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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN ROCKLAND-JUL 6

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by Directories Editor July 6, 2014

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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!

New Jersey State Fair - Meadowlands Arena
July 06, 2014 - East Rutherford

The Meadowlands hosts 17 days of fun with over 150 rides and attractions including the area's only Sky Ride and the official Batcopter from TV's Batman. Free performances include a big cat show featuring lions and tigers, the Steve Bayner Hypnotist Show, Rosaire's Royal Racing Pigs, Commerford's Educational Petting Zoo & Live Animal Rides, Brian Miser The Human Fuse, Sharkbait Juggling, and a spectacular fireworks display the nights of July 3 and 4.

Tea at Three - Hudson River Museum
July 06, 2014 - Yonkers

New for young families! Sit near Glenview's Great Hall fireplace and listen to a story about this old house told by a Glenview "Explainer" - students from Sarah Lawrence, Mercy, and Lehman (CUNY) colleges, who study the inside and outside of this 1876 mansion that is a "National Historic Place." Find out about the Victorian family, the Trevors, who lived here over 100 years ago in a "make believe" tea party. Program is 30 minutes. Appropriate for ages 3 and older. Free with Museum admission.

Guided Nature Walk - Tenafly Nature Center
July 06, 2014 - Tenafly

Enjoy the season with a guided walk along one of Tenafly Nature Center’s trails with an Environmental Educator. Whether a first time visitor or a regular on the trails, participants will enjoy different sensory experiences in the forest each month. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No strollers please. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to the following month.

New York Metro Reptile Show - Westchester County Center
July 06, 2014 - 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.

Nature Story Time - Tenafly Nature Center
Through July 19, 2014 - Tenafly

Families with children ages 3-7 are invited to enjoy a nature-themed story and a visit from one of the 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. A new story and animal are featured each week. Animals may include snakes, frogs, turtles, owls and a hawk. Meet on the Visitor Center porch. In case of inclement weather the program will be moved indoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Saturdays through July 19.

'Mary Poppins' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through July 27, 2014 - Elmsford

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a hit musical! Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she then whisks them away to meet chimney sweeps, shopkeepers, and more. The show features an irresistible story, breathtaking dance numbers, and beloved songs such as "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The New York Post called it "a perfect piece of musical theater." It received 7 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and winning for Best Scenic Design. Believe in the magic of Mary Poppins and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it!

July Family Studio Art Projects - Hudson River Museum
Through July 31, 2014 - Yonkers

Family Studio Art Projects are creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents and arts and science professionals, offered on weekends at the Museum. Saturdays and Sundays in July, visitors are invited to look at the bird designs in HRM's current exhibition, "Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment," and create their own feathered capes. July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.

July Family Studio Science Projects - Hudson River Museum
Through July 31, 2014 - Yonkers

Family Studio Science Projects are creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents and arts and science professionals, offered on weekends at the Museum. Saturdays in July, visitors are invited to discover the thousands of worlds that exist beyond our solar system, and learn about the astronomy detective work that uncovers them. July 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Hiking Trails, Discovery Quests, and Grasshopper Grove - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
Through August 31, 2014 - Cornwall

Families are invited to learn about nature in a fun interactive way. Each guidebook sends participants looking for clues along nature center trails, which range from casual to challenging. Afterward, children ages 2-10 are invited to check out the Grasshopper Grove play area.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2014 - Garrison

Shakespeare's gleeful, yet provocative, examination of friendship and young love features jealous lovers, a cross-dressing heroine, a hysterical clown, and the best role for a dog ever! Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org. Each summer, HVSF presents three plays in repertory under a spectacular open-air theatre tent overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison. HVSF's actors take the starch out of Shakespeare, creating exuberant productions on a spare, earthen stage, with the river and mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Before the show, you can picnic on the manicured lawns, relax at the cafe, or stroll through formal gardens. A truly one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'Othello' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2014 - Garrison

Othello, newly married to Desdemona, is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favor of the younger Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair, with devastating consequences. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org. Each summer, HVSF presents three plays in repertory under a spectacular open-air theatre tent overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison. HVSF's actors take the starch out of Shakespeare, creating exuberant productions on a spare, earthen stage, with the river and mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Before the show, you can picnic on the manicured lawns, relax at the cafe, or stroll through formal gardens. A truly one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'The Liar' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2014 - Garrison

"The Liar," by David Ives, is adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille, and directed by Russell Treyz. Take one young man who cannot tell the truth, and his manservant who cannot tell a lie; add two beautiful young women, and a jealous lover - then sit back to enjoy the hilarious consequences in this brilliantly witty adaptation of this classic comedy. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org. Each summer, HVSF presents three plays in repertory under a spectacular open-air theatre tent overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison. HVSF's actors take the starch out of Shakespeare, creating exuberant productions on a spare, earthen stage, with the river and mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Before the show, you can picnic on the manicured lawns, relax at the cafe, or stroll through formal gardens. A truly one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 07, 2014 - Bronx

Celebrate great American gardens of the early 20th century and the extraordinary women who designed them. This garden-wide exhibition celebrates early 20th-century America's most influential women in landscape architecture and design, as well as garden photography. Experience Mrs. Rockefeller's Garden in the Haupt Conservatory - an exquisite evocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine - and through the many exhibition components offered that embrace poetry, music, and photography, discover the innovative work and significant contributions of these women to American history and culture. Through Sep. 7.

