NEW JERSEY’S GUIDE FOR KIDS, TEENS AND FAMILIES
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SPECIAL PLACES Historic Sites........................................................ 6 Museums.............................................................12 Planetariums.......................................................19 Trains, Planes & Ships .........................................20 Going Places–New York .....................................22 Going Places–Pennsylvania ................................32 Going Places–Baltimore .....................................36
THE ARTS Music & Dance ....................................................37 Theatre................................................................45 Film & Speaker Series .........................................52 Storytime–Libraries ............................................53
PARENT RESOURCES Adult Education & Enrichment........................163 Moms Groups/Playgroups................................165 SERVICES
HEALTH & FAMILY Adoption/Foster Care.......................................166 Children’s Groups .............................................167 Pediatric Health Care .......................................168 Health Care Facilities........................................168 Health Professionals.........................................169 Hotlines / Information Lines .............................170 Health Services .................................................170 Specialized Health Services..............................170 Support Groups ................................................174
CHILD CARE ENTERTAINMENT Amusement & Water Parks................................87 Outdoor Entertainment.....................................88 Indoor Entertainment .......................................89 Drop-In Creative Fun..........................................92 Fairs & Festivals...................................................92 Big Shows & Concerts.........................................94 Spectator Sports .................................................96
PARTY PLANNER Party Places .........................................................97 Party & Special Event Entertainment..............100 Party Supplies ...................................................102
ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS................103 Mommy & Me ..................................................103 Enrichment Classes, all ages and interests......103 Clubs..................................................................117 Volunteer Opportunities .................................118 GROUP, SCHOOL & CAMP OUTREACH & FIELD TRIPS ...............116 Outreach programs and field trip ideas for schools, camps, scouts and community groups
Child Care/Nanny Services................................175 Child Care Providers .........................................175 Drop-In/Part-time Child Care...........................177 After-School Child Care ...................................177
EDUCATION Education Services/Tutors/Test Prep ................178 Learning DIsabilities Support ..........................179 Preschools & Kindergarten ..............................179 Student Led Preschools ...............................online Private Independent Elementary to High School ...........190 & online Special Education .............................................193 MARKETPLACE Shopping, Consignment Shops, Restaurants, Vacation Rentals, Pets and more.....................195 CALENDAR Calendar of Events ...........................................197 FAMILY TRAVEL
SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS.....120 Day camps, sleepaway, sports and specialty camps for toddlers to teens
RECREATION & SPORTS Sports ................................................................145 Ys / JCCs/Rec Facilities/Clubs .............................150 Recreation Departments..................................153 Team Sports ......................................................154 Teen Recreation................................................154
Enrichment .......................................................155 Recreation & Sports..........................................156 Universal Playgrounds......................................158 Camps................................................................159 Therapeutic Services.........................................161 Specialized Health Services..............................170 Child Care .........................................................162 Education Services/LD Support .......................179 Special Education ............................................ 193
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Biking ..................................................................56 Boating, Fishing & Swimming Holes .............................................57 Camping..............................................................59 Farms/Pick Your Own .........................................60 Hiking & Strolling...............................................62 Horseback Riding ...............................................65 Outdoor Education Centers...............................66 Parks & Playgrounds...........................................76 Down The Shore.................................................79 Winter Sports......................................................81 Zoos.....................................................................86
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ids’ Guide NJ is a reference guide designed to inform and remind parents about the wealth of activities, events and services available for our children and families and to support the dedicated organizations and businesses providing them. The print guide is published annually in January and is available free at advertisers and at libraries, schools, child care centers, real estate offices, hospitals, professional and retail businesses and select grocery stores throughout Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties in north central New Jersey. Communities include Summit, Chatham, Madison, Florham Park, Morristown, East Hanover, Hanover Twp., Livingston, Montclair, Millburn, Short Hills, Maplewood, South Orange, West Orange, Union, Spring field, Cranford, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Mountainside, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Long Hill Twp., Watchung, Warren, Bernards Twp., Bernardsville, Martinsville, Bedminster, Chester, Bridge water, Somerville, Hillsborough, Flemington and surrounding areas. Information in the Kids’ Guide is sorted by category (see Contents page). If you were interested in theatre productions, for example, refer to the “Theatre” category and you will find listings for area theatres. Places that offer on-going, regularly scheduled and/or advance registration or tickets for their children and family programs appear under their category rather than in the Calendar of Events, so you can view at a glance what’s happening in any given category, and plan ahead for the events of interest to you. In general, the Calendar of Events is limited to one or two-day events that are open to everyone on that day. If you are looking for an activity on a specific date, it is highly recommended that you scan other categories in addition to the Calendar. In particular, the activity categories under “Special Places,” “Outdoors,” and “The Arts,” all located at the front of the book, contain many dates of interest. Dates are highlighted in bold type throughout the book for quick reference. You can attend many events on short notice if space is still available. Events are continuously added at kidsguidenj.com where you can also find convenient links to listing websites and click through to find new events, exhibitions and programs. While we strive to be as accurate and complete as possible, changes and additions do occur after presstime. Please call ahead to confirm dates, times and prices and to check for any new programs. And please support our fine advertisers. They are dedicated to serving our children and families and it is only through their support that Kids’ Guide NJ is possible.
revolutionarynj.org The Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area celebrates New Jersey’s rich history and significant contributions to our nation through partnerships with preservation groups, historical societies, governments, schools, libraries and museums. Sign up for the Crossroads Gazette e-newsletter and visit the comprehensive website for information about historic sites and events statewide. Historic homes in your community may be open monthly or for special events, and are typically supported by volunteer historical societies. Maintenance, improvements and repairs make great community service projects for scouts and other youth groups.
morris county tourism bureau 6 Court St. (across from Morris County Court House), Morristown, 973-631-5151. Open Mon.-Fri. 9-4 Excellent one-stop source of information about destinations and events in Morris County. Brochures, maps and calendars are available. Hosts themed guided walking tours of historic Morristown spring, summer and fall, school and homeschool programs. Or download the Historic Morristown Walking Tour app. www.morristourism.org
www.visitnj.org New Jersey is filled with homes and sites of historical interest. Listings below are noted for their ongoing programs specifically geared to children and families. For a complete list of historic and other sites to visit, consult the State of New Jersey’s official website at www.visitnj.org.
Acorn Hall 68 Morris Ave., Morristown, 973-267-3465 www.acornhall.org Wed. & Thurs. 11-4, Sun. 1-4. Guided tours every half hour. Group tours by appointment. Adults $6, srs. $5, students $3, under 12 free. Italianate Victorian mansion, built in 1853, is the headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society. From the back of the garden, a short trail leads down to the Whippany River and to the site of a Revolutionary War gunpowder mill. On and off-site speakers and educational programs; traveling trunks available for rental. Gardens open dawn to dusk; gift shop.
Allaire Village Allaire State Park, Rt. 524 (exit 98 GSP), Wall Township Village: 732-919-3500, Park: 732-938-2371 www.allairevillage.org Historic buildings open Memorial Day-Labor Day: Wed.Sun. 11-4; April-Nov.: Weekends 11-4; March and Dec.: Open only for special events. Open special weekends Jan.-Mar. Admission May-end of Nov. weekends: Adults $3, ages 612 $2, 5 and under free.
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908-464-0123 Living museums display artifacts from the Howell Iron Works village of 1822-1848. Costumed interpreters explain the history and demonstrate various crafts. The Pine Creek Railroad, a narrow gauge rail line operating both diesel and steam locomotives, makes a 1.5 mile loop in the park and runs 12-4:30pm weekends & holidays April-Dec.; 7 days July and Aug. Tickets are $4 ages 3 and over, free under 3. The Christmas Express operates weekends in late Nov.-Dec. with tickets on sale beginning Oct. 1 (732-938-5524). State park features hiking and multi-use trails, camping, nature center (staffed Memorial Day thru Labor Day) with interpretive programs (732-938-6707), picnicking, snack bar, playground, canoeing and fishing on the Manasquan River. Selected 2018 Events Mar 31 Easter Egg Hunt, 11:30-4. Handmade bonnet parade and contest 3pm. Advance purchase recommended, $6, under 1 free. Apr 7 2018 Opening Day Celebration, 11-4. House tours, craft demonstrations, 19th century activities. Adults $5, ages 6-12 $3, under 5 free. May 5 Recreating a day of “Camp Burton” at Allaire, 1929, with boy scout activities. 11-4. Ages 6+ $3. May 12 Mommy & Me Tea Party, 11, 12, 1pm. $5, under 1 free. Advance purchase recommended. May 19 Spring Festival Market, includes flowers, crafts, auction at 1pm. 11-4. Adults $5, ages 6-12 $3. Jun 2-3 Civil War Encampment, 10-4. $5 per car.
Cooper Gristmill Black River County Park, County Rt. 513 (old Rt. 24) Chester Twp., 908-879-5463 www.morrisparks.net
Open April-late Oct, closed winter. April-June: Sat. 105, last tour at 3:30. July & Aug.: Wed.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5, last tour at 3:30. Sept.-late Oct.: Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5, last tour at 3:30. Gristmill closed holidays. Adults $3, srs. $2, children 4-16 $1, under age 4 free. Visitors can watch the water-powered millstones grind grain into flour at a turn-of-the-century gristmill on the Black River. Different demonstrations of life in the 1800s on most Sat. and/or Sun. School programs; homeschool programs; group tours, 973-631-5343; summer day camp (see Travels in Time under Camps), 973-829-8419. Black River County Park is open for hiking sunrise to sunset daily.
Crane House Museums 110 Orange Rd., Montclair, 973-744-1796 www.montclairhistory.org Open for public tours seasonally on Sun. 1-4pm. Adults $6, students/srs. $5, children $4. Second Sunday Family FunDay with tours and family activities, $10 per family. Owned and operated by the Montclair Historical Society, properties include the Historic YWCA; offices and local history library at Clark House, 108 Orange Rd.; and the 1796 Israel Crane House and Nathaniel Crane House, home to three generations of the Crane family, one of the founding families of Montclair. Furnished period rooms plus temporary exhibits. Adult and family programs on local history; hearth cooking classes; school trips; scout programs; homeschool programs are offered. Office and library at Clark House is open Tues.-Fri. 8:30-2.
Please Note Events are subject to change or cancellation. Please call or check websites via www.kidsguidenj.com prior to your visit.
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Crane-Phillips House Museum
East Jersey Olde Towne Village
124 N. Union Ave., Cranford, 908-276-0082 www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.org Open Sun. 2-4pm Sept.-June or by appointment. Small Victorian-style house, built in 1840 as a honeymoon cottage for Josiah Crane Jr., offers a glimpse of what life was like for a modest family during the opulent Victorian era. Antiques, Revolutionary War and Civil War artifacts, old tools and farm equipment are on display inside. School and scout tours; third grade history program; lectures and special events.
Johnson Park, 1050 River Rd., Piscataway, 732-745-3030 www.middlesexcountynj.gov Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4, Sun. 1-4. Guided public tours: Tues.Fri. and Sun. 1:30. Group tours by appointment. Podcasts available online. A collection of original, replica and reconstructed 18th and 19th century structures depict the farm and merchant communities once found in central New Jersey. Special events are presented periodically.
Deserted Village of Feltville/Glenside Park
Edison National Historic Site
Watchung Reservation Glenside Ave., Berkeley Heights, 908-527-4900 www.ucnj.org/parks-recreation Grounds open daily dawn to dusk. Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, this site has been a farming community, mill town, deserted village, and summer resort over the course of two centuries. Ten buildings remain and the church/store building and Maskers Barn have been restored. A one-mile self-guided walking tour begins in the parking lot off Glenside Ave. Pick up a brochure in brown kiosks on site or download online. Guided tours are offered periodically and the church/store and Maskers Barn are open to visitors spring-late fall.
211 Main St., West Orange, 973-736-0550 x11 www.nps.gov/edis Laboratory Complex: Wed.-Sun. 10-4. Glenmont: Fri.Sun. 11-4 Oct.-Jan. Glenmont house tours: 12-3. Extended summer hours July 4-Labor Day weekend. A car pass must be obtained at the Laboratory Visitor Center prior to going to Glenmont. House tour tickets are limited and distributed on a first come-first served basis at the Visitor Center. Entrance fee of $10 is valid for 7 days and includes Laboratory Complex and Glenmont. Ages under 16 free. Standard and family audio tours $5. Thomas Edison’s original music recording studio, private laboratory and photography studio are open for all to see, hear and experience, displaying many original furnishings and a vast collection of unique artifacts and documents. Glenmont, Edison’s home in Llewellyn Park, is open for tours Fri.-Sun. on the hour 12-3pm. A pass must be obtained from the Laboratory Visitor Center in order to enter Llewellyn Park. Selected Family Events late Nov- Holidays at Glenmont, Fri., Sat. & Sun. house Jan tours of Glenmont decorated as it was while the Edison family lived there.
Drake House Museum 602 W. Front St., Plainfield, 908-755-5831 www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org Open Sun. 2-4pm or by appointment. Beautifully restored rooms portray the farm life of the Nathanial Drake family in the 1700s and the Victorian life of New York City banker, John S. Harberger, during the late 1800s. The original 1746 farmhouse served as headquarters for George Washington during the Battle of Short Hills in 1777. Significant American paintings, folk art, period furniture and decorative pieces are on display. Group tours; Traveling Trunk exhibit available for school and community groups.
Drumthwacket 354 Stockton St., Princeton, 609-683-0057 www.drumthwacket.org Suggested donation $5. Tours of the official residence of the Governor are given most Wed. throughout the year. Spring, summer and fall tours include the formal Italianate gardens. Reservations required, call or visit online.
Durand-Hedden House & Garden 523 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood, 973-763-7712 www.durandhedden.org Sept.-June: Open houses monthly on Sun. 1-4pm. Closed summer. Free, donations welcome. Historic house circa 1790 has been restored to show the continuum of its life from 1790 to 1930. Open houses each month feature tours, history programs, children’s activities and country store. Jr. docent program; school tours available. Jan 21 Open Hearth Cooking: A Taste of History. Feb 11 If These Walls Could Talk: Researching House Histories. Mar 11 Maisie Brews a Business – 1920 Tea Rooms, first person interpretation. Apr 15 From Fleece to Cloth – Shearing, Spinning & Weaving. May 6 History Ramble through Rosedale Cemetery (est. 1840). Jun 3 Notable Trees of Maplewood.
Thomas A. Edison Center at Menlo Park 37 Christie St. (GSP exit 131), Edison, 732-549-3299 www.menloparkmuseum.org Thurs.-Sat. 10- 4. $5 suggested entrance fee, donations appreciated. Free tours during operating hours. 13-ft. replica light bulb sits atop 131-ft. Memorial Tower where over 400 patented inventions were developed including the phonograph and electric light bulb. Indoor and outdoor galleries house many inventions, interpretive exhibits and educational activities. Museum store open during regular museum hours. School and group tours.
Ford Mansion Washington Headquarters Museum Morristown National Historical Park 30 Washington Place, Morristown, 973-539-2016 x210 www.nps.gov/morr Wed.-Sun. 9:30-5. Jan. 1-Feb. 17: Open Sat. & Sun. only. Ford Mansion shown by guided tour on the hour 10-4 except noon. No admission, donations welcome. Ford Mansion served as the military headquarters of General George Washington during the Continental Army’s winter encampment at Jockey Hollow in 1779-1780. A separate 1930s museum includes three exhibit galleries, 30min. movie about Morristown during the Revolutionary War and bookstore. Visit website for current schedule of ranger-led activities. Ongoing Primary Source Seminar, students have the opportunity to study historical manuscripts firsthand. Classes by appointment only.
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museums Junior Ranger Booklet, print your own online or pick one up at Washington’s Headquarters or Jockey Hollow Visitors Center to complete activities and earn a Junior Ranger badge.
Fosterfields 73 Kahdena Rd., Morristown, 973-326-7645 www.morrisparks.net Closed winter except for special events. April-late June: Tues.-Sat. 10-5. July-Oct. 31: Wed.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Adults $6, srs. $5, children 4-16 $4, ages 2- 3 $2, under 2 free. Additional fee for some special events. Memberships available. Farmers can usually be found engaged in one of their many daily chores from tending the crops to animal care on an operating farm from 1880-1910 era. Weekends feature different demonstrations of farm chores and early crafts. Guided tours of the Willows, one of New Jersey’s finest Gothic Revival restorations, are available afternoons (additional $1). Group and school tours. Travels in Time summer program for ages 10-12 (see History Camps). Selected Family Events Feb 4 Annual Winter’s Day at the Farm, wagon ride, maple tapping, wood sawing, ice harvesting, farm animals. 12-4pm, confirm date first.
The Hermitage 335 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-8311 www.thehermitage.org Open for guided tours Wed.-Sun. 1-4, last tour starts at 3:15. Call ahead to verify hours. Tours $7. Stone house, renovated in 1847-48 in Gothic Revival design, was visited during the Revolutionary War by Washington and was the site of the marriage of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. Living history events are held throughout the year. Lecture series; birthday parties; school and scout programs are offered.
Historic Cold Spring Village 720 Rt. 9 South, Cape May, 609-898-2300 www.hcsv.org Mid-June-mid-Sept.: Open 10-4:30 Sat. and Sun. with special events every weekend. Off-season: Welcome Center and grounds are open for self-guided walking tours, free admission. Adults $14, ages 3-12 $12, under 3 free. Combination tickets are available for Cape May Lighthouse, NASW Aviation Museum, Cape May’s Trolley/Emlen Physick Estate and other sites. Thirty acres of shaded lanes, gardens, working farm and 26 restored historic buildings bring to life the day-today activities of villagers living in South Jersey during 17891840. Historically-clothed interpreters educate and entertain visitors and children can participate in hands-on crafts and games at the activity area. Download walking tour from website, www.hcsv.org, or pick one up in the Welcome Center or Country Store. School programs; speakers bureau; Junior Apprentice program for ages 11-13.
Historic Speedwell 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown, 973-285-6550 www.morrisparks.net Closed winter. April-June: Tues.-Sat. 10-5; July-Oct.: Wed.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Adults $5, srs. $4, children 4-16 $3, 3 and under free. Restored 19th century mansion and ironworks buildings on 7.5 acres capture the daily life of the Vail family and
their contributions to the American Industrial Revolution. The Factory building was the site of the first successful public demonstration of the telegraph in 1838. Group tours; scout programs; home school programs; picnic area; adult and children’s craft series; summer history camp.
Howell Living History Farm 101 Hunter Rd., Titusville, 609-737-3299 www.howellfarm.org Late Jan.-Dec.: Sat. 10-4; Feb.-Nov.: Tues.-Fri. 10-4; AprilNov.: Sun. 12-4. Free admission. A working farm for 200 years is being restored to operate like a typical family farm circa 1900. Saturday programs welcome visitors to help with seasonal farm activities. Picnic tables by Visitor Center; lunch and snacks available for purchase on Sat.; gift shop. Hands-on programs include school and group programs; Farmhands farm experience for ages 6-9 and 10-12 with adult; The Hatchery for ages 3-5 with adult; and summer farm camp for ages 3-15. Small craft programs are offered most Saturdays during open season from 11-3. Materials fee varies from $2-5. Groups of 8 or more must preregister.
Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum 3055 River Rd., Bedminster, NJ, 908-396-6053 www.jvanderveerhouse.org Open for scheduled events and group tours. The circa 1772 house tells the story of a distinguished Dutch-American family who lent their home to General Henry Knox, George Washington’s military commander, and his family during the winter of 1778-79. Visitors can see fully furnished period rooms, exhibits, artifacts, and a video about the Continental Artillery. School and scout groups welcome. Dec Annual Colonial Christmas Weekends, music, demonstrations, boutiques and Santa visit.
Jockey Hollow Morristown National Historical Park 586 Tempe Wick Rd., Morris Township, 973-543-4030 www.nps.gov/morr Visitor Center: Wed.-Sun. 9:30-5, check website for seasonal changes. Wick House: Wed.-Sun. 9:30-12, 1-4. Park areas, open daily 8am to sunset, encompass the Jockey Hollow Encampment Area, New Jersey Brigade and Cross Estate Gardens Area (61 Jockey Hollow Rd., Bernardsville) and Fort Nonsense Area (16 Chestnut St., Morristown). Free. Follow in the footsteps of General George Washington and his continental army during the winter of 1779-80 as you explore the forests and rolling terrain of Jockey Hollow National Park. 1750 Wick House and farm; herb garden; NJ Brigade site; 5 reconstructed soldier huts; 27 miles of hiking trails include Old Camp Road Trail (blue blazes) built by Washington’s army, the Aqueduct Trail, and yellow trail to the site of the original soldier huts and actual hearthstones that were placed by Washington’s soldiers. Pick up a trail map and park brochure at the Visitor Center or download online. Visit website for current schedule of ranger-led activities. Ongoing Morristown National Historical Park Junior Ranger Badge, children ages 6-12 can learn about the American Revolution at Washington’s Headquarters or Jockey Hollow, complete activity booklet and earn a Junior Ranger Badge. Call 973-539-2016 x210 for reservations for school or scout groups.
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Liberty Hall Museum 1003 Morris Ave., Union, 908-527-0400. www.kean.edu/libertyhall April-Dec.: Mon.-Sat. 10-4, last tour at 3:00. Open Jan.Mar. for special events and by appointment. Adults $12; Kean alumni $10, srs., college students and ages 3-17 $8; children under 3 free. Beautifully preserved estate, built in 1772 and lived in until 1995 by seven generations of the Livingston/Kean family, Liberty Hall is an intact, fully furnished home, that reflects two hundred years of New Jersey and United States history. Guided tours, formal garden, apple orchard, carriage house, ice house, firehouse museum and wagon shed. Picnic area and gift shop; meeting and wedding facilities; birthday parties. Scout, school and group programs; home school days are also offered. Wed Afternoon Tea, select Wed. from 2-4pm. $40 includes house tour. Reservations required. Selected Special Family Events Registration required at least one week in advance for special events, unless noted. For reservations, call 908-5270400 or email email@example.com.
Jan 27, Feb 24 Frozen Ball, craft, games, hot chocoloate bar and special guest. Come dressed as your favorite character. Ages 3-10. 1-3pm. $25 per child & one adult; additional adults $5. Feb 10 My Little Man & Me: Valentine’s Day Party, games, crafts, snacks, photo booth. Ages 4-8. 1-3pm. $25 per child/adult. Apr 2 Opening Day, public tours resume. Selected Adult Events Jan 25 Wine Glass Painting, 7-9pm. $25 includes materials, drinks and snacks. Feb 13 Galentine’s Day Party, 7-9pm. $25.
Liberty State Park Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island 200 Morris Pesin Dr., Jersey City, 201-915-3403 www.njparksandforests.org/parks/liberty.html Daily 6am-10pm; park office 8-4 and visitor center 7:304:30 daily. Nature Interpretive Center is still closed due to Hurricane Sandy storm damage, but is holding programs offsite. See listing under Outdoor Education Centers for schedule. Statue of Liberty Ferry fees: Ages 13+ $18.50, srs. $14, ages 4-12 $9. As the launching point to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Liberty State Park offers dramatic waterfront views, a visitors center, nature interpretive center, Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial and exhibits at the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal where about two-thirds of all immigrants boarded trains to their new homes from 1892-1954. Ferry service runs year round from Liberty State Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For ferry information: 877-523-9849, www.statuecruises.com. Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island info: 212-363-3200, www.nps.gov/stli, www.nps.gov/elis. The park also features a giant playground; bike/walking paths; Liberty Walk, a 11⁄2 mile promenade along the Hudson River; dining at the marina and visitors center. Water taxis and scenic cruises leave from Liberty Landing Marina. Bike rentals are available at the U.S. Flag Plaza near the park office, 212-260-0400. For programs at CRRNJ, call 201-
915-3412; for nature programs and outreach programs, call 201-915-3409. Ongoing Statue of Liberty. With the purchase of a ferry ticket from www.statuecruises.com, visitors can reserve a Pedestal/Museum ticket, which provides access to the statue’s pedestal observation levels and museum galleries, or Crown ticket, which provides access to both the Crown and Pedestal/Museum. Both tickets require a secondary screening. Reserved tickets are strongly recommended on weekends, holidays and May-Sept. A limited number of monument access tickets may be available daily at the ferry ticket booths. The only way to reach the crown is to climb 354 narrow steps. Children must be 4 ft. tall. Hard hat tours of select areas of the 750-bed Ellis Island hospital complex can be reserved through Statue Cruises or call 877-523-9849. All Statue Cruise tours include audio tours of Liberty and Ellis Islands. Junior Ranger Program booklet available at Liberty or Ellis Island Information Centers, recommended for ages 7-12. Download app content before your visit. Cell phone coverage is limited on both islands. Park in a Pack educational kit available “on loan” free of charge to educators for 2 week periods. Includes teaching guide, activities and 4 videos about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for grades 4-8, 212-363-3200. American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island Museum and on the internet at www.ellisislandrecords.org provides advanced computer technology for geneology research. Visitors can access records of more than 22 million immigrants through 41 computer terminals.
Longstreet Farm Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Rd., Holmdel, 732-946-3758 www.monmouthcountyparks.com Daily 10-4. Memorial Day-Labor Day: 9-5. Farmhouse open weekend and holiday afternoons or by reservation. Life on a general farm in the 1890’s is recreated by costumed interpreters working in fields and buildings throughout the 9-acre site. Discovery Room at HolmesHendrickson House, built in 1754. Free weekend activities give visitors a glimpse into life during the 1890s. Park features picnic areas, snack bar, two playgrounds, walking trails and arboretum. Sat Free Weekend Activities, craft demonstrations, & Sun farm activities, music most weekends. 1st Sat Parent/Child Morning Chores, ages 4 and up, 8-9am the first Sat. of the month. $15 parent/child pair, $5 additional participant.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, 973-538-2404 www.maccullochhall.org Museum: Wed., Thurs. and Sun. 1-4pm. School and group tours scheduled by appointment Sun.-Fri. Adults $8, srs. and students $6, ages 6-12 $4, members and ages 5 and under free. Gardens: open daily 9-5, free. A Federal style mansion built in 1810 by George (17751858) and Louisa (1785-1863) Macculloch and lived in by generations of family until 1947, the historic house and
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decorative arts museum features nine period rooms, two exhibition galleries, a dedicated classroom, formal garden and includes a display of Thomas Nast memorabilia (the original artist to depict many of America’s most popular icons including Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, the Democratic Donkey and Republic Elephant). Children and adult programs, scout programs and homeschool family programs are scheduled throughout the year. Adult/senior tours and rentals, school programs and outreach may be scheduled by appointment. Ongoing Growing in the Garden Preschool Program, year round hands-on art program for ages 35 with caregiver is offered twice a month. Sep-Jun Homeschool Series, offered during school year. Scout Programs, after-school. Call for schedule, 973-538-2404 ext. 16, or email cwinslow@ maccullochhall.org. Jun-Aug Dig It! Plant It! Eat It!, youth garden program. Free, pre-registration required. Jul-Aug Garden Tours, Sundays at 2pm. Aug-Sep Lunch with the Librarian, pre-school children Wed and their caregivers bring lunch and enjoy stories under the Museum’s beech tree. Wednesdays at noon. Free. Winter/Spring 2018 Homeschool Programs Jan 25 History Not by the Book, examine primary sources. Ages 10+. 9:30-1:30. Free. Feb-May Roads, Rails, Canals & Trails, 1-3pm 4th Tues. of the month. Ages 5-10. $10 per child, free for adult chaperone.
Millbrook Village Delaware Water Gap, Old Mine Rd. and Millbrook Rd., Hardwick, 12 mi. N I-80, 908-841-9531 Grounds open dawn to dusk daily. Select buildings open Fri.-Sun. late May-Labor Day and for special events. Re-creation of a late 19th century rural community with schoolhouse, general store, woodworking shop, blacksmith shop, carriage shop, weaver’s house, church, some homes and barns. Run by Millbrook Village Society with the National Park Service. Self-guided tours, demonstrations of 19th-century folk-life skills weekends in summer.
Miller-Cory House Museum 614 Mountain Ave., Westfield, 908-232-1776 www.millercoryhouse.org Open Sundays during school year (except holiday weekends) 2-4pm. Closed summer. Ages 13 and older $4, ages 3-12 $3, under 3 free. Costumed docents guide visitors through 1740 farmhouse and skilled craftspeople demonstrate crafts and tasks of the 18th century farm family. Open hearth cooking demonstrated most Sundays (except Jan. and Feb.). Museum shop. Weekday tours for groups available. Showcase of 18th Century Skills visits local schools.
Former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion and 18th century home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Morven now showcases fine, folk and decorative arts of New Jersey. Museum tours year round (except Dec.); garden tours May-Oct.; school programs; adult art workshops and programs; yoga in the garden. Strollers are not permitted. Wed Tea & Tour, tea served at 1pm in Morven’s Garden Room, docent-led tour can be scheduled before or after tea (not available in Dec.). $22, advance reservations required. Jul 4 Annual July 4th Jubilee, music, food, Declaration of Independence signing, historical demos and events. Free. Dec-Jan Annual Festival of Trees.
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts 9 Main St. at Green Village Rd., Madison, 973-377-2982 See complete listing under Museums.
New Jersey State House 125 West State St., Trenton Tour Office: 609-847-3150; Visitors Center: 609-777-1770 www.njleg.state.nj.us Tours on the hour 10-3 Mon.-Fri. and 12-3 1st and 3rd Sat. of month. Free. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Tours of the nation’s second oldest state capitol in continuous use include the restored Senate and Assembly chambers, caucus rooms and the Governor’s Reception Room. The Welcome Center, open Mon.-Fri., houses interactive exhibits about the legislative process and State House history. Ongoing Free School & Scout Programs, tours and MakeA-Law program offered for all ages year round. Mar Annual GIrl Scout Civic Leadership Conference, hands-on workshops, tours, female leaders panel, designed for grades 8-12. 609-847-3150.
Old Barracks Museum NJ State Capitol Complex, 101 Barrack St., Trenton 609-396-1776, weekends 609-777-3599 www.barracks.org Mon.-Sat. 10-5, guided tours on the hour. Adults $8, srs. and students $6, 5 and under free. A registered State and National Historic Landmark built in 1758, this is the last surviving barracks built for British regulars during the French & Indian War. The barracks was also actively used in the American Revolution as a barracks and army hospital. Interpreters recount life during the American Revolution. Visitors can explore the process of historic preservation through hands-on activities in the History Lab. Group programs; youth camp-ins; private tours; summer camp. For outreach programs, call Education Dept. at 609-777-4042 or 888-BARRACK. Dec Battles of Trenton Reenactments & Patriots Week, visit www.patriotsweek.com for details.
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See separate listings under Ford Mansion & Museum/ Washington’s Headquarters and Jockey Hollow.
149 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy, 732-826-5527 www.theproprietaryhouse.org Open for guided tours Wed. and Sun. 1-4pm; other days by appointment. Completed in 1764, Proprietary House has survived 250 years of American history serving as a residence to New Jersey’s last Royal Governor, a hotel, private mansion, retirement home, boarding house and now museum. Lectures, tours, teas, re-enactments and special events are held throughout the year.
Morven Museum & Garden 55 Stockton St., Princeton, 609-924-8144 www.morven.org Open Wed.-Sun. 10-4. Tours of the first floor are given on the hour 11-2; second floor is self-guided. Adults $10, srs. and students $8, 6 and under free.
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Tours & Tea, every Wed. and Sun. 1-4pm. Adults $10, children $5. Free guided tours 1-4pm Wed. and Sun.
Red Mill Museum Village 56 Main St. (exit 15 Rt. 78), Clinton, 908-735-4101 www.theredmill.org Jan.-Mar.: Sat. & Sun. 12-4, weather permitting. Aprillate Sept. & Nov.-Dec.: Tues.-Fri. 10-4, Sat. & Sun. 12-6. Adults $10, srs. $8, ages 6-12 $6, under 6 free. Winter admission: All visitors ages 6 and up: $5. 10-acre historic site features 12 structures, including the landmark Red Mill, and a permanent collection of 40,000 regional objects. The village is transformed into a haunted village for three weekends each Oct. Craft workshops; lectures; school programs; scout programs; group tours; many special events in season May-Dec.
Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum 30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, Sussex County, 973-209-7212 See listing under Museums.
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms 2352 Rt. 10 West, Morris Plains, 973-540-0311 www.stickleymuseum.org Grounds open dawn to dusk. Log House Museum open for guided tours Thurs.-Sun. 12-4. Tours hourly 12:15-3:15. Museum shop open 12-4pm. Adults $10, students & srs. $7, 12 and under $4. Explore the simple life philosophy advocated by furniture manufacturer, architect, and publisher, Gustav Stickley, at his early 20th century country estate. Group tours; special event weekends; architecture and heritage scout programs (call 973-540-0311); museum shop. Ongoing Scout Programs, tours and workshops for Girl Scouts, Daisies and older and Boy Scouts. Mr. Stickley’s Treasure Hunt, children’s activity sheet available to download online.
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum 120 W. Main St. (GSP exit 58), Tuckerton, 609-296-8868 www.tuckertonseaport.org Open daily 10-5. Adults $8; srs. $6; ages 5-12 $5, under 5 free; group rates; student rates. Recreated seaport village traces the area’s maritime history with docents and artisans bringing the village to life. Buildings include Tucker’s Island Lighthouse, a cafe, oyster house, sawmill, boat works, decoy shop, surf museum, yacht club and houseboat. The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve conducts scientific research and hosts interpretive programs and a “Life on the Edge” exhibit exploring the unique ecosystems of the Pinelands, Bay, barrier island and open ocean. Group tours and outreach programs. Ongoing Folklife Demonstrations & Craft Classes include surfboard shaping, carving, basketmaking, print making, Lunch ‘n Learn series and more; Youth Carving Club; Youth Boatbuilding Club; Pickin’ on the Porch, monthly jam sessions.
Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, 609-737-0623 www.njparksandforests.org/parks/washcros.html Park open daily 8-7. Visitor Center Museum: 609-7379303, open daily 9-4 year round. Interpretive Center: 609-
737-0609, open Wed.-Sun. year round. Johnson Ferry House: 609-737-2515, open Wed.-Sat. 10-12 & 1-4; Sun. 1-4. Observatory open Fri. 7-11pm April-Oct, 609-737-2575. Vehicle entrance fee: $5 per car Memorial Day weekendLabor Day. George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River and landed at this site on Dec. 25, 1776, leading to pivotal events in the American Revolution. Living history demonstrations are frequently held on weekends at Johnson Ferry House, an early 18th-century farmhouse and tavern. Outdoor education programs are offered at Interpretive Center. 15 miles of hiking trails; fishing; picnic facilities; playground; group campsites; outdoor air theater in summer; cross country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Ongoing View Nature’s Grapevine online for a current schedule of history and nature programs. Friends of Washington Crossing sponsor events including the annual re-enactment of Washington’s Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware. For current schedule, visit www.washingtoncrossingpark.org. Dec 25 Annual Re-enactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware, 12-3pm (crossing at 1pm). Free. The public can also attend the dress rehearsal typically scheduled two weekends before.
Waterloo Village Historic Site Allamuchy Mountain State Park, 525 Waterloo Rd. Byram Twp., Stanhope, 973-347-1835 www.facebook.com/waterloo.village.historic.site Grounds open daily dawn to dusk. The historic Morris Canal town of Waterloo Village and recreated Lenape Indian Village are open for school trips, scout groups, summer camp field trips and outreach programs by reservation.
north american reciprocal museum association
Join at any local participating museum and receive reciprocal benefits, including free admission and discounts, to over 945 additional arts, cultural, and historical institutions along with botanical gardens, children’s museums, science and technology centers. Visit website for participating institutions. www.narmassociation.org
blue star museums Over 2,000 art centers, museums and exhibits nationwide offer free entrance for active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Find participating museums at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Adventure Aquarium 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ 08103, 844-474-FISH (3474) www.adventureaquarium.com Daily 10-5. Adults $29, ages 2-12 $21, under 2 free. 4D Theater $3 (riders must be at least 36" tall and at least 5 yrs. old). Advance tickets available online. Aquarium exhibits include Hippo Haven, an immersion into life on an African River with hippos, crested porcupine
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and other animals; Caribbean Currents reef exhibits; shark exhibit with a 40-foot long walk-through tunnel and rope bridge; penguin island; 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit; Stingray Beach Club, touch exhibits featuring jellyfish, lobsters, sharks, spider crabs, stingrays and other sea creatures; and interactive KidZone designed for ages 6 and under. Shows and feedings daily, live entertainment. Group and scout programs; sleepovers; homeschool and scout discount days; summer Sea Camp. Ongoing Aquarium Adventures, hands-on behind-thescenes aquarium experiences include swim with the sharks, up-close encounters with penguins, hippos or sea turtles. Call 800-616-5297 for reservations and information. Waterfront Connection links Adventure Aquarium and Battleship New Jersey on the Camden waterfront with Philadelphia’s Penn Landing. Riverlink Ferry offers daily service May-Sept. An inexpensive connection to Philadelphia historic and cultural attractions is offered on the purple Phlash Trolley for $2.
Adventure to Health CentraState Healthcare System Ambulatory Campus 901 W. Main St., Freehold, 732-308-1850 www.centrastate.com Weekdays 11-4 when schools are not in session, weekends by appointment. To schedule class trips or scout groups, call 732-308-1850. Adults and ages 6 and older $8. Visitors enter a human torso and learn about the human body through 19 interactive stations focused on body systems, safety, fitness and healthy food choices. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Birthday parties.
Aljira 591 Broad St., Newark, 973-622-1600 www.aljira.org Wed.-Fri. 12-6, Sat. 11-4. Contemporary visual arts center promotes the work of emerging artists.
The Center for Contemporary Art 2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-234-2345 www.ccabedminster.org Mon.-Sat. including evening hours. Open to the public free. Housed in an historic c. 1912 former schoolhouse, the Center presents exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and under-represented artists as well as its members. Studio classes for children, teens and adults; summer art camps; birthday parties; lectures; and community outreach programs are offered.
Franklin Mineral Museum 32 Evans St., Franklin, Sussex County, 973-827-3481 www.franklinmineralmuseum.com Open daily April-Nov. Open weekends only in March. Admission fee. Educational and hands-on fun, great for kids of all ages! Learn all about fluorescent rocks and minerals found in New Jersey’s “Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World,” view thousands of minerals and go collect your own. Put your hand into a dinosaur’s footprint and tour through a two-story mine replica. Go prospecting for fossils and gem pan for gemstones. Groups accommodated. Guided tours offered.
Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, 856-424-1233 www.discoverymuseum.com
Mon.-Sun. 9:30-5:30, open Sat. to 8:30 Oct.-April. Open Mon.-Thurs. until 8:30pm during July and Aug. ($5 after 5pm). Admission $13.95, srs. $12.95, under 12 months free. Hands-on museum for infants to 10 yr. olds offers twenty interactive exhibit areas with special activities and performances most weekends. Workshops; parties; teacher workshops; outreach programs; museum store; snack area.
Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, 973-757-6000 www.grammymuseumexp.org Tues.-Sun. 11-6, open 11-8 on event nights. Adults $10, college students $9, srs. $8, ages 3-17 $7. Interactive exhibits explore all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process and the history of the Grammy Awards. Learn to drum with Max Weinberg, rap in the studio with Wyclef Jean, make your own music at Roland Live, and learn about some of the many iconic artists from the Garden State. Visit website for upcoming live performances, talks and special events. Group and school tours.
Grounds for Sculpture 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, 609-586-0616 www.groundsforsculpture.org Tues.-Sun. 10-6. Memorial Day-Labor Day: extended hours Fri.-Sat. until 9pm. Online: Adults $16, srs. $13, ages 6-17 $10, 5 and under free. Timed tickets are required. Purchase online; only a limited number of timed tickets are available per hour on site. A 35-acre sculpture park and museum on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds exhibits the works of emerging and well-known artists. Over 270 contemporary sculptures can be found throughout the natural landscaped grounds and gardens. Children must be supervised by an adult, but the park is very family-friendly and sculptures marked with a green tag are touchable. Workshops for adults, children, families and private groups; gallery talks; poetry readings; book club; cooking classes; dining events; concerts and special events are scheduled throughout the year. School tours, group tours and Touch Tours for visually impaired by appointment. Gazebo Cafe (open seasonally), The Van Gogh Cafe, Peacock Cafe and Rat’s, a full-service gourmet restaurant, are on-site for dining. Reservations suggested at Rat’s, 609-584-7800. Outside food is not permitted; picnics can be pre-ordered, 609-890-6015. AprFree Walk-in Tours, sign up in the Visitor’s Oct Center upon arrival. Ongoing GFS Event Guide Online, register for art and photography workshops, artist and wellness walks and talks, programs for kids and families, and special events inspired by the season’s exhibitions. 609-586-0616 x243. Sat Tots on Tour, storytelling and art for ages 3-5 with one adult 11am and 1pm on select Saturdays per month. No reservations, first come-first served. Free with park admission. Jan 20, Feb 10, Mar 17, Apr 28 Selected Family Events Visit website link online for adult art and photography workshops, artist talks, signature tours and dinner at Rat’s Restaurant, garden lectures, book club, wellness walks, food and wine tastings, special events and professional development programs.
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Grounds for Sculpture continued Selected Family Events Jan 21 Ice Sculpture Demonstrations. Mar 24 Artists in Action, working artists open their studios. 11-4. Apr 14 Slow Art Day, global event to help more people discover the joy of art.
Small aquarium on the boardwalk features tropical fish, alligators, penguins, seals, sharks, rays and touch tank. Outreach programs; workshops; behind-the-scenes tours; Junior Keepers program; birthday parties. Summer Activities include beach walks, Aquarium Explorers Camp, Junior Keepers and more.
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Hamilton Mall (2nd level by Sears), 4403 Black Horse Pike Mays Landing, 609-641-5726 www.jschildrensmuseum.com Mon.-Thurs. 10-4, Fri.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-6. Non-profit hands-on discovery center, developed by two local teachers with the state’s science core curriculum standards in mind, features a space station, shipping port, bank, country store, dino dig, medical center, weather station, Lego building, Tot Lot and more.
7 Lower Center St., Clinton, 908-735-8415 www.hunterdonartmuseum.org Tues.-Sun. 11-5. Suggested admission $5, ages 12 and under free. Gallery and exhibitions of contemporary art in a 19th century gristmill on the Raritan River. Exhibitioninspired workshops, events and studio classes are offered for adults, children and families seasonally; summer art camp; birthday parties; docent-led tours; scout programs. Open Artzone, child-friendly space on third floor is open for hands-on art projects, free. Jun-Aug Summer Art Camp.
Imagine That!!! Discovery Museum for Children 4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, 973-966-8000 www.imaginethatmuseum.com Reopening January 2018.
InfoAge Science Learning Center 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ 07719, 732-280-3000 www.infoage.org Wed., Sat. & Sun. 1-5pm. $5 ages 6 to adult. Located at the old Camp Evans base and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Science Museum and its member groups strive to preserve the history of the site and honor the communication pioneers of wireless, WWI, WWII, space exploration and the cold war through displays and hands-on exhibits.
Insectropolis, The Bugseum of New Jersey 1761 Lakewood Rd. (Rt. 9), Toms River, 732-349-7090 www.insectropolis.com Tues.-Sat. 10-3. Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1. Admission $8, ages 2 & under free. The Koerner family, owners of Ozane Termite and Pest Control, has created a unique, interactive bug museum housing thousands of pinned specimens from around the world and hundreds of live specimens. Visitors can interact with touch-screen computer games, hands-on exhibits and view exotic specimens in themed display areas. Bug store; birthday parties; overnights and badges for scouts; group tours by appointment; Bugs on the Go outreach. Ongoing Touch Presentations, Tues.-Fri. Sept.-June 12:30 & 2pm; Sat. every hour, last one at 2pm. Night Crawl, overnight for scouts ages 7-12. Scout BugOut, open 4-6pm on the third Wed. of the month Oct.-May for scouts to work toward badges. Reservations required. Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 14, Apr 18, May 16 Jun TBA Annual Bugfest, cockroach races, facepainting, scavenger hunts, special guests. All proceeds benefit Rotary’s scholarship fund. 10-3.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, 732-892-0600 www.jenkinsons.com/aquarium Mon.-Fri. 9:30-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-5. Summer hours: Daily 10-10 (school and camp groups visit Mon.-Fri. 9:30-2). Adults $14, srs. $9, ages 3-12 $8, 2 and under free.
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Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum Ewing Senior & Community Center 999 Lower Ferry Rd., Ewing, 609-771-0300 www.kidsbridgecenter.org Open to groups only, by appointment. Docent-led small group discussions and interactive exhibits focus on antibullying and anti-cyberbullying, diversity appreciation and tolerance. Pre- and post-curriculum materials available. Inschool and field trip programs available pre-K-middle school. Volunteers always needed. Jun TBA Annual Kidsbridge Walk2Stop Bullying.
Liberty Science Center Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City 201-200-1000 • www.lsc.org Fall-spring: Tues.-Fri. 9-4, Sat.-Sun. 9-5:30. Summer: Mon.-Fri. 9-4, Sat.-Sun. 9-5:30. General admission: Adults $22.75; srs. & ages 2-12 $18.75; teacher discount; under 2 free. Combination tickets available for premium exhibition, giant dome and 3-D Theater. Member discounts. Interactive science and technology exhibitions include Skyscraper! featuring artifacts from the World Trade Center; Eat & Be Eaten where live animals are used to explore how they catch prey and avoid being caught; Infection Connection helps visitors understand germs, viruses, parasites and other life forms; Our Hudson Home explores the Hudson River; Energy Quest takes visitors on a journey through the major sources of earth’s energy; Honey Bees exhibit features a working hive to view up close; the Touch Tunnel, navigate a pitch-black maze; and I Explore, an agerestricted exploration area for children 2-5 yrs. old and their caregivers. Other interactive experiences include a rock climbing wall and seasonal outdoor obstacle course. Live science demonstrations are scheduled daily with additional special events on weekends. Student programs include MakerLab weekend series, family science workshops, overnight group camp-ins, summer camps, scout programs, home school programs for ages 4-14, birthday parties, college internships and in-school assemblies and workshops. Ongoing Activities for Families with Young Learners include I Explore exhibition for ages 2-5; We Explore science demonstrations and hands-on activities; kids’ cinema; and story time. 3rd Thurs LSC After Dark, cocktails, food, music, dancing, laser shows for guests 21 and over on the 3rd Thurs. of the month. 6-10pm. Jul-Aug Science Camps, for grades 4-9. Young Learner Camp for grades K-1 with adult.
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Family Weekend Series Hands-on sessions for families with children ages 4-11. 1012:30. $25 per participant includes museum admission. Call 201-253-1310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Jan 27 Ready for Robots. Feb 24 Me and My mBot. Mar 10 It’s Morphi Time! Apr 14 Oh No, Oil Spill! May 5 Bridging the Gap. Jun 2 Aviation Destination. Selected Special Exhibitions Open Infinity Climber, climb, crawl and leap up to 35 ft. above the floor, open to adventurers 42 in. and taller. Action Zone, sports simulator. Family Fitness Route, pick up a “Get Up, Get Active!” passport from the Welcome Desk and complete six activities in the Museum. Thru Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience, May 28 discover the science behind the science fiction in an interactive, immersive exhibition. Thru Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails, learn, May 13 play and solve problems while visiting locations from the beloved TV series.
Monmouth Museum Brookdale Community College 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732-747-2266 www.monmouthmuseum.org Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Admission $8, under 2 free. The Becker Children’s Wing features changing exhibitions that offer interactive learning experiences geared to elementary school age children ages 6-12. Call ahead for hours for Wonder Wing, a creative play environment with an undersea theme for children 6 and under. Group tours; birthday parties; Travelling Trunks rental program, 732-224-1992. Ongoing MMKids Weekly Children’s Programs, for toddlers to school-age children, include hands-on art, science, math and history programs, planetarium shows, preschool story times and crafts, after-school activities, family movie nights, planetarium shows and special events. Check website for the day’s programs and times. Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate, Becker Children’s Wing exhibition includes hands-on, interactive displays and activities on different topics: Changing Climate: Changing Weather; Ancient Egypt; Explore Space includes StarLab Planetarium; and Green Arts Studio features craft activities. Sat MMKids Saturday Programs, preschool story time, 11am; preschool craft, 11:30am; planetarium show for ages 7+, 1:30 and 3pm. Sun MMKids Sunday Programs, preschool story time, 12:30pm; preschool craft, 1pm; planetarium show for ages 7+, 1:30 & 3pm; Art Hour in the Green Arts Studio, all ages, 2pm.
Montclair Art Museum 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, 973-746-5555 www.montclairartmuseum.org Wed.-Sun. 12-5pm. Adults $12, srs. / students with ID $10, members and under 12 free. Admission is free 5-9pm the first Thursday Oct.-June. Students and seniors (age 65+) are free the first Friday of the month 12-5pm. Special needs
Hands-on family activities bring history to life at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison.
groups are also free on the first Friday. Call 973-259-5136 to coordinate group visits. Strollers permitted. Permanent collection dedicated solely to American and Native American art encompasses painting, works on paper, photography, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th-century to the present, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art. Studio art classes for adults and children (973-259-5139), teen programs, teacher training workshops, school tours, gallery talks and tours, summer art camp, special family events, birthday parties. Register for programs online, in The Store at MAM or by calling 973-259-5137. Ongoing MAM Family Learning Lab, drop in for selfguided family art activities on the 3rd floor. Yard School of Art, year round classes for adults, children and teens. 2nd Wed MAM Park Bench, 9:30-11:30am on the second Wednesday. Bring your stroller inside for an artistic social outing for adults with young children. Art projects for children, guided tours and storytelling. Program themes are posted online. $18, members $6. Thur Teen Space, work on projects among peers in a professional studio space. 7-9pm Thursdays. 1st Thur Free First Thursday Nights, 5-9pm. Full-service bar, art activities, live music, kids’ art workshops. 1st Fri Free First Friday, 12-5pm, for students, seniors and special needs groups. 3rd Thurs Home School Days, gallery tour and art project for ages 4-10 and ages 11+. 12-2pm. $18, members $6. Register online, call 973-259-5137 or email email@example.com. 3rd Sat MAM Family Art Adventure, drop-in gallery program for ages 6-12 with adult 2-3:30pm on the third Saturday of the month. $18 per family, member family $6. Sun Drop-In Studio, drop-in art 1-4pm Sundays. Jun-Aug SummerART, art camp for children ages 5-12 and studio classes and workshops for teens and adults. Unpaid internships available. Selected Exhibitions Thru Undaunted Spirit: Art of Native North America.
