Top Things to Do with Kids in Rockland this January

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Want fun and affordable things to do with your kids this January in Rockland County? We've got you covered! Get all the details on the best local events for kids and families happening in Rockland this month, from ice skating at Bear Mountain to fun family shows, a Valentine's Day cupcake workshop, and an exhibit full of mini models and art.
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Bear Mountain ice skating rinkGet Out on the Ice

Looking for something to do outdoors with your kids on the Martin Luther King Jr. school holiday (January 16)? Why not drop by Bear Mountain for some ice skating? The ice rink is open all day. Afterward, warm up in the carousel pavilion or visit the animals at the Bear Mountain Zoo. Skating sessions at 10-11:30am, 12-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, and 6-7:30pm. (If you've got other plans that day, don't worry-the skating is good through March 4! Just check online for hours before you visit.) $4 skate rentals; $8 parking per car.

Bear Mountain State Park and Zoo, Route 9W, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701.



Bounce! Trampoline SportsOne, Two, Three, Jump!

The kids are off from school, and you need a place where they can release their pent-up energy other than the mall or your living room. Bounce! Trampoline Sports offers some help by way of extended hours on the Martin Luther King, Jr. school holiday (January 16). Doors open at 10am instead of the usual 2pm, with a dedicated play area for children ages 7 and younger. Closing time remains 8pm. $12 per hour (or $20 for two hours) for children ages 8 and older; $8 for children ages 7 and younger (unlimited play).

Bounce! Trampoline Sports, 612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage. 845-368-4000.



Cupcake workshop at The Food EvolutionSweet Stuff

Impress your friends (if not Martha Stewart) after you take a Cupcake Workshop with Diane Hoch at The Food Evolution. Owner Diane Hoch will show you how to do more than merely whip up a box mix for your child's next birthday party-she'll show you how to make and decorate yummy treats that are actually good for your kids. January 16. 11am. $65.

The Food Evolution, 295 Route 304, Bardonia. 845-507-0260.



Are You My Mother? playNostalgia On Stage

We read it as kids and now we read it to our kids: P.D. Eastman's classic tale, Are You My Mother? The Saddle River Valley Cultural Center presents a colorful musical adventure based on the story of Baby Bird, who emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother's song. When she realizes Momma Bird isn't there, Baby Bird sets out to find her. January 21 at 3pm. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ. 201-825-3366.



The Dragon King puppet showPuppets Come to Life

Lively marionettes tell the tale of The Dragon King. A terrible drought has overtaken the land and the world is brown and lifeless. The Dragon King is ruler over all things but has done nothing to restore life. Follow Grandmother as she journeys to the bottom of the sea to seek the Dragon King and make things right. January 28 at 3pm. $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ. 201-825-3366.



Mister RicCoffee, Paper, and Playtime

Looking for a place where you can read the paper, enjoy your coffee, and let someone else entertain your toddlers on a Saturday morning? Stop by The Playroom, where Mister Ric, owner and director of The Busy Bee Playschool of Rockland, presents a musical storytime based on popular children's books. Afterward, let your energetic kids stay and play at this bright and cheerful new playspace. Saturdays in January at 10am. $15 per child.

The Playroom, 168 Main Street, Nyack. 845-512-8265.



miniature exhibit in rocklandMany Miniatures

The dollhouses and vignettes on exhibit this winter at the Historical Society of Rockland County are once again a delight. They're clever, they're whimsical, and some are even spooky enough to delight little boys. They're also set low, so young visitors can press their noses up to the Plexiglas and enjoy. The 36th Annual Miniature, Dollhouse and Art Exhibition runs through February 26. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-4pm. All ages. $7; $3 seniors and children ages 3-12.

Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-9629.