By Kaitlin Ahern

Top 20 Spring Activities in Rockland County

June 13, 2014   |    

Enjoy the spring season in Rockland County with our top 20 best spring activities in Rockland County, including activities in Ramapo, Nyack, Orangetown, Clarkstown, and Haverstraw. Find fun, local things to do in Rockland this spring, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to town, and a local zoo's annual Sheep Shearing event.

1. Read Across America

March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and National Read Across America Day. Head to your local library or Barnes & Noble store for special story times and more activities that celebrate the joys of reading.

2. Happy St. Patrick's Day

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Pearl River hosts a super celebration of all things Irish, including the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the state outside New York City. It typically features more than 20 bagpipe bands, at least three high school marching bands, veterans, fire fighters, police officers, and performances by at least six Irish dance schools. Check for details on the parade in early March on our calendar

st. patrick's day parade

3. Attend Youthfest

For more than 15 years, families have flocked to Youthfest at the SUNY Rockland Community College Fieldhouse in Suffern to meet and learn about local businesses, services, and activities for kids and parents. This popular annual March event also features loads of giveaways, activities, and performances throughout the day. It’s sponsored by the Rockland County Youth Bureau, so check online for details.

4. The Circus Is In Town

See amazing acrobats, awesome animals, clever clowns, and much more when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stops by the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, in mid- to late March.

5. Roast Marshmallows at a Campfire

Gather around a Spring Campfire at the Tenafly Nature Center in Tenafly, NJ, in late March to learn how this season affects our local plants and animals. You’ll also listen to stories and roast marshmallows for s’mores. If you plan on making your own campfire at home, see our 10 tips on cooking food over the flames.

disney live

6. See Disney Characters In Person

Experience the magic of Disney Live! at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, where you can catch some of your favorite characters performing in early April. 

7. Hike Family-Friendly Trails

Beginning in April, parents can bring their babies, toddlers, and young children to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall for its Nature Strollers program, which opens up the museum’s family-friendly trails to this special group every Thursday morning through November.

nature strollers

8. Shop the Farmers' Market

In early April, the Nyack Farmers’ Market moves from its indoor location in the Nyack Center to the Main Street parking lot in downtown Nyack. Open Thursdays (8am-2pm) through late November, the outdoor market offers local produce, cheese, wine, bakery and specialty items, and more. Get details on live entertainment at the market here.

9. Hunt for Easter Eggs

Near Easter time, kids ages 10 and younger can join Boulder Bird’s Egg Hunt at Provident Bank Park in Pomona, home of the Rockland Boulders. Special prizes are hidden along with the thousands of candy-filled eggs, and kids can take pictures with Boulder Bird and the Bunny throughout the day. Find lots of exciting Easter activities in the Rockland area. 

earth day

10. Lend a Hand

In honor of Earth Day, Keep Rockland Beautiful hosts community cleanup events throughout the county to…well, keep Rockland beautiful! Find details on this and other community service activities online.

11. Annual Sheap Shearing

The popular Sheep Shearing event at Bergen County Zoo in Paramus, NJ, invites visitors to cheer on the zoo’s flock of sheep as they get their annual haircuts in early May. In addition to shearing demos, there are children’s crafts, special story times, wool spinning demonstrations, and more, and you can enjoy visiting the animals and taking a spin on the zoo’s carousel while you’re there. Find more zoos, botanical gardens, and nature centers in the area.

sheap shearing
march of dimes

12. Support the March of Dimes

Join the March of Dimes’ March for Babies at Blue Hill Plaza in Pearl River in early May and support research to understand and prevent health problems in infants. Find details on this and other charity walks in the area.


13. Street Fair Central


The New City Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual Spring Street Fair in late April or early May on Main Street in downtown New City. The fair features live music, food and craft vendors, rides, games, a balloon artist, a caricaturist, and more. Check the Chamber for details.

14. For the Train Enthusiast

Celebrate National Train Day in mid-May with a train ride (including one on Thomas the Tank Engine!) or by visiting a nearby train exhibit or museum, such as the Suffern Railroad Museum. 

thomas the tank engine


15. Celebrate Mother's Day


Make Mom feel special with a trip to the Bronx for a Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party at the New York Botanical Garden. Live music, games, hands-on nature activities, picnicking, and the garden’s amazing array of plants and flowers all make this a worthwhile trip into the city.

rye playland

16. Play at a Local Theme Park

Rye’s Playland, in nearby Westchester County, opens for the season in mid-May with rides and games for all ages. Browse the full list of area theme parks.

17. Visit the Farm

Cropsey Community Farm in New City hosts open houses and other family events throughout the spring and summer. Visitors to this 12-acre organic, biodynamic community farm—the first of its kind in Rockland County—can typically stroll the fields, meet the farm team, and do a planting activity or even work alongside the team in the fields. Check our calendar for upcoming events.

community farm

18. Get Up Close with Dinosaurs

Travel back in time—to the Jurassic period, to be exact—at Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus, NJ (in nearby Hudson County). This 20-acre zoo-like adventure park, where the “animals” are actually animatronic dinosaurs, typically opens Memorial Day weekend.

19. Play with Animals

Take a day trip to nearby Putnam County in late May for Little Folk Farm Days at Green Chimneys in Brewster. Kids can ride the ponies, watch live shows, do crafts, and play games at this nonprofit that focuses on animal therapy and nature education. 

petting zoo


20. Visit a Historical Site


On late spring and summer weekends, the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site in nearby Orange County (690 Route 9W in Fort Montgomery, just north of Bear Mountain) hosts living history demonstrations complete with costumed interpreters and musket and cannon firings (featuring the fort’s pride and joy, a 32-pound cannon named George).



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