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All Aboard the Polar Express - Storytime

On Friday, December 10th at 7:00 pm, all Barnes and Noble stores are holding a Polar Express Party, highlighted by a special reading of the holiday classic. Of course hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

Halloween Celebrations at the Liberty Science Center

Members Night Thursday, October 24, 2013; 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join us for Halloween Fun! 
Spooky experiments, trick or treat and dance the night away at our Halloween celebration for members. 
Costumes Welcome!
Please RSVP at to let us know how many adults and children will be attending.
Our doors open at 5:30 pm for members going to the Cafe (which is open until 7:30 pm).
This evening’s benefits include free parking, $2.50 movie tickets and 10% discount at the Cafe and the Store.  Because our Halloween event has been well-attended in the past, please limit guests.  All guests will be charged $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.
Special Activities include:
  • Trick or Treat - treats and bags given out while supplies last.  Supplies are limited.
  • Arts & Craft Station:  make some eye-popping crafts
  • A Bloody Mystery:  Help us test samples found at a crime scene to determine if the mystery splotches are blood
  • Dance Party – join DJ Dave as he gets the party going
  • Mystery Boxes:   What’s inside?  Reach inside to find out!!
Movie:     Great White Shark in IMAX at 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 pm
All movie tickets are $2.50 each and may be purchased onsite or in advance by calling 201.253.1310

Halloween Camp In: Sleepless Slumber Party

October 25, 6:00 pm – October 26, 9:00 am

Celebrate this spooky time of year with our first-ever family Halloween Camp In!

Explore Liberty Science Center under the cover of darkness! With exclusive film showings, engaging activities and the chance to sleep in our exhibits! Brain dissections, slimy snacks, and a scary “campfire” story time await you (there’s a not-so-scary story time, too) along with some other special activities and shows.

Nipping your Noggin: Brain Dissection

The human brain is so complex that doctors and scientists still don’t know what some parts of it do. Let’s investigate a sheep brain for clues. Put on our mad scientist lab coat and let the mayhem begin!

From Pen to Ink: Squid Dissection

The ink in our pens is a mixture of water, dye, and oils. But what is squid ink made of? Squids are a diverse and abundant species in the ocean that varies in pattern and color. Explore the anatomy of a these complex sea creatures before they end up as calamari!

Monster’s Alive: Nature of the Beast

After traveling to Egypt, Transylvania, and the Black Lagoon, we have proof that Hollywood’s most famous monsters are real! We’ve captured them and they are ready to be displayed at Liberty Science Center. Join renowned monster hunter Carl Denham in this live-action spectacle. How is the Wolfman really like a butterfly? Is the Creature from the Black Lagoon a cousin of the salamander? Marvel at the true nature of beasts up close and in person!

Dead or Alive: A Zombie Autopsy

Little research exists on zombies despite their recent popularity in film and television. Scientists around the world have tried to uncover the mystery of these creatures. Do zombies live? Do their organs mutate? Can they return to human form? Learn the cutting truth we take a look at their real organs!

Brainless Artifacts

Vampires and ghosts don’t really exist, but skeletons do! Take a look at our real bones and see if you can identify them. They might be bones you know!

Pumpkin Chunkin’

Ever carved a pumpkin that didn’t look quite as you thought it would? Let’s cut them up instead! Join us in examining the anatomy of a pumpkin.
Call or email Mary McDonald to reserve your spot today: 201.253.1214, Mention code “SPOOKY” to receive a special discount.

Bergen County Zoo Boo Information 2013

Zoo Boo tickets are on sale right now at the Bergen County Zoo
Tickets are moving fast so try to get there today or tomorrow.
Tickets for Zoo Entry are $6 per person. This includes Trick-or-Treating, A Magic Show and Spooky Story Time.

The Erie Express Train Ride is an additional $5 and requires advanced purchased tickets as well.

