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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, January 2014

Donald McDermott


The Camp Connection
Dedicated to connecting great kids with great camps, the NJ Summer Camp Fair comes to The Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus on January 11. The annual event welcomes representatives from a wide variety of day, overnight, adventure, computer, sports, and other wonderful summer camps. Giveaways, snacks, brochures, prizes, and informative DVDs are also included. Find out more by visiting www.njcampfairs.com.

Circus Legends
Luminocity, the latest show from the Big Apple Circus, sets up its one-ring tent at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park in New York City through January 12. Now in its 36th spectacular season, the show enterains audience members of all ages with its aerial feats, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats, and playful pooches — all no more than 50 feet from the stage. For tickets, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

Disney on Ice
Audiences of all ages are invited to join in the celebration as Disney characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice - 100 Years of Magic! Featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and a plethora of princesses, the skating spectacular runs from January 3 to 5 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Tickets are also available for Monster Jam on February 14 and 15. Call the box office at (201)935-3900 to find out more.

Back to Nature
The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, invites your little ones to start off the new year by taking part in a variety of great programs. Upcoming events for the month of January include: Nature Story Time, Seasonal Scavenger Hunt, Full Moon Hike, Little Explorers, and Volunteer Day. Contact the Center at (201)568-6093 for more information or to hold your child’s spot.

Tale Time
Come in from the cold on December 2 and 16, and treat your little ones to totally cool stories at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken. Led by librarian Penny Metsch, Uptown Storytime at the Museum provides 2-5 year olds and adult companions with a wonderful morning of delightful tales. Hold a spot for your child and you by calling (201)656-2240.

Love International
Start off the new year with an afternoon of music and merriment when Teaneck High School hosts a special Winter Concert on January 26. Love Songs From Around the World is the theme embraced by talented performers who present various expressions of love in English, Swahili, French, Spanish, and Hebrew. The fun begins at 3pm at 100 Elizabeth Ave., Teaneck. Call (201)836-8623 or visit www.teaneckcommunitychorus.org for tickets.

Start Your Engines
The 26th Annual Tri-State International Auto Show is back at the Rockland County Community College Field House. January 24-26 brings the opportunity for automobile enthusiasts to check out more than 200 new domestic and international vehicles, including cars, trucks, hybrids, and SUVs. Compare vehicles and prices, and have questions answered by industry professionals. The event takes place at 145 College Road in Suffern. For additional information and ticket discounts, log onto www.rocklandexpo.com.

Magic and Illusion
The popular Kidz Cabaret Series continues at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood when illusionist Bill Blagg III takes the stage on January 18. One of the most recognized illusionists in the world, Blagg takes the art of magic to new heights by combining grand-scale magic illusions with his own unmatched personality. Order tickets by calling the box office at (201)227-1030 or visiting www.bergenpac.org.

Cool as Ice
Children ages 10 and younger who like hockey will love the new Atoms Program at the Ice Vault Skating Arena. The fun and fully interactive program introduces beginner players to the basics of the game. Classes are held in weekly sessions from January 5 to March 30. Advance registration is required. Ice Vault is located at 10 Nevins Drive in Wayne and may be reached at (973)628-1500 or through www.icevault.com.

One Magical Night
Pay a special visit to the New Jersey Children’s Museum in Paramus with your own little sweetheart for the annual Sweetheart Princess Ball. The museum’s most popular event of the year includes a delicious dinner, wonderful music, pictures and autographs, playtime in the museum, and dancing alongside fairytale princesses. The unforgettable evening is on February 7, 5:30-9pm. Tickets go fast, so don’t wait! Order them by calling the museum at (201)262-5151 or logging onto www.njcmtickets.com.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.