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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 or submit event using the form on the top menu bar.

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long-running events, recent openings

Crayola Experience
Two Rivers Landing, 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, 866-875-5263. Hours vary by season, check online link. Learn how crayons are made, participate in three floors of hands-on art activities and play.

9-10 Dec
American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker
South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787. 2pm. Tickets $18. Use code KID15 to save 15% on tickets to two or more performances purchased in the same order. American Repertory Ballet (ARB) brings the beloved classic, The Nutcracker, to the stage with Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, stunning new sets, choreography, and a cast of over 100 performers. A holiday treat for the entire family.

9 Dec-Jan 3
Holiday Lights Spectacular
Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ, 973-731-5800. 5-9pm. Free admission. Take a winter stroll through Turtle Back Zoo under sparkling lights and view over 50 animal and winter-themed characters. Bring donations of non-perishable food items, new toys and gently used coats. Different themed activities are featured each December weekend. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

18 Dec
Polar Expressions Family Holiday Concert
New Providence High School, 35 Pioneer Dr., New Providence, 908-603-7691. 3pm. Free admission. New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra presents a free family concert featuring special holiday music and Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate with Sea Yoon on violin.

26-29 Dec
Winter Break Mini-Session
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St., Summit, NJ 07901, 908-273-9121. 10am-5pm. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey hosts a four-day art class for adults, teens and kids over the winter holiday break. Sign-up for a super-condensed mini-session and get a month's worth of classes in just a week. Register online; by phone 908-273-9121; in person at the front Desk or the Registrar; or by mail to: 68 Elm Street, Summit 07901.

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.

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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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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"!

11, 31-1 Mar-Apr
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert
NJPAC in Newark, Radio City Music Hall, New York City. Cconcert features the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing the music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.™ Audiences relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the Orchestra perform John Williams' score.

Now Enrolling
Mandarin & Spanish After School at HudsonWay Immersion School
587 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-598-8088. HWIS after school classes allow kids ages 2.5-12 to acquire Mandarin or Spanish language skills through fun, effective classes. All levels welcome. Enrolling now.

American Repertory Ballet Nutcracker Performances 2016
732-249-1254. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB's professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes.
Nov 19-20
Nutcracker, UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway, NJ.
Nov 23, 25-26
Nutcracker, 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ.
Dec 2-3
Nutcracker, One Memorial Dr., Trenton, NJ.
Dec 7-10
Nutcracker, SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ.
Dec 16-18
Nutcracker, State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ.

Into the Swim, Inc.
866-307-SWIM. Springfield, Somerset, Fairfield, Clinton, Denville and more. Into the Swim features no more than 3 students per class. All ages and special needs are invited to learn a vital life-saving skill under the tutelage of professional and experienced instructors who have all been trained to our standards. Classes are given late afternoons, evenings and weekends. There is no registration fee. Into the Swim selects only indoor pools that meet its standards for water quality, temperature, and provide a comfortable environment for maximum learning. For more details, call 866-307-SWIM.

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.

Garden Sprouts
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown. 11am-noon. $10. 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.

vacation accommodations for the family
Find a large selection of low priced timeshare rentals available year round in destinations worldwide. These resort properties have spacious layouts with separate bedrooms/living rooms, perfect for families, and offer many more amenities than a standard hotel room.

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Pick up a free copy of the print Kids Guide NJ or select and print the online coupons and save on some fantastic children's activities and services!

• Color Me Mine–Summit: Paint-Your-Own ceramics studio where you can discover the art of having fun. See display ad on page 99 of the print Kids Guide NJ and SAVE 10% ON ANY PURCHASE OF $25 OR MORE. Summit, NJ

• The Fountain of Youth Spa: Call to receive 50% OFF your first organic facial or child's birthday party. Berkeley Heights, NJ, 908-464-6414.

• Imagine That! Children's Discovery Museum: Use coupon from online coupon page or on page 201 in the print Kids Guide NJ t o enjoy FREE FOOD with admission, Florham Park, NJ

• Into the Swim: Call for FREE TRIAL SWIM CLASS, all ages & abilities. Springfield, Somerset, Fairfield, Clinton, Denville, NJ and more (no coupon necessary, mention Kids Guide NJ ad)

• Palermo Show Stable: Mention Kids Guide NJ ad to sign up for FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON.Bedminster, NJ, 908-719-7500

• Seaton Hackney Stables: Use coupon from online coupon page or on page 59 in the print Kids Guide NJ for 10% OFF ANYTHING (lessons, camps, parties, trail rides, more)! Morristown, NJ. Good thru December 31, 2016.

• South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC): Use code Kid15 to SAVE 15% on tickets to two or more Kidz 'n Family performances purchased in the same order. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at (973) 313-2787 or in person at the SOPAC Box Office.

• Starfish Aquatic Club: Mention Kids Guide NJ ad and get 50% OFF a second 4 week session of lessons.

• Wompy's World of Musical Play: Call for a FREE TRIAL CLASS, Warren, Summit, Westfield, Morristown, Bedminster and Montclair, NJ (no coupon necessary, mention Kids Guide ad).

2016-17 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.

Carnegie Hall, 57th St. & Seventh Ave, New York, NY, 212-247-7800.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ, 732-842-9000. Spring and summer schedule.
Kean Stage, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ, 908-737-7469.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, 60 Park Place, Newark, NJ, 800-255-3476.
Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ, 973-376-4343.
Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, 908-725-3420.
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600.
South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787.