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I am all but obsessed with Westchester Broadway Theatre at this point. Not only do I LOVE attending their shows I have started sharing the love with others. I bought my mother tickets for Christmas, and PROMISED to bring some (read a million) people back to see Newsies next fall. In the meantime, their next great performance is here and it promises to be FABULOUS. In fact, I get to preview it this evening. <3
Westchester Broadway Theatre
A CHORUS LINE
Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by James Kirkwood Jr. & Nicholas Dante
Directed and Choreographed by Mark Martino
Musical Direction by Bob Bray
January 11– April 1, 2018
WBT will open its 2018 theatre season with the hit Broadway musical A Chorus Line. This mega-hit captures the very soul of musical theater, and is one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. This beloved and iconic musical by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante with a brilliant and show-stopping score by Marvin Hamlisch & Lyrics by Edward Kleban, is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the Musical Theatre, the chorus dancers, valiant, over- dedicated, underpaid and highly trained troopers who back up the star and often make them look more talented. The characters portrayed in A Chorus Line are based upon the real life experiences of Broadway dancers.
Everything is on the line for 17 dancers as they audition for a highly sought-after place in the chorus of a Broadway musical. Through this exhausting process, their stories and vulnerabilities are laid on the line as they ultimately come together and become one singular sensation! In a brilliant fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the musical features one powerhouse number after another including “What I Did for Love,” “One,” and “I Can Do That.”
Considered groundbreaking when it opened on Broadway in 1975, the musical went on to win nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Today, it remains as touching and powerful as when it debuted and is one of the longest running musicals on Broadway.
The cast features: Drew Carr (Mike), Tiffany Chalothorn (Connie), Erika Conaway (Tricia), Joseph Cullinane (Greg), Kevin Curtis (Richie), Emma Degerstedt (Val), Brian Dillon (Larry), David Elder (Zach), Tim Fuchs (Al), Danielle Marie Gonzalez (Vicki), David Grindrod (Roy), Michael John Hughes (Paul), Tyler Jimenez (Don), Emily Kelly (Maggie), Ashley Klinger Kristine), Joey Lucherini (Frank), Erica Mansfield (Cassie), Alexandra Matteo (Diana), Logan Mortier (Bobby), PJ Palmer (Mark), Lauren Sprague (Sheila), Kelsey Walston (Bebe), Caitlin Wilayto (Judy).
Directed & Choreographed by Mark Martino who was at the helm for our recent hit, Mamma Mia. The Musical Director is Bob Bray; Associate Choreographer is Brian Dillon.
Costume Design by Keith Nielsen, Set Design by Steve Loftus, Lighting Design by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design by Mark Zuckerman. The Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, ASM is Duane McDevitt and Properties are by Grumpy Props.Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer.
MARK MARTINO (Director and Choreographer) is delighted to return to WBT, after directing and choreographing last season’s Mamma Mia! Mark’s work has been seen at many of the nation’s leading theaters, including the historic Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA (Guys and Dolls, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smokey Joe’s Café, Leader of the Pack, Sweet Charity), Florida’s Maltz Jupiter Theatre (Beehive, The Music Man, Crazy For You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Les Miserables, The Will Rogers Follies, The Producers), Boston’s North Shore Music Theatre (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Chorus Line, Footloose), Music Theatre of Louisville (Hello Dolly, West Side Story), Maine’s Arundel Barn Playhouse, The Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Detroit’s Meadow Brook Theatre, The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (Forever Plaid, White Christmas, Newsies), Theatre Aspen (Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, The Full Monty, Peter and the Starcatcher, Cabaret, Hairspray) Maine State Music Theatre (Mamma Mia!, Grease) & NYC’s Steinbach Theatre (A Chorus Line). Mark has directed and choreographed for Symphony Orchestras including The Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Naples, Edmonton, and Toronto Symphonies and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. Film and television credits include NBC’s The Miss America Pageant, the feature film Rock ‘N’ Roll Hotel, and the nationally syndicated PBS Christmas special Count Your Blessings.
Reservations: Call (914) 592-2222. Also at:
Group Reservations: Discounts for Groups of 20 or More: Call (914) 592-2225.
Luxury Boxes: Call (914) 592-8730. For private parties of 6 to 22. Enjoy dining and theatre in an elegant private box. Additional features include an expanded dinner menu, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, private powder room, and Luxury Box reserved parking.
Show Times: Wednesday & Thursday & some Friday Matinees: Lunch: 11:30 am & Show 1 pm.
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Evenings: Dinner: 6:30 pm & Show: 8 pm.
Sunday Matinees: Lunch: 12 pm & Show: 1:30 pm
Sunday Evenings: Dinner: 5:30 pm & Show: 7 pm.
