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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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Thru Dec 2
Jersey Cares Coat Drive
Morris Animal Inn, 120 Sand Spring Rd., Morristown, NJ, 973-539-0377. 7am-7pm. Morris Animal Inn is collecting coats to donate to the annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive. Give back by bringing in any men's, women's, children's coats or winter accessories to help those less fortunate keep warm this holiday season. Visit website for additional collection locations.

16 Nov-Jan 3
Kids Ride Free on NY Waterway During the Holidays
All New York Waterway locations, NJ, 800-53-FERRY. Kids under 12 ride free on NY Waterway ferries this holiday season. Other promotions include: 1) free ferry travel (for children and adults) for passengers attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Madison Square Garden's Elf The Musical when show tickets are purchased online using the code NYW; 2) Your Key to the City packages offer savings of up to 56% on top New York City attractions such as American Museum of Natural History, Madame Tussauds, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and City Sights Harbor Cruises, along with a 28% ferry discount; 3) visitors can buy (up to 40% off) tickets online to over 40 Broadway shows with a 28% ferry discount.

22 Nov-Jan 3
Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Oh My!
Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ 07738, 732-747-2266. The museum's annual holiday show focuses on transportation.

27-29 Nov, Dec 5-6, Dec 12-13, Jan 2-3
58th Annual Open House featuring Thomas & Friends
Garden State Model Railway Club, Inc., 575 High Mountain Rd., North Haledon, NJ, 201-387-8716. Friday 1-6pm, Sat. & Sun. 1-5pm. Adults $6, under 12 free with paid adult. Model railroad exhibits feature Thomas and Friends, freight, passenger, steam and diesel trains. Refreshments and fun for the whole family. The Garden State Model Railway Club is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education, preservation and expansion of the hobby of model railroading and model railroad history. Started in 1953 and incorporated in 1957.

School Year 2015-2016
Fourth Graders Free Every Kid in a Park Pass
Leading up to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass providing free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

Thru Jan 3
The Art of Eric Carle
Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ, 973-746-5555. View 60 original collages and studies by children's book illustrator, Eric Carle.

Fall 2015
STRYXE Grand Opening

STRYXE, 300 Main St., Madison, NJ, 973-377-8919. STRYXE is a boutique entertainment center featuring bowling, an arcade, billiards, shuffleboard, a full-service eatery, two bars and private event space. STRYXE is perfect for celebrations of all types including birthdays, corporate outings, holiday parties and various other festivities.

19 Sep-Jan 3
Cezanne & The Modern: Masterpieces of European Art fom the Pearlman Collection
Princeton University Art Museum, McCormick Hall, Princeton, 609-258-3788.

26 Sep-Jan 10
Reptiles: The Beautiful & The Deadly
Academy of Natural Sciences, Logan Circle at 19th St. & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 215-299-1000. Get eyeball to eyeball with almost 20 species of live reptiles from around the world.

Thru Jan 3
Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., NYC, 212-769-5100. Explore the diverse and sometimes jaw-dropping strategies animals and plants use to find food, fend off predators, reproduce, and thrive in habitats many would find inhospitable, even lethal.

Thru Feb 7
Picasso Sculpture
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., New York, NY. The largest museum presentation of Picasso's sculptures to take place in the United States in nearly half a century, the exhibition brings together approximately 140 sculptures from Picasso's entire career via loans from major public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad, including 50 sculptures from the Musée national Picasso-Paris.
Nov 22-Mar 13
        Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954, tracks Jackson Pollock's artistic evolution from loosely figurative images based on mythical or primeval themes to radical abstractions for which he is best known by pouring and dripping paint onto canvas or paper.

Thru May 29
The Butterfly Conservatory
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., NYC, 212-769-5100. Walk through a tropical vivarium housing up to 500 live, free-flying butterflies.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
Discovery Times Square Exposition, 226 W. 44th St., NYC, 866-987-9692. Immersive themed environments, authentic costumes and props, and interactive digital and hands-on experiences invite visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films.

1 Nov-Mar 27
Meyersville Grange #188 Antiques & Collectibles Indoor Market
Grange Hall, 500 Meyersville Rd., Gillette, NJ 0793, email Every Sunday from 7:30am-2:30pm. Knowledgeable dealers offer two floors of reasonably priced, quality antiques and collectibles. Downstairs Cafe offers made-to-order breakfast, lunch, soups and desserts.
Jan 15, Feb 12, Mar 11
Soup & Pasta Contests, 6:30pm on the second Friday Oct.-March. Soup and pasta dishes accompanied by local bakery bread and butter, coffee/tea or iced tea. Old-time bluegrass music is provided by the Long Hill String Band. Each attendee votes for his/her favorite soup or pasta. Adults $7, children under 12 $3. Bring a soup or pasta and get in free.

27 Nov-Jan 3
2015 Holiday Train Display
America On Wheels Museum, 5 North Front St., Allentown, PA 18102, 610-432-4200. Adults and kids of all ages can enjoy the sounds, lights and action of model trains stationed around the museum’s galleries. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to place on the Mack Truck for delivery to Toys for Tots children in need. Visit website for special holiday events.   

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        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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Thru Jan 9
Paper Moon Puppet Theatre presents The Nutcracker
Paper Moon Puppet Theatre, First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716, 732-775-0290. Performances every Saturday at 2:30pm, 1st and 4th Sunday at 2:30pm. All seats $10, under 2 free. Join Clara and her friends in the classic tale as the Nutcracker Prince comes to life and takes her on a holiday journey to fantasy and romance. An interactive pre-show begins the performance and afterwards the audience is invited to see behind the scenes and to ask questions. Call for reservations.

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.

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.

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2015-16 NJ theatre and music & dance announcements

Links to new season announcements will be posted below as they come in. Check often for newly added events. 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.

Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St., New York, 212-903-9600.
Kean Stage at Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083, 908-737-7469.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008.
Music at Noon & Abendmusik, Morristown United Methodist Church,
         50 S. Park Place, Morristown.
New Jersey Symphony, 60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark,
         1-800-ALLEGRO (255-3476).
Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Dr., Millburn, NJ 07041, 973-379-3636.
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
         Drew University campus, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600.
South Orange Performing Arts Center,1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079, 973-313-2787.