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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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summer highlights, featured events, recent openings

FREE FAMILY FUN! Visit Arts in the Parks for FREE concerts, movies and theater in the parks all summer!

6-12 Aug
Middlesex County 4-H Fair
655 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick, NJ, 732-257-8858
          Mon.-Fri. 5-11pm, Sat. 11am-11pm, Sun. 11am-10pm. Adults $7, srs. over 65 $4, ages 3-12 $1, under 2 free. Free parking.
          More than 400 4-H members showcase their 4-H projects, including small animals, dogs, horses, livestock, remote control cars, crafts and clothing, archery, dance and more. 4-H craft workshops, animal displays, Ask the Trainer, rides, entertainment, concerts. Visit website for daily schedule.

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.

Thru Sep 3
Game Masters - The Exhibition
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. (at Benjamin Franklin Parkway), Philadelphia, PA, 215-448-1200
         Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, Game Masters takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games—from the trailblazing arcade era through today's web and console games. Challenge yourself to achieve a high score on more than 100 playable games as you learn how the most beloved characters—from Sonic to the Sims—came to life, and follow the remarkable transformations that video games have undergone over time through the 100 objects and original artworks featured within the exhibit.
         Visitors will have the unique opportunity to play in multi-player immersive experiences as well as on classic arcade games from the 1970s and '80s while discovering the stories of the designers who have pushed the limits of gaming.
Select Saturdays
        Programming from Scratch: A Beginners Workshop to Coding with Games, selected Saturdays from 11am-1pm, (ages 10-13).

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.

Thru Sep 2
Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA, 215-923-3811
            The first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein's life, Jewish identity, and social activism explores the restlessness, anxiety, fear, and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam, and turbulent social change—what Bernstein referred to as his "search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith." The exhibition features interactive media and sound installations along approximately 100 historic artifacts, including Bernstein's piano, marked-up scores, conducting suit, annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet used for the development of West Side Story, personal family Judaica, composing easel and a number of objects from his studio.
            Family Guide available for families with kids ages 8 and up.
Fridays
            
Free Admission Friday afternoons from 1-5pm through Aug. 24.

NEW SUMMER SOCIAL SKILLS CAMP
Kids Helping Kids Social Skills Summer Camp

St. Christopher's School, 1050 Littleton Rd., Parsippany, NJ 07054
Camp Director: Stasia Hansen, 201-407-0152
Email stasia.bestpractices@gmail.com
            Kids Helping Kids is a half day social skills camp, utilizing peer models. The staff includes two Board Certified Behavior Analysts and a certified Special Ed teacher. Kids Helping Kids is designed for elementary age kids entering Kindergarten through 5th grade with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, shyness or obsessive-compulsiveness. Camp activities include peer tutoring, social skills training, exercise, physical activity, and a weekly STEM project. Register now for one to three weeks in August.
Aug 13-16, 20-23

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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.
          Jan 12: The Phantom Tollbooth.
          Feb 10: The Amazing Max.
          Mar 2: Beauty & the Beast.
          Mar 16: The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites.
          Mar 23: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat.
          Apr 7: The Jungle Book.

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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summer camp discounts...

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Seaton Hackney Stables
Use coupon from online coupon page or on page 61 in the print Kids Guide NJ for 10% OFF ANYTHING (lessons, camps, parties, trail rides, more)! Morristown, NJ. Good thru December 31, 2018.

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