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.
Nyack SpringFest Street Fair
When/Where: Sunday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Broadway and Main St. in Nyack.
Why Go: This Nyack Chamber of Commerce event features rides for the kids, games, live music, street performers and over 200 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, art, photography, collectibles, antiques and more.
Cost/Contact: Free to attend. For more information, go to www.nyackchamber.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toddler Time at Nyack Library
When/Where: Friday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Nyack Library in the Children’s Story Hour room.
Why Go: For children ages 18 months to three years with a caregiver. Enjoy stories, songs and games designed for toddlers. Attendance is capped for this popular program. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
Cost/Contact: Free. Register at the children’s desk when you arrive. For more information, call (845) 358-3370 ext. 228.
9th Annual Lt. John Bellew Kids Fun Run and 5K
When/Where: Saturday at Pearl River Hook and Ladder in Pearl River. Kids Fun Run begins at 10 a.m.
Why Go: The child races will be divided into two age groups. There will also be a party after all of the races with food, music and face painting. Money raised goes to the John Bellew Memorial Fund.
Cost/Contact: $12 for Kids Fun Run, $25 for the 5K. .
Music With Miss Fran
When/Where: Thursday, April 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Pearl River Public Library
Why Go: Miss Fran (of Baby Signs®) gives music lessons for children age one to four. Must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost/Contact: Free with registration. Contact Pamela Gunning at 845-735-4084 ext. 126
Nanuet Elementary PTA Fundraiser at The Dog House
When/Where: Today through Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m./The Dog House & More from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday/17 N Middletown Rd, Nanuet
Why Go: 10% of your purchase will be donated to help support programs for our children!
Come with your family and friends for a delicious meal. (Dine In, Take Out and Delivery)
Stop by before or after your opening week of Spring sports and activities! Please mention Nanuet Elementary PTA when visiting or calling!
When/Where: Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m./Stop & Shop at 32 S Middletown Rd, Nanuet
Why Go: The 2013 Nanuet Community Cleanup Volunteers will meet at Stop & Shop for supplies, before heading out to cleanup Nanuet's streets, parks, trails and waterways. This event is part of Keep Rockland Beautiful's Great American Cleanup. The rain date is Sunday, April 14.
When/Where: Saturday, April 13 with check-in starting at 6:45 a.m./Rockland Lake, 299 Rockland Lake Rd, Valley Cottage
Why Go: This fun and fast 5k around Rockland Lake is an effort to benefit the Hi-Tor Animal Shelter. Hi-Tor is Rockland County’s only animal shelter and adoption center. Race Day Schedule: 6:45- 7:45 a.m., check-in and timing chip pick-up and 8 a.m. 5K start. The finish line will remain in place for 1 hour after start. Rockland Lake State Park charges a parking fee after 8 AM.
Tag Sale/Car Wash - Clarkstown High School North
When/Where: Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m./Clarkstown High School North, 151 Congers Rd, New City
Why Go: Tag Sale/Car Wash to benefit Grad Nite 2013. The community is invited to donate items, buy a parking spot and sell/keep your own profits and, of course, shop!
Students will be on hand to wash your car and entertain. Your support will help keep new grads safe on the night of their graduation.
Cost/Contact: $5 per car wash/ To sell your items at this event or donate items, email email@example.com.