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.
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Tuff Kids Polar Bear Run & Plunge
When/Where: Sunday, Jan. 6 at the New York Sports Club at 20 W. Ramapo Road in Garnerville, NY. Pre-registration at noon. Race and Polar Bear Party begin at 1 p.m.
Why Go: Children navigate land and water obstacles and relays in this event supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. After the races, there is a Polar Bear Party including food, games and prizes. Open to children ages four to 13. Non-members are welcome. Some swimming is required.
Cost/Contact: Registration is $35. To register, go to MySpotsClubs.com/Kids, stop by the Sports Clubs for Kids desk or call (845) 786-3996.
When/Where: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 9:30 am. at Temple Beth Torah in Nyack.
Why Go: For children from six weeks to three years old. Bring your little one for music, activities and snacks.
Editor's Note: This event has been cancelled because of the overwhelming response already received by the Connecticut PTA to the Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Project.
When/Where: Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m./Black & White Cafeteria, Felix Festa Middle School, 30 Parrott Rd, West Nyack
Why Go: Let's come together as a community to show our support for Newtown, CT. The snowflakes will be used to decorate the new classrooms and school the Sandy Hook Elementary students and staff are being relocated to. Sponsored by the Clarkstown Council of PTAs
MusicClasses4Kids Trial Class
When/Where: Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. Friday Jan. 4 at Beth Am Temple in Pearl River
Why Go: For newborns through Kindergarten age children. This will be a trial classof the Winter 2013 Musical Magesty song collection, allowing parents to check out the program. Fee is $15 for new students, which will be credited to tuition if you join the class.
MusicClasses4Kids invites parents or caregivers and their newborn through kindergarten-aged children to a trial class of their Winter 2013 “Musical Majesty” Song Collection. $15.00 fee for new students. Try us first and then join! $15.00 will be credited to your tuition if you join after the class. Call 845-353-7529 or visit www.musicclasses4kids.com for additional information.
Cost/Contact: $15 for new students/www.musicclasses4kids.com or call (845) 353-7529 for more information.
When/Where: Friday, Jan. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pearl River Public Library
Why Go: For children in grades two through six to find a partner to play chess with or to come learn the game. Teen volunteers will teach the inexperienced players and challenge those who know how to play the game.
Cost/Contact: Free. No registration necessary. For more information, contact Pamela Gunning at 745-735-4084 ext 126
When/Where: Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Pearl River Public Library Storytime Room.
Why Go: Teen volunteers will be available to help children in Kindergarten through fifth grade with their school work. No registration required. Just show up and bring your work.
Cost/Contact: Free/For more information contact Christina Linder or Pamela Gunning at (845) 735-4084.
Nanuet Little League Baseball Sign-up For 13-16 Year Olds
When/Where: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 and ongoing. Online registration at www.nanuetlittleleague.org
Why Go: Little League Baseball is not just for the 12 and under set any more! Nanuet Little League is enrolling now for a brand new 50/70 division for 13 year olds as well as 60/90 divisions for ages 13-14 and 15-16.
Cost/Contact: Visit www.nanuetlittleleague.org for more information and to sign up now!
When/Where: Thursday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m./Community Room of the Nanuet Library, 149 Church Street, Nanuet
Why Go: Enjoy a screening of the Princess Diaries. Enjoy a movie on our big screen.Snacks will be provided. Children in the fourth grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Children in fifth through eighth grade may not be left in charge of younger children.
Cost/Contact: Free, no registration required
Free Yoga Class-Open to all levels
When/Where: Thursday, January 3 at 6 pm/Sanctuary Yoga Studios, 132 Park Avenue, New City,
Why Go: Free Twilight Vinyasa Classes at Sanctuary Yoga Studios to Kick off the New Year! Looking to start or return to yoga? Here you go! Join instructor Donna Leavy and Sanctuary for both candle lit vinyasa classes as our guest. No strings attached. Happy New Year from Sanctuary Yoga Studios
Step Up for SAS Pep Rally
When/Where: Thursday, January 3 at 7 p.m./Saint Augustine School,114 S Main St, New City
Why Go: A Pep Rally is being held on the same day the school’s response has to be submitted to the Archdiocese of New York’s Local Regional Board. Members of area Catholic high schools and local politicians have been invited along with St. Augustine students, parents, faculty and parishioners this rally. This will complete the appeal process. Everyone from the local community is invited.
Cost/Contact: Free/Please let us know you will be attending and RSVP on Facebook or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.