12 Fun Things to Do in Rockland this May


Check out these fun and affordable kids' events happening this May in Rockland County, NY, including family activities in New City, Nyack, Orangeburg, Pearl River, Pomona, West Nyack, and beyond.

sheep shearing at bergen county zooSheep Shearing at the Zoo

Bergen County Zoo, Paramus, NJ

May 4

Miley Cyrus isn’t the only one with a new ’do this spring. The Bergen County Zoo’s sheep get their annual haircuts on May 4, when the zoo hosts its popular—and fun!—annual Sheep Shearing event. The day features demonstrations, crafts for children, story times, farm tours, and more. Haircuts start at 10am and occur every 45 minutes until 4:30pm. While you’re there, visit the beautiful carousel and large playground, both located in Van Saun Park.


Cropsey Community FarmFamily Sunday at Cropsey Community Farm

Cropsey Community Farm, New City

May 5

Kids and their parents can get their hands dirty and learn first-hand the importance of local agriculture when Cropsey Community Farm hosts its Family Sunday. The event includes a tour of the farm, a seasonal craft activity using natural materials, and a chance to work alongside the farm team in the field. Can’t make it this month? Cropsey will host monthly Family Sundays through October.


March for Babies in Pearl River NYMarch for Babies

Blue Hill Plaza, Pearl River

May 5

More than 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes—which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013—helped each one through its promotion of research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Help the group continue to do good by walking, or sponsoring a walker, in this years March for Babies 5-mile fundraiser, where you can get moving to support the cause and enjoy music, inflatables, and costume characters. Last year’s event raised $84,000 and the group hopes to reach $90,000 this year.


bossy frog bandBossy Frog Band in Concert

Nyack Farmers' Market, Nyack

May 9

Everyone’s favorite frog gets toddlers hopping into spring. Join the whole Bossy Frog Band at a performance celebrating the Nyack Farmers’ Market’s season opening at its outdoor location. FREE!

Note: The Nyack Farmers' Market will be open at its outdoor location each Thursday, 8am-2pm, through November. For more information, visit nyackchamber.org/category/farmers-market.


birding at wave hill for mother's dayMother's Day Events

Cornwall, New City, Orangeburg, Pomona, West Nyack, the Bronx, and Tenafly, NJ

May 3-12

Mother’s Day is one of those annual events that reminds us it’s spring. And kids and dads can remind their mothers, wives, grandmothers, aunts—really, all the special women in their lives—how much they care about them. Here are some ideas on how to do just that!


grasshopper groveGrasshopper Grove

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall

Weekends in May

The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, a little gem to our north in Orange County, unveiled a new nature-themed play area for young children last month called Grasshopper Grove. Now open to the public on weekends, the half-acre play area gives children ages 2-6 (and their parents) the opportunity to find adventure and appreciate the wonder of nature by climbing on fallen trees, digging in dirt piles, balancing on boulders, and creating imaginative worlds with sticks, pinecones, and bark. Open Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm. Children can participate in special guided activities throughout the day.


Also see:

Where to celebrate National Train Day on May 11

A guide to zoos, nature centers, and botanical gardens in the NYC area