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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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2 Apr
Now You See It: The Art of Magic and Illusion
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3701. Exhibition features more than twenty hands-on, interactive stations where visitors can perform gravity-defying stunts with the aid of an anti-gravity mirror, take trick "selfies," or search for a place to sit down in a Crazy Chair. Antique magical props, works of art from the Museum's permanent collection, and automata from the Museum's Guinness Collection are featured and special programming will be held, including an Indian Magic Art performance.

Thru Apr 19
New Jersey Arts Annual: Accessorize The Person and The Place
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3701. An exhibition of works of New Jersey visual artists and craftspeople explores the concept of "accessorizing" both the person and the place. From wearable art, including jewelry and fabrics, to accessories for the home, including furniture and other decorative items, the exhibition celebrates innovative design and mastery of technique and craftsmanship.

Thru May 3
Sesame Street presents: The Body
Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305, 201-253-1213. Kids, ages 2-8, learn about their bodies exploring 15 imaginatively-designed stations themed around Elmo, Oscar, Grover, Bert, Ernie, Count Von Count and Cookie Monster. They can discover healthy eating in Mr. Hooper's store, play the Count's Organ Organ, learn about germs with Oscar's Sneeze Machine, run through Rosita's Locomotion and more.

Thru Jun 6
Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus Foulkii
New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton, NJ, 609-292-6464. As the world's first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton, its discovery in Haddonfield, NJ caught the world by storm – it revolutionized the science and helped propel southern New Jersey to the "center" of the paleontological world. The exhibit features a 25 foot long cast of Hadrosaurus foulkii plus a life-size, hand-drawn life-like illustration on a chalk board. The role of paleo-artists and the study of nature in the development of modern theories of dinosaur anatomy, behavior, and more are also examined in this exhibit.

Thru Jun 27
A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon
New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton, NJ, 609-292-6464.The struggle to understand and prevent mass extinctions is examined in this exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the very last passenger pigeon in the world. The story of the passenger pigeon, a species that once numbered in the billions, is a cautionary tale of how we impact the earth and what we can do to steward the planet that sustains us. Within a span of only four decades, they were effectively wiped out, entirely by human hands. The exhibit introduces visitors to the passenger pigeon, explores the causes that led to its extinction, and the parallels to current species that are endangered. Children can make an origami bird, a beak identification activity, silhouette cut outs and instructions for a make-at-home bird house.

Thru Jul 5
Dinosaurs of the Deep
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, 856-365-3300. Open 10am-5pm daily. Large-scale skeletons, ancient fossils and more than 20 life-size replicas of prehistoric marine reptiles teach guests about the most intriguing sea monsters that ever existed – from massive pliosaurs and prehistoric armored fish to the whales, sharks and turtles that inhabit our oceans today. Visitors have the chance to come face-to-face with a 24-foot Liopleurodon, one of the oceans' most dangerous predators, view a life-sized coral reef teeming with trilobites, touch a horseshoe crab at the "Touch a Living Dinosaur" exhibit and become a paleontologist by examining a variety of fossils.

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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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11 Apr
Alice in Wonderland & Tea Party
SOPAC South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 973-382-1031. 2pm. Filled with Lewis Carroll's brilliant nonsense, madcap characters, and whimsical music and design, the tale of Alice in Wonderland is brought to life onstage by the Pushcart Players.
         Immediately following the performance, a tea party features appearances by the cast of Alice in Wonderland, cupcakes, assorted treats, lemonade and punch. Tickets are $13 each. Seating is general admission with limited capacity so reserve in advance with performance ticket purchase.
Kids 'n Family Shows
        May 3:   The Jungle Book, 2pm.

The Writers Circle Spring & Summer 2015 Registration
South Orange, Maplewood, Summit, Ridgewood & Montclair, 973-900-0415. Register now for creative writing classes for children & adults beginning in April and for summer.

30-2, 6-9 Mar-Apr
Spring Break Youth Programs
Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, NJ, 908-526-1200, ext. 8404. Daytime classes for school-age children during the Spring Break weeks focus on such areas as visual arts, cooking, sewing, science and engineering, study skills, writing, Harry Potter and personal enrichment. To register and for a complete description of all programs, visit website. For information, email or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404.

Spring Art Classes, Spring Break & Summer Art Camp Registration
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St., Summit, NJ 07901, 908-273-9121. Register now for spring classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, design and more and receive early registration discount. Classes for all ages and abilities. Spring classes start April 13.
         Spring Break Art Camp,a five day program, will be held during the week of spring break, April 6-10, for ages 5-12. Parents can choose from one day or a full week.
         Registration is also open for Summer Art Camp for all ages--Kids' Art Camp for ages 5-12, Teen Art Camp for ages 13-15, and Adult Sip & Sample. Summer Art Camp begins on July 8 and continues through August.
         Register online, by phone or fax (908-273-1457), in person or by mail.

