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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Coming Up: STEM Saturday at Warren Township Library, Drum Circle at Bridgewater Library January 11th. Planetarium Shows at RVCC–including ones for kids with Autism& Disabilities

Note: This blog is no longer affiliated with the Bridgewater Library, but Carol Simon Levin ("Miss Carol") continues to blog about programs and area events as "Out & About in Bridgewater" on this site.  Carol is eager to know what you use (and don’t use) on this blog – please fill out this survey – Thanks!

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey is launching a quarterly Youth Services electronic newsletter in January 2017. Sign up here


STEM Saturday (Ages 4 and up) January 7th
at WARREN Township Library


January 7th - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Recommended for children ages 4 and up
No registration required!  Just stop in between the times listed.
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.

Coming up @ the Bridgewater Library:




Click HERE to register for programs.













Around Our Community:

Make it a weekend with these great Somerset County Events!

1. Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Garden State Exhibit Center
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark with the NJSO, State Theatre New Jersey
3. Lil Athletes Day, Branchburg Sports Complex
4. Twelfth Night Musical Celebration, Old Dutch Parsonage
5. The Sky Above, RVCC Planetarium
6. Yale Spizzwinks(?) a capella concert, Temple Sholom - Bridgewater
7. Twelfth Night - Boar's Head Festival, United Reformed Church of Somerville
8. Clifford the Big Red Dog Storytime, Barnes & Noble Somerville
9. Natured Infused Yoga - Winter Series, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
10. Nature Through a Child's Eye Exhibit Opens, EEC


The Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Planetarium presents

Moon Rock

The Sky Above

WHEN: Saturdays, January 7 and February 4. Both shows will begin at 5 p.m. and last for approximately 45 minutes.
The Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $8 per person.
Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested.
For additional information and to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

The astronomy and music show is specially designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities. The show is being presented with support from PNC Institutional Investments.

The sensory-friendly show, which is appropriate for audiences of all ages, will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to everyone. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level. The show will include music, laser lights, stories and information about the planets, the Moon and constellations. All material will be presented on a very basic, kindergarten level.



The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts for all ages in January.

WHERE: RVCC Planetarium, RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
ADMISSION: Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day.
Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows.
For additional information or to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

Magic Tree House: Space Mission
WHEN: Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21, 3 p.m.
Join Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more. Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?  The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older)

Laser Pop Rock
WHEN: Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21, 4 p.m.
Lasers “dance” across the Planetarium dome while music is played. Songs include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song" by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift.  (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Astronomy Tonight
WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 7 p.m.
Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)

Classic Rock
WHEN: Saturdays, January 7, 21, 8 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert featuring a variety of classic rock songs such as “Touch of Gray” (Grateful Dead), “Houses of the Holy” (Led Zeppelin), “Another One Bites the Dust” (Queen), “You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth” (Meatloaf), “Come Sail Away” (Styx), and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (Beatles).

From Earth to the Universe
WHEN: Saturdays, January 14, 21, 28, 7 p.m.
Learn which stars and constellations are visible in tonight’s sky, then take an “Astronomy 101” class in under an hour. The sky always has been a place of wonder to man. Philosophers and scientists, from the Greeks to Galileo, began to unravel some of its mysteries and the invention of the telescope has allowed for still more discoveries. Fly by all the planets in our solar system, then travel beyond to view the birthplace and death of stars, and still farther to the myriad galaxies in our Universe. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

Best of Pink Floyd laser concert
WHEN: Saturdays, January 14, 28, 8 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert while listening to such Pink Floyd classics as “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall, part 2,” and “Money.”

Rockin’ Rocket Ride
WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 3 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. The show offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from Journey Into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 4 p.m.
Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride,” “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy (“Moon Rock Rock,” “The Planet Song”). Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while others feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Legos Are Back!  And the library has free MUSEUM PASSES.

Engineering Brick Art  Through February 26, 2017

The LEGO building block has sparked the imagination of artists from across the country. Engineering Brick Art features dozens of brick constructions, including pop art, architectural models, famous works of art, and much more. The show also includes interactive stations and fun facts about LEGO history. Now on view!  learn more


REGISTER NOW OR CALL 732-846-2895 X117

January 7 - February 25, 2017

Snow Songs   9:00am – 10:30am (Ages 5-8)               
Explore the joy of musical theatre through songs that celebrate the winter season! From theatre games to song and dance routines, this fun class will embrace students’ imagination as they learn the foundations of musical theatre.

Youth Improv   9:00am – 10:30am (Ages 9 - 12) 

Anything is possible when you improvise! Students will learn the basic skills of improvisation by playing imaginative theatre games, creating larger than life characters, and thinking on their feet.

Enter Stage Left: Teen Scene Study  10:30am – 12:30pm (ages 13 - 17) 

Comic monologues and tragic scenes—explore your range as an actor as you learn how to bring characters fully to life!  This fun, imaginative course will develop students’ acting, movement and vocal skills

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