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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Additional Events this Weekend…


1. Somerset Patriots Opening Night - TD Bank Ballpark
2. Spring Plant Sale & Earth Day Celebration, Leonard J. Buck Garden
3. 4-H Spring Carnival, Ted Blum 4-H Center
4. Earth Day with Rainforest Canopy, Children's Museum of Somerset County
5. Arts & Crafts Festival, Downtown Somerville
6. Boots and BBQ : Earth Day Celebration, Greg Morris' Riding Ring - Peapack
7. Walk on the Raritan Power Canal, Duke Island Park
8. Earth Day Stream Clean Up, Multiple Locations in Somerset County
9. Westminster Bell Choir, Music in the Somerset Hills
10. Square Foot Organic Gardening, Duke Farms

Check out our full calendar of events!



2017 Earth Day Festival at VACNJ

WHEN: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, from 10 AM to 2 PM
The march (walking on sidewalks) begins gathering at 9am at PromenadePark (next to Mondo Marketplace) in Summit  and sets off to its end point at the Art Center, 68 Elm Street, at 9:30am

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is hosting an Earth Day Festival. The event features an array of workshops, educational booths, food and activities. The Festival will be held in the museum, art studios, and the sculpture park and is an extension of the themes of environment and exploration present in the spring exhibitions. View the exhibitions, participate in hands on art and science workshops, learn about ways to contribute to helping the environment in this area, speak with local naturalists, wildlife specialists, park geologists + more. This event is free and will be engaging for all ages!

Events include: Science March for Children–What unites the sciences and the arts is an insatiable curiosity. The Art Center encourages families with kids to bring a poster and join us & marches worldwide in celebrating science at all levels.

Organizations who will be participating include:

The spring exhibitions on view include:

For more information contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 908.273.9121 ext. 213

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For more than 80 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been dedicated to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization and accredited by the American Alliance for Museums, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors and people with special needs every year.

Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Walter V. and Judith L. Shipley Family Foundation, the Wilf Family Foundations and Art Center members and donors.

Left image: Artist Brian Fernandez-Halloran

Right images: photographs by artist Matt Jensen

Click HERE for more Earth Day Events this Weekend.


A Family Grows Up With Autism

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 11 am
411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly
ADMISSION: Free & Open to the Community

Liane author photo June2015To conclude its ongoing recognition of Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Month, the Guttenberg Center for Special Services at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is proud to welcome Liane Kupferberg Carter, nationally known writer and advocate for autism, who will speak about her book, Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up with Autism, at the JCC. The book just received Honorable Mention from The American Society of Journalists and Authors in their annual Outstanding Book Awards. The program is free and open to the community.

BookCoverDrawing on personal experience regarding her own son Mickey, who was diagnosed with autism, Liane embarked on a journey looking for ways to create an ordinary family life, while dealing with the extraordinary needs of an autistic child. Two decades later, older and wiser, her journey led her to write Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable, where she articulates the hopes, disappointments, frustrations, and triumphs that are all part of what it really means to raise a child with autism. Her insights as a mother are heart-wrenching, funny and always honest, making her book an eye-opening example of how a family can learn not just to survive, but to thrive with autism.

Because studies now show that parents with autistic children often suffer stress levels similar to combat soldiers, Liane helps her audiences and readers navigate the minefields and find solace and comfort by not allowing their fears of the future to rob them of the pleasures of the present.

Liane Kupferberg Carter is a nationally known writer and advocate for the autism community. Her articles and essays have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, Autism Spectrum News, and Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. She was a staff writer for Autism After 16, and a co-author of the Autism Speaks Advocacy Tool Kit. Liane is currently on tour for the Jewish Book Council’s speaker series and her book Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable is this year’s featured reading selection for Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month. Her book will be available for purchase at the event.

