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QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, July 28-30, 2017

Saharaa Sam's Indoor & Outdoor Waterpark, West Berlin, New Jersey

HudsonWay Immersion School (formerly Bilingual Buds), Mandarin and Spanish school and camp, Summit, NJ

Diggerland Adventure Theme Park, West Berlin, New Jersey

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Refer to the site index at left to look for places to go and things to do 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 or submit event using the form on the top menu bar.

WE'RE WORKING ON IT! WATCH FOR OUR NEW & IMPROVED WEBSITE COMING THIS SUMMER! In the meantime, check the Calendar below often and use the convenient links under each category listing to get the latest information and new events!

long-running events, recent openings

The Acting Space
Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St., Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-275-2699.
      The Acting Space holds classes out of the Barrow Mansion in the historic district of Jersey City. We are a boutique premier performing arts acting school providing the highest quality theater education to kids, teens and adults in a fun, safe, and creative environment. During our summer camps, we produce and perform a variety of Disney's and other musical plays, improv acting and Broadway singing. Students will master musical theater and acting techniques while building self-confidence in a collaborative learning environment. We also offer in-school, after-school and other summertime programs and accept everyone at any level. Our expert faculty has vast professional experience in acting, singing, and dancing for theater, musical theater, film, and TV, with advanced degrees from the top schools.

28-30 Jul
2017 QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Solberg Airport, Readington, 800-HOTAIR-9. July 28-30: Fri. 1-10pm, Sat. 6am-10pm, Sun. 6am-8pm. Adults $20 thru June 30, $24 July 1–July 26, $35 July 27–July 30. Children ages 4-12 $8 thru June 30, $10 July 1–July 26, $15 July 27–July 30. 3 & under free. Parking $10, free off-site shuttle bus from Raritan Valley Community College after 12pm on Saturday and Sunday.
          Daily events include up to 100 hot air balloons ascending at 6:30am and 6:30pm. Entertainment tent, magic corner, the AeroSphere-Aerial Acrobat Spectacular, Chrysler Pacifica Family Fun Pavilion, over 200 arts and craft booths, amusement rides and numerous free exhibits and product samples. Rain or shine. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: njballoonfest.
Musical Highlights
Jul 28

           Laurie Berkner Kids' Concert at 1:30pm., George Thorogood and the Destroyers Rock Party Tour at 8pm, fireworks at 9:30pm.
Jul 29
           Jake Miller at 1pm., Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at 8pm, Balloon Glow at 8pm.
Jul 30
           Plain White T's at 3pm.

Thru Sep 4
Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze

The Franklin Institute Science Museum, 222 N. 20th St., (at Benjamin Franklin Parkway), Philadelphia, 215-448-1200.
     In A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, learn how math is used to unlock the mysteries and majesty of the patterns of our world through a series of engaging interactive elements and immersive experiences. At the center of this new exhibit, lose yourself in an elaborate 1700-square-foot mirror maze. Warning: The Mirror Maze contains an LED lighting system that creates geometrical shapes through reflections and may affect photosensitive individuals. Advance tickets online. Coming Sep 30-Mar 4, 2018: Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor.

Thru Sep 4
Kids Ride Free to NYC
800-53-FERRY. Kids under 12 ride NY Waterway Ferry free during the summer. Valid on all New York Waterway routes to NYC--Edgewater, Port Imperial Weehawken, Lincoln Harbor Weehawken, Hoboken 14th St., NJ Transit Hoboken Terminal, Jersey City Paulus Hook Terminal, Jersey City LibertyHarbor, Jersey City Port Liberte, Belford Middletown Terminal. Indoor parking at the Port Imperial Terminal also connects with NJ Transit Light Rail.

Thru Aug 2017
Every Kid in a Park Program
All fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a free pass that provides access to federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid through August 31, 2017, and grants free entry for fourth graders and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire non-commerical vehicle for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 sites across the country.

Thru Jul 30
A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Outdoor Stage
The Greek Theatre, 2 Convent Rd., Florham Park, NJ (located on the campus of The College of Saint Elizabeth), 973-408-5600. Tuesdays-Sundays at 8pm, special twilight performances on Sundays at 4:30pm. Tickets are free for young people 18 and under free. Featuring an array of music, dance, and visual surprises, this fresh new vision of Shakespeare's most beloved comedy makes the play more enchanting than ever. Picnic under the stars with family and friends.

Thru Aug 15
Inspired Minds Exhibit of Essex County High School Students
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 973-275-1114. Open Mon.-Sat. 12-6pm. Free. Selected works by gifted young artists from Essex County high schools were juried by a panel of artists, photographers, art collectors and museum curators and can be seen on the second and third floor gallery space.

new events

        New events for the Kids Guide NJ calendar are posted below. Typically, these events and activities are open to all and do not require advance tickets or registration in order to attend.
         But don't stop can find so many more fantastic children and family events in NJ, NY and PA by visiting the category pages under "Places to Go, Things to Do" on our site index to the left. Browse dates under specific destinations and use the convenient website links for complete schedules of events for everyone, from kids and teens to adults. Some of our favorite categories for events include Outdoor Education, Museums, Historic Sites, Music & Dance, Theater, Big Shows & Concerts, The Shore and Zoos in addition to New York and Pennsylvania.

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featured activities & events open for advance tickets
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Find after school enrichment, sports, theatre events and activities here! Use the index on the left for "enrichment classes" for every age and interest, "sports," "mommy & me," "theatre," "music & dance," "child care" and "nj school guide"!

NEW! Aviation Summer Camp!
Cleared for Take-Off
Alexandria Field Airport, 63 Airport Rd., Pittstown, NJ 08867, 908-735-0870. Camp: 9am-1pm (separate flight option 1-5pm). Camp: $225 (flight current price).
    The experiential curriculum takes students (4th grade–8th grade) on a quest for new learning to see what they can find looking at science, technology, engineering, and math through the lens of aviation.
Jul 10-14

Thru Sep 3
Boonton's 2017 Dog Days of Summer Exhibit & First Fridays
Main Street, Boonton, NJ, 862-307-5919. Free. Over 120 dog sculptures are on exhibit up and down the length of Main Street. Participating artists include past year favorites and inspiring new talent and younger artists. First Fridays feature receptions at Boonton's six art galleries, live music, unique shops and eclectic dining. All dog sculptures are available for adoption at Boonton Arts Etsy page,, for a donation benefiting Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, Eleventh Hour Rescue, local schools, and future art projects in the community.

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.

Saturdays and Sundays
Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt
Haggerty Education Center in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Twp., 973-326-7603. 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 with a new theme each month. 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.

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2017 NJ theatre and music & dance announcements

Links to new season announcements will be posted below as they come in over the summer and fall. Venues for children, family and adult music, dance and theater performances can be found under the Music & Dance, Theatre, Big Shows & Concerts and New York categories. Check links often for newly added events.

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600.

Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ, 973-379-3717.