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Nature-Inspired Activities for Kids in NJ

Register your kid for one of these outside adventures



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Night Moves at the Zoo

Where: Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange.
When: June 20. 8 pm. 
Cost: $7. Registration and pre-payment required. 

Those animals sleeping their way through most of your daytime zoo visits? They wake up at night! Trek through the zoo with flashlights (and a docent) to see the nocturnal animals awake at last—the highlight of this special tour is often the very alert antics of the American alligator.
More info at: turtlebackzoo.com

Dinosaur and Mineral Adventure

Where: Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly.
When: June 22. 1–4 pm.
Cost: $75/members; $90/non-members.
Got a dinosaur-obsessed kid? At the Tenafly Nature Center he’ll get the chance to see and touch a pre-historic T-Rex skull, a 9-foot wooly mammoth leg, real dinosaur eggs and even get to take home genuine dinosaur bone specimens and other fossils. 
More info at: tenaflynaturecenter.org

Fairy Day

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Morris Township.
June 28. 1–3 pm. $30.
Registration required. 

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Encourage nearby fairies to visit the arboretum’s gardens by building fairy homes from natural materials like bark, branches, lichens, moss, feathers, stones and leaves. Afterwards, enjoy fairy treats and live music sure to bring out all sorts of woodland creatures. All fairy houses will be on display in the gardens through the end of July, so new fairies could be stopping by your house all summer!

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