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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, February 2014

Donald McDermott

Weekend Workshops
The Imagine That! Children’s Museum in Florham Park is the place to be for hands-on family fun! Upcoming events include the Valentine’s Breakfast on February 8, Valentine’s Card Workshop on February 9, the President’s Day workshop on February 15 and 16, Log Cabin Craft on February 17, and Here Comes the Sun on February 22 and 23. Contact the museum at (973)966-8000 or at www.imaginethatmuseum.com to find out more.

Big Top Ballpark
Luminocity, the latest innovative show from the Big Apple Circus, sets up its one-ring tent at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater from February 27 - March 16. Audience members of all ages watch aerial feats, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and playful pooches - all no more than 50 feet from the stage. Contortionists and archers also lend their talents to make the production extraordinary. For tickets, directions and information, call (800)922-3772 or visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

Big Dunks, Bigger Trucks
Come in from the cold as the Izod Center hosts two hot new winter events for all ages. The fun begins on February 14 and 15 when Monster Jam welcomes some of the biggest and baddest performers on four wheels for two days of larger than life entertainment that won’t break your budget. Then on February 17, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters provide some memorable moments on the basketball court. The Izod Center is located across from MetLife Stadium at 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Call (201)935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com for tickets and more information.

The Wizzard at SOPAC
Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy an original retelling of a classic story in The Wizard of Oz on February 15. The American Family Theater takes you down the yellow brick road in a sparkling production that features a terrific cast, unforgettable songs, special effects, and lots of audience participation. For times, tickets and more information, call (973)275-1114 or visit www.sopacnow.org.

One Magical Night
Pay a special visit to the New Jersey Children’s Museum in Paramus with your own little sweetheart when they host the annual Sweetheart Princess Ball. The museum’s most popular event of the entire year includes a delicious dinner, wonderful music, pictures and autographs, playtime in the museum, and dancing alongside Cinderella, Belle, Snow White and the rest of your favorite princesses. The unforgettable evening is on February 7 from 5:30-9pm. Order tickets today at (201)262-5151 or by logging onto www.njcmtickets.com.

An Event with a Heart
Support a great cause, get some exercise and maybe even make a love connection just in time for Valentine’s Day when the Cupid’s Chase 5K Run comes to the Buccleuch Park, 321 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, on February 8. Proceeds from the event will be used to support Community Options, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that develops housing and employment for people with developmental disabilities. Find out more by visiting www.active.com or check them out on Facebook.

Hoop It Up
Elementary and middle schoolers who like to be out on the court will love being a part of the weekly “Hoops There it is” basketball clinics. Small class sizes maximize overall improvement as players receive fundamental to advanced instruction in all aspects of the game of basketball, followed by scrimmages. Clinics are held daily throughout the winter season for grades 1-8. All clinics are held at Hoops There It Is, 11 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Log onto www.hoopsthereitis.net to register or to find out more.

Programs for Preschoolers
This winter, treat your little ones to a few cool Preschool Programs at the Trailside Nature and Science Center. Upcoming sessions include: Dinosaur Roar on February 6 and 7, Be My Valentine on February 13 and 14, Wonders of Nature on February 20 and 21, and Little Stinkers on February 27 and 28. The Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and can be reached at (908)789-3670 or at www.ucnj.org/trailside to find out more.

First Sundays
The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick invites families to join a museum guide in the lobby during an upcoming Free First Sunday and Spotlight Tour. Presented on February 2 and March 2 from 12:30-4pm, each family oriented event offers an informal and informative introduction to many of the exhibits at the museum. The day also includes hands-on activities for youngsters and a selection of works created by the museum’s Summer Art Camp participants. Reserve your space today by calling (732)932-7237.

One Delicious Treat
Moms and dads, or any adults with a sweet tooth who need to get away from it all, won’t want to miss out on the Chocolate Lover’s Weekend. The relaxing and romantic two day event, sponsored by the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, includes an inn-side Open House, a hunt for hearts, winter walk and more. The sweet special runs on March 2 and 3 in Ocean Grove. For location and reservations, call (800)388-4768 or (732)774-1391.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.