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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.

10th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference - New York's Hotel Pennsylvania
April 17, 2013 - Midtown

NYMetroParents is proud to be a sponsor of the 10th Annual Young Child Expo and Conference, an event that brings together more than 1,000 principals, directors, teachers, and other early childhood professionals. The focus of the conference is to provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow, and reach their full potential. The event integrates learning about typically developing children as well as those with special needs. EIP Scholarship, Early Bird, and group rates are available.

10th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference - New York's Hotel Pennsylvania
April 18, 2013 - Midtown

NYMetroParents is proud to be a sponsor of the 10th Annual Young Child Expo and Conference, an event that brings together more than 1,000 principals, directors, teachers, and other early childhood professionals. The focus of the conference is to provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow, and reach their full potential. The event integrates learning about typically developing children as well as those with special needs. EIP Scholarship, Early Bird, and group rates are available.

10th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference - New York's Hotel Pennsylvania
April 19, 2013 - Midtown

NYMetroParents is proud to be a sponsor of the 10th Annual Young Child Expo and Conference, an event that brings together more than 1,000 principals, directors, teachers, and other early childhood professionals. The focus of the conference is to provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow, and reach their full potential. The event integrates learning about typically developing children as well as those with special needs. EIP Scholarship, Early Bird, and group rates are available.

Free Play at the J - JCC Rockland
April 17, 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.

Family Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
April 17, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers can come in for stories, songs, fingerplays, and more. Pre-registration is required. Wednesdays through May 15.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
April 17, 2013 - Garnerville

Creative kids ages 4-12 can play with the library's LEGO's or bring their own. Wednesdays through May 15.

Baton Twirling Lesson - Willow Grove Elementary School
April 17, 2013 - Thiells

New Horizon's Twirlers invites kids hosts this free workshop. Baton twirling is an athletic sport that promotes self-confidence, teamwork, and eye/hand coordination skills. For more information, contact [email protected]

Beginner's Book Club - Rose Memorial Library
April 17, 2013 - Stony Point

Young readers and pre-readers are invited to the library to hear a story, discuss the story, play trivia games with prizes, enjoy a themed craft & a snack. Pre-registration is required; a copy of the book is available at registration.

Infant Care - Nyack Hospital
April 17, 2013 - Nyack

This class is designed for first-time parents. Topics include the basics of holding, diapering, bathing, swaddling, sleeping patterns and feeding cues, choosing a pediatrician, infant safety, and pet issues. Pre-registration is required; application available online.

Storytime: If You Hold A Seed - Barnes & Noble
April 17, 2013 - West Nyack

Something magical happens when you plant a dream with a seed. With plenty of love and patience, dreams can blossom into extraordinary gifts. This book, by Elly Mackay, encourages children to dream big and never give up. Following the story, children will plant seeds.

Boppin? with Bonnie at CSI - Congregation Sons of Israel
April 17, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Parents with babies and toddlers are invited to join music teacher and ventriloquist Bonnie Halfond for a morning of music, movement, and puppets.

PreSchool Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
April 18, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-5 can come in for stories, songs, puppets, and more. Pre-registration is required. Thursdays through May 16.

Bouncing Babies - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
April 18, 2013 - Garnerville

Non-walkers and their parent, grandparent, or caregiver are invited for rhymes, songs, and fingerplays. Pre-registration is required. Thursdays through May 16.

Stories in Spanish & English - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
April 18, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-6 can hear stories in Spanish and English. Pre-registration is required. Thursdays through May 16.

Nature Strollers - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
April 18, 2013 - Cornwall

This nature center hosts this weekly hiking group for families with babies, toddlers, and young children. The one-hour walk is led by an environmental educator.

Yoga for Children - Congregation Sons of Israel
April 18, 2013 - Upper Nyack

The synagogue invites children ages 2-6 to this playful and integrative approach to yoga.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
April 19, 2013 - Garnerville

Creative kids are invited to bring their own Legos or use the library's to make something special. For ages 4-12. Fridays through May 17 other than March 29.

