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

Donald McDermott

PARENTGUIDE News July 2012

by Donald McDermott

Fun-tastic for Families
Bergen County livens up with amazing sights and sounds at the State Fair Meadowlands. Open daily through July 8, the ultimate family experience features action-packed excitement, delicious food, thrilling rides, games, exhibits, live animals, shopping and other festivities. The fair is held in the MetLife Stadium parking lot on Stadium Road in East Rutherford. Call (973)450-1073 or visit www.njfair.com for tickets and information.

Mini-Camp Memories
The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, hosts a series of mini camps for kids ages 3-7. Held on July 9, 16, 23 and 30, the camp gives kids the opportunity to enjoy hands-on activities, like supervised play and crafts. Weekly sessions feature different themes and run from 9:30am-noon. More information is available at www.njcm.com.

Grand Opening
Future Generation Learning Center opens at 480 Warwick Ave., Teaneck. Specially designed for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, the center is dedicated to developing interactive pathways and bridges between home, school and work in a safe and secure environment. The school is open year round, in full- and part-time schedules. For fall 2012 registration, which is now underway, dial (201)795-3094.

Just for Kicks
Why let your kids spend their summer playing martial arts video games when they can enjoy the real thing at Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts? The opportunity lets children make new friends, develop coordination, strengthen skills and learn self-defense in a comfortable setting. Classes run through August. The school is located at 53 South Washington Ave., Bergenfield. Sign up at www.bluedragonkungfun.com.

Devilishly Fun
Young hockey lovers are invited to study under New Jersey Devils hockey players of the past and present at the All Star Hockey Academy. Daily instruction includes The Goaltending Track with Chico Resch and David Clarkson from August 13-15 and The Defensive Track with legendary Devils Scott Stevens from August 27-31. Programs are held at Ice Vault Skating Arena, 10 Nevins Drive in Wayne. To register, call (973)628-1500 or log onto www.icevault.com.

Happy Fourth!
Celebrate Independence Day at the Little Falls PBA Street Fair. The day-long extravaganza offers arts and crafts, collectibles and kids items. A major highlight is the Kids Traveling Shindig area, which features an array of rides, animals, face painters, tattoo artists and clowns. For times and location, go to www.jcpromotions.info.

Fresh Fare
Stay healthy by paying a visit to the Hasbrouck Heights Farmers Market. Located on the corner of Central Avenue and The Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights, shoppers discover a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from which to choose. The market is open Tuesdays from noon-6pm through September 25. Call (201)288-5464 or e-mail heightsflowershoppe@verizon.net for details.

Join the Circus
The Amazing Grace Circus gives your child a few experiences to flip over! The Big Top Circus Summer Day Camp teaches 5-18 year olds a variety of circus skills, like how to juggle, act like a clown, perform acrobatics, fly on the trapeze and perform other feats. Sessions end with a showcase of talents for family and friends. Programming runs through August 10. Pre-registration is required. Call (845)348-8740 or visit www.amazingcracecircus.org to reserve a spot.

Classes for Kids
Keep kids active at American Eagle Martial Arts Academy, 500 Barnett Place, Ho-Ho-Kus. Participants of all ages receive the tools they need to fight off obesity and increase self-esteem in the Fit Kidz Challenge Class on July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Awareness, avoidance and action are the focus for children in the Bully-Proof Class on July 6, 13, 20 and 27. To register, call (201)612-1429.

Great New Adventures
The amazing sights, animals and live entertainment that have made Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari a must-see attraction for decades are back for another season. Step aboard a pulse-pounding roller coaster like The Great American Scream Machine or the brand-new Skyscreamer Tower Ride. Enjoy live concerts, fireworks displays and character meet and-greets. Located in Jackson, the park is open seven days a week through October. Visit www.sixflags.com for season passes and day tickets.

Donald McDermott is an associate editor.