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health 12 Is That Normal? 14 Bye, Bye, Bad Habits 16 What Parents Need to Know About Life Insurance 18 Health Directory
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appy Mother’s Day to all of you lovely readers! Whether your family is planning an elaborate brunch out or a classic, yet cozy breakfast in bed, or your partner is giving you a day of relaxation, we hope you have a day that truly celebrates you. If you’re a brand-new or expecting mom, you’ll want to turn to “Is That Normal?” (p. 12), in which we explore the various changes—physically, hormonally, emotionally—your body will go through postpartum. You’ll find out what’s normal and when you should seek help. If you’re a mom of a teenager or two (are your teens putting you through the paces?), we discuss how you can encourage your child to nix the bad habits he has likely adopted and replace them with healthy ones (p. 14). As summer inches closer, we just seem to always have camp on our minds—and we’re getting more and more excited! If you’re looking for a dance, art, theater, sports, academic enrichment, music, or STEAM camp for your little one, you’ll want to check out our specialty camp descriptions (p. 36) and the at-a-glance comparison chart (p. 38). And to help you with the camp planning process even more, we’re re-issuing The Camp Planner by Rockland•Bergen Parent, which is full of great articles, descriptions of area camps, camp comparison charts, and open house schedules. So, if you’re looking for a last-minute registration, you won’t want to miss this ultimate, all-in-one, camp resource! You can find it at nymetroparents.com/campguide/rockland beginning April 17! With spring in full force (are you sneezing up a storm too?) and spring cleaning on our minds, what better time to get your home a little organized? From the bathroom to your kids’ rooms, experts share insider tips to keep your living space clutter-free (p. 34). Happy organizing!
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aving a child with a life-threatening allergy is constantly scary. As much as you can prepare yourself for the worst, it adds extra comfort to know the other adults in your child’s life are also prepared to act in an emergency situation. Purvi Parikh, M.D., an allergist with Allergy & Asthma Network, shares what parents of children with a life-threatening allergy should do to ensure their child is safe at all times—even when the child isn’t with the parent. Create an action plan. Once it’s determined your child has a life-threatening allergy or asthma, be sure to talk to her physician about constructing an action plan, Dr. Parikh suggests. This should detail what an allergic reaction or asthma attack would look like, as well as what to do at the time, what medicines to administer, and when to call 911.
Educate all adults in his life about the allergy or asthma. Everyone who interacts with your child—from coaches and teachers to babysitters and grandparents—should be well informed of the action plan, Dr. Parikh says. Encourage your child to speak up when a reaction is occurring. When you’re not around, your child is her own best 10
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advocate. With the help of your physician, teach your child to know what feelings indicate she is having a reaction. This can mean itchy skin or rash, difficulty breathing, vomiting, tummy aches, and more, depending on the child. Empower your child to speak up in these situations—and to speak up about any allergies when necessary. Ensure emergency medications are always available. All caregivers should have access to emergency medications. A doctor can generally prescribe EpiPens in bulk, according to Dr. Parikh, so give one to your child’s babysitter, teachers, coaches, and grandparents—and give one to your child to carry. Whomever is given the responsibility of holding the EpiPen should know how to properly use it (there are instructional videos online). If the child suffers from asthma, he must have quick-relief medication on hand and with all caregivers. Teach the child to use medications. While it is important for the adults in your child’s life to know how to administer emergency medications, it is equally, if not more, important for the child with the allergy to know how if she is older than 4, according to Dr. Parikh. This includes asthma pumps and antihistamines.
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Is That Normal?
Medical experts share what new moms can expect—physically and emotionally— when they’re no longer expecting. By Jacqui Neber
omen are taught to expect numerous changes to their bodies during pregnancy; from weight gain to weird cravings to swollen feet, there are just some things we know might happen. However, we don’t talk about the changes that might happen to your body after your baby is born nearly as much, which can lead women to think what they’re experiencing isn’t normal. Since hormonal and emotional changes are common after delivery, it can be difficult to know when what you’re feeling could signify postpartum depression, which can also be frightening. In terms of physical changes, thinning hair, scar itching, breast engorgement, and more are usually completely normal ways your body adjusts to motherhood as hormones swing back to normal. Some changes are very common, especially when you reach six-seven months postpartum. Alyssa Dweck, M.D., a New York OBGYN and assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai Hospital’s School of Medicine in Manhattan, who has been practicing for more than 20 years, says she sees a multitude of “abnormalities” in patients that are not cause for alarm. 12
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What’s Normal–and How to Know
“[Thinning hair and breast engorgement] are usually normal, although we always check for other problems that could be causing them. It is incredibly common for women to have significant hair loss at about six or seven months postpartum,” Dr. Dweck says. “It’s a very common thing to go in the shower and have clumps of hair falling out.” Dr. Dweck says many women also worry about hemorrhoids and weight gain, as well as itchy C-section scars, but these issues are relatively common too. “I don’t want to call [these experiences] normal. I want to call them not abnormal,” she says. “Some people have a C-section and never get a scar. Some people never get hemorrhoids. It’s individual.” Lindsey Scharfman, M.D., echoes that hair loss, engorged breasts, some bleeding, and dependent edema, where the body swells bilaterally, are all normal conditions to experience after having a baby. Her patients at Crystal Run Healthcare in West Nyack experience a spectrum of postpartum issues that wind up being nonissues.
Christine Catanzaro, R.N., a mother from Northport, had two children 17 months apart. She noted drastic physical differences in her body between having a boy and a girl. While she did not experience hair loss after her son was born, significant hair fell out after having her daughter. She also gained more weight, experienced more tearing in the labia region, and says her feet were more swollen. She experienced more emotional volatility after having her daughter, but partially attributes that to working nights, sleeping poorly, and having two very young children to parent. “You don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself,” Catanzaro says. “These extra side effects, I wouldn’t change for the experience of having my kids.”
What’s Not Normal—and What to Do
Doctors agree that certain “normal” symptoms can morph into abnormal ones after birth, and new mothers need to watch their symptoms carefully. Bleeding, for example, is normal, Dr. Scharfman says, but only to an extent. “Bleeding should be like a period or less,” she says. “If you’re going through one pad a day, that’s normal. But if it’s one to two pads every hour, that’s not normal, and you need to go to [the hospital]. It could be a postpartum hemorrhage.” New mothers who experience severe dizziness upon standing, feel weak and cold, or have racing heartbeats could be anemic. And if one leg, for example, is more swollen than the other, that could signify a blood clot. If a woman experiences blurred vision, a headache that doesn’t go away with pain medication, or upper belly pain, she could have pre-eclampsia. All of these conditions require immediate medical attention. There are also potentially less serious physical abnormalities that Dr. Dweck says need to be discussed with your doctor. “When is it not normal? So, hair loss where it doesn’t seem to stop, or you’re having huge, big bald spots…That needs to be addressed by your physician to make sure it’s not something other than just typical postpartum hair loss,” Dr. Dweck says. “As far as the itchy scar, [you just need to make sure] there’s no infection, that there’s no underlying skin condition…Any questions or concerns about it being ‘right’…It’s worth a check with your OBGYN.” Olga Tusheva, M.D., an OBGYN at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack, mentioned breast pain as another issue that could become abnormal. “If one breast is significantly bigger than the other, if there is swelling or redness, tenderness, [or if changes are] not proportional to [breast] appearance, then the woman should [see her OBGYN] to make sure everything is normal,” Dr. Tusheva says.
The 411 on Postpartum Volatility
Beyond bodily changes, new mothers should monitor their emotions and understand the signs of postpartum volatility. Dr. Dweck prefers not to call this issue “postpartum depression” because that terminology can be pejorative. She says it is one of the challenges women are most concerned about, after postpartum weight gain. “The emotional volatility that comes about after having a baby, in a good way and in not such a good way, is notable,” she says. “And this is combined with sleep deprivation, which doesn’t help. So, it becomes a concern: How am I going to manage everything?” Certain populations of women, Dr. Dweck says, are more prone to developing postpartum volatility. Among those most vulnerable are first-time mothers, women who are part of underserved populations, and women who have a history of anxiety or depression during pregnancy. If you start feeling down after having your baby, seek help as soon as possible, and try to get some sleep—it’s vital in managing these feelings, Dr. Dweck emphasizes.
Dr. Tusheva says “post-baby blues” are very common because mothers are often overwhelmed when they bring the baby home and the responsibilities of motherhood are fully realized. “It can happen to any woman, whether it’s her first time having a baby or third or fourth time being a mom,” she says. “We all can be overwhelmed by other people, the social pressure, [feeling] like we need to be the best mother we can be, and the attention imposed on us by our family—our moms, our husbands, mother-in-law, and other people who care about us.” But when post-baby blues stick around for longer than a short while, they can become more serious. It is imperative to seek medical help. “Once in a while the symptoms can persist and reach postpartum depression, which can be a very dangerous condition,” Dr. Tusheva says. “If she feels down, overwhelmed, stressed, if there’s any thought of harming herself or baby, all of those symptoms should be discussed with an obstetrician or a primary care physician or a psychiatrist. Someone who can help [her] feel better, as opposed to leaving the condition untreated and having it get worse.” Hospitals conduct postpartum screenings before sending women home with their new babies, but Dr. Tusheva says every woman should be aware of what PPD could potentially look like. Many things contribute to how a woman is feeling after giving birth, such as sleep, the baby’s health, the baby’s sleep patterns, the availability of support at home, socioeconomic status that relates to available support, or a history of anxiety or depression. “If a woman is finding herself feeling helpless, hopeless, if she is catching herself thinking any type of thoughts concerning harming the baby or giving the baby away or how much her life would be easier without the baby, if she finds herself just being sad and upset,” Dr. Tusheva says, “I would say for days in a row as opposed to moments of temporary feelings or temporarily upset, then all of those are the concerning factors for developing PPD.” Treatment for postpartum depression varies on an individual basis. The most important thing to do is seek help so your doctor and psychiatrist can help you feel better, sooner.
