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Top 20 Winter Activities in Rockland County

Top 20 Winter Activities in Rockland County

UPDATED JULY 2019: Plan an exciting winter in Rockland County with these 20 activities that go beyond playing in the snow–although that's always fun too! From Nyack to Haverstraw, you'll be skating into spring, staying out of the cold, and so much more!


1. Slip ’n Glide

Hit the ice for some classic winter fun at Bear Mountain State Park Ice Rink. The rink is typically open early November through early March (weather pending). Find more indoor and outdoor ice rinks in the area here. 

2. Skating Sensation

The Disney on Ice tour typically stops at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, for a few days in late November. 

3. Nothing Like the Real Thing

Make this Christmas special with an early December trip to cut your own Christmas tree at Emmerich Tree Farm in Warwick (Dutchess County), where you can also enjoy wagon rides to fields, hot chocolate, and cookies by the bonfire. There are plenty of other farms in the area to have fun at, too! 

4. Magical Menorah

Rockland and Bergen counties host a handful of menorah lightings each year to celebrate the start of Hanukkah. Find one near you.

5. Jolly Old St. Nick

The Historical Society of Rockland County opens the doors to the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City to welcome children of all ages to celebrate St. Nicholas Day. Each child receives a special treat in his or her shoe from St. Nicholas, and everyone can visit with St. Nicholas and his horse, enjoy refreshments, and visit the society’s current exhibition. 

6. Visions of Sugar Plums

Glenn Smith

Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble presents the classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker, in early to mid-December. If you plan to head into the city for a Christmas show, too, check out our top picks

7. Mountains of Fun

Grab your gear and pack up the kids for a day of skiing or snowboarding at one of the area’s family-friendly resorts. 

8. It’s All Downhill from Here

When the flakes start to fly, pull out your Flexible Flyer and get set for some snow day fun. But before you head out to your local sledding hill, be sure to check out our sledding safety tips.

9. Seeing Green

The Bossy Frog Band is performing at various venues throughout the winter, so bust out your dancing shoes! Before you go, see tips from Bossy Frog’s Rockland-based bandleader Jeffrey Friedberg (who is also a certified music therapist) on how to make the most of your child’s concert experience.

10. 3…2…1… 

Kick off the New Year by celebrating at a New Year’s Eve event for kids or find a venue to spend New Year’s Day at.

11. Give a Little, Get a Lot

Give back to the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in mid-January. You can learn more about volunteer opportunities in the Rockland area too.

12. If You Build It…

Escape from the cold and head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester in nearby Yonkers. Among its attractions, LEGOLAND boasts several themed building stations, rides, and MINILAND, a miniature re-creation of the New York metro landscape. 

13. All Your Party-Planning Needs

If you’re planning a bar or bat mitzvah, sweet 16, or quinceañera, you’ll want to stop by the Celebrate! Party Showcase, typically held in late January at the Park Ridge Marriott in Park Ridge, NJ.

14. An Aerial Adventure

When it’s a little too cold outside or your kids are up for a high-wire adventure, head to the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack for Palisades Climb Adventure. The 85-foot tall ropes course features more than 75 unique challenges—and it has options just for tykes.

15. Mission: Rocket

Build a Rocket at the Town of Ramapo Challenger Learning Center on a Thursday night in January and/or February. All skill levels welcome for ages 10 and older or ages 6-9 with a parent. 

16. Bounce!

Keep the kids active in the cold months at Bounce! Trampoline Sports, an indoor play space at 612 Corporate Way in Valley Cottage that has tons of fun trampolines and foam pits.

17. Talking Camp

Have fun while gaining valuable information at Westchester Parents Day at Crowne Plaza in nearby White Plains, typically held in early February. Meet directors, learn about a wide variety of programs, and enjoy games, dance parties, and even win a prize or two. 

18. Play All Day

If you need a change of scenery and want to give your kids some socializing time, stop by an open play time at one of the various indoor play spaces in Rockland or Bergen counties. 

19. A Slam Dunk

Catch the famous Harlem Globetrotters ( in mid-February, when these world-class ball-handlers show off their skills on the basketball court at the Wildwood Convention Center in Wildwood, NJ.  

20. Sweet Spots

George Potanovic Jr.

Do you love syrup on your pancakes? See where the sweet stuff comes from during a maple sugaring event at The Nature Place Day Camp in Chestnut Ridge. You’ll learn how to tap a tree and boil down sap into syrup. Find more details, plus other locations that host maple sugaring events in February and early March, on our website.