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school's outSchool’s out this week for Bergen County children.  It’s winter break and a lot of us take this time to go out into the country for winter sports.  I feel that a huge advantage to Bergen County is how close we are to truly terrific skiing and winter sports.  Windham is only 2.5 hours away in Upstate New York.

If you’re not up to the challenge of a Wyndham, about 1 hour away is Mt St Peter.  This is a great family oriented place that’s ideal for teaching children how to ski and it’s not too challenging for parents too.

But there’s plenty to do here right in Bergen County so let’s take a look at what’s going on this week while school’s out –

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12 Angry Jurors opens this weeknd at the Ciccone Theater at Bergen County Community College in Paramus.  This is another wonderful production by Bergen Stages, the student theater group.  You’ll be happily surprised by this student live theater group.  They’re so good you’ll feel like you’re at an Off Broadway Theater.

Performances begin this Friday night at 7:30 pm and are also on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.  Next week performances are Thursday through Saturday.  For more information and to order tickets, click this link.  This play is very reminiscent of the award winning 1957 film 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda.

Krame Center Free Meditation Series

It’s not too late to take advantage of the free meditation sessions by the Krame Center For Mindful Living.  I’ve written Krame Center about this before.  Wednesdays at 5 pm in January and February they’ve been hosting free mediation sessions for the public.  If you haven’t taken advantage of this opportunity, be sure you don’t miss it this week.

This week’s topic is Living With an Open Heart: Living a More Resilient Life.  Register online today for the Zoom link to the last of this series.  Meditation is a great stress reducer and I bet you’ll feel so much better after this half hour session.

Plastic Ban Webinar

plastic bag banDid you know that there’s going to be a ban on plastic bags starting May 4th?  Maybe you’ve heard something about it but aren’t really aware of what’s happening because you haven’t been to a supermarket lately.  If you have, then you’ve seen those posters telling you to bring your own bags.

New Jersey has banned not only plastic bags but also paper bags at supermarkets.  To answer all your questions and explain this change, the Fort Lee and Hackensack Regional Chambers of Commerce are holding a free webinar on this.  Since this really is a big change in how we do things, everyone should register for this.  It’s this Friday at 10-11:30 am.

2 Events For Children on Saturday

Once again the Tenafly Nature Center has something going on for the smaller set.  All About Owls is a fun educational program that’s for children from 6 years old and up.  While this is all about owls held entirely outdoors, the weather should cooperate because temperatures are said to be around 40.  Sunday it’s Forest Defenders time again.  This is where you go out and remove unwanted plants that aren’t native to our environment.  Such plants can upset the natural balance creating havoc.  You’ll learn a lot here too.  This is open to all ages pretty much.  Register online for this too.

The Ramsey Library is hosting it’s 1st ever Winterfest.  This is an afternoon filled with fun things   It’s held behind the library building and has something for everyone from S’mores to hot chocolate to winter music.  This starts at 12 noon and ends at 3 pm..  Registration is required – the form is at the bottom of their web page on this.

Get Rid of That Energy At Bounce U

Bounce U in Paramus has put on a load of open sessions for this week while school’s out.  There is nothing worse than a bored child with tons of pent up energy.  So parents check this out.

You might find that this is exactly what your child would love.  Let them have a blast while tiring themselves out playing. I have no idea if this is the right idea for your child.  Figuring that out is up to parents.  But check it out to see if it’s a good fit for you and your child.

Wyckoff YMCA

Additionally there’s the Wyckoff Family YMCA Schools Out Sampler program Wednesday-Friday mornings at 9-11:30.  Children can try a variety of creative and athletic activities.  This is aimed at K-6 and you need to register for this online.  Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Ongoing Live Theater

Don’t forget that we still have live theater productions this weekend.  Ode to Joy is finishing it’s run this week Thursday through Sunday.  Moon Over Buffalo is on this weekend Friday through Sunday with 1 more weekend to go.  Both productions are excellent and quite different.

Ongoing Options While School’s Out

Fun doesn’t have to be expensive.  Bergen County has wonderful parks and Ramapo Reservation has some wonderful hiking trails.  See what’s happening at your local library.  Go to the cooperative library website where they have a calendar of events to see what’s happening.  They even have links for places of interest online for children.

I hope you have fun while school’s out with them.  Believe me, I remember how tough it can be while working but they’re only young for a short while.  Trust me – you’ll miss those years.

 

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