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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, November 2011

Donald McDermott


PARENTGUIDE News November 2011

by Donald McDermott

The Nutcracker
The New York City Ballet gears up for the holidays with its annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, which mesmerizes audiences with a glistening Christmas tree, crystalline waltzing snowflakes and grand dance numbers. The Nutcracker runs November 25 through December 31 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York City. Order the Premium “Sweet Seat” VIP Package to receive an orchestra seat, a complimentary souvenir book and a 15 percent discount at the gift shop. Plus, for every two tickets purchased, you’ll receive a voucher good for one complimentary keepsake photo with a character from the ballet. For performance schedules and tickets, call CenterCharge at (212)721-6500 or visit www.nycballet.com.

Live on Stage
The Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, is the place to be for great live performances for the whole family. Performances for the month of November include an evening with The Parsons Dance Company on November 18, a Kidz Caberet performance of Bill Blagg III­ The Science of Magic on November 19, the musical story of Mooseltoe on November 23 and the national Acrobats of China on November 27. For show times and ticket prices, call (201)227-1030 or visit www.bergenpac.org.

Make a Splash
Children ages 8 and younger gather in Bergen County on November 13 for the annual Gingerbread Mini Swim Meet at the Ridgewood YMCA, 112 Oak St., Ridgewood. This day-long event is a great way for your kids to build self-confidence and enjoy the water. Call the Ridgewood Y at (201)444-5600 or log onto www.ridgewoodymca.org to register, which is required.

The Yoga Bond
Sukha Arts Center, 76 Schraalenburgh Road, Harrington Park, strengthens the bond between parent and child in Mother-Daughter Yoga. Offered on the first Sunday of each month from 4-5pm, the class enables participants to practice individual poses, meditation and relaxation exercises, while engaging in discussions and having a fabulous time. No yoga experience is necessary. The next class runs on November 6. Dial (201)857-2455 or go to www.sukhaarts.com to reserve a spot for you and your child.

It’s a Zoo
The Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, has wonderful programs for kids of all ages. Upcoming programming includes Zoo Babies for ages 1-3, Animal Families for ages 1-4, In the Mountains for ages 4-5, Extraordinary Eggs for ages 6-8, Reptiles for ages 6-8, Fossils for ages 9-11, Holidays for the Animals for ages 11-13, Birding in the Park for all ages and other interactive excitement. For a full list of programs or to register your child, call (201)262-3771 or visit www.co.bergen.nj.us/bcparks/zoo.

Super Saturdays
Children ages 3 and older may delight in educational and entertaining fare at the Lakeshore Learning Store, 449 Essex St., Hackensack. Each Saturday in November, visitors have an opportunity to create a free Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home, from scarecrows and centerpieces to wind chimes. Sessions run on November 5, 12 ,19 and 26 between 11am and 3pm. Call (201)441-9214 or log onto www.lakeshorelearning.com for details.

Sweet Dream
Disney on Ice brings Dare to Dream to the Izod Center from November 22-27. The show portrays Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus, stars of Disney’s animated hit Tangled, as they embark on an exciting journey that includes dancing to the beat with Princess Tiana from Princess and the Frog and an out-of-this-world finale featuring other Disney princesses. The Izod Center is located directly across from the new Meadowlands Stadium at 50 Route 120 in East Rutherford. For tickets, visit www.izodcenter.com or call (201)935-3900.

Helping Hand
Put on your work gloves, grab your tools and support a great cause by lending a helping hand during Mitzvah Day. Presented by the Bergen County Historical Society, this 13th annual event aims to involve people in a variety of community service activities throughout northern New Jersey. Participants are asked to meet at the parking lot across from the Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main St., River Edge, on November 6. For more information or to register, call (201)820-3948 or visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

Pretty Up the Park
Beautiful views of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island provide the perfect backdrop during the Earth Keepers program at Liberty State Park, Central New Jersey Terminal and South Field, Jersey City. Volunteers are needed to help beautify Liberty State Park through various gardening projects for the program, which occurs from 9am-noon on November 5, 12, 19 and 26. To help preserve Liberty State Park’s miles of walkways for jogging, biking and rollerblading and the area in general, call (201)915-3440 to volunteer.

Garden Run
Families are encouraged to lace up their running shoes on November 13 for the Garden State Plaza 5K and 1M Run. Open to participants of all ages and abilities, the event includes breakfast, warm-up instruction, a DJ to keep people moving, a 5K loop around the mall and a leisurely 1 mile fun run/walk. Awards are distributed to the top finishers at the end of the race, and shirts are given out to all participants. The excitement begins at 8:45am at the Garden State Plaza Mall, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus. E-mail tears@practicehard.com or call (908)245-3000 with questions.

Donald McDermott is an Associate Editor.