We learned that our 2nd graders will be learning about the city of Edison this year as part of their SS unit. We wrote about some extra cool places for them to check out!
Pump It Up! by Shikha Agarwal
You have heard of many inflatable houses, but why do you settle for the rest, when you can go for the best! Pump it up is a fun inflatable house that is enjoyable for everyone in the family! Pump it up holds birthdays, special events, or group events. It even lets you have free jump time if you are just lying at home with nothing to do. So let’s learn all about! Pump it up is the leader in the children’s entertainment category specializing in private, indoor birthday parties for kids. From its indoor giant inflatable filled play areas, to their private party room, their staff takes care of everything for your event; all you have to do is get together a group of kids who want tohave an awesome time! If you are having a birthday party, make it happen at Pump it up! Pump it up is known for birthday parties. After you jump around, you get pizza and an awesome ice-cream cake!! Since Pump it up is an inflatable bouncy house, they have an inflatable chair for you to sit on during pizza and cake time! They even have an inflatable crown to make you feel like royalty. You even get to take the crown home with you. The kids could even pick out a theme for their party, like if you love glow in the dark, they have something just for you! If your child loves pirates or superheroes, then they could have an adventure party just for them. Either way, kids would love to just jump around for their birthday or to just have fun. So what are you waiting for, jump up out of your seat and rush right over to Pump it up! You can find out more information at www.pumpitupparty.com.
Edison Memorial Tower
by Dhruv Shidhaye
Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. His inventions greatly influenced the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, electric light bulb. Edison Memorial Tower was built in 1937 as a memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Edison's invention of the light bulb. The tower was built with a large replica of the Edison's original light bulb at the very top. A frosted bulb called the "Eternal Light" was installed at the base of the tower. The firm Massena and DuPont built the tower. They chose the Art Deco style for the Tower shaft, which tapers upward to the monumental replica of Edison's first practical incandescent bulb. The effect is to focus attention upward to the light at the top, as well as enhance the sense of height and monumentality. The total height of the Tower is 134' 10". It is topped by a high monumental Bulb of Pyrex glass segments. The property also hosts a small museum which showcases many of Thomas Edison's creations including thephonograph, development of a complete electrical distribution system and perfection of the incandescent light bulb. The museum also shows many photos taken of Thomas Alva Edison's property, inventions, and family. The Edison Memorial Tower is located at 37 Christie Street, Edison, NJ and open between Thursdays and Saturdays.
by Sukanya Sharma & Srinidhi Venkatesh & Charvi Kasala
If you’re looking for a place to go in Edison, you might think your choices are bleak. There are quite a few places you should visit, but they are camouflaged. One place is the one and only Rebounderz!!! Indoor trampoline fun is a phrase that describes Rebounderz. It offers a colossal trampoline. A bouncy basketball court and a cube pit also exist there. In the cube pit, you can show off your tricks as you dive into a soft pit among the ton of foam cubes. In the trampoline, you can bounce of the trampoline walls. In the basketball court your skill can be tested. It's right at 76 Carter Drive, Edison, NJ. So, if you’re looking for bouncy fun, come to Rebounderz!!! Rebounderz offers an hour of jumping time with loads of fun form ranges of $10-20. That is not too expensive! Also, it is all safe. You can wear knee, elbow, and wrist pads that are provided there, or you can bring them from home. Don’t forget the helmet. You’ll have to wear it to be safe. It gets even better, people can jump from all ages, if they like. I once saw a 5 year old jumping and on the other side a person from the range of 30-40 year old playing. It was great to see both people smiling with joy. If you enjoy Rebounderz that much you can even go have you birthday party there. You get to jump for your birthday for hours. Then you have lunch or dinner (whatever time your party is) in a special room. After that it is cake cutting time. “Happy birthday to you” A large crowd sings for you. Then if you want you can even open presents there if you like. Lastly, it is a sad “goodbye” to all your friends and a “thank you” too. It will be a time you’ll never forget!
By Abhinav Arya
Taco Bell is a fine restaurant where you can eat delicious Mexican food. It has many wonderful appetizers and snacks that make your insides laugh with enthusiasm. They serve Mexican delicacies such as burritos and their Caramel Apple Empanada. They also sell foods such as chalupas, the Doritos locos tacos, salads, nachos, and desserts. At Taco Bell you will find these foods extremely mouth-watering. It will feel like a firework blew up in your mouth. If you haven’t ever seen Taco Bell, just go to the one in Edison on Inman Ave. or Parsonage Rd.
