Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, October 2012
PARENTGUIDE News October 2012
by Donald McDermott
Design animated cartoons by paying a visit to “Animation” at the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City. Perfect for creative kids ages 4-12, the exhibition features 30 hands-on activities that demonstrate how art, math, science and technology lend to animation. The exhibit is open daily through January 4, 2013. Visit www.lsc.org for times, directions and more information.
The Whippany Railway Museum offers its 12th Annual Pumpkin Festival on October 7, noon-5:30pm. Celebrate the fall harvest and stroll among pumpkins, cornstalks and scarecrows and ride the Whippanong Trail on the Pumpkinliner. Enjoy the wares of local craft merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers at the crafts fair and choose a special gourd from the farmer’s market. The museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza in Whippany. Order tickets at www.whippanyrailwaymusem.net.
Get the Tour
Meet with instructors, tour the grounds and have questions answered during an informative Open House at the Kent Place School. Located at 42 Norwood Ave., the school provides children with a well-rounded learning experience that includes small classes, dedicated staffers and age-appropriate courses. Open House dates are October 11 for grades k-5, October 14 for grades 6-12 and October 20 for nursery and pre-K. For more information, call (908)273-0900 or log onto www.kentplace.org.
Party in the Park
Come to Brookdale Park, Watchung Ave., Bloomfield, for the Fine Fall Arts and Crafts Show in Essex County. More than 160 exhibitors showcase jewelry, furniture, pottery, photography, sculptures and more. The annual event occurs on October 13 and 14 from 10am-5pm. Visit http://rosesquared.com to find out more.
One Sweet Deal
Rockaway Orthodontics, 141 US Highway 46W, Suite 101, Rockaway, invites families to attend the special annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Party on November 3. Running from 1-4pm, visitors to the post-Halloween event will have an opportunity to make a craft, take part in a costume contest, write a letter to a soldier overseas, and sell the candy they received on Halloween for $1per pound! All candy will be donated to Operation Gratitude, a non profit organization who creates individual care packages for our troops overseas. For more information, call (973)627-2229 or visit www.rockawayortho.com.
Light the Night
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society encourages families to attend the Light the Night Walk on October 20. Held in Verona Park, Bloomfield and Lakeside Avenues in Verona, the annual fundraising event welcomes walkers of all ages. There is no registration cost. However, donations are always welcome. Sign up at www.lightthenight.org/nj.
Imagine the Wonder
The Imagine That!!! Museum, 4 Vreeland Road in Florham Park, makes October unforgettable. The fun begins with the interactive Princess Breakfast on October 13 and ends with the Spooktacular Event on October 26. Families may also visit the museum’s outdoor maze, which is open throughout the month. Dial (973)966-8000 or see www.imaginethatmuseum.com for more information.
The critically-acclaimed Sensory Friendly Theatre series continues at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway with Little Red Riding Hood & Other Stories. Adapted for children with autism and related special needs, the show on October 7, 2pm, uses engaging settings and sing-along songs to present an enchanting collection of fairy-tale favorites. For tickets and more information, call (732)499-8226.
Festival in Flight
Families are invited to look to the sky on October 13 when the Family Flight Day Festival comes to Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. Visitors of all ages are captivated by a day of guests, artwork, photos, artifacts and activities. The festival is open to the public from 1-4pm. Find details at www.morrismuseum.org.
Experience family-friendly thrills by day and spine-tingling frights by night at Fright Fest. Held at Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flag Boulevard in Jackson, on weekends through October 28, the holiday event features the Trick-or-Treat Trail, Monster Mash Bash, Haunted Trail Rides, magic shows and other Halloween-themed festivities. Find details at www.sixflags.com.
Donald McDermott is an associate editor.