What To Do with Kids This Weekend in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen Counties

What To Do with Kids This Weekend in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen Counties

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From concerts and performances, to workshops and exhibits, plan your weekend with our round up of the best things to do with kids in southeastern New York and northeastern New Jersey this weekend, Sept. 23-24, 2017. Check out our picks for kids' activites in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties. Also see our guides for weekend fun in New York City and Long Island.
 

Westchester County Weekend Activities

'Sense & Sensibility'
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 8pm
WHERE: Hankin Academic Arts Theater, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla
AGES: All
WHAT: This live theatrical production, based on Jane Austen’s popular novel, portrays the plight of women caught up in a male-dominated world.
WANT TO GO? $24; $18 children. 914-606-6262. aquilatheatre.com.

Story Pirates
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2pm
WHERE: White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Come see this sketch comedy musical based on stories written by kids from around the country, including a segment that’s entirely improvised with suggestions from kids in the audience.
WANT TO GO? $23; $19 for children 12 and younger. 914-328-1600. wppac.com.

FREE 38th Annual Wheelchair Games
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 9am-2:30pm
WHERE: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains
AGES: All
WHAT: Fun for the whole family, including games, musical entertainment, silent auctions, and chance raffles. Track events are at 1:30pm.
WANT TO GO? 914-215-1777. rehab.burke.org.

Ninjago Movie Days 
WHEN: Sept. 22-24, Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday-Thursday, 10am-7pm
WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Celebrate the release of the new film with a visit to LEGO® Ninjago City Adventure: the attraction’s two-story, 2,300-square-foot interactive play area testing balance, agility, strength, and endurance with more than 20 interactive features. Enjoy a ninja-themed MINILAND scavenger hunt, big build of Ninjago character Lloyd, and enter for a chance to win a family four pack of annual passes. 
WANT TO GO? $15.95 and up; free for children 2 and younger. 866-243-0770. westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

Get Outta Town
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 1pm
WHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale
AGES: All
WHAT: It’s the perfect time of year to catch birds during their migration. Join a naturalist and walk the trails and see who’s visiting the Nature Center on their migration south for the winter.
WANT TO GO? $7; $6 children. 914-725-6599. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

FREE Local Author Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 12-4pm
WHERE: Barnes and Noble, Vernon Hills Shopping Center, 680 Post Road, Scarsdale
AGES: All
WHAT: An impressive selection of local authors come to the store to sign books, engage in conversation, and read aloud. Children's author presents games and prizes.
WANT TO GO? 914-472-0689. barnesandnoble.com.

FREE Getting Grounded
WHEN: Through Sept. 29: Wednesday-Sunday, 1-1:45pm
WHERE: Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Tour the field and engage in a conversation about farming. Learn why soil is key and what being a food citizen is all about.
WANT TO GO? 914-366-6200. stonebarnscenter.org.
 

'Habitat Earth'
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Saturday-Sunday, 3:30pm
WHERE: Hudson River Museum and Planetarium, 511 Warburtone Ave., Yonkers
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: From colonies of tiny microbes to massive whales to humans, Habitat Earth shows what it means to live in a world connected by vastly different forms of life.
WANT TO GO? $6; $3 children. 914-963-4500. hrm.org.

Dig! Plant! Grow! The Three Sisters
WHEN: Through Oct. 4: Wednesdays and Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-5:30pm
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: For hundreds of years, the Three Sisters—corn, squash, and beans—have been favorite crops to grow together. Learn more about the life of Lenape who grew them and make your own corn husk doll to take home.
WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $23; $10 children; Weekends: $28; $12 children. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

Insider's Tour
WHEN: Through Oct. 7: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of the farm. As you stroll through the pastures, talk about farm innovation and how to build a healthy and sustainable food system.
WANT TO GO? $20. 914-366-6200. story.stonebarnscenter.org.
 

CHIHULY
WHEN: Through Oct. 29: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $20; $8 children ages 2-12; Weekends: $25; $10 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.
 

