16 Free Ways to Have Fun with Westchester Kids this Week

Halloween is drawing near, and this week’s activities for Westchester families are largely reflective of that. Below we’ve rounded up 16 fun things to do for kids of all ages—all of which are free!

You’ll find eclectic takes on Halloween fun—like making a mask using objects found in nature and navigating a spooky Halloween maze (if you dare!)—plus a smattering of alternatives like Coding the Droids from Star Wars and a Harry Potter party if you’re all pumpkin-ed out.

Read on for all this and much more; then visit our Event Calendar which is practically exploding with exciting activities every day of the week! 

12 Sweet Events for Babies and Toddlers in NYC This Week

Home with your NYC baby or toddler this week? Break out of your usual routine with these fun events around the city. There are FREE performances and storytimes, multiple sing-alongs, Halloween puppets, and even Halloween parties just for little ones under age 2.

Find more daily events in our continually updated calendar, or head over to the Mommy Poppins Baby Guide for cool classes, play spaces, and more need-to-know info for new parents.

Long Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 2017

A Thanksgiving feast is usually prepared and served in our homes. But sometimes it’s nice to take a break from tradition. Drop the daylong prep for Thanksgiving and head out to one of these Long Island restaurants serving up a traditional turkey dinner. Who knows, maybe you can enjoy a Thanksgiving run, volunteer, or (gasp!) relax a little.

For those who aren’t fans of turkey, many of these restaurants offer regular menu items. so everyone can have what they prefer. Just be sure to call ahead for reservations.

Have a happy Thanksgiving! And for more tips and activities this season, check out our Long Island Fall Fun Guide.

Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner in New Jersey

Not feeling up to hosting Thanksgiving this year? Here's something to be thankful for: There are plenty of restaurants open throughout the state on Thanksgiving Day. Having your holiday out means that you can sit back and enjoy the party—and you won't have to wash a single dish.

We've chosen 20 of New Jersey's best spots to enjoy a holiday feast. Call ahead for a reservation, and then use your extra time to plan some fall fun with the family, or try out one of these Thanksgiving crafts. Happy Thanksgiving!

Petting Zoos & Farms: 9 Places to Bring Westchester Kids for Animal Fun

Have an animal lover on your hands? Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley are filled with opportunities to see animals up close and personal—including some places that even let you get hands-on at a petting zoo. Many of the farms also offer kid-friendly activities in addition to the chance to see, touch and feed animals like horses, goats, cows, pigs, chickens, alpacas and more.

Read on for our top picks, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters for more family-friendly autumn activities. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook!

Ultimate Halloween Guide: 24 Best Celebrations in LA for Spooky or Free Fun

If you've already spent on the Halloween costume (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the pumpkin (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the Halloween candy (and perhaps an extra aerobics class, if you bought too early), then you might have reached your limit with spending money on this mother-of-all kids' holidays. That's when it's time to start sniffing out which are the key Halloween activities, and which are the free ones, that keep the mood going at this haunting time of year. The following 24 events are the Halloween parties not to miss—the scream of the crop!

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