One of the rocks painted by Nicole Perrino

Looking for something the entire family can do together or just with your friends? Then look no further!

Nicole Perrino aka BronxMama first learned about rock hunting from a family member down in Georgia who had posted about the activity. Perrino quickly realized this would be a great idea to bring to The Bronx.


Folks get together and paint rocks with whatever their hearts desire and on the bottom they add the hashtag #TheBronxRocks. Once they’re done, they hide them throughout their neighborhoods across The Bronx for people to find, enjoy, take a picture and tag them on social media to show folks that they found a particular rock.

People are asked to re-hide the rock for others to find and join in the fun.

Bronxite and owner of Confetti Kids in Pelham Bay Lourdes Melendez-Gamez painted these beautites

“I thought it would be a great idea to spread to the Bronx. The borough is no stranger to art, and I imagined all types of people getting in on the fun. Families, artists, local businesses.” said Perrino to Welcome2TheBronx.

She added, ” It looked like such a fun activity to bring communities together and have fun as a family”.

And indeed it has already been a hit with Bronxites across our borough immediately taking to the activity.

When Nicole set up #TheBronxRocks Facebook group a month ago, Bronxites jumped in on the fun and began painting rocks and offering up clues to where they’re hidden.

Oh where can this heart rock painted by Debby of The Bronx be? If you find it, you know what to do!

Now, they’re even hosting a meet-up on Friday, July 14th at 6PM in Virginia Park for some rock painting in celebration of Bronx artist Lovie Pignata’s installation, ‘Daylighting‘.

The installation is part of NYC Park’s Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Parks Expressions Grant.

Hopefully you can come out to Virginia Park, bring your friends, family, kids, or just come solo and join in on the fun.

Someone’s excited to have found a painted rock! Briana, Perrino’s daughter is pictured here with her find.

“Not only is it exciting to see families spending quality time together, but it’s a fun way to get people out exploring the borough and meeting neighbors.” Nicole Perrino said.

As for the goal for the program? She said, “…to bring the Bronx community together and have beautiful rocks all over the borough!”


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