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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN ROCKLAND ON AUGUST 23

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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, August 23, 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 August 23. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Rockland, check out our complete calendar of events.

From a Child's Perspective - Washington Irving's Sunnyside
August 23, 2012 - Tarrytown

Parents and children are invited to travel back to the 19th century and explore the home of Washington Irving through a child's eyes. Play games, hear stories, race through a scavenger hunt, and participate in hands-on-activities and crafts. Explore Sunnyside as a family home, specially set with period toys and children's clothing, and bring a picnic to enjoy a full day in the life of the estate's youngest residents. Five days through August 30.

Stories in Spanish & English - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
August 23, 2012 - Garnerville

Children ages 2-7 are invited for stories, songs, finger plays, and more in Spanish and English. Pre-registration is required. Thursday evenings through August 30.

Dutchess County Fair - Dutchess County Fairgrounds
August 23, 2012 - Rhinebeck

For six days each August, the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck hosts the second largest county fair in New York State. This hugely popular event attracts about 350,000 visitors, many of whom return year after year to see the 160 acre site become a showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County, featuring animals, plants, farm products, crafts, fair foods, carnival rides, and more. Check online for the schedule of daily and nightly entertainment.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents "Love's Labour's Lost" - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2012 - Garrison

King Ferdinand and his three friends devote themselves to three years of study. No women will be allowed within a mile of court - that is until the Princess of France arrives with her entourage. Disguise, deception, and mischief abound as the heart proves stronger than the mind. A romantic comedy with a most surprising ending. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'Romeo & Juliet' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2012 - Garrison

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers ignite the stage in this romantic tragedy. Love, lust, and revenge fuel the plot of this classic play as a family feud seals the young couple's fate. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'The 39 Steps' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2012 - Garrison

A fast-paced whodunit, packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a wildly talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have an evening of fun for the whole family. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org.

WILD FOREST - A LEGO Safari - Bronx Zoo
Through September 03, 2012 - Bronx

LEGO Master Builders have created a safari on display along a wooded path near Zoo Center, featuring incredible LEGO wildlife sculptures and activities for the whole family. Visitors will see lemurs, a tiger, hornbills, rhinos, gorillas, flamingoes, a giraffe, and other exotic wildlife along their trek, and can visit their real-life counterparts throughout the zoo. At the LEGO Construction Zone at the Dancing Crane pavilion, visitors will be able to construct LEGO wildlife sculptures and take part in the construction of a mystery mural. Guests can work with LEGO Master Builders one weekend a month on the Reptile House lawn. In addition to the LEGO fun, the Wildlife Theater will perform for guests as along the safari path. Guests are also invited to create their own animal prints and puppets based on the zoo's African animals with the help of artists from the Museum for African Art. Wildlife Theater shows, crafts, activities, and conservation learning stations will keep the whole family busy. For a full schedule of activities and exhibits, visit bronxzoo.com. Through September 3.

Gilded Age Magic - Hudson River Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - Yonkers

Modern stage magic has its roots in the Gilded Age showmanship of Harry Keller (1849-1922), who performed around the world but made Yonkers his home between tours. With his theatrical spectacles, Keller founded a "Royal Dynasty" of American magicians including Harry Houdini (1874-1926), a friend and colleague of Keller's later years, and Howard Thurston (1869-1936), with whom Keller toured at the end of his career. These modern magicians cultivated a debonair stage persona that set them apart from earlier traveling sideshow artists, who dressed and posed as traditional Chinese conjurers. Despite the supernatural imagery on their posters, these magicians were not occultists but entertainers. Part of their audience appeal was the mystery of how their illusions were accomplished, not any claims to supernatural powers. The exhibition will feature vintage theatrical posters, costumes, and magic ephemera from little-seen private collections, as well as planned performances in the galleries by local magician Benjamin Levy and others. Through September 9.

Avenue ZOO - Bronx Zoo
Through September 09, 2012 - Bronx

Running each weekend during Animal Tales Extravaganza and beyond, Avenue ZOO - featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical "AVENUE Q" - will take place on the zoo's Asia Plaza Stage. Avenue ZOO highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in a fun, entertaining way. It is a musical tale in which Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not so scary after all. Avenue ZOO performances will be at 12:30pm and 2:30pm each weekend day through Sunday, Sept. 9. Highlights of this season's main stage entertainment include: Marvel's Avengers: Heroes Saving the Earth featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and HULK; Nickelodeon's Dora and Diego: We Did It!; Sportacus from Sprout's Lazytown; Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve; Ferdinand the Bull; Barney Sing-Along; Super Sprowtz; and Spider-Man.

New York Renaissance Faire - Sterling Forest State Park
Through September 23, 2012 - Tuxedo

Renaissance Fairs are one of those things you either love or think are really strange. This one returns for its 35th year with a quirky mix of shows, crafts, rides, food, and other attractions - including a jousting match and live-action chess game featuring human "pieces." Discount tickets available online. The fair is open rain or shine, weekends and Labor Day through Sept. 23.

Cruise Nights - Bear Mountain State Park
Through September 26, 2012 - Bear Mountain

Rod Benders Car Club of New York hosts this popular, summertime, event each Wednesday evening through September. Check out cool cars with your kids, maybe even show them your first set of wheels. Cruise nights also feature vendors and entertainment.

