Take the kids: Rockland Boulders games at Provident Bank Park

Rockland Boulders mascot the Boulder Bird dances for Rockland Boulders mascot the Boulder Bird dances for the fans as the Rockland Boulders play their home opener against the Newark Bears at Provident Bank Park in Pomona. (May 22, 2012) Photo Credit: John Meore

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Baseball fans can rejoice. The Rockland Boulders have returned for their second season of minor league game play at Pomona’s Provident Bank Park.

The team is set to play 50 games at home through Labor Day, and while baseball is the draw, a star-studded concert series and new kid-friendly promotions should be a hit with the whole family.

Located off of Exit 12 of the Palisades Parkway, the 3,500-seat stadium, which overlooks the Ramapo Mountains, features comfortable seating, good views and a concession stand with more than just your ballpark classic hot dogs and pretzels (think fruit cups, flavored popcorn and wraps). A variety of kid-friendly activities are part of the fun: kids run the bases for 15 minutes after most games; sing the vast majority of National Anthem performances before the game; pal around with the team mascot, Boulder Bird; and run wild through BoulderBerg, an outdoor playground complete with slides, swings, climbing walls and a jungle gym. Youngsters under 3 can attend games without a ticket as long as they sit in the lap of an accompanying adult. And don’t forget the fireworks displays after every Thursday and Saturday home game.

Ready to go? Here’s a look at some of the most exciting events that will happen this season.

June 7: Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat concert

Gavin DeGraw, who grew up in nearby Sullivan County, and Colbie Caillat, who featured “Saturday Night Live” star and Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan in her “Falling For You” video, will collaborate for a night of pop-rock hits to kick off Provident Bank Park’s concert series. Special guest Andy Grammer (“Keep Your Head Up”) is also scheduled to perform.
Info: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7; cost: $25-$45

June 8: Five For Fighting concert

In addition to a piano, John Ondrasik will bring to the ballpark his knack for writing and singing emotional rock ballads, including “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” “100 Years” and “The Riddle.” Info: 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 8; cost: $25-$45

June 17: Father’s Day Event

After the Boulders take on the Worcester Tornadoes, kids can play catch with their dads (or any adults) on Provident Bank Park’s well-manicured field.
Info: 2 p.m., Sunday, June 17; cost: $8-$36

June 24: Bark in the Park

Ordinarily, only service dogs are permitted in the ballpark, but the venue’s first Bark in the Park night will let canines crash at no additional cost in the Short Porch Group Picnic Area for this game against the Quebec Les Capitales. And in the event Spot, Rover or Fifi should lose interest in the game, an area behind the back fence will be open for additional dog-walking.
Info: 2 p.m., Sunday, June 24; cost: $8-$36

July 12: Gretchen Wilson and Jason Michael Carroll concert

Grammy-winner Gretchen Wilson (“Redneck Woman”) and Jason Michael Carroll (“Alyssa Lies”) will bring country hits and plenty of attitude to the ballpark.
Info: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12; cost: $25-$45

July 13: Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy and Bradley Gaskin concert

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If Wilson and Carroll’s show triggered a need for even more country music, Big & Rich [“Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”] will take the Provident Bank Park stage the very next night with guests Cowboy Troy and Bradley Gaskin.
Info: 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 13; cost: $30-$60

August 2: Renaissance Faire Night

The Boulders will not only encourage fans to dress up in 16th-century garb, but also will bring in acts from the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, Orange County. That said, the Boulders and Newark Bears will probably wear their standard-issue baseball uniforms for the game.
Info: 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2; cost: $8-$36

August 10: First Annual Boulders, Paper, Scissors Tournament

In addition to the Boulders’ game against the New Jersey Jackals, Provident Bank Park will host a rock-paper-scissors tournament among fans. Early rounds are expected to be conducted before the game, with the final round taking place on the field between innings.
Info: 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10; cost: $8-$36

August 17: Smash Mouth concert with Soul Asylum

Topping the charts with “All Star” and “Walkin’ on the Sun” in the ’90s, Smash Mouth later scored soundtrack hits with “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” (from the movie “Can’t Hardly Wait”) and a cover of “I’m a Believer” (“Shrek”). They’ll be joined on the bill by Grammy-winning rockers Soul Asylum, whose ’90s hits include “Runaway Train” and “Somebody to Shove.”
Info: 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17; cost: TBA

August 25: Hot Halloween

With costume contests and trick-or-treating on the docket, this game against the New Jersey Jackals will encourage fans to get into the spirit of Halloween a couple of months early.
Info: 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25; cost: $8-$36

IF YOU GO
What: The Rockland Boulders at Provident Bank Park
Info: 1 Provident Bank Park Dr., Pomona; 845-364-0009; www.rocklandboulders.com
Tickets: $8-$16 single tickets; $9-$17 games with fireworks; group tickets and season tickets available online
Parking: $5

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