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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, August 2013

Donald McDermott

Camp For a Day
Your little ones will learn valuable lessons and have lots of fun in the Summer Camp for a Day series at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Specially designed for children ages 7 to 12, the fun and fully interactive program is held on August 7, 15, 20, and 28. Parents are also encouraged to ask about the upcoming Family Fun Day on August 10. The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts at 9 Main St., Madison, may be contacted at www.metc.org or (973)377-2982.

Trains and Toys Galore
It’s all aboard for two unforgettable days when Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show pulls into the New Jersey Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, on August 10 and 11. Open to all ages from 10am to 4pm, the annual weekend event includes an array of operating model railroads, trains and collectable toys for sale, hands-on exhibits, and interactive demonstrations. Questions? Visit www.greenbergshows.com for the full scoop.

Fun with Family 
Enjoy safe, affordable entertainment for the whole family at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show! Spend a full day enjoying educational activities, some of New Jersey’s best agriculture, performing arts, a carnival, live animals, and more! The Sussex County Farm and Horse Show runs August 2-11 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Sparta. For a schedule, visit www.newjerseystatefair.org.

The Big Apple
Children at the Apple Montessori Schools camp program were excited to participate in Olympics week, one of many available themes. Kids enjoyed swim, technology, arts and crafts, cooking, music, and dance lessons. They also learned from the Montessori enrichment program at each camp. For more information on the 17 locations across New Jersey, visit www.applemontessorischools.com.

Cool as Ice
Young hockey lovers are invited to study under New Jersey Devils hockey players of the past and present at the All Star Hockey Academy. Instruction includes The Goaltending Track with Chico Resch and David Clarkson from August 12 to 15 and The Defensive Track with legendary Devils defenseman Scott Stevens from August 26 to 30. Programs are held at the Ice Vault Skating Arena, 10 Nevins Drive in Wayne. Learn more by calling (973)628-1500 or logging onto www.icevault.com.

Magic of Make Believe
Don’t miss out on your chance to uncover excitement for the whole family this summer at the Land of Make Believe in Hope, New Jersey! An action-packed family amusement park and water park, the Land of Make Believe offers visitors of all ages a multitude of rides, games, and hands-on activities. The park is open daily through Labor Day Weekend. Contact (908)459-9000 for admission prices and directions.

Fair is Fair
A tradition that has brought New Jersey families together for more than 75 years is back by popular demand when the Middlesex County Fair comes to town! Visitors of all ages are welcome to explore the area’s agricultural heritage, learn a craft, try delicious foods, go on a ride, and more. The festivities will be open to the public from August 5 to 11 at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. For times and admission prices, log onto www.middlesexcountyfair.com.

One Big Adventure
Don’t miss your chance to explore the night sky with some of your favorite Sesame Street characters. Running Wednesday to Sunday through August 18 for ages 4 and older, One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure follows Big Bird, Elmo, and a special new friend from China as they learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon. The adventure takes place inside the Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. Call (973)596-6550 or visit www.newarkmuseum.org to find out more.

Bouncing Good Time
There is still time for your kids to have a bouncing good time this summer! Running through September 10, R’Bounce in Long Branch provides children ages 3 and older with a fun and fully interactive experience they will always remember. Parents are also encouraged to ask about R’Bounce’s amazing bouncing birthday parties, as well as the brand-new Toddler Room for kids ages 3 and younger. Find out about everything R’Bounce has to offer by calling (732)483-6971 or by visiting www.rbounce.com.

Weekends of Imagination
Spend some hands-on quality time with your kids by signing up for a Weekend Craft Workshop at the Imagine That!!! Children’s Museum. Presented every Saturday and Sunday from August 4 through September 1, workshop themes include: Goodbye Summer!, Going on Vacation?, Temporary Tattoo Day, and Make a Back to School Bookmark. The Imagine That!!! Children’s Museum is located at 4 Vreeland Road in Florham Park. Contact the museum at (973)966-8000 or at www.imaginethatmuseum.com to reserve your child’s place.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.