What in the World is a Herbarium?
WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: NY Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: This special exhibition in Ross Gallery celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the Garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world. Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that Garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world.
WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $20; $8 children ages 2-12; Weekends: $25; $10 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.
 

Family Farm Tour
WHEN: Through Nov. 17: Saturday-Sunday, 11:15am-12pm
WHERE: Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: On this family-friendly tour, explore the farm and some of the seasonal highlights. Then walk around the farm to have a look at the animals and the vegetable gardens.
WANT TO GO? $10. 914-366-6200. story.stonebarnscenter.org.
 

Meet the Farmers, Greet the Season
WHEN: Through Nov. 19: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: Participate in all-day season, hands-on activities, and drop-in tours.
WANT TO GO? $20; $10 children. 914-366-6200. story.stonebarnscenter.org.
 

'Annie Get Your Gun'
WHEN: Through Nov. 26: Wednesday-Sunday, see website for times
WHERE: Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford
AGES: All
WHAT: Frank Butler is the sharpest sharpshooter around and the heart-throb of Buffalo Bill's travelling Wild West show. He'll take on any challenge and win, until he meets his match: the rough and ready tomboy sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
WANT TO GO? $50 show only. 914-592-2222. broadwaytheatre.com.

Second Saturdays
WHEN: Through Dec. 9: Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am
WHERE: Boscobel House, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Explore the past through hands-on chores, games, and crafts every second Saturday of the month. Take a flashlight tour of the Boscobel mansion and plant your own mini herb garden.
WANT TO GO? $45 for a family of four; $8 per additional person. 845-265-3638. boscobel.org. 

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Rockland County Weekend Activities

Biodiversity Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Trailside Museums and Zoo, Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate New York State's native animals and plants. Enjoy nature crafts, games, and activities.
WANT TO GO? $10 parking fee; $1 suggested donation. 845-786-2701. trailsidezoo.org.

Brick Alley Block Party
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 6pm
WHERE: GARNER Arts Center, 55 W. Railroad Ave., Garnerville
AGES: Adult
WHAT: An evening of art, music, and food spread throughout three adjoining 19th century spaces.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors and students. 845-947-7108. garnerartscenter.org.

Stony Point PAL Fall Festival & Family Fun Day
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Kirkbride Hall, 5 Patriot Hills Drive, Stony Point
AGES: All
WHAT: Featuring the largest outdoor laser tag game in the county, plus inflatables, rock climbing, games, pony rides, food, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission. 845-641-0328. stonypointpal.org.

24th Annual Food & Farmers Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Hungry Hollow Co-op Market, 841 Chestnut Ridge Road, Chestnut Ridge
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the co-op market's annual celebration of farmers and local food producers, featuring live music, grilled local food, organic cotton candy and popcorn, nature walks, hay rides, cider pressing, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission. 845-356-3319. hungryhollow.coop.

Haverstraw RiverArts Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Emeline Park, 16 Front St., Haverstraw
AGES: All
WHAT: A full day of music and art with live music, storytelling, kite making, puppet making, craft vendors, a beer garden, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission. 845-429-0300. haverstrawriverarts.org.

Guided Demonstration Garden Tour
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 1-2:30pm
WHERE: CCE-Rockland Education Center & Office, 10 Patriot Hills Drive, Stony Point
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Tour of the Demonstration Gardens and enjoy a brief lecture on seasonally relevant topics. Discover how to plant this fall and care for the best spring flowering bulbs for Rockland County.
WANT TO GO? free admission. 845-429-7085. rocklandcce.org.

NY Renaissance Faire
WHEN: Through Oct. 1: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-7pm
WHERE: Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park, 600 NY-17A, Tuxedo Park
AGES: All
WHAT: The Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, and dance.
WANT TO GO? $25; $20 seniors and military; $12 children ages 5-12; free for children 4 and younger. 845-351-5174. renfaire.com/ny.

