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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, Don't Miss

Kayla Mossien

Making Miracles
The benefits of sweet treats return with this summer’s Annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day on August 5. One dollar or more from every DQ Blizzard sold at participating locations is donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to saving and improving kids’ lives by raising funds for children’s hospitals. Dairy Queen is featuring the Oreo Blizzard as the Miracle Treat Blizzard of the Day. For all of the delicious details, log onto www.miracletreatday.com.

Up, Up and Away
The 28th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning returns from July 23-25. This is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, featuring more than 125 hot air balloons from around the world. The extravaganza also boasts live concerts from top recording artists like the Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Peter Frampton and teen sensations the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Interactive exhibits, children’s amusement rides and activities, hundreds of food and craft vendors, and much more await. For details, see www.balloonfestival.com.

Adventure Strikes
What’s half human, half god and all hero? Percy Jackson, of course. Watch as modern and mythical worlds collide in an epic adventure when Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief arrives on Blu-ray and DVD. Put out by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the film follows Percy Jackson as he becomes the prime suspect when Zeus’s lightening bolt is stolen. Purchase a DVD at your local entertainment store.

Show Time
The Community Theatre at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts presents The Gizmo Guys on July 21, 10:30am. The weekday matinee amazes and amuses audiences with awesome juggling and hilarious antics that appeal to the kid in all. Buy tickets by calling (973)539-8008. The theater is at 100 South St. in Morristown.

Kids Only
The Sussex Skyhawks 2010 season is underway, and that means great programming for kids. The official kids club of the league, Lil’ Hawks, invites children to join the action. For a minimal, one-time fee, members receive complimentary admission to all Sunday home games, a commemorative certificate, a membership card, a Skyhawk plush replica doll, free use of the Kidz Zone on Sundays, an invite to the Lil’ Hawks only clinic with Skyhawks players and tons of discounts and more. For details, head to www.sussexskyhawks.com.

Camp for a Day
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts hosts eight unique one-day summer camps called Summer Camp for a Day. This gives kids ages 4-12 great seasonal fun without having to make a long-term commitment. For Lenape Toys and Games on July 7, 10am-2pm, campers tour the exhibit “Lenape: Tools and Daily Living” and learn how Lenape people lived, worked and played. Participants also get to play with a number of games and toys, and make some of their own to take home. Additional Summer Camp for a Day themes include Fabric Fun on July 15, Bejeweled on July 20, and Puppets and Plays on July 28. The museum is located at 9 Main St. in Madison. Call (973)377-2982 for information.

Summertime Series
The Bickford Summer Theatre Series for Children at the Bickford Theatre offers four family-friendly performances this month. On July 8, Choo Choo Charlie’s Magic Show features a blend of comedy and magic. On July 21, Buckaroo Bindlestiff’s Wild West Jamboree boasts juggling and lasso tricks. On July 22, Mammoth Follies explores the wonders of evolution in an old-fashioned revue of original songs, witty jokes and entertaining acts performed by giant dinosaur puppets. And on July 28, Harlem Wizards showcases crazy antics and skillful demonstrations. Performances are held at 11am and 1:30pm at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown. Call the box office at (973)971-3706 for tickets.

Let Loose
Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Ave., Morristown, holds an Old Fashion Fun Day on July 25, 1-4pm. Enjoy tours for kids, games on the lawn, Victorian dress-up, tea and cookies, plus a take-home craft. Regular admission prices apply for the event. Acorn Hall also presents Twilight Hours for Thursday Evenings in July, keeping its facilities open later until 7pm. For more information and directions, call (973)267-3465 and visit www.acornhall.org.

Soothing Songs
Send your little ones off to dreamland with visions of flowers, clouds and butterflies with the delightful vocals of Sara Hickman in Big Bird, Little Bird. The beautifully animated DVD features 13 soothing songs for children ages newborn to 5. It also engages viewers with bright and colorful computer animation. A great bonus are the DVD’s 14 short parenting tips. To order, visit www.sarahickman.com.

Farm Fresh
The summer is a wonderful time to find fresh fare and produce. Head to the Sussex County Farmers Market for just that on Saturdays from 9am-2pm at the County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Products range from cheese, produce and flowers, to beef, jams and jellies.