Best Activities for Families in This Weekend in Rockland and Bergen Counties

Best Activities for Families in This Weekend in Rockland and Bergen Counties

Plan a fun weekend for your family in Rockland and Bergen counties!

We love weekends because they allow us to spend quality time with our kids, whether with a fun day trip to a nearby family-friendly destination or a family day of fun that's close to home in Rockland County or Bergen County, NJ. There’s lots to do this weekend with your family, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more, so you're sure to find the perfect thing to do with your family in Rockland or Bergen this weekend. Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around Rockland County, including family fun in Nanuet, Haverstraw, Garnerville, Nyack, Warwick, Palisades, Montgomery, New City, and West Nyack, as well as awesome family fun in Bergen County, NJ, including things to do in Hillsdale, Paramus, Englewood, Ramsey, and nearby Jersey City.

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Family Fun This Weekend in Rockland County

My Grandparent And Me Day
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 9:30am-5pm
WHERE: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate grandparents with free admission to grandparents when accompanied by their grandchildren.
WANT TO GO? $10; free for members and grandparents when accompanied by their grandchildren. 845-471-0589. https://mhcm.org/event/my-grandparent-and-me-day-12-13-19/.

FREE Coffee and Coloring: Playgroup and Meetup
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 9:30-11am
WHERE: Pearl River Library, 80 Franklin Ave., Pearl River
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Meet other local parents and kids (birth through K) for some free play and enjoy free coffee, tea, and light snacks. Registration is required.
WANT TO GO? 845-735-4084. pearlriverlibrary.org.

Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 8pm
WHERE: Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, 1351 Kings Highway, Chester
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: A wonderful mixture of holiday music and Broadway standards with some on Broadway's brightest stars and lead by producer Neil Berg.
WANT TO GO? $35. 845-610-5900. https://sugarloafpacny.com.


FREE Paper Heart Puppets Presents: I Love Tacos
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:20am-12:05pm
WHERE: Palisades Free Library, 19 Closter Road, Palisades
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Join White Nosed Coati and a cast of amazing Mexican wildlife in three original stories celebrating tacos and the place they were created. Ages 3-12.
WANT TO GO? 845-359-0136. palisadeslibrary.org.

FREE Jr. Chefs: Stories & Cooking
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 1:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Decorate a graham cracker house with icing and candies. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. https://albertwisnerlibrary.org.

FREE Pet Nights with Santa
WHEN: Dec. 1-15, Sundays, 7-9pm
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, East Court, Level One near H&M, West Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: Well-mannered cats, dogs, and other friendly pets are invited to spend time with Santa while you fetch keepsake photos of the occasion.
WANT TO GO? 845-348-1000. palisadescenter.com.

The Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 7-15, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Cultural Arts Theater, Rockland Community College, 145 College Road, Suffern
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Clara and her Nutcracker as they battle the Mouse King, and journey through the Snow Forest to the Land of the Sweets.
WHY WE LOVE IT: There will be narrated performances at 1pm -- great for little kids!
WANT TO GO? $28 preferred seating and day of show; $25 all other seats. 845-623-2808. https://rocklandyouthdanceensemble.org/productions/nutcracker/tickets.

FREE Pet Photos with Santa at The Shops at Nanuet
WHEN: Dec. 8-15, Sundays, 6-9pm
WHERE: The Shops at Nanuet, 5101 Fashion Drive, Nanuet
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring your furry friend for photos with Santa!
WANT TO GO? 845-501-4272. https://simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-nanuet/stores/santa-photo-experience/stream/pet-photos-with-santa-6146978.

FREE Holiday Open House: A Shanks Legacy Holiday featuring songs and decorations of the 1950's
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2pm
WHERE: Orangetown Historical Museum, 196 Chief Bill Harris Way, Orangeburg
AGES: All
WHAT: Bubble lights and Bing Crosby; celebrate like the Shanks Village families did in the immediate post-war years.
WANT TO GO? 845-398-1302. https://orangetownmuseum.com/.


FREE Science of Toys Workshop with Mad Science
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-3pm
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Test, play, and experiment with physics! Ages 5-10. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.

Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market
WHEN: Through Dec. 29: Sundays, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association, 15 Mount Ebo Road S., Brewster
AGES: All
WHAT: See what this year-round indoor-outdoor Farmer's Market has to offer every Sunday.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 845-629-2824. https://facebook.com/HVRegionalFarmersMarket.

Westchester's Winter Wonderland
WHEN: Through Jan. 4: see website for schedule, closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25
WHERE: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla
AGES: All
WHAT: Westchester’s Winter Wonderland provides fun and affordable holiday cheer for the entire family, including holiday circus performances, ice skating, visits with Santa, and holiday rides.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a truly special night out as a family!
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 if purchased by 11/15; free for children 3 and younger. 914-231-4033. http://wwinterwonderland.com/.