Ticket Prices: Dinner & Show range between $59.00 to $89.00 PLUS TAX depending on the performance chosen. Beverage Service & Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for children, students, and senior citizens at selected performances. Also check the website for on-going Special Offers!
A Chorus Line – January 11 – April 1, 2018
Sister Act – April 5 – July 1, 2018
Anything Goes – July 5- September 9, 2018
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There is SO much to see and do during the holiday season!!! We have compiled a list for you all here!!! As always you can check our calendar as well. If you have something cool to check out please send us a note at RocklandNYMom@yahoo.com or comment on this thread. Let us know your favorites!!
Tree Lighting and Open House- Historic Traphagen- Dec 6, 2017 6:30-8:30 PM 131 Germonds Rd West Nyack NY
The Nutcracker Rockland Youth Dance Ensamble Dec 7/9 SUNY RCC
The Polar Express Story Time Barnes and Noble Palisades Center Dec 7, 7 PM
Breakfast with Santa Dec 9 10 AM Blue Hill Golf Course https://www.bluehillgolfcourse.com
Breakfast with Santa Dec 10 11 AM At Dave and Busters Palisades Center
The Polar Express Lafayette Theater http://lafayettetheatersuffern.com/9214/Polar-Express-Dec-10
Breakfast with Santa Dec 10 American Legion 9-10:30 AM 11AM-12:30PM http://www.hudsonvalleyscouting.org/OpenRosters/View_Homepage.aspx?orgkey=2368
Community Candle Lighting Dec 13 JCC Rockland https://jccrockland.org
Holiday Crafts Michaels Craft Store- https://classes.michaels.com/OnlineClasses/control/dateView?storeId=6750&zipCode=10965
Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights http://skylandsstadium.com/events/christmas-light-show-120316/
Bergen County Winter Wonderland https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bergen-county-winter-wonderland-2017-2018-tickets-38669370127
Holiday Model Train Show Barron Arts Center Woodbridge NJ https://etrigg.com/event/the-2017-barron-arts-center-holiday-model-train-show/57889927/
Williams Sanoma Kids Class https://www.williams-sonoma.com/pages/store-events/store-events/junior-chef-classes.html
Cranbury Christmas Lights http://www.cranburychristmaslights.com
Breakfast with Santa- Applebees Montvale NJ Dec 9, 8:30 AM all proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/applebees-annual-breakfast-with-santa-benefitting-toys-for-tots/
Christmas shows at Papermill Playhouse https://papermill.org/shows-tickets/childrens-shows/
Breakfast with Santa https://iplayamerica.com/event/breakfast-with-santa/
Holiday with the Animals Dec 16 Bergen County Zoo http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/437/Bergen-County-Zoo
Holiday Lights Spectacular http://turtlebackzoo.com/events/holiday-light-spectacular-5/
The Christmas Voyager https://www.broadwaytheatre.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=The%20Christmas%20Voyager
Westchester Winter Wonderland http://www.wwinterwonderland.com
Greenburgh Nature Center Train Show http://greenburghnaturecenter.org/event/holiday-train-show/
Menorah Lighting Celebration Dec 14, 5:30 PM Stew Leonard’s Yonkers NY https://www.eventbrite.com/e/menorah-lighting-celebration-at-stews-in-yonkers-tickets-39526386486
Brunch with Santa Dec 16/17 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM Stew Leonard’s Yonkers NY https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brunch-with-santa-at-stew-leonards-in-yonkers-tickets-39560455387
The Great Westchester Toy and Train Show http://westchestertoytrain.com
Ice Skating Bear Mountain http://www.bearmountainicerink.com
A Charlie Browns Christmas http://countyplayers.org/shows/a-charlie-brown-christmas/
Holiday Lights in Bloom http://www.orangecountynyparks.com
Frosty Fest https://frostyfest.com/attractions
Gingerbread Lane – NY Hall of Science https://nysci.org/visit/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhMrhj5LQ1wIV14qzCh10zwW6EAAYASAAEgLURfD_BwE
Holiday Train Show NY Botanical Gardens https://www.nybg.org/event/holiday-train-show/holiday-train-show/
Union Square Holiday Market https://www.nycgo.com/shopping/union-square-holiday-market
Dyker Heights- Holiday Lights https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/dyker-heights-christmas-lights
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree https://www.rockefellercenter.com/whats-happening/2017/11/29/2017-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting/
Ice skating- Wollman Rink Central Park http://www.wollmanskatingrink.com
5th Avenue Holiday Window Displays https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/holiday-windows-in-new-york-city
Radio City Christmas Spectacular https://www.rockettes.com/christmas/
Elf the Musical- MSG http://madisonsquare.garden-ny.com/Events.php?search_text=elf+musical+madison+square+garden&msclkid=a30a1fa7ec451464215645b3b79430dc&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Madison%20Square%20Garden%20%20EQT&utm_term=Elf%20the%20Musical&utm_content=Elf%20The%20Musical%20New%20York%2012%2F13%2F2017%2012%2F29%2F2017
Celebrate Kwanza- American Museum of Natural History Dec 30 http://mcny.org/event/kwanzaa-family-celebration-0?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInOi8y5LQ1wIVUFcNCh1VnwfHEAAYAiAAEgIpHvD_BwE
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By: Catherin Sheridan
I grew up right here in NY, my mom and grandpa are from Brooklyn, and both my parents worked in NYC. When I was younger I went to the city often. Now that I am a young adult, I travel in as much as I can, and my wallet allows. NYC is one of the greatest cities on planet earth, and as they say the city never sleeps. Here is a list I created based on my own experiences and places I love. Some of these places I went to as a kid and still enjoy them today. I would love to have included FAO Schwartz, and Toys R Us in Times Square but unfortunately they have closed. On my list I included higher end a little more pricey places, and just fun places to take the kids. Of course NYC is expensive but they have experiences for everyone!
