NEW JERSEY’S GUIDE FOR KIDS, TEENS AND FAMILIES
INSIDE…2017 Camp and School Guide MUSEUMS, ARTS, EVENTS GUIDE ENRICHMENT, PARTY PLANNER
OUTDOORS, SPORTS, HEALTH CHILD CARE, SHOPPING & MORE
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SPECIAL PLACES Historic Sites........................................................ 6 Museums.............................................................13 Planetariums.......................................................20 Trains, Planes & Ships .........................................21 Going Places–New York .....................................23 Going Places–Pennsylvania ................................31 Going Places–Baltimore .....................................35
THE ARTS Music & Dance ....................................................36 Theatre................................................................43 Film & Speaker Series .........................................50 Storytime–Libraries ............................................51
PARENT RESOURCES Adult Education & Enrichment........................159 Moms Groups/Playgroups................................162 SERVICES
HEALTH & FAMILY Adoption/Foster Care.......................................163 Children’s Groups .............................................164 Pediatric Health Care .......................................164 Health Care Facilities........................................164 Health Education Museums.............................165 Health Professionals.........................................165 Hotlines / Information Lines .............................166 Health Services .................................................166 Specialized Health Services..............................166 Support Groups ................................................172
Amusement & Water Parks................................85 Outdoor Entertainment.....................................86 Indoor Entertainment .......................................86 Drop-In Creative Fun..........................................88 Fairs & Festivals...................................................89 Big Shows & Concerts.........................................89 Spectator Sports .................................................92
Child Care/Nanny Services................................173 Child Care Providers .........................................173 Drop-In/Part-time Child Care...........................174 After-School Child Care ...................................174
PARTY PLANNER Party Places .........................................................93 Party & Special Event Entertainment................97 Party Supplies .....................................................99
ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS................100 Mommy & Me ..................................................100 Enrichment Classes, all ages and interests......100 Clubs..................................................................115 Volunteer Opportunities .................................116 GROUP, SCHOOL & CAMP OUTREACH PROGRAMS .....................114 Outreach programs for schools, camps, scouts and community groups
SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS.....118 Day camps, sleepaway, sports and specialty camps for toddlers to teens
Enrichment .......................................................152 Recreation & Sports..........................................153 Universal Playgrounds......................................155 Camps................................................................156 Therapeutic Services.........................................157 Specialized Health Services..............................166 Child Care .........................................................159 Education Services/LD Support .......................175 Special Education ............................. online & 196
EDUCATION Education Services/Tutors ................................175 Test Prep/College Prep ....................................176 Learning DIsabilities Support ..........................176 Preschools & Kindergarten ..............................177 Student Led Preschools ....................................192 Private Independent Elementary & High Schools...........online & 193 Special Education ..............................online & 194 MARKETPLACE
COUPONS....................................................201 Shopping, Consignment Shops, Restaurants, Vacation Rentals, Pets and more.....................199 CALENDAR Calendar of Events ...........................................205 FAMILY TRAVEL
RECREATION & SPORTS
Two Ways to Explore the Galapagos ...........202
Sports ................................................................142 Ys / JCCs/Rec Facilities/Clubs .............................148 Recreation Departments..................................150 Team Sports ......................................................151 Teen Recreation................................................151
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ADVERTISER INDEX Index of Display Advertisers ............................210
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Biking ..................................................................54 Boating, Fishing & Swimming Holes .............................................55 Camping..............................................................57 Farms/Pick Your Own .........................................58 Hiking & More ....................................................60 Horseback Riding ...............................................62 Outdoor Education Centers...............................63 Parks & Playgrounds...........................................75 Down The Shore.................................................77 Winter Sports......................................................80 Zoos.....................................................................84
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about this guide
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 guide is published twice a year for the Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring seasons. The print edition of the Kids’ Guide 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 northcentral 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. 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 the Kids’ Guide is possible. For new events and convenient links listing websites, visit Kids’ Guide NJ online.
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 projects for scout 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; plus Sat. 9-12 June-Aug. 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. 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. Historic buildings open Memorial Day-Labor Day: Wed.-Sun. 11-4; May and Labor Day-mid-Dec.: Weekends 11-4. Open special weekends Jan.Mar. Parking fee: Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day. 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
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908-464-0123 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 Weekend Events Feb 19 George Washington’s Birthday, 11-3. Special program in the Chapel at 1pm. Mar 12 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 11-4. Programs in the Chapel at 12 & 2pm. Mar 25 Dog Appreciation Day & Furry Friends Dogwalk, 11-4. Apr 1 Historic Homes & Village Craftshops Open for the Season, 11-4. Evening Lantern Tour, 79:30pm. $10, pre-registration required. Apr 8 Early Spring Flea Market, 8-3. Apr 15 Easter Egg Hunt, 11-4. Hunts from 12-4, handmade bonnet parade and conest 3pm. $6, under 3 free, advance purchase recommended. Apr 16 Sunrise Service in Allaire Chapel, 6am. Apr 29 Allaire BBQ & Brew Festival, 11-5. $5. May 6 Late Spring Flea Market. May 7 Mommy & Me Tea Party!, 11, 12 & 1pm. May 13 Spring Craft Market & Art in the Park, 10-4. Spirit of the Jerseys History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield, www.njhistoryfair.org. May 20 Spring Festival, 11-4. Auction at General Store, 2pm; Historic Baseball & Baking Day.
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Historic Buildings open Memorial Day, 11-4. Scherladerma Foundation Walk, 8-12. Maria Allaire Wedding Re-enactment, 11-4. Service at Allaire House at 1pm. Early Summer Flea Market, 8-3. Civil War Encampment, Sat. 10-4, Sun. 10-3. Summer Craft Market & Art in the Park.
Cooper Gristmill Black River County Park, County Rt. 513 (old Rt. 24), Chester Twp., 908-879-5463. Open April-late Oct, closed winter. April-June: Sat. 10-5, 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. Selected Family Events May 13 Born to Be Shorn, hands-on activities include weaving, spinning and craft making, witness the hand-shearing of the sheep. 11-4. Jul 6 Blueberry Muffin Baking, all ages with adult. 11 & 2pm. Jul 15 Nature Art, create art to take home. 1-3. Jul 29 1880s Music Day at Milltown, 1-4pm.
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Crane House Museums 110 Orange Rd., Montclair, 973-744-1796. Open for public tours seasonally on Sun. 1-4pm. Adults $6, students/srs. $5, children $4. Second Sunday Family FunDay $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. Second Sunday Family Funday Tours and activities designed for the family, 1-4pm on second Sunday of the month. Tours at 1, 2 & 3pm. $10 per family.
Crane-Phillips House Museum 124 N. Union Ave., Cranford, 908-276-0082. Open Sun. 24pm 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.
Deserted Village of Feltville/Glenside Park Glenside Ave., Union County Watchung Reservation, Berkeley Heights, 908-527-4900. 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 1-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.
Drake House Museum 602 W. Front St., Plainfield, 908-755-5831. Open Sun. 24pm 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. 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 www.drumthwacket.org.
Durand-Hedden House & Garden 523 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood, 973-763-7712. 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.
East Jersey Olde Towne Village Johnson Park, 1050 River Rd. (intersection of River Rd. & Old Hoes Lane), Piscataway, 732-745-3030. Mon.-Fri. 8:304; Sun. 1-4. Guided public tours: Tues.-Fri. & 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.
Edison National Historic Site 211 Main St. & Lakeside Ave. (exit 9 Rt. 280), West Orange, 973-736-0550 x11. Laboratory Complex: Wed.-Sun. 10-4. Glenmont: Fri.-Sun. 11:30-4. 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. Download cell phone tours of Glenmont from www.nps.gov/edis. Selected Family Events late Nov- Holidays at Glenmont, Fri., Sat. & Sun. tours Jan focus on family and the holidays.
Thomas A. Edison Center at Menlo Park 37 Christie St. (GSP exit 131), Edison, 732-549-3299. 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 Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place (exit 36 I-287), Morristown, 973-539-2016 ext. 210. Wed.Sun. 9:30-5. Jan. 1-Feb. 11: Open Sat. & Sun. only. Ford Mansion shown by guided tour on the hour 10-4 except noon. Adults $7, ages under 16 free. 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. www.nps.gov/morr Ongoing Primary Source Seminar, students have the opportunity to study historical manuscripts firsthand. Classes by appointment only.
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Ongoing 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., off County Rt. 510 (old Rt. 24), Morristown, 973-326-7645. Closed winter except for special events. AprilJune 28: 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 & school tours. Travels in Time summer program for ages 10-12 (see History Camps). Selected Family Events Feb 5 A Winter’s Day at the Farm, wagon ride, maple tapping, wood sawing, ice harvesting, farm animals. 12-4pm. Apr 23 Luck O’ The Farm: Farmhands & House Servants, dance, crafts, hands-on farm chores. 11-4pm.
The Hermitage 335 N. Franklin Tnpk. (GSP exit 165 to Rt. 17N), Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-8311. 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. Late June-Labor Day: Open 10-4:30 Tues.-Sun with special events every weekend. Adults $12, ages 3-12 $10, under 3 free. Combination tickets are available for Cape May Lighthouse, NASW Aviation Museum, Cape May’s Trolley/Emlen Physick Estate and other sites. Off-season: Welcome Center and grounds are open for self-guided walking tours Mon.-Fri. 10:304:30, free admission. 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. 2017 Events Jun 17-18 Military Timeline Weekend. Jun 24-25 Quilt & Fiber Arts Show. Jul 1-2 Independence Day Celebration.
Historic Speedwell Rt. 202 (333 Speedwell Ave.) at Cory Rd., Morristown, 973-285-6550. Closed winter. April-June.: Tues.-Sat. 10-5; July-Oct.: Wed.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Adults $5, srs. $4,
New Jersey State Museum’s new SMASH series features special family days with hands-on activities.
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. Selected Family Events Jun 10-11 Civil War Weekend, re-enactors, drills, skirmishes and more. Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4.
Howell Living History Farm 101 Hunter Rd., Titusville (off Rt. 29 2 mi. south of Lambertville), 609-737-3299. April-Nov.: Sun. 12-4; late Jan.Dec.: Sat. 10-4; Feb.-Nov.: Tues.-Fri. 10-4. 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.
Industrial Heritage Tours Morris County Park Commission, 973-285-6534. Historians lead easy to challenging, 21⁄2-hour to full-day hikes to mines, dams, canals and other sites of significance to Morris County’s industrial heritage.
Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum River Rd. Park, 3055 River Rd., Bedminster, NJ, 908-3966053. Open house tours: 1-pm on the 2nd Sun. of each month. Adults $10, 12 and under free. 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. Special events from June to Dec. www.jvanderveerhouse.org
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Jockey Hollow Morristown National Historical Park 580 Tempe Wick Rd. west to Visitor Center parking, Morris Township, 973-543-4030. Visitor Center: Wed.-Sun. 9:30-5. Wick House: Wed.-Sun. 9:30-12, 1-4. Jan. 1-Feb. 11: Visitor Center will be closed. 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. www.nps.gov/morr 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 at the Visitor Center or download online. Visit website for current schedule of ranger-led activities. www.nps.gov/morr 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. Apr 22-23 Annual Spring Encampment.
Liberty Hall Museum 1003 Morris Ave., Union, 908-527-0400. 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, which 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; garden tours; firefighter and Victorian tea parties; birthday parties. Group educational and Speaker’s Bureau programs are also offered. Ongoing Toys Through Time: History of American Fun, showcases over 100 years of toys played with by the children of Liberty Hall. Enoteca Ursino, farm-to-table dining inspired by the Liberty Hall Estate farm; tasting events. Located inside Kean University STEM Building, 1075 Morris Ave., Union, 908-249-4099. www.enotecaursino.com. 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 21, Feb 18 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.
Friday Night with Hamilton!, teens night out, ages 12 and up. 6:30-8:30pm. $25. Feb 11 My Little Man & Me: Valentine’s Day Party, games, crafts, snacks, photo booth. Ages 4-8. 1-3pm. $25 per child/adult. Mar 4 Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party, breakfast snack bar, craft, games, photos, sing along. 11-1. $25 per child/adult. Mar 7 Home School Day, hands-on activities and tour. 10-2. Students $15, adults $10. Apr 5 Opening Day, public tours resume. Apr 8 Children’s Afternoon Tea Party, ages 5-12. 13. Adults $25, children $30. Apr 15 Annual Easter Egg Hunt, on the grounds of Liberty Hall and visit from the Easter Bunny. 10-11:30; 12-1:30. $10 per child/adult. Apr 22 History Scavenger Hunt: World War I Soldier, for families. 11, 1 or 3pm. Children $10, adults $8. Apr 29 Superhero Day!, activities, craft, snack, visit from Captain America & Supergirl. Ages 5-10. 1-3. $25 per child/adult. May 6 Mommy & Me Tea & Craft Workshop, crepe paper flower arrangement & treats. 1-3. $25 per child/adult. May 20 A Day in the Life of American Girl Samantha Parkington, an authentic Victorian afternoon. Ages 6-12. 1-3. $25 per child/adult. Selected Adult Events Jan 25 History Happy Hour: Vintage Wines, 7-9pm. $25 includes drinks and snacks. Feb 22 History Happy Hour: Dinner, Manners & Gossip...oh my!, 7-9pm. $25.
Liberty State Park 200 Morris Pesin Dr. (Exit 14C NJ Tnpk.), Jersey City, 201915-3403. Daily 6am-10pm; park office 8-4 and visitor center 7:30-4:30 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, 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 201-9153412; for nature programs and outreach programs, call 201915-3409.
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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. (GSP exit 114), Holmdel, 732-946-3758. 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. Museum: open 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 & 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 decorative arts museum features nine period rooms, two exhibition galleries, a dedicated classroom, a 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. Sep-Jun Homeschool Series, morning and afternoon sessions recommended for ages 7-13 are offered during the 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. 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. Growing in the Garden Preschool Program Year-round hands-on art program for ages 3-5 with caregiver includes a story, walk and art project twice a month (except Jan.). Two sessions available, 1:15-2pm and 3:45-4:30pm. Pre-registration required, ext. 16. $12/$8 child/adult pair. Feb 7 Who’s Got a Heart? Feb 21 Listen to the Animals. Mar 7 Moles in March. Mar 21 Signs of Spring. Apr 4 Finding the Goldfinch. Apr 18 Countdown to Earth Day. May 2 Get to the Root of It. May 16 Lots and Lots of Ladybugs. Jun 6 Strawberries & the Strawberry Moon. Jun 20 Life of an Earthworm. Selected Family Events Pre-registration required for all education programs, 973538-2404 ext. 16. No fee for accompanying adults for preregistered education programs. Feb 20 Abraham Lincoln Remembered, ages 7-12. 1011:30, 1-2:30, 3:30-5pm. Mar 5 Storytelling of Aladdin & the Wonderful Lamp, 2-4pm. Apr 11 Arabian Nights Workshop, ages 7-12. 10-12 and 1-3pm. May 12 National Public Gardens Day, family activities and presentations. 2-5pm. Free, rain or shine. Webelos & Boy Scout Programs $10 per scout, $5 per adult. Pre-registration required.
Mar 11, 14, Apr 11 Looking Back, Looking Forward, Webelos Adventure Requirements #2 and #3. March 11 2:30-4:30, March 14 and April 11 4:30-6:30.
May 6, 9, 30 Architecture: Past & Present, Boy Scouts Architecture Merit Badge. May 6 2:30-4:30, May 9 & 30 4:30-6:30. Homeschool Families Four sessions, 1-3pm, recommended for ages 7-13. Call 973538-2404 x16 for information and registration.
Feb 28, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 23 One Life to Another: Immigration in New Jersey.
Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8, Jun 12 Over Here, Over There: New Jersey and World War I.
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Selected Exhibitions Feb 5Women Warriors on the Home Front: May 1 Dorothea Miller Post & Morristown’s Women Land Army. Feb 16- Thomas Nast & the Art of the Book.
9 Main St. at Green Village Rd., Madison, 973-377-2982. See complete listing under Museums.
Millbrook Village Delaware Water Gap, Old Mine Rd. & 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.
New Jersey State House West State St., Trenton, 609-633-2709; tour office 609-8473150. 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.
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Old Barracks Museum
614 Mountain Ave., Westfield, 908-232-1776. 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. Visit website link for weekly events. Jan 8 The Story of La Befana, Christmas season witch of Italy. Feb 12 Antique Valentines. Mar 5 Maple Sugar Sunday. Mar 19 Busy Fingers – Ladies’ Needlework. Apr-Jun Programs TBA.
101 Barrack St., Trenton, 609-396-1776; weekends 609-7773599. Mon.-Sat. 10-5, guided tours on the hour. Adults $8, srs. & children 6 and over $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 609777-4042 or 888-BARRACK. Dec 31 Battles of Trenton Reenactments & Patriots Week, visit www.patriotsweek.com for details.
Morristown National Historical Park
149 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, 732-826-5527. Open Wednesdays and last Sun. of the month 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. Wed Tours & Tea, every Wednesday 1-4pm. Adults $10, children $5. Guided free tours 1-4pm Wed. and last Sun. of each month.
See separate listings under Ford Mansion & Museum/ Washington’s Headquarters and Jockey Hollow.
Morven Museum & Garden 55 Stockton St., Princeton, 609-924-8144. 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. 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. Open Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. May 5-7 Morven in May: A Celebration of Art, Craft & Garden, juried exhibition and sale of contemporary, American-made fine craft. Jul 4 Annual July 4th Jubilee, music, food, Declaration of Independence signing, historical demos and events. Free. Dec-Jan Annual Festival of Trees.
Red Mill Museum Village 56 Main St. (exit 15 Rt. 78), Clinton, 908-735-4101. Jan.Mar.: Sat. & Sun. 12-4, weather permitting. April-late 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.
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Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms 2352 Rt. 10W (at Manor Lane, 3 mi. west of Rt. 287), Parsippany, 973-540-0311. Park grounds open dawn to dusk. Log House Museum open for guided tours Thurs.-Sun. 12-4. Tours hourly 12:15-3:15. 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 Detectives: Time Travel Tour, ages 6-9 with adult, available to groups of 8 or more by reservation.
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum 120 W. Main St. (GSP exit 58), Tuckerton, 609-296-8868. 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. Selected Special Events Jan 1 Fire & Ice Food Trucks & Fireworks, 12-6. May 6 TRUCKerton Food Truck & Brew Fest: Pork Roll vs. Taylor Ham, 11-6. $8. Jun 10 Privateers & Pirates Festival, 11-5. $8. Jun 24-25 Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival, 11-5. $8.
Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, 609-737-0623. Visitor Center Museum: 609-737-9303, open daily 9-4 year round. Interpretive Center: 609-737-0609, open Wed.-Sun. year round. Johnson Ferry House: 609-7372515, 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 weekend-Labor 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, njparksandforests.org/parks/washcros.html. 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. Open Air Theatre, plays, musicals and concerts for adults and children are presented by Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville. Group discounts and discount ticket packages available. www.DPACatOAT.com 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 Waterloo Village, Allamuchy Mountain State Park, 525 Waterloo Rd., Byram Twp., Stanhope, 973-347-1835. Grounds open daily dawn to dusk. Buildings open for tours every Sat. May-Oct. Adult tours $3, kids $2, parking $5. The historic Morris Canal town of Waterloo Village and recreated Lenape Indian Village are open for school trips, scout groups and summer camp field trips and outreach programs by reservation.
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. (NJ Turnpike exit 4), Camden, NJ 08103, 856365-3300. Daily 10-5. Adults $26.95, ages 2-12 $19.95, 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 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.
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Aljira 591 Broad St., Newark, 973-622-1600. 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. 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. www.ccabedminster.org
Franklin Mineral Museum 32 Evans St., Franklin, Sussex County, 973-827-3481. Open daily April-Nov. 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. www.franklinmineralmuseum.com
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 28, Feb 25, Mar 18, Apr 22 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. Jan 15 Ice Sculpture Demonstrations. Jan 21 Just for Teens: Hack Your Way into Art School, 10:30 or 12:45pm. Jan 29 Film for Thought Series: Blank City. Feb 2, 18 Beauty of Winter Tour, 10:30am.
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Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd. (Exit 4 NJ Turnpike), Cherry Hill, 856424-1233. 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 20 larger-than-life interactive exhibit areas with special activities and performances most weekends. Workshops; parties; teacher workshops; outreach programs; museum store; snack area. Ongoing Open Arms Family Evenings, after hours open play and discovery for families with children on the autism spectrum.
Grounds for Sculpture 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, 609-586-0616. Tues.-Sun. 106. 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. www.groundsforsculpture.org
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Storytime in the Galleries / Tiempo de Cuentos en las Galerias, English and Spanish. 10:30am. Film for Thought Series: Station to Station. Film for Thought Series: Life in a Day. Artists in Action, GFS artists open their studios, music, hands-on workshops. 11-4. The Garden Chair Workshop, in 3 hours with only a cordless drill, for adults. 12-3. $245.
Hunterdon Art Museum 7 Lower Center St., Clinton, 908-735-8415. 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. Exhibition-inspired 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; Monmouth County, 732-706-9000. Daily 10-5:30. Adult $9.95, child $10.95. Under one year no charge. A hands-on discovery museum for children ages toddler through 10. Over 50 exhibits, including an authentic plane and fire truck, shadow play, pirate ship, arts and crafts, dance studio, music room, science room, multi-cultural area, grocery store, diner, pet vet area and much more! Theme birthday parties and field trips available year round. See coupon on page 199. www.imaginethatmuseum.com Selected Special Events Call for reservations. Jan 28 Princess Breakfast, 9:30am. Feb 11 Superhero Breakfast, 10am. Apr 1-2 Easter Bunny Breakfast, 10am. Apr 16 Easter Bunny Breakfast, 10am. Weekend Craft Calendar Jan 7-8 Paper Mitten Craft.
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his shadow? Make a Valentine’s Day Card. Make a President’s Day Picture. Create a Bookmark. Mommy & Me Day!, 10-1. 50% off admission. Decorate a Paper Kite. St. Patrick’s Day: Decorate a Shamrock. Build a Butterfly Clothespin Craft. Tropical Island Picture Day. Create a Very Hungry Caterpillar. Paper Umbrella Craft. Create a Bunny Craft for Easter. Earth Day: Recycled Craft. Rock Ladybug Craft. Bouquet of Flowers Paper Craft. Make a Teapot Craft for Mom. Seashell Crafting. Memorial Day: Red, White & Blue Painting.
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InfoAge Science Learning Center 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ 07719, 732-280-3000. 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. 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, have 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 for scouts; group tours by appointment; Bugs on the Go outreach. Ongoing Touch Presentations Tues.-Fri. 12:30 & 2pm; Sat. every hour, last one at 2pm. Night Crawl, overnight for scouts ages 7-12. Mar 25 Scout BugOut, open 4-6pm on the third Wed. of the month Oct.-May for scouts to work toward badges. Reservations required. Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17 Jun Annual Bugfest, cockroach races, facepainting, scavenger hunts, special guests. All proceeds benefit Rotary’s scholarship fund. 10-3.
All programs nonsectarian. 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120 Livingston, NJ 07039
973.994.4994 centerforwomenNJ.org Summer Activities include beach walks, Aquarium Explorers Camp, Junior Keepers, and more.
Jersey Shore Children’s Museum Hamilton Mall (upper level near Sears), 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, 609-641-5726. Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 116. 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. Activities scheduled daily. www.jerseyshsorechildrensmuseum.org
Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum
300 Ocean Ave., (exit 98GSP), Point Pleasant Beach, 732892-0600. 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 $12, srs. and ages 3-12 $7, 2 and under free. Small aquarium on the boardwalk features tropical fish, alligators, penguins, seals, sharks, rays and touch tank. Outreach programs; family workshops; behind-the-scenes tours; Junior Keepers program; birthday parties.
Ewing Senior & Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Rd., Ewing, NJ, 609-771-0300. Open to groups only, by appointment. Docent-led small group discussions and interactive exhibits focus on anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying, diversity appreciation and tolerance. Pre- and post-curriculum materials available. In-school and field trip programs available pre-K-middle school. Volunteers always needed. www.kidsbridgecenter.org Jun Annual Kidsbridge Walk2Stop Bullying.
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Liberty Science Center
Ongoing MMKids Weekly Children’s Programs, for tod-
222 Jersey City Blvd. (Exit 14C or 14B NJ Turnpike), Liberty State Park, Jersey City, 201-200-1000. Fall-spring: Tues.-Fri. 9-4, Sat.-Sun. 9-5:30. Summer: Mon.-Fri. 9-4, Sat.-Sun. 95:30. General admission: Adults $21.75; ages 2-12 $17.75; srs. $18.75; teachers $11.75; under 2 free. Combination tickets available for premium exhibition, IMAX 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 traveling science show for schools; after-hours enrichment at schools; scout programs; birthday parties; summer camps; overnight group camp-ins (recommended for grades 1-8); college internships. 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. Give Me Liberty! Combo Pass available at ticket office. Visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Liberty Science Center for $25 adults, $15 children, good for 7 days from date of purchase. 3rd Thurs Space Cantina: LSC After Dark, cocktails, food, music, dancing, laser shows for guests 21 and over on the 3rd Thurs. of the month. Jul-Aug Science Camps, for grades 4-9. Young Learner Camp for grades K-1 with adult. 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. Thru Curious George: Let’s Get Curious, ages 3-8 Jan 8 step into the world of Curious George. Thru Bodies Revealed, understand what’s under Jan 16 your skin and how to stay healthy through human figures preserved through plastination. Ages 8+.
dlers to school-age children, include hands-on art, science, math and history programs, planetarium shows, preschool story times and crafts, family movie nights and special events. Check website for the day’s programs and times. Jan-Feb Ready, Set, Art! themed activities. Mar-Apr Rock, Paper, Scissors! May-Jun Animal Architects: There’s No Place Like Home! Becker Children’s Wing Exhibition Designed for ages 7-12 and families. Tues.-Thurs. 2-5, Fri. 2-9, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5, call ahead to confirm. StarLab Shows: Twinkle Tots program Fri. at 2; shows Sat.-Sun. at 1:30 and 3. Birthday parties; group sleepovers; group tours available. Ongoing Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate, 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.
Monmouth Museum On the Brookdale Community College Campus (GSP exit 109 to Newman Springs Rd. to Parking Lot #1), Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732-747-2266. Tues.-Sat. 10-5; Fri. 109; 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. 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. www.monmouthmuseum.org
Montclair Art Museum 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, 973-746-5555. 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 and the first Friday 12-5pm. 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), teacher training workshops, 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. www.montclairartmuseum.org Ongoing Cell Phone Audio Tours; Family Gallery Guides. 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. 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, feature Closer Look Tours, informal 20-min. gallery talks. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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 Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series, 76 Jun 18 collages and 4 handmade books. Feb 5Matisse and American Art, first exhibition to Jun 18 examine the French master’s impact on the development of American modern art. $6 additional exhibition fee applies.
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Into the Unknown: The Photographs of Michael Rockefeller. Selected Special Events Jan 16 School Vacation Day Workshops, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 12-2pm. Free with admission. Feb 20 School Vacation Day Workshops, Presidents’ Day craft. 12-2pm. Free with admission. Mar 4 Dr. Seuss Family Festival, readings, crafts, and a performance of Seussology. 11-4. Combo tickets available for admission and performance.
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6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3700. Tues.Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5. Open to 8pm on 2nd and 3rd Thurs. of the month. Adults $10, srs. / 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 1st 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 email@example.com. Family Discovery Center, relaxed family gathering space with hands-on activities. Home School Science Adventures, home school programs for ages 4-8. Call for new schedule, 973-971-3720. #AccessABILITY, mornings for children and adults with special needs and their families. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info. Wed Stroller Tours, for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-18 months. 10am. Advance registration required. $10. 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 Engineering Brick Art, collection of more than Feb 26 30 LEGO® marvels. Thru A World of Miniatures.