Have you been to Menlo Park Mall recently? It is located in 55 Parsonage Rd, Edison, NJ 08837, and it is a 2 story mall. You can’t miss it when you drive by! Also, it has many different shops. Including, Abercrombie, Areopostale, Aldo Shoes, Apple Computer, Barnes and Noble, and many more! It has food courts too. Asian chao, Auntie Anne’s pretzel perfect, Charley’s grilled subs, The Cheesecake Factory, ect… It has a kid restaurant that is called Rainforest Café! The outside of it looks very interesting to kids. So what are you waiting for? Go to Menlo Park Mall in 55 Parsonage Rd, Edison, NJ 08837!
Sweet & Sassy
By Krishita Laungani and Alexis Kustka
Calling all girls!!!!!!! This is where you get to look like a princess and get all dressed up. Your nails are polished with whichever color you want. The ladies over there make your hair up in a diva style. You can get fabulous make-overs and wear an absolute astonishing dress. This place is Sweet & Sassy. They will do make up that includes lip gloss, hair, dressing up, etc.……..There are spectacular parties too!!! And the themes are Enchanted princess, Magical fairy, Ultimate spa, Runway fashion show, Girls rock, DJ, Party in the limo, My VIP, and Lights Camera Action. Most girls choose Sweet & Sassy because they love how they get styled up. Come to Sweet & Sassy now and get styled up. !!
Monster Mini Golf
By Krishita Laungani and Harshitha Thota
Don’t get scared looking at the dark and scary monstrous place, it is in fact a monster themed mini golf which is the main part of this whole place. There will be a zig-zagging path and various other types of tricky holes. Even if you are an expert at that it will take at least couple of tries for one to get through the holes. There are really challenging holes, 18 of them. Moreover it is all neon and your clothes will glow especially if you wear white!! There is a big, green Frankenstein waiting to scare you!!! In addition there are many more interesting things you have to see it yourself, so get ready and go there to visit and have fun!!!! The arcade is the place where you rock and roll with games. Each game at the most gives 4-6 tickets. There is ski ball, car games, and lots and lots of candy. I think there is $5 in each card. When the money in your card runs out, either get more money or get a prize! The prizes include rings, balls, and etc....So Enjoy and have a blast
By Alexis Kustka and Shikha Agarwal
Have you ever gone to a restaurant where your child thinks it is kind of you know, BORING???? Well those days are over for you, because you could go to Rainforest Café!! Rainforest Café is part- forest and part- restaurant. Did you know that Rainforest Café has waterfalls, lush vegetation, and creatures that are totally stunning. Do you want to go there? Well I do so let’s learn all about it! Did you know that Rainforest Café has a wild zone just for kids & an awesome kids menu Do you know any place that lets you EAT A VOLCANO??? Well, I do, it’s Rainforest Café!! And parents listen up, if your child loves animals, or adventure, or even the rainforest, and a special event is coming up, then Rainforest Café is the place to book it! That’s right, they hold important events at just the right place. They will even have animals show up and say,” Happy Birthday!” Do you want to be the queen/king of the jungle, then go to Rainforest Café. If you want to go and order right now, here are some of Rainforest Café’s best choices: some for the kids: Mac & cheese, hot dogs, grilled chicken, rainforest rascals, (sliders) popping shrimp, castaway kid’s pizza, & python pasta. You can also get apple sauce, corn, fresh fruit, steamed veggies, & mashed potatoes for a side. Now, you must be getting thirsty, so why not get a drink! Even better, why not get Rainforest Café’s all-time kid’s favorite, Lava Mud!!! Basically a Lava Mud is a creamy chocolate pudding with crushed Oreo cookies and gummy worms on top. Or you could get an ice-cream sandwich. For the adults: there is beautiful wide selection for you. There are appetizers, soups & salads, sandwiches & burgers, seafood, beef, pork, chicken, & pasta. I don’t know about you, but I just had a thought, and I need to eat a volcano! Well, I ‘m off to Rainforest Café! You can find out more from the website www.rainforestcafe.com.
Edison Bowling Lanes
By Heena Aidoo
Have you ever heard of the Edison Bowling Lanes? Well, it is an amazing place! It is really fun and it has a lot of delicious foods there. It is a prefect place to have ones birthday party.
Edison Bowling Lanes is a place where you can bowl. One of the things that make it special is that you can spend time to spend with your family and friends. You will have time to play with your family and friends and have a great and fun time. Edison Bowling Lanes is in Oak tree Rd in Edison.
