Things to Do When School's Out For Rosh Hashanah

Things to Do When School's Out For Rosh Hashanah

Who's ready for a long weekend?

Here are all the best family events in the neighborhood for when school's on vacation for Rosh Hashanah! (Because whether you're celebrating the Jewish New Year or not, we can all appreciate a few days off from school.) From secular things to do and activities to religious events and wopportunities to learn about Jewish culture, now's the perfect time to take this opportunity to have a little family fun in the New York metro area! So get out and hit the city, or take a trip to pick some apples and make the most of your long weekend!

 

Manhattan 

FREE 9/11 Table of Silence
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 8:15-8:46am
WHERE: Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue and West 64th Street, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: This tribute to 9/11 is a dance performance with more than 100 dancers from major companies and schools in the area.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Table of Silence is an emotionally powerful dance performance to pay respect to those lost on 9/11.
WANT TO GO? 212-719-3301. buglisidance.org.


Rosh Hashana Oh Honey!

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 10, 11am
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Taste a variety of honey, then use different textures and printmaking techniques to create artworks inspired by honeycombs.
WANT TO GO? $14; $11 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

'Frankenstein'
WHEN: June 25- Dec. 17 , Mondays, 7pm
WHERE: St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., Midtown
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: This musical honors Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
WANT TO GO? $20 and up. 212-246-8140. thefrankensteinmusical.com.

Disney's 'Frozen: The Broadway Musical'
WHEN: June 5- March 10, Tuesday-Sunday, see website for times
WHERE: St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., Midtown
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Frozen the Musical expands on the story of two sisters, giving more time to the characters we’ve come to love.
WANT TO GO? $35 and up. 877-250-2900. seatsforeveryone.com/frozen.

FREE Discovery Walk for Families: Towering Trees
WHEN: Sept. 10-11, Monday-Tuesday, 10am
WHERE: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues, Central Park
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Discover how trees – from seeds and leaves to logs – contribute to the health of an urban park woodland community.
WANT TO GO? 212-860-1370. centralparknyc.org.

FREE Stargazing
WHEN: Aug. 21- Oct. 30, Tuesdays, dusk to 30 minutes before park closes
WHERE: The High Line, On the High Line at Little West 12th Street, Chelsea
AGES: All
WHAT: Peer through high-powered telescopes to see rare celestial sights.
WANT TO GO? 212-500-6035. thehighline.org.

Brooklyn

Totally Tots
WHEN: Jan. 3- Dec. 31 , Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm; Thursday, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: This pint-sized paradise features nine different sensory play areas including water, sand, music, dress up, and blocks.
WANT TO GO? $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org.

FREE New York Road Runners Open Run
WHEN: Sept. 6- Dec. 18 , Tuesdays, 7pm
WHERE: Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street, Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Participate in free weekly 2.5-3 mile runs, directed by volunteers. Open to all experience levels, walkers, strollers, and dogs.
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience
WHEN: June 8-Feb. 3, Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, 10am-7pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm
WHERE: Industry City, 34 34th St., Building 6, Sunset Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience the work of M.C. Escher in this exhibition featuring more than 200 original works.
WANT TO GO? $20; $13 children ages 12-17; $6 children ages 5-11. eschernyc.com.

Waterfront Exhibition
WHEN: March 1- Dec. 31 , Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society Dumbo, 55 Water St., Dumbo
AGES: All
WHAT: Waterfront is an exhibition and multimedia experience that presents stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems.
WANT TO GO? $10; $6 seniors and teachers; free for members and students. 917-775-4636. brooklynhistory.org/dumbo.

FREE Gardening with Hester
WHEN: Aug. 20- Sept. 24, Mondays, 10:15-11am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library - Park Slope Branch, 431 6th Ave., Park Slope
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the garden and learn about gardening in urban and small spaces.
WANT TO GO? 718-832-1853. bklynlibrary.org/locations/park-slope.

Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
WHEN: June 30-30, daily, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: All
WHAT: See the more than 115 species, including sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, and loggerhead sea turtles, that live in this state-of-the-art exhibit.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This awe-inspiring shark exhibit is a great complement to the upcoming Shark Week on the Discovery Channel!
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children 2 and younger. 718-265-3474. nyaquarium.com.

