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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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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
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.

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.

Thru Oct 6
Woodstock Fifty Years Down the Road
Grammy Museum Experience, Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ, 973-757-6000
          Open 11am-6pm non-event days; 11am-8pm on event nights. Adults $10, college students $9, seniors 65+ $8, ages 3-17 $7, 2 and under free.
          A photographic essay consisting of over 40 original photographs, shot through the lens of festival photographer Henry Diltz, tells the story of the mot famous music festival in history. The GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center offers guests a chance to experience music, get hands-on and learn, while also exploring what it takes to become a GRAMMY winner. Featured exhibits include Ray Charles & The Raelettes, Drum Interactive with Max Weinberg, and Rap Interactive with Wyclef Jean.

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.

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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2019-2020 NJ theatre and music & dance announcements

Links to new season announcements will be posted below as they come in over the summer and fall, 2019. 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.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University,
36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600