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Fun for all ages in South Orange, Maplewood, and surrounding towns for the weekend of 12/02-03

Dickens Village, Breakfast With Santa, Tree & Menorah Lighting Announced for Maplewood Village

December 2, 2017     1:00 PM until 4:00 PM

It is the time of year when Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village magically becomes Dickens Village.  Continuing an almost 60-year tradition, the houses replicate the villages of Charles Dickens’ England and his famous story The Christmas Carol.

Opening day will be December 2, when Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrive on a shiny red firetruck driven, not by reindeer, but by our own Maplewood firefighters. The Tree Lighting takes places at 4:30 p.m.

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interACT Youth presents ‘Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids!’

December 1-3, 2017

Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 7:00pm, and the Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm. Online tickets are discounted at $15 here until 2 hours prior to the performance. All tickets purchased at the box office in person are $20 and are available starting one hour before showtime. Tickets cannot be purchased by phone.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/arts/interact-youth-presents-disneys-jungle-book-kids-december-1-3-8-10/

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Award Winning A Capella Ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock at SOPAC Dec 2

December 2, 2017    8:00 PM

Globally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in The Rock will bring their award-winning talents to the South Orange Performing Arts Center Stage Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning quartet has made it their mission to educate, entertain, and empower audiences and communities through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation.

LOCATION: South Orange Performing Arts Center

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://villagegreennj.com/holiday/award-winning-a-capella-ensemble-sweet-honey-in-the-rock-at-sopac-dec-2/

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Breakfast with Santa

December 2, 2017     9:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Take your photo with Santa and enjoy a pancake breakfast! WHEN: 9:00am, 10:00am, or 11:00am (3 seatings) WHERE: SUMMIT YMCA COST: $10 PER FAMILY FOR MEMBERS / $15 PER FAMILY FOR NON-MEMBERS Register at the Front Desk by November 29 to reserve your spot. Limited seating is available. For more information, please contact: Sue Fieseler (P) 908. 273. 3330 x 1167 (E) sue.fieseler@thesay.org

COST: $10 PER FAMILY FOR MEMBERS / $15 PER FAMILY FOR NON-MEMBERS

LOCATION: Summit YMCA
67 Maple Street
Summit, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/Breakfast-with-Santa/event/38334/

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SECONAL ANNUAL ‘RUN SANTA RUN’

December 2, 2017     10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Join us for the American Cancer Fund’s® 3rd Annual ‘Run Santa Run’ event!

December 2, 2017 at Brookdale Park in Montclair, N.J.

This fun run is led by Santa and is perfect for the whole family! All participants receive a Santa hat. In addition to holiday music, hot cocoa, and prizes (including one for best costume!), children will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa.

The run starts at 10am, and registration opens at 9. We will also be hosting a holiday toy drive, so please bring an unwrapped toy for the collection.

COST: Adults $25.00 Children under 16 $8.00

LOCATION: Brookdale Park
473 Watchunge Ave
Bloomfield, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/Seconal-Annual-Run-Santa-Run/event/32213/

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THE MARKETSPACE AT WESTFIELD

December 2-10, 2017     10:00 AM until 7:00 PM

Happy Holidays! The Marketspace at Westfield will be open during the first two consecutive weekends in December. This downtown pop up market storefront will feature a revolving selection of handcrafted wares and high-end gifts. Gift wrapping available on-site. FREE TO ATTEND!

COST: Free

LOCATION: The Marketspace Pop Up at Westfield
151 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/The-Marketspace-at-Westfield/event/37761/

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VELVETEEN RABBIT AT MONTCLAIR ARTS FESTIVAL

DECEMBER 2, 2017     11:00 AM until 12:00 AM

Pushcart Players’ 44th Season presents “Velveteen Rabbit” at United Way Theatre in Montclair NJ on Saturday, December 2 at 11:00 am. The performance is hosted by the Montclair Arts Alliance as part of the inaugural Montclair Arts Festival featuring theater, dance, visual arts, music, and opera. “Velveteen Rabbit” is based on the beloved children’s book by Margery Williams, adapted for the stage by Pushcart Players’ artistic director, Paul Whelihan. Music and lyrics are by NJ composer, Paul Farinella, and orchestrations are by Tony©, Grammy, and Drama Desk award-winner, Larry Hochman. “Velveteen Rabbit” explores the adventure of growing up, the necessity of building relationships, and the importance of using one’s imagination. A child’s love and a little nursery magic transform a favorite toy into a real rabbit. Breath-taking adventures – from deep, dark caves to the wide open sea, to winter wonderlands – show the meaning of true friendship, Pushcart Players is the award-winning professional touring theater company specializing in arts education for children. Twice nominated for an Emmy©, Pushcart is the recipient of numerous state and private awards for excellence and innovation. A social-profit organization founded in 1974, Pushcart brings substantive musical theater, workshops, and residencies to young people and their families in schools and theaters nationwide. The company has traveled more than 2 million miles nationally and abroad, from the rural red schoolhouse to the nation’s White House. All performances are accompanied by innovative scenery, complete lighting, and state of the art sound systems, making them adaptable to any location.

COST: $20 for all festival events

LOCATION: United Way Theatre
60 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/VELVETEEN-RABBIT-at-Montclair-Arts-Festival/event/38131/

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HOLLY WALK

December 2-3, 2017     11:00 AM until 4:00 PM

Visit six local historic sites in Morris County over two days with one ticket. All sites will be decorated for the holidays, and gift shops will be brimming with unique gifts.

