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New events and listings received after publication for New Jersey's print Kids Guide Calendar are listed below. Refer to the site index at left to look for upcoming activities by category and use the convenient links to access the most up-to-date information on exhibitions, events and activities. Email entries for HOT PICKS to kids@kidsguidenj.com or submit event using the form on the top menu bar.

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upcoming spring events with the easter bunny

Call your Rec Department for the date and time of your community Easter Egg hunt or begin a new family tradition with one of the holiday activities below. Some events have limited space and sell out quickly, so reserve early.

Train Rides with the Easter Bunny
Use the links under Museums–Trains, Planes and Ships to make reservations for a train ride with the Easter Bunny. Trains operate in Whippany, Phillipsburg, Flemington, Wayne, Glen Rock, Allaire and New Hope. More special Easter Bunny trains listed below under Hot Picks.

Imagine That!!! Easter Bunny Breakfast – April 20
Imagine That!!! Discovery Museum for Children, 4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, 973-966-8000.
10am. Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, receive an Easter basket, stay and play all day. Reserve tickets online.

Brunch with the Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt – April 19
Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden, 856-365-8733. Seatings 10-11:30 and 12:30-2pm. Adults $16, children $25; member adults $12, children $20. Hop on over to the Garden for a buffet brunch with the Easter Bunny catered by Tortilla Press. Easter Egg hunt will follow. Children's tickets include catered brunch, Garden admission, Easter egg hunt, printed picture with the Easter Bunny, crafts and a ride on the Garden Carousel. Advance reservations required, 856-365-9741.

Bunny Chase – April 19-20
Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, 609-924-2310. 10am-4pm. Free. Chidlren ages 2-8 can follow the treasure hunt clues and find a spring surprise at the end of the hunt. Each child can make a bunny to take home. Fun for all ages, enjoy bunny cookies, wagon rides, pony rides, farm food tent, vineyard tour and the winery tasting room.

Nature Camouflage Egg Hunt – April 19
31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington, 609-737-3735. 10-11am. $8 per child, adults free. Children ages 3-10 can wander through the fields and forests of the Watershed Reserve with Teacher-Naturalists to see how many naturally dyed eggs they can discover. Children should bring a basket or bag for egg gathering. Registration is requested.

Turtle Fest – April 19
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. (GSP exit 10), Stone Harbor, 609-368-1211.9am-3pm. Adults $10, children $8, family of 4 $30, member discounts. Pancake breakfast, turtle crafts, terrapin-themed egg hunt, turtle hatchling nature walk, aquarium feeding and children's book reading with Donna Zappala.

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Thru Apr 20
Egg-zibit: The Art, Science and Culture of Eggs

Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hts. Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706. Hands-on exhibition encourages children and family visitors to unscramble the mysteries and marvels of eggs as they examine more than 75 eggs from the smallest--a sample of a hummingbird--to a model of the giant elephant bird egg to the different types of animals that hatch from eggs (fish, reptiles, even dinosaurs have all hailed from eggs).

25 Apr-May 18
3rd Annual New York Children's Theater Festival
Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 10 West 64th St. at Central Park West. Tickets at Ovationtix (866-811-4111) or online. Innovative theatrical experiences for children.
Apr 25-27
         Rescue Rue, inspired by a true story, an original musical fairytale withpuppets tells one dog's journey from shelter to adoption. Ages 3-8.
May 2-4
         Viva Pinocho! A Mexican Pinocchio! A musical, one-man puppet show tells the classic story in a new and exciting way. Ages 6 and up.
May 9-11
         Cinderella, The Fairy God Mother's Tale, re-telling of the classic story with a magical twist. Ages 4 and up.
May 16-18
         Mythos. When a young puppet wonders about the troubles of our world, an ancient Greek poet leads him on a journey through four fantastic myths to discover the cause of our problems, and what we can all do to make things better. Ages 5 and up.

Thru May 4
Expressions of the Natural World
Monmouth Museum, on the Brookdale Community College Campus (GSP exit 109 to Newman Springs Rd. to Parking Lot #1), Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732-747-2266. Juried exhibition features organic and ecological artworks in a variety of styles and media.

26 Apr-Oct 26 Weekends
Hester Street Fair
Hester & Essex Sts., New York. Open 11am-6pm every Saturday and Sunday from April 26 to Oct. 26. An outdoor community market in the Lower East Side promotes small, independent businesses and artists specializing in unique handmade goods and artisanal food.

