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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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Nov 8, Nov 9
Turtle Back Zoo Mini-Camps
Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052, 973-731-5800.
           Essex County Turtle Back Zoo offers mini-camps throughout the school year on days that coincide with many of the major school holidays. Available for ages 5 to 10, mini-camp days explore the world of animals, nature, and science. 9am-4pm.

Oct 6-Jan 27
Harry Potter, A History of Magic
New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 170 Central Park West (at 77th St.), New York, NY, 212-873-3400
           Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay. Activities for families are scheduled on weekends. Special History of Magic Family Days Nov. 18 and Dec. 9, 1-4pm.

Ongoing
Escape Rooms
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200
          Experience the thrill of escape and the excitement of adventure in the all-new Escape Rooms at The Franklin Institute. Using the most advanced cutting-edge technology and immersive design, Escape Rooms at The Franklin Institute transports guests to one of two fantastical worlds where a series of clues, codes, puzzles, and tasks lead teams to achieve an ultimate goal—all within 60 minutes or less. Best experienced with a group, these games challenge, amuse, and befuddle guests of all ages, encouraging collaboration and creative problem solving in a fast-paced, live-action setting. Reserve now.

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SOPAC Kids 'N Family Performances

One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787
    Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to two or more Kids 'N Family performances purchased in the same order. Performances at 2pm. Tickets range from $18-$25.
          Nov 17: Pinocchio.
          Dec 7 & 8: American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker.
          Jan 12: The Phantom Tollbooth.
          Feb 10: Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon.
          Mar 2: Beauty & the Beast.
          Mar 23: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat.
          Apr 7: The Jungle Book.

NEW!
Girl Scout Badge Workshops

Morven Museum and Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, NJ, 609-924-8144
          From Bugs to Flowers to Trees to Gardener and Scribe, a wide variety of Girl Scout badge workshops take place at Morven. Details and registration through Girl Scout Customer Care, 856-795-1560, or for additional information, email dlampertrudman@morven.org.

Grand Opening
Morristown National Historical Park
Discover History Center
Washington's Headquarters & Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, 973-539-2016 x210
           The new Discover History Center at Washington Headquarters Museum is designed especially with kids in mind with hands-on, interactive exhibits.

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 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, Summer Arts in the Parks and Zoos in addition to New York and Pennsylvania.

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2018-2019 NJ theatre and music & dance announcements

Links to new season announcements will be posted below as they come in over the summer and fall, 2018. 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.

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, 973-539-8008

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, Newark, NJ, 800-255-3476

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

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