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

Donald McDermott


by Donald McDermott

Art and Entertainment
Add a touch of culture and class to your spring season with an amazing live production for the entire family. Choose from unforgettable offerings such as Ballet with a Latin Beat on May 5, The New Jersey Ballet’s adaptation of Sleeping Beauty on May 6 and a breathtaking night with Cirque Le Masque on May 12. Performances are held at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway. Call (732)499-8226 or visit www.ucpac.org for tickets and information.


Honoring Mom
The Imagine That!!! Children’s Museum, 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, celebrates Mother’s Day by hosting a Ladies Get in Free Day on May 8. The event is highlighted by an array of mom-friendly vendors that offer pampering services to attendees while the kids play safely in the museum. Advanced registration is strongly suggested. Call (973)766-8000 or log onto www.imaginethatmuseum.com to make a reservation.


Catch the Rainbow
Spend quality time with your kids and support a wonderful cause by attending the 13th Annual Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation Spring Fair on May 20, 12:30-5pm. Families can partake in various activities, including arts and crafts, inflatable rides, games, pie-eating contests, raffles and more. Jenna’s Rainbow is a local non-profit organization committed to supporting families combating pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors. The fair is at Tenafly Middle School, Tenafly. For further details, see www.jennasrainbow.org.


High Voltage
Electricity is in the air this spring when the Electric Daisy Carnival makes its east coast debut on May 19 and 20. The stadium-sized celebration features live music on three stages, international dances, rides, art exhibits and other entertainment. The carnival is held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. To buy tickets, dial (201)935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com.


In the House
Treat your clan to a heartwarming trip down memory lane with The House on Pooh Corner. Based on the classic stories by A.A. Milne, the production offers timeless tales such as the building of Eeyore’s house, Tigger’s first day in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Christopher Robin growing up and leaving for school. Performances are on May 5, 11am, at New Jersey’s South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 Sopac Way. For times and tickets, contact the box office at (973)275-1114.


Mommy and Me
The Liberty Hall Museum welcomes 7-12 year olds and the special lady in their lives to a Mommy and Me Tea and Craft Workshop. Presented on May 5 from 10am-noon, participants create a beautiful spring crepe paper flower arrangement while enjoying tea, lemonade, tea sandwiches and cookies. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave., Union. Call (908)527-0400 to reserve a spot.

Playhouse Productions
Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive in Milburn, presents two delightful live shows for young audiences. The magic begins on May 5 when the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre introduces The Rainbow Fish. Then on May 12, TheatreworksUSA tells the story of a kitten who learns to accept his own gifts and limitations in SkippyJon Jones. Order tickets by calling (973)376-4343 or logging onto www.papermill.org.


Big Top Fun
The Salaam Shrine Circus pitches its tents once again from May 17-20 at the Mennen Arena in Morristown. The outrageous and affordable three-ring extravaganza is guaranteed to entertain and astound audiences of all ages. Versatile members of the Royal Henneford Circus occupy the center ring as they present eight action-packed shows. Proceeds of the event benefit the Salaam Shrine Temple. Call (973)992-2860 or visit www.salaamshrinecircus.com for information.


Family Programs
The Community Children’s Museum is the place to be on May 19 when It’s All About The Wizard of Oz! Presented as part of the museum’s acclaimed Family Fun series, the themed hands-on event includes a snack and craft time. The Community Children’s Museum is located at 77 East Blackwell St., Dover. For a full list of upcoming events, browse www.communitychildrensmuseum.org.


Run for a Cause
Lace up your sneakers and run for a good cause at the IHN Race Against Homelessness on May 12, 10am. The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County sponsors the third annual engagement designed to raise much-needed funds to help needy families find and sustain their own homes. Festivities take place in Brookdale Park, 473 Watchung Ave., Bloomfield. Log onto www.ihnessexnj.org to sign up.


Donald McDermott is an associate editor.