I thought it would be really fun to have a kids point of view on their take of NYC. I was able to be in contact with Cate Elefante, who plays Lulu in the show Waitress, and is an frequent traveler to the Big Apple. I asked her what her favorite places to eat, and things to do in the city is and here are her picks! (Sorry for repeats but as they say great minds think alike!)
- Times Square Diner
- American Girl Café
- Tratorria Trecolori
- School of Rock
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Lion King
- Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Here were MY “must do” places to take kids in the city.
- Action Burger- 292 GRAHAM AVE BROOKLYN, NY 11211
- Cookie DŌ NYC- 550 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012
- American Girl Café – 609 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017
- Barking Dog Luncheonette- 1678 Third Ave New York 10128
- Junior’s Restaurant- multiple locations
- Serendipity 3- 225 E 60th St New York 10022
- Baked By Melissa- multiple locations
- Dylan’s Candy Bar- 1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065,
- 33 Union Square W, New York, NY 10003
- M&M’s World- 1600 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
- Planet Hollywood-1540 Broadway
- Hard Rock Café-1501 Broadway
- Mcdonald’s-1560 Broadway @ 46th St (world famous)
- LEGO Flagship Store-620 5th Ave, New York, NY 10020
- American Girl Doll-609 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017
- Disney Store- 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
- Nintendo NY- 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020
- Hershey Store- 20 Times Square Building 701 7th Ave
- Radio City Music Hall- Christmas Show, many other shows throughout the year 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020
- Madison Square Garden- sports, concerts 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001
- Times Square
- Plaza Hotel- High Tea
- Rockefeller Center
- American Museum of Natural History
- Intrepid- Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036
- NYC Fire Museum- 278 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013
- NY Transit Museum- Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
- Children’s Museum of Manhattan- 212 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024n-4901
- Madame Tussauds 234 W 42nd St
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not 234W 42nd St
- Central Park
- Yankee Stadium
- Citi Field
- Milk and Cookies Kids Spa- 1196 First Avenue (Between 64th & 65th st.) New York, New York 10065
I thought I would add in tips because sometimes we can forget the simplest things. NYC is a fun place, and is a whole new world for kids. But of course safety is the number one thing. I find the best way into NYC is train. I take the NJ transit, I usually take it from Peal River but most towns have a train stop. I get off at Secaucus and then from there transfer trains to Penn station (10 minutes). Then from Penn walk to my destination.
Driving to Secaucus is also great because you park your car and leave it (do pay hourly) and then just take the train straight to NYC.
You can also download the UBER app, saves a ton of money and safest mode of transportation especially with kids.
Money wise I bring cash, and cards. I hold a small amount in my pocket and the rest in a wallet under all the items I brought. Keep a bag that is close to your body, using a backpack I put a lock on it and hold the key on a chain in my pocket.
Wear comfortable shoes, bring extra clothes etc, depending on weather, also snacks and drinks.
As much fun as it can be grabbing a snack in NYC it is expensive, so to bring your own snacks is best. Also be sure to plan out the day and do things relatively close to each other. Kids tire out easily and you don’t need a melt down in the middle of NYC.
I find the best way to fit things in is to plan things that are close or on the top of my list for one trip, and the stuff I missed on the next. Once a year my friend and I travel in to the city and stay over night, its great because if were tired we can just go back to the room and then go back out when we want.
