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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, August 2009

Kayla Mossien

PARENTGUIDE News August 2009
by Kayla Mossien

The Race is On
Race to Witch Mountain (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) hits DVD on August 4. Available in a three-disc Blu-ray hi-def combo pack, a two-disc DVD set and single-disk DVD, the exciting flick is sure to please audiences. Watch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson the tough-talking cab driver join forces with otherworldly creatures to stop a global disaster. Race to Witch Mountain is available in entertainment stores.

Library Merriment
Sussex County Library programs for children and families are underway. On August 1, 11am-noon at the Franklin branch and 3-4pm at the Main Library branch, attend the American Girl Party: Chrissa. Kids can bring dolls and dress up if they like, too. Also stop by Laura Numeroff Family Story Time on August 1, 11am at the Dennis branch and 3pm at the Dorothy Henry branch. Aspiring magicians should sign up for the Junior Magicians Showcase at the Louise Childs branch, August 6, 7-8pm. Each performer is allotted three to five minutes to show a trick or two to a live audience. For a list of branch addresses, visit www.sussexcountylibrary.org.

Sweet Tunes
Tracey Singer, the aptly-named San Diego-based singer-songwriter and father of four, releases his debut children’s CD, Sweets ’n’ Treats (Mr. Cal Records). The jovial album bounces along with upbeat pop songs, supported by everything from electric guitar to banjo, while Singer spouts funny lyrics about Christmas in July, a child’s preferred diet of candy and a mom who hangs out at the mall and listens to the Jonas Brothers. Visit www.traceysinger.com to learn more.

How Sweet It Is
August 13 is the Fourth Annual Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen. Proceeds from all DQ Blizzard ice cream treats sold that day benefit the Children’s Miracle Network— a nonprofit dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children. In honor of the event, Dairy Queen brings back the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookie Blizzard for the month of August only. For more information about Miracle Treat Day or Dairy Queen, visit www.miracletreatday.com and www.dq.com.

Auto Amusement
Drive your classic vehicle to an afternoon of fun, prizes, trivia and trophies at Olde Lafayette Village’s Classic Car Show. The event takes place August 2, noon-4pm. Registration in advance is suggested. Pay ahead of time for a reduced admission price. The show is presented at Routes 15 and 94 in Lafayette. For directions, dial  (973)383-8323.

Monkey Business

Curious George is back with a whole new adventure in Curious George 2: Follow that Monkey on DVD August 25. In this heartwarming tale, George meets Kayla, a magician’s homesick elephant, and decides to help her visit her brothers and sisters in California. Watch as George, Kayla and Ted (The Man with the Yellow Hat) travel by any means necessary to reunite Kayla with her family. The title features celebrity voice-overs from Jerry Lewis, Matt Lauer, Jamie Kennedy and Tim Curry. It’s available at local entertainment stores.

Cruise the Waterways
City Sights NY has launched the Big Apple Tour, which caters to New Jersey residents. This new adventure gives cruisers a fun and exciting day in New York sans transportation worries. The tour includes a round-trip commuter boat ride from Port Imperial in Weehawken to the 39th Street Pier in NYC, a free connecting NY Waterway shuttle bus, a New York Waterway 90-minute cruise, a Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Classic Pass, a night tour and more. For details, visit www.citysightsny.com.

Natural Instincts
Infinity Entertainment Group and Smithsonian Networks present Pandas in the Wild, an intimate portrait of the giant panda in its natural habitat. An educational documentary DVD for viewers of all ages, Pandas in the Wild captures the loving warmth between a mother panda and her newborn, the fierce competition among male pandas fighting for females as spring approaches and the harsh struggles presented by severe winters. To journey into a remote and exotic locale, visit your nearest entertainment store.

Music Mania
See the story of The Beatles in three acts with Beatlemania Again, live in concert. Complete with full costume changes and authentic instruments, the performance occurs on August 8 from 8-10pm at Camp Jefferson Amphitheater, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong. For more information, dial (973)663-5590.

Beary Good Time

Stop by Space Farms Zoo and Museum on August 22 for Teddy Bear Day. Any child up to age 12 who brings a teddy bear gets in free. The bear lectures and magic shows are sure to please. The museum is located at 218 Route 519 in Sussex. Call (973)875-5800 or visit www.spacefarms.com for details.

Kayla Mossien is an assistant editor.