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

Kayla Mossien

Dino-mite Entertainment
Hop on board for adventure with the DVD Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Under the Sea. Being released by PBS KIDS and Paramount Home Entertainment on August 24, the movie embraces preschoolers’ fascination with both dinosaurs and trains. It also encourages basic scientific thinking while teaching children about science, natural history and paleontology. Special features include games, coloring pages and a dinosaur reference guide. Get a copy at your local entertainment store.

New Series
This Labor Day, Martin Short debuts as the Cat in the Hat with the first-ever Seuss-themed animated PBS KIDS TV and Web series. The Cat In the Hat Knows A Lot About That! premieres on September 6, filling households with adventure and silliness. The series supports young children’s learning, teaches core science concepts and vocabulary, and prepares preschoolers for the science curriculum in kindergarten and 1st grade— all in a whimsical style, of course. To find out all of the exciting details, log onto www.pbskids.org.

Fun for All
The Sussex County Fairgrounds hosts the New Jersey State Fair from August 6-15. The 13th Annual Children’s Day is held at the fair’s Performing Arts Tent on August 10, 10am-2:30pm. This year’s theme is Exploring Our World. Live music and interactive shows are performed at both events, located on Plains Road in Augusta. For more information, visit www.newjerseystatefair.org. For details on Children’s Day, head to www.norwescap.org.

Dine on This
The Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmills hosts the Sustenance Dinner on the Farms and Farm Tour on August 22, 5-8pm. The evening begins with farmer Rob Kibbe leading a leisurely horse-drawn wagon ride of the estate. After that, guests enjoy an elegant six-course farm-to-table dinner centered on heirloom vegetables and locally grown meats. Proceeds of the event benefit school programs at Fosterfields. To purchase a ticket and learn more about programming, visit www.sustenanceevents.com.

Camp Daze
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts continues its Summer Camp for a Day series, where children ages 4-12 can enjoy camp activities without a long-term commitment. August 5 presents Lenape: Stories and Tales; August 10 is Early American 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; August 18 is Lenape: Toys and Games and August 26 is Dolly and Me Tea Party. All camps run from 10am-2pm. Call (973)377-2982, ext. 12, for information. The museum is located at 9 Main St. in Madison.

Sweet Tales
The latest release from Big Idea Entertainment is the Veggie Tales DVD Sweetpea Beauty. Once upon a time, there lived a royally sour blueberry, a fair rhubarb maiden and a deceptive mirror. Sweetpea Beauty knows that what’s on the inside is what matters most, but insecure Queen Blueberry can’t see past her own reflection. When a decree is handed down allowing only the most beautiful to rule the land, the Queen gets nervous and things turn ugly. Banished to the dark forest, Sweetpea’s fate seems bleak until a charming prince, a band of merry minstrels and seven snow peas come to the rescue. Find out what happens by getting a copy.

If the Shoe Fits
Have a footwear buff in your family? The Morris Museum presents “The Shoe Must Go On” until August 29. The exhibit features more than 250 pairs of shoes and explores more than 15 themes. Viewers can check out footwear of distinguished individuals who share a special connection to the state of New Jersey, including Governor Chris Christie and Thomas Edison. The museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown. For additional details, head to www.morrismuseum.org.

Rock ’N Roll
The musical sensation known as the Beach Boys hits the Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts on August 4, 8pm. The quintessential summer band performs the sounds of the season for three generations of fans. For tickets and directions, log onto www.mayoarts.org.

Stuffed Animal Soiree
Kids rejoice during Teddy Bear Day on August 21, 9am-5pm. Kids can head to Space Farm Zoo and Museum with a teddy bear in tow and receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. A Teddy Bear Picnic Magic Show and contest with prizes ensue. Festivities occur at 218 Route 519 in Sussex. For information, log onto www.spacefarms.com.

Strides to Give Back
The Fifth Annual 5K Race and Fun Run at Swartswood State Park is slated for September 12, 9am. The race raises funds for The Center for Prevention and Counseling. For more information, call (973)383-4787.