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Montclair Art Museum continued Selected Exhibitions Feb 3Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist, first Jun 17 major retrospective of one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3700 www.morrismuseum.org Tues.-Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5. Open to 8pm on 2nd and 3rd Thurs. of the month. Adults $10, srs. and ages 3-18 $7, members and under 3 free. Pay-what-you-wish admission 4-8pm on 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month. BAC/Merrill Lynch cardholders free first full weekend of month. Permanent exhibits, housed in the former Twin Oaks mansion, include galleries devoted to Native American history and crafts; antique dolls, toys and dollhouses; natural science with mounted mammal specimens; rocks and minerals; dinosaurs and fossils; model train exhibit. Adult art workshops, speakers and trips; children’s art workshops and drop-in programs; scout and group programs; summer art, science and theatre day camps; school outreach; portable planetarium; school loan program. See Theatre for Bickford Theatre main stage and children’s theatre and Music & Dance for jazz series and concert events. Ongoing Studio Art, week-long classes and one-day workshops for ages 5 to adult are offered year round. For info, call 973-971-3740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Family Discovery Center, relaxed family gathering space with hands-on activities. Home School Discovery Adventures, home school programs for ages 4-8. Call for new schedule, 973-971-3718. Fri Tot Tours, mini tour and art project for ages 2-5 and caregiver monthly on select Fri., 10am. Registration required. Free with admission. JulSummer Camps, week-long half-day camps Aug explore art, science or magical illusion. Camp for a Day, one day camps for grades 1-4. Summer Studio Art Courses, week-long classes for ages 5-14. Selected Exhibitions Ongoing Musical Machines & Living Dolls: The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection, permanent exhibition of over 150 mechanical musical instruments & automata. Live demonstrations 2pm Tues.-Sun. Thru Museum Detectives: What Is It?, interactive Feb 18 exhibit examines unusual and intriguing objects from the Museum’s collection. Thru Book Art: A Novel Idea, art composed of books.
Mar 4 Selected Special Events Jan 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 12-2. Make an origami piece, 11-12:30 (advance registration required). Feb 10 Chocolate Family Day, craft and activities, performance in Bickford Theatre. 11-4. Feb 19 Presidents Day, patriotic craft and music. 12-2. Mar 3 Dr. Seuss Family Day, celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, come dressed as your favorite character. 11-4.
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts 9 Main St. at Green Village Rd., Madison, 973-377-2982 www.metc.org Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-5, closed Mon. and major holidays. Closed Sun. and Mon. during July & Aug. Adults $5; ages 6 and up, students and srs. $3; members and under 6, free; family maximum $15. Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, the museum, listed on the National Register of Historic places, interprets what life was like for a 19th century farm family and craftspeople who lived and worked in Madison before the rise of large-scale industrialization. Changing exhibits; gallery talks; drop-in crafts; children’s discovery space. On-site and outreach programs; preschool and afterschool programs; homeschool programs; scout badges; summer camp-in-a-day. Ongoing Scout Badge Programs, can be scheduled after school or Saturdays. Selected Special Events Registration required for most programs. Jan 25 Edison & the Origins of Electric Lighting, Professor Paul Israel. All ages. 7pm. $8. Feb 1 Groundhog Prediction Children’s Party, ages 3-6. 4-5pm. $5. Feb 10 Stained Glass Drop-in Craft, all ages. 11-3. Mar 10 NJ Makers Day, all ages. Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day, all ages. 11-4. Mar 23 Stuffed Animal Sleepover, leave your favorite stuffed animal or doll for a sleepover. 4-5. $5. Mar 31 Felted Bunnies Drop-in Craft, ages 3-6. 12-3. $5. Apr 3Museum Curators, series for ages 6-10 meets May 22 weekly on Wed. 4:15-5:15.
Newark Museum 49 Washington St., Newark, 973-596-6550 www.newarkmuseum.org Jr. Museum: 973-596-6616. 24-hr sky report and program info: 973-596-6529. Wed.-Sun. 12-5. Adults $15, children, srs., students with valid ID $8, members and Newark residents / college students, active duty military free. Attended parking in adjacent lot at corner of University and Central Aves. The state’s largest museum features 80 galleries exhibiting American art; decorative arts and the magnificent 1885 Ballantine House, a restored National Historic Landmark; arts of Africa and Asia; an unparalleled collection of sacred and secular Tibetan art including a consecrated Buddhist altar; the Victoria Hall of Science; theater and planetarium. Grounds contain a 1794 schoolhouse, Newark Fire Museum and sculpture garden. Public drop-in gallery tours are offered daily. Educational programs include year-round fine arts and crafts workshops for adults and children, summer camp for ages 3-13 (973-596-6637), group tours, scout and school outreach programs. See listing under Planetariums for more information about planetarium shows. Ongoing Dynamic Earth: Revealing Nature’s Secrets, explore 4.6 million years of the Earth’s geological change through hands-on exhibits and activities. Fire Escapes: Danger & Survival, interactive exhibit at the Newark Fire Museum includes exhibits, films and displays in a replica burned-
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out house to reinforce safety education for children and their families. Look/Touch/Learn: Nature & Art, cozy handson art exploration area in American Art Galleries, First Floor North Wing. Look/Touch/Learn: Tibet, interactive space in Tibetan galleries to explore Tibetan culture. Wed-Sun Drop-In Public Highlights Tours, 1pm. Check schedule of gallery and special exhibition tours upon arrival. School Year Programs Sept.–June Sat & MakerSPACE Drop-In Programs, monthly Sun themes inspired by the Museum’s collections and special events are designed for visitors of all ages to drop in and experiment. 1-4pm. Planetarium Shows, weekends and holidays. See Dreyfuss Planetarium. Sat Family Gallery Programs, new activities every week highlight a different Museum collection. 2pm Saturdays. Meet in the lobby. 2nd Second Sundays, series for all ages showcases Sun a special exhibition or collection each month. 12-4pm. Thurs Late Thursdays, designed for adults to relax after hours with music, food, drinks, art and entertainment. Doors open at 5, 6-9pm. Summer Programs JulCamp Newark Museum, one-week sessions for Aug ages 3-14. Registration begins in March.
Paleontology Field School, adults and ages 14+ join museum paleontologists on a summer expedition to Montana and Wyoming. Discovery Den, science discovery space for ages infant-8 and their caregivers. Storytime and craft 10am on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Jan 20 Animal Hibernation. Feb 17 African American Artists. Mar 17 Dinosaurs! Apr 21 Space! May 19 Green & Growing. Jun 16 Explore the Garden State. SMASH Series, special days three times a year for families to explore science through handson activities, experiments, demonstrations, shows and opportunities to meet the Museum’s experts. Mar 10 STEAM Trains! New Jersey Makers Day, 10-3. Selected Exhibitions Ongoing New Jersey’s Original People: Interpreting the Archaeological Collection, the story of the Lenni Lenape. Pretty Big Things: Stories of New Jersey History, using some of the biggest artifacts from the museum’s Cultural History collection. Written in Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey, explores the geology of New Jersey.
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Baird Center, 5 Mead St., South Orange, 973-378-7754 x3. www.pierrogallery.org Mon.-Thurs. 11-4 and by appointment. Free. Contemporary art gallery exhibits regional, national and international artists with special interest in supporting emerging artists. Exhibitions change approx. every six weeks. Group tours and scout programs.
52 Park Place, Newark, 973-596-8500 www.jerseyhistory.org Museum: Tues.-Sat. 10-5. Library: Wed., Thurs., Sat. 125. Adults $3, library admission $5. Families can explore New Jersey’s history through interactive exhibitions and research local history and family geneology through the society’s extensive archives, library and online guides. Education programs and tours offered for schools, groups and teachers.
New Jersey State Museum 205 West State St., Trenton Recording: 609-292-6464. Weekdays: 609-292-6308 www.state.nj.us/state/museum Tues.-Sun. 9-4:45, closed Mondays and state holidays. Suggested admission: Adults $7, srs. $1 off, ages 12 and under $5. A four-in-one museum offers distinct sections uniquely devoted to New Jersey’s archaeology/ethnology, cultural history, fine art and natural history in a modern main building overlooking the Delaware River. Entertaining and educational programs are offered in a 150-seat planetarium and adjacent 400-seat auditorium. For a schedule of family and student programs and teacher workshops and information on scout merit badge days (it is not necessary to be a scout to enroll), visit the Museum’s website. For planetarium information, see listing under Planetariums. Ongoing Activity carts, family events, planetarium shows, storytimes, stop by the information desk upon arrival for scavenger hunts and a schedule of activities. Geology/Archaeology & Astronomy Merit Badge Days, scheduled on select days during the school year. Open to scouts and non-scouts, advance registration required.
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Princeton University Art Museum McCormick Hall, Princeton, 609-258-3788 www.artmuseum.princeton.edu Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Thurs. 10-9, Sun. 12-5. Closed Mon. and major holidays. No charge. Permanent collections range from ancient to contemporary art. Group tours for preschoolers to adults can be arranged. Gallery talks; films; concerts; family events; museum shop. Teacher resources, exhibition talks, videos, activities, mobile campus art tours all available online. Check online calendar for schedule of events. Internships, docent and volunteer opportunities. Ongoing Family Activity Guides, pick up an activity guide at the Museum information desk or download guides before you visit for self-guided tours and family activities. Art for Families, drop in on Sat. 10:30-1 for self-guided tour and related art project. Sat & Highlights Tour, meet at the entrance every Sun Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Free. Jan 30- Homeschool Week, self-guided, interactive Feb 2 tours followed by related art projects for all ages. 11-2, no reservations necessary.
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Geology Hall, Old Queens Section, College Ave. Campus 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick, 732-932-7243 www.geologymuseum.rutgers.edu School year mid-Sept.-mid-May: Tues.-Thurs. 10-5, Fri. 10-4, Sat. 10-2. Mid-May-June 30: Thurs.-Fri. 10-4, Sat. 10-2. July: Fri. only 10-4. Aug.-mid-Sept.: Closed. Closed holidays and school breaks. Free. Exhibits on geology and anthropology, with an emphasis on the natural history of New Jersey, include a dinosaur trackway from Towaco, a mastodon from Salem County, mineral exhibits featuring the zeolite minerals of Paterson, and the zinc minerals of Franklin. Group tours; birthday parties; geology field trips; Paint Along sessions; rock shop. School Year Events 1st Wed Late Nights at the Museum, activity stations for children and adults from 4-8pm the first Wed. of the month during the school year. Bring specimens for identification. Feb 3 Anthropology. Mar 1 Biodiversity. Apr 5 Earthquakes & Volcanoes. May 4 TBD. 3rd Sat Saturday Tour Day, guided tours for groups of 10 or more are offered on the third Sat. of the month (and during business hours Tues.Fri.). Pre-registration is required. Jan 27 50th Annual Rutgers Geology Museum Open House, lectures, mineral sale, kids lectures (ages 8+), mineral and fossil identification, hands-on activities. 9-3. Free, all ages.
68 Elm St., Summit, 908-273-9121 www.artcenternj.org Mon.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri. 10-5, Sat. & Sun. 11-4. Recommended admission: Adults $5, srs. / students $3, under 12 free. Docent tours available for school, family and community groups, ages pre-K to adult. Contemporary art exhibitions change every three to four months. Classes for all ages and abilities; birthday parties; art camp for children and teens; art educator programs; art road trips.
Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum 30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, Sussex County, 973-209-6463 www.sterlinghill.org Public tours daily at 1pm; July and Aug. tours at 10am and 1pm. Adults $12, srs. $11, ages 4-12 $9, ages 3 and under free. Group discounts with advance notice. Take a 1⁄4-mile walk into the fourth oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in New Jersey. The 2-hr. tour includes a tour of the mine, the Warren Museum of Fluorescence and the 5,000 sq. ft. Mining Exhibit Hall. Also available are Rock & Fossil Discovery Centers and an on-site observatory. You can purchase or collect minerals yourself any day the museum is open. Collecting in the Mine Run Dump is open to adults and children ages 7 and up, $5 plus $1.50 per pound. Sturdy shoes and protective eyewear are necessary; bring your own sledge hammers and carrying bags.
Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center 1 Memorial Lane, Homdel, 732-335-0033 www.njvvmf.org Tues.-Sat. 10-4. Adults $7, srs./students $5, veterans, active duty, and under 12 free. The story of the Vietnam era is told through photographs, timelines, films, interactive displays, personal letters and artifacts. The New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial is nearby featuring a circular black wall engraved with the names of more than 1,000 New Jersey soldiers who lost their lives in the war. Free guided tours of the Memorial are offered the first Sat. of the month and every Sat. Feb.-April at 11am and 1pm during scholarship season. Group tours by request; Traveling Trunk available for rent.
Watchung Arts Center 18 Stirling Rd., Watchung Circle, Watchung, 908-753-0190 www.watchungarts.org Tues.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. 10-3. Summer: Mon.-Fri. 9-2. Nonprofit, volunteer-run center offers new art exhibitions each month, jazz, improv and other performances and classes for children and adults. Birthday parties; children’s summer art camp.
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Montclair State University, 8 Yogi Berra Dr., Little Falls 973-655-2378 • www.yogiberramuseum.org Wed.-Sun. 12-5pm. Closed major holidays. Adults $6, students under 18 $4. Artifacts from the life of the legendary catcher, exhibits on the history of the Yankees, Yankee Stadium, baseball in New Jersey, baseball equipment and baseball during World War II. Guest speakers; book signings; group and school tours; seminars for coaches, parents and leadership; afterschool programs; baseball clinics; baseball/softball and sports broadcasting summer camps.
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick 848-932-7237 • www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu Tues.-Fri. 10-4:30; Sat. & Sun. 12-5; first Tues. of the month 10-9. Closed Mondays, Aug. and major holidays. Free general admission. Housing more than 60,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art, the Zimmerli Art Museum’s permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art and Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; American art with notable holdings of prints; and original illustrations for children’s books. Visit website for schedule of lectures, films, concerts, performances, and classes for children to adults. Teacher workshops; group tours; summer camps. Ongoing Studio Z: The Adi Blum Learning Center, selfguided family activities during museum hours. Drawing Club for Children & Young People for ages 7-14; Drawing Society for Adults; fall and spring sessions. Sun Art Together, family-friendly art activities are offered first Sundays of the month Oct.-April. Drop in anytime between 1-3pm. Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 8 Music at the Museum, monthly weekend concert series, 1:30-3:30. Feb 18 Cello Adventures in French Music. Mar 11 French Romanticism–Music of Franck and Faure. 1st Tues Art After Hours: First Tuesdays, activities, performances, refreshments, guided tours, 5-9pm the first Tues. of each month. All ages. Free.
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Summer Art Camp, weekly sessions for ages 7-14. Registration opens in February. Selected Exhibitions Ongoing Duvoisin Gallery, family-oriented gallery, showcases original children’s book illustrations and offers a glimpse into the labor-intensive creative process of designing books prior to the use of computerized illustration techniques. The Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, 1956-1986, the world’s largest collection of its kind. Thru Cats vs. Dogs: Illlustrations for Children’s Jun 24 Literature, a selection of drawings from the Zimmerli’s collection.
PLANETARIUMS Dreyfuss Planetarium Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, 973-596-6529 www.newarkmuseum.org/planetarium 24-hr. Sky Report: 973-596-6611. Wed.-Fri. shows at 2pm, Sat. & Sun. shows on the hour from 1-4pm. Adults $6, children under 12/srs./college students $4, not recommended for children under 4. Tickets available at the front desk on a first come, first served basis. Strollers are not permitted and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Planetarium shows are followed by a tour of the constellations and information on how to view the planets. For Sphæra portable planetarium outreach program, call 973-596-6690. For the latest dates to see the space station and other satellites, visit www.heavens-above.com or visit the Planetarium’s Sky Watch page at www.newark museum.org/planetarium-skywatch.
William D. McDowell Observatory Meadowlands Environment Center Two Dekorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, 201-777-2431 www.njsea.com/njmc/nature/observatory.html Open to the public for telescope viewing nights and special events. Visit website link for schedule. Wed Public Viewing Nights, open Wed. 7-10pm Dec.-Feb., from 8pm beginning in March, weather permitting.
Morris Museum Astronomical Society 973-637-0178 • www.mmastrosociety.org. New Jersey’s oldest astronomy club meets eight times a year on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Morris Museum. Membership is open to ages 14 and older; families welcome.
New Jersey State Museum Planetarium 205 West State St., Trenton, 609-292-6464 www.nj.gov/state/museum Public shows are offered on weekends during the school year; plus weekdays during school vacations and summer. Adults $7, 12 and under $5, available on first-come, firstserved basis. Printable coupon online for $1 off. 150-seat planetarium is open for public programs, school programs, scouting astronomy programs and birthday parties.
North Jersey Astronomical Group 973-594-6524 • www.njastro.org Free telescope nights Thurs. 8-9pm in front of Richardson Hall at Montclair State University, Montclair during the school year and skywatches for special events, weather permitting. If telescope night is cancelled, a message will be left at 973-594-6524. Monthly meetings of the NJAG are held on the second Wednesday of the month (except Aug.). Free and open to the public.
Emil Buehler Trust Observatory
Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Bergen County Community College Technology Education Center, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-447-7100 www.facebook.com/emilbuehlertrustobservatory Fri Public Viewing Nights, Fridays 8-11pm, weather dependent.
Ocean County College, College Dr., Toms River 732-255-0343. Recorded info: 732-255-0342 www.ocean.edu Public shows are presented Sat., additional weekdays during summer. Adults $10, srs. $8, children 12 & under $7. School programs; portable planetarium; birthday parties; space store. The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (ASTRA) meets 7pm on the second Friday of the month and is open to interested people of all ages. Ongoing Planetarium Shows include tour of the current season’s night sky; children’s shows; laser shows. Visit website for schedule and tickets. PJ Night, family-friendly show for all ages.
Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City 201-200-1000 • www.lsc.org Visitors get an 89-foot full-dome view of the night sky and distant galaxies in the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the western hemisphere. Visit website for planetarium shows, films or laser shows daily.
Kean University Planetarium Science Building, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-3660 Email: email@example.com • www.kean.edu Open for special events and group visits.
Longo Planetarium County College of Morris, Cohen Hall, B Building 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph, 973-328-5076 www.ccm.edu/planetarium Planetarium programs are presented to school groups during the week and to the public monthly on weekends. All tickets $10, reservations recommended.
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Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, 908-231-8805 www.raritanval.edu/community-resources/planetarium Park in lot #1 or 7. Admission $8; two shows on the same day $14, not recommended for children under 5. Evening laser shows are recomended for ages 12 and older. Reservations recommended. Group rates; school group shows; Starlab portable planetarium for rent; special star shows for children on the Autism Spectrum. Ongoing Public Star Shows, Laser Concerts, for all ages. Visit website link for schedule. 3M Observatory is open on Saturday nights from 7-10pm, weather permitting.
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PLANETARIUMS Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium continued Ongoing The Sky Above, Sensory-Friendly Show, onehour show adapted for families with children on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities of all ages. 5pm.
Paul H. Robinson Observatory Voorhees State Park, 251 County Rd. Route 513 Glen Gardner, 908-638-8500 www.njaa.org Memorial Day-Oct. 31: Open Sat. 8:30-10:30pm and Sun. 2-5pm. March & April: Open 4th Sat. 8:30-10:30pm. Sponsored by the New Jersey Astronomical Association, evening sessions include night sky observing and daytime sessions include solar viewing, weather permitting. On the 4th Sat. from March through Oct., a guest speaker presentation begins at 8:30pm followed by Q&A and tours of the facility. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Star Lab portable planetarium program available. May-Oct Young Astronomer’s Programs, hands-on activities for ages 7-13 monthly on Sat. May-Oct. 6:30-8pm. Advance reservations recommended, space is limited.
Robert A. Schommer Observatory Serin Physics Laboratories roof, 136 Frelinghuysen & Allison Rds. (park in lot 53 or 53A), Busch Campus of Rutgers, Piscataway, 848-445-8973 or 848-445-8785 observatory.rutgers.edu Open to the public for two hours on the second and fourth Thurs., weather permitting, starting at 8:30pm Oct.March and one hour after sunset April-Sept.
John W. H. Simpson Observatory Washington Crossing State Park, 1224 Bear Tavern Rd. Titusville, 609-737-2575 www.princetonastronomy.org The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton opens its observatory to the public every Friday April to the end of Oct. from sunset to 11pm, if weather is clear.
Sky & Telescope www.skyandtelescope.com Astronomy news and this week’s sky at a glance.
Sperry Observatory Union County College, 1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford 908-276-STAR www.asterism.org Monthly meetings of Amateur Astronomers, Inc. are held on third Fri. of the month from Sept.-May. Informal presentations are held on most other Fri. and observatory is open 7:30-10:30pm, weather permitting. Presentations for youth groups can be arranged in advance. All meetings are free and open to the public. Membership is open to anyone 12 years or older. 1st Fri What’s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide, celestial happenings for the month are normally presented at the first Fri. meeting. 8:30pm.
TRAINS, PLANES & SHIPS See Boating, Fishing & Swimming category under Outdoors for canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals, instruction and river trips.
A.J. Meerwald Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High St., Port Norris 856-785-2060 • www.bayshorecenter.org/a-j-meerwald The Bayshore Center at Bivalve includes the Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center, art gallery, gift shop and is home to New Jersey’s official Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald, a restored 1928 Delaware Bay oyster dredgeboat, now a sailing classroom. In season, public sails, themed sails, day and overnight camps, education sails, private charters and more depart from ports in New Jersey, including Liberty State Park, Alpine, Cape May and more. See website link for schedule of public sails. Ongoing Sailor for a Day Youth Programs, Pirate Sails, Family Sails, Public Sails, in season.
Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey Teterboro Airport, 400 Fred Wehran Rd., Teterboro 201-288-6344 • www.njahof.org Tues.-Sun. 10-4. Adults $8, children 2 & older/srs. $6, group rate discount, discount coupon online. Aeronautical Education Center (on east side of airport) features historical exhibits, hands-on aircraft engines & equipment, a Martin202 airliner, M.A.S.H. unit and 60-seat theater with film tracing the history of aviation in New Jersey. Picnic area. Birthday parties for ages 6 and up; Dare to Fly 4-hr. group program for ages 8-15; scout overnights. Mar-Nov Open Cockpit Weekends, cockpits of airplanes, helicopters and a fire truck are opened five weekends a year, March-Nov. 10-4. Dec Santa Fly-In, Santa arrives by helicopter. Visit website for date and time.
Battleship New Jersey Camden Waterfront, 62 Battleship Place, 866-877-6262 www.battleshipnewjersey.org Open for guided tours. Closed Jan. Feb.-April: Sat. & Sun. 9:30-3. April: Daily 9:30-3. May-Sept.: Daily 9:30-5. Sept.-Dec. 31: Daily 9:30-3. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Adults $21.95, srs./veterans & ages 5-11 $17, under 5, active military and BB62/WWII Vets free. Floating museum and veteran’s memorial showcases the most decorated ship in history. Group tours; team-building programs; overnight encampments; birthday parties. Strollers are not allowed on board. Ongoing Fish ‘n Ship, combo tickets for Battleship and Adventure Aquarium available. Overnight Encampment, sleep in bunks, eat in the crew’s mess open to scouts, groups and families. Advance reservations required. 866877-6262 x203.
Black River & Western Railroad 12 Stangl Rd., Flemington; John Ringo Rd., Ringoes 908-782-6622 • www.flemingtontrain.org Antique passenger coaches depart Flemington and Ringoes weekends May-Oct. for a scenic ride through rural
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Hunterdon County. Adults $14, children 3-11 $7, under 3 free. First come, first served, no advance tickets sold except for special trains. Special events include evening Caboose Trains, Readin’ Railroad Storytime, Great Train Robbery, Trick or Treat Express, Candy Cane Limited, North Pole Express, and Victorian Christmas Special. Club car and caboose available on most departures for private group or party. Apr Easter Bunny Express. Jun-Aug Excursion Trains, 75 min. round trip ride between Ringoes and Flemington every Sat. and Sun. Memorial Day to Labor Day. Nov-Dec North Pole Express.
Circle Line Pier 83, W. 42nd St. & 12th Ave., New York, 212-563-3200 www.circleline42.com Sightseeing and special event cruises on the Hudson River and around Manhattan year round.
Delaware River Railroad Excursions 99 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg, 908-454-4433, 877-train-ride www.nyswths.org Steam train runs weekends June-Oct. Diesel locomotive runs Nov.-June. Adults $17, children $11, lap sitter $2; special event fees vary. Tickets are available online. The only steam locomotive operating in New Jersey offers scenic one-hour trips along the Delaware River weekends May-Oct. or themed excursions throughout the year including Thomas, Santa Claus, Polar Express (tickets go on sale June 1.), Easter Bunny, Mine, Corn Maze, Winery and Great Pumpkin Trains. Check website for dates. Mar-Apr Easter Bunny Train Ride & Egg Hunt. May-Oct River Train, Mine Train, Warren County Winery Train. Jul A Day Out with Thomas, activities and train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Advance tickets recommended. Oct Corn Maze, Great Pumpkin Trains. Nov-Dec The Polar Express, tickets go on sale June 1.
Jersey Shore Pirates Riverfront Marina, 281 Princeton Ave., Brick, 732-899-6100 Sailings April-Oct. Tickets: $22, 2 and under $12. Pirate adventure includes face painting, dress up and sail on the Metedeconk River aboard the Sea Gypsy.
Model Railroad Club, Inc. 295 Jefferson Ave., Union, 908-964-9724; Recording 964-8808 www.tmrci.org Membership is open to seniors (18 and over), juniors (ages 15-17) and families with an active interest in model railroading. Two permanent model railroad layouts in HO and N scale and other exhibits are open to the public Sat. 1-4pm. Adults $6, ages 13-17 $5, ages 3-12 $4, under 3 free. Nov-Dec Annual Holiday Light & Sound Show.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad 32 W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA, 215-862-2332 www.newhoperailroad.com June-Oct.: daily. Nov.-May: weekends. Travel through historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in restored 1920s vintage passenger coaches and antique bar car aboard an authentic steam locomotive or historic diesel locomotive. Passengers for regular hourly excursion trains may board either at New Hope or at Lahaska Station (1 mile east of US 202 on Street Rd., Lahaska), get off and take a later
train back to their originating station. Special events include North Pole Express, Easter Bunny Express, dinner trains, murdery mystery dinners, Grapevine Express, Halloween trains, fall foliage, private charters and birthday parties.
New Jersey Naval Museum 78 River St. (at Court St.), Hackensack, 201-342-3268 www.njnm.org The USS Ling, a WWII submarine, is looking for a new home and is temporarily closed for tours.
New Jersey Transit Train and Bus www.njtransit.com Weekend and Holiday Family Supersaver Fare: Two children (ages 5-11) ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare in effect from 7pm Friday (or the eve of a holiday) until 6am Mon. or the day after a holiday. At all times, up to 3 children 4 and under travel free when accompanied by a passenger paying any valid fare; children ages 5-11 save at least 50%. Full-time college students can save 25 percent on monthly passes. Ongoing Visit www.njtransit.com under “Rider Tools – Deals & Discounts” for discount offers to destinations in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia with a valid light rail, rail or bus ticket. Family-Friendly Train Destinations We welcome reader’s suggestions. • Cranford Walk to downtown shops and restaurants. • Far Hills Short walk to cafe, retail shops in Far Hills Center. • Maplewood Station directly across from downtown shops, diner, bakery, ice cream and Memorial Park playground. • Millington Millington Café at station with outdoor dining. • Newark Museum is a few steps from the Light Rail Washington Park Station. • New Jersey Performing Arts Center Light rail service connects all rail lines served by Newark Penn Station and Newark Broad St. Station to NJPAC. NJTransit.com/NLR • South Orange SOPAC, downtown shops, diner, ice cream shop, short walk to Meadlowland Park. • Summit Mabie Playground and downtown Summit shops and restaurants are directly across from the station. • Westfield Walk to downtown shops and restaurants.
New York Waterway 800-53-FERRY • www.nywaterway.com A quick, convenient, scenic route to Midtown or Downtown Manhattan with ferry service from Edgewater, Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City. There is free connecting bus service in Midtown servicing several routes during peak and off-peak times. Save on ferry tickets, parking and NYC destinations with package purchase.
Summer, Nov-Dec Kids Ride Free, visit website for special holiday and vacation promotions. Children under 12 ride free with paying adult.
Northlandz 495 Rt. 202, Flemington, 908-782-4022 www.northlandz.com Wed.-Fri. 10:30-4, Sat. & Sun. 10:30-5:30, Mon. 10:304. Adults $13.75, srs. $12.50, ages 2-12 $9.75, under 2 free. Up to 100 model trains travel more than 8 miles of track encompassing bridges, canyons, cities and villages. Doll collection and 94-room dollhouse. Club Car Cafe.
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TRAINS, PLANES & SHIPS Pine Creek Railroad Allaire State Park, Rt. 524), Allaire (Wall), 732-938-5524 www.njmt.org March-June: 12-4:30 weekends and special events. July 4– Labor Day: Mon.-Fri. 12-4; Sat. & Sun. 12-4:30. Sep.-Dec.: weekends only. Tickets $4, different rates may apply for special events. Parking fee Memorial Day-Labor Day. Narrow gauge rail line operates vintage diesel locomotives every half hour on a 1.5 mile loop in Allaire State Park. Special event trains include Easter Express, annual Civil War encampment, Railroader’s Weekend, Haunted Express and Christmas Express with Santa. Group rates; birthday parties. Selected Special Events Mar-Apr Easter Express. Jun Civil War Encampment. Sep Railroader’s Weekend. Oct Haunted Express Night Time Rides. Nov-Dec Christmas Express with Santa Claus, tickets go on sale mid-Oct.
Whippany Railway Museum 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, 973-887-8177 www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net Museum open Sundays April-Oct. 12-4 and on excursion days. Closed winter. Suggested donation: Adults $2, children under 12 $1. Railroad memorabilia, exhibits, large operating Lionel train layout, gift shop, picnic grounds. 45-min. train rides depart 1, 2 3, and 4pm, rain or shine. Seasonal events include rides with the Easter Bunny, spring and fall excursions, and Pumpkin Festival trains. Ride options include restored cabooses or an elegant 1927-era Club Car. Advance tickets available online; reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets go on sale at noon on day of trip for remaining seats. Regular fares: Adults $14, under 12 $9, infants on laps one yr. and under free. Apr Easter Bunny Express, online tickets available mid-Jan. Spring Excursion Trains, select Sundays in May, June, & Fall September and October. Oct Annual Pumpkin Festival, trains rides and Halloween crafts/vendor fair.
the broadway league www.broadway.org, the official website of The Broadway League, lists shows, sells tickets, and offers dining, hotel information and special offers. Add name and address to the Broadway Fan Club mailing list to receive special offers. Kids Night on Broadway, held annually during the winter, offers almost every show on Broadway free for young people age 18 and under with purchase of adult full price ticket. For tickets and info, visit www.kidsnightonbroadway.com. Feb 27 Annual Kids Night on Broadway. Tickets go on sale in early December.
high 5 tickets All teens ages 13-18, preteens enrolled in middle school, and accompanying adult can buy theater (not Broadway), music, dance, film and visual arts tickets for $5 online @ www.high5tix.org. Museum tickets are 2 for $5. Take 5 program enables groups of six students and their adult chaperones to purchase tickets for participating arts events, 212-302-7433. Hosts Teen Reviewers and Critics after-school program and other events for teens. teens.artsconnection.org
nycgo.com The website of NYC & Company, the official marketing organization for the City of New York, provides NYC travel guides, maps, tips, event calendars, promotions and tour information. Visitor Information Centers are located at Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St.; Times Square Broadway Plaza, between 43rd & 44th; Downtown at the southern tip of City Hall Park on the Broadway sidewalk at Park Row. 1-800-NYC-VISIT, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
discount tickets new york city TKTS Times Square Discount Booth Father Duffy Square, 47th & Broadway (under the red steps). For evening performances open Mon.-Sat.: 3-8, Tues. 2-8, Sun. 3-7pm. For matinee performances open Wed., Thurs. & Sat. 10-2, Sun. 11-3. Sells discount tickets to same day performances of Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance and music events and full-price tickets to nondiscounted shows or future performances. “Play Express” window does not sell tickets to musicals, dance or music performances, so often moves more quickly. Credit cards accepted. TKTS Booth at South Street Seaport (Front & John Sts.) sells same day evening tickets and next day matinee tickets. Open Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 11-4, closed Sun. Feb.-Mar. TKTS Booth Brooklyn, 1 MetroTech Center at corner of Jay St. and Myrtle Ave. promenade. Open Tues.Sat. 11-6. See current listings of available tickets at “TKTS Live” on www.tdf.org or get the TKTS app. 212-9129770.
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NEW YORK Today Tix Download the free TodayTix app, created by Broadway producers, to buy last minute discount theater tickets for today and the week. www.todaytix.com School Theater Ticket Program 1560 Broadway, Suite 1214, New York, NY 10036, 212354-4722. Provides discount coupons for plays on and off-Broadway, events at Lincoln Center and other events in New York City. www.schooltix.com StudentRush.org Registration is free to find discount coupons and student rush info on almost any show. Some of the discounts are restricted to current students with ID; all free ticketed events and non-ticketed events are available to anyone. Join Will-Call Club to receive invitations to complimentary events, www.willcallclub.com. Theatre Development Fund 212-912-9770. Teachers, students, retirees, union members, military members and others are eligible to join and receive discounted tickets. Through the Autism Theater Initiative, TDF presents autism-friendly performances at discount prices to families. Visit website for performance dates and to sign up for notification, www.tdf.org/autism. Feb 4 Wicked, autism-initiative performance, 1pm. Mar 4 Aladdin, autism-initiative performance, 1pm. BroadwayBox.com Free listing of discount codes available to purchase Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets at up to 50% off. LuckySeat.com Enter digital lotteries for the chance to buy event tickets to popular shows at greatly reduced prices. Nytix.com Useful website offers Broadway ticket discount codes and other discount ticket information, free TV show tickets, hotel discounts, tour info, event information. Playbill.com Broadway news, show souvenirs and gifts, Playbill publisher, childrenâ€™s theater listings, job postings/ internships and other theater info. Top Broadway and off Broadway show tickets are available at discounts to those who register on line. You will receive a code to give to the box office upon ordering. Information about ticket lotteries, rush and standing-room seats are also available online.
Theatermania.com Theatermania.com/childrens-theater Comprehensive theater information site with listings, news, reviews, tickets, discount offers and guide to family theater in New York and nationwide. Lincoln Center Visitor Center atrium.lincolncenter.org The David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W. 62nd St., hosts free performances weekly (performances for kids 11am on the first Sat. of the month) and posts discount ticket availability to performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall and Miller Theatre. Box office for discount tickets is open Tues.-Sat. 12-7pm. When available, Sun. tickets are sold on Sat. Limit four tickets per person. Full price tickets can be purchased at kiosks near the information desk. Guided tours can also be purchased online, at the Atrium or by calling 212-875-5350. Atrium hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-10pm. Visit lincolncenter.org/atrium for free event listings.
discount parking Search by neighborhood, address, cross street or attraction and print out parking coupons before you go for substantial discounts. Visit parkwhiz.com, nyc.bestparking.com, iconparking.com, nycparking.spplus.com, parkfast.com
discount admissions Discount admission to popular New York City museums, tours and attractions can be purchased in combin ation with a NJ Transit train or bus ticket (www.njtransit.com); New York Waterway ticket (nywaterway.com); CityPASS booklet (citypass.com/ new-york); New York City one-, two-, three-, five- or seven-day Pass (newyorkpass.com); or 30 day 3, 5, 7 or 10 attraction New York City Explorer Pass (smart destinations.com). Visit websites for details. If planning to visit a number of sites in Lower Manhattan, consider purchasing a Downtown Culture Pass, offering three days of admissions and discounts to more than 12 attractions, museums and tours, all within walking distance. www.downtownculturepass.org
new york state For travel info covering the entire state, visit the official website for New York State tourism at www.iloveny.com.
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Lincoln Center, 65th & Broadway 212-477-3030; Tickets: 212-362-6000 www.abt.org Oct. and May-July seasons at Lincoln Center feature premieres, full-length classics and repertory ballet, ABT Family Series for ages 6-17 and ABTKids performances designed for ages 4-12. Discount student rush tickets available at the Met box office on day of performance for elementary to college students 25 yrs. of age or younger with valid I.D.
44 Park Place, 212-431-7993 www.annefrank.com Tues.-Fri. 10-5. Adults $5, students/srs. $3, 15 and under free. Located two blocks north of the World Trade Center site, interactive exhibits tell Anne’s story through excerpts from her diary, photographs, and a life-sized simulation of her attic room. Changing exhibits; onsite group programs, tours and outreach programs; teacher resources.
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769-5100 www.amnh.org Open daily 10-5:45, Rose Center open Fri. to 8:45. General admission: Adults $23, ages 2-12 $13, students/srs. $18. Additional fee for space show, IMAX films, and special exhibitions. Download Explorer app from the App Store or Google Play. One of the world’s pre-eminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions displays the world’s largest collection of real dinosaur fossils among many other outstanding exhibits, including the Hall of Biodiversity, Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, Hall of Ocean Life, housing the museum’s beloved 94-foot-long blue whale, and Rose Center for Earth and Space featuring the Hayden Planetarium. Thematic tours of the museum’s collections are offered daily. Visit website for information about adult and children’s workshops for ages 4 and up and summer day camps. For space show information, see listing for the Hayden Planetarium. For the latest visitor and exhibition information, visit www.amnh.org/plan-your-visit. For advance reservations for special exhibitions, films and lectures, reserve online or call 212-769-5200. Ongoing Public Programs, tours, demonstrations, films, performances and special events. Visit www.amnh.org/calendar for current events. Family Workshops & Events, visit www.amnh.org/ learn-teach/families for current schedule. Ology, the museum’s science website for children, can be found at www.amnh.org/ology Discovery Room, interactive space for families near the 77th St. entrance. Pick up a free timed entrance pass at the Discovery Room entrance. A Night at the Museum, sleepovers under the Blue Whale for families and groups with children ages 6-13; scout nights for ages 6-16; and adultsonly for ages 21+. Advance reservations required. Jan 5, May 4, 11, 19 Jan 13, Apr 27 Girl Scout Nights. Mar 23 Boy Scout Nights. Feb 16 Sleepover for Grown-Ups. OctSciCafe, after-hours series for ages 21+ features Jun informal talks on current topics in science, stories from the field and cocktails on the first Wed. of the month. Podcasts online. Selected Special Exhibitions Thru The Butterfly Conservatory, walk through a tropMay 28 ical vivarium housing up to 500 live, free-flying butterflies in this annual exhibit Oct.-May. To Jan Our Senses: An Immersive Experience.
Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Park 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-220-5100 www.bronxzoo.com Nov.-late Mar.: Daily 10-4:30. Late Mar.-Nov.: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, weekends/holidays 10-5:30. General admission: Adults $22.95, srs. $20.95, ages 3-12 $14.95, 2 and under free. Special rides and attractions have additional $6 entry fees. Parking fee. Admission on Wed. by donation. Total Experience tickets, offering unlimited access to rides and special exhibits are discounted online. General admission tickets are not available online. Family or group tours available by reservation, 800-433-4149. Download mobile app at bronxzoo.com/app. 265 wooded acres allow spacious, naturalistic habitats for over 4,000 animals. Habitats include Congo Gorilla Forest, Himalayan Highlands, World of Reptiles, and Madagascar, the restored 1903 Lion House and NYC’s first landmark LEED certified building. Special rides and attractions include the children’s zoo (open Apr.-Nov.); Congo Gorilla Forest; JungleWorld indoor rainforest; Butterfly Garden; 4-D theater; Wild Asia Monorail (open May-Oct.); Bug Carousel; and zoo shuttle. Toddler and kinder programs; scout programs; school break and summer camps; teen internships; family programs and overnight safaris; adult events.
Carnegie Hall 154 W. 57th St., New York, 212-903-9600 www.carnegiehall.org/events/family-events Tickets available at box office, online or through CarnegieCharge, 212-247-7800. Sign up at carnegiehall.org/ students for discount student tickets. Ongoing Family Concert Series, 60-minute concerts with world-class artists and hands-on pre-concert activities are recommended for ages 4-12. May 12 Apr 8 Spring Family Day, free interactive musical activities and performances in Resnick Education Wing for ages 3-10. 12-4.
Central Park 5th Ave to Central Park West, 59th St. to 110th St. 212-310-6600 www.nycgovparks.org/parks/central park A wonderful oasis in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park can be an all-day adventure in good weather with non-stop activities and entertainment. Consult the Central Park Conservancy at centralparknyc.org for walking tours, playground locations and other sites, and cityparksfoundation.org for information about cultural events including the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and Summerstage performances.
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Central Park Zoo 5th Ave. and 64th St., 212-439-6500 www.centralparkzoo.com Nov. 6-Mar 29: Daily 10-4:30. Mar. 30-Nov. 4: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, weekends and holidays 10-5:30. Adults $12, srs. $9, ages 3-12 $7, under 3 free. Discount Total Experience tickets available online. Visit the Tropic Zone Rainforest, Temperate Territory, Polar Circle, snow leopard exhibit and sea lion pool where you can observe animals at close range. Daily animal feedings, guided tours, Wildlife Theater shows (April-Oct.) and 4D Theater. The Tisch Children’s Zoo is an interactive area designed for toddlers and preschoolers to meet a number of small, gentle animals. Belvidere Castle Mid-park at 79th St., 212-772-0288 www.centralparknyc.org Open daily 10-5. Free admission. One of Central Park’s five visitor centers, Belvedere Castle provides the highest and best views of the Park and houses discovery activities for children and adults. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Central Park W. & 79th St., 212-988-9093 www.cityparksfoundation.org Brought to Central Park by Fredrick Law Olsted in 1877, the Swedish Cottage has been home to the Marionette Theatre since 1947. Reservations required. Other Park Attractions Historic carousel rides (Mid-Park at 65th St., 212439-6900 x4); free storytelling appropriate for ages 6 and up at 11 am on Sat. June-Sept. at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue (5th & 72nd St., www.hcastorycenter.org); model Yacht Club races and regattas most Sat. April thru Nov. on the Conservatory Water (near 5th & 76th); 21 playgrounds. Jun-Sept Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling in Central Park, ages 6 and up. Sat. 11-12. Free. Jun-Aug Summerstage, benefit concerts and over 100 free music, dance, film, comedy, family and theater performances in all 5 boroughs. cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage Victorian Gardens, amusement rides for ages 2-12, activities and entertainment on weekends and holidays at Wollman Rink, 212-982-2229. www.victoriangardensnyc.com Oct-Mar Ice Skating, Wollman Rink, Central Park East between 62nd & 63rd Sts., 212-439-6900. www.wollmanskatingrink.com
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, 212-875-5788 www.chambermusicsociety.org Presents annual series of concerts and educational events. Pending availability, tickets are available at the box office at a 50% discount for students; free student rush tickets for grades K-12 and $10 student rush tickets for college students may be available one hour prior to curtain (call 212-875-5788 for availability); and Chamber Music 360 subscriptions entitle ages 21-39 to three tickets for $60. Ongoing Meet the Music Family Concert Series, afternoon concert series Nov.-April or single concerts for families with children ages 6 and up. Meet the Music 2018 Mar 11 Four Harmonious Friends.
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Children’s Museum of Manhattan 212 W. 83rd St., New York, NY, 212-721-1223 www.cmom.org Tues.-Sun. 10-5, Sat. 10-7. Open daily in summer. Adults and children $14, srs. $11, under 1 free. Target Free First Friday Nights: free admission 5-8pm on the first Friday of the month. Hands-on exhibits include reading/storytelling room; art studio; Sussman Environmental Center, outdoor waterplay area (open seasonally, weather permitting); PlayWorks exploration area for ages 4 and under; Adventures with Dora and Diego; EatSleepPlay interactive activities, and changing exhibitions. Strollers must be checked; no food. Sat & Performances by guest artists, musicians, Sun dancers, actors, author visits and hands-on workshops are scheduled weekends and holidays, daily in summer. Sign up upon arrival.
Children’s Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St., New York, NY, 212-274-0986 www.cmany.org Mon. 12-5, Thurs. & Fri. 12-6, Sat. & Sun. 10-5, open Tues. & Wed. for Under 5s drop in classes for ages 5 and under. Admission ages 1-65: $12. Pay as you wish Thurs. 46pm. Hands-on, interactive arts programs, play areas and exhibitions designed for ages 10 months to 15. Art projects daily, special events on weekends. Mon-Fri Under 5 Drop In Class, art-filled drop-in session for ages 5 and under with parent or caregiver. 10:45-noon.
Discovery Times Square Exposition 226 W. 44th St., New York, 866-987-9692 www.discoverytsx.com Large-scale exhibitions are presented in the vast space that housed the New York Times printing presses for almost a century. Strollers are not permitted in the galleries. Cafe; Discovery Store; New York Times Store. Check website link for upcoming exhibitions.
FDNY Fire Zone 34 W. 51st St., New York, 212-698-4520 www.fdnysmart.org/firezone Mon.-Sat. 9-7 (weekday mornings reserved for schools and youth organizations), Sun. 11-5. Free admission. Fire safety learning center where visitors can climb on a fire truck, try on bunker gear, meet a firefighter, and learn how to crawl through a smoke-filled hallway. Fee for fire safety presentation: adults and children $6, srs. $2, not recommended for children under five.
Fraunces Tavern Museum 54 Pearl St., New York, 212-425-1778 www.frauncestavernmuseum.org Mon.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. & Sun. 11-5. Adults $7, ages 6-18, students and srs. $4, under 5 free, family group $20. Built as an elegant residence for merchant Stephan Delancey and his family, this is Manhattan’s oldest surviving building. In 1762, the home was purchased by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces and became an important place for politics as well as food and drink. It is best known as the site where Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army in 1783. School tours and guided group tours available.
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Galli Theater New York 357 West 36th St., Suite 202, New York, NY, 212-731-0668 www.gallitheaterny.com Small theater presents interactive fairy tale adaptations, birthday parties, acting classes and camps for kids.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Ave. at 89th St., New York, 212-423-3500 www.guggenheim.org Sun.-Wed. and Fri. 10-5:45, Sat. 10-7:45, closed Thurs. Adults $25, students/srs. $18, under 12 free. Pay-what-youwish Sat. 5:45-7:45, suggested $10. Daily public tours at 2pm. Download the free Guggenheim app from the App Store or Google Play in advance, use the museum’s free Wifi or borrow a device free at the Multimedia Guide desk. Strollers permitted on ground floor only; baby carriers available at coatroom. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building is a New York City landmark and also home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art. Family activity packs and Guggenheim sketchbooks can be checked out at the Information Desk. Printed family activity guides are available at the museum and online. Visit website for dates and registration information for monthly stroller tours, toddler and family programs, after school classes, teen courses and volunteer opportunities and summer camps. Ongoing See Tips for Parents under “For Families” online for helpful info before your visit and to access a schedule of family programs. Public Tours, 2pm daily. Sat Family Activity Kiosk, 10-4. Pick up a Family & Sun Activity Pack designed for ages 4-12. Sun Just Drop In, creative projects led by museum educators for families with children ages 310. 1-4pm most Sun. Free with admission. Open Studio for Families, drop-in art making for families with children ages 3 and up. 14pm most Sundays. 2nd Sun Sunday Family Tours, family-oriented tour for ages 5 and up includes hands-on gallery activities. Registration required.
Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth & Space Central Park West at 81st St., New York, NY 212-769-5900, space show and current sky information www.amnh.org Public programs include space shows, lectures and talks, stargazing, special events and astronomy summer camps. One Step Beyond features live bands, DJ, VJs, drinks and dancing in the Rose Center for ages 21 or older. Visit amnh.org/osb for upcoming dates. Also see listing under American Museum of Natural History. Tues Astronomy Live, interactive tour of the universe and view of the changing night sky. 7pm last Tues. of each month.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum Pier 86, West 46th St. & 12th Ave., New York, 212-245-0072 www.intrepidmuseum.org Nov. 1-Mar. 31: Daily 10-5. April 1-Oct. 31: Mon.-Fri. 105, Sat., Sun. & holidays 10-6. General admission: Adults $33, srs. $31, ages 5-12 $24, under 5 free. Additional fee for Space Shuttle Pavilion, guided tours, flight simulators and audio tours.
Explore the the 900 ft.-long aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid, the command center of the submarine, Growler, British Airways Concorde, A-12 Blackbird spy plane, Space Shuttle Enterprise and 25 other aircraft on display. Virtual Flight Zone Simulators include a G-Force Encounter or flying an F-18 jet fighter mission in a Navy Flight Simulator. The Exploreum is an interactive area for children and families. Scavenger hunts and family guides are available for selfguided tours. Weekend family programs; overnights; scout programs; birthday parties; camps. Ongoing Astronomy Nights; Weekend Family Programs, educational programs for kids and caregivers. Family programs are free with admission, but require advance registration. Visit website link for dates. Operation Slumber, overnights for families and organized youth groups. Call 646-381-5010 or email email@example.com to book.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Frederick P. Rose Hall, Columbus Circle, Broadway at 60th St., New York, 212-258-9800, CenterCharge: 212-721-6500 www.jazz.org Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra performances, jazz artists, talks, films, Jazz Academy includes free program for high school jazz bands, educational programs for toddlers to adults, video library, and Jazz for Young People concerts. Students can sign up at jazz.org/student for special offers, student cover charges at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and $10 tickets for select performances. Hot Seats, $10 seats for select Rose Theater and Appel Room performances, are released for sale at the box office on the Wed. prior to the performance. Ongoing Jazz for Young People, kid-friendly lessons hosted by Wynton Marsalis or special guests, recommended for grades 2 and up. Visit academy.jazz.org for info. Mar 23 Who Is Mary Lou Williams?
Jazz Standard Jazz for Kids 116 E. 27th St., New York, NY, 212-576-2232 www.jazzstandard.com Hosts Jazz for Kids brunch every Sunday throughout the school year with music by the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra and barbecue, lunch and kids menu from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm; concert at 2pm. Free, donations benefit Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra.
The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St., New York, NY, 212-423-3200 www.thejewishmuseum.org Fri.-Tues. 11-5:45, Thurs. 11-8, closed Wed. closes at 4pm on Fridays after Nov. 1. Museum shop and cafe closed Saturdays. Adults $15, srs. $12, students $7.50, 18 and under free. Free admission on Sat.; pay-what-you-wish Thurs. 58pm. Museum explores the diversity of 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture through permanent and changing exhibitions. Culture & Continuity: The Jewish Journey tells the unfolding story of Jewish culture and identity. Audio guide available for children ages 6 and up, free with museum admission. Family activities every Sun. and selected holiday weekdays; Sun. family concerts and theater. Teen afterschool and summer classes; teen intern program.
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Playgrounds to Palaces, interactive children’s exhibition designed for ages 3-10. Closed Sat. Family Guides to current and past exhibitions are are available to download online, www.thejewishmuseum.org/families Sun Sundays at the Museum, drop-in art workSeptshops, gallery tours, stories, archaeological Jun digs, concerts and performances for families are scheduled. For more info and current calendar, call 212-423-3337 or visit website at www.thejewishmuseum.org/calendar. Selected Exhibitions Thru Modigliani Unmasked.
