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!
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.
The Hippo Who Wanted to Fly - The Circus Space at Grace Nyack
March 30, 2014 - Nyack
Amazing Grace Circus' Youth Troupe presents the charming story of a young hippo who is determined to fly. When her parents object to her fantasy, Hippo ventures forth to find anyone who can help her fulfill her dream. In an unfamiliar part of the jungle she meets a mentor who introduces her to 'animals, who know animals, who know animals that know something about flying'. In the end, Hippo learns many lessons about herself, about 'spreading her wings' and really learning to fly.
Spring Salamanders - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
March 30, 2014 - Cornwall
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center to learn about these amazing creatures and search for signs of them. For adults with or without children and children ages 5 and up.
Youthfest - SUNY Rockland Community College Fieldhouse
March 30, 2014 - Suffern
Families are invited to this annual event showcasing products, services, classes, clubs, and all kinds of services right here in Rockland County. There are loads of freebies plus face painting, crafts and inflatables for kids. Refreshments are available for purchase. Parking and admission are free.
11th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO - White Plains High School
March 30, 2014 - White Plains
See and learn how everything is made, from robots to bridges, buildings, cars, and cell phones.
Chances are whatever you do today, an engineer had a role in it. Find out how engineering impacts what we eat, how we work, play, learn, travel, communicate, and stay healthy, at the 11th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO on Sunday, March 30th, at White Plains High School.
This fun, hands-on learning event is free. Doors open at 11am, and the EXPO runs until 4pm at White Plains High School, 550 North Street in White Plains. Free parking is provided and food/beverages will be available for purchase. Plus, there will be plenty of giveaways and prizes, including Apple iPads and Microsoft Surfaces. More information is available at beanengineer.org, and on facebook/lowerhudsonvalleyengineeringexpo.
More than 100 engineering exhibitors are participating, including representatives from over 40 of the region's leading learning institutions such as as Rutgers, Cornell, Columbia, Penn State, Villanova, Manhattan, RPI, and SUNY. All fields of engineering will be featured: Civil, Structural, Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical, Computer, Mechanical, Petrochemical, Environmental, Materials and Nuclear.
Engineering EXPO founder and organizer Malcolm McLaren, president and CEO of McLaren Engineering Group of West Nyack, NY says engineering ranks No. 1 in career opportunities for college graduates, and he encourages parents of children as young as middle schoolers to attend Engineering EXPO to expose them to the field.
"Engineers play a key role in virtually everything we do,"
McLaren says. "However, US businesses are experiencing a shortage of engineers, with 89% saying they have difficulty filling engineering positions. Our country and economy needs many more trained engineers, and the EXPO is designed to help meet this demand by encouraging more students to pursue engineering studies."
"If you have a child with an aptitude and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), it would be a Sunday very well spent March 30th at the Engineering EXPO," McLaren says.
Last year the Expo, which is FREE, drew a record 1,800 students and parents from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Bergen, and Fairfield counties, and the Bronx.
New this year is a middle school "Off the Grid contest" and a Rube Goldberg "Zip It Good" competition for high school students.
Summer Spot Day Camp Open House - Rockland Country Day School
March 30, 2014 - Congers
The Summer Spot returns for its 15th season. Campers ages 5-14 will enjoy the 22 acre campus of Rockland Country Day School in Congers. Families are invited to stop by and learn more about this summer experience.
Playtime at the Zoo - Bergen County Zoo
Through April 14, 2014 - Paramus
Toddlers with a parent or caregiver are invited to play with age-appropriate toys and meet an "animal of the week" before heading out into the zoo. No registration is required however adults must stay with children during the program. Mondays through April 14.
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 21, 2014 - Bronx
A mosaic of classic and exotic orchids greets visitors in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory - a living design inspiration taking its cues from a modernist Key West estate garden. Throughout the exhibition, varied events and activities capture the artistic and cultural appeal of the Keys through live weekend music, a curated poetry walk, Orchid Evenings, and more.
During The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, step out of the bustling city and into the Florida Keys, where the dramatic beauty of a flourishing tropical garden is amplified by vibrant architecture to recall this particular island's charm and ambience. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's sprawling glasshouse galleries are transformed into a modernist Key West estate garden inspired by a garden originally designed by award-winning landscape architect Raymond Jungles for Susan Henshaw Jones, who is President of the Museum of the City of New York, and Judge Richard K. Eaton. Immerse yourself in an effusion of orchids blooming among still, geometric reflecting pools, soaring angular pergolas, and sleek benches.
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.
The Art of Video Games - Hudson River Museum
Through May 18, 2014 - Yonkers
One of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, "The Art of Video Games" focuses on the medium's striking graphics, creative storytelling, and player interactivity.
Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition travels to the Hudson River Museum for its only appearance in the New York Metro area, from Feb. 15-May 18.
"The Art of Video Games" features the most influential artists and designers across five eras of game development, from early pioneers to the contemporary artists, who created some of the best games for 20 gaming systems that range from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3.
Video games - a compelling and influential form of narrative art - use player participation to tell stories and engage audiences in the same way as film, animation, and performance. The exhibition features 80 video games selected with the help of the public to demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images, video footage, and video interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles, and large prints of in-game screen shots.
Five featured games are available for visitors to play (Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower), which show how players interact with the virtual worlds, highlighting the innovative techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games.
"Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society," said Chris Melissinos, former chief gaming officer for Sun Microsystems, founder of Past Pixels, and guest curator of the exhibition. "In the 40 years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. Video games, which include classic components of art, offer designers a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences by including a new element, the player, who completes the vivid, experiential art form by personally interacting with the game elements."
Visitors to the exhibition are greeted by excerpts from selected games projected 12 feet high, accompanied by a chipmusic soundtrack by 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer, including "The Art of Video Games Anthem," recorded by 8 Bit Weapon specifically for the exhibition. An interior gallery includes a series of short videos showing the range of emotional responses players have while interacting with games.
The Smithsonian invited the public to help select the video games in the exhibition. A pool of 240 games was selected by Melissinos and an advisory group consisting of game developers, designers, industry pioneers, and journalists. More than 3.7 million votes were cast by 119,000 people in 175 countries.
"The Art of Video Games" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. Promotional support is provided by the Entertainment Consumers Association. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go."
On view through May 18, 2014.
Adventures in Reading: StoryWalk® Outdoor Exhibit - Tenafly Nature Center
Through May 31, 2014 - Tenafly
Calling all nature lovers who love books! StoryWalk is an interactive outdoor exhibit that turns reading into an adventure along the trails without electronic devices. Hikers can read a nature-themed story while they walk in the woods. The story is designed for beginning readers but will appeal to all ages.
The nature center posts a new story, page by page, along a trail each season.
The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
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.
Storytime for the Little Ones - Barnes & Noble
Through June 11, 2014 - Nanuet
This storytime is recommended for tots ages 1-3, but all kids and parents are welcome to participate.
Shabbaba Shabbat - Orangetown Jewish Center
Through June 14, 2014 - Orangeburg
Families with children up to 5 years old are invited to this Saturday morning service with a musical format that encourages both kids and their parents to explore the spiritual aspects of Shabbat. The service ends with children joining the service for the concluding prayers, followed by a congregational lunch. Saturdays through June 14.
Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through June 28, 2014 - Upper Nyack
Tots ages newborn through 6 years can celebrate Shabbat morning as they learn, read stories, play games, enjoy grape juice and challah with Rabbi Abraham, and discover what Shabbat is all about. The program is followed by a free lunch for all.
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.
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.
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.