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Fun things to do for kids & teens

Fun things to do for kids & teens

23-types of fun for kids & teens

IN DOWNTOWN WESTFIELD

Warm weather is here and that means kids & their parents are on the lookout for summer camps, classes and good ole' entertainment. Check out the list of ways to spice up your summer in downtown Westfield.

  1. You’ll be ready for the ‘Gram in the most Insta-happy downtown.

    Discover the favorite destination for photographers and influencers — the rainbow crosswalk, pastel buildings, the historic Ironbound building. Achieve the best-ever selfies ever at Selfie Station NJ, where you can sign up for summer camps each week. Snap the twinkle lights of Quimby, painted butterflies in town — on the corner of Quimby & Elm, Elm and North, at Evalyn Dunn, Alania Aesthetics, and throughout Mindowaskin Park. Discover the painted piano on Quimby and the Roig Westfield murals under the train trestle. 
  2. Life is sweet in downtown. Find your favorites on this Sweet Treat Trail.

    Family-owned Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe has been a staple of the community for over 60 years offering a variety of European-style pastries that can be paired with a coffee or an espresso for mom & dad.  //  Try something new at NY Korean BBQ. They have over 15 flavors of bubble tea with chewy tapioca pearls that you suck up through a big straw.  //   If chocolate or ice cream are your thing, you’re in luck. Check out Kilwins for their fudge, truffles and ice cream in freshly-made waffle cones. The Chocolate Bar is favorite local stop with their chocolate-covered strawberries, distinctive chocolates and homemade gelato. If you like your ice cream to be extreme the Westfield Creamery should be on your radar. Try the Extreme Milkshake or the colorful Llamalicious and Superman flavors in a chocolate M&M waffle cone. Design your signature creation with the ice cream made daily at Cold Stone Creamery. Looking for a lighter version of dessert? Don’t miss FroYo — serving up traditional ice cream as well as frozen yogurt and vegan Dole Whip. Kings Bowl Café is the perfect stop for ice cream, smoothies and acai bowls.  //  Go crazy at all-vegan Cinnaholic with oh-so-yummy Cinnabun concoctions, such as frosty Dole Whip, edible cookie dough and build your own Cinnastack.   //    Also vegan, Ono Bowls has healthy, yummy acai bowls and vegan baked goods.  //  For an eye-popping dessert case don’t miss Rock ‘n Joe coffee lounge where you can pair a decadent dessert with a frozen hot chocolate.  //  Boxwood Coffee is throwing down the gauntlet with homemade chocolate chip cookies that are chewy and deelish.  //  Discover Cadbury Flake and other candy and chips they’ve never seen — imported from Ireland to Bridget’s Irish Cottage.  //   Finally, let them shop the old fashioned candy isle in Baron’s Drug Store, a definite right of passage.
  3. Treat your little to a real tea party — dolls are invited. 

    Enjoy fresh from the oven scones, cupcakes and baked delicacies at Mulberry House Restaurant.
  4. Make magic happen at this reasonably-priced glam spa for kids.

    Glamourous Girlz is a salon for hair, nails, and kid-friendly makeup for special events. Plan a haircut, private spa party or mom & me mani and pedi.   
  5. Shop farm fresh produce and meet local farmers.   

    Saturday mornings all summer, 8:30 AM to 1 PM at Westfield’s Farmer’s Market at the North Avenue Train Station.
  6. Belt it out in three karaoke rooms,

    while enjoying legendary double-fried wings at RoosterSpin.
  7. Play old school video games, skee ball & air hockey at Yestercades.

  8. Have a pizza experience.

    Toss the dough with a pro, or take a pizza kit to go at Outta Hand Pizza.
  9. Yoga for everyone

    Saturdays & Sundays on Quimby Street. Join Satsang Yoga Studio & Brassy Buddha Yoga.
  10. Find the hottest TikTok toys at

    Learning Express Westfield — the go-to stop for wrapped birthday gifts.
  11. Get a behind the scenes tour

    of the shoe store at Best Foot Forward Westfield
  12. Take a walk with a purpose.

