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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gearing up toward Fall at the Bridgewater Library and Beyond



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Celebrate the last week of summer -- Cool off during the dog days of August at Lepp Splash Park in Somerville. 

** SPRAY PARK SUMMER OPERATING HOURS **
Currently, the timer is set from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; seven days a week.

 
Programs for Children
@ the Bridgewater Library:
 

Family Movie Under the Stars: The Lego Movie (All Ages)

(All ages -- families welcome!)
Friday, September 5
7:30 PM (or sunset)
Registration required.  Bring the whole family to the Bridgewater Library for an outdoor movie! The movie will be taking place on the library lawn, so please bring your own blankets, chairs, and snacks! In case of inclement weather, we will show the movie indoors.


Celebrate Madeline's 75th Anniversary (Ages 4-10)Saturday, Sept. 6 From 10-11 am.  Registration.  Travel with us to that old house in Paris to celebrate the 75th anniversary of a young girl who never grows old!  Enjoy stories and crafts and even a parade in two straight lines. 


 



Storytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm. 
Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., repeats at 11:00 a.m.  Also Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.   
Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) Thursdays  9:30 a.m. No Registration Required for any of these. Programs begin the week of Sept. 9th.  

Tail Waggin' Tutors (All Ages)  Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs  Tuesday, September 9th 4-5pm.  Registration in-person or by phone only.  Registration begins August 19.

Come to the Bridgewater Library for Tail Waggin’ Tutors, where children will have the opportunity to practice their reading skills by reading a story to Xena the Therapy Dog, a friendly, eight-year-old chocolate labradoodle.  Each child will have 10 minutes to read a favorite story to his or her new, canine friend.

Family Night Storytime (All Ages) Tuesday, September 9 from 6:00-6:30 pm.  No registration required. Wear your pj's to our all-ages nighttime storytime!

Play Group (Birth to 3 years) Monday, September 14.  No registration required.
Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!


Rocket Readers (Grades 1-2) Tuesday, September 16 From 4:30 – 5:30. Registration required.

Pete the Cat: A Pet For Pete By James Dean

Garnering attention after painting a picture of his new pet goldfish,  Pete the cat receives so many requests to make paintings for his neighbors that he devises an uproarious solution.

An exciting program for brand new readers!  At each program we will discuss a book, play some games or create a story related craft.  Students should read the book prior to the program.  Copies of the books will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.

Picture This – Art Exploration for Kids: Tut, Tut: Mummies & Hieroglyphics: Celebrating Ancient Egyptian Art & Civilization (Grades 1-5)  Wednesday, Sept. 17th  From 4:30-5:30 pm
Registration required and begins September 3rd.

Step back in time to explore an ancient civilization with pharaohs, mummies, hieroglyphics and more!” Registration opens Wednesday, September 3rd.


Come to the children’s department Sept. 19th and make your very own pirate hat!

Also check out our online language learning possibilities – Mango languages (for adults and school age children) and  Little Pim (for birth-age 6).  The library also has an extensive World Language Collection of books &  media – ask a librarian for assistance.

Baby Loves to Boogie! (Ages birth to 18 months)  Monday, September 22  at 4:30 pm. Registration required and begins on September 8.   Babies get your groove on! Join us for this new program that unites creative movement and storytime songs. Caregivers please wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you will be moving just as much as your child!

 

 


Lego Club (Ages 5-12)  Thursday, September 25  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Registration is required and begins September 11. Hey LEGO fans, here's a club just for you! Get together with other LEGO-maniacs, share ideas and tips on building, and have a great time!

 

Toddler Dance Party (Ages 2-6) Saturday, September 27 at 10:30 am. No registration required. Read, rock and roll at the library!  Toddlers, ages 2-6, and their caregivers are invited to get their groove on at the library.  Shimmy and shake to your favorite toddler tunes!

