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When it comes to planning trips with children, the first rule is: if the kids are happy, the whole family is happy. There’s plenty to keep kids happy in Rockland County, NY, conveniently located just 30 miles from New York City.

Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Tompkins Cove

Ice skate at Bear Mountain Ice Rink, and enjoy the serene views. Skate rental available for $5 per person. The ice rink is outdoors and uncovered, so you can skate around in the crisp winter air.  

Palisades Center, West Nyack

One of the ten largest shopping malls in America, the Palisades Center offers over 200 stores, 15 sit-down restaurants, a bowling alley, an ice rink, an indoor ropes course, escape room, comedy club, and special events throughout the year. Among the newest attractions at this mega mall are Adidas, Autobahn (an indoor racetrack) and 5 Wits, an interactive entertainment experience. 

Launch Trampoline Park, West Nyack

Launch Trampoline Park is a great place for kids to release some energy.  There are attractions for all skill and bravery levels, like the slackline tightrope and the Ninja Course, with extreme obstacles like the spider wall and trapeze. The arcade is a great place to cool down.

Glaze, Orangeburg

Paint your own pottery! Glaze has hundreds of designs to choose from. Walk-ins are welcome. Choose from plates, bowls, cups, figurines and more! You don’t have to be an artist to make a creation; their staff can give you all the tools you need to make a beautiful piece.

Mt. Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, Hillburn

Nothing’s better than dinner and a show! Get an authentic Hibachi experience up in the mountains of Hillburn, NY. Enjoy a meal prepared by trained chefs right in front of you! It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.

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