3, 10, 17 May
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
Arm yourself with information that's key to preventing diet-related diseases and obesity. For program information or information on volunteering, call 973-631-5077.
May 3
        Food Revolution Day, Cooper Gristmill, Chester Twp. 1-3pm. Discover the way in which grains were process in the late 1880's and how it relates to the grains we eat today.
May 10
         That Grows in New Jersey?, 2pm, Historic Speedwell, Morristown. Presentation features information about crops that were grown in New Jersey both in the 19th century and today.
May 17
         Farm to Table: A Food Revolution Day, 11am-4pm, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Twp. Explore the process from food production to consumption, and the benefits and value of sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and eating locally. Enjoy fun food demonstrations, a wood burning stove demonstration, and play a matching game to connect the food from the table to the farm. Engage in fitness activities, games, and exhibits on diet and health.

5 May-Aug 15
The Honey & the Hive: the Sweet Story of Honeybees
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Celebrate the sweet story of the incredible honeybee and learn about how important they are to survival and how you can help to protect and conserve bees and their habitats. Learn about the life cycle of a bee and how different cultures revere this tiny architect.

Thru May 26
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, 973-596-6550. Exhibit traces the evolution of Rockwell's art and iconography throughout his career – from carefully choreographed reflections on childhood innocence to powerful, consciousness-raising images. Free smartphone tour available by typing nmtours.org into your smartphone. Courtesy of Prudential, complimentary shuttle service is provided on Saturdays and Sundays from Newark Penn Station and Broad St. Station every 20 minutes, 12-5pm.

Thru Sep 1
Jasper Johns: Regrets
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., New York, 212-708-9400. Exhibition premieres Jasper Johns's most recent body of work, including approximately 30 objects, developed over the last year and a half.

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Month of April
Autism Awareness Month

One in 68 children nationwide has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Find out more at Autism New Jersey.

17 Apr
Maundy Thursday Family Event

1961 Wayside Rd., Tinton Falls, 732-493-5033. 6-8pm. Free. Families with children of all ages are invited to explore the events of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Resurrection featuring a craft, pia dinner, story time and interactive communion celebration. Suggested donation for pizza of $1 per slice. RSVP to bonniedgcc@comcast.net.

18-19 Apr
Easter Egg Hunts

Oasis Family Farm, 3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, 609-259-7301. $7. Egg hunts kick off at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Special zones for age groups 1 and up will be provided. Meet, greet, and take spring photos with the Easter Bunny. Prizes, fun activities and treats included. Each participant will have the chance to find 12 eggs filled with surprises. Bring your basket. Receive $1 off each admission when you RSVP.

19 Apr
Brunch with the Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt

3 Riverside Dr., Camden, 856-365-8733. Seatings 10-11:30 and 12:30-2pm. Adults $16, children $25; member adults $12, children $20. Hop on over to the Garden for a buffet brunch with the Easter Bunny catered by Tortilla Press. Easter Egg hunt will follow. Children's tickets include catered brunch, Garden admission, Easter egg hunt, printed picture with the Easter Bunny, crafts and a ride on the Garden Carousel. Advance reservations required, 856-365-9741.

Nature Camouflage Egg Hunt
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve, 31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington, 609-737-7592. 10-11am. $8 per person, adults free. Wander through the fields and forests of the Watershed Reserve with Teacher-Naturalists to see how many naturally dyed eggs you can discover. Children should bring a basket or bag for egg gathering. Children 3-10 years old, registration requested. Rain or shine.

Easter Bunny Flys into Solberg Airport
Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Rd., Whitehouse Station, 908-534-4000. 3-6pm. Easter Bunny is free, optional activities at cost. Meet and take photos with the Easter Bunny. Gates open at 3pm and the Easter Bunny flies in at 4:30pm. Hot air balloons launch at 5:30pm. Aircraft displays, food, face-painting and more.

Pier Village Easter Egg Hunt
Pier Village, One Chelsea Dr., Long Branch. 10am. Free. Pick up a "Bunny Trail Map" at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory that shows participants where to visit, shop and dine. Visit all participating shops to get your festive Easter eggs filled with candy, fun toys, coupons for a chocolate caramel covered apple or a basket filled with chocolate candy. Bring your own basket to collect all the eggs. Visit all the stores and participate in their activities including children's arts and crafts at Aloha Grove and free pictures with bunny-eared furry friends at Wish Boutique. The Easter Bunny and his friends will be on Festival Plaza for free photo opportunities, more children's crafts, the annual jelly bean counting contest and to fill out a raffle to win a one of the grand prize bicycles. After the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny is off to Shaka Burrito for the first ever Bunny Lunch for all who follow and the drawing for the first grand prize bicycle from The Peddler. Call to make reservations for Easter cupcake decorating class with a trained patisserie chef, 732-483-6286.