Music & Movement (Ages birth-3 years) Monday Sept 29, 9:45 am.  Registration required and begins September 15.
Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and feel the beat of a fun, lively music class!  Led by Beth Stone of Kids' MusicRound.  Also at 10:30 a.m.



@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:
 

 

Open Mic Night (For ages 13+) Thursday August 28 From 6:45-8:30pm
Registration required to perform and begins on August 14. Think you’ve got what it takes to get up on stage in front of your peers with nothing but your voice and guitar?  Want to share your poetry, comedy, or original music?  Not an artist, but would like to witness some of the most inspiring artists Somerset County has to offer?  Then join us for this one of a kind experience, and help local musicians and writers have their voices heard.

Tween Volunteers (Grades 4 - 6) Monday, September 8
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Registration required.  TWEENS: Make a difference by volunteering at the library! We need your help with special projects including creating bookmarks for young children, organizing and tidying up the Children’s Room, and much more!

Teen Craft: Locker Accessories (Grades 7 - 12) Wednesday, September 17
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm  Registration required and begins August 27
Come make unique mirrors and magnets to personalize your locker this school year! We’ll provide the materials, you provide the creativity.

imagePractice PSAT - Presented by Kaplan (Grades 7 - 11) Saturday, September 20  9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Registration required and begins August 29
Are you taking the PSAT on October 15th or 18th? Here’s your last chance to practice before the real thing! Even if you’re not taking the real test this year, a free practice test is one of the best ways to prepare for the real thing. By taking this practice test, you will learn exactly what to expect on test day and receive a complete individual analysis of your results (which will be mailed to you 7-10 business days following the test).  Don't forget a #2 pencil and calculator!
PLEASE NOTE: No admittance after 9:15 am.

Tween Advisory Board (Grades 4 - 6)  Tuesday, September 23  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Registration required.  Make the library a better place for you and your fellow Tweens! We’ll talk about the books you’re reading now, and your favorite movies and video games. You’ll even get a chance to talk about what programs you’d like at the library! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance.

Teen Advisory Board (Grades 7 - 12) Tuesday, September 23
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Registration required.
TEENS: YOUR OPINION MATTERS! Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games? Then come to one of our TAB meetings! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance and snacks will be served!


Want more info about upcoming programs?
Check out the  September calendar here.


Around the Community:

FREE SUNDAY @ HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM: CREATE A GIANT CHALK PORTRAIT WITH YOUR FAMILY

KATHERINE TRUBEK SUNDAYS ON THE TERRACE
Help us create a giant community chalk portrait outside  at our next free Katherine Trubek Sundays on the Terrace event.  WHEN: Sunday (Aug. 25) from 1 to 4 PM
WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton
ADMISSION: Free

Come grab some chalk and show off your artistic talent!  Future Katherine Trubek Sundays on the Terrace events are: Sept. 7, 21; Oct. 5, 19. All events run from 1 to 4 PM. This series is supported by a gift from the Trubek family. 

This series honors Katherine Bell Trubek (1904-1991), one of the artist founders of the Museum. Her art is currently on display in our Artist Founders of the Hunterdon Art Museum show.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE @ THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM

Princeton University Art Museum

Family Fun

Artful Adventures

WHEN: Drop in anytime!

Join us on a trip around the world and through the ages. This series of self-guided tours and activities is available for families to enjoy at their own pace. Pick up your Passport to Adventure at the Museum information desk and choose from our many Artful Adventures activity guides. Once you complete your adventure, visit the information desk to collect a sticker for your passport.

 
HUB CITY SOUNDS SUMMER SERIES IN NEW BRUNSWICK, AUGUST 9–SEPT. 27

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WHEN: August 9 – September 27
WHERE:
Boyd Park (New Brunswick, NJ), State Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, & Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
ADMISSION: Free
732.729.0230 x201

Hub City Sounds is a performing arts series with events for all tastes, including family audiences! Held at various locations and times throughout New Brunswick, NJ. Please visit www.newbrunswickarts.org for more details.

www.morrisparks.net


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CIRCUS, CIRCUS, CIRCUS @ RVCC THIS WINTER: SUBSCRIBE NOW!

