Wednesday, February 14, 2018

12th Annual State Theatre New Jersey Family Day on Presidents Day

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NEW JERSEY FAMILY DAY

WHEN: Monday, February 19, 2018, featuring Mr. Popper’s Penguins at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm.
WHERE: State Theatre NJ, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick; The Heldrich Hotel, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and the United Methodist Church
TICKETS: $25-$35.
For tickets or more information, call State Theatre New Jersey Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre New Jersey Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm-5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 536. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.
Family Day is supported by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

The show follows painter and decorator Mr. Popper, who spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. One day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out. With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book is suitable for all ages.

Presidents Day is Family Day at the State Theatre

Families can spend the school-day holiday enjoying dozens of performances, workshops, and hands-on activities—many of them free—plus costumed characters, face painting, balloon animals, sing-a-longs, a photo booth, coloring station, food, and more. The festival, which runs from 10am to 3:30pm, features multiple venues.

“Spending quality time together as a family helps build strong, healthy relationships and that’s why The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is excited to support this year’s Family Day,” said Executive Director Jonathan Pearson of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “We’re very happy to again team up with the State Theatre New Jersey to help improve the quality of life for families throughout the state. On behalf of everyone at Horizon, we hope all of the children and families have fun and make memories to last a lifetime.”

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The featured Family Day events include performances of Mr. Popper’s Penguins at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm at State Theatre New Jersey. Additionally, there will be free performances in the United Methodist Church, including performances by the Joanie Leeds (10:45am, 11:45am) and one-man band KB Whirly (1pm, 2pm).

A variety of hands-on workshops take place throughout the day, including “Hand-in-Hand” for ages 3-4 (10am), a Beginning Ballet workshop for ages 6-8 (12pm), and a Jazz/Theater Dance workshop for ages 9 and up (2pm), led by American Repertory Ballet; three theater workshops led by coLAB Arts including “Fables in Performance” for ages 3-5 (11am), “Penguin Journey” for ages 3-5 (1pm), and “Intro to Improv and Theater Games” for ages 9 and up (2:30pm); and this year we welcome the Garden of Healing Yoga and Wellness Center leading “Yoga Mad Libs” (10:30am, 12:30pm), “Zumbini” for ages 0-4 (11:30am), and “Kids Zumba” for ages 7-11 (1:30pm). Additionally, FREE arts and crafts activities, will be available from 10am-3:30pm at Mason Gross School of the Arts Bloustein building and on Livingston Avenue there will be FREE Ice Sculpting Demonstrations as 11:15am and 1:45pm. No registration is required for the workshops: first come, first served.

State Theatre New Jersey’s Family Day is supported by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. State Theatre New Jersey’s Family Series is sponsored by Investor’s Bank. The Family Day Media Sponsor is Magic 98.3.

State Theatre New Jersey—creating extraordinary experiences through the power of live performance. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of State Theatre New Jersey. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of State Theatre New Jersey. United is the official airline of State Theatre New Jersey.