In A’ La Art’s walk-in studio, art-savvy staffers share technical tips and aesthetic advice as they mingle with visitors painting pottery, molding clay, and arranging fused-glass projects. Patrons can customize plain bisque pieces—selected from an array of hundreds—with stencils and stamps before daubing on food-safe paints and glazes. Alternatively, they can layer iridescent patterns of colored glass beads onto clear glass bases, creating fused glassware such as bowls, plates, or one-use hammers. Experts kiln-fire completed work, which patrons can pick up roughly a week after their studio time.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Open play
Recommended Age Group: Toddlers and kids up to 4 years old
Pro Tip: Socks are required for our playroom.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Just wear comfortable clothing [and] socks, and bring a camera to capture some great pictures of your child.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
I am certified and have taken CPR and emergency first aid for infants/toddlers/adults.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Just plan on having fun. Monkeydoodles Playroom is a safe environment where children up to the age of 4 can play and socialize with other children. We offer Mommy & Me classes, art and fitness classes, [and] open-play sessions.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have extended hours during the week and on weekends so working families can also enjoy some special play time with their children.
Since 1959, the reigns that urge Circle Lanes forward have been handed down through three generations. While the establishment still cultivates the now-retro vibe that characterized its early years, it's also outfitted with modern accoutrements including AMF automatic scoring and regular laser-bowl sessions that set brightly colored accents aglow. The facility features 34 Heddon synthetic lanes, which beckon sure-footed bowlers and discerning woodchucks alike with wood approaches. Bumpers are also available for those who can't yet roll between the lines. Beyond the lanes, Circle Pizzeria stands ready to serve a menu that sates appetites at all hours. Breakfast food such as muffins, omelets, and egg sandwiches gives way midday to a selection that includes roast-beef club sandwiches and pizzas topped with meatballs. Nearby, fellow patrons sit at Cabaret Lounge's wooden bar to sip beer, wine, or mixed drinks. Dartboards, a pool table, and a big-screen television offer additional diversions, ideal for distracting opponents while filling the finger holes on their bowling balls with mustard.
Whether you want to perform tricks on a wakeboard, balance on water skis, sail over wakes in a tube, or flip 360 degrees on an air chair, Lakeview Marina can fulfill your needs. The company rents out watersports equipment and speedboats?manned by drivers who know how to make an outing exciting?and its owner, Steve Halperin, is certified to teach any watersport.
Lakeview Marina also has options for those who want a more relaxing day on the waters of Lake Hopatcong, which is less than hour away from New York City but a world away from its bustling traffic and Godzilla attacks. The marina supplies these patrons with kayaks and standup paddleboards for some self-directed leisure time. Alternatively, guests can head out aboard a Grand Entertainer pontoon boat for an hours-long floating party. During these trips, the captain ferries parties around the lake on a boat that comes fully equipped with a bar, grill, refrigerator, margarita maker, and sound system.
Flying Lead Change is more than just a place where horses can live in comfort; it's a place where people can come to learn about riding and horsemanship. Originally from England, where she learned to ride, owner and instructor Jo Harrison has created a safe environment that both caters to new riders and reignites the passion of experienced equestrians. Lessons follow the curriculum of the British Horse Society and United States Pony Club, rewarding students with achievement patches as they advance in their knowledge of the animal, riding styles, and tacking procedure. Flying Lead Change offers regal boarding accommodations that feature a heated barn, 12’x12’ matted stalls with windows, 18 pastures, an Olympic-size outdoor ring, and a special area where gymnasts can come to re-shoe their pommel horses.
Karen Klein, Art Magic's proprietor and instructor, teaches students of all ages to tap into their creativity during her seven-week art courses, which utilize a wide variety of media, such as drawing, painting, and clay sculpture. A certified K–12 instructor, Karen has been doling out artistic wisdom in public schools since the 1970s and, more recently, in her own workshop classroom. She draws upon this experience to guide budding Monets in her loosely structured classes, giving students total creative control while she stokes the fires of creativity with expert advice and word-association tests.