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Fall 2017 Newsletter, Open Houses, and Collection for Hurricane Relief

Fall 2017 Newsletter is HERE!! MCCNJ_Fall_2017_Newsletter

See you at Open House on September 12 9:30-11am or September 13 8-10pm.

Please know our new online registration will open at 9am September 14.

Also– Due to the horrible devastation due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma- MCCNJ will be collecting money to support diaper drives in the effected areas. You will be able to make a donation with your membership payment- please see the added line on the form to indicate if you would like to contribute. ** MCCNJ will match up to $500 of all funds collected**

Thank you!

 

Hello Summer 2017!

This week, the Mothers’ Center of Central NJ kicked off its summer season of activities for moms and their children! We started the week with our weekly Playgroup in the newly renovated playroom and craft room – it was wonderful to see new and familiar faces come together to play, chat and share wisdom.

On Tuesday morning, moms came together for discussion group to talk about the challenges and joys of motherhood and in the evening, more moms gathered for our first Moms’ Night Out at the Jazz festival in Westfield. It was a wonderful day full of bonding and laughter.

Today, we welcomed moms and their kids at our first Creative Expressions class where everyone sang, danced, listened to wonderful stories, and drew with chalks. Seeing the happy faces of the children (and moms) reminded us of the great community that we have and why the Mothers’ Center plays an important role in each families’ lives.

2017 Summer Groups

Happy Summer! We hope to see you this summer at one of our events and/or programs. See our newsletter for a full listing of events and programs.

This summer, we continue to offer outings at the farm, zoo, pool, playgrounds, and more. In addition, our programs will feature the popular Monday Morning Playgroup, Discussion Group, and Creative Expressions Monday through Wednesday mornings. Click HERE to register and see below for more details about these programs.

  • Morning Playgroup | Mondays 9:30-11am at Garwood Presbyterian Church

Fee: N/A

Dates: 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28

Moms and kids enjoying each other’s company in free play in the childcare room filled with age-appropriate toys, puzzles, coloring books and storybooks. Until our Mom and Baby group returns in September, we welcome all moms with infants to join our Monday playgroup and/or Tuesday discussion group this summer.

  • Discussion Group | Tuesdays 9:30-11am at Garwood Presbyterian Church

Fee: Babysitting fee is applicable, if used

Dates: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29

This informal discussion group will be an opportunity for members to share their experiences, reflect on themselves and their own relationships, and connect with other women in the group. Until our Mom and Baby group returns in September, we welcome all moms with infants to join our Monday playgroup and/or Tuesday discussion group this summer.

  • Creative Expressions | Wednesdays 10:00-10:45 at Garwood Presbyterian Church

Fee: $10/child

Dates: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9

Bring out the creative genius in your child! Join us for the 5 week session and enjoy stories, art, music and movement. Come ready to sing some familiar songs with your child and learn some new ones! For ages 1-4 years.

 

Another Fun Family Event: 6th Annual 2017 NJ Miles with Moms

On Sunday, April 23rd 2017, the Mothers’ Center of Central New Jersey hosted its 6th annual NJ Miles with Moms fundraiser. Everyone from devoted runners to happy babies in strollers participated in the one-mile and 5K races. Additionally, the “kids fun run” had children racing their hearts out to the cheers of proud parents. Not all realized the shortest distance between two points is a straight line but all were rewarded with a shiny medal regardless.

The event also featured activities by Tinkergarten and Creative Kids, face painting, a DJ, and giveaways. We are so grateful for all of our sponsors, participants, volunteers and the 5K committee for making this event a success – THANK YOU! Enjoy the below collection of photos from our fundraiser. See you next year!

14 Days Until our 2017 6th Annual Miles with Moms!

We are excited and started counting back to our 6th Annual Miles with Moms fundraiser! REGISTER now and join us at this fun family event on April 23rd at 9AM, Sunday at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

Runners, walkers, mom and dads with strollers, kids, friends and neighbors are all welcome! This fun-filled family event features race, raffle, and kid activities sponsored by local and national businesses. All proceeds from the fundraiser go towards improving programs for children, moms and families.

