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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN ROCKLAND

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by Directories Editor - Weekly January 15, 2014

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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.

Stories Songs and Crafts - Rose Memorial Library
January 15, 2014 - Stony Point

Toddlers are invited to the library for picture book stories, songs, and crafts. Registration is required.

Gym Time at CSI - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 15, 2014 - Upper Nyack

Toddlers are invited to exercise and play with a professional occupational therapist. Group meets on Wednesdays through Jan. 29.

Open House - Elisabeth Morrow School
January 15, 2014 - Englewood

Parents of prospective students are invited to this special program featuring remarks from the Head of School and a panel discussion with members of the Class of 2014. After the presentation, families are invited see the classrooms and to tour the 14-acre campus that includes technology labs, science labs, performance spaces, libraries, playing field, two gymnasiums, working gardens and nature trails. Registration is required.

Full Moon Hike - Tenafly Nature Center
January 15, 2014 - Tenafly

By the light of the full moon, teens and adults can take a two-hour, guided walk (approximately 1½ miles) along the trails. Participants will stop for a rest at the crossroads of the Purple and Allison Trails. This tranquil, meditative hike encourages reflection and connections with nature allowing hikers to experience the trails after dark.

Boppin’ with Bonnie Music Class - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 15, 2014 - Upper Nyack

Toddlers and their parent or caregiver are invited to join trained music teacher and ventriloquist Bonnie Halfond for a morning of music, movement, and puppets.

Mother 2 Mother Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health WIC Office
January 15, 2014 - Haverstraw

The Rockland County Department of Health invites new mothers and mothers-to-be to attend this monthly support group that offers help and information. The program is led by a certified lactation consultant who can help women with their questions and concerns. Babies and toddlers are welcome.

Stories, Songs, and Crafts - Rose Memorial Library
January 16, 2014 - Stony Point

Toddlers are invited to the library for picture book stories, songs, and crafts. Registration is required.

A SPOT of Planting - Rockland Jewish Academy
January 16, 2014 - West Nyack

Children ages 2-5, with or without older siblings in the Rockland Jewish Academy, are invited for a plant-themed activity, story or song, and craft. This is the first in a series of SPOT (Siblings and Preschoolers On Thursdays) workshops hosted by RJA. Look for upcoming events in March and May.

Yoga for Kids at CSI - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 16, 2014 - Upper Nyack

Children ages 2-6 are invited to try this playful and integrative approach to yoga. Group meets on Thursdays through January 30.

Toddler Time - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
January 16, 2014 - Valley Cottage

Little kids can really get their sillies out when Bounce hosts Toddler Time, each Monday and Thursday morning. Kids can run around Bounce's giant trampoline courts, jump on toddler-size trampolines, and take a running leap into a variety of foam pits. Guaranteed fun for kids and their caregivers.

La Leche League of Clarkstown Monthly Meeting - Dominican College
January 16, 2014 - Blauvelt

The La Leche League of Clarkstown holds its monthly meeting led by an accredited lactation counselor and Le Leche League Leader. Pregnant women and new moms are invited to get up-to-date information on nursing including benefits, new beginnings, overcoming breastfeeding obstacles, and weaning. All breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend these informal, ongoing discussions. Babies and older siblings are also welcome.

Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940 - Hudson River Museum
Through January 17, 2014 - Yonkers

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 assured the Hudson River a vital role in the evolution of what would become New York City into the nation's industrial and financial powerhouse - its "Empire City." The same year, artist Thomas Cole was "discovered," setting in motion a tradition of painting that transformed American art, much as the Erie Canal was rapidly transforming the landscape. For the most part, artists ignored the industrialization of the region; Cole was a strong proponent of the British traditions of the sublime and the beautiful, and his melding of these romantic ideals to direct observation of nature became the mainstay of American landscape in the mid-19th century. The ideal expressed in thousands of Hudson River School canvases from the 1820s through the turn of the century constituted a moving vocabulary many artists clung to, even decades after the reality of the landscape had changed. It was not until the first decade of the 20th century, as artists like Robert Henri and John Sloan turned their attention to the urban scene, that American art shifted its focus from bucolic landscapes to the cities, the towns, and the crowds, especially the raucous urban scene of Manhattan - by then the nation's most important metropolis. The movement away from painting the land to painting the life on the street is often seen as a clean break with the depiction of the landscape, and with landscape painting generally as a mainstay of American art in the face of European Modernism. However, artists continued to paint the Hudson River, as well as its tributaries, the Harlem and East Rivers, and the great harbor of New York City into which they flowed. What was different was their approach. Having jettisoned the romantic ideals of their forebears, artists like Henri and Sloan, and later, Georgia O'Keeffe, George Ault, Edward Hopper, and Preston Dickinson, celebrated the changing way of life along the city's waterfront. As the century progressed, they did so with sharper focus and with ideals borrowed from the Machine Age. Instead of majestic mountain ranges, their subjects were the arching bridges, swinging cranes, and streamlined ocean liners resting in the harbor. Artists took the elements of the Sublime, combined them with Modernism's interest in structure and form, and applied them to the manmade industrial one - thereby creating a new visual vocabulary for the 20th century - the Industrial Sublime. "Industrial Sublime," the exhibition, takes as its focus the shift in both style and sensibility during the years 1900 to 1940, and explores the development of a new mode of landscape painting and pictorial ideals suited to America's role as a global industrial power. Museums lending works to the exhibition of more than 60 paintings include The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; High Museum of Art; Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale; Georgia Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; Museum of the City of New York; Newark Museum; the Phillips Collection; Flint Institute of Arts; Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Norton Museum of Art. The exhibition, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, is co-curated by Kirsten Jensen, Curator, Hudson River Museum and Bartholomew F. Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hudson River Museum. Additional essayists for the publication include Wendy Greenhouse, co-author of "Chicago Modern 1893-1945: Pursuit of the New;" Katherine E. Manthorne, professor of modern art of the Americas, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, Norton Museum of Art. "Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940" is the fifth exhibition in the Hudson River Museum series, "The Visitor In the Landscape." The exhibition will travel to the Norton Museum of Art, March 20-June 22, 2014. 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. The exhibition catalogue is supported, in part, by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. On view through January 17, 2014.

