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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, December 2012

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Ice Capades
Discover fantastical entertainment when Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove. The fun begins as Disney’s celebrates its 50th animated feature. Flynn and Rapunzel join Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Snow White and other notable characters in song and dance on the ice. The show runs from January 2-6 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. For show times and ticket prices, call the box office at (201)935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com.

Winter Wonderland

The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, transforms for winter with an eyecatching holiday display. Visitors also enjoy breakfast with Santa on certain days of the month. Call (201)262-5151 for details.

Circus Legends

LEGENDARIUM, the latest show from the Big Apple Circus, sets up a one-ring tent at Lincoln Center in New York City through January 13. Audience members of all ages watch aerial feats, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and playful pooches— all no more than 50 feet from the stage. Contortionists and archers also lend their talents to make the production extraordinary. For tickets, directions and information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

A Christmas Carol

comes to the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, on December 15. The heartwarming musical interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic combines humor, touching performances and original songs. Other productions include The Nutcracker on December 1 and 2 and Audra Rox! on December 9. Log onto www.bergenpac.org for information.

Festival of Lights

Children ages 2-6 who are accompanied by an adult are invited to Celebrate Chanukah on December 13. Festivities include crafts, music and a screening of Grover and the Missing Menorah. The event starts at 3:45pm at the JCC of Rockland, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, New York. To reserve a spot, dial (845)362-4400 or see www.jccrockland.org.

Seasonal Glee

Support a great cause by purchasing tickets to The Nutcracker. Held at Miss Patti’s School of Dance in Midland Park on December 7, 8 and 9, the show features talented dancers from the internationally acclaimed Donetsk Ballet. Proceeds benefit JulieDance, an organization founded in memory of 12-year-old Julie Vigon, who died of Ewing Sarcoma. For directions and information, call (201)670-4422 or log onto www.misspatti.com.

Back to Nature

The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, makes it a month to remember for the whole family. Visitors of all ages may attend the Seasonal Scavenger Hunt on December 8, Lantern Making and Winter Solstice Celebration on December 15, Winter Break Camp on December 26 and The Full Moon Hike on December 29. To sign up, dial (201)568-6093 or see www.tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Grand Opening

Mad Science, the science enrichment company that has been sparking children’s imaginations for more than two decades, is proud to announce the grand opening of the Mad Science Lab! The brand new Fair Lawn facility is the perfect place for your next birthday party, after school club, fundraiser or other special event. Call (201)236-1400 or visit www.madscience.org/bergen to find out more.

Movie Mania

Enhance your experience at the movies with a visually enhanced flick at the IMAX Theater at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, New York. Offering state-of-the-art technology and massive screens, the theater is showing To the Arctic, Born to Be Wild and Tornado Alley all in 3D. For times, call (845)358-IMAX or visit www.imax.com/palisades.

Bring It Down

Youngsters ages 2-5 learn about gravity’s pull at the workshop We Explore: Are You Down With Gravity? Held at Liberty Science Center from December1-January 1, the class gives visitors a chance to venture across a balance beam and experiment with toys that demonstrate how gravity brings the entire universe together. For the learning experience, head to 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City. For a schedule of upcoming events, log onto www.lsc.org.