The program will be sponsored in part by the JCC’s James H. Grossmann Memorial Endowment Fund for the Celebration of Jewish Book Month. For more information, contact Jackie Varona at jvarona@jccotp.org or 201-569-7900 ext 602.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Earth Day and other Events around our Area This Weekend and Beyond

Earth Day Events:


Families are invited to enjoy Earth Day & Rain Forest fun at the Children’s Museum from 10 AM to 3 PM with a special musical performance by Green Planet at 11 a.m. In addition, there will be a Rainforest Environment, Rainstick craft, Butterfly Ring craft, Bug-oploy Game, and an opportunity to explore outside for local bugs.Visit http://childrensmuseumnj.org/ or  https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensMuseumofNJ/ for more info.


Nice day and want to go somewhere?
Nasty day and want to get out of the house?
Check out Events -- Free Family Fun NJ, Hillsborough Macaroni Kid and other Events listings in the “Useful Links for Families” on the right hand side our our blog. More area events below.

Upcoming Programs @ theBridgewater Library


NOTE: There are no story times, toddler times, baby times or pajama times this week. All resume in May.



Check out these Other Upcoming Area Events:

Welcome to Rutgers Day, with expanded activities in Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark.

This spring, we’re rolling out the scarlet carpet and inviting New Jersey residents and beyond to experience hands-on learning activities in the sciences, arts, and humanities; enjoy performances by musicians and dancers; see exhibitions and demonstrations hosted by accomplished professors and students!

Details at http://rutgersday.rutgers.edu/  and https://www.facebook.com/RutgersDay/

Saturday, April 29 - Union County

Superhero Day!

   Dust off your superhero costume and unite with other caped crusaders at Liberty Hall! Participate in a variety of fun activities to test your superhuman powers, make a craft and snack on super delicious treats!  Don't forget your camera; Captain America &

Supergirl will make an appearance!  Recommended for ages 5 - 10.

Program Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Program Fee: $25.00 per child & one adult; additional adults $5.00; $20.00 for museum members.  Reservations required by April 22; To purchase tickets visit our website or call 908-527-0400.

Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall for more information.


WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton

Enroll your child in a spring class at the Museum and watch his or her talents blossom under the guidance of our staff of professional artists and teachers. This spring we're offering something to appeal to all imaginations and interests. Sign up today.

Here are a few highlights:

LEGO® Robotics (starts Monday, April 24): Imagination and innovation come together when you learn how to build, customize, and control a unique LEGO® NXT robot. Discover how to program a robot to perform different operations. Taught by Joe Agabiti. For ages 8 to 12. Register

Art From Around the World (starts Monday, April 24): Join us as we travel from continent to continent learning about different cultures of the world through art. We will explore artistic traditions with projects including drawing, printmaking, painting, and sculpture. Taught by Rion Hoffmann. For ages 5 to 7. Register

Intro to Fashion: Design Your Own Collection (Starts Tuesday, April 25): Kids can learn the basics of how to design a clothing collection from inspiration to final sketch for production of garments. Students will learn how to draw the fashion figure and clothing, fabric and trim selection, how to measure clothing, create a pattern and create an inspiration board. Taught by Leah Cahill. For ages 10 to 15. Register

Comics, Manga, Animé (starts Friday, April 28): POW! WHAM! BAP! This action-packed comics class covers everything from Daredevil to Dragon Ball Z.

Dreamcatcher Jr. is a 3-week summer theatre camp at Oakes Centre in Summit, NJ.

WHEN: July 10 to 28, Monday - Friday, 9am to 3 pm

We have combined the best of our conservatory, where students build skills and study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects, with our beloved Dreamcatcher Junior program, where the students create and perform their own play.  Read more

"The Dreamcatcher program continues to be one of the most positive experiences she engages in. She feels fully herself when she is there and the life skills she has learned in the program continually enhance her interactions out in the world."—Barbara Powers

WHERE: Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Oakes Center,  120 Morris Avenue,  Summit, NJ 07901
Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654

Let Your Fingers Do More Walking -- Tips for Parents of Toddlers and Parents of Teens
Six things that will help parents incorporate lullabies in the bedtime routine

By Lindsey M. Roberts April 10

There are hundreds of things that can keep a child from sleeping, including teething, growth spurts, reflux, learning to walk, autism or another disability, or simply being strong-willed. No matter the cause of sleeplessness, lullabies can help children get more rest.

