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Monday, August 3, 2015

Roads and Bridges and Playgrounds Oh My! Today (Tuesday, August 4th) at the Bridgewater Library, Somerset County Engineer Carl Andreassen will show kids how bridges are made, then kids can play with bridges, design their own playground, build Bridgewater from Legos, and see who can create the most stupendous structure! Then on Thursday, see Science-tellers create Superhero Science Magic!

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Upcoming programs for Kids @ Bridgewater Library:

 

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Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Roads and Bridges and Playgrounds oh my! (Suggested for Ages 3-6) Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Roads and Bridges and Playgrounds oh my! (Suggested for Ages 6-10) Tuesday, August 04, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Families with multiple siblings may enroll them all in one session.

Unsung Community Heroes--Come meet some of the people who design and build our bridges, roads, parks and playgrounds then help us create a Lego town, experiment with bridge construction, and draw a mural of what kids would put in a park if they had the chance!

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(Come to the Library tent at the 4H Fair Wednesday August 12th between 11:30-1 for more stories & songs.)

Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Take Flight/Sky High! (Suggested for Ages 3-6)  10 a.m.  Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Take Flight/Sky High! (Suggested for Ages 6-10)  11 a.m. Registration required and begins July 28.

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Fall program listings coming soon.

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Summer Reading Clubs!   Keep track of the time you spend reading this summer, play games, attend programs, have fun, learn a lot and win prizes!


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THE BRIDGEWATER LIBRARY IS COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES IN OUR COUNTY – PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION.

Donation box at the entrance to the Youth Services Department.  Donations will be accepted through Saturday August 15th.

Find Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens at Bridgewater Library here.

Tween Volunteers (Entering Grades 4-6) Make a difference by volunteering at the library! Help us prepare for our summer carnival and earn community service hours. Registration is required. Wednesday, August 5, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tween Advisory Board (Entering Grades 4-6) Tuesday, August 11
7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Registration is required.

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Tween Lock-In: Literary Legends (Entering Grades 4-6) Friday, August 14, 2015. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Registration required.

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Click here for a complete listing with registration links for upcoming programs for kids, tweens, and teens at the Bridgewater Library.

AROUND THE COMMUNITY: 


State Theatre    15 Livingston Ave         New Brunswick, NJ 08901

FREE Summer Movies

Night at the Museum 3

 

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Tue, August 4 at 10:30am and 7pm
Info >Tickets for both movies are FREE and no reservation required.  Groups of 20+, those planning a bus trip, or patrons requiring accessible seating please call 732-246-7469 or click here >

 
FREE FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

www.morrisparks.net


 

SEE FREE SHAKESPEARE IN HOBOKEN PARK THROUGH AUGUST 9!

A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare

WHEN: July 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, August 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9; 8 PM
WHERE: Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ.
ADMISSION: Free 

Set in the 1950’s, in the rough and tumble world of the Hoboken waterfront, Mile Square Theatre revives its critically acclaimed 2007 production of Shakespeare’s comedy of teen love, magical fairies, and clownish mechanicals.

 
ART CLASSES FOR ALL AGES @ THE ZIMMERLI THIS FALL

FALL DRAWING CLASSES
Members registration now open; General registration opens August 3

WHERE: Zimmerli Art Museum, Hamilton & George Sts., New Brunswick

DRAWING CLUB FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Wednesdays / 4:15 to 5:45 pm

6-8 year olds and 9-14 year olds

September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9

Children discover the secrets of drawing when they participate in the Zimmerli's Drawing Club. Aspiring artists learn drawing techniques, including pencil and charcoal, and such genres as still life and portraiture. The classes are led by professional educators Patricia Brace and Grace Jackson, who address the needs of both beginners and advanced students.
Online registration is now possible through our collaboration with the Mason Gross Extension Division. The link directs you to the Zimmerli class listing on the Mason Gross Extension Division site, where you can create an account through ASAP and begin your registration.  Zimmerli Members: Please contact the Education Department at 848.932.6787, or education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu, for your individual discount code.


MORRIS MUSEUM EXHIBIT EXPLORES HISTORY OF CHILDREN’S FASHION

Fashionable-Child[1]THE FASHIONABLE CHILD: 200 YEARS OF DRESSING OUR CHILDREN

WHEN: August 1 through November 29, 2015
WHERE:
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ

The Morris Museum is proud to announce its newest exhibition, The Fashionable Child: 200 Years of Dressing Our Children.  The show will explore the history of children’s fashion from the early 1800s to the present.

Featuring exquisite objects from the Morris Museum’s collections, visitors will be delighted and charmed by designs for play days, holidays, and everything in between. The Fashionable Child will include more than fifty outfits ranging from special occasion wear and christening gowns to playwear, sleepwear, and outerwear. Children’s accessories will include a variety of bonnets of different sizes, straw hats, and caps, as well as shoes ranging from spats to saddle shoes to Mary Janes. In addition to the lovingly preserved outfits, the exhibition will also feature a variety of toys, baby quilts, children’s dishes, feeding utensils, and children’s furniture.

