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Things to Do with Kids in Rockland County this Weekend

Things to Do with Kids in Rockland County this Weekend

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


Enjoy these fun weekend activities with your kids in Rockland County. Start planning your weekend now.


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Visit Santa at Palisades Center

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Dec. 24, Mondays-Saturdays, 11am-7pm; Sunday, 12-6-pm; Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th: 10am-4pm
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, Level One next to H&M, West Nyack, NY
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WHAT:

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, it’s time to plan your visit with Santa at Palisades Center! The jolly and joyous gift-giver invites children, families, and pets to whisper their Christmas wishes. With decked-out evergreen trees and scattered presents, it’s the perfect setup for a holiday card! Reservations are strongly encouraged for all guests, with walk-up visits available as space allows throughout the day.

WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 845-348-1000.
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Holiday Bricktacular

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Dec. 31, Fridays-Sundays and Thanksgiving, 11am-5pm; Open daily from 12/26-12/29, 11am-5pm
WHERE: LEGOLAND New York Resort, One Legoland Blvd., Goshen, NY
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WHAT: Experience unforgettable seasonal shows, holiday characters, special treats, LEGO® activities, twinkling lights and more during Holidays at LEGOLAND®!  WANT TO GO? Admission starts at $67.99. 845-410-0290.
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Winter WonderLights

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, 5:30-10:30pm, daily
WHERE: Middlesex County Fair Grounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: See twelve 20’ trees, 2 tunnels of lights, a tribute to first responders & US Armed Forces and tons of other stunning, larger-than-life holiday themed displays – all synchronized to the music playing in your car!  WANT TO GO? $30 per car. 800-951-3770.
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 27, 2pm and 6:30pm
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, New Jersey
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.   WANT TO GO? $39-$69. 973-539-8008.
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Even More Weekend Fun

Bethel Woods Special Exhibit & Art Fair

WHEN: Apr. 1 - Dec. 31, 10am-5pm, daily
WHERE: Museum at Bethel Woods, 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, NY
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WHAT:

The Museum at Bethel Woods, located on the grounds of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, is excited to announce the opening of its 2022 Special Exhibit, & Art Fair, which takes a look into elements of Woodstock that don't often take center stage. This interactive and engaging display highlights the forgotten elements that hold great significance in the overall narrative of Woodstock. The gallery will showcase current research work done by the museum's team and showcase pieces made for and at Woodstock by artists, organizers, and festival attendees. The museum has been hosting Special Exhibits for the past 13 years with themes ranging from unique artifact collections to diverse art galleries. Admission to the Special Exhibit is included in the ticket to The Museum at Bethel Woods, or $5 standalone. 

WANT TO GO? $5. 800-653-8000.
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Ramsey Farmers' Market FREE

WHEN: May. 1 - Nov. 27, 9am-2pm
WHERE: Ramsey Farmers' Market, Erie Plaza train station 2 West Main St., Ramsey, New Jersey
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WHAT: Browse this non profit "pay it forward" farmers market that features over 50 local farmers and food purveyors. WANT TO GO? 201-675-6866.
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Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer

WHEN: Sep. 24 - Jan. 16, See website for schedule
WHERE: Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: Solve puzzles, navigate mazes, shoot pizza into apartment windows, and more with your favorite green crime fighters! WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $29.99 for adults and $24.99 ages 2-12. 201-200-1000.
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Public Ice Skating

WHEN: Nov. 5 - Mar. 5, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-9:3pm; Sundays, 10am-7:30pm
WHERE: Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Bear Mountain Ice Rink State Park, Bear Mountain , NY
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WHAT: Bring the family out to enjoy this outdoor ice skating rink located in Bear Mountain State Park in the Lower Hudson Valley. WANT TO GO? $5 admission; $10 skate rental. 845-942-1789.
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Let It Glow a Holiday Lantern Spectacular

WHEN: Nov. 10 - Jan. 15, Thursdays, 4-8pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 4-9pm; Sundays, 4-8pm; Open daily 12/25-1/1
WHERE: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave. , Paramus, NJ
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WHAT: Walk through a dazzling display of larger-than-life, hand-constructed lanterns that celebrate culture, animals, and the warmth of the holidays. WANT TO GO? $18; $9 children 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 201-262-3771.
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Photos with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 11 - Dec. 24, Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm; **CLOSED THANKSGIVING**
WHERE: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Macy's Court, Near Shake Shack, Paramus, NJ
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WHAT:

‘Tis the season for pics with St. Nick. Don’t miss out capturing merry pics with Santa. Pre-booking your Santa Magic photo experience in encouraged. Walk-up visits are available as space permits. Get a free call from Santa when you book your reservation in advance!

WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 201-843-2121.
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Pictures with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Paramus Park, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus, NJ
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WHAT:

Embark on an enchanted adventure to take pictures with Santa. Join him to create magical memories you and your family will always remember!



WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 201-261-6108.
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Time to Book Santa Photos at The Shops at Riverside

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: The Shops at Riverside, 390 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT:

Meet Santa and take photos with him for holiday memories you won't want to forget. Reservations highly encouraged. 

WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 201-489-2212.
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Holiday Lights

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Dec. 31, Open 5-9pm. See website for exact dates.
WHERE: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: Take a winter stroll under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. WANT TO GO? Donations recommended . 973-731-5800.
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Santa at BTC

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Dec. 24, 11am-7pm, daily
WHERE: Bergen Town Center, Route 4 East & Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ
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WHAT:

Santa is coming to Bergen Town Center to take photos with you and your family! Reservations are encouraged. 

WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 201-845-4050.
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Skylands Stadium Light Show and Christmas Village

WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 30, See website for schedule
WHERE: Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ
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WHAT: Enjoy more than two million dazzling lights on a mile-long drive-through course and a Christmas Village where your family can skate, shop, travel through a walk-thru light tunnel, enjoy games, rides, photo ops, and more! WANT TO GO? $29; $79 VIP; free admission to Christmas VIllage. 973-383-7644.
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Peace, Love & Lights powered by Healey Brothers

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, November 25-27; December 1-4, 8-11, and daily December 15-January 1, 2023, 5-10pm
WHERE: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY
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WHAT: Turn off your headlights and follow the magical glow to experience a drive through holiday winter lights. WANT TO GO? $25-$35 per car. 845-583-2000.
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Orchard of Lights

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 9, See website for schedule
WHERE: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ
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WHAT: Drive along 32 acres of brilliant holiday light displays, warm up by the fire pit and enjoy hot cocoa, take pictures with Santa, make your own S’mores, and more. WANT TO GO? $35 per car. 201-666-0472.
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Holiday Market

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 26, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Cropsey Community Farm, 220 S. Little Tor Rd, New City, NY
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WHAT:

Shop this Holiday Market featuring local artisans and crafters! Kids games, food trucks, and even a visit from Santa himself!

WANT TO GO? $5. 845-323-3658.
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Turkey Trot

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 27, 9-11am
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: End your Thanksgiving weekend by navigating over roots, rocks and streams, through nearly 400 acres of wetlands and hardwood forest.  WANT TO GO? $35; $45 day of race. 201-568-6093.
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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 (in-person and virtual) 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. Browse our calendar for hundreds of things to do each month, and check out our weekend roundups for WestchesterLong IslandManhattanBrooklyn, and Queens!

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