    Take a historic walking tour and find the site of the location of Westfield's first general store from the colonial era, the goddess Clio, and the building that housed Westfield's first library. Learn about local African American history, dating from 1720.   Discover public art as you stroll through downtown. You’ll find painted butterflies in town — on the corner of Quimby& Elm, Elm and North, at Evalyn Dunn, Alania Aesthetics, and throughout Mindowaskin Park. Discover the painted piano on Quimby and the Roig Westfield murals under the train trestle. Coming this summer, look for the Photography Art Exhibit throughout downtown.
  13. Visit a vibrant independent book store.  

    The Town Book Store is brimming with good recommendations and a sweet section for kids with toys and all the best books for every age.

  14. Are you more a chicken tenders or chocolate chip pancakes?  

    Get them both when you visit this shiny old school diner at Vicki’s Diner where everyone sits in a booth.
  15. Come downtown to jam to free live music

    2 to 3 nights a week all summer, Friday & Saturdays 6:30 to 8: 30 PM. Check the schedule here. In July, Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Series every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM in various locations. 
  16. Lovely Mindowaskin Park

    has a meandering path, a duck pond, a lighted gazebo and a newly renovated playground.
  17. Shopping. 

    Teens and kids will find items that are right up their alley while shopping at Ruby & Jenna, Urban Outfitters, Beyond Trends, The French Martini, Mimi + Hill Shop, South Moon Under, Gap & Gap Kids, Banana Republic, Athleta, Jack Rabbit, Universal LacrossePegasus Sporting Goods, Claire’s, Sole, and Best Foot Forward Westfield.

 

Reserve a one-time session, class & camp at these fun locations...

  1. Get crafty 

    Drop in to AR Workshop, a crafty DIY studio that offers hands on classes, parties and camps.
  2. Makeup Camp

    Join Camp Blende.  Does your child love makeup? Do they want to be a makeup artist? Learn the age appropriate — vs scary and overdone — looks for days and parties — and a history of makeup styles through the decades. They’ll be in good company with celebrity makeup artist Keira Karlin, owner of Blende, and fellow campers, ages 10 and up.
  3. Music

    Whether they are more Broadway or more rock, Valencia School of Music will have them singing, playing and performing in a variety of summer camp programs. NJ Workshop for the Arts offers Summer Arts Workshop with music, art, dance and more starting at age 4 and up. They also provides a free a music therapy program Music Connection for kids with special needs.
  4. Dance

    Get them dancing at Summer Dance Camp at Westfield School of Dance with a variety of classes to choose from including classes just for boys, preschool and special needs programs.
  5. Get them ready for the spotlight

    Acting Out School’s Summer Camp Series, for age 4 and up. Learn acting, TV, Film and everything they’ll need to prep for auditions.
  6. Kids and adults can’t help but smile at TikTok & Instagram heaven: Selfie Station NJ

    Get snap happy in the creative photo booths. New this summer: Camp Funshine at Selfie Station NJ. Choose from a variety of weekly camps in a clean, interactive and creative space. Camp counselors are local high school theater students with a passion for performing arts. Campers will enjoy daily crafts, dancing, interactive story time, snacks, and photo shoots to create their camp scrapbook.
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10 Best Family-Friendly Downtowns in NJ

10 Best Family-Friendly Downtowns in NJ

According to NJMom.com Westfield is among the top NJ family-friendly downtowns and we couldn't agree more

Shop, Sugar-up, and Selfie in downtown Westfield

This Union County location with a Main Street USA feel is often referred to as Bestfield by locals—and it’s easy to see why with tree-lined sidewalks, unique shops mixed with brand-name ones, and a generally convivial atmosphere.

With Westfield’s 300th birthday this year, there are lots of things to do in downtown Westfield. Kids can hunt to find 30 painted butterflies strategically placed around town, installed by the Westfield Public Arts Commission in honor of the milestone event. After, check out Baron’s Drug Store, an old-fashioned pharmacy for fun trinkets and toys. And of course, you’ll need photos for the ‘gram, so a stop at the Selfie Station (the first and only selfie museum in NJ) will give you the backgrounds and ring lighting to get snap-happy.

