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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, May 2013

Donald McDermott

Live on Stage
The Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, is the place to be for great live entertainment for the whole family this spring. Choose from captivating upcoming shows such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Stories on May 4 and the popular production Seussical on June 8. Both shows are presented by Theatreworks/USA and are suitable for ages 4-104. Call the box office at (973)376-4343 or go to www. papermill.org for tickets and more information.

Fun For Families
The South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 Sopac Way, South Orange makes it a month to remember beginning May 11 with a day of music and movement featuring the Bari Koral Family Rock Band. Prepare to be amazed when the Golden Dragon Acrobats take the stage on May 12. Last but certainly not least, the wonderful sounds of the Youth Orchestras of Essex County fill the air during their Spring Concert on May 18. For tickets or a full schedule of upcoming events, call (973)313-2787 or visit www.sopacnow.org.

Mommy and Me
Just in time for Mother’s Day, The Liberty Hall Museum welcomes 7 to 12 year olds and the special lady in their lives to a Mommy and Me Tea and Craft Workshop. Presented on May 8 from 10am-noon, the event has 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 hold your place.

Big Top Fun
The Salaam Shrine Circus is getting ready to pitch its tents once again for another wonderful stop in New Jersey. Appearing on May 16, 17, 18, and 19 at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, this outrageous and totally affordable three-ring extravaganza is guaranteed to entertain and astound audiences young and old. Versatile members of the Royal Hanneford Circus will occupy the center ring as they present eight amazing shows that are jam packed with live circus action! All proceeds are used to benefit the Salaam Shrine Temple. Call (973)992-2860 or visit www.salaamshrinecircus.com for more information.

Let’s Make Believe
Discover incredible fun for the whole family this summer at the Land of Make Believe in Hope, New Jersey! A safe and action-packed family amusement park and waterpark, the Land of Make Believe offers visitors of all ages a multitude of rides, games, water rides and hands-on activities! The park is open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Contact (908)459-9000 or www.lomb.com for hours, admission prices, directions and more.

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

All Aboard!
On May 19, take an enjoyable and educational trip into the past by climbing aboard one of the Excursion Trains at the Whippany Railway Museum, Whippany. The leisurely 45-minute, 10-mile, round-trip journey provides visitors of all ages with an opportunity to view the train and countryside along the historic Whippanong Trail. Trains depart from the Whippany Railway Museum at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. For more information, call the museum at (973)887-8177 or visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

Jambalaya Jamboree
Treat your whole family to a New Orleans-style celebration at the 24th Annual Michael Arnone Crawfish Festival. The weekend is jam-packed with amazing music, arts and crafts, special events and mouth-watering foods! The festivities will be held on June 1 and 2 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. For times, schedules and more information, go to www.crawfishfest.com.

Run For Fun
Fleet Feet Montclair invites you to join runners, run/walkers and fitness enthusiasts every week for a Thursday Night Fun Run. Open to participants of all ages and skill levels, the leisurely 3-mile run along the streets of Montclair is a great way to stay fit, make friends and have a great time. All runs start and end at the Fleet Feet store at 603 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. Find out more or reserve your spot by visiting www.fleetfeetmontclair.com. Upcoming runs will be held on May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Rainbow Connection
Spend quality time with your kids and support a wonderful cause by attending the 14th Annual Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation Spring Fair on May 19. Families can enjoy all types of activities, including arts and crafts, inflatable rides, games, pie-eating contests, raffles, music, and more. Jenna’s Rainbow is a local nonprofit organization committed to supporting families combating pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors. The Foundation is named for Jenna Kamil, who died from a brainstem tumor in May 1999 at age 7. The Spring Fair will be held at Tenafly Middle School, Tenafly, New Jersey, from 12:30-5pm. To find out more, visit www.jennasrainbow.org.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.