The Bottom Line
There are essential steps, Dr. Dweck says, that mothers can take in ensuring they remain healthy and happy after pregnancy. One of the most important things you can do is educate yourself about what to expect in the postpartum space. “Be conscious, be mindful. Women these days, particularly in the communities I practice in, take a lot of care and try to empower themselves with information and education, whether it’s online or with other moms or new moms or family members,” Dr. Dweck says. “But often times you get misinformation out there. So, I think the bottom line is just to always check if something is out of the ordinary with your health care provider.” Dr. Scharfman emphasizes the importance of sharing everything with your doctor—and speaking up if something doesn’t feel right. “Having a new baby is really hard,” she says. “If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. If you think something is wrong, don’t just tell the nurse, tell the doctor. Don’t be afraid to reach out.” When dealing with postpartum blues, Dr. Dweck says, do not be ashamed to talk about what you’re feeling. “And if you feel like you’re spiraling in that direction, please don’t suffer in silence. Get some assistance and talk to your health care provider,” she says. “It’s not a shameful situation. It is what it is, and it really is out of people’s control most of the time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s my biggest advice.” RocklandParent 13
Bye, Bye, Bad Habits!
It’s not (only) about nixing your teen’s bad health habits, but replacing them with good ones By Karen Lo
hat’s the most annoying thing your teenager does? Is it that he’s constantly sleeping in and on the verge of being late for school? Maybe it’s that her hygiene habits, or lack thereof, force you to ask probing questions like, “When was the last time you took a shower?” Maybe it’s the fact that when phrases like “healthy habits,” “personal responsibility,” or “we need to talk,” come out of your mouth, the teenager in the room immediately responds by rolling his eyes or vanishing. If you’re currently the parent of a teenager, it’s probably all these things and more. Aside from loading up the car and booking an extended, adults-only getaway until she reaches “I should’ve listened to my parents” age, what can you do to help your teenager reach responsible adulthood without losing your mind? To tackle this big question, family therapists, psychologists, and doctors share easy-to-follow tips. But first, what exactly are these bad habits teens should nix asap? Ana Jovanovic, M.S., a psychologist and life coach from Parenting Pod, an online resource for parents on mental health and well-being, says they include: • Personal hygiene: Not showering often enough, not using deodorant, not flossing or brushing teeth, and not wearing clean clothes • Bedtime and morning routines: Staying up too late or sleeping in, which often leads to being late for school 14
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• Electronics: Spending too much time playing video games or scrolling through social media • Homework: Forgetting or not tracking assignments, poor time management, turning in assignments late, and procrastination • Fitness: Spending too much time on the couch or sitting • Diet: Avoiding healthy foods, eating unhealthy snacks, eating lots of sugar, eating late, and skipping breakfast
How These Habits Get Formed
“Bad habits are very rewarding,” Jovanovic says. “The rewards, satisfaction, and pleasure that bad habits provide are usually much more tangible and closer in time than the negative consequences. Impulse control, an area of executive functioning, is all about [foregoing] those short-term rewards for the sake of achieving a larger, more valuable reward that comes later on. But impulse control is not a skill that comes naturally.” It will take some time for tweens and teens to understand the consequences that ultimately come from giving in to those impulses, Jovanovic says. But for now, playing video games or scrolling through Instagram beats the danger of not getting into the dream college because of a low GPA and eating a double cheeseburger sounds far more tempting than eating a salad.
Help Your Teen Form Good Habits
If your teen sees no strong reason to stop his bad habits, he will continue with them. “The way these habits get broken down depends on what the habit is like, and what kind of satisfaction it brings to a person. However, the challenge is not only to let go of bad habits, but to build new ones that a teen can really stick to,” Jovanovic says. For example, what might a dermatologist say about your teenager’s skincare routine? Perhaps a lot. Although an estimated 80 percent of teens deal with acne, 90 percent have not seen a dermatologist, according to Yoram Harth, M.D., F.A.A.D., board-certified dermatologist and medical director of MDacne, an app that uses selfies to connect patients with customized treatments. “As a dermatologist, I believe that one of the worst habits teens have is picking on their acne,” Dr. Harth says. “Unfortunately picking on acne can leave lifelong scars that are very difficult to eliminate. Many parents think acne will go away by itself with age, but it won’t.” You could try to convince your teen not to pick at her skin by virtue of the fact that picking is bad for it, but that’s pretty hard to do since, in theory, she’s already well-aware. “The second, easier way is to help them treat and prevent their acne,” Dr. Harth recommends. “A lot can be done with small changes in behavior. If someone is dealing with acne breakouts on their forehead, they should avoid headbands, baseball caps, and hair gels. If the acne is on their body, they should avoid backpacks and too-tight clothing—and always wash their face after sweating, and shower at least once a day.” So, how can we help our teens make behavioral changes, like the ones mentioned above, that eliminate bad habits?
What doesn’t work?
Lecturing (for its own sake): “Teens are opinionated young people who are likely to stick to their own way of seeing things, even if they calmly nod when you’re telling them what they should or shouldn’t do,” Jovanovic says. “Chances are, they feel that you are too old, lame, or naive to really understand what they’re going through.” Impulsive reactions and a lack of reasoning behind your grounding system: “Though sometimes taking their phone away or having them go to their room may encourage them to actually do their homework or get to bed earlier, in most cases, teens will continue doing the same things, just to prove your punishment doesn’t make sense.” Figure out a system that is clear and makes her aware of the consequences—then stick to it. Comparing yourself to them: “Teen years are the years of questioning authorities,” Jovanovic reminds us. “This is a period when it’s psychologically desirable to be rebellious, as teens are starting to uncover who they want to be.” So, when you compare your habits to theirs, you’re implying your way is “the right way.” “One of my clients phrased it nicely: ‘My mom thinks she is living vicariously through me. I am my own person, which is why I intend to do most things differently,’” Jovanovic adds.
What does work?
Listen, understand, discuss, and walk the walk: Do all of these combined; one without the other is likely to be ineffective. “What I often hear from my teen clients is, ‘Parents are willing to listen only if you are saying what they want to hear,’” Jovanovic says. “And in the end, if you’re not doing what you preach, your teen is going to see right through you. My teen clients tell me, ‘My parents are on the phone all the time but call me addicted.’ Likewise, if you preach the importance of eating healthy or exercising, you have to lead by example.” Parents, quite often, can completely miss their own contributions to a bad family trait, notes Jennifer Johnston-Jones, Ph.D., a family therapist based in Los Angeles, CA. “For example, one of the most
common bad habits for teens is negative self-talk, yet how many parents have looked in the mirror and said something negative about their bodies in front of their child?…That’s why the personal growth of parents is the best way to teach good habits in our children,” she says. To that end, “model the good habit in yourself and let your teen know you are also working on it,” Dr. Johnston-Jones advises. If your teen is working on improving her sleep habits, help her by keeping a steady bedtime yourself, away from your phone. And most importantly, replace bad habits with healthy family habits. For Dr. Johnston-Jones, regular family meetings are a big part of the puzzle. Share the importance of creating a solution everyone can agree on. Try it for a week. If it needs revisiting, put it on the agenda again and come back to it. End the family meeting by talking about future plans or playing a game together, like charades, even if it’s just for 15 minutes, she suggests. Reach an agreement and stick to it: “There may be things you are not willing to let slide. Whatever that is—their GPA, exercise, sleeping habits, or personal hygiene—it’s important to let them know,” Jovanovic says. “Set up clear, unambiguous expectations. Let them know whether they can use your support or if they have any resources available.” When both sides come to an agreement, your teenager will have a stronger grasp of trust and accountability. Emphasize freedom of choice and leave them to it: “What I do in coaching is ensure that a teen I work with is familiar with all the choices they can make in a given situation, as well as the benefits and negative consequences. I help them weigh the options and once they make a decision to take ownership of it,” Jovanovic says. “What I see parents do with the intention to prevent bad things from happening is either making the choice for kids or trying to eliminate the consequence. It’s very important that they have the consequence and the opportunity to deal with it. This is a necessary learning experience that builds resilience and problem-solving and coping skills.” Give useful feedback: “By ‘useful,’ I mean concrete, focused on behavior, and timely,” Jovanovic says. Instead of telling your teen to practice better hygiene, tell her to shower every evening and brush her teeth twice a day. Start small and offer praise: In reality, no matter how old you are, “changing a habit is a difficult task, and getting started on a change is usually the hardest step,” Jovanovic says. Start small and leave room to grow. If he hasn’t exercised in a while, don’t sign him up for an intensive three-week program. Start with a daily 30-minute walk around the neighborhood and join him if he’s up for it. “Parents tend to compare their own habits to the habits of their children,” Jovanovic notes. “Put the frustration on hold and focus on helping their behavior translate into a stable habit. Applaud their efforts and help them build up to new goals.” Build your relationship: Lastly, and most importantly, this is the key to shaping your teenagers into the adults you’d like them to be. “If the relationship isn’t good, chances are that your teen will ignore you, or do the opposite of what you suggest,” Jovanovic says. “What a coach (that’s you) does is invest time in listening and understanding the reasons behind the choices teens make. ...Consistency in the coach’s actions and attitude is what builds trust.” Once your teen trusts you and feels like you really know her, she’ll be ready to listen and take what you’re saying into consideration, Jovanovic says. Your teen will also feel less pressure and a lack of judgment, which will help him grow and find out what works for him. Karen Lo is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn.
