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What: Santa Breakfast at Garden State Plaza: A Bergen Mama Signature Event!
Why: Bring your little elves to breakfast with Santa, score glitter tattoos, create at the make-your-own pretzel bar & be the first to check out GSPs new aquatic-themed play-space.
When: Saturday, November 16th, 9am to 10:30am; $18 per child, kids under 1 are free.
Where: Food Court, Westfield Garden State Plaza, Route 17 South, Paramus
For other HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS we’ve got a list to check (more than twice).
Events Not To Miss:
What: An American Girl Party
Why: A mega-American Girl Doll playdate! Bring her favorite to this fun-filled party of music, dancing, games and refreshments.
When: Friday, November 15th, 3pm to 5pm. Register online, $18
Where: The Big Playhouse, 316 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood
What: Mad Science and More
Why: Drop the bunsen burners and join Mad Science for a night of science fun, swimming, snacks, games.
When: Saturday, November 16th, 7:15pm to 10pm, $30, register online.
Where: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E Clinton ave., Tenafly
What: Holiday Marketplace
Why: Get hoppin’ on your holiday shoppin’! Support local merchants selling gifts for everyone on your list.
When: Saturday, November 16th, 10am to 4pm
Where: Wyckoff Family YMCA, Wyckoff
What: Spin for a Cure with Josephine’s Garden
Why: Spin or Zumba at NYSC Ramsey for Josephine’s Garden’s fund for pediatric brain tumor/cancer research.
When: Sunday, November 17th, 11:30am to 5:30pm, register online.
Where: NYSC, 1150 Route 17 North, Ramsey
What: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Fall Boutique
Why: Favorite local vendors peddle perfect baubles, home accessories and other great gifts.
When: Sunday, November 17th, 10am to 5pm & Monday, November 18th, 9am to 4pm
Where: Kaplen JCC, 411 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly
What: Teaneck International Film Festival
Why: Hosted by Bob McGrath of Sesame Street, come experience 60 minutes of live interaction storytelling and animation. Perfect for ages 4-6; See Website for details and ticket information: www.teaneckfilmfestival.org
When: Sunday, November 17, 11am
Where: Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck
What: Forest Friends
Why: Learn about your forest friends through song, story, activity and a tour of the North American Zoo exhibit.
When: Monday, November 18th, 12pm to 1pm. $10 Registration suggested., great for ages 2 through 6
Where: Bergen County Zoological Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
What: Dream Big Academy Book Signing & Pre-School Yoga Class
Why: Bookreading with Marissa Klein and her first book of her series “The Dream Big Academy” which empowers young girls to “dream big”, plus kids yoga and face painting with Caroline Rutigliano, and mini-cupcakes!
When: Wednesday, November 20th, 10:30 to noon, $25 per child email email@example.com or call 201-266-6989 to sign up.
Where: Jumping Frog Studios, 145 Piermont Rd, Tenafly
What: Women’s Self Defense Class
Why: Pete Bolden’s complimentary self defense class will ready you for battle.
When: Thursday, November 21st, 7pm to 8pm
Where: Athleta, 427 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Woodcliff Lake
What: Meadowlands Pet Expo
Why: For the ultimate animal lovers! Come see, touch and learn about a variety of animals and how to care for them
When: Friday, November 22nd is family night- children 12 & under free, 4pm to 8pm Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th, 10am to 7pm
Where: The Meadowlands Expo Center, Seacaucus
If you’re heading out of Bergen….
What: Bob the Builder Project: Build It
Why: Fix-it-kids will climb on large construction machines and build, fix, plant and more at this interactive exhibit.
When: Starts Thursday, November 14th through April 2014.
Where: Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City
What: Victor Cruz at Buddy’s Sports Center!
Why: Bring your (little) Giants fan to meet NYs star reciever while getting your holiday shopping done at the same time!
When: Monday, November 25th, 6pm to 8pm. contact store for purchase requirements 201-967-7727
Where: Buddy’s Sports Center Lower Level, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus