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Things to Do With Kids in Rockland on March 18

March 18, 2015   |    

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Rockland Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Rockland today, March 18, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Rockland's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening March 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Rockland, check out our complete calendar of events.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme - IZOD Center
March 18, 2015 - East Rutherford

Families will be astonished by circus spectacles they’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth®.

Infant Care - Nyack Hospital
March 18, 2015 - Nyack

This class is designed for first time parents. Topics include the basics of holding, diapering, bathing, swaddling, sleeping patterns and feeding cues, choosing a pediatrician, infant safety and pet issues. Registration is required.

Lego Builders - Rose Memorial Library
March 18, 2015 - Stony Point

Lego lovers ages 5 and older, with a caregiver, are invited to create and build designs to be displayed at the library. Registration is required.

Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary World Tour - NJPAC
March 18, 2015 - Newark

Global music sensation Celtic Woman, Billboard's No. 1 World Albums Artist for 2014, brings its 10th Anniversary Tour to NJPAC in an exclusive New Jersey appearance! This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites, and contemporary pop songs in an unforgettable signature style. The 10th Anniversary World Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women – three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist – along with a full band, The Anotas Choir, bagpipers, Irish dancers with bewitching choreography, all under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes. A true celebration of an incredible 10-year journey that has captivated millions.

Teen Writing Group - Rose Memorial Library
March 18, 2015 - Stony Point

Every third Wednesday, get together to talk about writing, share projects, and play with writing prompts or library skill games. If a group member finishes a book, and it is edited, the library will publish the book and put it into circulation.

Rockland Mom-to-Mom at CSI - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through March 19, 2015 - Upper Nyack

Gail Cirlin-Lazerus, a licensed master social worker who specializes in women, parenting and perinatal wellness, offers a support group for new moms and their babies age 1 and younger, to help navigate the news days of parenting. She is also a birth doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor and mom of 2. Reservation required. Call 845-358-3767 or email

River Vale Winter Market - River Vale Community Center
Through March 21, 2015 - River Vale

Check out the River Vale Winter Market for local vendors selling fresh baked goods, olive oil, pizza, sauces, soups, empanadas, pickles, wine, gluten-free products, breads, and prepared foods.

Early Childhood Music Class - Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy
Through March 25, 2015 - Nyack

Early Childhood Music Class with Jeffrey Friedberg. Exciting, dynamic and creative music classes that teach foundational music skills through singing, instrument playing, and movement. Fun and educational. Classes are for child and caregiver. RSVP required as space is limited.

Preschool Storytime - Rose Memorial Libray
Through March 25, 2015 - Stony Point

Preschoolers age 3-5 and a caregiver, can enjoy picture books, stories, songs; and a fun craft together. Registration is required.

Storytime for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
Through March 25, 2015 - Stony Point

Toddlers aged 24-35 months, are introduced to storytime with simple picture book stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, music and bubbles. A themed coloring sheet for an easy craft project is provided. Caregiver participation required. Registration is required.

Preschool Storytime - Rose Memorial Library
Through March 25, 2015 - Stony Point

Preschoolers age 3-5 and a caregiver, can enjoy picture books; stories; songs; and a fun craft together. Registration is required.

Nyack Winter Farmer's Market-Season Opening - Nyack Center
Through March 26, 2015 - Nyack

Nyack's famous farm market moves indoors for the winter. Shop for gourmet baked good, coffee, locally-made wine and cheese, and more. The market will continue every Thursday except for Dec. 25 through March 2015.

Tot Shabbat at CSI - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through March 28, 2015 - Upper Nyack

Come celebrate Shabbat morning and learn, read stories, play games and discover what Shabbat is all about. For parents and children 6 years and younger. Grape juice and challah with Rabbi Russo followed by a free lunch for all. For more information contact call 845-358-3767 or email

Weekend Storytime - Barnes & Noble Palisades Center
Through March 29, 2015 - West Nyack

Start the morning off right with a story and fun activities for all ages.

Tot Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center - LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
Through March 31, 2015 - Yonkers

The tri-state area's youngest LEGO enthusiasts can enjoy special activities during Tot Tuesdays. Tot Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday, from 10am-2pm, at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. Little LEGO lovers and their parents can experience the attraction and enjoy events tailored for them. Guests will also get to enjoy the attraction's range of interactive experiences, including its 4D cinema, two LEGO amusement rides and MINILAND, the venue's signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Westchester County and New York City, made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Free Wi-Fi will be available for parents at the attraction. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is a $12 million, 32,300-square-foot indoor attraction featuring more than 3 million LEGO bricks, geared towards children ages 3-10 and their families. Its range of educational and interactive attractions will include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by Master Model Builders, two LEGO amusement rides, special party rooms, and MINILAND. To purchase tickets and annual passes, or for more information, visit Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 10am-2pm.

Meet the Easter Bunny - Palisades Center Mall
Through April 04, 2015 - West Nyack

Kids can meet, take photos, and have a great time with the Easter Bunny. Located in the Lord and Taylor court. Check the website for more information on prices and times.