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Public Skating Lessons 
WHEN: Through March 1: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10-11:30am and 12-1:30pm; Fridays, 8-9:30pm; Saturdays, 10am-9:30pm; Sundays, 10am-7:30pm; Please check website for additional times during School Breaks and School Holidays
WHERE: Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Bear Mountain Ice Rink State Park, Bear Mountain
AGES: All
WHAT: Break out your skates, or rent a pair for the day, and enjoy the outdoor Bear Mountain Ice Rink.
WANT TO GO? $5; $2 non-skaters and seniors; free for children 4 and younger; $5 skate rentals. 845-786-2701. bearmountainicerink.com.

Small Wonders: 44th Annual Holiday Exhibition
WHEN: Dec. 11-March 1, Wednesdays-Fridays and Sundays, 12-4pm
WHERE: Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City
AGES: All
WHAT: See custom dollhouses decorated and furnished down to the tiniest details, from period wallpaper, area rugs, and lamps to food in the kitchen.
WANT TO GO? $5. 845-634-9629. rocklandhistory.org.

Family Fun This Weekend in Bergen County, NJ

Lindsey Stirling: Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour 2019 
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 8pm
WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark 
AGES: All 
WHAT: If you loved Lindsey on America’s Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars, you won’t want to miss this merry and mind-blowing live performance. 
WANT TO GO? $43.50-$98.50. 800-466-5722. njpac.org. 

EMG Dance Studios Presents Its First Annual Holiday Show 
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Northern Valley Regional High School - Demarest, 150 Knickerbocker Road, Demarest 
AGES: All 
WHAT: See the talented students of EMG Dance Studio at their First Annual Holiday Solo Show. 
WANT TO GO? $15-$35. 201-660-8484. https://eventbrite.com/e/emg-dance-studios-first-annual-holiday-show-tickets-76847776769. 

The Nutcracker National Ballet Theatre of Odessa 
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2pm and 7pm
WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This Nutcracker is a truly magical experience the entire family is sure to love. Delight in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, spectacular sets, lavish costumes, and Russia’s acclaimed National Ballet Theatre of Odessa. 
WANT TO GO? $29-$79. 800-466-5722. njpac.org. 

The Boston Pops on Tour Holiday Pops Concert
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 4pm
WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark
AGES: All
WHAT: The iconic Boston Pops return to NJPAC with a sparkling holiday celebration, complete with stories, songs, and carols.
WANT TO GO? $49 and up. 800-466-5722. njpac.org.

FREE Family Woodland Hike
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1pm
WHERE: New Jersey Botanical Garden, 2 Morris Road, Ringwood
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about the plants and animals around you in a hike designed to fit the group. Rain cancels.
WANT TO GO? 973-962-9534. http://njbg.org.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: featuring Dream Snow & Other Eric Carle Favorites
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1pm and 4pm
WHERE: Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Eric Carle’s Dream Snow, a magical Christmas story told in the author/illustrator’s unique and beautiful style, joins Jonathan Rockefeller’s menagerie of over 75 incredible puppets.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The makers of the critically acclaimed show have added a special Christmas-themed piece!
WANT TO GO? $15-$29. 201-227-1030. bergenpac.org.

Bergen County's Winter Wonderland 
WHEN: Through Jan. 5: see website for schedule
WHERE: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Enjoy open air ice skating, Santa's North Pole and Workshop, Bergen Express train rides, carousel rides, food trucks, and more.  
WHY WE LOVE IT: The fun includes face painting, balloon artists, and visits with the big man in the red suit! 
WANT TO GO? $15 after 11/28; $13 until 11/28; $10 seniors and active military or veterans; free for children 3 and younger.

Ramsey Farmers Market
WHEN: Through March 29: Sundays, 10am-2pm *Closed Jan. 19, Feb. 16*
WHERE: Eric Smith School, 2 Monroe St., Ramsey
AGES: All
WHAT: Find something new every week from local farmers, bakers, and more.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. https://ramseyfarmersmarket.org/.

FREE Ridgewood Chamber Of Commerce 19th Annual Farmers' Market
WHEN: Through June 23: Sundays, 9am-3pm
WHERE: Ridgewood Chamber Of Commerce, Westside of NJ Transit Train Station, Ridgewood
AGES: All
WHAT: Stroll around and get some fresh mozzarella, homemade jams with flavors you cannot get any other place, fresh baked goods, preservative-free pickles on a stick for the kids, and more.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 201-445-2600. https://ridgewoodchamber.com.

FREE Saturday Storytime
WHEN: Through Aug. 25: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: Enjoy old and new favorites at this family storytime.
WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. https://teanecklibrary.org/.

  

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