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Refer to the site index at left to look for places to go and things to do 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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Mark your calendars for the 2018 NJ Camp Fairs...starting January 13!
The NJ Camp Fairs

Camps of all kinds: day, overnight, adventure, computer, STEM, foreign language, sports, special interest, special needs, travel and more.
   Meet Camp Directors, get door prizes, free giveaways from camps, free snacks, free DVDs of camps, free brochures, jobs available. Bring the family. Free parking. Remember to bring a copy of the ad on page 120 of the 2018 print Kids Guide NJ or print online coupon here for FREE GIFT (first 100 families).
2018 Camp Fairs
Jan 13
          Bergen Town Center, Rt. 4 East, Paramus, 12-3pm.
Jan 14
          
Freehold Raceway Mall, Rt. 9S, Freehold, 12-3pm.
Jan 20
          
Quaker Bridge Mall, Rt. 1 North, Lawrenceville, 12-3pm.
Jan 21
          
Grand Summit Hotel, 570 Springfield Ave., Summit, 12-3pm.
Jan 27
          
Menlo Park Mall, Rt. 1 South, Edison, 12-3pm.
Jan 28
          
Livingston Mall, Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, 12-3pm.

13 Jan
Mark Nizer's 4D...The Only Live 3D Show in the World!
South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 973- 313-2787. Whether juggling laser beams at 1000 rpms, or five ping pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth; or juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball all at once, you'll discover for yourself that Mark Nizer is one of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers performing today. His skill and showmanship have taken him to venues around the world, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, Walt Disney World, thousands of college campuses, and all the major cruise lines. His resume also includes performances at The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to two or more Kids 'N Family performances purchased in the same order.

Crayola Experience, save $4 on admission

10 Feb
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 973- 313-2787. 2pm. A hilarious refresher on classic fairy tale characters who keep dropping in and out of each other's stories. Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks meets the Three Elephants, and nothing is quite the same as you remember it. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales retells–and wreaks havoc on–the stories we all thought we knew by heart. Based on the Book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to two or more Kids 'N Family performances purchased in the same order.

Thru Mar 4, 2018
Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. (at Benjamin Franklin Parkway), Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200. Take a journey through one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history and explore the enduring mysteries that remain hidden within its depths. In 1974, a farmer in China was digging a well when he struck upon fragments of terracotta. Buried beneath the surface of the land were thousands of life-sized statues, constructed over 2,000 years ago—warriors silently and steadfastly guarding the tomb of their master: China's first emperor. The exhibit features ten terracotta figures from the burial complex, as well as more than 160 artifacts including weapons, jade pieces, gold ornaments, bronze bells, ceremonial vessels, coins, and architectural pieces of the time. Before your visit, you can download the free Terracotta Warriors Exhibition Augmented Reality (AR) mobile app to experience AR inside the exhibit.

Ongoing
The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. (at Benjamin Franklin Parkway), Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200. Hands-on science learning doesn't get any better than The Franklin Institute. Classic attractions and exhibits include Your Brain, the museum's newest and biggest exhibition helping to unravel age-old mysteries about the brain. In SportsZone, a new permanent ehibition, you can test your skills at pitching, jumping, surfing and running while investigating the fundamental concepts of health, materials science, mechanics and motion. Museum memberships available.

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.

new events

        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 everyone, from kids and teens to adults. Some of our favorite categories for events include 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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Pick up a free copy of the print Kids Guide NJ, select and print the online coupons and use coupon codes below to save on some fantastic family activities and services!

• Blaustein Early Childhood Center: SAVE $100 on new school enrollment (some restrictions apply). Open House: January 7, 2018, 11am-2pm. Offer ends January 7, 2018.

• Crayola Experience
Easton, PA. Click the Crayola Experience link to access page for $4 off admission.

• The Fountain of Youth Spa: Call to receive 50% OFF your first organic facial. Berkeley Heights, NJ, 908-464-6414.

• Palermo Show Stable: Mention Kids Guide NJ ad to sign up for FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON.Bedminster, NJ, 908-719-7500.

• Seaton Hackney Stables: Use coupon from online coupon page or on page 65 in the print 2018 Kids Guide NJ for 10% OFF ANYTHING (lessons, camps, parties, trail rides, more)! Morristown, NJ. Good thru December 31, 2018.

• South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC): Use CODE KID15 to SAVE 15% on tickets to two or more Kidz 'n Family performances purchased in the same order. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at (973) 313-2787 or in person at the SOPAC Box Office.

Union County Golf Facilities
The Learning Center at Galloping Hill, 908-241-8380
Mention Kids Guide NJ coupon on page 133 or 137 of 2018 print Kids Guide NJ to buy 3 individual lessons, GET ONE FREE, all ages. Offer valid through 6/30/18.

take advantage of the summer camp discounts below!
best savings in january!

Camp Invention
Use promo code ThinkBig25 to save $25 (expires 3/23/2018) and ThinkBig15 to save $15 (expires 5/4/2018).

International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs
Use code KDG18 for $50 off each child. Expires 1/31/2018.

JCC Camp Ruach
SAVE $150 on new camp registrations (good through January 7, 2018, some restrictions apply). Open House January 7, 11am-2pm.

NJ Camp Fairs
Bring copy of ad on page 120 in 2018 print Kids Guide or print ad here for free gift
(limited to first 100 families).

Pulse Sports Camps
Save 10% and use code PSKG2018 at checkout.

Seaton Hackney Stables
Use coupon from online coupon page or on page 61 in the print Kids Guide NJ for 10% OFF ANYTHING (lessons, camps, parties, trail rides, more)! Morristown, NJ. Good thru December 31, 2018.

2018-2019 NJ theatre and music & dance announcements

Links to new season announcements will be posted below as they come in over the summer and fall, 2018. 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. Check links often for newly added events.