'Camelot' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through April 05, 2015 - Elmsford

One of history's greatest love stories and Lerner and Loewe's timeless masterpiece. King Arthur and his new queen, Guinevere, rule their kingdom with ideals of chivalry and peace, but the arrival of Sir Lancelot threatens the foundation of the realm in one of the most fabled love triangles of all time. Revel in the glorious music including, "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Lusty Month of May," "How to Handle a Woman," "I Loved You Once in Silence," and "What Do the Simple Folk Do?". Directed and choreographed by Broadway's Richard Sabellico, this new, intimate production focuses on the dynamic, rich, and intense characters in this most regal of American musicals. Jan. 29 through Apr. 5.

The Orchid Show: Chandeliers - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 19, 2015 - Bronx

Elaborate and kaleidoscopic hanging displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.

Playtime at the Zoo - Bergen County Zoo
Through April 27, 2015 - Paramus

Bring your favorite pre-schooler to the zoo to play with animal-themed toys and meet a live animal. Mondays though April 27.

Zoo Book Explorers - Bergen County Zoo
Through April 27, 2015 - Paramus

This 6 week program is for children 2 1/2-3 1/2, with an adult, to explore animals through the works of six well known authors. This program takes place both inside and outside so dress accordingly.

Zoo Babies - Bergen County Zoo
Through April 28, 2015 - Paramus

Toddler's will learn about the zoo's animals in a structured class including stories, songs, activities, and a "stroller safari" through the zoo. This program is for children 18-36 months old with an adult.

Toddler Tales - Bergen County Zoo
Through April 29, 2015 - Paramus

This new 6 week program is for children 3-5, with an adult, explores nature and animals through books, activities, animal demonstrations, and a tour of the zoo. Program takes place inside and outside so dress accordingly.

Palisades Winter Farmers' Market - Palisades Community Center
Through May 16, 2015 - Palisades

This seasonal market enters its 7th season and is open every Saturday through May 16. Shop for fresh fish, vegetables, dairy products, meat, eggs, honey, herbs, bakery items, soups, prepared foods and locally-made artisinal products. Join the e-mail list for weekly updates and for more information:

Frohawk Two Feathers: Kill Your Best Ideas, The Battle for New York and Its Lifeline, the Hudson River - Hudson River Museum
Through May 17, 2015 - Yonkers

Frohawk, artist and storyteller, paints and writes stories about battles, conquests, and the cast of characters that makes it all happen for his imaginary Republic of Frengland. In ink, acrylic, and tea, on paper and on canvas, Frohawk, born Umar Rashid in 1976, creates a fictional world that looks quite a bit like our real one. This exhibition is the final episode in the artist's series on Colonial America, his successful combining of art, history, and sometimes wicked, but always fun-to-read, commentary on people — Europeans, adventurers, and explorers, North American Indians, freed and enslaved blacks, and ravishing women who love, laugh, and die on the banks of the Hudson from Manhattan up to Lake Oneida. The action begins in 1791 and continues through 1793, real time for a New York City just flaunting its new identity on the southern tip of the island of Manhattan, and thriving under English rule. The city's first denizens, the Dutch, are "“has beens," unwillingly departed from the city they called New Amsterdam, and now skirmishing with their Iroquois allies in the Hudson Valley nearby to the north. Real and not real, fact and fiction, Frengland (a combo of France, England, and Ireland) and Batavia (the Netherlands) fight the climactic Battle of Yonkers, recorded and viewed for the first time at the Hudson River Museum, situated by the river in the very countryside that inspired the 19th-century Hudson River School painters. The landscapes of three artists, Jasper Cropsey, Asher Durand, and James Renwick Brevoort, inspired Frohawk's scenic work for this exhibition, which also includes almost a dozen new pieces, among them The Battle of Yonkers and the Death of Iroquois Chief Joseph. Also new to Frohawk's story and the Hudson Valley is a Trojan Horse. Named for the war machine with which the ancient Greeks surprised the Trojans, Frohawk's horse holds some surprises of its own — it sports two heads and is filled with warriors from both sides of the quarrel. Glass figures, they are fragile and exhausted from the wars. The wooden horse soars 22 feet high in the center of the exhibition, and is illuminated from within. For Frohawk followers, favorite characters reappear, too, among them Bonnie Prince Johnnie and his flamboyant general Orlande, Duc du Rouen, who "amidst his sh*t-colored crew was a gilded peacock with sapphires for eyes." Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), an Illinois native who now lives and works in Los Angeles, California, first studied photography, film, and writing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His recent solo exhibitions include the Wadsworth Athenaeum (Hartford, CT), Wellin Museum of Art (Clinton, NY), the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), the Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO). The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum and curated by its deputy director, Bartholomew F. Bland. Exhibition design is by Dillon Lundeen Goldschlag. The fully illustrated catalog that accompanies the exhibition explores Frohawk's work and contains the full narrative of this final episode, the fifth and last in his series "The American Proteus: An Invocation and the Wars Between the Rivers." Proteus, mythic Greek god of rivers and seas, is the name the artist has selected for his contemporary myth of the New World.

