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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, April 2010

Kayla Mossien

by Kayla Mossien

PARENTGUIDE News April 2010

Animation Sensation
Grab your hard hat and get ready for some real entertainment. Bob the Builder: Heavy Duty Diggers lets viewers experience the power of CG animation on DVD. The title takes Bob and the Can-Do team on an adventure in Harbor Town where Lofty leads the construction of a new ocean pier and transforms an old shack into a surf school. Scratch digs his way into all sorts of adventures with Scoop at the museum, and Scrambler attempts to build a tree house at the school all by himself. Find the DVD at your local entertainment store or through an online distributor.

Looking Back
Acorn Hall, located at 68 Morris Ave., gives patrons a chance to find out what happened in Morristown after George Washington left town during the Revolutionary War. Its exhibit “Life After George: Morristown After the Revolution” chronicles the area through the early 20th century. Spend time immersed in this era by catching a final viewing on April 16, 10am-4pm, or April 18, 1-4pm. Dial (973)267-3465 for details.

Stride Toward Change
Parents Of Autistic Children (POAC) presents Walk For A Difference on April 24, with registration at 11am and kickoff at noon. Bring family and friends to one of the biggest autism events in the state. The walk occurs at First Energy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood. Food, entertainment, an autism resource fair and tons of surprises await. For questions, call the POAC office at (732)785-1099 or log onto www.poacwalk.net.

Children’s Theater
Community Theatre at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts presents two family-friendly shows this month. On April 11 at 3pm, viewers will be captivated by New Jersey Ballet’s performance of Cinderella. The fairy tale comes to life with the company’s renowned dancers. Next up, it’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on April 25, 1:30pm and 4pm. See what happens when five lucky children hold golden tickets to enter Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory where they discover a world of enchanting delights. The theater is located at 100 South St., Morristown. For tickets, dial (973)539-8008.

Museum Mayhem
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts offers a month of fun for family and friends. The Kids’ Club presents Fabulous Fabric on April 7, 4-5:30pm, when kids make unique fabric collages, and Food Art on April 20, 4-5:30pm, when children learn about creating art with various food items. Next up is Family Fun Day on April 10, 1-3pm. Craft activities await. For more details, call (973)377-2982 or visit www.metc.org. The museum is located at 9 Main St., Madison.

Liftoff to Learning
Attend Go For the Stars with Gary Pozzato on May 15 at Morris Museum to learn about robotics in space, living in space and other out-of-this-world experiences. This hands-on multimedia presentation lets guests meet Robo, the friendly robot who talks, moves and interacts with the audience. Youngsters can volunteer to dress in astronaut flight suits and perform live demonstrations with the use of computer-aided technology, numerous props and visual aids. Topics covered include the Space Shuttle Orbiter, the International Space Station, Space Travel to the Moon and Mars, and more. The museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. Call (973)971-3700 for further details.

A Day in the Life
Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver join Uma Thurman on a comical journey during a stay-at-home mom’s chaotic day in Motherhood, which is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from National Entertainment Media. Portraying party fiascos, playground politics and life’s daily messes, the fresh and funny take on parenting cleverly shows what it means to be a mother. The DVD is loaded with bonus features, including revealing interviews with the stars. Each copy also includes more than $400 in savings from companies such as Aveeno Baby, Diapers.com and BabyBjorn. Available where DVDs are sold.

Blooming Merriment
The Haggerty Center in Morristown presents Branching Out, an interactive horticulture and gardening program for kids ages 5-13. Running on Saturdays from April through June, the program has participants planting, harvesting and tending to their own gardens. Sessions are divided by age to ensure that everyone has a fun and educational experience. To register, call (973)631-5004.

A Beloved Bestseller
Debuting as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack from Twentieth Century Home Entertainment is Fantastic Mr. Fox. In this re-imaged tale penned by Roald Dahl, Mr. and Mrs. Fox (George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live a happy home life with their eccentric son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting nephew Kristopherson. All is well until Mr. Fox plots the greatest heist the animal world has ever seen. Purchase a copy to find out what ensues.

Ready, Set, Go
Main Street’s 5K Festival and Business Expo to benefit the Scleroderma Foundation is slated for April 24 at 115 Sparta Ave. in Sparta. The event includes a pre-race dinner and race-day festivities like face painting and interacting with vendors. Runners of all ages are expected to participate. Sign up at www.mainstreetevents.org.

Kayla Mossien is an associate editor.