Cruise Nights - Bear Mountain State Park
Through September 10, 2014 - Bear Mountain

Rod Benders Car Club of New York hosts this popular, summertime event each Wednesday evening through September 10. Weather-permitting, hot rod fans can check out 400-600 cool cars and motorcycles as well as vendors, food, entertainment, raffles, and more. Evenings are family-friendly and pets are welcome.

Exhibition: Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment - Hudson River Museum
Through September 14, 2014 - Yonkers

Seattle-based artist Mandy Greer installs a fantasy world at the Hudson River Museum, awash in color, laced with glittering chandeliers, and alive with birds and figures draped in costume in her first New York solo exhibition. "Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment" opens May 7 and runs through September 14, 2014. Mandy's work is inspired by a range of elements, a mix of fairy tales and mythology, as well as the magic and mundane in everyday life. Using fabrics and objects from the natural world, she creates a fantastical world with sewing machine and crochet hook as her tools.

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.

Artillery Drills, Soldier's Camp, and More - Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Through October 31, 2014 - Stony Point

Kids and their parents (and grandparents) can get a living history lesson and learn about the role Stony Point played in the American Revolution. Check out an 18th century Soldier's Camp with a resident blacksmith Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 12-4pm. Hold your ears for an artillery drill featuring the battlefield's 6-pounder cannon Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. And visit online for a schedule of special summer events including evening tours by lantern light, holiday celebrations, and Lighthouse Day. Battlefield tours are held Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. All events are weather and staffing permitting. Call before your visit to confirm.

Pearl River Farmers' Market Opening Day June 6th - The River
Through October 31, 2014 - Pearl River

Stop by the farmer's market on opening day and the first 200 visitors get free ice cream. The market is open Friday's through October and features conventional and organic produce from Hudson Valley farmers, local honey and eggs, fresh baked goods, small batch ice cream, cut flowers, children's books, story times, prepared food from Rockland Roots, children's activities and entertainment, and more. For more information, email: [email protected]

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble Paramus
Through November 13, 2014 - Paramus

Kids can head to the Children's Department to listen to favorite stories and enjoy fun activities.

Grasshopper Grove - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
Through November 16, 2014 - Cornwall

Grasshopper Grove is a natural play area for young children that encourages them to explore the outdoor world, get their hands dirty, and have fun. Children can hop from stump to stump, dance, sing and perform in the Adirondack lean-to, lie down on top of a hill and watch the clouds make pictures in the sky, read a story with Mom or Dad in the rustic gazebo, water and weed a garden, and construct roads in the sand and dirt pile. These simple activities strengthen eye-hand coordination and muscle development while fostering creativity, critical thinking, appropriate risk-taking, problem solving, and cooperation, which are all critical to healthy childhood development. Grasshopper Grove follows a design developed in collaboration with Museum staff, board, parents and preschool students by one of the world's leaders in the field, Adam Bienenstock of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Beginning with a half-acre of field surrounded by a rough stone wall and mature shag bark hickory trees, the area was graded to incorporate a low hill surrounded by a path, a dry stream bed and a higher hill offering a view of nearby fields and ponds. Taking inspiration from the 'wild' areas of the Outdoor Discovery Center, where the Museum's Young Naturalist Preschoolers love to play, elements were added to the area that include a fallen oak tree for climbing, large boulders, a wooden gazebo and Adirondack lean-to and an area of 'loose parts' for building. A series of cedar troughs catch water flowing from an old fashioned hand pump into the dry stream bed.

Farmers' Market - Piermont Village
Through November 23, 2014 - Piermont

This weekly market features chutneys, breads, baked goods, produce, and artisanal cheese. Sundays through November 23.

Nyack Farmers' Market - Municipal Parking Lot
Through November 27, 2014 - Nyack

Shop for local produce, cheese, wine, baked and other specialty items at this outdoor market. Thursdays through November 27. New this year, the town hosts a Saturday farmers market June 7 through November 22, 8am-1pm.

Millennium Carousel - Bergen County Zoo
Through November 30, 2014 - Paramus

Take a spin on the park's carousel, where you can ride the likenesses of many of the animals you see in the zoo.

Ramsey Farmers Market - Ramsey Farmers Market
Through November 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 November.

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.

Meet the Animals - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
Through December 28, 2014 - Cornwall

Join a museum educator to meet the live "animal of the week" each Saturday and Sunday. Families can learn characteristics of the animal and how it came to live at the nature center. Afterward, check out the nature center's current Mastodon and Brook Trout exhibits. Nature Center hours are Friday through Sunday, 12-4pm.


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