What Parents Need to Know About Life Insurance ››
Experts share why taking out a policy is so essential for moms and dads—plus, how to get started. By Madeleine Burry
here are many amazing aspects of parenthood, from sweet snuggles to watching your little one achieve big milestones. Not on that list? Getting life insurance. And yet, this task is incredibly important for every parent. “Life insurance protects a family financially,” says Paul Graham, senior vice president of policy development at American Counsel of Life Insurers. If you’ve put off this task, you’re probably not alone. After all, it’s not pleasant to think about worst-case scenarios, your own mortality, and the addition of yet another expense. But it’s worth noting the cost of a policy may be far lower than you anticipate, says Graham, who notes that according to LIMRA, a market research firm, millennials overestimate the cost of life insurance by five times its actual amount. “The fact is, it is possible to find a life insurance policy to fit within just about anyone’s budget,” Graham says. Here’s what parents need to know, and how to get started procuring life insurance. 16
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Why Parents Need to Prioritize Life Insurance
“Anyone who has somebody else depending on their income needs life insurance,” says financial expert Jean Chatzky, author of Women with Money and host of the weekly podcast HerMoney. “Think about life insurance as income insurance,” Chatzky says. “If you were to die, who’s going to be in trouble because your salary or your income is no longer there?” With life insurance, your beneficiary—most likely, your child’s other parent or guardian—will receive a payout, known as a death benefit, if you die. This money can cover the basic monthly expenses (think: after-school programs, grocery bills, and so on), allowing your family to maintain their standard of living, Graham says, along with paying the mortgage bill or monthly rent at your current home. Plans can also help send kids to college, he notes. But keep in mind what makes sense for one family, might not make sense for yours. “Everyone’s financial situation is unique, and everyone’s life insurance needs are different,” Graham says.
What’s the Right Insurance for You?
As a parent, your best bet is to get life insurance right away—that means before your baby is born, or immediately afterward. “You want to make sure that the need is covered when it exists,” Chatzky says. Plus, this is one task that rewards youth and good health. “Life insurance gets more expensive as you get older,” Chatzky says. And if you develop a health condition, it can be harder—and again, more expensive—to get insurance, she adds. Parents can choose between two categories of life insurance: permanent or term (that’s short for “terminate”). With term insurance, you’ll be covered for a set period of time (between 0 and 30 years, according to ACLI)—the policy will pay only if you die in that set timeframe. After the set time period, there is no payout. Permanent life insurance, by contrast, will give you lifelong protection—as long as you continue to pay the premiums, your beneficiaries will receive the death benefit. There are several versions of this type of insurance available, depending on your particular needs. Generally, Chatzky recommends term insurance, which is far cheaper than permanent. “In order for people to get as much insurance as they need, [term insurance is] often the only affordable way to do it,” she says. Plus, she notes, remember the whole point of getting this insurance: to cover your income. Once your income is no longer essential to your family’s way of life—for instance, 25 years down the road, when your kids are out of college and the mortgage is paid off—you no longer need the coverage of term insurance. That said, some parents will always have a need for insurance, Chatzky says. If there’s someone in your life who will depend on your financial support for your entire lifetime, such as a child or sibling with special needs, permanent insurance makes sense for you, she says. You can also use permanent insurance to leave your kids money in your estate, she notes. What if you want or need permanent insurance, but can’t afford it? “You can start with term insurance and then convert it to permanent insurance in most cases,” Chatzky says—just make sure your insurance policy provides an option to convert.
Avoid Two Common Pitfalls of Procuring Life Insurance
One of the biggest mistakes experts see parents make is only covering the parent who’s in the workforce and receiving a paycheck. Don’t downplay the work stay-at-home parents do— and the expense it would require to cover it. “If you’re the stay-at-home parent and if you were no longer there, someone would have to be hired and paid, then you also need life insurance,” Chatzky advises. Quantifying the amount may be easier for parents in the workforce, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only work that needs to be covered. Take some time to tally up the costs of the many responsibilities covered by a stay-at-home parent. “Cooking, cleaning, caring for children, transporting them to and from school and recreational activities, and the many other tasks performed by a stay-at-home parent cannot be easily replaced,” says Graham, noting that Salary.com estimates the median salary of a stay-at-home mom at a whopping $162,000 per year. “People should think very seriously about ensuring a stay-athome parent has coverage,” Graham urges. Neglecting coverage for nonworking parents isn’t the only pitfall out there. It’s also important to evaluate company-provided life insurance, too, Graham says. Typically, it pays a death benefit that’s
equal to one or two times your annual salary, he says. “However, some experts recommend that people’s life insurance coverage should equal ten times their annual income. Needs could be higher or lower depending on a family’s situation,” Graham says.
How Much Insurance Do You Need?
Figuring this out comes down to doing some math and thinking through both your current and future financial situation—to help, you can search online for life insurance calculators (like the one offered by Nerdwallet). The biggest considerations to keep in mind are: 1. How much debt do you have? From repaying credit card bills to mortgage payments, your survivors will be on the hook to pay them off. 2. What’s your income, salary, or the cost to replace services you provide? As noted above, this math is easier if you make a set salary. Multiply this amount by the years of coverage you’ll want. For stay-at-home parents, consider the annual costs of replacing their work. 3. How long do you need the coverage? Do you want the coverage to extend until your children are through with higher education, or just until they’re 18? Will you feel comfortable timing the coverage to terminate when your mortgage is paid off? These are the kinds of questions you’ll need to think through. 4. Are there other expenses you want to cover? If you want to cover big expenses—such as your child’s college education—factor it into your coverage amount. Feeling overwhelmed? There’s no need to go it alone. You can reach out to friends and family for advice. Professionals can also help you make your decision. “A life insurance agent or financial advisor has the knowledge and expertise to help consumers determine what level of protection is right for them,” Graham says. The most important thing is not to let distaste for thinking about your mortality—or an aversion to doing the thinking and math required to determine the right policy for you—stand in the way of getting covered. As Graham says, “Life insurance is a critical part of a family’s financial wellness.” Madeleine Burry is a freelance writer and editor who has held staff positions at Parents. com, Scholastic, and About.com. Burry lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their cat.
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Children’s Dentistry of the Palisades
Dr. Varsha Reddy, Dr. Alexandra Delfiner, Dr. Michael Ayoub, Dr. Keerthi Vittal 99 Dutch Hill Road, Suite 1100, Orangeburg 845-359-8080 cdofpalisades.com As a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Varsha Reddy and her team of specialists are experts in pediatric oral health care. Dr. Reddy has worked closely with children with special needs and has helped them have positive experiences at her office through her individualized desensitization program.
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Sherri Alpert, D.D.S. 2 Executive Blvd., Suite 307, Suffern 845-918-1801 dentalwellnessofsuffern.com firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Alpert now offers drill-free, needle-free dentistry with the Solea CO2 Laser. Her practice offers comfortable cosmetic dentistry for the entire family including implants and full-mouth reconstruction if necessary. A parent herself, Dr. Alpert has a lot of experience working with children who are apprehensive about the dentist.
6 Medical Park Drive, Pomona 845-354-7233 kastinorthodontics.com email@example.com Dr. Kastin prides his practice on conservative early treatment and cost-free childhood dental monitoring, enabling the most effective treatment possible, as well as being a knowledgeable, compassionate clinician and friend. State-of-the-art materials and customized treatment planning for every patient ensures quality care. Certified Invisalign® provider. Complimentary initial exams.
603 S. Route 304, New City 845-638-6646 60 W. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 201-447-2888 clementeorthodontics.com Our patients receive the benefit of experience, quality, and energy that comes with a multigenerational team. Dr. Michael Clemente and his daughters, Drs. Nicole Clemente and Marissa Clemente, work together seamlessly. They run a stateof-the-art practice with digital X-rays, private treatment rooms, impression-free Invisalign, Acceledent, and an experienced staff. Complimentary consultations.
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2 Centerock Road, West Nyack 845-348-1100 crystalrunhealthcare.com Crystal Run Healthcare is a multispecialty medical group offering the convenience of more than 50 specialties and 400 providers. Our West Nyack facility offers high-quality health care with more than 20 medical and surgical specialties, an infusion center, urgent care, diagnostic testing services, on-site laboratory, diagnostic imaging, and women’s imaging.
