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

Donald McDermott

Comic Capers
Comic lovers in grades 1-3 are invited to design and write their own original creation in the Comic Book Capers program. Students learn to plan, draft, draw and color their own characters and stories in a weekly workshop that includes a published color copy of each child’s finished work to take home. Classes are on Tuesdays from January 8-March 12 in the conference room at the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, 5 Mead St., South Orange. To reserve a place, visit www.southorange.org/thebaird.

Can You Dig It?
Discover, Invent, Grow is the focus of D.I.G. Lab as it welcomes children of all ages on January 19. Participants have a chance to become everything from artists to engineers in this fascinating and challenging hands-on workshop. Step inside the lab from 1-4pm at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. For reservations, dial (973)596-6550 or visit www.newarkmuseum.org.

Camp Connection
The New Jersey Summer Camp Fair comes to The Grand Summit Hotel, 570 Springfield Ave., Summit, on January 20. The annual event welcomes representatives from a wide variety of day, overnight, adventure, computer, special needs and sports camps. Giveaways, snacks, brochures, prizes and informative DVDs are available to visitors. Learn more at www.njcampfairs.com.

Science and Nature
Start the year with an exciting and educational visit to the Trailside Nature & Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside. Located among the 2,000-acre Watchung Reservation, the renovated facility offers interactive exhibits, auditoriums, a multipurpose room and a children’s discovery room. Trailside is open seven days a week, noon-5pm. For upcoming events, call (908)789-3670 or log onto www.ucnj.org/trailside.

Royal Treatment

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s School Time series presents The Little Prince. Appropriate for children in grades 3-6, the puppet production entertains little ones from start to finish. Performances run from January 24-26 at 1 Center St., Newark. For tickets, call (888)GONJPAC or log onto www.njpac.org.

Seuss is Loose
The popular works of Dr. Seuss come to life in Seussical on February 3, 11am. Acclaimed touring company Theatreworks/USA presents the show, which welcomes children with special needs and disabilities. Head to Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St. in Rahway, for the entertainment. To order tickets, call (732)499-8226 or visit www.ucpac.org.

Get Wild
Famed wildlife expert Jungle Jack Hanna swings into town to host Into The Wild Live. On January 6 at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, Hanna tells humorous stories, shows footage from his many adventures and introduces audiences to a variety of wildlife. Call (973)539-8008 or see www.mayoarts.org for tickets.

Start Your Engines!
Advance Auto Parts’ Monster Jam returns to the Izod Center on February 1 and 2. The action-packed show features freestyle competitions, eye-catching motocross and super bikes, and some of the world’s most prestigious monster trucks. The arena is located in East Rutherford. For admission details, call (201)935-3900 or log onto www.izodcenter.com.

Drum It Up
Thunderous rhythms fill the air when Taikoza, Japanese Taiko Drums take the stage at the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College in Newton. The special morning performance features traditional Japanese instruments, including ancestral Taiko drums, bamboo flutes and other music makers. Experience the magic on January 29 at 10:45am. For details, call (973)300-3171 or visit www.sussex.edu.

Family Fitness
FUZE Fitness invites families to get fit for the new year. Master Pedro Goncalves makes learning Kung Fu exciting during Eagle Claw Kung Fu sessions on January 5, 12, 19 and 26. The fun continues during Zumba Fitness, which uses Latin rhythms to burn calories, dance away stress and energize the body every Wednesday until January 30. The studio is locate inside the Annex off Forest St., 65 Chestnut St., Montclair. Call the studio at (347)FUZE-NJ-2 or visit www.fuzefitnessnj.com for details and registration.