Last weekend, Lauren, her boys and I (Hi all I’m Tara) went to Rockland County YouthFest at Rockland Community College Fieldhouse in Suffern, NY.  This is an annual FREE event.  There were a hundreds of vendors from inflatables, crafts, county services and the Rockland Boulders to name a few, and all geared to kids.  Everyone seemed to have a basket of candy or a wheel to spin for a prize.  There were talented children musicians, dancers and cheerleaders performing, as well as professional performances and demonstrations.

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The inflatables were awesome…

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Monster snow plow, the same used by the military,  Rockland sure knows how to remove snow and the kids loved climbing in it.

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If the snow plow wasn’t enough, there was a Clean Air Hybrid Bus to take a seat on.

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After the “transportation” excitement there is nothing like holding a sweet little chick.

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To help children overcome the fear of hospitals, kids picked out their favorite Gund Teddy Bear and they received a name bracelet.  In Triage, they told the Nurse a problem and went in to see the Doctor.  He even gave the Teddy Bear an x-ray.

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The day was certainly a success.  So here are my tips…

-There is a lot of parking, but bring a stroller for your new walkers.  The parking lot is a distance to the entrance  (think college campus).

-Bathrooms are available right before you walk in.

– Arrive early, by 11:45am the inflatables were getting crowded, but they were super fun, close together and FREE!

– The Teddy Bear Hospital was fabulous, but you can’t bring your stroller into the tent.  They did have an attendant watching for you.

-Food was not free, typical carnival food, hotdogs, popcorn, pretzels, cotton candy, etc.  Bring your own utensils, there were none to be found.

-Allow two hours to check it all out

-I would recommend the Rockland YouthFest for kids 3-10.

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1796589_10202645382809134_1820742141_aTara Simon is a wife and mother of two children. She left her career at Sony Music after the birth of her son and her focus became family.  She spends many days driving back and forth to swim practice, crew, volleyball and girl scouts. She is also a proud volunteer as a Girl Scout Leader, serves on a variety of Boards and has served as PTA President. Currently she works with Toddlers as a Nursery School Teacher in Nyack. Tara lives in Suffern with her family, two dogs, Moo-shu Tofu and Trixie Star and a Bearded Dragon named Waves.