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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, October 2010

Donald McDermott

PARENTGUIDE News October 2010

by Donald McDermott

Zoo for You
It’s double the fun and wonder when The New Victory Theater in New York City presents ZooZoo from October 15-24. The talented members of the Imago Theatre unleash this original show that mashes up acrobatic artistry, incredible costumes, fantastic imagery and a menagerie of animals into one gleeful theatrical experience. Get your tickets to a show that overflows with humor, heart and ingenuity by calling (646)223-3010 or logging onto www.newvictory.org.

Playing Dress Up
Children are encouraged to come in costume for the non-scary Halloween celebration at the New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus. The annual Halloween Spook-tacular takes place from October 16-31. On October 29, the Too Cute To Spook masquerade party features great live entertainment and plenty of Halloween activities for toddlers and preschoolers. For details, call (201)262-5151 or see www.njcm.com.

Fitting the Mold
Wortendyke Pottery Studio, 211 Greenwood Ave., Midland Park, invites families to explore their creative sides. Children’s classes occur Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm and Friday from 10am-noon. Classes for adults are presented Monday-Thursday at 9:30am and 7:30pm and Saturdays at 10am. Fall classes run until December 18. Visit www.wortendykestudio.com or call (201)652-5882 for the complete schedule.

Moving Up
Movement and expression become one at Look Sharp Performing Arts Center, 25 North Spruce St., Ramsey. The studio offers dance classes for 3 year olds through adults, from beginner to professional skill levels. Choose from classes involving tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop/funk, modern, voice and acting. Private vocal coaching is also available. For information or to register, call (201)818-1918 or head to www.looksharppac.com.

Music in the Making
Entertainment for young audiences abounds with the Kidz Cabaret series at the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Featuring captivating live musicals in a comfortable setting, the fall season includes unforgettable shows, such as Peter and the Wolf on October 24, Hip Hop Connection on November 13 and The Wizard’s Apprentice on December 5. The Bergen Performing Arts Center is located at 30 North Van Brunt St. in Englewood. For show times and ticket prices, call the box office at (201)227-1030 or visit www.bergenpac.org.

Saturday Happenings
The popular Saturday Happening series of enrichment classes returns to the Slocum/Skewes School in Ridgefield. Dedicated instructors lead students through helpful one-hour classes that occur between 9am and noon on October 16, 23, 30 and November 13 and 20. Reading, math, science, art, karate, computers, cheerleading and other topics are covered during the engaging sessions. Call (201)943-4299, ext. 338, to reserve your child’s spot. Advance registration is required.

Friendly Ghosts
The Imagine That! Children’s Museum, 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, makes it a Halloween to remember with hands-on activities. Create some Ghostly Door Hangers on October 15 and 16, build a Silly Spider on October 23 and 24, and come in costume and leave with a treat during the Trick or Treat weekend on October 30 and 31. Families can also walk through the amazing Pumpkin Maze all month long and take part in the Spook-Tacular Night on October 22. Call (973)966-8000 or visit www.imaginethatmuseum.com for full details.

One-Ring Wonder
The acclaimed Big Apple Circus has its famous one-ring tent set up until October 11 at the Rustic Mall in Manville for a new production entitled Dance On. Every seat is a great seat to watch lasso twirlers from China, a mind–bending group of Mongolian contortionists and an Ethiopian juggler with an up–tempo act. Of course, Grandma the Clown and live music by the Big Apple Circus Band won’t disappoint. For tickets, go to www.bigapplecircus.org.

Back in the Saddle
Choose your seats for live performances geared for kids at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center in Upper Saddle River. Upcoming productions for the month of October include an adaptation of the beloved book Rainbow Fish on October 9, a mesmerizing night of Magic Tricks and Halloween Treats on October 15 and the yearly Bubblemania show on October 23. Call (201)825-3366 or log onto www.srvcc.org for times, prices and more information.

Healthy Heroes
It’s up to Elmo, Abby Cadabby and friends to save the day in Sesame Street Live’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes. The live-action musical show takes a look at exercise, nutrition, sleep and hygiene, all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. Performances run October 1-3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Call the box office at (201)935-3900 or visit www.meadowlands.com for times and ticket prices.

Donald McDermott is an Associate Editor.