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Kilwin’s is a big hit for fudge, candy, and ice cream, or visit the Cinnaholic Bakery which has massive cinnamon buns with toppings and edible cookie dough (yum).

Boxwood Coffee is also a must for great local coffee and to-go snacks. Finally, let some energy out at Mindowaskin Park with its recently renovated playground, and don’t miss the little duck pond close by.

photo via @meaghanbmurphy featured on @bestfieldnj

 

 

 

 

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One local gift card for many local shops

One local gift card for many local shops

One size fits all has never been truer

Give a Beyond Main Downtown Westfield e-gift card to use among many favorite local shops in downtown Westfield. ⁠


Support local with an online gift card good at 15+ local downtown Westfield businesses. ⁠
CLICK https://beyondmain.com/gift-cards/item/4/westfield/⁠
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Choose among buy online, pick-up in-store, curbside delivery, email delivery of the Beyond Main Downtown Westfield gift card. Purchase from multiple stores and check out with one transaction. ⁠

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Welcome Back! Open Quimby 2.0

Welcome Back! Open Quimby 2.0

 

Open Quimby, downtown Westfield's enhanced pedestrian plaza is back with expanded outdoor dining, entertainment, and wellness programming. 

 

Open Quimby, Downtown Westfield’s popular pedestrian plaza, is back for another season, featuring enhanced aesthetics, expanded outdoor dining, and entertainment for all ages. 

 

REGISTRATION LINKS FOR ACTIVITIES BELOW 

 

Open Quimby was created in 2020 as the result of the restrictions placed on retail and restaurant establishments arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. “The DWC believed that it was critically important last year to provide outdoor space in our downtown to allow residents and visitors to dine outside and safely congregate in small groups,” said Zuckerman. “While some of those restrictions have been eased, the pedestrian plaza concept proved so popular that the DWC voted to bring the plaza back again this year.”

This year’s version of Open Quimby will be significantly enhanced from last year, with the advent of beautiful new tents for outdoor dining and activities, state-of-the-art bistro lighting that will illuminate the plaza, and aesthetic features such as a newly installed sign pole displaying the distance between Quimby Street and local and international destinations.

“I am thrilled that Open Quimby is returning for another great season,” said Mayor Shelley Brindle. “Throughout the pandemic, our local businesses have shown such resiliency and dedication, and Open Quimby is a great community asset to assist in supporting them. I’m looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors to experience the fantastic dining and retail offerings of Downtown Westfield in this enhanced outdoor gathering space.”

In addition to expanded outdoor dining space, Open Quimby will feature a variety of entertainment and programming:

 

Alfresco dining under the tents

Enjoy your meal outdoor with expanded dining under the tents. There are dedicated tents for "take out" where you can sit outdoors with your meal from any of downtown Westfield's restaurants. Find the full list of dining establishments here.

Restaurant's on or adjacent to Quimby have covered dining under the Quimby tents. Reservations are recommended. 

The Brick Oven 908.317.9500

Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza 908.654.0400

Spice Bazaar - Modern Indian Dining  908.389.1888

 

Live music

Will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting. 

May 14 Jake Brown and Billy Wilkins
May 15 Clear Stream
May 21 Al Madison
May 22 Alex Oliveira and Alexandra Cruz 
May 28 Kai Chiang 
May 29 Joe Taino
June 4 Daniel Rufolo
June 5 Ryan Anselmi
June 11 Mike Doyle
June 12 Fuey
June 18 Charlie Apicella & Iron City
June 19 Blue Sphere
June 25 The Cucumbers
June 26 Blue Americana- Glenn Alexander and Oria
July 2 Nick Masters

 

 

The ever-popular Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival returns on Tuesday nights from 7:00 – 9:00PM in July and August, located in three socially-distanced locations — Quimby Street., Central Avenue, and Foundation Park on South Avenue West.

 

Yoga & Fitness Classes REGISTER BELOW

Register online and bring a mat, mask, and water.