Stories & Craft - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
April 19, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-7 are invited for stories, crafts, and more. _re-registration is required. Fridays through May 17 other than March 29.

Superheros Pizza Party - New Jersey Children's Museum
April 19, 2013 - Paramus

Little superheros can meet their favorite big superheros including the Man of Steel, the Caped Crusader, the Web Slinger, and a special surprise superhero guest. Kids and their parents can dance to music by DJ Polka Dot, AKA Ron Albanese. Ticket price includes two slices of pizza, beverages, snacks, dessert, entertainment, and playtime in the museum after. Pre-registration required.

Storytime: If You Hold A Seed - Barnes & Noble
April 19, 2013 - West Nyack

Something magical happens when you plant a dream with a seed. With plenty of love and patience, dreams can blossom into extraordinary gifts. This book, by Elly Mackay, encourages children to dream big and never give up. Following the story, children will plant seeds.

Earth Day Celebration - Bear Mountain State Park and Zoo
April 20, 2013 - Bear Mountain

Visit the zoo's animals and this lovely state park for family-friendly and educational programs celebrating Earth Day. Rain date is April 21.

Family Weekend Workshop - The Physics of Flight - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
April 20, 2013 - Yonkers

Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. Today: explore the physics of flight, and the many ways to defy gravity.

Pearl River Community Cleanup - Pearl River Gazebo
April 20, 2013 - Pearl River

Meet at the gazebo for refreshments and supplies. Volunteers will clean up around the town and in the local schools and parks. Contact Gerry Collins by phone or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Rain date April 21.

Reading Education Assistance Dog Workshop - Tolstoy Foundation
April 20, 2013 - Valley Cottage

The Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program presents this workshop for those who wish to work with their animal to help children learn to read. Librarians, school teachers, and school administrative staff who want to learn more about the program and how it could enhance the reading curriculum in their library or school, are also encouraged to attend. This workshop is for humans only; training for pets is done separately. Despite its name, the program accepts dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and even horses. There are more than 20 reading assistance teams in the Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program including in Orange, Rockland, and Bergen counties.

Storytime: If You Hold A Seed - Barnes & Noble
April 20, 2013 - West Nyack

Something magical happens when you plant a dream with a seed. With plenty of love and patience, dreams can blossom into extraordinary gifts. This book, by Elly Mackay, encourages children to dream big and never give up. Following the story, children will plant seeds.

WHUD Kids' Fair - Westchester County Center
April 20, 2013 - White Plains

The WHUD Kids Fair presented by Maria Fareri Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, features hands-on activities and games, Children's Theater and Educational Activities. Some proceeds benefit The H.O.P.E. for Youth Foundation and Children's Charities in the Hudson Valley. Every booth inside the Kid's Fair has a fun and educational activity. There will be special exhibits, demonstrations, and entertainment, plus a special performance from Carole and Paula, the stars from "The Magic Garden." See WHUD's website for list of activities whud.com.

Family Art Project: Flags and Kites for Earth Day - Wave Hill
April 20, 2013 - Bronx

Visiting Artist Miwa Koizumi, who in her own work repurposes found plastic bottles to dazzling effect, will show families how to make simple kites and festive flags out of colorful plastic bags to celebrate Earth Day. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Sheep Shearing Day - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
April 20, 2013 - Pocantico Hills

Watch and ask questions as the farmers shear wool from Stone Barns' flock of Finn-Dorset sheep. Enjoy family-friendly wool and weaving activities all day long: visit sheep and wool education stations, watch spinners at work, learn to comb and card wool, and experiment at the mini-loom and felting stations. Join farmers and educators for tours of the farm and demonstrations like egg collecting, pig feeding, and planting seedlings in the field. Artisanal lunch items and treats will be available for cash purchase from award-winning food vendors all day. Rain or shine. Tickets are required, and go on sale March 18.

The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms -- blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more -- stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year, The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory. There will be demonstrations, Q&A's, guided tours, lectures, evening events, and classes. An All-Garden Pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more. Through April 22.

