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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.


Editor's Picks for This Weekend

Nickelodeon Universe: Nick the Halls

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, Mondays-Thursdays, 12-7pm; Fridays, 12-9pm; Saturdays, 11am-10pm; Sundays, 11am-7pm; 12/26-12/29, 11am-10pm
WHERE: American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet your favorite Nick characters, join the dance party, and enjoy a holiday parade all season long. WANT TO GO? All access pass starts at $59. 833-263-7326.
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Tree Lighting at the Gazebo FREE

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2, 6-7pm
WHERE: Suffern Gazebo, 41 Washington Avenue, Suffern, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Get into the holiday season at the Suffern Gazebo with the lighting of the tree!

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2022 St. Nicholas Day

WHEN: Dec. 3 - 4, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm
WHERE: Jacob Blauvelt House, 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Visit the Historical Society of Rockland County for an unforgettable experience of wonder and fun! They are opening the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House to welcome children of all ages to celebrate Saint Nicholas as they've done since 1961. This traditional program is a highlight of the holiday season, and many adults who enjoyed this event in the past, as children, now bring their own families. Join in the traditional Dutch celebration: see shoes magically filled with goodies; hear wondrous and joyful stories; enjoy holiday refreshments; meet Saint Nicholas and his beautiful horse! Each child receives a special treat in his or her shoe from Saint Nicholas, and everyone can visit with Saint Nicholas and his horse!

WANT TO GO? $5; $10 per box for at-home/pickup program. 845-634-9629.
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MPAC Arts in the Community Presents: Theatre of Light FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 5-7pm
WHERE: The Vail Mansion Plaza, 110 South Street, Morristown, New Jersey
AGES: All
WHAT:

The universal symbol of light will illuminate the rich cultural diversity of our community when Mayo Performing Arts Center partners with Morris Arts to transform the Vail Mansion Plaza into a "Theatre of Light". The third annual Theatre of Light event has been expanded from last year. A curtain of stars and lights will welcome the community onto the Vail Plaza. Specially lit magical winged dancers will perform while an enchanted winter creature roams about in dazzling colors. MPAC's Arts in the Community Programs are generously supported by ADP.

WANT TO GO? 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
AGES: All
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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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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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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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
AGES: All
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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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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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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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
AGES: All
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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Orchard of Lights

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 9, See website for schedule
WHERE: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ
AGES: All
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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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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Holiday In The Park

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, See website for schedule
WHERE: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT:

Millions of glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, and more are returning this holiday season during Holiday in the Park! Be sure to head over to the North Pole to deliver your letters to Santa and visit Santa's workshop in the Holiday Craze Mirror Maze for some elfish fun!



WANT TO GO? Starting at $49.99. 732-928-2000.
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Holiday In The Park

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, See website for schedule
WHERE: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT:

Millions of glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, and more are returning this holiday season during Holiday in the Park! Be sure to head over to the North Pole to deliver your letters to Santa and visit Santa's workshop in the Holiday Craze Mirror Maze for some elfish fun!

WANT TO GO? Starting at $49.99. 732-928-2000.
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Playtime Storytime FREE

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2, 10:30-11:15am
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville, NY
AGES: 3-5
WHAT:

Join the library for fun on Fridays! Stories & songs, sensory story time with cool activities, Fun with Non-Fiction, and more! Families welcome, no registration.

WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800.
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Light Up Stony Point! Celebration at Rose Memorial Library FREE

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2, 6-8pm
WHERE: Rose Memorial Library, 79 East Main St., Stony Point, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Check out out a light display, enjoy hot cocoa, holiday crafts, caroling from the Girl Scouts, and story time with Mrs. Claus. Library activities: 6-8pm. Parade: starts at 7pm at Filors Lane. WANT TO GO? 845-786-2100.
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Brunch with Santa at Alstede Farms

WHEN: Dec. 3 - 18, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am and 12:30pm
WHERE: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, New Jersey
AGES: All
WHAT:

Kick off the Holiday season by joining Alstede Farms at their famous Brunch with Santa. Enjoy a festive atmosphere at Harvest Hall with featured guest Santa and his helpers while indulging in a casual family style buffet meal for a truly memorable experience. Guests will be able to visit with and take photos with Santa while at the brunch. Advanced tickets are required and will be sold per time slot. 

WANT TO GO? see website . 908-879-7189.
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Mad Science-Dinosaurs Workshop for Grades K-2 FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2-3pm
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT:

Kids examine fossil casts and explore the differences in the teeth of herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Students participate in a mini dinosaur excavation and make a cast of a dinosaur tooth to take home. Designed for kids in grades K-2.

WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800.
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Overtures - Ella's Basket with Shirley Crabbe FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 3pm
WHERE: Rockland Conservatory of Music, 45 South Main Street, Pearl River, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Play and sing along with the band, as Jazz vocalist Shirley Crabbe brings the music of Ella Fitzgerald "The First Lady of Song" and her fabulous friends Louie "Pops" Armstrong, Edward "The Duke" Ellington, and John "Dizzy" Gillespie to life in this family- friendly interactive concert. Learn how they invented Jazz and how you can make music too.

WANT TO GO? 845-356-1522.
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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 3pm and 8pm
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, New Jersey
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: America’s favorite holiday celebration features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects that bring the magic of the holidays to life.  WANT TO GO? $59-$99. 973-539-8008.
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R.E.A.D. to a Dog FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library Main Branch, 10 West Ramapo Rd. , Garnerville, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Sign up for a 15-minute session to read one-on-one to a therapy dog. Call 845-786-3800 x 25 to register. WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800.
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Village of Suffern Holiday Parade FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Village of Suffern, Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Bring the family out for this Annual Holiday Parade on Lafayette Avenue!

WANT TO GO? 845-357-7943.
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LGBTQ+ Family Holiday Craft Workshop FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Creative Arts Workshop, 171 Main Street, Nyack, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Celebrate the holiday season with Joe Garreffa and other LGBTQ+ families, make crafts, and play games!

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Winter Wonderland Family Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 12-6pm
WHERE: St. Thomas Aquinas College, 125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Winter Wonderland Family Festival is a half-day event with food, beverages, children's activities, live music, and an array of local vendors. The event is open to the public of all ages. 

WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods.
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Santa Cares at Palisades Center

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 9-10:30am
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, Level One next to H&M, West Nyack, NY
AGES: All
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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Pearl Harbor Ceremony FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2-4pm
WHERE: Suffern Village Hall , 61 Washington Avenue, Suffern, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Join the Village of Suffern and  American Legion Post #859 to honor our Veteran’s at the Veteran’s Day Parade. Parade will begin at 11am, and proceed to Soldiers Monument on Washington Avenue for the ceremony.

WANT TO GO? 845-357-7943.
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Holiday Open House at the Historic Salyer House FREE

WHEN: Dec. 4 - 18, Sundays, 1-4pm
WHERE: Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives, 213 Blue Hill Road, Pearl River, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Grab some holiday cheer in this beautifully decorated homestead with carols, Mary's mulled cider and the friendliest Santa in town. WANT TO GO? 845-398-1302.
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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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