Easter Bunny Train Ride & Easter Egg Hunt
99 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg, 877-TRAIN-RIDE. 11am-4pm. Adults $17, children $10, children on laps $3. Your ride with Mr. E. Bunny, a banjo player and juggler leaves from the historic district of Phillipsburg, winds along the scenic Delaware River to the site of the historic Lime Kilns and a glade filled with Easter eggs. Get off the train, take a picture with Mr. Bunny and gather four Easter eggs.

Kierson Farm Open House
107 W. Woodschurch Rd., Flemington, 908-528-3307. 10am-3pm. Free. Meet the staff and horses as well as see the facility. Free pony rides and free introductory riding lesson for all participants.

19-20 Apr
Bunny Chase

Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, 609-924-2310. 10am-4pm. Free. Spring has sprung at Terhune Orchards. Chidlren ages 2-8 can follow the treasure hunt clues and find a spring surprise at the end of the hunt. Each child can make a bunny to take home. Bunny cookies, wagon rides, pony rides, farm food tent, vineyard tour and winery tasting room, fun for all ages.

Fee Free Days
Thomas Edison National Historical Park, 211 Main St., West Orange, 973-736-0550. 10am-4pm. Free. Entrance fees are waived for all visitors to the park on April 19 and 20th. Thomas Edison National Historical Park joins national park sites around the country to celebrate National Park Week from April 19 to 27, 2014. The National Park Foundation is partnering with the National Park Service to spread the word about parks to millions of Americans. The joint website highlights activities and invite visitors to share their park photos, videos, and tips. This year's theme is "Go Wild!"

20 Apr
Barefoot Grape Stomping

Four Sisters Winery, 783 CR519, Belvidere, 908-475-3671. 2-5pm. $50 per person, plus tax. Spend the afternoon with a formal wine tasting, buffet style meal and some barefoot grape stomping fun.

Easter Sunday Celebration
Morey's Piers, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, 609-729-3700. 12-5pm. Free. Activities include stilt walkers, jugglers, face painting and coloring the Morey's "Monster Mural." Pictures with the Easter Bunny are available from 1-5pm at the Parents Pavilion located behind the carousel. Children 12 years and under can pick an Easter egg for a chance to win an assortment of fun prizes. Two participants will win the grand prize of a Morey's Piers season pass.

21 Apr
Holistic Moms Network Essex County: Postpartum Rehab-Pelvic Floor

Tempo Music Studio, 145 Vreeland Ave., Nutley. 10am-noon. Free. Rebuild your pelvic floor after baby. Dr. Niva Herzig shows you how to rehab from the inside out. She specializes in prenatal and postpartum care, pelvic floor dysfunctions and women's health.
         The Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit support and resource organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. Non-members are welcome to attend a meeting before joining.

22 Apr
Celebrate Earth Day

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve, 31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington, 609-737-7592. 5-7:30pm. $15 per family. Teacher-Naturalists will be on hand to lead hikes to the Stony Brook or into the forest, introduce you to resident critters and help you create simple Earth Day crafts. The "pop-up"' Nature Shop will also be open, offering 20% off all purchases. Registration requested.

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Shaolin Kung Fu & Tai Chi
50 Mount Bethel Rd., Warren, 908-988-0779. Strengthen body and mind. Classes for kids, adults and seniors: Chinese Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Self-Defense and Meditation. Call for a free trial class and special trial period deal: 6 classes for $60.

Baby Farm Animals at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd., off County Rt. 510 (old Rt. 24), Morristown, 973-326-7645. Fosterfields welcomed two baby lambs in March and a litter of piglets from Oreo, the beloved Hampshire pig, is due in early May.

Thru Aug 17
New Parents Support Group
Christ Hospital, Staff Room A, 176 Palisades Ave., Jersey City. 12-2pm weekly. No fee. New Parents Support Group, open to all expectant parents (both partners), meets for twelve weeks and provides social & emotional support as well as structured informational sessions on topics pertinent to the needs of expectant families. Light snacks and refreshments provided. For information or to sign up, contact April Latson, Pampered Pregnancy Coach, 201-821-8922 or email april.latson@carepointhealth.org.

Apr-May
Studio Art Classes & Workshops
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hts. Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3740. See complete schedule online for spring art classes and workshops for children to adults. To register, call 973-971-3740 or email studioart@morrismuseum.org.

