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.
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Storytime: The Monster’s Monster
- When/Where: Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct 29 at 11 a.m. at the Barnes & Noble at the Palisades Center
- Why Go: Three little monsters want to make the biggest, baddest monster ever and never expect their monster will turnout to be anything but bad. They'll read from a special monster-sized book and from the NOOK. Enjoy some treats and take home a monster mask
- Cost/Contact: Free /http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2905
Nyack's 25th Annual Halloween Parade
- When/Where: Main Street and Broadway in Nyack at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27
- Why Go: Come celebrate Halloween in the Village of Nyack with its 25th Annual Halloween Parade! Costumes, floats, bands, firetrucks, prizes and more. Parade will step off at 5:30 p.m. and end at the Halloween Stage in the Nyack Municpal parking lot. Marchers are asked to arrive at Memorial Park at 4 p.m. for lineup. Visit local restaurants before and after the parade for spooky Halloween specials!
- Cost/Contact: Call 845-721-5059 or visit www.nyackchamber.org for more information or to march.
- When/Where: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 from 6 to 9 p.m./296 N Liberty Dr, Tomkins Cove
- Why Go: United Hospice of Rockland (UHR) will benefit from the third annual Haunt for Hospice held in memory of Joan Bender at Cedarbrook Sheds on 296 (Route 9W) North Liberty Drive in Tomkins Cove. Appropriate for all ages, including small children and teens. There will be will be a haunted house, face painting, refreshments, animatronics, pumpkins and gourds for sale, and more.
- Cost/Contact: The event is free although donations are recommended. “Joan’s pumpkins soup” and other refreshments will be available for purchase./ http://hauntforhospice
- When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m./New City Library, 220 N Main St, New City
- Why Go: Come dressed as your favorite zombie or unicorn and take turns with our laser tag equipment. Ghoulish party food, trivia competitions and freaky crafts. Limited registration starts Monday, October 22. To register, go to www.newcitylibrary.org and click on “Teens.” This program takes place after regular library hours.
- Cost/Contact: Free/ www.newcitylibrary.org and click on “Teens.”
- When/Where: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m./45 Mountain Ave, Hillburn, NY
- Why Go: The County of Rockland, in collaboration with the Historical Society of Rockland County, announces an easy 2-mile walk through the historic Village of Hillburn. This “walk and talk” will feature the history of Hillburn in addition to the personal comments of longtime Hillburn resident Dr. Travis Jackson. A student of the Brook School that was attended by African American and Native American students only, Dr. Jackson will speak about how the school was eventually integrated with the main school.
- The walk is mostly on paved, flat sidewalk and road. Walkers meet at the Ramapo Administration Building (Hillburn School) at 45 Mountain Avenue in Hillburn. Walkers are instructed to meet in the lot of the administration building. Nearby on street parking is also available.
- Cost/Contact: Free/845-708-7307 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts & Craft Demonstration
- When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at A.C. Moore
- Why Go: Stop by A.C. Moore in Nanuet this Saturday with your child to watch a demonstration on how to make Wilton Whoopie Pies
- Cost/Contact: Free / A.C. Moore
Arts & Craft Demonstration
- When/Where: Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1-3 p.m. at A.C. Moore
- Why Go: Stop by A.C. Moore in Nanuet this Saturday with your child to watch a demonstration on how to make Caramel Apples
- Cost/Contact: Free / A.C. Moore
Family Movie Night
- When/Where: 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Nanuet Library
- Why Go: The movie “Mirror Mirror” will be shown on the big screen. Bring blankets, pillows and anything that makes you comfortable. Snacks will be provided. Parents must accompany and stay with children during the movie.
- Cost/Contact: No registration required. Free / Nanuet Library
Schoolhouse Rock Benefit Concert
- When/Where: 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 at the Nanuet Senior High School auditorium
- Why Go: will feature the talent from students at four of the Nanuet district schools and led by Robert Dorough, a primary composer for SchoolHouse Rock, a popular series of educational animated shorts that ran on ABC-TV in the 1970s and 1980s. All proceeds from the concert will benefit both the Nanuet Family Resource Center and the Friends of the Nanuet Public Library.
- Cost/Contact: Concert tickets are $10 each and are on sale now at both the Nanuet Public Library and the Nanuet Family Resource Center located at George Miller Elementary School. For more information on the concert, contact Roseann Mercado at 845-627-4889 email@example.com
Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking at DePiero’s Farm
- When/Where: Daily at DePiero’s Country Farm at 300 W. Grand Ave. in Montvale, NJ.
- Why Go: Family-friendly activities every day, with face painting and Jumping Jim’s Inflatables on weekends. Hayrides are available from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends all through October at $11 per person. Each person gets a pumpkin. DePiero’s also has a petting zoo with cows, goats, chickens and a donkey and a hay maze.
- Cost/Contact: Hayrides cost $11 per person. Face painting, inflatables, hay maze and petting zoo are free. For more information, go to http://www.depieros.com/
Donald Cooper Railroad for All Ages
- When/Where: Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mahwah Museum at 201 Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah, NJ.
- Why Go: There are seven trains running most times on this model railroad has seven trains running at most times. There are two railroad yards, one for passenger trains and one for freights,and the scenery is designed to show rural and suburban areas. There is even a New York City subway. (And yes, there is graffiti on the subway).
- Cost/Contact: $5 admission/Go to www.mahwahmuseum.org, call 201-512-0099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.