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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, October 28, 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 October 28. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Rockland, check out our complete calendar of events.

Suffern Farmers' Market - Lafayette Avenue
Through October 28, 2017 - Suffern

A family friendly market with food vendors, craft vendors, children's activities, and live entertainment weekly. The community focused market provides fresh, locally grown, nutritious produce and fruit, prepared foods, grass-fed beef, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, jam, body care products, hand-made gift items and more. The market supports local farmers, thus promoting and maintaining a healthy regional agricultural economy.

Clarkstown Farmers' Market - Traphagen Park
Through October 28, 2017 - West Nyack

The newest market to hit the County. Highlights include locally grown and sourced fresh produce, flowers, jams, pickles, honey, and more.

Nyack Halloween Parade - Downtown Nyack
October 28, 2017 - Nyack

The Nyack Chamber of Commerce will host its 30th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 28 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (rain date Sunday, October 29) in the heart of Nyack. Festivities begin at 3pm The event, organized by the Chamber and sponsored by leading local merchants, is the largest parade of its kind outside New York City, second only in magnitude to the Greenwich Village event — and just as spectacular in terms of color and sheer pageantry. Building on a history of record-breaking crowds, over 15,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Main and Broadway in Nyack for this fun-filled, family-friendly event, featuring marching bands, festooned fire trucks, floats and a host of costumed revelers — with serious cash prizes, totaling over $2,000, going to the most creative among the parade’s participants. All are welcome to march and register for prizes. Marchers and floats will assemble at 3pm for registration and judging in Memorial Park at the corner of Depew and Piermont Streets in downtown Nyack. Registration is required to be eligible for prizes. Judging and registration conclude at 5pm, followed by the parade step-off at 5:30pm. The winner of this year’s Best Float competition will take home a $750 cash prize. Floats winning second and third place will receive $500 and $250 respectively. Prizes for costumes will be awarded in multiple categories, with awards ranging from $25 to $200. Parade-goers will enjoy a variety of special talent, including three of Rockland County’s top marching bands representing Nyack, Nanuet and Clarkstown schools. Additional parade highlights include performers from the Amazing Grace Circus!, the Suburbia Roller Derby of Westchester, Hudson Valley Harley Riders, Rockland Boulders, an array of classic cars, local fire departments showing off their best machines — and of course, the scariest and wackiest costumes this side of Manhattan. Nyack’s Main Street and South Broadway will be closed from approximately 2:30pm to 8pm for the parade activities. Dave Reiss & Friends will kick off the live entertainment at 3pm in the Main Street parking lot, with Jamie’s Faces providing face painting and tattoos nearby on Main Street for kids of all ages who want to enhance their Halloween look. Jeff Rubin will keep the music and fun going in Memorial Park as costume contestants register for prizes and assemble for the parade. The much-anticipated prize awards ceremony will begin immediately after the parade. Live music and dancing, beginning earlier in the day, will continue in the Main Street parking lot after the awards, with music provided by Frankie D and the Boys. Also following the parade, Halloween revelers can go to the Nyack Center’s 10th annual “Monster Mash” party featuring music, dancing, dinner buffet — and lots of spooky family fun. The party goes from 6:30pm to 9pm. The Center is located at Depew and South Broadway in Nyack. More information is available at Many of Nyack’s restaurants and night-time establishments will also be hosting festive post-parade parties. Details on participating in and viewing the parade are listed on the Nyack Chamber of Commerce’s website: To register your float, join as a marcher, or contribute as a sponsor, go to the Chamber website or call the Chamber office at 845-353-2221.

Haunted Forest - Tenafly Nature Center
October 28, 2017 - Tenafly

Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educators will lead small groups of all ages on the trails to visit the "haunts" (a place frequently visited) of these nocturnal forest denizens. Designed to be entertaining and educational - not scary. Tours take 1.5 hours, after which participants can enjoy refreshments and crafts around the campfire. All ages welcome. No strollers please. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover, but dress for the weather. Space is limited and registration is highly recommended; walk-ins will be accepted as space allows, but cannot be guaranteed a tour. Tours depart every 15 minutes between 4:30pm and 6pm

Halloween Trunk or Treat - Zukor Park
October 28, 2017 - New City

Come celebrate safely! Rain or shine.

Halloween Haunted Harvest - Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
October 28, 2017 - Ridgewood

A fun celebration for all! Weather permitting.

CHIHULY - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 29, 2017 - Bronx

CHIHULY will spotlight world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s bold innovation and experimentation in a variety of media throughout his celebrated career. CHIHULY will feature approximately 20 installations as well as drawings and early works revealing the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process. Among the singular sights, one of the new installations will draw inspiration from Chihuly’s storied 1975 Artpark installation. Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this groundbreaking exhibition will run from April 22 through October 29, 2017.

[Trapped] - Porch Light's Youth & Family Productions
Through October 29, 2017 - Glen Rock

A new original show by Ryan Pifher Your birthday is on Halloween and every year you try to do something spookier and scarier than the last. This year, one teen tries to outdo their past antics by inviting everyone to "[Trapped]" - an interactive escape room where participants are locked into a seemingly harmless room where they must find and follow a set of clues in order to get out. As the night continues, things get stranger, creepier and more mysterious, leaving the teens to wonder- is it all part of the game or did things just get real?