Bergen County Zoo Boo Times are Fri: 6 to 9pm;
Sat: 11am to 2pm and
6 to 9pm.(these sessions are 100% kid friendly)

Erie Express Train Ride Times. 6:30 to 9:00 PM on both Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th
Not recommended for Young Children or those easily scared.

The Bergen County Zoo is Located at 216 Forest Ave in Paramus NJ
For Additional Information and ticket Availability Call 201-262-3771 ext 113 or email

Halloween in Salem - Witches and Pirates and Ghosts Oh My!

One of the things that makes Halloween so much fun is being scared. Not Night of the Living Dead or the 6th Sense scary, more Like Scooby Doo Spooky. Nothing conjures up spooky images like Ghosts, Witches, and Vampires. These are classic spooky icons put them within a historical backdrop and you have the ultimate spooky setting.

With this in mind my daughter a I took the four hour drive up to Salem as part of our Halloween Celebrations.
Salem is a quaint New England waterfront village steeped in history. A history with witches and pirates. Some of the towns famous "haunts" are said to be well um..haunted among them the Hawthorne hotel (As seen back in 2007 on Ghost hunters.

Our trip consisted of visiting a few of the many museums and exhibits that are open year round. Including the Witch Museum, Witch History Museum, the Witch Dungeon, and the Pirate Museum (A nice way to break up the All things Witchy)

We also enjoyed a tour of Salem on one of the Red Trolleys. Our guides were informative and entertaining. The great thing about the Trolley tours is that you can buy a ticket for the day. This allows you can get on or off at any of the 13 stop points in Salem throughout the day. If you have small children (who may not have the attention span for a 45 minute trolley tour) You can use the trolley to get from place to place and learn about Salem while you ride in smaller 5-15 minute segments.

We had Lunch at Fountain Place on both days of our stay The waitress was really nice, the food was good, it was priced reasonably (12.00 for 1 adult and 1 child) and restaurant was decorated for Halloween. Fountain Place is directly across from where the 1st Salem Church was and the "Fountain" which is the site of a spring that dates back to the 1600's

The museums are probably too scary for really young children but my brave 5 year old seemed fine with everything and had a great time.
In general the museums are there to provide facts about the history of Salem and the 13 months of hysteria during which time the witch hunts that took place in New England in 1692.

The Witch History Museum – Starts with a brief history of the Events that took place in 1692. Q&A with the presenter followed by a walking tour through Exhibits narrative presentation in the basement of the museum. This was the least scary of the Exhibits but walk through is dark.

The Witch Dungeon - Begins with a presentation which talks about the conditions and treatment of those accused of being a witch followed by a re-enactment of the one of the trials, followed by a walk through of a re-created dungeon.This Exhibit is a bit more scary than the the witch History Museum.

Pirate Museum - Great tour (We showed up early and had a private tour so it was edited a bit for my 5 year old)
This tour tells the story of New England's many pirates including Notorious pirate captains, such as; Kidd, Blackbeard, Bellamy and Quelch Pirates make up a large part of Salem's colorful past. Many were said to have buried there treasure in the nearby Lynn Woods. And a ship carrying millions in Spanish gold was found of the coast in about twenty feet of water. Our guide was up to the part and relayed his script with both charisma and some humor.

Salem Witch Museum
- The tour begins with a recorded presentation told in an ominous voice with erie music, lighting and sound effects.So this is definitely not for the easily scared. After the Presentation you are taken on a guided tour with both a live presenter and pre-recorded segments.The guided tour is not scary at all and dispels some misconceptions about witches ending with a segment on current day wiccans.The tour also points out other times in American history where fear has lead to persecution of it's citizens such as the McCarthy Hearings of the 1950's.

Old Burying Point Cemetery - The oldest cemetery in Salem, and the second oldest known cemetery in the country, started in 1637. It is located on Charter St. next to the Witch Trials Memorial and contains many famous individuals such as Jonathan Corwin and John Hawthorne, who were Judges in the Salem Witch Trials, Samuel Bradstreet who was a Governor of Massachusetts and many more interesting historical figures. There are currently 347 entries for this cemetery.

