Make the best of spring break at home with cool things to do from downtown Westfield.
During the COVID19 quarantine it can be tough for kids to know what to do with themselves—especially while spending spring break at home with no school and no face-to-face friends. These products, classes and events from downtown Westfield may spark some joy and provide new outlets for creativity in the coming weeks.
Singing, songwriting, music and musical theater
Valencia School of Music is offering online workshops through Facebook live. Tune in each week for a variety of classes.Check out their website and instagram @valenciamusicnj for more information on how to join.
- Virtual open mic concerts are happening on Instagram Live at 7:00 PM on Friday, April 10th.
- Every Friday, there will be:
Musical Theater and Pop class at 3:00 on Facebook Live,
Songwriting at 5:00 on Facebook Live,
Jazz SInging class Fridays at 6:00 on Instagram Live.
NJ Workshop for the Arts has music lessons available on Skype, Zoom and Facetime. All private music lessons are now online, so students will not be missing out on instruction. New students can register too. Call 908-789-9696 for more information.
Get crafty with DIY Kits
Chunky Knit Blanket Kit & Easter Festive Kit
AR Workshop has chunky knit blanket kit and online class and festive kits for Easter. Including a canvas tote bag, two wood signs and a plank sign, kids can have fun decorating their houses for the holiday. You can add on their printable kit, now 50% off, including everything from cupcake wrappers to party flags. Click AR Workshop to pick up your kit today.
Stay Safe Unity Rainbow Bracelet Kit: One for You, Two to Give Away—Fundraiser for the Frontline.
Create your #StaySafeUnityBracelet Kit from Just Bead Yourself. The kit contains all you need to create three bracelets, one for yourself and two to give to loved ones. Each rainbow color bead represents a positive message: red=stay safe, orange=stay motivated, yellow=stay strong, green=stay healthy, blue=stay in touch, pink=stay loving, purple=stay positive.
$20—$5 of the proceeds of this sale will be donated for provide PPE for frontline healthcare workers risking their lives to save ours. To order call or text 908.456.5623
Develop your junior chefs with kid foodie kits
Outta Hand Pizza Kit — Flip dinner around and have the kids make pizza with Outta Hand’s Large Pizza Kit $10. (908) 233 – 9300
Cookie decorating challenge from Cinnaholic is offering a Cookie decorating challenge, which makes for a fun, interactive activity. Pick up a kit from Cinnaholic for $16 or place an order for Uber eats. Kits include edible cookie dough, icing and two toppings. When you are done with your designs, post them to the hashtag #CinnaholicCookieChamp. The winner will be named shortly. 908.588.2323 for curbside pickup or delivery through UberEats or DoorDash. Choose from these Cinnaholic Westfield Decorating Kits
- Bake & Decorate Vegan Cookie Kit, includes—edible uncooked—cookie dough for 12 mini chocolate chip cookies, a piping bag full of your choice of frosting and 2 toppings to decorate. $16
- Vegan Cookie Decorating Kit, includes 4 chocolate chip cookies, frosting & 2 toppings,
- Vegan Brownie Deorating Kit, incudes 3 fudge-style brownies, and 2 toppings,
- Baby Buns Decorating Kit, includes 6 baby buns, frosting and 2 toppings.
Have your own cupcake, cannoli and pizza decorating challenge… will you nail it? Foodie Kits from Bovellas Bake Shoppe 908.232.4149 call for pick up or free delivery.
- Bovella's Mini Cannoli take home kits $36, 12 mini cannoli shells, cannoli cream, chocolate chips and powdered sugar.
- Bovella's Personal Pizza Kit $15, 9 oz dough, sauce, cheese, pepperoni. We recommend these materials: Pizza pan, oil, paper towel, spoon and Bovella's Pizza Kit ingredients.
- Bovella's Mini Cupcake Kit $25, 12 Mini cupcakes (chocolate & vanilla), 3 icing bags, sprinkles, edible frosting images to put on top.
Tea party in a box
Stuck at home, but still want to see your family and friends? Plan your own Virtual Tea Party! Order one of The Mulberry House's Tea Parties in a Box; plan a day and time that works best for your friends; connect via your video chat platform of choice, and get ready to toast with your scones and tea!
Our Tea Party in a Box also makes a great Mommy- or Daddy-Daughter Tea Date! Adult and kid Tea Party Menus. $15 to $20. Tea cup and saucer $5.
Mulberry House will also be offering our special holiday take out options and our full tea and coffee menu. Orders can be placed starting Tuesday, April 7.
