Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
Look for the kids' planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips ‚ just add them to the comment box. We want to hear from you!
When/Where: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22/
Why Go: Watch a free screening of the documentary film Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story about a girl born into a traditional Jewish family in a small Ukrainian village and her miraculous survival in the face of hunger and death at the hands of the Nazis.
Following the documentary, Heller will speak about her experiences and how they have influenced her decision to dedicate her life to sharing a message of tolerance and hope with inner city teenagers. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Nanuet Library, JCC Rockland, and The Holocaust Museum & Study Center.
Cost/Contact: Free / Register online at jccrockland.org
When/Where: Saturday, September 15 starting at 10 a.m./2 South Mountain Rd, Pomona
Why Go: The Orchards of Concklin celebrates 300 years of growing apples since 1712 and invite you to pick-your-own apples every weekend through October 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Concklins grow over 20 varieties of apples and they cost $18 a peck bag. For additional fun for kids, every weekend through October 21, from noon to 5 p.m., there are inflatable slides, bouncies, Jurassic Adventure and Kid's Haunted House.
Cost/Contact: $18 for peck bag of apples and additional cost for rides from 50 cents to $1/845-354-0369
When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m./612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage
Why Go: Bounce! Trampoline Sports hosts benefit for Rockland Farm Alliance. Get Fit Feel Great is a pilot program sponsored by Bounce! Trampoline Sports, New York area sports nutritionist Dr. Michael Wald, and Rockland Farm Alliance. At the Kickoff Party, kids, ages 12 to 15, and parents will have an opportunity to meet Victor Byrne, head trainer, participate in mini aerobic and acrobat classes, see trampoline demonstrations by top athletes.
Cost/Contact: $12/ www.bounceonit.com or 845-268-4000.
Catherine Konner Sculpture Park @ RoCA
When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m./Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack
Why Go: Visit the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park at Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) to see the permanent sculptures on exhibit and impressive landscaping.
When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. / IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center, 4270 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack
Why Go: West Nyack’s big screen is the only theater in the region showing this polar bear biopic. Grab the kids—the flick is narrated by Meryl Streep, with songs by Paul McCartney.
Cost/Contact: $9 / (845) 353-5555
When/Where: Registration until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14/Pearl River Library
Why Go: Sign up your children for a series of activities including Preschool Party (Sept. 20 for ages 2-5), Big Kid Story Time (starts Sept. 25 for ages 4-6), Prevent a Thirsty Parent (Sept. 26 for children in grades K-3) and After School Stories (Sept. 27 for children in grades K-3).
Cost/Contact: All activities free, but registration must be done in person with Pearl River Public Library Card and the child’s birth certificate. For more information, contact Pamela Gunning at (845) 735-4084, extension 126.
When/Where: Friday, Sept. 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m./Pearl River Public Library Storytime room
Why Go: The is for people interested in anime, manga, Japanese culture and games. Otaku is Japanese for nerd, but in this group, they mean it is a compliment.
Cost/Contact: Free/Must be 15 years old.