Searching for great summer activities for kids in Rockland County, NY? Use our guide to find kids classes, Rockland summer camps, summer programs, activities near Rockland County, and family excursions close by. Find all of your summer activities from Nyack to Suffern in Rockland County.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - OFF-BROADWAY
The New Theater at 45th Street, 354 W. 45th St. (Bet. 8th & 9th Avenues), New York
Join us for a fantastically fun frolic for the whole family! Inspired by the Jules Verne classic, “Around the World in 80 Days” is a dazzling, fast-paced play with 39 characters comedically portrayed by 5 unparalleled actors. To win a bet, Phileas Fogg and his acrobatic sidekick Passepartout must circle the globe and return to London inside of 80 days. Unknowingly pursued by a tireless detective convinced Fogg is a robber on the run, the fast-minded, fleet-footed pair traverse four continents and three oceans in a white-knuckled sprint!
BOUNCE! TRAMPOLINE SPORTS
612 Corporate Way (off Route 303), Valley Cottage
Your campers will be begging for more field trips when they experience a session at Bounce! Trampoline Sports! We represent the hottest new sports facilities on the east coast, offering trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball, foam-pit jumping, and open trampoline bounce time. Your campers will leave exhausted and happy. We can accommodate several hundred kids at a time in our Valley Cottage facility. Register early as our camp days fill up quickly! We also offer an arcade, Wi-Fi/television lounge, and separate trampoline/inflatable zone for kids ages 2-6.
FINKELSTEIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY
24 Chestnut St., Spring Valley
845 352-5700 x2
Dig into reading this summer with our Summer Reading Game for kids ages 5-13 years. Make your child’s summer reading requirements more fun by visiting the library weekly throughout the summer to win PRIZES! The more they participate, the more prizes they’ll earn. We’ll have kick-off parties on June 23rd with Matty Roxx (ages baby-6) and June 30th with Sciencetellers (ages 7-13). We’ll also offer great story times, crafts, board games, Friday Films, and more. Register for each kickoff event two weeks in advance.
GLAZE ART STUDIO
34 Orangeburg Plaza, Orangeburg
Come enjoy Rockland’s only paint-your-own pottery and mosaic studio. Drop in anytime to paint pottery or create a mosaic masterpiece. We have hundreds of designs to choose from and lots of ideas to get you started. We are air conditioned, and reservations are NOT required, so we’re the perfect place to pop in and spend a fun and creative summer afternoon. Check out our website for regular hours and for information on Story Time and Painting, Friday Night Crafts, Girls Nights, and more.
HOWE CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
Discover Howe Caverns, New York State’s second-most-visited natural attraction! Descend below the Earth’s surface to see the largest Show Cave in the Northeast. Enjoy comfortable guided tours of an underground cavern, a boat ride on the underground Lake of Venus, and historical exhibits. Our all-new Howe High Adventure Park offers a Ropes Course, Air Jumper, 4-Tower, 40-ft.-high Zip Line, and 26-ft. Rock Climbing Wall. Then climb into our New H2OGO Ball and take a wet and wild ride 1,100 feet down the beautiful Caverns Estate hillside. For more information visit howecaverns.com or call 518-296-8900.
180 Germonds Road, W. Nyack
Calling all camps! We provide a great ceramics program that you can offer your campers this summer. You can schedule field trips to our fully-equipped ceramics and plaster studio in West Nyack, or we can schedule a program to be held at your location. Sports-themed items, piggy banks, jewelry boxes, and Disney Characters are just a few of the many choices from our paint-and-take items. All age groups, very affordable rates — call for details. We also offer open ceramic hours weekly over the summer. Please call to confirm dates.
LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE & PIRATES COVE
354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope, NJ
Land of Make Believe is an amusement park and water park specifically designed for parents to participate with their children. Safe and wholesome, the state-of-the-art water park features a pirate theme, and an amusement park with unique rides, shows, and attractions. Land of Make Believe offers a full day of awesome fun for the whole family. Special treats: free parking, free picnicking, short lines, and great prices. Non-stop fun for the whole family. Don't miss the best of the best, just minutes away, Route 80, Exit 12. Open daily through Labor Day, 10am-6pm.
