What To Do with Kids This Weekend in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen Counties
By NYMetroParents Staff

What To Do with Kids This Weekend in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen Counties

November 18, 2015   |   Family Outings  

From concerts and performances, to workshops and exhibits, plan your weekend with our round up of the best things to do with kids in southeastern New York and northeastern New Jersey this weekend, April 1-2, 2017. Check out our picks for kids' activites in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties. Also see our guides for weekend fun in New York City and Long Island.
 

Westchester County Weekend Activities

'Pete The Cat'
WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 11am and 1:30pm
WHERE: The Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine. That is, until cool and groovy Pete the Cat moves in. Can cat and boy ever be friends? The TheatreworksUSA production is based on the bestselling book series by Kimberly and James Dean.
WANT TO GO? $15. 914) 698-3045. emelin.org/event/family/pete-cat.

Easter Egg Hunt
WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 10:30am
WHERE: Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Bronx
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: This is the one day when it’s okay to put all your eggs in one basket! Children will hunt for eggs, enjoy arts and crafts, and have photos taken with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket.
WANT TO GO? $15. 718-549-3200. bartowpellmansionmuseum.org.

FREE Gan Shabbat Family Service
WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Bet Torah Synagogue, 60 Smith Ave., Mount Kisco
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Come for Gan Shabbat, a program of children’s Sabbath services for nursery school age students and families. This interactive introduction to Shabbat songs, stories, and prayers includes a kid-friendly Kiddush of refreshments to follow each service.
WANT TO GO? 914-666-7595. bettorah.org.
 

FREE Cherry Blossom Festival
WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2pm-4pm
WHERE: Pelham Art Center, 155 5th Ave, Pelham
AGES: All
WHAT: Spring! Create a traditional Japanese flower arrangement (ikebana) and enjoy a performance by a Taiko drumming group at this annual celebration. Free and open to the public.
WANT TO GO? 914-738-2525. pelhamartcenter.org.
 

Organic Collagraph Collections
WHEN: April 1-2, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: Work with Glyndor Gallery Winter Workspace artist Michael Kelly Williams to create your own printing plate by collaging original abstract designs and your own organic forms made with cardboard and found synthetic and natural materials. Ink up your collage and make a collagraph series.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

FREE Parent and Child Book Talk
WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 2pm
WHERE: Chappaqua Library, 19 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Parents and their children in grades 3-4 will love chatting about books and sharing a snack.
WANT TO GO? 914-238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.
 

Poetry with British Poet Alice Oswald
WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 4:30-5:45pm
WHERE: Hudson Valley Writers' Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Enjoy an afternoon of poetry with critically-acclaimed British poet Alice Oswald, as she reads from her new collection, "Falling Awake."
WANT TO GO? $10. 914-332-5953. writerscenter.org.

Author's Spotlight
WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 2-3pm
WHERE: Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Bronx
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Hidden Waters of New York City offers a glimpse of the forgotten past and the ever-changing present. Sergey Kadinsky is an analyst at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and an adjunct professor of history at Touro College.
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-549-3200. bartowpellmansionmuseum.org.
 

Caemrata Chamber Players: Sonorous Classical Favorites
WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 3pm
WHERE: Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the afternoon joys and intimate ambience of classical music present by the Camerata Chamber Players. Enjoy time-honored compositions by Mozart and Friends.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 seniors; $14 children. 914-606-6262. sunywcc.edu/smartarts.
 

Spring Fun
WHEN: Through April 21: Tuesday-Friday, 1:30-5:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch the Garden’s plants and animals wake up from winter with buds bursting, birds nesting, and seeds sprouting. Investigate the ways that nature signals spring and help feathered friends build their nests with special nesting bags to take back to your neighborhood.
WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $20; $8 children ages 2-12; Weekends: $25; $10 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.
 

The Orchard Show: Thailand
WHEN: Through April 30: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: The Orchid Show celebrates its 15th year with a tribute to orchids and the history of Thailand, home to more than 1,200 native orchid species. Round out your visit with tours, orchid care demonstrations, expert Q&As, traditional Thai dance performances, and films on select weekends.
WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $20; $8 children; Weekends: $25, $10 children. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

Clay Art Center Spring Youth Classes 2017
WHEN: Through May 18: Sundays, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Build your inner artist while creating picture perfect pottery. Work with clay to develop creative problem solving skills and building confidence while making new friends and having fun.
WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 914-937-2047. clayartcenter.org.

'Mamma Mia!'
WHEN: April 1-June 25, Wednesday-Sunday, 8pm
WHERE: Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: A 20-year-old woman named Sophie wants to have a traditional wedding and hopes her father will walk her down the aisle, but there's one problem: she has no idea who her father is! With help from her mother’s journal, she narrows the possibilities down to three men. Based on the catchy songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA.
WANT TO GO? $50 show only. 914-592-2222. broadwaytheatre.com.
 

What in the World is a Herbarium?
WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: NY Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: This special exhibition in Ross Gallery celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the Garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world. Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that Garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world.
WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $20; $8 children ages 2-12; Weekends: $25; $10 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

Rockland County Weekend Activities

Children's Shakespeare Theatre presents 'Queen Lear'
WHEN: Through April 1: Friday-Saturday, 7pm
WHERE: Palisades Presbyterian Church, 117 Washington Spring Road, Palisades
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This cast of 18 teens brings this classic tale to life. In this epic story, see the themes of family, clarity of vision, leadership, corruption, and love clash, resolve, and ultimately teach us about relationships, patience, and loyalty.
WANT TO GO? $15; $12 seniors; $10 children. 845-262-0278. childrensshakespeare.org.

