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Friday, May 27, 2011

A Few More Events for Memorial Day Weekend plus Summer Camps, Anger Management, and a Bridge Challenge.

Around the Community – Here are a few additional things to do if you are having a Memorial Weekend “stay-cation.”  (These are in addition to those listed in our last post.)

Reminder: The Bridgewater Library is CLOSED Sunday & Monday.

Decoration Day Weekend: World War I Remembered
WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Fosterfields, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown
ADMISSION: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill with a valid membership card. For tour times, availability and more information, please call 973.326.7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

At the Fosterfields Farmhouse, learn how the home front supported WWI. See how Americans conserved food, rationed supplies, rolled bandages, and made “care packages” for the troops. Recipes were adapted because of the rationing, and women worked in the fields and gardens to grow more food. People also helped by purchasing Liberty Loans.
At 1:30 PM and 3 PM, join award-winning poets David Messineo and Susanna Rich as they present original and historic poetry about World War I.
Saturday, May 28 - Lowe's Build and Grow
From project basics to giving your child the opportunity to say, "I built it!", our Build and Grow kid's clinics are a great way to help build confidence! Bring the kids into any Lowe's store and build a FREE wooden project. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Lowe's, Hillsborough 10:00 AM Register at https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/ Free

Saturday May 28th -- 13th annual Buffalo Watch.

Readington River Buffalo Farm  937 County Route 523
Readington Twp., NJ 08822 http://www.njbison.com/
9:30 – 4  Free admission. Free parking. Free walking tours.
Face Painting. Crafts. Displays. Pony Rides. Grilled Buffalo burgers & Hot (Buffalo) dogs.   Cold Drinks (non-alcoholic)
40 Calves are expected this year...maybe see on being born!

Saturday, May 28 - Saturday Stories
Thirty minutes of stories and a craft. A Saturday morning story for ages 3-5. Somerville Library 11:00 AM Ages 3-5 No registration required    Free
Saturday, May 28 - Saturday Make & Take Craft
Stop by between 10 am and 4 pm and make a simple craft or art project. Bound Brook Library 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Ages 4+ No registration required Free
Saturday, May 28 - Super Science Saturdays
Families are invited to stop by and participate in hands-on science workshops. Children will be introduced to the scientific method as they conduct experiments and observe the results. Morris Museum, Morristown 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ages 5+ No registration required: $3/non-members Free/members For more info: www.morrismuseum.org
Saturday, May 28 - Science Activity: What's Bugging You?
Explore the smallest frontiers of NanoScience and discover how the world changes when you look at it on a very small scale. Newark Museum 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ages 10+ No registration required Free with suggested admission  For more info: www.newarkmuseum.org
Saturday, May 28 - Art Activity: Give Peace A Chance
View extraordinary photographs of African Americans from the past to the present in the exhibition Posing Beauty, including Carrie Mae Weems’ self-portrait I Looked and Looked to See What so Terrified You. Then create a unique self-portrait. Newark Museum 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Saturdays & Sundays)  Families Visit www.newarkmuseum.org for more info. Cost: Included in regular admission
Saturday, May 28 - One World, One Sky
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night! New Jersey State Museum Planetarium 1:00 PM Ages 3 to 6 with adult Please call (609) 292-6333 for more information. $5/person
Saturday, May 28 - STARS
Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. New Jersey State Museum Planetarium, Trenton 3:00 PM Please call (609) 292-6333 for more information.  Cost: $5/person
Sunday, May 29 - One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the sun, moon and stars. They also learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that the Moon is a very different place from the Earth. When they imagine themselves back on Earth, they celebrate the idea that even though they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky. They even pick the North Star as their friendship star to always remind them of their shared joy of looking up at the sky together. Liberty Science Center, Jersey City 11:30am, 1pm & 2pm Ages 4-6   Cost: $3/child and $4/adult plus museum admission.
Monday, May 30 - Tour of Somerville
Bring the family out to downtown Somerville for the "Kentucky Derby" of cycling. Family Fun race kicks off the day. Races are rain or shine. There will be live music, exhibits and activities for children, starting at 10:45 AM, Free
Monday, May 30 - Bridgewater Memorial Day Parade
Please join the American Legion Post #327 in commemorating Memorial Day and the armed services. The parade will begin at 11:00 AM at Beach Street and will travel along Old York Road, ending at Ardmaer Park. The memorial service is set to begin at approximately 11:30 AM. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion Post on Old York Road following the parade and service.
Thanks to Macaroni Kid – Hillsborough Somerville Branchburg for these listings.  Check them out for many additional options – they have lots of listings for every week!

