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

Donald McDermott


by Donald McDermott

PARENTGUIDE News March 2012


Under the Big Top
Performers from around the globe collaborate, showing off their talents in Dragons, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s latest show. The performance combines mystical dragon lore and edge-of-your-seat circus feats. Catch the action and excitement from March 7-18 at the Izod Center, 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford. For tickets and more information, call the box office at (201)935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com.

Stride for a Cause
Support a great cause while having a good time at St. Bartholomew Academy’s Second Annual Pot of Gold Family 5K Run/Walk. Takng place on March 31 at 2032 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains, the day includes a 5K run/walk, medals and awards, T-shirts, a post-race continental breakfast, giveaways, raffles and other festivities. Proceeds benefit the school. For further details or to register, call (908)577-7088 or e-mail sba5k@gmail.com.

Slam Dunk
Elementary and middle school-age basketball fans love Hoops There It Is weekly basketball clinics. Small class sizes maximize overall improvement as players receive fundamental to advanced instruction in all aspects of basketball. Clinics are held on Friday nights for grades 5-8 and on Saturday nights for grades 1-4 at 11 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Log onto www.hoopsthereitis.net to register or find out more.

Seeing Stars
Be amazed by the newly renovated Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Ave., Newark. Featuring full-dome digital video and surround sound, the planetarium offers incredible original shows, including Seven Wonders on March 9-10, 14-16, 21-23 and 28-29; The Little Star That Could on March 10-11, 17-18, 23, 25 and 31; and Spring Stargazing on March 16. Learn more by dialing (973)596-6550 or logging onto www.newarkmuseum.org.

Feeling Crafty
Children ages 2-4 are invited to explore their creative sides with paint, clay and other materials at Crafty Toddlers. Offered at Express Yourself Studios on March 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 and 31, the interactive morning workshop sparks tykes’ imaginations during different weekly projects. The studio is located at 1912 Springfield Ave., Maplewood. To reserve your child’s place or learn more about the program, call (973)763-5256 or visit www.expressyourselfstudios.com.

Family Fun
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, captivates audiences with Peking Acrobats on March 2. Watch as performers jump, tumble and roll around the stage. The amusement continues on March 17 and 18 when a fairy tale gets a new look in P.Nokio: A Hip Hop Musical. Lastly, the award-winning Laurie Berkner Band rocks out on March 31 for its only New Jersey appearance of the year. Call (888)GO-NJPAC or go to www.njpac.org for tickets.

Hold the Mayo
Spectacular entertainment takes center stage at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. Beginning March 4, Pinkalicious: The Musical captivates the young and young at heart. Next up at the theater is The Paper Bag Players’ latest production Laugh, Laugh, Laugh on March 13. Then, honor St. Patrick’s Day with Women of Ireland: A Celebration of Traditional Irish Music and Stepdancing on March 17. The Magic School Bus Live! comes to life at the venue on March 19 and the Moscow Festival Ballet introduces Cinderella on March 31. Call (973)539-8008 or visit www.mayoarts.org for tickets and more information.

Adventures in Yoga
Expecting moms can learn yoga at Studio Yoga’s prenatal workshops. Offered on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings throughout March, classes assist participants in strengthening concentration, increasing energy, and maintaining physical strength and stamina throughout pregnancy. The facility is located at 2 Green Village Road in Madison and can be reached at (973)966-5311.

Irish Celebration
Treat the clan to a night of traditional Irish music when Celtic Crossroads comes to the Performing Arts Center at Sussex Community College, 1 College Hill Road, Newton. Presented on March 6 at 7pm, the concert incorporates seven world-class musicians who play more than 20 instruments. Buy tickets by calling (973)300-2100.

Merriment at the Museum
The Community Children’s Museum at 77 East Blackwell St. in Dover is the place to be for family entertainment. Programming includes Celebrate Dr. Seusss’ Birthday on March 2, the Bear Scout Program on March 3, It’s All About the Bubble Wrap on March 10, the Cub Scout Belt Loop Bazaar on March 24 and It’s All About the Dragons on March 31. Reserve your space or find out more by calling (973)366-9060 or visiting www.communitychildrensmuseum.org.