Somerset County Library System offers FREE PASSES to this and many other museums.

MCCARTER THEATER IN PRINCETON HOSTING A BLOCK PARTY FOR FAMILIES

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Let Your Fingers Do (More) Walking…

 

These 11 Jaw Dropping Places In New Jersey Will Blow You Away

New Jersey isn’t just pretty – our state can be downright stunning.

11. Duke Farms, Hillsborough

11. Duke Farms, Hillsborough  Flickr/Anthony Quintano

Click here for the other 10!

40-Story Projections of Endangered Species Light Up The Empire State Building

40-Story Projections of Endangered Species Light Up The Empire State Building

Monday, July 27, 2015

Come see a Bridgewater Firefighter and escape the “Smoke House” Fire Safety Truck at the Library Tuesday morning (July 28th). Also information about “Tools for Schools” donation drive and a sensory-friendly rock ‘n roll concert this Friday in Rahway.

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Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Local Heroes: Firefighters (Suggested for Ages 3-6) 10:00 a.m.  .  Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Local Heroes: Firefighters (Suggested for Ages 6-10) 11:30 a.m.  NOTE: Registration requested but not required.  If you have “almost” 3 year olds, feel free to bring them along to this special event.

 

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THE BRIDGEWATER LIBRARY IS COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES IN OUR COUNTY – PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION.

Donation box at the entrance to the Youth Services Department.  Donations will be accepted through Saturday August 15th.

 

ROCK OUT & BEAT THE HEAT @ SENSORY-FRIENDLY FAMILY CONCERT

Brady Rymer

BRADY RYMER & THE LITTLE BAND THAT COULD

WHEN: Friday, July 31, at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
WHERE:
Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St,  Rahway
TICKETS: $8 per person and seating is general admission.
Group discounts are available for groups of ten or more.
All tickets can be purchased through the Union County Performing Arts Center at ucpac.org or by calling the Box Office at 732-499-8226.
The UCPAC Box Office, located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM and is also open late on Thursdays until 8:00 PM.

Bring the entire family to rock out with two-time Grammy nominees Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could singing songs that celebrate children of all abilities.

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could "might just be the best-sounding band in children's music," according to NPR's All Things Considered. First class, all-American roots/rock with a feel-good R&B foundation is Rymer's calling card - he creates a warm, optimistic, rollicking back-porch vibe that gets children and their families up and dancing, and smiling from ear to ear. Kids love the energy and Rymer's magnetic, good-times-guy charm, and his musicianship is something even the most discerning music-loving parent can appreciate.

Autism Friendly Spaces (AFS)  implements the supportive atmosphere at each of the Sensory-friendly performances. AFS provides specialists to train staff and volunteers on working with children with autism and other special needs during Sensory Friendly Theatre performances, while providing comfort and help to families.

For each of the special performances in the Sensory Friendly Theatre series, the theatre environment at the Union County PAC will be adjusted to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families. For more information on what to expect at a Sensory Friendly Theatre performance visit ucpac.org.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Animals & Firefighters coming to visit plus other upcoming programs at the Bridgewater Library; Mary Poppins comes to Pleasant Valley Park this weekend plus tantalizing new Reading Research and Kid’s Safety Tips.

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Summer Reading Clubs!   Keep track of the time you spend reading this summer, play games, attend programs, have fun, learn a lot and win prizes!

Upcoming programs for Kids @ Bridgewater Library:

Click here for a complete listing with registration links for upcoming programs for kids, tweens, and teens at the Bridgewater Library.

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Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Local Heroes: Firefighters (Suggested for Ages 3-6) 10:00 a.m.  Registration Required.  Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Local Heroes: Firefighters (Suggested for Ages 6-10) 11:30 a.m.  Registration Required.
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Youth Stages: Anansi & the Moss-Covered Rock (Ages 6-9) Registration required.image

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(Come to the Library tent at the 4H Fair Wednesday August 12th between 10-2 for more stories & songs.)

Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Take Flight/Sky High! (Suggested for Ages 3-6)  10 a.m.  Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Take Flight/Sky High! (Suggested for Ages 6-10)  11 a.m. Registration required and begins July 28.

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Check back for more programs later this summer.

Find Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens at Bridgewater Library here.

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Tween Volunteers (Entering Grades 4-6) Make a difference by volunteering at the library! Help us prepare for our summer carnival and earn community service hours. Registration is required. Wednesday, August 5, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tween Advisory Board (Entering Grades 4-6) Tuesday, August 11
7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Registration is required.

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Tween Lock-In: Literary Legends (Entering Grades 4-6) Friday, August 14, 2015. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Registration required.