9 Main St. at Green Village Rd., Madison, 973-377-2982. 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; family workshops; gallery talks; dropin activities; children’s discovery space. On-site and outreach programs; preschool and playgroup programs; homeschool programs; scout badges; summer history camp. Ongoing Scout Badge Programs, can be scheduled after school or Saturdays. Selected Children & Family Events Feb 1 Groundhog Prediction Party, 4-5pm. $5. Registration required, 973-377-2982 ext. 12.
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The People of Northern Papua New Guinea: From the Research & Collection of Dr. George E.B. Morren.
Newark Museum 49 Washington St. (24/78 to Newark exit for Rt. 21N, left on Raymond Blvd., right on Washington St.), Newark, 973596-6550. Jr. Museum: 973-596-6616. 24-hr sky report and program info: 973-596-6529. Wed.-Sun. 12-5. Suggested admission: Adults $15, children, srs., students with valid ID $8, members & Newark residents /college students free. 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, the Americas and the Pacific; classical art; the arts of Asia; numismatics; and natural science collection. Grounds contain 1794 schoolhouse and Newark Fire Museum. Junior Gallery, mini-zoo, family theater and planetarium. Attended parking in adjacent lot at corner of University & Central Aves. Year-round fine arts and crafts workshops for adults and children, summer camp for ages 3-13 (973-596-6637). Public drop-in gallery tours daily, reserved group gallery/planetarium and outreach programs; scout programs. See listing under Planetariums for more information. Selected Interactive Exhibitions Ongoing Dynamic Earth: Revealing Nature’s Secrets, natural science galleries include hands-on exhibits and activities. Fire Escapes: Danger & Survival, interactive exhibit at the refurbished Newark Fire Museum includes exhibits, films and displays in a replica burned-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.
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Newark Museum continued Selected Interactive Exhibitions Ongoing Look/Touch/Learn: Tibet, interactive space in Tibetan galleries to explore Tibetan culture. EmPOWERED: Your Renewable Energy Future, interactive exhibit showcases advanced energy technologies and demystifies the science behind generating electricity. MarAsian Art, The Musical, over 25 works celeFeb ‘18 brate music through the arts of East and South Asia. Wed-Sun Drop-In Public Tours, 1 & 2pm. School Year Programs Sept.–June Sat & Drop-In Activities, gallery explorations and art Sun activities for ages 3 and up and their families. Weekly themes highlight different areas of the art and science collections. 1-4pm. Planetarium Shows, see Dreyfuss Planetarium. 2nd Sun 2nd Sundays, lectures, performances, artistled tours, art/science demonstrations and workshops, music, special brunch menu. All ages. Selected Special Events May 6 Greater Newark Mini Maker Fair, a showcase of creativity and innovation in N.J. 11-5.
New Jersey Historical Society Essex Club, 52 Park Place, Newark, 973-596-8500. Museum: Tues.-Sat. 10-5. Library: Wed., Thurs., Sat. 12-5. 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, 609-292-6464 (recorded information), 609-292-6308 (weekdays only). Tues.-Sun. 9-4:45, closed Mondays and state holidays. Suggested admission: Adults $5, srs./students $4, ages 12 and under free. Free admission with valid ID for members, teachers, veterans, active duty military and their families. 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. www.state.nj.us/state/museum 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. 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 on the 3rd weekend of the month. Jan 21-22 A Snowy Owl Story. Feb 18-19 A Splash of Red. Mar 18-19 Corduroy. Apr 15-16 Who’s in the Forest? May 20-21 How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum. Jun 17-18 Swimmy. SMASH Series, special days for families to explore science through hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, shows and opportunities to meet the Museum’s experts. Mar 25 New Jersey Makers Day, 10-3. Jun 10 SMASH Series. 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. Open Written in Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey, explores the geology of New Jersey. Thru Toy World , little known stories of the imporApr 30 tant role New Jersey played in toy history.
Pierro Gallery of South Orange Baird Center, 5 Mead St., South Orange, 973-378-7754 ext. 3. Mon.-Thurs. 11-4 or 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. pierrogallery.org
Princeton University Art Museum McCormick Hall, center of campus, Princeton, 609-258-3788. Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Thurs. 10-10, Sun. 1-5. 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. www.artmuseum.princeton.edu 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. Family Events, check online calendar for schedule of events. Sat & Highlights Tour, meet at the entrance every Sun Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Free.
Rutgers University Geology Museum Geology Hall, Old Queens Section, College Ave. Campus, 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick, 732-932-7243. 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.
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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 28 49th 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. Apr 8 Ecology & Geology of the Raritan River, with Rutgers geologists. May 6 Fossil Hunting, guided trip with Rutgers geologists to Big Brook Preserve in Colts Neck, famous for marine fossils.
Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum 30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, Sussex County, 973-209-6463. See website link for current hours of operation, tour schedules and special events. 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 Garden State Parkway, Exit 116, Homdel, 800-648-VETS, 732-335-0033. 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. Group tours; Traveling Trunk available for rent.
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey 68 Elm St., Summit, 908-273-9121. 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. www.artcenternj.org
Contemporary art exhibitions change every four to six weeks. Film screenings; classes for all ages and abilities; birthday parties; art camp for children and teens; art educator programs; art road trips. Ongoing Sunday Art Afternoons, scheduled in conjunction with current exhibitions. Meet the artists, hands-on projects, for all ages. Cocktails & Canvas, an adult evening of painting and wine with experienced art instructor.
Watchung Arts Center 18 Stirling Rd., Watchung Circle, Watchung, 908753-0190. Tues.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. 10-3. Summer: Mon.-Fri. 9-2. Non-profit, 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. www.watchungarts.org
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Montclair State University, 8 Yogi Berra Dr., Little Falls, 973655-2378. 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 (Tnpk. exit 9 to Rt. 18N), George and Hamilton Sts., New Brunswick, 848-932-7237. Tues.-Fri. 104:30; 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. Sun Passport to Art, family-friendly art activities are offered select first Sundays of the month. Drop in anytime between 1-3pm. Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2 1st Tues Art After Hours: First Tuesdays, activities, performances, refreshments, guided tours, 5-9pm the first Tues. of each month. All ages. Free. Wed Drawing Club for Children & Young People, fall and spring sessions for ages 6-14. Jun-Jul Summer Art Camp, weekly sessions for ages 7-14. 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.
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PLANETARIUMS Dreyfuss Planetarium Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, 973-596-6529 for schedules. Press 2 for weekly update on the night sky, sunrise, sunset and moon phase information. 24-hr. Sky Report: 973-596-6611. For the latest dates to see the space station and other satellites, visit www.heavens-above.com or link to it from www.newarkmuseum.org. 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 when the museum opens. 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. Sphæra portable planetarium outreach program, 973-596-6690.
Emil Buehler Observatory Bergen County Community College Technology Education Center, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-447-7100. Fri Public Viewing Nights, Fridays 8-11pm.
Longo Planetarium County College of Morris, Cohen Hall, B building, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph, 973-328-5076. Planetarium programs are presented to school groups during the week and to the public monthly on weekends. All tickets $10, reservations recommended. www.ccm.edu/planetarium
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William D. McDowell Observatory Meadowlands Environment Center, Two Dekorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, 201-460-8300. 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. 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. 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, first-served 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 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. Monthly meetings of the NJAG are held on the second Wednesday of the month (except Aug.). Free and open to the public.
Robert J. Novins Planetarium Ocean County College, College Dr. (parking lot 2, Building 13), Toms River, 732-255-0343. Recorded show information:
732-255-0342. 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. ocean.universitytickets.com
Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt, 22W), North Branch, 908-231-8805. 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 clear-sky evenings when there are public shows. 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. Jan 7, Feb 4, Apr 1, May 6 Mar 4 Perfect Little Planet, grades 1-4. Selected Special Events
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Astronomy Tonight, a guided tour of the night sky. Ages 8 to adult. 7pm. Astronomy Day, hands-on activities for ages 6+. 2-5pm and 6-9pm.
Paul H. Robinson Observatory Voorhees State Park, 251 County Rd. Route 513 (rt. 78 to Rt. 31N), Glen Gardner, 908-638-8500. 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 On the roof of the Serin Physics Laboratories, 136 Frelinghuysen & Allison Rds. (park in lot 53 or 53A), Busch Campus of Rutgers, Piscataway, 848-445-8973 or 848-4458785. 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 (enter off of Bear Tavern Rd.), Titusville, 609-737-2575. The Amateur Astronomers
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Association of Princeton opens its observatory to the public every Friday April-Oct. from twilight 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. 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.
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A.J. Meerwald Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High St., Bivalve, Port Norris, 856-785-2060. 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. www.ajmeerwald.org Ongoing Sailor for a Day Youth Programs, Pirate Sails, Family Sails, Public Sails, in season. Selected Special Events at Bayshore Center Jun 3 Delaware Bay Day,” arts, music, folklife traditions, Jersey Fresh seafood, games, parade, fireworks. Free.
Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey Teterboro Airport (off Rt. 46, 400 Fred Wehran Rd.), Teterboro, 201-288-6344. 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 Martin-202 airliner, M.A.S.H. unit and 60seat 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.
Battleship New Jersey Camden Waterfront (Tpk. exit 4), 866-877-6262. 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. www.battleshipnewjersey.org 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 ext. 203. May 13 Girls Only Overnight Encampment.
Black River & Western Railroad 12 Stangl Rd., Flemington; John Ringo Rd., Ringoes, 908782-6622. Antique passenger coaches depart Flemington and Ringoes weekends May-Oct. for a scenic ride through rural 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. www.flemingtontrain.org 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.
Circle Line Pier 83, W. 42nd St. & 12th Ave., New York, 212-563-3200. 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 (weekends 104), 877-train-ride. Steam train runs weekends June-Oct. Diesel locomotive runs Nov.-June. Adults $17, children $10, 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. www.nyswths.org 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.
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TRAINS, PLANES & SHIPS Model Railroad Club, Inc. 295 Jefferson Ave., off Rt. 22 East, Union, 908-964-9724; 964-8808 recorded message. 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 5-12 $4, under 5 free. Nov-Dec Annual Holiday Light & Sound Show.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad 32 W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA, 215-862-2332. 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. The USS Ling, a WWII submarine, is looking for a new home. Closed Relocating, temporarily closed for tours.
New Jersey Transit Train and Bus Information: 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 studetns 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 promotions. Children under 12 ride free with paying adult (two child limit).
Northlandz 495 Rt. 202, Flemington, 908-782-4022. Wed.-Fri. 10:30-4, Sat. & Sun. 10:30-5:30, Mon. 10:30-4. 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 94room dollhouse. Club Car Cafe.
Pine Creek Railroad In Allaire State Park, Rt. 524 (exit 98 GSP), Allaire (Wall), 732-938-5524. March-June: 12-4:30 weekends and special events. July 4– Labor Day: Mon.-Fri. 12-4; Sat. & Sun. 124:30. Sep.-Dec.: weekends only. Tickets $4, different rates may apply for special events. Parking fee Memorial DayLabor 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, Rt. 10W & Whippany Rd., Whippany, 973887-8177. Museum open Sundays April-Oct. 12-4 and on excursion days. Closed winter. Suggested donation: Adults $1, children under 12 $.50. Railroad memorabilia, exhibits, large operating Lionel train layout, gift shop, picnic grounds. 45-min. train rides depart 1, 2 3, and 4pm, rain, snow or shine. Seasonal events include rides with the Easter Bunny, on the Pumpkinliner, and summer excursion trains. Ride options include restored cabooses or an elegant 1927era 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, babes-in-arms free. www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net Apr Easter Bunny Express, online tickets available mid-Jan.
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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 28 Annual Kids Night on Broadway. Tickets go on sale Dec. 6.
high 5 tickets All teens ages 13-18 and preteens enrolled in middle school can buy theater, music, dance, film and visual arts tickets for $5 online @ www.high5tix.org. Museum tickets are 2 for $5. Take 5 program enables small groups of students and their adult chaperones to purchase tickets for participating arts events, 212302-7433. 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; and in the South St. Seaport, Esplanade at Pier 15. 1-800-NYC-VISIT, email email@example.com.
discount tickets 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.-Sun. 11-6, closed Sun. Feb.Mar. TKTS Booth Brooklyn, 1 MetroTech Center at corner of Jay St. and Myrtle Ave. promenade. See current listings of available tickets at “TKTS Live” on www.tdf.org or get the TKTS app. 212-9129770. Today Tix Download the free TodayTix app, created by Broadway
producers, to buy last minute discount theater tickets for today and the week. School Theater Ticket Program 1560 Broadway, Suite 1113, 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. Theater 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. Mar 5 Aladdin, autism-initiative performance, 1pm. May 7 Kinky Boots, autism-initiative performance. BroadwayBox.com Free listing of discount codes available to purchase Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets at up to 50% off. 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, children’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 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.Fri. 2-7:45pm, Sat. 12-2 and 3-7:45pm. 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.
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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
American Ballet Theatre City Center, West 55th St. between 6th & 7th Aves., 212477-3030. Tickets: 212-362-6000. Oct.-Nov. & May-July seasons 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.
American Museum of Natural History Central Park W at 79th St., 212-769-5100. Sky info: 212769-5900. Open daily 10-5:45, Rose Center open Fri. to 8:45. General admission: Adults $22, ages 2-12 $12.50, students/srs. $17. Additional fee for space show, IMAX films, and special exhibitions. Download Explorer app from the App Store or Google Play. www.amnh.org 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 & 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, summer day camps and travel with the museum. 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, 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 27, Feb 25, Mar 18, Jun 16, 23 Jan 14, Apr 28 Girl Scout Nights. Mar 25 Boy Scout Nights. Feb 11, Jun 30 Sleepover for Grown-Ups. AMNH Expeditions, family travel programs around the globe. View online at www.amnh. org/amnh-expeditions or call 800-462-8687. 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 Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease. Apr 30 Dinosaurs Among Us, examines how one group of dinosaurs evolved into birds. Thru Cuba!, meet the people, explore the landscapes, Aug 13 and encounter its rare and unusual species. Thru The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies May 28 Alive in Winter, walk through a tropical vivarium housing up to 500 live, free-flying butterflies.
Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect 44 Park Place, 212-431-7993. 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. www.annefrank.com
Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Park 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-367-1010. Nov.-late Mar.: Daily 10-4:30. Late Mar.-Nov.: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, weekends/holidays 10-5:30. General admission: Adults $19.95, srs. $17.95, ages 3-12 $12.95, 2 and under free. Special rides and attractions have additional entry fees. Parking fee. Admission on Wed. by donation. Total Experience tickets, offering unlimited access to rides and attractions, are discounted online. General admission ticket are not available online. Family or group tours available by reservation, 718-220-5141. 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 (free Jan. 2-April 3); 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; summer camps; teen internships; family overnight safaris; adult programs.
Carnegie Hall 154 W. 57th St., New York, 212-903-9600. Tickets available at box office, online at www.carnegiehall.org or through CarnegieCharge, 212-247-7800. Sign up at carnegiehall.org/ students for discount student tickets.
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Ongoing Family Concert Series, 60-minute concerts with
world-class artists and hands-on pre-concert activities are recommended for ages 5-10. Visit “Education & Community” at www.carnegie hall.org for current season. Carnegie Kids, series of free concerts for ages 2-6 in the Judith & Burton Resnick Education Wing and all five boroughs. Jan 22, Mar 26 Family Day, free interactive musical activities and performances in Education Wing. 12-4.
Central Park A wonderful oasis in the heart of the city, Central Park can be an all-day adventure in good weather with non-stop activities and entertainment. Park information: 212-3106600; www.nycgovparks.org/parks/centralpark. Consult centralparknyc.org for walking tours and cityparksfoundation.org for information about cultural events including the Swedish Cottage and Summerstage performances. Central Park Zoo 5th Ave. & 64th St., 212-439-6500. Mar. 25-Nov. 6: Mon.Fri. 10-5, weekends and holidays 10-5:30. Nov. 6-Mar 24: Daily 10-4:30. Adults $12, srs. $9, ages 3-12 $7, under 3 free. Discount Total Experience tickets available online. www.centralparkzoo.com 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., 212-772-0210. Open May-Oct. 10-5; Nov.-Apr 10-4. Free admission. Houses the Henry Luce Nature Observatory with discovery activities for children and adults. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Swedish Cottage, Central Park W. & 79th St., 212-988-9093. Brought to Central Park by Fredrick Law Olsted in 1877, the Swedish Cottage has been home to the Marionette Theatre since 1947. Performances daily, reservations required. www.cityparksfoundation.org Other Park Attractions Historic carousel rides (midway at 65th St., 212439-6900, ext. 4); free storytelling appropriate for ages 6 and up at 11 am on Sat. June-Oct. 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. http://summerstage.donyc.com 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. Presents annual series of concerts and educational events. Pending availability, tickets are available at the box office at a 50% discount for students; $10 student rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain; and CM360 series tickets entitle ages 21-39 to three tickets for $60. A limited number of free day-of tickets are available to students K-12 for Alice Tully Hall concerts. Call ticketing office for availability. Ongoing Meet the Music Family Concert Series, afternoon concert series or single concerts for families with children ages 6 and up. Meet the Music 2017 Jan 22 Inspector Pulse: Once More with Feeling. Mar 26 Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan 212 W. 83rd St. (between Broadway & Amsterdam), New York, 212-721-1223. Tues.-Sun. 10-5, Sat. 10-7. Open daily in summer. Adults and children $12, srs. $8, 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; and changing exhibitions. Strollers must be checked; no food. Sign up for workshops upon arrival. Sat & Performances by guest artists, musicians, Sun dancers, actors, author visits and hands-on workshops are scheduled weekends and holidays, daily in summer. Thru America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near Jan 31 and Far, explore architecture, home, trade routes, international marketplace.
Children’s Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St. (between Hudson & Greenwich Sts.), 212274-0986. Mon. 12-5, Thurs. & Fri. 12-6, Sat. & Sun. 10-5, open Tues. & Wed. for WEE Arts drop in classes for ages 5 and under. Admission ages 1-65: $12. Pay as you wish Thurs. 4-6pm. Hands-on, interactive arts programs, play areas and exhibitions designed for ages 10 months to 15. Art projects daily, special events on weekends.
Discovery Times Square Exposition Former New York Times Building, 226 W. 44th St. (between 7th & 8th Aves.), 866-987-9692. Sun.-Tues. 10-7, Wed. & Thurs. 10-8, Fri. & Sat. 10-9. Admission by timed ticket, fees vary by exhibition. 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. Open Check website link for upcoming exhibitions.
FDNY Fire Zone 34 W. 51st St. (adjacent to Radio City Music Hall), 212-6984520. 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.
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Fraunces Tavern Museum 54 Pearl St., New York, 212-425-1778. Mon.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. & Sun. 11-5. Adults $7, ages 6-18 & 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.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Ave. at 89th St., New York, 212-423-3500. Sun.Wed. and Fri. 10-5:45, Sat. 10-7:45, closed Thurs. Adults $25, students/srs. $18, under 12 free. Pay-what-you-wish 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. 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. Stroller Tours; Toddler Programs; Family Tour & Workshops; After School Programs; Summer Camps, visit calendar for dates and registration information. 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 5-14. 1-4pm 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., 212-769-5900, space show and current sky information. Public programs include space shows, lectures and talks, stargazing, special events and astronomy summer camps. 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. Monthly One Step Beyond, live bands, DJ, VJs, drinks and dancing in the Rose Center 9pm-1am. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased at amnh.org/osb or by calling 212-769-5200.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum Pier 86 (on the Hudson River) at West 46th St. & 12th Ave., New York, 212-245-0072, 877-957-SHIP. April 1-Oct. 31:
Mon.-Fri. 10-5, Sat., Sun. & holidays 10-6. Nov. 1-Mar. 31: Daily 10-5. General admission: Adults $26, srs./students $24, ages 5-12 $19, under 5 free. Additional fee for Space Shuttle Pavilion, guided tours, simulators and audio tours. Save $2 on each ticket purchased online. Mission Intrepid: Explore Enterprise iPhone app available from App Store. www.intrepidmuseum.org. 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 registraiton. Visit website link for dates. Operation Slumber, overnights for families and organized youth groups. Call 646-381-5010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Frederick P. Rose Hall, Columbus Circle, Broadway at 60th St., 212-258-9800. CenterCharge: 212-721-6500. 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 online for special offers, student cover charges at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and $10 tickets for select performances. Hot Seats, $10 seats for each Rose Theater performance, are released for sale on the Wed. prior to the performance at the Box Office. Ongoing Jazz for Young People, kid-friendly lessons hosted by Wynton Marsalis or special guests, recommended for ages 6 and older. Feb 4 Who is Louis Armstrong?
Jazz Standard Jazz for Kids Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (between Park & Lexington), 212-576-2232. 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, 212-423-3200. 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. 5-8pm. 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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Ongoing Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces, interactive children’s exhibition designed for ages 3-10. Closed Sat. Family Guides to current and past exhibitions care 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 John Singer Sargent: Mrs. Carl Meyer and Feb 5 Her Children, download guide for kids online. Thru Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Mar 26 Design.
The Joyce Theater 175 8th Ave., New York, 212-691-9740; JoyceCharge 212242-0800. 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 Family Matinee series designed for ages 6-14.
Legoland Discovery Center 1 Ridge Hill Blvd. (I-87N exit 6A), Yonkers, NY, 866-243-0770. 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. Activities designed for ages 3-10 include soft play area, rides, laser maze, Lego fire academy, construction site, racers, Duplo Village, Master Builder Academy and 4D Cinema. Special events include adult nights, homeschooler days, teacher nights and holiday events. Cafe; Lego Shop; birthday parties.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Alice Tully Hall, 65th St. & Broadway, 212-721-6500. The world’s leading performing arts center comprises 12 resident arts organizations. For the complete schedule of performances at Lincoln Center, consult website, www.lincolncenter.org. Ongoing Zucker Discount Ticket Box Office, is open inside the David Rubenstein Atrium Visitor Center, Tues.-Fri. 2-7:45pm and Sat. 12-2, 37:45pm. Discounts of 25-50% 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. 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 for LC Kids schedule. Visit kids.lincolncenter.org to view all family events at Lincoln Center.
Little Orchestra Society 212-971-9500. Concert series for both children and adults. Subscriptions and single tickets available. LOS Kids Season The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave. (68th
between Park & Lexington). Concert series for ages 3-10. Feb 11-12 Mendelssohn! Mar 4-5 Bernstein!
Lower East Side Tenement Museum Visitor Center & Museum Shop: 103 Orchard St., 212982-8420; 877-975-3786. 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. 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. www.tenement.org 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, 800-246-8872. 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. Mingle with over 200 life-like notable figures and celebrities from past and present; 4D theater. A hit with teens; bring a camera. www.nycwax.com.
Madison Square Garden The Stadium or WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 7th Ave. at 33rd, 866-858-0008. Groups: 212-465-6080. Check website for new events or Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000. www.thegarden.com
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710. Fri.-Sat. 10-9, Sun.-Thurs. 105:30. Adults $25, srs. $17, students $12, members & 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, a branch of the museum constructed from portions of five medieval cloisters, is dedicated to the art and architecture 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. Located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, 212923-3700. www.metmuseum.org/cloisters
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Metropolitan Museum of Art continued The Met Breuer, new space focuses on modern and contemporary art including exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies and educational initiatives in the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer. 945 Madison Ave., New York, 212-731-1675. Closed Monday. Main Building Events Family programs for all ages are offered free with museum admission and do not require advance reservations. See online calendar at metmuseum.org/events/find-events for schedule or call 212-570-3961. 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. MayIris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden open Nov weather permitting.
Metropolitan Opera Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. between W. 62nd and 65th Sts., 212-362-6000. Oct.-May season at Lincoln Center, summer recital series and live on screen in HD theaters worldwide. www.metopera.org
MoMath National Museum of Mathematics 11 East 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-542-0566. Daily 10am-5pm. Adults $15, children, students and srs. $9, 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. momath.org
Museum of Arts and Design 2 Columbus Circle, New York, 212-299-7777. Tues.-Sun. 106, Thurs. & Fri. 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. Ongoing Artist Studios, meet artists at work on the 6th floor daily. Docent Tours, 11:30 & 3pm daily. MADreads, story and gallery exploration for preschoolers with adult companions.
1st Sun 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. 10-1.
Museum of the City of New York 1220 5th Ave. at 103rd St., New York, 212-534-1672. Daily 10-6. Adults $14, students/srs. $10, ages 19 and under free. Explore New York’s past, present and future through changing and permanent exhibitions and multi-media presentation. Ongoing Family Programs, drop in Sat., Sun. and school vacation days for free hands-on activities for families with children ages 6-12. Scavenger Hunts, ask the admissions staff.
Museum of Modern Art 11 W. 53 St., Manhattan, 212-708-9400. Daily 10:30-5:30, Fri. until 8pm. 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. 4-8pm. Sculpture Garden is open free from 9:3010:15am daily. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.moma.org. 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. Selected Special Exhibitions May 21- Robert Rauschenberg.
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Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. Family Programs at MoMa 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 www.moma.org/visit/families and subscribe to the Family Programs newsletter. For info on programs for high school students, call 212-333-1252, vsit moma.org/ momateens or email email@example.com.
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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. Tours for Tweens, ages 11-14 and adult companion. 10:30-12 select Sat. & Sun., registration required. Family Art Workshops, 10:30-12:30 & 2-4pm. Advance registration required.
New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, New York, 212-219-1222. 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 seven-story stack of metal mesh-clad boxes shifted off axis is home to changing contemporary art exhibits. Download audio guides for current exhibitions online. www.newmuseum.org Ongoing Docent-Led Tours, Wed. & Fri. 12:30, Thurs., Sat. & Sun. 12:30 & 3pm. Free. 1st First Saturdays for Families, hands-on programs, Sat 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. Tickets are given out on a first come, first-served basis.
New Victory Theater 209 W. 42nd St. (just west of Broadway), 646-223-3010. 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 drop-in activities and family workshops for select shows, day-time performances for students, curriculum materials, after-school career workshops and apprenticeship programs for high school and college students, summer workshops, professional development. 646-223-3000 for information. Ongoing Free Online Family Activity, pre- and post-show activities for every show to download at home. www.newvictory.org/familyactivities 2017 Events Jan 6-15 Oh Boy!, ages 10+. The Duke on 42nd St. Jan 28- Elephant & Piggie, ages 4-7.
Feb 5 Feb 10-26 Mar 3-12 Mar 10Mar 26 Mar 17-25
Water on Mars, all ages 5+. Aging Magician, all ages 10+. The Way Back Home, ages 3-5. New 42nd Street Studios. X, Or, Betty Shabazz vs The Nation, all ages 13+. Julius Caesar, all ages 13+. Something, all ages 6+.
Mar 19-26 Mar 31Apr 16 Apr 28- Nivelli’s War, all ages 8+. May 7 May 13- Grug & the Rainbow, ages 3-5. May 21
Autism-Friendly Performances Feb 5 Elephant & Piggie, ages 4-7. Apr 2 Something, all ages 6+.
New York Aquarium West 8th St. & Surf Ave., Coney Island, 718-265-FISH. Sept.late May: Daily 10-4:30. Summer: Daily 10-6. Admission ages 3 & up: $11.95. Save 10% with online purchase. Pay-whatyou-wish Fri. from 3pm to close; from 4pm on summer Fridays. Group rates. Parking fee. Indoor and outdoor sea cliffs exhibit includes walrus, sea otter and penguin feedings, coral reef, 4-D theater. Breakfast with the Animals, Keeper for a Day programs; guided tours; education programs for toddlers to teens; camp; group programs.
New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd. (I-95 Bronx River Parkway exit 4B), Bronx, 718-817-8700. 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 $20, srs. & students $18, ages 2-12 $8. 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. www.nybg.org Apr-Oct The Edible Academy, cooking demonstrations, daily, family-friendly activities and hands-on gardening for kids and adults at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. Selected Exhibitions Thru Annual Holiday Train Show.
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Wild Medicine in the Tropics. The Orchid Show: Thailand. Chihuly, the artwork of world-renowned sculptor.
New York City Ballet David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, 63rd & Columbus Ave., 212-496-0600. 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 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+. Feb 25 Story Time with NYCB, 11am. May 27 A Magical Midsummer, 11am.