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5C Medical Park Drive, Pomona 845-414-9626 smithslittlesmiles.com firstname.lastname@example.org We provide excellent dental care for children, infancy to adolescence, in a warm and friendly environment. As a mother of two, Dr. Smith knows how important it is for a child to be comfortable and stress-free during their dental visits. Most insurances accepted. Evening and Saturday hours and 24-hour emergency service available. Se habla Español. Dr. Angela Boudounis-Hatzis 265 N. Highland Ave., (Route 9W), Nyack 845-512-8434 nyackpediatricdentistry.com email@example.com Nyack Pediatric Dentistry is a cutting-edge practice that delivers state-of-the-art oral health care to the pediatric population, from birth through their teenage years. We believe that good oral health begins with prevention. Using age-appropriate techniques, we accomplish this through education and motivation. We welcome patients with special needs.
S. Ramaswamy, D.D.S.
515 S. Main St., New City 845-634-9603 ramaswamysmile.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Our state-of-the-art practice specializes in helping kids, teens, and adults achieve a beautiful smile with orthodontic solutions tailored to suit each patient’s lifestyle and preferences. All patient work is expertly provided by Dr. Ramaswamy and is the best way to reduce emergencies and decrease treatment time. Invisalign certified. Most insurance accepted.
Sachdev Family Orthodontics
124 E. Ramapo Road, Suite 2, Garnerville 845-786-7736 sfojustsmile.com; email@example.com We provide individualized braces and Invisalign treatment to kids and adults. Dr. Ameeta Sachdev has been in the dental field for two decades with dual dental degrees, from India and U.S. She teaches orthodontics at St. Barnabas Hospital. Free consults, most insurance accepted, evening and Saturday hours, and 24-hour emergency service available.
Smile More Kidz Dr. Darren Tong
140 Oak Tree Road, Tappan 845-367-7782 smilemorekidz.com Dr. Tong is a certified pediatric dentist, voted Favorite Kid’s Doc by NJ Family Magazine for five consecutive years. He specializes in treating children including those with special needs. Dr. Tong and his entire Smile team are focused on the specific dental needs of kids of all ages.
SPOTS Special Programs in Occupational Therapy Services
30 Ramland Road, Orangeburg 845-848-2228 spotsot.com SPOTS is a pediatric occupational therapy practice that provides services for toddlers to teens. We are committed to fostering a child’s self-esteem and confidence while utilizing their strengths to improve areas of difficulty, such as sensory processing skills, fine and gross motor skills, handwriting skills, social skills, attention, and self-regulation skills.
Tumble-Bee Gymnastics and Fitness
401 Market St., Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet 845-623-2553 tumble-beegymnastics.com Tumble-Bee Gymnastics and Fitness offers an education in gymnastics, fitness, and fun. Serving Rockland for more than 30 years, we offer programs for children ages 10 months to 12 years. Our staff is warm, caring, and well-trained to work with your child building confidence and self-esteem to achieve success in the future.
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Play:groundNYC returns for its fourth year of unrestricted fun for kids.
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Opening May 4 for the 2019 summer season, play:groundNYC on Governors Island is New York City’s only adventure playground with loose parts and materials, tools, and space for kids to just be kids. Children can visit this outdoor space to imagine and build in an area made for kids only, no parents allowed (with staff supervision). Get messy, imagine, and dream big—no restrictions! Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm. Ages: 5 and older. Free. 40 Barry Road, Governor’s Island; play-ground.nyc.
More than 100 dance organizations are participating in this year’s Dance Parade.
Dance into Spring!
What better way to celebrate the warm weather finally arriving in NYC than by joining 10,000 dancers, DJs, and live bands at the 13th annual Dance Parade and Festival? This unique display of culture will feature more than 80 styles of dance, including African, tango, salsa, hip-hop, contemporary, Irish, and Chinese! If you want a prime view, you can even purchase a grandstand ticket to watch from Astor Plaza. Saturday, May 18; parade begins at 1pm. Ages: All. Free to attend; $35 and up for grandstand ticket. Parade starts at 21st Street and Broadway; danceparade.org.
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A short walk away from Grand Central and Penn Station, the Morgan Library & Museum is a one-stop shop for all book worms looking to dive deep into the wide variety of literary works from the 20th century. Take an augmented reality tour through the Gilded Age gem, Pierce Morgan’s former library, to explore the rare medieval and Renaissance works or peruse the rare manuscripts, early children’s books, and much more at your own leisure. Visit it: 225 Madison Ave., Murray Hill; 212-685-0008; themorgan.org Can’t-miss event: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth; through May 12 Directions: Approximately a 1-hour drive from New City
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A view of The Whitney from Gansevoort Street, which is located in the Meatpacking District off of the Hudson River.
Free for children, The Whitney is home to a variety of unique works of art from artists of various backgrounds and is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon with your family. Be sure to visit its website to find out more about stroller tours, tours for immigrant families, activities for families with children on the autism spectrum, and more family fun. Visit it: 99 Gansevoort St., Meatpacking District; 212-570-3600; whitney.org Can’t-miss event: Open studio for teens, select Fridays, May 3-June 28, 4-6pm (see website) Directions: Approximately a 50-minute drive from New City
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EDITOR’S HOT TICKETS
Our calendar is full of great ideas. First, here are the nine events we consider can’t-miss—the ones we’re taking our own kids to. Consider it your cheat sheet to the best of what’s great this month!
Bogota’s Earth Day 2019 FREE
The Illusionists Live From Broadway
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 11am WHERE: Oscar E. Olsen Park, 157 W. Main St., Bogota, NJ AGES: All WHAT: In honor of Earth Day, Bogota Beautiful is partnering with local organizations and community volunteers to clean up and beautify different areas. WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a great opportunity for you to bring your kids and friends to meet others, learn about the environment, and make an impact on quality of life. WANT TO GO? 201-338-0875. bogotabeautiful.com.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 8pm WHERE: Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ AGES: 9 and older WHAT: This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jawdropping talents of a group of some incredible illusionists. WHY WE LOVE IT: Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, and disappearance. WANT TO GO? $39 and up. 201-227-1030. bergenpac.org.
2019 Derby Day Festival & Fundraiser FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 10am-4pm WHERE: Main Street, Pine Bush AGES: All WHAT: The celebration includes live music, kids’ activities and games, and a variety of food, craft vendors, UFO novelties, live characters walking around, pop-up street performances, and interactive games. WHY WE LOVE IT: Check out some of the local businesses that decorate and offer theme-based specials for the fair! WANT TO GO? pinebushufofair.com.
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 4-7pm WHERE: Grover Cleveland Park, Brookside Avenue, Essex Fells, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy live music from a local band, food and drinks by Cloverleaf Tavern including mint juleps, Kentucky Derby-themed games for kids including stick horse races, Streaming of the Kentucky Derby via a jumbotron, and raffles. WHY WE LOVE IT: The festival will help raise money for new bridges similar to the original Olmsted design. WANT TO GO? 862-505-2243. groverclevelandpark.org. 22
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Pine Bush UFO Fair FREE
Endangered Species Day 2019
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 10am-4pm WHERE: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Find out what role zoos are playing to help endangered wild populations. WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can take zoo tours, check out artifact tables, and have fun with educational activities and crafts. WANT TO GO? $8; $5 children 3-14; $1 seniors 62 and older; Bergen County Resident: $4; $2 children ages 3-14; $1 seniors 62 and older; free for active military and children younger than 3. 201262-3771. co.bergen.nj.us.
Laurie Berkner, Solo! The ‘Greatest Hits Tour’
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 3pm WHERE: South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Laurie will showcase many fan favorites, including an array of tunes that encourage kids and grown-ups alike to get up and dance. WHY WE LOVE IT: At her solo shows, in addition to familiar hits, Laurie performs tunes with simpler arrangements, hand motions, and a cappella singing. WANT TO GO? $35-$75. 973-313-2787. sopacnow.org.
Think a freebie has to be ho-hum? Don’t let the price tag (or lack of one) fool you. Here are the five no-cost events we’re excited about now. You’re welcome. Crystal Run Healthcare Prenatal Class FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, May 7, 5-6pm WHERE: West Nyack Office, 2 Centerock Road, West Nyack AGES: Adult WHAT: This program provides guidance and emotional support and helps prepare expectant parents for the arrival of their new baby. WANT TO GO? 845-703-6999. crystalrunhealthcare.com.
Annual Touch-A-Truck Event FREE
WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 10am WHERE: Van Neste Square Memorial Park, On Maple next to Van Neste Square Memorial Park, Ridgewood, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Treat your kids to a day of hands-on adventure, featuring an opportunity to climb onboard to explore trucks. WANT TO GO? 201-445-2600. ridgewoodchamber.com.
Toddler Saturday FREE
6th Annual EarthFest Overpeck FREE
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 1-5pm WHERE: Overpeck County Park, 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ AGES: All WHAT: The festival will feature free kayaking and canoeing, a fishing derby, live music, children’s activities and entertainment, a wildlife presentation, and a birds of prey presentation. WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s a celebration of clean water and a healthy environment, with more than 50 green and nonprofit vendors, and food trucks! WANT TO GO? 201-968-0808. hackensackriverkeeper.org/earthfest.