My friend and I stay at the Manhattan at Times Square, not too expensive considering NYC and right near the action. I hope you all have a great time in NYC!
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By: Sofija Duic
As a mom of 2 Girl Scouts growing with the program and now becoming teenagers, it is a constant struggle to keep the girls active and excited as a scout. Through the years we have come across many great adventures and activities where the girls can earn badges – thinking outside the box. Thought we should share to help out other leaders in the area :o). Most if not all of these can also translate for the Boy Scouts among us.
Here are some of our picks:
Young Chef Academy in New City – http://newcityny.youngchefsacademy.com/
Young Chef Academy focuses on specific teachable moments in relation to the recipes chosen. They have a list of amazing things for the girls to make – pizza, raviolis, fruit skewers, strawberry dreams, lunchtime wraps.
The minimum to book the event is 10 scouts, max is 20.
$20 per child/person.
Swim Like a Fish (Life Plex Health Club) – http://www.likeafishswim.com/
Swim Like a Fish will test the girls water skills and teach them about water safety and first aid. Afterwards the kids play games. A great way to spend some fun in the water during the winter season. There is no minimum number of scouts, but a max of 20.
$5 per child.
Stephanie Kunow – firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-570-1289
Health & Fitness Badge
Vision Sports – visionsportsclub.com
This is a one hour program and the fitness instructor will curtail the session to your badge needs. Example of the badges that can be earned are B.F.I.T Badge and Passport to Health & Fitness Badge. There is a minimum of 10 scouts.
$12 per child or $15 including a shake at the end.
Mary – 845-517-1415
Surge Studio’s: http://www.surgestudioarts.com/
Surge Studio can host an hour long dance jam session with a disco ball and lights, where the girls will do a warm up, play a few games such as “Freeze Dance”, “Coke & Pepsi”, “Dance Simon Says”, followed by learning a dance routine the teachers will choreograph. It can be a Hip-Hop class or an Acro (Acrobatics) class where the girls will learn simple moves like cartwheels, rolls, perhaps walkovers. maximum of 10 girls per class (for safety reasons)
$15 a girl (for the hour long session)
Carly Harper – 845-598-0990 or email@example.com or http://www.surgestudioarts.com/private-instruction.html
Surge Studio is a true dance home for students of all ages and levels. Experience the Surge vibe, Surge love, and dance technique as you flourish in knowledge, confidence, and life skills that go beyond the dance floor.
Various Outdoor Activities/Badges
Day Camp in the Park – http://daycampinthepark.com/
Day Camp in the Park has everything! Pool Swimming, Lake swimming, kayaks, canoes, rowboats, bicycle boats, archery, a climbing wall, martial arts, theater/drama, fishing, frog & turtle catching, hiking, camp fire building and lots more!
Costs vary depending on the activity, all group sizes welcome!
firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-638-2515
CPR/First Aid Badges
Life Save – http://lifesavellc.com
Each girl will learn CPR awareness, how/when to call 911, and basic first aid skills. The lesson is about an hour and a half and the girls will receive a participation certificate. ( they will not be certified )
All group sizes are welcome – they do ask for a head count a few days before.
There is no minimum age however, Life Save starts awareness training at the age of 12yrs and up for leaders.
$25 per child
Arts & Crafts
Jills Ceramics – http://www.jillsceramics.com/
A great afternoon learning all about ceramics. Jill works with the kids and shows them how to pour a mold (which they get to pick from 3 pieces), how to fire the ceramic, and then how to paint the ceramic (a full start to finish of making a ceramic piece). Once they paint it, they learn about the second firing (to seal the paint) and if they want to add any special touches (glitter/no glitter). After your ceramic party, everyone has a ceramic piece to take home and enjoy. The troop leader can bring a snack in for the girls to enjoy as well.
Minimum group of 8 preferred.
$10 per child. (no badge is provided).
Jill – 845-623-4975 to book
Drama & Theater
Spotlight Production Children’s Theater – http://www.spotlightpct.com/scout-programs.html
Spotlight Production has some amazing programs for all the Girls Scouts. Each level has a special program created just for them! Each program runs for 2 hours.
Daisy: A role Playing Workshop for Grades K-1 – Courageous & Strong Badge
Brownie: Move to the Beat – A Dance workshop for Grades 2-3 – Dancer Badge
Junior: A Theater Workshop for Grades 4-5 – Playing the Past Bridge Badge
Cadette: A Theater Workshop for Grades 6-8 – Public Speaking Badge
Prices vary per session.