SATURDAYS

9:00 AM Barre3 register at https://linktr.ee/barre3westfield

10:00 AM Brassy Buddha Yoga register at brandilook@gmail.com 

SUNDAYS

8:30 AM Brassy Buddha Yoga register at brandilook@gmail.com

10:00 AM Satsang Yoga register at www.satsangyogastudio.com

 

Westfield Wellness Week (May 14 to 21)

Discover healthy choices from Downtown Westfield restaurants and promotions from health and wellness businesses. Learn more here. 

 

Traffic & parking

Effective April 30, Quimby Street will become a one-way street, with cars moving in the direction from Central Avenue to Elm Street. One-way traffic will flow on this side of Quimby 7 days a week. The eight non-angled parking spots on the north side of the street will be open seven days a week specifically for 15-minute curbside pickup and delivery vehicles only, which will be strictly enforced by the Westfield Police Department.

 

More info

Check back here as Open Quimby’s programming as the season unfolds. You may also email info@westfieldtoday.com with any questions.

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31 local gifts that Mom will love

31 local gifts that Mom will love

Discover the perfect local gift that Mom will love. 

Click here to open the Downtown Westfield Mother's Day Gift Guide.

 

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Westfield Wellness Week, May 14 - 21

Westfield Wellness Week, May 14 - 21

Healthy food, bodies & minds, May 14 - 21

Join the team at Limani Seafood Grill as they lead the restaurants in downtown Westfield in highlighting healthy, delicious menu items. This special week-long event was the idea of Vasilia Vastardis, owner of Limani Seafood Grill and Beth Hornstein of Citara Events. 

Feel your best with healthy menus, special offers, & deals from downtown Westfield wellness practitioners available the week of May 14 through 21. 

Discover healthy food and special deals available with the code WESTFIELD WELLNESS WEEK by clicking here. 

 

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Midday Madness Clue Hunt Winners Announced!

Midday Madness Clue Hunt Winners Announced!

The popular Midday Madness Clue Hunt returned to downtown Westfield on Saturday, May 1, from 1 PM to 4 PM.

🔍WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT‼️
Thanks to all who played Midday Madness Clue Hunt in downtown Westfield today — it was a blast!

🥇The winning teams with a perfect score are:

🔍Team Ninja Panda

🔍Team Black Dogs

🔍Team Burger

🔍Team The Bear Hunters

🥈 The winning teams with an almost perfect score (only one wrong) are:

🔍Team Blue Devils

🔍Team Cookie

⭐ Winners will be contacted by email on Monday to make arrangements to pick up their prizes. Congratulations‼️

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Thanks to our game masters @MidnightMadnessEvents

 

Families and Covid-safe pods will be their own teams. Come up with your team name and show your spirit with a unifying team color or theme. The crazier, the better!

Arrive just before 1 PM at 100 Quimby Street under the tents to begin this fun-filled Clue Hunt throughout downtown Westfield. You will receive a link list of clues. Once you've solved each clue your team must find the location and take a selfie before moving onto the next one. Repeat until the game is complete.

The finish will also be at 100 Quimby Street under the tent.  Teams with the best score will be announced on social media and entered into a random drawing for prizes.

The cost to participate is $11 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. Register online only prior to the event only. There will be no onsite registration. 

Sat, May 1, 2021

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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Honoring the women leaders of downtown Westfield

Honoring the women leaders of downtown Westfield

These business owners and entrepreneurs represent just a handful of the women leading the way in downtown Westfield — and throughout the community. 

In honor of Women's History Month, we want to highlight the women making a difference and writing the history of our Westfield community. Their impact makes ripples — and sometimes waves — that are far-reaching. We've been awed in the last year at your strength and ability to flex to meet challenge after challenge with savvy, collaboration, creativity, and grit. 

Downtown Westfield has a growing base of women business owners, entrepreneurs and service providers who are not pictured, but who inspire us daily. 

Meet some of the women movers and shakers of downtown Westfield.

