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!
Tribute to 50 Years of Rock and Roll - Mexicali Live Cafe
January 26, 2013 - Teaneck
The School of Rock presents this show featuring the musical talent of students ages 8 through 18.
Open House & Registration - Nauraushaun Nursery School
January 26, 2013 - Pearl River
Parents of prospective students are invited to visit the school and reserve a spot in one of their classes. The school is a non-profit cooperative that aims to provide the community with a low cost, high quality, preschool experience. Pre-registration is not required. Snow date is February 2.
Open House - Blue Rock School
January 26, 2013 - West Nyack
Blue Rock School invites parents interested in Kindergarten through eighth grade to visit their four-acre campus, meet school faculty, and learn about the school educational focus and philosophy. Space is limited. Advance registration is required.
Tu B’Shevat Family Seder and Pajama Havdallah Party - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 26, 2013 - Upper Nyack
Children and their parents are invited to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat. Afterward, participants can end Shabbat together with games and a movie.
Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers - The Palisades Center
January 26, 2013 - West Nyack
Children are invited to hear a reading of Stranger in the Woods. Following the story, they'll make paper snowflakes to take home.
Mastodons: Ice Age to Discovery: Exhibit Grand Opening - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
January 26, 2013 - Cornwall
Learn about the Mastodon, the giant beaver, the condor, and the first people to inhabit New York. See a full size Mastodon skull and genuine artifacts. Enjoy crafts, refreshments, and special presentation about the Mastodon at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30pm.
Family Art Project: Give a Winter Bird a Home or a Feeder - Wave Hill
January 26, 2013 - Bronx
Using recycled materials like plastic bottles and juice cartons, learn how to make a bird home or feeder. Decorate it with natural materials to welcome in new feathery friends.
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.
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@example.com, 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.
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.