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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, June 2010

Kayla Mossien

by Kayla Mossien

PARENTGUIDE News June 2010

Bigger and Better
The State Fair at the Meadowlands Fairgrounds returns for another year from June 17-July 5. This year’s event features three electrifying acts— the Piccadily Circus, Sea Lion Splash and Aerial Stunt Show. The fair boasts more than 50 food vendors and 150 rides and attractions. Free nightly entertainment also includes returning favorites like master hypnotist Steve Bayner, the Festival of Magic, pig races and an old-fashioned oddities show. On sale now through June 16, tickets are available by logging onto www.njfair.com or calling (973)450-1073.

Sweet as Can Be
As Strawberry Shortcake prepares for Berry Bitty City’s festival, the animated gal rises to the occasion in her latest DVD, The Berryfest Princess Movie. Strawberry Shortcake gets appointed Berryfest Princess and must work with her friends to ensure the event is the best the town has ever seen. Available from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and American Greetings, the DVD also features printable coloring pages and a sing-along sequence. Find it in entertainment retailers and online.

A Dog’s World
It’s not everyday that you see a talking dog. But that’s exactly what viewers get with Martha Speaks: Martha Says It With Flowers. The DVD from PBS Kids and Paramount Home Entertainment follows a beloved family pup who develops the ability to speak after eating alphabet soup. Scenes help teach kids up to 20 new words to expand their vocabulary. Get a copy wherever DVDs are sold.

Under the Sea
SpongeBob Square Pants floats into the gaming world with his first demolition derby party game, SpongeBob Boating Bash. Made for Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, the high-energy video game lets players compete as one of nine characters as they crash and bash their way to victory in demolition arenas. The multi-player game allows up to four people to drive more than 100 customized boat mobiles, while trying to knock off and collect other boat parts in order to earn points and move up levels. For full details, check out www.playthq.com.

Fish Fest
Michael Arnone’s 21st Annual Crawfish Fest is slated for June 4-6 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. The three-day event features incredible music and food from Louisiana. Cajun, zydeco, delta blue, New Orleans R&B, brass, gospel and jazz performances are scheduled on four separate stages. For ticketing information, log onto www.crawfishfest.com.

The Muffin Man
Kids discover how to bake at the Blueberry Muffin Baking Children’s Workshop on June 19, 11am, at Cooper Gristmill’s Visitor’s Center. Little chefs start with a tour of the Gristmill before making delicious blueberry muffins. As the treats bake, children decorate cloth bags to take home that are filled with the day’s baked goodies. Call (908)879-5463 to pre-register, which is required by June 5. The Cooper Gristmill is located in Black River County Park on County Route 513 in Chester.

Museum Mayhem
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts invites kids ages 6-11 to join its Kid’s Club, which has to stellar events planned. On June 2, 4-5:30pm, You’ve Been Framed encourages little ones to use their creativity to decorate a picture frame. On June 17, 4-5:30pm, Father’s Day programming has club goers making a special gift to give to dad. And families members of all ages are invited to try the craft activity at the Family Fun Day on June 12 from 1-3pm. The museum is located at 9 Main St., Madison. Learn more by dialing (973)377-2982.

Fun at the Farm
Celebrate Dairy Month at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm on Saturdays in June. Visitors learn how cows’ milk becomes dairy products. Kicking off the month is the milking demonstration All About Bovines on June 5 from 3:30-4pm. Farmers explain how to select a good dairy cow to make a profitable investment. On June 12 from 1-3:30pm, it’s Cream Separating, which shows the process of separating cream from whole milk. Then on June 19 from 1-3:30pm, Using Buttermilk teaches patrons how to churn cream and make butter. Cap off the month with Cheese Making on June 26 from 1-3pm. The farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown. For details, head to www.morrisparks.net.

Stride for a Cause
The Mennen Sports Arena hosts the Relay for Life Walk on June 4. During the overnight walking event, teams get together, enjoy music and games, spread awareness and celebrate cancer survivors. Mennen Sports Arena is located at 161 East Hanover Ave., Morristown. For details, log onto www.relayforlife.org.

Walk It Out
The Firehouse 5K Run/Walk and Newton Day Festival takes place on June 12, 10am. Head to Spring Street and Diller Avenue to enjoy the spray and water stops, activities, prizes, vendors, food, awards and more. 5K runners receive T-shirts and goody bags while supplies last. For registration details, head to www.raceforum.com/firehouse5k.

Kayla Mossien is an associate editor.