MONSTER JAM PATH OF DESTRUCTION
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Mayhem returns to MetLife Stadium on Saturday, June 15, at Monster Jam Path of Destruction. Celebrating a decade of destruction with Tom Meents and Max-D—one of the most decorated World Finals champions of all time—again attempting to land a double backflip, Monster Jam features more than 4,000 tons of dirt, 50 crush cars, and 16 of the world’s most popular trucks competing in intense racing and freestyle competition. Affordably priced for families, starting at $35 for adults, $15 for kids. Visit monsterjam.com orticketmaster.com for ticket sales information.
33 Route 304, Nanuet
This climate controlled, indoor, 18-hole monster-themed, glow-in-the-dark mini golf course provides a host of family-oriented fun at every turn: spook-tacular monsters, glow-in-the-dark artwork, lively music from our unique “WEIRD Radio” station, and an interactive DJ entertaining players with contests, and awarding cool prizes for the wackiest reasons. Challenging enough for adults but still very playable for children. In addition to miniature golf, we offer a variety of thrilling arcade games, as well as two private party rooms—perfect for birthday or teen parties, field trips, fundraisers and more!
NYACK FARMERS' MARKET
Main Street Parking Lot (next to River Space Theater), Nyack
The Nyack Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest, most successful in the tri-state area. Market Day is every Thursday from May 9-Nov. 21, 8am-2pm, rain or shine. Run by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, this weekly event features fresh, seasonal harvests from the area’s farms and food producers, baked and specialty goods, cooking demonstrations, fresh flowers, and more. Live music, face painting, and great family entertainment are also a regular part of the day. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot. Come for food, community, and fun.
THE ORIGINAL LITTLE SCOOPS - STILL THE BEST!
500 Route 303, Orangeburg
Conveniently located, just minutes from New City and the New Jersey border
The Original Little Scoops is still the sweetest party place in town, celebrating 10 years of the best birthday parties in Rockland and Bergen counties with the original owner! In addition to being Rockland’s sweetest place to hold your child's celebration, we’re also a full-service ice cream parlor, open 7 days. Visit us anytime, or call to book a party in our retro 50’s ice cream parlor—great for family, scout troops, sports teams, group meetings, and fund-raising events. Different themes are offered to customize your gathering.
YANKEE STADIUM TOURS
Yankee Stadium, Bronx
Visit the home of the legendary New York Yankees by taking a Yankee Stadium Tour, presented by MasterCard. Walk into the New York Yankees Museum, presented by Bank of America, view artifacts from former Yankees legends, and learn about the icons who contributed to our national pastime. Visit what some consider the most exclusive area in professional sports—Monument Park. Step into the Yankees Dugout, and get an inside look at the Yankees Clubhouse. All locations subject to availability. For more information about tours and Party City Birthday Bashes, call 646-977-TOUR.
PROGRAMS & CLASSES
APPLAUSE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
305 W. Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River
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APPLAUSE is a non-profit educational theater organization specializing in musical theatre classes and shows for children ages 3-18, beginners to advanced. APPLAUSE offers formal classes in acting, singing, and dancing, providing a comprehensive Theater Arts Education for young people. Instruction includes pantomime, improvisation, vocabulary, diction, articulation, breathing for vocal production, phrasing, and pitch as well as a complete dance education in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Ms. Renna provides a unique opportunity for kids to perform in shows all year-round, including an exciting Summer Musical Theater Camp.
BOUNCE! TRAMPOLINE SPORTS
612 Corporate Way (off Route 303), Valley Cottage
Bounce! offers the opportunity to play sports, have fun, and get fit on enormous courts of interconnected trampolines. The facility has fitness classes for all ages and levels, open jump time, trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball, foam-pit jumping, and now, nutrition support for kids and teens in conjunction with Dr. Michael Wald. Bounce! also has private party rooms, a Wi-Fi lounge, a healthy-food snack bar, an arcade, and a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for kids ages 6 and younger. School, camp, and group trips welcome. Fundraising opportunities available. Coming soon to Syosset!
BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE
6 Charles St., New City
2 Mountainview Court, Pomona
We offer a fun, affordable, summer program for children 6 months through school age. Located in a private cul-de sac, we have over one acre of property where children can play. Summer program includes all meals, American Red Cross swim lessons, water table and sprinkler play, arts and crafts, dance, physical education, different theme weeks, and more. We offer programs year-round and follow a NYS curriculum, as Bright Beginnings is run by a NYS-certified elementary teacher. We are a NYS-licensed facility, and staff is CPR- and First-Aid-Certified. Second location now open in Pomona.
30 Mountain Road, Pomona
Camp Ramaquois is “a day camp as complete as sleepaway camp,” situated on 44 acres in Rockland County. From adventurous activities to creative arts and athletic activities, boys and girls ages 3-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities. Facilities include a 5-acre crystalline lake, eight heated swimming pools, a splash park, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, hockey rinks, ball fields, soccer fields, a petting zoo, special events, and more. Many air-conditioned buildings. Visit us on our website or call for a personal tour.
CAMP YOMI & YOMI SR.
450 W. Nyack Road, W. Nyack
JCC Rockland partners with the 92nd Street Y to offer campers the best summer experience ever at the beautiful Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Pearl River, NY. Kids enjoy swimming, nature trails, ball fields, basketball courts, and much more! Our facility includes a ceramic studio, amphitheater, computer lab, playgrounds, Lego Loft, ropes challenge course, and our very own fire engine! Experienced professional instructors and flexible registration make Yomi the best value in the area.
CHAMPION DAY CAMP
175 W. Clarkstown Road, New City
Champion Birthday Parties at Champion Day Camp
Champion campers spend their summers experiencing the excitement and adventure that each day produces. Our facility contains pools, sports fields, arts buildings, ropes courses, and so much more. The camp program is designed with the intent of campers gaining skills in an engaging environment while having a blast with their camp friends. Our staff is trained to go the extra mile to ensure that each camper is having a great day, each and every day. Lunch, towel service and snacks are all included in the day. Door-to-door transportation is available.
69 Lake Road, Congers
Danceworks is now offering Zumba® for adults and kids. Dance yourself into shape! Come experience what the Zumba® program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people towards joy and health. Adult classes offered Wednesdays at 6pm ($10 per class/$5 trial class). Kids & Tween Zumba® class, offered Wednesdays at 4:30pm (8 weeks - $110 or $15 per class), offers a fun way for kids and tweens to get fit! Kids Zumba® Birthday Parties are also available.
FIN 2 SWIM
White Plains, NY
Can your child swim? I mean, REALLY swim? Has she had lessons for several summers but still won't put her head under water? Or, does he run and jump in without knowing how to save himself? Let us help you! One-on-one private lessons will have your child swimming independently from one side of the pool to the other in about six weeks. Don't miss this limited opportunity! Lessons are held in Bergen, Rockland, and Westchester, from mid-June through July. Call now to reserve your time slot.
Serving Rockland County,
FIT4MOM Rockland is the largest fitness program for moms offering stroller fitness classes for every stage of motherhood. We offer programs all over Rockland, including: Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, 5K training, and playgroups. Classes are currently run six days a week, with indoor and outdoor options available. We help moms make strides in fitness, motherhood, and life. We are not just a “walk in the park” — we reach optimal fitness while encouraging our kids to emulate us! As a mommy-run business, we get you!
GLAZE ART STUDIO
34 Orangeburg Plaza, Orangeburg
Glaze offers summer art camp for children in grades 1-8. Sessions include wearable arts, tie dye, art around the world, paper crafts, and more. Camps run Monday-Thursday, from 9am-12pm for grades 1-4, and from 1-4pm for grades 5-8. Sessions start July 8th. The fee is $195 per child, with discounts for siblings and enrollment in multiple weeks. For more information, visit us online.
GRANDMASTER B. M. KIM'S TAE KWON DO
60 S. Broadway, White Plains
187 N. Main St., Port Chester 914-934-1861
969 N. Central Ave., Scarsdale
7 College Ave., Nanuet
Grandmaster B.M. Kim's Tae Kwon Do offers summer camp for 8 consecutive weeks. Our main focus is to provide children the best martial arts training, including other benefits as well. Activities such as Tae Kwon Do training, arts & crafts, flexibility training, meditation, reading, writing, and outside activities, will help children to be better everyday. Our masters and instructors are highly trained and certified in this discipline.
