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This Week's Family Fun Includes Baseball, Bagels, Dinosaurs and Trolls

Best bets for families this week in the region

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  • Where/When: Ahavat Achim Orthodox Congregation, 18-25 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, Sunday at 9:15 a.m.
    Why Go: Find out the latest news about the Mets and Yankees and hear this Hall of Fame sportswriter's predictions for the upcoming baseball season. In addition, the synagogue will raffle off baseball cards of major stars.
    Pricing: Admission only (raffles price not included) is $10 per person or $18 per family
  • Friday Family Night: Dinosaur Adventure
    Where/When: Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River, Friday, at 7 p.m.
    Why Go: You’ll have the opportunity to touch and feel real dinosaur bones and fossils, maybe even a dinosaur egg. Build a huge wooden dinosaur with the help of friends and family during an exciting night together. For ages 5 and up.
    Pricing: $10 for members, $12 at door.

  • Scrap ‘N Support
    Where/When: Assumption Academy, Emerson, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Why Go: Craft for a cause. This 12-hour craft-o-rama features an artist’s delight. All crafters are welcome: scrapbookers, stampers, papercrafters and more. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. Plus, you get a free goodie bag for each crafter loaded with supplies. This event is for ages 12 and up.
    Pricing: A $50 (non-refundable) donation to Assumption Academy.

  • The Troll and the Dinosaur
    Where/When: River Vale Public Library, Saturday at 2 p.m.
    Why Go: Travel to the icy peaks of Norway in this lively, humorous tale where you will meet a brave troll, adventurous dinosaur, princess, evil sorcerer and more! A group of gifted musicians from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's REACH Program weave together storytelling and beautiful music by the Scandinavian composers Sibelius and Grieg. The entire family can enjoy this exciting story as they are introduced to orchestral strings.
    Pricing: Free

  • Make An African Clay Mask
    Where/When: Oradell Public Library, Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
    Why Go: The Little Steps African mask-making workshop is immensely popular with children of all nationalities. Ivy Omere  is a classically trained actor from the UK of Nigerian heritage who teaches creative discovery workshops. Through her African Mask Making workshops, she expands the global perspective of all ages, assisting them in the process of exploring the connections between cultures and helping them to identify and express creativity. This event is ideal for ages 8 to 12. Registration is required for most programs. Sign up at the Youth Department Circulation Desk.
    Pricing: Free

  • StarPower!
    Where/When: Moses Family Meeting and Training Center, Bergen Community College, Paramus, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
    Why Go: StarPower! is a workshop for fifth and sixth grade girls (and a parent or guardian) to help them build positive self-esteem for a bright future. The program, presented by the Junior League of Bergen County, addresses current challenges to girls’ self image such as communication, peer pressure and cliques.
    Pricing: $10 per child/parent couple; includes light refreshments and a t-shirt for each girl.

  • Kidz Cabaret, Funkey Monkeys
    Where/When: Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, Sunday, shows start at 1 p.m.
    Why Go: The latest Kidz Cabaret at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Funkey Monkeys, will make youngsters of all ages go bananas. Created by Joshua Sitron, composer for Nickelodeon’s legendary “Dora the Explorer,” the Funkey Monkeys are a supergroup of professional musicians and comedians. Think “Seinfeld” meets the “Wiggles” or “The Muppets” performing “Free to Be.”
    Pricing: Tickets are $17

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