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!
Stories & Craft - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
May 19, 2014 - Garnerville
Children ages 3-6 are invited to stop by for stories, crafts, and more. Registration is required.
Toddler Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
May 19, 2014 - West Nyack
Jill will help young artists design seasonal or holiday-themed crafts. Children can choose from a large array of items including dishes, mugs, plates, jewelry boxes, Hello Kitty and princess plaques, Ariel statues, and more. Pieces can be taken home that day or left for glazing.
Registration is requested. Toddler workshops are held each Monday and Tuesday.
Simple Dinner Menus for Busy Families - The Food Evolution
May 19, 2014 - Bardonia
Learn how to cook quick, health-supportive meals for you and your family. This class is specifically targeted to parents who want to make healthy meals but don't necessarily have as much time as they'd like to make that happen.
Birds and Bagels - Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
May 19, 2014 - Englewood
Snack on fresh bagels before heading out on the trails of Flat Rock Brook in search of the spring migrants and birds that call Flat Rock their home. No need to register. Bring binoculars, or borrow ours.
Sunset Hike - Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
Through May 27, 2014 - Englewood
Take a 2-3 mile sunset hike along the trails and through the forest with a trail guide. These hikes are great for beginners, an easy workout, and a relaxing way to end your day. For adults and children ages 10 and older. No registration necessary.
Family Night Bounce - BounceU
Through May 28, 2014 - Paramus
Parents and kids (must be at least 24 inches tall) can enjoy a 2-hour bounce session on giant inflatables, including 1 hour in each of the giant bounce stadiums. All bouncers must wear socks. BounceU staff will supervise the event.
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.
Playland Pre-Season - Rye Playland
Through May 31, 2014 - Rye
Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 10.
Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm.
Admission Prices (May 11-23):
- $15 Pre-Season Weekends: May 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48").
- Starting Saturday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48"); Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents.
- $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents.
- $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County.
Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school.
Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long.
Note: In a piece of great news, the boardwalk, which suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy, is open again. Construction continues on the Ice Casino. A scheduled reopening date for the Ice Casino has not been announced.
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.
Gym Time - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through June 11, 2014 - Upper Nyack
Kids ages 2-4 can exercise and play with professional occupational therapist "Randi." To register, call 845-358-3767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga for Kids - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through June 12, 2014 - Upper Nyack
Empower your children (ages 2-6) through a playful and integrative approach to yoga. To register, call 845-358-3767 or email email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.