There are many places to shop and browse in the town center there are shops where you can purchase candles, incense, crystals, and herbs to perform your own spells.
If your not too magickal but a magician in the Kitchen stop in at Pamplemousse which is located on the pedestrian mall. Pamplemousse has latest kitchen gadgets, specialty gourmet foods, fine boutique wines and local and European craft beer.

During the Halloween season there are many activities, performances and Attractions to experience. Visit haunted happenings for a complete schedule.

Bed and BreakfastsAmelia Payson House16 Winter Street, (978) 744-8304
Built in 1845 for Amelia and Edward Payson, 16 Winter Street is one of Salem's finest examples of Greek Revival Architecture. Elegantly restored and beautifully decorated, each room is furnished with period antiques and warmed by a personal touch. A continental breakfast consisting of fresh fruit and home baked breads is served family style over friendly conversation, and provides your hosts the opportunity to share with their guests much information about their historic city and all its Witchcraft mystique.

Other Sites to visit:
The House of the Seven Gables (1668) is a Colonial mansion in Salem, Massachusetts, as well as the title of a novel written in 1851 by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. The house is now a non-profit museum, with an admission fee charged for tours.

Pickering Wharf - A harbor side Village with Shops, Restaurants, Attractions, and Events.

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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day - Saturday October 5th

October 5th is the 10th Anniversary of the International Mountain Bike Association’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. These events are a great way to introduce a kid to the great sport of Mountain Biking.

Sleepy Hollow Halloween Events 2013

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY (Sept. 5, 2013) — Halloween season in Sleepy Hollow Country kicks off in force on Saturday, Oct. 5, opening night of the tri-state area’s largest fall events.

Continuing for 25 selected evenings through Nov. 11, The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze® is the Hudson Valley’s biggest all-ages Halloween extravaganza. A small team of artists comes together to carve more than 5,000 jacks, many fused together in elaborate constructions such as life-size dinosaurs and eight-foot-tall working jack-o’lanterns-in-the-box, all lit up throughout the wooded walkways, orchards, and gardens of historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Also making its debut at this year’s Blaze is the Museum of Pumpkin Art, the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins. (Book now only a few weekend tickets left)

Washington Irving’s macabre tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow inspires Horseman’s Hollow, a 13-night interactive haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., recommended for ages 10 and up. Stocked with professional actors and state-of-the-art special effects, Horseman’s Hollow has a high fear factor.

Irving’s ‘Legend,’ recommended for ages 10 and up, brings the master storyteller Jonathan Kruk into the historic, candlelit interior of Sleepy Hollow’s circa-1685 Old Dutch Church, where for 13 evenings he offers a dramatic re-telling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow accompanied by live organ music.

The Legend Behind the ‘Legend’ is a new, daytime experience at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Tarrytown, N.Y. that highlights the author of the famous story.
Tip: There is food onsite but we recommend that you pack a picnic lunch and some snacks. Make sure you have your camera lot's of photo opportunities.

All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization which owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.

Ticket and date information
For Blaze, Horseman’s Hollow, and Irving’s ‘Legend,’ admissions are by advance purchase timed ticket.

Blaze dates are Oct. 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31, Nov. 1-3, 8-11. The first reservation is 7 p.m. on Oct. 5-6 and 6:30 p.m. for the other dates. Tickets are $16 for adults ($20 on Saturdays), $12 for children 3-17 ($16 on Saturdays), and free for children under 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members.

Horseman’s Hollow dates are Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, Nov. 1-2, with the first reservation at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($25 on Saturdays). Historic Hudson Valley members receive a $5 per ticket discount.

Irving’s ‘Legend’ dates are Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, Nov. 1-2. Seating is very limited, and there are three performances each evening on the hour, beginning at 5pm (6:15pm Fridays). Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for children under 18. Historic Hudson Valley members receive a $5 per ticket discount.