Alice Tully Hall, 65th St. & Broadway, 212-721-6500 www.lincolncenter.org The world’s leading performing arts center comprises 12 resident arts organizations. For the complete schedule of performances at Lincoln Center, consult website. Ongoing Zucker Discount Ticket Box Office, is open inside the David Rubenstein Atrium Visitor Center, Tues.-Sat. 12-7pm. Discounts of 2550% may be available, limit four tickets per person. Full price tickets can also be purchased at kiosks near the information desk or at theater box offices. The Visitor Center is open Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat. & Sun. 9am-10pm and hosts free performances weekly. Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft restaurant inside the Atrium offers breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and full bar. atrium.lincolncenter.org LC Kids Season, family-friendly performances for ages 2 and up; performances in the Atrium on select Saturdays at 11am are free. Visit family.lincolncenter.org to view all family events at Lincoln Center.
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The Joyce Theater 175 8th Ave., New York, NY 212-691-9740, Box Office: 212-242-0800 www.joyce.org An intimate 472-seat venue in Chelsea presents a full spectrum of dance movement styles and traditions. Dance talks, pre- and post-performance events and fall/winter and spring/summer Family Matinee series designed for ages 6-14.
Jan 20, 28, Feb 4, 10, 17 Winter 2018 Family Matinees. Tickets $10.
Legoland Discovery Center 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers, NY, 866-243-0770 westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com Sun.-Thurs. 10-7, Fri. & Sat. 10-9. Ages 2 and under free. Purchase timed tickets online at least one day in advance and receive ticket discounts and guaranteed entry. See New York’s top landmarks made out of Lego bricks. Indoor playground designed for ages 3-10 features soft play area, rides, laser maze, Lego fire academy, construction site, racers, Duplo Village, Master Builder Academy and 4D Cinema. Special events are held for adults, homeschoolers, teachers and holidays. Cafe; Lego Shop; birthday parties.
Little Orchestra Society The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 695 Park Ave., New York, NY, 212-971-9500 www.littleorchestra.org LOS concert series for families with children ages 3-10. Subscriptions and single tickets available. Feb 3-4 Prokofiev: Peter, The Wolf & More. Mar 3-4 Copland: The Uncommon Man.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum Visitor Center & Museum Shop 103 Orchard St., New York, 212-982-8420, 877-975-3786 www.tenement.org First tour at 10:15am, last tour at 5:15pm daily; evening tours and gift shop open until 8:30pm on Thurs. Adults $25, students/srs. $20, under 6 free. Tenement museum, open by guided tours only, consists of a Visitor Center, where all tours begin, and 1863 tenement building, a National Historic Landmark that was home to over 7,000 people from 20 nations between 1863 and 1935.
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Lower East Side Tenement Museum cont. One-hour tours take you into re-created apartments to tell the stories of different immigrant families (suitable for children ages 8 and older). Themed walking tours explore the Lower East Side and the American immigrant experience. Three hour free parking is available on Broome St. between Norfolk & Suffolk Sts. Suggested Tour for Children (ages 5 & up) & Families Sat & Victoria Confino. In a 45-min. tour designed Sun especially for families, a costumed interpreter, playing teenage Victoria Confino around 1916, welcomes visitors to her apartment as though they were new immigrants and teaches them how to adapt to the American way of life. Visitors can touch any items in the apartment.
Madame Tussaud Wax Museum 234 W. 42nd St., Times Square, 212-512-9600 www.madametussauds.com/new-york Sept.-June: Sun.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri.-Sat. 10-10, extended holiday and summer hours, may close early for special events. Online ticket: $29, under 3 free. NY, NJ and CT residents $27.50. Mingle with over 200 life-like notable figures and celebrities from past and present. Optional add ons: 4D theater and Ghostbusters virtual reality experience. A hit with teens; bring a camera.
Madison Square Garden The Stadium or WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden 7th Ave. at 33rd, New York, NY, 866-858-0008 www.thegarden.com Groups: 212-465-6080. Check website for new events or Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 212-535-7710 www.metmuseum.org Fri.-Sat. 10-9, Sun.-Thurs. 10-5:30. Adults $25, srs. $17, students $12, members and under 12 free. Admission includes same-day admission to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. No strollers on Sun. and at most special exhibitions. Back carriers available at 81st St. coat check. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums with magnificent collections of classical art, Old Masters, Impressionists, American art and crafts, and ancient Egyptian artifacts. Over two million works of art span 5,000 years of world culture. Gallery talks, family programs and guided tours daily. Concert series; lectures; films; school, camp and teacher programs; adult and teen art classes; access programs and services for visitors with disabilities are offered. Chinese garden; rooftop garden; Costume Institute. The Met Cloisters Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr., New York, NY 212-923-3700 • www.metmuseum.org/visit/met-cloisters Constructed from portions of five medieval cloisters, this branch is dedicated to the art, architecture and gardens of the Middle Ages and offers a splendid setting overlooking the Hudson River. Check website for schedule of gallery talks, special events, workshops for families, concerts and seasonal garden tours. The Met Breuer 945 Madison Ave., New York, 212-731-1675 www.metmuseum.org/visit/met-breuer
Focuses on modern and contemporary art including exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies and educational initiatives in the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer. Main Building Events 212-570-3961 • metmuseum.org/events/find-events Family programs for all ages are offered free with museum admission and do not require advance reservations. See calendar online for daily schedule of events. Ongoing Pick up Family Guides and Hunts at the information desks and check at the information desk for guided tours, storytimes, drop-in art making and family programs. To view and print family guides or suggested itineraries before your visit, go to www.metmuseum.org/ learn/for-kids and check calendar for the day’s events. Family audio guide is available, ideal for children ages 6-12. Discoveries, workshops for children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities. Reservations required, 212-650-2010 or email email@example.com. #metkids, online guide for kids by kids features museum map, fun facts, project ideas and behind-the-scenes videos. www.metmuseum. org/art/online-features/metkids MayIris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden open Nov weather permitting.
Metropolitan Opera Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. between W. 62nd and 65th Sts., New York, NY, 212-362-6000 www.metopera.org Oct.-May season at Lincoln Center, summer recital series and live on screen in HD theaters worldwide.
MoMath National Museum of Mathematics 11 East 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-542-0566 momath.org Daily 10am-5pm. Adults $16, children, students and srs. $10, toddlers no charge. Thirty interactive exhibits on two floors are designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Hands-on exhibits include a square-wheeled tricycle, mini cars, math square dance floor, automated robots that follow simple mathematical rules and more. Weekend family programs; field trips; birthday parties.
The Museum of Arts and Design 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY, 212-299-7777 www.madmuseum.org Tues.-Sun. 10-6, Thurs. 10-9. Closed Mon. and major holidays. Adults $16, srs. $14, students $12, 18 and under (excluding groups) free, members free. Pay-what-you-wish Thurs. 6-9pm. MAD interprets everyday objects that exemplify innovation and creativity in craft, art and design. Open Studios on the 6th floor give visitors the opportunity to observe and talk to artists at work and watch special demonstrations by exhibiting artists. Workshops for families, youth and adults, workshops and portfolio reviews for high school students, school and camp programs and summer art camps are offered. Special Family Days are offered three times a year. For information, 212-299-7780. Only umbrella-style strollers can be accommodated on the gallery floors.
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Ongoing Artist Studios, meet artists at work on the 6th 1st Sun
floor daily. Docent Tours, 11:30 & 3pm daily. Studio Sunday, explore the galleries with a professional artist followed by a hands-on workshop the first Sun. of the month. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Drop-in 10-1. Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3, Aug 5, Oct 7, Dec 2, 2018
Museum of the City of New York 1220 5th Ave. at 103rd St., New York, NY, 212-534-1672 www.mcny.org Daily 10-6. Adults $18, students/srs. $12, ages 19 and under free. Explore New York’s past, present and future through changing and permanent exhibitions and multimedia presentation. Ongoing Family Programs, drop in Sat., Sun. and school vacation days for free hands-on activities for families with children ages 6-12. Selected Exhibitions Ongoing New York at Its Core, the story of the city’s rise from a Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” Stettheimer Dollhouse, New York’s Gilded Age in miniature form. Thru Mod New York, fashion in the 1960s.
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Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York. Through A Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs.
Museum of Jewish Heritage 36 Battery Place, New York, NY, 212www.mjhnyc.org Sun.-Tues. 10-6, Wed.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri. 10-5, closed Sat. From mid-Nov.-mid-March, Fri. hours are 10-3. Adults $12, srs. $10, students 13+ $7. Admission by donation Wed. and Thurs. from 4-8pm. Adult tickets discounted $2 when purchased online. As a living memorial to the Holocaust, the Museum utilizes artifacts, photographs, changing exhibitions, programming and recorded testimony of Holocaust survivors to educate diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Visit calendar online for family programs, speakers, concerts, films and special events. Ongoing www.jewishgen.org, one of the most significant resources for Jewish genealogy. Tues Free Guided Tours of the Core Exhibition, every Tues. at 3pm.
Museum of Modern Art 11 W. 53 St., New York, NY, 212-708-9400 www.moma.org Daily 10:30-5:30, Fri. & Sat. until 9pm. Extended holiday and summer hours. Adults $25, srs. $18, full-time students with ID $14, 16 and under free. Admission is free during UNQLO Free Friday Nights every Fri. 4-9pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Special exhibitions, audio programs, films and gallery talks are included in the price of admission. An unrivaled view of modern masters and art movements from about 1885 to the present is displayed in a renovated and expanded building designed by Yoshio
Taniguchi. Ford Family Programs offer guided tours, artist talks, art workshops, and film screenings for ages 4-14 and their adult companions (see below for more details). Ongoing Ford Family Activity Guide for ages 4 and up available at Education and Family Information desk on the second floor (next to Cafe 2). MoMA Audio, guides to the collections, temporary exhibitions and kids audio are available free. Audio guides may be listened to and downloaded at www.moma.org/audio. MoMA podcasts are available at iTunes. Destination Modern Art, MoMA’s website for children ages 5-8. www.moma.org/destination. Visit www.moma.org/visit/families for tips for planning a family visit. Art Safari: An Adventure in Looking for Children & Adults, book and website for children ages 5-12, www.mom.org/artsafari. MoMA Art Lab iPad app, available free at iTunes. Family Programs at MoMa www.moma.org/family All programs are free with museum admission. Some programs do not require pre-registration, but tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10am on the day of the program. For dates and registration information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 212708-9805 or visit online and subscribe to the Family Programs newsletter. For info on programs for high school students, call 212-333-1252, email email@example.com or visit www.moma.org/momateens. School Year Family Programs: Sept-May Sat Family Films, classic family-friendly short films are shown on select Saturdays. Free tickets are distributed from 10am at Info Desk in main lobby and reception desk in Education and Research Building. Sat & Tours for Fours, morning drop-in program Sun for 4 yr.-olds and their adult companions. A Closer Look for Kids, morning drop-in program for ages 5-10 and adult companions. Explore This! Family Activity Stations, dropin gallery activities for ages 5 and up.
Mystery Room NYC 365 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001 (2nd floor) 190 Mercer St., New York, NY 10012 www.mysteryroomnyc.com Open daily. Locked in a secluded vault, your team of detectives have one hour to piece together clues, solve a mystery and escape. Different themed chapter rooms add up to a larger overall story. Reserve tickets online.
New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, New York, NY, 212-219-1222 www.newmuseum.org Tues.-Sun. 11-6, Thurs. 11-9. Adults $18, srs. $15, students $12, ages 15-18 free, ages 14 and under accompanied by adult free. Pay-what-you-wish Thurs. from 7-9. A sevenstory stack of metal mesh-clad boxes shifted off axis is home to changing contemporary art exhibits. Download audio guides for current exhibitions online. Ongoing Docent-Led Tours, Wed. & Fri. 12:30, Thurs., Sat. & Sun. 12:30 & 3pm. Free.
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First Saturdays for Families, hands-on programs, conducted by museum educators, are designed for families with children and young adults ages 5-15 on the first Sat. of each month. Free, includes museum admission for up to 3 adults per family. First come, first-served tickets.
New Victory Theater 209 W. 42nd St., New York, NY, 646-223-3010 www.newvictory.org Ticket prices $14-$38, member discounts. Oct.-May season of professional productions specifically for children and their families by national and international artists. Educational programs include pre-show activities and family workshops for select shows, school-time and summer camp shows and workshops. 2018 Events Jan 13-28 A Sick Day for Morris McGee, ages 2-5. Jan 13-21 Undesirable Elements, all ages 12+. Feb 9-25 Bromance, all ages 7+. Mar 2-11 Shakespeare’s Long Lost..., all ages 10+. Mar 16-25 Black Beauty, all ages 6+. Mar 30Air Play, all ages 5+.
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Seedfolks, all ages 8+. Pss Pss, all ages 4+. Rennie Harris: Funkedified, all ages 9+. Panda’s Home, ages 2-5. Autism-Friendly Performances Feb 10 Bromance, all ages 7+. Mar 18 Black Beauty, all ages 6+. Apr 14 Air Play, all ages 5+.
New York Aquarium 602 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, 718-265-FISH nyaquarium.com Sept.-late May: Daily 10-4:30. Summer: Daily 10-6. Admission ages 3 & up: $11.95. Pay-what-you-wish Fri. from 3pm to close; from 4pm on summer Fridays. Group rates. Parking fee. The Aquarium is partially open while it continues to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Current exhibits include indoor and outdoor sea cliffs exhibit with walrus, sea otter and penguin feedings, coral reef, aquatheater and 4-D theater. Breakfast with the Animals, Keeper for a Day, guided tours, and education programs for toddlers to teen, camp and groups are offered.
New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY, 718-817-8700 www.nybg.org Tues.-Sun. and some holiday Mondays 10-6. Winter hours: 10-5. All-Garden Pass weekends & Mon. holidays: Adults $30, srs. & students $28, ages 2-12 $18. Weekdays: Adults $23, srs. & students $20, ages 2-12 $10. Parking fee. Ticket prices may change depending on season and current exhibition. 250 acres of natural and landscaped grounds include 27 outdoor gardens, a 40-acre forest, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, hands-on family garden and Everett Children’s Adventure Garden featuring discovery center, wetland trail, kids herbarium and playful outdoor landscapes. Golf cart and tram tours. Strollers are not permitted in Conservatory.
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The Edible Academy, cooking demonstrations, daily, family-friendly activities and hands-on gardening for kids and adults at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. Annual Holiday Train Show.
New York City Ballet David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York 212-496-0600 • www.nycballet.com Fall, winter and spring seasons and annual presentation of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker begins Thanksgiving weekend through Dec. For information about Family Saturday performances, children’s workshops and pre-show discussions, call 212-870-5636, visit website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ongoing Family Saturdays, live music and excerpts performed from NYCB’s repertory on select Saturdays, appropriate for children ages 5+. Mar 3 Behind the Scenes at NYCB, 11am. May 26 Nice to Meet You, Mr. Robbins, 11am.
New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY, 718-699-0005 www.nysci.org Mon.-Fri. 9:30-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-6. Free hours: Fri. 25pm and Sun. 10-11am. Adults $16; ages 2-17, students and srs. $13. Combination tickets include admission, Rocket Park, Science Playground and 3D Theater. Originally built as a pavilion for the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the building and grounds now feature more than 450 hands-on exhibits devoted to science and technology including a space exhibit, biochemistry lab, technology gallery, sports challenge, interactive math exhibition, 3-D theater and Preschool Discovery Place. Birthday parties; sleepovers; scout and community programs. Sat & Drop-in workshops, demonstrations, videos, Sun shows and make-and-take activities are related to a monthly theme. Open Historic Rocket Park, chronicles the history of rocket development and includes an Atlas rocket, original Mercury 1 capsule and interactive “climb-in” replica of the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule that carried John Glenn, the first American Astronaut into orbit. AprScience Playground. Experience physics through Dec outdoor play equipment– special slides, seesaws, water wheels, windmills and musical sound station. For all ages with adult supervision. Expanded area for ages 6 and younger. Flat shoes must be worn. $5. Rocket Park Mini-Golf, explore the science behind mini-golf. Open weekends 10-6, daily July & Aug. Adults $6, children and srs. $5.
New York Philharmonic David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center, New York, NY 212-875-5656 • www.nyphil.org Young People’s Concerts introduce children ages 6-12 to live symphonic music. Very Young People’s Concerts use games, active listening and hands-on music-making with musicians of the New York Philharmonic to introduce children ages 3-5 to classical music. Online Kidzone Live! at www.nyphilkids.org features demonstrations, activities and a chance to talk to musicians.
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Ongoing $18 Student Rush Tickets, may be available up to 10 days before a concert by visiting nyphil.org/rush or the box office on day of show. Must have valid student ID.
New York Theatre Ballet Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., New York, NY 212-679-0401, Box Office: 212-355-6160 www.nytb.org Chamber ballet company presents Nov.-May repertory and family season including a one-hour Nutcracker in Dec. and Once Upon A Ballet series for families with children ages 3-12. Individual tickets, subscriptions, group discounts available. Study guides for select ballets available online. Once Upon A Ballet Series Feb 10-11 Mother GOOSE! Apr 28-29 The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies.
9/11 Memorial & Museum 180 Greenwich St., New York, NY 212-266-5211 www.911memorial.org Memorial is free and open daily from 7:30am to 9pm. Two pools in the footprints of the Twin Towers are surrounded by a plaza of more than 400 swamp white oak trees. Names of the 2,983 men, women and children who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11 are inscribed in bronze around the pools. One Calery pear tree survives from the original WTC plaza. 9/11 Memorial Museum Sun.-Thurs. 9am-8pm, last entry at 6pm. Fri. & Sat. 9am9pm, last entry at 7pm. Adults $24, srs./veterans/U.S. college students $18, ages 7-17 $15. Timed visitor passes can be purchased online up to six months in advance or by phone for $2 nonrefundable service fee. Timed tickets for sameday visits may be available at the ticket windows. Free admission Tues. 5-close. Guided tours for adults and teens are available; audio tours can be downloaded from the app store. Suggested self-guided tour routes can also be downloaded from www.911memorial.org/tours. Museum guides for adults and children ages 8-11 can also be downloaded online. Located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site, the Museum graphically chronicles the events of 9/11 and commemorates the lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks through artifacts, photographs, audio and video tapes, personal effects and memorabilia. The emotional exhibition may not be appropriate for children younger than 10 years old. Public programs feature experts offering insights and discussing their work on diverse topics from national security to the arts. The Tribute WTC Visitor Center 92 Greenwich St., New York, NY, 866-737-1184 www.911tributemuseum.org Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5. Adult admission $15, students/srs./military $10, ages 8-12 $5. Five moving galleries, created by the September 11th Families’ Association, convey the tragedy of September 11 and the passionate response from people around the world. Self-guided audio tours; guided tours; school programs; lectures and special events.
The Paley Center for Media 25 W. 52nd St., New York, NY, 212-621-6600 Recorded Information: 212-621-6800 www.paleycenter.org/visit-visitny
Wed.-Sun. 12-6, Thurs. 12-8pm. Adults $10, students/ seniors $8, children under 14 $5. View ongoing screenings in museum theaters daily or select your own program from over 140,000 radio and television programs to view or listen to at an individual console. Recreating Radio workshops, school and camp programs are offered.
Radio City Music Hall 1260 60th Ave., New York, NY, 866-858-0008 www.radiocity.com See listing under Entertainment–Shows & Concerts for family shows or visit website link.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium 234 W. 42nd St., New York, NY, 212-398-3133 www.ripleysnewyork.com Jan.-mid-March: Mon.-Wed. 9am-11pm; Thurs.-Sun. 91am. March-Jan.: Daily 9-1am. Adults $29.95, ages 4-12 $22.95, save 20% with online purchase. Twenty themed galleries feature strange, unusual, and sometimes gruesome, artifacts collected from around the world, a Laserace challenge and Black Hole tunnel. Group and school tours; event space rentals; themed birthday parties for ages 4 and up.
Staten Island Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY, 718-273-2060 www.sichildrensmuseum.org Tues.-Fri. 11-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-5. Summer hours: Tues.Sun. 10-5. Extended school holiday hours. Ages 1 and up $8, under 1 free. Free hours 3-5pm Wed. Grandparents free all day on Wed. Strollers not permitted. Creative, hands-on exhibits encourage toddlers to age 10 to explore and experiment. Current exhibits include Bugs & Other Arthropods, Portia’s Playhouse, House About It, Great Explorations, Block Harbor, Ladder 11 and Sea of Boats. Walk-in workshops and pre-school activities most days and every weekend. Summer camps; birthday parties. Staten Island Botanical Garden is next door, children 12 and under are free.
Staten Island Zoo 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY, 718-442-3100 See listing under Outdoors–Zoos.
Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, 212-864-5400 www.symphonyspace.org Community-based arts organization is committed to offering a continuing calendar of artistically and culturally diverse programs at reasonable ticket prices, including Just Kidding family events.
Theatreworks USA 212-647-1100, Class trip tickets: 800-497-5007 www.theatreworksusa.org Creator and producer of professional theater for young and family audiences tours throughout the U.S. and presents weekend theatre at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in NYC. Touring productions and presentations, residencies and workshops available. Enter your zipcode on www.theatreworksusa.org, “class trips,” to find local performances.
Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY, 212-570-3600 www.whitney.org Sun.-Mon., Wed.-Thurs. 10:30-6, Fri.-Sat. 10:30-10. Closed Tues. Adults $25, students/srs. $18, 18 & under free; online ticket discounts. Pay-what-you-wish Fridays 7-10pm. Free tours daily; free multimedia guides.
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Whitney Museum of American Art continued Devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum presents a full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, is situated between the High Line and the Hudson River. Outdoor gallery; family programs include art making workshops, gallery explorations, drop-in programs and sensory-friendly tours. Download Kids Activity Guide and view audio guides online. Ongoing Open Studio, families with kids of all ages make their own artworks on select Saturdays and Sundays. Free with museum admission. Family Access Programs, sensory-friendly tour and studio activity for families with kids on the autism spectrum.
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Sixth & Market Sts., 800-537-7676. Opens daily at 8:30am. Other Centers: City Hall Visitor Center: Broad and Market Sts. (east end of City Hall Courtyard), 215686-2840; Sister Cities Park, 200 N. 18th St.; Fairmount Park, 1599 JFK Blvd.; Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. Pick up entry tickets to Independence Hall at 6th & Market St. Center. For free visitors information, tour and attraction tickets, events calendar and hotel packages, call or visit www.phlvisitorcenter.com. Pay-one-price CityPass provides admission to six Philadelphia area attractions with no waiting in main entrance ticket lines. www.citypass.com Philadelphia Pass offers free entry to over 30 attractions and line skipping privileges. www.philadelphiapass.com See phillyfunguide.com for a comprehensive entertainment calendar for the Philadelphia region coordinated by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Refer to www.discoverphl.com for visitor information from the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and www.visitpa.com. the official tourism website for Pennsylvania, for information about the entire state. www.visitphilly.com is the official visitor site for greater Philadelphia providing Philadelphia information as well as travel info for Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Search Philadelphia Official Visitors Guide in the App store to download Philadelphia CVB’s free app.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 215-299-1000 • www.ansp.org Mon.-Fri. 10-4:30, weekends and holidays 10-5. General weekend admission: Adults $19.95, srs. & students $16.95, ages 3-12 $15.95, under 3 free. Save by purchasing online. Founded in 1812, this is the oldest science research institution in the Western hemisphere and home to the
first dinosaur skeleton ever displayed (in 1868, found in Haddonfield, NJ, in 1858). Dinosaur Hall, African, Asian and North American Halls, live butterflies exhibit, live animals center, and changing natural science exhibits highlight the ongoing research of Academy scientists. “Outside-In” is an exploration area for young children open weekends and holidays. Library open Mon.-Fri. 1-5. Scavenger Hunt activity sheets available at Entrance Desk. Family field trips and workshops; Tiny Tot Explorers for ages 3-5 with adult; spring break and summer camps; birthday parties; scout badges; Safari Overnights; teen and adult programs. Sat & Crafts, activities, presentations and demonSun strations, meet live animals on selected weekends and holidays. Ongoing Night in the Museum, sleep in the galleries for ages 6-14. Special dates for scouts and adults. Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism, special hours for children on the autism spectrum and families. 215-299-1060 for info. Selected Exhibitions Feb 3Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World.
May 6 May 26- Xtreme Bugs. Jan 21 Selected Special Events Mar 2-3 Paleopalooza, two-day festival of fossils. Apr TBA Philadelphia Science Festival, 10-day community-wide celebration of science. Aug TBA Bug Fest, annual celebration of insects.
America On Wheels Museum 5 North Front St, Allentown, PA 18102, 610-432-4200 www.americaonwheels.org Jan.-Mar.: Wed.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-4. April-Dec.: Tues.Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Adults $10, srs. $8, ages 6-16 $6, 5 and under free. Children 12 and under free on Sundays, although there may be a charge for special exhibits. Interactive activities and over 75 cars, trucks, motorcycles and bikes are on display including one-of-a-kind show cars, emergency vehicles, antique Mack Trucks, historic cars, motorized and self-propelled bikes and other unique forms of personal transportation. Gift shop; Hubcab Cafe soda fountain; birthday parties.
The Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 215-278-7000 • www.barnesfoundation.org Wed.-Mon. 11-5, Fri. 6-9 every first Fri., extended summer hours. Adults $30, srs. $28, ages 13-18 and college students $5, 12 and under free. Free admission and programs the first Sun. of every month. Backpacks and backpacktype child-carriers must be checked; strollers are permitted. Restaurant and coffee bar on site. Dr. Albert C. Barnes amassed one of the world’s most important collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, including 181 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In his home, Dr. Barnes arranged paintings, metalwork, sculpture and decorate arts of different periods, cultures, styles and genres in symmetrical wall “ensembles” based on continuity of light, line, color and space. The museum recreates Barnes’ striking rooms and ensembles just as they were in place at his death in 1951. Adult and family audio tours are included with admission or download the apps in advance. School programs, educator workshops, performances, lec-
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tures, group tours, storytimes, children and family art programs are offered. See“What’s On” online for schedule. Ongoing Family Audio Tour, interactive audio game designed for ages 7-12, can be downloaded in advance from iTunes or Google Play. Selected Special Exhibitions May 6Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema.
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Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist.
Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, 610-515-8000 www.crayolaexperience.com/easton Hours vary by season, check online link. Admission ages 3+ $19.99, under 3 free. Ticket discounts online. Learn how crayons are made, participate in three floors of hands-on art activities and play. Scout programs, birthday parties, family workshops, homeschool programs, teacher workshops available. Crayola store and cafe. Hugh Moore Park, located on the Lehigh River nearby, illustrates America’s canal and industrial revolution eras with canal boat rides (May-Sept.), locks, 19th century industrial ruins, the Locktender’s House, and National Canal Museum, 2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd., Easton.
DaVinci Science Center 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, PA, 484-664-1002 www.davincisciencecenter.org Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Admission ages 3 and up $12.95, toddlers free. Designed for families with children ages 12 and under, the two-story exhibit floor includes Keva plank building area, weather station, touch tank, and many hands-on electricity, physics, and chemistry activities, animation station, touch tunnel, water play area, preschool room and more. Science workshops for all ages; teacher programs; scout and camp programs; traveling Science on the Move; birthday parties; science store. Ongoing Hands-On Activities & Demonstrations, weekends, summer weekdays and school holidays.
The Franklin Institute Science Museum 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200 www.fi.edu Science museum exhibits open daily 9:30-5; evening hours for special exhibits 5-9pm. Open extended hours for holidays. Advance tickets available online or call 877-TFITIXS. General admission: Adults $20, ages 3-11 $16; additional fees for special exhibits and rides. Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin Institute is the pioneer of hands-on exhibits. The museum complex consists of the Science Center, Mandell Futures Center, IMAX Theater and Fels Planetarium. Museum app, available for iPhone or Android devices, offers a free library of virtual reality content. Traveling Science Show; camp-ins; home school workshops; sensory-friendly hours; Schools Out Camp and summer Discovery Camp; adult science after hours; professional development. Daily Live science shows and demonstrations daily. Consult daily programs online or upon arrival. MayScience Park, 30 interactive science-related Sept exhibits and activities in outdoor park. Free with admission. 9:30-4, weather permitting. Wed Target Community Night, fun, educational events 5-8pm on the third Wed. of the month unless noted. Free admission and shows.
Ongoing Electricity, the exhibit most closely identified with the Franklin Institute, features hands-on experiments with electricity. The Giant Heart: A Healthy Interactive Experience, walk through a giant heart. The Train Factory, climb aboard a steam locomotive and explore physical science. SportsZone, high energy exhibit explores the precision and science of sport. Your Brain, travel through a two-story neural network climbing structure and find out how and why the brain is always changing. New Escape Rooms, clues, puzzles and tasks lead teams to an ultimate goal before time runs out. 3D Printing The Future, learn the story behind the 3D printing craze. Selected Special Exhibitions Advance tickets can be purchased online. Thru Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, Mar 4 use AR to explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Open Game Masters, an interactive journey inside Spring your favorite video games.
Independence National Historical Park Visitor Center: 6th & Market Sts., Philadelphia, PA 215-965-2305, City concierge staff: 800-537-7676 www.nps.gov/inde Visitor Center: open daily 8:30-6, extended summer and holiday hours. For info on park buildings, hours and interpretive programs with park rangers, view or download app online at www.nps.gov/inde or visit www.phlvisitorcenter.com. The Park is home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and another dozen sites of historic importance, such as Carpenters’ Hall, Old City Hall, Congress Hall and Franklin Court. The monthly Historic Philadelphia Gazette, available at Visitor Centers and online at www.phlvisitorcenter.com (under National Park), describes walking tours, plays and other daily events in the historical area. Learn about Ben Franklin’s life as a private citizen and stateman at Franklin Court (Market & Chestnut Sts. between 3rd & 4th Sts.). Horse drawn carriage rides. Ongoing Independence Hall Tours. Obtain free, timed tickets at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th & Market Sts. Tickets are given out beginning at 8:30am. Allow about 30 min. to go through security at 5th & Chestnut Sts. Tickets may be reserved up to six months in advance at 877-444-6777 (10am-10pm) or at http:// recreation.gov for $1.50 per ticket. No tickets are required in Jan. and Feb. and after 5pm during summer hours. Tickets are not required for the Liberty Bell. NPS Independence Mobile App, for iOS and Android devices, includes a park map, sites, tours, and recurring program info. Junior Ranger for iPhone & iPad, download “NPS Independence” in the App Store, complete the activities to become a Junior Ranger. Cell Phone Tour, follow the “key” graphic in Independence Park and ring up historical stories at 15 different stops. 267-519-4295.
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Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, 215-413-8655 www.phillyseaport.org Daily 10am-5pm. Extended summer hours. Adults $16, children/students/srs. $12, 2 and under free. Maritime history comes to life with interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and tours of Cruiser Olympia from the Spanish-American War and Submarine Becuna from World War II. Winter outdoor skating on the waterfront at Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing. Access to the RiverLink Ferry to New Jersey State Aquarium. Birthday parties; group tours; school and scout programs; parents night out; overnights; summer camps. Ongoing Swan Boat Paddleboats, Rowboats, Kayaks for rent spring-fall. Sat Seafarin’ Saturday, nautical activities for the whole family. 11-1. Free with admission.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania www.discoverlancaster.com A must-see for train enthusiasts of any age, the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch countryside of Lancaster County is home to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg Railroad (across the street) and National Toy Train Museum just down the road. For assistance in planning a trip, visit website. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania 300 Gap Rd., Strasburg, PA, 717-687-8628 www.rrmuseumpa.org Tues.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5. April-Oct.: Open daily. Adults $10, srs. $9, ages 3-11 $8, under 3 free. Housing one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world, the museum displays over 100 locomotives and cars from the mid-19th and 20th centuries. Strasburg Railroad 301 Gap Rd., Ronks, PA, 866-725-9666 www.strasburgrailroad.com Enjoy a 45-min. ride aboard an historic steam train to Paradise, PA, in your choice of five different railroad cars. Seasonal special events include train rides with Santa, the Easter Bunny, military reenactors or Thomas the Tank Engine. Station includes historic trains and rail cars, bookstore, trackside restaurant, dining car, kids play area and gift shop. National Toy Train Museum 300 Paradise Lane, Paradise Twp., 717-687-8976 www.nttmuseum.org June-Aug.: Daily 10-5. Call or visit website link for spring and fall hours. Jan.-Mar.: Closed. Adults $7, srs. $6, ages 6-12 $4, under 6 free, family $22. A collection of hundreds of toy trains and accessories from mid-1800s to present are displayed in a modern museum built like an historic train station.
Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia Plymouth Meeting Mall, Unit #1055 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA philadelphia.legolanddiscoverycenter.com Mon.-Thurs. 10-5, Fri.-Sat. 10-5:30, Sun. 10-4. Extended holiday hours. Discount online tickets: Ages 3+ $19. Mon.Fri. Toddler Time ticket for parent and child: $24. Lego® indoor playground features an interactive Legothemed ride, 4D cinema, and 10 Lego-themed play areas.
National Constitution Center 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-409-6600 www.constitutioncenter.org
Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5, Sun. 12-5. Adults $14.50, srs. and college students $13, ages 6-18 $11, 5 and under free. Established as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization by Congress, this is the first museum dedicated to telling the story and illuminating the ideals of the U.S. Constitution through interactive and multimedia exhibits. Self-guided audio tour and interactive audio tour for grades 5-8 available. Freedom Rising, a 17-minute live multimedia show, traces the history of “We the People.” Notable speakers; town halls; debates; scout days; home school week; summer and school break camps. Podcasts and recordings of town halls and discussions of significant issues related to the Constitution can be accessed online under “Debate.”
National Museum of American Jewish History 101 S. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, 215-923-3811 www.nmajh.org Wed.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-5:30. Memorial Day-Labor Day, open Wed. until 8pm, pay-what-you-wish after 5pm. Adults $15, srs. and ages 13-21 $13, 12 and under free. Museum traces the history of Jewish life in America from 1654 to present through state-of-the-art interactive media, historical objects, photographs, films and hands-on walk-through period environments. Underlying their story is the central theme of America’s promise of freedom, democracy and opportunity for immigrants. Docent tours and talks daily; family days; cafe; gift shop on-site or online. Mar 16- Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, celeSep 2 brates the centennial birthday of one of the 20th century’s most influential cultural figures.
Penn Museum 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-898-4000 www.penn.museum Tues.-Sun. 10-5, closed Mon. Open until 8pm the first Wed. of the month. Adults $15, srs. $13, ages 6-17 and fulltime students $10, 5 and under free. Additional fee for special exhibitions. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. Exhibits include 12-ton sphinx and architectural remains from the ancient Egyptian palace of Merenptah, mummies and other fascinating artifacts from Asia, the Near East, Greece, Africa and the Americas. Adult and student programs, lectures, films; scout badge days; downloadable teacher resources; family activities include World Culture Days, family workshops, museum playdates, storytime and evening expeditions, anthropology summer day camps, and museum sleepovers. Ongoing Penn Museum Highlights of the Galleries, audio tour available from the App Store. 40 Winks with the Sphinx, overnight expedition in the museum’s galleries for ages 6-12 and their parents or chaperones. 2nd Sun Family Second Sunday Workshops, Oct.-May. Drop in anytime 11-4pm for craft, touchable artifacts and gallery activities geared for families with children ages 5 and up. Contact email@example.com, 215-898-4016. Jan 13 Music of the World. Feb 10 The Olympics. Mar 10 Animals, Animals. Apr 14 Cities Around the Globe.
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Pennsylvania Factory Tours Harley-Davidson 1425 Eden Rd., York, PA, 877-883-1450 www.harley-davidson.com (vehicle operations, York, PA) Tour Center & Gift Shop: open Mon.-Fri. 8-4, select summer Sat. 9:30-1. One hour tours of the facility that produces the Touring family of motorcycles are offered Mon.-Fri. 9-2 (children must be 12 and up). Tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Purchase tickets for expanded 2-hr. Steel Toe Tours online. Kids Corner; gift shop. Martin Guitar Museum & Visitor Center 510 Sycamore St., Nazareth, PA, 800-633-2060 www.martinguitar.com Museum open Mon.-Fri. 8-5. Audio tours available for $2 per person. Free factory guided tours Mon.-Fri. 11-2:30, first-come, first-served; 1833 Shop. Guitarmaker’s Connection, site of the original Martin factory and old Martin Homestead, is open for visiting at 10 W. North St. in Nazareth, Mon.-Fri. 9-4. Herr Foods 20 Herr Dr., Nottingham, PA, 800-284-7488 www.herrs.com/snackfactorytours.html One-hour snack factory tour Mon.-Thurs. 9-3, Fri. 9-11am, extended summer hours. Call or reserve online. Gift shop. York County Made in America Tours www.yorkpa.org • www.factorytours.org As the “Factory Tour Capital of the World,” York County capitalizes on its manufacturing tradition. Visit websites for factories opening their doors to visitors. Jun 13-16 Made in America Tours, annual open house.
Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA, 610-287-9349 www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4. Free guided tours. Set on 170 acres of farmland, the home of Pennsylvania Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker and his family from 1900-1916 and home to eight generations of Pennypackers represents a country-gentleman’s estate of the early 20th century. Visitors tour two floors of the mansion and changing exhibit galleries. School programs; home school programs; children and family events are held year round.
Philadelphia Museum of Art 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, 215-763-8100 www.philamuseum.org Tues.-Sun. 10-5, Wed. & Fri. ’til 8:45. Closed Mon. and major holidays. Adults $20, srs. $18, ages 13-18 and students $14, 12 & under free. Pay what you wish on first Sun. 10-5 and every Wed. 5-8:45. Strollers are not permitted in special exhibitions on weekends or when galleries are crowded. Founded in 1876, the museum presents a full range of fine and applied arts from Asia, Europe and the U.S. spanning over 2,000 years with masterpieces in every medium. Sunday family programs; art and gallery programs for babies to adults; children’s art classes. For schedule, call 215-6847580 or visit Family Calendar online. Ongoing Self-Guided Family Tours available at West Information Desk. Activity sheets explore a new theme in art each month. American Art Kids Tour audio guide, written for children ages 6-10, is available to rent at Visitor Services Desk in the East and West entrances.
Free Audio Podcasts can be downloaded from website, www.philamuseum.org. Art on Demand, paper and canvas prints and custom framing of favorite artworks from the museum can be ordered online, artondemand. philamuseum.org Sun Family Festivals, family tours, art activities and performances 10-3 on select Sundays. Free after pay-what-you-wish admission. Family Art Cart, drop in 12-3 most Sundays to play games, sketch, make art. All ages. Family Tours, monthly themed tours for ages 3-5 and 6-10 most Sundays. Wed Stroller Tours, monthly 11-12 on select Wed. Free after admission. After Hours, Wednesdays 5-8:45pm. Drop-in art-making, yoga, storytime, gallery events. Fri Art After 5, entertainment from 5-8:45 in the Great Stair Hall and guided gallery tours. Selected Exhibitions Apr 18- Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950.
Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 215-243-1100 www.philadelphiazoo.org Nov.-Feb.: Daily 9:30-4. Mar.-Oct.: Daily 9:30-5. Nov.Feb.: discounted admission. Mar.-Nov.: Adults $23, ages 211 $19, under 2 free. Pre-paid parking $16. Opened in 1874, this is America’s first zoo and home to nearly 1,600 animals, many of them rare and endangered. Exhibits include KidZooU, a year-round children’s zoo and education center; avian center; African Plains; small mammal house; Bear Country; rare animal conservation center, reptile house, Primate Reserve and Carnivore Kingdom. Zoo360, a campus-wide network of see-through mesh trails, allows animals to roam around and above zoo grounds. Trails include Gorilla Treeway, Treetop Trail, Great Ape Trail and Big Cat Crossing. The Education Dept. offers scout badge programs, summer camps, overnights for groups and families, and Zoo on Wheels outreach. For workshop information, call 215-243-5353. MarCamel, draft horse and pony rides; swan boat Nov rides; carousel; train; Zooballoon in season.
Please Touch Museum Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, 215-581-3181 www.pleasetouchmuseum.org Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 11-5. Adults and children 1 and older $19. First Wed. of each month 4-7pm: $2. The first museum in the country dedicated to providing cultural and educational hands-on experience for children ages 1-7 resides in Memorial Hall, a National Historic Landmark built in 1876 as part of the country’s Centennial Exhibition. Totally interactive exhibit zones include Roadside Attractions, Flight Fantasy, City Capers, Wonderland, River Adventures and Rainforest Rhythms. The 1924 Dentzel Carousel is housed in a new glass and steel Carousel House ($3). Hands-on activities and special events are scheduled daily. Cafe; theater. Ongoing Special Play without Boundaries, evening and early morning events for families of children with disabilities. Mar 4, Jun 3, Aug 5
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100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA 19047, 1-866-GO-4-ELMO See listing under Amusement & Water Parks.
901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD, 410-752-2490 www.borail.org Mon.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 11-4. Adults $20, srs. $17, ages 212 $12, under 2 free. Site of the country’s oldest station displays a huge collection of railroad equipment, models and trains. Locomotives and rolling stock pieces on display in the spectacular 1884 Roundhouse trace the history of railroading in America. Wed-Sun Train Rides scheduled April through Dec., weekends only in Jan., weather permitting.
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse Above Kelly Drive near the intersection of 33rd and Oxford in East Fairmount Park, 215-765-4325 www.smithplayground.org Playground: April-Sept.: Tues.-Fri. 10-6, Sat. & Sun. 107; Oct.-Dec.: Tues.-Thurs. 10-4, Fri.-Sun. 10-4. Playhouse (ages 5 and younger): April-Sept.: Tues.-Fri. 10-4, Sat. & Sun. 10-6. Oct.-Mar.: Tues.-Sun. 10-4. Free. Six acre playground for children 10 and under includes a giant wooden slide and 50 pieces of accessible play equipment. The 24,000 sq. ft. playhouse gives children 5 and under a chance to “drive” a train, “cook” in the kitchen and ride tricycles.
United States Mint 151 N. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, 215-408-0112 800-USA-MINT • www.usmint.gov Tours: Mon.-Fri. 9-4:30. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Mon.Sat. 9-4:30. Free, self-guided tours are offered on a firstcome, first served basis pending availability. Tour handbook is available to download online. Adults will be asked to provide government-issued photo identification and many items are prohibited including strollers. Visitors during spring and summer months may experience a brief line to enter. For special needs accommodations, 215-408-0110. Gift Shop: 215-408-0230.
Baltimore Museum of Industry 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD, 410-727-4808 www.thebmi.org Tues.-Sun. 10-4. Adults $12, srs. $9, students/ages 7-18 $7, ages 6 & under free. Discover the history of industry in Baltimore in a series of recreated workshops and factories designed for hands-on exploration. Restored tugboat, 1880 printing press, oyster cannery, garment loft.
Maryland Science Center Inner Harbor, 601 Light St., Baltimore, MD, 410-685-5225 www.mdsci.org Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5. Extended summer hours. Adults $24.95, srs. $23.95, ages 3-12 $18.95, under 3 free. Three floors of hands-on exhibits and demonstrations explore space, physics, earth sciences, dinosaurs, the human body and the Chesapeake Bay. Kids Room, IMAX Theater, Davis Planetarium and also the site of the National Visitors’ Center for the Hubble Space Telescope.
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baltimore area visitors center Inner Harbor, 401 Light Street (on the west shore), 877-BALTIMORE. Hotel, restaurant and attraction discounts, maps and visitor information available online. Advance purchase of a 4-day Harbor Pass provides discounted entry to four harbor attractions. www.baltimore.org
American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore, MD, 410-244-1900 www.avam.org Tues.-Sun. 10-6. Adults $15.95, srs. $13.95, student/child $9.95, 6 and under free. Seven galleries of unique and unusual creations, all the result of the vision of self-taught artists. Summer camp. Thru The Great Mystery Show, playfully explores Sep 2 Mystery as the secret power behind great art, science, and pursuit of the sacred.
Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum 216 Emory St., Baltimore, MD, 410-727-1539 www.baberuthmuseum.org April-Sept. Mon.-Sun. 10-5, 7pm for Orioles' home night games. Oct.-Mar.: Tues.-Sun. 10-5. Adults $10, srs. $8, ages 5-16 $5. Exhibits on the life and times of Babe Ruth and select objects from Maryland's sports history, heritage and heroes.
1 Safari Place, Baltimore, MD, 410-396-7102 www.marylandzoo.org Mar.-Dec.: Daily 10-4, extended summer hours. Jan. & Feb.: Open Fri.-Mon. 10-4. Adults $19, srs. $16, ages 2-11 $15, under 2 free. $10 winter admission. 200-acre park is home to 1,500 birds, mammals and reptiles in natural habitats. Chimpanzee forest, African watering hole, leopard lair, penguin habitat, and outstanding children’s zoo features a playful, wilderness trail and farmyard.
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inner Harbor, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD, 410-576-3800 www.aqua.org Open daily, check website link for seasonal hours. Best time to visit is before 11am or after 3pm. Adults $39.95, srs. $34.95, ages 3-11 $24.95. Half price Fridays after 5pm. Purchasing tickets online avoids ticket lines. Unique 5-level building design with spiraling ramps and escalators leads visitors on a one-way, self-guided tour of different marine habitats. Huge ray exhibit, Atlantic coral reef, sharks, South American rain forest, Australian river gorge, touch tank, 4-D Immersion Theater. Dolphin shows daily in Marine Mammal Pavilion. Strollers must be checked; free backpacks available for children under 40 lbs. Ongoing Immersion Tours include gallery tours before the Aquarium opens, behind-the-scenes shark and reef tours, veterinarian tours, dolphin encounters and sleepovers. See online calendar for information, tickets and Aquarium After Dark events.
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Port Discovery Children’s Museum 35 Marketplace Place, Baltimore, 410-727-8120 www.portdiscovery.org Oct.-May: Tues.-Fri. 9:30-4:30, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Admission $15.95, under 2 free. Target Family Fun Night 3rd Fri., 4-8pm, $2. One of the largest children’s museums in the country was designed for ages birth to ten by Walt Disney
The Arts categories include an incredible array of performances for all ages — from parents and grandparents, young adults and teens to elementary students, preschoolers and toddlers. Shows geared specifically for young children are typically found under “Family” or “Children’s” series listings. Keep in mind that many shows are full-length performances best suited for older children and teens. Age recommendations are only guidelines. Parents must use their discretion in determining their individual child’s readiness for a theater, music or dance performance. Morris Arts, a passionate advocate of the arts, helps sponsor community arts events, publishes Arts Matters, a quarterly newsletter, an arts calendar online, and offers over 200 programs in dance, music, poetry, theatre, storytelling and the visual arts for schools. 973-258-5115 or visit website for information. www.morrisarts.org
njartstix.org A program of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance offers an overview of performances across the state and the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets 48 hours in advance of showtime or one week in advance with a $30 annual donation.
www.kidsguidenj.com links The Music, Dance and Theatre listings below are only an introduction to the volume and variety of performing arts offered throughout New Jersey. Consult websites using the convenient links at kidsguidenj.com for complete event calendars for all ages, to check for newly added performances, and to view the new 2018-2019 season announced during the summer.
the stages festival march 2018 Professional theatres across the state offer free and discounted tickets to performances and special events including theatrical workshops, classes and backstage tours. For a complete roster of events, visit www.stagesfestival.org.
Imagineering. The museum centers around KidsWorks obstacle tower, a 3-story urban climbing structure. Exhibits include a convenience store, fill’er up station, diner, studio workshop, indoor soccer, Wonders of Water, Tot Trails infant and toddler space, quiet room and two intricate mystery mazes— one an archaeology dig in Egypt, the other an oddball dwelling where everything is slightly askew. Early childhood programs; special needs days; birthday parties; group programs; overnights.
MUSIC & DANCE AcousticLive.com www.acousticlive.com A comprehensive listing of acoustic performances in the New York metropolitan area.
Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre 732-598-3979 www.alboradadance.org Flamenco and Spanish dance company performs at venues throughout the state.
American Repertory Ballet Princeton Ballet School 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-249-1254; 301 N. Harrison St.; 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton, 609-921-7758; 29 N. Main St., Cranbury, 609-921-7758 www.arballet.org Oct.-May season includes performances at theaters throughout the state, annual Nutcracker performances in Nov. and Dec., free On Pointe events in Princeton; educational assemblies and residences for schools and schooltime matinees. Selected Performances Mar 2-3 Pride and Prejudice, full-length ballet of 1813 romantic classic. Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania. Apr 6-7 Generations: Influences from the Modern Age, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, NYC. Nov-Dec Annual Nutcracker Performances, a holiday tradition for more than 50 years, American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation.
Bergen Performing Arts Center 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030 www.bergenpac.org Year round season offers music, dance, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concerts, comedy, Kidz Cabaret series, family and special events. See Theatre for family theatre events. Check website often for new shows. Selected Family Events Jan 14 B-The Underwater Bubble Show, 2 & 5pm. Jan 20 MJ Live: Michael Jackson Tribute Concert, 8pm. Jan 28 Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along, 1 & 4pm.
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Selected Family Events continued Jan 31 The Sleeping Beauty, State Ballet Theatre of Russia. 8pm. Feb 15 The Peking Acrobats, 8pm. Feb 23 Seong Jin-Cho, Korean piano prodigy. 8pm. Apr 4 Swan Lake, Moscow Festival Ballet. 8pm. Apr 18 Disney Junior Dance Party, 6pm. May 5 New Jersey Ballet’s An Evening of Romance and Tragedy, 8pm. May 6 New Jersey Ballet’s Cinderella, with storyteller narration. 1 & 4pm. Kidz Cabaret Series Performances at 1 and 3pm. $19, discounts for 3 or more shows. Feb 24 Turtle Dance Music, sensory-friendly. Mar 3 Gizmo Guys, comedy jugglers, all ages. Apr 28 Story Pirates: Greatest Hits. Jun 2 Bubble Trouble. Sensory Friendly Performance 2018 Feb 24 Turtle Dance Music.
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000 www.countbasietheatre.org Year round season of concerts by major recording artists, comedy, dance, theater, classical music, family events and school shows in a 1,550 seat theater circa 1926. Performing Arts Academy offers programs in acting, dance, music, rockband, jazz and an outreach program. Half-price rush tickets may be available on the day of a show at the discretion of the box office. See listing under Theatre for additional family events and check website often for new shows. Selected Adult & Full-Length Events Feb 8 Sleeping Beauty, The State Ballet Theater of Russia, 7:30pm. Mar 16 Dublin Irish Dance, 8pm.
Bickford Theatre At the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706 www.morrismuseum.org Year round performances in the 312-seat theater include special concert events, jazz showcase, film series, Main Stage and children’s theater series. Student discounts and subscriptions available. See Theatre for children and family theater events. Selected Adult & Family Events Feb 25 The Magic of Lyn, 3pm. Mar 1 Trio da Paz, 7:30pm. Mar 4 Garden State Philharmonic: Broadway Bound, 2pm. Mar 11 Brass in the Bickford, Hanover Wind Symphony, 2pm. May 6 Christopher Johnson: Portrait of American Music, 3pm. Jazz Showcase Jan 8 Bucky Pizzarelli Birthday Party, 7:30pm. Jan 20 Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, 8pm. Feb 22 T.S. Monk, 7:30pm. Feb 26 Dan Levinson and Friends, 7:30pm. Mar 12 Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash, 7:30pm. Apr 5 Jerry Vezza and Grover Kemble Together Again, 7:30pm. May 3 Ken Poplowski’s Benny Goodman Tribute, 7:30pm. May 5 NY City Slickers: Broadway – Blue Grass, 8pm.