Posted: 12 Jul 2014 11:35 AM PDT

Circus at RVCCArts

It's circus, circus, circus at RVCC this season. Circus from the Czech Republic; circus from Montreal and circus from China.

And, if physical theatre is your thing, since three shows make a subscription, you could tumble into some savings. No need to jump through hoops; just call the box office (weekdays, 11-4), download a subscription form, or order on-line.

So, stop clowning around and get your tickets to one or more of these spectacular shows today!

WHERE: The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
908.725.3420
rvccArts.org
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Slapstick Sonata

Slapstick Sonata
Cirk La Putyka
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 PM
Set to the music of Mozart, Handel, Shostakovich and others, this is an absurd yet poetic theater piece without text or words. Visual poetry meets physical comedy with a dash of contemporary circus.   video

Timber!

Timber!
Cirque Alfonse
WHEN: Friday, Mar. 6 at 7 M
Clearly off the beaten track, this show's creators designed unusual apparatus inspired directly from the forestry resources available on their real-life family farm. The experience feels and smells authentic.   video

Cirque Ziva

Cirque Ziva
Golden Dragon Acrobats
WHEN: Friday, Apr. 10 at 7 PM
A fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show of an art form dating back more than two thousand years.   video

If you attend the event, tell them you learned about it from the NJ Arts Maven! Subscribe to get free daily updates!

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Free and Almost Free Places For Family Fun
in New Jersey And The Surrounding States  2014

Here are some of the amazing places in New Jersey area that the family can go for free, or at a very small cost.  NJ and the surrounding states are abound with some wonderful places for families to have a break from the everyday routine.  Each place is amazing and fun, definitely worth a visit!   MORE.

 


 

THE THEATER PROJECT EXPANDS PERFORMANCE CLASSROOM TO CRANFORD, MAPLEWOOD & UNION

PERFORMANCE CLASSROOM

Having offered theater classes for kids in Maplewood for the past four years, The Theater Project is expanding to offer classes in Union and Cranford, to serve a growing constituency.

WHEN: once a week for six weeks during October and November.
Classes will be limited to 15 students. Small classes enable every child to receive the time and attention each deserves. All the classes develop kids’ confidence in themselves while they develop skills and attitudes that go beyond the stage. Whether they go on to Broadway or the board room, these skills will last a lifetime!

Parents can get more information about the introductory workshop by email at Education@thetheaterproject.org or by calling Education Director Daaimah Talley at 908.809.8865. Please visit our website atwww.TheTheaterProject.org.

The classes—Juggling, Puppetry, Glee and Improv—are designed to allow kids to have fun, build confidence and enjoy discovering new interests.

clip_image002Juggling is perfect for children who like being active. Students will improve their coordination, concentration, and amaze themselves with how much they can do. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Instructor Louis De Lauro (right), an award winning NJ teacher, is the founder of Juggling for Life, a non-profit helping disadvantaged children learn to juggle and learn how to teach juggling.

Puppetry. Constructing and working with puppets allows even shyer children to experience the joy of performing though the character of the puppet.Instructor TBA.

Glee (Show Choir), is for children who want to develop singing skills coordinated with movement to express a song’s lyrics and emotions. Gail Lou, a professional vocalist, actress and musician, brings her experience from films, stage and television to her teaching. She studied at Berklee College of Music and holds a degree in Vocal Music Performance from Montclair State University.

Improv This class emphasizes creativity, teamwork, and develops extemporaneous public speaking skills. Lulu French brings her love of theatrical improvisation and 10 years’ experience to her classroom. She studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade in Chicago, and appeared in New York at Gotham City Improv and the Magnet Theater among others.

Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Reading is Wrapping Up–Don’t miss our Carnival this Thursday & Don’t forget to record your minutes by August 22nd. Also come meet a 15 ft. T-Rex in the parking lot at Hillsborough Library. Also last chance to see the bee exhibit at the Morris Museum this weekend, travel ‘round the world at the Princeton Art Museum, and catch music & theater galore!



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Programs for Children
@ the Bridgewater Library:
 

Fizz, Boom, Read!  Summer Reading Club

Program Ends August 22nd

Don’t forget to record your minutes!



SUMMER CARNIVAL - Mad Science Laboratory! (For all ages)
Thursday, August 14 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  No registration required. Step right up...and into the library's own mad science laboratory!  There will be games, prizes, and activities for children of all ages!



Click on the titles to read more and register.

Afternoon Movie: Meet the Robinsons (G) (For families with children ages 3+) Monday, August 18 at 3:30 pm. No registration required. Lewis is a brillant young inventor who sets off on a time-traveling quest to save the future and find the family he never knew.  With the help of the wonderfully wacky Robinson family, Lewis learns to keep moving forward and never stop believing in himself.


 

Toddler Dance Party (For ages 2-6) Wednesday, August 20 from 4:30-5:30 pm. No registration required. Read, rock and roll at the library!  Toddlers, ages 2-6, and their caregivers are invited to get their groove on at the library.  Shimmy and shake to your favorite toddler tunes!

Play Group (Ages birth to 3 years) 10am Monday Aug. 25th. No registration required.  Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!

Wheel Away - Story & Craft! (For ages 4-9) Tuesday, August 26 at 10:00 am.  Repeats at 11:30. Registration required and begins on August 12. Did you learn to ride a bike or tricycle this summer?  Or take a trip or travel by car or bus or train to a distant destination?  We'll celebrate all forms of transport, then design our very own vehicle.  


 


Mad Scientist Club (For children entering grades 2 & 3)Are you curious?  Do you like to conduct experiments?  Sign up for the Mad Scientist Club where we will explore and celebrate the ordinary wonders of everyday science.  August 26 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Registration begins August 12) - Cool Science Experiments:  This session will explore some weird and unusual experiments; a Mountain Dew lantern, fireworks in a glass, and rainbow reflections.

 

ON THURSDAY AUGUST 21 DINOSAURS ARE ARRIVING AT HILLSBOROUGH LIBRARY !!!

Outdoor Event: Field Station: Dinosaurs! - Ages 4+ and Caregivers


Join us for a fun OUTDOOR event!

FIELD STATION: DINOSAURS presents THE DINOSAUR TROUBADOR and the MIGHTY T-REX DINOSAUR
In the parking lot by the Hillsborough Library Book Drop, you’ll meet an unbelievably life-like roaring, breathing 15-foot juvenile T-Rex!! An interactive, entertaining and surprising Paleozoic adventure! This event is rain or shine!!
For more info about the dinosaur, click here.

No registration required!

This program is free and open to Somerset County Library System cardholders and eligible residents.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Hillsborough Library



@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:
 

End of Summer Party (For students entering grades 6-12) Monday, August 25 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Registration required and begins on August 4. Come celebrate the end of summer!  Ice cream sundaes will be served and our teen volunteers will be honored for all of their hard work over the summer!  We'll also be raffling off special prizes!

Tween Advisory Board (Students entering grades 4-6)  Tuesday, Aug. 26  6:00 - 7:00 pm. Registration required.  Make the library a better place for you and your fellow Tweens!  We'll talk about the books you're reading now, and your favorite movies and video games.  You'll even get a chance to talk about what programs you'd like at the library!  Community service hours will be awarded for attendance. 

Teen Advisory Board (For Students entering Grades 7-12) Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration required.  TEENS: YOUR OPINION MATTERS! Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games? Then come to one of our TAB meetings! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance!

Open Mic Night (For ages 13+) Thursday August 28 From 6:45-8:30pm
Registration required to perform and begins on August 14. Think you’ve got what it takes to get up on stage in front of your peers with nothing but your voice and guitar?  Want to share your poetry, comedy, or original music?  Not an artist, but would like to witness some of the most inspiring artists Somerset County has to offer?  Then join us for this one of a kind experience, and help local musicians and writers have their voices heard.


