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Father's Day

Celebrating Father’s Day in #HipNJ

Father’s Day is here!  Whether you want to have a day out with the man of the hour or spend it at home, #HipNJ has got you covered! Here is your New Jersey guide to Father’s Day.

Going Out

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts presents Seussical Jr. at the Hudson Theatre in Hoboken. Tickets are free for dads on Sunday!

Have a delicious Italian meal with the family at Peter’s of Millburn! Check out the menu here.

Head over to iPlay America in Freehold for some family fun.  Plus, dads can ride and eat for free! Download your voucher here.

Visit Amazing Escape Room in Montclair and make your way out of a staged set filled with props, clues, locks and riddles. Dads get in for free on Sunday!

Enjoy the warm weather and head over to Oceanport for Father’s Day at the Racetrack. There will be live music and a Father’s Day Beer Garden!

Staying In

Don’t want to leave the house? Get some snacks and binge-watch  Cobra Kai! Jersey Boy Daniel LaRusso is back in the YouTube Red show based on The Karate Kid film series, taking place 34 years after the original film.

Make one of NJ’s own celebrity chef David Burke‘s favorite recipes. These may be a bit of a challenge, but the effort will be worth it!

Gift Inspiration 

Brooklyn Pizza TourUse promo code “DADLUVSPIZZA” at checkout from now through June 17th and you’ll receive $5 off each ticket. 

So many great artists are coming to NJ venues this summer, so get your dad some tickets to see his favorite at the Prudential Center! U2 will be there on June 29!

Pick up a delish ice cream cake for the Dad with a sweet tooth at Torico Ice Cream in Jersey City!

#HipNJ’s Cutest Tell NBC’s Lester Holt About Their Father’s Day Plans

If all else fails, get some Daddy’s Day inspiration from Watchung Elementary School (Montclair) students! They were recently interviewed by NBC Nightly News about why they love their #1 guy.

View the clip here:

Newark Arts Celebrates Ellen Lambert

Newark Arts recently celebrated the life and career of Ellen Lambert, recently retired Chief Diversity Officer of PSEG, President of PSEG Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship and Culture at a festive fundraiser in Newark.

The venue was transformed into a sculpture garden featuring a specially-commissioned energy-powered work by lighting artist Sunil Garg. The one-of-a-kind fundraising event highlighted Lambert’s career as an advocate for women, underserved populations, social investment and the arts.

“What an honor it was to be recognized as a champion for diversity both in the corporate sector and in the arts,” Lambert said. “I am quite pleased to have been a part of this exciting event to raise much needed dollars to support the arts community in Newark.”

Funds raised will help sustain the non-profit’s efforts to support community-driven initiatives. The organization is well-known for the Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival, an annual fall tour of public and private art spaces, studios and galleries across the city.

Newark Arts has awarded over $500,000 in grants to neighborhood individuals and local organizations through the ArtStart program. Newark Arts is also the incubator of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, a strategic alliance of 80+ arts education stakeholders, who ensure that Newark early learners and students have equitable access to high quality, sequential arts education opportunities.

When asked to reflect on the event, Newark Arts Executive Director Jeremy Johnson said, “There is no more deserving honoree than Ellen Lambert. Her career is a testament to the power of diversity, and Newark Arts has always been at the forefront of diversity in the arts.”

To learn more, click here.

Karla Perez on Her Experience with Minette’s Angels

Karla Perez, Minette’s Angels recipient and breast cancer survivor, chats with #HipNJ about her breast cancer journey and her experience with Minette’s Angels.

“My breast cancer journey was in 2016,” she starts. While she is currently in remission, Perez reflects on how Minette’s Angels helped her and her family throughout the hard times.

“Minette’s Angels helped me through this very trying time in my life,” she says. “They were on my side the whole time.”

Perez says that she cannot wait for Minette’s Angels Celebration of Angels gala on Thursday, April 26th at the Park Savoy Estate.

“Never let cancer get you down,” Perez concludes. “Always fight the fight.” To learn more about Minette’s Angels and to donate, visit MinettesAngels.org.