Cathedral Arts Live Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie St., Jersey City cathedralartslive.org Performances 7-10pm. Tickets $15-20. Jan 26 Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes. Feb 23 Amuse Singers presents: Weather Reports. Apr 20 Between Jersey & Erie: Intersections of Grace, music, poetry and social justice. May 18 Abbie Gardner and Roosevelt Dime.
Chatham Community Band www.chathamcommunityband.org Community band presents free concerts to Chatham and surrounding communities. New members welcome.
Crescent Concert Series Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church 716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield, 908-756-2468 www.crescentconcerts.org Sept.-May series includes concerts by the Crescent Choral Society, the Crescent Singers and outside professional and amateur groups and solo artists. The annual Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists, features local young musicians, ages 16 and under, chosen by audition. 2017-2018 Season Feb 25 Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists, 3pm. Mar 18 Connections!, annual festival of organists. 3pm. Apr 14 Durfle Requiem, Crescent Choral Society. 4pm. May 12 Special Subscriber Appreciation Event.
Debonair Music Hall 1409 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck, 201-833-0011 debonairmusichall.showare.com A mostly standing room only club with limited reserved seating features live music by local and national artists.
Discovery Orchestra P.O. Box 4064, Warren, 908-226-7300 www.discoveryorchestra.org Artistic Director George Marriner Maull teaches listening skills to help people emotionally connect with classical music during intimate in-home recitals, listening classes and discovery concerts. Recommended for adults and ages 10 and up. Student, group and subscription discounts; videos online.
Drew University Arts The Concert Hall, Lancaster Rd., Madison, 973-408-3176 www.drew.edu/events Drew hosts Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performances, music and theater arts department events, annual Drew Forum lecture series and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Selected Special Events Feb 24 Suites: Alexander Woods, Violin, 8pm. Mar 4 Madama Butterfly, 3pm. Mar 24 Schubert & Beethoven, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. 3pm. Apr 28 Classical Evolution, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. 8pm.
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Earth Room Concerts Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft www.earthroomconcerts.org Folk, acoustic, singer-songwriter concerts performed in an intimate setting with a capacity around 200. Mar 3 Jesse Terry. May 19 Susan Werner.
Ethical Brew Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County 687 Larch Ave., Teaneck, 201-836-5187 www.ethicalbrew.org Proceeds from live music performances in an intimate setting fund social action projects and initiatives of the Ethical Culture Society. Shows at 8pm. $20, $25 day of show. www.ethicalbrew.org. Jan 13 Peter Calo/Trina Hamlin.
Friends of the Library Concert Series Meeting Room, Somerset County Bridgewater Library, N. Bridge and Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-4016 x105 www.bridgewaterfriendsnj.org Sept.-May free concert series includes Friday evening concert series and children’s events. 2018 Children’s Events Apr 19 Bash the Trash, 7pm. Jun 30 The Traveling Farm. TBA Big Jeff Music Live!
Hanover Wind Symphony P.O. Box 10, Whippany, NJ 07981, 973-263-2683 www.hanoverwinds.org Oct.-Aug. season includes concerts throughout Morris County and annual summer Gazebo Series. Mar 11 Brass in the Bickford, Bickford Theatre. 2pm. Apr 18 Outreach Concert, Jefferson High School, Oak Ridge, 7pm. Free admission. May 23 Remembrance, Memorial Junior School, Whippany, 7pm. Free admission. Jun 27 Winds Beneath My Wings, pops concert. Memorial Junior School, Whippany, 7pm. Free.
Hunterdon Musical Arts, Inc. www.hunterdonmusicalarts.org Hunterdon Symphony and Hunterdon Choral Union present a Nov.-May concert season at different venues in Hunterdon County. A Saturday Strings program, chamber ensemble and orchestra camp for youth are also offered. Consult website for tickets and info. 2017-2018 Season Feb 3 A Composer Mystery, Concert for Young People, Clinton Twp. Middle School, 3pm. Apr 28 Spirits of America, Hunterdon Central High School, 7:30pm. Jun 28 Pops Favorites Concert Under the Stars, Deer Path Park, 7pm.
Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club Fair Lawn Community Center 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn, 201-384-1325 www.hurdygurdyfolk.org Contemporary folk music performers Oct.-June. All shows at 8pm. Supporters receive ticket discounts. 2018 Events Jan 6 NERFA Showcase Artists. Jan 21 2nd Annual Traditionsfest, 2pm.
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Lara Herscovitch and The Levins. Joe Jencks & Si Kahn. Tom Chapin. Lucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche. Guy Davis.
Kean Stage Kean University Wilkins Theatre 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469 www.keanstage.com Sept.-May season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, professional theater, Holocaust Resource Center events, family shows and on school time performances (908737-4349). Student rates; subscriptions. See Theatre, Film and Premiere Stages for additional events. Selected Events Mar 2 Antonio Sanchez: Birdman Live. Enlow Recital Hall Concert Series Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall 215 North Ave., Hillside, 908-737-7469 enlowhall.kean.edu 300-seat concert hall provides an intimate atmosphere to hear renowned artists, established local musicians and Kean University music faculty members. Subscription season Oct.-May; student tickets. Recording studio. Selected 2018 Events Feb 9 Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Mar 10 Danu: St. Patricks Celebration. Mar 23 Broadway’s Next H!t Musical.
Light Opera of New Jersey P.O. Box 344, Millington, 908-903-0702 www.lightoperaofnewjersey.org Most performances at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge. Specializes in shows featuring staged and costumed highlights of (light) opera and musical theater as well as full scale productions. Mar The Daughter of the Regiment. Jul The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Livingston Symphony Orchestra Concerts: Livingston High School Auditorium 30 Robert Harp Dr., Livingston, 973-980-1809 www.lsonj.org Four concert series takes place Nov.-May at 7:30pm. The student winner of annual concerto competition (auditions are held in Jan., open to ages 14-21) performs as a soloist with the orchestra in the spring. For advance ticket purchase, call 973-980-1809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Under 12 free with adult.
Lyrica Chamber Music Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township 240 Southern Blvd., Chatham Twp., 973-309-1668 www.lyricachambermusic.org Concerts are held on Sundays at 3pm. Sept.-April subscriptions; single tickets; students are free. Outreach program for school groups. Jan 28 Merynda Adams and Christopher Collins Lee: Romantic Harp and Violin. Mar 17 Mark Dover and Jeremy Jordan: Jazz Meets Classical. Cafe Concert @ Mondo, Summit. 7pm. Apr 22 Attacca String Quartet with David Kaplan.
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Maplewood Community Music www.maplewoodcommunitymusic.org Community ensembles present free performances throughout the community, an annual children’s concert and small ensemble performances at local schools. High school and college music students are encouraged to join.
Mason Gross School of the Arts Mason Gross Performing Arts Center Ticket Office 85 George St., New Brunswick, 848-932-7511 www.masongross.rutgers.edu Student and faculty dance, music, theater and visual art events Sept.-May. Student rates.
Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008 www.mayoarts.org 1,200-seat venue offers a wide array of contemporary music, jazz, dance, drama, comedy, speakers, children’s programming and classical music. Create-your-own subscriptions; family subscriptions; student and group discounts. Schooltime shows for school groups, Performing Arts Academy, master classes, school residency programs and high school internship/community service programs are available. See Theatre for additional events and check website for newly added events. Selected Children & Family Events Mar 11 Sing Along with the Muppet Movie, sensory friendly performance, 2pm. Mar 25 New Jersey Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel, with “storyteller” narration for ages 4+. 3pm. May 20 New Jersey Ballet’s Cinderella, with “storyteller” narration for ages 4+. 1:30 & 4:30pm. Selected Full-Length Music & Dance Events Jan 20 Recycled Percussion, 3pm. Jan 21 New Jersey Youth Chorus, 3pm. Jan 25 The Birdland All-Stars, 7:30pm. Feb 1 Piano Battle, 7:30pm. Feb 18 Gobsmacked!, 7pm. Mar 7 Dublin Irish Dance “Stepping Out,” 7:30pm. Mar 8 Violinist Sarah Chang, 7:30pm. Mar 10 New Jersey Ballet’s Esmeralda, 8pm. Mar 18 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Mozart’s Requiem, 3pm. Mar 23 Eddie Palmieri, 8pm. Mar 29 Mummenschanz, 7:30pm. Apr 21 Itzhak Perlman, 8pm. May 9 Swan Lake, Moscow Festival Ballet, 7:30pm. May 19 The Bard’s Ballets: Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, New Jersey Ballet, 8pm.
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787 www.mccarter.org Sept.-May season of internationally known artists in music, dance, theater and special events. Education programs include student matinees, touring shows, theater classes, summer camps, group tours, in-school residencies, internships and professional development. See Theatre listings for additional family events. Selected Family Events Jan 27 Yamoto Drummers of Japan, 8pm. Feb 3 Night Train 57, featuring Dan Zanes. Sensoryfriendly folk “opera” for all ages. 3pm.
Sleeping Beauty, State Ballet Theatre of Russia. 3pm.
Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey P.O. Box 6, Short Hills, NJ 07078 www.metropolitanorchestranj.org A full symphonic community orchestra composed of local professional and amateur musicians performs three concerts in the fall, winter and spring. www.metropolitanorchestra.org
The Minstrel Morristown Unitarian Fellowship 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-335-9489 www.folkproject.org Friday concerts feature acoustic music from local and internationally known performers, 7:30pm. $10 at the door, 12 and under free, no advance sales. Second Fri. of the month is an open stage/audition night. $5 admission, under 25 free. Aug 24- New Jersey Uke Fest, Whippany and Aug 26 Morristown.
Monmouth University Performing Arts Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch 732-263-6889 www.monmouth.edu/mca Sept.-May season of contemporary concerts and special events, The Met Live, Bolshoi Ballet Live and live theater in HD, visiting writers, film, theater, dance and children’s events in an intimate 700-seat theater. In summer, outdoor theater is presented on the Shadow Lawn Stage. For birthday party packages, 732-571-3473. Ongoing Live in High Definition, visit event calendar online for schedule of performances by the Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre. Selected Special Events Feb 17 Wailin’ Jennys. Feb 25 Carolyn Dorfman Dance: The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope, 4pm, Pollak Theatre. Mar 1 Danu, Irish and new music. Mar 24 Rockin’ Road to Dublin, Irish music and dance. Apr 12- Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Apr 15 Town: An International Symposium, live acts, keynote addresses. Apr 19 Catapult, shadow silhouettes. Apr 25 Roger McGuinn.
Montclair State University Peak Performances Alexander Kasser Theater, One Normal Ave., Montclair Box Office: 973-655-5112; Info: 973-655-3059 www.peakperfs.org School of the Arts theater, music and dance performances and professional arts events.
Morris Museum See listing under Bickford Theatre.
Mostly Music Concerts at Temple Emanu-El 756 E. Broad St., Westfield, 973-762-0108 mostlymusic.org Five-concert chamber music series Sundays at 3:30pm. Subscriptions; single tickets; students under 21 no charge.
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Music at Morristown United Methodist Church 50 Park Place (on the Green), Morristown, 973-538-2132 morristownumc.org Thirty-minute Music at Noon concerts are held on Thursdays in Dec. and Jan. December concerts are free; Jan. concerts have suggested donation. Abendmusik evening concert series runs Oct.-Mar. Advance ticket purchase discounts; students are free with ID. Music at Noon Thursdays at 12:15pm, lunch available 11:30-12:10pm. Jan. concerts suggested donation $7, students free with ID. Jan 11 An Afternoon with Rio, jazz piano. Jan 18 Chopin and Friends, piano. Jan 25 A Musical Heritage, violin, cello, piano. Abendmusik Series Saturdays at 7:30pm. Adults $20, srs. $15, students free with ID. Advance ticket discounts. Feb 17 The London Trio. Mar 17 Echoing Air, early music. Apr 21 Handel’s Messiah: Easter Selections.
Music in the Somerset Hills P.O. Box 729, Bernardsville, 973-339-7719 musicsh.org Seasoned professionals along with amateur musicians present classical concert series Oct.-May at venues throughout Somerset County. Opportunities for community musicians to participate include a Community Concert Band, open to ages 14 and older, Somerset Hills Community Chorus, and summer vocal, instrumental and theater camps for grades 2-12. Musikgarten family music program for babies and toddlers and group piano for ages 5-9 are offered at All Saint’s Church in Millington. Mar 12 Mozart’s Requiem, The Sebastians with Somerset Hills Community Chorus. 5pm. Apr 22 Westminster Bell Choir. Jun 24 Handel’s Water Music, Lake Club, Far Hills.
Music on Main Street The Theatre at Woodbridge Middle School or other Township venues, Woodbridge, 732-596-4048 www.woodbridgeartsnj.org Presents professional touring artists from emerging artists to renowned musicians in ticketed concerts and also produces the acclaimed Woodbridge Wednesdays and Country Sundays free outdoor summer concert series. Check website for new shows.
New Jersey Ballet Company 973-597-9600 www.njballet.org Oct.-May season features full-length performances throughout the state, beloved children’s ballets with original “storyteller” narration and annual Nutcracker performances. Adult, sr., student tickets. Call box office of venue for individual tickets. Children’s Performances Mar 25 Hansel & Gretel, Mayo PAC, Morristown. May 6 Cinderella, Bergen PAC, Englewood. May 20 Cinderella, Mayo PAC, Morristown. Selected Full-Length Performances Mar 10 La Esmeralda, Mayo PAC, Morristown. May 5 Romeo & Juliet, Carmen, Bergen PAC, Englewood.
Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Mayo PAC, Morristown.
New Jersey Festival Orchestra Concerts at The Presbyterian Church, Westfield; The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, 908-232-9400 www.njfestivalorchestra.org Professional symphony orchestra presents Oct.-May season. Student discounts; Music Caravan school outreach program. Mar 3-4 Madama Butterfly. May 19- In London Town.
May 20 Special Event May 12 A Tour of Notable Homes, house tour fundraiser. 10-3.
New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra 570 Central Ave., New Providence, 908-603-7691 njio.org Recognized nationally for its “intergenerational excellence,” NJIO brings together all ages and abilities in its three ensembles. No auditions. Students and seniors play together alongside professional mentors, learning and sharing the experience of musical performances. Feb 18 Musical Traditions in Song and Story, featuring the NJIO Festival Chorus. 3pm, Summit Middle School, 272 Morris Ave., Summit. May 6 The Spirit of 1850, 3pm, Summit Middle School.
New Jersey Jazz Society www.njjs.org Sponsors classic jazz concerts, film series, jazz socials, college jazz performances, jazz festivals and co-sponsors Jazz at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum and Jazz for Shore in Ocean County. Membership, open to youth and adults, includes subscription to Jersey Jazz Journal, invitation to musical events and CD discounts.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC www.njpac.org Classical music, dance, world music, R&B, jazz, comedy, speakers, contemporary concerts, theater and family series presented in 2,750-seat Prudential Hall and 500-seat Victoria Theater. Subscriptions; individual tickets; $10 student rush tickets offered at the box office one hour before curtain time. Subject to availability, valid ID required, limit two per student. Also see Theatre and Film/Speakers listings. Selected Events Feb 10 Year of the Dog, The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company. Apr 7 The Sleeping Beauty, Russian National Ballet.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 800-ALLEGRO (255-3476) www.njsymphony.org Performances at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark; State Theatre, New Brunswick; Richardson Auditorium, Princeton; War Memorial, Trenton; bergenPAC, Englewood; Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, and Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. Subscriptions; flex passes; individual tickets; student discounts. $10 student rush tickets available at the door one hour prior to most concerts. $25 Class Pass gives students unlimited tickets all season,www.njsymphony.org/ClassPass. Program notes for classical concerts are available online before concerts.
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2018 Family Concert Series Performances at 2 and 3:30pm, NJPAC, Newark. Pre-concert activities begin one hour before each concert. May 12 Panda-Monium: Music from the Animal Kingdom, music inspired by the animal kingdom. 2018 NJSO Pops & Other Selected Family Events Jan 6-7 Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music from Star Wars, Star Trek & Beyond, with host Marina Sirtis. Mar 3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, live accompaniment. Mar 25 NJSO Youth Orchestras Spring Concert. Jun 1-3 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert with the NJSO, live accompaniment.
New Jersey Youth Symphony 570 Central Ave., Murray Hill, 908-771-5544 njys.org Three orchestral groups, jazz ensembles, string, percussion, wind and flute ensembles for youth in grades 312 present orchestra and chamber music concerts from Sept-May. Auditions are held annually in May/June for the following year. Summer programs.
Opera at Florham Lenfell Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson University 285 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-443-8620 operaatflorham.org A professional company in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Opera at Florham presents cabaret, recitals, operatic performances and an annual vocal competition. Children free. Apr 22 30th Opera at Florham Vocal Competition. May 20 Puccini’s Bel Canto Lyricism. 2pm.
Opera Theatre of Montclair 973-202-7849 www.operamontclair.org Community opera company presents full-length, fullystaged and costumed opera with multi-generational orchestra in and around Montclair.
Outpost in the Burbs 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973-744-6560 www.outpostintheburbs.org Non-profit organization, dedicated to building community through music, community service and cultural programs, presents affordable, quality acoustic entertainment Sept.-June at the First Congregational Church of Montclair, the Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St., or the Montclair High School auditorium, 100 Chestnut St. Check website for added shows.
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial Memorial Dr., Trenton’s Capitol Complex, 609-984-8484 nj.gov/state/memorial Owned by the state of New Jersey, Patriots Theater hosts limited music, dance and special events.
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A Family Affair–Young Pianist Competition Gold Prize Winner, annual free family concert. 3pm. Shostakovich: A Light from the Darkness, 7pm. Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, y7pm.
Princeton Folk Music Society Concerts at Christ Congregation Church 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944 princetonfolk.org Monthly concerts on the third Friday feature music by new singer-songwriters and well-known folk musicians in an intimate, friendly setting.
Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20, May 18
Princeton Pro Musica P.O. Box 1313, Princeton, NJ 08542, 609-683-5122 www.princetonpromusica.org Chorus, chamber chorus and orchestra presents choral masterworks and other works at central New Jersey locations during Oct.-May season. Mar 3 Vespers, Claudio Monteverdi, 7:30pm, Princeton University Chapel. Apr 27- War Requiem, Benjamin Britten, 8pm, Apr 28 Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University.
Raritan Valley Community College Edward Nash Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), Branchburg, 908-725-3420 www.rvccarts.org Oct.-May season includes theater, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and holiday shows, Youth & Family shows, sensory-friendly shows, and school-time performances. Student and series discounts. See Theatre for Youth & Family Series. Selected Family Events Jan 26 Yamato–The Drummers of Japan, 7pm. Feb 3 Paul Taylor Dance Company, 8pm. Feb 16 Peking Acrobats, 7pm. Mar 17 Rhythm of the Dance, 8pm. Selected Children’s Events Mar 15- Hup, Starcatchers. Ages 0-24 months.
The Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA 1 Pike Dr., Wayne, 973-595-0100 www.metroymcas.org 408-seat theater offers theater productions for youth, teens and adults, dance programs, concerts and special events. Rentals available.
Roxey Ballet 243 North Union St., Lambertville, 609-397-7616 www.roxeyballet.org Contemporary ballet company produces out-of-the box dance performances, offers zumba for teens and pre-teens, and Tutus & Tiaras, a ballet story-craft program for aspiring young ballerinas.
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P.O. Box 5093, Plainfield, NJ 07061, 908-561-5140 www.plainfieldsymphony.org New Jersey’s oldest community symphony presents a mix of classical and pops concerts Sept.-March at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, E. 7th St. and Watchung Ave., Plainfield. Subscriptions; student rates; children 12 and under are free.
30 Main St., Blairstown, 908-362-1399 www.royshall.org 1913 theatre offers a regular schedule of live music and theatrical performances, classic film, kids programs and community events.
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Shanghai Jazz Restaurant & Bar 24 Main St., Madison, 973-822-2899 www.shanghaijazz.com Asian-inspired cuisine and live jazz six nights a week, Tues.-Sun.
Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne 973-720-2371, arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS www.wpunj.edu Jazz series, professional touring artists, family and schooltime shows, university theater and music performances and lecture series presented Sept.-May. Also sponsors annual NJ playwrights contest. Selected Events Feb 7 Swan Lake, State Ballet Theater of Russia.
South Orange Performing Arts Center One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787 www.sopacnow.org Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances year round by major artists in music, comedy and dance, kids ‘n family events, school time performances, performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council, and theater productions by American Theater Group, SOPAC’s professional company in residence. Series include Juilliard @ SOPAC, Jazz in the Loft, Blues in the Loft, and La Cinematheque Film Club. Check website for upcoming concerts and events. See Theatre for Kids ‘n Family series.
South Orange Symphony Orchestra Performances at South Orange Middle School 70 N. Ridgewood Ave., South Orange, 973-376-6349 www.sosymphony.org Not-for-profit community orchestra, founded in 1949, presents three to four free classical concerts per year to the local community.
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Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night. Tao: Drum Heart. School performance Feb. 16.
Dublin Irish Dance. Black Violin. Giselle, Moscow Festival Ballet. Milk & Cookies Interactive series, recommended for ages 3-8 and their families, features storytelling and music on select Saturdays in fall and spring. 732-246-7469 ext. 545. Reserve free tickets and join mailing list online.
Summit Symphony www.summitsymphonynj.org Community orchestra presents three afternoon concerts at Summit High or Middle School in Summit. No admission; sponsored by Summit Board of Recreation, local businesses, and Friends of the Symphony. Annual Young Artist Competition is open to all New Jersey high school students. Mar 25 The Romantics, 2pm. Summit High School. May 20 Young Virtuosos, winners of the 2018 concerto competition. 2pm, Summit Hight School.
Swingin’ Tern Contra & Square Dancing First Presbyterian Church, Parish House 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover, 973-295-6864 www.folkproject.org Dances, held at 8pm on the first and third Saturdays, feature a caller and live band. Beginners workshop at 7:30pm. Best for teens and up, no partner necessary.
Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant 6 Depot Square, Montclair, 973-744-2600 www.trumpetsjazz.com Live jazz Wed.-Sun. evenings and for Sunday Jazz Brunch.
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Shows at Ukrainian American Cultural Center 60 North Jefferson Rd., Whippany www.splatterconcerts.com Blues and American roots music, some rock, folk and country. Ages 13-17 $5, 12 and under free.
Hotline: 973-762-0119, www.undergroundconcerts.com Eclectic world and folk music is brought to different venues in Maplewood.
Stanhope House 45 Main St., Stanhope, 973-347-7777 www.stanhopehousenj.com A Sussex County landmark since c. 1794, the Stanhope House has hosted a long list of legendary blues-rock performers, and continues to host national artists, local bands and comedians. All ages admitted for most concerts. Food and beverage minimums may apply for guests under 21.
State Theatre 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469 www.statetheatrenj.org Full schedule of live music, Broadway, dance, symphony, film, variet and family events. Student matinees, artist-in residence program and professional development workshops for teachers. For education programs, call 732-247-7200, ext. 534 or visit www.statetheatrenj.org/education. More events under Theatre and Speaker & Film Series. Selected Events Jan 7 Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music from “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and Beyond, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Union County Performing Arts Center Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226 Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway www.ucpac.org Contemporary and classical music, dance, theater, films, variety, family and sensory-friendly events are presented in two venues—one, an elegant, restored 1334-seat 1928 vaudeville and silent movie theater, and the second, the 199-seat Hamilton Stage. Intimate concerts, jazz and readings are held upstairs in the Loft at UCPAC. See Theatre for additional events.
Watchung Arts Center 18 Stirling Rd., Watchung Circle, Watchung, 908-753-0190 www.watchungarts.org Non-profit, volunteer-run center offers new art exhibitions each month, performances in music, comedy, adult and family improv, classes in drawing, photography, yoga and summer art camp. Selected Events Feb 3 The Improvables, family improv. Mar 2 Rio Clemente, Jazz in the Gallery.
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WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series 54 Park Place, Newark, 973-624-8880 Email email@example.com, www.wbgo.org/kids Member-supported radio 88.3FM presents a free children’s jazz series in the fall and spring at venues throughout Essex County. Check website for dates and locations and to join mailing list.
WNYC 820AM, 93.9FM New York Public Radio, www.wnyc.org Radio Rookies initiative for teens.
WQXR 105.9FM, www.wqxr.org NYC classical station airs McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase on Wed. at 9pm to showcase the talents of young emerging artists. Classics for Kids airs Saturdays at 8am.
A program of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance offers an overview of performances across the state and the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets 48 hours in advance of showtime or one week in advance with a $30 yearly donation.
the stages festival march 2018 Professional theatres across the state offer free and discounted tickets to performances and special events including theatrical workshops, classes and backstage tours. For a complete roster of events, visit www.stagesfestival.org.
Alliance Repertory Theatre Company Mondo, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-472-1502 www.alliancerep.org Professional theatre presents Sept. to July season. Student discounts. 2017-2018 Season Feb 16- Gruesome Playground Injuries, N.J. premiere.
Mar 3 Apr 27- Filming O’Keeffe, by Eric Lane. May 12 Jul 13-28 The Good Father, N.J. premiere.
Bergen Performing Arts Center 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030 www.bergenpac.org Oct.- May season offers music, dance, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concerts, comedy, family and special events. See Music & Dance for additional performances. Selected Children & Family Events Feb 18 Mr. Popper’s Penguins, 1 & 4pm. Feb 24 Cesar Millan Live! Mar 11 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live. Mar 22 Mummenschanz “You & Me.” Apr 8 Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, The Musical, based on the book by author Sherri Duskey Rinker. 1 & 4pm. Apr 21 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, 1:30 & 5pm.
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Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live, 1 & 4pm. Curious George Live: The Golden Meatball. 1 & 4pm.
Bickford Theatre At the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706 www.morrismuseum.org Year round performances in the 312-seat theater include special concert events, Main Stage and children’s theater series. Student discounts and subscriptions available. See Music & Dance for additional events. 2018 Main Stage Jan 25- Accomplice, by Rupert Holmes. Adult content.
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A Dog Story, musical comedy, NJ premiere.
Children’s Theatre Performances 11am and 1:30pm. Tickets $12, members $10, combo tickets and subscriptions available. Feb 10 The Fairy Tale Monster Mystery.
Broadway Theatre of Pitman 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, 856-384-8381 www.thebroadwaytheatre.org Six main stage shows, a Dec. holiday show and children’s theater season are presented in a former movie and vaudeville theater from 1926. Concerts, movies, special events and children’s summer theater camp are also scheduled. 2018 Main Stage Jan 12- Funny Girl.
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Beehive. Can-Can. Chicago. Evita. Kiss Me Kate.
2018 Children’s Series Performances Saturdays at 10am and 1pm. Jan 27 Little Red Riding Hood. Feb 10 Wizard of Oz. Mar 24 Jungle Book. Apr 14 The Amazings! May 5 Cinderella. Jun 2 The Lost Little Fish. Jul 14 The Caribbean Pirates and the Enchanted Island. Sep 29 Puppy Squad. Oct 27 The Case of the Missing Pumpkin. Nov 10 Pinocchio. Dec 22 Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Brookdale Performing Arts Center 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732-224-2411 www.brookdalecc.edu/pac Music, dance, and theater department performances Sept.-May and free outdoor summer Shakespeare theater. Selected Events Apr 6-22 Pippin.
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Brundage Park Playhouse
502 Millbrook Ave., Randolph, 973-989-7092 www.brundageparkplayhouse.org Community theater with Feb.-Dec. performances, improv comedy, For Kids by Kids performances, youth theater classes and summer camp. Most performances on Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sunday 2pm.
Feb 16-24 Crimes of the Heart, by Beth Henley. May 4-19 Once Upon A Mattress, musical.
Centenary Stage Company Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Center, Centenary University, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900 www.centenarystageco.org Concerts and special events, jazz series, theater season by professional Centenary Stage Company, family fun series, and Festival of Shows is presented by members of Young Performers Workshops at end of fall, spring and summer sessions. Student rates; student matinees.
Chatham Community Players 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham, 973-635-7363 www.chathamplayers.org In addition to the Player’s regular season, Fantasy Theater, the children’s entertainment arm of the Players, presents one production each year. Subscriptions, student rates and group rates are offered. MainStage Events Feb 23Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling.
Mar 10 May 4-19 Grease, by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
Count Basie Theatre 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000 www.countbasietheatre.org Year round season of concerts by major recording artists, comedy, dance, theater, classical music and family events in a 1,550 seat theater circa 1926. Performing Arts Academy offers programs in acting, dance, music, rockband, jazz and an outreach program. Half-price rush tickets may be available on the day of a show at the discretion of the box office. See Music & Dance for concert and dance listings and check website often for new shows, www.countbasietheatre.org. Selected Children’s Theatre Jan 28 Beauty and the Beast Jr., 3pm. Mar 17 Saban’s Power Rangers Live, 12 & 4pm. Mar 22 Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, 4:30pm. Apr 12 Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, 4pm. Apr 13 Disney Junior Dance Party! On Tour, 3 & 6pm. Apr 15 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!, 2 and 5:30pm. May 3 My Father’s Dragon, 4pm. Jun 1 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert with the NJSO, 8pm. Selected Full-Length Events Mar 27- Dirty Dancing, the musical.
Mar 29 Apr 3-4
Rent 20th Anniversary Tour.
Cranford Dramatic Club 78 Winans Ave., Cranford, 908-276-7611 www.cdctheatre.org Community theater has been presenting plays and musicals in Cranford since 1918. Oct.-May season features 3 major productions and annual holiday children’s show in Dec. Subscriptions, sr. and student discounts available. Performances Fri.-Sun.
Crossroads Theatre 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-545-8100 www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org Regional theater presents 4-play main stage season with a focus on literary works that examine the African American experience. Subscription, student and group discounts are offered. 2018 Season Feb 1-4 Ain’t Misbehavin’. May 11-20 Back to the Real, by Pia Wilson. World premiere.
Darress Theatre 615 Main St., Boonton, 973-334-9292 www.darresstheater.com Former 1920 vaudeville house presents occasional theater, special events and classic film screenings, some with live organ accompaniment.
DeBaun Auditorium Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson 24 5th St. (and Hudson St.), Hoboken, 201-216-8934 www.stevens.edu/DeBaunPAC Student and faculty theater, music and dance events and special events.
Dover Little Theatre 69 Elliot St., Dover, 973-328-9202 www.doverlittletheater.org Community theater presents Oct.-June subscription series and special events. Performances Fri. and Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm. Children’s summer theatre camp. 2018 Season Jan 12-27 Dinner with Friends, by Donald Margulies. Mar 9-11 Oz!, Junior Players. Mar 23- The Serene Secret, by Lee DeCarolis.
Mar 25 Apr 13- Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. Apr 28 May 18- The Subject was Doorknobs (or Lemonade, May 20 Amazons and Their Dubious Association with Doorknobs, by Thom Florio.
Jun 8-23 Leading Ladies, by Ken Ludwig.
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-514-9654 www.dreamcatcherrep.org Professional non-profit theater produces innovative mainstage productions, new play readings, holiday special, cabarets, improv comedy classes and shows and offers an internship program for high school and college students, community outreach program and Summer Theater Conservatory for ages 10-17. 2018 Season Feb 8-25 What Stays, world premiere. Apr 26- Continuing the Conversation: An Evening of May 13 Short Plays Inspired by Current Events. Mar 17 Multiple Personality Disorder, improv comedy. May 16, “Meet the Artist” New Play Readings.
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Farmstead Arts 450 King George Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-636-7576 www.farmsteadarts.org A center for fine, performing and practical arts located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead is home to the Lord Stirling Theater Company and also presents concerts, lectures, art shows, special events, and art classes for children to adults.
Florham Park Jerry Gibson Memorial Youth Summer Theater Ridgedale School Theatre 71 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-377-9078 www.collaborations.com/fpp Community theater sponsors Jerry Gibson Memorial Youth Summer Theater, a summer theater experience for teens ages 13-19.
4th Wall Theatre Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield 973-996-8484 www.4thwalltheatre.org 4th Wall Theatre is dedicated to producing diverse and lesser known plays and musicals. Theater arts training for children, teens and adults is offered in partnership with the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts (973-566-9700). Subscriptions; student and group discounts. Visit website for locations while theater is under construction. Feb 23- The Mountaintop.
Feb 25 Jun 1-10 Fun Home.
The Garage Theatre Group Becton Theatre, FDU Campus, 960 River Rd., Teaneck www.garagetheatre.org Professional artists present Oct.-May season focusing on plays in development for off-Broadway and regional productions. Youth and adult conservatory productions and summer camps for youth.
George Street Playhouse 103 College Farm Rd., New Brunswick, 732-246-7717 www.georgestreetplayhouse.org Professional theater dedicated to the production of new American plays offers subscriptions, student subscriptions, new play readings, student matinees and issue-oriented touring theater productions for grades K and up (732-846-2895 x117). Year-round theater classes for ages 5 to adult. 2018 MainStage Jan 30- American Hero, Christopher Demos-Brown.
Feb 25 Mar 13Apr 8 Apr 24May 20
Trying, Joanna McClelland Glass. The Nerd, Larry Shue.
The Growing Stage Children’s Theatre of New Jersey Palace Theatre, 7 Ledgewood Ave., Netcong, 973-347-4946 www.growingstage.com Professional children’s theater presents Sept.-May Main Stage season and experimental works in the Studio Presentation Series. Group rates, subscription series, creative arts programs, school matinees, birthday parties, summer arts day camp. Touring show available for schools and community organizations.
2018 MainStage Mar 9-25 Boy Sees Flying Saucer, world premiere. Apr 27DreamWorks’ Madagascar, A Musical May 20 Adventure.
Hudson Theatre Ensemble Hudson School, 601 Park Ave., Hoboken, 201-377-7014 www.hudsontheatreensemble.com Community theater company presents adult shows and Silly on Sixth children’s series.
Hunterdon Hills Playhouse 88 Rt. 173W, Hampton, 800-447-7313 www.hhplayhouse.com Dinner theater presents musical reviews, light-hearted comedies, annual holiday revue and summer musical.
Jersey City Theatre Center Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave. (2nd floor of the Monaco Lock Building), Jersey City, 201-795-5386 www.jctcenter.org Sept. to June season focuses on a global theme and includes related art shows, artist talks, theater, dance, readings and other performances. JCTC Kids provides professional theater and other arts programming for children, including productions of classic fairy tales by Puppetworks, the JCTC resident marionette company.
Kean Stage Kean University Wilkins Theatre 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469 www.keanstage.com Sept.-May season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, professional theater, Holocaust Resource Center events, family shows and on school time performances (908737-4349). Premiere Stages offers summer theater, children’s theater series and performing arts camps. Student rates; subscriptions. See Music & Dance and Film for more events. 2018 Children’s Theatre Jan 27 Click, Clack, Moo, sensory friendly performance. 11am. Apr 14 Journey to Oz, 11am. Selected Full-Length Events Feb 16- Pippin.
Feb 24 Apr 4-8
The Comedy of (Jersey) Errors, Zella Fry Theatre.
Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3333 www.kelseytheatre.net Home to a student company and 10 resident theater companies, Kelsey Theatre offers live cultural events, family theater, children’s theater and adult events, both professional and semi-professional, year round. Most performances Fri.-Sun. Summer arts workshops for children and teens. Kelsey Kids Shows Performances at 2 & 4pm. Adults $12, srs. & children $10. Mar 3 Goldilocks & The Three Bears. Apr 28 Junie B. Jones. Jun 2 The Cat in the Hat. Full-Length Events Jan 5-21 West Side Story. Jan 26Ken Ludwig’s Twentieth Century.
Feb 4 Feb 9-18
HONK! The Musical.
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McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 23Moon Over Buffalo. Mar 4 Mar 10-11 Reock & Roll Revue–No Angel, The Life &
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787 www.mccarter.org Sept.-May season of internationally known artists in music, dance, theater and special events. Education programs include student matinees, touring shows, theater classes, summer camps, group tours, in-school residencies, internships and professional development. See Theatre listings for additional family events. Selected Family Events Feb 24 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, 3pm. Apr 15 Greg Kennedy: Innovative Juggler, 3pm. May 11- Cirque Eloize, Saloon: A Musical Acrobatic May 12 Adventure. 2018 Theater Series Visit website for student matinee dates. Jan 12- Stones in His Pockets, by Marie Jones. Ages Feb 11 14+. Mar 13- Crowns, by Regina Taylor. Ages 12+.
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Music of Gregg Allman. Fiddler on the Roof. Spring Awakening. Titanic. Sylvia. Glengarry Glen Ross. Disaster! A Musical. The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Luna Stage 555 Valley Rd., West Orange, 973-395-5551 www.lunastage.org Professional equity theater presents new works in an intimate 99-seat black box theater and 40-seat studio theater. Mainstage plays, literary and play reading series, and jazz series are offered as well as theater classes for children and adults and school-time matinees. Season passes; $10 student rush tickets are available 30 min. before showtime (valid ID required). 2017-2018 Mainstage Feb 1Razorhurst, world premiere musical by Andy Mar 4 Peterson and Kate Mulley. Apr 5The Man in Room 306, by Craig Alan Edwards.
Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008 www.mayoarts.org 1,200-seat venue offers a wide array of contemporary music, jazz, dance, drama, comedy, speakers, children’s programming and classical music. Create-your-own subscriptions; family subscriptions; student and group discounts. Schooltime shows for school groups, Performing Arts Academy, master classes, school residency programs and high school internship/community service programs are available. See Music & Dance for additional events and check website often for newly added events. Selected Children & Family Theater Jan 7 Pinkalicious, The Musical, 1:30 & 4:30pm. Feb 5 Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, 4pm. Feb 11 Mammoth Follies, 1:30 & 4:30pm. Feb 27 Go, Dog, Go!, 4pm. Apr 8 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day, 2 & 5:30pm. Apr 10 Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, The Musical, sensory-friendly performance 12:15pm. Apr 22 Disney Junior Dance Party! On Tour, 12:30 & 4pm. Apr 23 Pete the Cat, sensory-friendly performance. 4pm. Apr 29 The Magic of Anthony Salazar, 1:30 & 4:30pm. Selected Full-Length Theater Events Jan 31 The Hollywood Special FX Show, 7pm. Feb 9 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, 8pm. Feb 23 Cesar Millan Live, 8pm. Mar 3-4 A Chorus Line, 3 & 8pm. Mar 17 New Shanghai Circus, 3 & 7pm. Jun 23- Dirty Dancing The Musical, mature themes.
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Turning Off the Morning News, by Christopher Durang. Ages 15+.
Monmouth University Performing Arts Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch 732-263-6889 www.monmouth.edu/mca Sept.-May season of contemporary concerts and special events, The Met Live, Bolshoi Ballet Live and live theater in HD, visiting writers, film, theater, dance and children’s events in an intimate 700-seat theater. In summer, outdoor theater is presented on the Shadow Lawn Stage. For birthday party packages, 732-571-3473. Children’s Theatre May 4-5 Cirque-tacular’s Spring-A-Ding-Ding!, 10am and 11am, Pollak Theatre. Selected Theater Events Feb 8 L.A. Theatre Work’s The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall.
Montclair State University Alexander Kasser Theater, One Normal Ave., Montclair Box Office: 973-655-5112; Info: 973-655-3059 www.peakperfs.org School of the Arts theater, music and dance performances and professional arts events are presented through Peak Performances. All tickets $15.
Montclair Operetta Club (MOC) Westminster Arts Center, Bloomfield College 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield, 973-744-3133 www.mocmusicals.org Community theater presents two musical productions in fall and spring from Broadway classics to contemporaries. Student rates.
Morris Museum See listing under Bickford Theatre.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC www.njpac.org Classical music, dance, world music, R&B, jazz, comedy, speakers, contemporary concerts, theater and family series presented in 2,750-seat Prudential Hall or 500-seat Victoria Theater. See listings under Music & Dance and Film/Speakers.
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Selected Family Events Mar 3 Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey. Mar 3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Mar 17 Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. Jun 2 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Selected Theater Events Jan 27 Tavis Smiley presents Death of A King: A Live Theatrical Experience, 8pm. Feb 1-4 Ain’t Misbehavin’.
New Jersey Repertory Company Lumia Theatre, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, 732-229-3166 www.njrep.org Professional theater presents new plays, classics and staged readings. Senior, student, group discounts. 2018 Mainstage Productions Jan 4The Calling, world premiere by Joel Stone.
Feb 4 Feb 22Mar 25 Apr 19May 20 Jun 14Jul 15 Aug 9Sep 9 Oct 18Nov 18
Wild Horses, world premiere by Allison Gregory. Issei, He Say, world premiere by Chloe Hung.
Presents marionette adaptations of international fairy tales, fables and folk tales, offers touring productions, puppetry classes and birthday parties. Each performance features interactive pre-show with the audience and postshow Q&A. Performances on Saturdays, weekday shows for schools and summer camps. All seats $10, group discounts. Reservations suggested. Opens The Sleeping Beauty.
Passage Theatre Company Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 E. Front St., Trenton, 609-392-0766 www.passagetheatre.org Sept.-June season includes Mainstage productions, new play development and theater programs for ages 8-22.
Pax Amicus Castle Theatre 23 Lake Shore Dr., Budd Lake, 973-691-2100 www.paxamicus.com Feb.-Dec. season of Broadway and off-Broadway revivals, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays for students, comedians and other performing artists, and children’s theater. School time performances; theater classes; summer camp. Apr 18- Romeo and Juliet.
May 25 Mercy, world Szymkowicz. TBA.
Wolf at the Door, world premiere by Marisela Orta.
Paper Mill Playhouse Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-376-4343 www.papermill.org Professional theater presents musicals, plays, special concerts, children’s theater and school time performances. Selected shows are sensory friendly for families. Student rush tickets may be available in advance or on day of performance in person or by phone (with valid student ID). Education programs include theatre school for children to adults; summer camps and intensives; college prep. Children’s Shows Performances at 10am. Feb 3 Curious George, TheatreworksUSA. Ages 4+. Feb 10 Skippyjon Jones, Snow What?, TheatreworksUSA. Ages 5+. Feb 17 Clementine, TheatreworksUSA. Ages 4+. Apr 14 Junie B. Jones, TheatreworksUSA. Ages 5+. Apr 15 Nugget & Fang, Arts Power. Ages 4+. Apr 21 Charlotte’s Web, TheatreworksUSA. K-5+. Apr 22 The Lightening Thief, Theatreworks. Ages 713+. Apr 28 Pete the Cat, TheatreworksUSA. Ages 4+. May 5 Henry & Mudge, TheatreworksUSA. Ages 4+. 2018 Season Jan 24- The Outsider.
Feb 18 Mar 29- The Sting. Apr 29 May 31- Half Time. Jul 1
Paper Moon Puppet Theatre First Avenue Playhouse 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732-291-1216 www.papermoonpuppettheatre.com
Plays-in-the-Park Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Rt. 1S, Edison, 732-548-2884 www.middlesexcountynj.gov Middlesex County Department of Parks & Recreation’s community theater presents summer outdoor and indoor performances at Roosevelt Park and annual holiday show at the State Theatre in New Brunswick.
Porch Light Studio, Stage & Schools 555 Broad St., Glen Rock, 201-857-3520 www.porchlightproductions.org Community theater presents youth and family productions featuring members of the youth performance troupe, cabaret night and special events. Studio classes for youth and adults; summer theater; in-school programs; workshops and mini-camps. Selected Family Events Feb 2-4 Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical. Mar 9-11 Disney Camp Rock, The Musical.
Premiere Stages at Kean University Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Building 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469 www.premierestagesatkean.com Professional equity theater company in residence develops new plays and offers family-friendly summer musical theater, Camp Premiere theater camp for middle school and high school students, internships, and school residencies for grades 1-12 during the school year. Mar 15-18 14th Annual Spring Reading Series, free readings for the 2018 Play Festival, performed by professional actors.
Pushcart Players 261 Bloomfield Ave., Suite A, Verona, 973-857-1115 www.pushcartplayers.org Touring company presents family theater and productions for schools, communities and other organizations. Visit website for a list of public performances and booking information.
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Raritan Valley Community College Edward Nash Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), Branchburg, 908-725-3420 www.rvccarts.org Oct.-May season includes theater, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and holiday shows, Youth & Family shows, sensory-friendly shows, and school-time performances. Student and series discounts. Selected Children & Family Events Feb 25 The Gruffalo, Tall Stories. Ages 3+. Apr 9 Olive & Pearl, Treehouse Shakers. Ages 2+. Apr 15 The Young King, Slingsby. Ages 8+. Apr 20 Air Play, Acrobuffos. Ages 7+. Apr 21 The Polar Bears Go Up, Fish & Game/Unicorn Theatre. Ages 2+. 2:30pm performance sensory-friendly. Apr 27 Machine de Cirque. May 5 Pss Pss, Compagnia Baccala. Ages 8+. May 14- Farfalle, Compagnia TPO. Ages 4+. Selected Full-Length Events Jan 20 A Chorus Line, Big League Productions. 8pm. Feb 9 The Mountaintop, LA TheatreWorks. Mature language. 8pm. Sensory-Friendly Performances Apr 21 The Polar Bears Go Up, Fish & Game/Unicorn Theatre. Ages 2+. 2:30pm performance is sensory-friendly.
Rhino Theatre 247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes, 973-248-9491 www.rhinotheatre.com Community theater presents a season of adult and children’s productions and offers theater workshops, summer camps and coaching sessions for kids, teens and young adults. 2018 Mainstage Jan 12- Disney Aladdin Jr., youth production.
Jan 21 Feb 9Feb 25 Apr 13Apr 29
Avenue Q, The Musical. Pippin.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600 www.shakespearenj.org Professional theater dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare and other classic masterworks. Subscriptions, FlexPass, student rates and $12 student rush tickets available for April thru Dec. season. Shakespeare Live!, one-hour production followed by discussion for grades 3-12, is available to tour schools, libraries and other organizations, 973845-6742. School residencies; summer junior and senior corps; internships; teacher training. Summer Outdoor Stage Family-friendly performances are presented in the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morris Twp. in June and July. Pack a picnic, bring your own blanket, seat cushions or low beach chairs. Ages 18 and under free.
Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne Arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS www.wpunj.edu/wplive
Jazz series, professional touring artists, family and schooltime shows, university theater and music performances and lecture series presented Sept.-May. Summer jazz series; also sponsors annual New Jersey playwrights contest.
ShowKids Invitational Theatre (SKIT) Shows at Voorhees High School, 256 County Rd. 513 Glen Gardner, 908-638-5959 www.showkids.org Community theater group provides theater experience for children ages 5-18 presenting two full-scale musicals in winter and spring. Jan 20- Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical.
Somerset Valley Playhouse 689 Amwell Rd. (Rt. 514), Hillsborough, 908-369-7469 www.svptheatre.org Year round community theater staged in a 1900’s tworoom schoolhouse. 2018 Season Jan 19Doctor’s Dilemma, by Michael Parker and Feb 4 Susan Parker. Mar 2-18 California Suite, by Neil Simon. Apr 20Calendar Girls, by Tim Firth.
May 6 Jun 8-24 Jul 20Aug 5 Sep 7-23 Nov 30Dec 16
Grand Hotel: The Musical, by Luther Davis. Cheaper by the Dozen. Smokey Joe’s Cafe–The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. A Seussified Christmas Carol, by Peter Bloedel.
South Orange Performing Arts Center One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787 www.sopacnow.org Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances year round by major artists in music, comedy and dance, kids ‘n family events, school time performances, performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council, and theater productions by American Theater Group, SOPAC’s professional company in residence. 2018 Kids ‘n Family Performances Performances at 2pm. Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to two or more Kids ‘n Family performances purchased in the same order. Jan 13 Mark Nizer 4D, 3D show. Ages 5-adult. Feb 10 The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Ages 4-10. Mar 24 Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Ages 3-8. Apr 7 Treasure Island. Ages 3-7. May 19 The Grufffalo. Ages 3-10. American Theater Group Jan 24- A Good Farmer, new play by Sharyn Rothstein.
Feb 4 May 30- Small Town Story–A New Musical. Jun 10
State Theatre 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469 www.statetheatrenj.org Full schedule of live music, Broadway, dance, symphony, film, variet and family events. Student matinees, artist-in residence program and professional development workshops
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for teachers. For education programs, call 732-247-7200, ext. 534 or visit www.statetheatrenj.org/education. See Music & Dance for more events and visit website for added shows. Selected Events Jan 24- The Illusionists.
Jan 25 Feb 9-10 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Feb 19 Mr. Popper’s Penguins, State Theatre New Feb 27 Mar 18Mar 19 Mar 23Mar 25 Apr 20 May 4-5 Jun 3
Jersey Family Day. Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Mummenschanz “You and Me.” Motown the Musical.
Wild Kratts Live! The Wizard of Oz. E.T. The Extraterrestrial in Concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Performances for Schools Feb 21 The Gruffalo Live on Stage. Mar 5 Macbeth in HD, Stratford Festival. Mar 12 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live. Mar 19 Mummenschanz. Apr 12 Black Violin. Apr 17- The Rainbow Fish, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Apr 18 Scotia.
Stony Hill Players Oakes Outreach Center 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 888-817-3013 www.stonyhillplayers.org Community theater produces shows Nov.-May and children’s theater featuring actors from the Pebble Players youth theater program. 2018 Season Jan 19-28 The Little Mermaid, Jr. Apr 6-15 And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie.
The Strollers Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood, 973-761-8453 www.thestrollers.org Community theater presents three plays and one children’s production during Nov.-May season. Student discounts, subscription rates. 2018 Season Feb 2-11 The Electronic Dragon, A Futuristic Family Musical. Mar 16-24 Doubt A Parable. May 12-19 A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Studio Playhouse 14 Alvin Place, Montclair, 973-744-9752 www.studioplayhouse.org Community theater presents Sept.-June season with main stage and Magic Trunk children’s productions. Student rates; opening night tickets for main stage shows are half price based on the adult ticket price. Magic Trunk for Children Curtain time 1:30 & 3:30pm. Musicals $12, non-musicals $8. Feb 10-18 Beauty and the Beast. Apr 14-22 Stuart Little.
MainStage Shows Jan 12-27 Don’t Drink the Water, by Woody Allen. Mar 9-24 Almost Maine, by John Cariani. May 11-26 Appropriate, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
The Summit Playhouse 10 New England Ave., Summit, 908-273-2192 www.thesummitplayhouse.org Community theater presents three shows a year and sponsors Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth theater program and summer children’s workshops. 2018 Season Mar 2-17 Boeing Boeing, by Marc Camoletti. May 4-20 To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.
Surflight Theatre 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-9477 www.surflight.org Professional Mainstage and children's theater all summer, comedy and music concert series, and December holiday shows. Individual tickets and subscriptions available. Show Place Broadway Ice Cream Parlour next door. 2018 Children’s Theatre All shows begin at 6pm, Wed. through Sun.
Jun 27-Sep 2 2018 Mainstage Season Jun 13-24 Nice Work If You Can Get It. Jun 26Jesus Christ Superstar.
