21 Fun Things to Do in Rockland this April

Find the top things to do this month with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

Our list of 21 fun things to do with kids in Rockland County, NY, this April includes Mickey's Music Festival, the beginning of street fair season in Nyack and Suffern, and Earth Day events in Bear Mountain, Blauvelt, Congers, Cornwall, Haverstraw, Montebello, Nanuet, New City, Nyack, Pearl River, Pomona, Spring Valley, and Stony Point.


Disney Mickey's music festival 2013Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

April 14

Kids will swoon over the characters and parents will groove to the tunes when Mickey Mouse rocks the stage with a few dozen close friends, including the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Toy Story, in Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Disney songs are remixed to the sounds of hip-hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, and country in this jam session that invites the audience to dance, sing, play air-guitar, and laugh along.


discovery quest trail at hudson highlands nature museumDiscovery Quests Season Opening

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall

April 14

Families are invited to learn about nature in a fun and interactive way when the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum hosts its first Discovery Quest of the season. Participants receive a guidebook, which sends them searching for clues along the nature center’s trails. Paths range from casual to challenging.


nyack street fair april 2013Nyack and Suffern Street Fairs

April means warm weather, spring flowers, and the start of street fair season. Don’t miss these kickoff events:


Nyack: April 14

This village’s famous street fairs return April 14 with kids’ rides, games, live music, and more than 200 vendors offering crafts, jewelry, art, photography, collectibles, antiques, unique gifts, and more. 10am. Main Street and Broadway.


Suffern: April 28

Shop for funky finds, cool crafts, antiques, collectibles, and more when Suffern hosts its first street fair on April 28. 10am.


superhero pizza party at new jersey children's museumSuperhero Pizza Party

New Jersey Children’s Museum, Paramus, NJ

April 19

Little superheroes can meet their favorite big superheroes—including the Man of Steel, the Caped Crusader, the Web Slinger, and more—at New Jersey Children’s Museum’s Superhero Pizza Party. Kids and their parents can also have dinner and dance to music by DJ Polka Dot. Ticket price includes two slices of pizza, beverages, snacks, dessert, entertainment, and playtime in the museum. Reservations are required.


community cleanup events in rockland county nyCelebrate Earth Day

Across Rockland and Bergen Counties

Throughout April

Check our roundup of 14 Earth Day events in Rockland/Bergen for details on community cleanups, zoo festivals, and nature center celebrations from Blauvelt to Nyack to Stony Point.


reading education assistance dogsReading Education Assistance Dogs Training Session

Tolstoy Foundation, Valley Cottage

April 20

Hudson Valley Visiting Pets will host a Reading Education Assistance Dogs training session this month. Despite its name, the R.E.A.D. program accepts all kinds of animals, including cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and even horses, as reading companions for children. The international program has proven to help children build better literacy skills by reading out loud to these trained pets. This training session is for humans only (pet training is done separately), and it is open to pet owners as well as educators and librarians who want to learn more about the program. Teens may take the course with a parent/guardian. Registration is required by April 6; download the registration form at hudsonvalleyvisitingpets.com.


Autism Awareness Day

Bergen County Zoo, Paramus, NJ

April 28

Families affected by autism are invited to enjoy the Bergen County Zoo and learn about some of the many groups that provide autism services in the Bergen County area at Autism Awareness Day. This special event features free zoo admission, live animal demonstrations, free tours, crafts, and free train rides.


More Fun

Catch a minor league baseball game nearby

For more fun and low-cost family activities in Rockland and the NYC area, search our full calendar of events