Children's Events at Library, YMCA This Weekend
There are plenty of ways for children to learn, socialize, have fun, or be creative this weekend in Madison.
Editor's Note: Due to snowfall forecast for Friday into Saturday, please check on possible schedule changes for the activities listed here.
This Saturday is the perfect day to bring your child to the Madison Public Library – whether it is for the first time or if your child is a frequent patron. Saturday morning at 11 a.m. will be the first Family Storytime of the year, where babies and children up to age six can hear songs, participate in finger plays, listen to stories, and make a craft.
"It starts listening and reading skills," said Madison children's librarian Tammy Lee. "We're trained professionals who know how to do this, and we're free. It's a good habit to get your child into starting very young."
A few hours after story time will be an event for slightly older children, the first meeting of the LEGO Club of 2011 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for first through fifth graders. The library will supply the building blocks, and children are invited to make their own creations, which will be displayed for at least a few weeks in either the library's display case or on the bookshelves in the children's room, depending on space.
Whether your child is a little poet or a future architect, the Madison Public Library has something for your family this weekend.
More events in Rose City this weekend:
Friday, January 7th
- The Freshman and Sophomore Madison High School track teams will compete at the county relays at Drew University at 4:30 p.m.
- Magic the Gathering fans can rejoice, after a two-week hiatus because of the holidays, Friday Night Magic returns to Dewey's Comic City this week, with registration at 6 p.m. and the tournament beginning at 6:30 p.m.
- There will be a 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. seating for the Rob Paparozzi Quartet performance. See this blues vocalist and harmonica player at a venue he frequents, Shanghai Jazz.
- Madison High School wrestling will face Chatham in Madison at 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 8th
- Madison Dodgers varsity track will compete at the Back Invitational at Drew University at 9 a.m.
- Both the Dodgers junior varsity and varsity boys basketball teams will host Morristown-Beard on Saturday. JV will play at 2:30 p.m., with varsity to follow at 4 p.m.
- Parent's Night Out at the Madison Area YMCA runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Children will play games, make crafts, and eat pizza, while parents are free to do whatever they please. $20 for the first child and $15 for additional children for members.
- The first family night of 2011 at the Madison Area YMCA will be a snowman party with sno-cones from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
- Guitarist Alex Wintz will perform with Emmet Cohen on piano and drummer David Humm at Shanghai Jazz. Seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, January 9th
- The Madison Area YMCA Dance Department will host a Winter Wonderland Snowman Tea Party from 1 to 2:30 p.m. children between the ages of three and eight. Participants must register by January 7th by calling 973-822-9622, ext 2241.
- Harpist Odarka Stockert, along with seven other harpists, will perform at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts at 2 p.m. Space is limited, so reserving a spot is recommended by calling 973-377-2982, extension 14. Members get in for $5 and non-members for $10.
- Arturo will play guitar along with the vocal stylings of Alison Kurtz at Shanghai Jazz from 6 to 8:30 p.m.