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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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long-running events, recent openings

2 Apr-Aug 15
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.

Now Open
The Funplex
182 Rt. 10W, East Hanover, NJ, 973-428-1166.
         The brand new Splashplex is making a REAL splash! All new constrictor tube tunnel slide, speed slides, elevated water blasters, wild water playground, new pool, cascade waterfall, lazy river and more! Call for summer pass and event package info.

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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. 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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it's not too late for summer camp registration...

Browse the listings below and visit the 2015 Camp Guide listings to find camps for every interest and age--farm, fashion, fitness, academics, art, nature, sports and more. Sign up by the day, week or for multiple weeks.

Registration Open
The Writers Circle Summer & Fall 2015 Registration
South Orange, Maplewood, Summit, Ridgewood & Montclair, 973-900-0415. Register now for creative writing classes for children & adults.

Summer Art Camp Registration
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St., Summit, NJ 07901, 908-273-9121. Registration is still 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.

Young Rembrandts
609-955-2090. Young Rembrandts is a nationwide, award-winning art enrichment program that teaches the fundamentals of drawing. Each week Young Rembrandts teaches a new, exciting (kid-tested) lesson that is conducted using a step-by-step method of visual and verbal instructional cues to assure every student is a creative success. As children learn to draw using their newly found technical drawing skills, they begin tapping their problem solving skills, expanding their imaginations to create eye-popping masterpieces. Students learn advanced art techniques including portraiture, perspective and color theory as well as art history.

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.

Hybridge Summer Program
Saint Mary Coptic School, 80 David St., South River, NJ 08882. Email summer
         Summer program, designed for children ages 3-10 with autism spectrum disorder and related disorders, uses small group instruction guided by principles of applied behavior analysis to target play, social, sports and athletic skills and cover the gap of instruction before the start of the new school year. Activities include outdoor play, arts and crafts activities, music and dancing, games and one-on-one instruction. Insurance may for all or part of tuition. Please inquire. For more information and registration, visit website.
Aug 10-28
          Hybridge Summer Program, 9am-3pm. Before care available 8-9am. After care available 3-5pm.

In-Tune Summer Academy
University for Young Scholars

340 Palisade Ave., Garfield, 973-240-7013; email Offering a variety of classes, both educational and fun, to suit the needs of every child! Enjoy the summer with a variety of programs, expanding every talent.
Pick your own courses and lunches with all-inclusive packages.
Aug 10-31

Aug 10-21, 2015
Triple Arts @ NDI: Musical Theater Intensive 2015

National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts, 217 W. 147th St., New York City, 212-226-0083. Led by Broadway stars Charlotte d'Amboise and Terrence Mann, this two-week musical theater workshop is designed to encourage creativity, instill focus and concentration, and foster confidence in music, dance and acting. Students work with top industry professionals as they explore all aspects of musical theater performance including audition techniques, song interpretation, scene study, dance techniques and master classes.

Aug 3-7, Aug 10-14, 2015
Studio Art Courses: Weeks 4, 5, 6

Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960, 973-971-3740. 9:30-12:30 or 1-4pm. Week-long classes meet Mon.-Fri.
Aug 3-7
          3D Art, ages 6-10; Elements of Design, ages 10-14; Charcoal & Other Drawing Mediums, ages 6-9; Introduction to Oil Painting, ages 12+.
Aug 10-14
          Art Around the World, ages 6-11; Fantasy Figures, ages 10-14; Portrait Drawing, ages 12+.

Camp for a Day at the Morris Museum
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960, 973-971-3740. 9am-12pm. $40 per child, $30 members. One day camp for children entering grades 1-4. Advance registration required. Call or email to reserve space.
Aug 5:     Geology Rocks.
Aug 12:   Music.
Aug 19:   Lego Challenge II.
Aug 26:   Inventors.

Aug 10-13
Vacation Bible School
St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 182 Main St., Gladstone, 908-234-0002. 9:30am-12:30pm. $30 per child, $75 max. per family. Each day children will embark on a Bible learning adventure, sing songs, play games and more. Register online.

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.

17 Oct
Light the Night Walks
Princeton Forrestal Village, 155 Village Blvd., Princeton, NJ
Washington Lake Park, 626 Hurffville Crosskeys Rd., Sewell, NJ
Verona Park, Bloomfield Ave. and Lakeside Aves., Verona, NJ, 908.956.6642.
5-8pm. Free, registration required. Friends, families and businesses come together for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk. Participants raise funds to advance treatments that save the lives of blood cancer patients. Champions for Cures carry illuminated lanterns with thousands of walkers – men, women and children – forming a community of caring and hope. Each walker who raises $100 or more will be recognized with a Light the Night T shirt, the lantern (red for supporters, white for survivors and gold in memory of a loved one) and a wristband that entitles the wearer to a variety of food and drink on the night of the event. Teams are forming now.
Oct 24
         Light the Night Walks at:
         The Great Lawn, McKinley St. and Whitman Terrace, Long Branch, NJ, and
         Central Park, 91 Central Ave., Morris Plains, NJ.

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.
Monthly theme: "I'm So Bored."

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.

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