Edison Bowling Lanes is a great place to hang out with your family. Or it can be a place to have a birthday party or just to celebrate a special time. It can be anything you need it for. Just have a fun time with any person you want!
The Lego Movie – Review by Dhruv Shidhaye
The Lego Movie is a very interesting movie full of thrills and laughter. The story is based in Lego world and about Emmet, a construction worker who stops evil Lego figure Lord Business from gluing the Lego universe together and creating a perfect city. He completes his tasks successfully. True to the prophecy put by sage Vitruvius that a Master Builder would save the Lego world.
Emmet, who is living an ordinary life, once stumbles on an object called a Kragle. It is superglue and the cap of the bottle is stuck to Emmet’s back, while the glue from the bottle is spreading all over Lego city. Everyone thinks that Emmet is the Master Builder who will save the Lego world. The whole story goes with thrills and fun rides to remove the stuck cap and put it back on the bottle. It has all the mixed Lego characters from Harry Potter to Abraham Lincoln with interesting scenes. The most exciting part is that the crew of master builders builds a submarine and escapes from the cloud land.
Finally Emmet is able to convince Lord Business and they manage to work together to close the Kragle bottle.
The theme song "Everything Is Awesome" is really awesome. This is truly a family movie, where our parents can enjoy just as we would. I would definitely recommend this movie as a must watch.
Characters: Emmet, Lucy/Wild Style, Lord Business, Vitruvius, Batman, Spaceman, Unikitty, Lloyd Garmadon, Metal Beard, good cop, bad cop, Marry Ann, and Pa cop.
The SuperBowl – Review by Allen DeSagun
Have you watched The Super Bowl this year? Well if not here’s some information about it! This year was the Seattle Seahawks vs the Denver Broncos! It was hosted at the MetLife stadium (MetLife Stadium Dr. East Rutherford, NJ 07073). The people who played half time were Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Seattle Seahawks won this year, it was 43-8 (43 Seahawks, 8 Broncos).
The evening started with an almost immediate score when the Seahawks got 2 points. The team amazingly won against the Denver Broncos throughout the whole game and received a runaway win. For the food, they sold chicken wings, potato skins and much more. Many people attended, about 82,529 came to the spectacular show. The celebrities who attended were Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, and Aaron Paul. Some of them hung out in the end zone, while Andy Samberg and Terry Crews goofed around with Katie Couric off the field. Once the game got started, David Beckham, Paul McCartney, and Catherine Zeta-Jones took their seats in private boxes to enjoy the game. Overall, the Super Bowl this year was the "the COOLEST game in history", critics say.
SPRING Poem –by Shikha Agarwal
SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!
PEOPLE BLOOM JUST LIKE FLOWERS
ROSES AND LILIES ARE PRETTY
IN THE GARDEN MANY ROAM FREE
NESTING BIRDS CHIRP A BEAUTIFUL SONG
GORGEOUS SCENERY ALL AROUND
Flowers of Spring
Puzzle by Abhinav Arya
H A C K Q G Q Y A N T Z Y X L S P G I E S Y N B R S V M R E
B H N B T P R I M R O S E L C E C O K O R J P Z V R S S O Y
V G W E U K G S Y Y U Z S D Z K R T W Y E U M N I P I O Z U
U P Y W M T H J I J K Z V K H X Q J I W W N P D J T Y H J V
G C F C G O Y H A Y L F K Q I W P V P U O D X S S P T M S I
D Y W A W U N I S V C E D R Z T I W O T L E Y T O Z A H P O
B J U Z S J X E L D Z Y V L E P X V K I F K X T U A O R V L
V O N X V A U H O N R T X H O W H Q K U Y W U O T E J J A E
N G K A L P I L U T E W F P G U O Z B K S I P A J A C Y M T
H Q N K V K G L D H L O P C V O C L C I N V G C G Z O B T L
Q W S P C A X I Z Y G Y A G P M J K F U A C Y Q O N P B D K
M G L H X Y S O V C S O J E O W R P P S P E X P L R Y S D M
R R G K F E N I N O X Z K I P G U U M C U C W I O C T G R F
F P P R C R E W O L F E L K N I W I R E P C D F I G M U K Q
R P Z C A T O P Y S L X Q H D Y J O D T Q O S F C D B I U D
A Y Y H C E T L E T B Q H J O K I O J E F C K I Y O S Z G P
S V G F K O G D E B L S K R Z C H C V F S L A X B J G M C P
M N C J E J T C D M W L A F V N K K A H C O T K R I H N E E
I W Y T Q J P R E W Z A Z A U U D D Q I Q P R J W V H U Z Y
G Y J G Y D G K P H U I P J R K Z D M T B Z A J W V D F B Q
W U E X O R Y L K U Z Q G C O O R Q X R A S M Q E I S J G U
S J L W Q I O V Z X J Z D X J I J M V N B U D D W U E A M J
E A Q P S B A J Y C V E E X I E O L V S F A S P K K X B B K
M Z N I P A S G O F F Y H W V M X R L V S Y W Y E G I Y L D
U J Y K U D I G N L N Z Y T C S K O D N M X U W U H S X L C
Our World-A Futuristic Story by Srinidhi Venkatesh
Squeak! Squeak! I sighed. My shoes had picked up too much sprig. I had to visit the sprigist. Since the time I was born, our building floor had been coated in sprig. Some rich old scientist had found out that sprig helped keep floors clean. Ever since, this is how it’s been.