Jul 15 Jul 17Aug 5 Aug 7-26 Aug 28Sep 9 Sep 12-16 Sep 19-22 Dec 7-16
The Wedding Singer. Saturday Night Fever. Bright Star. The 39 Steps. Souvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Elf, The Musical.
The Theater Project Cranford, Union and Maplewood locations, 908-809-8865 www.thetheaterproject.org Mainstage productions focus on new or lesser-known plays, hosts staged readings, playwrights group, sponsors annual Young Playwrights Competition for students ages 13-18, youth improv classes and summer musical theater workshop. SepMonthly Staged Readings, 2pm Saturdays May at Cranford Community Center.
Theatreworks USA 800-497-5007, www.theatreworksusa.org Creator and producer of professional theater for young audiences tours throughout the U.S. Touring productions and presentations, residencies and workshops available. Enter your zipcode on “Class Trips” online to find local performances.
Two River Theater 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, 732-345-1400 www.tworivertheater.org Sept.-June season presents theater series and education programs which include student matinees, summer theater classes, internships for high school and college students and professional development. Senior and student discounts are available.
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Two River Theater continued Selected Youth & Family Shows Mar 6-11 A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, high school students perform 70-minute version for audiences ages 9 and up. 2018 Season Jan 6El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom, Feb 4 by Matt Barbot. Feb 17- The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Mar 18 Apr 14May 30 Apr 20Apr 22 Jun 9Jul 1
Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel. The Young King, based on the short story by Oscar Wilde. Oo-Bla-Dee, by Regina Taylor.
Union County Performing Arts Center Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226 Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway www.ucpac.org Contemporary and classical music, dance, theater, films, variety, family and sensory-friendly events are presented in two venues—one, an elegant, restored 1334-seat 1928 vaudeville and silent movie theater, and the second, the 199-seat Hamilton Stage. Intimate concerts, jazz and readings are held upstairs in the Loft at UCPAC. Sensory-Friendly Family Series Live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and other special needs. Jan 21 Champions of Magic, 2pm. $8. Selected Family Events Jan 20 Champions of Magic, 8pm. Jan 26- Legally Blonde, The Musical.
Villagers Theater Franklin Township Municipal Complex 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2710 www.villagerstheatre.com Community theater presents a year round season including Main Stage, Black Box (adult themes), playwrights series, and KidsVill productions for children and teens. Summer theater arts program; children’s parties. 2018 KidsVill Mar 3-11 Honk, Jr. 2018 Main Stage Feb 2-18 Peter and the Star Catcher. Mar 23- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Women’s Theater Company In residence at The Parsippany Playhouse 1130 Knoll Rd., Parsippany, 973-335-3038 www.womenstheater.org Professional theater company dedicated to development, promotion and inclusion of women in all aspects of theater production.
Writers Theatre of New Jersey 28 Walnut St., PO Box 1295, Madison, 973-514-1787 www.wtnj.org Professional theater devoted to the development of new plays and writers for the stage. World-premiere productions; free new play roundtable readings; year round educational programs for young people, adults and teachers.
FILMS & SPEAKERS Bickford Theatre At the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706 Bickford Film Series Mar 7 50th Anniversary Film Showcase 2018. Apr 18 Black Maria Film Festival 2018 Winners. May 23 Exhibitions on Screen: Vincent Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing, 7:30pm.
Count Basie Theatre Cinema Society 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000 Cinema Society screens films from Hollywood blockbusters to groundbreaking documentaries. Annual memberships; free summer film series. Selected Special Speaker and Film Events Mar 15 Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, The Signature of All Things, Big Magic. 8pm. Jun 1 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial In Concert with the NJSO.
The Drew Forum The Concert Hall at Drew University Lancaster Rd., Madison, 973-408-3176 www.drew.edu/forum Annual speaker series Sept.-May features renowned world leaders, opinion shapers and scholars from a variety of fields. The new season is announced in late summer. 2018 Drew Forum Jan 31 David Axelrod. Feb 28 In the Game: David Stern with Ira Berkow. Mar 28 Joe Biden.
Apr 15 Jun 6-24 Hairspray.
Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ Speakers Series
Westfield Community Players
Presented at New Jersey Performing Arts Center One Center St., Newark, 1-888-696-5722 www.njspeakersseries.org Oct.-April series is sold by subscription only.
1000 North Ave. W., Westfield Box Office: 908-232-1221, Office: 908-232-9568 www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org Community theater presents Oct.-May season. Subscriptions; student discounts. Jan 13-27 Doubt, by John Patrick Shanley. Mar 10-24 Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam. May 5-20 Mister Roberts.
Kean Stage Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469 www.keanstage.com Holocaust Resource Center Hosts events, free lecture series, teacher training and maintains an extensive library and resources for K-12 teachers.
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Kean Stage International Film Series STEM Auditorium, 1075 Morris Ave., 908-737-7469 www.keanstage.com/film-series Award-winning modern foreign films are shown Sundays at 3pm. $5. Jan 28 The Mermaid. Feb 25 Tsotsi. Mar 3 The Salesman. 2018 Family Film STEM Auditorium, 3pm. $9. Feb 10 Beauty & The Beast.
Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008 1,200-seat venue offers a wide array of contemporary music, jazz, dance, drama, comedy, speakers, children’s programming, classical music and Spoken Word events. Mar 11 Sing Along with the Muppet Movie, sensory friendly performance, 2pm. Spoken Word Events Apr 5 David Sedaris, satirist. 8pm.
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787 Feb 9 Garrison Keillor. Apr 7 An Evening with David Sedaris.
Monmouth University Performing Arts Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch 732-263-6889 Sept.-May season includes Visiting Writers series, On Screen in Person, World Cinema Series and ArtNow, artist lectures, screenings and workshops. Events are free and open to the public. World Cinema Series 7:30pm Pollak Theatre. Free. Jan 25 Even the Rain. Feb 22 The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Mar 20 Mountains May Depart. Apr 9 World Cinema Series: Human Capital. Special Events Theme: Artful exporations of activism. Feb 20 Rebirth of a Nation by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, film screening and faculty-led discussion. 4:30pm, Wilson Auditorium. Mar 21 Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky’s The Book of Ice, multimedia performance. 6pm, Pollak Theatre. Visiting Writers Series Mar 20 Eleanor Hooker & Clodagh Beresford Dunne, Irish poets. Apr 9 Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. 4:30pm, Wilson Auditorium. Art Now: Art, Performance, and Technology Apr 3 Artist Talk with Chris Clavio. 4:30pm, Wilson Auditorium. Free.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC Season may include classic film screenings with live accompaniment, new play readings and speakers series.
Selected Events Mar 3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Jun 2 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. PSE&G True Diversity Film Series Showings and discussion 6pm at Express Newark–Rutgers University, 54 Halsey St., Room 213. Free, RSVP online. Feb 1 Agriculture/Succession: The Last Crop. Mar 15 Education: Girl Rising. Apr 5 Healthcare: Tig. May 3 Gun Violence: Armor of Light.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark 1-800-ALLEGRO Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra.
Shea Center for Performing Arts William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne 973-720-2371 Visit website for Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series.
South Orange Performing Arts Center One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787 La Cinematheque Film Club screens classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers in the Loft at SOPAC.
State Theatre 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469 Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra. Visit website link under Indoor Entertainment-Movies for annual free summer movies.
STORYTIME Barnes & Noble stores.barnesandnoble.com Visit store website for storytimes and special events. Clark: 1180 Raritan Rd., 732-574-1818. Livingston Mall: 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, 973-758-1310. Menlo Park Mall: 55 Parsonage Rd., Edison, 732-548-4179. Morris Plains: 1940 Rt. 10 West, 973-644-9482 Somerset Shopping Center: 319 Rt. 202/206, Bridgewater, 908-526-7425. Springfield: 240 Rt. 22 West, 973-376-8544
Books of Wonder 18 W. 18th St., New York, 212-989-3270 www.booksofwonder.com One of the city’s oldest and largest independent bookstores specializes in both old and new children’s literature. Original illustrations; rare and collectible books; author visits; weekly storytime.
Words, LLC 179 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, 973-763-9500 www.wordsbookstore.com Local, independent bookstore offers storytimes for kids and their adults, book discussions, book picks, author visits and other special events.
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LIBRARIES Besides being one of the best sources for information on local events and a fun place to spend some quiet time together, libraries offer many activities for kids of all ages from babies to young adults, including storytimes, crafts, films, games, book clubs, special performances and summer reading programs. Pre-registration is required for most programs and space fills quickly, especially for preschool events. Programs are free and typically limited to library cardholders, although non-residents may be welcome if space is available. Stop by your library to pick up a complete schedule of upcoming events. ESSEX COUNTY
Livingston Ruth L. Rockwood Memorial Library Robert H. Harp Dr., Livingston, 973-992-4600 livingston.bccls.org
Maplewood Memorial Library Main Library: 51 Baker St., Maplewood, 973-762-1622 x5005 Hilton Branch: 1688 Springfield Ave., 973-762-1688 www.maplewoodlibrary.org
Millburn Free Public Library 200 Glen Ave., Millburn, 973-376-1006 x192 millburnlibrary.org
Montclair Public Library 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973-744-0500, x2236 www.montclairlibrary.org
South Orange Public Library 65 Scotland Rd., South Orange, 973-762-0230 www.sopl.org
West Orange Public Library 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange, 973-736-0198 www.wopl.org
Middlesex Public Library 1300 Mountain Ave., Middlesex, 732-356-6602 www.middlesexlibrarynj.org
Chester Library 250 W. Main St. (Rt. 24), Chester, 908-879-7612 www.chesterlib.org
Denville Public Library 121 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973-627-6555 www.denvillelibrary.org
East Hanover Library 415 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, 973-888-6095 www.easthanoverlibrary.com
Florham Park Free Public Library 107 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-377-2694 www.florhamparklib.org
Lincoln Park Public Library 12 Boonton Turnpike, Lincoln Park, 973-694-8283 www.lincolnparklibrary.org
Long Hill Township Library 917 Valley Rd., Gillette, 908-647-2088 www.longhilllibrary.org
Madison Public Library 39 Keep St., Madison, 973-377-0722 www.madisonnjlibrary.org
Mendham Borough Library 10 Hilltop Rd., Mendham, 973-543-4152 www.mendhamboroughlibrary.org
Mendham Township Library 2 W. Main St., Brookside, 973-543-4018 www.mendhamtownshiplibrary.org
Morris County Library 30 East Hanover Ave., Whippany, 973-285-6980 www.mclib.info
Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township 1 Miller Rd., Morristown, 973-538-6161 www.jfpl.org
Mountain Lakes Library 9 Elm Rd., Mountain Lakes, 973-334-5095 www.mtnlakes.org/library
Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library Main Branch: 449 Halsey Rd., Parsippany, 973-887-5150 Mt. Tabor Branch: 31 Trinity Park, 973-627-9508 Lake Hiawatha: 68 Nokommis Ave., 973-335-0952 www.parsippanylibrary.org
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Monmouth County Library Headquarters: 125 Symmes Dr., Manalapan, 732-431-7220 www.monmouthcountylib.org Visit website for the locations of twelve branch libraries.
Boonton Holmes Public Library 621 Main St., Boonton, 973-334-2980 www.boontonholmeslibrary.org
Library of The Chathams 214 Main St., Chatham, 973-635-0603 www.chatham-library.org
37 E. Springtown Rd., Long Valley, 908-876-3596 www.wtpl.org
Whippanong Public Library 1000 Rt. 10, Whippany, 973-428-2460 www.whippanong.org
Bedminster–Clarence Dillon Public Library 2336 Lamington Rd., Bedminster, 908-234-2325 ext. 107 www.clarencedillonpl.org
Bernards Township Library 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, 908-204-3031 www.bernardslibrary.org
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Watchung Public Library
1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville, 908-766-0118 www.bernardsvillelibrary.org
Watchung Circle, 12 Stirling Rd., Watchung, 908-561-0117 www.sclsnj.org
Bound Brook Memorial Library 402 E. High St., Bound Brook, 732-356-0043 www.sclsnj.org
Berkeley Heights Library
290 Plainfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, 908-464-9333 bhplnj.org
In the Station House, Olive St., Neshanic Station 908-369-5355 • www.sclsnj.org
Franklin Township Library
224 Walnut Ave., Cranford, 908-709-7272 www.cranfordlibrary.org
485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-8700 www.franklintwp.org.
Fanwood Memorial Library
Hillsborough Library Hillsborough Municipal Complex, 379 South Branch Rd., Hillsborough, 908-369-2200 ext. 14 or 34 www.sclsnj.org
S. Forest Rd., Fanwood, 908-322-4377 www.fanwoodlibrary.org
Kenilworth Public Library 548 Boulevard, Kenilworth, 908-276-2451 www.kenilworthlibrary.org
North Plainfield Public Library 6 Rockview Ave., North Plainfield, 908-755-7909 www.sclsnj.org
Peapack-Gladstone Library Peapack-Gladstone Municipal Complex, School St., Peapack 908-234-0598 • www.sclsnj.org
Constitution Plaza, Mountainside, 908-233-0115 www.mountainsidelibrary.org
New Providence Memorial Library Elkwood Ave., New Providence, 908-665-0311 www.newprovidencelibrary.org
Plainfield Public Library 800 Park Ave., Plainfield, 908-757-1111, x129 www.plainfieldlibrary.info
Scotch Plains Public Library 1927 Bartle Ave., Scotch Plains, 908-322-5007, x209 www.scotlib.org
Raritan Library 54 E. Somerset St., Raritan, 908-725-0413 www.raritanlibrary.org
Springfield Free Public Library
Somerset County/Bridgewater Library 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-4016 x126 www.sclsnj.org
66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, 973-376-4930, x232 www.sfplnj.org
Summit Free Public Library 75 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-0350, x4 www.summitlibrary.org
Somerville Public Library 35 West End Ave., Somerville • www.sclsnj.org Children’s Department: 908-725-1336 x14 Young Adult Services: 908-725-1336 x16
Union Public Library Main: 1980 Morris Ave., Union, 908-851-5450, x3 Vauxhall Branch: 123 Hilton Ave., 908-851-5451 www.uniontownship.com/379/union-public-library
Warren Public Library 42 Mountain Blvd., Warren, 908-754-5554 www.sclsnj.org
Westfield Memorial Library 550 E. Broad St., Westfield, 908-789-4090, x3 www.wmlnj.org
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every kid in a park pass Fourth graders and their families receive a free 4th Grade Annual Pass good for free access to hundreds of national parks, lands and waters. Visit website for details and to get your pass. everykidinapark.gov
BIKING New Jersey’s abandoned railroad lines and historic canal paths make excellent family biking trails as they are virtually flat with mostly cinder and some paved surfaces. See listings under the Hiking & More for more family biking, hiking, or strolling trails. Search TrailLink, a service provided by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, for detailed information, access points, locations and reviews of rail-trails in New Jersey and throughout the country, www.traillink.com
bicycle & pedestrian maps Members of JORBA (Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association), a non-profit organization working to build and maintain sustainable multi-use trails, have created many bike trail maps for parks throughout New Jersey. Find them under “Our Parks-Directory” at www.jorba.org. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) publishes twenty-seven bicycle tour guides including a 238-mile route from High Point to Cape May. The pocket-size tour guides have been reprinted in color and contain directions and information about parking, food and other local amenities. Guides include the Great Swamp, Columbia Trail, D&R Canal Towpath, Three Easy Scenic River Rides, Pine Barrens Ramble, Last Covered Bridge and more. You may order copies online or download PDF files at: www.state.nj.us/ transportation/commuter/bike/tours.shtm
(off Rt. 533) between East Millstone and Rocky Hill in Somerset County. Canoe and kayak rental and Mule Tenders Barracks Museum at Griggstown. In Hunterdon County, access the feeder canal that runs between Frenchtown and Trenton along the Delaware River from Prallsville Mill (Rt. 29, Stockton, 609-397-3586, www.prallsvillemills.org for program info), Bulls Island or Frenchtown, off Bridge St. Campsites available at Bull’s Island Recreation Area, 2185 Daniel Bray Hwy, Stockton, 609-397-2949. Call 609-924-5705 for schedule of seasonal nature and history interpretive hikes, bike tours and programs or visit www.dandrcanal.com for schedule and information on canoe, kayak or bike rentals, weekend family programs, school outreach and many free scout programs. JORBA created a trail map for the Six Mile Run Reservoir site. Download from www.dandrcanal.com. Closed Bulls Island Campground remain closed due to damage from Hurricane Irene. Dredging is slated to begin from Kingston to Amwell Rd. at East Millstone and may take up to three years. Check website for updates and reopening dates.
Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail Exit 273 off I-80, White Haven, PA www.explorepatrails.com The trail, rated one of the best rides in the country by Outside Magazine, follows over 20 miles of abandoned railroad grade combining gentle bicycling and hiking with beautiful scenery along the Lehigh River and through a deep, steep-walled gorge. The river is also a popular spot for whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Parking areas are provided in White Haven, Rockport and Glen Onoko. Bicycle rentals and shuttle service are available throughout the area (www.poconobiking.com, 800944-8392). For more info about the trail and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, visit www.delawareandlehigh.org. For maps and info about trails throughout Pennsylvania, visit www.explorepatrails.com. State Park information is available from www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ stateparks.
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Rt. 24, Washington Twp., 973-326-7600 www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/bike/tours.shtm Wide earthen trail on the abandoned Jersey Central Railroad bed spans Morris County and Hunterdon County for 16.2 miles and is ideal for bicycling, hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. Access the trail in Morris County at West Valley Brook Rd., Rt. 513, Fairview Ave., Naughright Rd., Four Bridges Rd., Bartley Rd. or Schooley’s Mountain Rd. in Washington Twp. Access west end of the trail from High Bridge, just past borough hall.
200 Vernon McAfee Rd., Vernon, NJ 07462, 973-827-2000 Open May-Nov. Beginner to expert terrain and 10+ miles of cross country. Guided instruction, rentals available.
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Park Office: 145 Mapleton Rd., Princeton, 609-924-5705 www.dandrcanal.com 44-mile long canal built in the 1830’s to carry coal and industrial goods between Philadelphia and New York City was once a busy waterway, now a quiet and beautiful state park. Canoeing, hiking, bicycling, fishing, horseback riding; cross-country skiing in winter. Access canal paths from small parking areas located at most roads that cross the canal
Patriots Path 270 Mendham Rd., Morristown, 973-326-7600 www.morrisparks.net A developing trail network will link many parks and points of interest in southern Morris County. Currently, there are 20 miles of continuous trails between Speedwell Ave. in Morris Twp. and Rt. 24 in Mendham Twp. with a branch to the New Jersey Brigade Hut site in Bernardsville. Two miles of level, paved path from Lake Rd. to Washington Valley Rd. (with parking at both ends) in Morris Twp. offers excellent family biking, walking and roller blading. The majority of the path is crushed stone/gravel or narrow dirt trails for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. The path is well marked and follows corridors of the Whippany and Black Rivers winding thru wetlands and forest with lots of wildlife.
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Access the 3.5 mile stretch that runs through the Black River Wildlife Management Area in Chester Twp. from the parking lot on Dover-Chester Rd. or Pleasant Hill Rd. Download map online or pick one up at the Morris County Park Commission office, 53 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown.
Sussex Branch/Paulinskill Valley Trail Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex County, 973-786-6445 www.njparksandforests.org Abandoned railbeds from the Erie Lackawanna’s Sussex branch and NY Susquehanna and Western Railroad provide gentle-grade cinder paths that provide excellent biking for families. The scenery is beautiful and wildlife is abundant along the trail which follows the Paulinskill River and cuts through the Kittatinny Valley. The 21 mile Sussex Branch Trail begins at Waterloo Rd. (1 mi. west of Rt. 206 in Byram), runs north where it passes through Kittatinny Valley State Park, intersects the Paulinskill Valley Trail at Warbasse Junction, then ends in Branchville. The 26-mile Paulinskill Valley Trail begins in Sparta, heads southwest through Blairstown and ends near the Delaware River at the Columbia Lake Wildlife Management Area. The multi-use trails are also suited to walking, jogging, horseback riding and cross country skiing. Both trails can be accessed from their beginning and end points and at Warbasse Junction. Other access points for the Paulinskill Valley Trail are: Limecrest Rd. at RR crossing near Eastern Propane in Sparta; Swartswood Lake Rd. (Rt. 622); Paulinskill Lake Rd. (Rt. 614); Stillwater Rd. (Rt. 610); Cedar RidgeDixon Rd.; Marksboro Rd. (Rt. 659); and Footbridge Park (off Rt. 94) in Blairstown.
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fishing Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife, 609-292-2965. Anglers age 16 and older are required to obtain and display a valid New Jersey fishing license to fish the state’s fresh waters. For trout fishing, an additional trout stamp is required. Children under 16 and residents over age 70 do not need licenses. Licenses can be purchased from most county and municipal clerks, designated sporting goods stores, or via the Internet at www.njfishandwildlife.com. Call the trout hotline (in spring and fall), 609-633-6765, for recorded information on stocking locations and times. A free fishing weekend when no license is required for fishing New Jersey’s public waters is held annually in June and Oct. Search “Pocket Ranger” in the App Store or Google Play to download the NJ Fish & Wildlife Guide for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing in New Jersey, news and alerts and advanced GPS mapping features. Visit the state website or TakeMeFishing.org for boating and fishing info and tips. New Jersey does not require a saltwater license, but individual saltwater anglers ages 16 and older must register with the New Jersey Saltwater Angler Registry for free. www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov Jun 9, Oct 20 2018 Annual Free Fishing Days.
a list of registered and licensed charter and party boat operators on the Jersey shore, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/prtyboat.htm. For information about locations and guides for freshwater fishing, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com and select “Fishing–Freshwater.” For saltwater information and guides, select “Fishing-Marine Fisheries” and scroll to “Guides.”
Bayshore Center at Bivalve 2800 High St., Bivalve, Port Norris, 856-785-2060 www.ajmeerwald.org Home to Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center and New Jersey’s official Tall Ship, the restored A.J. Meerwald, a Delaware Bay oyster dredgeboat built in 1928. The schooner is now a sailing classroom. Field trips, summer sailing camp, deck tours, sailor for a day program, and public sails from ports in New Jersey, including Liberty State Park, are offered in season.
Bel Haven Paddlesports 1118 Rt. 542, Green Bank, 609-965-2628 www.facebook.com/belhavenpaddlesports Canoe, kayak or tube through the Pine Barrens on the calm Batsto, Mullica, Wading and Oswego Rivers.
Belmar Municipal Marina 905 Rt. 35 (at Shark River), Belmar, 732-681-2266 www.belmar.com A large number of party and charter boats make daily half-day and full-day ocean trips for fluke, blues, tuna, striped bass and others.
Bucks County River Country 2 Walters Lane, Point Pleasant, PA, 215-297-5000 Canoe, kayak, tube on the Delaware River. Rafting trips and rentals.
Delaware River Tubing 778 Frenchtown Rd., Millford, 908-996-5386 Tube, raft, canoe or kayak down the Delaware River.
Highlands Natural Pool 180 Snake Den Rd., Ringwood, 973-835-4299 www.highlandsnaturalpool.org Open weekends Memorial Day-late June, daily late June-Labor Day. Day passes and memberships. Olympicsize, stream-fed chemical-free pool with stone retaining walls was carved out of the hillside in 1935. Set among poplars and evergreens, it is adjacent to over 24 miles of hiking trails in Norvin Green State Forest. Children’s area; snack stand; picnic tables; volleyball court, basketball court and softball field.
Hunterdon County Canoe & Kayak Club Office: 1020 Rt. 31N, Lebanon Twp., 908-782-1158 www.meetup.com/hunterdon-county-canoe-and-kayak-club Canoe trips spring to fall for beginning and experienced paddlers include 21⁄2 hr. pond paddles (ideal for beginners) to whitewater and birding day trips and camping trips. Custom trips for groups, schools, clubs.
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BOAT, FISH & SWIM Kittatinny Canoes, Inc. Locations in NY and PA: Barryville and Pond Eddy, NY; Matamoras, Milford, Dingmans Ferry, PA • 800-356-2852 Canoe, kayak, raft, tube, ziplines on the Delaware River; paintball, campsites available.
Meadowlands Pontoon Boat & Canoe Tours River Barge Park, Carlstadt, 201-460-4677 www.njsea.com Experience the Hackensack River and Meadowlands wildlife up close on a NJMC guided pontoon boat cruise or canoe tour. For ages 10 and up, $15 per person. Registration forms online or at Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. From April-Oct. canoe and kayak rentals are available at Hackensack Riverkeeper Paddling Center in Laurel Hill County Park, Secaucus. Paddlers can explore the marshlands of the Sawmill Creek Wildlife Management Area. Guided paddles, bird walks, eco-cruises, river clean-up days and group outreach programs are offered. For info, call 201968-0808 or visit www.hackensackriverkeeper.org.
Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe & Kayak Rental 3107 Rt. 563, Chatsworth, 609-726-1380 www.mickscanoerental.com Canoe and kayak through the Pine Barrens on the calm waters of the Wading and Oswego Rivers in Wharton State Forest.
Ringwood State Park New Jersey State Botanical Gardens 1304 Sloatsburg Rd., Ringwood, 973-962-7031 www.njparksandforests.org • www.njbg.org State Botanical Garden open 8-8; winter hours 8-6. Ringwood Manor tours: Wed.-Sun. 10-3. Skylands Manor tours: one Sunday per month March-Nov. Entrance fee Memorial Day-Labor Day: $5 weekends. Encompassing 4,044 acres, Ringwood includes the formal gardens of the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens; Ringwood Manor, a beautiful country house which was once owned by Abram S. Hewitt, America's foremost ironmaster; Skylands Manor, a 44-room mansion built in the 1920s; and spring-fed Shepherd Lake Recreation Area offering boating, swimming, and fishing opportunities. Boat rentals and swimming are offered Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 10-6. Hiking and multi-use trails range from easy to difficult, from woodlands to rocky vistas, some connecting the Ringwood and Skylands sections of the park. 7.5 mile mountain bike loop; food concession at Shepherd Lake. Visit the Botanical Gardens website for schedule of seasonal programs. Selected Events Sun Botanical Garden Tours, 2pm Sun. May-Oct. 3rd Sun Family-Friendly Hike, 1pm. Meet at Carriage House Visitor Center. Free. Jun-Aug Outdoor Concert Series.
Round Valley Recreation Area 1220 Lebanon-Stanton Rd., Lebanon, 908-236-6355 www.njparksandforests.org
Regarded as the foremost trophy trout water in New Jersey, this scenic reservoir has a small boat launch (10hp max.) and fishing from dam or shore. Hiking and nature trails; wilderness campsites are accessible by boat, canoe or backpacking 3-6 miles. Separate swimming area with bathhouse, picnicking and playground. Visit website for interpretive programs.
Shawnee River Trips 100 Shawnee Inn Dr., Shawnee on Delaware, PA 800-742-9633 Canoe, kayak or raft the Delaware River May-Sept. Rentals and guided trips, youth and scout discounts.
Silas Condict County Park 100 Kinnelon, Kinnelon, 973-829-8257 www.morrisparks.net Daily sunrise-sunset. Paddleboat and rowboat rentals available weekends and holidays from Memorial Day-Labor Day. Picnic areas, hiking trails, softball fields and lake fishing.
Somerset County Park Commission Putting Course and Paddle Boats Colonial Park, 156 Mettlers Rd., Somerset, 732-873-8585 www.somersetcountyparks.org Putting Course: April-Oct. Adults $8, children/srs. $5, under 5 $2. Paddle boats: May-Oct., $10. Golf-boat combo: $10. A sports complex for all ages. The putting course is a golf course in miniature with water features and “sand” traps. Both facilities are accessible for persons with physical disabilities.
Somerset County Park Commission Family Canoe & Kayak Programs 908-766-2489 • www.somersetcountyparks.org Spring, summer and fall canoe and kayak trips are designed for adults and families. For canoe and kayak trips, an adult must accompany children under the age of 15. Each canoe can accommodate two paddlers and a child passenger. A pool session must be completed before a KanU-Kayak session is undertaken. Likewise a Kan-U-Kayak session must be attended prior to a river trip. Call or visit website for schedule of introductory workshops, Passaic River paddles, full moon paddles, day-long river excursions and whitewater trips.
South Mountain Reservation Swan Boats Cherry Lane, West Orange, 973-731-5800 www.turtlebackzoo.com Open seasonally. Summer: open daily 10-8. $15/half hr. for 2 person boat; $19/half hr. for 4 person boat; Orange residents $7 or $9 with ID. Parking across the street. Swan paddle boats for rent, walking paths along Orange Reservoir, ship-themed playground and picnic pavilion. Must be over 2 years old to board a paddle boat. Call 973-731-5800 x221 to reserve picnic pavilion.
Spruce Run Recreation Area 68 Van Syckel’s Rd., Clinton, 908-638-8572 www.njparksandforests.org Seasonal parking fee. Swimming beach and bathhouse, small boat launch for boaters and windboarders, boat, canoe and kayak rental (908-638-8234), fishing, camping, picnicking and playground. Stand up paddle board, kayak and canoe lessons, fitness classes, yoga and excursions are offered at the boat launch. Visit website for schedule of family nature programs.
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Sunrise Lake Beach Club Lewis Morris Park, 270 Mendham Rd., Morris Township 973-829-8257 • www.morrisparks.net Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Weekends & holidays 11-6:30, daily hours starting late June. Season passes available. Summer swimming, inflatable obstacle course, water slide, fishing, rowboat and paddleboat rentals, beach volleyball, bath/boathouse with restrooms, changing rooms and snack bar. Birthday parties. Lewis Morris Park features hiking trails, mountain biking, fitness circuit, softball field, picnic sites and playground in Doe Meadow. Camping for organized groups by advance reservation. Summer Campouts on the Beach and special events.
Twin Rivers Tubing 4 Union Square, Phillipsburg, 908-857-1289 Tubing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting on the Delaware River.
Union County Parks Boating Union County Parks & Recreation, 908-527-4900 www.ucnj.org/parks-activities Non-motorized boats, registered with Union County, are permitted in some Union County parks including McConnell Park, Cranford; Passaic River Parkway, Berkeley Hts., New Providence and Summit; Stanley Avenue Park, Summit; Snyder Avenue Boat Launch, Berkeley Heights; Rahway River Parkway, Clark. Paddleboats are available for rent in Echo Lake Park, Mountainside/Westfield, and Warinanco Park, Elizabeth/ Roselle. For paddleboat info, call Warinanco, 973-510-1997, or Echo Lake Park, 908-249-8408.
Wawayanda State Park 885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, 973-853-4462 www.njparksandforests.org 255-acre lake with a number of explorable islands in the remote, rugged highlands of northern New Jersey. More than 60 miles of trails are marked in the park including mountain bike trails and a 20-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail, fishing, beach area with lifeguard, camping, and food concession available. Canoe, rowboat and paddleboat rentals mid-April-late Sept., 973-764-1030.
CAMPING See listings under Hiking and Boating for additional references to New Jersey campgrounds. Many state and all national parks offer engaging interpretive programs on the history and environment of the area, with many offered in the evening for campers.
new jersey state parks New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, PO Box 404, Trenton, 08625-0404. 1-800-843-6420, 609-984-0370. Campsites, cabins, group cabins, lean-tos, shelters and yurts may be available depending on the park. Reser vations can be made online through www.camping.nj.gov or by calling the individual park office up to 11 months in advance.
A guide to activities and facilities and maps for New Jersey’s state parks and forests can be picked up at any state park service office or can be mailed by calling 1-800-843-6420. Information is also available online at www.njparksandforests.org under “Events Calendar.” Trail Tracker interactive trail maps allows you to track your current location, view trails and points of interest, and search for park activities from devices with cellular service. PDF maps can be downloaded before entering areas of limited cell service. njparksandforests.org/ parks/parks_by_location.html Ask for a Passport when visiting a state park, forest or historic site and collect an official passport sticker as you visit sites throughout the state. Each sticker represents a significant feature of the area. Collect a minimum of 10 different stickers to receive a prize.
nj campground owners association PO Box 808, Marmora, NJ 08223, 609-545-0145. For a free copy of the annual Campground & RV Park Vacation Guide for New Jersey, call, write or email: email@example.com or download online. www.newjerseycampgrounds.com
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Cabin and campsite reservations for National Park Service sites can be made up to 6 months in advance on a rolling basis (5 months for Yosemite). Group facilities can be reserved up to 12 months in advance. A selection of campsites are reserved for walk-ins, firstcome, first-served. Look up the particular park at www.nps.gov for campground information and tips. Reservations can be made online at www.recreation. gov, in person at a site, or handled by phone by the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877444-6777. For customer service, phone 888-448-1474. Additional park information is available at www.nationalparks.org and www.americanparknetwork.com, publishers of visitor guides for National and State Parks across America. Reservations for lodging at a number of parks can also be made via authorized concessionaires such as Xanterra Parks & Resorts, www.xanterra.com, and Forever Resorts, www.foreverresorts.com. Visit reserveamerica.com for campground information, trail maps, guidebooks and to make reservations at many public and private campgrounds nationwide.
The Junior Ranger program, available at many National Parks, consists of completing an activity booklet while visiting the park and upon completion, earning a Junior Ranger badge. For more information, visit www. nps.gov/kids/jrrangers.cfm. For those who are unable to visit a national park, an on-line Web Ranger program with activities and rewards can be completed at www.nps.gov/webrangers/
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CAMPING Camp Speers YMCA Family Camp 143 Nichecronk Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA, 570-828-2329 Boating, swimming, riding, outdoor activities in the Poconos open to families and groups on select fall and spring dates.
Fairview Lake YMCA Family Camp 1035 Fairview Lake Rd., Newton, 800-686-1166 Open to organizations and families during the spring, fall and winter. Boating, swimming, fishing, environmental programs, hiking, arts and crafts and more. Special parent/child weekends are also offered.
Frost Valley YMCA 2000 Frost Valley Rd., Claryville, NY, 845-985-2291 Established in 1901 as one of the nation’s first summer camps, Frost Valley YMCA is a 6,000 acre residential camping, environmental education and conference center open to individual families, scouts and community groups.
Jenny Jump State Forest State Park Rd., Hope, NJ, 908-459-4366 www.njparksandforests.org Small state campground has 22 private campsites in the woods and 8 shelter cabins each furnished with 2 bunk beds, woodburning stove & small table and benches. Several miles of hiking trails lead thru rugged, rocky terrain with scenic overlooks to Delaware Water Gap and other vistas; convenient to Land of Make Believe. United Astronomy Clubs of NJ Greenwood Observatory is open 8-10:30pm Sat. late April thru Oct. for presentations and public observing. Sat Stargazing and Lectures, 8-10:30pm. Beginners Apr-Oct and children are welcome.
Mohican Outdoor Center 50 Camp Mohican Rd., Blairstown, 908-362-5670 AMC Reservations: 603-466-2727 www.outdoors.org Former boy scout camp on the banks of Catfish Pond, a 60-acre glacial lake, is now operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club in partnership with the National Park Service. Hiking on the Appalachian Trail, fishing, swimming, canoeing, biking, rock climbing, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, campsites and lodging available. Outdoor programs for all ages and levels of interest are offered year round for members and non-members. Facilities, available on a space-available basis, include lodge with heated central gathering area, seasonal meals, shower and fireplace; shared bunkroom and private cabins; seven rustic campsites; group campsite; and three tent platforms and ground site overlooking Catfish Pond. Ongoing Weekend Getaways, volunteer-led themedprograms are open year round to adult members and non-members. Family Adventure Camps and Weekends are offered at the Mohican Outdoor Center and other AMC locations during school vacations and summer. Check website for dates, www.outdoors.org.
Pocono Environmental Education Center 538 Emery Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA, 570-828-2319 www.peec.org Located in a former Pocono resort in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PEEC offers daytime
and overnight nature programs for families, educational family weekends, nature and birding treks, homeschool programs, workshops for educators, scout/school trips, summer camps and other special events.
Wharton State Forest 31 Batsto Rd., Hammonton, Batsto Office: 609-561-0024 Atsion Office: 609-268-0444 • www.njparksandforests.org Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day: $5 weekends. The largest single tract of land within the New Jersey State Park system, Wharton State Forest is the site of Batsto Village in the Pine Barrens, a former bog iron and glassmaking industrial center from 1766 to 1867, and features miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding, trails for hiking, rivers and streams for canoeing/ kayaking, and numerous lakes, ponds and fields for wildlife observation. The 50-mile Batona Trail connects Wharton, Brendan Byrne (formerly Lebanon) and Bass River State Forests. Campsites include tent and trailer sites, wilderness campsites, group campsites and nine furnished cabins.
YMCA Camp Mason 23 Birch Ridge Rd., Hardwick, 908-362-8217 Outdoor education, group programs, family camps, parent/child camps, and Women’s Wellness Weekends are offered from late August to mid June.
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Farming is the oldest industry in New Jersey. The family-owned farms listed below are dedicated to providing you with the freshest produce, homemade baked goods, specialty gifts, flowers, plants, garden decor and seasonal family activities. Visit the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s website at www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov for Jersey Fresh recipes, additional pick-your-own farms, community farmers’ markets, and links to New Jersey wineries, gardens, arboretums, equine facilities, and familyfriendly agritourism activities. www.visitnjfarms.org For more information about farms in Sussex County offering Christmas trees, farm tours, pick-your-own produce, farmstands and harvest activities, visit www.sussexfarmvisits.com or call 1-800-473-0363. For a guide to Christmas tree farms throughout the state, visit the New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers’ Association at www.njchristmastrees.org.
A. Casola Farms 178 Highway 34 & Schanck Rd., Holmdel, NJ, 732-332-1533 acasolafarms.com Garden center, fall fest and Halloween events, Winter Wonderland, Fox Hollow Vineyards.
Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, 908-528-8823 alstedefarms.com Open daily for family farm activities and pick your own fruits, vegetables and flowers May-Oct.; Harvest Club; summer farm camp; group tours; birthday parties; many special events throughout the season.
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Bluebird Farm Alpacas
44 Willow Ave., Peapack, 908-625-4110 www.bluebirdfarmalpacas.com Visit by reservation or during special farm events. Children’s programs; open farm weekends; summer camps; farm store.
101 Rt. 645, Sandyston, 973-219-6356 www.sussexcountysunflowermaze.com Sunflower maze opens mid-Aug. to mid-Sept. Pick your own sunflowers, kids scavenger hunt, self-guided bug safari, build-your-own scarecrow contest.
301 Rockaway Valley Rd., Boonton Twp., 201-400-4505 brookhollowsbarnyard.com Petting farm open spring to fall. Train rides, tractor rides, buckets of feed available for purchase. Summer camps; birthday parties.
561 Blairstown Rd. (Rt. 521), Hope, 908-459-5351 longmeadowfarmnj.com Berry picking starts late July. Schools and groups scheduled by appointment. Pick your own raspberries, blackberries, apples and pumpkins. 14 apple varieties on easy pick dwarf trees. Take a spooky hayride to the pumpkin patch. Farmstand.
Demarest Farms 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, 201-666-0472 demarestfarms.com Pick-your-own peaches, apples and pumpkins; petting zoo; farm store; seasonal garden center; Santa and hayrides.
Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms 783 County Rt. 519, Belvidere, 908-475-3671 www.foursisterswinery.com Wine tasting, wine cellar tours and hosts grape stomping, murder mystery dinners, apple picking, harvest festivals and other special weekend events Mother’s Day to Christmas.
Fresh & Fancy Farms 575 River Rd., New Milford, 201-483-9494 freshandfancyfarms.com Farm dinners, cooking and crafting classes, scout and school programs, summer farm camp, breakfast with Santa.
Fulper Family Farmstead 281 Rocktown Lambertville Rd., Lambertville, 609-651-5991 fulperfarms.com Dairy farm tours seasonally, birthday parties, farm adventure camp.
Heaven Hill Farm 451 Rte. 94, Vernon, 973-764-5144 heavenhillfarm.com Summer family farm activities, farm tours, fall festival and pick your own pumpkins. Farm market, garden center, outdoor furniture, Christmas trees.
Hillview Farms 223 Meyersville Rd., Gillette, 908-647-0957 stumpskeet.wixsite.com/hillviewfarms Daily 10-6. Pick your own blueberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins and zinnias in season. Farm store features Jerseyfresh fruits, vegetables, honey, fresh baked pies and more. Hayrides weekends in Oct. School tours.
Howell Farm Corn Maze 17 Valley Rd., Hopewell Twp., 609-737-3299 www.corrnmazenj.com Open weekends mid-Sept.-Nov. plus Columbus Day. Seven-foot tall, walk-through puzzle cut into 3-acre cornfield is annual fundraiser to restore 200-yr.-old barn at Howell Farm.
Jersey Fresh Farmers Markets www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov Farmers Markets, open summer-fall, bring New Jersey’s freshest fruits, vegetables, breads, cheeses, baked goods and desserts, pickles and specialty foods right to our communities weekly. Visit website for all locations and Jersey Fresh recipes.
Melick’s Town Farm www.melickstownfarm.com • Cider Mill & Orchards: 19 King St., Oldwick, 908-439-3888 • Oldwick Farm Market 170 Oldwick Rd., Oldwick, 908-439-2955 • Bridgewater Market 351 Rt. 28, Bridgewater, 908-725-0225 • Califon Farm Market & Orchards 472 County Rd. 513, Califon, 908-832-2905 Pick your own apples, strawberries, peaches, pumpkins and flowers. Wagon rides, farm animals, Oct. festivities, group tours, birthday parties.
Norz Hill Dairy Farm & Market 120 South Branch Rd., Hillsborough, 908-371-COWS www.norzhillfarm.com Seasonal farm stand, hayrides to the animals. Pumpkin patch, farm tours, corn maze, and pony rides late Sept. thru Oct. Scare Farm haunted trail open Oct. weekends. School tours, kids summer workshops, birthday parties.
Oasis Family Farm 3 Circle Dr., Robbinsville, NJ, 609-259-7300 www.oasisfamilyfarm.com Kids fun zone, honey bees exhibit, ant colony, activities and weekend events. Farm market; parties; school groups.
Riamede Farm 122 Oakdale Rd., Chester, NJ, 908-879-5353 www.riamede.com Open Sept. and Oct. only. Daily 9:00am-4:30pm. Pick your own apples in a scenic old orchard. Pick your own pumpkins, some still on the vine, in the pumpkin patch. Cider, honey, jellies, ripe tomatoes, gourds, warm cider donuts and more. Free hayrides on weekends. 36 varieties of traditional, heirloom and modern apples, sold by the pound. Enjoy the fall colors on a 68-acre old farm, kept simple, authentic and without the carnival. School trips.
Sun High Orchards 19 Canfield Ave., Randolph, 973-584-4734 www.sunhigh.com Farm animals, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, farm market, picnic tables.
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FARMS/PICK YOUR OWN Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, 609-924-2310 www.terhuneorchards.com Pick-your-own May to Oct. from berries, flowers, apples and pumpkins. Read and Explore and Read and Pick programs for preschoolers and parents are held year-round. Workshops for adults are also offered. Farm store, farm yard and farm trail open to the public daily all year. School and group tours by appointment April-Oct.; barnyard birthday parties; summer camp; annual farm festivals; vineyard and winery. Selected Special Events Jan 2 Farm Camp Registration begins, ages 7-12. Jan 28 Wassailing the Apple Trees, old English tradition with singing, dancing, hot cider, bonfire. Feb 10- Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend, wine Feb 11 tasting and chocolate treats. 12-5pm. Mar 31- Bunny Chase, treasure hunt for ages 2-8, craft, Apr 1 wagon ride, pony rides, food tent. 10-4. Free. May 5 Kite Day, bring your own or choose a readymade from the farm store. Music, food, sheep shearing Sun. at 2pm. 10-5. $8 ages 3+. Read and Explore Children’s Program Children’s program combines hands-on activities and a story. For ages preschool to 8 yrs. with adult. Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am. $7 per child, pre-registration requested.
Jan 16, 20 Gingerbread Man.
Jan 30, Feb 3 Animal Tracks.
Feb 13, 17 Fur, Feathers, Fluff: Keeping Warm in Winter.
Mar 20, 24 Birds, Nesting, Bird Houses.
Apr 10, 14 Getting Ready for Spring.
Apr 24, 28 Composting.
Valley Shepherd Creamery 50 Fairmount Rd., Long Valley, 908-876-3200 www.valleyshepherd.com Visitors can learn about sheep dairy farming as practiced in Europe for the last 4,000 years. 11⁄2 hr. creamery tours are given spring, summer and fall. Cheesemaking workshops are offered on the 3rd Sun. of the month. Participants return 3 mos. later to pick up aged cheese. Farm parties; private group tours; special events; Sheep Shoppe. Selected Special Events Apr-Nov Cheesemaking Classes; Cheese & Wine Tasting Dinners, book online. Apr Shearing Tours, on select Sat. & Sun. Reservations required. MayLambing Tours, walk-in 1.5-hr. tour is offered Jun on weekends. JulSummer Tours, walk-in tour focuses on seasonal Aug farm activity. SepFall Harvest Tours, walk-in 1.5-hr. tour is offered mid Nov on weekends early Sept. to mid-Nov.
Well-Sweep Herb Farm 205 Mt. Bethel Rd., Port Murray, 908-852-5390 wellsweep.com Mon.-Sat. 9-5. Call first Jan.-March. Garden paths lead through a formal herb garden and display gardens including butterfly, medicinal, perennial and rock gardens, one of the largest collections of herbs and perennials in the country. Visitors are welcome to picnic and visit farm animals. Group tours; guest speaker program; special events; adult craft/horticulture/herb workshops are offered. Gift shop.
Wightman’s Farms 1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, 973-425-9819 www.wightmansfarms.com Store open every day 8am-6pm featuring all varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, fresh baked pies, donuts, gourmet foods and fresh apple cider made in our own mill. Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, hayrides in the fall.
Williams Nursery & The Gift House 524 Springfield Ave., Westfield, 908-232-4076 www.williamsnursery.com Experts in perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees and new and unusual plants. Gift shop complete with everything from Yankee Candles to Christopher Radko Ornaments. Fall school and group tours.
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county and state park calendars • Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Afffairs 973-268-3500. www.essexcountyparks.org Let’s Play, a comprehensive parks catalog is available online seasonally. • Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation 908-782-1158. www.co.hunterdon.nj.us • Monmouth County Park System 732-842-4000. www.monmouthcountyparks.com • Morris County Park Commission 973-326-7631. Trail maps available by logging onto www.morrisparks.net • New Jersey State Parks Calendar of Events, www.njparksandforests.org. Visit website for monthly calendar and sign up to receive events via email. Follow event info on the state park facebook page at www.facebook.com/newjerseystateparks. • Somerset County Park Commission 908-722-1200 x7. www.somersetcountyparks.org • Union County Parks & Recreation 908-558-4079, www.ucnj.org/parks-recreation
hiking The website for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a federation of groups and individuals dedicated to maintaining marked hiking trails and protecting related open space, provides information about easy to strenuous hikes, the Appalachian Trail, membership and volunteer opportunities and offers regional trail maps and books for sale. www.nynjtc.org
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Visit njhiking.com for trail maps and excellent descriptions with photos of hikes throughout the state.
geocaching Explore the great outdoors while using a GPS as your guide and hunt for the many caches hidden in parks, open spaces and communities worldwide. Visit www.geocaching.com for information. For information about geocaching in New Jersey, visit the Northern New Jersey Cachers group at www.nnjc.org. Several natural areas in New Jersey contain a significant number of caches. Here are a few to get started: Duke Farms Follow the GeoTrail to find 11 caches on the property. www.dukefarms.org, Geocaching. Griggstown Geocache Trail 1091 Canal Rd., Franklin Township. 28 caches are scattered throughout the 376-acre preserve. www.franklintwpnj.org/home/showdocument?id=4298 Kittatinny Valley State Park Over 200 caches are located throughout the park. Sign up for a geocaching workshop to learn more; offered monthly at the park, 973-786-6445.
Allaire State Park Rt. 524 (exit 98 GSP), Wall Township, 732-938-2371 www.njparksandforests.org Parking fee Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Site of historic Allaire Village and the antique steam trains of the Pine Creek Railroad (see Historic Sites), Allaire State Park also features canoeing and fishing on the Manasquan River and trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and cross country skiing. Nature programs are offered throughout the year. Facilities include a Visitor Center/ museum, food concession and campsites.
Black River Park North Rd., Chester Township, 973-326-7600 www.morrisparks.net Located in Chester Township, Black River Park is a unique linear park with beautiful hiking trails through Black River Gorge connecting the four cultural sites of Cooper Mill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook, and Willowwood Arboretum. Trails can be accessed from any of these sites. From Cooper Mill, the Black River Trail (blue blaze) follows the Black River for 2.3 miles to Kay Environmental Center. The red Conifer Pass Trail travels another 1.8 miles from Kay to Bamboo Brook Trail. Maps available from Morris County Park Commission.
Cheesequake State Park Exit 120 Garden State Parkway, Matawan, 732-566-2161 www.njparksandforests.org Interpretive Center: 732-566-3208. Park open daylight hours year-round. A unique variety of plant and animal life is found in this park’s open fields, salt and freshwater marshes, white cedar swamp, pine barrens and hardwood forest. Three main trails (longest is 3.5 mile green) crisscross the park. Exhibits, nature programs and trail guides are available at Interpretive Center. Hooks Creek Lake features a bathing beach with lifeguards in summer (no flotation devices permitted). Bathhouse, concession stand, playground, short boardwalk to crabbing bridge nearby. Fishing
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Contact us through website: www.cpfanj.org or 908-273-5694 in the lake and blue claw crabbing in Hooks Creek can be fun in late summer. 53 campsites are located across the parkway. Visit website for interpretive programs. Jun-Oct Eco Kayak Tours, 2-hour tours on the tidal Cheesequake Creek offered on select days summer to fall. Call Nature Center for dates and to register, 732-566-3208.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Kittatinny Point Visitor Center: Off Rt. 80W, Columbia Dingmans Falls Visitor Center: Off Rt. 209 near milepost 14, Dingmans Ferry, PA, 570-828-6125 Park Headquarters: Off Rt. 209, Bushkill, PA, 570-426-2452 www.nps.gov/dewa Park Headquarters open year round Mon.-Fri. Visitors Centers are open Memorial Day Sat.-Labor Day, closed Tues. and Wed. The road to Dingmans Falls and Visitor Center is closed when icy conditions set in. Stop at Visitors Centers for info and map. Short guided walks leave from Visitor Centers. Jr. Naturalist & Jr. Ranger materials are available. Consult website for a schedule of ranger-guided activities and children’s materials. Pick up a park map to access boat and canoe launch points and trailheads for the Appalachian Trail and Mt. Tammany. In summer, enjoy a leisurely day tubing, canoeing, or rafting the Delaware River. River guide available at Visitor Centers. Fishing, hiking, bicycling; campsites available on the river at Worthington State Forest, 908-841-9575. Just north of Worthington Park headquarters is the Douglas Trail to Sunfish Pond, a natural glacier lake atop the Kittatinny Ridge. In winter, two major areas are maintained, when conditions permit, for beginner and advanced cross country skiers. Slateford Farm Ski Trail in PA (off 80) offers 5 miles of gentle trails. Blue Mountain Lakes Trail in New Jersey offers 8 miles for varied abilities. Ongoing Guide to the Gap Trip Planner, contains calendar of events, hiking information, maps and trip planning information. View or download online under “Calendar of Events” or pick one up in Visitors Centers. Junior Park Ranger badge and patch can be earned after completing a 16-page Junior Ranger Explorer Notebook, available at Visitor Centers or by mail.
