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New events and listings received after publication for New Jersey's print Kids Guide Calendar are listed below. Refer to the site index at left to look for upcoming activities by category and use the convenient links to access the most up-to-date information on exhibitions, events and activities. Email entries for HOT PICKS to or submit event using the form on the top menu bar.

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A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life & Death of the Passenger Pigeon
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State St., Trenton, 609-292-6464 (recorded information), 609-292-6308 (weekdays only). New exhibition tells the story of the passenger pigeon, a cautionary tale of how we impact the earth and how we can steward the planet that sustains us. September 1, 2014, is the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the very last passenger pigeon in the world. Children can make an origami bird as part of the exhibit.

1 Oct-Jan 4
Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Asteroids, Meteors
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, 972-596-6550. Exhibit eplores the science of comets, asteroids and meteors through fun, interactive multimedia and hands-on activities.

20 Oct-Feb 16
Cubism, The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St., New York, NY, 212-535-7710. Cubism, the most influential art movement of the early twentieth century, radically changed the way we see the world and still resonates today. The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, unsurpassed in its holdings of Cubist art, will be shown in public for the first time—eighty paintings, collages, drawings, and sculpture by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso.

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        New events for the Kids Guide NJ calendar are posted below. Typically, these events and activities are open to all and do not require advance tickets or registration in order to attend.
         But don't stop can find so many more fantastic children and family events in NJ, NY and PA by visiting the category pages under "Places to Go, Things to Do" on our site index to the left. Browse dates under specific destinations and use the convenient website links for complete schedules of events for everyone, from kids and teens to adults. Many event dates are included in the listings under Outdoor Education, Museums, Historic Sites, Music & Dance, Theater, Big Shows & Concerts, The Shore and Zoos in addition to New York and Pennsylvania.

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22 Nov
The Monster Who Ate My Peas
SOPAC South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 973-382-1031. 2pm. An amusing and moving musical about Danny, a boy who absolutely cannot stand to eat peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, Danny is ready to make a deal.
Kids 'n Family Shows
        Dec 6:   Graham Lustig's A Jazzy Nutcracker, 2 & 7pm.
        Jan 24:  Ivy + Bean, The Musical, 2pm.
        Feb 21: Schoolhouse Rock Live! 2pm.
        Mar 21: Jack & The Beanstalk, 2pm.
        Apr 11:  Alice in Wonderland, 2pm.
        May 3:   The Jungle Book, 2pm.

Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park
35 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 and 20 minutes from Philadelphia.
         Sahara Sam's also hosts special needs events quarterly, made possible by the Sambulance Safety Squad. They provide fun, judgment-free evenings for individuals with special needs to enjoy with their family and friends.
Special Events
Saturdays and Sundays until Nov 30
Family Fun Days,every Saturday and Sunday until Nov. 30. DJ, contests and giveaway from 12-6pm (open 10am-7pm).
Dec 7
        Breakfast with Santa! starts at 10am. Tickets are $34.95 and include a hot breakfast, special games and activities with Santa, Mrs. Clause and Sahara Sam plus full day at the park.
Dec 31
Midnight at the Oasis (New Year's Eve Bash),foam, full buffet and champagne toast for those of age.

13 Dec
Sensitive Santa for Children with Autism
63 Lincoln Ave., Jamesburg, NJ, 908-217-5671. 9am-6pm by appointment only. $10. Children with autism are invited to enjoy meeting Santa in a calmer and less intimidating environment than the typical mall. Distracting lights, movements and loud noises will be eliminated as only the child, the child's family and a staff photographer will be in the designated area. Appointments are required and must be made at least 24 hours prior to the event. Call to schedule.

Artist People

281 Summerhill Rd. #205, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, 267-902-3079. Weekend art classes for kids age from 5 to 8 starting from Saturday, Sept. 6. Seats are limited; all kids receive personalized attention. Kids will learn basic drawing and painting, sketching, acrylics on canvas, oil pastels and fun filled art projects. Guided fun art studio for adults is also offered. No painting experience is required for fun art classes. Visit website or email for more information.

Sesame Workshop at Gateway National Recreation Area

See the new videos released by Sesame Workshop featuring Gateway (and Ranger Shalini Gopie) as well as Grand Canyon National Park. Visit website to watch.

Every Friday Oct-May
Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl

Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Ave., Morristown, NJ, 973-326-7651. 8-10pm. $7 admission, $3.50 skate rental. DJ Earl plays the newest hits and some favorite throw-backs under psychedelic lights. Requests are always welcome. Skating, arcade games, and treats from the snack bar.

Saturdays and Sundays thru Dec 28
Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt
Haggerty Education Center in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Twp., 973-326-7603. Weekends anytime between 9am-3:30pm. $10/family. Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt with a new theme each month. Visitors can pick up a list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item on the list, return to the Education Center and pick up a prize.

Garden Sprouts
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown. 11am-noon. $10. Nature-based program for preschoolers with a grownup includes a walk through the arboretum's gardens, story and activity. For more information and to sign up, visit website.
Nov 24
I'm Cold, discover how plants survive during the cold months and look for signs they are still growing in spit of winter's onset.

Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum
30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, Sussex County, 973-209-6463. See website for current hours of operation, tour schedules and special events. Adults $11, seniors $10, ages 4-12 $8, ages 3 and under free. Group discounts with advance notice.
   Come take a 1⁄4-mile walking adventure into the fourth oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in New Jersey. The tour takes two hours and 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 for adults and children ages 7 and up is $5 plus $1.50 per pound.

Therapeutic Services LLC

594 Valley Rd., Montclair, NJ, 07043, 862-248-2987
Speech therapy and social skills groups for individuals of all ages in the northern New Jersey area. In a fun, supportive and family-focused environment, we strive to improve the quality of life for our clients through providing the best of services. Visit website for more information.

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2014-15 NJ theatre and music & dance announcements

Use the convenient links below to access complete calendars for the new season. Check often for newly added events. Even more venues for children, family and adult music, dance and theater performances can be found under the Music & Dance, Theatre, Big Shows & Concerts and New York categories.

Carnegie Hall Community & Family Programs
154 W. 57th St., New York, 212-903-9600.

Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000.

Kean Stage
Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union; Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside, 908-737-7469.

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008.

Mostly Music Chamber Music Series
Morrow Church, 600 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood; Temple Emanu-el, 756 E. Broad St., Westfield; 973-762-0108.

Music at Noon & Abendmusik
Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 S. Park Place, Morristown, 973-538-2132.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 888-GO-NJPAC.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Performances in Englewood, Morristown, Newark, New Brunswick, Princeton and Red Bank, 800-255-3476.

Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Dr., Millburn, 973-379-3717.

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre (on the campus of Drew University), 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Rd.), Madison, 973-408-5600.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787.

Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226.