Please Note Events are subject to change or cancellation. Please call or check websites via www.kidsguidenj.com prior to your visit to ensure there have been no changes.
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New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St. & 48th Ave., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 718-699-0005. Mon.-Fri. 9:30-4:45, Sat. & Sun. 10-5:45. Adults $15; ages 2-17, students and srs. $12. Combination tickets include admission, Rocket Park, Science Playground and 3D Theater. Strollers are permitted. 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 Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, 212875-5656. Four Young People’s Concerts Nov.-Mar. introduce children ages 6-12 to live symphonic music. Online Kidzone Live! features demonstrations, activities and a chance to talk to musicians. 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 35 to classical music. 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., 212-679-0401; box office 212-355-6160. 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. Once Upon A Ballet Series Mar 12 Cinderella at Schimmel Center, 3pm. Apr 30 The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies at Schimmel Center, 3pm.
9/11 Memorial & Museum Enter at the intersection of Liberty St. and Greenwich St., at the intersection of Liberty St. and West St., or at the intersection of West St. and Fulton St. 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 212-266-5211. Sun.-Thurs. 9am-8pm, last entry at 6pm. Fri. & Sat. 9am-9pm, last entry at 7pm. Adults $24, srs./veterans/U.S. college students $18, ages 7-17 $15. Timed visitor passes can be purchased online or by phone for $2 nonrefundable service fee. Timed tickets for same-day 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 120 Liberty St., 866-737-1184. 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. www.tributewtc.org
The Paley Center for Media 25 West 52 St., 212-621-6600. Recorded information: 212621-6800. 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 60,000 radio and television programs to view or listen to at an individual console. Sat Re-creating Radio, two-hour workshop for groups ages 9 and older to produce an oldtime radio drama. Advance reservations necessary, 212-621-6600.
Radio City Music Hall Rockefeller Center, 60th St. & Ave. of the Americas, 866858-0008. Groups: 212-465-6100. See listing under Entertainment–Shows & Concerts or website link.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium 234 W. 42nd St., 212-398-3133. Jan.-mid-March: Mon.-Wed. 9am-11pm; Thurs.-Sun. 9-1am. March-Jan.: Daily 9-1am. Adults $29.95, ages 4-12 $22.95, save 20% with online purchase. Themed galleries feature strange and unusual, and sometimes gruesome, artifacts collected from around the world. Group and school tours; event space rentals; themed birthday parties for ages 4 and up. www.ripleysnewyork.com.
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Staten Island Children’s Museum Historic Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, 718-273-2060. Open 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 Insects, 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, 718-442-3100, 718-442-3101. See listing under Outdoors–Zoos.
Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, 212-864-5400. 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 The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, East 68th St. between Park & Lexington Aves., New York, 212-647-1100. Class trip tickets: 800-497-5007. Creator and producer of professional theater for young and family audiences tours throughout the U.S. and presents weekend theatre at the Kaye Playhouse 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, 212-570-3600. 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. 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; free tours daily; family programs include special family days, Whitney Wees preschool programs, sketching tours, stroller tours and more. 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 ages 6-12 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 40 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 Logan Circle at 19th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, 215-299-1000. 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; adult programs. Sat & Crafts, activities, presentations and demonSun strations, meet live animals on selected weekends and holidays. Ongoing Butterflies!, tropical garden filled with butterflies from around the globe.
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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University continued Ongoing Night in the Museum, sleep in the galleries for ages 6-14. Special dates for scouts and adults. Selected Exhibitions Thru Dinosaurs Unearthed, moving, life-size animaJan 16 tronic dinosaurs invade the Academy. Feb 4Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.
May 14 Selected Special Events Feb Froguary Weekends, interactive education stations, storytimes, crafts weekends in Feb. Mar 4-5 Paleopalooza, two-day festival of fossils. Apr 1-2 Animal Superhero Weekend, live animal shows, activity stations and crafts. Apr TBA Philadelphia Science Festival, 10-day community-wide celebration of science. Aug 12- Bug Fest, annual celebration of insects.
America On Wheels Museum 5 North Front St, Allentown, PA 18102, 610-432-4200. Jan.Mar.: Wed.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-4. April-Dec.: Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. JAdults $10, srs. $7, ages 6-16 $5, 5 and under free. Children 12 and under free on Sundays. 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, 215-2787000. Wed.-Mon. 10-5, Fri. 6-9 every first Fri. and select Fri. evenings, closed Tues. Frequent extended hours on Sat. until 7pm and Sun. until 6pm. Adults $25, srs. $23, ages 618 $10, 5 and under free. Advance reservations recommended. Free admission and programs the first Sun. of every month. Backpacks and backpack-type 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 from iTunes or Google Play. School programs, educator workshops, performances, lectures, group tours, storytimes, children and family art programs are offered. See“Programs” online for schedule. www.barnesfoundation.org Ongoing Family Audio Tour, interactive audio game designed for ages 7-12, can be downloaded in advance from iTunes or Google Play.
Crayola Factory Two Rivers Landing, 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, 866875-5263. Hours vary by season, check online link. Admission
ages 3+ $19.99, under 3 free, online ticket discounts; group discounts. 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 At Cedar Crest College, 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, PA 18103, 484-664-1002. 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. Jan 21- Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, explore Sep 4 the science behind fear.
The Franklin Institute Science Museum 222 N. 20th St., (at Benjamin Franklin Parkway), Philadelphia, 215-448-1200. 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-TFI-TIXS. General admission: Adults $19.95, ages 3-11 $15.95; 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. Traveling Science Show for groups; camp-ins; home school workshops; Schools Out Camp and summer Discovery Camp. Daily Live science shows and demonstrations daily. Consult daily program sheet 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 The Franklin Air Show, permanent exhibit simulates environment of an actual air show. The Giant Heart: A Healthy Interactive Experience, walk through a giant heart. The Train Factory, climb aboard a steam locomotive and explore physical science. Electricity, the exhibit most closely identified with the Franklin Institute, features interactive devices and glowing graphics, sustainable dance floor, cell phone disco wall and sparking tesla coil. 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.
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Selected Special Exhibitions Advance tickets can be purchased online. Thru Jurassic World: The Exhibition, scenes inspired Apr 23 by the blockbuster film. Thru Robot Revolution, 40 cutting-edge robots Apr 2 demonstrate how robots contribute to our lives.
Independence National Historical Park Chestnut St. between 5th & 6th Sts., Philadelphia, 215-965-2305. City concierge staff: 800-537-7676. 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 one year 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. 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.
Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd at Walnut St., Philadelphia, 215-4138655. Daily 10am-5pm. Closed Mon. Jan. 9-Mar. Extended summer hours. Adults $16, children/students/srs. $12, under 2 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 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 www.discoverlancaster.com. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Rt. 741, Strasburg, 717-687-8628. 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. 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. 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.
National Constitution Center Independence Mall E, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, 215-4096600. Tickets 215-409-6700. Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5, Sun. 12-5. Adults $14.50, srs./students/ages 13-18 $13, ages 4-12 $8, under 4 free. Established as an independent, nonpartisan, 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.” www.constitutioncenter.org Selected Exhibitions Thru Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to Dec ‘17 the Bill of Rights.
National Museum of American Jewish History 101 S. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, 215-923-3811. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-5:30, open some holiday Mondays. Memorial Day-Labor Day, open Wed. until 8pm, pay-what-you-wish after 5pm. Adults $12, srs. and ages 1321 $11, 12 and under free. Museum traces the history of Jewish life in America from 1654 to present through stateof-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; cafe; gift shop on-site or online. www.nmajh.org Thru Bill Graham & the Rock & Roll Revolution, Jan 16 explores the 60s, 70s & 80s through the lens of rock & roll.
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Penn Museum University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St., 215-898-4000. Tues.-Sun. 105, closed Mon. Open until 8pm the first Wed. of the month. Adults $15, srs. $13, ages 6-17 and full-time 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 art and artifact workshops, gallery romps for ages 3-6, World Culture Days, anthropology summer day camps for ages 7-13, and museum sleepovers. www.penn.museum 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 1-4pm for craft, touchable artifacts and gallery activities geared for families with children ages 5 and up. Contact email@example.com, 215-898-4016. Jan 8 Destination Ancient Guatemala: Ancient Maya Tattoos. Feb 12 Destination Nigeria: Masks. Mar 12 Destination Ancient Greece: Athena’s Owl Puppets. Apr 9 Destination Japan: Lotus Flowers. May 14 Destination Ancient Egypt: Mummies Day Love Letters. Wed P.M. @ Penn Museum, extended hours and activities first Wed. of the month, 5-8pm.
Pennsylvania Factory Tours Harley-Davidson 1425 Eden Rd., York, PA, 877-883-1450. 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 age 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. www.harleydavidson.com, vehicle operations, York, PA. Martin Guitar Museum & Visitor Center 510 Sycamore St., Nazareth, PA, 800-633-2060. Museum open Mon.-Fri. 8-5. Audio tours available for $2 per person. Free factory guided tours Mon.-Fri. 11-2:30, first-come, firstserved; 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. www.martinguitar.com Herr Foods 20 Herr Dr., Nottingham, PA, 19362, 800-284-7488. Onehour 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 As the “Factory Tour Capital of the World,” York County capitalizes on its manufacturing tradition. Visit websites
for factories opening their doors to visitors. www.yorkpa.org; www.factorytours.org Jun 14-17 Made in America Tours, annual open house.
Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19454, 610-287-9349. 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. www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills
Philadelphia Museum of Art 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. at 26th St., Philadelphia, 215763-8100. 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. Family programs; art and gallery programs for babies to adults; children’s art classes. Ongoing Interactive Programs, designed for families with children ages 3-12, include intimate gallery tours, art-making activities, toddler playdates, stroller tours and family festivals. For schedule, call 215-684-7580 or visit Family Calendar at www.philamuseum.org. 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 Wed 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 Family Festivals Family tours, activities and performances. Free after paywhat-you-wish admission. Jan 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, 10-3. All ages. Feb 5 Western Adventures, 10-3. Okee Dokee Brothers concert, gallery tours. Selected Exhibitions Mar 1American Watercolor in the Age of Homer May 14 and Sargent.
Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard Ave. (exit 36 I-76), Philadelphia, 215243-1100. Nov.-Feb.: Daily 9:30-4. Mar.-Oct.: Daily 9:30-5. Nov.-Feb.: discounted admission. Mar.-Nov.: Adults $23,
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ages 2-11 $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. Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 11-5. Adults and children 1 and older $17. First Wed. of each month 47pm: $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 Adult Tours of historic Memorial Hall can be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-guided tours anytime, pick up a map at admissions desk. Special Play without Boundaries, evening and early morning events for families of children with disabilities.
Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA 19047, 1-866-GO-4-ELMO. See listing under Amusement & Water Parks.
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse Above Kelly Drive near the intersection of 33rd and Oxford in East Fairmount Park, 215-765-4325. Playground: AprilSept.: Tues.-Fri. 10-6, Sat. & Sun. 10-7; Oct.-Dec.: Fri.-Sun. 10-4. Playhouse (ages 5 and younger): April-Sept.: Tues.Fri. 10-4, Sat. & Sun. 10-7. 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. www.smithkidsplayplace.org
United States Mint 5th & Arch Sts., Philadelphia, 215-408-0112, 800-USA-MINT. Gift Shop: 215-408-0230. Tours: Mon.-Fri. 9-4:30. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Mon.-Sat. 9-4:30. Free, self-guided tours are offered on a first-come, first served basis pending availability. 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. www.usmint.gov
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, 410-244-1900. 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 YUMMM! The History, Fantasy and Future of Sep 3 Food.
Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum: 216 Emory St., Baltimore, 410-727-1539. 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. The Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum features exhibits on the life and times of Babe Ruth and select objects from Maryland's sports history, heritage and heroes.
The B&O Railroad Museum 901 W. Pratt St., 410-752-2490. Mon.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 11-4. Adults $18, srs. $16, ages 2-12 $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.
Baltimore Museum of Industry 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, 410-727-4808. Tues.-Sun. 104. 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 handson exploration. Restored tugboat, 1880 printing press, oyster cannery, garment loft.
Maryland Science Center Inner Harbor, 601 Light St., 410-685-5225. 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.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Druid Hill Park, 410-396-7102. Tickets: 410-366-LION (5466). Mar.-Dec.: Daily 10-4, extended summer hours. Jan. & Feb.: Open Fri.-Mon. 10-4. Adults $18, srs. $15, ages 2-11 $14, 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.
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National Aquarium in Baltimore Inner Harbor, 501 E. Pratt St., 410-576-3800. 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. Advance tickets recommended. 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.
Port Discovery Children’s Museum Inner Harbor, 35 Marketplace, 410-727-8120. Memorial DayLabor Day: Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Oct.-May: Tues.-Fri. 9:304:30, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Admission $14.95, 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 Imagineering. The museum centers around KidsWorks obstacle tower, a 3story 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.
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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.
Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit, 908-273-2899. Sunday concerts Oct.-April at 4pm, artists’ reception follows. Students free. www.ucsummit.org Jan 29 Fred Hersch, jazz pianist. Mar 26 The Lark Quartet.
The Arts Council of the Morris Area (973-258-5115) publishes a com plete arts calendar each quarter. Subscriptions and other benefits are available with membership.
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 and to check for newly added performances.
the stages festival march 2017 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.
Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre 732-598-3979. Flamenco and Spanish dance company performs at venues throughout the state. www.alboradadance.org
American Repertory Ballet Princeton Ballet School 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-249-1254; Princeton Ballet School, 301 N. Harrison St.; 102 Witherspoon St., 609921-7758; 29 N. Main St., Cranbury, 609-921-7758. 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 school-time matinees. Selected Performances Mar 10 Masters of Dance & Music, 10:30am, school time matinee. Raritan Valley Community College. Mar 11 Masters of Dance & Music, 3pm, Raritan Valley Community College. Apr 1-2 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2pm. April 2: 1pm, sensory-friendly production. Union County Performing Arts Center. Apr 21-22 Pride & Prejudice, 8pm. School time matinee April 21 at 10:30am. McCarter Theatre. May 20 Sleeping Beauty, 2 & 7pm, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial.
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Bergen Performing Arts Center 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030. 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. www.bergenpac.org Selected Children & Family Events Feb 12 Disney’s Frozen Sing Along, 1pm. May 6 New Jersey Ballet’s Giselle, 8pm. Kidz Cabaret Series Interactive performances in an intimate setting introduce young children ages 3-7 to the performing arts. Performances at 1 & 3pm. $17, discounts for 3 shows. Jan 14 Story Pirates. Feb 25 Kimmy Schwimmy. Mar 4 Steve Petra’s Animal Games. Apr 29 The Magic of Anthony Salazar.
Bickford Theatre Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706. Year round performances in the 312-seat theater include special concert events, jazz showcase, Main Stage and children’s theater series. Student discounts and subscriptions available. See Theatre for children and family theater events.
Broadway Theatre of Pitman 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, 856-384-8381. 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. See listings under Theatre for year round children’s theater.
Centenary Stage Company Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Center, Centenary University, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900. 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. Selected Family Event Apr 1 Nai-Ni Chen: The First Chinese New Year, dance fest family event. 2pm. Ages 5-adult.
Central Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Arts Series 70 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-0441. Friday lunchtime concerts celebrate the holiday seasons during advent and lent. Free, open to the public.
Chatham Community Band Community band presents free concerts to Chatham and surrounding communities. New members welcome. www.chathamcommunityband.org
Count Basie Theatre 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. 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 listing under Theatre for additional family events and check website often for new shows, www.countbasietheatre.org.
Selected Adult & Full-Length Events Cinderella, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia. 7:30pm.
Crescent Concert Series Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield, 908-756-2468. 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. 2016-2017 Season Feb 26 Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists, local musicians ages 18 & under, by audition. 3pm. Mar 9 Connections!, festival of organists. 3pm. Apr 22 Like Father, Like Son, Crescent Choral Society. 7pm. May 22 The Poet Sings, Crescent Singers. 3pm.
Discovery Orchestra P.O. Box 4064, Warren, 908-226-7300. Artistic Director George Marriner Maull teaches listening skills to help people emotionally connect with classical music during intimate in-home recitals, courses and discovery concerts. Recommended for adults and ages 10 and up. Student, group and subscription discounts; videos online.
Drew University Arts The Concert Hall, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-3917. 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. www.drew.edu/arts
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 11 Matt Nakoa. Apr 8 The Young Novelists. May 6 Joe Crookston.
Ethical Brew The Ethical Brew Society of Bergen County, 687 Larch Ave., Teaneck, 201-836-5187. 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 21 Beppe Gambetta with Diane Perry. Feb 18 End of America. Mar 18 Bluebirds of Paradise, Ari Hest & Chrissi Poland. Apr 22 Jann Klose with special guest, Kirsten Maxwell. May 20 Rupert Wates Trio with Jeremy Aaron.
Friends of the Library Concert Series Meeting Room, Somerset County Bridgewater Library, N. Bridge & Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-4016 x105. Sept.May free concert series includes Friday evening concerts and a Saturday Family Series. www.bridgewaterfriendsnj.org Jan 11 UniBeat Drum Circles, children’s event. Jan 13 David Podles, violin. Feb 10 Akiko Kobayashi, classical. Mar 10 Seasons, Irish. Apr 21 Greg Giannascoli, marimba. May 5 Annie’s Playhouse, children’s event. May 12 Cello Fury, cello rock. Jun 9 Magnolia Street String Band, bluegrass.
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Hanover Wind Symphony 973-887-0500. Oct.-Aug. season includes concerts throughout Morris County and annual summer Gazebo Series. Feb 26 Symphonic Dances, 2pm. Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum. Apr 5 Outreach Concert, 7pm. Mount Olive High School, 18 Corey Rd., Flanders. Free. May 10 Appalachian Spring, 7pm. Memorial Junior School, 61 Highland Ave., Whippany. Free.
Hunterdon Musical Arts, Inc. 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, www.hunterdonmusicalarts.org. 2016-2017 Season Feb 4 Concert for Young People: Prokoviev Peter & the Wolf, 3pm. Apr 22 Scandinavian Expanses, 7:30pm. Hunterdon Central High School. Jun 22 Concert Under the Stars: Symphonic Rock, 7pm. Deer Path Park.
Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn, 201-384-1325. Contemporary folk music performers Oct.June. All shows at 8pm. Supporters receive ticket discounts. Jan 7 Red Tail Ring & Evie Ladin & Keith Terry. Feb 4 Sloan Wainwright & Eva. Feb 18 TraditionsFest, benefit concert for WFDU-FM. Mar 4 Ellis Paul. Apr 8 John McCutcheon. May 13 Cheryl Wheeler. Jun 3 Toby Walker, “How I Got the Blues.”
Kean Stage Kean University Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469. Year round season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, professional theater, Holocaust Resource Center events, lecture series, family shows and on school time performances (908-737-4349). Student rates; subscriptions. See Theatre and Film for additional events. www.keanstage.com Selected Full-Length Events Jan 28 Michael Mao Dance. Feb 10 National Symhony Orchestra of Ukraine. Feb 17 Rennie Harris Puremovement, hip hop legend. Apr 7 Grease Sing-Along, 7:30pm Enlow Recital Hall Concert Series Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall, Nathan Weiss Graduate School campus, 215 North Ave., Hillside, 908737-7469. 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. http://enlowhall.kean.edu Feb 11 Jarrod Spector & Kelli Barrett. Feb 26 Sweet Honey in the Rock. Mar 12 The Five Irish Tenors. Apr 22 Billy Porter.
Light Opera of New Jersey PO Box 344, Millington, 908-903-0702. 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. www.lightoperaofnewjersey.org Apr The Barber of Seville.
Livingston Symphony Orchestra Four concert series takes place Nov.-May at Livingston High School Auditorium, 30 Robert Harp Dr., Livingston, 7:30pm. Student winner of annual concerto competition held in Dec. (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 email@example.com. Under 12 free with adult. www.lsonj.org Mar 11 Piano Concerto TBA. Apr 8 Family Concert: A Night at the Movies, 7pm. May 13 Concerto Competition Winner.
Luna Stage 555 Valley Rd., West Orange, 973-395-5551. Intimate Sunday concerts feature renowned local jazz artists. Purchase advance tickets or at the door. See Theatre for Mainstage events and playwrights’s reading series. www.lunastage.org Music in the Moonlight Jazz Series Sundays at 7pm. Feb 26 Paul Meyers & World on a String. Apr 30 Don Braden.
Lustig Dance Theatre 80 Albany St., 2nd floor, New Brunswick, 732-246-7300. Professional company performs at venues statewide. Programs include a Dance and Wellness Studio offering classes for all ages and abilities, summer dance arts program, and roster of education and outreach programs. www.lustigdancetheatre.org
Lyrica Chamber Music Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Blvd., Chatham Twp., 973-309-1668. Concerts are held on Sundays at 3pm. Sept.-April subscriptions; single tickets; students are free. Outreach program for school groups. Feb 19 Violin Alone, Cafe Concert at Mondo, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit. 5pm. Apr 2 Piano Quartet Masterworks.
Maplewood Community Music 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. www.maplewoodcommunitymusic.org Mar 29 Spring Performance, 7:30pm, Maplewood Middle School.
Mason Gross School of the Arts Mason Gross Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, 85 George St., New Brunswick, 848-932-7511. 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. 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. School-time 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. www.mayoarts.org
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Selected Music & Dance Events Jan 8 New Jersey Youth Chorus, 3pm. Feb 7 Taj Express, sounds of India & Bollywood. 7:30pm. Mar 8 Drumline Live. Apr 6 Russian National Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake, 7:30pm. Apr 20 Joey Alexander, teen jazz piano prodigy. 8pm. Apr 29 Rhythmic Circus: “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” genre-hopping music & percussive dance. 7:30. May 12 GuGu Drum Group from Shanghai, 7:30pm. May 20 New Jersey Ballet: Giselle, 8pm. Jun 14- Riverdance–The 20th Anniversary World Tour, Jun 15 Irish dance. 8pm. Selected Children & Family Dance Events May 21 New Jersey Ballet: Beauty & the Beast / Peter & the Wolf, two one-act ballets based on classic stories. Ages 4 & up. 1:30 & 4:30pm.
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. Sept.-May season of internationally known artists in music, jazz, cabaret, dance, theater, world and special events. Extensive education programs include student matinees, touring shows, theater classes, summer camps, group backstage tours, in-school programs and professional development. Discount subscriptions for ages 35 and under. See Theatre listings for additional family events. Selected 2016-2017 Family Events Feb 17 The Peking Acrobats. Mar 4 A Year with Frog & Toad. Apr 29 Laurie Berkner Band.
Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey PO Box 6, Short Hills, NJ 07078. A full symphonic community orchestra composed of local professional and amateur musicians performs three concerts in the fall, winter and spring. www.metropolitanorchestra.org Mar 26 Winter Concert, Chatham Middle School Auditorium, 480 Main St. Spring Spring Concert TBA.
Mexicali Live 1409 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck, 201-833-0011. Mexican fare and live music by local and national artists. www.mexicalilive.com
The Minstrel Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-335-9489. Friday concerts feature acoustic music from local and internationally known performers, 7:45pm. $9, 12 and under free. All tickets at the door; no advance sales. Second Fri. of the month is an open stage/audition night. www.folkproject.org
Monmouth University Performing Arts Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, 732-2636889. 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 at online link for schedule of performances by the Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre. Selected Concert Events Feb 9 Rockin’ Road to Dublin, Irish music & dance. Mar 9 Caladh Nua, Irish ensemble. Apr 2 Bravo Amici, fundraiser for Autism Speaks. May 6 The Piano is the Main Attraction, “Stormin” Norman Seldin leads all-star piano virtuosos ranging in age from 8-15.
Montclair State University Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, One Normal Ave., Montclair, 973-655-5112, box office; 973-655-3059, info. School of the Arts theater, music and dance performances and professional arts events are presented through Peak Performances. www.peakperfs.org
Morris Museum See listing under Bickford Theatre.
Mostly Music Concerts at Temple Emanu-El, 756 E. Broad St., Westfield, 973-762-0108. Five-concert chamber music series Sundays at 3:30pm. Subscriptions; single tickets; students under 21 no charge.
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Music at the Mission West Milford Presbyterian Church, 1452 Union Valley Rd., West Milford, 800-613-1455, 973-728-4201. Non-profit, volunteer organization showcases regional live music in a 160seat coffeehouse atmosphere followed by open mic. www.musicatthemission.org
Music at Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place (on the Green), Morristown, 973-538-2132. 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. Mar 18 Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet.
Music in the Somerset Hills 973-339-7719. 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. 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. Top contemporary artists perform Sept.-May. See Arts in the Parks in June for free outdoor summer concert series. Check website for new shows. www.woodbridgeartsnj.org Feb 1 John Hall of Orleans, 7:30pm.
New Jersey Ballet Company 973-597-9600, njballet.org. Oct.-May season features fulllength performances throughout the state, beloved
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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 19 Cinderella, Mayo PAC. May 7 Cinderella, Bergen PAC. Selected Full-Length Performances Mar 4 Romeo & Juliet, NJPAC. Mar 11 Sleeping Beauty, Mayo PAC. May 6 Giselle, Bergen PAC.
New Jersey Festival Orchestra 224 E. Broad St., Suite 6, Westfield, 908-232-9400. Oct.-May season includes performances at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield and at other venues throughout the state. Student discounts; Music Caravan school outreach program.
New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra 570 Central Ave., New Providence, 908-603-7691, email firstname.lastname@example.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. www.njio.org Mar 5 Circle of Dvorak, 3pm. College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Rd., Morristown. Free. May 14 Grand Gestures, 3pm. Summit High School, 25 Kent Place Blvd., Summit.
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. www.njsymphony.org 2017 Family Concert Series Performances at 2 & 3:30pm, NJPAC, Newark. Pre-concert activities begin one hour before each concert. Feb 11 Peter & The Wolf, charming story and intro to the instruments of the orchestra. May 20 Let’s Dance, Princeton Youth Ballet joins the NJSO on stage. 2017 NJSO Pops & Other Selected Family Events Jan 6-8 Raiders of the Lost Ark with NJSO, film with live NJSO accompaniment. Jan 27 A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop featuring Nelly.
Mar 11, 31, Apr 1 Jun 3-4
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert, NJPAC and Radio City Music Hall. Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, live musical scores in sync with classic Looney Tunes on-screen action.
New Jersey Jazz Society
New Jersey Youth Symphony
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. www.njjs.org Selected Events Jan 9 Jazz at Bickford Theatre: Bucky Pizzarelli’s Birthday Bash, 8pm.
570 Central Ave., Murray Hill, 908-771-5544. Three orchestral groups, jazz orchestra, string, percussion, wind and flute ensembles for youth in grades 3-12 present orchestra and chamber music concerts from Sept-May. Auditions are held annually in May/June for the following year. Summer camp.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC. 2,750-seat Prudential Hall and 500-seat Victoria Theater in Newark. Classical music, international dance, world music and jazz, jazz brunch series, contemporary concerts, theater and family series. 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 Jan 14 Embodying the Dream, dance, music, visual arts activities celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 11am. Free. Jan 28-29 Year of the Rooster: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Jan 28 Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy. Feb 18 Peking Acrobats. Apr 28 Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance: Carolyn Dorfman Dance. May 3-7 Shen Yun. May 26 Hispanic Youth Showcase.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476). Performances at New Jersey Performing
Opera at Florham Lenfell Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, 973443-8620. A professional company in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Opera at Florham presents cabaret, recitals, operatic performances and an annual vocal competition. Student tickets $5, children free. www.operaatflorham.com
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Opera Theatre of Montclair 973-202-7849. Community opera company presents fulllength, fully-staged and costumed opera with multi-generational orchestra in and around Montclair.
Outpost in the Burbs 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973-744-6560. 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, www.outpostintheburbs.org. Feb 10 Spero plays Nyro, Laura Nyro tribute.
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial Memorial Dr. in downtown Trenton’s historic Capitol Complex, 609-984-8484. Owned by the state of New Jersey, Patriots Theater hosts limited music, dance and special events.
