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

Donald McDermott

Big Bouncing Fun
BounceU in Paramus is proud to announce that they have recently paired with The Make-A-Wish foundation to host a series of special fundraising events to benefit the important charity. Smaller events will be held throughout the month of May, with a spectacular Big Bounce fundraiser for the whole family presented on May 22! BounceU is located at 70 Eisenhower Drive, in Paramus, New Jersey. Find out more by calling (201)843-5880 or by clicking on www.bounceu.com.

Ready to Strike
The Workout Place, 12 Bardonia Mall, Bardonia, presents the CounterStrike: Women’s Personal Safety/Self-Defense workshop. Offered Tuesday nights throughout May and 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.

Moms Aboard
Celebrate the season with an unforgettable trip around New York Harbor on the Circle Line’s Spring Kids Cruise on May 18. Your amazing journey includes an interactive tour guide, prizes, giveaways, great live music and entertainment, the chance to snap a picture with the Statue of Liberty, and kid-friendly food and drink for purchase. Families set sail at 10am. Boarding begins at 9:30am. Birthday party packages are also available. For location and reservations, call (888)572-8678 or visit www.circleline42.com.

The Gift of Yoga
Give the special lady in your life an early Mother’s Day gift this year with Mother/Daughter Yoga. Offered on May 5 at Sukha Arts Center, 76 Schraalenburgh Road, Harrington Park, the relaxing class is a great way to slow down, spend time together and strengthen the special bond between mother and daughter. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Class begins at 4pm. To reserve your place or to find out more, call (201)857-2455 or visit www.sukhaarts.com.

Ready to Ride
The Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey encourages families to “ride for fun and health” by participating in the Bergen County Bicycle Tour on June 2. Beginning at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, the tour is open to riders of all ages. Choose from courses that cover 5, 12, 25, or 45 miles. The ninth annual event includes the chance to win a brand-new bicycle! Log onto www.btcnj.com for more information. Helmets are required for everyone who participates.

Memories at the Museum
The Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, is the place to be this month for fun-filled quality time with the whole family. The fun begins on May 2 and 16 when librarian Penny Metsch captivates children ages 2-5 with wonderful tales during Uptown Storytime at the Museum. Then, on June 19, the museum hosts the 12th Annual Baby Parade, which is sure to provide a few smiles and lots of laughs for one and all! Contact the museum by phone at (201)656-2240, or online at www.hobokenmuseum.org for more information.

Hop to It
Kids and adults who like gymnastics, acrobatics and being active will love working out at Bounce! Trampoline Sports, 612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage. Open to one and all, Cirque acrobat Victor Byrne helps participants gain confidence and get fit as they work out on a trampoline in a safe and fun environment. Burn as many as 1,000 calories an hour on May 8, 15, 23, and 30 from 5:30-7pm. For details or to reserve your place, go to www.bounceonit.com.

Rainbow Connection
Spend quality time with your kids and support a wonderful cause by attending the 14th Annual Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation Spring Fair on May 19. Families may enjoy all types of activities, including arts and crafts, in-flatable rides, games, pie-eating contests, raffles, music and more. Jenna’s Rainbow is a local nonprofit organization committed to supporting families combating pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors. The Foundation is named for Jenna Kamil, who died from a brainstem tumor in May 1999 at age 7. The Spring Fair will be held at Tenafly Middle School, Tenafly from 12:30-5pm. To find out more, visit www.jennasrainbow.org.

Get Moving
Hoboken Catholic Academy invites families to lace up their sneakers and be a part of the Hoboken Catholic 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash. Held on June 1 at 9am, the Academy’s fundraising event is an excellent opportunity for children and adults to exercise, spend time together and show their support. All run/walks start and end at Pier A, 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken. Proceeds go towards the educational and professional development of the school. Check out www.active.com for more information.

Outdoor Adventures
Spend some quality time with your family at the Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly. Upcoming programs include: Guided Nature Walk on May 5, Little Naturalists on May 7, Seasonal Scavenger Hunt on May 11, Mother’s Day Walk on May 12, Nature Story Time on May 18, the Full Moon Hike on May 24, Nature & Birding Walk on May 26, and Afternoon Explorers on Wednesdays through May 29. Call the TNC at (201)568-6093 or visit www.tenaflynaturecenter. org for a full list of summer events and to reserve your spot.

Magic and Mystery
Audiences of all ages will be on the edge of their seats during an afternoon of illusion with The Spencers. The modern-day Houdinis will mesmerize audiences of all ages with a high-tech show that combines amazing illusions with humor, mystery, romance and suspense. The action takes place on June 2 at 4pm at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood. Contact the box office at (201)227-1030 or log onto www.bergenpac.org for tickets.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.