COST: $30-$35

LOCATION: NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/Holly-Walk/event/37006/

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OPEN HOUSE: STEM CLASSES CAMPS AND BIRTHDAYS

 

December 2, 2017    11:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Find out more about coding, robotics, chess, science, math and many other STEM-related programs including competitive robotics at the L3 Academy Open House this Saturday. Come and meet the co-founders of L3 Academy and some of our instructors. Find out more about our winter programs and holiday camps. Activities for the Open House include: • Tattoos and fun STEM crafts • Super fun chess instructor Carlos Sanchez • Stations to view/play student designed games • Have fun with robots • Photos with Santa. Registration is a must. Register now. Last day for early bird registration for the winter program.

COST: Free

LOCATION: L3 Academy
1 Greenwood Avenue
Montclair, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/Open-House-STEM-Classes-Camps-and-Birthdays/event/38432/

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GREENWOOD GARDENS

December 1-8, 2017    10:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Come see the festive house decorated for the holidays in old-fashioned flare. Sip cider and enjoy cookies Register for our programs and demonstrations throughout the week. Weather permitting, the gardens will be open to enjoy! Visit greenwoodgardens.org to register for daily programs. House Tour & programs: $10 per person.

COST: $10

LOCATION: Greenwood Gardens
274 Old Short Hills Rd
Short Hills, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/Greenwood-Gardens/event/38040/

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ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING AND PARTY WITH SANTA

December 2, 2017     5:30 PM until  7:00 PM

Join the Summit Area YMCA on Saturday Night at the Village Green for the Annual Tree Lighting and Party with Santa! WHEN: Saturday, Dec 2nd TIME: 5:30-7:00 pm WHERE: Village Green COST: Free We will be collecting Men’s Hats & Gloves for Bridges Outreach! Please be sure to bring a pair! • Santa’s Arrival! • Holiday Music by World of Rock • Pictures with Santa • Ice Sculpting • Hot Chocolate • Holiday Activities • Reading of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ For More Information, Please contact: Sue Fieseler, Director of Community Wellness Sue.fieseler@thesay.org, (908) 273-3330 x1167

COST: Free

LOCATION: Summit Village Green
365 Broad Street
Summit, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/Annual-Tree-Lighting-and-Party-with-Santa/event/37973/

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PARENT’S NIGHT OUT!

December 2, 2017     6:00 PM until 10:00 PM

Parent’s Night Out! Children will have a blast in a fun, loving and warm environment as parents get to enjoy a night out! Decorate Pillow Cases Glow in the Dark Dance Party Make your own Unicorn or Space Slime Jumpy Castle Playspace S’mores Movies Pizza & Juice!

COST: $40 Members / $50 Non Members – Siblings 1/2 Price

LOCATION: Kidville Montclair
516 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/Parents-Night-Out/event/38447/

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A VERY SPECIAL (HOLIDAY) SPECIAL

December 2, 2017    8:00 PM until 10:00 PM

A VERY SPECIAL (HOLIDAY) SPECIAL is an all-original good old-fashioned holiday variety show in the style of traditional television holiday specials. While every year’s show is unique, the Very Special Special will include a healthy serving of improv, spoofs of holiday songs, comic sketches and lots of fun. It’s a Dreamcatcher annual tradition that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit! One night only!

COST: $25

LOCATION: Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue
SUMMIT, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/A-Very-Special-Holiday-Special/event/36381/

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SWIM WITH SANTA

December 3, 2017    1:00 AM until 3:00 PM

The Westfield Area YMCA invites the community to celebrate the holiday season at the 2nd annual “Swim with Santa” on Sunday, December 3rd at the Main Y Facility located at 220 Clark Street in Westfield from 1:00-3:00pm. Come as a family! Participants choose a 30-minute time slot to swim with Santa and his elves. A parent or guardian must be in the pool with children under age 8 or children who can’t swim. Before or after your time in the pool, enjoy more fun with Santa in the Arts & Crafts room. Registration is open to members and non-members online or in-person at the Welcome Center. Proceeds benefits the Y’s Annual Support Campaign which ensures that no one who lives or works in Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside or Westfield and is experiencing a bona fide financial hardship is denied the opportunity to participate at the Y. Questions? Please contact Sharon London at slondon@westfieldynj.org or call 908-301-YMCA (9622). The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit www.westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area YMCA programs.

LOCATION: Westfield Area YMCA
220 Clark Street
Westfield, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/SWIM-WITH-SANTA/event/38146/

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GINGERBREAD SUNDAY

December 3, 2017     1:30 PM until 4:00 PM

Crafts (decorative nonedible house & one other), open-hearth cooking demonstrations of gingery recipes, light refreshments. Picture book author Laura Sassi will read from her book Goodnight Manger. Enjoyable for young children! Reservations required for specific time slots – phone/email (include phone number in email) through 11/28; phone only 11/29 to noon, 12/2.

COST: $5/child; accompanying adults free

LOCATION: Miller-Cory House Museum
614 Mountain Avenue
Westfield, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/Gingerbread-Sunday/event/38305/

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FESTIVE CHRISTMAS FOODS – COOK WITH YOUR KIDS AGES 8 AND UP

December 3, 2017     11:00 PM until 1:30 PM

Everything we make will be red, white, or green in the spirit of Christmas. This class is for children 8 years old and older to enjoy with an adult. Menu includes Christmas Chicken Stuffed with Spinach Roasted Red Peppers and Mozzarella, Basic Broccoli, Mashed Potato Bites, Pesto Garlic Bread, Red and Green Salad, Mini Pizzas, Jammin Berry Cakes

COST: $70 per pair

LOCATION: Kings Cooking Studio
778 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/Calendar/index.php/name/Festive-Christmas-Foods-Cook-with-Your-Kids-Ages-8-and-up/event/37633/

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