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Summer Reading Clubs! Summer Reading Club registration begins on Monday, June 22, 2015! Keep track of the time you spend reading this summer, play games, attend programs, have fun, learn a lot and win prizes! We have clubs for pre-schoolers, elementary students, tweens & teens, and adults.
This year you can record your reading online. Recording begins on June 22nd (though you are welcome to keep track of any reading done after school lets out for the year and record that here once the club is open on June 22nd.)
“Superdog” and Snap Circuits Jr.
Our Children’s Summer Reading Club Grand Prizes
Upcoming Programs for Kids and Parents at Bridgewater Library: Click here for a calendar of our programs to register.
Family Movie and a Picnic: The Book of Life (All Ages) Wednesday, June 24, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM No registration required. Bring a blanket and your dinner (or a snack) and enjoy a movie at the library! We'll be watching The Book of Life, the story of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes. Rating: PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images
Drive in Movie: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (Ages 2-8) Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Registration required and beings June 12. Make your very own kid-sized car and buckle up as watch the film Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast! Feel free to bring your own snack to eat in your car. Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes. Rated: G
Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Real Life American Heroes (Suggested for Ages 3-6) Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Real Life American Heroes (Suggested for Ages 6-10) 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Registration required and begins June 16. Families with multiple siblings may enroll them all in one session.
Get an early start on the 4th of July as we celebrate our history with stories, music, and crafts plus a parade through the library.
A Whale Of a Summer Singalong (All Ages) No Registration
Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Hurray for Superheroes (Suggested for Ages 3-6) 10 a.m. Registration Required.
Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Hurray for Superheroes (Suggested for Ages 6-10) 11:30 a.m. Registration Required.
Hero of Magic (Ages 4 and up) No registration required
Musical Movie: "Frozen" Singalong (All Ages) No registration
Shake, Rattle, and Roll (All Ages) No Registration
Eyes of the Wild presents: Nature's Heroes (Grades K-5) No registration required.
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.
Check back for more programs later this summer.
Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens at Bridgewater Library: Click here to register.
Tween Hero Academy (Entering Grades 4-6)
Tween Volunteers (Entering Grades 4-6)
Tween Advisory Board (Entering Grades 4-6)
Be Super! Movie & a Sundae: Divergent (Entering Grades 7-12)Monday, July 06, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Watch a movie about an awesome female heroine and cool off with an ice cream sundae! There also will be raffles to win fun Divergent themed prizes. Registration is required and begins June 15.
In a future Chicago, 16 year old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life. The decision is made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group. PG-13
Teen Lock In: Hollywood (Entering Grades 7-12) Friday, July 10, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Registration is required and begins June 19. Get locked in the library after hours! We'll roll out the red carpet and watch movies, play games, eat snacks, make crafts, and much more. Dress in your best Hollywood glam and be prepared to experience the library like never before!
Stage Fighting and Makeup Magic (Entering Grades 6-12)Thursday, July 16, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Registration is required and begins June 25th. Come develop the tools you need to make a stage fight look realistic whether you are playing the hero or the villain. Of course, once you learn how to fake a slap/choke/hair pull/punch, you will need to have the bruises to show for it! -- learn how to apply trauma simulation makeup.
Be Super! Movie & a Sundae: Mockingjay Part I (Entering Grades 7-12) Monday, July 20, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Registration is required and begins June 29. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. A revolution is unfolding and it is up to Katniss to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem. PG-13
Teen Advisory Board (Entering Grades 7 - 12)Tuesday, July 21 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Registration required and begins June 30.
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!
Check back for more programs later this summer.
AROUND THE COMMUNITY:
REACH FOR THE STARS AT THE RVCC PLANETARIUM THIS SUMMER! (Reservations recommended for all shows, more info. HERE.)
JUST ADDED & On Sale Fri, June 26 at 10am
State Theatre presents the inaugural performances
of the Autism-Friendly Performances Program.
BIG APPLE CIRCUS — BAC Embraces Autism
Sun, November 8, 2015 at 2pm & 5pm
These performances will take place at Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Ave.