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HIKING & STROLLING Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area continued Friends of the Delaware Water Gap www.friendsofdewanps.org Non-profit organization devoted to park conservancy sponsors lecture series and family events, 570-426-2451.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters 152 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Twp., 973-425-1222 www.fws.gov/refuge/great_swamp Helen S. Fenske Visitor Center 32 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Twp., 973-425-9510 friendsofgreatswamp.org North Gate bridge is open during visitor center hours. Daily 10-4, reduced hours off season. Trails open dawn to dusk. Headquarters is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, Sun. hours spring-fall. More than 200 species of birds are found in the Great Swamp. Four trails in the Wilderness area total eight miles. There is a parking area at each trailhead. The Wildlife Observation Center off Long Hill Rd. has an information center and three boardwalks with blinds for wildlife viewing. Even if you don’t find any unusual birds mid-day, this easy walk is always good for spotting turtles, frogs, snakes and more from the boardwalk. Stop in the Visitor Center for maps, information and to visit the interactive exhibits and Discovery Den for children, bookstore and gift shop. See listing under Outdoor Education Centers for programs for children, adults, groups and families offered by Friends of the Great Swamp. Great Swamp Watershed Association 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, 973-538-3500 www.greatswamp.org Membership-based nonprofit organization protects drinking water and preserves land in the Great Swamp watershed region. Educational programs for individuals and families, in-school programs and educators workshops are offered.
Greenwood Gardens 274 Old Short Hills Rd., Short Hills, 973-258-4026 www.greenwoodgardens.org Closed winter. Spring-fall: Sat.-Tues. 10-4. Adults $10, srs. and students $5, under 12 free. Lovely ornamental gardens on the gilded age estate of Joseph P. Day and Peter P. Blanchard, Jr., are open to the public Sat.-Tues. Visit website for gardening and craft workshops, guided walks, talks and family nature programs offered year round.
Grounds for Sculpture 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, 609-586-0616 www.groundsforsculpture.org See listing under Museums.
Hacklebarney State Park 119 Hacklebarney Rd., Long Valley, 908-638-8572 www.njparksandforests.org Parking fee Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hacklebarney surrounds a gorge of unusual beauty where two feeder streams, Trout Brook & Rheinhart Brook, flow into the Black River. Five miles of hiking trails, many picnic facilities throughout the gorge are equipped with charcoal grills. Waters, stocked with trout, provide good fishing.
Topography is rugged, wear comfortable walking shoes. Kids love to climb on the huge, flat boulders that line the ravine to the river.
High Point State Park 1480 Rt. 23, Sussex, 973-875-4800 Interpretive Center: 973-875-1471 Cross Country Ski Center: 973-702-1222 www.njparksandforests.org Hike to the highest point in New Jersey along the Kittatinny Mountain ridge and Appalachian Trail for panoramic views of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Camping, fishing, swimming (with bathhouse), boat launch, picnicking, food concession, playground, nature center. In winter, a cross country ski center features 15 km of groomed trails, 6.5 km with snow making equipment. Lodge, lessons, equipment sales and rentals, ice skating on Lake Marcia. Ongoing Interpretive Programs are scheduled year round. Friends of High Point State Park www.friendsofhighpointstatepark.org Non-profit organization brings family-friendly programming and events to support the park. Free, donations accepted. Visit website for upcoming events.
Huber Woods Park 25 Brown’s Dock Rd., Locust (Middletown Twp.) 732-872-2670 • www.monmouthcountyparks.com Hands-on environmental center, short nature loop and Discovery Path and guide for children. Discovery backpacks available to borrow. Eight miles of wooded trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Leonard J. Buck Garden 11 Layton Rd., Far Hills, 908-234-2677 www.somersetcountyparks.org Mon.-Fri. 10-4, Sat. 10-5, Sun.12-5. Closed weekends and holidays Dec.-March. Open 8-8 Wed. May to Sept. Begun in the late 1930’s, this 33-acre naturalistic garden has matured into one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern U.S. Rare and exotic plants are tucked among the outcroppings with peak bloom in the spring. The Somerset County Environmental Education Center hosts horticulture and birding workshops and walks seasonally. Visit website for schedule and registration or call the EEC, 908-766-2489. Selected 2018 Events Feb 20- Art & Photography Exhibit, 10-4 Mon.-Fri. Mar 16 B Apr-May Woodland Walks, 2pm Sundays. $7. Apr 5 Honey Bees: One of Our Favorite Pollinators, 1-2pm. $15. Apr 21- Spring Plant Sale & Earth Day Celebration, Apr 22 garden lectures, guided tours. May 8 Flower & Landscape Garden Photography Workshop, 9-11:30am. $35. Jun 7 Focus on Ferns, 9-11am. $15. Jul 6 Make a Hypertufa Mini-Trough, material resembling volcanic rock. 10-11:30. $40. Aug 23 The Magical Mysterious Monarch, 10-11:30. $15. Sep 20 Art in the Garden–Watercolors in the Garden, outdoor painting workshop. 9:30-3. $40. Oct 23 Flower & Landscape Photography–Autumnal Brilliance, all levels. 9-11:30. $35. Nov 16 Thankful Lights–Floating Luminaries, 5-6:30. $15.
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Wagner Farm Arboretum
955 Weldon Rd., Jefferson Twp., 973-697-3140 www.morrisparks.net Visitors Center at Saffin Rock-Rill Area. Morris County Park system’s largest park encompasses more than 3,000 acres with over 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Pavilion, softball fields, and picnic facilities. Camping is available Mar. 1-Nov. 30 with tent sites, Adirondack shelters and trailer area. Fishing, ice skating, and cross country skiing in winter.
197 Mountain Ave., Warren, 908-350-7383 www.wfafnj.org Former site of Wagner Dairy Farm is now a developing arboretum with diverse trees, shrubs, flowers and other plant life in a natural setting, walking trails, children’s garden and community garden. Educational programs are offered for adults and children; beekeeping demonstrations; gardening workshops; seasonal special events.
Ringwood State Park 1304 Sloatsburg Rd., Ringwood, 973-962-7031 www.njparksandforests.org See listing under Boating, Fishing & Swimming.
South Mountain Reservation 973-268-3500 • www.essexcountyparks.org South Mountain Conservancy: www.somocon.org Access trails from Locust Grove (Glen Ave. & Lackawanna Place) in Millburn, Elmdale entrance off Brookdale Dr., Turtle Back Zoo, or Summit Field off Crest Drive. 2,048 acre park includes Wildflower Sculpture Park, dog park and twenty miles of carriage roads used for jogging, walking, horseback riding and cross country skiing. Five trails provide 19 miles of hiking paths. Turtle Back Trail (orange blazes) is an easy day hike of 21⁄2 miles roundtrip. Lenape Trail (follow yellow blazes) leads through deep woods, Maple Brook cascades and Hemlock Falls. Maps available online from Essex County Parks or South Mountain Conservancy. The South Mountain Conservancy, a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and promoting wise use of the Reservation, offers free group guided hikes for individuals and families with children 10 and older who are strong walkers. Designated hikes are designed for younger children. Access events calendar online or go to www.meetup.com/somocon for current schedule.
Union County Watchung Reservation 452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, 908-789-3670 www.ucnj.org/parks-recreation 13+ miles of marked hiking trails include the 11-mile Sierra loop (maps available at Visitor Center). Interesting and fun stops along the way include the 1845 town of Feltville/ Deserted Village, Surprise Lake, Seeley’s Pond and Blue Brook which are stocked with trout annually, picnic facilities, ballfield, preschool and elementary-age playgrounds, stables and Trailside Nature and Science Center.
Voorhees State Park 251 County Rd. 513, Glen Gardner, 908-638-8572 www.njparksandforests.org Hiking through woods, to scenic overlooks and along Willoughby Brook, picnicking, playground, ballfield, two small fishing ponds for children (catch and release), 50 wooded campsites within walking distance to New Jersey Astronomical Association Observatory open to the public on Sat. night 8:30-10:30pm and Sun. 2-5pm JuneOct., weather permitting. Call 908-638-8500 or check observatory website for off-season hours, www.njaa.org.
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HORSEBACK RIDING Dapple Hill Farm Minutes from I-78, Bedminster, 201-725-0047 www.dapplehillfarm.com An exceptional equestrian facility, Dapple Hill Farm offers lesson programs tailored to suit your specific needs in a safe, relaxed, fun and family atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. Lesson packages for children and adults, Summer Camp, leasing options for students, showing opportunities, boarding, indoor arena with viewing area.
Kierson Farm 107 W. Woodschurch Rd., Flemington, 908-528-3307 Lessons, camps, and birthday parties, all ability levels.
Palermo Show Stable 1555 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-719-7500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.palermoshowstable.com Tues.-Sun. 8am-1pm, 3-6pm, after hours by appointment only. Horseback riding lessons, ages 6 to 65, beginner to advanced. Summer day camps, ages 6 to 16 and youth camp ages 3-5. Winter and Holiday Camps also available. Boarding, training, showing, horse sales and leases, and monthly horse shows. Please contact us to sign up for your FREE introductory lesson, as well as information on Summer, Winter and Holiday Camps! See display ad on page 65.
River Edge Farm 1575 River Rd. East, Bedminster, 908-420-1274 www.riveredgefarm.com English riding lessons for children and adults. Year round. Also offers riding summer camp for girls. See listing under Camps. For more info visit the website.
Seaton Hackney Stables 440 South St., Morristown, 973-644-3355 Email: email@example.com www.seatonhackney.com Seaton Hackney County Stables provide popular riding activities including a Mounted Troop structured program of instruction for all levels (beginner to advanced), an Interscholastic Show Team (IEA), Hunter-Jumpers, Dressage, Eventing, English, Western, and Liberty Training instruction through private, semi-private and economical small group settings. For the explorers and nature lovers, trail riding instruction is available through the adjacent Morris County Loantaka Park. School out? Their any-day, any time FlexCamp is a great option for your child. They also offer a unique PEP (Petite Equestrian Program) for your young aspiring Equestrisan (3 to 7 year-old). Watch this inspiring video and see what you too could achieve at Seaton Hackney Stables: www.seatonhackney.com/our-mission. See discount coupon on page 65.
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Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, 908-766-5955 www.somersetcountyparks.org Office hours 9-5 seven days a week. Lord Stirling Stable offers English horseback riding, group lessons from beginner through jumping levels, horse care workshops and several special events year round for all ages. Riding on 18 miles of well groomed trails or in the large indoor or outdoor rings. Lead line available by the half hour for children eight years old or younger who can sit and hold on by themselves. Scout programs; tractor-pulled hayrides; pony parties; summer workshops. Ongoing Introductory Rides, English or Western style, brief lesson and one hour trail ride. Ages 9+, ages 9-12 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Novice Trail Rides, guided trail rides for those without experience with horses. Ages 9+. Pony Pals, parent-child program introduces young children to ponies.
Watchung Stables–Union County 1160 Summit Lane, Mountainside, 908-789-3665 www.ucnj.org/stable Adult and children’s troops, private lessons, recreational riding in the ring on an hourly and half-hourly basis, trail rides, horseback rides with lead lines for riders under the age of 9, handicapped riding program, and summer equestrian camp for ages 9-17. Barn and facility is open for visits during business hours. Birthday party room. Ongoing Scout Programs, Junior Girl Scout Horse Fan badge, Brownie Try-It, Cub Scout and Boy Scout badges. Leadline Rides, for riders under age 9, are offered Sunday mornings in spring and fall and Saturday and Sunday in summer.
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New Jersey State Parks offer a variety of interpetive programs, hikes, bike, canoe and kayak trips at different parks all year. Visit the calendar online at www.njparksandforests.org, sign up to receive events via email or contact the specific park of interest for their most current schedule. Event updates are also posted on the State Parks facebook page at www.facebook.com/newjerseystateparks.
new jersey state parks app New Jersey’s official State Parks app by Pocket Ranger is available free from the App Store or Google Play. www.pocketranger.com
nj state environmental education directory Visit the SEEDS (State Environmental Education Directory) website for an online catalog of resources available through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Classroom materials, field trips and outreach programs for schools, groups, families and organizations are available. www.state.nj.s/dep/seeds
Camden Children’s Garden 3 Riverside Dr., Camden, 856-365-8733 www.camdenchildrensgarden.org Spring-fall: Wed.-Fri. 10-3, Sat. & Sun. 10-4. Closed Jan.late March. Admission $9, 1 and under free. Modest fee for train ride and carousel. Four-acre interactive garden includes a butterfly garden, railroad garden, dinosaur garden, maze, picnic garden, treehouse, amphitheater, carousel and storybook gardens. Visitors can enter the Butterfly House to observe 200 Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies in a lush tropical environment. School programs; girl scout workshops; party packages; gift shop; weekend festivals include seasonal crafts, games and activities.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary 324 Forest Dr. S., Short Hills, 973-376-3587 www.hartshornarboretum.org Stone House Nature Center: Mon.-Fri. 9-4:30, Sat. 9-4, Sun. 10-4. Summer: Mon.-Fri. 8-4, closed Sat. Grounds open daylight hours year round (no dogs). 16 acres of woodland with 3 miles of walking trails. Adult programs, day trips and hikes; parent/child, youth and family nature programs; after-school clubs; summer and vacation camps; scouting programs; birthday parties; school field trips and classroom programs for grades K-5. Ongoing Turtle Tots, drop off program for ages 3-5; Arboretum Sprouts, education program for ages 1-2 with caregiver. Monthly Guided Hikes, for families. 11, 1 and 3pm. $10/$5. Jan 21 Animals in Winter. Feb 18 Tracks and Scats. Mar 18 FrogWatch USA. Apr 22 Earth Day. Selected Family Events Jan 14 Birding for Beginners, families with ages 12+. Feb 3 “Black Moon” Night Hike, 6pm. Feb 11 3rd Annual Lunar New Year & Spring Celebration, 12pm. Feb 19-23 Winter Break Camps, pre-registration required. Mar 4 2nd Annual Holi Festival, 12pm. Mar 17 Summer Camp Open House, 10am. Mar 24 Vernal Pool Investigations, 7pm. Mar 30 Flying Feathered Friends, 10:30am. Apr 9-13 Spring Break Camps, pre-register.
Duke Farms 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, 908-722-3700 www.dukefarms.org Nov.-mid-March: Thurs.-Tues. 8:30-4:30. April-Oct.: Thurs.-Tues. 8:30-6, closed Wed. Free admission. Note: Parking areas are closed temporarily when full (most likely to happen on Sundays and holidays during nice weather). Parking updates are posted on twitter @dfparking. Off peak hours are early morning or later in the afternoon. 2,740 acre estate and wildlife sanctuary was developed by tobacco and hydropower magnate James Buchanan Duke beginning in 1893. The estate is now a learning center and model of environmental stewardship. The New Jersey Audubon Society, Raritan Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership, and the Rutgers University School of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Office of Continuing
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Education offer environmental programs for adults, families, children, educators and professionals. Stop in the LEED Platinum Orientation Center, housed in the 1906 Farm Barn, for displays, interactive exhibits, maps, entrance tickets and refreshments. Borrow an Ecokit with binoculars, compass, note pad and field guide. Then board the tram (10-5 April 1-Dec. 1) to explore the core of the property across Duke Parkway West including the orchid conservatory, Great Meadow, old foundation of the planned Duke family mansion and over 18 miles of trails. Agriculture programs; orchid and other horticulture classes; community garden; birding and nature programs for adults and children; environmental stewards program; self-guided bike and walking tours are offered. Consult website for current schedule. Ongoing GeoTrail, bring your GPS to find 11 caches located on the property. Hike or bike, over 18 miles of trails. Four miles of paved paths are wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly. Field Guide to Duke Farms, available to borrow at the Orientation Center, read online or print from home. Community Garden, plots awarded through lottery to people who live and/or work in Somerset County. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bikeshare Service, 80 adult-sized bicycles are available first come first served, 9am-4:30pm, for $5 per ride, 2 hr. maximum. May-Nov Farm to Table Market, local farmers market on Thursdays 3-8pm. Nov-Mar Farm to Table Indoor Winter Market, Sundays 11am-4pm. Feb 11, Mar 11 Register Junior Ornithologists, Junior Naturalists, registration is open for four seasonal mini-series held per year designed for families. Nature Storytime for Sprouts, 90-min. nature themed monthly program for ages 3-6 with caregiver. Individual classes or series. Annual Events All ages, free admission. Advance registration requested. Mid-Mar Sugar Maple Celebration, indoor/outdoor event celebrates the maple sugaring process.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION Duke Farms continued Annual Events Early Jul Firefly Festival, grab a flashlight and meandor along 1.5 miles of trails. Late Oct Creature Fest, visit with some “scary” plants and wildlife along a 1.5 mile trail. Essex County Environmental Center West Essex Park, 621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland 973-228-8776 • www.essexcountyparks.org Trails open daily dawn to dusk. Environmental Center open Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-2, closed holidays. Situated in a wooded wetland habitat with access to the Passaic River, the environmental center serves as central headquarters for most of the environmental groups in Essex County including Master Gardeners, 4-H Club (973-353-1338 x103), Essex County Beekeepers Society, New Jersey Woodturners Association and New Jersey Audubon Society. Library; natural history and fine art exhibits; nature and horticulture programs for toddlers to adults; center-based and outreach programs; teacher workshops; scout programs; birthday parties; school vacation and summer nature camps. Ongoing Little Explorers Nature Program, class for ages 2-5 and their caregiver explores nature through stories, walks and crafts. Nature and Outdoor Programs, Themed Clubs, 4-H Clubs & Environmental Clubs, a variety of special interest clubs for children grades K-10. Hatfield Swamp Guided Hikes, are scheduled upon request for two or more adults. Free. New Jersey Audubon Society Birding Field Trips, for beginners to experts, adults and ages 12 and older. Call 908-766-5787 for upcoming dates and to register. Yoga Series for Adults, beginner to advanced. Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners Free Helpline, Mon.-Fri. 10-2, 973-228-2210. JunSummer Camps grades PreK to 8.
Frelinghuysen Arboretum 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township, 973-326-7601 www.morrisparks.net Haggerty Education Center: Mon.-Sun. 9-4:30. Grounds: 8am-dusk. Matilda’s Cafe: Fri.-Sun. April-Oct. Beautifully maintained estate known for its rose garden, lilac collection and ideal setting for informal picnics. Selfguided trail booklets and children’s walking tour map available in the Mansion, headquarters for the Morris County Park Commission. Horticulture programs for adults, children, schools, scouts and home schooled students, 973-326-7603; indoor and outdoor dining at Matilda’s Cafe. Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum www.arboretumfriends.org Volunteer organization sponsors adult and children’s programs, plant sales and other events. Advance registration required for all programs, 973-326-7603. For program information, call 973-631-5004. Ongoing Branching Out, spring and summer sessions for ages 5-13 to learn about gardening, botany, horticulture. Call 973-631-5004 for more information.
Sprouts and Seedlings, series introduces children ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 4-5 (Seedlings) with adult to plants and nature through walks, stories and activities. $5 per session. Pre-registration preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Jan 10, 24, Feb 7, 21, Mar 7, 21 Home School Days, nature and horticulture programs for ages 6-12. 1-2:30pm. $8. Scout Programs, workshops for all girl scout levels, cub scouts and boy scouts. 973-631-5004. Junior Master Gardeners, school-year-long gardening and horticulture science program for grades 3-5. Call 973-631-5004 for information. Tues Art at the Arboretum, art and nature series for ages 8-12 on select Tuesdays. 4-5:30. $8. Jan 9 Watercolor. Feb 13 Psychedelic Prints, marbling. Mar 13 Paper Making. 1st Sun Garden Tours, first Sun. April-Oct. at 2pm. $3. Sat-Sun Family Photo Scavenger Hunt, grab a camera or phone for a scavenger hunt with a new theme each month. Take a photo of every item and receive a prize. Anytime 9-3:30 daily in summer, weekends year round. $10/family. Jan “It’s Alive.” Feb “It’s a Small World.” Mar “Pop Up.” Selected Children & Family Events Jan 13 Bringing Some Color In: Bulb Forcing for Kids, planting workshop for ages 6-10. 1-2. $10. Jan 21 Suds and Bubbles: Soapmaking for Kids, ages 6-10. 1-3. $5. Feb 10 Matilda’s Tea: Tally Ho!, adults and ages 6 and up explore horses, their care and carriages. 10-12. $35. Feb 20 Planting with the Presidents, grades 1-3. 9am2pm. $35. Feb 24 How Sweet It Is, families learn about maple trees and making syrup. 1-2:30. $3. Mar 11 Rollin’ In Dough: Make Your Own Playdough, ages 4-7. 1-2:30. $5. Selected Adult & Teen Programs Jan 28 Cooking Demonstration: Chocolate Decadence, 1-3pm. $30. Feb 11 Landscape Design: The Basics and Beyond, with Susan Olinger. 1-2:30pm. $20. Mar 3 8th Annual Community Garden Conference, 9-4:30. $60. Mar 11 Grow Your Groceries: Starting with Seeds, 12:30pm. $20. Mar 20 Introduction to Pressed Botanicals Workshop, 6:30-8:30pm. $40. Mar 25 Cooking Demonstration: Love and Lemons, 13pm. $30.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Helen S. Fenske Visitor Center 32 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Twp., 973-425-9510 www.friendsofgreatswamp.org North Gate bridge is open during visitor center hours. Daily 10-4. Stop in for trail maps, information and visit the interactive exhibits and Discovery Den for children, bookstore, library and gift shop. Friends of Great Swamp offers public and members-only programs, special events, group
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tours for schools, scouts, youth and adult organizations, and outreach speakers (908-647-1321). See listing under Hiking & Strolling for additional info. Ongoing Junior Refuge Manager Activity Book is available at the Visitor Center or can be downloaded online under “Visit–Wildlife Observation Center.” Complete and earn a certificate and badge. Nature Detective Trail, short loop path with 11 interpretive stops along the way, is designed especially for young children. Refuge Readers, adult book group meets monthly on the third Fri. All are welcome. Volunteer Opportunities, many opportunities available to help with invasive species control, garden work, staffing centers. Refuge Work Days, volunteers needed to help with projects. Mar 24, Apr 7 2nd Second Sunday…with Friends, may include Sun guest speakers, nature program, film, walk, 1:30-3:00pm. Registration not required. Visit website for scheduled activity. Jan 14 Who Uses a Wood Duck Box? Feb 11 Movie Matinee TBA. Mar 11 The Making of a Movie: Saving the Great Swamp with the Director. Selected Family Events Feb 16- Great Backyard Bird Count, worldwide, free, fun event for bird watchers of all ages and skills. 10-4. Free.
Mar 18, 22 Spring Woodcock Walks, watch and listen to the elaborate mating displays of the American woodcock. 6:30-dusk.
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township, 973-635-6629 www.morrisparks.net Visitor Center open daily 9-4:30. Interactive exhibit area and library. Pick up a self-guiding trail booklet for the two miles of trails and boardwalks leading through wooded and swamp habitats. Weekend family programs, environmental programs for toddlers to adults, guided trail walks, Baby & Me Hikes, scout and school programs, homeschool programs and teacher training workshops are offered. Mon Toddlers ‘n Tikes, morning walk and story for ages 2-5 with adult. 10-11am. $5 / child, advance registration required. Awesome Animal Artists, indoor/outdoor after school art program for ages 5-9. Parents are welcome to participate. 4-5pm. $5. Tues Baby & Me Hikes, weekly hikes for parents, grandparents or caretakers and infant children to discover nature at different park locations. All babies must be in front- or backpack; no siblings or strollers. 9:30-11. $2, registration required. Junior Naturalists, series for ages 6-9. 3:30-4:30. Feb 13-Mar 20 Wed Homeschool Adventures, monthly themed programs designed for homeschool families, all ages. 1-2:30pm. $8 per child 5 and over. Mar 14 Amazing Amphibians.
Nature’s Little Explorers, 6 week nature program for ages 2 and 3 with adult includes walks, activities and crafts. Puddle Jumpers, 6 week series for ages 4 and 5 with adult includes walks, activities and crafts. Fri Outdoor Skills, monthly series for ages 10-15 to learn wilderness and survival skills. Fridays at 4:30pm, Saturdays at 10am. Sat Weekend Family Walk, all ages. 10-11am monthly. $2 per person ages 3 and up. Outdoor Skills, monthly series for ages 10-15 to learn wilderness and survival skills. Saturdays at 10am, also Fridays at 4:30pm. Selected Children & Family Events Pre-registration required for events, unless noted. Jan 15 A Day Off with Nature: Earth Day of Service, hands-on projects and outdoor learning for ages 5-9. 9-2. $35. Feb 19 A Day Off with Nature: The Wildlife Olympics, ages 5-9. 9-2. $35. Mar 30 A Day Off with Nature: Signs of Spring, ages 5-9. 9-2. $35.
Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation Office: 1020 Rt. 31N, Lebanon Twp., 908-782-1158 www.co.hunterdon.nj.us, select Parks and Recreation Surrounding park headquarters are two miles of nature trails winding through display gardens including a children’s garden and picnic area. Over 7,000 acres of public open space at parks and preserves are maintained throughout the county. Parks staff lead a wide selection of daytime and evening nature, sports, art and crafts programs for children, families, adults and school/community groups. Programs on nature, camping and outdoor skills are available to groups both on and off-site. Popular offerings include summer day camps, after-school nature programs, canoe trips, birding trips and walks and an annual free summer concert series. Ongoing Basketry, art and craft workshops and classes, for children and adults, beginner to advanced. Adult morning/afternoon bird walks and field trips, open to interested birders at all levels of ability. See current schedule online. River Trips, canoe/kayak trips with experienced leaders. Open to ages 8-adult. SepNature Club for Kids, seasonal children’s series May for ages 3-5 & grades K-3 includes hikes at Echo Hill or Mountain Farm and hands-on activities. Jan 9-Feb 27, Apr 3-May 22 Tot Walks, one-hour nature program includes walk, story and craft for ages 2-3 with adult. Feb 22, 23 Animal Tracks. Mar 22, 23 Worms. Apr 12, 13 Turtles. May 10, 11 Salamanders. Blooming Young Artists, six-week art series for ages 6-10; Studio Time for Artists-in-Training, series for ages 11-17. Jan 6-Feb 10 Home School Environmental Series, home school programs on second Wed. of month Sept.-May, new topic each month.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation cont. Sep-May Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Therapy), tranquil, guided walk monthly, ages 12-adult. $5. Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 26, May 24 Jun-Aug Summer Camps for Grades K-12, weekly camp themes include nature, art, craft, theatre, music, garden, sports and canoe. Selected Family Events Registration required for all programs, unless noted. Jan 8 Rock People/Animals, ages 6-adult. 5:30-6:30. Jan 27 Maple Tree Tapping, ages 5-adult. 1-2:30, Echo Hill. $3. Mount Holly Fire & Ice Festival, professional ice carvers, chili chefs, entertainment for all ages. 9-4:30 Arboretum. $15. Feb 8 Build a Nuthatch Box Workshop, ages 8+. 78:30pm. $15. Feb 10 Maple Sap Collection, ages 5-adult. 1-2:30. $3. Feb 12 Dream Catcher, ages 6-adult. 5:30-6:30. $3. Feb 15 Love in Nature, slide show, ages 10-adult. 7-8pm. $3. Feb 17 Great Backyard Bird Count, ages 8-adult. 1011:30. $3. Mar 3 Maple Sugaring Living History Program, tours begin every 20 min. 9-2. Echo Hill, registration not required. $1 suggested donation. Mar 20 Spring Equinox Hike, all ages. 6-7pm, Arboretum. Mar 24 Wild & Woolly Natural Dyes, ages 10-adult. 911am, Teetertown Preserve. $10. Apr 4,5 Spring Break Camp, grades K-5. 9-3:30. Apr 9 Local Wildlife Through a Photographer’s Eye, presentation. Ages 8-adult. 7-8pm, $3. Apr 21 18th Annual Earth Day Celebration, 4-H clubs, crafts, hike, song and dance, campfire and s’mores. 2:30-8, Echo Hill Park. Free. May 11 Bird Study Scouting Merit Badge, ages 11-17. 46pm, Echo Hill playground. $10. Jupiter at Opposition & Meteors, ages 12-adult. 10-11:30, Hoffman Park. $3. May 29 Full Moon Hike, ages 8-adult. 8:30-9:30, Hoffman Park. $3. Jun 1 Moth Night, ages 10-adult. 9-11pm, Echo Hill. $20. Jun 8 Firefly Hunt, all ages. 8-9pm, Echo Hill. $3. Jun 28- Music Under the Stars Free Concert Series, 7Aug 16 9pm Deer Path Park. Free. Jun 30 Let’s Go Camping (also Boy Scout Merit Badge), ages 8-adult. $50 includes lunch, dinner and breakfast.
Kay Environmental Center 200 Pottersville Rd., Chester Twp., 973-635-6629 www.morrisparks.net Former 400-acre estate is now Morris County parkland offering hiking trails through fields, forest and along the Black River. If you follow the red trail blazes to the river, a left before the bridge will take you to a beautiful hemlock gorge, short waterfalls and to the stone ruins of an old summer house and dam.
The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey 908-879-7262 • www.nature.org/newjersey Headquartered in New Jersey at Kay Environmental Center, The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization whose mission is to protect ecologically important open spaces, primarily through acquisition. Field trips, programs and volunteer opportunities are available for members and the public. Special events and trips are planned at Kay Center and at Conservancy preserves in Warren, Sussex, Cumberland and Cape May Counties. Visit website for public events and field trips. The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey Late Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Phenomenon, May caravan through the Delaware Bayshores and see the ancient ritual between horseshoe crabs and the red knot, one of the longest distance migrants in the animal kingdom.
Kittatinny Valley State Park Goodale Rd. (off Rt. 206N), Andover, 973-786-6445 www.njparksandforests.org Park open daily sunrise to sunset. Office: Daily 9-4. Featuring glacial lakes, limestone outcroppings and access to the Paulinskill Valley and Sussex Branch rail trails, this State Park offers challenging mountain biking, easy family biking, hiking, fishing, boating and kayaking, 3 group campsites as well as cross country skiing and ice fishing in winter. Interpretive programs are scheduled year round, each weekend during the spring and summer, with less frequency during fall and winter. Visit website for current schedule. Ongoing Junior Naturalist Workbook & Program for ages 7-12. Stop by the park visitor center for info. Geocaching, over 200 geocaches are waiting to be discovered in the park. To participate, create an account on the official website at www.geocaching.com. To learn about NJ geocaching, visit www.nnjc.org or attend a “Geocaching for Beginners” workshop offered monthly at the park. Selected Children & Family Programs Pre-registration required for all programs, 973-786-6445. Adult-only programs include walks, yoga and nature programs. Visit website link for schedule.
Jan 6, Feb 3 Winter Wonders, ages 4-5 with adult. 11-12. Owls: Hunters of the Night, ages 6-adult. 4:305:30pm.
Jan 13, Feb 10 Mar 1 Mar 17
Backyard Bird Feeding, ages 6-adult. Hike-to-Brunch & Books, 4-mile round trip hike for adults and ages 10+. 9-1. “Cabin Fever” Discovery Hike, 2-mile hike for all ages. 10-11:30.
Mar 22, 29 L’il Tykes Spring Hike, 5 and under with adults.
Mar 24 The Nature of Vernal Pools, ages 9-adult. 11-12.
Lakota Wolf Preserve 89 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Columbia, 908-496-9244 www.lakotawolf.com 60-75 minute wolf watch programs are presented twice every day except Monday. Fall & winter: 10:30 and 3. Summer: 10:30 and 4. Registration begins half hour before tour start times; an appointment is required for weekday watches and groups of 10 or more. In winter, call ahead to
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make sure weather permits opening. Adults $15, ages 211 $7, no credit cards. Enjoy a scenic walk to an observation area in the center of four packs of Tundra, Timber and Arctic wolves. Learn about them through informal talks with caretakers and direct observation.
Liberty State Park Interpretive Center 200 Morris Pesin Dr., Jersey City, 201-915-3400 x202 www.njparksandforests.org • www.folsp.org www.facebook/libertystateparkofficial In addition to being a launching point to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Liberty State Park is a scenic natural area featuring bike/walking paths, a giant playground and an interpretive center with nature trail and exhibits, offering environmental programs, outreach programs and professional development workshops for educators. Also see listing under Historic Sites. Hurricane Sandy Update Interpretive Center remains closed due to Hurricane Sandy. Interpretive programs are being offered at other locations within the park. Call or visit website for scheduled events. JunKayak Eco-Tours, adults and ages 16 and up Aug explore the salt marsh and beach habitats from the water. Call to be placed on mailing list, 201915-3400 x202. Free, pre-registration required. Selected Interpretive Events Free, pre-registration required. ADA accessible. Jan 6 Recycled Crafts, 10-12. Feb 10 Papermaking, 10-12. Mar 25 Volunteer Gardening Day, 10-12. Apr 7 Salt Marsh Cleanup. Apr 21 Earth Day Fair–5K Run/Walk, www.hcia.org. Apr 28 Multiple Sclerosis 5K Walk, nationalmssociety.org. May 6 11th Annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, www.komennorthjersey.org. May 12 Run 2 Health 5K American Cancer Fund, www.run2health.com.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center 331 Georgia Tavern Rd. (GSP exit 98), Howell, 732-751-9453 www.monmouthcountyparks.com Daily 10-4:30. Memorial Day to Labor Day: Sat.-Thurs. 105, Fri. 10-8:30. Visitors learn about the importance of water, wetlands ecology, wildlife and habitat protection through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations and wildlife observation areas. Free nature programs are offered most weekends. School, scout and group programs available. Monmouth County Parks offers extensive programming for children, teens, families and adults at parks throughout the county. Complete guides are published seasonally. Sat Free Nature Programs, most weekends. Call 732& Sun 751-9453 for info. Ongoing Safari Backpacks, all you need for a self-guided nature walk exploring Manasquan Reservoir. Contents change seasonally. Free.
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 Nature Story Time, ages 6 mos.-5 yrs. 11am.
Please Note Events are subject to change or cancellation. Please call or check websites via www.kidsguidenj.com prior to your visit.
Meadowlands Environment Center 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, 201-777-2431 Administrative Office: 201-460-1700 www.njsea.com, Meadowlands Environment Center Trails open daily 8am-dusk. Environment Center open Mon. 9-4; Tues.-Fri. 9-2; closed Sat. and Sun. Interactive learning center and observatory, built to LEED standards, is situated in a portion of Richard W. DeKorte Park, an area of several hundred acres of reclaimed landfills and revitalized wetlands along the Hackensack River and an annual migratory stop for thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds. Barrierfree trails with bird and photo blinds; environmental and astronomy education programs; interactive exhibits trace the environmental history of the Meadowlands; nature walks; teacher development workshops; school programs; outreach programs; scout programs; gift shop. From April-Oct. canoe and kayak rentals are available at Hackensack Riverkeeper Paddling Center in Laurel Hill County Park, Secaucus. Paddlers can explore the marshlands of the Sawmill Creek Wildlife Management Area. Guided paddles, bird walks, eco-cruises, river clean-up days and group outreach programs are offered. For info, call 201968-0808 or visit www.hackensackriverkeeper.org. Ongoing William D. McDowell Observatory, free open viewing Wed. evenings, weather permitting, 201-460-8300. Guided Nature Walks with NJMC and the Bergen County Audubon Society, check meadowblog.net for dates. Free, registration recommended. MayEco-Cruises, Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Guided Oct Paddles, www.hackensackriverkeeper.org. JunNJMC Canoe Tours, three-hour tour of salt marsh; Sep NJMC Pontoon Boat Tours, two-hour tour departs from River Barge Park, Carlstadt. Ages 10 and up. For schedule and info, call 201-460-4677. www.njsea.com, under “Parks & Nature Programs – Pontoon Boat Cruises.” Sun, Bergen County Audubon Society Nature Walk, Tues two-hour walks on the first Sunday of the month and third Tuesday of the month. Free. For info, 201-230-4983.
Merrill Creek Reservoir 34 Merrill Creek Rd., Washington, NJ, 908-454-1213 merrillcreek.com Open daily daylight hours. Visitors Center: weekdays 8:30-4:30, weekends 10-4. 290-acre environmental preserve surrounds this reservoir that was developed by seven electric utility companies to store water for release to the Delaware River during periods of low flow. A bald eagle nesting area can be observed from the Inlet/Outlet Tower parking lot off Fox Farm Rd. (take care not to disturb the eagles, walk or boat within 300 yards of the nesting area). Visitors Center features hands-on exhibits, dioramas and displays. Emphasis is on low-impact activities—hiking trails, wildlife observation blind, cross-country skiing. Swimming, camping and picnicking are prohibited. The stocked reservoir is popular for fishing and boating (canoes, sailboats and fishing boats, electric motors only). Naturalist-led environmental education programs are available for all organized non-profit groups, ages pre-K to adult.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION New Jersey Audubon Society www.njaudubon.org Independent, membership-supported organization has the mission to foster environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among citizens, protect New Jersey’s birds and other animals and plants, and promote preservation of New Jersey’s natural habitats. The organization maintains stewardship of 34 sanctuaries and conducts adult, family and children’s programs at seven staffed and partner facilities. • Cape May Bird Observatory Center for Research & Education: 600 Rt. 47 N., Cape May Court House, 609-861-0700. Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, 609-898-8848. Northwood Center: 701 E. Lake Dr., Cape May Point, 609884-2736. • Duke Farms 80 Rt. 206S, Hillsborough, 908-837-9341 (NJAS partner site). See separate listing. • Essex County Environmental Center 621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, 973-228-8776 (NJAS partner site). See separate listing. • Hawk Rise Sanctuary End of Range Rd. (GPS 1811 Lower Rd.), Linden. Public programs are listed under Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary. • Lorrimer Sanctuary 790 Ewing Ave., Franklin Lakes, 201-891-2185. • Plainsboro Preserve 80 Scotts Corner Rd., Cranbury, 609-897-9400. See separate listing. • Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary – headquarters. 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville, 908-766-5787. See separate listing. • Wattles Stewardship Center 1024 Anderson Rd., Port Murray, 908-837-9571. Selected Special Events MayHarbor Safari Seining, Family Birding Cruise, Aug Tidal Marsh Tour by Kayak, Beachcombing, Scavenger Hunt, Storywalk and more. Contact Nature Center of Cape May for info.
New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation 150 Snake Den Rd., Ringwood www.highlandsnaturefriends.org Grounds and parking lot close at dusk. The New Weis Center, with 24 miles of hiking trails and the undisturbed forest and rugged terrain of Norvin Green State Forest as its outdoor classroom, reopened in summer 2016. The developing schedule includes seasonal family activities, scout programs, guided hikes, theater productions, art exhibits, and school field trips.
Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center Rt. 46, 605 Pequest Rd., Oxford, 908-637-4125 www.njfishandwildlife.com/pequest.htm Trails open daily dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center: April-Oct.: Daily 9-4; Nov.-March: Mon.-Fri. 9-4 and for special events. Free. 700,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout are raised here annually to stock over 200 public waters. The best
time to see the hatchery is Oct.-May when all areas are in operation. From May-Sept. the nursery building is not in use. Self-guided tours, videos, exhibit hall, 3.9 miles of hiking trails and picnic grounds. Children and adult workshops related to wildlife and natural resources are offered select weekends spring to fall. Check website for monthly listings. Group programs. Selected Family Events Mar 23- Pequest Open House & Sportsmen’s Flea Market, Mar 24 environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers, fishing for kids, food vendors and more. 10-4. Free.
Plainsboro Preserve 80 Scotts Corner Rd., Cranbury, 609-897-9400 www.njaudubon.org Tues.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5. Hiking trails open daily dawn to dusk. A joint effort of the Township of Plainsboro, County of Middlesex and New Jersey Audubon Society, the preserve includes a nature center with exhibits, reference library, nature store and over five miles of trails through mature beech woods, wet meadows, and along the shoreline of McCormack Lake. Family nature programs; field trips and programs for adults and teens; preschool programs; scout programs; school field trip and outreach; school vacation and summer camps for ages 6-12; birthday parties. Ongoing Kids & Critters Preschool Program, new topics each session for ages 2-4. 11-11:45am. $7. Jan 12, 26, Feb 9, 23 Jun-Sep Summer Naure Camps 9am-4pm for grades 19. Sign up for one week or the whole summer. Selected Special Family Events Pre-registration encouraged, 609-427-3052. Jan 26 Twilight Trails, ages 7-adult. Feb 3-4 Bird Seed Sale. Feb 17 The Great Backyard Bird Count, annual count, family activities. 12-4pm. Free. Saturday Family Adventures Saturdays from 2-3:30pm. Designed for young naturalists ages 7+ and their families. $7, $5 members, unless noted. Pre-registration is required, 609-427-3052. Jan 13 Winter: How Does Wildlife Survive? Jan 27 Bird Feeding 101. Feb 10 Winter Survival. Feb 24 Early Spring Emerging Wildlife.
Pyramid Mountain 472 Boonton Ave., Boonton Twp., 973-334-3130 www.morrisparks.net Park open year round dawn to dusk. Visitors Center Wed.-Sun. 10-4:30. Call for winter hours. Trail guide available online and at Visitors Center for wooded trails to Tripod Rock, a 180-ton boulder balanced atop three smaller rocks, Bear Rock, and to the top of Pyramid Mountain for outstanding views of the New York City skyline. Nature programs; guided hikes; preschool walks; homeschool and school programs; scout badge programs; birthday parties. All programs require advance registration. Tues Baby & Me Hikes, seasonally for parents, grandparents or caretakers and infant children to discover nature. All babies must be in frontor backpack; no registration. 9:30-11. $2. Nature Tots & Tykes, ages 2-5 with an adult learn about nature with stories, games and crafts on a new topic each month. 10-11am.
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Nature’s Little Explorers, 6-week nature program for parent and toddlers age 2-3. Awesome Animal Artists, for ages 5-9. Monthly indoor/outdoor program features a different animal each session. 4-5pm. $5. Puddle Jumpers, for ages 4-5. 6-week nature Wed series for ages 4-5 with adult. 1-1:45. $55. Winter Snowshoe Sundays, guided snowshoeing for ages 10 and up on select Sundays. Adult and children sized snow shoe rentals available for one day rental and use on site. Jan 14 Selected Children & Family Events Jan 23 Family Science Day: Skulls & Bones, hands-on activity stations for all ages with adult. 1-3pm. $8 age 5+, $5 age 3-4. Mar 25 Frog Jamboree, all ages. 1:30-3. $3 ages 3+.
The Raptor Trust 1452 White Bridge Rd., Millington, 908-647-2353 theraptortrust.org Education Center, 908-647-1091. Open year round 7 days during daylight hours from 9am. Suggested donation $2. Avian rehabilitation center supplies care, diet and housing for distressed wild birds with the goal of returning healthy, self-sufficient birds to the wild. Outdoor display area for unreleasable hawks, eagles, falcons and owls is open to the public. Group outreach, on-site programs, and telephone advisory service for wild bird related problems; gift shop. Check website for upcoming special events.
Reeves Reed Arboretum 165 Hobart Ave., Summit, 908-273-8787 reeves-reedarboretum.org Grounds open daily April-Oct. 7am-7pm, Nov.-March 9am-4pm. Wisner House Gallery: Tues.-Fri. 10-4. Free admission, non-member suggested donation $5. Entrance gate opens automatically. Listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places, the Arboretum is a serene place for a walk through woodland trails, formal gardens, perennial, rose, daylily, herb and daffodil gardens. Pets are prohibited. Summer camps for ages 4-13; children, adult and family workshops and special events; group tours; scout programs; nature birthday parties; summer concert series; site rentals. Teens and up are welcome to volunteer. Jan & Tapping Trees, Maple Sugaring & Birding.
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Discovery Saturdays, Education Center is open 9am-1pm most Saturdays Mar.-Nov. for handson activities tailored for children ages 4-10 accompanied by an adult. $5 per child, dropin; free for members; program is also in Spanish. Borrow a backpack to explore outdoors. Oaks & Acorns, preschool nature classes begin. Annual Daffodil Day Celebration, see over 40,000 in bloom. Free Saturday Garden Tours, 10:30am and 1:30pm Saturdays from May through Oct. No registration required, meet at Visitors Center. Butterfly & Rose Gardens in bloom; Summer Camps, ages 4-13; Sounds of a Summer Night Concert Series. Oaks & Acorns, preschool nature classes begin.
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Goats on Site and Annual Celebrate Fall Festival. Cookies & Cocoa (and Photo) with Santa. Square Foot Gardening & Cooking Workshops.
Rizzo’s Wildlife World 1 Gold Mine Rd., Roxbury, 973-586-0444 www.rizzoswildlifeworld.com Tues.-Sun. 10-6, call to confirm open hours. Admission $10, 2 and under free. Families learn about conservation and habitat preservation at indoor nature center housing New Jersey native North American wood turtles, Northern pine snakes and other reptiles, amphibians and mammals in naturalistic habitats. School, scout, camp programs; birthday parties.
Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville, 908-766-5787 www.njaudubon.org Trails open 7 days to 5pm, Hoffman building open Tues.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. noon-5. 276-acre wildlife sanctuary belongs to the New Jersey Audubon Society. The Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education features an environmental learning center, observation deck, exhibits, book and gift shop. 3.2 miles of trails lead through woodland, field and floodplain habitats. Patriot’s Path can be reached from the Scherman parking lot. Birding field trips; adult and family programs; summer natural history day camp for ages 4-grade 6; overnight camps for grades 6-10; teacher workshops; digital photography workshops; birthday parties. School, scout and group programs by reservation; teacher programs; outreach lectures and slide programs available for club meetings and special events. Ongoing Adult birding trips; wildlife & environmental workshops & lectures; nature-infused yoga series; Friday & Saturday morning walks, 8am; digital photography workshops. See website for schedule. Birdseed for sale, buy locally grown birdseed, mixes and suet. Geocache Trail, bring your GPS for a two-hour trail walk through fields, woodlands and along the Passaic River. Fri & Morning Walks, 8-9am, Fri. and Sat. mornings. Sat Free. Jun-Aug Summer Camps, day camps for preschoolers to grade 6; overnight camps for grades 6-10. Selected Children & Family Programs Advance registration required, 908-396-6386. Jan 6 Winter Animal Signs, ages 5+. 2-3:30pm. $10/$7. Feb 24 Give a HOOT! Owls of New Jersey, ages 6+. 23:30pm. $10/$7. Selected Adult & Student Programs Advance registration required, 908-396-6386. Jan 13 Digital Photography Workshop V: Digital Editing, 1-3:30pm. $25/$12. Feb 10 Digital Photography Workshop VI: Bird Photography, 1-3:30pm. $25/$12. Feb 17 Paint Your Own Gourd Birdhouse, workshop. 13:30pm. Hawk Rise Sanctuary Urban Oasis Programs End of Range Rd. (GPS 1811 Lower Rd.), Linden, 908-396-6386. Feb 17 Treats for Tweets Winter Bird Scavenger Hunt, all ages. 10:30-12. Free.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION Schiff Nature Preserve 339 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham, 973-543-6004 www.schiffnaturepreserve.org Schiff Natural Lands Trust, a nonprofit corporation, owns and operates the 423-acre Schiff Nature Preserve as public open space. Ten miles of trails are open daylight hours for hiking, biking, horseback riding or nature study. Ongoing programs include nature programs for children and adults; homeschooler program; summer day camps; scout programs; school field trips; birthday parties; and environmental book club, yoga, and fitness hikes for adults. SepHike Mendham, visit www.hikemendham.org May for local hiking trail maps. Mon Environmental Book Club, adults only. Free. JunSummer Nature Programs, week-long advenAug tures for ages 5-13.
Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center 190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-2489 www.somersetcountyparks.org Trails open dawn to dusk. Education Center open daily 9am-5pm. No admission. Home to a host of classes, lectures, walks, and other environmental education programs. 430 acres bordering the Great Swamp and Passaic River feature 8.5 miles of walking trails with 8,000 ft. boardwalk and special boardwalk for individuals with disabilities, bird blind and frog ponds. Year-round nature and discovery programs are offered for children ages infant–5 with parent, preschoolers to age 12, families and adults; canoe and kayak trips; bird walks; field trips; summer camps; teacher workshops; outreach to Somerset County schools; cross country skiing in winter. For a full listing of programs for toddlers through adults, call 908-766-2489 or access website. SatFamily Nature Walks, hour-long naturalist-led Sun interpretive walk for all ages, no registration necessary (not designed for organized groups). 12-1pm selected Sun., 10:30-11:30am selected Sat. Free. Jan 6, 7, 21, 27 Ongoing Tot Trek, stroller walk for ages infant-5 with parent. 10:30-11:30 monthly spring to fall. Free. Feb 20, Mar 27 Parent & Child Nature Programs, infants to age 5 with adult explore nature through themed walks, crafts and stories. Jan 11 Diggin’ Dinosaurs. Jan 12 Animals in Winter. Jan 23 Penguin Party. Feb 4 To Bird with Love. Feb 9 Track That. Mar 2 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Mar 9 Baby Owls. Mar 22 Spring Sensations. Mar 24 Little Green Thumbs. Camera Naturalists Photo Club, dedicated to art of nature and scenic photography. Meetings generally 2nd Thurs. of the month, 7:30-9:30pm. www.cameranaturalist.org Adult Field Trips, Workshops, Bird Walks and Hikes, consult website link for calendar.
School Year Programs Visit online link for complete schedule of programs for children, teens, families and adults. Mon The Young Explorers Club, series for ages infant to 5 with parent. 10:30-11:30am. Mar 5-26 KinderNats, after school series for ages 5-7. Jan 8-29, Feb 5 & 26, Mar 5-26 Tues or Tree House Gang, 4-week series for ages 3-5 Thurs features new theme each month. 12:45-3:15. Jan 4-25, Jan 9-30, Feb 1-22, Feb 6-27, Mar 6-27, Mar 8-29 Thurs Swamp Kids, afterschool series for ages 8-10. Jan 4-25, Feb 1-22, Mar 1-29 Sat The Green Team, ages 12-15 contribute their talents to special events and educational projects. 1-4pm. Free. Jan 6, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, Mar 17, 24 Story Hour, ages infant-5 with parent. 10:3011:30am. Free. Jan 20, Mar 17 River Rats, themed monthly series for ages 5-8. 10:30-11:30am. $36 for 4-session series. Jan 6-27 Selected Family Events Registration required for programs, unless noted. Visit online link for full schedule of programs. Jan 7 Sleepy Snakes, all ages. 2-3pm. Free. Jan 27 Do Male & Female Bees Like Different Flowers, all ages. 2-3pm. Free.