Since Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer – here are some Summer Camp Announcements – there are LOTS more listed at : http://www.kidsguide.com/camps/camps.html – we have a link to this site on the “useful links for families” section of our blog.

RVCC  offers summer programs for kids and teens.
Youth Programs
Designed to enhance your child's knowledge and personal growth. Subjects include science, computers, fine & performing arts, languages, and more!
Youth Programs - Spring/Summer 2011
More Information
908-526-1200 x8404

Summer Sports Camps
Soccer, baseball, yoga and more!
More Information


SUMMER ART CAMP at the Zimmerli
WHEN: JUNE 27 - JULY 29, 2011
WHERE: corner of Hamilton & George Streets on the campus of Rutgers, The State University, New Brunswick

During the hot days of summer, the Zimmerli is the place to be for budding young artists. Join us for the museum’s popular summer art camp program. Each year, new classes are added to stimulate, challenge and delight the many students, both veterans and newcomers, who participate in the program. The Zimmerli continues to offer its popular classes in painting, drawing, pastels, watercolors, sculpture and an art “sampler“ class. Children also find inspiration in the museum’s collections as they explore the galleries.
The Zimmerli welcomes students between the ages of 7 and 14 to its popular Summer Art Camp program, which takes place weekly through July. New classes, taught by professional artists, are added each year to stimulate, challenge, and delight the budding young artist participants.
Register now, as classes are filling quickly. For class descriptions and a downloadable registration form, please click here. The form may be mailed to the museum's education department or faxed to: 732.932.8201.
Weeklong Classes include

  • Art Meets Science
  • Puppet Power
  • Comic Book Creations
  • Art, Recycling, and
    the Developing World
    ... and so much more!
The Zimmerli's operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Johnson & Johnson; and the donors, members, and friends of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.   For printable map/directions to the Zimmerli, please click here.
The Hunterdon Art Museum offers its popular Follow Your Art summer art camp program to children ages 3 ½ to 14 beginning the week of June 27 up through the week of August 22.
Summer campEach camp, designed to broaden a child's vision and creativity, is led by dedicated and talented instructors. Choose from over 60 camps including favorites like Meet the Masters, Comic Book Creation with Doug Baron, Nature Art, or Claymation Productions. Other camps like Fun and Games offer projects like photography, games, puzzles and robotics while All-American Girls explores the art, crafts and lifestyles of women and girls throughout American history. A complete schedule of camps is available at www.hunterdonartmuseum.org or call 908.735.8415.
Camps run from Monday through Friday, and most are 3 hours each day; morning sessions are held from 9 AM to noon, afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 PM. Some of the camps run a full day, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and they also offer a supervised lunch hour for campers who attend both the morning and afternoon sessions.
School of Rock in Waldwick, New Jersey
Offers  Kids A Unique Summer Camp Program  June 27 – August 26

sor6WHO: School of Rock is the nation's leading performance-based rock music program for students ages 7-18, located in Waldwick, New Jersey. 
WHAT: A Unique Summer Camp where students will learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument while playing actual rock music on professional equipment taught by real musicians. The program allows kids to transform the learning environment into a fun, social and authentic home for “self-expression.” Special emphasis is placed on self-esteem, communications skills and team building. Students will learn classic rock appreciation, music theory, recording sessions, composition and much more.
Camps run from 9:00 AM to 3 PM
  • Camp 1: June 27 – July 1
  • Camp2: July 5 – July 9
  • Camp 3: July 11 – July 22
  • Camp 4: July 25 –August
  • Camp 5: August 8 –August 1
  • Camp 6: August 22 – August 26

WHERE:  School of Rock, 159 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick 201.444.4425 or www.WaldwickSchoolofRock.com
About School of Rock School of Rock is the national leader in music education for kids.  Our mission is to inspire kids to rock on stage and in life.  Our proprietary performance-based curriculum teaches kids to play rock music in a unique and interactive way, which is changing the way kids learn to play music across America.  Professional musicians teach students of all levels, developing both their music skills and confidence.  School of Rock operates 58 schools in 23 states and has developed an aggressive growth strategy seeking franchise partners throughout the United States.  For more information about School of Rock, visit www.SchoolofRock.com.
Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings.

Let Your Fingers Do (More) Walking:
If this hot weather is leading to hot tempers in your household, you may appreciate this article from Simple Kids:  6 Peaceful Solutions for Hitting and Anger

Curious about bridges?  Too hot to go outside? – find out about some of the record-setting bridges in the world and try to build a bridge with paper and pennies at Wonderopolis: How Long is the Longest Bridge?

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