Want more info about upcoming programs?
Check out the  September calendar here.


Around the Community:

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE @ THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM

Princeton University Art Museum

Family Fun

Artful Adventures

WHEN: Drop in anytime!

Join us on a trip around the world and through the ages. This series of self-guided tours and activities is available for families to enjoy at their own pace. Pick up your Passport to Adventure at the Museum information desk and choose from our many Artful Adventures activity guides. Once you complete your adventure, visit the information desk to collect a sticker for your passport.

“PETER PAN” FLIES TO ENTERTAIN, ALLEVIATE HUNGER NEXT WEEKEND

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HUB CITY SOUNDS SUMMER SERIES IN NEW BRUNSWICK, AUGUST 9–SEPT. 27

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WHEN: August 9 – September 27
WHERE:
Boyd Park (New Brunswick, NJ), State Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, & Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
ADMISSION: Free
732.729.0230 x201

Hub City Sounds is a performing arts series with events for all tastes, including family audiences! Held at various locations and times throughout New Brunswick, NJ events include:

  • Jazz and Gospel in the Park
  • Kid’s Rock Weekend (rock bands StarFish and Preschool of Rock)
  • 80’s EDM Dance Party (featuring an outdoor visual arts display & fire breathers!)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (enjoy traditional dances & music)
  • Crossroads in the Park (Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company & BAM school of the arts perform live)
  • They CAN Dance (An elegant evening of dance featuring works by emerging choreographers)
  • Central Jersey Jazz Festival
  • Rock on New Brunswick! (weekend of punk music featuring Don Giovani recording artist Screaming Females)
  • Kid’s Day at The Park (performances & interactive lessons by George Street Playhouse & American Repertory Ballet).

Please visit www.newbrunswickarts.org for more details.


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SILLY STRING SHOOTERS, NOT GUNS!  LEMONADE, NOT LIQUOR!

BUGSY MALONE JR parodies the gangster movies of the 1930s, if those films had been performed by "The Little Rascals" putting on a musical. 
Our THEATER PROJECT JR cast and crew are having a grand time.
Please join us in Cranford to share the fun!

WHAT:         Three Performances of BUGSY MALONE, JR.

WHEN:         August 15-17, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday EARLY BIRD at 1 PM

WHERE:       Jardine Academy, 61 Myrtle Street, Cranford
TIX:              $12 (children under 4 free)
INFO:           908 809-8865 or mary@TheTheaterProject.org
http://www.thetheaterproject.org/

TPJ Bugsy Malone Jr


Friday August 15, 2014 to Sunday August 17, 2014 A popular pint-sized, pin-striped classic leaps off the silver screen and onto the stage in BUGSY MALONE, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the gangster films of the 1920s. Based on the hit 1976 film starring a preteen Scott Baio and Jodi Foster and featuring a catchy, swinging score by the composer of The Muppet Movie, BUGSY MALONE is good, clean, comedic fun!

SEVENTEEN KIDS PRESENT “BUGSY MALONE, JR” IN CRANFORD FOR 3 PERFORMANCES ONLY

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Theater Project Junior’s Summer Musical for Kids 8 - 18
WHEN: August 15-17, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday EARLY BIRD at 1 PM
WHERE: Jardine Academy, 61 Myrtle Street, Cranford
TICKETS: $12
www.TheTheaterProject.org.
INFO: 908.809.8865

Seventeen New Jersey kids will present the musical BUGSY MALONE, JR, this year’s presentation by THEATER PROJECT JR in Cranford. Each summer, the program takes students (ages 8 & up) through an eight week course that culminates in three performances for friends, family and the community. Along the way, students learn acting, build confidence in themselves, make friends and have a wonderful time.   