FREE Grand Opening!
WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Bach to Rock Music School, 150 E. Route 59, Nanuet
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy free trial classes including early childhood demo classes and demo private lessons. There will also be live music, free giveaways, and a raffle.
WANT TO GO? 845-215-9536. nanuet.bachtorock.com.
 

Kelly Carlin in Conversation with Elliott Forrest
WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 8pm
WHERE: Nyack Library, 20 S. Broadway, Nyack
AGES: Adult
WHAT: With rich humor and deep insight, Kelly Carlin pulls back the curtain on what it was like to grow up as the daughter of one of the most recognizable comedians of our time and become a woman in her own right as she discusses her book A Carlin Companion: Growing Up with George.
WANT TO GO? $15; $35 with signed book. 855-278-7762. artsrock.org.
 

FREE PopCon Nyack
WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave., Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: Nyack's first ever pop culture convention with fun for the whole family, including more than 30 vendors, featuring comics, vinyl records, cds, clothing, collectibles, and more. Special guest Denny O'Neil, Marvel/DC author, will be there from 1-4pm.
WANT TO GO? 845-521-0364. facebook.com/popconnyack.
 

Trout Weekend
WHEN: April 1-2, Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm
WHERE: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy two days of fishy fun, including a Meet the Trout presentation at 1pm and 2:30pm, and feeding time for Brook Trout at 1:30pm and 3pm. Fun activities and stories plus crafts for kids.
WANT TO GO? $3 per person. 845-534-5506. hhnaturemuseum.org.
 

Bunny Brunch
WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 10-11am
WHERE: Dave & Busters, Palisades Center, 4661 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the Easter Bunny for brunch! Reservatiions required, call 845-348-1000 x0.
WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 845-348-1000. palisadescenter.com.
 

Easter Bunny
WHEN: Through April 15: daily, see website for times
WHERE: Palisades Center, West Court Level 1, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Hop on over to the Bunny Patch for your Easter photos.
WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 845-348-1000. palisadescenter.com.
 

FREE Activism in Art: Art Changes Things
WHEN: Through April 23: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm
WHERE: Rockland Center for the Arts Inc., 27 S. Greenbush Road, West Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: Art Changes Things looks at art that transcends boundaries and operates as an empowering agent of change, presenting work that challenges notions of class. This work is meant to start conversations and breakdown stereotypes.
WANT TO GO? 845-358-0877. rocklandartcenter.org.
 

FREE Tot Shabbat at CSI Nyack
WHEN: April 1-29, Saturdays, 11am
WHERE: Congregation Sons of Israel, 300 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Celebrate Shabbat morning with stories and games. Enjoy grape juice and challah with Rabbi Russo, followed by a free lunch for all.
WANT TO GO? 845-358-3767. csinyack.org.
 

FREE Great American Cleanup
WHEN: April 1–May 6, various locations
WHERE: Keep Rockland Beautiful, check the website for community locations, schedule, and times
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the 2017 Great American Cleanup Campaign and help remove tons of litter from our streets, parks, and waterways. It’s a great way to make a visible difference in the community and an excellent teachable moment for children and youth to learn more about the environment around them. This year’s campaign kick-off will be the Stony Point Community Cleanup on April 1.
WANT TO GO? 845-708-9164. keeprocklandbeautiful.org.

FREE Palisades Winter Farmers' Market
WHEN: Through May 27: Saturdays, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Palisades Community Center, 675 Oak Tree Road, Palisades
AGES: All
WHAT: Select vendors offer a wide-range of products including fish and seafood, meat, veggies, fruit, cheese, bakery, desserts, and prepared foods.
WANT TO GO? 845-359-3988. palisadesfm.org.
 

FREE Kids' Movie Night
WHEN: Through Dec. 17: Sundays, 5:30pm
WHERE: Harry's Burritos, 90 Main St., Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: See animated films for kids every Sunday night at Harry's Burritos. Parents receive happy hour pricing on meals and drinks.
WANT TO GO? 845-353-5220. harrysburritos.com.


Bergen County Weekend Activities

Healthy Kids Running Series Cresskill 
WHEN: April 2–May 7, Sundays, 4pm
WHERE: Bryan Elementary School Field, 51 Brookside Ave., Cresskill 
AGES: 3-12 
WHAT: A five-week running program for kids from pre-K through Grade 8 that provides kids with a positive, educational, and fun experience in the world of running. Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events. Check the website for other community locations and times. 
WANT TO GO? $10 per race; $35 for all 5 races. 516-413-9788. healthykidsrunningseries.org.
 

Mommy and Me Yoga
WHEN: Through June 30: Fridays, 11-11:45am
WHERE: Purple Mat Yoga, 408 Paulding Ave Suite #M, Northvale
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Encourages children to an early yoga practice along with a caregiver, with games, music, poses, and the benefits of aromatherapy.
WANT TO GO? $16 per class. 201-633-6504. purplematyoga.com.