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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN ROCKLAND

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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.

Free Play at the J - JCC Rockland
January 16, 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 16, 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).

Storytime - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
January 16, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to hear a reading of I Have a Dream by ML King and Nelson. Following the story, kids will make a peace handprint flower to take home.

Toddler Time - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
January 16, 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.

Boppin’ with Bonnie at CSI - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 16, 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.

New York Metro Reptile Show - Westchester County Center
January 16, 2013 - White Plains

Thousands of live pet reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on display and for sale. Books, supplies, cages, and more. 200+ vendor tables. No personal pets allowed. All children must be accompanied by an adult over 21.

Mother Goose Rhymes for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
January 17, 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.

Storytime for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
January 17, 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.

Mitzvah Play Date with Exceptional Young Adults - JCC Rockland
January 17, 2013 - West Nyack

Local teens are invited to help host a play date for their peers who have special needs. Come shoot pool, play games, bake cookies, or do other activities with young adults from various agencies throughout the community. Host teens can get community service credit for their participation.

Yoga for Children - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 17, 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.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
January 18, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to hear a reading of I Have a Dream by ML King and Nelson. Following the story, kids will make a peace handprint flower to take home.

Winter Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
January 18, 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.

East Coast National Baseball Card Show - Westchester County Center
January 18, 2013 - White Plains

Sports memorabilia, collectibles, and autograph signings. Free pack of cards to every child under 12 years old.

Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show - Westchester County Center
January 18, 2013 - White Plains

The Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show is now celebrating 49 years at Westchester County Center. There will be over 100 dealer booths including stamps, coins, and postcards.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
January 19, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to hear a reading of I Have a Dream by ML King and Nelson. Following the story, kids will make a peace handprint flower to take home.

Wacky and Wild Weather - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
January 19, 2013 - Cornwall

Adults and children ages 5 and up are invited to learn interesting folklore surrounding weather and the science behind the prediction.

Family Art Project: Freedom Pillows - Wave Hill
January 19, 2013 - Bronx

Draw on the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King and traditional African American quilts to display your own personal dream of freedom. Choose from a wide array of cloth, yarn, and felt to embellish a pillowcase for your dream-time wish.

East Coast National Baseball Card Show - Westchester County Center
January 19, 2013 - White Plains

Sports memorabilia, collectibles, and autograph signings. Free pack of cards to every child under 12 years old.

Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show - Westchester County Center
January 19, 2013 - White Plains

The Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show is now celebrating 49 years at Westchester County Center. There will be over 100 dealer booths including stamps, coins, and postcards.

Miss New York USA & Miss New York Teen USA Pageants - Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College
January 19, 2013 - Purchase

Miss New York Teen USA and Miss New York USA, presented by The Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, and K2 Productions. Watch an amazing group of young women take the stage live to compete for the crowns.

Winter Tales with Chuck Stead - Green Meadow Waldorf School
January 19, 2013 - Chestnut Ridge

The Nature Place Day Camp spotlights their favorite storyteller, Chuck Stead, to spin tales of winter, wonder, and surprise. Chuck enthralls children and adults alike with his hilarious and heartbreaking stories. This event is will be followed by an open house, from 1-4pm.

Meet the Artist - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
January 19, 2013 - Garnerville

Life Size Wood Sculptures by Gerry Phelan, "The Animal Man," will be displayed in the Library during the months of January & February. Meet the artist at this special event. Families are welcome.

Nature Story TIme - Tenafly Nature Center
January 19, 2013 - Tenafly

Families with children ages 3-7 will enjoy a nature-themed story and a visit from one of Tenafly Nature Center’s education animals. Kids will learn about the characteristics of the animal as well as their story and how they became part of the Nature Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 27, 2013 - 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, Jan. 1-27.

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.

Caribbean Garden at The New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through February 24, 2013 - Bronx

Take refuge from winter by retreating to Tropical Paradise - a showcase of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection, including orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus. You'll feel like you are on vacation without leaving New York. View The Beauty of Paradise: A Photographic Tour during regular Garden hours. See a photographic display of tropical paradises around the world. Learn about plants and flowers found in tropical climes through a display of exceptional photographs from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, of which the Botanical Garden is the US partner. Access additional details about the displayed photographs via your smartphone. Inside the cozy Discovery Center in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, kids of all ages can take a closer look at the differences between tropical and temperate plants in Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders. Pot up a specimen plant to take home and compare its characteristics with foliage in your neighborhood; make bark rubbings, count tree rings, and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover the vital sparks of life that lie just below the surface of this quiet season. On view January 19-February 24. Please confirm hours on the day of your visit by calling 718-817-8700.

Striving to Live with Dignity: Photography of the African Diaspora - SUNY Rockland Community College
Through March 01, 2013 - Suffern

SUNY Rockland hosts this photographic journey of the African Diaspora that documents blacks in a variety of situations as they: cope with uncertainty, celebrate their joy, and struggle to live a dignified life in difficult circumstances. The exhibit features images by RCC Campus Photographer Collette V. Fournier and captions by David Lucinda.

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.

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