Legend Behind the ‘Legend’ takes place Wednesdays-Sundays in October, plus Columbus Day Monday, with the first tour at 10:30am. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children 3-17, and free for those under 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members.

Buy tickets online at or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders).

Details: The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze
The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, which drew more than 80,000 visitors last year, features more than 5,000 illuminated, individually hand-carved jack o’ lanterns. Elaborate single-pumpkin carvings and huge multi-jack o’lantern constructions are professionally lit throughout the landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor in various themed areas.

Favorites such as the Undersea Aquarium and walk-through Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love are joined this year by new installations including Venus Pumpkin Traps, an enormous sea serpent, a brontosaurus, and a pterodactyl. The brand new Museum of Pumpkin Art is the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins. The Museum of Pumpkin Art is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Also new this year is Blaze: The Soundtrack Volume II. Building on the success of last year’s soundtrack, Historic Hudson Valley teamed up with professional musician, radio personality, and Halloween fanatic Richard Christy to create a second volume of all-original music, selections of which will play throughout the event. The soundtrack is available as a CD at the event and also a digital download from iTunes and Google Play.

Creative Director Michael Natiello leads a small team of Historic Hudson Valley staff and local artists who carve. In addition, more than 1,000 volunteers help scoop and light the pumpkins. Blaze artists will be carving on site during the event. The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze Shop offers a full bounty of Blaze-specific merchandise including hats, notepads, games, T-shirts, magnets, caps, mugs, and jewelry. Café Blazé, by Geordane’s of Irvington, will offer culinary treats including soup, veggie chili, muffins, pumpkin cookies, and cider.

Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 South Riverside Avenue, just off Route 9 in Croton-on-Hudson.

Details: Horseman’s Hollow
Horseman’s Hollow, a haunted experience in the heart of Sleepy Hollow, takes the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes. Historic Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane, all serving the Headless Horseman himself.

Haunted house professional Lance Hallowell leads a crew of award-winning makeup and costume designers and a 40-member-strong cast of experienced actors to create an immersive, interactive, pleasantly terrifying experience, with state-of-the-spooky-art special effects.

Custom built set pieces and period-correct costumes help orient the experience in Philipsburg Manor’s traditional time period of the mid-1700s. Lighting is by Emmy award-winning designer Deke Hazirjian of New York City Lites.

Philipsburg Manor is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow.

Details: Irving’s ‘Legend’
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic re-telling of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s storytelling takes place in the historic, candlelit setting of the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow. The circa-1685 stone church is across the street from Philipsburg Manor, where visitors will park. Performances last about 45 minutes.

Details: Legend Behind the ‘Legend’
During October, Sunnyside celebrates its connection to Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Tours of Irving’s home – a colorful blend of architectural styles – will showcase numerous objects related to Irving’s famous story. Visitors on Saturdays and Sundays can enjoy a shadow puppet performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and experience one of Irving's spooky tales on a walk through the woods. Sunnyside is on West Sunnyside Lane, off Route 9 in Tarrytown.

Montclair - Playground at Edgemont Memorial Park

This Playground is in the center of Montclair NJ on Valley Road and is one of our favorites. The Playground area is gated, and has a soft rubberized surface. The benches allow for adequate supervision without being a hoverer. There are a number of twisty sliding Boards and things to climb. These will challenge your child physically, stimulate them mentally, and inspire their imagination. In addition to the Playground Edgemont Memorial Park has a great bike path, a large green, and a huge pond with fountain.(in the winter if conditions are right, skating is permitted)
Just North of the playground is a CVS, Starbucks, Movie theatre, and a host of other shops and restaurants. This playground is great place to let of a little steam between errands or for a full afternoon of activities.

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Palisades mall in Nyack NY

Our visit to the Palisades Mall in Nyack NY offered a lot more than shopping and a food court.