Zerbini Family Circus
WHEN: May 24-27, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm and 5pm; Sunday, 1pm and 4:30pm; Monday, 5pm WHERE: Museum Village, 1010 NY-17M, Monroe AGES: All WHAT: Watch in awe as jugglers, high flyers, camels, and clowns do their thing! WHY WE LOVE IT: Tickets are affordable and showtimes are convenient for families with young kids! WANT TO GO? $12-$15. 845-782-8248. museumvillage.org.
WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 10am-12pm WHERE: Smile More Kidz, 140 Oak Tree Road, Tappan AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Learn about oral hygiene in a fun way and your child can receive a free cleaning from the specialized kids’ dentist. WANT TO GO? 201-294-1393. smilemorekidz.com.
Mother Goose Time FREE
WHEN: Through May 23: Mondays, 10-11am WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Read stories and rhymes, sing songs, and do fingerplays and movement activities. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
Friday Fun FREE
WHEN: May 3-31, Fridays, 4pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Village Branch, 85 Main St., Haverstraw AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Enjoy different programs every week, including Builder’s Club, games, 3-D fun with 3-D pens, PS4, Code Club, Science Squad, and more. WANT TO GO? 845-429-3445. hkdpl.org. ››
Weekly Drop-In at Rockland Baby Cafe FREE
WHEN: Through Jan. 31, 2023: Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm WHERE: Rockland Baby Cafe, 14 S. Main St., Spring Valley AGES: Newborn to 2, adult WHAT: Meet and talk to new moms, learn how to make breast-feeding easier, and get tips on pumping, going back to work, and other parenting topics. WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s the first drop-in baby cafe in the New York metro area. WANT TO GO? 914-922-2240. rocklandgov.com. RocklandParent 23
Mother’s Day Birding Walk
WHEN: Sunday, May 12, 10am-12pm WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a guided birding walk outdoors. WANT TO GO? $7; $5 members. 551-804-7794. tenaflynaturecenter.org.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS Forest Bathing and Tibetan Gong Sound Healing
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 10am-12:30pm and 2:30-5pm WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ AGES: Adult WHAT: Forest Bathing is a guided mediation session that allows us to “bathe” our minds and spirits in the serene landscape. WANT TO GO? $85; $75 members. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.
Family Day Hike in Harriman FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 10am-1pm WHERE: The Nature Place Day Camp @ Harriman State Park, Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain AGES: 3-17 WHAT: Meet other outdoor-loving families, learn about local plants and animals, get in some good exercise in the fresh air, and enjoy your lunch with a beautiful view. WANT TO GO? 845-356-1234. thenatureplace.com.
WHEN: May 4-5, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate The Burn Family Lilac Collection in all of its glorious forms, colors, and aromas with plein-air painting, music, guided tours, and talks. WANT TO GO? $30; $28 seniors 65 and older and students with valid ID; $18 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybag.org.
Eco-Cruise with Hackensack River Keeper
WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 1-4pm WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ AGES: All WHAT: See migrating waterfowl, turtles, snakes, and birds of prey making their nests along bridges on this fully narrated tour. WANT TO GO? $55; $45 members. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.
Day Camp Open House FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 1-4pm, by appointment WHERE: The Nature Place Day Camp, 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge AGES: 4-16, adult WHAT: Learn about The Nature Place Day Camp, a nature-based, noncompetitive day camp. WANT TO GO? 845-356-1234. thenatureplace.com. 24
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Map & Compass Reading FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 1pm WHERE: Sterling Forest State Park, 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo Park AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Join for a presentation on compass use and map reading. WANT TO GO? 845-351-5907. parks.ny.gov.
Children and Families: Birding for Beginners
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 1pm WHERE: Storm King Art Center, Old Pleasant Hill Road (for GPS enter 1 Museum Road, New Windsor), Mountainville AGES: All WHAT: Join an educator from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to learn about spotting local aviators. WANT TO GO? $18; $15 seniors ages 65 and older; $8 students and children ages 5-18; free for members and children younger than 5. 845-534-3115. stormkingartcenter.org.
Primitive Living Skills for Children: Cookout: Open Fire Cooking and Techniques for Cooking Outdoors
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 10am-12:30pm WHERE: The Nature Place Day Camp, 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge AGES: 9-17 WHAT: This session will delve into open-fire cooking and participants will gain experience with different techniques. WANT TO GO? $45. 845-356-1234. thenatureplace.com.
Primitive Living Skills for Families: Harvesting and Processing Spring Plants for Survival
WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 2-4:30pm WHERE: The Nature Place Day Camp, 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge AGES: 5 and older WHAT: This session explores which spring plants are useful for survival techniques and how to process and prepare them for use. WANT TO GO? $25 per participant. 845-356-1234. thenatureplace.com.
Pond Study FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 1pm WHERE: Sterling Forest State Park, 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo Park AGES: 5-17 WHAT: The day will begin with a short hike from the Visitor Center to Laurel Meadows pond where you will net plants and mud to see what types of animals can be discovered. WANT TO GO? 845-351-5907. parks.ny.gov.
SMARTY PANTS Children and Families: Discover di Suvero
WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 1pm WHERE: Storm King Art Center, Old Pleasant Hill Road (for GPS enter 1 Museum Road, New Windsor), Mountainville AGES: All WHAT: Explore the shapes, sounds, materials, and moving parts of Mark di Suvero’s large-scale sculptures and construct your own temporary sculptures. WANT TO GO? $18; $15 seniors ages 65 and older; $8 students and children ages 5-18; free for members and children younger than 5. 845-534-3115. stormkingartcenter.org.
Children and Families: Magic Mobiles
WHEN: Sunday, May 12, 1pm WHERE: Storm King Art Center, Old Pleasant Hill Road (for GPS enter 1 Museum Road, New Windsor), Mountainville AGES: All WHAT: Join the art collaborative Freestyle Arts Association in making hanging mobiles out of found branches, leaves, and stones. WANT TO GO? $18; $15 seniors ages 65 and older; $8 students and children ages 5-18; free for members and children younger than 5. 845-534-3115. stormkingartcenter.org.
Weekly Drop-In at Rockland Baby Cafe FREE
WHEN: Through Jan. 31, 2023: Thursdays, 11am-1pm WHERE: Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center, 110 Bethune Blvd., Spring Valley AGES: Newborn to 2, adult WHAT: A drop-in to meet and talk to new moms, learn how to make breast-feeding easier, make sure your baby is latching and gaining well, get tips on pumping and going back to work, and learn about other parenting topics. WANT TO GO? 914-922-2240. rocklandgov.com.
ON SCREEN Springtime Film & Dot Painting FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, May 1, 10:30-11am and 1:30-2pm WHERE: Rose Memorial Library, 79 E. Main St., Stony Point AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Watch a preschool film, then use dot painting, stickers, or stamps to create a colorful, springtime decoration. WANT TO GO? 845-786-2100. rosememoriallibrary.org.
Open Cockpit Weekend
Star Wars Movie and Craft Program FREE
Exploration Station: Birds FREE
Family Movie: ‘The Lego Movie’ FREE
WHEN: May 18-19, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm WHERE: Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey, 400 Fred Wehran Road, Teterboro, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Get up close and personal with various aircrafts that will be on display. WANT TO GO? $12; $9 seniors and children. 201-288-6344. njahof.org. WHEN: Wednesday, May 22, 4:30-5:30pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Learn about our feathered friends, birds! Explore science and the world around you with hands-on stations, along with a discussion and a story. WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 1pm WHERE: Sloatsburg Library, 1 Liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Make some science-inspired crafts and enjoy one of the Star Wars movies. WANT TO GO? 845-753-2001. sloatsburglibrary.org. WHEN: Friday, May 10, 8-9:45pm WHERE: Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park W., Piermont AGES: All WHAT: Watch The Lego Movie. Popcorn will be served! WANT TO GO? 845-359-4595. piermontlibrary.org.
Play the PS4 FREE
WHEN: May 7-28, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Village Branch, 85 Main St., Haverstraw AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Play the PS4 on the big screen! WANT TO GO? 845-429-3445. hkdpl.org.
Teen Movie Night FREE
WHEN: Thursday, May 30, 6:30-8:30pm WHERE: Sloatsburg Library, 1 Liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg AGES: 13-17 WHAT: See Dunkirk at the library. Real tickets, real concessions, and real fun! Bring a pillow or a blanket. WANT TO GO? 845-753-2001. sloatsburglibrary.org.
Teen Gaming FREE
WHEN: Through June 13: Thursdays, 4-5pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Join the library for game play on the Nintendo Switch. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org. ›› RocklandParent 25
Escape the Room! FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, May 14, 6-7:30pm WHERE: Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick AGES: 9-12 WHAT: Can you unlock the boxes in time? Escape by solving puzzles and searching for and decoding clues. WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. warwickchildrensbookfestival.org.