Welcome to 2194, the age of innovation.
I had arrived at the plastic roads. They were really plastic tubes that connected the buildings. They were see-through so that we could see the wildlife. They were named after some old thing that used to be on the ground hundreds of years ago. It really was interesting the way the ground was for nobody but the officials could go. On my part, I think it’s unfair, but laws are laws.
I hurried along the familiar path to my house. The school bell, located in the Capital of our city, was about to signal. I hated it so much. It was a band, on my hand that vibrated accordingly. I hated my school most of all. It was a room that had five walls with big, ugly screens on it. Each screen had a lesson on it.
I felt a light vibration on my wrist. I had to use an insta-chair or deal with my mom for being late for school. Just then, I remembered that I had to insta-send my groceries to her. I found the nearest machine and typed in our family code. It was the most important thing for us.
Swoosh. The groceries disappeared and had probably reached home by now. I did the same and landed in my seat in the classroom. Slowly, the school day dragged on. When it was over, I jumped for joy.
Now, it was playtime! I decided that I’d play Where Am I? First, I had to get my best friend. The easiest way was to use a destichair. I sat down and thought about my friend’s house. I opened my eyes and stepped into his room. I put a tablet from the bottle in my pocket into my mouth. Then I yelled “Thomas!! Where am I?” He mumbled something and then started stretching his arms and tried to get me. Being invisible was fun when it came to pranks. I drank a glass of water and I was visible again.
I quickly destichaired myself home. I was just in time for supper. It was Italian today. My mom put the cup with a red liquid in front of me. As I drank, I could taste ravioli and pasta. I really did like it.
For bedtime, I grabbed my auto book and lay down. As I closed my eyes, the story shared its words. As I fell asleep, I thought about my great life.
Nina and Sam were two ordinary kids. Until this magical and suspenseful adventure took them on a twist. Nina and Sam were twins that attend Herbert Hoover middle school and are in 6th grade. This all started when Nina and Sam were late to school. Sam liked counting rings on a tree to determine the age of the tree. This mistake led to a serious problem, read to find out.
St. Patrick Day Mystery
by Sukanya Sharma
Nina and Sam didn’t know what they were headed for-a world with magic disgust, suspense, and happiness a waited for them. It was a Wednesday morning and Nina and Sam were getting late for school. ”Let’s take the short cut. “Nina explained to Sam. They raced to the path that led to the woods. A couple minutes Nina realized THEY WERE LOST. Nina tried to find their way back home. Meanwhile Sam on the other hand was busy counting rings on a stump nearby. “92! This tree is 92 years old.” Sam yelled. “92, 92, 92, 92!” “Shush it Sam.” Nina replied furiously. “We are LOST.” Suddenly from a far distance Nina heard a scream. It was Sam the stump slid open and Sam fell in! Not knowing what to do Nina jumped to save her brother.