845-548-1857 or email@example.com
Last night we had an amazing time at the LEGO Ninjago Movie Days Preview Party at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester! Our lips are sealed on any details about the new movie, but W and S gave it 2 THUMBS UP!
I surprised the boys as they got off the bus yesterday, told them I had an adventure planned and to jump in the car! They were SO excited when we pulled into Ridge Hill Plaza and they realized we were headed to LEGOLAND.
When we arrived we were escorted into the event room with fun Ninjago themed activities. The kids picked out ninja headbands to match their favorite ninja – GREEN of course. Each child was given a chance to build on a color coded Lego tile to be added to the Ninjago mosaic to be completed by visitors over the upcoming Ninjago days. The back of each tile had a number and fit strategically on the mosaic board. We are anxious to see the final outcome!
We finished up in the event room and headed out to the play area, and we bumped into the
The play area has been completely transformed into Ninjago City Adventure! Modeled after the Temple of Airjitzu, it includes more than 20 ninja inspired obstacles. A great spot to work out some energy and perfect your ninja skills.
There was also Sensei Wu’s Dojo. S had a blast in here playing the ninja skills games. He had to touch the green shapes as they lit up, working on his ninja reflexes and coordination.
After about an hour of playing we headed up to the third floor of Ridge Hill Plaza to Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill for an advanced showing of the brand new LEGO Ninjago Movie. As I mentioned before, we can’t share details of the movie but W and S loved it! W said it was “really neat!” ( Watch the trailer here!)
LEGO® NINJAGO® Days will be happening the next 2 weekends, hurry and get your tickets now!
There will be giveaways, mini scavenger hunts, character meets,
building tables set up and so much more!
We are currently running a giveaway of 4 tickets on our Facebook page.
Head on over to enter!
Fall is here, and so are the APPLES! I can’t wait to bake apple pie with the kids.
Here is a list of local orchards, be sure to call ahead to check hours, pricing,
activities and apple availability!
Dr. Davies Farm
Route 304 Congers, NY
They have over 4,000 trees and 15 different varieties of apples on 55 acres.
2 farms stands – on 9w and 304 in Congers, with a great array of home grown fruits and veggies.
Hayrides through the orchard on the weekend.
Tractors to climb and play on for some adorable photo opps.
Just a heads up this farm is CASH ONLY!
Hours: Everyday 10am-4pm
Orchards of Concklin
2 South Mountain Rd., Pomona (845) 354-0369
Pick your own on Sundays ONLY and Columbus day starting 9/17.
A farm market open each day with fresh veggies, fruits, home made pies, donuts, cider, cakes, cookies and so much more.
Hours: 10am – 5pm
244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Demarest farms is the only Pick Your Own orchard in Bergen county!
Free parking, wagon hayrides, 2 petting zoos, adventure playground, corn box, crooked house village, photo area, wooden playlet, and picnic area.
Farm market with delicious honey, fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple butter, and so much more!
$7 per person, plus $10 per bag of apples.
Hours: M- F 3 to 4:30PM, Sat and Sun 9AM to 4:30PM
Apple Ridge Orchard
101 Jessup Rd., Warwick
Offering beautiful scenery, tractor pulled hay wagon rides, pet and feed friendly farm animals, a corn maze, observation hives and a market full of delicious honey, fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, homemade mixes, apple butter, fresh preserves, and other treats at our farm.
Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat., Sun and all holidays open 9am -6pm.
Mr Apples Orchard
25 Orchard Street Box 98, High Falls
845-687-0005 or 845-687-9498
This is a friendly small town, non commercial orchard.
Proud to use low spray of the apples, and no herbicides in the soil.
Hours: Call ahead
306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh
Not only do they have apples available for U-Pick – they also have a large variety of vegetables and other fruits as well! Call ahead for availability!
On the weekends they offer horse-drawn carriage ride around the beautiful scenic farm, and chickens and goats to say hi too, and locally made ice cream and home made doughnuts
Hours: Everyday 9am-4pm
45 Ball Road Warwick, NY 10990
At Maskers Orchards you can drive right up into the orchard, and settle in for the day. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a family day under the shade of the apple trees!
-horse drawn wagon rides
-a family friendly haunted house
-and music performances
-Snack barn with pizza, locally made ice cream, hot and cold beverages, farm-fresh cider, freshly made apple cider donuts and of course, freshly baked apple pie.
Hours: 9am-5pm – the country store as well!
Apple Dave’s Orchard
82 Four Corners Rd., Warwick NY
Formerly Applewood Orchards, Apple Dave’s has over 11 varieties of apples.
-Music and puppet shows
– Farm store with cider, jams, jellies, herbs and fresh seasonal produce.