Best 4th of July Celebrations in New Jersey for the whole family

Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day later, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

American's still celebrate the anniversary of our independence with parades,fairs and family get-togethers but the most synonymous activity with the fourth of July has to be our fireworks. For years elaborate displays have delighted Americans young and old. This year will be no different. On the East coast the Macy's Fireworks display is the pinnacle of all fireworks displays with more than 40,000 fireworks expertly synchronized to a 25 minute score including many standards and pop favorites.

Two of the best places to view the fireworks from are aboard the Intrepid. We did this last year and although it is pricey $160/ GA ticket the Intrepid offers a great view (provided you find your seats early enough to be at the front of the deck and an amazing backdrop for the fireworks.

The NYC waterway also offers a host of cruises for both families and couples with some packages including full buffet and open bar as well as DJ's on-board.

There are also a number of free or less pricey vantage points to get a great view of the fireworks from in New Jersey along the river in West New York and  Weehawken (You will need to get out early or use public transportation to get around because parking is will be almost non-existent also be prepared for an hour or more exodus out from any of the paid parking spots. I shot this video from the Riverwalk in West New York.

NYC isn't the only place celebrating independence day and the fourth isn't the only day to get out for the celebrations on Monday July 2 the town of Wayne NJ will be hosting its Annual fireworks extravaganza with clowns and magic acts for the kids. 

Also in New Jersey is the Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration beginning at 9:00 am with the flag raising followed by the parade at 10:00 am and finishing up the day with fireworks (Gates open at 6:00 pm)

Be sure to check out previous years Fourth of July tips and Articles from Kidzense

Make sure your Child is Safe by Water

Kids love water but every year we hear about water related tragedies involving children. Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the pediatric age group and drowning rates are the highest among children ages 1 through 2 years. (More statistics)
Teach your kids about water safety and get them swim lessons.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you not begin formal swimming lessons until kids are at least 4 years old. That is the age that children are thought to be "developmentally ready" for swim lessons.
To reduce the risk of drowning, CPSC recommends adopting layers of protection, including physical barriers, such as a fence with self-closing, self-latching gates completely surrounding pools to prevent unsupervised access by young children. If the house forms a side of the barrier, use alarms on doors leading to the pool area or a power safety cover over the pool.
It is important to always be prepared for an emergency by having rescue equipment and a phone near the pool. Also, all parents who own pools should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (or CPR).
No one layer of protection is foolproof to prevent drowning in pools. Use as many layers of protection as possible. Multiple barriers and constant supervision are essential to protecting children.
Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool.
Instruct babysitters about potential hazards to young children in and around swimming pools and the need for constant supervision.
Completely fence the pool. Install self-closing and self-latching gates. Position latches out of reach of young children. Keep all doors and windows leading to the pool area secure to prevent small children from getting to the pool. Effective barriers and locks are necessary preventive measures, but there is no substitute for supervision.
Do not consider young children "drown proof" because they have had swimming lessons; young children should always be watched carefully while swimming.
Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
Never use a pool with its pool cover partially in place, since children may become entrapped under it. Remove the cover completely.
Place tables and chairs well away from the pool fence to prevent children from climbing into the pool area.
Keep toys away from the pool area because a young child playing with the toys could accidentally fall in the water.
Remove steps to above ground pools when not in use.
Have a telephone at poolside to avoid having to leave children unattended in or near the pool to answer a telephone elsewhere. Keep emergency numbers at the poolside telephone.
Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
Keep rescue equipment by the pool.

I hope this article has helped make you aware of some of the dangers of water with small children and has help provide some ways to keep your children safe. It has been an wake up call and an eye opening article for me to research - Thanks and Be Safe

Children's Swimming Lessons in New Jersey
Bally Total Fitness Centers, Englewood, (800)495-1718. British Swim School is happy to announce that they will be hosting year round swim classes for children of all ages at Bally Fitness Centers in the Englewood area. Their 30-minute lessons will be held weekdays during the afternoon and evening, as well as Saturday mornings. Spring season of classes begins on 5/6. Call for more info.