As Nina reached down Sam was busy admiring the beautiful scenery behind them. It was a magical place, where trees were small as broccoli and broccoli were as the size of trees. And elephants were the size of butterfly’s and butterflies were the size of elephants. Than popped a wizard popped out the size of a leprechaun and 2 fairies with the wizard “Hello newcomers. I’m the caretakers of all these fairies. This is your fairy Sam his name is Bunzzo. Here is your fairy Nina her name is Kathy. Said the wizard, “You see each person has a fairy that helps them through tasks in real world you can’t see them but they are there. Once u enters this magical world you get to see the fairies forever. Others can’t see them only you can. And to let you know because I keep on freaking you out now my name is Sticko The great Fairy keeper.” “More like Sicko the Stupid,” came a voice from behind. Suddenly Sticko was put into a cage and captured. After a moment that lady disappeared. There was silence after the moment then Bunzzo explained,” The wizard was the king of fairies and the witch, Pandora was evil and once ruled the fairy world with her dark evil spells. Then Sticko defeated her and Sticko was the new king.” Then Kathy Nina’s fairy continued, “You two will have to beat Pandora so Sticko can be king again. You two will have to obtain Iris a rare flower, a key to a pyramid, and a pendent.”
To make the job easier Kathy and Nina went to find the flower Iris and Bunzzo and Sam went to go find the pyramid. Kathy and Nina’s flower was in rainforest deep inside. Pushing plants away from their faces climbing steep hills to climb at last they found the flower. Suddenly, they heard sniffles behind a bush. It was a small maiden crying from sadness. Nina felt bad and not thinking she gave the flower to the crying maiden. The maiden was happy and then she looked up and smiled, “I’m Vanessa the fairy of nature and Earth. And I wanted to see how kind hearted you are finding that flower you found with great danger and just giving it to me. I thank you with giving you the power of nature and water. Also this flower with something inside it” Nina was pleased and couldn’t wait to show her brother what she got.
Meanwhile on the other hand Bunzzo and Sam found the key with great danger filled with sandstorms and attacking camels and wanted to find which pyramid it belonged to. Then suddenly they heard moans and cries behind a pyramid. They checked to see where the sound was coming from. There behind the pyramid was a poor, skinny looking beggar with nothing to eat. Not thinking again Sam reached out his hand and handed him the key and told him he can find the pyramid and get the jewels and gold inside to buy him some food. The man looked up with a big grin on his face and said, “Thank you for this key and your kindness for this kindness I’ll give you three things. First, this key belongs to Sphinxy. Secondly, here is a little pyramid that holds something spectacular, and lastly I’ll grant you the power of sand and air.” Sam excitedly thank you’d the poor and beggar and left to go where Sam and Nina decided where to meet.
After sharing these spectacular powers the twins were excited. And the flower and pyramid they received happened to be a half heart that connected easily together. That made the pendant! Then a magical fairy Lucille appeared and gave both powers to flying, come to fairy world anytime, defending, and invisibility.
Now came the hardest part of all, beating Pandora. The fairies and the twins knew this task won’t be easy, but they knew they had to do this to save Sticko. “Let’s do this for Sticko” The group of 4 said together in unison. They were determined as ever. Through hills, desert, ponds they all struggled trying to keep on track. Bunzzo and Kathy made a shelter for overnight with their magical power. Poof! Blast! The house was built so fast that you could magic world 3 times as fast you can it’ll be made before that. And the house was as large as an insect (In their world insects are huge because it is opposite in their world). After their night stay the journey continued. At last they approached to the castle of Pandora they were horrified. The place had molds and fungus all over. The castle looked evil inside and out. The trees were showing hatred and disgust. The ground looked vicious like it forcefully had to welcome them. A shiver ran down Nina’s back. The four could feel how much evil was in Pandora.
The worst of all was that Pandora had a smirk of maleficent and an unwelcome twinkle in her eye. The fight began with a twist and suspenseful thrust the power of evil shot against power of water back and forth, from here to there. Blasting of powers shoot like crazy!!! Sandstorm swirl, bats to death!! Spells were released not knowing what they were capable of doing the twins fought with all their might. In the middle Kathy got injured and Bunzzo followed Kathy to protect her. Now it was up to Sam and Nina. Sam distracted Pandora while Nina went to open the small cage. Sticko cleared Pandora with one sonic boom! Pandora was never seen again in the magical world of, “Opposite.” Kathy recovered with one cure love from her new beloved ones, Sam, Nina, and Bunzzo. Well, now it was time to go back home from Nina and Sam. They promised to meet again every once a day with a great new adventure each day to and would always keep this world a secret and their new magical powers. In a second they were in school and it was time for 1 period the bell rang and Nina and Sam rushed to their classes.
Nina and Sam practiced their powers with Kathy and Bunzzo every day and their powers got stronger. And for Sam he kept the great key of Sphinxy, maybe it’ll come in handy someday. You’ll never know! Also the playful twins always followed the promise they made and made sure to never break it. They lived in peace, for a while!!!