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

  

Teen Movie and Laser Tag
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 15, 4:30-7:15pm
WHERE: New City Library, 220 N. Main St., New City
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Play laser tag and watch a movie at the library. Pizza and drinks will be served.
WANT TO GO? Open to New City or West Nyack library card holders only. . 845-634-4997. newcitylibrary.org.

School’s Out Electromagnetic Crane Workshop
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 15, 11am
WHERE: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: School’s Out, but kids still want to learn. Make a battery-powered magnetic crane! This science workshop will have kids learning about electricity and magnetism as they wire and test an electromagnet. Then they will assemble their kit into a working mini-crane that they can bring home. Best for ages 5 and up!
WANT TO GO? $10 cost per child plus museum admission. 845-471-0589. mhcm.org/event/schools-out-electromagnetic-crane-workshop/.

Quilt Block Project

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 3-3:45pm
WHERE: New City Library, 220 N. Main St., New City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Each child who attends this program will design and paint their own quilt block, all to be sewn together and displayed at the library.
WANT TO GO? Open to New City or West Nyack library card holders only. . 845-634-4997. newcitylibrary.org.

FREE Camp Open House
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 1-4 PM, by appointment
WHERE: The Nature Place Day Camp, 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
AGES: 3-17
WHAT: Take a tour of the campus and answers to your questions about the ins and outs of camp!
WANT TO GO? 845-356-1234. thenatureplace.com.

FREE My Art Class with Judy Pedersen

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 1:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Fill some bottle caps with tiny pictures, glitter, and beads, then attach a magnet to the back.
WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. albertwisnerlibrary.org.

FREE New Moms Circle
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 11am-1pm
WHERE: The Prenatal Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, 258 High Ave, 2nd Floor (rear parking and entrance ramp), Nyack
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: “Explore through Movement and Play” with Special Guest: Zumbini with Miss Lauren.
WANT TO GO? 845-348-7505. montefiorenyack.org/maternity-additional-information.

FREE Family Free Night
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 5-8pm
WHERE: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: MHCM is open late with free admission!
WANT TO GO? 845-471-0589. mhcm.org.

Milk and Cookies Playhouse: Dan Zanes with Claudia Eliaza

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2-3pm
WHERE: Rittenhausen Theater at BOCES, 131 N. Midland Ave., Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: Dan Zanes returns with Claudia Eliaza to present a sensory-friendly show for kids and adults.
WANT TO GO? $18. 855-278-7762. artsrock.org.

FREE Kyle Baker Discusses Nat Turner
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2-4pm
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library , 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville 
AGES: 9-17 
WHAT: World famous cartoonist and graphic novelist Kyle Baker will visit in honor of Black History Month to discuss his book Nat Turner. 
WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.

FREE Saturday Morning Drop-In Storytime

WHEN: Through Feb. 23: Saturdays, 10:30-11:15am
WHERE: Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Families are invited for stories, finger plays, songs, and a craft.
WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. albertwisnerlibrary.org.

FREE Read to a Dog

WHEN: Through Feb. 24: see website for schedule
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Sign up for a 15-minute session to read to a dog.
WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.

43rd Annual Holiday Exhibition: Cherished & Charming

WHEN: Through Feb. 24: Wednesdays–Fridays, 10am–5pm; Sundays, 12-4pm
WHERE: Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City
AGES: All
WHAT: Along with the traditional selection of dollhouses and miniatures, the display will feature: vintage collectible cottages, engravings, and paintings; folk art woodblock replicas of Rockland County historic homes and buildings by the Congers artist John Rossi; charming vintage holiday cards and ephemera; and rarely seen tiny objects from the HSRC's Permanent Collection..
WANT TO GO? Wednesday-Friday: FREE; Sunday: $7; $3 seniors, children ages 3-12, and HSRC members; free for children younger than 3. 845-634-9629. rocklandhistory.org.

Public Skating Sessions
WHEN: Through March 2: Monday-Tuesday, 10am-1:30pm; Friday, 8pm-9:30pm; Saturday, 10am-9:30pm; Sunday, 10am-7:30pm
WHERE: Bear Mountain Ice Rink, 7 Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove
AGES: All
WHAT: Lace-up for the season and enjoy skating outdoors. Check the website for any unscheduled closure due to inclement weather or mechanical maintenance.
WANT TO GO? $5; $2 non skaters and seniors; free for children younger than 4. $5 skate rental. 845-786-2701. bearmountainicerink.com.

FREE 'Elemental Forces' Exhibit
WHEN: Through April 30: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm
WHERE: Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 S. Greenbush Road, West Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: This public art exhibit invited artists to create sculptures using renewable energy utilizing solar, wind, and geothermal to the potential of alternative energy. These sculptures set in The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park harness a component of renewable energy.
WANT TO GO? 845-358-0877. rocklandartcenter.org.
  

Family Fun This Weekend in Bergen County, NJ

  

Kidz Bop Live Special Encore Show Presented By Dollar Car Rental
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 15, 7pm
WHERE: Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street, Newark
AGES: All
WHAT: See KIDZ BOP Live at this special added show!
WANT TO GO? $44-$230. 973-757-6625. prucenter.com.