I don’t know why I overlooked this time-tested tool when I became a mom. I love to sing, and my sister-in-law was using lullabies with my niece around the same time. Maybe I thought that in the 21st century parenting had progressed beyond cradle rocking and mothers humming. As with everything else related to parenting, I had to figure things out by doing what didn’t work, first.

When my son was 2, though, we knew we needed some help. My husband and I would put him to bed at 7 p.m. (with three stories, two songs, one prayer, lots of blankets, lovies, kisses and hugs) only to hear him talk to himself and play with his stuffed animals until 10 p.m. He would be tired the next day, nap too long in the afternoon and start the cycle over. Someone suggested playing music that had 60 beats per minute — the idea being that our son found sleep boring. Lullabies at that tempo give a child something to focus on and draw them into a relaxed state — and sleep.

I bought an album on iTunes and streamed it into his room through my smartphone and a portable Bluetooth speaker hung on a nail (some things do change with the times). By 8:30 p.m. the first night, he was asleep, giving my husband and me time for a glass of wine before our own bedtime.

Janet K. Kennedy, a clinical psychologist and the founder of NYC Sleep Doctor, says she’s seen this miracle before. “I had an ‘aha’ moment when my daughter was 18 months,” she says. “She had been sick once she recovered, she was having night terrors. On the second night of this, at 2 in the morning, I put a CD in, her eyes glazed over and she pointed to go to bed. She seemed to be more peaceful and had no more night terrors.”

Now Kennedy, author of “The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby — and You,” recommends this to clients old and young. “It’s like flipping the switch for the body; helping it know it’s time to relax,” she says. “We’re very trainable that way.”

Have someone you need to lull to sleep? Here are some tips.

Start any time: Lullabies can help kids — and adults! — of any age settle down. It’s especially helpful as you first start to train babies to sleep, Kennedy says, but you can start at any age. “I love crutches, as long as it’s not you needing to hold your baby,” she explains. “They can respond to their environment and learn to sleep independently with the right set up. Maybe it’s a stuffed animal or a pacifier or even reading books. It works because it’s a cue. It puts a good routine in place.”

Choose your tech: Decide whether you want to stream music from the cloud or play a physical CD. Our Bluetooth speaker was great at home and on the road until it died, but the music was tied to our phones. When we had sitters over and took our phones with us, our son didn’t have music. Now we use a portable CD player. Surprisingly, our son doesn’t touch it once it’s on at night because he likes the music so much. During the day, we bring it into the living room and put on dancing music. Unless you’re in a pinch, don’t use your actual phone under the door — as we learned after our son called his grandmother four times one night.

[To get your kids to listen to you, try writing it all down]

Choose a tempo, and a style: Sixty-beat-per-minute music is the best. This tempo is good for learning, too, but if you go much higher than 60 bpm, the music can rev up the listener, rather than calm him. The tempo of about 60 to 80 beats per minute is a normal human heart rate at rest, so aiming for that range is akin to a baby listening to his mother’s heartbeat and falling asleep. You can find playlists on streaming services or YouTube. If you choose Classical, make sure it’s not too orchestral or upbeat. The Baroque artists, such as Bach, Handel, Haydn, or Vivaldi, are best for this. Native American music is also effective. Hipster parents might like Caspar Babypants — formerly the singer of The Presidents of the United States of America — who has a CD for kids called “Night Night.” We frequently use the Hidden in My Heart series. Kennedy recommends the classical album “Bedtime Beats.”

Limit it to 30 minutes: Kennedy says not to let lullabies run all night, because the brain stays attuned to sound and might not get into a deep sleep. Playing music for a half-hour after bedtime is good. “I recommend using the old-fashioned white noise machines all night, but only using music as a sleep cue and as part of the bedtime routine,” she says. Also, you can start the music when you start the bedtime routine, to let kids know it’s time to wind down.

Give it time: You might not see instant success like we did. A child may have to grow accustomed to music in the room — or might need it in tandem with a pile of stuffed animals and a weighted blanket. Like all things parenting, trial and error is key. For us, the music was a winner at night but distracting during naps. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t push it.