Drop-In Nature Activities: Observe and Create - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all its different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind some of Monet's most classic of subjects: water lilies. Through September 30.

Observe & Create - Children's Outdoor Nature Explorations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind aquatic plants. Nature is art, and kids can discover it at the Everett Children's Adventure Garden.

Dig! Plant! Grow! Hands-On Guided Activities: Pollinator Pals: Bees and Butterflies - New York Botanical Garden
Through October 05, 2012 - Bronx

Plants and imaginations grow at the Family Garden, where kids are allowed and encouraged to play in the dirt. Display gardens such as the Global Gardens and the Breakfast Bowls, and daily interactive gardening activities delight and inspire. Cooking demonstrations take place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm at the Whole Foods Market Family Garden Kitchen. Through October 12.

"Monet's Garden" - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 21, 2012 - Bronx

This stunning tribute to French Impressionist Claude Monet showcases a seasonally changing interpretation of the garden that inspired his art. In addition, two rarely seen paintings by the artist will be on view, and films, concerts, poetry readings, and hands-on art for kids will provide rich insight into the life and work of this renowned master.

Mario Batali's Edible Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through October 28, 2012 - Bronx

Mario Batali's Edible Garden returns to the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, bringing plenty of fun for adults and kids alike, with cooking demonstrations in the Whole Foods Market Family Garden Kitchen, daily, family-friendly activities, and hands-on gardening. As a Garden friend and chef extraordinaire, Mario Batali has a featured role during The Edible Garden. Visit "Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens," an interactive space filled with beds of vegetables and herbs where you can pick up recipes for his popular dishes, and learn how to create fresh, seasonal family meals. The fun culminates with a visit by Mario himself during the Festival Weekend in September. Through October 28.

Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 04, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 5, through Sunday, Nov. 4. Tours are available daily throughout the season except Tuesdays. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.

Mother 2 Mother (M2M) Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health
Through November 09, 2012 - Monsey

The Rockland County Department of Health encourages nursing mothers (and babies) and pregnant women to attend this free meeting to help them get started or continue breastfeeding successfully. The group meets the second Friday of each month and is led by Health Department Certified Lactation Counselors.For more information call the Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program Monday-Friday, 9am-5 pm at 845-364-3865 or e-mail [email protected]

Mother Mother (M2M) Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health
Through November 09, 2012 - Spring Valley

The Rockland County Department of Health encourages nursing mothers (and babies) and pregnant women to attend this free meeting to help them get started or continue breastfeeding successfully. The group meets the third Monday of each month and is led by Health Department Certified Lactation Counselors.For more information call the Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program Monday-Friday, 9am-5 pm at 845-364-3865 or e-mail [email protected]

Spring Valley Farmers Market -
Through November 14, 2012 - Spring Valley

Shop for fresh local apples, radishes, beets, eggs, meats, multi-grain breads, pastry, honey, chutneys, pickles, cider, and much more. Wednesdays through Nov. 14. Rain or shine.

- Piermont Farmers' Market
Through November 18, 2012 - Piermont

Shop for fresh local produce, eggs, meats, multi-grain breads, pastry, honey, chutneys, pickles, cider, and more. Held each Sunday through November 18.

Weekly Market - Nyack Farmers Market
Through November 22, 2012 - Nyack

Stroll this weekly market to find local produce, cheese, wine, and plants. Then enjoy lunch in one of the town's many charming eateries. Rain or shine.

Mother 2 Mother (M2M) Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health
Through November 26, 2012 - Haverstraw

The Rockland County Department of Health encourages nursing mothers (and babies) and pregnant women to attend this free meeting to help them get started or continue breastfeeding successfully. The group meets the fourth Monday of each month and is led by Health Department Certified Lactation Counselors.For more information call the Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program Monday-Friday, 9am-5 pm at 845-364-3865 or e-mail [email protected]

Music Classes for Children - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 19, 2012 - Piermont

Young children are given the chance to develop basic competence in music by providing them with a rich musical experience in a relaxed and playful environment. Presented by Moon River Music Together with Catherine Rubin, the class teaches music through play. Meets the third Wednesday of each month.

Mommy/Daddy and Me - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through December 27, 2012 - Valley Cottage

Parents or grandparents with kids ages 2 through 6 can have fun in the Bounce! Jr. Zone, in the Bounce! castle, as well as on the main trampoline court. Head trainer Victor Byrne works with parents and children on a series of trampoline-based exercises and fun activities. Program meets every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 29, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Share a family experience of singing, dancing, and praying as well as a weekly story and other activities. Each Saturday through December.

Brook Trout Exhibit - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
Through December 31, 2012 - Cornwall

The Center's current exhibit features brook trout, New York State's official freshwater fish. "Brookies" require cold, clean, well- oxygenated water to survive. Highly sensitive fish, brook trout are sometimes referred to as an "indicator" species because their disappearance from our waters can alert us to changes in the environment and local water systems.

Volunteer Opportunities - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County
Through December 31, 2012 - New City

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County is seeking mentors, especially men, to volunteer as role model friends for youth in our community. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license and transportation, be covered under automobile insurance, and able to commit to volunteer for a minimum of four hours per month for one year. Call or go online for an application.

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

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