The Hoboken-North Hudson YMCA, 1301 Washington Street, 201-963-4100. Families are invited to take advantage of another great season of activities, including Morning playtime, toddler programs, swim lessons and more! Call for more detailed information about programs and fees.

FREE FAMILY Yoga with Linda Olivo at Yoga Morristown

{FREE FAMILY Yoga with Linda Olivo at Yoga Morristown}

Sunday June 9th, from 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Join Yoga Morristown and bring the FAMILY!  Linda Olivo (Go Grounded Training [kids] / Teacher Training at DIG Yoga) will once again hold our FREE community yoga class, but this time they have opened it up to families as well. The class will be held Sunday June 9th, from 2:15pm - 3:15pm. 
The Class is free but Registration is required.

June Biking Activities for the Whole Family

Whether your a family that has been biking for years and looking for a fun organized ride or you have never ridden before but really wanted to learn. The folks at have you covered with a comprehensive list of events in and around New Jersey (NJ).
Click Here for the June List

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

Legoland discovery Center in Westchester
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
39 Fitzgerald Street
Yonkers, NY 10710

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is made up of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild with creative inspiration at every turn.  Featuring a whole host of exciting attractions from the LEGO® Racers where children can build the fastest racer and reigning champion to an amazing recreation of New York’s famous skyline, the Center not only provides fun for LEGO fans young and old, but fantastic educational benefits too.

It's the ultimate place for all LEGO® fans, and all the attractions are included in the ticket prices.

Rides & Attractions

Dinosaurs found in the Bronx

Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari
Remember Jurassic Park...Not the part where everyone is running for their lives, but the scene when they first see the Dinosaurs roaming around. Well now, thanks to the Bronx Zoo you too can you have your own Jurassic experience. Beginning today May 25 through September 8th visitors to the Bronx Zoo can go back 300 million years.The exhibit includes more than 20 life-like animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which snarl, roar and spit.

The narrated ride runs through a two-acre area of the zoo and highlights some of the similar physical and behavioral adaptations many prehistoric species share with modern-day wildlife. A guide helps identify the dinosaurs and explains how animals at the Bronx Zoo use similar adaptations to survive in the wild.

Dinosaur Safari begins with the Permian period which began about 300 million years ago and concludes about 20 minutes later with the Cretaceous period which ended 65 million years ago.

Each dinosaur encountered moves and vocalizes. At the end of the experience, there is a fossil dig for children; a Tyrannosaurus rex photo-op; a paleontologist’s tent where fossil replicas will be on display; and an interactive Stegosaurus that shows how the dinosaur animatronics work.
For tickets Click Here - For more information Click here

Memorial Day Savings at Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and to kick things off and Thank our readers, here are some hot savings for you.

Just Goto to and type Promo Code: TGIS74

You will receive the following discounts:

Theme Park Admission...... $29.99
Water Park Admission........$16.99
Meal Voucher....................$13.49

Valid 5/24 - 6/2 Limit 10 tickets per transaction

Things to do with the Family - March 2013

Thing to do with the Family - March 2013
March into Spring with Activities that will get you and your family out the house and into the fun.

Sunday March 3rd - Bill Blagg - Illusionist

Experience an unforgettable day of magic & illusion with one of the nation’s top magical stars
Bill Blagg! Bill is taking the art of magic to new heights by combining grand scale magic illusions, and his unmatched personality to create one of the most unbelievable, interactive, magic experiences witnessed today.
Shows at Bergen PAC 1 and 4PM
Tickets start at $17.00
Drapkin Family Cabaret Room at Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631 

Friday March 8 - Cirque Ziva
8:00 pm
Recognized as the only Chinese acrobatic company touring the U.S., the Golden Dragon Acrobats bring to you a new fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented show, Cirque Zíva. 
WPU Students $10 (1 ticket per student. Must show ID, limited quantity available).
WP Faculty, Staff and Alumni discounts apply. 