Hours: Everyday (starting beginning of September) 9am-5pm
4 Ochs Lane Warwick, New York 10990
-Pick your own flower garden.
-Small Petting Zoo
-Gazebo makes the perfect setting for a fall picnic
-A Farm Market with seasonal veggies, jams, butter, jellies, eggs and of course apple cider.
Hours: Picking days change weekly – call ahead.
169 State Route 94 South, Warwick, NY
On certain weekends there are hayrides, live music, pony rides, kiddie maze, cow milking contest!
Be sure to call ahead for a schedule of events.
Looking for a date day with out the kiddos? Visit Pennings Pub and Grille, where you can enjoy local food, beer, wine and their home made hard cider at the beer garden while listening to live music!
Hours: Everyday 9am-5pm
Weed Orchards Winery
43 Mt Zion Rd, Marlboro, NY
A Family owned Orchard and Winery
Pick Your Own Apples, and produce!
Check their website for a list of what’s available for picking before you go!
Another great spot for a day without the kids! Stop by to taste the homemade whines, homegrown hard ciders, and local craft beer.
Hours: Everyday 10am-5pm
Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery
114 Little York Road, Warwick
** This establishment caters to a more adult crowd since they do serve alcohol **
Makes for a great day without the kids.
However, the orchard is gorgeous and their apples are delicious!
-tractor ride to and from the orchard
-An apple tasting bar and prepicked apples for purchase.
No outside food or beverages please.
Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm to 5pm Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Check their Facebook page on friday for the picking availability for the upcoming weekend.
63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag, NY 12570
Barton Orchards is a great spot for a Fall Family Day full of hayrides, corn maze, walking trails, peddle kart race track, trackless train, a live actor Haunted House, barnyard animals and a pumpkin field slide. As well as, the Midway Farm Market, bakery and snack shacks.
Hours: Everyday 9am-5pm
227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY
This farm has been open to the public for 60 years.
– Pick your own fruits and vegetables – Call ahead for availability
– Goats to feed and a koi pond.
– Weekly farmers market on Saturdays from 10-6.
Hours: Everyday 8am-7pm
Wilkens Fruit and Fir stand
1335 White Hill Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
-tractor rides to and from the orchard
Farm market with donuts, pies, cookies, hotdogs, popcorn, cider, coffee and other snacks available! You can also call your bakery order in ahead of time!
Hours: U-Pick: 10am-4:30pm Markets: 10am-5pm
Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard
(formerly Outhouse Orchards)
130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 10560
-So much to do here! Hay rides around the farm, bounce houses, apple games, live music, pony rides, face painting, plenty of yummy food vendors.
Hours: Everyday 8am-6pm
62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY
Hayrides on the weekends and Farm stand with fresh produce, pies and donuts.
Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view.
(Tell Bob and Betsy we say Hello!)
Hours: Everyday 10am – 6pm
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Two months ago the person who had been cutting little (E)’s hair stopped returning my calls. We are VERY particular about her hair, she has a great head of fine hair, with a great little curl at the bottoms. No joke- I would kill for my kids hair. I reached out to friends who are WAAAAY more fashionable than I am. They recommended to me Sparkle Up in New City. I had heard of it, but had never been there myself. So we went. For one low price (E) received a great haircut, braids and painted nails. Deborah took us for a tour and little (E)’s heart leapt for joy. She loved it so much that we have made it our new haircut spot.
This past week was our second trip and this time was even more important for her hair to be amazing because she was going to be the flower girl in her uncle’s wedding. In fact, the day that we went was the rehearsal dinner, and I figured that since the cut came with a braid, I would have Deborah braid it and leave it for the rehearsal.
Our appointment was at 1:30 and we arrived a little early, Deborah was of course already there and ready for us. (E) and I said hi and they got straight to work. I explained the importance of the cut (not that I had to, its always great) and we got started. The cut was great and when done Deborah asked if we wanted a braid and we said yes please for the special occasion.
She said she knew just what to do. Well, she more than surpassed our expectations and did the cutest little up-do for (E) even topping it off with the perfect amount of glitter.
Next since we had some extra time Deborah asked if (E) wanted to dress up. Boy did she ever!!! Well, at first I was nervous because I had her big brother with us and I was afraid he was going to feel left out. In fact, on the way into Sparkle Up he said “ugh this place is for girls right”? I told him to wait and see. There’s actually a second dress up closet with “boys” items in it. For the brothers and cousins and friends that attend play dates and parties. When I said I was impressed Deborah mentioned that she does of course also cut boys hair, and sometimes they choose to have some color added (which I plan to let (E) do next time). Both kiddos picked something to dress in and walk the runway.