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Plainfield Symphony Orchestra PO Box 5093, Plainfield, NJ 07061, 908-561-5140. New Jersey’s oldest community symphony presents concerts Sept.-March at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, E. 7th St. and Watchung Ave., Plainfield. Subscriptions; student rates; children 12 and under are free. Jan 28 Around the World with PSO, young pianist competition medalist, clarinet soloist Janice Coppola, 3pm. Free. Mar 11 Orchestral Families: Each Happy in Its Own Way, 7pm. Apr 29 Impressions of Ravel, young pianist competition gold medal winner, Helen Shen. 7pm.
Princeton Folk Music Society Concerts at Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944. Monthly concerts on the third Fri. feature music by new singer-songwriters and well-known folk musicians in an intimate, friendly setting.
Princeton Pro Musica PO Box 1313, Princeton, NJ 08542, 609-683-5122. Chorus, chamber chorus and orchestra presents choral masterworks and other works at central New Jersey locations during Oct.-May season.
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Raritan Valley Community College Edward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), North Branch, 908-725-3420. Oct.-May season includes theatre, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and holiday shows, Tuesdays with Stories intimate theatre series, Youth & Family Series, sensory-friendly shows, and schooltime performances. Student and series discounts. See Theatre for Youth & Family Series.
The Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA 1 Pike Dr., Wayne, 973-595-0100. 408-seat theater offers theater productions for youth, teens and adults, dance programs, concerts and special events. Rentals available.
Roxey Ballet Canal Studio Theater, 243 North Union St., Lambertville, 609-397-7616. Contemporary ballet company produces outof-the box dance performances, offers zumba for teens and pre-teens, and Tutus & Tiaras, a ballet story-craft program for aspiring young ballerinas. Tutus & Tiaras Music & dance program introduces young children to ballet through storytelling. $10 in advance, $15 at door, $5 accompanying parent. Mar 19 TBA. Apr 30 Cinderella. MainStage Mar 29- Carl Off’s Carmina Burana.
Apr 1 May 6-7 Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella, College of New Jersey Kendall Hall, Ewing.
Roy’s Hall 30 Main St., Blairstown, 908-362-1399. 1913 theatre offers a regular schedule of live music and theatrical performances, classic film, kids programs and community events. www.royshall.org
Sanctuary Concerts Presbyterian Church of Chatham Twp., 240 Southern Blvd.,
Chatham, 973-376-4946. Acoustic music year round features concerts by well-loved national, regional and local artists. 8pm. Tickets from $25; series discount. Check website for new shows. www.sanctuaryconcerts.org
Shanghai Jazz Restaurant & Bar 24 Main St., Madison, 973-822-2899. Asian-inspired cuisine and live jazz six nights a week, Tues.-Sun. www.shanghaijazz.com
Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973720-2371. Arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS. 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.
South Orange Performing Arts Center One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787. Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances year round by major artists in theater, dance, comedy, music, kids ‘n family events, school time performances and performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council. Series include Juilliard @ SOPAC, Jazz in the Loft, Blues in the Loft, and La Cinematheque Film Club. Check website for upcoming music and dance events. See Theatre for Kids ‘n Family events. Kids ‘n Family Concerts Feb 26 Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “with Genevieve!” Mar 4 Aesop Bops! with David Gonzalez.
South Orange Symphony Orchestra Performances at South Orange Middle School, 70 N. Ridgewood Ave., South Orange, www.southorangesymphony.com or 973-376-6349. Not-for-profit community orchestra, founded in 1949, presents three to four free classical concerts per year to the local community. Feb 12 Annual Family Concert, instrument petting zoo and silent auction fundraiser. 3pm. May 13 Concert, 7:30pm.
Splatter Concerts Shows at Ukrainian American Cultural Center, 60 North Jefferson Rd., Whippany, email@example.com. Blues and American roots music, some rock, folk and country. Ages 13-17 $5, 12 and under free. www.splatterconcerts.com
Stanhope House 45 Main St., Stanhope, 973-347-7777. 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. www.stanhopehousenj.com
State Theatre 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. Full schedule of live music, Broadway, dance, opera, symphony and variety events plus a children’s series and HD broadcasts. Student matinees (open to students and general public), artist-in residence program and professional development workshops for teachers. For education programs, call 732247-7200, ext. 534 or visit www.statetheatrenj.org/education. Students Meet the Arts offers discount tickets for students of all ages to attend select classical music and dance programs. More events under Theatre and Speaker & Film Series. www.statetheatrenj.org.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark with NJSO. Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony. 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. Advance registration required. Jan 28 Suzi Shelton, children’s pop-rock. Ages 3-6. Mar 11 Jack McKeon, storyteller. Ages 3-6. Apr 8 Mr. Ray. Ages 3-6.
Summit Symphony 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. www.summitsymphonynj.org Mar 19 Cinematic Symphony, 3pm. Summit HS. May 21 Masters at Work, 3pm. Summit HS.
Swingin’ Tern Contra & Square Dancing First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover, 973-295-6864. 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. Live jazz Wed.Sun. evenings and for Sunday Jazz Brunch. www.trumpetsjazz.com
Underground Concert Series Hotline: 973-762-0119, www.undergroundconcerts.com Eclectic world and folk music is brought to different venues in Maplewood.
Union County Performing Arts Center Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226; Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. Contemporary and classical music, dance, theater, films, 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, readings, and The Jazz Club are held upstairs in the Loft at UCPAC. See Theatre for additional events. www.ucpac.org Selected Events Jan 7 Neil Berg’s Pianomen, An Intimate Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John. Feb 25 The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience & Prince In Concert. Apr 1-2 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, American Repertory Ballet. Sensory-friendly performance April 2 1pm. Apr 30 Leann Rimes. Sensory-Friendly Family Series Live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and other special needs. Apr 2 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, American Repertory Ballet.
Watchung Arts Center 18 Stirling Rd., Watchung Circle, Watchung, 908753-0190. 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. www.watchungarts.org Selected Events Jan 14 John Colaiacovo, Jazz in the Gallery. Jan 21 Acoustic Road, contemporary. Feb 4 Carrie Jackson, Jazz in the Gallery. Feb 11 RB Express, contemporary. Mar 3 Rio Clemente, Jazz in the Gallery. Apr 22 Jenny Cline / Carlos Cuesta Duo, flute & guitar, Classicals at the Circle. May 6 Bucky Pizzarelli / Ed Laub, Jazz in the Gallery. May 20 Sophia Agranovich, Classicals at the Circle.
WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series 88.3FM. 54 Park Place, Newark, 973-643-4763; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Member-supported radio presents a free children’s jazz series in the fall and spring at venues throughout New Jersey. Check website for dates and locations and to join mailing list, www.wbgo.org/kidsjazz.
Radio Disney 1560AM, http://radio.disney.com.
WBGO 88.3FM. 54 Park Place, Newark, 973-624-8880. Membersupported station presents jazz, blues, public affairs programming, and sponsors a free children’s jazz series in the fall and spring. www.wbgo.org
WFUV 90.7FM, public radio from Fordham University. www.wfuv.org
WNYC 820AM, 93.9FM, New York public radio. Radio Rookies initiative for teens. www.wnyc.org
WQXR 105.9FM. 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. www.wqxr.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 yearly donation.
the stages festival march 2017 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.
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Alliance Repertory Theatre Company Performances at Mondo, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ 07901, 908-472-1502. Professional theatre presents Sept. to July season. Student discounts. 2017 Season Jan 6-21 A Kid Like Jake, N.J. premiere by Daniel Pearle. Mar 3-18 Danny & the Deep Blue Sea, drama by John Patrick Shanley. May 5-20 Bakersfield Mist, comedy-drama by Stephen Sachs. Jul 14-29 The Realistic Joneses, N.J. premiere by Will Eno.
Bergen Performing Arts Center 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030. 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 Jan 22 Pinkalicious The Musical, 1 & 4pm. Jan 31 The Ugly Duckling, Corbian & Lightwire Theater. 4pm. Feb 12 Disney’s Frozen Sing Along, 1pm. Mar 19 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!, 2 & 5:30pm. Apr 19 The House at Pooh Corner, 4pm. May 18 Pete The Cat, 4pm. Selected Full-Length Family Events Apr 22 Cirque Ziva, acrobatic troupe from China. 7pm.
Bickford Theatre Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706. 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. 2017 MainStage Jan 26- Ravenscroft, thriller by Don Nigro.
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Clever Little Lies, comedy by Joe Dipietro. Adult language and situations.
Broadway Theatre of Pitman 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, 856-384-8381. 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. 2017 Children’s Theatre One-hour performances best appreciated by ages 3-9. Jan 27-28 Three Little Pigs. Feb 10-11 Snow White. Mar 9-11 A Toy Tale. Apr 5-8 Charlotte’s Web. Apr 27-28 Mr. Malcolm’s Crazy Science Show. May 5-6 Rapunzel. May 18- Ben Franklin & the History of America.
May 19 Jun 2-3 The Frog Prince. Jul 12-22 Aladdin. 2017 Mainstage Season Jan 13- La Cage aux Folles.
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Barefoot in the Park.
Apr 21- Camelot. May 14 Jul 7-30 Titanic.
Brookdale Performing Arts Center 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732-224-2411. Music, dance, and theater department performances Sept.-May and free outdoor summer Shakespeare theater. Selected Events Apr 7-23 The Addams Family, The Musical.
Brundage Park Playhouse Carrell Rd., Randolph, 973-989-7092. 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. 2017 Season Feb 17Man of La Mancha.
Centenary Stage Company Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Center, Centenary University, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900. Concerts and special events, jazz series, theater season by professional Centenary Stage Company, family fun series, and Festival of Shows presented by members of Young Performers Workshops at end of fall, spring and summer sessions. Student rates; student matinees. Selected Adult, Teen & Family Events Feb 17The Surrogate, world premiere by Patricia Mar 5 Cotter. Feb 18 Yas: A Thousand Cranes, by Kathryn Schultz Miller. Apr 1 Nai-Ni Chen: The First Chinese New Year, Dance Fest family event. 2pm. Apr 9 Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.
Apr 12, 19, 26 Women’s Playwrights Series 2017.
Chatham Community Players 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham, 973-635-7363. In addition to the Player’s regular season, Fantasy Theater, the children’s entertainment arm of the Players, presents a production in Jan. Subscriptions, student rates and group rates are offered. Fantasy Theater Children’s Production Mar 24-26 TBA. MainStage Events Feb 24Moon Over Buffalo, by Ken Ludwig.
Mar 11 May 5-20 Bell, Book & Candle, by John Van Druten.
Count Basie Theatre 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. 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 & Family Events Jan 7 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, 2 & 5:30pm. Feb 12 MEGA Bubble Show!, 1 & 4pm.
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Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, 12 & 4pm. The Little Prince, 4:30pm. Golden Dragon Acrobats, 4pm. Selected Full-Length Events Jan 6 Raiders of the Lost Ark, with NJSO. 8pm. Mar 5 MOMIX, multimedia experience. 7pm.
Florham Park Jerry Gibson Memorial Youth Summer Theater Ridgedale School Theatre, 71 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-377-9078. Community theater sponsors Jerry Gibson Memorial Youth Summer Theater, a summer theater experience for teens ages 13-19.
Cranford Dramatic Club
4th Wall Theatre
78 Winans Ave., Cranford, 908-276-7611. 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. 2017 Season Feb 10-18 Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward. May 5-20 9 to 5 The Musical, based on the movie.
In residence at Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield, 973-566-9255, box office 973-748-9008 ext. 279. 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. 2017 20th Anniversary Season, A Season of Comedies Mar 3-5 Take One, Musicals in Development Series. Apr 1 New Jersey Musical Theatre Composers Showcase 2nd Edition. Jun 2-11 It Shoulda Been You, musical comedy.
Crossroads Theatre 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-545-8100. 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. 2017 Season Feb 16-26 Beyond the Oak Trees, historical drama by Mar 9-19 Sarah Sings a Love Story, world premiere of new musical by Stephanie Berry.
Darress Theatre 615 Main St., Boonton, 973-334-9292. 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. (& Hudson St.), Hoboken, 201-216-8933. Student and faculty theater, music and dance events and special events.
Dover Little Theatre 69 Elliot St., Dover, 973-328-9202. Community theater presents Oct.-June subscription series and special events Performances Fri. and Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm. Children’s summer theatre camp. 2017 Season Mar 3-18 Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard. May 5-20 Assassins, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-514-9654. Professional non-profit theater produces innovative mainstage productions, new play readings, holiday special, cabarets, improv comedy shows and offers an internship program for high school and college students, community outreach program and Summer Theater Conservatory for ages 10-17. 2017 Events Feb 16Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Mar 5 Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself), by Donald Margulies. Apr 20Things Being What They Are, by Wendy May 7 MacLeod. May 13 Multiple Personality Disorder, improv comedy. May 17, 24 “Meet the Artist” New Play Readings.
The Garage Theatre Group Bergen County, email@example.com. Professional artists present Oct.-May season focusing on plays in development for off-Broadway and regional productions. Youth conservatory productions and summer camps for youth. Visit website link for updates on locating new performance space.
George Street Playhouse 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7717. 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. 2017 MainStage Feb 7-26 American Son, drama by Christopher DemosBrown. Mar 21Bad Jews, New Jersey premiere comedy by Apr 9 Joshua Harmon. May 2-21 Season Finale TBD.
The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey Historic Palace Theatre, 7 Ledgewood Ave., Netcong, 973347-4946. 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. 2017 MainStage Feb 10-19 The Box of Stories, world premiere, book by J.S. Puller. All ages. Mar 10The Neverending Story (Atreyu and the Great Apr 2 Quest). All ages. May 5-21 Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. Pre-K-adult.
Hudson Theatre Ensemble Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave., Hoboken, 201-377-7014. Community theater company presents adult shows and Silly on Sixth children’s series.
Hunterdon Hills Playhouse 88 Rt. 173W (Rt. 78 exit 12), Hampton, 908-730-8007, 800447-7313. Dinner theater presents musical reviews, lighthearted comedies, annual holiday revue and summer musical.
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Kean Stage Kean University Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469. Sept.-May season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, family and on school time performances (908737-4349). See listing for Premiere Stages for summer theater, children’s musical theater and performing arts camps. Student rates; subscriptions. See Music & Dance and Film for more events in the new season. Selected Family Events Jan 29 Skippyjon Jones Snow What, 3pm. Mar 19 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, 3pm. Apr 30 ArcAttack, high tech wizardry. 3pm.
Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3333. 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. www.kelseytheatre.net Kelsey Kids Events Performances at 2 & 4pm. Adults $12, srs. & children $10. Apr 22 The House at Pooh Corner. May 20 Biscuit. Full-Length Events Jan 6-15 Jacque Brel is Alive & Well and Living in Paris. Jan 20-29 Unnecessary Farce. Feb 3-12 God of Carnage. Feb 17-26 Boeing, Boeing. Mar 7-12 NJ Community College New Play Festival. Mar 17-26 To Kill a Mockingbird. Mar 31Big Fish, The Musical.
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The Boy from Oz. Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams. Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare.
Luna Stage 555 Valley Rd., West Orange, 973-395-5551. 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 tickets are available 30 min. before showtime (valid ID required). www.lunastage.org 2016-2017 Mainstage Feb 2Indian Head, world premiere by Nikkole Salter.
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Tranquil, world premiere by Andrew Rosendorf.
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 and classical music. Create-your-own subscriptions; family subscriptions; student and group discounts. School-time 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. www.mayoarts.org Selected Children & Family Events Jan 15 Pinkalicious The Musical, 1:30 & 4:30pm. Feb 8 The Rainbow Fish, ages 4-10. Special performance with modulated sound and level levels and relaxed environment for children on the autism spectrum. 4pm. Feb 25 Annie, musical. 2 & 7:30pm. Mar 12 Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, ages 3-10. 1:30 & 4:30pm. Mar 18 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, ages 2-6. Apr 30 Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live, 1:30 & 4:30pm. May 7 The Little Prince, puppets, live actors, original music. Ages 4-10. 1:30-4:30pm. 4:30 performance is sensory-friendly. Selected Full-Length Events Feb 5 Into the Woods, 3pm. Feb 12 Once, winner of 8 2012 Tony Award. 2 & 7:30. Mar 2 MOMIX: Opus Cactus, 8pm. Mar 17 STOMP, uses everything but conventional percussion instruments. 8pm. Mar 31- 42nd Street, Fri. at 7:30pm, Sat. at 2 & 7:30pm.
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The Illusionists: Live from Broadway, 4:30 & 7:30pm. New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: HMS Pinafore, 3pm.
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. Sept.-May season of internationally known artists in music, dance, theater, world and special events. Extensive education programs include student matinees, touring shows, theater workshops, group backstage tours, in-school programs and professional development. Discount student tickets available. See Music & Dance for additional events. Selected Family Events Mar 4 A Year with Frog & Toad. 2016-2017 Theatre Season Jan 13- Bedlam: Hamlet & Saint Joan.
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Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Intimate Apparel, historical romance.
Monmouth University Performing Arts Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, 732-2636889. 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. Selected Children & Family Events Feb 23 Pirate School: The Science of Pirates, discover your inner swashbuckler. Grades K-5. 10am & 12:15pm. Selected Adult & Student Events Feb 16 Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Walnut Street Theatre.
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Montclair State University Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, One Normal Ave., Montclair, 973-655-5112, box office; 973-655-3059, info. School of the Arts theater, music and dance performances and professional arts events are presented through Peak Performances. All tickets $15. www.peakperfs.org
Montclair Operetta Club (MOC) Performances at Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College, corner of Franklin & Fremont Sts., Bloomfield, 973-744-3133. 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. 2,750-seat Prudential Hall and 500-seat Victoria Theater in Newark. Classical music, international dance, world music & jazz, comedy, contemporary concerts, film and family series. See listings under Music & Dance and Film/Speakers. Selected Children & Family Theatre Events Most performances in Victoria Theater. Feb 9-10 Mayhem Poets, hip-hop, theater and improv comedy. 10 & 12:30pm. Feb 25 Wally Jones & Casa Manana Theatre presents A Year with Frog & Toad, 2pm. Apr 27 Peppa Pig’s Big Splash!, 6pm. May 6 John Steptoe’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, musical adaptation by Dallas Children’s Theater. 2pm. Jun 2 Mercer Final Performance, five Essex County Middle Schools. 2pm.
New Jersey Repertory Company Lumia Theatre, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, 732-229-3166. Professional theater presents new plays, classics and staged readings. Senior, student, group discounts. 2017 Season Jan 12The Jag, world premiere by Gino DiIorio.
Feb 12 Mar 9Apr 9 May 4Jun 4 Jun 29Jul 30
Multiple Family Dwelling, world premiere by James Hindman. & Juliet, world premiere by Robert Caisley. Halftime with Don, world premiere by Ken Weitzman.
Paper Mill Playhouse Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-376-4343. Professional theater presents musicals, plays, special concerts, children’s theater and school time performances. Student rush tickets may be available in advance or on day of performance in person or by phone (with valid student ID). Conversation Club with cast and directors prior to curtain is available for some dates. Education programs include theatre school for children to adults; summer camps and intensives; college prep. Children’s Shows Performances at 10am. Selected shows are sensory friendly offering a comfortable, judgment-free theater environment for all families. Audience guides are available to download at www.papermill.org/studyguides. Mar 4 Miss Nelson is Missing, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5-10.
The Lightning Thief, Theatreworks USA. Ages 7-13. Apr 29- Charlotte’s Web, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5-Apr 30 10. April 29 show is autism-friendly performance. “Meet Your Seat” open house Thurs. April 27 4-6pm. May 7 Alice in Wonderland, Pushcart Players. Ages 5-10. Jun 3 Seussical, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5-10. Jun 4 Biscuit, ArtsPower. Ages 4-8. Jun 10-11 Pete the Cat, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4-9. Autism-friendly performance June 11 10am. “Meet Your Seat” open house June 9 4-6pm. Jun 17 Jim West’s Dinosaurs, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4-9. Autism-Friendly Performances Apr 29 Charlotte’s Web, Theatreworks USA. Ages 510. “Meet Your Seat” open house April 27 46pm. Jun 11 Pete the Cat, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4-9. “Meet Your Seat” open house June 9 4-6pm. Jun 23 Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical. 2017 Season Feb 1-26 Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors. Mar 29- Million Dollar Quartet. Apr 23 . May 24- Mary Poppins.
Paper Moon Puppet Theatre First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732-291-1216. 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 post-show Q&A. Performances on Saturdays, weekday shows for schools and summer camps. All seats $10, group discounts. Reservations suggested. Opens Beauty & the Beast.
Passage Theatre Company Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 E. Front St., Trenton, 609-392-0766. Sept.-June season includes Mainstage productions, new play development and theater programs for ages 8-22. Mar 18-26 Solo Flights: Miracle in Rwanda, one woman show created and performed by Leslie Lewis. May 4-21 Fixed, by David Lee White.
Pax Amicus Castle Theatre 23 Lake Shore Dr. (Exit 26 Rt. 80), Budd Lake, 973691-2100. Feb.-Nov. season of Broadway and off-Broadway revivals; professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays for students; comics and other performing artists; and children’s theater. School time performances; theater classes; summer camp. www.paxamicus.com
Plays-in-the-Park Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Rt. 1S (1 block south of Menlo Park Mall), Edison, 732-548-2884. 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 (see summer Arts in the Park).
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Porch Light Theatre 555 Broad St., Glen Rock, 201-857-3520. Community theatre presents Main Stage season, youth and family productions featuring members of the youth performance troupe, cabaret night and special events. Studio classes for youth and adults; summer theater; school programs; workshops and mini-camps. Selected Main Stage & Special Events Jan 27-29 James & the Giant Peach, Academy Jr. Winter Musical, grades 1-5. Feb 10-19 First Date, Broadway’s Musical Comedy. Mar 10-12 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Academy Spring 2017 Musical, grades 6-10. Mar 24-26 YPT Spring Musical. Mar 31The Grand Tour: Winner of the 13th Annual Apr 9 NJ Playwright’s Contest. May 5-7 Shrek Jr., Academy Jr. Spring 2017 Musical, grades 1-5. May 19-21 YPT Select Original Production. Jun 2 Spring Showcase.
Premiere Stages at Kean University Kean University Zella Fry Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Vaughn Eames Building, Union, 908-737-7469. 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. www.kean.edu/premierestages Mar 9-12 13th Annual Spring Reading Series, free readings for the 2017 Play Festival.
Pushcart Players 261 Bloomfield Ave., Suite A, Verona, 973-857-1115. Touring company presents family theater and productions for schools, communities and other organizations. Visit website for a list of public performances and booking information. www.pushcartplayers.org
Raritan Valley Community College Edward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), North Branch, 908-725-3420. Oct.-May season includes theatre, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and holiday shows, Tuesdays with Stories intimate theatre series, Youth & Family Series, sensory-friendly shows, and schooltime performances. Student and series discounts. Youth & Family Theatre Series All tickets $15. Feb 12 Tetris, physical dance quartet inspired by the game. Ages 6+. 2 & 5pm, 2pm performance is sensory-friendly. Mar 19 The Man Who Planted Trees, Puppet State Theatre Co. Ages 7+. 2 & 5pm. Mar 24 Hatched, Treehouse Shakers. Ages 2+. 10am, 1:30 & 4pm. $10. Mar 25 Water on Mars, juggling. Ages 7+. 2 & 7pm. 2pm performance is sensory-friendly. Apr 21- Grug & the Rainbow, Windmill Theatre, Apr 22 puppetry & storytelling. Ages 2+. Fri. 10, 12:30 & 4pm. Sat. 10 & 1pm. 10am show is sensoryfriendly. $10. May 25- The Way Back Home, Teater Refleksion. Ages 4+. Thurs. 10 & 12:30, Fri. 10, 12:30 & 4, Sat. 1 & 3:30. $10.
Sensory-Friendly Performances Feb 12 Tetris, physical dance quartet inspired by the game. Ages 6+. 2pm. Mar 25 Water on Mars, juggling. Ages 7+. 2pm. Apr 1 Kevin Spencer, magician. 3pm. Apr 22 Grug & the Rainbow, Windmill Theatre, puppetry & storytelling. Ages 2+. 10am. $10.
Rhino Theatre 247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes, 973-248-9491. 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. Jan 13-15 Footloose The Musical.
The Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA 1 Pike Dr., Wayne, 973-595-0100. 408-seat theater offers theater productions for youth, teens and adults, dance programs, concerts and special events. Rentals available.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University campus, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600. 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. First performance of each production is designated “pay-what-you-can.” Pre-performance talks and post-performance discussions on select dates. Shakespeare Live!, one-hour production followed by discussion for grades 3-12, is available to tour schools, libraries and other organizations, 973-845-6742. 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, 973720-2371. Arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS. 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. Non-profit family community theater group provides theater experience for children ages 5-18 presenting two full-scale musicals in winter and spring. Jan 21- Disney My Son Pinocchio, Geppetto’s Musical Jan 29 Tale. May 6-13 Hairspray.
Somerset Valley Playhouse 689 Amwell Rd. (Rt. 514), Hillsborough, 908-369-7469. Year round community theater staged in a 1900’s 2-room schoolhouse. 2017 Season Jan 27Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot.
Feb 12 Mar 10-26 Rumors, by Neil Simon. Apr 28Breakfast at Tiffany’s. May 14
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Evil Dead The Musical. Wagon Wheels West.
South Orange Performing Arts Center One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787. Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances by major artists in music, theater, dance, comedy, film, kids ‘n family events, school time performances and performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council. www.sopacnow.org 2017 Kids ‘n Family Performances Performances at 2pm. Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to 2 or more performances purchased in the same order. Jan 21 The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe, ages 5+. Jan 28 Mammoth Follies, dinosaur puppet musical. Ages 6-12. Feb 18 The Little Mermaid, ages 4-10. Feb 26 Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve!” ages 4-8. Mar 4 Aesop Bops! with Storyteller David Gonzalez, funny potpourri of Aesop’s classic stories. Ages 4-12. Apr 8 The Rainbow Fish, musical tale of the value of sharing true friendship. Ages 4-8. May 6 Happily Ever After, hilarious renditions of Grimm Brothers’ stories. Ages 4-10.
State Theatre 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. Full schedule of live music, Broadway, dance, opera, symphony and variety events plus a children’s series and HD broadcasts. Student matinees (open to students and general public), artist-in residence program and professional development workshops for teachers. For education programs, call 732247-7200, ext. 534 or visit www.statetheatrenj.org/education. See Music & Dance for more events and visit website for added shows, www.statetheatrenj.org. Special Event Feb 20 State Theatre Annual Family Day, performances, workshops, hands-on activities, costumed characters, face painting, games, balloon animals, food, and more activities throughout downtown New Brunswick. Selected Children, Teen & Family Events Jan 11-12 Saloon: A Musical Acrobatic Adventure, Cirque Eloize. School performance Jan. 12 10:30am. Jan 20-21 Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire! The Electricity Tour. School performance Jan. 20 10 & 12pm. Feb 9-11 The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket, Crossroads Theatre. School performances Feb 9-10 10 & 12pm. Feb 16 Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible. Feb 20- Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, Lightwire Feb 21 Theater. Mar 24- Pippin, musical revival. Ages 10+.
Mar 25 Apr 5 Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues. Apr 9-10 Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. School & senApr 14-16 Apr 30 May 5-6 May 7
sory-friendly performance April 10 10:30am. Sesame Street Live: “Make A New Friend.” Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live. Rent, 20th Anniversary Tour. Ages 13+. Annie, musical.
May 16- Mayhem Poets, words, humor, hip-hop. 10:30. May 17 May 19- Hedwig & the Angry Inch. Ages 13+. May 21
Stony Hill Players Oakes Outreach Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 888817-3013. Community theater produces shows Nov.-May and offers Pebble Players youth theater program. www.stonyhillplayers.org 2017 Season Jan 27Little Shop of Horrors.
Feb 4 Mar 31Apr 9 May 20
Lend Me A Tenor. Pebble Players Youth Theatre Cabaret, 2017 fundraiser.