Our 2017 Spring Newsletter is Now Available!

Our Spring newsletter with lots of fun programming for both kids and their mommies is now available. Check-out our Spring Newsletter and our Events Calendar for the comprehensive list.

  1. Signature Programs
    • Mom and Baby
    • Mommy and Me Music
    • Morning Playgroup
    • Afternoon Playground Meetup
    • Executive Mommas
    • Walking Group
  2. Special Events for Children and Families
    • Creative Arts Studio
    • Masquerade Party
    • Cooking with Kids (with the assistance of moms or caregivers)
    • Family Trip to the Farm
    • Family Trip to the Zoo
  3. Educational / Discussion Classes
    • Parenting Essentials: Becoming a More Encouraging Parent (for parents of 5-12 year olds)
    • Discussion Group for Moms
  4. Exercise Classes
    • Mommy & Me Yoga
    • Zumba
    • Strong as a Mother Fitness
  5.  Outings
    • Moms’ Night Out
    • FIKA
  6.  Fundraising
    • 6th Annual Miles with Moms – bring your family and friends to join us at this fun family event filled with kids activities, face painting, music, raffles and a no-pressure race (run it, walk it, dance it, stroll it…whatever you feel like that day). The event is on April 23rd, Sunday at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.
    • Flower Power – if you are planting a garden of flowers, fruits, vegetables or hers, consider ordering from Flower Power and support the Mothers’ Center. 50% of proceeds raised will benefit this wonderful non-profit.
  7. Planning Committees
    • MCCNJ Steering Committee
    • Annual 5K Fundraiser Steering Committee

To enroll in our events, complete the registration form in our spring newsletter, mail in your dues, and we will have you setup promptly!

Hope to see everyone soon!

2017 6th Annual NJ Miles with Moms Family Event

Join us on Sunday, April 23rd in Oak Ridge park, Clark, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for our 6th annual NJ Miles with Moms 5K/1M fundraiser benefiting the Mothers’ Center of Central NJ. Whether you are an avid runner, casual runner, walker or just someone who likes to run or stroll with his/her family, this event is for you.

In addition to the race/walk, we will have plenty of activities to engage kids from all ages – arts and crafts, face painting, music, and kids fun run are just a few examples. Oak Ridge park is family friendly with its ample parking and space which means that while you race or walk all family members are safe on the premises.

REGISTER NOW

If you are seeking an opportunity to train for our race, we encourage you to sign up for a 4-group 5K run coaching offered by Strong Like Bull.

Our 2017 Winter Programs Are Available!

Happy New Year! We all hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

We are excited to start 2017 with lots of fun programming for both kids and their mommies. See below for highlights of our winter schedule. Check-out our Winter Newsletter and our Events Calendar for the comprehensive list.

  1. Signature Programs
    • Mom and Baby
    • Mommy and Me Music
    • Morning Playgroup
    • Executive Mommas
  2. Special Events for Children
    • Valentine’s Party
    • Cookie Baking (with the assistance of moms or caregivers)
  3. Educational / Discussion Classes
    • The Creative Child: Approaches to Foster Resiliency and Help Shape the Brain
    • Who Am I Now? Exploring Our Identity Through Creative Expression
    • Discussion with a Local Lawyer around the creation of a will, trust, estate, power of attorney and the other legal documents
    • CPR Class
    • Discussion Group for Moms
  4. Exercise Classes
    • Yoga
    • Zumba
    • Strong as a Mother Fitness
  5.  Outings
    • Moms’ Night Out
    • Dads’ Night Out
    • Family Event
  6.  Fundraising
    • GameChanger Bootcamp
  7. Planning Committees
    • MCCNJ Steering Committee
    • Annual 5K Fundraiser Steering Committee

To enroll in our events, fill out the registration form our our newsletter, mail it in with your dues, and we will have you setup promptly!

Hope to see everyone soon!

 

 

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Pretzel Making

Our little bakers took over the kitchen and baked some delicious pretzels!

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