Once dressed (E) wanted to paint her nails, hot pink, with sparkles. She got to sit at the special little table choose her color and have them painted (happy girl).
All throughout the fun Deborah and I are chatting it up, and at one point she asked me what I was doing with my hair for the evening. I said probably blowing it straight, and she told me to sit in her chair. In under 10 minutes she had braided my hair back into a beautiful chignon and I no longer had to worry about my hair for the night. I felt so pretty.
I learned that Deborah doesn’t just do kids’ hair, she also does grown ups and does makeup applications, from dance recitals, to prom, to family portraits and weddings. She even does lessons for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also a great destination for kids birthday parties, and girl scout troops! There is so much to do there!!!
We really enjoyed our time at Sparkle Up and neither kid can wait to go back. (A) wants a cut with some spray color, and to try a few more boys costumes on, while (E) wants the works, again. Loved it so much in fact that we will be working with Deborah for some great events coming up this year!!! To book a haircut, play date, party, etc contact Deborah at 845-634-0140 or email her at Sparkleup@me.com she is really quick to respond to both. Of course, we always appreciate you mentioning you heard about them here <3.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Hosts the Ultimate Imagination Build-Off Challenge from July 17-28
Beat the summer heat while igniting your creativity at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester with the Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers across the globe are inviting kids and adults to go head-to-head in the ultimate test of creativity. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s Model Builders will judge the build-off competitions every weekday from Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 28.
Who will reign supreme when it comes to creative creation: kids or grown-ups?
The Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge will be held twice daily, at 3:30pm and 5:30pm, and consist of a five-minute challenge where kids and adults build a creation straight from their imagination – no limits, no boundaries, no rules – just pure creativity. Challenges will be officiated and judged by Model Builders including LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s Master Model Builder, Anthony Maddaloni.
All participants will be entered into a final Imagination Build-Off contest with the chance to win a one-hour private build session with Maddaloni and a Summer Pass ($35 value). The Summer Pass, good through Labor Day, allows the pass holder to build memories all summer long with unlimited visits and additional discounts in the café, LEGO® Store and on birthday parties.
“LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is designed to provide LEGO play experiences that power creativity and learning through shared LEGO fun for adults and children,” said Master Model Builder Anthony Maddaloni. “We are really excited to see the energy and imagination that comes from kids and adults alike.”
A number of studies suggest that creativity tends to take a sharp decline at around six years old. Although children are still using about 80 percent of their creative potential at age five, research reveals that creative output drops to a shocking two percent by the time they are twelve.
“Especially for adults, the stress of everyday life can impact our creativity levels,” said Maddaloni. “With an overall lack of time in the day, our imaginations are not being exercised – and, as a result, kids might just have the upper hand when it comes to creativity, but I guess we’ll find out for sure during the upcoming build challenges! Whatever your age, our goal here at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is to reignite your imagination and love of play.”
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is located at 39 Fitzgerald Street in Yonkers, NY.
They can be reached at 866-243-0770 or by visiting www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester.
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by: Jamie Flesher
Ever wonder what happens at a summer camp when it’s pouring down rain? Swimming is out. Boating is out. Most of the outdoor sports can’t be played. To us it seemed like a strange day to be visiting camp but it turns out that the “rainy day schedule” is a day loaded with new activities, dry bus rides to move campers around, and lots of bonding time laughing together in their cabins, keeping each other dry.
That day I was scheduled to visit Day camp in the Park to check out the new dance program that was added just this year. The program is being run by Rockland All-Star Dance Team Director and owner of Vicki’s Dance Studio, Vicki Giannetti and her staff.
The counselors and campers were all waiting for 1st period to start in the large cafeteria instead of on the giant outdoor hill like they do on a dry day.
I kept hearing the counselors and specialists talking about being on the “rainy day schedule.” I couldn’t help myself so I inquired as to what that meant. The answer is one of the reasons why we love Day Camp in the Park so much.
At the beginning of the season, during counselor orientation, all Senior Counselors and Specialists are given what is called a “rainy day schedule”. This means what to do in the event of rain has been planned in advance. There is no scrambling by the staff to figure out what to do or how to move their campers. There is no question as to where everyone is going to go or where anyone is supposed to be. This has already been worked out and counselors just need to follow this special “rainy day schedule” instead of their regular schedule. It is modified to include indoor activities, specialty activities like movies and popcorn, arcades, indoor athletic games, and longer periods which gives buses time to move the campers around.
Coincidentally, dance is actually held in one of the largest indoor cabins so today was a great day to be checking out the new dance program.