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AROUND THE COMMUNITY: 


State Theatre    15 Livingston Ave         New Brunswick, NJ 08901

FREE Summer Movies

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Tue, July 28 at 10:30am and 7pm
Info >


Night at the Museum 3


Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Tue, August 4 at 10:30am and 7pm
Info >Tickets for both movies are FREE and no reservation required.  Groups of 20+, those planning a bus trip, or patrons requiring accessible seating please call 732-246-7469 or click here >

ONE MORE WEEKEND TO SEE “MARY POPPINS” FLY INTO PLEASANT VALLEY PARK, BASKING RIDGE

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JR. VERSION OF “CHILDREN OF EDEN” TO PREMIERE @ SUMMIT PLAYHOUSE

Children of Eden, Jr. Poster ColorKaleidoscope Theater for Youth and the Summit Playhouse to Present Premiere of

Children of Eden, Jr. By Stephen Schwartz

WHEN: Friday, July 24 (7:30 pm), Saturday, July 25 (7:30 pm), Sunday, July 26 (2:00 pm); Friday, July 31 (7:30 pm), Saturday, August 1 (7:30 pm), Sunday, August 2 (2:00 pm)
WHERE: The Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave, Summit
TICKETS: $20
Tickets are available at Brown Paper
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1707762 and for more information visit http://www.pixiedustplayers.org/

SEE FREE SHAKESPEARE IN HOBOKEN PARK THROUGH AUGUST 9!

A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare

WHEN: July 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, August 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9; 8 PM
WHERE: Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ.
ADMISSION: Free 

Set in the 1950’s, in the rough and tumble world of the Hoboken waterfront, Mile Square Theatre revives its critically acclaimed 2007 production of Shakespeare’s comedy of teen love, magical fairies, and clownish mechanicals.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE “LOVE’S LABOUR LOST” THIS WEEKEND

Pictured: Bruce Cromer
Photo: Jerry Dalia
Click here to view the Know-The-Show Guide

HOLMDEL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS “TWELFTH NIGHT”

William Shakespeare’s
TWELFTH NIGHT

WHEN: Friday, July 24, through August 8; WHERE: Holmdel Theatre, Duncan Smith Theatre, 36 Crawfords Corner Rd., Holmdel, New Jersey in front of the Holmdel High School.
TICKETS: $22 general public ($17 for seniors and $12 for students). Reservations may be made via the website at
www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org.

DRAWINGS BY ROGER DUVOISIN ON VIEW @ THE ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Life Lessons from Animal Friends: Children’s Book Illustrations by Roger Duvoisin

WHEN: July 11, 2015, through June  26, 2016, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
WHERE: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. The museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street (at George Street) on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Celebrate classic children’s literature with original drawings by Roger Duvoisin, the acclaimed illustrator of more than 140 books who lived and worked in New Jersey for nearly five decades. The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is pleased to present Donkey-donkey, Petunia, and Other Pals: Drawings by Roger Duvoisin. The exhibition spans Duvoisin’s entire career— from his first book, A Little Boy Was Drawing, to his last, The Happy Lioness—and includes images from the Caldecott Medal winner White Snow, Bright Snow. Nearly 40 works chronicle the adventures, antics, and epiphanies of his characters—both animal and human—whose timeless life lessons resonate from generation to generation.


 

July 25–26  New Jersey Renaissance Faire

Come be a part of history in the re-making at the premier Renaissance Faire in the state at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center. There will be fun food, activities and a mystery guest—past visitors have included Robin Hood, King Arthur and The Three Musketeers.

QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Head to The Solberg Airport in Whitehouse Station to watch tons of hot air balloons float into the sky. Plus enjoy concerts, a 5K race, crafters, food, fireworks and lots more.

More ideas in our blog image here.

Check out NJFamily’s picks for the best  Things To Do In NJ This Weekend

LET YOUR FINGERS DO (MORE) WALKING:

Big Recall: IKEA Recalls Kids’ Dressers: What You Need to Know

IKEA has recalled the Malm chest after two fatalities involving furniture that tipped over. Here’s all the info you need to figure out if your child’s dresser is affected.

Summer Health for KidsSummer Is Filled With Junk Foods, Too Much Screen Time and Swimming Dangers. Here's How to Protect Your Kids. read_more2.jpg

Vacation time makes it easy to let the kids slip into a host of bad habits. Here's how to keep them healthy this summer. 

The Test That Can Look Into A Child's (Reading) Future

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If this isn't an honest-to-goodness crystal ball, it's close.

Neurobiologist Nina Kraus believes she and her team at Northwestern University have found a way — a half-hour test — to predict kids' literacy skill long before they're old enough to begin reading….Kraus herself says the test is nothing short of "a biological looking glass into a child's literacy potential."  Read MORE.

On the other end of the spectrum:

Which N.J. public university has most grad student debt in the nation?

Rutgers Graduation Pics

A Rutgers graduate waits under High Point Solutions stadium for the opening processional during the Rutgers University Commencement in Piscataway in a 2012 file photo. (John O'Boyle | The Star-Ledger