Regular Side Door may be closed, but Zoom Side Door is OPEN EVERY FRIDAY AFTERNOON. For more information, click here to email

About Side Door

Side Door is a free drop-in program for Montclair middle school students that is open most Fridays after school.  Located at 176 Cooper Ave and sponsored by Union Congregational Church, Side Door is a safe and supervised space where kids can spend the afternoon with their friends and peers. Now in its 17th year, Side Door is funded by UCC, the Montclair Fund for Women, the Montclair Foundation, the Montclair Community Intervention Alliance (GCADA) and through generous donations from people like you.   

At Side Door, kids can hang out with their friends or participate in a variety of fun outdoor and indoor activities including:

  • Outdoor – touch football, basketball, and 4-square
  • Indoor – ping pong, air hockey, foosball, video games, crafts, movies, and frequent special events.

There’s never a dull moment and always plenty of kids to do things with! Student volunteers from Montclair High School and Montclair State University are always on hand to play with and supervise the middle schoolers so that it’s fun, safe, and inclusive. There are also adult volunteers. Learn more. 

And there is food. Free food!! Thanks to Toni’s Kitchen, free sandwiches, and healthy snacks are available to everyone at Side Door. Parents frequently contribute goodies for celebrations. Additionally, snacks, soda, and candy are offered for sale, plus pizza at $1 per slice thanks to Soho Pizza.

While pre-registration is NOT required, it is appreciated. Register Now.  

Side Door is free to attend, but donations are needed. Donate Now.

Side Door
176 Cooper Ave, Upper Montclair
2:15-5:00 pm most Fridays after school
Click here for our full calendar.


Check out this video of the latest SideDoor Creation!

Montclair Foundation Grant

Side Door at Union Congregational Church is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of the recipients of a fall 2018 grant from the Montclair Foundation.  The grant monies will be used to support our ongoing efforts to provide Montclair middle school students with a safe and supervised place to be with their friends on Friday afternoons after school.  We are honored to receive the continued support of the Montclair Foundation.  


Susan Johnson

Director, The Side Door