The Strollers In residence at Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood, 973-761-8453. Community theater presents three plays and one children’s production during Nov.-May season. Student discounts, subscription rates. 2017 Season Jan 27SOMuch Talent!
Feb 5 Mar 17-25 Good People. May 12-20 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Studio Playhouse 14 Alvin Place, Montclair, 973-744-9752. 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. Tickets $8. Feb 18-26 Goldilocks on Trial. Apr 29The Stinky Cheese Man, and Other Fairly May 7 Stupid Tales. MainStage Jan 13-28 The Assembled Parties, by Richard Greenberg. Mar 24Jake’s Women, by Neil Simon.
Apr 8 Jun 2-17
The Twentieth Century, adapted by Ken Ludwig.
The Summit Playhouse 10 New England Ave., Summit, 908-273-2192. Community theater presents three shows a year and sponsors Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth theater program and summer children’s workshops. 2017 Season Feb 24Defiance, by John Patrick Shanley.
Mar 11 May 5-20 Violet, musical.
The Theater Project Cranford and other New Jersey locations; 908-809-8865. Mainstage productions focus on new or lesser-known plays, hosts staged readings, playwrights group, performance classes, sponsors annual Young Playwrights and Young Filmmakers Competitions for students ages 13-18, and summer musical theater workshop.
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Theatreworks USA 800-497-5007. Creator and producer of professional theater for young and family audiences tours throughout the U.S. Touring productions and presentations, residencies and workshops available. Enter your zipcode on “Class Trip Tickets” at www.theatreworksusa.org to find local performances.
Tri-State Actors Theater Littell Community Center, 10 Munsonhurst Rd., Franklin, NJ, 973-383-0510. Professional regional theater presents March–Dec. season, new play reading series and hosts the Tri-State Youth Acting Company, a theater training program for children, teens and adults, and summer theater camp.
Two River Theater Company 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, 732-345-1400. 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. Selected Children & Family Shows Mar 7A Little Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Mar 12 Windsor, high school students perform 70minute version for audiences ages 9 and up. Jun 8-11 The Way Back Home, puppets, Teater Refleksion of Arhaus, DK. Grades pre-K-2. 2017 Season Jan 14- Hurricane Diane, by Madeleine George.
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The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare. The Women of Padilla, by Tony Meneses. The Ballad of Little Jo, musical.
Union County Performing Arts Center Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226; Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. Concerts, jazz, comedy, theater, film, family and children events are presented on the Main Stage in a 1,300 seat vintage 1920’s auditorium, in a 50-seat Loft Theater or at the Hamilton Stage, a 199seat Main Stage and 60-seat Front Room Theater. Student/sr. discounts. Summer theater camp for ages 5-15. Check website for added events, www.ucpac.org. See Music & Dance and Speaker & Film Series for additional events. Ongoing Sensory Friendly Theatre, 60-min. performances with no intermission, general seating, lowered sound, lights up and freedom to talk. “This Is My Theatre” picture packet may be downloaded online. Selected Children & Family Events Feb 8 Stone Soup & Other Stories, Pushcart Players, introduction to live theater. Apr 8 Peter & The Wolf, Pushcart Players. Jun 6 Ellis Island: Gateway to America, Pushcart Players. Jul 8 A Cinderella Tale...Happily Ever After, Pushcart Players. Selected Full-Length Events Jan 14 Once Upon A Time, Project Ghost Light. Mar 19 Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile, Aquila Theatre.
Sensory-Friendly Family Series Live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and other special needs. Feb 19 Jeff Boyer’s Bubble Trouble.
Villagers Theater Franklin Twp. Municipal Complex, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2710. 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 2017 KidsVill Mar 11- School House Rock Live! Jr.
Mar 19 2017 Main Stage Feb 3-19 Altar Boyz. Mar 31- August: Osage County.
Apr 23 Jun 6-25 The Wizard of Oz.
Westfield Community Players 1000 North Ave. W., Westfield. Box office, 908-232-1221, opens one week before show. Office, 908-232-9568. Community theater presents Oct.-May season. Subscriptions; student discounts. Jan 14-28 The Musical of Musicals—The Musical! Mar 11-25 Boeing Boeing. May 6-21 One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.
Women’s Theater Company In residence at The Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Rd., Parsippany, 973-335-3038. Professional theater company dedicated to development, promotion and inclusion of women in all aspects of theater production. Mar 24The Musical of All Musicals (The Musical!).
Writers Theatre of New Jersey 28 Walnut St., PO Box 1295, Madison, 973-514-1787. Professional theater devoted to the development of new plays and writers for the stage. World-premiere productions; free new play roundtable readings; extensive year-round educational programs for young people and adults, including special teen classes and classes for teachers. www.ptnj.org
FILMS & SPEAKERS Count Basie Theatre Cinema Society 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. Film screenings from Hollywood blockbusters to groundbreaking documentaries. Annual memberships; free summer film series. Jan 6 Raiders of the Lost Ark, with NJSO. 8pm.
The Drew Forum Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-3917. 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. www.drew.edu/forum Feb 4 Seth Meyers, Mayo Performing Arts Center. Mar 14 In the Game: Earl Monroe and Ira Berkow. Apr 5 Ron Chernow.
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Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ Speakers Series Presented at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, 1-888-696-5722. Oct.-April series is sold by subscription only. www.njspeakersseries.org
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. Kean Stage International Film Series Award-winning modern foreign films are shown Sundays at 3pm in the STEM Auditorium, 1075 Morris Ave., 908737-7469. www.keanstage.com/film-series Jan 21 The Nightingale, Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, 2014. Feb 25 Mother of George. Mar 18 English VInglish. Apr 7 Grease Sing-Along, 7:30pm, Wilkins Theatre. Apr 23 Force Majeure, Swedish Film Institute Best Film Award, 2014.
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. www.mayoarts.org Spoken Word Events Jan 12 Captain Scott Kelly, Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, 7:30pm.
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. . Apr 5 David Sedaris.
Monmouth University Performing Arts Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, 732-2636889. Sept.-May season includes Visiting Writers series, On Screen in Person and World Cinema Series and ArtNow, artist lectures, screenings and workshops. Events are free and open to the public.
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 Jan 7 Raiders of the Lost Ark with NJSO. Jan 28 Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy. Mar 11 Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert. Jun 3 Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony with NJSO.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1-800ALLEGRO. Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra. www.njsymphony.org Jan 6-8 Raiders of the Lost Art with NJSO.
Mar 11, 31, Apr 1 Jun 3-4
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert, NJPAC and Radio City Music Hall. Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.
Shea Center for Performing Arts William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973720-2371. 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. www.sopacnow.org Mar 9-12 SOMA Film Festival, independent filmmakers screen their work.
State Theatre 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra. See listing under Indoor Entertainment-Movies for free summer movies. Jan 8 Raiders of the Lost Ark with NJSO. Jun 4 Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.
STORYTIME Barnes & Noble Clark 1180 Raritan Rd., Clark, 732-574-1818. No storytimes in Dec. Tues Storytime, 7pm. Wed Storytime, 10:30am. Livingston Livingston Mall, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, 973758-1310. Visit website for special events. Tues Storytime, 10am. Thurs Storytime, 10am. Springfield 240 Rt. 22W, Springfield, 973-376-8544. 9am-11pm 7 days a week. Check website for full schedule of activities and alternating weekend storytime. Wed Preschool Storytime, 11am. Sat Preschool Storytime, 11am.
Books of Wonder 18 W. 18th St., New York, 212-989-3270. 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. www.booksofwonder.com
Words, LLC 179 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, 973-763-9500. Open daily 10am-9pm. Local, independent bookstore offers Saturday storytime for kids and their adults; book discussions; author visits; book picks; and Second Sundays series for children with special needs and their families. Sat Saturday Storytime, 11am. Call to confirm. 2nd Sun Second Sundays for Special Needs, ages 3-21 welcome. 2pm. RSVP info@wordsbookstore. com to register. Space is limited.
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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 ext. 5005; Hilton Branch: 1688 Springfield Ave., 973-762-1688 www.maplewoodlibrary.org
Millburn Free Public Library 200 Glen Ave., Millburn, 973-376-1006 x115, 973-921-2192
Montclair Public Library 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 973-744-0500, ext. 2236 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, 973-428-3075 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 Cherry Lane, Brookside, 973-543-4018 www.mendhamtwplib.org
Morris County Library 30 East Hanover Ave., Whippany, 973-285-6980 www.mclib.info/kid
Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township South St., 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 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
Washington Township Library
Monmouth County Library
37 E. Springtown Rd., Long Valley, 908-876-3596 www.wtpl.org
Headquarters: 125 Symmes Dr., Manalapan, 732-431-7220 Visit website for the locations of twelve branch libraries. www.monmouthcountylib.org
1000 Rt. 10, Whippany, 973-428-2460 www.whippanong.org
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
Whippanong Public Library
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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Bernardsville Public Library
1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville, 908-766-0118 www.bernardsvillelibrary.org
Constitution Plaza, Mountainside, 908-233-0115 www.mountainsidelibrary.org
Bound Brook Memorial Library
New Providence Memorial Library
402 E. High St., Bound Brook, 732-356-0043 www.somerset.lib.nj.us
Elkwood Ave., New Providence, 908-665-0311 www.newprovidencelibrary.org
Scotch Plains Public Library
In the Station House, Olive St., Neshanic Station 908-369-5355. www.somerset.lib.nj.us
1927 Bartle Ave., Scotch Plains, 908-322-5007, ext. 209 www.scotlib.org
Franklin Township Library
Springfield Free Public Library
485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-8700 www.franklintwp.org.
66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, 973-376-4930, ext. 232 www.sfplnj.org
Summit Free Public Library
Hillsborough Municipal Complex, 379 South Branch Rd., Hillsborough, 908-369-2200 ext. 14 or 34 www.somerset.lib.nj.us
75 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-0350, ext. 4 www.summitlibrary.org
North Plainfield Public Library
1980 Morris Ave., Union, 908-851-5450, ext. 3 Vauxhall Branch: 123 Hilton Ave., 908-851-5451 www.youseemore.com/unionpl
6 Rockview Ave., North Plainfield, 908-755-7909. www.somerset.lib.nj.us
Union Public Library
Westfield Memorial Library
Peapack-Gladstone Municipal Complex, School St., Peapack 908-234-0598 • www.somerset.lib.nj.us
550 E. Broad St., Westfield, 908-789-4090, ext. 3 www.wmlnj.org
Plainfield Public Library 800 Park Ave., Plainfield, 908-757-1111, ext. 129 www.plainfieldlibrary.info
Raritan Library 54 E. Somerset St., Raritan, 908-725-0413 www.raritanlibrary.org
Somerset County/Bridgewater Library North Bridge St. and Vogt Dr., Bridgewater 908-526-4016 ext. 126 • www.somerset.lib.nj.us
Somerville Public Library 35 West End Ave., Somerville, www.somerset.lib.nj.us Children’s Department: 908-725-1336 ext. 14 Young Adult Services: 908-725-1336 ext. 16
Warren Public Library 42 Mountain Blvd., Warren, 908-754-5554 www.somerset.lib.nj.us
Watchung Public Library Watchung Circle, 12 Stirling Rd., Watchung, 908-561-0117 www.somersetlib.nj.us.
Berkeley Heights Library 290 Plainfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, 908-464-9333 bhplnj.org
Cranford Library 224 Walnut Ave., Cranford, 908-709-7272 www.cranford.com/library
Fanwood Memorial Library North Ave. & Tillotson Rd., Fanwood, 908-322-4377 www.fanwoodlibrary.org
Kenilworth Public Library 548 Boulevard, Kenilworth, 908-276-2451 www.kenilworthlibrary.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
Columbia Trail Rt. 24, Washington Twp., 973-326-7600. 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.
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Park Office: 145 Mapleton Rd., Princeton, 609-924-5705. 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 (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, canal path portions and bridges 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 two years. Check website for updates and reopening dates. Jun-Sep Tour the Prallville Mills, 1-4pm Thursdays. 609397-3586 for information.
Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail White Haven, PA (I-80 exit 273), 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, 570-3253655). For more info about the trail and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, visit www.delawareand lehigh.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.
Mountain Creek Bike Park 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.
Patriots Path Map at Morris County Park Commission, 53 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown, 973-326-7600. 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. 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.
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Sussex Branch/Paulinskill Valley Trail Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex County, 973-786-6445. 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.
BOAT, FISH & SWIM
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. 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. www.ajmeerwald.org
Bel Haven Paddlesports Mullica River Marina, 1118 Rt. 542 (GSP Exit 52), Green Bank, 609-965-BOAT. Canoe, kayak or tube through the Pine Barrens on the calm Batsto, Mullica, Wading and Oswego Rivers. www.belhavenpaddlesports.com
Belmar Municipal Marina
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 have 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 10, Oct 21 Annual Free Fishing Days.
905 Rt. 35 (at Shark River), Belmar, 732-681-2266. A large number of party and charter boats make daily half-day & 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. (I-287N exit 55), Ringwood, 973-8354299. 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. www.highlandspool.com
Hunterdon County Canoe & Kayak Club Office: 1020 Rt. 31N, Lebanon Twp., 908-782-1158. Canoe trips on Hunterdon’s waterways spring to fall for beginning and experienced canoers include 21⁄2 hr. pond paddles (ideal for beginners) to whitewater and birding day trips and camping trips. Custom trips for groups, schools, clubs. www.meetup.com/hunterdon-county-canoe-and-kayak-club
Kittatinny Canoes, Inc. 3854 Rt. 97, Barryville, NY; Dingman’s Ferry, PA, 800-3562852. Canoe, kayak, raft, tube, ziplines on the Delaware River; paintball, campsites available.
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BOAT, FISH & SWIM Meadowlands Pontoon Boat & Canoe Tours River Barge Park, Carlstadt, 201-460-4677. 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. www.njmeadowlands.gov, under “Parks & Nature Programs.” 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. Canoe and kayak through the Pine Barrens on the calm waters of the Wading and Oswego Rivers in Wharton State Forest. www.mickscanoerental.com
Ringwood State Park 1304 Sloatsburg Rd., Ringwood, 973-962-7031. State Botanical Garden open 8-8. Ringwood Manor tours: Wed.Sun. 10-3. Skylands Manor tours: one Sunday per month March-Nov. Entrance fee Memorial Day-Labor Day: $5 weekdays. 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, www.njbg.org. Selected Events 3rd Sun Family-Friendly Hike, 1pm. Meet at Carriage House Visitor Center. Free.
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Skylands Manor Tours, 11-3. Adults $7, srs./ages 13-18 $5, ages 6-12 $3. Family Woodland Hike, 1pm. Free. Audubon: Owls of New Jersey, indoor photo presentation. 1pm. Outdoor Concert Series.
Round Valley Recreation Area Rt. 78 Exit 18, Rt. 22E (8 mi. east of Clinton on Rt. 22), Annandale, 908-236-6355. Regarded as the foremost trophy trout water in New Jersey, scenic reservoir has small boat launch (10hp max.) or fishing from dam or shore. Hiking and nature trails, wilderness campsites accessible by boat, canoe or backpacking 3-6 miles. Separate swimming area
with bathhouse, picnicking and playground. Visit website for interpretive programs, www.njparksandforests.org
Shawnee River Trips 100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee on Delaware, 800-7429633. Canoes, kayaks or rafting the Delaware River. Full moon paddles, tours, guided trips.
Silas Condict County Park William Lewis Arthur Dr. (off Kinnelon Rd.), Kinnelon, 973829-8257. Daily 8am-dusk. 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, Franklin Twp., 732-873-8585. Putting Course: April-Oct. Adults $8, children/srs. $5, under 5 $2. Paddle boats: summer thru Labor Day, $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. May-Oct Putting Course open. Paddleboats open through Labor Day.
Somerset County Park Commission Family Canoe & Kayak Programs 908-766-2489. 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 Kan-U-Kayak session is undertaken. Likewise a Kan-UKayak session must be attended prior to a river trip. Call or visit website for schedule of day-long river excursions and whitewater trips. Can-U-Cannu? Introductory canoe workshops for adults and children, ages 7 and older, teach basic paddling, handling and safety on Branta Pond at the Environmental Education Center. $14 per person. Apr 23 1:30-3:30. May 14 9:30-11:30. Kan-U-Kayak? Introductory kayaking workshops, designed for adults and ages 10 and over, teach basic paddling, handling and safety. Must attend this class and 11⁄2-hr. pool training session (included in fee) prior to taking a river trip. $25 per person. Apr 26 5-7pm. May 22 5:30-7:30pm. Passaic Paddle Canoe or kayak on the gentle Passaic River through the Great Swamp basin. $30. Apr 6 3:30-6:30pm. Full Moon Paddle Canoe or kayak by the light of the full moon. Bring a flashlight or headlight. Call for summer dates.
South Mountain Reservation Swan Boats Cherry Lane, West Orange, 973-731-5800. 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. Park across the street. Swan paddle boats for rent, walking paths, ship-themed playground and picnic pavilion. Must be over 2 years old to board a paddle boat. Call 973731-5800 x221 to reserve picnic pavilion.
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Spruce Run Recreation Area Van Syckels Rd. (I-78 to Clinton Rt. 31N), Clinton, 908-638-8572. 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.
Sunrise Lake Beach Club Lewis Morris Park, Rt. 24, Morris Township, 973-829-8257. Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Weekends & holidays 116:30, 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 Saturn Kids Kingdom playground in Doe Meadow. Camping for organized groups by advance reservation. Summer Tiny Tot Tuesdays, Campout on the Beach, more.
Twin Rivers Tubing 4 Union Square, Phillipsburg, 908-857-1289. Tubing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting on the Delaware River.
Union County Parks Boating Union County Parks & Recreation, 908-527-4900. 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. 255-acre lake with a number of explorable islands in the remote, rugged highlands of northern New Jersey. 400-acre park also includes mountain bike trails, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, fishing, beach area with lifeguard, camping, and food concession. Canoe, rowboat and paddleboat rental available 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.reserveamerica.com, through their call center at 855-607-3075, or by calling the individual park office up to 11 months in advance.
A guide to activities and facilities at 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.” 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, 1-800-2-CAMP-NJ. For a free copy of the annual Campground & RV Guidebook for New Jersey, call, write or email: request@newjersey campgrounds.com or download online. www.newjerseycampgrounds.com
national park service
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/
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. www.fairviewlakeymca.org
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CAMPING Frost Valley YMCA 2000 Frost Valley Rd., Claryville, 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. www.frostvalley.org
Jenny Jump State Forest State Park Rd., Hope, NJ, 908-459-4366. Small state campground has 22 private campsites in the woods and 8 shelter cabins each furnished with 2 bunk beds, woodburning stove & small table & 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 & Lectures, 8-10:30pm. Beginners Apr-Oct and children are welcome.
Mohican Outdoor Center 50 Camp Rd., Blairstown, 908-362-5670; AMC Reservations 603-466-2727. 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.
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.
FARMS/PICK YOUR OWN
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. To locate organic farms and products near you, consult the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey at www.nofanj.org. 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, Holmdel, NJ, 732-332-1533. Garden center, fall fest and Halloween events, Winter Wonderland, Fox Hollow Vineyards.
Pocono Environmental Education Center
Rt. 209 & 538 Emery Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA, 570-828-2319. 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.
84 Rt. 513 (Old Rt. 24), Chester, 908-879-7189. 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.
Wharton State Forest Batsto Village, Rt. 542, Hammonton, 609-561-0024; Atsion Office, Rt. 206, Hammonton, 609-268-0444; 609-567-4559. 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
Bluebird Farm Alpacas 44 Willow Ave., Peapack, 908-234-9772. Visit by reservation or during special farm events. Story hours; children’s programs; summer camps; farm store.
Brookhollows Barnyard 301 Rockaway Valley Rd., Boonton Twp., NJ 07005, 201400-44505. Petting farm open spring to fall. Train rides, tractor rides, buckets of feed available for purchase. Summer camps; birthday parties.
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Demarest Farms 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, 201-666-0472. Pick-your-own peaches, apples and pumpkins; farm store; seasonal garden center.
Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms 783 County Rt. 519, Belvidere, 908-475-3671. Wine tasting, wine cellar tours and hosts grape stomping, murder mystery dinners, fall harvest festivals and other special events.
• Califon Farm Market & Orchards: 472 County Rd. 513, Califon, 908-832-2905.
Norz Hill Dairy Farm & Market 116 South Branch Rd., Hillsborough, 908-371-COWS. 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.
Fresh & Fancy Farms
Oasis Family Farm
575 River Rd., New Milford, 201-483-9494. Farm dinners, cooking and crafting classes, scout and school programs, summer farm camp.
3 Circle Dr., Robbinsville, NJ, 609-259-7031. Kids fun zone, honey bees, and special events; farm market.
Fulper Family Farmstead
19 Canfield Ave., Randolph, NJ 07869, 973-584-4734. Farm animals, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, farm market.
281 Rocktown Lambertville Rd., Lambertville, 609-651-5991; firstname.lastname@example.org. Dairy farm tours seasonally.
Green Meadows Farms Middle Rd. & Green Acres Dr., Hazlet, 732-335-5589. Open seasonally in spring and fall. General admission $13, 2 and under free. Discount coupon online. Hands-on experience with several hundred domesticated farm animals, farm activities, hayrides, pumpkins in October.
Heaven Hill Farm 451 Rte. 94, Vernon, 973-764-5144. Summer family farm activities and fall festival and pick your own pumpkins. Farm market, garden center, outdoor furniture, Christmas trees.
Hillview Farms 223 Meyersville Rd., Gillette, 908-647-0957. Daily 10-6. Pick your own blueberries, tomatoes, zinnias, apples, and pumpkins in season. Be sure to call first for availability. Shop in our store for Jersey-fresh fruits, vegetables, honey, fresh baked pies and much more. School tours.
Howell Farm Corn Maze Valley Rd., 1 mi. west of Howell Living History Farm, Titusville (off Rt. 29 2 mi. south of Lambertville), 609-397-2555; 609737-3299. 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.
Sun High Orchards Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, 609-924-2310. 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. Educational workshops for older students and 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 29 Wassailing the Apple Trees, old English tradition with singing, dancing, hot cider, bonfire. Apr 15- Bunny Chase, treasure hunt for ages 2-8, craft, Apr 16 wagon ride, pony rides, food tent. 10-4. Free. May 6 Kite Day, bring your own or choose a readymade from the farm store. Music, food, sheep shearing Sun. at 2pm. 10-5. $5 ages 3+. Jun 25 Firefly Festival, music, food, wagon rides, crafts, firefly hunting. 4-9pm. Free admission. Read and Explore Children’s Program Children’s program combines hands-on activities and listening to a themed story. For ages preschool to 8 yrs. with adult. Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am. $7 per child, preregistration requested.
Jan 17, 21
Jersey Fresh Farmers Markets
Feb 7, 11
Farmers Markets, open summer-fall, bring New Jersey’s freshest fruits, vegetables, breads, cheeses, baked goods and desserts, pickles and specialty foods weekly right to our communities. Visit website for all locations. www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov.
Longmeadow Farm 561 Blairstown Rd. (Rt. 521), Hope, 908-459-5351. Berry picking starts late July. Schools and groups scheduled by appointment. www.upickapples.net Pick your own raspberries, blackberries, apples and pumpkins. 14 great apple varieties on easy pick dwarf trees. Take a spooky hayride to the pumpkin patch. Farmstand features our own honey, a huge selection of jams and jellies and nosugar-added fruit spreads and fruit butters.
Melick’s Town Farm • Cider Mill & Orchards: 19 King St., Oldwick, 908-439-3888. • Oldwick Farm Market: 170 Oldwick Rd., Oldwick, 908439-2955. • Bridgewater Market: 351 Rt. 28, Bridgewater, 908725-0225.
Gingerbread Man. Animal Tracks.
Feb 21, 25 Fur, Feathers, Fluff: Keeping Warm in Winter.
Mar 7, 11 Composting.
Mar 21, 25 Getting Ready for Spring.
Apr 4, 8 Birds, Nesting, Birdhouses.
Valley Shepherd Creamery 50 Fairmount Rd., Long Valley, 908-876-3200. 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. www.valleyshepherd.com Selected Special Events Apr-Nov Cheesemaking Classes; Cheese & Wine Tasting Dinners, book online.
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FARMS/PICK YOUR OWN Valley Shepherd Creamery continued Apr MayJun JulAug Sepmid Nov
Shearing Tours, on select Sat. & Sun. Reservations required. Lambing Tours, walk-in 1.5-hr. tour is offered on weekends. Summer Tours, walk-in tour focuses on seasonal farm activity. Fall Harvest Tours, walk-in 1.5-hr. tour is offered on weekends early Sept. to mid-Nov.
Well-Sweep Herb Farm 205 Mt. Bethel Rd., Port Murray, 908-852-5390. 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. 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 Route 202 (5 mi. south of Morristown/exit 30B Rt. 287), Morristown, 973-425-9819. 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. www.wightmansfarms.com
Williams Nursery & The Gift House 524 Springfield Ave., Westfield, 908-232-4076. Experts in perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees and new and unusual plants. Gift shop complete with everything from Yankee Candles to Christopher Radko Ornaments.
HIKING & MORE
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 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
county and state park calendars • Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Afffairs 973-268-3500. www.essexcountyparks.org The Spirit of Essex, 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
Rt. 524 (exit 98 GSP), Wall Township, 732-938-2371. 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 973-326-7600. 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. 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.
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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 in the lake and blue claw crabbing in Hooks Creek can be fun in late summer. 53 campsites are located across the parkway. Visit www.njparksandforests.org for interpretive programs. Jun-Oct Eco Kayak Tours, 2-hour tours on the tidal Cheesequake Creek offered on select days summer to fall. Participants must be age 14 and older. $15. Call Nature Center for dates and to register, 732-566-3208.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Stop at Visitors Centers for info and map. Kittatinny Point Visitor Center: Off Rt. 80W, Columbia, NJ; 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. Park Headquarters open year round Mon.Fri. Visitors Centers are open Memorial Day Sat.-Labor Day, closed Tues. & Wed. The road to Dingmans Falls and Visitor Center is closed when icy conditions set in. Short guided walks leave from Visitor Centers. Jr. Naturalist & Jr. Ranger materials are available. Consult www.nps.gov/dewa 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 NJ offers 8 miles for varied abilities. www.nps.gov/dewa Ongoing Guide to the Gap Trip Planner, contains calendar of events, hiking information, maps and trip planning information. 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. Friends of the Delaware Water Gap Non-profit organization devoted to park conservancy sponsors lecture series and family events, 570-426-2435 x2510, www.friendsofdewanps.org.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: 152 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Twp., 973425-1222. Open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, Sun. hours spring-fall. Helen S. Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Twp., 973-425-9510. North Gate bridge is open during visitor center hours. Daily 10-4, reduced hours off season. Trails open dawn to dusk.
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, 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. 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. 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. www.greenwoodgardens.org
Grounds for Sculpture 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, 609-586-0616. See listing under Museums.
Hacklebarney State Park 119 Hacklebarney Rd., Long Valley (from Chester, 24W 3 mi. to park entrance), 908-638-8572, 908-879-5677. 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 County, 973-875-4800. Interpretive Center: 973-875-1471. Cross Country Ski Center, 973-7021222. 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.
Huber Woods Park 25 Brown’s Dock Rd. (off Navesink River Rd., GSP exit 109), Locust Section, Middletown, 732-872-2670. 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.
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Leonard J. Buck Garden Layton Rd., Far Hills, 908-234-2677. Mon.-Fri. 10-4, Sat. 105, 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 link for schedule and registration or call the EEC for information, 908-766-2489.
Mahlon Dickerson Reservation 955 Weldon Rd., Jefferson Twp., 973-697-3140. 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.
Ringwood State Park 1304 Sloatsburg Rd., Ringwood, 973-962-7031. See listing under Boating, Fishing & Swimming.
South Mountain Reservation 973-268-3500. 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 from www.essexcountyparks.org or www.somocon.org. 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. www.somocon.org
Palermo Show Stable is New Jersey's most complete Equestrian Facility conveniently located to NYC and PA. Please contact us to sign up for your FREE introductory lesson! As well as information on Summer & Winter & Holiday Camps!