Family Fitness Night! FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 6-7pm WHERE: JTS Community Center, 115 Torne Valley Road, Hillburn AGES: All WHAT: Bring the family out for a free night of fitness! WANT TO GO? 845-753-2324. ramapoparks.org.
Rhyme, Bounce, and Giggle! FREE
MOVERS & SHAKERS Family Fun with Bingo Night FREE
WHEN: Friday, May 3, 6-8pm WHERE: JTS Community Center, 115 Torne Valley Road, Hillburn AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy an evening of fun with a bounce castle, inflatable slide, bouldering wall, and bingo. Play for prizes! WANT TO GO? 845-753-2324. ramapoparks.org.
Family Bingo FREE
WHEN: Friday, May 3, 6:30-7:45pm WHERE: Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park W., Piermont AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Kids can play bingo with an adult and enjoy snacks, prizes, and fun. WANT TO GO? 845-359-4595. piermontlibrary.org.
Summer Art Camp Open House FREE
WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 1-4pm WHERE: Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 S. Greenbush Road, West Nyack AGES: All WHAT: Meet the staff of Camp RoCA while enjoying a free art workshop for the entire family, touring the studio art facility and expansive grounds, and getting information about the camp program. WANT TO GO? 845-358-0877. rocklandartcenter.org.
A Night With Pikachu
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 3-6pm WHERE: Power House Dance Center, 71 Route 9W, Haverstraw AGES: 3-12 WHAT: There will be games, a bounce house, face painting, photos, and more. WANT TO GO? $30. 917-882-6660. partypackcrew.com.
Minecraft Challengers FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 3-4pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Talk and play everything Minecraft! WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org. 26
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WHEN: Through May 20: Mondays, 10:30-11am WHERE: Rose Memorial Library, 79 E. Main St., Stony Point AGES: Newborn to 2 WHAT: Stop by the library for songs, rhymes, and stories for the littlest ones. WANT TO GO? 845-786-2100. rosememoriallibrary.org.
FUN FAIRS & FESTIVALS EMS Food Truck Festival
WHEN: Friday, May 3, 5-9pm WHERE: Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School, 344 Calvin Court, Wyckoff, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy a night of fun, food, music, and games with some of the best food trucks in the area while raising funds to benefit Eisenhower Middle School 3R’s Day. WANT TO GO? $20 per family; $5 per person; free for children 5 and younger. dde.freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us.
Spring Fest Show in the Park FREE
WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 10am WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, Broadway and Third Avenue, Westwood, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Check out 120 exhibitors with arts, crafts, gifts, and an antique corner, as well as festival foods, cotton candy, ice cream, and more. WANT TO GO? 201-666-1340. pjspromotions.com.
Ridgewood Chamber Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale Days FREE WHEN: May 16-18, 10am-10pm WHERE: The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Ridgewood, Ridgewood, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy three days of experiencing Ridgewood with excellent shopping, discounts, and selections galore. WANT TO GO? 201-445-2600. ridgewoodchamber.com.
Nursery School of the Nyacks Multi-Family Tag Sale FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 9am-1pm WHERE: Nursery School of the Nyacks, 130 First Ave., Nyack AGES: All WHAT: Gently used baby gear, toys, books, clothing, household items,
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
WHEN: May 10-12, Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, NJ AGES: 5 and older WHAT: The Ailey company marks six decades of achievement and celebrating the human spirit with the New Jersey premiere of Rennie Harris’s Lazarus. WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 800-466-5722. njpac.org.
‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!’
WHEN: Sunday, May 12, 1:30pm and 5pm WHERE: Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Daniel learns just what it takes to be king in an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. WANT TO GO? $29 and up. 201-227-1030. bergenpac.org.
and much more will be offered at excellent prices. WANT TO GO? 845-348-3268. nurseryschoolofthenyacks.org.
Nyack’s Famous Street Fair FREE
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 10am-5pm WHERE: Downtown Nyack, Main Street and Broadway, Nyack AGES: All WHAT: More than 300 exhibitors with arts, crafts, unique decor, and collectibles will be participating at this long-running fair. Expect festival foods, Nyack’s cafés, music, and a Kids Zone. WANT TO GO? 201-666-1340. acadaofnyack.com/nyack-street-fair.
Sugar Loaf Spring Festival FREE
WHEN: May 26-28, Sunday-Tuesday, 10am-5pm WHERE: Sugar Loaf, 1371 Kings Highway, Chester AGES: All WHAT: Check out local stores, visiting arts and crafts artisans lining the streets, a variety of cultural and local authentic cuisine from food vendors, and live music all weekend. WANT TO GO? sugarloafnewyork.com.
WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 7:30pm WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ AGES: 5 and older WHAT: A classically trained violist and a violinist combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” WANT TO GO? $29 and up. 973-539-0345. mayoarts.org.
The Illusionists: Live from Broadway
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 3pm WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ AGES: 5 and older WHAT: The Illusionists dazzle audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. WANT TO GO? $49-$89. 973-539-0345. mayoarts.org.
‘Double Dare Live’
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 7pm WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ AGES: 5 and older WHAT: All the slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting will be hosted by the Double Dare legend himself Marc Summers! WANT TO GO? $49 and up. 973-539-0345. mayoarts.org.
Magic Tree House: ‘Showtime with Shakespeare’
SHOW TIME! Shen Yun
WHEN: Through May 4: See website for schedule WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Known internationally for a nonstop array of beautiful dance, Shen Yun creates an immersive experience with enchanting orchestral music; colorful, authentic costumes; and high-tech animated backdrops. WANT TO GO? $85 and up. 800-466-5722. njpac.org.
WHEN: Monday, May 6, 4pm WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte, Charlotte’s Web explores bravery and selfless love. WANT TO GO? $12-$15. 973-539-0345. mayoarts.org.
WHEN: Friday, May 31, 7pm WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Treat the entire family to this lively, new hip-hop musical based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night. WANT TO GO? $25. 800-466-5722. njpac.org. ››
Explorers Club FREE
WHEN: Monday, May 13, 7-8pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Explorers Club is for children to imagine, discover, and create together. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
Culinary Corner with Chef Nate FREE
CRAFTY KIDS Children’s Book Week Craft FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, May 1, 11am-12pm and 7-8pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week with a spring craft. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
WHEN: Mondays, May 6 and 20, 5-6pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Learn to make tacos! WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
Mix It Up! FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 4:30-5:15pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Join to make sweet sugar cookies! WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
Children and Families: Constructing Curiosities
WHEN: Friday, May 3, 3:30-4:30pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Teens are welcome to join the library for crafting with comic books and to take home a free comic book. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
WHEN: Sunday, May 26, 1pm WHERE: Storm King Art Center, Old Pleasant Hill Road (for GPS enter 1 Museum Road, New Windsor), Mountainville AGES: All WHAT: Explore the natural wonders found in Mark Dion’s sculptures and create your own works of art in this hands-on workshop. WANT TO GO? $18; $15 seniors ages 65 and older; $8 students and children 5-18; free for members and children younger than 5. 845-534-3115. stormkingartcenter.org.
Recycled Mother’s Day Craft! FREE
Drop-In Teen Tuesdays FREE
Comic Book Craft FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, May 7, 4:30pm WHERE: Sloatsburg Library, 1 Liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg AGES: 5-12 WHAT: This craft day recycles interesting everyday household items into a gift made with care. WANT TO GO? 845-753-2001. sloatsburglibrary.org.
Bracelet Creations FREE
WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 6:30-7:30pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: 9-12 WHAT: Make yourself or your mom a bracelet with safety pins and beads, just in time for Mother’s Day. WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
WHEN: Through June 11: Tuesdays, 4-5pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Join the library for a different activity each week. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
Sew-You Club FREE
WHEN: May 16-June 13, Thursdays, 6:30-7:45pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Learn the basic sewing skills to get you started! Make a cool project to take home. WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
Hop into Art Family Workshop
WHEN: May 6-9, Monday, 7-7:45pm; Thursday, 4-5pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 5-12 WHAT: After a story, build with Legos based on the book’s theme. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
WHEN: Through June 30: Saturday-Sunday, 1-3pm WHERE: Edward Hopper House Art Center, 82 N. Broadway, Nyack AGES: All WHAT: This workshop program gives families immediate access to high-quality art while offering insights into the exhibitions and local history. WANT TO GO? $7; $5 seniors; $2 students 17 and older; free for children 16 and younger. 845-358-0774. edwardhopperhouse.org.
Mother’s Day Craft Drop-In FREE
LEGO Club FREE
WHEN: May 6-10, Monday-Friday, 12-7pm WHERE: Rose Memorial Library, 79 E. Main St., Stony Point AGES: All WHAT: Drop in and help yourself to an assortment of craft materials to make a gift for your mom for her special day. WANT TO GO? 845-786-2100. rosememoriallibrary.org. 28
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WHEN: Through Dec. 30: Mondays, 11:30am WHERE: Glaze, 34 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Children enjoy 30 minutes of a new book each week, then paint a piece of pottery related to that story. WANT TO GO? $20. 845-359-9020. glazeartstudio.com.
HOLIDAY FUN Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party
WHEN: May 11-12, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx AGES: All WHAT: The most spectacular spring landscape New York City has to offer is the setting for live music, games, picnicking, and more. WANT TO GO? $30; $28 seniors 65 and older and students with valid ID; $18 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.