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Snowshoe Hike, all ages. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair. 1-2:30. Free. Environmental Science Winter/Spring Programs, registration begins Jan. 17. Backyard Birds, all ages 8+. 1-2pm. Free. Maple Sugaring, outdoors at the sugar shack. Sat. 10, 12 and 2pm; Sun. 12 and 2pm. $1. A Trip to the Moon, family-friendly program and telescope viewing. 7:30-8:30. $5. Woodcock Watch, all ages. 7-8:30pm. Animal Tracks, all ages. 10:30-noon. Birding Seminar: March Migration Madness, all ages 8+. 1:30-2:30pm. Project E.A.R.T.H. Swamp Search!, scavenger hunt followed by live mammal program. 12-4:30. Free. Mammal Mania, with Travis Gale of Eyes Wild. All ages. 3:45-4:30pm. Free. Environmental Science Summer Programs, registation begins May 16. See Camps for summer nature programs for ages 4-16. The County Caper Accelerated!, one day game takes adults on an interactive tour of Somerset County parks and facilities. 8-4. $20 per team. The County Caper, one day game for families and friends to tour Somerset County parks and facilities. 8-5. $20 per team. Environmental Science Fall Programs, registration begins Sept. 12. 1770’s Festival, exhibitors and militias recreate colonial life on the site of Lord Stirling’s Manor. 11:30-4:30. $5. By the Light of the Moon, all ages. 6:30-7:30. $6.
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Oct 14 Live Animal Show, all ages. 1-2pm. $5. Dec 1- 41st Festival of Trees, indoor exhibit of decorDec 28 ated trees. Live music on select Sat. and Sun; Snowflake Cafe on weekends. 9-4.
Somerset County Park Commission Junior Ranger Program Colonial Park: Franklin Twp., 908-231-0802 x21 Duke Island Park: Old York Rd., Bridgewater www.somersetcountyparks.org Junior Ranger activity book is available for ages 6-12 to learn about the environment and its inhabitants. After completion, a Park Ranger will review work, present an official Junior Ranger badge and send info about special Junior Ranger programs and events.
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association 31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington, 609-737-7592 www.thewatershed.org Reserve open dawn to dusk. Nature Center open Mon.Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-4. Butterfly House open dawn to dusk daily June-Oct. Member supported non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the natural environment drained by Stony Brook and the Millstone River offers education programs for children, adults and families, summer camp, high school academy, teacher workshops, homeschool classes, school, scout and group on-site and outreach programs. The 930-acre reserve features 10 miles of hiking trails, pond, open-air Butterfly House, and LEED Platinum Watershed Center which houses exhibit halls with handson activities, laboratory, computer learning center, classrooms and nature shop. Birthday parties. Ongoing Geocaching, use a GPS-enabled device to locate 12 permanent geocaches. Sep-Jun Preschool Nature Class, series for ages 3-5. Register for individual classes or entire series. Jan 9, 10 Story Time Winter. Jan 16, 17 What’s in a Cone? Jan 23, 24 Tracks & Trails. Jan 30, 31 Ground Hog Day. Feb 6, 7 Winter Trees. Watershed Academy, week-long environmental investigation for motivated high school students grades 10-12. 609-737-3735 x17. Mon Tiny Tots Walks, walk, art activities and story for adult and toddler, ages 18 mos.-3 yrs. 10:3011:30am. $15/$10. Jan 8 Jul-Aug Watershed Nature Camp, ages 5-16. Selected Children & Family Events Registration required, 609-737-3735. Visit website link for adult education courses. Jan 12 In Search of Owls I, adults and ages 6+. 7-8:30. Jan 20 The Hibernation Challenge, families with ages 10+. 10-noon. Jan 22 4th Monday Homeschool Class: The Frozen Forest, 10-11:30. Jan 27 Ground Hog Day Celebration, all ages. 10-11:30. Feb 3 Storytelling: Weaving Winter Tales, families with ages 7+. 3-4:30. Feb 9 In Search of Owls II, adults and ages 6+. 7-8:30. Selected Adult & Teen Programs Jan 13 Fabric Paint Intensive, 10-4. Register through Arts Council of Princeton, 609-924-8777.
Over 40,000 daffodils bloom at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.
Botanical Drawing: Weeds in Winter, 11-3:30. Register through Arts Council of Princeton.
Tenafly Nature Center 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, 201-568-6093 www.tenaflynaturecenter.org Visitors Center open daily 11-4. Trails open dawn to dusk. Free admission. 400-acre nature preserve features seven miles of trails, pond, backyard wildlife habitat and a visitors center with live animals, interactive displays and library. Afterschool programs, parent/child programs, weekend family programs, scout and school programs, homeschool programs, seasonal activities, adult programs, professional development, birthday parties and vacation day camps are offered. Ongoing Adventures in Reading StoryWalk Outdoor Exhibit, read a nature-themed story while walking in the woods. A new story is posted each season. Jan-Mar 17 Over and Under the Snow. Seasonal Scavenger Hunt, for adults and children ages 4 & up on the 2nd Sat. Arrive between 2 & 3. $6, $30 family max. Sep-Jun Knee-High Naturalists, 8-week themed nature exploration for ages 11⁄ 2-3 with adult includes discovery stations, songs, and outdoor activities. Sign up for series or single session. Jan 10-Feb 28 Jun-Aug Summer Nature Day Camps, weekly nature and science themes, preK to 8th grade. CIT program for ages 14-18. Selected Family Events Register online for events. Jan 21 Bird Brick Builder, families & ages 5+. 1-3. Jan 27 Parents Night Out, ages 4+. 5:30-9pm. Feb 3 Full Moon & Owl Prowl, families & ages 5+. 56:30pm.
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Maple Sugaring, all ages. 12:30, 2 & 3:30pm. Natural Sweethearts, families & ages 4+. 121:30. Great Backyard Bird Count, adults and families with children 10+. 10-11:30. President’s Week Camp, pre-K-grade 5. Spring Campfire, adults & families with ages 5 and up. Camouflaged Egg Hunt, bring your own basket. All ages, no strollers. Eco-Cruise with Hackensack Riverkeeper, adults and families with ages 4 and up.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION Trailside Nature and Science Center Union County Watchung Reservation, 452 New Providence Rd. Mountainside, 908-789-3670 www.ucnj.org/trailside Visitor Center: Daily 12-5pm. Free. Located within the 2000-acre Watchung Reservation with 13+ miles of marked trails, the Trailside Museum and Visitor Center features many hands-on exhibits, ideal for for young children, and taxidermy exhibits of local wildlife. Live reptiles and fish live in ponds at the base of a 34-foot-tall beech tree inside the Visitor Center. Interactive exhibits explain local plants, geology, Lenape Native American history and conservation. Weekly nature and exploration programs for children include adult/child interactive programs for toddlers and ages 3-4, drop-off programs for ages 4-6, after-school programs for grades 1-5, weekend family programs and summer day camps for preschoolers to grade 9. Scout badge and group programs; outreach programs; birthday parties; adult programs, too. Visit website for new programs and self-guided trail guides. Ongoing Self-Guided Geology and History Trails, download trail guides online, ucnj.org/geohike/trail.htm and ucnj.org/trails-map. Sep-Jun Saturday Outdoor Adventures, 45-min. weekly themed hike and nature-related talks for families with children of all ages most Sat. during the school year. Children, Family & Adult Workshops –Toddler Time, Two of Us, Small Fry Days, afterschool grade school programs, adult workshops, teacher training. Visit website link for current schedule. Sat & Story Time, entertaining stories of the season Sun 3pm Sat. Donations appreciated. Jun-Aug Summer Camps, for preschool-grade 9 (online registration begins in March), Friday Family Programs, Tuesday Evening Programs, Wednesday Matinees for ages 4+ (no registration), family campfires and beginner overnight campouts. Jul-Aug Wednesday Matinees, kid-friendly entertainment 1:30pm Wed. afternoons for ages 4 and up with adult July-Aug. Tickets go on sale at 1pm on day of show. Selected Special Events Visit website link for complete program schedule. Feb February Festivities, President’s Day workshops. Apr 29 Wild Earth Fest and Touch-A-Truck, 11-5, Trailside Nature & Science Center and the Loop area in Watchung Reservation. Jun 22 NJ Symphony Orchestra, Summer Arts Festival Kick-Off, 7:30pm, Echo Lake Park. Jul 11- Summer Arts Festival, outdoor concert series. Aug 22 Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm. July concerts at Echo Lake Park, Mountainside; August concerts at Oak Ridge Park, Clark. Yoga at 6:30pm. Jul 17- Family Fun & Flix, movies and family activities Aug 14 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm, movie at dusk in Warinanco Park, Elizabeth. Aug. 7: Meisel Park, Springfield.
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National Night Out Family Fun & Flix, Meisel Park, Springfield. Fall Festival, 11am-5pm. Hayrides and Campfire Tickets go on sale. Haunted Hayride Tickets, go on sale. Pumpkin Sail Tickets, go on sale. Hayrides and Campfires, in the Reservation Fridays and Sundays in October, 6:30-9:30pm. Oct. 5 hayride in Warinanco Park, 3:30-6:30.
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Haunted Hayride, through Deserted Village. 6:30-9:30pm. Advance tickets required. Four Centuries in a Weekend, open house weekend for Union County’s historic homes and sites. Walking tours of Deserted Village. Pumpkin Sail, music, campfire, bring your pumpkin to illuminate Echo Lake. Celebrate the Season, 3-7pm, Warinanco Sports Center.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford, NJ 08055, 856-983-3329 www.cedarrun.org Nature Center: Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. and Sun. 10-4. Adults $5, ages 4-12 $3, 3 and under free. A 171-acre wildlife refuge with trails, wildlife rehabilitation hospital and nature center is an ideal outing with preschoolers. Kids can explore the hands-on discovery room, reptile room, easy nature trails surrounding Cedar Run Lake that lead to an outdoor wildlife area housing over 60 residents including hawks, owls, fox, and more. School and scout programs, naturalist hikes, homeschool classes, preschool programs, mommy and me programs, summer camps and birthday parties are offered. Visit website for a schedule of events. Selected Family Events Most programs require advance registration. Jan 15 Hunters of the Sky, showings at 11 & 1. All ages. Jan 27 Stargazing at the Refuge, ages 5+. 5pm.
PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS Below are some favorite parks and playgrounds. For photos and a mom’s commentary about many more, visit www.njplaygrounds.com. If you have a park or playground to recommend, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. For Universal Parks & Playgrounds, see the Special Needs category.
Lyndhurst Town Park 367 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, 201-804-2482 Spray park, swings, playground structure on soft surface and site for summer “Music under the Stars” concert series.
Van Saun Park 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, 201-262-3771 www.co.bergen.nj.us www.friendsofbergencountyzoo.org Playground with multiple-age play areas, sprinkler, picnic areas, zoo, train ride and carousel. See listing for Bergen County Zoo.
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Kip’s Castle Park 22 Crestmont Rd., Montclair, 973-268-3500 www.essexcountyparks.org Estate grounds open dawn to dusk. April-Oct.: Castle open for first floor self-guided tours Mon.-Thurs. 12-4. The former estate of Frederic Ellsworth Kip is Essex County’s newest park encompassing a 9,000 square foot mansion that replicates a medieval Norman castle and 11 acres on the ridge of First Mountain with spectacular views of New York City. The park will become the County’s premiere cultural resource center as county offices, public meeting space, museum space and educational programs are developed. Currently, the site for seasonal programming, guided house tours and summer movies.
Littell People’s Park Memorial Park, Wahler Rd., Livingston, 973-535-7925 Ramps, rings, ladders and slides on woodchip surface within fenced area; sandbox.
Meadowland Park 5 Mead St., South Orange, 973-378-7754 Large park with vast fields, tennis courts, platform tennis, playground, duck pond and the Baird Center housing the South Orange art gallery and recreation department. Site of summer outdoor jazz concerts and community events.
Regatta Playground South Mountain Reservation, Cherry Lane, West Orange, 973-731-5800 • www.essexcountyparks.org Nautical-themed playground next to Orange Reservoir (fenced) includes slides, swings, bouncy bridges, climbing areas, spiderwebs, seesaws and a spiral spinner atop a soft, rubber surface and Astroturf. Two- and four person swan paddle boats, walking paths and picnic pavilion are all part of the complex. Parking is available across the street or by McLoone’s on Northfield Ave. and walk to the park along the paved pathway. Call 973-735-6229 to reserve picnic pavilion.
Taylor Park 78 Main St., Millburn, 973-564-7097 Fenced in playground, ballfields, walking/strolling trails, duck pond, tennis courts, teen center, basketball courts, site for summer concerts.
May-July and 7pm Aug.-Sept. Large fenced water playground, umbrellas provide shaded seating. Camps and groups serving individuals with disabilities can visit 9-11am with reservations.
Holmdel Park 44 Longstreet Rd. (GSP exit 114), Holmdel, 732-946-9562 www.monmouthcountyparks.com 565-acre site features two playgrounds, 10 miles of trails including a half-mile paved loop, picnic areas, fishing pond, cross country course, four tennis courts, arboretum and Historic Longstreet Farm (see listing under Historic Sites).
Community Playground of Montville 130 Changebridge Rd., Montville, 973-331-3305 Large fenced, farm-themed playground with separate play areas, six athletic fields, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, picnic pavilion with barbecue grills, community garden plots and restrooms available.
Hedden County Park 124 Reservoir Rd., Randolph, 973-829-8257 www.morrisparks.net Six-acre lake, fishing deck, ballfields, hiking and biking trails, picnic sites and shelter, Indian Falls and playground. Digital trail map available online.
Matthew G. Kantor Memorial Park 915 Valley Rd., Gillette, 908-647-8000 x219 24-acre site includes three tennis courts, basketball, bocci and horsesehoe courts, children’s playground designed for ages 2-5, two soccer/lacrosse fields, walking paths, canoe launch and picnic grove at the Passaic River. Restrooms available.
Lewis Morris Park 270 Mendham Rd., Morristown Twp., 973-326-7600 www.morrisparks.net Daily 8am-dusk. 2,196 acres, adjacent to Jockey Hollow features 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use, paracourse fitness circuit, dog park, ballfields, picnic areas, eight-acre Sunrise Lake and Beach Club, and playground in Doe Meadow. The wood and plastic climbing structure includes slides, rings, rope ladder on a woodchip surface. Trail map online.
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Marquand Park 68 Lovers Lane, Princeton 17-acre park-arboretum features mostly paved walking trails through woodlands, forest glades and open park land. Playground, picnic area, ballfield and large sandpit with toys.
Dorbrook Recreation Area Sprayground 353 County Rt. 537, Colts Neck, 732-460-1167 x22 www.monmouthcountyparks.com Sprayground open from 11am Mon.-Fri. and 10am weekends and holidays mid-May-early Sept. Closes 7:30pm
468 South St., Morris Township, 973-326-7600 www.morrisparks.net Dawn to dusk. Access trail from Loantaka Way, Kitchell Road, Green Village Road or South St. Five mile paved recreation/bicycle trail from Green Village Rd. in Chatham Township to Seaton Hackney Stables in Morristown travels through scenic woods and along Loantaka Brook. Duck pond at Kitchell Rd. with picnic areas, small playground, ballfields. Playground at South St., also with picnic area and ballfields.
Lurker Park 631 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, 973-428-3091 Tot lot features handicapped-accessible swings and two jungle gyms, one for smaller children.
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PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS Roxbury Imagination Station Horseshoe Lake, 72 Eyeland Ave., Succasunna, 973-448-2015 Fenced-in fortress of wood includes an ocean vessel, rocket ship, climbing nets, bridges, stairways and monkey bars. Separate preschool area includes a doll house, locomotive train slide, rocking horses, swings and seesaw. Seating and picnic tables available. Additional activities include a sprinkler park, fishing, basketball court, baseball and soccer fields, half-mile walking path, and 1.7 mile paved bikeway/walking/running path. A branch of Patriots Path connects with the park and adds a 5-mile path to Chester.
Schooley’s Mountain Park 91 E. Springtown Rd., Washington Twp., 973-326-7631 x2 www.morrisparks.net Lake George with floating bridge, scenic picnic areas, hiking trails, ballfields, mountain biking, fishing and play area near the lake picnic grove. Boathouse, Adirondackstyle lodge and natural amphitheater available for rentals.
Shunpike Park Castle Playground 58 Shunpike Rd., Chatham Twp., 973-635-7066 Castle climbing and play structure, swings, slide and rope climb; soccer, baseball fields and basketball court.
Tourne Park 40 McCaffrey Lane & Old Boonton Rd., Denville Old Denville Rd., Denville, 973-326-7600 www.morrisparks.net 500 acre-park includes a bird sanctuary, wildflower trail, ballfield, family picnic areas, group picnic shelter, playground and over 7 miles of trails with picturesque overlook.
Colonial Park 156 Mettlers Rd., East Millstone, 732-873-2695 www.somersetcountyparks.org 651-acre park with picnic areas, softball, tennis center, putting course, paddle boats, fishing ponds, gardens, nature trail, 1.4 mile fitness parcourse, and leash-free dog area. Playground features barrier-free equipment.
Duke Island Park Old York Rd., Bridgewater, 08-722-7779 www.somersetcountyparks.org 339-acre park along the North Branch of the Raritan River features picnic areas, prime fishing, softball, bandshell, walking trails, and visitor center. Playground features barrier free equipment.
KidStreet 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, 908-725-6373 Large shady, wooden play and climbing structure featuring a pirate ship, car, slides, swings, ropes and sandbox. Picnic tables.
Lepp Park 21 Park Ave., Somerville, 908-704-6985 Splash pad and spray park, covered picnic tables, softball field, basketball court, playground, and green space next to the Peters Brook Greenway Bike Path extension.
North Branch Park 355 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater, 908-722-1200 www.somersetcountyparks.org
194-acre park along the North Branch of the Raritan River is home to the Somerset County Park Commission administrative offices. Picnic areas, prime fishing, large fields provide space for soccer, softball, flying model aircraft and launching model rockets. Recycled materials play structre for ages 5-12 features swings, slides, bridge, bars and rings.
Pleasant Valley Park 3405 Valley Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-647-6244 Large, pretty park features wooden playground with open climbing structure, pond, picnic shelter, walking/bicycle trails, tennis and paddle tennis courts, fitness trail, athletic fields, amphitheater and community pool.
White Oak Park 235 Baird Rd., Branchburg, 908-526-1300 127-acre park features soccer/lacrosse fields, baseball/ softball fields, batting cages, tennis courts, practice wall, basektball court, sand volleyball courts, 1.5 mile walking/ jogging path, nature trails, playgrounds, wooden tot lot, pavilion, picnic tables, campfire ring, pond, restrooms and concession stand.
Brookside Park 1255 Hetfield Ave., Scotch Plains, 908-322-6700 x223 Baseball field, basketball court, preschool playground, picnic area, field house, roller hockey, pond with trail.
Columbia Park 345 Plainfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, 908-464-0550 Ballfields, basketball courts, shuffleboard court, ice rink, practice handball-tennis board, 6 tennis courts, skate park. Children’s playground and separate toddler playground. Picnic tables.
Echo Lake Park Park Dr., Mountainside, 908-527-4900 www.ucnj.org/parks-activities Playground, picnic area, large field provides space for soccer and softball, fitness trail, fishing, seasonal paddleboat rentals, paved walkway along the linear lake, fenced in Dog Park and amphitheater, site of summer concert series.
Esposito Park 659 Madison Hill Rd., Clark, 908-527-4900 www.ucnj.org/parks-activities 13-acre space includes large fenced-in playground on soft surface, skate park, walking path, fitness stations, two tennis courts, softball/soccer field, shady picnic areas, park benches and restrooms.
Mabie Playground 30 Summit Ave., Summit, 908-277-2932 Two playgrounds, basketball courts, bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits and game tables across from the train station, a short walk from downtown Summit.
Memorial Field 5 Myrtle Ave., Summit, 908-277-2932 Climbing structure with slides, swings, benches, paved walks for bike riding and rollerblading, cinder 1/4 mile track, tennis courts and backboard, basketball courts, ballfields, open space for kite flying, picnic area.
Mindowaskin Park 385 E. Broad St., Westfield, 908-789-4080
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Scenic park in downtown Westfield with walking/strolling trail around duck pond, playground and bandstand.
Nomahegan Park 1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford, 908-527-4900 www.ucnj.org/parks-activities Paved bike/jogging/walking path, fitness circuit, playground, ballfields, pond, picnic area and rest rooms.
Ponderosa Farm Park 1532-1578 Cooper Rd., Scotch Plains, 908-527-4900 www.ucnj.org/parks-activities 22-acre former farmland features plastic farm-themed playground on soft rubber surface, swings, spray fountains, walking trails, two athletic fields, shady picnic area, restrooms, and wifi.
Snyder Avenue Park 216 Snyder Ave., Berkeley Heights, 908-464-0550 Lighted multi-purpose turf field, baseball fields, fenced playground features new equipment on soft, rubber surface and spray park.
Watchung Reservation The Loop, Watchung Reservation, Mountainside 908-527-4900 • www.ucnj.org/parks-activities Play and climbing structure with slides, misting devices, soft-impact rubber surfacing and wheelchair-accessible equipment. Open fields, picnic sites (with grills), trails nearby including a trail to Trailside Nature & Science Center and Museum.
Asbury Park www.asburyparkchamber.com Renowned for live music, Asbury Park also has an expansive beach and growing, revitalized boardwalk. See listing under “Big Shows & Concerts” for music info.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park Long Beach Island, Barnegat Light, 609-494-2016 www.njparksandforests.org www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org In season: Park gate hours: 8am-8pm. Lighthouse open daily 10-4:30, weather permitting. Fees Memorial Day-Labor Day: Ages 12 & up $3, ages 6-11 $1, under 5 free. Reduced hours off season. Originally lit in 1859, Barnegat Lighthouse, affectionately known as Old Barney, guided vessels along New Jersey’s coastline at a crucial “change of course” point. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay and Long Beach Island (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). An interpretive center showcases the history of the lighthouse and the changing coastal environment and a short 1/5-mile loop trail leads through one of the last remnants of maritime forest in New Jersey. The park is an excellent area to observe migrating birds in spring and fall and wintering waterfowl in winter. Picnic tables; saltwater fishing; sunbathing. Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse sponsors lectures, special events and night climbs. Donations appreciated. Oct, May Best times to view migrating waterfowl.
Cape May Point State Park DOWN THE SHORE See Historic Sites, Museums, Outdoors, Music & Dance and Theatre categories for more listings down the shore. From the boisterous boardwalks of Ocean City (ocean cityvacation.com), Wildwood (wildwoodsnj.com), Point Pleasant (pointpleasantbeachchamber.com) and Seaside (www.exit82.com; www.seasideparknj.org) to the Victorian beauty of Cape May (capemaychamber.com) or natural beauty of Island Beach State Park (www.njparksandforests.org) and Long Beach Island (visitlbiregion.com), you’re sure to find a favorite beach down the shore to suit your interests and needs. While all seaside communities offer public beach access, finding parking is often the biggest obstacle. Street parking is limited and public parking lots fill up early on summer weekends and holidays. For a current list of public beaches and amenities, visit the New Jersey tourism website, order or download the state’s annual travel guide at www.visitnj.org or visit the websites of the shore counties below. Monmouth County: 800-523-2587, www.tourism.visitmonmouth.com Ocean County 800-ENJOY-33, www.oceancountytourism.com Cape May County 800-227-2297, www.thejerseycape.com Atlantic City Region 888-AC-VISIT, www.atlanticcitynj.com
Seashore Rd., Lower Township, Cape May, 609-884-2159 www.njparksandforests.org Open daily dawn to dusk. Lighthouse admission: Adults $8, ages 3-12 $5. Located on the southern tip of New Jersey, Cape May Point State Park is a major migratory route, with an environmental center that houses a classroom for interpretive programs and a museum on the area's natural and historic features. Several blazed trails lead visitors to various pond, coastal dune, marsh and forest habitats where wildlife can be viewed from observation platforms. Climb the 199 steps to the top of the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse and enjoy the best view of the Jersey Cape. Summer Family Fun Days and other special events are sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, www.capemaymac.org.
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge 800 Great Creek Rd. (off Rt. 9), Galloway, 609-652-1665 www.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe Visitor Information Center features changing wildlife displays: Open weekdays 10-3, weekends 9-4. Wildlife Drive and trails are open seven days sunrise to sunset (check website for periodic closings). $4 entrance fee supports refuge operations. 46,000 acres of coastal area in southern New Jersey is actively protected and managed for migratory birds. The refuge's location in one of the Atlantic Flyway's most active flight paths makes it an important link in the vast network of national wildlife refuges administered nationwide by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An eight-mile auto trail and nature trails lead visitors through tidal salt marsh, field and woodland habitats visited by more than 275 species of migratory land and water birds (trail map and refuge brochure available online).
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DOWN THE SHORE Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Adult and family bird walks; Nature Discovery Area for children; Junior Refuge Manager, school, home school and scout programs, summer internships. Ongoing Junior Refuge Manager, workbooks for ages 4-7 and 8+ are available online or at the Visitor Center. Receive a badge upon completion. Nature Backpacks can be borrowed from the Visitor Center. Fri Friday Bird & Nature Walks, with refuge staff and volunteer naturalists, 8-10am. Free. Oct, May Peak of fall and spring migrations. Bird walks and birding workshops may be scheduled.
Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook (GSP Exit 117), 732-872-5970 www.nps.gov/gate Park: Daily sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards on duty 10-6 daily Memorial Day-Labor Day. Beach parking fee 7am-4pm Memorial Day-Labor Day: $15. Sandy Hook LIghthouse Keeper’s Quarters & Visitor Center: open daily 9-5. Tours are first come, first served, 1-4:30. Note: When parking areas are full in the summer, the park closes until parking becomes available. To avoid delays on summer weekends, arrive before 10 or after 3. 61⁄2-mile-long barrier peninsula with ocean beach on one side and Sandy Hook Bay on the other, features salt marshes, dunes, hiking trails, migratory shore birds habitat and historic Fort Hancock, established in 1895 as part of the defenses for New York harbor. Food trucks are located in various beach parking lots in summer. Lifeguards are on duty at five ocean beaches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Overnight camping is available at twenty primitive tent campsites across from the Horseshoe Cove section. Reserve online at www.recreation.gov. Ranger programs include nature and history walks, summer canoe cruises, Nike Missile radar site and gun battery tours. Marine science summer camps, environmental education programs for all ages, family, school and teacher workshops are offered by NJ Sea Grant Consortium in Fort Hancock Bldg. 22 (732-872-1300 ext. 30; www.njsea grant.org); and the American Littoral Society (732-291-0055; www.littoralsociety.org). Ongoing Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the U.S.’s oldest operating lighthouse (1764), is closed for rehabilitation until April 30, 2018. Upon reopening, hours are 9-5 daily. Children must be 48 in. tall to climb tower. Sign up in the Keeper’s Quarters for lighthouse tours, 1-4:30. Reserve tours for scouts and groups in advance, 732872-5970. Rangers are available to answer questions, interpretive exhibits and gift shop are housed in the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters/Visitors Center. Multi-Use Pathway, shared by bicyclists, skaters and pedestrians, extends 7 miles north from the park entrance to Fort Hancock. Ray’s Bike Rentals offers rental options for all ages, open weekends at Fort Hancock (732-754-5731). For program, facility and concession updates, visit Gateway’s facebook page accessible through www.nps.gov/gate.
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Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Winter Twilight Exploration, 4:30-6pm, Lighthouse Keepers Quarters. “Superbowl” Holly Forest Walk, 2-3:30, Spermaceti Cove Parking Lot. Waterfowl Everywhere, 10-12, Spermaceti Cove Parking Lot.
Feb 15, 24, 28 Winter Seal & Waterfowl Walk, bring binoculars to observe the seals and waterfowl that overwinter in New Jersey. 10-12. $5, reservations required, 732-291-0055. Feb 17 Winter Night Prowl, 6-7:30, Spermaceti Cove Parking Lot. Feb 24 Battery Gunnison New Peck Restoration, 125, stop by to learn more. Jun-Aug Junior Ranger programs, seining, canoeing, ranger-led walks, birding, gun battery tours and other events daily. Visit website link for schedule. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 22 Magruder Rd., Fort Hancock, 732-872-1300 x30 or 19 www.njseagrant.org An affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups promotes the wise use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education and outreach. Youth and family programs include summer marine science camps for grades 3-8; field trips and scout programs; summer college courses; and sponsors annual Ocean Fun Days in May. May 20- Ocean Fun Days, exhibits, classes, nature tours, May 21 kids’ activities at Island Beach State Park on May 20 and Sandy Hook Fort Hancock headquarters on May 21. Jun Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk, watch for date for this once-a-year twilight walk to see horseshoe crabs on the beach. High tide and a full moon offer the best opportunity. Jul-Aug Marine Science Day Camp, one week sessions of outdoor exploration and laboratory investigations for grades 3-9. 732-872-1300 x19. American Littoral Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 18 Hartshorne Dr., Highlands 732-291-0055 • www.littoralsociety.org Organization founded by scientists, naturalists and divers focuses on coastal education, advocacy and conservation activities. Hosts school and scout programs; youth and family programs on the beach; summer camps; speakers and slide shows; local, national and international field trips.
Historic Cold Spring Village 720 Rt. 9 South, Cape May, 609-898-2300 See complete listing under Historic Sites.
Island Beach State Park Rt. 35, Seaside Park (GSP exit 82), 732-793-0506 Interpretive Programs: 732-793-1698 www.njparksandforests.org In season: Park open daily 8-8; Sat., Sun. and holidays 7-8. Entrance fee per vehicle Memorial Day-Labor Day. One of the last remaining undeveloped barrier islands on the east coast, Island Beach State Park offers beautiful wide beaches, dunes, surf fishing, nature center and 16 miles of trails including an 8-mile bike path along the main road, nature trails and canoe/kayak trail in Barnegat Bay. Horseback riding by reservation only Oct. 1-Apr. 30. Kayak
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rentals available through private concessionaire. On hot, sunny, summer weekends, it's best to arrive before 9am or after 1pm to avoid park closure. Surf chairs available for disabled. The Forked River Interpretive Center, located 7 miles from park entrance, features exhibits about barrier islands and their habitats, Barnegat Bay history, a herbarium and bird identification station. Trail guides are available at the Gate House, Pavilion at Ocean Swimming Area #1, Park Office and the Interpretive Center. Jun-Aug Summer Programs sponsored by a unique partnership between Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (www.conservewildlifenj.org), New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry, Island Beach State Park, and Friends of Island Beach State Park (www.friendsofibsp.org), include seining, guided walks, kayak tours, surf fishing clinics, fishing, clamming and crabbing activities, photography seminars and more. Visit www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org for schedule. Some programs require advance registration, 732-793-1315. Selected Family Events Summer Seining, Sedge Islands Kayak Tours, Birding by Kayak, Surfing Lessons, Surf Fishing Clinics, hikes, nature programs for toddlers to preteen and more. Reserve online. Sep 9 Beach Plum Festival, annual family fun day, 94, rain or shine.
Marine Mammal Stranding Center 3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, 609-266-0538 www.mmsc.org Open daily 10-4 summer. Hours change seasonally; call before you visit. Donation. Organization rescues, rehabilitates and releases stranded or otherwise distressed marine mammals and sea turtles. Sea Life Education Center features life-size replicas of marine mammals and fish, educational exhibits and gift shop. Outreach programs; group tours; college internships; summer camp. May 19 Run-4-the-Animals 5K, register online. Jun-Aug Seining, beach walks, mock dolphin or sea turtle stranding programs are offered in Brigantine and on Long Beach Island. Check website link, call or email firstname.lastname@example.org for schedule. Registration opens on Memorial Day weekend.
Tuckerton Seaport 120 W. Main St. (GSP exit 58), Tuckerton, 609-296-8868 See listing under Historic Sites.
Wetlands Institute 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, 609-368-1211 wetlandsinstitute.org Oct.-May: Sat. and Sun. 9:30-4:30. May-Sept.: Daily 9:304:30. Mid-June-Labor Day: additional evening hours Tues.Thurs. Adults $8, ages 3-12 $6. 6,000 acres of coastal wetlands are a living laboratory for education and research with salt marsh trail, observation tower, exhibits and museum shop. Open weekends fall and winter for self-guided tours. In spring and summer, events may include naturalist-led programs, back bay boat rides, paddleboarding, kayaking, live animal interactions, guided beach and dune walks, and family entertainment. Birthday parties; scout, homeschool, outreach programs; summer internships. Ongoing Official New Jersey site for Junior Duck Stamp entries and judging, for K-12 students. Environmental Education for Homeschool Students, interactive program meets monthly for students ages 5-13+. Seasonal Science Activities and Crafts, Aquarium Feedings, weekends. Summer Naturalist-Led Programs, guided beach and salt marsh walks, fishing, crabbing, back-bay boat and kayak tours or other activities are scheduled daily. Summer Nature Programs, weekly programs for children ages 5-13. Selected Annual Special Events Mar 31 Turtle Fest, pancake breakfast, egg hunt, arts and crafts, live animals. Reserve for breakfast. May 11- Native Plant Sale, advance order forms online.
May 13 May 19- Spring Shorebird & Horseshoe Crab Festival, May 20 conservation-based, hands-on activities for all
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ages celebrate the amazing spectacle of shorebird migration and horseshoe crab spawning season. Crabulous Crab Day, crab-themed activities. Summer Celebration, auction and benefit for The Wetlands Institute. 6-9pm. Fall Migration Festival, in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway.
Seven President’s Oceanfront Park 221 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732-229-0924 Monmouth County Park System: 732-842-4000 www.monmouthcountyparks.com Daily 7am to dusk. Admission and parking fee charged 8-4 Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend. Expansive beach; Tony’s Place, an award-winning universally accessible playground; snack pavilion; jetty fishing; designated areas for surfing; volleyball area; skateplex; restrooms and showers. Surf chair for persons with disabilities available at pavilion. Lifeguards are on duty 10-5 daily mid-June through Labor Day. Jan 21 Seashore Open House, activities and light refreshments. 1-4pm. Free.
Surflight Theatre 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-9477 See listing under Theatre.
discount lift tickets In cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association, discount lift tickets to many ski facilities are available through Recreation Departments and County Park Commissions. Visit liftopia.com to purchase discount lift tickets online in advance for participating ski areas. If you are travelling north on I-87 to ski, Potter Brothers Ski & Snowboard Shops offer discount lift tickets to ski areas in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. www.potterbrothers.com/tickets
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essex county department of parks, recreation & cultural affairs www.essexcountyparks.org 973-268-3500
hunterdon county parks & recreation www.co.hunterdon.nj.us, “Parks & Recreation” Snow and ice conditions: 908-782-1158
middlesex county parks & recreation www.middlesexcountynj.gov 732-745-3900. Trail maps available online.
monmouth county park system Conditions: www.monmouthcountyparks.com For cross country ski and snowshoe rentals and winter activity info, call 732-842-4000 ext. 4312.
morris county park commission Snow & ice conditions: 973-326-7632. Please note: Sledding, skating, and cross-country skiing are not permitted at county golf courses.
somerset county park commission Winter activity hotline: 908-722-1200, ext. 7.
union county parks & recreation Snow and ice conditions: 908-558-4079. Union County Parks and Recreation, 908-527-4900. Warinanco Skating Center recording: 908-298-7850.
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Essex County Parks www.essexcountyparks.org • South Mountain Reservation, Brookside Dr., West Orange Millburn, 973-857-8530.
High Point Cross Country Ski Center 1480 Rt. 23, Sussex, 973-702-1222 State Park: 973-875-4800 • www.xcskihighpoint.com Dec.-Mar.: Mon.-Fri. 9-4, Sat. and Sun. 8-4. Cross country ski center features 15 km of groomed trails, 6.5 km with snowmaking equipment, 8 km snowshoeing trail, kids trail, and handicapped trail. Lodge with fireplace, food and beverage. Ice skating on Lake Marcia. Lessons; guided tours; equipment sales and rentals available including baby back carriers. Sat & Group lessons at 10, 12 and 2pm. Private lessons Sun at 11 and 1pm. Call for weekday instruction. New Youth Ski League, for ages 12+. Looking for parents and teachers interested in assisting start-up.
Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation www.co.hunterdon.nj.us, select Parks & Recreation • Deer Path Park, W. Woodschurch Rd., Readington Twp., 908-782-1158. • Echo Hill Park, Lilac Dr., Clinton Twp., 908-788-1484. • Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Rt. 31N, Clinton Twp., 908-788-1484.
• Point Mountain Park, Musconetcong & Point Mountain Rds., Lebanon Twp., 908-788-1484. • Teetertown Park, Hollow Brook & Pleasant Grove Rd., Lebanon Twp., 908-788-1484.
Hunterdon County Area • Spruce Run Recreation Area, Rt. 31N on Van Syckels Rd., Clinton, 908-638-8572. • Voorhees State Park, Rt. 513, Lebanon Twp.
Mercer County Area • Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, 609-737-0623.
Middlesex County Parks & Recreation 732-745-3900 • www.co.middlesex.nj.us Trail maps online. • Farm Road Trail, Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, North Brunswick • Heathcote Meadows Preserve, South Brunswick. Fourmile Heathcote-Mapleton Loop connects the Preserve to the Cook Natural Area, Mapleton Preserve and Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. • Middlesex Greenway, Metuchen to Edison to Woodbridge.
Monmouth County Park System www.monmouthcountyparks.com • Charleston Springs Golf Course, 101 Woodville Rd., Millstone, 732-409-7227. Groomed trails. • Clayton Park, 161 Emley’s Hill Rd., Upper Freehold, 609259-5794. • Hartshorne Woods, 300 Navesink Ave., Locust, 732872-0336. • Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Rd., Holmdel, 732-946-9562. • Huber Woods Park, 25 Brown’s Dock Rd., Locust, 732872-2670. • Shark River Park, 1101 Schoolhouse Rd., Wall, 732922-3868. • Tatum Park, 151 Red Hill Rd., Middletown, 732-671-6050. • Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732842-4000, ext. 4312. Groomed trails; cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment rentals available when snow conditions are favorable. • Turkey Swamp Park, 200 Georgia Rd., Freehold, 732462-7286.
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Morris County Park Commission www.morrisparks.net • Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center/Willowwood Arboretum, 170 Longview Rd., Chester Twp., 973326-7632. • Central Park of Morris County, Central Ave., Morris Plains. • Columbia Trail, Rt. 24, Schooley’s Mountain Rd., Washington Twp., 973-326-7600. • Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Twp., 973-326-7632. • Heddon County Park, 124 Reservoir Ave. & Concord Rd., Dover, Mine Hill, Randolph Twp., 973-326-7632. • Kay Environmental Center, 200 Pottersville Rd., Chester Twp., 973-326-7632. • Lewis Morris Park, Rt. 24, Morris Twp., 973-326-7632. Warming area. • Loantaka Brook Reservation, Morris, Harding & Chatham Twps., 973-326-7632. Warming area at Kitchell Rd. • Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Weldon Rd., Jefferson Twp., Ogden Railroad Trail, 973-326-7632. • Patriots Path, Inamere Rd. & Lake Valley Rd., Morris Twp. • Schooley’s Mountain Park, Springtown Rd., Washington Twp., 973-326-7632. Warming area. • Silas Condict Park, 100 Kinnelon Rd., Kinnelon Borough. • Tourne Park, McCaffrey Ln. or Old Denville Rd., Boonton, Denville Twp. & Mountain Lakes, 973-326-7632. • Traction Line Recreation Trail, Morris Ave. & Rt. 287, Morristown & Morris Twp., 973-326-7632. • Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Rd., Chester, 973326-7632.
Morris County Area • Buttermilk Falls, Calais Rd./Combs Hollow Rd., Mendham Twp., 973-543-4555. • Jockey Hollow National Park, Morristown. Steeper terrain can be found here.
Somerset County Park Commission www.somersetcountyparks.org • Green Knoll Golf Course, Garretson Rd., Bridgewater, 908-722-1301. • Quail Brook Golf Course, New Brunswick Rd., Franklin Twp., 732-560-9528. • Somerset County Environmental Education Center, Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-2489. Five miles of relatively flat trails are open from 9am-5pm when conditions permit (more than 4 inches of snow on the trails). Staff members set tracks in fresh snow, bring your own equipment. • Spooky Brook Golf Course, Elizabeth Ave., Franklin Twp. • Warrenbrook Golf Course, Warren Twp.
Somerset County Area • Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, 643 Canal Rd., Somerset, 908-873-3050.
Union County Parks & Recreation www.ucnj.org/parks-recreation • Ash Brook Golf Course in Scotch Plains and Oak Ridge Golf Course in Clark, 908-527-4900. • Passaic River Park, River Rd., Long Hill & Chatham Twps., 973-326-7632. • Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, 908-789-3670.
Belleayre Mountain Rt. 28, Highmount, NY 1-800-942-6904 www.belleayre.com Skiing, terrain park, cross-country trails, nursery.
Blue Mountain Ski Area 1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton, PA, 610-826-7700 www.skibluemt.com Skiing, boarding, tubing, babysitting.
Camelback Mountain 301 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA, 570-629-1661 www.skicamelback.com Skiing, snowboarding, tubing.
Campgaw Mountain Ski Area 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah, 201-327-7800 www.skicampgaw.com Skiing, tubing.
Jack Frost Big Boulder 357 Big Boulder Dr., Lake Harmony, PA, 570-443-8425 www.jfbb.com Skiing, snowboarding, tubing.
Mountain Creek 200 Rt. 94, Vernon, 973-827-2000 www.mountaincreek.com Skiing, snowboarding, tubing.
Mount Peter 51 Old Mt. Peter Rd., Warwick, NY, 845-986-4940 www.mtpeter.com Skiing, boarding, tubing.
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area I-80, Exit 309, Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA, 570-421-7231 www.shawneemt.com Ski report: 800-233-4218. email@example.com. The Poconos’ favorite ski resort features 23 trails, 9 chairlifts including a high speed quad lift, Learning Center, 2 terrain parks, snow tubing park, snowmaking system on 100% of the trails, night skiing every night and 4 children’s skiing programs designed especially for their ages and abilities. Half-day sessions for all programs cost $110 daily. Guests skiing at Shawnee for several days can opt for multi-day programpackages, with a three-session package for $300. Helmet rentals for Children’s Program participants are $10 per day. Reservations are required for all children’s programs. Feb 11 Race Against Cancer, giant slalom race open to all skiers and snowboarders. x254. Feb 5-9 Take Your Daughter/Son to the Snow Week, ages 18 and under receive a free lift ticket when parent purchases a full price adult ticket. Coupon required from “Discounts” webpage. Feb 25 Shawnee Winter Carnival Day. Mar 10- 27th Annual Pocono Scout Weekend, disMar 11 counts for all scouts. Free merit badge testing and Scout race. Mar 18 34th Annual Costume Carnival Day, those in full costume receive free day lift ticket.
Windham Mountain 19 Resort Dr., Windham, NY, 800-754-9463 www.windhammountain.com Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating.
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Essex County Area Livingston Littell’s Pond, Memorial Park, with 3 1⁄2 inches of ice. 973-535-7925 for current skating conditions. No skating sign posted. When open, Mon.-Fri. 3-5, Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5. Maplewood Memorial Park, 124 Dunnell Rd., Maplewood, 973-763-4202. Area flooded after Dec. 1; skating allowed when weather conditions permit. Call Rec Dept. for information. Millburn Taylor Park, Main St., 973-564-7097.
Monmouth County Park System 732-842-4000 x4312 • www.monmouthcountyparks.com When conditions are right and ice is at least five inches thick, look for “Skating Today” signs posted at the park. When ice is safe, skating hours at most parks are Sun.Thurs. 8am-7pm and Fri.-Sat. 8am-9pm. • Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Rd., Holmdel, 732-946-9562. • Shark River Park, 1101 Schoolhouse Rd., Wall, 732922-3868. • Turkey Swamp Park, 200 Georgia Rd., Freehold, 732462-7286.
Morris County Park Commission 973-326-7632 • www.morrisparks.net Check with park police for safe conditions. Call 973326-7600 for a brochure on winter park activities. • Central Park of Morris County, 91 Central Ave., Morris Plains. • Hedden Pond, Hedden County Park, Randolph. Night skating available. • Saffin Pond, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Jefferson Twp., ice fishing in designated area, warming area. • George Lake at Schooley’s Mountain Park, Springtown Rd., Washington Twp. Warming area, night skating. • Sunrise Lake at Lewis Morris Park, Rt. 24, Morris Twp. Warming area, ice fishing, night skating available.
Morris County Area Chatham Township Nash Field, 20 Southern Blvd., Chatham. 2 natural ice rinks, fieldhouse, lights. Call 973-635-3201 for conditions. Chester Rt. 24, Chester. Green skating sign is posted when ice is safe. Florham Park Emmet Park, 111 Ridgedale Ave. Lights. Hanover Lurker Park, 973-428-3090 for ice conditions. Separate skating and ice hockey hours, lights. Long Hill Township Safe ice signs posted at Stirling Lake, Chestnut & Maple Sts., Stirling, 908-647-0070. Madison Memorial Park, Rosedale Ave., Madison, 973-593-3097 for rink info. 4" ice needed; flag is flown when conditions prevail. Hockey rink, lights. Mendham Township Brookside Beach, West Main St., 973-543-4555.
Randolph Township Red flag or no flag means no skating; green flag means it is safe to skate, 973-989-7085. • Brundage Park, Carrell Rd. • Heistein Park, Doby Rd.
Somerset County Park Commission 908-722-1914, ext. 351 • www.somersetcountyparks.org Open 10am-4pm. • Colonial Park, off Mettlers Rd., Franklin Twp. • Duke Island Park, Old York Rd., Bridgewater.
Somerset County Area Bernards Township Ice is safe when green flag is posted. No skating when red flag is posted. Night skating at Southard Park only. • Southard Park, North Maple Ave., Basking Ridge. • B&B Little League field, Valley Rd., Basking Ridge. Bernardsville Call Bernardsville Recreation for information, 908766-2546. Peapack-Gladstone Municipal pond at Liberty Park, Main St., Peapack. Lights. 908-234-2250. Watchung Watchung Lake. Lights. Call Public Works for ice conditions, 908-753-6115, or look for flags on weekends. Warren Township Behind the police station on Mountain Boulevard. Public Works, 908-753-1223. Lighted, hockey & figure skating.
Union County Parks and Recreation 908-558-4079 • www.ucnj.org/parks-recreation Signs announcing the suitability of any natural area for skating are posted based upon ice thickness and other safety concerns. Unless signs are posted, skating in that area is strictly prohibited. Call Union County hotline at 908558-4079; County Police at 908-654-9800; or Parks & Recreation at 908-527-4900, to verify current open locations and conditions . Lighted lake areas include Warinanco Park Lake in Roselle; Meisel Avenue Lake in Springfield; Rahway River Park Lake in Rahway; and Briant Park Lake in Summit. Nonlighted skating areas are: Warinanco Park Lagoon in Roselle; Black Brook Park Lake in Kenilworth; Nomahegan Park Lake in Cranford and Milton Lake Park in Rahway. See listing under Sports–Skating for Warinanco Center.
Union County Area Berkeley Heights Columbia Park tennis courts, 908-464-0550. Skating conditions: 464-5032. Regular skating every day, ice hockey is scheduled at special hours for informal game play. Fanwood LaGrande Park. Lighted rink, shed with stove. Mountainside 908-232-0015. Echo Brook tennis courts at Borough Hall. Lighted, warming fire on Fri. nights, Sat. & Sun. when supervisor is on duty. Ice hockey is not allowed. Children under 10 must have an adult present when skating. New Providence Oakwood Park. Lights. Call code-a-phone, 908-464-0600, for conditions.
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Summit Open weekdays 1-9pm, weekends 9am-10pm, weather permitting. • Summit Municipal Golf Course pond, 189 River Rd. at Rt. 24, Summit. Lighted. • Memorial Field, Ashland Ave., Summit. Ice skating on tennis court, lighted. Westfield Mindowaskin Park. For skating conditions, 908-232-8041.
Somerset County Area Warren Township • Central School, Mt. Bethel Rd. • Warren Twp. Municipal Bldg., Mountain Blvd. • Watchung Hills Regional High School, Old Stirling Rd. Watchung • Bayberry School, Bayberry Lane. • Phillips Field, Brookdale Rd. • Valley View School, Valley Rd.
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The following locations allow designated sledding “at your own risk.” Please use caution. Essex County Area Millburn South Mountain Reservation, Brookside Dr., West Orange/ Millburn, 973-857-8530.
Hunterdon County Area Clinton Township Round Valley Recreation Area, Rt. 22E, Annandale, 908236-6355.
Monmouth County Park System www.monmouthcountyparks.com Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Rd., Holmdel, 732-946-9562. Supervised sledding area is open when there is two or more inches of snow cover. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 8am-7pm and Fri.Sat. 8am-9pm. Call for conditions.
Morris County Park Commission 973-326-7632. Check with park police for safe ice conditions. Open 9am-dusk. • Lewis Morris Park, Rt. 24, Mendham Twp. Sledding permitted on trails from Mendham Overlook to Doe Meadow ballfield. • Schooley’s Mountain Park, 91 E. Springtown Rd., Washington Twp. Park in main parking lot, trails are clearly marked. • Tourne County Park, Old Denville Rd., Boonton Twp.
Cranford • Lenape Park, areas away from the waterway, 908-527-4900. Garwood Unami Park, 908-527-4900. Mountainside 908-527-4900. The flag pole area in Echo Lake Park is the only sanctioned site for sledding in Union County Parks. Please note: Toboggans, bobsleds and other non-steerable devices are strongly discouraged at any time. Scotch Plains Scotch Hills Golf Course, Scotch Plains, 908-322-6700. Sledding “at your own risk.” Please keep away from greens. Springfield Meisel Ave., detention basin area. Summit Briant Park, Morris Ave. and Briant Pkwy. Westfield Behind Tamaques School.
Blue Mountain Ski Area 1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton, 610-826-7700 www.skibluemt.com
Camelback Mountain 301 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA, 570-629-1661 www.skicamelback.com
Campgaw Mountain Ski Area 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah, 201-327-7800 www.skicampgaw.com
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Chester Area • Grove St. Park, off Main St. 908-879-5361. • Chubb Park, Rt. 24, Chester Twp., 908-879-5100. Long Hill Township • Central School, Central Ave., Stirling • Gillette School, Valley Rd., Gillette Long Valley Hacklebarney State Park, Hacklebarney Rd., Long Valley. Posted areas open 8am-4:30pm, 908-879-5677. Morristown Jockey Hollow, Morristown, 973-543-4030. Designated areas for sledding. Stop at Visitors Center at Tempe Wick Rd. for trail map. Park open 8am-5pm. Randolph Township • County College of Morris, Dover-Chester Rd., Randolph Twp. • Brundage Park, Carrell Rd.
200 Rt. 94, Vernon, 973-827-2000 www.mountaincreek.com
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area I-80, Exit 309, Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA, 570-421-7231 www.shawneemt.com Ski report: 800-233-4218. firstname.lastname@example.org. Snow tubing park, snowmaking system on 100% of the trails, night skiing until 10pm.