Free Little Adventures Classes
Oak Knoll School, 44 Blackburn Rd., Summit, NJ, 908-522-8103. 3:30-4:30pm. Free preschool classes designed for ages 3-5 only. Space is limited and registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online.
Mar 28
Crafty Kids at Oak Knoll. 9-11am. Two sessions for ages 3-5 and grades K-2. Create one-of-a kind masterpieces with canvas art, explore watercolors and get in touch with your inner artist.
Apr 9
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes. Get your body moving with active songs, processed art, learning games, and creative play all designed to strengthen the core muscles and motor planning skills used for fine motor skills. Children will learn correct letter and number formation, pencil grip and scissor skills as they use their head, shoulders, knees and toes.
Apr 15
Creative Builders at Oak Knoll. Calling all inventors, creators, builders and designers…create your own designs and make structures using Legos, recyclable materials and many other interesting items, such as Lifesavers, paper bags, and marshmallows. Skills necessary: none. Skills gained: communication, problem solving, reasoning, developing creativity, and team work.
Apr 23
Wiggle Worms at Oak Knoll. Explore the world of fine motor skills and reading through fun and interactive lessons. Course includes sensory experiences, visual motor skills, scissor cutting, drawing a person, letter and number writing, gross motor skills and lots of literacy building activities.
Apr 30
Green Thumb Club at Oak Knoll. Learn about the natural world through stories, songs, art, exploration and imaginary play.

19 Apr
Handweaving Tapestries for Kids
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton, NJ, 908-735-8415. 1:30pm. Kids learn how to weave their own tapestries with artist and curator, Carol K. Russell. The fun starts with a brief tour of the art in Contemporary International Tapestry, then Russell teaches children a simple method to design and create beautiful handwoven tapestries. For children ages 6 and up. Advance registration required.

Thru Jun
Junior Scientists of New Jersey
HEROES Academy for the Gifted, 317 George St., New Brunswick, NJ, 732-690-7991. Junior Scientists of NJ offers students a hands-on science program from biology to zoology, botony, chemistry, physics and more. Some of the planned units include: Acids and Bases, Animal Popuations, Nuclear Energy Friend or Foe?, and Something Fishy. Each weekly class is accompanied by a hands-on laboratory activity.

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 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
May 1
        Special Needs Events.

5-22 Mar
The Magic Garden or The Princess Who Grew Antlers
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th St.), East Village, NYC, 212-254-1109. Performances Thurs.-Sat. $15, children $8. For ages five to 105, Chechoslovak-American Marionette Theater performs its newest work, "The Magic Garden, or, The Princess Who Grew Antlers," an ensemble creation concocted from Czech fairy tales, featuring four performers, marionettes of various sizes and assorted antique moose and deer antlers.

Into the Swim, Inc.
866-307-SWIM. Springfield, Somerset, Fairfield, Clinton, Denville and more. Into the Swim features no more than 3 students per class. All ages and special needs are invited to learn a vital life-saving skill under the tutelage of professional and experienced instructors who have all been trained to our standards. Classes are given late afternoons, evenings and weekends. There is no registration fee. Into the Swim selects only indoor pools that meet its standards for water quality, temperature, and provide a comfortable environment for maximum learning. For more details, call 866-307-SWIM.

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.

Camp, School, Scout Programs
Traditional Earth Skills

973-570-2882, email: Lenape education presentations and artifacts display. Outreach programs available year round for schools, scouts and summer camps. Try your hand at wilderness skills or create a take home native artifact.

Summer Enrichment Program Open House
International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs

908-899-1338, email Tour the facilities and get your questions answered. Fun activities include racing robots, playing Minecraft, seeing examples of work by students from last year and speaking with teachers and counselors. Free admission. RSVP requested, but not required.
Mar 22
         Open House at Chatham, 700 Shunpike Rd., Chatham, NJ. 12-3pm.
Mar 28
         Open House at Oakland, 8 Wright Way, Oakland, NJ. 12-3pm.
Mar 29
         Open House at Caldwell, 120 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, NJ. 12-3pm.
Apr 26
         Open House at Somerset, 1345 Easton Ave., Somerset, NJ. 2-4pm.

Every Friday thru 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
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.

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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2015-16 NJ theatre and music & dance announcements

Links to new season announcements will be posted below as they come in. Check often for newly added events. 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, 154 W. 57th St., New York, 212-903-9600.
New Jersey Symphony, 60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark,
         1-800-ALLEGRO (255-3476).
Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr., Millburn, NJ 07041, 973-379-3636.
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
         Drew University campus, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600.