Promoting the President: In Celebration of Washington’s Birthday - Hudson River Museum
Through May 17, 2015 - Yonkers

We look for our president in paintings, photographs, and sculpture, where we may see him as a warrior, family man, or a man of faith. Washington, the nation's first soldier and president, is the prototype for political promotion, too. For this exhibition, Gilbert Stuart's famous painting, George Washington, on loan to the museum, as well as the museum's collection of artifacts and engravings show this leader in images beautiful, respectful, and, sometimes, flamboyant, that were made to frame our vision of him and charge our patriotism and memories. George Washington was painted three times by American painter Gilbert Stuart between 1775 and 1776. Everyone wanted a portrait of the hero of the American Revolution and Gilbert, himself, made rare copies of his second: The Atheneum portrait. All are treasured. One, at the museum for this exhibition, shows the president looking to the right out at the viewer, his left hand framed by a gilded arm rest. Images of Washington often show him an elder statesman, bringing peace and stability to the new nation of the United States after the turmoil of its Revolutionary War. The Museum complements these images with early books and prints that illustrate his life in many aspects and the popular perceptions of him after his death. People tend to turn to Washington and look for his image during trying times such as Washington's own death in 1799 and during the Civil War in the 1860s, as well as in times of celebration at the centennial of the United States in 1876, and the bBicentennial of Washington's birth in 1932. Promoting the President focuses on images of George Washington grouped in four themes: first, General-Hero: seen in a number of notable prints, including Alexander Campbell's 1777 George Washington General and Commander en Chief of the Continental Army in America; or General Washington, 1781, after John Trumbull; Memorials and Mementos: illustrated by Washington's Headquarters, a mid-19th century painting attributed to E.C. Coates, and on the covers of popular media in the 1930s that celebrated the bicentennial of Washington's birth in poster art and merchandising; third, Portraits: foremost the Gilbert Stuart painting as well as engravings such as the famous “Porthole” engraving from the Original painting of Washington from life by Rembrandt Peale, circa 1870; and, last, Washington as Man or Myth: illustrated here in the famous myth: "Father I Cannot Tell a Lie, I Cut the Tree," in the 1867 engraving by George White. The successful visual promotion of Washington to his public was adopted by the presidents who followed, as they sought visual presence before the public. By Abraham Lincoln's time, from 1861 to 1865, photographs, like paintings less than a century before, became the vehicle for showing the president at work. Both leaders were continually linked together in the public's perception, as seen in a pair of 1860s engravings based on paintings by F.B. Schell: The Washington Family and The Lincoln Family. In each, the president is seated, his wife and children surrounding him, a grouping that reflects the 19th-century's idealization of domestic life and that society's desire to see its leaders as moral men. An 1865 Currier and Ives lithograph pictures Washington (The Father) and Lincoln (The Saviour) of the country. The combination of the magnificent Gilbert Stuart loan with the art and popular culture collections from the museum's holdings tell much about how we view and remember historical figures. The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum.

Tales & Tunes - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library
Through May 18, 2015 - Garnerville

Parents with walkers aged 36 months and younger can enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs and bubbles. Registration is required.

Tales & Tunes - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library
Through May 18, 2015 - Garnerville

Walkers 36 months and younger with a caregiver can enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs and bubbles. Registration is required.

Tales & Tunes - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library
Through May 19, 2015 - Garnerville

Walkers 36 months and younger, and parents will have fun with stories, fingerplay, songs and bubbles. Registration is required.

Preschool Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library
Through May 19, 2015 - Garnerville

Preschoolers can have fun and participate in stories, songs, puppets and more. Registration is required.

Stories & Craft - Haverstraw King's Daughters P
Through May 22, 2015 - Garnerville

Parents with children ages 3-6 are invited to listen to fun stories, make crafts and more! Registration is required.

'Shabbaba' Shabbat - Orangetown Jewish Center
Through June 27, 2015 - Orangeburg

This Saturday morning service is geared towards families with children up to age 5. The program follows an interactive and musical format that encourages both children and adults to explore the spiritual aspects of Shabbat. Through June 27, 2015.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Barrymore Theater
Through September 06, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The show transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Check out this record-breaking theatrical phenomenon before it sells out.

Meet the Animals - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
Through December 27, 2015 - 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.

Sensational Tuesdays - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through December 29, 2015 - Valley Cottage

Bounce! Trampoline Sports has teamed up with Giant Leaps Occupational Therapy to offer a special evening for those with Sensory Processing Disorders and others with sensory challenges including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program is geared toward children with sensory issues and those on the autism spectrum. The the hour-long program will include decreased auditory and visual stimuli in a less crowded environment, structured group activities with limited class size, and an available quiet room with sensory manipulatives. Family members or buddies are invited to participate with those who thrive with 1:1 assistance.

Children's Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Through December 30, 2015 - Nanuet

Stop by the store's children's department for weekly storytimes. This ongoing event is held every Wednesday morning and afternoon. Call the store for information about special holiday events or costume character appearances.

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