Public Hayrides - Secor Farms
Through October 31, 2017 - Mahwah

Enjoy the day with a hayride to the pumpkin patch and corn maze with a scenic ride of the farm. Explore the corn maze, pick a pumpkin, and relax under the rustic pergola. After, visit and feed the animals at the petting zoo, and little ones will have fun working their way through a hay maze and playing with toy tractors in the corn box.

I Spy Trail - Tenafly Nature Center
Through November 01, 2017 - Tenafly

Get ready for a childhood classic to come to life! Walk one of Tenafly Nature Center’s trails and be transported into the pages of I Spy. Follow funny and clever rhymes as you try to spot all of the hidden bats, ghosts and ghouls that are hidden all over. This trail will be up for a short time only. All Ages Welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will be given a booklet at the TNC Visitor Center.

Piermont's Down to Earth Farmers Market - M&T Bank Parking Lot
Through November 19, 2017 - Piermont

Down to Earth Markets bring together two kinds of vendors: local farmers and area food makers who source locally.

A Distant Embrace - Rockland Center for the Arts
Through November 19, 2017 - West Nyack

Hudson Valley artist Robert Hite grew up in Virginia but has traveled the world. Hite is interested in exploring issues of local knowledge, memory, transience, environment, disenfranchisement and domicile as living art through sculpture, painting and photography. Much of his photographic work juxtaposes the artificial and the natural and play with architectural scale. Hite’s cottages and cabins, many on stilts, have a lopsided, somewhat ramshackle air to them, as if nature is slowly reclaiming the buildings. Hite has shown his work widely, including a solo show at The Nassau County Museum of Art, the Hancock Shaker Village and the Berkshire Museum. Hite was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014. The exhibit is on view October 8 through November 19, 2017. For more information contact: Rockland Center for the Arts, 845-358-0877, [email protected] Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994.

Dwellings Exhibition - Rockland Center for the Arts
Through November 19, 2017 - West Nyack

Rockland Center for the Arts is having an exhibition of self-contained units of accommodations through a diverse collection of materials and mediums. The prefabricated house has been, and continues to be, not only a reflection on the house as a replicable object of design but also as a critical agent in the discourse of sustainability, and architectural invention, it is a source of societal class and social structure, family communication, or the deterioration of our very core of existence. Three separate exhibitions based on this subject include a solo exhibit, “A Distant Embrace”, works by Robert Hite. “Dwellings” with artists Eric Cremers, Jennie Chien, Lynn Cornelius, Susan Cox, Kevin Frances, Hao Ni, and Charlotte Schulz. “Home” is a smaller group show of selected artists. The exhibits are on view October 8 through November 19, 2017. For more information contact: Rockland Center for the Arts, 845-358-0877, [email protected] Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994. ?

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 25, 2017 - Croton-on-Hudson

Come gawk at more jack o'lanterns than ever before. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year’s Blaze®, which was sold out every night! Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area’s most innovative Halloween happening.

Ridgewood Farmers' Market - Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce
Through November 26, 2017 - Ridgewood

Celebrating 17 years with Farm to table, fresh and delicious produce, fresh mozzarella, jams, pickles, flowers and more. Every Sunday till Thanksgiving.

Nyack Farmers' Market - Main Street Parking Lot
Through November 30, 2017 - Nyack

Some of the greatest vendors come together in the center of Nyack to hold the weekly Nyack Farmers' Market! Full of fresh, delicious produce, baked goods, sweet somethings and other great items.

Kids' Movie Night - Harry's Burritos
Through December 17, 2017 - Nyack

FREE Kids Movie Night at Harry's Burritos every Sunday Night. Animated films (great for kids 10 and under but all are welcome). Parents get Happy Hour pricing on meals and drinks.

Face Painting - Dave & Buster's
Through December 30, 2017 - West Nyack

Join Dave & Buster's West Nyack for FREE face painting every Saturday from 2pm-4pm.

Public Ice Skating - Wollman Rink
Through February 28, 2018 - Central Park

Ice skating out in the crisp city air with an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline is a classic NYC winter experience. And Central Park's famous rink is a tourist favorite, but completely worth doing even if you are a local. There is also a skating school, a hockey program, and birthday party offerings on the ice. Check out the nearby carousel for $3 a ride in between skates. 

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Ice Skating Season - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2018 - Midtown

The new season opens with this ceremonial first skate hosted by the reigning Olympic Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Youth skaters of Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlemwill join for this celebratory session. 

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is always the first New York rink to open each year and is open to the public daily from 8:30am-12am, from Columbus Day to Easter. First designed as a temporary attraction, The Rink has evolved into one of the city’s most legendary landmarks and one of the most visited sites in Manhattan.


Weekly Drop-In at Rockland Baby Café - Rockland Baby Café
Through January 31, 2023 - Spring Valley

Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network and the Rockland County Department of Health are pleased to have opened the 1st drop-in Baby Café in the NY Metro area. Open every Tuesday 10:30am - 12:30pm Drop-in to get-together to: *Meet and talk to new moms *Learn how to make breastfeeding easier *Make sure your baby is latching and gaining well Get tips on pumping and going back to work *Learn about other parenting topics Contact Sharen Medrano, 914-922-2240 for more information. Join our Facebook page: Rockland County Baby Café