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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

A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life & Death of the Passenger Pigeon
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State St., Trenton, 609-292-6464 (recorded information), 609-292-6308 (weekdays only). New exhibition tells the story of the passenger pigeon, a cautionary tale of how we impact the earth and how we can steward the planet that sustains us. September 1, 2014, is the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the very last passenger pigeon in the world. Children can make an origami bird as part of the exhibit.

Special Needs Expo New Jersey, September 14, 2014

7 Sep-Oct 26
Berlin-Shanghai-America: The Multiple Lives of John H. Less
Gaelen Center for the Arts at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-530-3413. Watercolors by Margie Samuels and oil paintings by Jo Bradney will also be on view. Mon.-Thurs. 9am-9pm, Fri. 9-5pm, Sun. 10-5pm.

20 Sep-Oct 26
The Count's Halloween Spooktacular
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA 19047, 215-752-7070, 1-866-GO-4-ELMO. Come in costume and play in the not-too-spooky Halloween haven featuring two new Halloween shows, themed mazes, a Sesame Street character hayride, rides, Halloween parade and Cookie's Monster Land.

10 Oct-Nov 2
Halloween Happenings in Cape May
609-884-5404, 800-275-4278. Cape May will be hosting three weeks of fun tours and special events for Halloween. Sixth Annual Scarecrow Contest will be held on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's original haunted house, at 1048 Washington St. The mansion and grounds are transformed for the season. Community groups, individuals and families are invited to create their own scarecrow for display. Visit website for registration form and full calendar of events including Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour, Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour and Tales of Terror Trolley Ride.
Oct 4
        Scarecrow Workshop, 1-3pm, designed for youngers and families to work on their scarecrow. Call to register, 609-884-5404, ext. 1-111. $5.
Oct 8, 25, Nov 1
        Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Ghosts & Guides Tour, special, kid-friendly daytime tour of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. 30-minute guided tours take place every 15 minutes from 1-4pm. Adults $12, ages 3-12 $7.
Oct 31
Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate, spooky characters await on the porch with treats for all youngsters from 5-7pm. Free.

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.

1 Oct-Jan 4
Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Asteroids, Meteors
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, 972-596-6550. Exhibit eplores the science of comets, asteroids and meteors through fun, interactive multimedia and hands-on activities.
Oct 18
          Astrofest, family fun day. 10am-4:30pm.

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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 dates under specific destinations and use the convenient website links for complete schedules of events and activities for all ages. In particular, check out listings under Outdoor Education, Museums, Historic Sites, Music & Dance and Theater for daily and weekly activities.

activities & events open for advance tickets or registration

13 Dec
Sensitive Santa for Children with Autism
63 Lincoln Ave., Jamesburg, NJ, 908-217-5671. 9am-6pm by appointment only. $10. Children with autism are invited to enjoy meeting Santa in a calmer and less intimidating environment than the typical mall. Distracting lights, movements and loud noises will be eliminated as only the child, the child's family and a staff photographer will be in the designated area. Appointments are required and must be made at least 24 hours prior to the event. Call to schedule.

Artist People

281 Summerhill Rd. #205, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, 267-902-3079. Weekend art classes for kids age from 5 to 8 starting from Saturday, Sept. 6. Seats are limited; all kids receive personalized attention. Kids will learn basic drawing and painting, sketching, acrylics on canvas, oil pastels and fun filled art projects. Guided fun art studio for adults is also offered. No painting experience is required for fun art classes. Visit website or email for more information.

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

Use the convenient links below to access complete calendars for the new season. Check often for newly added events. Even more 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.

Carnegie Hall Community & Family Programs
154 W. 57th St., New York, 212-903-9600.

Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000.

Kean Stage
Kean University, Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union; Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside, 908-737-7469.

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

Mostly Music Chamber Music Series
Morrow Church, 600 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood; Temple Emanu-el, 756 E. Broad St., Westfield; 973-762-0108.

Music at Noon & Abendmusik
Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 S. Park Place, Morristown, 973-538-2132.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 888-GO-NJPAC.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Performances in Englewood, Morristown, Newark, New Brunswick, Princeton and Red Bank, 800-255-3476.

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

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.

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

Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226.