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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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20 Jan-Feb 5
Broadway Week
2-for-1 tickets and upgrade offers for Broadway shows. Use code BWAYWK for 2 for 1 and BWAYUP for upgrade options.

Thru March 15
Brick by Brick
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706. Invitational exhibit features innovative works created by Lego artists, architects and engineers. See sculptures of famous buildings, favorite snacks and memorable masterpieces. The exhibit also includes a large-scale working Lego model train. Hands-on stations invite visitors to design their own minifigure and to "write" their name on the Lego wall. Plenty of hands-on building opportunities for the whole family.

Thru May 3
Sesame Street presents: The Body
Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305, 201-253-1213. Kids, ages 2-8, learn about their bodies exploring 15 imaginatively-designed stations themed around Elmo, Oscar, Grover, Bert, Ernie, Count Von Count and Cookie Monster. They can discover healthy eating in Mr. Hooper's store, play the Count's Organ Organ, learn about germs with Oscar's Sneeze Machine, run through Rosita's Locomotion and more.

Thru Jul 5
Dinosaurs of the Deep
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, 856-365-3300. Open 10am-5pm daily. Large-scale skeletons, ancient fossils and more than 20 life-size replicas of prehistoric marine reptiles teach guests about the most intriguing sea monsters that ever existed – from massive pliosaurs and prehistoric armored fish to the whales, sharks and turtles that inhabit our oceans today. Visitors have the chance to come face-to-face with a 24-foot Liopleurodon, one of the oceans' most dangerous predators, view a life-sized coral reef teeming with trilobites, touch a horseshoe crab at the "Touch a Living Dinosaur" exhibit and become a paleontologist by examining a variety of fossils.

Thru Feb 16
Cubism, The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St., New York, NY, 212-535-7710. Cubism, the most influential art movement of the early twentieth century, radically changed the way we see the world and still resonates today. The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, unsurpassed in its holdings of Cubist art, will be shown in public for the first time—eighty paintings, collages, drawings, and sculpture by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso.

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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. Many event dates are included in the listings under 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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21 Feb
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
SOPAC South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 973-382-1031. 2pm. The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science, and politics through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, it's lighting up stages all around the country and instructing a whole new generation to "Unpack Your Adjectives" and "Do The Circulations." Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher worried about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music.
Kids 'n Family Shows
        Mar 21: Jack & The Beanstalk, 2pm.
        Apr 11:  Alice in Wonderland, 2pm.
        May 3:   The Jungle Book, 2pm.

8 Feb
Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show: The Sky Above
Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, 908-231-8805. 4:30-5:30pm. $7, advance reservations strongly suggested. "The Sky Above," a special astronomy and music show designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities is appropriate for audiences of all ages. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level. The show will include music, laser lights, stories and information about the planets, the Moon and constellations. All material will be presented on a very basic level.

Feb 8-Apr 12, Feb 26-Apr 16
ACT Review Preparation Class
Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, 908-526-1200, ext. 8404. Two ACT Review preparation courses will be held Sundays, February 8 to April 12, from 2-5 pm. No class will be held February 15 and April 5. The second section will be held Thursdays, February 26 to April 16, from 6:30-9:30 pm. The course covers English, reading, math, essay writing and science and also strategies for students to use while studying and taking the test. Homework is required. The fee for the each section is $429.

Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park
535 N. Rt. 73, West Berlin, NJ, 856-767-7580. Sahara Sam's provides safe, clean, fun all year under a retractable roof. They offer indoor surfing, cabanas, and birthday parties. The water park is located in West Berlin, NJ and 20 minutes from Philadelphia.
         Sahara Sam's also hosts special needs events quarterly, made possible by the Sambulance Safety Squad. They provide fun, judgment-free evenings for individuals with special needs to enjoy with their family and friends.
Special Events
Mar 6, May 1
        Special Needs Events.

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.

Camp, School, Scout Programs
Traditional Earth Skills

973-570-2882, email: Lenape education presentations and artifacts display. Outreach programs available year round for schools, scouts and summer camps. Try your hand at wilderness skills or create a take home native artifact.

Summer Enrichment Program Open House
International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs

908-899-1338, email Tour the facilities and get your questions answered. Fun activities include racing robots, playing Minecraft, seeing examples of work by students from last year and speaking with teachers and counselors. Free admission. RSVP requested, but not required.
Feb 22
         Open House at Ringwood, 1 Carletondale Rd., Ringwood, NJ. 12-3pm.
Feb 28
         Open House at Short Hills, 50 Country Day Drive, Short Hills, NJ. 11am-3pm.
Mar 7
         Open House at Sparta, 32 Lafayette Rd., Sparta, NJ. 12-3pm.
Mar 8
         Open House at Scotch Plains, 551 Park Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ. 12-3pm.
Mar 14
         Open House at Paramus, 70 Eisenhower Dr., Paramus, NJ. 12-3pm.
Mar 15
         Open House at Far Hills, 697 Mine Brook Rd. (Rt. 202), Far Hills, NJ. 12-3pm.
Mar 22
         Open House at Chatham, 700 Shunpike Rd., Chatham, NJ. 12-3pm.
Mar 28
         Open House at Oakland, 8 Wright Way, Oakland, NJ. 12-3pm.
Mar 29
         Open House at Caldwell, 120 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, NJ. 12-3pm.
Apr 26
         Open House at Somerset, 1345 Easton Ave., Somerset, NJ. 2-4pm.

Every Friday thru May
Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl

Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Ave., Morristown, NJ, 973-326-7651. 8-10pm. $7 admission, $3.50 skate rental. DJ Earl plays the newest hits and some favorite throw-backs under psychedelic lights. Requests are always welcome. Skating, arcade games, and treats from the snack bar.

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.

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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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.