The 3 camp directors had been adamant that the new dance program put on by Vicki’s staff was a huge hit so far this summer and that every group was asking for extra time in the dance cabin. The Senior Dance Specialist, Meagan Collins, is super talented and one of the most fun people in the world. So much so that even I asked if I could please be in the camp talent show with one of Meagan’s hip hop dances (the answer was no). I watched as Vicki, Meagan, and dance program CITs Spencer Romani and Jordan Hyde worked with campers ranging in ages from 4 to 12.
The buses would pull up with the 4 year olds, who danced the limbo and played hula hoop games then transition right into 12 year old girls where the staff was prepared with more complex hip hop moves and real choreography and dance. What I did know is that every camper was having a blast…perfectly dry…even in the rain.
At one point I peaked my head out of the dance cabin to see where the 4 year olds were headed. They were covered in their rain gear, holding hands with their counselors and walking directly across the street to the art cabin to continue their day of fun.
By the end of the day, the sun was shining again and the kids were back in the pool. And not to be missed was some good ol’ fashioned puddle jumping. This is camp after all!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as we were invited to see Annie. All opinions expressed are my own.
WHY ISN’T DINNER THEATER MORE OF A THING?! That’s all I have been asking myself since we attended Annie at Westchester Broadway Theater last Thursday night. Our family of four is OBSESSED! So much so that RNYD has already picked out our second show that he wants to attend this August, and I had to take a picture of the upcoming shows because I can’t wait to go see more!!!
We took little (E) for her 4th Birthday last week, and “oh my goodness!” As a family we adore theater, we love Broadway, but sometimes with the expense of it, with young kids is such a gamble that we avoid it. When we do go its includes dinner the whole shebang. Will the kids sit through it, especially after the car/train ride? Will we find decent parking? Where can we eat that everyone will be happy? Will there be a crazy wait at the restaurant?
Westchester Broadway Theater handles ALL of that! For a reasonably priced ticket you get, a short drive, close parking, a delicious meal (including desert and salad), AND a spectacular performance. I feel like I could go on FOREVER, but I know you want me to get down to the nitty gritty- here goes…
Ten Reasons Dinner Theater Rocked and needs to be a thing:
- Short easy drive from Rockland, Westchester, Northern Jersey
It literally took us 20 minutes to get there, no crazy traffic, just a straight shot to Elmsford.
- Free parking right there.
Yep, a nice large parking lot where you walk straight into the theater.
- Pretzel Encrusted Chicken
Seriously, the menu was awesome, but this sounded so neat I had to try it, so glad I did!! (A) had the Broiled Filet of Sole, and (E) had the chicken fingers)
- CLEAN bathrooms
Important for me, but so much more for my 4 year old daughter, we must have gone 5 times, so this was a breath of fresh air.
- Small personal theater
Cool for adults, and so much more for kids. No distractions, an intimate performance where you can see it all.
- Comfortable seating
RNYD has had 5 back surgeries, this is important, as is leg space. Unlike many Broadway theaters WBT has comfy chairs, and room to breathe. Little (E) could even stand without bothering other theatergoers.
- The talent on stage
You don’t even know you aren’t ON Broadway. The bios of the actors speaks for itself, but even without reading, you know from the first number, these guys are fabulous.
- People still dress
I don’t know about you, but it irritates me that people wear denim to Broadway. When I first started going people wore their Christmas and Easter outfits. At WBT people were dressed for the occasion, it adds to the element.
- Affordable for a family
Dinner and entertainment for a family of four (never mind the kind of caliber food and entertainment) is EXPENSIVE. WBT has made it possible to give your family the experience in an affordable way (especially if you mention RocklandNYMom.com for your discount).
- The staff
My little princess wore her birthday tiara, EVERY staff member we encountered commented on its loveliness and then treated her like a queen when they learned why she was wearing it.
All in all it was really, truly the most fantastic birthday experience for (E) and for the whole family. (A) asked if we could go back for his birthday next year, and RNYD has picked out a concert event on 8/12 that he wants to attend. I have already spied a few upcoming shows I will be purchasing gift (and personal) tickets for. This is an experience not to miss. A great intro to the stage for kids, and a memorable experience for the whole family.
- Time: (A) is 7 and (E) is 4. We went to an evening show- both made it through because the show was AWESOME, they couldn’t keep their eyes off of the stage, the is ABSOLUTELY suitable for younger kids as some of the Hollywood scare is not in the play, but I recommend the daytime showings for most children. We didn’t get home until 11:30 and knew we had nothing planned for the following day.
- Money: Who doesn’t love saving? Mention RocklandNYMom.com to receive a discount!!!
- Dining: They don’t have cups with lids- if you have a kiddo you are worried may spill, bring your own to fill.