For the Kids: Teen Holocaust Survivor Speaker, Arts and Crafts

Family best bets of the week


Each week, we'll give you the info on the best family activities or events for the week.

You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance. 

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  • When/Where: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Why Go: Watch a free screening of the documentary film Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story about a girl born into a traditional Jewish family in a small Ukrainian village and her miraculous survival in the face of hunger and death at the hands of the Nazis.
  • Following the documentary, Heller will speak about her experiences and how they have influenced her decision to dedicate her life to sharing a message of tolerance and hope with inner city teenagers. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Nanuet Library, JCC Rockland, and The Holocaust Museum & Study Center
  • Cost/Contact: Free / Register online at jccrockland.org

Make & Take Crafts

  • When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 15 from 1-3 p.m. at 
  • Why Go: Stop by A.C. Moore in Nanuet this Saturday with your kids for a hands-on demonstration with Darice Washi Tape and Embossing Folders
  • Cost/Contact:  
  • Otaku Club

    • When/Where: Pearl River Public Library Storytime room from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday
    • Why Go: The is for people interested in anime, manga, Japanese culture and games. Otaku is Japanese for nerd, but in this group, they mean it is a compliment. 
    • Cost/Contact: Free, but for older kids. Must be 15 years old.

    Catherine Konner Sculpture Park @ RoCA

    • When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10:00 am/Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack
    • Why Go: Visit the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park at Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) to see the permanent sculptures on exhibit and impressive landscaping.
    • Cost/Contact: Free/jamie@­rockla­ndartcenter.­org

    • When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10:00 am  / IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center, 4270 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack
    • Why Go: West Nyack’s big screen is the only theater in the region showing this polar bear biopic. Grab the kids—the flick is narrated by Meryl Streep, with songs by Paul McCartney.
    • Cost/Contact: $9 / (845) 353-5555


    Apple Picking at The Orchards of Concklin

    • When/Where: Saturday, September 15 starting at 10 a.m./2 South Mountain Rd, Pomona
    • Why Go: The Orchards of Concklin celebrates 300 years of growing apples since 1712
    • and invite you to pick-your-own apples every weekend through October 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Concklins grow over 20 varieties of apples and they cost $18 a peck bag. For additional fun for kids, every weekend through October 21, from noon to 5 p.m., there are inflatable slides, bouncies, Jurassic Adventure and Kid's Haunted House. 
    • Cost/Contact: $18 for peck bag of apples and additional cost for rides from 50 cents to $1/845-354-0369

    Get Fit Feel Great Kickoff Party at Bounce!

    • When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m./612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage
    • Why Go: Bounce! Trampoline Sports hosts benefit for Rockland Farm Alliance. Get Fit Feel Great is a pilot program sponsored by Bounce! Trampoline Sports, New York area sports nutritionist Dr. Michael Wald, and Rockland Farm Alliance. At the Kickoff Party, kids, ages 12 to 15, and parents will have an opportunity to meet Victor Byrne, head trainer, participate in mini aerobic and acrobat classes, see trampoline demonstrations by top athletes.
    • Cost/Contact: $12/ www.bounceonit.com or 845-268-4000.


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