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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, October 2012

Donald McDermott

PARENTGUIDE News October 2012

by Donald McDermott

Creating Art
Design animated cartoons by paying a visit to “Animation” at the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City. Perfect for creative kids ages 4-12, the exhibition features 30 hands-on activities that demonstrate how art, math, science and technology lend to animation. The exhibit is open daily through January 4, 2013. Visit www.lsc.org for times, directions and more information.

Spectacular Thrills
The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, is the place to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. Come in costume for one of the best non-scary holiday celebrations around during the 14th annual Halloween Spooktacular. From October 13-30, the museum is festively decorated and plenty of childfriendly activities are on the agenda. Learn more at www.njcm.com.

Crafty Affair
The Demarest Duck Pond, Piermont Road and Hardenburgh Ave., Demarest, provides a great backdrop for the 31st annual Oktoberfest Craft Show on October 13. This popular fundraising event features quality crafts from the tri-state area as well as a fantastic selection of German music, fare, games and canoe rides. For further information, call (201)403-3183 or visit www.demarestnaturecenter.org.

Afterschool Activities
The Slocum/Skewes School in Ridgefield presents Saturday Happenings enrichment classes. Dedicated instructors lead students through one-hour classes from 9am-noon on October 13, 20, 27, and November 3 and 17. Topics include reading, math, science, art, karate, computers, piano, cheerleading and more. Call (201)943-4299, ext. 338, to register, which is required.

Ghoulish Antics
Experience family-friendly thrills by day and spine-tingling frights by night at Fright Fest. Held at Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Boulevard in Jackson, on weekends through October 28, the annual event features the Trick-or-Treat Trail, Monster Mash Bash, Haunted Trail Rides, magic shows and other Halloween-themed festivities. Visit www.sixflags.com for further details.

Enter the Big Top
LEGENDARIUM, the latest show by Big Apple Circus, comes to Lincoln Center in NYC. From October 20-January 13, audience members of all ages can view aerial feats, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and playful pooches— all no more than 50 feet from the stage. Contortionists and archers also lend their talents to make the production extraordinary. For tickets, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

Imagine the Wonder
The Imagine That!!! Museum, 4 Vreeland Road in Florham Park, makes October memorable. The fun begins with the interactive Princess Breakfast on October 13 and ends with the Spooktacular Event on October 26. Families may also visit the museum’s outdoor maze, which is open throughout the month. Dial (973)966-8000 or see www.imaginethatmuseum.com for more information.

Learning at the Y
Discover an array of classes for children ages 6 weeks and older at the Bergen County YJCC, 605 Pascack Road, Washington Township. Choose from great October programs for youngsters, including Boogie Babies, Broadway Kids, Hip Hop for Kids, Social Thinking Groups for Children, Clay for Kids and Teen Zumba. Instruction is also available for adults. Call (201)666-6610 or go to www.yjcc.org to register.

Get the Tour
Meet with instructors, tour the grounds and get answers to questions during an informative Open House at The Hudson School, 601 Park Ave., Hoboken, on October 13, 2-4pm. Parents of prospective students discover a well-rounded learning experience that includes small classes, dedicated staffers, age-appropriate courses, a nurturing atmosphere and more. For more details, dial (201)659-8335.

Live Performance
Treat little ones to an adventure in theater, circus and dance when The Hippo Who Wanted to Fly comes to the Cultural Center at Rockland Community College, 145 College Road, Suffern, New York. The production is presented by Amazing Grace Circus. Performances are held on October 6, noon and 4pm, and October 7, 2pm. Call (845)348-8740 or log onto www.amazinggracecircus.org for tickets.

Family Theater
The Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, has live performances for all. Upcoming
shows include amazing riffs and cadences in Drum Line Live! On October 20, Haunted Illusions starring David Caserta on October 28 and a soapy spectacular for all in Casey Carle’s Bubblemania on November 4. For tickets, call (201)227-1030 or log onto www.bergenpac.org.

Donald McDermott is an associate editor.