Congers VMA Memorial Day Parade FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 10:30am-12:15pm WHERE: Kings Park, Kings Highway, Congers AGES: All WHAT: See the parade step off across from Kings Park field by Ambulance Corp. WANT TO GO? 845-268-5831. email@example.com.
Memorial Day Parade FREE
WHEN: Monday, May 27, 11am WHERE: Village of Nyack, Artopee Way, Nyack AGES: All WHAT: The parade starts on Artopee Way and ends at Memorial Park, where a ceremony will be held. WANT TO GO? 845-358-0548. nyack-ny.gov.
Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony FREE
WHEN: Monday, May 27, 9am-12pm WHERE: Town of Ridgefield, 554 Shaler Blvd., Ridgefield, NJ AGES: All WHAT: The parade is followed by a Memorial Day Ceremony. WANT TO GO? 917-524-6561. patriotbrass.org.
New City Memorial Day Parade FREE
WHEN: Monday, May 27, 10-11am WHERE: Main Street, New City AGES: All WHAT: The New City Memorial Day Parade steps off from Higgins Funeral Home and concludes at the courthouse. WANT TO GO? newcitychamber.com.
Nanuet Memorial Day Ceremony FREE
WHEN: Monday, May 27, 11am-12pm WHERE: Rose Garden by Nanuet Train Station, Nanuet AGES: All WHAT: Commemorate our soldiers at the Nanuet Memorial Day Ceremony. WANT TO GO? nanuetchamber.com.
West Nyack Memorial Day Parade FREE
WHEN: Monday, May 27, 12-1pm WHERE: Clarkstown Reformed Church, 107 Strawtown Road, West Nyack AGES: All WHAT: The parade starts in front of Clarkstown Reformed Church and ends at West Nyack Hamlet Green. WANT TO GO? nyackchamber.org.
Memorial Day Parade FREE
WHEN: Monday, May 27, 10am WHERE: 554 Piermont Ave., Piermont AGES: All WHAT: The parade will begin at the firehouse and runs to Memorial Park with concluding services to be held at Piermont Pier. WANT TO GO? piermontchamber.org.
KINDNESS CRUSADERS ‘Do One Thing’ for a Better World: Art Exhibit Benefit
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 7-10pm WHERE: Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 S. Greenbush Road, West Nyack AGES: Adult WHAT: View and buy art and enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music, all while raising funds for the Blue Rock School and Rockland Center for the Arts. WANT TO GO? $55 VIP; $65 at the door; $25 Art Exhibition & Sale; $45 at the door. 845-358-0877. rocklandartcenter.org.
Family Promise Hike for Hope
WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 12pm check-in opens; 1pm the 3-mile Hike for Hope begins; 2-3pm Post-Hike festivities WHERE: Van Neste Square, East Ridgewood Avenue and South Walnut Street, Ridgewood, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Hike for Hope aims to raise funds for Family Promise programs empowering homeless working families. After, the 3-mile fun walk, enjoy music, food, and giveaways. WANT TO GO? $25 ages 11 and older; $10 children 6-10; free for children 5 and younger; prices increase by $5 on day of event. 201-8338009. bergenfamilypromise.org.
Jr. Chefs’ Garden FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 1:30-2:30pm WHERE: Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Help plant herbs and veggies for future children’s cooking programs. Create plant markers from recycled materials. WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. albertwisnerlibrary.org.
Nun Run/Walk 5K
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 9am WHERE: St. Dominic Convent, 496 Western Highway, Blauvelt AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Join the Sisters rain or shine. Prizes will be given to the first three women, men, boys, and girls to finish. All proceeds will benefit the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York. WANT TO GO? $28. 845-359-7327. opblauvelt.org/nunrun. ›› RocklandParent 29
area with special treats. WANT TO GO? 845-634-3391. centerforsafetyandchange.org/paws.
Bark for Education Canine Carnival, Dog Show & Adoption Event
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 12pm WHERE: Cresskill High School, 1 Lincoln Drive, Cresskill, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Enter your pooch in contests, speak to professional trainers, enjoy the dog park, music, vendors, a bouncy house, and face painting. WANT TO GO? $5 per dog; $2 per person. cresskilleducationfoundation.org.
ONCE UPON A TIME ANIMAL LOVERS READ Dogs: Paws for a Cause FREE
WHEN: Thursday, May 2, 6:30pm WHERE: Sloatsburg Library, 1 Liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg AGES: 5-12 WHAT: This program helps young readers build confidence by practicing reading out loud to a furry friend. WANT TO GO? 845-753-2001. sloatsburglibrary.org.
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 10am-4:30pm WHERE: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ AGES: All WHAT: See shearing demonstrations and enjoy crafts for children, story time, and spinning demos. WANT TO GO? $8; $5 children 3-14; $1 seniors 62 and older; Bergen County Resident: $4; $2 children 3-14; $1 seniors 62 and older; always free for active military and children younger than 3. 201-262-3771. co.bergen.nj.us.
Birds of Prey FREE
WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 2-3pm WHERE: Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ AGES: All WHAT: Meet Flat Rock Brook’s feathered ambassadors and learn all about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, and natural history. WANT TO GO? 201-567-1265. flatrockbrook.org.
Mommy and Me Goat Yoga
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 1pm WHERE: The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation, 150 Snake Den Road, Ringwood, NJ AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Enjoy 40 minutes of vinyasa yoga with Eileen Yeager, and some goats! WANT TO GO? $30. 973-835-2160. facebook.com/totesgoatsnj.
2nd Annual Paws for Safety Family Festival FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 11am WHERE: Kennedy Dells County Park, 19 Zukor Road, New City AGES: All WHAT: Paws for Safety will have activities for children including a bounce house, face painting, and games. Dogs can play in a fenced-in
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Craft Storytime FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 11am-12pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Following story time there will be a simple craft activity. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
My First Book Club FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 4-5pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 5-8 WHAT: My First Book Club will read a book in preparation for the meeting, discuss, and do crafts. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
Drag Queen Story Hour FREE
WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 7-8pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: All WHAT: Join drag performer Jazel Jazalien for stories and craft. WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
Tales and Tunes FREE
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 11-11:30am WHERE: Havertsraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs, and bubbles! WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
Bubblegum Book Club FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 4-5pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 5-8 WHAT: The club will read a book in preparation for the meeting, discuss, and enjoy related games or activities. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 6:30-7:30pm WHERE: Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park W., Piermont AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Head to the library with friends and discuss your favorite books and enjoy snacks. WANT TO GO? 845-359-4595. piermontlibrary.org.
Tales & Tunes FREE
WHEN: Through May 21: Mondays, 11-11:30am and 7-7:30pm; Tuesdays, 11:30am-12pm WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Check out fun stories, finger plays, songs, and bubbles for walkers. WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
Preschool Storytime FREE
WHEN: Through May 21: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am and 1:30-2:15pm WHERE: Rose Memorial Library, 79 E. Main St., Stony Point AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Preschoolers will enjoy fun stories, songs, and make a craft to take home. WANT TO GO? 845-786-2100. rosememoriallibrary.org.
Toddler Time FREE
WHEN: Through May 21: Tuesday, 10am and 11am WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: Newborn to 2 WHAT: Free play follows story time. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
Pre-School Story & Craft FREE
WHEN: May 2-23, Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm WHERE: Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park W., Piermont AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Listen to some books and make an easy craft. WANT TO GO? 845-359-4595. piermontlibrary.org.
AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Enjoy old and new favorites at this family story time. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
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WHEN: Through May 25: Saturday, 10-11am WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Read stories, sing, do movement activities, and have a great time. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
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WHEN: Through May 29: Wednesdays, 3-4pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Children are invited to a fun story time. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
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WHEN: May 3-31, Fridays, 10:30-11:15am WHERE: Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Enjoy stories and songs, sensory story time with cool activities, fun with nonfiction, and more! WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
Book Club FREE
WHEN: Thursday, May 23, 6-7pm WHERE: Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library, 25 Flywheel Park W., Piermont AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Young readers are welcome for book club and cookies. WANT TO GO? 845-359-4595. piermontlibrary.org.
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WHEN: Through May 23: Thursdays, 10:30-11am WHERE: Rose Memorial Library, 79 E. Main St., Stony Point AGES: Newborn to 2 WHAT: Bring in your little walker for fun stories, rhymes, songs, and bubbles. WANT TO GO? 845-786-2100. rosememoriallibrary.org.
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WHEN: Through May 23: Thursdays, 11:30am-12pm WHERE: Rose Memorial Library, 79 E. Main St., Stony Point AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Bring your toddler in for felt stories, finger plays, a short book or two, and bubbles! WANT TO GO? 845-786-2100. rosememoriallibrary.org.
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WHEN: Through May 23: Thursdays. 11am-12pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ AGES: Newborn to 2 WHAT: Read simple and interactive stories and rhymes, sing songs, and do fingerplays. WANT TO GO? 201-837-4171. teanecklibrary.org.