Queens

FREE Elmhurst Greenmarket
WHEN: June 5- Nov. 27 , Tuesdays, 8am-4pm, except Nov 6.
WHERE: , 41st Avenue btwn 80th and 81st St., Elmhurst
AGES: All
WHAT: Located along an entrance to Elmhurst hospital, visitors to the hospital and neighborhood residents alike flock to this market for fresh orchard fruit, vegetables from the "Black Dirt" region of upstate New York, local honey, and freshly baked breads and pastries. Community activities, cooking demonstrations and recipe exchanges will add to the diverse nature of this market.
WANT TO GO? grownyc.org.

FREE Children's Arts and Crafts
WHEN: Sept. 4- Dec. 18 , Tuesdays, 3pm
WHERE: Queens Library- South Hollis Branch, 204-01 Hollis Ave., South Hollis
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Jump-start a child's creativity with these simple crafts made from varieties of colorful paper.
WANT TO GO? 718-465-6779. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Teddy Bear Celebration with Winnie the Pooh!
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 10, 4pm
WHERE: Queens Library- Queensboro Hill Branch, 60-05 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Winnie the Pooh! Enjoy a craft and stories!
WANT TO GO? 718-359-8332. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Banned Books Week: Black Out Poetry
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 10, 3pm
WHERE: Long Island City Library, 37-44 21 St., Long Island City
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Participants will make poetry out of blacked-out text using markers or other supplies to create poetry or a zine about censorship.
WANT TO GO? 718-752-3700. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Ping Pong Game Time
WHEN: Sept. 4- Oct. 30, Tuesdays, 4pm
WHERE: Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Let's play ping pong!
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8636. queenslibrary.org.

Hopalong Andrew's Kid Music Weekly, Drop-in 'Cowpoke Class'
WHEN: June 4- Sept. 24, Mondays, 4pm
WHERE: Book Culture LIC, 26-09 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Hopalong Andrew plays interactive cowboy music with interactive activities, perfect for young cowpokes and their grown-up sidekicks.
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-440-3120. bookculture.com.


Discovering Bugs! Calling all Junior Entomologists
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Kids will put on their lab coats, meet some special creatures, and learn their importance in nature. Each junior entomologist will receive a copy of Discovering Bugs.
WANT TO GO? $24. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Jeopardy
WHEN: Sept. 4-25, Tuesdays,
WHERE: Queens Library - Ridgewood Branch, 20-12 Madison St., Ridgewood
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Show off your knowledge playing an exciting kid version of the trivia game Jeopardy.
WANT TO GO? 718-821-4770. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Kids' Discovery Club
WHEN: Sept. 4- Dec. 18 , Tuesdays, 3:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch, 92-06 156 Ave., Howard Beach
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Something new every week! Will it be science, art, math? There is always a surprise for kids, and their friends and families.
WANT TO GO? 718-641-7086. queenslibrary.org.

Nassau County

Bird & Butterfly-Friendly Gardens
WHEN: June 5- Sept. 29, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
AGES: All
WHAT: Our gardens are full of mostly native flowers that attract bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and songbirds.
WANT TO GO? $4; $2 for children younger than 12. 516-571-8010. garviespointmuseum.com.

FREE Garden City Farmers Market
WHEN: June 5- Nov. 20 , Tuesdays, 7am-1pm
WHERE: Behind State Supreme Court, 101 County Seat Drive, Mineola
AGES: All
WHAT: Pick from an assortment of fruits, vegetables, eggs, soaps, oils, pickles, juices, breads, and more.
WANT TO GO? 631-323-3653. longislandgrowersmarket.com.

Joy of Water Color
WHEN: Sept. 10- Oct. 29, Mondays, 10am
WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Island Trees
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Learn to communicate what you sense and feel about the world you see. Beginner as well as intermediate students are welcome.
WANT TO GO? $16 Library fee; $12 materials fee. 516-731-2211. islandtreespubliclibrary.org.
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FREE In the Eyes of the Beholder: The Connection between Art, Nature, and Community
WHEN: Aug. 1- Oct. 31, Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 2 pm; Saturday 11 am - 3 pm; Sunday 1 - 4pm. Closed Mondays
WHERE: Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Featuring nature-inspired artwork created by students from the Bridges to Adelphi Program at Adelphi University and from the Oyster Bay Historical Society Collection.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-5032. oysterbayhistoricalsociety.org.

