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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN ROCKLAND

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by Directories Editor - Weekly January 9, 2013

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No matter what you're looking to do with your kids and family-concerts, festivals, museums, arts & crafts-or even just time spent outdoors-you'll find it in this weekend's list of fun and education activities for families and kids in Rockland. If you want to plan ahead, check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar.

Silly Stories, Songs, and Crafts - Rose Memorial Library
January 09, 2013 - Stony Point

Toddlers are invited for picture book stories, songs and crafts. Wednesdays through February 13.

Free Play at the J - JCC Rockland
January 09, 2013 - West Nyack

Meet other parents while your child, 6 months - 2 years, has fun in the JCC's the Kantrowiz Kids Gym or Lewis Family Playground (weather permitting). This weekly playgroup is hosted by Hillary Glass and is held most Wednesdays through May 29.

Winter Wednesday Story Time - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 09, 2013 - Upper Nyack

The synagogue hosts this weekly play-date featuring stories and songs with a Jewish twist. Continues every Wednesday until March 20 (except Feb. 20).

Kirigami Snowflakes - Rose Memorial Library
January 09, 2013 - Stony Point

Kids can have fun, experiment, and let their creativity go wild as they fold, cut, and decorate a piece of paper into a dazzling winter decoration. Pre-registration is required.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
January 09, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to hear Penguin and Pinecone. Afterward they'll make a paper plate penguin to take home.

Toddler Time - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
January 09, 2013 - Valley Cottage

Toddlers can bounce around with their mom or dad at this unusual new play space. Check the Bounce web site for information about special appearances by costume characters.

Special Wednesdays At The J - JCC Rockland
January 09, 2013 - West Nyack

Lanie Goldberg MSEd, Educational Specialist from Peaceful Interaction, hosts this structured and informative play date for parents with children ages 6 months to 2 years. This month's topic is Preventing Meltdowns. Group monthly through May.

Boppin’ with Bonnie at CSI - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 09, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Children up to age 4 are invited to join trained music teacher and ventriloquist Bonnie Halfond for a morning of music, movement, and puppets. Group meets each Wednesday throughout the month.

Silly Stories, Songs, and Crafts - Rose Memorial Library
January 10, 2013 - Stony Point

Toddlers are invited for picture book stories, songs and crafts. Thursdays through February 14.

Nancy Drew Book Club - Rose Memorial Library
January 10, 2013 - Stony Point

Young readers are invited to join us at the library for a brief book discussion, trivia games, a craft, and a snack. Participants can pick up a copy of the book at registration, which begins on December 20. This month the group will read Ski School Sneak.

Storytime for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
January 10, 2013 - Stony Point

Parents with children ages 24-36 months are invited to this introduction to storytime with simple picture book stories, finger plays, creative movement with music, and a themed coloring sheet. Thursdays through February 14. Pre-registration is required.

Mother Goose Rhymes for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
January 10, 2013 - Stony Point

Parents with walkers up to 24 months are invited to join the library for feltboard stories, Mother Goose rhymes, finger plays, creative movement with songs, a simple sticker craft, and bubbles. Thursdays through February 14. Pre-registration is required.

Mitzvah Makers - JCC Rockland
January 10, 2013 - West Nyack

Students in grades 8-12 are invited to a brainstorming session to help create community service projects. Participants will discuss various projects and review different charities to determine which ones to help.

Yoga for Children - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 10, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Children ages 2-6 are invited to participate in this playful and integrative approach to yoga. Group meets each Thursday throughout the month.

Teen Leadership - JCC Rockland
January 10, 2013 - West Nyack,

The JCC's Cathie Izen hosts this leadership and brainstorming meeting where teens can come together to create community service projects that help people locally, nationally, and internationally. Participants will review different charities to decide which ones to support. In the process, participants will develop communication and leadership skills, learn how to brainstorm, and enhance their compassion for others. Students in grades 7 and 8 meet at 7pm; students in grades 9-12 meet at 8pm.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
January 11, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to hear Penguin and Pinecone. Afterward they'll make a paper plate penguin to take home.