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WHEN: Through May 25: Saturdays, 11am-12pm WHERE: Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ
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Spring presents so many opportunities for family fun, from stopping to smell the flowers at a local nature center to adventuring outdoors to a scenic day trip location. Both are great ways to get outside and enjoy the weather after months of being cooped up inside. However, for those of you who want to take it easy, you can always pick up some fresh produce at your neighborhood farmers’ market and relax at a kid-friendly museum.
Howe Caverns 255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave 518-296-8900; howecaverns.com Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10am-3pm Journey more than 150 feet below the Earth’s surface, where you’ll take a tour of an underground cavern 6 million years in the making. You’ll see stalactites and stalagmites, limestone formations, and the underground Lake of Venus. Above ground, Howe High Adventure activities include a four-tower zip line, ropes course, rock wall, air jumper, and gem mine at the Howe Caverns Mining Company. The H2OGO Ball gets visitors rolling down a hill in a 12-foot inflatable ball filled with 5 gallons of water. With a café and motel on premises, visitors can turn their day trip into a weekend getaway. Find more>> nymetroparents.com/day-trips
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Rockland Lake State Park 299 Rockland Lake Road, Valley Cottage (pool entrance: 153 Rockland Lake Road) 845-268-3020 Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk Admission: Free. Pool: $3. Parking is $8 through late October. Rockland Lake State Park’s lake is located on a ridge of Hook Mountain, above the west bank of the Hudson River. It is home to many species of fish, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, and birds such as eagles, water birds, and songbirds. The park has a 3.2-mile bicycle path. The pool is slated to open May 27 and will be open weekends and holidays through Sept. 4. Pets are not permitted through Sept. 30.
Edward Hopper House Art Center 82 N. Broadway, Nyack 845-358-0774; edwardhopperhouse.org Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm, or by appointment Admission: $7, $5 seniors; $2 students 17 and older; free for children 16 and younger This nonprofit art center is the birthplace of renowned American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967). The center boasts an archive of Edward Hopper documents and memorabilia and hosts rotating art exhibits. Guided tours are offered on weekends or by appointment. Visit the website for a calendar of upcoming events and children’s workshops.
Auntie Els Farmer Market 171 Route 17, Sloatsburg 845-753-2122; facebook.com/auntie.els Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 8am-6pm; Thursday-Sunday, 8am-7pm Those with a green thumb and a sweet tooth may enjoy this quaint farmers’ market. While the outside is decorated with shrubs, greenery, and flowers, the bakery has its own little building all to itself. The main store is in a separate building in which you can also find antique items. And don’t be frightened by the St. Bernard guard dog—according to past visitors, he’s very friendly!
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From kids’ rooms to bathrooms and the kitchen, experts share easy solutions to keep your home clutter-free. By Lambeth Hochwald
his time of year is not only the ideal time to do a big day (or two) of spring cleaning, it’s also one of the most ideal times to look at each room of the house in a different way, especially if it feels like there’s a little mess in every room. Interestingly, those messes usually take hold because we don’t have any method of staying organized—and this is key to keeping the house tidy. “Often we create messes because we don’t know exactly where to put something or the item itself doesn’t have a home,” says Piper Gore, owner of PS de Resistance, a home organizing company in New York City. “Even a pile of loose papers that need to be looked at some point should have a specific place—and only one place—that it’s kept in the home. The good news is, once you and your family know where things go, you’ll save time, find things faster, and spend less time organizing as you will already be doing it as you go along.” Read on as we guide you around your house, room by room, with some helpful organization tips—and great products—that will forever change the way you stack your towels, keep every last Lego tidy, and transform your kitchen into a place you actually want to cook in. 34
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All Hail a Tidy Kitchen
No matter how large (or compact) your kitchen is, it’s easier than you think to keep it organized, says Natalie Schrier, owner of Cut the Clutter, an organizing company in New York City. And, since this is the one room that can easily get disorganized—fast—Schrier shares three of her favorite tips for what is often the hub of the house: Double your shelf space. “To do this, shop around for freestanding shelves that will fit in your existing kitchen cabinets,” Schrier says. Swing by the Container Store to shop a variety of shelf options and sizes. Rethink your spice rack. “A tiered spice rack paired with printed labels on bottle tops makes it easy to find seasonings in a snap. To make things even easier, hang your measuring spoons on the door inside the cabinet in which your spices are stored,” Schrier says. Stand frying pans upright. “This will save space and make it easier to retrieve what you need—you won’t have to unstack anymore,” she says. The Iris Chrome Cookware Organizer ($19.99) at the Container Store is a great option to keep pans vertical.
Kids Rooms Can Be Streamlined
If it feels like your kids’ rooms are bursting at the seams—your kids are in a major growth spurt and some clothes fit and some don’t, toys are strewn every which way, and Legos are perpetually under foot—it’s time to sort, dump, or store. Here are four tips to get this room under control: Corral hand-me-downs. “It can be hard to keep kids’ clothes under control since they outgrow them so quickly,” says Lisa Zaslow, owner of the NYC-based Gotham Organizers. “My best tip: Keep a spare shopping bag in the closet to stash too-small clothes and shoes as soon as you realize they don’t fit,” she says. “When it’s full, donate, sell, or give those items away. If you’re saving items for a younger child to grow into, use a zippered clothing storage bin and label it with the size.” Divide—to conquer—drawers. “When it comes to underwear and socks, it’s almost impossible to have kids keep those drawers organized,” says Jennifer Nevins, founder of Savor, a Manhattanbased company that designs and manufactures organizational boxes. “Dividers make it easy to keep like with like and makes it easier to see what you have and stay organized.” Have the right organizational tools. To get your kids’ room looking streamlined, use a label maker to indicate what’s in which storage box, put a cheery laundry hamper in your child’s room to ensure socks don’t end up on the floor, and never underestimate the space below the bed, a perfect place to tuck under-bed storage bags or boxes. Do a regular toy review. “One thing we see people struggle with is the fact that toys usually end up all over the house,” says Ben Soreff, owner of House to Home Organizing in Norwalk, CT. “Step one is gathering all the toys and games for review. Some may be broken or missing pieces and should be recycled. Others have been money aged out of donated Saving onanda should New be York City (preschools make great toy donation spots) and some may be keepsakes that should family day is easy! no longer be considered toys and live with the keepsakes.” As for storage, consider this: “One or two baskets with handles make for good traveling toy carrying bins for when you have company over and need to take the toys out of the living room and kitchen and move them to the kids’ room,” Soreff says. “Often younger kids don’t want to play in their room as they want to be in eyesight of the parent. These bins allow for quick clean up.” The rugged Canvas Storage Cubby Tote ($34.95) from L.L. Bean might be just what you need to keep those toys from scattering.
Wayfair, you can do one basket per person to keep everything organized—and stylish too. As for keeping your cleaning products neatly stored in their own separate compartments, consider the Bee & Willow™ Home Metal Cleaning Caddy ($12.99) from Bed, Bath and Beyond. A lazy Susan isn’t just for the kitchen. “These spinning trays are heaven-sent when you’re trying to reach things on a shelf,” Gore says. “If you have lots of supplements or lots of bathroom products, these work anywhere there are lots of little jars, bottles, or vials. One tip: Try placing one on a shelf where you haven’t already implemented the basket strategy. I love the ease of reaching my products just by spinning the tray instead of knocking over everything to get to the one item in the back of the shelf.” Keep items low enough for kids to reach. “Hooks are super helpful ways to stay organized, but they have to be hung at the right level,” Nevins says. “Height is important—our bathroom hooks were hung at adult size and that meant our kids couldn’t reach them. Low hanging hooks are key for having kids take responsibility for their stuff.”
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If your home is closet-challenged and it seems like every time you open a closet door something falls down and hits you in the head, not to worry, say our organization experts. Here are three tips for making your closets seem spacious even if they’re packed with everything from vacuums and ski equipment to winter coats and luggage.
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Paint, slime, draw, fun, clay, and glitter are all the cool things we do at our studio! Abrakadoodle has been serving the community for more than 13 years offering Artie Parties and “no school Workshops” for ages 3 and older.
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A karate party is a great way to enter the world of martial arts. It’s also a great way for experienced students to share the martial arts with friends and family. Spacious, fully equipped facility; an energetic, cheerful, and professional staff; and martial arts-themed fun and games.
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Bach to Rock offers birthday parties for kids of all ages and adults. Call to find out more about The Rock Birthday Party, Karaoke Birthday Party, and The Rock City Birthday Party!
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We offer a fully equipped ceramics and plaster studio where children and adults let their creativity run wild. Parties for kids include paper goods, a painter’s hat for the birthday child signed by their friends, and an item for each child to paint.
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We are well known for our great birthday party packages and offer Glow Bowling for Sunday parties. All parties include bowling, shoe rental, food, paper goods, invitations, setup, and cleanup.
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• Measuring cups
• A couple tins of baking powder
• Mixing bowl and spoon
• Liquid dish soap
• Food coloring (optional)
Instructions 1. Combine 2 parts baking soda and 1 part baking powder in a large mixing bowl. We used 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of baking powder, but you can use whatever measurement you have on hand, as long as you’re consistent in ratio! 2. N ow add 1 part (for us, 1 cup) of dish soap and stir well. You can start with a spoon, but as it combines, it’s more fun to use your hands. 3. Color with food coloring (optional) and play!
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