To order, call 908.233.3562 (we will be checking messages daily). Text OR call Jenna 908.907.7441 or email email@example.com Pickup curbside Friday–Sunday, 9am–2pm or Free Delivery within 5 miles
Doll and me quaran-tea party
Two downtown Westfield businesses have paired up to give you what you need for a perfect Quaran-Tea time! Fun for Zoom playdates or birthday parties. In one sweet package you will receive Doll and Me Bead Kits —from Just Bead Yourself—to make a bracelet for your child and matching one for their doll. Mulberry House will provide a Tea Party in a Box, Call or text 908.456.5623
Tea-Party Box For Kids
Choice of Two Tea Sandwiches:
Turkey & Cheese with Mayo
Bananas with Chocolate Sauce
Choice of One Scone:
Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Lemon, or Vanilla
served w/ clotted cream & jam
Choice of One Sweet:
Pink Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Carrot Cake, or Lemon Tart
ADD: Tea Bag $1; Juice Box $2; Tea Cup & Saucer $5
For budding interior designers
Tweens and teens can take part in Mimi and Hill’s Bedroom Contest. Through their link in the Instagram bio, you can submit your email, and from there they will send you a slideshow that teaches you the basics of designing a space. From there, teens can submit their designs. Mimi and Hill is announcing a new winner every week. The winner will have their design turned into a professional presentation. Visit their Instagram, @mimiandhill, for more information.
227 Elmer St , 908.403.6169. Submitter Contact Info: Miriam, 908.403.6169, Info@mimiandhill.com
Retro fun photos
Perfect for kids and teens with Stay In Your Nest Package from Little Nest Portraits is a seriously great offer, for $195 you get all of this:
- $295 Little Nest Gift Card
- FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Print Camera
- 20 Pack of Photo Paper
- 20% Donated to a local cause: Westfield - St. Joseph Food Pantry
- Enter to win an Annual Membership!
Yoga for kids, tweens, teens & athletes
Brassy Buddha’s weekly kid yoga classes feature superhero yoga and kid- and teen-focused ways to get them engaged, Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 2 PM elementary kids, 3 PM middle school kids. Tuesday, Thursday 5 PM Yoga for Athletes. Sign up on MindBody.
Family bonding meditation
Wind down and connect at the end of the day with free LIVE guided meditation from Harmony Meditation. This interactive 15-minute excerpt of a guided meditation session on Zoom is an experience that enhances family bonding. Guests and non-members are welcome. Appropriate for ages 12 and over with parent participation. Thursday, April 9, 2020, 8:30 pm - 8:45 pm. Register in advance for this Zoom meeting here, After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For more information vist Harmony Meditation 908.232.2377.
New books and small toys
The Town Book Store is getting new books daily and will place orders if they don’t have what you want. Get book recommendations customized to your kid’s age and interests from the experts at The Town Book Store, 908.233.3535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Get their favorites from Baron’s
Baron’s Drug Store after-school shopping is a rite of passage in downtown Westfield. Bring their favorites home with curbside pickup. Baron’s has a large selection of toys and games, including board games, Lego’s, slime kits and more. Place your order over the phone, then they can deliver it right to your front door. Baron’s is also offering a variety of Easter items to make your baskets complete. Call 908.232.6680 to order.
Teens and tweens will love toiletries including nail polish, makeup and primping necessities mani/pedi kit, facial masks, and fuzzy slippers or socks. Call 908.232.6680 to order.
Get moving — upgrades to sneakers and bikes
Whether you’re counting rainbows, going on a bear hunt or keeping up with the team training regime, you can help motivate your kids and teens to get moving.
- New sneakers from JackRabbit Westfield’s sneaker concierge (908.654.9900 open M – Th 10 AM- 4 PM, Sat 11 AM – 3 PM),
- Shop Best Foot Forward’s wide selection of top of the line sneakers and get 10% off with code GRANDOPENING,
- Score soft as butter leather Italian sneakers and stylish walking shoes from Sole’s new online Facebook store or Facetime concierge shopping
- Jay’s Cycle Center 908.232.3250 will fix your bikes and flat tires, or help you select a new one, and get you set with a new bike and helmet.
Yummy treats …it is spring break
Grab some ice cream, Nutella pastries or cupcake treats. Cold Stone Creamery 908.518.0444 has curbside or home delivery, FroYo 908.654.1414, and Kilwins 908.264.7476 are open for curbside delivery. Pick up cookies or yummy baked goods from Farinolio 908.325.2486 and Bovella’s 908.232.4149 – or they will deliver your fun treats to the house.
Makeup lessons from a celebrity makeup artist
Teens may want to tune into @BlendeBeauty for a virtual glam free makeup lesson on Instagram LIVE (Friday stay tuned, either Friday 4/9 or Sat 4/10). If glam is too extra, schedule a one-to-one “less is more” teen make up lesson. Learn to do your make up specifically for your face shape, coloring, preference, issues—like breakouts—and lifestyle. Products are available from Blende’s online shop. 908.588.2094
Special thanks to Jordyn Ives, DWC High School Intern, for her contribution to this article.