Free Holiday Craft Workshops for Kids in Westchester

One of the greatest hallmarks of the holiday season is the personal touch we can create. This month, a number of workshops are being offered throughout Westchester that help children create their own handmade treasures—all of which are FREE (as an added gift!).

Read on for some nifty ways for kids and their grown-ups to get crafty this holiday season. And be sure to check our December GoList and our Event Calendar for even more ways to enjoy the holidays with kids!

Hanukkah Fun and Celebrations for Kids in Westchester

The Jewish Festival of Lights runs from Dec. 6-14 in 2015, which means it falls a little early this year. (This also means the festivities and celebrations have already begun!) No matter how you spell it—Chanukah, Chanuka, Hanukka, Hanukkah—this month spells fun with holiday celebrations throughout Westchester.

We’ve collected some of the most family-friendly activities occurring in Westchester. For more fun outings this month, be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide and Event Calendar, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook

Best Places for Kids' Cooking and Baking Parties in Westchester

Could your kid be the next Food Network star? If only they had proper instruction! Throwing your little one a cooking- or baking-themed birthday party is a great way to introduce him or her (and guests) to kitchen basics. Best yet, you don’t have to deal with the messy aftermath of pots and pans. From decorating cupcakes to crafting quesadillas, here are the best places in Westchester that can give them the skills to be Top Chefs for their birthdays. 

Don’t forget to consult our Kids’ Party Planner Guide for additional party ideas, and sign up for our FREE newsletter!

The Nutcracker Ballet: Best Performances for Kids and Families in Westchester

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the repetition of traditions. No matter what new gadget your child is requesting this year, some things—like The Nutcracker ballet—endure. The entire performance is enveloped in magic. The Christmas Eve setting, Clara’s dreamlike journey with the Nutcracker Prince, being transported to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s party and one of the most recognizable musical scores in existence come together as a delightful way to usher in the holiday season. The complexity of it will give your children something new to notice every year.

So while you're out and about enjoying the holiday season in Westchester, consider a family outing to experience this classic holiday tale. We've rounded up our best bets for performances of The Nutcracker in Westchester. Be sure to click through for all the details, including price, showtimes and more. Looking for even more Nutcracker options? Check out our best bets for family-friendly performances of The Nutcracker in NYC. Or take a look at our list of other holiday shows

Turkey Trots for Kids: Where Westchester Families Get Active for a Good Cause

Across Westchester County, families will be celebrating Thanksgiving this month with a fun and healthy tradition—the turkey trot. No longer a fancy dance step, the turkey trot is an annual ritual in many places—and occasionally involves an actual frozen turkey! Running a 5K can torch 300 to 500 calories, depending on individual person and his or her current fitness level. That’s enough for a second helping of Uncle Jim’s famous pumpkin pie, extra gravy on everything or a cup full of stuffing!

We've rounded up some of the best turkey trots around Westchester, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and preemptively work off your Thanksgiving dinner while raising money for some good causes. Be sure to click through to the event listing for even more details. And look for more fall fun on our Event Calendar and our November GoList!

Kid-Friendly Fall Productions in Westchester: Fun Shows for Westchester Families

In between taking advantage of all the great outdoor activities the fall brings, Westchester is offering a multitude of enticing children’s shows sure to entertain not only the little ones, but their chaperoning adults alike. This fall's lineup includes returning family favorites like Click, Clack Moo, but also numerous novelties, like Black Violin and Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia. An added twist on tradition is Olate Dogs - Winners of America's Got Talent.

Read on for our list of the best family shows and performances happening across Westchester this fall season. For even more fall fun, check our October GoList and Event Calendar for all of the other exciting activities for you and your family this season!

Family-Friendly Theaters in Westchester: Where to Catch a Live Show with Kids

Before having kids one of my favorite weekend activities was catching an early dinner before heading to an evening theater production or concert. Happily, post baby, that hasn't changed much (well, unless you consider that strollers, stuffed animals and gigantic characters in neon costumes are now part of the equation). Theater and music are fun, creative and enriching outlets for kids of all ages—and their parents! And while living so close to New York City makes it easy to catch a show anytime, there are plenty of venues in Westchester County that cater to young audiences with top-notch kid-friendly performances. We've rounded up the best live theater venues and performing arts centers that offer quality productions for kids in Westchester!

4th of July Fireworks: Where to Celebrate with Families in Westchester

Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means summer fun, barbecues and, of course, stunning pyrotechnics. Fireworks go hand in hand with the 4th of July, so the big question is, where to see a show? The famous Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is one option (if you're planning on trekking into NYC for the big event, check out our post about the best spots to watch with your family). However, if you prefer to stay closer to home, there are great displays happening all over Westchester County. Some celebrations take place before the holiday—there's even an event on July 1. And often the fireworks come with fairs, festivals and concerts, so there's lots to do and see. Read on for where to catch the best 4th of July fireworks in Westchester.

Earth Day in Westchester: Free Celebrations for Kids and Families

Earth Day is just around the corner! Although the official date is Wednesday, April 22, events and activities throughout Westchester kickoff this weekend and continue through April. There's even one in May—hey, shouldn't every day be Earth Day?

We've rounded up several ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids, and the best part is, they're all FREE! Remember, click through to our listings for all the details, and check out our Event Calendar for even more Earth-friendly options (and lots of fun unrelated activities, too).

Kid-Friendly Winter Productions: The Best Live Performances for Westchester Families

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season winds down, we may soon find ourselves with a surprising amount of free time on our hands. The winter is a perfect time to head indoors for a live performance, so to help guide you in your scheduling, we’ve rounded up some promising, kid-friendly productions in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Plan ahead to get the performances and seats you want!

Read on and click through to the event listings for full details. For more fun winter events, be sure to check our events calendar or sign up for our free newsletter which will keep you up to date on all of the fun, educational and exciting happenings around Westchester and beyond.


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