2nd Sundays Jan-May
Winter Farmers Market
Visitors Center at Fosterfields LIving Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd., Morris Twp. 10am-2pm. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm partners with the Foodshed Alliance Farmers' Access Network and local farmers to bring a monthly winter farmers' market to Morris County. Fresh, locally-produced goods will be available for purchase including meats, cheeses, artisan breads, prepared foods, honey, preserves and winter produce.
May 11

Jan-May
Sensory Friendly Theatre Series

Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226. A series of performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and related disabilities. One hour performances begin at 2pm with no intermission. Accommodations include: general admission seating, lights remain up, sound volume lowered, children are free to talk and vocalize and may leave seats under parental supervision, private lounge area available, autism specialists on hand. Families may schedule an appointment to walk through the auditorium in advance. "This Is My Theatre" picture packet may be downloaded online.
May 18
       Aesop's Fables, starring puppeteer Jim West.

Jan-May
Special Evenings for Special Needs at Sahara Sam's
Sahara Sam's, 535 North Rt. 72, West Berlin, 956-767-7580. 5-9pm. $15 general admission. Limited tickets are sold for fun, judgment-free evenings for individuals with special needs to enjoy with their family and friends. Special needs events include: quiet rooms; modified lighting and sound throughout the park; options to bring your own snacks; opportunities to network with other families and make new friends.
        May 2

Apr 27, May 18
The Sky Above: Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Show
Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, 908-231-8805. 4:30-5:30pm. $5, reservations suggested. A sensory-friendly astronomy and music show, appropriate for audiences of all ages, is designed for families with children on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities. 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.

Ongoing
Sesame Workshop at Gateway National Recreation Area

See the new videos released by Sesame Workshop featuring Gateway (and Ranger Shalini Gopie) as well as Grand Canyon National Park. Visit website to watch.

Friday Nights thru Apr 25
Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl

William G. Mennen Sports Arena, 161 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Twp., 973-326-7651. 8-10pm. Admission $7, skate rental $3.50. DJ Earl will be playing the newest hits and some favorite throw-backs under psychedelic lights. Requests are welcome. Skating, arcade games and snack bar.

Sundays through May 18
Jazz for Kids

Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (between Park & Lexington), New York, 212-576-2232. Doors open at 1pm, show 2-3pm. In lieu of cover charge, guests may give a $5 donation that benefits the Jazz Standard Discovery Program. Weekly Sunday brunch series features the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), a breeding ground for approx. 35 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18 to play new arrangements of big band classics. Blue Smoke's lunch menu and full bar are available as well as kids menu.

Yearround
Spring Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt
Haggerty Education Center in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Twp., 973-326-7601. Weekends anytime between 9am-3:30pm. $10/family. Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Changing monthly, visitors can pick up a list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item on the list, return to the Education Center and pick up a prize. Scavenger lists change every month according to theme.
Apr
         
Mellow Yellow.
May
         
Mother May I?
Jun
         
Follow Your Nose.

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Garden Sprouts
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown. 11am-noon. $7. Nature-based program for preschoolers with a grownup includes a walk through the arboretum's gardens, story and activity. For more information and to sign up, visit website.
Apr 21
        Hey Buddy!, buds are bursting out all over. Young explorers will look at and take apart all kinds of buds to discover what's inside.
May 5
        Are You My Mother? Young gardeners create new plants by using simple propagation – taking pieces from the mother plant.
May 12
        
Planting a Rainbow, look for all the colors of the rainbow outside and then young gardeners will plant seeds for a rainbow of flowers to take home.
May 19
        
Dogwood and Catmint!, discover what other kinds of plants are named after animals and why. Gon on a plant and animal safari and see what you can find.

3-18 May
Dear Albert Einstein

Theater 3, 311 W. 43rd St. (at 8th Ave.), 3rd floor, New York, 646-250-1178. Wed. 10:3am, Thurs. & Fri. 10:30am & 7pm, Sat. 2 & 7pm, Sun. 2pm. $25-45. Albert Einstein helps a 12-year old girl navigate middle school and mean girls in Dear Albert Einstein, a new musical from the critically acclaimed Making Books Sing. Set in 1954, the musical combines early rock-n-roll, swing, and classical music.

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2014-15 NJ theatre and music & dance announcements

See the Music & Dance and Theatre categories for selected children, family and adult events and use the convenient links to access complete season calendars and find newly added events.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Performances in Englewood, Morristown, Newark, New Brunswick, Princeton and Red Bank, 800-255-3476.

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre (on the campus of Drew University), 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Rd.), Madison, 973-408-5600.

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