The East Coast National Baseball Card Show - Winter Extravaganza - Westchester County Center
January 17, 2014 - 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 17, 2014 - White Plains

The Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show is now celebrating 50 years at Westchester County Center. There will be over 100 dealer booths including stamps, coins, and postcards. A wonderful way to introduce kids to a lifelong hobby.

Early Kabbalat Shabbat - Orangetown Jewish Center
January 17, 2014 - Orangeburg

Pre-schoolers and their parents are invited to this musical service with story telling. Held the third Friday of each month through May.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw Public Library; Village Branch
January 17, 2014 - Haverstraw

Kids ages 4-12 are invited to make something special with Legos. Bring your own or use the library's.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
January 17, 2014 - Garnerville

Kids are invited to get creative with Legos. Bring your own or use the library's. For Ages 4-12.

PlayMove&Sing with Sukey Molloy - Nyack Library
January 17, 2014 - Nyack

Toddlers are invited to join Sukey Molloy for fun, interactive activities with puppets, scarves, balls, bells, stix, and more. Registration is required.

Munchkins and Mishpacha - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 17, 2014 - West Nyack

The synagogue invites parents or caregivers with their favorite baby or toddler to this weekly group. Participants will celebrate Shabbat together and learn Hebrew words. Group meets each Friday through Jan. 31.

Winter Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
January 17, 2014 - 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.

Children's Shakespeare Theatre presents The Life and Death of Richard the Second - Palisades Presbyterian Church
January 17, 2014 - Palisades

For this special performance, the church is transformed into a small scale reproduction of the Rose Theatre, where Shakespeare's company performed before the construction of the Globe Theatre. Meanwhile, actors in period costume bring to life a story that pursues questions of loyalty, love, and the nature of kingship. Children's Shakespeare Theatre is in its fifteenth year under the guidance of Artistic Director Diana Green, and this year won Hudson Valley Magazine's 'Best Of' award for Best Way to Learn the Classics. The Knaves are the younger members of The Children’s Shakespeare Theatre. They are a company of over 40 children, ages 8-13. Tickets are available at kingrichard2.brownpapertickets.com.

Bill Blagg: Illusionist - Bergen Performing Arts Center
January 18, 2014 - Englewood

Bill Blagg is taking the art of magic to new heights by combining grand scale magic illusions, and his unmatched personality to create one of the most unbelievable, interactive, magic experiences witnessed today. This show is part of the Kidz Cabaret Series and takes place in bergenPAC's Drapkin Cabaret & Lounge (entrance located in the lobby of the main theater). Tickets are $17 per person, or buy a 3-show ticket package for $36.

The East Coast National Baseball Card Show - Winter Extravaganza - Westchester County Center
January 18, 2014 - 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, 2014 - White Plains

The Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show is now celebrating 50 years at Westchester County Center. There will be over 100 dealer booths including stamps, coins, and postcards. A wonderful way to introduce kids to a lifelong hobby.

Milk & Cookies Playhouse: ArtsRock Puppet Festival - Nyack Center
January 18, 2014 - Nyack

ArtsRockl presents this special puppet Festival featuring Rick Lyon from Sesame Street and Avenue Q fame along with local puppeteers Hudson Vagabond Puppets, Jilly Puppets and Skye Leith. The one-hour show will be followed by a one-hour, interactive puppet workshop for all participants. Children will learn how to make and use puppets to tell stories utilizing their imaginations and creativity. And as always, milk and cookies will be served.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 18, 2014 - Upper Nyack

Parents with toddlers are invited to celebrate Shabbat morning with stories, games, and learning.

Tracks and Scat - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
January 18, 2014 - Cornwall

Learn about the animal tracks and scat left behind by woodland creatures. For adults and children ages 5 and up.

