In January, ice skaters in Bergenfield, N.J., descended on the idyllic Cooper’s Pond after it froze over for the first time in seven years. The arctic snap created another diversion in a suburb that keeps its children occupied.
Through the local recreation department, Police Athletic League, Little League and other groups, Bergenfield offers a groaning menu of youth sports. Halloween means trick-or-treating and a parade in the business district; Bergen County’s St. Patrick’s Day parade follows the same route. June brings a fishing derby at the pond and Family Fun Day in Veterans Memorial Park. Neighborhoods are dotted with playgrounds.