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

Donald McDermott

Outdoor Arts
The Friends of the Louis Bay 2nd Library proudly present the 27th Annual Outdoor Art Show and Sale on September 21. The popular annual event features the work of area artists and crafts people, and will have live music, face painting, and activities for children including story time and crafts. The art show and sale runs from 10am-3pm on the grounds of the Louis Bay 2nd Library, 345 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne. Call (973)427-5745 or visit www.hawthorne.bccls.org to find out more. 

Kiddie Crusin’
Treat your little ones to an unforgettable trip around New York Harbor on a Circle Line Kids’ Cruise. Your journey includes a tour guide, prizes, giveaways, live music and entertainment, the chance to snap a picture with the Statue of Liberty, and kid-friendly food and drink for purchase. The popular summer series comes to a close with two special trips featuring The Berenstain Bears on September 21 and October 26. Boarding begins at 9:30am. For location and reservations, call (888)572-8678 or visit www.circleline42.com.

Sesame Street Friends
Join Elmo, Big Bird and all of your favorite characters when Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend comes to town! This one-of-a-kind show features eye-catching scenery, sing-along songs, and important messages for audiences. Catch all of the fun on September 21 at the Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry St., Newark. For tickets, call (973)757-6200 or visit www.prucenter.com.

Italian Flavor
Treat your family to a special taste of Italy with a visit to the Hoboken Italian Festival. One of the largest and most anticipated Italian festivals in the Garden State, this weekend-long celebration will take over Hoboken September 5-8. The festivities will include a parade, rides, entertainment, a fireworks display over the Hudson River, and some of the delicious foods that made the area famous! For times and schedules, call (201)216-0252 or log onto www.hobokenitalianfestival.com.

Block Party
Children of all ages are encouraged to explore their creative sides and put together buildings, ships, rockets, and forts in the new Block Party Exhibition. Featuring more than 1,600 oversized blocks, cubes, cylinders and more, this fun and fully interactive exhibition is open to the public through September 15 at the Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City. Questions? Call (201)200-1000 or visit www.lsc.org.

Outdoor Adventures
Spend quality time with the family and explore the wonders of the natural world all around us at the Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly. Upcoming activities for the month of September include: the Seasonal Scavenger Hunt on September 14, the Full Moon Hike on September 19, Nature Story Time on September 21, the Autumn Campfire and Night Hike on September 19, and Apple Cider Making Sundays through September 29. For more information or to register, call (201)568-6093 or visit www.tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Princess Party
Dance the night away with your favorite princesses when the Princess Ball returns to the New Jersey Children’s Museum by popular demand on September 6. The festivities include a DJ, live entertainment, dancing, delicious food, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Museum is located at 599 Valley Health Plaza in Paramus. Call (201)262-5151 or log onto www.njcm.com for more information.

A Colorful Creation
The Imagine That! Children’s Museum in Florham Park encourages you to add a touch of color to an ordinary Saturday during the Crayola Experience. Visitors will have a chance to take part in a top secret craft, sample Crayola’s new line of sidewalk chalk, and take a picture with the Crayola mascot, Tip. To reserve your space, call the museum at (973)966-8000 or go to www.imaginethatmuseum.com.

Going to Pot
Wortendyke Pottery Studio, 211 Greenwood Ave., Midland Park, is the place to be this fall for hands-on fun. Pottery classes are available for children every Monday-Friday, and for adults every Monday-Thursday and Saturday mornings. The fall schedule of classes runs from September through mid-December. All ages and skill levels are welcome. For schedules and more information, contact the studio at (201)652-5882 or at www.wortendykestudio.com.

Feeling Festive
The will be music and merriment for one and all this month when the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival comes to town. Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street comes alive for an annual event that includes three live music stages and more than 300 artists, crafters, photographers, sculptors, local businesses, restaurants, food vendors, local nonprofits and more. The festival will be held on September 29, rain or shine, 11am-6pm. Admission is free. Visit www.hobokennj.org for more information.

A New Dimension
Introduce your little ones to the amazing world of performing arts during a series of upcoming Open Houses at Dance Dimensions, 516 River Road, New Milford, on September 3, 4, 5, and 7. Offering classes and programs for children of all ages and abilities, Dance Dimensions invites families to discover a wide variety of offerings that include ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, performance troupe, competition teams, and the popular new Shooting Stars Program. Call Dance Dimensions at (201)967-2928 or log onto www.dance-dimensions.net to register.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.