Whatever you're looking to do with your family and kids-libraries, festivals, museums, arts & crafts-you'll find it in today's list of fun and educational activities for families and kids in Rockland. Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar for upcoming events!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.