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Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine’s Day Programs at the Library–Science Magic at the Children’s Museum this weekend. Maple sugaring, chocolate festival, theater, and other sweet things all around our community



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Join us for Storytimes, Toddler Times, Baby Times, and Pajama Times – No Registration Required.



Around the Community:


Science Magic Day at the Children's Museum of Somerset County!

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Science Magic Day is this Sunday!

Join us for our Annual Science Magic Day program at The Children's Museum on Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm! Don't miss our special science demonstration by the fantastic Scott Orshan starting at 1:30 PM. Come and join us for fun, interactive activities suitable for children ages 3 to 9 and beyond.

Cost: A $3/per child donation is suggested. More is always welcome. Our museum is *always* free to those unable to donate.

Location: The PeopleCare Center, 120 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (parking and entrance are in the rear of the building).
Families can arrive and leave at any time. Parents and/or caregivers are expected to stay with children during the museum visit. Please use discretion in bringing very young children, as the museum is NOT baby-proof (some craft items are small and could present a choking hazard).

Be sure to see our website for a full listing of this year's programs. Or visit our Facebook page for regular updates and fun activities.
For more information, please email us at: somersetcminfo@gmail.com or call us at 908-595-0001. Youth (and youth organizations) interested in helping with programs to obtain service hours should contact Tom Davidson at 908-725-4677 to reserve a program date.


The Strollers Community Theater Company in Maplewood presents the original family show


a treasure trove of creation stories from around the world told through tales, songs and dances
Adapted and directed by Carol Cornicelli with musical direction by Ebony Wiggins

Cre-A-tion Cast

WHEN:  Sat & Sun, Feb 6th & 7th at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
WHERE: Burgdorff Center for the Performance Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
To buy tickets or for more information, go to www.TheStrollers.org or call 973-761-8453.

Chocolate Festival -Saturday, February 6, 11:00AM-4:00PM

Join us for a sweet adventure at the Museum.

  • Play chocolate bingo
  • Design your own chocolate bar wrapper
  • Make a hot cocoa craft
  • Enjoy chocolate inspired games
  • Meet a chocolatier
  • Participate in a Touch the Music workshop
  • Take-in a performance of "Miss Nelson is Missing" (additional fees apply)

FREE with Museum admission.  learn more


Miss Nelson is Missing Children's Theatre Saturday, February 6, 11:00AM and 1:30PM Part of the Chocolate Festival

Miss Nelson can't control her crazy classroom because she's just too nice. But when she disappears, her substitute is the no-nonsense Viola Swamp! With the big test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss their Miss Nelson... and they'll do anything to get her back! Book by Mike Artell, adapted by Joan Cushing, produced by Centenary Stage Company. Tickets: $10 Members; $12 Non-Members.get tickets

American Pride Laser Spectacular Children's Theatre Monday, February 15, 11:00AM and 1:30PM

Celebrate Presidents' Day and America's unquenchable spirit of innovation, discovery, and exploration with the American Pride Laser Spectacular, an exciting musical and laser extravaganza that touches on several US historical highlights featuring pop/rock and patriotic music. Presented by Prismatic Magic. Tickets: $10 Members; $12 Non-Members.get tickets

Presidents' Day Studio Art Workshops Monday, February 15

Looking for a creative activity for your kids this Presidents' Day? Sign them up for one of our studio art workshops! All courses are $40 for Members and $45 for Non-members. Advanced registration is required. 

Patriotic Wire-and-Yarn People 9:30AM - 12:00PM Ages 8-12+

Page o' Comics 10:00AM - 12:30PM Ages 6-11+

A Day with Warhol 1:00 - 3:30PM  Ages 8-14+

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Dr. Seuss Family Festival Saturday, February 27, 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. Mix up a batch of Oobleck, enjoy readings by the Cat in the Hat, or craft a pet from the new Seuss book What Pet Would You Get. Plus, two showings of the hilarious play Seussology in the Theatre. learn more





written by Cody Daigle-Orians
directed by Stephen L. Fredericks, The Growing Stage’s Executive Director

WHEN: February 12th through 21st with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM
Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong
TICKETS: FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children.
To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.growingstage.com or contact the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.
Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.

The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is proud to present the world premiere production of the winner of their 2015 New Play-Reading Festival.

