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

Kayla Mossien

by Kayla Mossien

PARENTGUIDE News December 2009

Hess for the Holidays!
The Hess Corporation proudly celebrates the 45th anniversary of what has become a family holiday tradition for generations with the newest addition to its renowned collection of holiday toy trucks: The 2009 Hess Race Car and Racer! For the first time in Hess Toy Truck history, a race car takes the spotlight as the main featured vehicle. The 2009 Race Car and Racer reinforces a long tradition of quality, value and craftsmanship. It features a touch-release canopy compartment that opens to reveal a hidden compartment with surprise cargo – a smaller, faster race car powered by a pull-back racing motor and its own set of working lights. Be sure to pick up the 2009 Hess Race Car and Racer now through Christmas at a Hess station near you!

King Me

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of its ABC debut, the King family presents an all-new singin’ and swingin’ holiday delight: Christmas With the King Family. Take a heartwarming look back at classic specials featuring the musical clan. In clips unseen for decades that are now digitally remastered, the Kings perform a cavalcade of show-stoppers and share personal memories in contemporary interviews. The DVD is currently available at local entertainment stores. For more information, visit www.officialkingfamily.com.

Happy Holidays
Start the month with Christmas and Hanukkah craft activities at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts on December 2, 3:30-5pm. The Kids’ Club Happy Holidays event is open to children ages 6-11 years. Space is limited and preregistration is required. For pricing information, details on becoming a member of the museum and directions, dial (973)377-2982. The museum is located at 9 Main St. in Madison.

Perfect for Playtime
Walt Disney Records invites you to sing along with Baby Einstein: Animal Friends. Because babies adore animals, this CD offers a playful collection of captivating animal-themed songs. Parents and baby can sing along to tunes such as “B-I-N-G-O,” “Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me,” “Three Blind Mice” and others. Clap your hands and tap your toes by visiting a local entertainment store for the CD.

Seasonal Favorite
The American Repertory Ballet presents Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker at the Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South St., Morristown. Lavishly re-imagined by Graham Lustig, the magical production has a cast of more than 100 performers. Performances run on December 4, 7pm, and December 5, 1pm and 4:30pm. For tickets, dial (973)539-8008 or visit www.mayoarts.org.

Bello is Back
The Big Apple Circus returns to the big top, performing breathtaking feats of skill and wonder in a single ring with no seat more than 50 feet away from the action. Ringmaster Bello is joined by stellar circus stars including Spain’s juggling artiste Piccasso Jr., Russia’s Aniskin Troup and tons of other performers. Shows run until January 18 at Lincoln Center, 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, New York City. Purchase tickets online at www.bigapplecircus.org/STB10LC.aspx.

Stomping Onto DVD
The hilarious herd returns with an epic journey in Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment). Available in a three-disc combo pack— on Blu-ray, DVD and digital video, the film follows Manny and the herd as they discover a lost world of ferociously funny dinosaurs, including a cranky T. Rex who’s got a score to settle with Sid. Scrat goes nuts over the beautiful Scratte, but is she trying to win his heart or steal his acorn? Bonus materials include an Ice Age digital storybook maker, commentary by the director, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, two special Scrat shorts, a how-to-draw Scrat tutorial with the filmmakers and much more. Get the entertainment wherever DVDs are sold.

Enchanting Entertainment
Disney’s irresistible talking pups are back in Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws. All new on Blu-ray and DVD, this combo pack takes viewers on a fantastic journey to the North Pole with the beloved pups in an exciting escapade featuring more friends, fun and teamwork than ever before. Get yours wherever DVDs are sold.

Special Needs
Parents of Autistic Children lead Managing Problem Behaviors in the Home and Community on December 8 at 7pm. Held at the Central Office at Cambridge Park School, 1 Crest Way, Aberdeen, the training helps parents, caregivers and educators manage potentially inappropriate or dangerous behaviors that interfere with a child’s ability to learn or that may be socially isolating. Participants learn how to identify triggers to a child’s undesirable behaviors, to structure a child’s leisure time and to implement a positive behavior support plan. Online registration is available at www.poac.net.

Special Needs
Parents of Autistic Children lead Managing Problem Behaviors in the Home and Community on December 8 at 7pm. Held at the Central Office at Cambridge Park School, 1 Crest Way, Aberdeen, the training helps parents, caregivers and educators manage potentially inappropriate or dangerous behaviors that interfere with a child’s ability to learn or that may be socially isolating. Participants learn how to identify triggers to a child’s undesirable behaviors, to structure a child’s leisure time and to implement a positive behavior support plan. Online registration is available at www.poac.net.

Choo Choo
Santa Claus invites everyone to celebrate the holiday season by riding the rails onboard the Whippany Railway Museum’s Santa Claus Special excursion trains. Rides are scheduled to depart on December 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20. The ten-mile, 45-minute trip lets riders enjoy the decorated trains and enthralling views. The museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza at the intersection of Route 10 West and Whippany Road, Whippany. To order tickets, visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

Kayla Mossien is an associate editor.