Disney's DCappella
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 15, 8pm
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy modern a cappella versions of Disney hits.
WANT TO GO? $39-$89. 973-539-8008. mayoarts.org.

Darci Lynne & Friends - 'Fresh Out of the Box'
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 3pm
WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark
AGES: All
WHAT: Singer and ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer impresses audiences across the country with her sweetheart disposition and undeniable, show-stopping talent.
WANT TO GO? $29.75-$49.75. 800-466-5722. njpac.org. 

Great Backyard Bird Count At Tenafly Nature Center
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10-11:30am
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Participate in this important citizen science project to tally the birds who live at TNC!
WANT TO GO? $3 members; $6 non-members. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.

MAKE Break Family Tree Canvas

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 1-3pm
WHERE: Michaels, 75 Interstate Shopping Center, Ramsey 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Create your very own family tree featuring all your loved ones. Buy the canvas, and the supplies to decorate it will be provided. 
WANT TO GO? cost of supplies varies. 201-934-5435. michaels.com.

Nature Story Time
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10-10:30am
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Enjoy a nature-themed story and a visit from one of TNC’s Animal Ambassadors. Animals may include snakes, frogs, turtles, owls, or a hawk.
WANT TO GO? $5 non-members; free for members and children younger than 2. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Full Moon & Owl Prowl

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 17, 5-6:30pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Join a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator for a short introduction to these raptors and a visit from a live owl.
WANT TO GO? $5 members; $10 non-members. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Disney's 'Frozen' Sing-a-long

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 17, 1pm and 4pm
WHERE: Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Elsa and Anna in the instant classic Disney’s Frozen as the princesses lead the audience in a sing-along. Elsa and Anna will be available for photos in the lobby before each show.
WANT TO GO? $15-$25. 201-227-1030. bergenpac.org.

Maple Sugaring

WHEN: Through Feb. 24: select Sundays, 12:30-1:30pm, 2-3pm, and 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
AGES: All
WHAT: Identify a maple tree, discover the history of syrup making, check TNC's tapped tree, and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup.
WANT TO GO? $5 member; $15 member-family; $10 non-member; $30 non-member family. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Bergen County's Winter Wonderland

WHEN: Through Feb. 24: Check website for schedule.
WHERE: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy ice-skating, face painting, balloon artists, and ice carving demonstrations.
WANT TO GO? $15; free for children ages 3 and younger. 201-262-3771. bergencountywinterwonderland.com.

FREE Great Backyard Bird Count
WHEN: Feb. 17-27, daily, 10am
WHERE: Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood
AGES: All
WHAT: Program leaders will bring you on a hike across Flat Rock Brook's preserve in search of bird species. They will help participants find and identify the birds spotted along the way. This is a great way to learn about birding and discover the avian species that may be found in the area.
WANT TO GO? 201-567-1265. flatrockbrook.org.

FREE Adventures In Reading - Scoot!

WHEN: Through March 6: Weekdays, 9am-5pm; Weekends, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
AGES: All
WHAT: Hikers read a nature-themed story while they walk in the woods.
WANT TO GO? 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Public Skating Sessions

WHEN: Through March 31: Monday-Friday, 3:30-5pm; Saturday, 1:30-4:30pm; Sunday, 2-5pm
WHERE: John T. Wright Arena, 130 W. Englewood Ave., Englewood, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: Go outdoor ice-skating with your family! Lessons available too.
WANT TO GO? $6 Englewood residents; $8 non-resident; $4 skate rentals. 201-568-3133. mackayicerink.com.

Ramsey Farmers Market
WHEN: Through March 31: Sundays, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Eric Smith School, 2 Monroe St., Ramsey, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: Shop local farmers and vendors including Anita's Guacamole, Blooming Hill Farm, Dr. Pickle, Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruits, Homespun Chili, Lynnhaven Goat Cheese, Meredith's Bread, Pura Vida Fisheries, Teagevity, and more.
WANT TO GO? Prices vary by vendor. 201-675-6866. ramseyfarmersmarket.org.

Ski, Snowboard, and Tubing Season
WHEN: Through March 31: Monday-Thursday, 2-8pm; Friday, 1-10pm; Saturday, 8:30am-10pm; Sunday, 8:30am-8pm
WHERE: Campgaw Mountain, 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and tubing (with a surface lift!) for all abilities on uncrowded trails. Equipment rentals and instruction available for all ages.
WANT TO GO? See website for rates and packages. 201-327-7800. skicampgaw.com.

Youth Beginners Fencing Class
WHEN: Through June 28: Monday-Friday, 5-6pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10-11am
WHERE: Durkan Fencing Academy, 60 Saddle River Avenue, Unit E, South Hackensack, NJ
AGES: 6-12
WHAT: Learn the Olympic sport of Fencing in this 3-month intro program. Kids will have fun mastering the basic rules and techniques of foil, epee, and sabre fencing. Fencing is a great exercise for the body and mind. In fact, the NCAA found fencers have the highest GPAs among student athletes. All equipment is provided. Sign-up for your first FREE class at durkanfencing.com.
WANT TO GO? $300 for 3 months of unlimited classes. 201-880-7029. durkanfencing.com.
  

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