Take it with you: Bring the lullabies along when you travel. Familiar tunes have helped both of our kids adapt to new sleeping situations and time zones multiple times. And thanks to the Internet, your favorite music is easily accessible from anywhere. “I really like music because it’s portable and you can recreate those sleep cues when you’re away from home,” Kennedy says, “because travel stresses people out.”

Lindsey Roberts is a freelance writer. She can be reached at lindseymroberts.com and she tweets @lindseymroberts.

Consequences of an expensive college | Biz Brain


If you're paying for college for twins, is everything fair and equal? (EthanN77/morguefile.com)


By Karin Price Mueller | NJMoneyHelp.com for NJ.com
Q. I have twins and they both got into several colleges. I think one kid will pick an expensive one, and the other will pick a cheaper one. I want to pay for both, but I feel like I should also give more money to the kid who chose the cheaper college. Not now, but in the future. How do I do that so I'm being fair to both?
-- Weighing options

A. This is a great opportunity to teach your children a very important lesson about money.

Unless there are some extraneous circumstances requiring one child to go to a more expensive school, perhaps for a specific major or an Ivy League offer, you might want to try a different approach.

Chip Wieczorek, a certified financial planner and investment advisor with Tradition Capital Management in Summit, suggests you allocate a sum of money to each child. The child can use the funds for education first, and any remainder could be allocated for a car, a house, graduate level education, and more.

"Education costs have risen well above inflation for the past several decades and I don't think it is fair for parents to shoulder excessive costs if they aren't justified," Wieczorek said. He said he has several clients who have offered this type of arrangement to their children because they only have a finite amount of funds set aside for education.

"It is interesting to see that the children who do not opt for a less expensive equivalent education will often express regret to their parents a few years after school, especially if they had to take out student loans to make up the difference," Wieczorek said. "As painful as it is for the parents to hear, they feel it is a good lesson for their children to learn."

Lastly, Wieczorek said, if your child does opt for the "cash offer" by attending a less expensive school, make the additional funds contingent upon graduation at a minimum. Also, you could specify dates or milestones for the release of the additional funds like a certain birthday or when he is ready to buy a home, he said. "This will assure that the large sum of money doesn't leak out for various expenses, which would defeat the purpose of the gift," he said.

Email your questions to Ask@NJMoneyHelp.comKarin Price Mueller writes the Bamboozledcolumn for NJ Advance Media and is the founder of NJMoneyHelp.com. Follow NJMoneyHelp on Twitter @NJMoneyHelp. Find NJMoneyHelp on Facebook. Sign up for NJMoneyHelp.com's weekly e-newsletter.


Young artists (and their instructors from the Bridgewater Raritan High School Honors Art Program) show off the animals they learned to draw at the library on Monday April 17th. More images here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Looking for Things to Do this Holiday Week and Beyond?

Nice day and want to go somewhere?
Nasty day and want to get out of the house?
Check out Events -- Free Family Fun NJ, Hillsborough Macaroni Kid and other Events listings in the “Useful Links for Families” on the right hand side our our blog. More area events below.

YouthSpark Camp: Make Your Own Game - Learn to Code FLATVERSE  Apr 13, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This store is on level 2 of Bridgewater Commons next to Rockport, across from Bare Essentials.

A free, two-hour camp, where participants will create and publish an interactive computer game. Kids ages 5-12 years old. Free!  SPACES STILL AVAILABLE AS OF 4/12/17! 

During this camp, participants will be introduced to coding and game development with a focus on screen coordinates and other introductory programming concepts. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: Describe a “computer program.” Use the coordinate system to place game objects on the screen. Follow a Touch Develop Tutorial to create an interactive game. Get a glimpse at what programmers need to know to create games.

Participants are asked to bring headphones for this camp.

Please note: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 18 must sign a Participation Agreement on the first day of camp and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. While your child is in camp, parents can learn about online safety for their kids, try out a new Surface Book or Surface Pro 4, get a PC tune up, and more. Plus, all students get a 10% discount at the Microsoft Store.