Info@palermoshowstable.com 908-719-7500 or 210-863-5446
www.PalermoShowStable.com Sat & Sun
Observatory open to the public, Sat. 8-10pm, Sun. 2-5pm June-Oct. Open the 4th Sat. only of Feb., March and April.
Union County Watchung Reservation
Wagner Farm Arboretum
Coles Ave. & New Providence Rd., Mountainside, 908789-3670. 13+ miles of marked hiking trails include the 11mile Sierra loop (maps available at Visitor Center). Interesting 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, playground, Watchung Stables and Trailside Nature and Science Center.
197 Mountain Ave., Warren, 908-350-7383. 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. Art classes are offered for adults and children grades 1-8; gardening workshops; seasonal special events.
Voorhees State Park Rt. 513 (Rt. 78 exit 17 to Rt. 31N), Glen Gardner, 908-6388572. Hiking through woods, to scenic overlooks and along Willoughby Brook, picnicking, playground, ballfield, 2 small fishing ponds for children (catch & release), 50 wooded campsites within walking distance to New Jersey Astronomical Association Observatory (njaa.org) open to the public June-Oct. on Sat. night 8:30-10:30pm and Sun. 2-5pm, weather permitting. Call 908-638-8500 for observatory schedule.
HORSEBACK RIDING Dapple Hill Farm Minutes from I-78, Bedminster, 201-725-0047. 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. www.DappleHillFarm.com
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HORSEBACK RIDING Summer Camp • Any Day FLEX Camp Group & Private Lessons Interscholastic Show Team Mounted Troop • PEP Classes for ages 3–7 Pony Birthday Parties • Trail Rides For 4 years in a row, voted Best Horseback Riding in Morris|Essex Health & Life and Best Summer Camp, Best Place to Volunteer & 2nd Best for Family Entertainment by Daily Record.
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Kafka Farms 901 Valley Rd., Watchung, 908-405-8038. Year round riding lessons, boarding, birthday parties and petting zoo. Horseback riding summer camp for ages 5-14 features lots of horseback riding, horse care, swimming, archery, crafts, camel rides, horse show and more. Mon.-Fri. 9-3. www.kafkafarms.com
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. Info@ 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! www.palermoshowstable.com
River Edge Farm 1575 River Rd. East, Bedminster, 908-420-1274. 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. www.riveredgefarm.com
Seaton Hackney Stables 440 South St., Morristown, 973-644-3355. Seaton Hackney Stables offers riding activities including Mounted Troop Program for all levels (beginner to advanced), Interscholastic Show Team, dressage lessons, cross country lessons, group lessons, and private lessons. For the explorers and nature lovers, trail riding is available through the adjacent Morris County Parks. Weekly Summer Camps, any day Flex Camp, PEP classes for 3–7 year olds. See discount coupon on page 61. www.seatonhackney.com
Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, 908-766-5955. 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+. Mom (Dad) & Me Grooming Workshop, nonriding hands-on class for parent/child; 5-week sessions.
Watchung Stables–Union County 1160 Summit Lane, Mountainside, 908-789-3665. 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. ucnj.org/stable 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 throughout the season. 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.
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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. 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. Spring-fall: Wed.Sun. 10-5. Closed Jan.-late March. Admission $8, under 3 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. Wed Sprouts & Seedlings, monthly nature workshops for ages 2-5 with adult. 10-11:30. $12. Register online or call 856-365-8733 for info. Selected Events Apr 9 Dino Day & Bug Bonanza, 1-4pm. Apr 15 Brunch with Bunny, 10-2:30pm. Apr 22-23 Earth & Arbor Day, 1-4pm. May 13-14 Beautiful Butterflies, Birds & Cinco de Mayo Festival, 1-4pm. May 27-28 Fit & Fun Festival, 1-4pm. Jun 10-11 Strawberry Surprise & Art in Nature Festival, 1-4pm. Jun 24 Plaza de Aibonito, Puerto Rico Festival, 1-4.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary 324 Forest Dr. S., Short Hills, 973-376-3587. Stone House Education 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; afterschool 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. Mar 12 Crafternoon, family crafts. 1-2pm.
Duke Farms 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, 908-722-3700. Nov. 6-March 12: 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 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; horticulture classes; community garden; nature programs for adults and children; Rutgers Environmental Stewards program; self-guided bike and walking tours are offered. Some bikes are available to borrow on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bike helmets are required for all cyclists. Children’s series include Junior Ornithologists, Junior Naturalists and Junior Entomologists. Consult website for current schedule and registration, www.dukefarms.org. 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. Self-Guided Family Activity Sheets, available to download from website before you arrive. Community Garden, plots awarded through lottery to people who live and/or work in Somerset County. Email email@example.com. Bikeshare Service, 60 adult-sized bicycles are available first come first served, 9am-4:30pm, for $5 per ride, 2 hr. maximum. Community Garden Snoop Tour, behind-thescenes tours led by volunteer garden educators May-Sept. 10:30-11:30am. Free. May-Nov Farm to Table Market, local farmers market on Thursdays 3-8pm. Register Junior Ornithologists, Junior Naturalists, Junior Entomologists, Junior Gardeners, registration open for four seasonal Mini-Series 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.
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Selected Events Mar 4-5 Sugar Maple Celebration, indoor/outdoor event celebrates the maple sugaring process. Free, all ages. Advance registration requested.
Essex County Environmental Center West Essex Park, 621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, 973228-8776. 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 and Themed Clubs for ages 5-12 include outdoor discoveries, crafts, gardening, cooking, bugs, geology and green kids. 4-H Clubs & Environmental Clubs, a variety of special interest clubs for children in grades 18 include such topics as the environment, pets, bugs, cooking, stamps and Legos. 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. Selected Events Advance registration required, unless noted. Jan 16 MLK Day Celebration, winter walk, facts & stories about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ages 714. $8. Jan 21 Family Winter Mystery Hunt, 11-12. Adults $10, children $8. Feb 4 Forest Snow Globe, ages 7-10. 10:30-12. $8. Feb 18 Build a Bird House, adults and ages 10+ accompanied by adult. 11-12:30. $12/$10. Feb 20 President for a Day, ages 6-10. 1:30-3. $8. Apr 11-13 Spring Camp, grades 1-5. 12:30-4:30. Apr 29 Earth Day, crafts, games, canoeing, hiking, eco-vendors’ sale. 11-4. Free. JunWilderness Skills Summer Camp; Young Aug Engineers Summer Camp; Nature Explorers Summer Camp, preK to grades 8.
Frelinghuysen Arboretum 353 E. Hanover Ave. (Rt. 511), Morris Township, 973326-7601. 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. Self-
guided 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 the Cottage garden. Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum 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. arboretumfriends.org Ongoing Family Discovery Backpack provides materials, activities and games for families to explore the arboretum. $5, first-come, first serve basis. Branching Out, spring and summer sessions for ages 5-13 to learn about gardening, botany, horticulture. Call 973-631-5004 for more information. Seedlings, series introduces children ages 3-5 with adult to plants and nature through walks, stories and activities. $5 per session. Jan 11 Brrrr! Jan 25 Over and Under. Feb 8 The Nose Knows. Feb 22 Shadows of Spring. Mar 8 The Shape of Things. Mar 22 Shake It Up! Home School Days, nature and horticulture programs for ages 6-12. 1-2:30pm. $8. Jan 9 Winter Skeletons. Jan 23 Frosted Flowers. Feb 6 Sense-ational Plants. Feb 27 Botany for Beginners. Mar 6 Trees Are VIPs. Mar 20 It’s Spring! 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. 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 Black and White. Feb A Pop of Color. Mar Stick to the Trails. Selected Children & Family Events Jan 28 Family Nature Crafts: Teeny, Tiny World, ages 6 & up. 1-2pm. $20. Register by Jan. 14. Feb 4 Family Nature Crafts: Natural Valentine Cards, ages 6 & up. 1pm. $10. Register by Jan. 27. Mar 11 Matilda’s Tea: Fascinating Fascinators!, adults and ages 6 and up explore the art of hat-making. Craft, light tea, illustrated talk about women’s head dressings. 2-4pm. $25. Selected Adult & Teen Programs Jan 28 Dried Flower Workshop with Marge Hulstrunk, dried flower wreath. 1-3:30. $50. Mar 4 7th Annual Community Garden Conference, 9am-4:30pm. Pre-registration required.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION Frelinghuysen Arboretum continued Selected Adult & Teen Programs Mar 19 Cooking Demonstration: Springtime Favorites, asparagus, spinach, peas and early spring vegetables. 1-3pm. $25. Mar 26 Creating an Inviting Garden with Style, speaker Susan Cohan, APLD. 1-3pm. $18.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Helen S. Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Twp., 973-425-9510. 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 tours for schools, scouts, youth and adult organizations, and outreach speakers (908647-1321). See listing under Hiking & More for additional info. www.friendsofgreatswamp.org Ongoing Junior Refuge Manager Activity Book is available at the Visitor Center or can be downloaded oniine under “Education & Outreach.” 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. Feb 4, Mar 25 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 8 Movie TBA. Feb 12 All About Our Watersheds. Mar 12 Wildlife Photography. Selected Family Event Feb 17 Great Backyard Bird Count–Citizen Science Opportunity, guided walk, make a suet feeder, bird house gourd, activities and crafts for kids. 10-4. Free.
Mar 23, 26 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. 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.
Toddler Trek, morning walk and story for toddlers ages 2-3 with adult. 10-11am. $5 / child, advance registration required. Jan 9 Tricky Tracks. Jan 30 Frigid Fliers. Feb 13 Hoot, Hooray for Owls. Mar 6 Maple Sugaring for Seedlings. Mar 20 Spring is Almost Here. Awesome Animal Artists, indoor/outdoor after school art program for ages 5-9. Parents are welcome to participate. 4-5pm. $5. Feb 6, Mar 6 Tues Pre-K Walk, hour-long nature walk and craft for ages 4-5 with adult. 10-11am. $5, limited space, reservations open 2 weeks prior to event. Jan 24 Tricky Tracks. Feb 28 Owl Prowl. Mar 21 Peepers & Quackers. 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. Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Wed Homeschool Adventures, monthly themed programs designed for homeschool families, all ages. 1-2:30pm. $8 per child 3 and over. Jan 18 Winter Insects. Feb 15 Owls. Mar 15 Be Bear Aware. Outdoor Adventure Skills, monthly series for ages 10-15 to learn wilderness and survival skills. Feb 1 Keeping Warm. Mar 1 Worst Case Scenario. Thurs Nature’s Little Explorers, 6 week nature program for ages 2 and 3 with adult includes walks, activities and crafts. 10-10:45am. $55 for series. Jan 19-Feb 23 Mar 16-Apr 20 Puddle Jumpers, 6 week series for ages 4 and 5 with adult includes walks, activities and crafts. 1-1:45pm. $55 per child. Jan 19-Feb 23 Mar 16-Apr 20 Enviro-Literature, read and role play a classic environmental story, monthly program for ages 7-11. 4-5:30. $3 per child. Jan 19 The Lorax. Feb 16 A River Runs Through It. Mar 23 Henry Hikes to Fitchburg. Sat Weekend Family Walk, all ages. 10-11am. $2 per person ages 3 and up. Mar 18 Selected Children & Family Events Pre-registration required for most programs. Fees, if noted, apply for ages 3 and up.
Jan 8, Mar 12 Trail Treasure Hunt, all ages. 1-2pm. $2.
Jan 16 A Day Off with Nature: Tracks, ages 5-9. 9-2. $30 per child, pre-registration required.
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Maple Sugaring Demonstrations, learn the process from start to finish. All ages. 1 or 2:30pm, no registration required. Wild Animal Romance, ages 7+. 4-5pm. $3. A Day Off with Nature: Maple Madness, ages 59. 9-2. $30 per child.
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Yoga for Nature Kids, ages 2-6 with adult. 10-11. $3 per child. Maple Sugar Festival, maple sugar hikes, games, snow cones, crafts, syrup tasting, more. 12-4. The Great Hibernation Mystery, all ages. 1-2. $3.
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Frog Jamboree: Easy, spring peepers and wood frogs. All ages. 3:30-4:30. $3. Frog Jamboree, all ages. 10-11. $3.
Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation Office location: 1020 Rt. 31N, Lebanon Twp., 908-782-1158. 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. www.co.hunterdon.nj.us, click on Parks and Recreation. Ongoing Basketry, Art & Craft Workshops and Classes, for children and adults, beginner to advanced. Adult Morning/Afternoon Bird Walks & 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 10-Feb 28 Tot Walks, one-hour nature program includes walk, story and craft for ages 2-3 with adult. Feb 2 Groundhogs. Art Together, art series for ages 2-4 with adult. Home School Environmental Series and Kidz Art, home school programs. Afterschool Program, drop-off nature program for grades 1-4. Free Adult Recreation Walks, Wednesdays 9:3011am at diferent park locations. Mar 1, 15, Apr 12, 19, May 3, 17, 31 Jun-Aug Summer Camps for Grades K-12, weekly camp themes include nature, art, craft, theatre, music, garden, sports and canoe. Fresh Air Flow: Outdoor Yoga Series, 4 week sessions for all ages, 6-7pm Deer Path Park.
Call for rates and to schedule a performance! telephone/text: 973-975-8559 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Selected Family Events Registration required for all programs, unless noted. Jan 28 Maple Tree Tapping, ages 5-adult. 1-2:30pm Echo Hill playground. $3. Feb 9 Bike Safety Program, ages 8 & up. 5-6:30 Echo Hill. $3. Feb 16 Owls for Everyone, all ages. 7-8:30 Echo Hill. $3. Feb 18 Late Winter Walk, ages 5-adult. 10-11am Arboretum. $3. Maple Sap Collection, ages 5-adult. 1-2:30 Echo Hill playground. $3. Mar 4 Maple Sugar Open House, all ages. 9-2 Echo Hill. $1 donation, pre-registration not required. Mar. 1-3 open to groups. Mar 16 House Wren Nesting Box, ages 8+ with adult. 78:30pm Echo Hill. Apr 22 17th Annual Earth Day Celebration, carnival midway, 4-h animals, robotics club, pond paddle. 10:30-4. Jun 29- 41st Music Under the Stars Free Concert Series, Aug 17 7-9pm Deer Path Park.
Kay Environmental Center 200 Pottersville Rd., Chester Twp., 973-635-6629. 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 200 Pottersville Rd., Chester, 908-879-7262. Delaware Bayshores Office: 2350 Rt. 47, Delmont, 609-861-0600. 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 www.nature.org/newjersey for public events and field trips.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION 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. 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 www.njparksandforests.org 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. Visit website link for times, fees and adult-only programs.
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 and reopening date, www.njparksandforests.org. 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, 201915-3409. Free, pre-registration required. Selected Interpretive Events Free, pre-registration required. ADA accessible.
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Winter Wonders, ages 4-5 with adults. 11-12. Owls: Hunters of the Night, adults & ages 6+. 4:30-5:30. Feb 25 5-6pm. Backyard Bird Feeding, adults & ages 6+. 11-12. “Cabin Fever” Nature Hike, all ages. 10-11:30. Geocaching for Beginners, adults & ages 9+. 11noon.
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L’il Tykes Spring Hike, ages 5 & under with adults. 11-12. No strollers or older siblings. The Nature of Vernal Pools, adults & ages 9+. 11-noon. Color Yourself Calm, teens & adults. 2-4pm.
Lakota Wolf Preserve 89 Mt. Pleasant Rd. (Rt. 80W, exit 4), Columbia, 877-7339653. 60-75 minute wolf watch programs are presented twice every day except Monday. Fall & winter: 10:30 & 3. Summer: 10:30 & 4. Registration begins 1/2 hour before tour start times; an appointment is required for weekday watches and groups of 10 or more. In winter, call ahead to 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 Morris Pesin Dr. (Exit 14B NJ Tnpk.), Jersey City, 201-9153402 x109. Free. In addition to being a launching point to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Liberty State Park is a
Winter Waterfowl Walk, adults, families with children ages 5+. 10-noon. Recycled Crafts, adults, families with children ages 5+. 10-noon. Recycled Papermaking, adults, families with children ages 5+. 10-noon. Low Tide Beach Walk, adults & families. 10-11:30. Volunteer Nature Path Planting, adults, groups, families with children ages 6+. 10-noon. Salt Marsh Clean-up, visit Friends of Liberty State Park website for info, www.folsp.org. Earth Day 5K & Fair, Hudson County Improvement Authority, www.hcia.org. Walk MS, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org. March for Babies, March of Dimes, www. marchofdimes.org.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center 331 Georgia Tavern Rd. (GSP exit 98), Howell, 732-751-9453. Daily 10-4:30. Memorial Day to Labor Day: Sat.-Thurs. 10-5, 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, parents & childrent 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. Free, deposit of NJ drivers license.
Meadowlands Environment Center 2 DeKorte Park Plaza (east end of Valley Brook Rd.), Lyndhurst, 201-777-2431; administrative office 201-4601700. Trails open daily 8am-dusk. Environment Center open Mon. 9-4; Tues.-Fri. 9-2; closed Sat. & 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
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for thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds. Barrier-free 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. www.njsea.com, select “Meadowlands Environment Center.” Scroll to “Parks & Nature Programs – Nature Programs & Events” for upcoming schedule of events. 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. Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 Guided Nature Walks with NJMC & the Bergen County Audubon Society, check meadowblog.net for dates. Free, registration recommended. MayEco-Cruises, Canoe & 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. (Exit 4 Rt. 78W), Washington, NJ, 908454-1213. 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 7 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.
New Jersey Audubon Society 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 Former Weis Ecology Center, 150 Snake Den Rd., Ringwood, NJ. 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. www.highlandsnaturefriends.org
Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center Rt. 46 (Rt. 78 to Rt. 31N to Rt. 46E 2 miles), Oxford, 908-637-4125. 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 Egg Room is in operation from mid-Sept. through early Oct. The Nursery Area is in use from late Sept.-mid-May. Selfguided 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. www.njfishandwildlife.com/pequest.htm Selected Family Events Apr 1-2 Pequest Open House & Sportsmen’s Flea Market, environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers, fishing for kids, archery ranges for ages 10+ and more. 10-4. Free.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION Plainsboro Preserve 80 Scotts Corner Rd., Cranbury, 609-897-9400. Tues.-Sat. 95, 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 Nature Field Trips, for adults and teens, explore a natural area of New Jersey with an environmental educator. The Flight Club, Thursday after school club for students in grade 6-9. Kids & Critters Preschool Program, new topics each session for ages 2-4. 11-11:45am. $7. Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, 17 Pine Barren Series, full-day field trips for adults and ages 12 and older & accompanying adult. Bird Seed Sale Days, first weekend of the month. 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, 609-897-9400. Jan 13 Search for Beaver, ages 7-adult. 5:30-7pm. Jan 14 Summer Camp Open House, early bird discounts. 12-3:30pm. Free. Thru Project Feeder Watch at Plainsboro Preserve, Apr 7 beginner and seasoned birders are invited to be a FeederWatcher, 1 hr. at a time. 12-2pm. Saturday Family Adventures Saturdays from 2-3:30pm. Perfect for young naturalists and their families ages 7 to adult. $7, $5 members, unless noted. Pre-registration is required, 609-427-3052. Jan 22 Geocaching. Jan 28 Bird Feeding 101.
Pyramid Mountain 124 Boonton Ave. (Boonton Ave. & Mars Ct.), Montville, 973-334-3130. Park open year round dawn to dusk. Visitors Center Wed.-Sun. 10-4:30. Call for winter hours. Trail guide available 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. Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
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. $5. Jan 10 Frigid Flyers. Feb 7 Let It Snow! Mar 14 Fabulous Frogs! Family Science Day, hands-on activity stations for all ages with adult. 1-3pm. $8 for ages 5+; $5 for ages 3 and 4. Jan 24 Winter Trees. Feb 28 Winter Birds. Mar 28 Frogs & Toads! After School Hike, nature topics and activities for ages 5 and up. 3:30-4:30pm. $3. Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 14 Wed Natureâ€™s Little Explorers, 6-week nature program for parent and toddlers age 2-3. 1010:45. $55. Jan 18-Feb 22 Mar 15-Apr 19 Awesome Animal Artists, for ages 5-9. Monthly indoor/outdoor program features a different animal each session. 4-5pm. $5. Jan 18, Feb 8 Puddle Jumpers, for ages 4-5. 6-week nature series for ages 4-5 with adult. 1-1:45. $55. Jan 18-Feb 22 Mar 15-Apr 19 Winter Snowshoe Sundays, guided snowshoeing for ages 10 & up 1:30pm on select Sundays. Adult and children sized snow shoe rentals available for one day rental and use on site. Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 26, Mar 5, 12 Selected Events Advance registration required, 973-334-3130. Fees are for ages 3 and up, unless noted. Jan 21 Glacial Erratic Hike: Strenuous, ages 13+. 13:30pm. $1. Feb 11 Nature Detectives: Easy, all ages. 1-2:30. $1. Full Moon Hike: Moderate, ages 13+. 6-8:30. $5. Feb 14 Love in the Forest, all ages. 3:30-4:30. $1. Feb 18 Winter Birds Hike: Moderate, ages 7+. 1-3. $1. Mar 3 Night Hike for Families: Easy, all ages. 7-8pm. $5.
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Frog Jamboree: Easy, all ages. 1:30-3. March 27 3:30-4:30. $3. Roaring Falls Hike: Moderate, ages 16+. 1-3:30. Butterfly Bonanza, bug safari, pollinator parade at 2pm, live music, crafts, games. 124pm.
The Raptor Trust 1452 White Bridge Rd., Millington, 908-647-2353. 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.
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Reeves Reed Arboretum
Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
165 Hobart Ave., Summit, 908-273-8787. Grounds open daily daylight hours. Wisner House: open Tues.-Fri. 9-4. Stackhouse Education Center: open Tues.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-1 from MarchNov. Free admission, non-member suggested donation $5. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the arboretum is a serene place for a walk through woodlands, formal gardens, perennial, rose, daylily, herb and daffodil gardens. Picnics and dogwalking are prohibited. Summer camps for ages 4-18; children, adult and family workshops and special events; group tours; scout programs; nature birthday parties; summer concert series; site rentals. Teens are welcome to volunteer. Garden shop. Sat 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, drop in; free for members. Borrow a backpack to explore outdoors. Free Saturday Tours, 10:30am and 1:30pm Saturdays from May through Oct. Apr Daffodils, see over 40,000 in bloom. Jun Butterfly Garden in bloom. Jun-Aug Summer Camps, ages 4-18. Selected Children & Family Events Registration required, unless noted. Rates quoted are for non-members, members receive discounts. Jan 14 The Confident Teen: Tools to Help Your Teen Believe in Herself, girls in grades 6-8. 9-11:30. Jan 22 Who’s Been Here?, ages 4+ with adult. 12:30pm. $15. Jan 27 Chinese New Year Celebration, ages 3+ with adult. 1-2pm. $15. Jan 28 Tap That Tree!, maple sugaring. Ages 5+ with adult. 10-11:30am. $15.
11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville, 908-766-5787. Trails open 7 days to 5pm, Hoffman building open Tues.-Sat. 95, 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; 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. Feb 24 Exploring the Night Sky, for families. 7-8:30pm. Selected Adult & Student Programs Advance registration required, 908-396-6386. Jan 14 Digital Photography Workshop 5: Digital Editing 2, 10-12:30pm. Nature of Antarctica Travelogue, 2-3pm. Jan 21 Hand-Crafted Paper, 1:30-4:30pm. Feb 18 Digital Photography Workshop 6: Bird Photography, 10-12:30pm. Nature of Belize Travelogue, 2-3pm. Feb 25 Painted Gourd Birdhouses, workshop. 1-3pm. Hawk Rise Sanctuary Urban Oasis Programs End of Range Rd. (GPS 1811 Lower Rd.), Linden, 908-766-5787. Jan 21 Owl Moon Winter Walk, ages 5+ & families. 4:305:30pm. Free. Feb 18 Hawk Rise Great Backyard Bird Count, birders of all ages and ability. 10:30-12. Free.
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Winter Tales from Around the World, ages 35 with adult. 1-2pm. $15. The Confident Young Girl: Who Am I? How Can I Handle Stress?, girls grades 4-5. 9-11am. The Confident Young Girl: Taking Care of Yourself from the Inside Out, girls grades 4-5. 9-11am. Backyard Birding for Families, ages 5+. 1011:30am. $15. Maple Sugaring Fest, 1-4pm. $5 per person, $25 max. family. Pre-registration not required. Nocturnal Neighbors: Salamanders, night hike, activities, stories, s’mores for families with children ages 5+. 7-9pm. $10. Daffodil Day, family-friendly spring celebration. 11-4. $10, $25 max./family. No registration. Nocturnal Neighbors: Migrating Birds, night hike, activities, stories, s’mores for families with children ages 5+. 7-9pm. $10.
Rizzo’s Wildlife World 1 Gold Mine Rd., Roxbury, 973-586-0444. 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. www.rizzoswildlifeworld.com
Schiff Nature Preserve 339 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham, 973-543-6004. 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. www.schiffnaturepreserve.org SepHike Mendham, visit www.hikemendham.org May for local hiking trail maps. Homeschooler Trimester, monthly program each season for grades K-6.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION Schiff Nature Preserve Mon JunAug
Environmental Book Club, adults only. Free. Summer Nature Programs, week-long adventures for ages 5-13. Selected Children & Family Programs Apr 9 Girl Scout Badge Day: Hiking, 1-2:30pm. $5. Tree Time for Tykes Story, walk and craft program for ages 2-4 with adult. Adult/child pair $15, member pairs $10. Jan 23 Winter Wonderland. Feb 13 Valentines in the Forest. Mar 13 Maple Syrup Fun.
Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center 190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-2489. 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–age 12, families and adults; canoe and kayak trips; 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. www.somersetcountyparks.org 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. Feb 4, 12, 19, 25, Mar 11, 26, Apr 15, 23, May 13, 21, 27 Sat Saturday Bird Walks, bird walk series for all ages in fall and spring. 6-8am, pre-registration not required. Free. May 13, 20, 27 Ongoing Tot Trek, stroller walk for ages infant-5 with parent. 10:30-11:30 monthly spring to fall. Free. Mar 21, Apr 11, May 16 Parent & Child Nature Programs, infants to age 5 with adult explore nature through themed walks, crafts and stories. 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 & Hikes, consult website link for calendar. School Year Programs Visit online link for complete schedule of programs for children, teens, families and adults. Ongoing Homeschool Offerings, environmental education programs for ages 7-12 offered once a month. Sun Wild Kids, series for infants to age 5 with parent. 10:30-11:30. Mar 19-Apr 9; May 7-28
The Young Explorers Club, series for ages infant to 5 with parent. 10:30-11:30am. Feb 6, 27; Mar 6-27; Apr 3-24; May 1-22 KinderNats, after school series for ages 5-7. Feb 6, 27; Mar 6-27; Apr 3-24; May 1-22 Tues or Tree House Gang, 4-week series for ages 3-5 Thurs features new theme each month. 12:45-3:15. Feb 2-23, Feb 7-28 Mar 7-28, Mar 9-30 Apr 4-25, Apr 6-27 May 2-30; May 4-25 Sat The Green Team, ages 12-15 contribute their talents to special events and educational projects. 1-4pm. Free. Feb 4, 25, Mar 18, Apr 1, 29, May 13, 27 Story Hour, ages infant-5 with parent. 10:3011:30am. Free. Feb 11, Mar 4, 25, Apr 1, May 13 River Rats, themed monthly series for ages 5-8. 10:30-11:30am. $36 for 4-session series. Mar 18, 25; Apr 1-29 Selected Exhibitions Thru Nature Through A Child’s Eye, environmental Feb 7 art exhibit from Somerset County students in grades K-6. Feb 11- Invaders: Invasive Plants & Insects.
