Looking for fun things to do with kids in the Rockland/Bergen county area this November? Check out Disney on Ice at the IZOD Center, ice skating at Bear Mountain, play time for tots at the Bergen County Zoo, and several Hanukkah and Thanksgiving events.
Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Bear Mountain, NY
Opens Nov. 2
Rockland County’s only outdoor ice rink, at Bear Mountain, officially opens for the season on Saturday, Nov. 2. The skating season runs through March 2, 2014. While at Bear Mountain, don’t forget to check out the park’s unique carousel featuring animals found in New York State. Take a ride on a raccoon, turkey, black bear, or even a skunk! Saturday skating sessions are at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm. Check the website for a full schedule.
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Tolstoy Foundation, Valley Cottage, NY
The Hudson Valley Visiting Pets Program, which provides animal-assisted therapy and education throughout the Rockland, Westchester, Orange, and Bergen County area, hosts a training workshop this month for its Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) Program. Therapy dog handlers, teachers, school administrators, and librarians are invited to learn how kids can improve their reading skills and self-confidence by working with a registered therapy dog team. Visit the website to download a registration form. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bergen County Zoo, Paramus, NJ
Mondays in November
Looking for something unusual to do with your toddler while your older kids are at school? Why not stop by the Bergen County Zoo any Monday this month for a free Playtime at the Zoo. Toddlers with their parents or caregivers are invited to play with age-appropriate toys and meet an “animal of the week” before heading out into the zoo. Free with zoo admission.
Hanukkah Events at the JCC
JCC Rockland, West Nyack, NY
Every Jewish parent in America knows that “Hanukkah’s early this year.” So early, in fact, that it’s happening in November this year—a benefit in terms of avoiding the shopping crowds for that other big end-of-year celebration. As of press time, only a few Hanukkah events were confirmed. Check nymetroparents.com/calendar for updates as the holiday draws nearer.
Mark your calendar for Nov. 17, when the JCC Rockland hosts two special events. At 12pm, kids can dance to the high-energy tunes of Judy and David, who perform both original and traditional songs. There will be holiday activities after the show. Then at 3pm, the JCC has invited Stephen Schwartz, an architect with Building Blocks Workshops LLC, to bring in thousands of Legos to create a giant Hanukkah menorah. This Family Hanukkah Event is limited to 50 families, and registration is required.
IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ
The folks at Disney want to remind us that there’s an excuse for a party all year long. Stop by the IZOD Center when Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate! Join Mickey and Minnie as they host a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear; and a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains.
Throughout the month
While Hanukkah is unexpected this month, Thanksgiving is expected—and welcome—as an annual harbinger of the holiday season. Whether your job is to set the table or fill the table, following are some ways to make your Turkey Day a festive one.
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