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

Donald McDermott

Disney on Ice
Audiences of all ages are invited to join in the celebration as Disney characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice - 100 Years of Magic! Featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and a plethora of princesses, the skating spectacular runs from January 15 to 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Call the box office at (973)757-6000 or visit www.prucenter.com for tickets.

Camp Connection
The New Jersey Summer Camp Fair comes to The Bridgewater Marriott on January 12 and to The Grand Summit Hotel in Summit on January 19. 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.

Princess Party
Treat your own little princess to a night of food, crafting, dancing and more during the Princess Breakfast at the Imagine That!!! Children’s Museum in Florham Park. Presented on January 25 at 9:30am, the unforgettable morning includes delicious food, endless photo opportunities, and a chance to meet your favorite princesses. Tiaras and ball-gowns are welcome. To reserve your place, call the museum at (973)966-8000 or visit www.imaginethatmuseum.com.

Unlock Your Creativity
Kids can get their creative juices flowing by taking advantage of a variety of programs and classes at the Morris County Art Association, 10 Catherine Lane, Morristown. Specially designed for 6 - 17 year olds, MCAA hosts a wide range of fine art classes for beginner to advanced students. Winter sessions begin January 6. Call (973)267-1722 or visit www.morriscountyartassoc.org to reserve a spot for your child.

Cool as Ice
Children ages 10 and younger who like playing hockey will love the new Atoms Program at the Ice Vault Skating Arena. The fun and fully interactive program introduces beginner players to the basics of the game. Classes are held in weekly sessions from January 5 to March 30. Advance registration is required. Ice Vault is located at 10 Nevins Drive in Wayne. To register, call (973)628-1500 or visit www.icevault.com.

Live on Stage
The Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway, is the place to be for great live family entertainment. Upcoming performances include The Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre’s presentation of A Spanish Nutcracker Celebrating Three Kings Day on January 5, and the Sensory Friendly Theatre’s presentation of Things That Go Bang! on January 12. Call (732)499-8226 or go to www.ucpac.org for more information.

Just for Kicks
A leading sports program for preschoolers, Kiddie Soccer offers classes and instruction at locations throughout Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, and Somerset counties. For upcoming schedules or to register your child, contact Kiddie Soccer at (973)543-1197 or online at www.kiddiesoccer.com. Indoor winter sessions begin in January.

Sights on Summer
The Simon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater invites families to get a jump start on summer excitement during an informative Open House program on January 9. Open from 10am to 7:30pm, the Open House focuses on the JCC’s Camp Rauch summer program, which has been popular for the past 15 years. Questions? Contact the JCC at (908)725-6994, ext. 264, or through www.ssbjcc.org/camp.

Old-Fashioned Fun
The worlds of science, natural history, and paleontology come together in an amazing live event during Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live! Presented on January 29 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, the specially designed show celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. Order your tickets today by calling the box office at (732)842-9000 or by logging onto www.countbasietheatre.org.

Circus Legends
Luminocity, the latest show from the Big Apple Circus, sets up its one-ring tent at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park in New York City through January 12. Now in its 36th spectacular season, the show entertains audience members of all ages with aerial feats, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats,and playful pooches — all no more than 50 feet from the stage. For tickets, directions and more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.