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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, November 2014

Donald McDermott

Rollin’ at Ranney
Now there are even more reasons for parents to love The Ranney School in Tinton Falls. The school opened its doors this fall complete with an impressive new all weather playground for PreK-5th graders. The Ranney School campus is also home to the amazing Searle Library for lower school students, and fully equipped with 18 workstations, wireless access and SMARTBoard technology. To find out more, Call the school at (732)542-4777 or log onto www.ranneyschool.org.

Outdoor Excitement
The Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, makes it a month that families will always remember. Upcoming events include: Autumn Break Camp on November 4, Full Moon Hike on November 6, Seasonal Scavenger Hunt on November 8, Nature Story Time on November 15, and Forest Explorers on November 20. For a full list of events, contact the Center at (201)568-6093 or visit www.tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Imagine That!
The Imagine That! Museum, Florham Park, makes it a month to remember beginning with hands-on crafts featuring a Thanksgiving theme on November 8 , 9, 15, 16, 29, and 30. If that’s not enough, the museum rings in the holiday season with an unforgettable Meet Santa program on November 28! Call the museum at (973)966-8000 or visit www.imaginethatmuseum.com for more.

Garden Run
Head over to the Garden State Plaza Mall on November 9 for the Garden State Plaza 5K and 1M. Open to all ages, this annual event includes breakfast, warm-up instructor, a DJ to keep people moving, 5K loop around the mall and a leisurely 1 mile fun run/walk. Awards will be handed out to the top finishers at the end of the race, and shirts will be given out 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 for more.

Friday at Far Hills
Find out how to provide an excellent foundation for your child’s learning experience during the Fridays at Far Hills program at Far Hills Country Day School. Presented on November 7, 14, and 21 from 8:30-10:30am, visitors to the morning program will discover all that Far Hills has to offer, from a nurturing atmosphere and caring staff members to a fun and challenging curriculum. Far Hills Country Day School is located off Route 202 in Far Hills. Contact the school at (908)766-0622 or online at www.fhcds.org to find out more.

Enjoy the show
Children and adults alike will be blown away by all of the talent coming to the stage at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. Upcoming events for the month of November include: The National Acrobats of Peking on November 8 and 9, Pinkalicious, The Musical on November 16, Moosletoe on November 29, and Wild Kratts Live on November 30! For tickets and more information, call the box office at (201)227-1030 or visit them online at www.bergenpac.org.

All Aboard
Whippany Railway Museum’s long-awaited 23rd annual Santa Claus Special returns by popular demand on November 30, December 6, 7, 13, and 14. During your ten-mile, 45-minute round-trip train ride, Kris Kringle makes his way through the train and visits with the kids. Santa’s helpers follow along, handing out gifts to your little ones. Registering in advance is highly recommended. For more information,visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net or e-mail tickets@whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

Monster Madness
The popular Kids and Family Series continues at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in The Monster Who Ate My Peas on November 22. This highly amusing and moving musical for young audiences focuses on Danny, a boy who will try absolutely anything to get out of eating his peas! The Center is located at One Sopac Way in South Orange and can be reached at (973)275-1114 or online at www.sopacnow.org.

Live on Stage
The State Theatre keeps audiences of all ages entertained beginning with Rhythm of the Dance on November 7. The excitement continues with Starfish on November 8, Cirque Peking on November 14 and 15, The Okee Dokee Brothers on November 16, and Disney Live! Mickey’s Musical Adventure on November 28 and 29. The State Theatre is located at 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. For times, tickets and more, call the box office at (732)246-7469 or visit www.statetheatrenj.org.

Holiday Treasures
Discover an array of unique items, wonderful gift ideas and bargains galore by dropping by the Holiday Shopping Boutique at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater. Open to the public on November 17, this special one day only event welcomes a wide variety of vendors offering a little something for everyone. For times and more, contact the JCC at (908)725-6994.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.