Registration  required: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032865222

STEM SATURDAY at Warren Township Library this Saturday, April 15

With your caregiver, drop in to this informal program. Stay a few minutes or several hours: defy gravity with your balancing skills; engineer a roller coaster; build simple machines with Legos; construct with Picasso Tiles or Straw Builders; create circuits with Snap Circuits; explore magnets; solve a math or science puzzler of the month. (No registration required)


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Young wordsmiths created a variety of poems at the Bridgewater Library National Poetry Month Program  “You’re a Poet Though You Might Not Know It!” on Wednesday April 12th. back row L-R: Prathika & Yogita Maruvapalli, Noumika & Moukthika Kona, James Priillo Shiven Das. front row L-R: Harshit Kondle, Yuito & Hanito Takeyama, Suike Gamse, Delinah Ham, MiaBella Orten













Check out the Events listings in the “Useful Links for Families” on the right hand side our our blog: bwlibys.blogspot.com

Make it a weekend with these great Somerset County Events!

1. Easter Sunday, The Bernards Inn
2. Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants, Duke Farms
3. Native Plant Sale, Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve
4. Easter Buffet, Olde Mill Inn & Grain House
5. Tour Day, Flounder Brewing Co.
6. Too Many Carrots Storytime, Barnes & Noble Bridgewater
7. Fireside Chat: 1940 - A Doorway to the Future, Van Liew-Suydam House
8. Easter Brunch & Dinner, Stone House at Stirling Ridge
9. Easter Flower Sale, Millstone Valley Fire Department
10. Easter Bunny - Final Weekend, Bridgewater Commons Mall

Check out our full calendar of events!



Grug and the Rainbow

There are few things in life as delightful as hearing dozens of children chuckling, gasping and squealing with delight… So much thought put into creating a positive theatre experience…
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sensory-friendlyGrug and the Rainbow
Windmill Theatre
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10AM, 12:30PM & 4PM
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10AM* & 1PM
Age 2+ • ALL TICKETS: $10

Once upon a time, the top of a Burrawang tree fell to the ground and became... Grug! The classic Aussie hero is back and ready to enchant a new generation of youngsters. Watch in wonder as this adorable little bush animal embarks on an epic journey to find the rainbow that always seems just beyond his grasp. Grug’s adventures are always full of surprises! Adapted from the popular Australian picture book series, this production features the exquisite puppetry and gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world.

*The 10AM Saturday performance will be offered in a sensory-friendly environment. The sensory-friendly performance is designed especially for children with autism or related conditions who experience heightened sensory sensitivity, providing a safe and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families. Seating is general admission, allowing families to choose a comfortable spacing. Families who have not been to The Theatre at RVCC before are invited to stop by and visit the theatre space and explore the seating areas two hours before the show. They also may visit in advance by making an appointment date.

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Experience the Magic of Friendship in Nivelli's War

From Cahoots NI in association with the Lyric Theatre

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"Contemporary, stylish, artistic and filled with great special effects... primed to make the young audience think deeply about the subject matter." – Mid-Ulster Mail

At the end of WWII, Ernst, a young evacuee from Frankfurt, finds himself alone and far away from home when he meets the mysterious Mr. H, a stranger with a trick or two up his sleeve. Fast friends, they set off down a road fraught with danger, hunger and uncertainty to return the young boy to his family. Original music and dreamlike stage effects help tell this dramatic story of two survivors who become each other's ally, protector and confidant. Inspired by a true story, Nivelli's War is a vivid and moving theatrical account of an incredible journey and unlikely friendship.

April 28 – May 7 Tickets Start at $16.   New Victory Members save 35%!  GET TICKETS For Everyone Ages 8+ 65 minutes with no intermission

Family Workshop: Directing Theater

Inspired by Nivelli's War? Learn the ins and outs of directing theater!

From casting a show to defining your vision, learn to be the artistic decision maker. Tickets for Directing Theater are $12 for Members and $17 for Non-Members.