BUGSY is based on the Jodie Foster film of the same name, where a “Little Rascals” troupe of child actors played the gangsters and gun molls of the roaring 20s, using lemonade for liquor and silly string shooters instead of side arms.

The Theater Project, a professional theater company in Cranford and Maplewood, is celebrating 20 years of bringing productions of the best contemporary plays to New Jersey. Their mission is to enhance the cultural richness of the community by producing new or lesser-known plays on challenging themes, by introducing children to the joys of live theater, and by providing avenues for creative expression for New Jersey playwrights. 

For more information on THEATER PROJECT JR, call 908.809.8865 or visit www.TheTheaterProject.org.

 

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ANNOUNCING OPEN AUDITIONS FOR 14–15 SEASON

The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is an audition based, exhibition Show Choir that stems from Paper Mill Playhouse’s award-winning Arts Education and Outreach programs.  The choir consists of 40–50 singer/dancers between the ages of 16 and 22. Students selected to be a part of this talented group have to opportunity to fine tune their craft with free, intensive instruction that includes private voice training. The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir act as ambassadors to Paper Mill Playhouse with an array of performance opportunities throughout the community and beyond. Over the last two seasons, the choir reached more than 100,000 people with performances at major venues througout the state.

Click here to view a video sample of the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir.


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OPEN AUDITIONS FOR THE 14–15 SEASON ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:

Sunday, Aug 24, 6 – 9PM
Monday, Aug 25, 6 – 9PM
Wednesday, Aug 27, 6 – 9PM

If you are not available during these times, we will be taking a wait list for the next available date. Call 973.315.1640 or email JZeitoun@PaperMill.org to schedule.  Auditions will take place at Paper Mill Playhouse.

FOR THE AUDITION: Prepare an upbeat pop or musical theater piece of approximately 32 bars that best demonstrates your vocal range. Bring sheet music, in the key you will sing it, in a binder or single sheet taped together that contains the full piano accompaniment. An accompanist will be provided. Students may not perform a cappella or to an audio recording. Students will be taught a brief dance combination, so please bring suitable footwear. Callback auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept 7.

 

 

Splash Park now open in Lepp Park in Somerville.

** SPRAY PARK SUMMER OPERATING HOURS **
Currently, the timer is set from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; seven days a week.


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Bridgwater’s KidStreet made the list of
7 NJ Playgrounds Worth Traveling To by Vicky Valet Published: 2014.08.03 05:00 AM

Bored with your local swingset? Here are a few amazing New Jersey playgrounds worth driving to.

Esposito Park  Near 659 Madison Hill Rd., Clark
This fenced-in playground has a spongy, less-likely-your-kid-will-get-hurt ground, and is also right next to tennis courts, a huge rock climbing wall and (don't forget the helmets) a great skating area with lots of ramps. If skating isn't for your family, take a stroll on the half-mile walking path around the freshwater wetland.

Roxbury Imagination Station  78 Eyland Ave., Succasunna

This spot's rocketship and sea vessel will definitely be a hit with your astronaut-in-training or pirate-to-be, but it's the beautiful murals and painted peekholes that really set this fenced-in playground apart from the rest!

Kidstreet  Claude Dr. near Municipal Complex, Bridgewater
Kids of all ages will have a blast climbing play equipment, digging in sandboxes and dangling from rope swings and zip lines at this one-of-a-kind playground. Watch from the picnic tables as they play "King of the Jungle" on the swings or sail the seven seas on the big wooden ship.

Ross Dock at Fort Lee Henry Hudson Dr., Palisades Interstate Park System
While your kids are busy climbing tall towers and scooting down slides, you'll be amazed by the incredible view! This Palisades Interstate Park playground sits right next to the Hudson River, just a short ride from the George Washington Bridge. (Travel tip: There's a super scenic spot filled with urban art right under the bridge, so if you drive through on your way to the park, don't forget the camera!)

