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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, July 2012

Donald McDermott

Fun-tastic for Families
Bergen County comes alive with amazing sights and sounds at the State Fair Meadowlands. Open daily through July 8, the ultimate family experience features action-packed excitement, delicious food, thrilling rides, games, exhibits, live animals, shopping and other festivities. The fair is held in the MetLife Stadium parking lot on Stadium Road in East Rutherford. For tickets and information, call (973)450-1073 or visit www.njfair.com.

Mini-Camp Memories
The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, hosts a series of mini-camps for children ages 3-7. Held on July 9, 16, 23 and 30, the camp gives kids the opportunity to enjoy hands-on activities, like supervised play, and arts and crafts. Weekly sessions feature different themes and run from 9:30am-noon. More information is available at www.njcm.com.

Paint Party
Children ages 2-5 are invited to put on their favorite PJs during the Painting-N-Pajamas program at Express Yourself Studios, 1877 Springfield Ave., Maplewood. Each fun and fully interactive monthly session invites children to enjoy pizza and drinks while getting in touch with their creative sides with an art project. Register your child in advance by calling (973)763-5256 or visiting www. expressyourselfstudios.com. The next session is on July 6.

Weight-Loss Guidance
Men, women and children who are struggling to lose weight may find the help they need at the weekly Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) program. Each informative session is held from 5:30-6pm in the back of the Sparta United Methodist Church, 71 Sparta Ave., Sparta. Upcoming sessions are on July 5, 12, 19 and 26. For more information or to register, call (973)670-1926.

Great New Adventures
The amazing sights, animals and live entertainment that have made Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari a must-see attraction for decades are back for another season. Step aboard a pulse-pounding roller coaster like The Great American Scream Machine or the brand-new Skyscreamer Tower Ride. Enjoy a live concerts, fireworks displays, character meet and greets. Located in Jackson, the park is open seven days a week through October. Call (732)928-1821 or visit www.sixflags.com for season passes and day tickets.

Let’s Make Believe
Make Believe offers visitors of all ages a multitude of rides, games and hands-on activities! The park is open daily through Labor Day weekend. Contact (908)459-9000 or www.lomb.com for hours, admission prices, directions and more.

All Aboard!
The Whippany Railway Museum presents the Summer Excursion Train Ride. The leisurely 45-minute ride along the historic Whippanong Trail takes place in a genuine old-fashioned railroad caboose. The locomotive departs at the Whippany Train Station, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, on July 8 and July 15. For tickets and more information, go to www.whippanyrailwaymuseum. net. Online orders are strongly recommended.

Making Music
Summer Mini-Camp Programs give children ages 11 and younger a hands-on introduction to the world of music. Kindermusik, Tiny Fingers, Performing Arts Center and the Rock and Roll Combo Program are just a few of the classes from which to choose. Programming is held throughout the summer. To sign up, call (908)955-3022 or log onto www.thepianoworkshopatchester.com.

Bargain Hunting
Discover a new concept in children’s clothing and accessories at Once Upon a Child. The brand-new store at 137 Route 46, Fairfield, offers an endless array of new and gently used items for kids at affordable prices. Walk the aisles and find brand name merchandise for kids, including clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture and more. Dial (973)287-6321 or visit www.onceuponachildfairfield.com for store hours.

Mini-Camp Memories
The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, hosts a series of mini-camps for children ages 3-7. Held on July 9, 16, 23 and 30, the camp gives kids the opportunity to enjoy hands-on activities, like supervised play, and arts and crafts. Weekly sessions feature different themes and run from 9:30am-noon. More information is available at www.njcm.com.