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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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recent openings & long-running events

Thru Sep 1
Kids Ride Free on NY Waterway Ferries
800-533-3779. Kids 12 and under ride free through Labor Day. Ferries travel between Edgewater, Port Imperial and Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, 14th St. in Hoboken, Belford in Monmouth County and Midtown and Downtown Manhattan.

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.

Thru 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.

Special Needs Expo New Jersey, September 14, 2014

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!

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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new events

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 listings and use the convenient website links for complete schedules of events and activities for all ages.
         Your comments and suggestions are welcome as we transition to the Google Calendar format. Please email them to or call 908.665.0607.

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activities & events open for advance tickets or registration

Artist People
281 Summerhill Rd., East Brunswick, NJ 08816, 267-902-3079. Week-long mini art camps for kids over 5 years of age. Campers receive personalized attention, age-specific class schedule and unique weekly themes. Kids learn painting, sketching, cartooning and clay art. We also offer guided art class for adults on Saturdays. 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 summer 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.

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.