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ZOOS See Going Places listings for information about the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo and The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Bergen County Zoo Van Saun Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, 201-262-3771 www.co.bergen.nj.us 10-4:30 daily year-round. Zoo is open until 8pm Thurs. during July and Aug. Train, carousel and pony rides open April-Oct., weather permitting. Zoo admission charged MayOct.: Adults $8, ages 3-14 $5, srs. $2, under 3 free, half price for County residents. Nov.-May: free admission. Exhibits include North American Wetlands Aviary, spider monkeys, farmyard. Live animal shows are held daily in the outdoor amphitheater in July and Aug. Train ride around zoo, pony rides, carousel, toddler and older children playgrounds, sprayground and picnic areas. In-zoo programs for infants to adults (visit www.friendsofbergencounty zoo.org for seasonal schedule); outreach programs; group and scout programs; homeschool programs; zoo camp, jr. zookeeper, and zoo camp for children with special needs are offered in summer. Deadline for summer zoo camp applications is March 1. Ongoing Education Programs, for all ages from 12 mos.-12 yrs., single sessions to series. Visit website link for schedule and registration. Bergen Zoo School, homeschooler enrichment program with sessions Sept.-May. Selected Special Events Feb 26Playtime at the Zoo, for toddlers and careMar 26 givers in Education Discovery Lab. 10-noon Mondays. Feb 17 Family Frogwatch, families with ages 9-15. 10-12. $20 per family, up to 5 people. Apr Annual Spring Egg Hunt. Party for the Planet, visit website for dates. May Annual Sheep Shearing. Jul-Aug Live animal shows, daily in the outdoor amphitheater, free with admission. Oct ZooBoo 2018, early advance tickets required. Nov-Dec Winter Wonderland, for info, www.bergen countywinterwonderland.com. Dec Holidays with the Animals, cosstumed characters, musicians, take pictures with Santa.
Cape May County Park & Zoo 707 Rt. 9 North, Cape May Court House, 609-465-5271 www.cmczoo.com Park: 7-dusk. Zoo: winter 10-3:30, summer 10:4:30. Free, donations appreciated. 200 species of animals, an amphibian and reptile house, aviary and African savannah are found within a 128-acre county park which features playgrounds, picnic facilities, fishing ponds, walking and bike trails. Adult and kids programs; birthday parties; zoo camp; cafe and gift shop. New Tree to Tree Aerial Obstacle Adventure Park, zip lines, nets, Tarzan swings and obstacles for ages 7 and up. Reservations required, treetotreecapemay.com, 609-388-8289. Sun Crafts with Critters, a new animal and craft every Sunday. Drop-in 1-3pm. $5.
Popcorn Park Zoo Humane Way at Lacey Road, Forked River, 609-693-1900 www.ahscares.org Daily 11-5pm, holidays 11-2. Adults $5, ages under 12 and seniors $4, under 3 free. The Associated Humane Societies established these 10 acres in the Pine Barrens to serve as a refuge for wildlife, exotic and farm animals that were elderly, sick, abandoned, abused or injured and could no longer survive in the wild. Visit Deer Woods, wild animal compounds, monkey house, horse and pony corral and a farm. Air-popped popcorn may be purchased to feed freeroaming birds and some of the farm animals. Note the sandy terrain is not conducive to strollers or wheelchairs. Beach terrain wheelchair available. Picnic area.
Space Farms Zoo & Museum 218 Rt. 519, Sussex, 973-875-5800 www.spacefarms.com Closed Nov.-April. April 1-Oct.: Daily 9-5pm. Adults $18, srs. $16.50, ages 3-12 $14.50, under 3 free. Begun in 1927, Space Farms remains a privately owned collection of over 100 different species of North American wildlife with free roaming chickens, ducks and geese and special animal access areas where visitors are able to feed animals. The Museum houses over 50 antique cars and motorcycles and thousands of items of “Americana.” Playground; picnic area; pizza restaurant; parties.
Staten Island Zoo 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY, 718-442-3100 www.statenislandzoo.org Daily 10-4:45. Children’s Center open year-round, weather permitting. Adults $10, srs. $7, ages 3-14 $6, under 3 and members free. Free on Wed. after 2pm. Small zoo encompassing one square city block offers year-round entertainment as 90% of exhibits are indoors, including South American tropical forest, aquarium, African Savannah and Reptile Wing housing unusual and amazing reptiles. You can purchase food to feed the domestic farm animals in the outdoor Children’s Center. Download visitor guides for kids online under “Plan Your Visit.” Pony, cart rides, carousel, snack bar. School programs; traveling zoo; scout and after school programs; birthday parties; Zoofari summer and spring camps; professional development. Education schedule available each season (718-442-3174). Tues Free admission Tuesdays after 2pm through Feb. 13, 2018. Wed Donation Day, admission by donation Wed. after 2pm. Apr 2-5 ZooFari Spring Break, for Pre-K-1st graders. Jul 9ZooFari 2018 Adventure, summer camps for Aug 24 ages Pre-K to grades 7-9 CIT program. Registration begins March 19.
Turtle Back Zoo Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800 www.turtlebackzoo.com Dec. 1-Mar. 31: Daily 10-3:30. April 1-Nov. 30: Daily 10-4:30. Summer Wednesdays: open until 8pm. Adults $15, children 2-12/srs. $12, under 2 free. Reduced admission off-season. Memberships available. Safari double stroller rental: $7. Very kid-friendly zoo includes New Jersey and North American wildlife exhibits, South Asian animal exhibits, Waters of the World exhibit with penguins, otters and alli-
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gators, Big Cat Country, Sea Lion, African Adventure and Sting Ray exhibit, an aviary, reptile center, aquarium, Essex Farm with petting zoo and pony rides, butterfly tent, train ride, carousel, picnic area, playground and Zoo Cafe. Education programs for ages preschool to high school; Turtle Back Tots programs; volunteen program; scout and group programs; outreach; zoo camps; sleepovers; birthday parties; and special events throughout the year. Ongoing Year-round Carousel Park, concession stands, restrooms and picnic area. Zoo Camps, weekly camps for grades K-8 during summer and school breaks. Summer registration begins in late Feb. for members first.
Turtle Back Hatchlings monthly programs for ages 6-24 mos. with caregiver; Turtle Back Zoo Tot for ages 2 and 3 with caregiver; Zoo Explorers, for ages 4 and 5 without caregiver. McLooneâ€™s Boathouse, waterfront family dining. Zoo Field Trips, for school and summer camp groups. Sleepover at the Zoo, families and groups with children ages 6 and up. Treetop Adventure Course, visitors traverse platforms built in the trees using rope bridges, zip lines and other challenging features. See listing under Outdoor Entertainment. Mini-Golf Safari, 19-hole miniature golf course deisgned in the shape of the African continent.
AMUSEMENT & WATER PARKS Clementon Park & Splash World Participating Recreation Departments sell discount tickets to many amusement and water parks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through a consignment agreement with the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association. Contact your recreation office for availability and further information.
CamelBeach Mountain Waterpark & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark 309 Resort Dr., Tannersville, 570-629-1662
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, 732-793-6488
144 Berlin Rd., Clementon, 856-783-0263
CoCo Key Indoor Water Resort 915 Rt. 73, Mt. Laurel, 877-494-2626
Diggerland USA Off Cooper Rd. via Rt. 73, West Berlin, 856-768-1110 www.diggerlandusa.com Diggerland USA is America's only construction themed adventure park where children and their families can drive, ride and operate real, life-sized construction equipment.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom 3830 Dorney Park Rd., Allentown, PA, 610-395-3724
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AMUSEMENT & WATER PARKS The Funplex 182 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover, 973-428-1166 3320-24 Rt. 38, Mount Laurel, 856-273-9666
H20ooohh! Indoor Water Park
Drop of Doom—the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride, three children’s areas, interactive animal entertainment at Safari Discoveries, and a sensational concert line-up. Don’t forget Safari Off Road Adventure to encounter more than 1,200 exotic animals from six different continents on massive, open-air safari vehicles. For a list of special events, concerts and operating schedule, visit website.
100 Moseywood Rd., Lake Harmony, PA, 570-722-9111
3500 Boardwalk, Wildwood, 609-729-5600
www.hersheypark.com 100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA, 717-534-3900
iPlay America 110 Schanck Rd., Feehold, NJ 07728, 732-577-8200 www.iplayamerica.com iPlay America is New Jersey’s largest indoor amusement park where it’s always free to enter. Enjoy two-level laser tag, go-karts, indoor boardwalk, 4D movie theater, rides, arcade with over 250 games, boardwalk fare, the Freedom Rider spinning coaster, New Jersey’s largest indoor ropes course, and iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill. See display ad on page 89.
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Tomahawk Lake Waterpark 155 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta, 973-398-7777 www.tomahawklake.com Weekends & holidays 9-7. Weekdays: June and August 10-5:30. Weekdays: July 10-6. Family operated waterpark and “old-fashioned picnic place” features waterslides, bumper boats, paddle boats, rowboats, Kiddie Water World play area, and large swimming area on a white sandy beach. Catered group and senior picnics are a specialty. Call 973-478-7490 for brochure or visit online.
Wild West City 50 Lackawanna Dr., Stanhope, 973-347-8900
250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA, 570-580-6000
Land of Make Believe Rt. 611 (Exit 12 Rt. 80), Hope, 908-459-9000 www.Lomb.com Memorial Day weekend-mid-June: Weekends 10-6. MidJune-Labor Day: Open daily 10-6. Land of Make Believe is the No. 1 amusement park in North Jersey. The park features safe, wholesome family fun. Perfect day trip destination, just minutes away!
Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, 609-522-3900
Mountain Creek Waterpark 200 Rt. 94, Vernon, 973-827-2000
Playland’s Castaway Cove 1020 Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-399-4751
Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park 535 N. Rt. 73, West Berlin, NJ, 856-767-7580 www.saharasams.com Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park offers families of the greater tri-state community affordable, high value entertainment the entire year with 70 of its 80thousand square feet under a retractable roof system. Park features arcade systems, surfing simulators, numerous water attractions, slides, an Outdoor Beach Club open MaySeptember and the brand new 10,000 square-foot indoor expansion, The Mirage, which features an indoor leisure pool and head-first mat racing slides.
Sesame Place® 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA 19047, 1-866-GO-4-ELMO www.sesameplace.com Go before they grow® to the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street.®
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari & Hurricane Harbor Jackson, 732-928-2000 • www.sixflags.com Six Flags Great Adventure boasts 13 thrilling roller coasters including Kingda Ka, Nitro and El Toro, Zumanjaro:
OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT In addition to the listings below, see listings under the Outdoors, New York and Pennsylvania for many more ideas for getting outdoors. Diggerland USA Off Cooper Rd. via Rt. 73, West Berlin, 856-768-1110 www.diggerlandusa.com Diggerland USA is America's only construction themed adventure park where children and their families can drive, ride and operate real, life-sized construction equipment.
Essex County Treetop Adventure Ropes Course Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800 turtlebackzoo.com/discover/treetop-adventure-course Open last weekend in Mar.-Thanksgiving weekend. Summer: Daily 10-dusk. Adult course, $28, junior course $18, zipline $13 (min. age 6). Visitors traverse from platforms in the trees through a variety of challenging obstacles. Must be at least 54 in. tall and under 250 lbs. All participants must have a completed and signed Participant Agreement Form. Reservations suggested, walk ups welcome.
Field Station: Dinosaurs Overpeck County Park, 40 Fort Lee Rd., Leonia, 855-999-9010
Fireball Mountain Outdoor Laser Tag Park 295 Meany Rd., Wrightstown, NJ 08562, 800-600-3086
Pocono Zip Racer & Tree Ventures 1575 Fairway Villas Blvd., East Stroudsburg, PA, 800-446-0231
South Mountain Reservation Swan Boats Cherry Lane, West Orange, 973-731-5800 turtlebackzoo.com/discover/boating-waterfront Open seasonally. Summer: open daily 10-dusk. $15/ half hr. for 2 person boat; $19/ half hr. for 4 person boat; Orange residents receive half off with ID. Park across the street.
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Swan paddle boats for rent (must be over age 2), walking paths from McLoone’s Restaurant, ship-themed playground and picnic pavilion. Call 973-735-6229 to reserve picnic pavilion.
Anchor Golf Center 21 Rt. 10, Whippany, 973-887-0898
Bluegrass Mini Golf Monmouth Park Racetrack 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, 732-587-8062 www.bluegrassminigolf.com Spring-fall: Fri.-Sun., extended summer hours. Adults $8, 12 and under $7, 4 and under free. Two 18-hole courses have a horse racing theme.
Essex County Mini Golf Safari South Mountain Recreation Complex 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, 862-520-5024 turtlebackzoo.com/discover/mini-golf-safari Open seasonally spring to fall. Summer hours: Mon.Thurs. 10-8, Fri.-Sun. 10-9. Adults $10, under 12/srs. $8. 19hole miniature golf course is designed in the shape of the African continent complete with 14 African animals interspersed among Sahara desert, Congo and grasslands habitats. A free shuttle travels between the golf course and Turtle Back Zoo and Codey Arena. Birthday parties.
Essex Golf Center 600 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, 973-364-0440
Hyatt Hills Miniature Golf 1300 Raritan Rd., Clark, 732-669-9100
Monster Mini Golf Eatontown, Edison, Fairfield, Paramus Indoor glow-in-the-dark mini-golf.
Pine Creek Miniature Golf
INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT BB GrandSlam 910 Oak Tree Ave., South Plainfield, 908-756-4446
Branchburg Sports Complex 47 Readington Rd., Branchburg, 908-203-1600 www.branchburgsports.com New Jersey’s premiere sports and family entertainment center features 78,000 square feet of action-packed activities including three indoor turf fields, four batting cages, and a 31,000 square foot training center. Our arcade, PlayMaze and multi-level laser tag arena provide fun for the whole family! BSC hosts laser tag, arcade, and sports themed birthday parties for kids of all ages. www.branchburgsports.com
Bonkerz Family Fun Center 4437 Rt. 27, Princeton, 609-454-5653
394 Rt. 31 North, West Amwell, NJ, 609-466-3803
Scotch Hills Country Club Golf Course
150 Mt. Bethel Rd., Warren, 908-647-5867
820 Jerusalem Rd., Scotch Plains, 908-232-9748 www.scotchplainsnj.gov 18-hole miniature golf course and 9-hole course, operated by the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission.
Blackwood, Cherry Hill, Eatontown, Lakewood, Marlboro, Paramus, West Windsor, NJ; Easton, PA
Skyline Mini Golf
1425 Frontier Road, Bridgewater, 732-627-0006
Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St., Woodbridge 732-596-4000 • www.njwcc.com 18-hole water themed course with views of the New York City skyline.
Somerset County Park Commission Putting Course Colonial Park, 156 Mettlers Rd., Somerset, 732-873-8585 www.somersetcountyparks.org May-June: weekends 12-8. Mid-June-Labor Day: Daily 10-9. Sept.-mid-Oct.: weekends. Adults $8, children/srs. $5, under 5 $2. One-and-a-half-acre 18-hole putting course offers players mini-gardens, natural landscaping features, and greens from 25-75 feet long. Park also features playground, picnic area, paddleboat rentals and nature trail.
Tee-rrific Miniature Golf 3091 Rt. 22, Branchburg, NJ, 908-253-9300
Bounce-U Bridgewater Sports Arena Circus Place 6 Jill Court Building 23, Unit 10, Hillsborough, 908-829-3784 www.thecircusplace.com Mon.-Thurs. 4-9; Sat. 10-4:30. Children and adults can discover, explore and perform unique cirque arts in a safe and nurturing environment. 25 circus disciplines include: juggling, hula hooping, wire walking, plate spitting, acrobatics, human pyramids, clowning, aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, rope, stilt walking and unicycle. Daily classes, private lessons, workshops, day camps, class trips, birthday parties and summer camps. Performance opportunities include participation in youth troupe, variety shows and end-of-the-school-year student showcase.
The Connection for Women and Families 79 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-4242 www.theconnectiononline.org Drop in and play $5.
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INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, 610-515-8000 www.crayolaexperience.com/easton Hours vary by season, check online link. Admission ages 3+ $19.99, under 3 free. Ticket discounts online. Learn how crayons are made, participate in three floors of hands-on art activities and play. Scout programs, birthday parties, family workshops, homeschool programs, teacher workshops available. Crayola store and cafe. Admission discount link on kidsguidenj.com.
The Funplex 182 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover, 973-428-1166 3320-24 Rt. 38, Mount Laurel, 856-273-9666
Funtime Junction 400 Fairfield Rd., Fairfield, 973-882-9777
Giggles 103 Miln St., Cranford, 908-272-4380
Hardcore Paintball Arena 2 Chimney Rock Rd., Bridgewater, 732-868-3188
H20ooohh! Indoor Water Park 100 Moseywood Rd., Lake Harmony, PA, 570-722-9111
Ikea 100 Ikea Dr., Paramus, 201-843-1881 1000 Ikea Dr., Elizabeth, 888-888-4532 30 minutes of free play in a ballroom play area for children 37”- 54” in height while you shop.
The Incline Club Indoor Skate Park
• Philadelphia: Plymouth Meeting Mall, Unit #1055, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. • Westchester: 1 Ridge Hill Blvd. (I-87N exit 6A), Yonkers, NY, 866-243-0770. Lego® indoor playground features an interactive Lego-themed ride, 4D cinema, and 10 Lego-themed play areas. Online ticket discounts.
Medieval Times 149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, 888-935-6878 Inside the fully-enclosed climate controlled castle, you’ll feast on a four-course medieval banquet while witnessing brave knights compete in daring games of skill, dangerous swordplay and an authentic jousting tournament.
New Jersey Rock Gym 373D Rt. 46 West, Fairfield, 973-439-9860 www.njrockgym.com Mon.-Fri. 12-10:30pm, Sat. & Sun. 10-8pm. Fun, memorable indoor climbing experience. A variety of programs: private sessions for kids and families, birthday parties and groups, classes for kids and adults, scout programs, summer and winter mini camps. More information online.
The Other Tales – Escape Rooms 245 Diamond Bridge Ave., Hawthorne, 973-963-4142 www.theothertales.com Tues.-Sat. 11am-11pm, Sun. 11am-9pm. The Other Tales – Escape Rooms offers real life mystery adventure games. The players become part of the story as they look for clues, solve puzzles and uncover the mystery. Movie-like sets, deep story, and unusual riddles are fun for kids and adults.
Power Play Gaming 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973-627-0927
485 Locust St., Lakewood, 732-901-7900
Pump It Up
Blackwood, Freehold, Hamilton, Marlton, Piscataway, Randolph, Roselle Park and Secaucus locations
110 Schanck Rd., Feehold, NJ 07728, 732-577-8200 www.iplayamerica.com iPlay America is New Jersey’s largest indoor amusement park where it’s always free to enter. Enjoy two-level laser tag, go-karts, indoor boardwalk, 4D movie theater, rides, arcade with over 250 games, boardwalk fare, the Freedom Rider spinning coaster, New Jersey’s largest indoor ropes course, and iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill.
The Jumping Jungle 10 Alvin Court, Suite 100, East Brunswick, 732-613-5867
Jumpnasium 204 Passaic Ave., Fairfield, 973-808-1700
Jump On In 69 Rt. 17S, Hasbrouck Heights, 201-426-0770
Kid-Netic 2 Changebridge Rd., Montville, 973-331-9001
Kids Blvd 125 Washington Valley Rd., Warren, 732-560-5437
Kidville Closter, Denville, Hoboken, Upper Montclair, Summit
Kidz Village 131 South 31st St., Kenilworth, 908-445-7220 507 King Georges Rd., Woodbridge, 732-826-8577
Legoland Discovery Centers philadelphia.legolanddiscoverycenter.com westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com
Rebounderz 76 Carter Dr., Edison, 732-902-6987
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium 234 W. 42nd St., New York, 212-398-3133 1441 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-347-2001 www.ripleysnewyork.com • www.ripleys.com/atlanticcity Themed galleries feature strange and unusual artifacts collected from around the world and laser maze challenge.
RPM Raceway 99 Caven Point Rd., Jersey City, 201-333-7223 Indoor electric karting facility features two race tracks in an 80,000 sq. foot facility (must be over 48 in.).
Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park 535 N. Rt. 73, West Berlin, NJ, 856-767-7580 www.saharasams.com Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park offers families of the greater tri-state community affordable, high value entertainment the entire year with 70 of its 80thousand square feet under a retractable roof system. Park features arcade systems, surfing simulators, numerous water attractions, slides, an Outdoor Beach Club open MaySeptember and the brand new 10,000 square-foot indoor expansion, The Mirage, which features an indoor leisure pool and head-first mat racing slides.
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Sky Zone Trampoline Park Allendale, Hamilton Twp., Lakewood, Maple Shade, Mount Olive, Newark, Ocean Township, Pine Brook, South Plainfield, Springfield (coming soon) locations
Stryxe 300 Main St., Madison, 973-377-8919 www.stryxe.com Stryxe is a unique entertainment experience featuring bowling, a boardwalk-style arcade, billiards, shuffleboard, a full-service eatery and events. Stryxe is the perfect venue for celebrations of all types including birthdays, celebratory milestones, corporate outings and various other festivities.
AMC Dine-In Theatres Essex Green 9, 495 Prospect Ave., West Orange AMC Bridgewater Commons 7, AMC Menlo Park 12 888-AMC-4FUN • www.amctheatres.com/dinein AMC’s Dine-In theater experience combines cuisine and
cocktail options inside the movie theatre. Fork & Screen theaters offer a more casual menu, including kids meals, and tabletop dining. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21). Cinema Suites feature upscale additions to the menu, luxury recliners and a minimum age requirement of 21 yrs. old. Show and seats can be reserved in advance online. Ongoing Sensory Friendly Films, films shown monthly on the 2nd and 4th Sat. for families affected by autism and other disabilities. Visit website for schedule and participating theatres. Dates and films are subject to change. www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films
Dunellen Cinema Cafe 458 North Ave., Dunellen, 732-968-9010 www.dunellen-theater.com Adults $8, children $6. Families can enjoy dinner while watching family-oriented and children’s movies at a reasonable cost. Order food at the concession counter and it will be served at your table in the theater.
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INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT IMAX Theatres 888-262-4386 • www.imax.com • Atlantic City: IMAX Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City, 888-605-1435 • Cherry Hill: AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 & IMAX 2121 Rt. 38, Cherry Hill • Eatontown: AMC Monmouth Mall 15 & IMAX 180 State Rt. 35 South, Eatontown • Elizabeth: AMC Lowes Jersey Gardens 20 & IMAX 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth • Hamilton: AMC Hamilton 24 & IMAX 325 Sloan Ave., Hamilton • Linden: AMC Aviation 12 & IMAX 1200 South Stiles St., Linden • New Brunswick: AMC New Brunswick 18 & IMAX 17 US Highway 1, New Brunswick • Northfield: Frank Tilton 9 & IMAX 331 Tilton Rd., Tilton Shopping Center, Northfield
Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express www.regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express Participating Regal theatres offer G or PG movies every Tues. and Wed. at 10am for $1 June to mid-August. Tickets available at the box office on the day of the show, firstcome, first-served.
The Messy Artist 356 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover, 973-378-2425 www.themessyartist.com Art is a platform for learning, promoting social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Mommy & me classes, fine art classes, birthday parties, summer camps.
That Pottery Place 217 Clarksville Rd., West Windsor Twp., 609-716-6200
FAIRS & FESTIVALS See Calendar of Events starting on page 195 and the Hot Picks Calendar on www.kidsguidenj.com for more upcoming fairs and festivals. Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson. 845-418-3596 www.clearwaterfestival.org Annual music and environmental festival founded by Pete Seeger features storytellers, family-oriented entertainers, juried crafts, boat exhibits, rides and environmental education displays. Proceeds support the Clearwater organization’s environmental education and advocacy efforts to help preserve and protect the Hudson River.
State Theatre Free Summer Movies
28th Annual Crawfish Fest
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469 www.stnj.org Two showings10:30am and 7:00pm on Tuesdays in July and Aug.
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta 973-948-5500 • www.crawfishfest.com Three day Louisiana and New Orleans style music, food and camping festival.
DROP-IN CREATIVE FUN Bazaar Star Beading 216 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-444-5144
Brushes & Bisque 45 Broadway, Denville, 973-627-6292
Charmed Beading Studio 41 Church St., Montclair, NJ 07042, 973-783-0030
Color Me Mine – Summit 438 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-598-0248
Express Yourself Studios 1877 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 973-763-5256
Fire Me Up 117 N. Union Ave., Cranford, 908-272-2600
Glassworks Studio 151 South St., Morristown, 973-656-0800
Hot Sand Glassblowing Studio 550 Cookman Ave. Suite 103, Asbury Park, 732-927-5475 Walk-in glassblowing Fri.-Sun.
Just Bead Yourself 113 Central Ave., Westfield, 908-232-3411 www.justbeadyourself.com Creative fun for the whole family. Walk-in workshop to create your own jewelry. Variety of unique beads suitable for all ages, boy/girl and men/women. Classes and parties. No experience required.
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Dodds Farm, 44 County Rt. 7D, Hillsdale, NY, 866-325-2744 falconridgefolk.com Three-day community of folk music at the foot of the Berkshires features main stage, workshop stage, dance stage, family stage and kid-friendly workshops, activities.
Firefly Music Festival The Woodlands of Dover, Delaware, 855-281-4898 fireflyfestival.com Annual outdoor festival features renowned headliners and emerging artists. fireflyfestival.com
Forest of Fear 600 Rt. 17A, Sterling Forest, Tuxedo, NY, 845-351-5171 www.renfair.com/forestoffear Open Fri.-Sun. in Oct. Hours and pricing available online. Seven award winning haunted Halloween attractions thrill your senses and chill your spine. Not recommended for children under 12. Next to the New York Renaissance Faire.
Governors Ball Music Festival Randall’s Island, 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York www.governorsballmusicfestival.com Three day music festival in early June.
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Hudson Valley Garlic Festival Cantine Field, Saugerties, NY, 845-246-3090 www.hvgf.org Advance ticket discount. Two-day festival of everything garlic includes garlic marketplace, garlic food, lectures, demonstrations, music, arts and crafts, children's area. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Saugerties.
Hunter Mountain Festivals Hunter, NY, 800-486-8376 • www.huntermt.com Spring, summer and fall weekend festivals feature live music, food and drink and kids activities. Apr28-29 TAP New York, craft brewers. Jun 8-10 Annual Taste of Country Music Festival.
14th Annual Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY • www.mountainjam.com Independent four-day outdoor music festival features approximately 40 bands on three stages.
MusikFest SteelStacks; Johnston Park; Plaza at Main & Spring Sts.; other locations in Bethlehem, PA, 610-332-1300 www.musikfest.org Ten days of live music in August, over 500 performances, dance, comedy shows, children's activities, restaurant row, artisan and retail vendors. Ticketed and free events.
Annual New York Renaissance Faire 600 Rt. 17A, Sterling Forest, Tuxedo Park, NY, 845-351-5171 www.renfair.com/ny Open Aug. 4-Sept. 30 weekends and Labor Day 10-7. Directions and discount tickets available online. Step back in time and join Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to an amazing re-creation of a 16th century village. Hundreds of brightly costumed performers; joust tournament; acrobatics, magicians, jugglers; Living Chess Match and more. A great escape for all ages.
Aug 4-Sep 30
Open House New York www.ohny.org From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events. Event guide, maps and OHNY Kids info are available online. Additional tours and programs throughout the year.
Philadelphia Folk Festival Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford Twp., PA, 1-800-556-FOLK pfs.org Annual three-day festival hosts artists from wide-ranging genres including alternative folk, Americana, traditional, rock, Indie, jazz, bluegrass and more, workshops, kids area, camping. Children under 11 free.
2018 QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning Solberg Airport, Readington, 800-HOTAIR-9 www.balloonfestival.com Fri. 1-10pm, Sat. 6am-10pm, Sun. 6am-8pm, rain or shine. Advance ticket discounts. 3 & under free. Parking $10, free off-site shuttle bus from Raritan Valley Community College after 12pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Daily events include up to 100 hot air balloons ascending at 6:30am and 6:30pm. Entertainment tent, magic corner, family fun pavilion, arts and craft booths, amusement rides and numerous free exhibits and product samples.
Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta 973-882-8240 • www.rockribsandridges.com Two days of rock ‘n roll, bbq, craft beers, camping.
State Fair Meadowlands 1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, 973-940-0222 www.njfair.com Eighteen days of family-friendly entertainment in late June and July each year includes rides, attractions, free shows and concerts.
Street Fairs & Kids Traveling Shindig by JC Promotions 201-998-1144 • www.jcpromotions.info A full calendar of street fairs feature arts and crafts, merchandise and food plus Kids Traveling Shindig with rides, ponies, games, petting zoo, crafts, face painting and more. 10am-5pm. See website for fall and added events, flea market and collectible shows. Apr 22 Stirling Street Fair, 393 Main Ave. 10-5. Apr 22 4th Annual Historic Downtown Somerville Arts & Crafts Festival, 100 Main St., 10-5. Apr 29 Maywood’s Annual Street Fair, 101 W. Pleasant Ave., 10-5. May 20 Kenilworth Street Fair & Car Show, 525 Boulevard, 10-4. May 28 Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair, 116. Check website in spring to confirm. Jun 3 Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair, 216 Boulevard, 10-5. Jun 10 Montvale Street Fair, 101 Paragon Dr., 10-5. Jun 17 Nutley Father’s Day Street Fair, 300 Franklin Ave., 10-5. Jul 4 Little Falls Annual 4th of July Street Fair, Main St. & Stevens Ave., 10-5. Aug 5 Garfield Street Fair, 500 Midland Ave., 10-5. Visit website to confirm.
Warren County Farmers Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival North Gate Rt. 519, Phillipsburg, 908-859-6563 www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org 12pm-10pm daily. Weekday specials on admission and rides. Old-fashioned county fair features a hot air balloon festival with mass launches each evening, Kids Corral children activity areas, traditional arts expo, farm exhibits, carnival rides and more.
Jul 28-Aug 4
XPONential Music Festival BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden Wiggins Park, Mickle Blvd., Camden Waterfront www.xpnfest.org Three days of music and over 25 artists on the Camden Waterfront. Purchase tickets online.
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BIG SHOWS & CONCERTS New concerts and shows are continuously added. Check the convenient links at kidsguidenj.com often for new events. For smaller concert venues, see listings under Arts – Music & Dance and Theatre. Asbury Park Events Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000 www.apboardwalk.com Renowned for live music, Asbury Park is home to Convention Hall and The Paramount Theatre, a historic 1,600 seat theater on the boardwalk, and legendary clubs including The Stone Pony, Brighton Bar, Wonder Bar, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club and more, presenting nationally and locally known artists in concert. The Stone Pony expands its lineup during summer with an outdoor Summer Stage series. The Stone Pony & Outdoor Summer Stage 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732-502-0600 www.stoneponyonline.com Gates open at 5pm. All ages admitted; must be 21 in bar area. Ticketmaster for tickets, 800-745-3000. Visit website link for schedule.
BB&T Pavilion 1 Harbour Blvd. (Tnpk. exit 4), Camden, 800-745-3000 www.livenation.com Outdoor amphitheater with huge lawn during the summer months converts to a fully enclosed theater in the fall and winter.
Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, New York, NY, 866-858-0008 beacontheater.com Concerts and a variety of special events are presented in a 2,800-seat landmark building. Apr 14- Bubble Guppies Live!: Ready to Rock.
Apr 15 May 19- Peppa Pig Live! May 20
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY, 866-781-2922 www.bethelwoodscenter.org A diverse selection of popular artists, film, educational and community programs are presented in a 15,000-capacity outdoor performing arts venue and indoor gallery space at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. The museum tells the story of the Sixties and the unique experience of the Woodstock Festival through film, interactive displays, text panels and artifacts.
Boardwalk Hall 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-348-7000 Tickets: 800-736-1420 • www.boardwalkhall.com Seaside arena, originally built in 1929, now seats over 14,000 people and hosts world-class entertainers and national touring productions. Jan 18-21 Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars. Mar 10 Kidabaloo. Apr 28-29 Paw Patrol Live.
The Bowery Presents www.bowerypresents.com Promotes artists at venues throughout the region as well
as at their own venues including NYC’s Mercury Lounge, The Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Terminal 5, Rough Trade NYC, and Brooklyn Steel.
Broadway–On & Off Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000 www.telecharge.com; www.DisneyOnBroadway.com www.broadway.org/shows See introduction to New York listings for info about Broadway shows and discount tickets. See listings under New York for additional family theater events and concerts. Selected Family-Friendly Shows Open Aladdin, Disney, New Amsterdam Theatre. Anastasia, Broadhurst Theatre. The Band’s Visit, Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Ages 12+. Blue Man Group, Astor Place Theatre. Come From Away, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Dear Evan Hansen, Music Box Theatre. 12+. Farinelli and the King, Belasco Theatre. The Gazillion Bubble Show, New World Stages. Hamilton, Richard Rodgers Theatre. Hello Dolly!, Schubert Theatre. **The Illusionists, Palace Theatre. Kinky Boots, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, teens. The Lion King, Minskoff Theatre. Once on This Island, Circle in the Square. 10+. Phantom of the Opera, Majestic Theatre. School of Rock, Winter Garden Theatre. Sponge Bob Squarepants, Palace Theatre. Springsteen on Broadway, Walter Kerr Theatre. Stomp, Orpheum Theatre. That Physics Show, Elektra Theatre. Waitress, Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Ages 8+. Wicked, Gershwin Theatre.
Cure Insurance Arena 81 Hamilton Ave. at Rt. 129, Trenton, 609-656-3200 Tickets: 800-298-4200 • www.paciolantix.com www.cureinsurancearena.com Hosts concerts and special events. Selected Family Events Mar 3 Harlem Globetrotters 2018. Apr 17-18 Paw Patrol.
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-629-3200 • festivalpierphilly.com Summer outdoor concert season at Penn’s Landing. Low-back folding chairs permitted. May 1 Season tickets go on sale.
Jambase.com www.jambase.com Guide to live music, concerts and festivals, nationwide.
Live Nation www.livenation.com From the website of Live Nation, one of the largest producers of live concerts in the world, you can search concerts by artist or venue and purchase tickets.
Madison Square Garden The Stadium or WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden 7th Ave. at 33rd, 866-858-0008; Groups 212-465-6080 Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000 www.thegarden.com; www.theateratmsg.com
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Winter Feb 12-14
New York Rangers and New York Knicks home games. Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Meadowlands Exposition Center 355 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, 201-330-7773 www.mecexpo.com Jan 13-15 Dinosaur Time Trek. Feb 17-18 New Jersey Spring Home Show. Mar 2-4 The Woodworking Show. Mar 23-25 Beneath the Sea. Apr 25 New Jersey National College Fair. Apr 27-29 East Coast ComiCon. Jun 23-24 Reef A Palooza. Jul 7-8 Brick Fest Live. Sep 15-16 A Video Game Con. Oct 13-14 The Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo. Oct 19-21 Aquatic Experience. Oct 26-28 Magic The Gathering Grand Prix.
William G. Mennen Sports Arena 161 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown, 973-326-7651 www.morrisparks.net Hosts special events and competitions. Spectators are welcome at youth hockey playoffs and championships, open skating competitions and special events.
Metlife Stadium One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, 201-559-1300 www.metlifestadium.com Home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, the 82,500-seat stadium hosts sports, concerts and special events.
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, 732-417-1400 www.njexpocenter.com Visit website link for new events. Jan 11-14 Garden State Outdoor Show. Jan 19-21 NJ Winter RV Show. Jan 26-28 The Fly Fishing Show. Feb 9-11 New Jersey Home Show. Feb 15-18 New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo. Mar 2-4 Greater New Jersey Golf Show. Sugarloaf Craft Festival. Mar 10-11 Innovative Beads Expo. World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour. Mar 16-18 Salt Water Fishing Expo. Mar 23-25 New Brunswick Kennel Club Dog Show. Mar 31India Fair.
Apr 1 Apr 4-8 Apr 13-15 Apr 26-29 Apr 27-29 May 4-6 May 20 Jun 2-3 Jun 16 Jul 14 Jul 21-22 Aug 11-12 Sep 8-9 Oct 6-7 Oct 13-14 Nov 9-11
NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show. Super Pet Expo. The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey. Sports & Memorabilia Show. The 2018 Abilities Expo. Asian American Festival. Challenge of Champions. Tri-State VegFest. Innovative Beads Expo. Garden State Cat Expo. Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show. Heroes & Villains Fan Fest. Baby Show Expo. Innovative Beads Expo. Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Nov 24-25 Greenbergs Train & Toy Show. Dec 1-2 Challenge of Champions.
PNC Bank Arts Center Parkway exit 116, Holmdel, Box Office: 732-203-2500 www.artscenter.com Outdoor concert season May-Sept. with seating in openair pavilion and on lawn. Free heritage festivals and classical performances presented by Garden State Arts Foundation, 732-442-9200, www.gsafoundation.org. May Tickets on sale for new season.
Prudential Center 25 Lafayette St., Newark, 973-757-6000 Tickets: 800-745-3000 • www.ticketmaster.com www.prucenter.com Open Grammy Museum Experience, open 11-6 Tues.-Sun.; 11-8 on event days. Winter New Jersey Devils hockey and Seton Hall Pirates men’s basketball. Selected Family Events Jan 4-7 Disney On Ice Reach for the Stars. Jan 27-29 Monster Jam Triple Threat Series 2018. Mar 15-18 Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes. Mar 4 USA Gymnastics The American Cup. Mar 9-12 Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey presents Out of This World.
Radio City Music Hall 1260 6th Ave., New York, NY, 866-858-0008 www.radiocity.com
Skylands Stadium 94 Championship Place, Augusta, 973-940-0222 www.skylandsstadium.com 4,200-seat stadium hosts special events, concerts and the Sussex County Miners, CanAm baseball league. May-Sep Sussex County Miners, Can-Am baseball.
St. George Theatre 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, NY, 718-442-2900 www.stgeorgetheatre.com • www.ticketmaster.com Restored 2,800-seat 1929 movie and vaudeville house presents concerts, comedy, Broadway touring companies, small and large scale children's shows, and school-time performances. Selected Children & Family Theatre Jan 11-12 B: The Underwater Bubble Show. Feb 25 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! Mar 3 Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Apr 15 The Wizard of Oz. May 18 Curious George
SteelStacks 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA, 610-332-1300 www.steelstacks.org Once the home plant of Bethlehem Steel, the ten-acre site is now a hub of music and art offering indoor and outdoor concerts, films, comedy, dance, family events, walking tours, open mic nights and eight different festivals annually. Free and ticketed events. Sat Peas & Q’s Family Programming, music, performances, storytelling, crafts, Sat. 11:30am. Inside in the Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons; outside on the Air Products Town Square.
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BIG SHOWS & CONCERTS Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 • www.ticketmaster.com One of the largest suppliers of tickets globally to music, sports, arts and theater events consolidates kid-friendly shows in the area on their website under the “Family” heading.
Wells Fargo Center 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, 215-336-3600 www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com Sports and entertainment complex. Ongoing Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, Philadelphia Soul indoor football league, Villanova Basketball and other college sports. Selected Family Events Feb 16-19 Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes. Mar 4 The Original Harlem Globetrotters.
Wellmont Theater 5 Seymour St., Montclair, 800-745-3000 www.ticketmaster.com 2000-seat concert venue in renovated 1922 theater.
Buy and sell Giants tickets at NFL ticket exchange, www.NFL.com/ticketexchange.
New York Jets MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, 800-469-JETS Single tickets: 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com www.newyorkjets.com Buy and sell Jets tickets at NFL ticket exchange, www.NFL.com/ticketexchange. Jets Training Center, located on the border of Madison and Florham Park, is open to the public in Aug. with an opportunity to watch a scrimmage from the sidelines, get players’ autographs and pictures and purchase Jets gear.
New York Red Bulls Red Bull Arena, 600 Cape May St., Harrison, 877-727-6223 www.newyorkredbulls.com Major league soccer from March through Oct. in a family-friendly state-of-the-art arena.
New York Yankees One E. 161st St., Bronx, NY, 718-293-4300 www.yankees.com Arrive early to walk the impressive stadium, visit the Great Hall, Monument Hall (closes 45 min. prior to game time) and the New York Yankees Museum. Yankee Stadium tours are available during off-season. Sunrun Kids Playhouse includes family restrooms with changing tables and private lounge for nursing mothers.
FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, 732-901-7000 www.blueclaws.com Join the Kids Club for exclusive special events. Fireworks every Friday. Kids eat free on Sundays and run the bases on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Birthday parties.
Citizens Bank Park, One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 215-463-1000 • www.phillies.com Pre-game children’s games and activities.
Lehigh Valley Ironpigs Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, PA 610-841-7447 • www.ironpigsbaseball.com Minor league baseball team in the International League, is a Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Mennen Sports Arena 161 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown, 973-326-7651 www.morrisparks.net Home to Colonial Hockey League youth hockey program. Spectators are welcome at youth hockey playoffs and championships, open skating competitions and special events.
Prudential Center 25 Lafayette, Newark, 973-757-6600 www.prucenter.com; www.ticketmaster.com Home to New Jersey Devils hockey and Seton Hall Pirates basketball.
Rutgers Sports High Point Solutions Stadium, River & Sutphen Rds. Piscataway, 866-445-4678 • www.scarletknights.com Ongoing Junior Knights Club, open to ages 12 and under gives free access to Rutgers wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, women’s basketball, football and basketball home openers and other events and activities. Parents register online.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave. (GSP exit 105), Oceanport, 732-222-5100 www.monmouthpark.com Thoroughbred racing Wed.-Sun. Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend. 12 and under free. Srs. half price. Gates open 11:30; 1st race 12:50pm.
TD Bank Ballpark, 860 E. Main St., Bridgewater, 908-252-0700 www.somersetpatriots.com Field box, upper box, family section (alcohol-free), group sales, luxury suites, party packages, Baseball Buddies program for youth teams and Somerset Sluggers Kids Club. Atlantic league club.
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, 800-NJ-DEVIL www.newjerseydevils.com
New Jersey Jackals 8 Yogi Berra Dr., Little Falls, 973-746-7434 www.jackals.com Reserved & box seats. Unaffiliated team in Northeast League. June-Aug. season. Party packages.
New York Giants MetLife Stadium, 1925 Giants Dr., East Rutherford 201-935-8222 • www.giants.com
Staten Island Yankees Richmond County Bank Ballpark, 75 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY, 718-720-9265 • www.siyanks.com Short-season Single A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Kids Club.
Sussex County Miners Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta 973-940-0222 • www.sussexcountyminers.com Can-Am league baseball team plays May-Sept. season with many family promotions. Advance ticket discounts.
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Newton High School, 44 Ryerson Ave., Newton, 973-670-6572 www.sussexstags.com Semi-pro football in Empire Football League plays July to early October season.
Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Rd., Trenton, 609-394-3300 www.trentonthunder.com Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in Eastern league. April-Sept. season.
PARTY PLACES Local recreation departments may have facilities and/or play equipment available for parties for a nominal fee. Contact your recreation office for information. All-Aboard Pony Parties at Seaton Hackney Stables 440 South St., Morristown, 973-644-3355 www.seatonhackney.com Celebrate those special occasions in your child’s life at Seaton Hackney Stables. You supply the kids and the cake and they supply the ponies, attendants, petting animals, pizza, drinks and pizzazz. See discount coupon on page 65.
Branchburg Sports Complex 47 Readington Rd., Branchburg, 908-203-1600 www.branchburgsportscomplex.com Laser tag, arcade and sports themed birthday parties for all ages.
Circus Place 6 Jill Court, Building 23 Unit 10, Hillsborough, 908-829-3784 www.thecircusplace.com Unique birthday parties, daily classes, private lessons, workshops, day camps, class trips and summer camps. See complete listing under Enrichment–Circus Arts.
Classic Thyme Cooking Party 710 South Ave. West, Westfield, 908-232-5445 www.classicthyme.com Our expanded party offerings are for kids as well as teens and adults. For kids ages 3 and older, our “Chef for a Day” and “Recipe for a Bear” are sure-fire favorites. NEW this year is our “Cooking with the Kids” where parents fully participate in the culinary fun with their children. For kids ages 8 and up, especially teens, consider our decadent “Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate,” “Sweet Sixteen,” and “Cook-Off Challenge” parties.
The Connection 79 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-4242 www.theconnectiononline.org Ages 2 and up choose birthday party themes: Gym Party, Pool Party, Cooking Party or Sports and Games.
Diggerland USA Off Cooper Rd. via Rt. 73, West Berlin, 856-768-1110 www.diggerlandusa.com
Diggerland USA is America's only construction themed adventure park where children and their families can drive, ride and operate real, life-sized construction equipment.
The Fountain of Youth Kids Spa Parties & More 438 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, 908-464-6414 Email: email@example.com www.fountainofyouthspanj.com Have your birthday girl be princess for the day! Twoand-a-half hour spa party includes robes, headbands and slippers; non-alcoholic spa cocktail; music; magazines; mask; cucumbers on eyes treatment; "give your own facial" lesson, cleanse, mask, moisturizer; nail polish; take-home slippers craft. We can also customize a party to your liking. Parents supply cake, pizza additional. Discounted gift certificate for the mom’s next facial, and free spa t-shirt for the birthday girl.
iPlay America 110 Schanck Rd., Feehold, NJ 07728, 732-577-8200 www.iplayamerica.com iPlay America is New Jersey’s largest indoor amusement park where it’s always free to enter. Enjoy two-level laser tag, go-karts, indoor boardwalk, 4D movie theater, indoor ropes course, rides, arcade with over 250 games.
Just Bead Yourself 113 Central Ave., Westfield, 908-232-3411 www.justbeadyourself.com A walk-in workshop for kids and adults to create their own jewelry. Specializing in “Shopkins Tea Parties” and “Afternoon Tea” jewelry parties. Also “Massage & Chocolate Fondue Ladies Night Outs.”
Lakewood BlueClaws Baseball Birthday Bash FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, 732-901-7000 www.blueclaws.com Birthday Bash at the ball park includes reserve seats, pizza, ice cream, Kids Zone tickets, logo baseballs for everyone, an autographed baseball for birthday child, name on scoreboard and on-field celebration with Buster.
Liberty Hall Birthday Party 1003 Morris Ave., Union, 908-527-0400 www.kean.edu/libertyhall Choose from a Victorian Tea Birthday Party or Firefighter Birthday Party at historic Liberty Hall or at the Firehouse Museum. Recommended for ages 6-12.
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PARTY PLACES Madison Area YMCA 111 Kings Rd., Madison, 973-822-YMCA www.madisonareaymca.org Rooms available for birthday parties, as well as staff available to lead party activities in the pool, gym, gymnastic center, dance and arts and crafts.
The Messy Artist 356 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover, 973-378-2425 www.themessyartist.com Be your own party designer! Select 3-4 projects from a list of over 10. Party activities range from lively sensory exploration to creating a keepsake project the children can take home. We offer enough amazing options to make each party unique. All activities are age appropriate and open ended enough for all your younger and older party guests.
Meyer’s Dolls Toys Hobbies 35 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston, 973-740-9400 www.meyerstoys.com Celebrating our 104th year in business! Have a spectacular unique Thomas Train or Barbie Doll Spa Party in a fun, safe, clean party space for up to 30 kids all at a very reasonable price. Huge selection of party favors, games and toys too! Custom Thomas and Lionel Train Tables designed and built. For more information, visit www.meyerstoys.com.
Montclair Art Museum Art Party 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, 973-746-5555 x259 www.montclairartmuseum.org 2-hr. arts and crafts party.
Morris County Park Commission Parties 973-326-7600 • www.morrisparks.net From ice skating to a beach swim party or outdoor hikes, complete party packages are available through the Morris County Park Commission.
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center www.mygym.com • Glen Rock: 522 Broad St., 201-444-4644 • New Providence: 1330 Springfield Ave., 908-665-2122
• Westfield: 1100 South Ave. W., 908-317-0888 • West Orange: 235 Prospect Ave., 973-731-2022 Awesome new birthday party packages. Many themes to choose from. Your child is the star. Age appropriate games, relays, rides, songs. Special Birthday March and Space Flight ride. We set up, clean up and take care of it all. See display ad on page 101.
Nature Party – Essex County Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Ave. Roseland, 973-228-8776 • www.essexcountyparks.org Celebrate your next birthday with a nature theme. Call for party packages.
Nature Party – Hunterdon County Hunterdon County Parks, Mountain Farm or Echo Hill 908-782-1158 • www.co.hunterdon.nj.us 2-hr. birthday party hosted by a park naturalist includes room rental, one hour nature hike, half hour of crafts or field games, and gift for the birthday child.
Nature Party – Reeves Reed Arboretum 165 Hobart Ave., Summit, 908-273-8787 x15 www.reeves-reedarboretum.org Nature-themed parties for ages 4 and up.
Nature Party – Somerset County Somerset County Environmental Education Center 190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-2489 www.somersetcountyparks.org 2-hr. party for ages 5-10 includes naturalist program, setup, cleanup, decorations, dishes, invitations and favors.
Nature Party – Trailside Science Center 452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, 908-789-3670 www.ucnj.org/parks-recreation Choose from a variety of nature programs. Indoor party room or covered outdoor picnic area available.
Nature Party – New Jersey Audubon Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd. Bernardsville, 908-766-5787 x23 • www.njaudubon.org Nature-themed celebration includes party space and lesson with naturalist.
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New Jersey Fencing Alliance 50-58 Burnett Ave., Maplewood, 973-762-6363 www.njfencingalliance.com See display ad and listing under Sports and Camps.
New Jersey Rock Gym 373D Rt. 46 West, Fairfield, 973-439-9860 www.njrockgym.com Mon.-Fri. 12-10:30pm, Sat. & Sun. 10-8pm. Friendly environment providing indoor rock climbing for birthday parties and groups. More information online.
The Other Tales â€“ Escape Rooms 245 Diamond Bridge Ave., Hawthorne, 973-963-4142 www.theothertales.com Tues.-Sat. 11am-11pm, Sun. 11am-9pm. The Other Tales â€“ Escape Rooms offers real life mystery adventure games. The players become part of the story as they look for clues, solve puzzles and uncover the mystery. Movie-like sets, deep story, and unusual riddles are fun for kids and adults.
Palermo Show Stable Party 1555 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-719-7500 210-860-5688 â€˘ firstname.lastname@example.org www.palermoshowstable.com We host birthday parties and scout troops.
Pony Party â€“ Somerset County Somerset County Lord Stirling Stable 256 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, 908-766-5955 www.somersetcountyparks.org 2-hr. party for ages 5-10. Pony-themed party favors, invitations, paper goods and souvenirs available for purchase.
Rizzoâ€™s Reptiles & Rizzoâ€™s Wildlife World 1 Gold Mine Rd., Flanders, 973-586-0444 or 201-230-2415 Email: email@example.com www.rizzoswildlifeworld.com Either at your place or our new 4,700 square foot indoor wildlife center in Flanders (Roxbury), our programs are about laughing and learning. Our wildlife center features reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, birds, and insects too! We incorporate the adults and the children into our shows to make it fun for everyone. With our passion,
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