Community Playground of Montville 127 Changebridge Rd.,Montville
As if the six football/soccer fields, baseball field, basketball court, picnic areas, amphitheater for concerts and movies, field house for parties and community garden plots weren’t enough, this spot’s also home to a giant, farm-themed playground where your kids can play “farmer” all day long.

Thompson Park  Perrineville Rd., Jamesburg
Thompson park has all the playground staples, but it's also home to a mini zoo! Stop by the fenced-in wildlife area to visit the deer and feed the ducks. (Note: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife strongly discourages feeding wild deer.)

Regatta Playground  Cherry Ln., West Orange
Not only is this playground totally new, but it's got a completely adorable nautical theme, too! Located adjacent to the paddle boat and picnic areas of the South Mountain Recreation Complex, this spot has 24 pieces of play equipment—including a ship mast your little sailors can climb—plus a rubberized safety surface.

CHECK OUT THIS GREAT LIST OF PLACES TO GO THIS SUMMER
image_thumb5_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb[1] VISIT THE MORRIS MUSEUM FOR FREE – CHECK OUT THE LIBRARY’S MUSEUM PASS!  -- INFO HERE.

Last chance to see: THE HONEY AND THE HIVE: THE SWEET STORY OF HONEYBEES AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM  through August 16, 2014
Bee Hive Inspection on  Saturday August 16

Honeybees are responsible for at least 30% of the foods we eat everyday!  Busy bees are the great pollinators of the world and are essential to so many aspects of our lives and culture.  Celebrate the sweet story of these incredible insects and learn how vital they are to our survival and how you can help to protect and conserve bees and their habitats.  Learn about the life cycle of a bee and how different cultures revere this tiny architect. 

 

 

 

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Free and Almost Free Places For Family Fun
in New Jersey And The Surrounding States  2014

Here are some of the amazing places in New Jersey area that the family can go for free, or at a very small cost.  NJ and the surrounding states are abound with some wonderful places for families to have a break from the everyday routine.  Each place is amazing and fun, definitely worth a visit!   MORE.

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THE THEATER PROJECT EXPANDS PERFORMANCE CLASSROOM TO CRANFORD, MAPLEWOOD & UNION

PERFORMANCE CLASSROOM

Having offered theater classes for kids in Maplewood for the past four years, The Theater Project is expanding to offer classes in Union and Cranford, to serve a growing constituency.

WHEN: once a week for six weeks during October and November.
Classes will be limited to 15 students. Small classes enable every child to receive the time and attention each deserves. All the classes develop kids’ confidence in themselves while they develop skills and attitudes that go beyond the stage. Whether they go on to Broadway or the board room, these skills will last a lifetime!

Parents can get more information about the introductory workshop by email at Education@thetheaterproject.org or by calling Education Director Daaimah Talley at 908.809.8865. Please visit our website atwww.TheTheaterProject.org.

The classes—Juggling, Puppetry, Glee and Improv—are designed to allow kids to have fun, build confidence and enjoy discovering new interests.

clip_image002Juggling is perfect for children who like being active. Students will improve their coordination, concentration, and amaze themselves with how much they can do. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Instructor Louis De Lauro (right), an award winning NJ teacher, is the founder of Juggling for Life, a non-profit helping disadvantaged children learn to juggle and learn how to teach juggling.

Puppetry. Constructing and working with puppets allows even shyer children to experience the joy of performing though the character of the puppet.Instructor TBA.

Glee (Show Choir), is for children who want to develop singing skills coordinated with movement to express a song’s lyrics and emotions. Gail Lou, a professional vocalist, actress and musician, brings her experience from films, stage and television to her teaching. She studied at Berklee College of Music and holds a degree in Vocal Music Performance from Montclair State University.

Improv This class emphasizes creativity, teamwork, and develops extemporaneous public speaking skills. Lulu French brings her love of theatrical improvisation and 10 years’ experience to her classroom. She studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade in Chicago, and appeared in New York at Gotham City Improv and the Magnet Theater among others.

Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings.

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