5 Favorite Things in and around Madison, NJ: October 13 - 19

Books...Seuss...Light Bulb! So much to illuminate little minds this week! Check out all the great things happening in and around Madison.


Morristown Festival of Books

Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14

Books, books and more books! For kids, for adults, for everyone! The 2017 Festival will feature a full roster of authors in Morristown, New Jersey in the fall of 2017, rain or shine. Authors will speak and answer questions for one hour at one of several convenient Morristown locations. Book sales and signings, following author presentations, will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion.

The Festival venues include the Morristown and Morris Township Library, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s Parish Hall, The Parish House of the Presbyterian Church, Church of the Redeemer, the Mayo Performing Arts Center and the lawn at Vail Mansion. These prominent local landmarks are located within a one-block area, making it easy to travel from venue to venue.

And, just for the kiddos, Kidfest!! Stories, music, arts & crafts and more!


The Cat in the Hat @ Paper Mill Playhouse

Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14 @ 4 pm

This new musical is a twist on the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest from the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she comes home...?

An Autism-friendly performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team is being held Friday, October 14, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A regular performance is being held Saturday, October 14, at 10 a.m.

Tickets $12.75


Chester's 34th Annual Harvest Celebration

Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 11 am - 5 pm

Families are invited to Historic Downtown Chester for a fun and free two-day event. Activities include live music, antique apple press demonstrations, blacksmith and wood carving demos, clown performances, face painting, pumpking painting, Colonial musketeers, and much more.


Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day

NJPAC, Newark

Saturday, October 14 @ 2 pm & 5:30 pm

The award-winning, PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood springs to life on stage in this interactive, all-new musical adventure for young audiences. Inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and its beloved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood uses the title character – a shy but brave 4-year-old tiger – to tell engaging stories about the life of a preschooler, teaching key social skills necessary for school and for life.

The “grr-ific” musical version is back on the road with an all-new show. For this updated production, your favorite characters will be hopping back aboard Trolley and coming to your town. In King for a Day!, Daniel and his friends embark on a brand-new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe – where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King.

This colorful production is filled with new songs, magical moments, lots of laughter – and a few surprise guests along the way. Have some “tigertastic” fun with this performance, which teaches valuable lessons about kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day! promises a royally great time for little tigers and grown-ups alike.

$29 - $79



Edison and the Origins of Electric Lighting @ METC

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison

Sunday, October 15 @ 2 pm

Paul Israel, Director and General Editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University, will present the fascinating history of electric light in New Jersey. This program is part of the SPARK Exhibit Program Series sponsored by Investors Bank.