THE BOOK OF D introduces us to D, a young outcast, who escapes into a world of stories. He keeps a book, The Book of D, to grapple with the tough things in his life — his parents’ divorce, his lack of friends, and the reasons for everything. When he makes a new friend, Blu, who introduces him to Greek mythology, friendship becomes a new story for D to write.

Enhance your theatergoing experience with pre and post show-activities.

  • Join us Opening Weekend February 12th through the 14th for post-show talkback sessions with the playwright and creative team.
  • Also, a special pre-show writing workshop with playwright, Cody Daigle-Orians on Saturday, February 20th.

Sugar, Sugar

The Delicious Maple Tree

Sugar, sugar, ah maple, maple
You are my candy tree
And you got me wanting you!

It’s that time of year again.  The sapsuckers (a type of woodpecker) are busy making a series of small holes in a line on maple trees to both drink the sap and eat insects attracted to the dripping sap.  The maple trees like the other deciduous trees have a store of sap in their roots underground and the pressures created by temperatures below freezing at night and above freezing during the day are moving the sap inside the trees.  The stored sap is an energy boost to help the tree form buds, flowers and leaves for the coming spring season.
We, of course, love to take some of the sap, boil it for hours on end and turn it into maple syrup.  But how did this process of tapping start?  Who figured this out? Why would we be willingly to walk through snow and ice to add to the holes made by sapsuckers? 
The Somerset County Park Commission’s Environmental Education Center will host hundreds of pancake and history enthusiasts this February and March to answer these and many more questions about “Sugaring”.  Please join us for this rustic, outdoor program about the history and evolution of Maple Sugaring.  It’s going to be sweet!   
Maple Sugaring Demonstrations are held:
February 20, 21, 27, 28
March 5, 6, 12, 23
Saturdays – 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm
Sundays – Noon and 2:00pm

Copyright © 2016 Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park.

State Theatre Family Day

Presidents Day is State Theatre Family Day!

Monday, February 15, 10am-3pm -- State Theatre New Brunswick

The State Theatre’s popular Family Day festival returns on February 15. The annual event is a great place for kids and their families to spend the Presidents Day holiday, with performances, games, hands-on workshops, exhibits, and more, stretching across four venues in and around the State Theatre. It’s a jam-packed day of fun for the entire family!

Headlining this year’s Family Day is Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia and their delightful trio of stories by Eric Carle, including everyone’s favorite,The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The stories leap from the page and onto the stage with beautiful black-light puppetry.

BUY TICKETSThe Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites
Mon, February 15, 2016 at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm
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There are plenty of free activities, too, including:

  • Kids rock group Brady Rymer & The Little Band that Could

  • Philadelphia Zoo: “Who’s Who at the Zoo”

  • Drum Circle – Everybody join in!

  • Hands-on dance and theater workshops

  • Photo booth

  • Coloring station

  • Face painting

  • Balloon animals

  • and lots more!

Check the State Theatre website for a detailed Family Day schedule and regular updates >

Disney FANTASIA: Live In Concert

WHEN: Friday, February 19; Doors 7:30pm / Curtain 8pm
Prudential Hall
Tickets Start at $39.50

A live event that combines classical music with two beloved Disney movies! The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling, accompanies scenes from the animated feature films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000.

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ted Sperling share Disney's crown jewels of animation, Fantasia andFantasia 2000, highlighting a selection of its magnificent repertoire, including Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite. Other iconic moments from Disney's stunning footage is shown in high-definition on the big screen, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral").  For performance details, click here.



New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents


The state’s largest celebration of theatre with FREE and discounted tickets to over 85 professional performances, workshops, and events throughout New Jersey in March 2016.

WHEN: starts February 27th and runs through March
theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, hospitals, and other community venues throughout the state
ADMISSION: free of charge or at significantly discounted rates

Performance at Passage Theatre of Trenton during the 2015 Stages Festival - Photo by Jerry DaliaNew Jersey Theatre Alliance and its partners and funders are pleased to present the 19th annual Stages Festival (Stages), a statewide, month-long festival of theatre offering over 85 theatre performances and programs for children and adults free of charge or at significantly discounted rates. Events will take place at theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, hospitals, and other community venues throughout the state.Most events require registration. For a full listing of events, program details, and registration information visit stagesfestival.org. (Top: Performance at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey during the 2015 Stages Festival—returning to New Jersey in March 2016! Photo by Ruth Zamoyta; Above Right: Performance at Passage Theatre in Trenton. Photo by Jerry Dalia)

Thanks to NJArtsMaven.com for many of these listings.



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