Mar 12 Mar 18- Bernards Township Community Art Show. Apr 23 Apr 29- A Closer Look: Patterns in Nature & the MicroMay 28 cosmic World. Selected Family Events Registration required for all programs, unless noted. Visit online link for full schedule of programs. Jan 11 Online & Walk-in Registration begins for winter and spring programs. Feb 2 Snowshoe Hike, all ages. 1:30-3pm. Free. Feb 8 Online & Walk-in Registration begins for EcoExplorers and Awesim Kids summer programs. Feb 10 Animal Tracks, all ages. 4-5pm. $6.
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Ben’s Birding Basics, intro to New Jersey’s birds, ages 8+ with adult. 1:30-3. Free. Snowshoe Hike, all ages. 10:30-noon. Free. Owl Prowl, ages 8+ with adult. 6-8pm. $12. Searching for Signs of Spring, all ages. 3:45-4:45. $6. Organic Vegetable Gardening, all ages. 10:30noon. $9.
Mar 24, 26, 31 Woodcock Watch, look and listen for the fanciful flight of the American Woodcock. All ages. 6:308pm. $9.
Apr 5, 15 Bluebird Walk, all ages. 10:30-noon. $9.
Apr 9 Salamander Adventure, all ages. 1-2:30pm. $9. Apr 21 Secrets in Somerset County–Bluebell Magic, wildMay 6
flowers of Duke Island Park. 3:30-4:30pm. Free. World Series of Birding, day-long birding team. 5am-9pm. $15. Meetings prior: Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 18, Apr. 8.
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Selected Special Events
Jan 13, Feb 10, 11
Feb 20-21, 27-28, Mar 5-6, 12-13 Maple Sugaring, 90-minute program at the Sugar Shack, a 1⁄2 mile hike from the EEC. Sat. 10, 12 & 2pm; Sun. 12 & 2pm. Donation $1. Apr 30 Project E.A.R.T.H., scavenger hunt for all ages. 12-4:30pm. Free. Live reptile program by Rizzo’s Reptiles 3:45-4:30pm. Selected Family Presentations Mar 9 Exploring New Jersey’s Climate Variability & Change, Dr. David Robinson. 7-8pm. Free. Apr 1 Pollinators in Peril: Natives to the Rescue!, John Black, President of the N.J. Native Plant Society. 2-3pm. $7.
Somerset County Park Commission Junior Ranger Program Colonial Park, Franklin Twp.; Duke Island Park, Old York Rd., Bridgewater, 908-231-0802, x21. 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. 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, school, scout and group onsite 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 hands-on 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 Nature, Conservation & Art Classes for Children & Adults, preschool series for ages 3-5 and school-age series for ages 6-10. Register for individual classes or entire series. Watershed Academy, week-long environmental investigation for motivated high school students grades 10-12. 609-737-3735 x17. 1st Sun Free Sunday Film Series, every first Sunday at 1pm. Free. Jan 8 Return of the River. Feb 5 Before the Flood. Jul-Aug Watershed Nature Camp, ages 5-16. Selected Children & Family Events Registration required, 609-737-7592. Visit website link for adult education courses. Jan 7 Welcome Winter Walk in Princeton, adults & families ages 5+. 9:30-11:30 Mountain Lakes Preserve. Free.
Jan 9, 23, Feb 6, Mar 6, 20 Lunch & Learn Series, nature mini-lesson and hands-on activity for ages 5-10 and parents. 11:30-12:30. $5 per child, adults free. No registration required.
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In Search of Owls, adults & families ages 6+. 7-8:30pm. $15/$10. Sensational Summer Camp Fair in Lawrenceville, 12-3pm Quakerbridge Mall. Free. Maple Tree Tapping, families. 12-12:45pm. $5, under 3 free. Groundhog Day Celebration, families. 10-11:30. Free.
Jan 28, Feb 28, Mar 25
Watershed Nature Camp Open House #1, summer programs for ages 5-16. 1-3pm. Feb 28 6:30-8pm. Free. Winter Exploration Geocache Event, adults & families. 1:30-3:30pm. $5. Tracks & Trails, families ages 5+. 1:30-3:30. Free.
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Birds-n-Brunch Mini-Camp, grades 1-5. 10am2pm. $40/$30. Mar 11 Maple Sugaring Brunch & Hike, families. 9:3011:30; 11-1pm. Mar 17 Go Green Day!, ages 6-10. 10am-1pm. $30/$20. Selected Adult & Teen Programs Feb 11 Wildflowers & Weeds in Winter, hike & drawing workshop by Arts Council of Princeton, adults & ages 15+. 11-3:30. $65/$55. Register at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. Mar 4 Hand-dyed & Printed Textiles Workshop, Arts Council of Princeton, adults & ages 15+. 10-4. $135/$110. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org
Tenafly Nature Center 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, 201-568-6093. Visitors Center open weekdays 9-5, weekends 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 14, Mar 18 Guided Nature Walks, seasonal topics and activities the first Sun. of the month. All ages, no strollers. Sun. 3-4 (Sept. and Oct. 3:30-4:30). Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5 Seasonal Scavenger Hunt, for adults and children ages 4 & up on the 2nd Sat. Arrive between 2 & 3. $6, $30 family max. Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11 Nature Story Time, for families with children 3-7 yrs. old on the third Sat. of the month. 11:30-12:15. $5, members free. Jan 21, Feb 1, Mar 18
Please Note Events are subject to change or cancellation. Please call or check website links on kidsguidenj.com prior to your visit.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION Tenafly Nature Center continued Sep-Jun Knee-High Naturalists, 8-week themed nature exploration for ages 11⁄ 2-3 with adult includes discovery stations, songs, & outdoor activities. Sign up for series or single session. Jan 11-Mar 1 Wednesdays 10-10:45am. Apr 19-Jun 7 Wednesdays 10-10:45am. Afternoon Explorers, series for 4-7 yr. olds and Forest Explorers, series for 8-12 yr. olds. Sign up for series or single session. Home Ecologists Home School Program, series or single sessions on the 1st and 3rd Monday during the school year for families with children 5-10 years old. Home school groups can schedule a private class. Jan 9 & 23 Wild Winter Survival. Feb 13 & 27 Rappin with Raptors. Mar 13 & 27 Sap to Syrup. Apr 10 & 24 Spring to Life! May 8 & 22 April Showers to May Flowers. Jun 5 & 19 Metamorphis Mania. 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 14, Feb 11 Full Moon Hike & Owl Prowl, adults & families with ages 5+. 5-6:30pm.
Jan 28, Feb 25 Jan 29
Parents Night Out, ages 4+. 5:30-9pm. Hibernation Happenings, adults & families with ages 3+. 2-3pm.
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 Maple Sugaring, all ages. 12:30-1:30, 2-3, 3:304:30.
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Mar 18 Apr 1 Apr 2 Apr 9 Apr 10-14 Apr 22 May 14 May 28 May 21 May 21
Natural Sweethearts, live animals & craft for adults & families with ages 4+. Feb. 11 121:30; March 12 6:30-8:30pm. Spring Campfire, adults & families with ages 5+. 7:30-8:30pm. 6th Annual Lost Brook Trail Race, 5 or 10 miles. 9-11am. Pancake Brunch & Maple Sugaring, all ages. One-hour tours depart every 30 min. between 10:30-12. Walk-in accepted as space allows. Camouflaged Egg Hunt, golden eggs have special surprise. Bring your own basket. All ages, no strollers. 11-12, 1-2, 3-4pm. Spring Break Camp, pre-K-grade 5. Frogs! Hop to It for Earth Day, adults & children age 4+. Mother’s Day Walk, all ages. 10-12. Bergen County Audubon Nature & Birding Walk, beginners welcome. 9-11. Free. Shellabration Time – Come On!, World Turtle Day. All ages. Bats for Beginners, adults & families with ages 4+. 7-8:30pm.
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Canoe Day, short family hikes, live animals, canoe ride, crafts for all ages. 11-2. Father’s Day Walk, all ages. 1-3. Summer Nature Day Camp, weekly programs Natural Sweethearts, live animals & craft for for ages 4-grade 8.
Trailside Nature and Science Center Union County Watchung Reservation, Coles Ave. & New Providence Rd., Mountainside, 908-789-3670. 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-foottall 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, afterschool 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, www.ucnj.org/trailside. Ongoing Mastedon Exhibit, see remains of a 6-ton creature from 25,000+ years ago discovered in Lenape Park in Cranford. Self-Guided Geology & History Trails, download trail guides online, ucnj.org/geo-hike/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, Saturday Outdoor Adventures for families, 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. Apr 1 Astronomy Day. Apr 30 Wild Earth Fest and Touch-A-Truck, Trailside Nature & Science Center and the Loop area in Watchung Reservation. May 21 Master Gardeners Garden Fair. Jun 3 National Trails Day.
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Jun 23, 28, Jul 12, 19, 26 Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 Summer Arts Festival, outdoor concert series. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off series on Friday, June 23, 7:30pm, Echo Lake Park, Mountainside.
Jul 11, 18, 25 Aug 1, 8 Family Fun & Flix, movies and family activities in Union County Parks.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford, NJ 08055, 856-983-3329. Nature Center: Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-4. Adults $5, ages 4-12 $3, 3 and under free. A 171-acre wildlife refuge, wildlife rehabilitation hospital and nature center is dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey’s wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation. Hiking trails explore uplands and wetlands surrounding Cedar Run Lake. An outdoor wildlife area houses over 60 residents including hawks, owls, fox, and more. School and scout programs, naturalist hikes, homeschool classes, preschool programs, summer camps and birthday parties are offered. Visit website for a schedule of events. www.cedarrun.org Monthly Mommy & Me Pre-K Programs, age 2-5. Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2 Homeschool Classes, for ages 3-14. Jan 10-11, Feb 14-15, Mar 14-15, Apr 11-12, May 9-10, Jun 13-14 Walk on the Wild Side, themed family-friendly walks begin at 1:30pm. Pre-register. Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11 Selected Children & Family Events Most programs require advance registration. Jan 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Hunters of the Sky, all ages. 11am & 1pm. Jan 28 Stargazing at the Refuge, 5pm. Pre-register. Feb 11- Valentine’s Day, ages 12 & under can bring a Feb 14 handmade valentine for a resident animal and receive free admission Sat.-Tues. Make a pinecone birdfeeder and other activities. Feb 17 Parents Day Out, ages 3-12. 10-1pm. Feb 19 Introduction to Skull ID, 1-2:30pm. Feb 20 President’s Day: All About Reptiles, all ages. Craft, reptile programs at 11 & 1pm. Feb 25 Owl Prowl, ages 8+. 5-7pm. Mar 26 Amazing Animal Adaptations, all ages. 1-2pm. Apr 8 Night Hike, ages 8+. 7-8:30pm.
Apr 14, 17 Apr 15 Apr 30 May 14
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Day-Off Adventures, hikes games, live animals, crafts for grades K-6. 9am-3pm. Raptor Egg Hunt, ages 3-12. Programs at 11am & 2pm. Mystery of the Jersey Devil, all ages. 1pm. Happy Mother’s Day!, moms free admission with paid child’s admission. 10am-4pm. International Migratory Bird Day: Hunters of the Sky, all ages. Programs at 11am & 2pm. Survival Skills, ages 8-15. 1-3pm. Night Hike, ages 8+. 8-9:30pm. Happy Father’s Day!, free admission for dads with paid child’s admission, Hunters of the Sky program at 12 & 2, birdhouse craft. 10am-4pm.
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 email kids@ kidsguidenj.com. For Universal Parks & Playgrounds, see the Special Needs category.
Lyndhurst Town Park 367 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, 201-804-2482. Spray park, swings, plastic playground structure on soft surface and site for summer “Music under the Stars” concert series.
Van Saun Park 216 Forest Ave. (Rt. 4E to Forest Ave., turn right at exit), Paramus, 201-262-3771. Playground with multiple-age play areas, sprinkler, picnic areas, zoo, train ride and carousel. See listing for Bergen County Zoo.
Kip’s Castle Park 22 Crestmont Rd., Montclair, 973-268-3500. 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.
Littell People’s Park Memorial Park, Wahler Rd., Livingston. Ramps, rings, ladders and slides on woodchip surface within fenced area; sandbox.
Meadowland Park N. Ridgewood Rd., 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. 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 Main St., Millburn. Fenced in playground, ballfields, walking/strolling trails, duck pond, tennis courts, teen center, basketball courts, site for summer concerts.
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Marquandt Park Parking lot on Lovers Lane (between Mercer Rd. & Rt. 206), 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 209 Rt. 537E (GSP exit 109), Colts Neck, 732-460-1167 ext. 22. Open from 11am Mon.-Fri. and 10am weekends and holidays mid-May-early Sept. Closes 7:30pm 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. 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 Reservoir Rd., Dover, Randolph & Mine Hill, 973-829-8257. Six-acre lake, ballfields, hiking and biking trails, picnic sites and shelter, Indian Falls and playground.
Lewis Morris Park Rt. 24 West, Mendham, Morris and Harding Twp., 973326-7600. Daily 8am-dusk. 1,154 acres, adjacent to Jockey Hollow. Saturn Kids Kingdom in Doe Meadow features a wood and plastic climbing structure with slides, rings, rope ladder on woodchip surface. Picnic areas nearby along with miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, parcourse fitness circuit, ballfields and Sunrise Lake.
Loantaka Brook Reservation Morris Township, 973-326-7600. 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. Duck pond at Kitchell Rd. with picnic areas, small playground, ballfields. Playground at South St., also with picnic area and ballfields.
Lurker Park East Hanover. Tot lot features handicapped-accessible swings and two jungle gyms, one for smaller children.
Riverside Park Valley Rd., Gillette, 908-647-8000. 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.
Roxbury Imagination Station Horseshoe Lake, 78 Eyeland Ave., Succasunna. Fenced-in fortress of wood includes an ocean vessel, towering rocket ship, climbing nets, bridges, stairways and monkey bars and two rock-climbing walls appropriate for younger and older age groups. Separate preschool area includes a doll house, locomotive train slide, rocking horses, swings and four-seat seesaw. Tire swing, music elements, seating and picnic tables available. Also baseball, softball, soccer fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts and paved walkway around the lake.
Schooley’s Mountain Park Camp Washington Rd., Long Valley, 908-829-8257. Lake, ballfield, picnic areas, hiking trails, mountain biking and fishing.
Shunpike Park Shunpike Rd., Chatham Twp. Soccer, baseball fields and basketball court. Castle climbing and play structure, swings, slide and rope climb.
Tourne Park 40 McCaffrey Ln. or Old Denville Rd., Boonton Twp. & Denville, 973-326-7600. 500 acre-park includes a bird sanctuary, wildflower trail, ballfield, family picnic areas, group picnic shelter, playground and trail system with picturesque overlook.
Colonial Park Off of Amwell Rd., Franklin. 651-acre park with picnic areas, softball, tennis center, putting course, paddle boats, gardens, and leash-free dog area. Playground features barrier-free equipment.
Duke Island Park Old York Rd., Bridgewater. 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 Claude Dr. at Garretson Rd. & Commons Way, Bridgewater. Large wooden play and climbing structure.
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. Wading pool is open to residents only.
North Branch Park Milltown Rd., Bridgewater. 185-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. Playground features swings, slides, suspension bridge, bars and rings.
Pleasant Valley Park Valley Rd., Bernards Township. Large, pretty park features wood playground with open climbing structure, pond, picnic shelter, walking/bicycle trails, tennis and paddle tennis courts, fitness trail, athletic fields, amphitheater and community pool.
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White Oak Park 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 Hetfield Ave., Scotch Plains. Baseball field, basketball court, preschool playground, picnic area, field house, roller hockey, pond with trail.
Columbia Park Plainfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. 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 Springfield Ave., Mountainside, 908-527-4900. 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. 13-acre space includes large 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 26 Elm St., Summit, 908-277-2932. Preschool playground with mulch, basketball courts, bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits and game tables across from the train station, a short walk from downtown Summit.
Memorial Field Ashland Ave., Summit. Climbing structure with slides, swings, benches, paved walks for bike riding and rollerblading, tennis courts and backboard, basketball, ballfields, kite flying, picnic tables.
accessible equipment. Open fields, picnic sites (with grills), trails nearby including a trail to Trailside Nature & Science Center and Museum.
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 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
Asbury Park 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
Downtown Westfield. Scenic park with walking/strolling trail around duck pond, playground and bandstand.
GSP exit 63, at the northern tip of Long Beach Island, Barnegat Light, 609-494-2016. 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. www.friendsofbarnetgatlighthouse.org Oct, May Best times to view migrating waterfowl.
Nomahegan Park Springfield Ave., Cranford, 908-527-4900. Paved bike/jogging/walking path, fitness circuit, playground, ballfields, pond, picnic area and rest rooms.
Ponderosa Farm Park 1600 Cooper Rd., Scotch Plains, 908-527-4900. 22-acre former farmland features plastic farm-themed playground on soft rubber surface, swings, spray fountains, walking trails, two athletic fields, shady picnic area and restrooms.
Snyder Avenue Park Snyder Ave., Berkeley Heights. Lighted multi-purpose turf field, baseball fields, fenced playground features new equipment on soft, rubber surface and sprinkler play area.
Watchung Reservation The Loop, Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, 908527-4900. Play and climbing structure with slides, misting devices, soft-impact rubber surfacing and wheelchair-
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DOWN THE SHORE Cape May Point State Park Seashore Road, Lower Township, Cape May, 609-8842159. 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. 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). 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. Closed Wildlife Drive Closures, for dike and water control improvements. Follow FB page for updates, www.facebook.com/ForsytheNWR.
Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook (GSP Exit 117), 732-872-5970. Park: Daily sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards on duty 10-6 daily Memorial DayLabor Day. Beach parking fee 7am-4pm Memorial DayLabor 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. www.nps.gov/gate 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 restored and open to the public daily 9-5. 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. Selected Events Jan 1 New Year’s Day Beach Walk, 11-3. Bldg. 18.
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Battery Gunnison / New Peck Restoration, chat with Army Ground Forces Association volunteers. 12-5. Free. Winter Twilight Exploration, 4:30-6pm. Lighthouse Keepers Quarters. Free.
Feb 3, 15, 25 Winter Seal & Waterfowl Walk, with American Littoral Society. Bring your binoculars. 10-12. Bldg. 18. Fee. Feb 5 Holly Forest Walk, 2-3:30. Spermaceti Cove parking lot. Free. Feb 11 Waterfowl Everywhere, 10-12. Spermaceti Cove parking lot. Free. Feb 25 Winter Night Prowl, 6-7:30. Bring a flashlight. Spermaceti Cove parking lot. Free. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 22 Magruder Rd., Fort Hancock, 732-872-1300 ext. 30 or 19. 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. www.njseagrant.org. 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.
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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 is headquartered on Sandy Hook, 732291-0055, 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. In season: Park open daily 8-8; Sat., Sun. & 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. 1Apr. 30. Kayak 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. A complete Island Beach State Park Visitor Guide can be found online at www.thefriendsofislandbeach.org. Trail guides are available at the Gate House, Pavilion at Ocean Swimming Area #1, Park Office and the Interpretive Center. Jun-Aug Summer Programs include daily seining, beach walks, activities at the nature center, kayak tours, beginner surf fishing clinics, guided walks, fishing, clamming and crabbing activities, photography seminars and more. Visit www.islandbeachnatureprograms.org for schedule. Some programs require advance registration. Selected Family Events Summer Seine Barnegat Bay, daily at 11 & 2. Pre-register at the Fish Tanks in the Pavilion at Bathing Beach No. 1. Sep Beach Plum Festival, annual family fun day, rain or shine.
Marine Mammal Stranding Center 3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, 609-266-0538. 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 13 Run for the Animals, 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 email@example.com for schedule. Registration opens on Memorial Day weekend.
Seven President’s Oceanfront Park 221 Ocean Ave. (GSP exit 105, Hwy. 36E), Long Branch, 732229-0924. Monmouth County Park System: 732-842-4000; Activity Line: 732-460-1167. Daily 7am to dusk. Admission and parking fee charged 8-4 Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend. Expansive beach; Tony’s Place, an awardwinning 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 22 Seashore Open House, activities and light refreshments. 1-4pm. Free.
Tuckerton Seaport 120 W. Main St. (GSP exit 58), Tuckerton, 609-296-8868. See listing under Historic Sites.
Wetlands Institute 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. (GSP exit 10), Stone Harbor, 609368-1211. Mid-Oct.-May: Fri.-Sun. 10-4. May-mid-Oct.: Mon.Sun. 9:30-4:30. Mid-June-Labor Day: additional evening hours Tues.-Thurs. until 8pm. 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 in winter for self-guided tours, weekend activities, Lunch and Learn lectures and covered dinners. In summer, daily events may include wetlands and wildlife workshops, back bay boat rides, paddleboarding, kayaking, live animal interactions, family entertainment and guided beach and dune walks. Birthday parties; scout, homeschool, outreach programs; summer internships. Ongoing Official New Jersey site for Junior Duck Stamp entries & judging, for K-12 students. Environmental Education for Homeschool Students, 90-min. interactive program meets monthly for students ages 5-15.
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DOWN THE SHORE Wetlands Institute continued Ongoing Seasonal Science Activities & Crafts, Creature Feature & Craft, Aquarium Feedings, weekends.
union county parks & recreation Snow & ice conditions: 908-558-4079. Union County Recreation, 908-527-4900. Warinanco Skating Center recording: 908-298-7850.
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 Special Events Apr 15 Turtle Fest, pancake breakfast, egg hunt, arts & crafts, live animals. Jul Crabulous Crab Day, crabbing tournaments, teaching and touch tank, games and crafts. Sep Fall Migration Festival, in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway.
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
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 & 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.
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Essex County Parks • South Mountain Reservation, Brookside Dr., West Orange Millburn, 973-857-8530.
High Point Cross Country Ski Center 1480 Rt. 23, Sussex County, 973-702-1222. State Park: 973875-4800. Dec.-Mar.: Mon.-Fri. 9-4, Sat. & Sun. 8-4. www.xcskihighpoint.com. 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 & 2pm. Private lessons Sun at 11 & 1pm. Call for weekday instruction.
Hunterdon County Parks • 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 CrossingPennington Rd., Titusville, 609-737-0623.
Middlesex County Parks & Recreation 732-745-3900. Trail maps online, www.co.middlesex.nj.us. • 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 Parks • 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.
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• 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.
Union County Parks • 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.
Morris County Parks
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.
Exit 19 NYS Thruway, Rt. 28, Highmount, NY 1-800-9426904. Skiing, terrain park, free cross-country trails, nursery.
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 Parks • Green Knoll Golf Course, Garretson Rd., Bridgewater, 908722-1301. • 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.
Blue Mountain Ski Area Rt. 80 exit 304, 209S, Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton, 610826-7700. Skiing, boarding, tubing, babysitting.
Camelback Mountain Exit 45 I-80, Tannersville, PA, 800-233-8100. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing.
Campgaw Mountain Ski Area 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah, 201-327-7800. Skiing, tubing.
Hunter Mountain Resort PO Box 295, Hunter, NY, 800-HunterMtn.
Jack Frost Big Boulder 1 Jack Frost Mountain Rd., Blakeslee, PA, 570-443-8425. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing.
Mountain Creek 200 Rt. 94, Vernon, 973-827-2000. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, zip lining and kids learning programs.
Mount Peter 40 Ski Lane, Warwick, NY, 845-986-4940. Skiing, boarding, tubing.
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area I-80, Exit 309, Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA, 570-421-7231. Ski report: 800-233-4218. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 $100 daily. Guests skiing at Shawnee for several days can opt for multi-day programpackages, with a three-session package for $275. Helmet rentals for Children’s Program participants are $8 per day. Reservations are required for all children’s programs. www.shawneemt.com Feb 5 Race Against Cancer, giant slalom race open to all skiers and snowboarders. x254. Feb 6-10 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 26 Shawnee Winter Carnival Day. Mar 11- 27th Annual Pocono Scout Weekend, disMar 12 counts for all scouts. Free merit badge testing and Scout race. Mar 19 34th Annual Costume Carnival Day, those in full costume receive free day lift ticket.
Smugglers’ Notch Vermont 1-800-451-8752. Three mountains, resort village lodging, award-winning children’s programs and off-mountain activities for the whole family. www.smuggs.com
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fieldhouse, lights. Call 973-635-3201 for conditions. www.chathamtownship.org/recreation_main.html
Chester Rt. 24, Chester. Green skating sign is posted when ice is safe.
Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center At Sterling Forest, 581 Rt. 17A, Tuxedo, NY, 845-351-1122. Closed for 2016-2017 season. www.tuxedoridge.com
Windham Mountain 33 Clarence D Lane Rd., Windham, NY, 800-754-9463. Skiing and snowboarding; night skiing and riding Fri.-Sun.; snow tubing Fri.-Sun. and holidays.
Monmouth County Parks Only when signs are posted. For information, 732-842-4000 ext. 4312. • Manasquan Reservoir, 311 Windeler Rd., Howell, 732919-0996. • Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732842-4000, ext. 4312. • Turkey Swamp Park, 200 Georgia Rd., Freehold, 732462-7286.
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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 ext. 4312. 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, check with park police for safe conditions. Call 973-326-7600 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,
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. 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 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. Non-lighted 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.
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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. 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.
The following locations have 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.
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.
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.
Union County Area 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.
Monmouth County Park System 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.
Blue Mountain Ski Area Rt. 80 exit 304, Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton, 610-826-7700.
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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.
Exit 45 I-80, Tannersville, PA, 800-233-8100.
Morris County Area 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
Campgaw Mountain Ski Area 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah, 201-327-7800.
Jack Frost Big Boulder 1 Jack Frost Mountain Rd., Blakeslee, PA, 570-443-8425.
Mountain Creek 200 Rt. 94, Vernon, 973-827-2000. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, zip lining and kids learning programs.
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area I-80, Exit 309, Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA, 570-421-7231. Ski report: 800-233-4218. email@example.com. Snow tubing park, snowmaking system on 100% of the trails, night skiing until 10pm. www.shawneemt.com
Windham Mountain 33 Clarence D Lane Rd., Windham, NY, 800-754-9463.
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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. (Rt. 4E to Forest Ave.), Paramus, 201-262-3771. 10-4:30 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 May-Oct.: Adults $8, ages 3-14 $5, srs. $2, under 3 free, half price for County residents. Exhibits include North American Wetlands Aviary, spider monkeys, farmyard. 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.friendsofbergen countyzoo.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. Selected Special Events Feb 27Playtime at the Zoo, for toddlers and careApr 24 givers in Education Discovery Lab. 10-noon Mondays. Feb 18 Family Frogwatch, families with ages 9-15. 10-12. $20 per family, up to 5 people. May Annual Sheep Shearing. Jul-Aug Live animal shows, daily in the outdoor amphitheater. Oct ZooBoo 2017, early advance tickets required. Dec Holiday with the Animals and Winter Wonderland.
Cape May County Park & Zoo Rt. 9 & Crest Haven Rd. (GSP exit 11), Cape May Court House, 609-465-5271. Open daily year round except Christmas. Park: 7-dusk. Zoo: 10-4:30, 10:3:30 winter. 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 a playground, picnic facilities, nature and bike trails. Download scavenger hunt under “Discover–Fun for Kids” from web link online. 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 every age and ability. Reservations required, 609-388-8289.
Popcorn Park Zoo Humane Way at Lacey Road (Garden State Parkway exit 74), Forked River, 609-693-1900. 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 free-roaming 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. Closed Nov.-April. Mar.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. Daily 104:45. 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. Pony, cart rides, carousel, snack bar. Workshops for ages 4 and up; scout programs; traveling zoo; birthday parties; summer camp; Breakfast with the Beasts. Education schedule available each season (718-442-3174). Wed Donation Day, admission by donation Wed. after 2pm. Sat & Live Animal Presentations, 1pm every Saturday Sun and Sunday in the Events Tent.
