@ 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 !!!
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:
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.
WHEN: August 9 – September 27
WHERE: Boyd Park (New Brunswick, NJ), State Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, & Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
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.
Photo Credit: Elisabeth Lynch
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
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!
BUGSY MALONE, JR
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public Star Shows
- Astronomy Shows & Laser Concerts
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.
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.
Juggling 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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