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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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A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life & Death of the Passenger Pigeon
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State St., Trenton, 609-292-6464 (recorded information), 609-292-6308 (weekdays only). New exhibition tells the story of the passenger pigeon, a cautionary tale of how we impact the earth and how we can steward the planet that sustains us. September 1, 2014, is the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the very last passenger pigeon in the world. Children can make an origami bird as part of the exhibit.

Special Needs Expo New Jersey, September 14, 2014

7 Sep-Oct 26
Berlin-Shanghai-America: The Multiple Lives of John H. Less
Gaelen Center for the Arts at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-530-3413. Watercolors by Margie Samuels and oil paintings by Jo Bradney will also be on view. Mon.-Thurs. 9am-9pm, Fri. 9-5pm, Sun. 10-5pm.

Weekends thru Oct 26
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.

2 Aug-Sep 21
37th Annual New York Renaissance Faire
600 Rt. 17A, Sterling Forest, Tuxedo, NY, 845-351-5171. Open Aug. 2-Sept. 21. Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day 10-7. Adults $24, children (5-12) $11, children under 5 free. Open rain or shine. Directions and discount tickets available online.
   Where Fantasy Rules! Step back in time and join Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to an amazing re-creation of a 16th century village. Hundreds of brightly costumed performers take the stage and fill the bustling streets with laughter. Stroll our quaint village as the music of the Renaissance surrounds you. Cheer your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Feast on savory sweets and tempting treats. See amazing acrobatics, magicians, jugglers, swashbuckling pirates, and more. Watch a Living Chess Match and laugh at tall tales. Play a game of skill or chance. Browse more than a hundred shoppes, featuring the finest in handmade wares. Join in this great escape for all ages!

1 Oct-Jan 4
Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Asteroids, Meteors
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, 972-596-6550. Exhibit eplores the science of comets, asteroids and meteors through fun, interactive multimedia and hands-on activities.
Oct 18
          Astrofest, family fun day. 10am-4:30pm.

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New events for the Kids Guide NJ calendar are posted below. Select the date you would like the calendar to begin by using the drop-down date arrow.
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         The Kids Guide NJ calendar below lists events and activities that are open to all on that specific date and will typically not require advance tickets or registration in order to attend.
         You can find many more family activities 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 and activities for all ages. In particular, check out listings under Outdoor Education, Museums, Historic Sites, Music & Dance and Theater for daily and weekly activities.

activities & events open for advance tickets or registration

Artist People

281 Summerhill Rd. #205, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, 267-902-3079. Weekend art classes for kids age from 5 to 8 starting from Saturday, Sept. 6. Seats are limited; all kids receive personalized attention. Kids will learn basic drawing and painting, sketching, acrylics on canvas, oil pastels and fun filled art projects. Guided fun art studio for adults is also offered. No painting experience is required for fun art classes. Visit website or email for more information.

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

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.

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.

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.

Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum
30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, Sussex County, 973-209-6463. See website for current hours of operation, tour schedules and special events. Adults $11, seniors $10, ages 4-12 $8, ages 3 and under free. Group discounts with advance notice.
   Come take a 1⁄4-mile walking adventure into the fourth oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in New Jersey. The tour takes two hours and includes a tour of the mine, the Warren Museum of Fluorescence and the 5,000 sq. ft. Mining Exhibit Hall. Also available are Rock & Fossil Discovery Centers and an on-site observatory. You can purchase or collect minerals yourself any day the museum is open. Collecting for adults and children ages 7 and up is $5 plus $1.50 per pound.

Therapeutic Services LLC

594 Valley Rd., Montclair, NJ, 07043, 862-248-2987
Speech therapy and social skills groups for individuals of all ages in the northern New Jersey area. In a fun, supportive and family-focused environment, we strive to improve the quality of life for our clients through providing the best of services. Visit website for more information.

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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.

Carnegie Hall Community & Family Programs
154 W. 57th St., New York, 212-903-9600.

Kean Stage
Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union; Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside, 908-737-7469.

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.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787.

Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226.