Winter Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
January 11, 2013 - West Nyack

Jill will help artists of all ages design winter-themed crafts. Choose from a large array of seasonal items including dishes, mugs, plates, snowflake boxes, plaques, and more including special gifts for the winter holidays such as Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. Pieces can be taken home that day or left for glazing. Fee includes instruction. Pre-registration is requested. Workshops will be held each Friday throughout the month.

Introductory Session for Prospective Parents - Green Meadow Waldorf School
January 11, 2013 - Chestnut Ridge

Parents are invited to learn about Waldorf education, talk with the school's administrator, and tour the campus. Adults only, please.

The Little Prince - Bergen PAC
January 12, 2013 - Englewood

In association with Emmy Award Winning puppet designer Michael Schupbach, and Monkey Boys Productions (puppet builders on the West End production of Avenue Q and the most recent Broadway production/tour of Little Shop of Horrors) this beautiful new production uses inventive puppets, live actors, original music, and magnificent design to bring to life the heart-warming story of the Little Prince who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss, and laughter. The Little Prince, by Antione de St. Exupery, is one of the most beloved books of all time. Written in 1943, it has sold over 80 million copies in almost 200 languages.

Tot Shabbat Service - Montebello Jewish Center
January 12, 2013 - Suffern

Montebello Jewish Center invites families with young children to this monthly, Saturday morning "tot Shabbat" service. Through interactive songs, games, stories, and other experiences, young children will learn prayers, explore Torah stories and Jewish holidays, and have fun.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
January 12, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to hear Penguin and Pinecone. Afterward they'll make a paper plate penguin to take home.

Backyard Chickens for Beginners - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
January 12, 2013 - Cornwall

Adults and children ages 7 and up can learn how to raise their own backyard flock of chickens at this introductory program. Pre-paid registration is required.

The Sly Fox - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
January 12, 2013 - Cornwall

Adults and children ages 5 and up are invited to learn about this clever, handsome, and resourceful animal.

Family Art Project: HIbernator's Den - Wave Hill
January 12, 2013 - Bronx

Get to know the local hibernators through sleepy tales of the season. Then make your own furry bear, bat, toad, or hedgehog mask, or fashion a dreamy, woodsy home. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.

Seasonal Scavenger Hunt - Tenafly Nature Center
January 12, 2013 - Tenafly

Families will get a set of clues to help solve active nature riddles along the Nature Center trails. Each family will need to work as a team to complete the hunt and receive a small prize. This program is intended for adults and children 4 and up. In case of inclement weather the program will be cancelled.

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney - Hudson River Museum
Through January 13, 2013 - Yonkers

In 100 books, Jerry Pinkney has turned his artist's eye and hand to the story - a classic, a folktale, a fable - and readers all over the world saw something new, something they wanted to read and to remember. Pinkney is the master of the American picture book. More than 120 watercolor illustrations by the artist, who lives in Westchester, will be on view in the first major overview of his career as a designer and illustrator in "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney." The exhibition follows his 2010 award of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for "The Lion and the Mouse." The Hudson River Museum is the only New York showing for this exhibition on national tour, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Pinkney has found it interesting to trace how the chapters of his life have knitted themselves into his art, touching on the cultural themes of the African-American experience. He uncovers, again and again, the energy in a small moment that surprisingly can change a life or turn an event in history. Most recently in his almost wordless adaptation of the Aesop fable, "The Lion and The Mouse," two creatures on a faraway African plain choose not the hard chase and bloody battle but, instead, exchange kindnesses. Fascinated with wildlife, Pinkney, in many books including "The Brer Rabbit" in "The Last Tales of Uncle Remus" shows us the human qualities of an animal as he shows us the animal in its natural setting. Pinkney, Philadelphia born and bred, and now a long-time New Yorker, has illustrated children's books since 1964, but it was not an easy path. Blacks were not expected to be able to forge careers in the art field. Trained as a commercial artist at a vocational school, he persisted and won a scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art where his work took on the shading and detail for which he is now renowned, and he where he began to use color to convey mood and emotion. He has most often worked on children's books that celebrate multiculturalism and African-American heritage, as he took on the task of reshaping the perceptions of the stereotypes of blacks. He designed the first nine stamps of the US Postal Service's Black Heritage series. Art critics will look at the color of Pinkney's illustrations, the scarlet curve of Little Red Riding Hood's cloak, the golden blade of grass on the Serengeti plane. Sociologists will look at Pinkney the little boy, who without a visit to a museum or an art class, drew at home on the back of wallpaper samples. What the viewer will see though, in "The Art of Jerry Pinkney" is his wish: "It has always been my intent for my work to continue to breathe after publication. My hope is that (museum visitors) will believe that Jerry Pinkney cares deeply for people, making art, and visual storytelling." The exhibition includes a 96-page illustrated catalog that provides new scholarship into Pinkney's work in essays by the exhibition's co-curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Dr. Gerald L. Early, and others. On view through January 13, 2013.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx

Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps. Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.

The World of Bees Exhibit - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
Through January 31, 2013 - Cornwall

This lively exhibit features a colony of honeybees in a thriving observation hive and many interactive elements including hive cells for children to crawl through and large replicas of bees and their young. Visitors can learn about the fascinating life cycle of the honeybee, its colony structure, social hierarchy, and importance to our own lives.

37th Annual Miniature, Dollhouse & Art Exhibition: Memories - Historical Society of Rockland County
Through March 03, 2013 - New City

The Historical Society once again presents this delightful winter exhibit featuring little creations that can be appreciated by visitors of all ages. The exhibition showcases the work of miniature artists, fine artists, quilters, dollhouse collectors, and creators.

Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx

Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space. The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.

Nyack Winter Farmer's Market - Nyack Center
Through May 02, 2013 - Nyack

Farm market fans have no fear, the Nyack market is moving indoors for the winter. Familiar vendors from the summer market will be on hand each Thursday through May 2 selling locally-produced food, wine, baked goods, and more.

Preschool Playgroup - Kirkbride Hall
Through May 14, 2013 - Stony Point

Parents with pre-schoolers are invited to this weekly playgroup, which meets most Tuesdays (skips March 26) through May 14. Kirkbride Hall is a gymnasium with plenty of space for kids to run, jump, dance or otherwise have fun.

Preschool Playgroup - Kirkbride Hall
Through May 15, 2013 - Stony Point

Parents with pre-schoolers are invited to this weekly playgroup, which meets most Wednesdays (skips March 27) through May 15. Kirkbride Hall is a gymnasium with plenty of space for kids to run, jump, dance or otherwise have fun.

Manolo Valdes Monumental Sculptures - The New York Botanical Garden
Through May 26, 2013 - Bronx

Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of the Botanical Garden, seven towering sculptures by acclaimed Spanish artist Manolo Valdes showcase the relationship between art and nature.

Home Ecologists - Tenafly Nature Center
Through June 06, 2013 - Tenafly

Home schooled children ages 5-12 will discover ecological and biological principles and gain an appreciation and understanding of the natural world at this monthly program, held the first Thursday of each month. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning and close observations on a 380-acre living museum. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Parents can sign up for the series or just a single session. Through June 6.

Junior Congregation - New City Jewish Center
Through June 15, 2013 - New City

Kids review highlights of the synagogue's weekly Shabbat service, discuss the weekly Torah portion, play games, then lead the congregation in prayers. Saturdays through June 15.

Junior Junior Congregation - New City Jewish Center
Through June 15, 2013 - New City

kids pre-school through second grade can sing Shabbat songs, talk about the Torah portion of the week, have a snack, then return to the main sanctuary to lead the congregation in Adon Olam. Saturdays through June 15.

Salsa Sundays - Gagliardi Studio & Gallery
Through October 28, 2013 - Nyack

Children and their parents are invited to enjoy Salsa music while dancing with each other. There will be an informal beginners and Afro Cuban style dance lesson. Pre-registration is requested.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 01, 2027 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Parents: bring your camera for a photo op with Thomas to capture the special day. Daily, January 1-27.


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