FREE Back to School Computer Skills
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 10, 6pm
WHERE: Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Librarians will show students basic word processing skills including cutting and pasting, printing, and saving to a USB.
WANT TO GO? 516-676-2130. glencovelibrary.org.

FREE MS Word for Job Seekers
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: This hands-on intro to Miscrosoft Word provides computer skills for those who are seeking employment in the current job market.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

FREE Baby Sign Language 101
WHEN: Sept. 4- Oct. 2, Tuesdays, 11:30am
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: 3-5, Adult
WHAT: Learn more than 80 simple signs that will help your child to communicate more clearly.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488. mineolalibrary.info.
 

Suffolk County

FREE Bubbles-n-Books Storytime
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 10, 11:30am–12:15pm
WHERE: East Hampton Library, 159 Main St., East Hampton
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Enjoy stories, songs, movement and bubble fun with your little one.
WANT TO GO? 631-324-0222. easthamptonlibrary.org.

FREE Huntington Arts Council Presents Wearable Art
WHEN: Aug. 24- Sept. 15, Check the website for specific dates and times
WHERE: Main Street Gallery , 213 Main St., Huntington
AGES: All
WHAT: Wearable Art explores the intersection of fashion and fine art through design, costume, and culture.
WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

Westchester County

FREE September 11th Memorial Ceremony
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7pm-8pm
WHERE: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Road, Valhalla
AGES: All
WHAT: A memorial ceremony for those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a chance for Westchester families and friends to come together in remembrance.
WANT TO GO? 914-231-4033. events.westchestergov.com.

FREE Rosh Hashanah Young Children’s Service
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 10, 1:45pm
WHERE: Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Come listen to a holiday story and sing some holiday songs in the main sanctuary.
WANT TO GO? 203-622-8121. templesholom.com.

Dig! Plant! Grow! The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, Squash
WHEN: Sept. 11- Oct. 5, Tuesday-Saturday, 1:30-5:30pm; Sunday, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about the Lenape Native Americans and make your own corn husk doll, grind corn, sort beans, and identify squash fruits and seeds.
WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $23; $10 children ages 2-12; weekends: $28; $12 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.


FREE Water Street Live Music Series
WHEN: Sept. 4-25, Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Water Street Market, 10 Main St., New Paltz
AGES: All
WHAT: Boogie to live and family-friendly music. Bring a picnic or enjoy the many food options.
WANT TO GO? 845-255-1403. waterstreetmarket.com.

FREE Summer Geocache Challenge - Treasure Hunt
WHEN: May 28- Nov. 11 , daily, sunrise to sunset
WHERE: Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville
AGES: All
WHAT: Embark on a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game while hiking with your family.
WANT TO GO? 914-631-1470. geocaching.com.

 

Rockland and Bergen counties

FREE Weekly Drop-In at Rockland Baby Café
WHEN: March 25- Jan. 31, Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Rockland Baby Café, 14 S. Main St., Spring Valley
AGES: Newborn-2, Adult
WHAT: Meet and talk to new moms, learn how to make breast-feeding easier, ensure your baby is latching and gaining well, and get tips on pumping, going back to work, and other parenting topics.
WANT TO GO? 914-922-2240. rocklandgov.com.

Pick-Your-Own-Apples
WHEN: Sept. 1- Nov. 3 , 9am-5pm
WHERE: Masker Orchards, 45 Ball Road, Warwick
AGES: All
WHAT: Come pick apples and enjoy live family-friendly music, pony rides, barnyard baby animals, wagon rides, trivia, and a chance to win prizes.
WANT TO GO? prices vary. 845-986-1058. maskers.com.

Apple Picking, Live Music, Food, and Drinks
WHEN: Sept. 2- Nov. 4 , 11am-5pm
WHERE: Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, 114 Little York Road, Warwick
AGES: All
WHAT: Choose from more than 60 apple varieties, tractor rides, tasting room, live music, gourmet farm-to-table cuisine, and more!
WANT TO GO? prices vary. 845-258-4858. wvwinery.com.

Apple Picking
WHEN: Sept. 1- Nov. 14 , 9am-4pm
WHERE: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Featuring pick apples and enjoy a hay ride, two petting zoos, adventure playground, corn box, photo display area, crooked house village, wooden playsets, and picnic area with tables.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Take a bite of the fall season!
WANT TO GO? $7 per person; $10 a bag. 201-666-0472. demarestfarms.com.