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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 kids@kidsguidenj.com or submit event using the form on the top menu bar.

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30 Oct
Monster Splash
Sahara Sam's Oasis, 535 N. Rt. 73, West Berlin, NJ, 856-767-7580. 4-9pm. $19.95 admission includes live music, a foam party and zombie lifeguards. Advance tickets recommended.

Open
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.

Thru Oct 26
Berlin-Shanghai-America: The Multiple Lives of John H. Less
Gaelen Center for the Arts at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-530-3413. Watercolors by Margie Samuels and oil paintings by Jo Bradney will also be on view. Mon.-Thurs. 9am-9pm, Fri. 9-5pm, Sun. 10-5pm.

The Count's Halloween Spooktacular
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA 19047, 215-752-7070, 1-866-GO-4-ELMO. Come in costume and play in the not-too-spooky Halloween haven featuring two new Halloween shows, themed mazes, a Sesame Street character hayride, rides, Halloween parade and Cookie's Monster Land.

10 Oct-Nov 2
Halloween Happenings in Cape May
609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. Cape May will be hosting three weeks of fun tours and special events for Halloween. Sixth Annual Scarecrow Contest will be held on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's original haunted house, at 1048 Washington St. The mansion and grounds are transformed for the season. Community groups, individuals and families are invited to create their own scarecrow for display. Visit website for registration form and full calendar of events including Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour, Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour and Tales of Terror Trolley Ride.
Oct 25, Nov 1
        Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Ghosts & Guides Tour, special, kid-friendly daytime tour of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. 30-minute guided tours take place every 15 minutes from 1-4pm. Adults $12, ages 3-12 $7.
Oct 31
        
Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate, spooky characters await on the porch with treats for all youngsters from 5-7pm. Free.

Weekends thru Oct 26
Hester Street Fair
Hester & Essex Sts., New York. Open 11am-6pm every Saturday and Sunday from April 26 to Oct. 26. An outdoor community market in the Lower East Side promotes small, independent businesses and artists specializing in unique handmade goods and artisanal food.

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.
Oct 18
          Astrofest, family fun day. 10am-4:30pm.

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 here...you 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 kids and teens to adults. In particular, check out 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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activities & events open for advance tickets or registration

25 Oct
Trail Tales
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, Southern Blvd., Chatham, 973-635-6629. Celebrate Halloween on a spooktacular storytelling walk. Hear silly, slightly spooky, nature-themed tales told by costumed storytellers along the decorated nighttime trails. Timeslots are available from 5:30 to 8 p.m., small groups leave the Visitors Center every 15 minutes with a costumed guide. Space is limited, register early by calling the Great Swamp at 973-635-6629.

26-27 Oct
Marmalade
The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, NJ, 908-725-3420. 10am and noon. $10 general admission. Marmalade, a playful, visual presentation by Claire Parsons Co of Stockholm, Sweden, kicks off the Theatre's TinyTot series, specially designed for audience members ages two and older and their families.

11 Nov
On Screen in Person: The Phantom Tollbooth
Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, NJ, 732-263-6889. 7:30pm. Free. The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations playfully examines the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of one of the most beloved children's books of our time. Through interviews, animation, and archival imagery, the documentary traces the friendship between author Norton Juster and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer. There will be a Q&A with director Hannah Jayanti following the screening.

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.

17 Oct plus Oct 24, 31, Nov 14, 21
Kids & Critters Preschool Program
Plainsboro Preserve, 80 Scotts Corner Rd., Cranbury, NJ 609-897-9400. Hear stories, meet a live animal or make a simple craft. Appropriate for children ages 2-4. 11-11:45am. $7, $5 member family. Pre-registration required.

14-15 Nov
Sleeping Beauty
The Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, NJ, 856-384-8381. Box office open Tues.-Sat. 3-7pm. Fri. performance at 10am, Sat. at 10am and 1pm. $9 reserved, $7 general admission. A musical retelling of the classic tale.

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.

Fall
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 pdave@artist-people.com for more information.

Ongoing
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.

Yearround
Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt
Haggerty Education Center in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Twp., 973-326-7601. 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. Changing monthly, 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. Scavenger lists change every month according to theme.

Monthly
Garden Sprouts
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown. 11am-noon. $7. 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.

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.