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LEFT TO RIGHT

FroYo, Owners Mollie Gibbons, Lauren Federgreen, and Megan Conners

Erin Carroll, Owner of 908 Athletics in Westfield

Patricia Brading, Owner Facial Reality Spa & Salon

Tricia Caminos, Owner of Ono Bowls

Patricia Hanigan, Owner Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics

Nisha Nanthakumar, Owner Rock N’ Joe

Jaclyn Civins, Owner Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Katherine Pace, PT, DPT Owner Haven Pelvic Physical Therapy

Christine Cosenza, Owner State Farm Insurance - Christine Cosenza Agency

 

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 LEFT TO RIGHT

Maria DeSantis, Owner A Face Forever Permanent Cosmetic Specialist

Lynne Fitzpatrick, Owner, Guillotine Salon + Spa

Kanika Vij Bakshi, Owner Spice Bazaar - Modern Indian Dining 

Rosann LiVolsi, Co-President Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

Beth Kronke, WSL Vice President, Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

WSL Treasurer Tracie Milford, Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

The team at Ruby and Jenna

Anna Mastroianni, Owner SOLE Shoes

Linda Heroux, Co-President Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

 

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 LEFT TO RIGHT

The stylists of Salon Peak, Marcella Nicole Parisi, Francesca Rego, Karen Soriano,  Heather Baumgartner

The women of Ellie Mroz Design Ellie Mroz, Kerry Clifford, Lisa Tsavekou, Bridget O'Dwyer, Lisa Spirn 


Erin Bellamy, Owner of Boxwood Coffee Roasters

Hillary Kaplan and Miriam Silver Verga, Owners Mimi & Hill Design Studio + Shop

Joyce K. Wegbreit, Gretchan R. Ohlig, Barbara Doyle Frantz Phelan, Frantz, Ohlig & Wegbreit, LLC, Partners Phelan, Frantz, Ohlig & Wegbreit, LLC

Joanne Carey, Owner and Artistic Director of Westfield School of Dance

Anne Laird, Owner of the Town Book Store

Keira Karlin, Owner Blende Beauty

 

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 LEFT TO RIGHT

Zakia Sheila Flagg, Owner of Brow Bar Permanent Makeup

Brandi Hoynowski, Owner of Brassy Budda 2

Kelly Bennett, Co-owner and Teacher at Valencia Music School

Lillien Pien Co-owner of Akai Lounge

Annette Colbertaldo, Co-owner of Farinolio

Regina Smith, Owner of R Studio Beauty

Carla Friday, Owner of Details Made Simple & The Simple Shoppe Candle Company 

Joanna Rapuzzi, Owner of AR Workshop Westfield

Oksana and Paloma, Co-owners of American Dream Tattoo

 

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 LEFT TO RIGHT

Regina Ruparel, Recording Secretary of the Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

Laura Byron, Corresponding Secretary of the Westfield Service League Consignment & Thrift

Karen Phillips, Owner of Via Nutrition

Claudia Cruz, Owner and the team at Elegant Image Salon

Joanne Turner, Michelle May and Marty McDevitt, Co-owners of Elements Design Studio

Christina Teevan, Owner of The Oils Room

Julie Shanebrook, Owner of Chill Cryotherapy

Gina Vilca, Owner of Everlasting Haven Spa & Wellness Studio

Lika Alania, Owner Alania Aesthetics

 

 

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Yoga at the seesaws

Yoga at the seesaws

Glo Downtown to join Satsang Yoga Studio for three-movement and meditation sessions. Register for the complimentary sessions and meet at the Illuminated Seesaw Art Installation ‘Impulse’ at the Westfield train station. Each 20–25 minute session will include elements of yoga movement, led breathing, and mindfulness.

Free, fun play for adults. Glow with your brightest comfortable attire — including masks. No yoga mats required.

 

 

To register, click here:

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Glo Downtown cocktail & dining specials

Glo Downtown cocktail & dining specials

Enjoy fun Glo Downtown cocktails & dining specials while the Impulse seesaws are in town.

Breakfast & lunch specials, magical drinks and glow cupcakes are a few of the fun offerings. 

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Glo Downtown Cocktails Dining Deals March 14

 

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