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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 the Kids Guide Calendar to or submit event using the form on the top menu bar.

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The listings below are just a few of our favorite upcoming events. Visit the category pages in the index at left to find hundreds of places to go and fun things to do for NJ kids and families. Use the convenient links to listing websites and start planning for the new school year!

Thru Nov 3, 2019
Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
          Make it a prehistoric day with a Dinosaur Safari ride, guided tour to learn about dinos of the past and animals of the present. Spot the connections between animals at the zoo and ancient dinosaurs and spend some time at the dig site uncovering fossils, meeting a walking, roaring dino, and taking photos. Advance ticket discounts available online.

Nov 16, 2019
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
          Performance at 2pm. Tickets $20. This classic tale comes to the stage filled with song and audience participation along with the wonderful stage sets and costumes that the Panto Company USA is internationally known for. Recommended ages: 4-9.
           Save 15% with code KID15 when you buy tickets for 2 or more performances on the same order.

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.

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

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

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• South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC): Use CODE KID15 to SAVE 15% on tickets to two or more Kids 'n Family performances purchased in the same order. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at (973) 313-2787 or in person at the SOPAC Box Office.

2019-2020 children and family theater series

Look for new season announcements during the summer and fall and save by purchasing season tickets early. Find a full guide to children, family and adult music, dance and theater performances under the Music & Dance, Theatre, Big Shows & Concerts and New York categories. Check links often for newly added events.

SOPAC Kids 'n Family Series
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
          Performances at 2pm unless noted. Tickets $20-25. Save 15% with code KID15 when you buy tickets for 2 or more performances on the same order.
Nov 16
Dec 8
Angelina Ballerina. Kids in the Loft activity from 1-1:45pm.
Jan 18
Mark Nizer 4D...the only live 4D show in the world!
Feb 23
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites. Kids in the Loft activity form 1-1:45pm.
Mar 22
The Amazing Max.
Apr 4
May 17
BubbleMania: Comedy with a Drip! 12pm.