MLK Day of Service - United Church of Spring Valley
January 18, 2014 - Spring Valley

On this Saturday before Martin Luther King Jr.'s national holiday, families are invited to celebrate his life with service. Volunteers will put together Care Kit lunches for clients of the Rockland Interfaith Breakfast Program. Volunteers will also get to take a tour of the facility to learn about the program, which provides "food, dignity and kindness to anyone, of any faith, background or circumstance, who is hungry and in need of a meal." Online registration begins Dec. 13. Registration can also be done by phone.

Winter Seasonal Volunteer Day - Tenafly Nature Center
January 18, 2014 - Tenafly

Adult volunteers and teens 14 and older can help the nature center with a variety of outdoor projects including trail maintenance, invasive plant and litter removal. No experience needed, just a love of nature. Rain Date Feb. 8. To attend, please email: [email protected]

Children's Shakespeare Theatre presents The Life and Death of Richard the Second - Palisades Presbyterian Church
January 18, 2014 - Palisades

For this special performance, the church is transformed into a small scale reproduction of the Rose Theatre, where Shakespeare's company performed before the construction of the Globe Theatre. Meanwhile, actors in period costume bring to life a story that pursues questions of loyalty, love, and the nature of kingship. Children's Shakespeare Theatre is in its fifteenth year under the guidance of Artistic Director Diana Green, and this year won Hudson Valley Magazine's 'Best Of' award for Best Way to Learn the Classics. The Knaves are the younger members of The Children’s Shakespeare Theatre. They are a company of over 40 children, ages 8-13. Tickets are available at kingrichard2.brownpapertickets.com.

Shabbaba Shabbat - Orangetown Jewish Center
January 18, 2014 - Orangeburg

Families with toddlers are invited to meet in the synagogue's “Family Room” for this Saturday morning service with an interactive and musical format that encourages both children and adults to explore the spiritual aspects of Shabbat. The service ends with the children joining the main sanctuary service for the concluding prayers followed by the congregational lunch.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a new, fun-filled, sing-along, mini performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Parents: bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas to capture the special day! In the Ross Hall. Daily, Jan. 1-26. Times vary by date; see website.

Ramsey Farmers Market - Ramsey Farmers Market
Through March 30, 2014 - Ramsey

This weekly market features 35 vendors with organic and traditional produce, artisan breads and cheeses, local honey, homemade pastas and sauces, local wine, organic hummus and prepared foods, gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegar, homemade jams, spices, fresh fish, and more. Parents can shop while their kids enjoy music, crafts, and other special events. Check out the web site for details of weekly highlights. Sundays through March.

Nyack Winter Farmer's Market-Season Opening - Nyack Center
Through April 24, 2014 - Nyack

Nyack's famous farm market moves indoors for the winter. Shop for gourmet baked good, coffee, locally-made wine and cheese, and more. Each week, visitors can check out Mr. Amazing's Fun & Fit CircusCize Workout presented by Carlo Pellegrini, co-founder of Nyack's Amazing Grace Circus. Check online for weekly musical entertainment and special events. Thursdays through April.

Early Kabbalat Shabbat - The Orangetown Jewish Center
Through May 16, 2014 - Orangeburg

The synagogue hosts an active, spirited, and informal Friday night experience for families with young children. Stop by the 3rd Friday of each month through May 16.

Tea & Play - Green Meadow Waldorf School
Through June 02, 2014 - Chestnut Ridge

Parents of prospective students can talk to one of the school's early childhood teacher while their child plays nearby in a beautiful classrooms. Mondays through June 2 other than Oct. 14, Nov. 25, Dec. 23, Dec. 30, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 14, and May 26.

Story Time - Green Meadow Waldorf School
Through June 04, 2014 - Chestnut Ridge

Children ages 3-5 are invited to story time at the Waldorf School. Group meets every Wednesday through June 4 other than Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 19, and April 16. Registration is required.

Mastodons: Ice Age to Discovery - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center
Through September 28, 2014 - Cornwall

This little gem of a nature center in nearby Orange County hosts a special exhibit this year on mastodons, a cool subject for many kids. And at 2:30pm, young visitors can join a Museum Educator to�"Meet the (live) Animal" of the week. Exhibit runs each weekend through December.

Jump and Glow Night - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through December 26, 2014 - Valley Cottage

Each Friday, Bounce! hosts Jump 'n Glow nights, where nearly everything in the giant trampoline playground glows in the dark thanks to lasers and black lighting. Guests can have fun and get fit on giant courts of interconnected trampolines, play slam dunk basketball on trampoline courts, play dodgeball, and jump into dual foam pits. Rock music, glow in the dark dodge balls, and glow in the dark hula hoops add to the atmosphere of fun.

Friday Night Black Lights - Monster Mini Golf
Through December 26, 2014 - Nanuet

Kids can stop by Monster Mini Golf on Friday nights for a special evening of golf, arcade games, and pizza for one low price. This unique venue features a monster-themed, glow-in-the dark miniature golf course as well as locally-themed artwork, animated creatures, and an interactive DJ who entertains the golfers throughout their stay.


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