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

Donald McDermott

An International Celebration
Be a part of one colossal party with all your favorite fictional friends at Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate! Mickey, Minnie, Buzz Lightyear, the Disney Princesses and others lead audiences in an unforgettable celebration of a magical medley of holidays, celebrations, and festivals from around the globe. The excitement takes place November 26 through December 1 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. For tickets and more information, call (201)935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com.

Hands-On Saturdays
Children ages 3 and older are invited to enjoy a day that is fun and fully interactive at the Lakeshore Learning Store. Each Saturday in November, visitors to Lakeshore Learning have an opportunity to create a wonderful, free, Thanksgiving-theme craft to take home. Programs are held on November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 between 11am and 3pm at the Lakeshore Learning Store, 449 Essex St., Hackensack. Call (201)441-9214 or visit www.lakeshorelearning.com to find out more.

Saddle Up
Get ready for another exciting season of amazing live performances geared toward young audiences at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River. Upcoming productions include Alex the Jester on November 3, Bubblemania on November 17, and Treasure Island on November 18. All shows are suitable for children ages 3 and older and their families. Call (201)825-3366 or log onto www.srvcc.org for show times.

Garden Run
Lace up your favorite running shoes and head to the Garden State Plaza Mall on November 10 for the Garden State Plaza 5K and 1M. Open to participants of all ages and abilities, this annual event includes a delicious breakfast, warm-up instructor, a DJ to keep people moving, a 5K loop around the mall, and a 1-mile fun run/walk. Awards are handed out to the top finishers at the end of the race, and shirts are given to everyone who participates. The fun begins at 8:45am at the Garden State Plaza Mall, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus. Call (908)245-3000 with any questions.

To The Max
Families are invited to take going to the movies to a whole new level at The IMAX Theater at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack. Offering state-ofthe-art technology and giant, eye-catching screens, the IMAX Theater is proud to present The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, beginning November 22. The second adaptation of the popular book series takes audiences on an IMAX ride you’ll have to see to believe! For other screenings and more information, call (845)358-IMAX or visit www.imax.com/palisades.

Imagine That!
The Imagine That!!! Museum rings in the holiday season by hosting a special Visit with Santa on November 29, 30, and December 1. Don’t forget to have your child’s wish lists ready for a day that also includes pictures and a special gift from Santa! The Imagine That!!! Children’s Museum is located at 4 Vreeland Road in Florham Park, New Jersey. Imagine That!!! can be reached at (973)966-8000 or at www.imaginethatmuseum.com for more information.

Slam Dunk
Children will be kept happily occupied when the Bergen County YJCC hosts a Basketball Mini Camp on November 7 and 8. Open to boys and girls ages 5-14, the two-day program is led by experienced instructors who teach basketball fundamentals while encouraging participants to make new friends and have fun. Full- and half-day sessions are available. The Bergen YJCC is located at 605 Pascack Road, Washington Township. Call the YJCC today at (201)666-6610 to reserve your child’s spot.

Back to Nature
The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, is the place to be for some exciting and educational fun for the whole family. Programs for the month of November include: Autumn Break Camp on November 7 and 8, Seasonal Scavenger Hunt on November 9, Nature Story Time on November 16, Full Moon Hike on November 17, and Endangered NJ on November 23. For a full schedule of events or to reserve your place, contact the center at (201)568-6093 or go to www.tenaflynaturecenter.org.

One Dynamite Show
Children and adults will be blown away by an amazing show with Doktor Kaboom! at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. The multi-talented actor/comedian presents a one-man science variety show that introduces the wonders of scientific exploration through a creative blend of theatre arts, comedy, experiments and demonstrations. For tickets and more information, call the box office at (201)227-1030 or visit www.bergenpac.org.

The Yoga Bond
Sukha Arts Center, 76 Schraalenburgh Road, Harrington Park, strengthens the bond between parents and children by hosting a weekly Family Yoga Class. Offered every Sunday through the end of the year, 10-11am, the class gives participants of all ages and yoga experience levels an opportunity to enjoy themselves in a warm, family-centered atmosphere. To reserve a spot for your family, contact Sukha Arts at (201)768-2455 or www.sukhaarts.com.

                                                                                                                             Donald McDermott is the managing editor.