HAVERSTRAW DAYCARE & LEARNING CENTER
212 Route 9W, Haverstraw
Haverstraw Learning Center offers a summer camp filled with weekly themes that enhance your child's imagination and creativity. Our summer camp offers Jill's Ceramics workshop, Learn to Drum classes, music, field trips to Bear Mountain, bowling, and the movies. Come join us to make your child's summer a memorable experience. DSS vouchers accepted. We offer healthy, nutritious meals and are First-Aid- and CPR-certified. All children ages 3-12 years are welcomed!
HELEN HAYES YOUTH THEATER
142 Main St., Nyack
Celebrating our 15th year of excellence in theater education, the Helen Hayes Youth Theater offers year-round theater programs for kids ages 5-17. Our 2-week summer camps culminate in full-staged productions on a professional stage. Sessions are available for ages 5-7, 8-12, and 13-18. This summer, we are performing “The Wizard of Oz,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Little Mermaid” We welcome performers with all levels of experience. Please join us for professional training in a friendly, supportive environment. For more information, call us or visit our website.
450 S. Main St. (Route 304), New City
We are an After-School and Summer Camp Tutoring Center. Our dedicated and experienced teachers help Elementary, Middle, and High School students with homework, SAT, NYS ELA and Mathematics preparation, Regents Exams, Critical Reading and Writing, Math, and Problem Solving. Our Summer Camp runs from July-August for students of all age groups, in the following subjects: experimental science, math skills and logical thinking, and developing reading and writing skills. Our Power SAT Prep Course runs all year-long.
THE LITTLE GYM
777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
Upper West Side (bet 74th & 75th Streets)
2121 Broadway (2nd Floor), NYC
Upper East Side (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
207 E. 94th St., NYC
28 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick NJ
Since 1977, The Little Gym has been promoting the healthy and successful physical and mental development of children. Their “Anytime Summertime Kids Fun” includes Parent/Child classes (ages 4 months-3 years), Preschool/Kindergarten classes (ages 3-6 years), and Grade School Gymnastics (non-competitive only!) for beginner, intermediate, or advanced gymnasts. The Little Gym also offers its world-renowned Anytime Summertime Kids camp for children ages 3-9 years, with flexible scheduling to work around your summer plans. Their unique theme-based curriculum takes children on weekly adventures. Half-day and full-day sessions available.
LOTS OF LOVE DAYCARE
1 Anderson Drive, Stony Point
Our Summer Program provides a fun- filled schedule that includes arts and crafts, science projects, water table/sprinkler play, gardening, trips, and much more! Lots of Love is also getting fit! Weekly fitness and yoga sessions provided by Exercise 4 Ur Life include speed, agility, and strength training, and games that will keep young hearts pumping! All this fun, while still focusing on education…children work daily on summer packets and reading to avoid the “summer slide”. NYS licensed, CPR- and First-Aid-certified. Affordable year-round programs for children ages 6 weeks-12 years.
MASTER JUNG & YU TRADITIONAL TAEKWONDO
70 N. Main St., New City
Blending Korean culture and philosophy with traditional Taekwondo, Master Jung & Master Yu's school offers unique martial arts training. Our goal is to help children build self-confidence, respect, good listening skills, and coordination, all in a fun-filled environment. Classes are open 7 days a week for all ages. Our unique birthday parties open the door for future leaders and martial artists and are available on weekends. We will offer a variety of summer classes – please call for more details.
THE NATURE PLACE DAY CAMP
285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
The Nature Place is an ACA-accredited, non-competitive, nature-oriented summer day camp for children ages 4-16, located on 200 acres in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Through experiential outdoor play and learning, and cooperative, rather than competitive, games, we encourage within each of our campers a sense of wonder towards the natural world. We offer a variety of activities through which we explore these values: gardening, cooking, swimming, earth art, games, hiking, music, drama, storytelling, farming, and more.
RAMAPO EQUESTRIAN CENTER
1152 Route 202, Suffern
The staff at the Ramapo Equestrian Center has over 50 years combined experience in the equine world. We offer an exciting weekly horseback-riding summer camp program from June 24-August 30. You can sign up for one week or all ten. We include daily riding lessons on our safe and reliable horses, hands-on horsemanship education for all levels, and fun and exciting equine-based games and arts and crafts. We also offer year-round beginner to advanced lessons, birthday parties, boarding, and training.
