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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, April 2014

Donald McDermott


Live on Stage
The Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, is the place to be for great live entertainment for the whole family. Choose from amazing shows such as Charlotte’s Web on April 26; Seussical on April 27; Are You My Mother? on May 3; and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on May 10. Shows are suitable for those ages 4-104. Call the box office at (973)376-4343 or go to www.papermill.org for tickets.

Just for Kids
Kiddie Soccer, a leading sports program for preschoolers, starts its spring season on April 7. Classes and instruction are offered at locations throughout Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, and Somerset Counties. For upcoming schedules or to register your child, contact Kiddie Soccer at (973)543-1197 or www.kiddiesoccer.com.

Party Time
Have some unforgettable family fun during two special events at The Imagine That!!! children’s museum, 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park. The excitement begins on April 5 when some of your favorite caped crusaders drop in for the Superheroes Breakfast Brunch. Then, on April 20, The Easter Bunny Breakfast makes the holiday even more special with delicious foods, an Easter parade, pictures, and an egg hunt. To reserve your spot at these events, call (973)966-8000 or visit www.imaginethatmuseum.com.

Hop On Board
The Whippany Railway Museum celebrates springtime and the holidays by inviting families on the Easter Bunny Express! The leisurely 45-minute ride along the historic Whippanong Trail includes treats for the kids and a chance to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. The train departs the Whippany train station, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, on April 12, 13, and 19 at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. For tickets, go to www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

Festive Fitness
Children, parents, grandparents, and even friends of the family are all welcome to enjoy a day of fitness and fun at the Main Street 5K/10K Festival & Fitness Expo. Presented on April 26 along Main Street in Sparta, this day-long event entertains visitors of all ages with music, food, 5K and 10K runs, and useful fitness tips. Find out more information by logging onto www.mainstreetevents.org.

Down with Doo
The Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, presents Scooby Doo Live! on April 18. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theater and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Scooby are on their way to help solve the mystery in this hilarious production with plenty of musical numbers and outrageous antics. For ages 5-adult. Call the box office at (973)539-8008 or visit www.mayoarts.org for tickets and more information. 

Back in Time
The State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, (732)246-7469, www.statetheatrenj.org. Travel all the way back into a prehistoric world when Dinosaur Zoo Live comes to the State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. This exceptional April 11 performance features a cast of large-scale dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design, electronics, and theatrical presentation.

Science with Sid
Sid the Science Kid, the popular PBS Kids television show produced by The Jim Henson Company, comes to life in an incredible live stage experience at The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Parents and kids alike will be thrilled as Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald come to their town on April 28 to discover the excitement and curiosities of the world! For more information, call (732)842-9000 or visit www.countbasietheatre.org. 

Aladdin and More
The South Orange Performing Arts Center, One Sopac Way, South Orange, is the place to be this month for a special production of Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales. Recommended for kids ages 5 and older, this show by the Enchantment Theatre Company brings a giant genie, princesses, wizards, and other amazing characters to life before your eyes. For tickets and more, call (973)313-ARTS (2787) or go to www.sopacnow.

Ready to Ride
The Franklin Township Community & Senior Center, 505 Demott Lane, Somerset, invites you to gather your friends, family and co-workers for the 25th annual event to benefit the Franklin Township Food Bank. The April 27 Tour de Franklin includes seven events throughout the day, ranging from a 62-mile bike ride to a 1-to-5-mile ride/walk. Call (732)246-0009 or go to www.ftfb.dojiggy.com for registration information.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.