Saturday March 9th - Cirque Ziva
4:00 PM 
Bergen Performing Arts Center
The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. Its members are athletes, actors and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. The group averages 200 performances each year and has toured through all 50 states and in over 65 countries across the world. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week run at the New Victory Theater earned two prestigious New York Drama Desk Awards nominations (for Best Choreography and Most Unique Theatrical Experience).
Admission:  $29-$49

Friday-Sunday March 8-10th - Charlotte's Web
The Garage Theatre Group celebrates its 20th Anniversary season along with the 60th anniversary of "Charlotte's Web ," one of the most popular children's stories of all time. Michael Bias directs the show, which features original music by Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie). Imaginative costumes created by Terry Thiry are featured among the feathered and furred barnyard characters.

Joseph Robinette's play, "Charlotte's Web," is based on the children's classic by E.B.White. Witten in 1952 and a Newberry Honor award winner, it is a story of loyalty and friendship. Though she is small in stature, Charlotte the spider has a big heart that leads her friend Wilbur the pig to understand and accept his place in the world.
The cast also includes a little girl named Fern who also loves Wilbur, a less-lovable rat, Templeton, and a barnyard full of lively farm animals whose story is as strong and as delicately magical as a web itself.

"Charlotte’s Web" is will be presented at the Becton Theatre on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m, Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m, and Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. The theater is located at 960 River Road in Teaneck, on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Location: 960 River Road, Teaneck, NJ
Parking is free and plentiful in the FDU lot adjacent to Route 4. The theatre is a short walk away along the Hackensack River.

Tickets for each performance are $18 for adults and $16 for children 12 and under and senior citizens. For tickets, visit or call 201-569-7710.

Sunday March 24th - Sleeping Beauty
2:00 pm
Shea Center for Performing Arts
Admission: $10
This fully-staged musical is based on the classic fairy tale love story.
Presented by the American Family Theater Group

Stretching out with your Kids

When I first started kidzense my daughter was 4 and the focus of the site was things to do with your kids. At kidzense we strive to present parents with great events and activities to share with their kids. However this past weekend my daughter presented me with an opportunity to experience something that I always wanted to do.
Let me give a little back story. For Christmas my daughter asked for a skateboard. I expected that she would try it out, but didn't think she would take to it like she did. On Christmas she was really excited to get her board and immediately  wanted to try it out. On her first day back to school after Christmas break I received a video with my daughter skateboarding across a basketball court. Within a week she was riding down some pretty steep grades, performing kick turns and some other simple tricks.
A few weeks ago we went to an outdoor skate park and had our first experience with riding up and down a quarter pipe. We decided to look for some indoor skate parks and came across Garden Skate located in Pine Brook NJ. They offered a beginners clinic on Saturday mornings. So this Saturday we decided to check it out. The instructors worked well with the group demonstrating the basics and building upon that. Despite being a group clinic each child was given some personal attention. By the end of the clinic the entire class was able to ride into the quarter pipe, perform at least a partial kick-turn and ride back down.
After the class my daughter wanted to stay and skate a while longer. That's when it hit me. This was an opportunity to try something that I always wanted to. Instead of sitting on the sidelines as a spectator rationalizing that I was too old I could step outside of my comfort zone grab a board and take the ride of a lifetime or least the ride of my childhood. When I was a kid I loved skateboarding but growing up on the east coast there weren't any skate parks (at least that I knew about) I would have given anything to ride a skate park back then, but being able to do it in my forties together with my daughter was an special experience. I was so proud of her working diligently for the last month picking herself up from countless falls to try again. It was a truly amazing day where I was  transported back in time. It was exhilarating, fun, and connecting experience.
I am so glad I decided to stretch outside of my comfort zone to be open to have this experience. I highly recommend that you follow your child into the unknown.