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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, February 2011

Kayla Mossien

by Kayla Mossien

PARENTGUIDE News February 2011

Farm Fabulous
Cultivate the curiosity of kids in farm life with TM’s John Deere Fun on the Farm. Plowing onto DVD on February 8, the title takes viewers on a fascinating tour that reveals how farmers grow crops, what types of animals live on farms and where food in the produce aisle comes from. To order the DVD, which is recommended for kids ages 2-5, visit www.tmbv.com.

Loving William
Families and children in grades 5 and up can experience the passion and magic of William Shakespeare on February 25, 10am, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This captivating live adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies is held at Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive in Manasquan. For tickets, call the box office at (732)528-9224.

Perennial Party
The New Jersey Flower and Garden Show returns for its ninth year at the New Jersey Convention Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. The show attracts more than 25,000 flower and garden enthusiasts, highlighting fabulous display gardens, top-quality seminars and much more. The convention runs from February 17-20. Call (732)417-1400 for tickets.

Take a Bow
The popular production of Angelina Ballerina makes its way to The Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College on March 5, 3pm, as part of the school’s family series. In the musical, Angelina and her friends are all a flutter because a special guest is coming to visit their school. Watch along with audience members ages 1-10 and their families as Angelina and her crew perform all types of dance routines, incorporating hip hop, modern dance, ballet and even the Irish jig. For tickets, call (973)300-3171.

A Princess Story
Given away at birth and locked alone in a tower, Rapunzel is one damsel in distress. But it’s nothing a confident young girl with a dream, a song and an industrial strength hair dryer can’t fix. Watch this princess let her hair down in Rapunzel: A Brush with Fate! at Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, 23 Lake Shore Drive in Budd Lake. The witch and the prince discover why Rapunzel is a cut above the rest. Performances run from February 26-March 12. For details, visit www.paxamicus.com.

Feel-Good Entertainment
Pick up your prescription for a dose of fun and get ready to dance and sing with Yo Gabba Gabba: Let’s Visit the Doctor!, an all-new DVD release. Special guests on the compilation’s episodes include Anthony Bourdain, Of Montreal and Biz Markie. Purchase a copy wherever DVDs are sold.

Choo! Choo!
Climb aboard with Thomas & Friends at the Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts on February 21, 3pm and 6pm. Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage is a story for the entire family, teaching lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Audience members of all ages can join Thomas, Percy, Sir Topham Hatt and the rest of the crew as they work to save the Lantern Festival on the magical island of Sodor. The theater is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. Purchase tickets by calling (973)539-8008.

Jump for Joy
Animated characters Max and Ruby are back with the new DVD BunnyTales. Max is up to his usual antics but Ruby is there to help maintain order and follow the rules. This new edition in the Max & Ruby collection is sure please viewers young and old. Find it in entertainment stores.

Local Music Makers
The Minstrel concert series continues at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. Upcoming performances include the band Gathering Time on February 4 from 8-11pm, the annual Valentines Show concert on February 11 from 8-11pm, performers Dave Kleiner and Liz Pagan on February 18 from 8-11pm and Joe Crookston on February 25 from 8-11pm. Refreshments are available for all shows, and children ages 12 and younger attend for free. Concerts are handicap accessible, and complimentary parking is available. Call (973)335-9489 or visit www.folkproject.org to learn more.

The Write Stuff
Have you ever wanted to write your life story or start a narrative memoir but weren’t sure how? If so, sign up for the Narrative Memoir Writing workshop at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, on February 26, 10am-noon. Lou Alexander, author of Echoes from a Small Country Town, discusses the steps of memoir writing and how to become a self-published editor. Pre-registration is required. Dial (973)971-3718 for details.

Kayla Mossien is an associate editor.