Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, November 2011
by Kayla Mossien
PARENTGUIDE News November 2011
The Pearcasso Art Contest encourages kids to play with their food for a chance to win $500 worth of art and school supplies. To enter, kids create imaginative works of art with pears, take photos of their masterpieces and submit their entries online. It’s open to kids in two age categories, 5-11 years and 12-18 years. Prizes are awarded to first, second and third place winners. The contest closes on November 15 with a decision announced on December 10. Individual and group entries are being accepted. Find full details at www.eatcannedpears.com.
Honoring Children’s Feelings
Eileen Johnson of Little Missionary Day School in NYC penned The Children’s Bill of Emotional Rights (Rowman and Littlefield), a succinct guide to understanding the emotional needs of children. Available this month, the tome is a step-by-step primer for teachers, parents and health professionals on helping children grow by respecting their emotions. Johnson emphasizes the importance of listening to children, telling them the truth, protecting kids from bullies, and allowing them the full expression of their feelings in constructive and respectful ways. To gain insights into a child’s mind, order the book at www.amazon.com.
Snot So Average
Kids across America are proving they have what it takes to make the world a better place. And for that they may be chosen as the next face of Boogie Wipes. Children between the ages of 2 and 10 who have done something amazing are eligible to enter the Boogie Wipes Snot Your Average Kid Contest. Spotlighting acts of kindness and selflessness, the contest places the winner’s face on a 90-count canister of Boogie Wipes. Urge your kids to enter at www.savethesleeve.com/kidsearch before the contest closes in December.
Join the Jam
The Music on Main Street Fall Series presents families with two concerts this month. Stop by the United Methodist Church at 69 Main St. in Woodbridge for Dala and Samuel James on November 10, 7:30pm. For more musical entertainment, head to Woodbridge Middle School, 525 Barron Ave. in Woodbridge, for The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook: An Evening of Stories and Songs on November 16, 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door and in advance at the Woodbridge Town Hall Mayor’s Office, 1 Main St., Woodbridge. Learn about the series at www.woodbridgeartsnj.com.
All Things Autumn
The Northwest Christian School sponsors the 30th Annual Fall Craft Fair on November 19, 10am-4pm. Get a jump on your holiday shopping and browse more than 100 craft tables in a heated building. Food concessions offer homemade soups, chili, nachos, hot dogs and baked goods. The festivities occur at Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road in Augusta. For details, see www.njstatefair.org.
November 25 through December 24 in Historic Chester, encounter carolers serenading local residents and enjoy the clippity clop of stallion hooves and sleigh bells ringing from a horse-drawn carriage. A variety of eateries and shops offering imaginative gifts and treasures are waiting to be discovered. Additionally, holiday events, like the Chester Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4, are in the works. To obtain a full schedule of seasonal events, call (908)879-2900.
The New York City Ballet gears up for the holidays with its annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, which mesmerizes audiences with a glistening Christmas tree, crystalline waltzing snowflakes and grand dance numbers. The Nutcracker runs November 25 through December 31 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York City. Order the Premium “Sweet Seat” VIP Package to receive an orchestra seat, a complimentary souvenir book and a 15 percent discount at the gift shop. Plus, for every two tickets purchased, you’ll receive a voucher good for one complimentary keepsake photo with a character from the performance. For performance schedules and tickets, call CenterCharge at (212)721-6500 or visit www.nycballet.com.
See Harper Lee’s masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird staged at The F.M. Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison. Viewers learn why Atticus Finch, Scout and Boo Radley are the iconic literary figures they are today. Running though November 20, the play is told from an astute child’s point of view in the face of complex adult problems and prejudices of the era. Young audience members grasp lessons about compassion, integrity and courage. Purchase tickets at www.shakespearenj.org.
Honor National Teddy Bear Day by attending the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts on November 14, 4-5pm. Kids ages 2-6 gather around to listen to teddy bear stories and partake in a teddy bear craft. Guests nosh on yummy treats, too. Advanced registration is recommended. Call (973)377-2982, ext. 12, to sign up.
Commemorating Morris County and New Jersey residents’ wartime experiences is the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum’s newest exhibit “Gone for a Soldier: Jerseymen in the Civil War.” Opening November 6 and running through July 1, 2012, the exhibit features rare Civil War uniforms, weapons, equipment, posters, photographs, drums, personal items and other artifacts. The museum is located at 45 Macculloch Ave. in Morristown. For hours of operation, check out www.maccullochhall.org.
Kayla Mossien is an associate editor.