Turtle Back Zoo Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800. Dec. 1-Mar. 31: Mon.-Sun. 10-3:30. April 1-Nov. 30: Mon.-Sun. 10-4:30. Summer Wednesdays: open until 8pm. Adults $14, children 2-12/srs. $11, under 2 free. Reduced admission off-season Dec. 1-March 31. 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 alligators, 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. Carousel $2. 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 programs for ages 624 mos. with caregiver; Turtle Back Zoo Tot programs for ages 2 & 3 with caregiver. Jan 8, 9; Feb 5, 6
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Ongoing Zoo Explorers Program, science-based lessons with stories, games and crafts for ages 4 & 5. Jan 15, 16; Feb 12, 13 McLoone’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.
AMUSEMENT & WATER PARKS 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. Action Park Mountain Creek 200 Rt. 94, Vernon, 973-864-8444, 973-864-8250.
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.
spinning coaster and New Jersey’s largest indoor ropes course, and iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill. See display ad on page 92. www.iplayamerica.com
Kalahari Indoor Water Park 250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA, 570-580-6000.
Land of Make Believe Rt. 611 (Exit 12 Rt. 80), Hope, 908-459-9000. Memorial Day weekend-mid-June: Weekends 10-6. June 18-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! www.Lomb.com
CamelBeach Mountain Waterpark
Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks
One Camelback Rd., Tannersville, 570-629-1661.
Boardwalk (GSP exit 4B), Wildwood, 609-522-3900.
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark
10th and Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-399-4751.
Playland’s Castaway Cove
800 Ocean Terrace; 62 Grant Ave., Seaside Heights, 732793-6488.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park
Clementon Park & Splash World
535 N. Rt. 73, West Berlin, NJ, 856-767-7580. Sahara Sam's provides safe, clean, fun all year under a retractable roof. They offer indoor surfing, cabanas, and birthday parties. The water park is located in West Berlin, NJ, 20 minutes from Philadelphia. Sahara Sam's also hosts fun, judgmentfree evenings quarterly for individuals with special needs to enjoy with their family and friends, made possible by the Sambulance Safety Squad. www.saharasams.com New The Mirage, over 10,000 square feet expansion includes two, head-first mat racer slides and indoor leisure pool.
144 Berlin Rd., Clementon, 856-783-0263.
Diggerland USA Off Cooper Rd. via Rt. 73, West Berlin, 856-768-1110. 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.
The Funplex 182 Rt. 10W, East Hanover, 973-428-1166; 3320-24 Rt. 38, Mount Laurel, 856-273-9666.
H20ooohh! Indoor Water Park Split Rock Resort, 100 Moseywood Rd., Lake Harmony, PA, 570-722-9111.
Hershey Park West Derry Rd., (Rt. 78 to I-81S to exit 28), Hershey, PA. 800-HERSHEY.
iPlay America 110 Schanck Rd., Feehold, NJ 07728, 732-577-8200. 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 200 games, boardwalk fare, Bill’s Garage, the newest themed area which will feature the Freedom Rider
Sesame Place® 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA 19047, 1-866-GO-4-ELMO. Go before they grow® to the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street.® www.sesameplace.com
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari & Hurricane Harbor Jackson, 732-928-2000. Six Flags Great Adventure boasts 13 thrilling roller coasters including Kingda Ka, Nitro and El Toro, Zumanjaro: 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 sixflags.com.
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AMUSEMENT & WATER PARKS SplashZone Waterpark Schellenger Ave. & the Boardwalk, Wildwood, 609-729-5600.
Tomahawk Lake Waterpark 155 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta, 973-398-7777. Weekends & holidays 9am-7pm. Weekdays: June & August 10:00am5:30pm. Weekdays: July 10am-6pm. This 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 www.tomahawklake.com.
Wild West City Rt. 206, PO Box 37, Netcong, NJ 07857, 973-347-8900.
Anchor Golf Center 21 Rt. 10, Whippany, NJ 07981, 973-887-0898.
Bluegrass Mini Golf Monmouth Park Racetrack 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, 732-587-8062. Spring-fall: Fri.-Sun., extended summer hours. Adults $8, 12 & under $7, 4 and under free. Two 18-hole courses have a horse racing theme.
Essex County Mini Golf Safari Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, 862-520-5024. Open seasonally. Summer: Mon.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri.-Sun. 10-9. Adults $10, under 12/srs. $8. 19-hole 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, NJ 07068, 973-364-0440.
In addition to the listings below, see listings under the Outdoors, New York and Pennsylvania for many more ideas for getting outdoors. Action Park Mountain Creek
Hyatt Hills Miniature Golf 1300 Raritan Rd., Clark, NJ 07066, 732-669-9100.
Monster Mini Golf Eatontown, Edison, Fairfield, Paramus. Indoor glow-in-thedark mini-golf.
200 Rt. 94, Vernon, 973-827-2000.
Pine Creek Miniature Golf
394 Rt. 31N, West Amwell, NJ, 609-466-3803.
Off Cooper Rd. via Rt. 73, West Berlin, 856-768-1110. 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. www.diggerlandusa.com
Jerusalem Rd., Scotch Plains, 908-232-9748. 18-hole miniature golf course and 9-hole course, operated by the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission.
Essex County Treetop Adventure Ropes Course
Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St., Woodbridge, NJ, 732-596-4000.
Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800. Open last weekend in Mar.-Thanksgiving weekend. Summer: Daily 10-dusk. Adult course, $27, junior course $17, zipline $12 (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. Reserve online, www.turtlebackzoo.com/ropes-course.
Field Station: Dinosaurs Overpeck County Park, 40 Fort Lee Rd., Leonia, 855999-9010.
Pocono Zip Racer & Tree Ventures Exit 309 I-80, Rt. 209, Bushkill, PA, 800-446-0231. Aerial ropes course and dual racing zip lines.
South Mountain Reservation Swan Boats Cherry Lane, West Orange, 973-731-5800. 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. 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.
Scotch Hills Country Club Golf Course
Skyline Mini Golf Somerset County Park Commission Putting Course Colonial Park, off Mettlers Rd., Franklin Twp., 732-873-8585. May-June: weekends 12-8. Mid-June-Labor Day: Daily 109. Sept.-mid-Oct.: weekends 12-7. 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.
INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT Branchburg Sports Complex 47 Readington Rd., Branchburg, 908-203-1600. 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
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Bounce-U Blackwood, Cherry Hill, Eatontown, Lakewood, Marlboro, Paramus, West Windsor locations.
Bridgewater Sports Arena 1425 Frontier Road, Bridgewater, 732-627-0006.
Circus Place 6 Jill Court, Building 23 Unit 10, Hillsborough, 908-829-3784. 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. See display ad on back cover. www.thecircusplace.com
Crayola Factory Two Rivers Landing, 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, 866-8755263. Hours vary by season, check online link. Admission $19.99 ages 3 and up, under 2 free, $3 off tickets purchased online; group discounts; annual passes. Learn how crayons are made, participate in three floors of hands-on art activities and play. Crayola store and cafe.
spinning coaster and New Jersey’s largest indoor ropes course, and iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill. www.iplayamerica.com
The Jumping Jungle 10 Alvin Court, East Brunswick, 732-613-5867.
204 Passaic Ave., Fairfield, 973-808-1700.
182 Rt. 10W, East Hanover, 973-428-1166; 3320-24 Rt. 38, Mount Laurel, 856-273-9666.
69 Rt. 17S, Hasbrouck Heights, 201-426-0770.
Jump On In
400 Fairfield Rd., Fairfield, 973-882-9777.
2 Changebridge Rd., Montville, 973-331-9001.
103 Miln St., Cranford, 908-272-4380.
125 Washington Valley Rd., Warren, 732-560-KIDS.
Hardcore Paintball Arena
2E Chimney Rock Rd., Bridgewater, 732-868-3188.
131 South 31st St., Kenilworth, 908-445-7220; 507 King Georges Rd., Woodbridge, 732-826-8577.
H20ooohh! Indoor Water Park 100 Moseywood Rd., Lake Harmony, PA, 570-722-9111.
149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, 888-WE-JOUST (888-935-6878). Inside the fully-enclosed climate controlled castle, you’ll feast on a fabulous 4-course medieval banquet while witnessing brave knights compete in daring games of skill, dangerous swordplay and an authentic jousting tournament. www.medievaltimes.com
100 Ikea Dr., Paramus, 201-843-1881; 1000 Ikea Dr., Elizabeth, 888-888-4532. One hour of free play in a ballroom play area while you shop.
Imagine That!!! Discovery Museum for Children 4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, 973-966-8000; Monmouth County, 732-706-9000. Daily 10-5:30. Adult $9.95, child $10.95. Under one year no charge. A hands-on discovery museum for children ages toddler through 10. Over 50 exhibits, including an authentic plane and fire truck, shadow play, pirate ship, arts and crafts, dance studio, music room, science room, multi-cultural area, grocery store, diner, pet vet area and much more! Theme birthday parties and field trips available year round. See coupon on page 199. www.imaginethatmuseum.com
iPlay America 110 Schanck Rd., Feehold, NJ 07728, 732-577-8200. 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 200 games, boardwalk fare, Bill’s Garage, the newest themed area which will feature the Freedom Rider
New Jersey Academy of Music 37 Stonehouse Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, 908-561-2700. World-class private instruction, group classes, drop-in play, artist store, and performance space. Lessons in violin, piano, viola, guitar, cello, and composition for beginner through advanced. Highly experienced faculty with extensive professional performance and teaching experience. Register at www.njaom.com.
New Jersey Rock Gym 373D Rt. 46W, Fairfield, 973-439-9860. 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. www.njrockgym.com
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INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT Pole Position Raceway 99 Caven Point Rd., Jersey City, 201-333-7223. State-of-theart indoor electric karting facility features two race tracks in an 80,000 sq. foot facility. The karts are made in Europe and are capable of speeds of 45 mph. Fun for the whole family, ages 8 to 80 (must be over 48 in.)!
Power Play Gaming 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973-627-0927.
Pump It Up Freehold, Hamilton, Marlton, Piscataway, Randolph, Roselle Park, and Secaucus locations.
Rebounderz 76 Carter Dr., Edison, NJ 08817, 855-JUMP-NJ1; Opening soon in Paramus.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium New York Ave. & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-347-2001; 234 W. 42nd St., New York, 212-398-3133. Themed galleries feature strange and unusual artifacts collected from around the world and laser maze challenge. www.ripleys.com/ atlanticcity or www.ripleysnewyork.com.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park 535 N. Rt. 73, West Berlin, NJ, 856-767-7580. Sahara Sam's provides safe, clean, fun all year under a retractable roof. They offer indoor surfing, cabanas, and birthday parties. The water park is located in West Berlin, NJ, 20 minutes from Philadelphia. Sahara Sam's also hosts fun, judgmentfree evenings quarterly for individuals with special needs to enjoy with their family and friends, made possible by the Sambulance Safety Squad. www.saharasams.com New The Mirage, over 10,000 square feet expansion includes two, head-first mat racer slides and indoor leisure pool.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park Allendale, Hamilton, Lakewood, Moorestown, Mount Olive, Ocean Township, Pine Brook, Rutherford, South Plainfield locations.
Stryxe 300 Main St., Madison, NJ, 973-377-8919. Stryxe is a boutique entertainment venue featuring bowling, an arcade, billiards, shuffleboard, a full-service eatery, two bars and private event space. Stryxe is perfect for celebrations of all types including birthdays, corporate outings, holiday parties and various other festivities. www.stryxe.com
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. 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. www.dunellen-theater.com
IMAX Theatres 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, 888-262-4386 • Clifton: AMC Clifton Commons 16 & IMAX 405 Rt. 3 E., Clifton, 888-262-4386 • Elizabeth: AMC Lowes Jersey Gardens 20 & IMAX 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, 888-262-4386 • Hamilton: AMC Hamilton 24 & IMAX 325 Sloan Ave., Hamilton, 888-262-4386 • Jersey City: IMAX Dome, Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, 201-200-1000 • Linden: AMC Aviation 12 & IMAX 1200 South Stiles St., Linden, 888-262-4386 • New Brunswick: AMC New Brunswick 18 & IMAX 17 US Highway 1, New Brunswick, 888-262-4386 • Paramus: AMC Garden State 16 & IMAX 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, 888-262-4386 • Rockaway: AMC Rockaway 16 & IMAX 363 Mt. Hope Ave., Rockaway, 888-262-4386 • West Nyack: IMAX Palisades Center 4270 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack, 845-358-4629
DROP-IN CREATIVE FUN 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.
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.
151 South St., Lower Level, 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. 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. www.justbeadyourself.com
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The Messy Artist 356 Rt. 10W, East Hanover, NJ 07936, 973-378-2425. Art is a platform for learning, promoting social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Mommy & me classes, fine art classes, birthday parties, summer camps. www.themessyartist.com
That Pottery Place Wiltshire Shopping Center, 217 Clarksville Rd., West Windsor Twp., 609-716-6200.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS See Calendar of Events starting on page 203 and Hot Picks 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. Annual music and environmental festival founded by Pete Seeger features storytellers, family-oriented entertainers, juried crafts, Green Living Expo, 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. www.clearwaterfestival.org
Street Fairs–Kids Traveling Shindig by JC Promotions 201-998-1144. 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 flea market and collectible shows. www.jcpromotions.info Apr 7-9 JC’s Kids Day Festival, confirm event online. Apr 23 Stirling Street Fair. Apr 30 Maywood Street Fair. May 6 Clifton Street Fair. May 7 New Ramsey Street Fair. May 21 Kenilworth Street Fair. May 29 Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair. Apr 23 Stirling Street Fair. Jun 11 Montvale Street Fair, confirm date online. Jun 18 Nutley Father’s Day Street Fair. Jul 4 Little Falls 4th of July Street Fair. Aug 20 Maywood Street Fair. Sep 4 Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair. Sep 17 Fannywood Day Street Fair. Sep 23 Edison Street Fair. Sep 24 Towaco Festival, confirm date online. Oct 1 Saddle Brook Street Fair. Oct 8 Adorno Fathers Fair, rain date Oct. 15. Oct 14 Clifton Street Fair. Nov 5 New Providence Street Fair.
28th Annual Crawfish Fest Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, 973948-5500. Three day Louisiana and New Orleans style music, food and camping festival. www.crawfishfest.com
Firefly Music Festival The Woodlands, 1131 Korean War Veterans Memorial Hwy, Dover, DE 19901. Annual outdoor festival features renowned headliners and emerging artists. fireflyfestival.com
Governors Ball Music Festival Randall’s Island, 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York. Three day music festival in early June. www.govball.com
Hunter Mountain Festivals Hunter, NY, 800-486-8376. Spring, summer and fall weekend festivals feature live music, food and drink and kids activities. Apr29-30 TAP New York, craft brewers. Jun 9-11 5th Annual Taste of Country Music Festival.
13th Annual Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY. Independent four-day outdoor music festival, produced by WDST Radio Woodstock and Warren Haynes. www.mountainjam.com
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. 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. For current schedule, visit www.stoneponyonline.com or for listings for all venues, www.apboardwalk.com. The Stone Pony Outdoor Summer Stage 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732-502-0600. Gates open at 5pm. All ages admitted; must be 21 in bar area. Ticketmaster for tickets, 800-745-3000. Visit website link for schedule.
Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival
1 Harbour Blvd. (Tnpk. exit 4), Camden, 800-745-3000. Outdoor amphitheater with huge lawn during the summer months converts to a fully enclosed theater in the fall and winter. www.waterfrontamphitheater.com Apr7 Deadmau5, Lots of Shows in a Row. Jun 25 Dead & Company.
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ 07822, 973-882-8240. Two days of rock ‘n roll, barbeque, craft beers, on-site camping. www.rockribsandridges.com
State Fair Meadowlands 1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07043, 973940-0222.
Jun 22-Jul 9
Beacon Theatre 74th & Broadway, New York, 866-858-0008. Group sales 800223-7565. Concerts and a variety of special events are presented in a 2,800-seat landmark building. beacontheatre.com Apr 30 Wild Kratts Live!, 2 & 6pm.
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BIG SHOWS & CONCERTS Bethel Woods Center for the Arts At the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY, 866-781-2922. 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. The museum tells the story of the Sixties and the unique experience of the Woodstock Festival through film, interactive displays, text panels and artifacts. www.BethelWoodsCenter.org
Boardwalk Hall 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-348-7000. Tickets: 800736-1420. Seaside arena, originally built in 1929, now seats over 14,000 people and hosts world-class entertainers and national touring productions. www.boardwalkhall.com Feb 25 Kidabaloo, games, crafts, live entertainment featuring Jack Griffo. 11am-4pm. Mar 8 Harlem Globetrotters.
The Bowery Presents 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 and Rough Trade NYC. www.bowerypresents.com
Broadway–On & Off For tickets, www.ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000; www. telecharge.com; www.DisneyOnBroadway.com. 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. Blue Man Group, Astor Place Theatre. Cats, Neil Simon Theaatre. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, LuntFontanne Theatre. Previews begin Mar. 28. The Gazillion Bubble Show, New World Stages. Groundhog Day, August Wilson Theatre. Hamilton, Richard Rodgers Theatre. The Illusionists, Palace Theatre. Kinky Boots, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, teens. The Lion King, Minskoff Theatre. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, St. Luke’s Theatre. Matilda The Musical, Shubert Theatre. Phantom of the Opera, Majestic Theatre. School of Rock, Winter Garden Theatre. Something Rotten!, St. James Theatre, teens. Stomp, Orpheum Theatre. That Physics Show, Elektra Theatre. Wicked, Gershwin Theatre.
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-629-3200. Summer outdoor concert season at Penn’s Landing. Low-back folding chairs permitted. www.festivalpierphilly.com May 1 Season tickets go on sale.
Garden State Exhibit Center 50 Atrium Dr., Somerset, 732-469-4000. Many shows offer free admission for children. www.gsec.com. Jan 7-8 Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show.
Jan 14-15 Jan 20-22 Jan 27-29 Feb 10-12 Feb 17-19 Feb 26 Mar 2-5 Mar 17-19 Mar 24-26 Mar 31Apr 2 Apr 28-30 Jul 15-16
The Harley Rendezvous. Garden State Home Show. The Fly Fishing Show. New Jersey Golf & Travel Show. 2017 Woodworking Show. Travel Expo 2017. NJ Quilt Festival 2017. Salt Water Fishing Expo. Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Discover the Dinosaurs. Sports & Memorabilia Show. Garden State Cat Show.
Jambase.com Guide to live music, concerts and festivals, nationwide.
Live Nation 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. www.livenation.com
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 or www.theateratmsg.com Winter New York Rangers and New York Knicks home games. Feb 13-14 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Feb 16-26 Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend, The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Feb 19-20 Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour. Mar 23-26 PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue, The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
William G. Mennen Sports Arena 161 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown, 973-326-7651. Hosts special events and competitions. Spectators are welcome at youth hockey playoffs and championships, open skating competitions and special events. See listings under Spectator Sports and Sports-Ice Skating for sports and skating info. Apr 29 All County Garage Sale, 9am-4pm.
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center Raritan Center (Rt. 287 exit Rt. 514W), 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, 732-417-1400. Visit website link for new events, www.njexpocenter.com. Jan 12-15 Garden State Outdoor Show. Jan 20-22 NJ Winter RV Show. Jan 28-29 Discover the Dinosaur. Feb 10-12 Super Pet Expo. Feb 16-19 New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo. Feb 23-26 NJ Flower & Garden Show. Mar 10-12 New Jersey Home Show. Mar 17-18 Kidzsignments. Mar 18-19 Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show. Mar 24-26 New Brunswick Kennel Club. Apr 7-9 NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show. Apr 22-23 Innovative Beads Expo. May 5-7 Abilities Expo.
Ocean City Music Pier 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-525-9300. Concert hall since 1929 hosts music, pageants, including the Miss New Jersey
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pageant, theater, children’s theater, special events, and Ocean City Pops summer concert series. www.ocnj.us/music-pier
PNC Bank Arts Center Parkway exit 116, Holmdel, box office: 732-203-2500. 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.artscenter.com, www.gsafoundation.org May Tickets on sale for new season.
Prudential Center 25 Lafayette St., Newark, 973-757-6000. Tickets: 800-7453000, www.ticketmaster.com. www.prucenter.com Winter New Jersey Devils hockey and Seton Hall Pirates men’s basketball. Selected Family Events Jan 13-16 Disney On Ice Dare to Dream. Jan 28-29 Monster Jam Triple Threat Series. Feb 17 Harlem Globetrotters. Mar 4 USA Gymnastics The American Cup. Mar 9-12 Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey presents Out of This World.
Radio City Music Hall Rockefeller Center, 60th St. & Ave. of the Americas, 866858-0008. Groups: 212-465-6100. www.radiocity.com Mar 31Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Apr 1 Concert.
Skylands Stadium 94 Championship Place (intersection of Rt. 15, 565, 206), Augusta, 973-383-7644. Box office: 973-940-0222. Hosts special events, concerts and the Sussex County Miners, CanAm baseball league. www.skylandsstadium.com Feb 3-28 Frozen Carnival in Ice, ice sculpture extraDec 30 vaganza, ice artists, indoor-outdoor event. May-Sep Sussex County Miners, Can-Am baseball.
St. George Theatre 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, 718-442-2900. Call box office or Ticketmaster for tickets, www.ticketmaster.com; 800-7453000. 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. www.stgeorgetheatre.com Selected Children & Family Theatre Jan 29 Alice in Wonderland, ages 4-12. 4pm. Feb 24 Madagascar, ages 4-12. 6pm. Apr 2 The Wizard of Oz, ages 4-12. 4pm. Apr 29 Peppa Pig Live!, 5pm. May 19 Seussical the Musical, ages 4-12. 6pm.
SteelStacks 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA, 610-332-1300. 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. www.steelstacks.org 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.
Sun National Bank Center 81 Hamilton Ave. at Rt. 129 (Tnpk. exit 7A), Trenton, 609656-3200, 800-298-4200. Hotline: 609-656-3222. Tickets: www.comcasttix.com. Group tickets: 609-656-3234. Hosts concerts and special events. www.snbcenter.com Selected Family Events Jan 5-8 Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Mar 3-4 Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour. Mar 17-19 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Out of This World.
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 at www.ticketmaster.com under the “Family” heading.
Wells Fargo Center 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, 800-298-4200. Event hotline: 215-336-3600. Sports–entertainment complex. Tickets: www.comcastTix.com. www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com
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BIG SHOWS & CONCERTS Wells Fargo Center continued Ongoing
Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, Philadelphia Soul indoor football league, Villanova Basketball and other college sports. Selected Family Events Feb 16-20 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Out of This World. Feb 26 Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. Mar 4-5 The Original Harlem Globetrotters. Mar 8-12 Cirque du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight.
Wellmont Theater 5 Seymour St., Montclair, 800-745-3000. 2000-seat concert venue in renovated 1922 theater. Check Ticketmaster for events, www.ticketmaster.com.
SPECTATOR SPORTS Lakewood BlueClaws FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, 732-901-7000. Join the Kids Club for exclusive special events. Kids (ages 12 and under) eat free every Sunday and Monday. Birthday parties. Fireworks every Friday. Kids eat free and run the bases after the game on Sunday FunDays.
Lehigh Valley Ironpigs Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, PA, 610-841-7447. 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. Home to Colonial Hockey League youth hockey program. Spectators are welcome at youth hockey playoffs and championships, open skating competitions and special events. Selected Family Events Nov-Feb Morris County Secondary Schools Ice Hockey Season, spectators welcome. Feb 6-13 High School Hockey League Quarter Final & Semi-Final Games. Feb 16-17 High School Hockey Championship Games. Feb 23 2017 NJSIAA State Ice Hockey Playoffs begin. Mar 31- 2017 Morris Open Skating Competition, annual Apr 2 figure skating competiton. Apr 22-23 North American Grappling Association. Apr 29 All County Garage Sale, 9am-4pm. May 18- Annual Shrine Circus, 973-992-2860 for show May 21 times and ticket info. Jun 2-4 2017 New Jersey Council Figure Skating Competition, N.J. figure skating clubs.
Monmouth Park Racetrack 175 Oceanport Ave. (GSP exit 105), Oceanport, 732-222-5100. Thoroughbred racing Wed.-Sun. Memorial Day weekendLabor Day weekend. Grandstand $5, clubhouse $7, 12 and under free. Srs. half price. Gates open 11:30; 1st race 1pm.
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center, Lafayette at Mulberry St., Newark, 800NJ-DEVIL. National Hockey League. www.newjerseydevils.com
New Jersey Jackals Yogi Berra Stadium, Montclair State University, 973746-7434. Reserved & box seats. Unaffiliated team in Northeast League. June-Aug. season. Party packages.
New York Giants Meadowlands Stadium, Giants Dr., East Rutherford, www.giants.com. Buy and sell Giants tickets at NFL ticket exchange, www.NFL.com/ticketexchange.
New York Jets Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, 800-469-JETS. Single tickets: 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.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. www.newyorkjets.com
New York Red Bulls Red Bull Arena, 600 Cape May St., Harrison, 877-RBSOCCER. Major league soccer from March through Oct. in a familyfriendly state-of-the-art arena. www.newyorkredbulls.com
New York Yankees One E. 161st St., Bronx, NY, . 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 (open until end of 8th inning). Yankee Stadium tours are available during off-season. Sunrun Kids Playhouse includes family restrooms with changing tables and private lounge for nursing mothers. www.yankees.com
Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park, One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, 215-463-1000. Pre-game children’s games and activities. www.phillies.com
Prudential Center 165 Mulberry St., Newark, tickets: 800-745-3000. General information: 973-757-6000. Home to New Jersey Devils hockey and Seton Hall Pirates basketball. www.ticket master.com, www.prucenter.com
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, www.scarletknights.com/ot/jrknights.html.
Somerset Patriots Office: 20 W. Main, Somerville, 908-252-0700. Ballpark: off E. Main St. (on NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley line), Bridgewater. 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. www.somersetpatriots.com
Staten Island Yankees Richmond County Bank Ballpark, 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY, 718-720-9265. Short-season Single A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Kids Club. www.siyanks.com
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Sussex County Miners Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822, 973-940-0222. Can-Am league baseball team plays May-Sept. season with many family promotions. Advance ticket discounts. www.sussexcountyminers.com
6572. Semi-pro football in Empire Football League plays July to early October season. www.sussexstags.com
Trenton Thunder Waterfront Park, 1 Thunder Rd., Trenton, 609-394-3300. Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in Eastern league. April-Sept. season.
Newton High School, 44 Ryerson Ave., Newton, 973-670-
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. Celebrate those special occasions in your child’s life at Seaton Hackney Stables. You supply the kids and we supply the ponies, pizza and pizzazz. See discount coupon on page 61. www.seatonhackney.com
Branchburg Sports Complex 47 Readington Rd., Branchburg, 908-203-1600. Laser tag, arcade and sports themed birthday parties for all ages.
Chef Carls Pizza Party 888-794-8540. Our award winning party lets your little chefs make their own pizza. The ingredients for their culinary masterpiece include invitations, chef hats, aprons, paperware, pizza-making, ice cream sundae or cupcake-making, magic tricks, music, dancing, graduation ceremony and
certificates, goodie bags and they can even build a stuffed animal (if you choose Party #3). New! Travel the globe by making exciting dishes from the U.S. to the beyond! Five great international cooking party options: Traditional American, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Vegetarian. Three birthday party packages to choose from as well as parties for schools, summer camps, special needs and fundraising. www.makeapizzaparty.com
Circus Place 6 Jill Court, Building 23 Unit 10, Hillsborough, 908-8293784. Unique birthday parties, daily classes, private lessons, workshops, day camps, class trips and summer camps. See complete listing under Enrichment–Circus Arts. See display ad on back cover. www.thecircusplace.com
Classic Thyme Cooking Party 710 South Ave. West, Westfield, 908-232-5445. 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. For more info, www.classicthyme.com.
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PARTY PLACES The Connection 79 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-4242. Ages 2 and up choose birthday party themes: Gym Party, Pool Party, Cooking Party or Sports and Games. www.theconnectiononline.org
Diggerland USA Off Cooper Rd. via Rt. 73, West Berlin, 856-768-1110. 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. www.diggerlandusa.com
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