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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, June 2013

Donald McDermott

Accept the Challenge
Join the fight against cancer by taking part in the George Washington Bridge Challenge! Race across one of the world’s busiest bridges as the American Cancer Society sponsors the event that includes 5K and 10K distances for walkers and runners, as well as cycling routes that range from 4 to 63 miles. Participants receive medals, T-shirts, swag bags, and an invitation to the post-race party. The day-long event begins on June 9 at the Port Authority office in Fort Lee. For more information, visit www.community.acsevents.org/gwbchallenge.

Fun-tastic for Families
Bergen County comes alive with amazing sights and sounds when State Fair Meadowlands returns from June 21 to July 7. The ultimate, annual family experience features plenty of action-packed excitement, from delicious food, thrilling rides, games and exhibits to live animals, shopping, and an array of live entertainment. Pay a visit to the State Fair Meadowlands in the MetLife Stadium Parking Lot, East Rutherford. For tickets and more information, call (201)503-8083 or visit www.njfair.com.

Show Your Creativity
Make it a summer your child will always remember at Cresskill Performing Arts. Children as young as age 3 through teens who love to perform are sure to enjoy the Summer Performing Arts Camp from June 24 to August 30. It also give 5-10 year olds a chance to show their creativity in an exciting Creative Legos Workshop offered weekly in July. Summer sessions are held at Cresskill Performing Arts’ locations in Cresskill and Englewood. Log onto www.cresskillperformingarts.com to register or to find out more.

Ready to Strike
The Workout Place, 12 Bardonia Mall, Bardonia, presents the CounterStrike: Women’s Personal Safety/Self-Defense workshop. Offered Tuesday nights throughout June, the workshop covers an array of important topics, from the dynamics of victimization and confrontation avoidance to self confidence and hands-on, self-defense training. Questions? Call (845)624-2244 or e-mail counterstrike@workoutplace.org.

Court is in Session
Serve up a smash hit with your little ones by enrolling them in the 2013 Junior Summer Camp at Binghamton Racquet Club, 737 River Road, Edgewater. Welcoming youngsters at beginner-through-advanced skill levels, the camp teaches kids the fundamentals of tennis while playing, meeting new people, and having fun. Summer tennis classes are offered in full- and half-day weekly sessions, beginning in June. For schedules, more information, or to enroll your child, call Binghamton Racquet at (201)945-9500.

A Smoking Hot Event
The New Milford Fire Department encourages families in the area to show their support by taking part in the 3rd Annual New Milford Fire Department 5K Run/Walk on June 15. The fundraiser includes a kids’ ½ -mile dash, 150-yard sprint, pre- and post-race activities, and a stroller-friendly course. The fun begins bright and early at 8:30am outside the New Milford Fire Department, Company One, New Milford. To register or for more information, call (201)265-1712 or go to www.newmilfordrun.com.

Princess Party
Treat the little princess in your family to an unforgettable evening when the Royal Princess Ball comes to the New Jersey Children’s Museum in Paramus on June 14. From 5:30-9pm, visitors are treated to a night of dining and dancing, DJ entertainment by Polka Dot, and the debut of the museum’s Brave princess. Registering in advance is strongly suggested. Contact the museum at (201)262-5151 or www.njcm.com.

Summer Sessions
Discover fabulous summer programs for children in grades 1-10 at Art for Learning. Offered in weekly sessions from June 17 to August 16, the programs include field trips and hands-on activities in a variety of art media. In addition, children in grades 4-11 can also enjoy Summer Fashion Programs that include meeting fashion designers, visiting the garment district, and much more. All programs are presented at Art for Learning’s Englewood location. Call (201)503-9796 or visit www.artforlearning.com to reserve your child’s place.

Free Form
Mariann’s School of Dance, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, proudly presents a series of Free Trial Classes on June 11 and 12. Children ages 2½ through adult, from beginner to advanced, are welcome to drop in throughout the day to take part in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theatre, and creative movement classes. Call Mariann’s Dance at (201)261-1207 to reserve your place, or visit www.mariannsdance.com for a list of trial classes and scheduled times.

Join the Circus
This summer, the Amazing Grace Circus gives your child a few experiences that she will literally “flip” over! The Big Top Circus Summer Day Camp teaches 5-18 year olds a variety of circus skills, like how to juggle, clown, perform acrobatics, fly on the trapeze, and more. Every session ends with a Showcase of Talents for family and friends. Camp programs run June 24-August 2 and pre-registration is required. Call (845)348-8740 or visit www. amazinggracecircus.org to reserve your child’s spot.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.