Suffern Farmers' Market
WHEN: Through Oct. 28: Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm
WHERE: Lafayette Avenue, between Orange and Wayne avenues, Suffern
AGES: All
WHAT: A family-friendly market with food vendors, craft vendors, children’s activities, and live entertainment weekly. Provides fresh, locally grown, nutritious produce and fruit, prepared foods, grass-fed beef, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, body care products, handmade gift items, and more.
WANT TO GO? Prices vary. suffernchamber.org.

Clarkstown Farmers' Market
WHEN: Through Oct. 28: Saturdays, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Traphagen Park, 131 Germonds Road, West Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: The newest market to open in Rockland County. Highlights include locally grown and sourced produce, flowers, jams, pickles, honey, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission. 845-323-3658. town.clarkstown.ny.us.

Piermont's Down to Earth Farmers Market
WHEN: Through Nov. 19: Sundays, 9:30am-3pm
WHERE: M&T Bank Parking Lot, Piermont Avenue and Ash Street, Piermont
AGES: All
WHAT: Down to Earth Markets bring together two kinds of vendors: local farmers and area food makers who source locally.
WANT TO GO? Prices vary. 914 923-4837. downtoearthmarkets.com.

FREE Kids' Movie Night
WHEN: Through Dec. 17: Sundays, 5:30pm
WHERE: Harry's Burritos, 90 Main St., Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: See animated films for kids every Sunday night at Harry's Burritos. Parents receive happy hour pricing on meals and drinks.
WANT TO GO? 845-353-5220. harrysburritos.com.

Bergen County Weekend Activities

Franklin Lakes Festival
WHEN: Sept. 22-23, Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, 12-5pm
WHERE: Borough Hall, DeKorte Drive, Franklin Lakes
AGES: All
WHAT: Fun for the whole family with rides, games, food, a car show, and more.
WANT TO GO? check website for updates. franklinlakes.org.

Autumn Campfire & Night Hike
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Gather ‘round the campfire to explore seasonal changes, listen to stories, and roast marshmallows for s'mores. Then a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator will lead participants on a short walk along the trails in the forest without flashlights to develop night vision, play games, and listen for animals.
WANT TO GO? $10. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Fall Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce, Rock Road, Glen Rock
AGES: All
WHAT: This year's festival will have a new focus on local vendors, rides, entertainment, music stage, family fun, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission. 201-670-3956. glenrocknj.net.

Apple Cider Making
WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Sundays, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
AGES: All
WHAT: Participants will use an apple press, help to make cider, and learn about the history of apple cultivation and cider making. Tenafly Nature Center will provide the apples, but it is encouraged to bring three or more apples per person. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $6; $30 per family. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Field Station: Dinosaurs
WHEN: Through Oct. 28: 10am-6pm
WHERE: Overpeck County Park, Fort Lee Road, Leonia
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world's leading roboticists and the imagination of our artists. There are 40 live shows, games, workshops, and special guests that will simultaneously entertain and educate kids. See the website for more details.
WANT TO GO? $15 per person and up. 855-999-9010. fieldstationdinosaurs.com.

Ramsey Farmers' Market
WHEN: Through Nov. 26: Sundays, 9am-2pm
WHERE: Erie Plaza, 2 W. Main St., Ramsey
AGES: All
WHAT: Featuring more than 50 local farmers and food purveyors, come stroll the market and enjoy extraordinary variety, local produce and products, music, children's crafts, chef demos, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission. 201-675-6866. ramseyfarmersmarket.org.

Ridgewood Farmers' Market
WHEN: Through Nov. 26: Sundays, 9am-3pm
WHERE: Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce, Train Station Parking Lot, Ridgewood
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrating 17 years with farm-to-table, fresh, and delicious produce, fresh mozzarella, jams, pickles, flowers, and more every Sunday until Thanksgiving.
WANT TO GO? free admission. experienceridgewood.com.

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