ROCA SUMMER CAMP/ROCKLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
27 S. Greenbush Road, W. Nyack
Contact: Amy Alinkofsky, Camp Director
The camp experience at RoCA turns summer "sun" days into creative "fun" days for children ages 5-12. RoCA's ten wooded acres, fully equipped, air-conditioned art studios, and large, sparkling swimming pool are the site of our programs. Campers, under the supervision of adult instructors and caring counselors, learn in a hands-on, non-competitive environment, where confidence, creativity, and group cooperation are encouraged. Three or four days per week available. Four-, six-, or eight-week sessions are offered. June 25-Aug. 16. Sibling discounts available.
SOUTH ORANGETOWN CAMP FOR ARTS AND THEATER (SOCAT)
Dominican College - Forkel Hall, 470 Western Highway, Orangeburg
Looking for something creative and different for your child this summer? The South Orangetown Camp for Art and Theater (SOCAT) is the place to find it! Sponsored by Andrew Jannetti & Dancers and administered by Alastair King, Eric Goldstein, and Allison Meyers, SOCAT consists of a musical theater program in which kids learn all aspects of developing and performing an original musical, and a visual arts program culminating in an art gallery exhibit. Extended day, including supervised open swim at South Orangetown Middle School, is available. Visit us at socat.us.
THE ART OF THERAPY - PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Located in the New City Area,
Our group classes are designed for Pre-K-3rd graders to enhance and promote the development of fine and gross motor skills through art and play. Children participate in arts and crafts with the supervision of a licensed Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapist, who will address the specific needs of each child. We utilize fine motor skills including, scissor skills, handwriting, grasps, etc., following with activities that incorporate trunk control, postural strengthening, and gross motor skills with play (jumping, climbing, ball skills etc.). The therapeutics of art and play—all in fun!
THE SUMMER SPOT DAY CAMP
34 Kings Highway, Congers
“Rockland County's Best Kept Secret!" We are entering our 14th season, and the second season in our 'new' summer home — the beautiful 22-acre campus of Rockland Country Day School in Congers. We offer a quality, affordable day camp experience for children ages 5-14. Max McClintock, our hands-on director, says, "our smaller camp environment has an 'old-fashioned' childhood feel to it, which offers campers more individual attention.” 2013 Open House dates: May 22, (7pm), June 2 and June 22 (1pm). To schedule a private tour, please call.
THRUST FENCING ACADEMY
Nyack and Suffern Locations,
Learn the Olympic sport of fencing this summer from three-time Olympian Mika'il Sankofa. The day camp is open to students ages 5-11, and teaches the sport of fencing using fun games, basic drills, and bouts. Three 1-week sessions: Nyack: July 8-12, July 15-19; and Suffern: Aug. 12-16. Our program is designed to build a child’s self- confidence, focus, courtesy, patience, and coordination. Equipment provided. The 5-day program culminates with a competition and award ceremony. Daily activities include fencing, lunch, and game time at nearby parks, viewing of fencing competition videos, and more.
VISION FITCAMP AT VISION SPORTS CLUB
37 W. Jefferson Ave., Pearl River
Vision FitCamp, Grades K-7 - Sports, Games, Crafts, and more! Give your kids a summer they’ll remember for a lifetime. Our program is designed to instill the importance of health and physical activity, while having fun. Activities include sports, games, fitness classes, arts and crafts, movies in our VisionPlex Theater, and much more. VisionFit Camp offers 9 weekly summer sessions starting July 1, each offering full- and half-days, as well as extended-day options.
WEST ROCK INDOOR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
21 Pralle Lane, Bardonia
We are Rockland's Premier Facility for Sports Training & Development and special events. Our versatile, air-conditioned facility is comprised of 2 regulation basketball courts, 26,000-sq. ft. of all new turf, 6 tennis courts, and much more. We will be offering a variety of summer programs for tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, general sports, and more. No matter what your child's age or athletic ability, we have a program to meet his/her needs. Our highly skilled staff will ensure your child has the perfect mix of fun, physical activity, and athletic training.