Did you know art students are 55% more likely to attend post-secondary schools than students who don't take art classes?

Summer Art Camps   June 26 - September 1

We offer summer art camps for kids of all ages from 5 through teens. You have the flexibility to register your child for weekly half-day, or if you prefer, full-day, art camps with a supervised lunch period.Visit our website for more information and to register online today.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Magic, Acrobats & Other Weekend Activities around our Community and April Events at the Bridgewater Library


Make it a weekend with these great Somerset County Events!

1. Discover the Dinosaurs, Garden State Exhibit Center
2. Astronomy Tonight, RVCC Planetarium
3. Sunday Farm to Table Market, Duke Farms
4. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, State Theatre New Jersey
5. Science-sational Day, Ted Blum 4-H Center
6. August: Osage County (opening weekend), Villagers Theatre
7. Woodland Walks, Leonard J. Buck Garden
8. Woodcock Watch, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
9. Photos with the Easter Bunny, Bridgewater Commons Mall
10. Tyler Babey Art Show & 10th Anniversary Celebration, Be Fit Anywhere



Kevin Spencer

Kevin Spencer offers a genuinely unique way to reach students, and particularly students at risk. DR. LEAH WASBURN-MOSES, ASSOC. PROF. OF SPECIAL ED., MIAMI OF OH

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Sensory-FriendlyKevin Spencer
Saturday, Apr. 1 at 3PM*
Tickets: $10 General Admission
*60 min. Sensory-Friendly Performance.

Our friend and colleague, magician Kevin Spencer, was the artist who originally guided us toward presenting sensory-friendly events for kids with ASD and related conditions and their families. This season Kevin returns with his new, smaller magic show geared directly to that same audience. This performance will wrap up a week that Kevin will spend with us, spreading his arts-in-education approach, Hocus Focus, to kids, therapists, teachers and families. Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page for further information on this week of activities. http://www.rvccarts.org/17/17Events/Youth&Family/170401KevinSpencer.html

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Golden Dragon Acrobats

This unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.

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Golden Dragon Acrobats
Sunday, Apr. 2 at 3PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

Adults and children alike will thrill to the breathtaking artistry and dazzling athletic feats of the Golden Dragon Acrobats. From tumblers to jugglers to contortionists and more, you’ll be treated to the best of a time-honored Chinese tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premier Chinese acrobatic touring company today, the Golden Dragons combine thrilling acrobatics, traditional dance, gorgeous costumes, and both ancient and contemporary music in an unforgettable performance of spectacular skill and spellbinding beauty.

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Bring the Whole Family to Witness Feats of Extraordinary Skill!

"The experience for my boys was amazing. They were completely relaxed in such a very friendly atmosphere and with such a nice staff. I give the whole experience an A+!" – Marisa E.

At The New Victory Theater, we believe the performing arts should be for everyone. In partnership with Autism Friendly Spaces, we're thrilled to present a performance of Something that is accessible to individuals with ASD or sensory sensitivity. In Something, watch a troupe of seven skilled acrobats fuse circus, dance, physical theater and clowning into a singular, captivating performance that appears comically effortless. The special Autism-Friendly performance of Something is on Sunday, April 2 at 5pm.

To help prepare audiences for their visit to The New Victory, we've created support materials! A Social Story helps by providing a printable narrative that maps out what a trip to the New Vic is like and 360 degree tours are available to orient newcomers to our spaces. We'll even arrange a practice trip to Meet Your Seat in advance if requested! Act Guides (like this one for Something) and other illustrated visual supports will also be available. Learn more at NewVictory.org/Autism.

Do you have friends who would enjoy these special inclusive performances? Make sure to share this email!

Questions? Ticket Services is available at 646.223.3010 or by email

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Did you know art students are 55% more likely to attend post-secondary schools than students who don't take art classes?

Summer Art Camps   June 26 - September 1

We offer summer art camps for kids of all ages from 5 through teens. You have the flexibility to register your child for weekly half-day, or if you prefer, full-day, art camps with a supervised lunch period.Visit our website for more information and to register online today.