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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 kids@kidsguidenj.com or submit event using the form on the top menu bar.

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8-9 Dec
American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker
South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 973- 313-2787. American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, stunning new sets, thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running productions of its kind in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, American Repertory Ballet's professional company are 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.

Thru Mar 4, 2018
Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. (at Benjamin Franklin Parkway), Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200. Take a journey through one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history and explore the enduring mysteries that remain hidden within its depths. In 1974, a farmer in China was digging a well when he struck upon fragments of terracotta. Buried beneath the surface of the land were thousands of life-sized statues, constructed over 2,000 years ago—warriors silently and steadfastly guarding the tomb of their master: China's first emperor. The exhibit features ten terracotta figures from the burial complex, as well as more than 160 artifacts including weapons, jade pieces, gold ornaments, bronze bells, ceremonial vessels, coins, and architectural pieces of the time. Before your visit, you can download the free Terracotta Warriors Exhibition Augmented Reality (AR) mobile app to experience AR inside the exhibit.

13-29 Dec
Elf The Musical
The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster. Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts, is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Ongoing
The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. (at Benjamin Franklin Parkway), Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200. Hands-on science learning doesn't get any better than The Franklin Institute. Classic attractions and exhibits include Your Brain, the museum's newest and biggest exhibition helping to unravel age-old mysteries about the brain. In SportsZone, a new permanent ehibition, you can test your skills at pitching, jumping, surfing and running while investigating the fundamental concepts of health, materials science, mechanics and motion. Museum memberships available.

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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 here...you 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"!

HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES!
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469.
Nov 17-18
      National Acrobats and Martial Artists of China.
Nov 28
      A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Dec 15-17
      Nutcracker.
Dec 22-24
     The Sound of Music.
Dec 31
     Salute to Vienna.

NEW! NOW REGISTERING!
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. We also offer in-school, after-school and other year round 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.

Ongoing
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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2017-2018 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.

Drew University Concert Hall, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ 07940, 973-408-3176.

George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, 732-246-7717.

Kean Stage, 1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083, 973-737-7469.

Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, 973-539-8088.

New York City Children's Theatre, visit website link for performance dates and locations.

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

Raritan Valley Community College Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, NJ 08876, 908-526-1200.

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

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

State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901, 732-246-7469.

Two River Theatre, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ, 732-345-1400.