Created by New York’s Big Apple Circus especially for children on the autism spectrum, this performance features world-class artists and acts, with incredible feats of juggling, balancing, plate spinning, aerial acts, and of course, the Ringmaster! A shorter show length and carefully modulated sound and lighting make the program welcoming to families with children with autism. Additional accommodations include a calming center, space throughout the building for standing and moving around, and specially-trained ushers and volunteers for support. Info / Tix >
Welcome to the only one-stop, virtual hub for pediatric autism resources! The Kohl’s Autism Awareness community hub, a Kohl's Cares® initiative, is a virtual community containing resources for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), family members, and other community members. Click here for an interactive map.
And check out this article on the latest research on Autism.
FREE SUMMER MOVIES AT THE STATE THEATRE
WHEN: July 14, July 21, July 28, and August 4; 10 AM & 7 PM
WHERE: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)
Groups of 20 or more must call the Ticket Office at 732-246-SHOW to make a reservation. No reservations are required for groups under 20.
“We are proud to be the sponsor of this wonderful series giving local families and youth the chance to see movies for free at this remarkable venue,” commented Hiam Boraie, Vice President of Boraie Development.
To add to this screening experience, movie goers will enjoy the State Theatre’s state-of-the-art HD digital cinema projection system including a 46’ Stewart film screen, a Barco projector, and digital surround sound.
Penguins of Madagascar
July 14, 2015 at 10 AM & 7 PM
The penguins from Madagascar get their own film in this DreamWorks Animation production. When a villainous octopus named Dave (voice of John Malkovich) hatches a plan to eliminate the penguins, Skipper (voice of Tom McGrath), Kowalski (voice of Chris Miller), Rico (voice of John DiMaggio), and Private (voice of Christopher Knights) must team with a clandestine animal organization known as North Wind to thwart the diabolical plan.
Big Hero 6
July 21, 2015 at 10 AM & 7 PM
Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends—adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon, and fanboy Fred—who transform into a band of unlikely heroes.
Click here for additional films.
Looking for more area events? Check out the Macaroni Kids Calendar here (though it says “Hillsborough,” it covers surrounding communities.)
It's not too late to sign your children up for summer camp at the Morris Museum! Children entering grades 1 through 4 have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of Museum topics ranging from magic, to art, to science, to LEGO. Day-long and week-long options are available. For a closer glimpse into our activities, check out our website.
www.morrismuseum.org Morris Museum | 6 Normandy Heights Road | Morristown | NJ | 07960
Visit the museum for free (you still need to pay for theater admissions) using the library museum pass if available. The Morris Museum also participates in the Bank of America Museums on Us program. During the first full weekend of every month, each Bank of America card holder is entitled to one free general admission to the Museum. For further information, visit museums.bankofamerica.com/
PLAN FOR SUMMER WITH SOMERSET COUNTY PARK CAMP AND ADVENTURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS AND TEENS
Coyote Kids (Ages 4-6) --a fun nature program full of outdoor hikes, live animals, hands-on activities, games, and crafts!
Eco-Explorers (Ages 7-9) (click here for PDF)
AWESIM KIDS (Animals, Wetlands, Environmental Science, and Incredible Minds!) (Ages 10-13) (click here for PDF)
Xtreme Adventure (Ages 13-16) (click here for brochure)
LET YOUR FINGERS DO MORE WALKING:
Is secondary drowning on your radar? If not, it should be.
You know you need to watch the kids like a hawk in the pool this summer. The fact that drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death in children ages 1–14 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not escaped you.
But is secondary-drowning on your radar? That’s when your child swallows water from a near-drowning experience (she goes under water for a few seconds, gets caught at the bottom of a waterslide, etc.), gets rescued, and is seemingly okay. The fact is, the remaining water in her lungs can cause fatal complications such as pulmonary edema, cardiac arrest, asphyxiation, or other problems leading to death. The super scary part? Many times, these problems go unnoticed until it’s too late. Read more.
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.
Best NJ Playgrounds to Visit
Bored with your local swingset? Here are a few amazing New Jersey playgrounds worth driving to.