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

Kayla Mossien

Entertainment With Elmo
Why are food, water and exercise essential aspects of life? And can going to school be fun? Get the answers to these questions and more in the Best Of Elmo’s World: Volume 2 DVD, created by Genius Products and Sesame Workshop. Viewers embark on an adventure with their favorite furry red friend, as Elmo discovers endless information in this three-part DVD gift set. Topics appeal to preschoolers and are explained in an engaging way. Available at local entertainment stores.

Let Loose on the Caboose

Regularly scheduled Caboose Train Rides return to the Whippany Railway Museum. Stop by on July 12 and 19 at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm or 4pm, and hop aboard a train ride departing from the Whippany Station. Caboose Train Rides are a fundraising effort to benefit the museum, which is located at 1 Railroad Plaza, Route 10 West and Whippany Road, Whippany. For tickets, visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

On Display
The Acorn Hall presents “Out of the Closet: An Art Collection Revealed” until August 31. Held in the second floor exhibit room, the exhibit displays prints, paintings and other works from the collection of the Morris County Historical Society. Members and children under age 12 are admitted for free. Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Ave. in Morristown. For details, call (973)267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.org.

It’s Back!
The New Jersey State Fair returns for ten full days of exciting exhibits, dramatic shows and much more. From July 31 to August 9, head to the Sussex Skylands for agricultural events, educational workshops, horse shows, carnival rides, zoo animals, vendors, crafts, shopping, fair food and free entertainment. Visit www.njstatefair.org for tickets, carnival specials, daily schedules, exhibitor rules and other information. The Skylands is located at 37 Plains Road in Augusta.

Let’s Play
Parents, teachers, community members and anyone who believes in the power of play can enter to win a residential ready-to-assemble playground, $3,500 in cash and the opportunity to help designate a $30,000 KaBOOM! playground grant to a deserving community. Enter to win by getting Nestle and Wonka fun-size bags and fulfilling the submission requirements or going online to www.nestlecrunch.com/causeforplay. Nestle Crunch is donating $70,000 to KaBOOM! to further its national mission. The initiative runs through October 29, with details available at www.kaboom.org.

A Bit of Nature
Get the little ones outside this month with Kittatinny Valley State Park’s L’il Tykes Nature Hikes. Held on July 2, 16 and 30 at 3pm, the free program is for children under age 5 with an accompanying adult to spend the afternoon observing nature. All participants are required to register for this naturalist-guided, one-mile hike. Do so by calling (973)786-6445. The park is located at 157 Goodale Road in Andover.

Mark Your Calendar
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (METC) offers the Summer Camp for a Day program for children ages 4-6. On July 7 from 10am-2pm, it’s Kitchen camp, where participants learn about early American food preparation and cooking. The day starts with a tour of the museum’s “Food for Thought” exhibit, followed by other activities, including churning butter and visiting the herb garden. And never to be forgotten is the museum’s monthly Family Fun Day on July 11, 1-3pm. This month’s theme is Ice Cream Social. METC is located at 9 Main St. in Madison. Visit www.metc.org for details.

Hammer Time
Team up with Bob the Builder and the Can-Do Crew for five fantastic episodes in Bob the Builder: Built for Fun. The DVD lets viewers tag along to build a radio station complete with a sky-high broadcast tower, play skidsies with Roley and Muck and design greenhouses out of recycled materials. Available on July 16, the DVD comes with a bonus collectible toy vehicle. For further details, visit www.bobthebuilder.com.

Auto Amazement
Car buffs get their fix at Olde Lafayette Village’s Classic Car Show on August 2. From noon-4pm, visitors can bring a classic vehicle or admire others’ while enjoying an afternoon of trivia, prizes and trophies. Registration is available in advance or at the door on the day of the show, beginning at 11am. Learn more by dialing (973)383-8323 or visiting www.lafayettevillageshops.com.

Savory Summer
For a seasonal evening adventure, stop by the 7th Annual National Night Out, returning this year to the Mennen Sports Arena on August 4. Festivities kick off at 5pm and run until 9pm, providing patrons with free food, drinks, entertainment, ice skating and giveaways. Mennen Sports is located in Morris Township. For more information, log onto www.morrisparks.net.