Orchid Care Demonstrations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

A series of hands-on demonstrations shows you how to grow and care for orchids at home. Topics vary each weekend and cover the most frequently asked questions on topics such as Potting and Dividing Orchids, Basic Orchid Care, and Fragrant Orchids.

Music from the World of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Orchids intrigue and inspire people in every country and culture. Enjoy a selection of music from around the world as different artists play popular tunes from a featured continent each weekend.

The Orchid Show Q&A - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show.

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.

March for Babies Fundraiser - Blue Hill Plaza
Through May 05, 2013 - Pearl River

March of Dimes hosts this five mile walk and fundraiser. Registration starts at 9am. Walk starts at 10am.

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.

The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames - Hudson River Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Yonkers

In the late 18th century, British artists developed the large-scale panorama, which became a popular form of entertainment in Europe and the United States. The Hudson River Museum's exhibition, "The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames," explores the panoramic vista as the ideal expression for a new, all-embracing way of seeing the landscape that influenced how the public and artists perceived it as well. By the early 19th century, painters such as Robert Havell Jr. worked to express this panoramic perspective in their choice and depiction of vistas. Havell and other artists in the exhibition such as Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, and John Kensett, favored the chain of cities, suburbs, and countryside along these two rivers, where horizontal planes and historical associations gave form to both artistic and cultural expression. "The Panoramic River" features loans from museums, galleries, and private collections. Museums lending paintings include: Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fenimore Art Museum, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; Maryland State Archives; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; and Princeton University Art Museum. "The Panoramic River" is organized by Hudson River Museum co-curators Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with additional essays by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London, and Geoff Snell, Doctoral Student, University of Sussex and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. On view through May 19, 2013.

Jake Talks - Rockland World Radio
Through May 20, 2013 - Nyack

The JCC is seeking local teens for its weekly internet radio show, Jake Talks. Students will cover news and "hot topics" while having fun and learning the ins and outs of radio broadcasting. The show airs live each Monday at 5pm. Hear the show at rocklandworldradio.com. Listeners can call in to share their views by dialing 845-353-2910. Interested participants should contact Cathie Izen at [email protected], 845-362-4400 extension 103. Each Monday through May 20.

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.

Milk & Cookies Playgroup (Mommy & Me) - The Gerrard Berman Day School - Solomon Schechter of North Jersey
Through June 05, 2013 - Oakland

The school invites mothers and their pre-schoolers to this weekly playgroup with music & movement, arts & crafts, celebrations of the Jewish holidays, and Hebrew stories. Group meets each Wednesday through June 5.

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.

'Guys and Dolls' - NOTE NEW DATES! - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through June 06, 2013 - Elmsford

NOTE NEW DATES! Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Subtitled "A Musical Fable of Broadway," the show is set in the colorful world of New York City in the mid 20th century. "Guys and Dolls" is populated with gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls, and beautiful showgirls, and has one of the great musical scores in American theatre. Including Frank Loesser's hits "Luck Be A Lady," "Guys and Dolls," "If I Were A Bell," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat." Show runs through June 6, 2013. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday matinees including lunch; Thursday, Friday Saturday, and Sunday Evenings including dinner.

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. Registration is requested.

Family Friendly Friday Night Service - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 06, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Families with young children are invited to this special service featuring singing, dancing, a puppet show, challah, and grape juice.

African Dance Workshop - Spring Valley Youth Bureau
Through December 26, 2013 - Spring Valley

Harambee Dance Company, fabulous performers of African dance and music, teach this weekly workshop. Registration is requested.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 28, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Families with young children are invited to celebrate Shabbat each Saturday morning with lessons, stories, and games.

Seasonal Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
Through December 30, 2013 - West Nyack

Jill will help artists of all ages design seasonal or holiday-themed crafts. Her selection includes jewelry boxes, candy dishes, mugs, plates, picture frames, vases, and more. Pieces can be taken home that day or left for glazing. Fee includes instruction. Pre-registration is requested. Toddler workshops are held each Monday and Tuesday. All-ages workshops are held each Friday.

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