April Family Events at Kean University

Kean University welcomes the spring season with a series of cultural events for the entire family. Easter Egg hunts, exhibits, afternoon tea, theatre productions and dance recitals are in the line-up for all ages at Union County’s leading institution of higher education.

Liberty Hall Museum hosts the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 23 at 12 noon. Children will explore the grounds of Liberty Hall searching for plastic eggs hidden throughout the landscape, filled with holiday treats. A surprise visit from the Easter Bunny caps off the events of the day. Reservations are required, and admission is $5 per child, one adult is free per paying child, additional adults are $5 each.

On April 16 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. the museum offers The Girls of Liberty Hall - A Children’s Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show. Guests will be treated to a luncheon of scones, breads, finger sandwiches, sweet treats, lemonade, iced tea and sherbet punch on real china while watching a fashion show of reproduction historic children's clothing from colonial times through early 20th century. There will also be a dress-up and play tent with games and prizes. Admission is $25 per person, reservations are required.

The on-going exhibit at Liberty Hall is Stitches in Time: Three Centuries of Hemlines, Necklines & Everything in Between. The show displays over 40 pieces of clothing and accessories from the vast fashion collection of the Liberty Hall Museum. The fashions range from 18th century shoes and fans to 20th century Christian Dior cocktails dresses, featuring elegant gowns, glittering accessories, refined evening attire and vintage undergarments in a display called “Victorian Secrets.”

General admission to the museum for regular visits is $10 for adults, $6 for students and free to children under three, Liberty Hall Museum members and Kean University students, faculty and staff. Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For reservations and further information, call 908.527.0400, e-mail libertyhall@kean.edu or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.

Kean Stage will present The Griffin Theatre Company’s Frindle, a musical for young audiences on April 10 at 3 pm in the Wilkins Theatre. Griffin Theatre brings young people original productions of award-winning contemporary children’s literature. All world premieres, Griffin’s work speaks to young people with plays that reflect the life, experiences, trials and tribulations of the children in the audience. Frindle is a heartwarming story of a resourceful and gutsy 5th grader who decides to put what he learns in school to the test.

For slightly older children and their families, Kean Players on Tour presents an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 1 at 12 and 8 pm, April 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and April 3 at 2 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. Madcap merriment ensues when mismatched lovers, loutish laborers, feuding faeries, and one spirited sprite collide under a magical midsummer moon in a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s most cherished comedy.

“We’ve adapted Shakespeare’s great comedy for young audiences,” said Gail Winar, theatre professor at Kean and director of the production. “But it’s perfect for all theatre-goers: kids & parents, students & teachers, scholars & beginners. Just bring your sense of humor!”

Kean University is located at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ. Tickets to Frindle, “Midsummer…” and NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble are $15. Admission to Kean Dance Theatre is $12. To purchase tickets, call the Kean box office at 908.527.7469 or buy on-line at www.keanstage.com

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.

Paul Whelihan

March 16, 2011

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