrossFit is that every movement and workout can be scaled to your ability. We have everyone from a 60-year-old grandmother to stay-at-home moms to ex-high school athletes doing the same workout, scaled to their abilities and skill levels.” Wow–this means my current fitness state of eating-chips-while-watching-reality-TV need not inhibit me from trying CrossFit! And Kristin stresses that the atmosphere at CrossFit is convivial and enthusiastic; people cheer each other on and give high fives, so it’s much more of a team spirit than a typical gym where you avoid eye contact with pretty much everyone.

If you decide to join CrossFit TreeHouse, the first two weeks of your membership will include the Roots–six sessions during which new members get familiarized with the standards of movement, the terminology, and the equipment. After completing the Roots, you can then attend any of the 11 classes they offer daily. And unlike at some big-box gyms, you don’t have to be tied down to year-long contracts at TreeHouse.

Kristin broke down the CrossFit schedule for me: “Classes are held in one-hour increments. For the regular weekday classes, this includes stretching, a warm-up, time to either practice a skill or do some strength training, and the WODs–that’s the ‘cardio’ or metabolic conditioning component. A WOD can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes–and YES, that’s enough. Come do an 8-10 minute trial to see how much you can sweat and breathe heavy in such a short amount of time. The weekend classes tend to have longer WODs and a more team-like component.” Okay, 10 minutes of cardio I can handle, people!

In addition to the standard classes, CrossFit TreeHouse will be offering “Climb” classes, but don’t be fooled by the name, these aren’t mountain-climbing classes! Like the regular CrossFit classes, Climb sessions are rooted in varied, functional movements performed at a high intesity, but there are NO heavy weights or complex barbell movements, which can be intimidating for many people. Climb will be offered two nights a week and on Saturday mornings.

And look out for yoga coming to CrossFit TreeHouse as well, which will be offered at a discount to box members, but open to the general public as well.

If you’re even a little curious about CrossFit, come on down to the FREE Grand Opening of CrossFit Treehouse this Saturday, July 12, at 725 Lexington Ave in Kenilworth. You just might bump into me getting my sweat on! For more information, visit their website atwww.crossfittreehouse.com or like them on facebook.

Here’s a list of goings-on at the opening:

9:30 AM: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with Mayor Scott Klinder
10-12 AM:  Free face painting by Fabulous Faces
10:15 AMTrial Class (walk-in)
11 AM: “Eating for Energy and Optimizing Performance” — free seminar
by Sarah Dade of Integrative Wellness Advisors
11:30 AM: Climb class demo (please register through Eventbrite; for more
on Climb, please check out our website)
12 PM: Music & Food arrive — courtesy of Kettlebell Kitchen and Limitless Entertainment
12:30 PM: Progenex presentation from NY/NJ rep Nick Walters
1 PM: Yoga mini session from Donna Wolfe (please register through
Eventbrite; bring your own mats, please)
1:30 PM: Trial Class (walk-in)
2:30: Competitors arrival — mobility and standards
3 – 5:30 PM: Team Throwdown

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