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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, July 2010

Donald McDermott


PARENTGUIDE
News July 2010


by Donald McDermott


Bigger and Better
The State Fair at the Meadowlands Fairgrounds runs until July 5. This year’s show features three electrifying acts— the Piccadilly Circus, Sea Lion Splash and Aerial Stunt Show. The fair boasts more than 50 food vendors and 150 rides and attractions for all ages. Free nightly entertainment also includes favorites like master hypnotist Steve Bayner, racing pigs, the Festival of Magic and an old-fashioned oddities show. Tickets are available by logging onto www.njfair.com or calling (973)450-1073.

Flag-tastic
Amazing sights, animals, live entertainment and special events make Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari a must-see seasonal attraction. Step aboard a pulse-pounding roller coaster like The Great American Scream Machine, El Toro or Kingda Ka. Enjoy a great live concert, fireworks display or the new glow-in-the-dark parade. Located in Jackson, New Jersey, Six Flags is open seven days a week through October. Call (732)928-1821 or visit www.sixflags.com to learn more.

Ponies and Parties
Give your child a birthday party that he or she won’t forget at Abma’s Farm. Through September, Abma’s Farm hosts the popular Pony Ride/Petting Zoo Party. Celebrations include cowboy hats and bandanas, pizza, juice and lots of fun. Abma’s Farm is located at 700 Lawlins Road in Wyckoff. For reservations, call (201)891-0278 or visit www.abmasfarm.com.

Feeling Artistic
Celebrating its 19th year, Artistic Expressions’ Art Camp offers exciting creative programming for kids ages 5-13. Running through August 20, camp sessions feature cartooning, drawing, face painting, tattooing, pastels, water colors and more. Choose from one or both two-week sessions. To reserve your child’s spot among the limited spaces that remain, call (201)327-5772 or visit www.theartcamp.com.

Connect the Dots
Summer Connections is the theme at the Dwight-Englewood School this summer. The fun and educational summer program brings a wonderful mix of academic and arts enrichment, adventures in sports and healthy living, and leadership development and international explorations. Summer sessions are available from July 1 through August 6. Dwight-Englewood School is located at 315 East Palisade Ave. in Englewood. Call (201)569-9500, ext. 3501, or visit www.d-e.org/summer for details.

Museum Mayhem
The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, hosts two special events this month, beginning with the Pirate Adventure Weekend on July 10 and 11. Participants enjoy costumes, treasure hunts, games, crafts and other activities. Then on July 24 and 25, the Bugs Don’t Bug Us! weekend includes crafts, insect facts and hands-on activities. Call the museum at (201)262-5151, ext. 10, to learn more.

Science Spectacular
Summer is the perfect time to beat the heat and discover great opportunities for learning at The Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City. The facility has hundreds of incredible exhibitions, live science presentations, animal exhibits, movies in the IMAX Dome Theater, a rock climbing wall and much more. A summer visit to Liberty Science Center means free admission for one child. For additional details, call (201)200-1000 or visit www.lsc.org.

Let’s Dance
You can still register your child for exciting summer dance programs at Mariann’s School of Dance in Paramus. Choose from a wide variety of classes, such as hip hop, ballet, jazz/contemporary dance and theater arts. Summer programs are offered in weekly sessions from July 19-23 and August 16-20. Call (201)261-1207 or visit www.mariannsdance.com for summer schedules.

Creative Cruises
Join Kiddie Cruise for a wonderful family excursion aboard the Queen of Hearts in New York City. This month’s cruise themes include Princesses and Pirates on July 11 and Superhero and Fairy Princess on July 25. Kiddie Cruise now has departures on select Wednesdays for a weekday family sailing. Experience the fun of Kiddie Cruise weekends, but mid-week. Discounts are available for birthday parties. For details, see www.kiddiecruise.com.


Donald McDermott is an Associate Editor.