Celebrate The Holidays, Mix In Some Music, Exercise and Art And Family Time!

Family Best Bets of the Week!


Each week, we'll give you the info on the 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!


Maccabee Munchkins
When/Where: Thursday Dec. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m./The Nyack Library
Why Go: Share in music, snacks and storytelling as part of the PJ Library Jewish Bedtime Stories and Songs for Families presented by the Jewish Federation of Rockland County. New, unwrapped toy donations will also be accepted.
Cost/Contact: For more information, go to www.jewishrockland.org or call (845) 362-4200.


When/Where: Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m./The Auditorium
Why Go: Come listen to some holiday music that these young students have rehearsed so hard. It’s a great family event.
Cost/Contact: Free/Contact Jack Gremli at (845) 627-9800

‘Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus’ Merry Christmas Storytime
When/Where: Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Palisades Center, West Nyack
Why Go: A special Christmas story time and crafts event, featuring “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” by Chris Plehal, James Bernardin.
Cost/Contact: Free/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com


When/Where: Friday, December 23, from 9 pm to midnight/612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage 
Why Go: Stay warm, have fun and get some exercise, the trampoline way
Cost/Contact: $15


Child-Friendly Christmas Eve Service
When/Where: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4:30 p.m./St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pearl River
Why Go: Take the family to a more child-friendly service, with the service for adults set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Cost/Contact: Free/Call (845) 735-8588 for more information.


When/Where: Saturday, December 24, at 1 p.m./, 82 N Broadway, Nyack
Why Go: See local high school artists display their creations
Cost/Contact: $5


Character Breakfast at the JCC
Sunday, Dec. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m./JCC of Rockland, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack
Why Go: Join Iron Man, Mickey Mouse and Phineas & Ferb for the 3rd annual character breakfast. Characters will be available to sign autographs and pose for photographs. Continental breakfast and crafts included. Pre-registration requested.
Cost/Contact: Members: $12 per person, non-members: $18 per person, children under 1 admitted free/Email: jaredr@jccrockland.org, call 845-362-4400 ext. 131, http://jccrockland.org/childrenandfamily.htm


When/Where: Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m./The Nanuet Library
Why Go: Who doesn’t like movies? Here’s a very cheap way to bring your kids to the movies without the expensive movie ticket price. Plus, everyone’s wallet is probably thinner thanks to the holiday shopping.
Cost/Contact: Free/Contact the Nanuet Library at (845) 623-4281


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