Weekday Fun: Election Day Camps, Fall Field Day, Theater, November 2-6

Election Day is Tuesday, which means no school for many NYC kids. If you have to work, we've rounded up dozens of enriching full-day camp programs to keep kids happy and entertained. If that free day is an opportunity for a little extra fall fun, inspiring seasonal day trips, including one to a sporty spot in Massachusetts, are worth considering.

Other highlights for the coming week include the long-awaited release of The Peanuts Movie. Amp up the excitement by bringing the kids to meet iconic cartoon beagle, Snoopy, as he makes his way around NYC. If you are root-root-rooting for the home team, we've got a bunch of DIY ideas to cheer on the New York Mets as the World Series wraps up this week.

We've rounded up our best bets for November 2-6, including a Day of the Dead celebration, the annual Canstruction exhibit, a wonderful entry to theater for tots, FREE museum times and no-school Fall Field Day.

As always, you can find lots of other ideas in our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mad Hatter Party, Book Art, Backyard Birds, Nov. 2-6

Halloween may be over, but the abundance of fun and enriching programs continues for Westchester families! Mid-week is loaded with opportunities to learn and create. Adopt a new talent at Folded Book Art, learn about the Birds That Live in Our Backyard and don’t be late for a very important date at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party

These are just some of our top picks for the week—all of which are FREE! Read on for the rest and check out our hot-off-the-press November GoList for our top picks for the whole month. Our Event Calendar has even more options to choose from. 

The Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks on Long Island

Button up your overcoat--or just wear a furry animal hat--because it’s time for outdoor ice skating!  Enjoy the crisp winter air and a delicious cup of hot chocolate when you're done.We've compiled a list of the best outdoor skating rinks on Long Island.

Keep in mind that there are also quite a few Indoor Rinks around LI, so if the weather is simply too cold or if it's the off-season, you can still strap on some skates and have fun. Happy Skating!

25 Things to Do With Kids in Fairfield, Connecticut

Ahhh, Fairfield, located in Fairfield County, CT. It is as lovely as the name sounds -- a community built for families, with plenty to do both indoors and out.  So much, in fact, we didn't even have to include downtown sidewalk shopping on this list of 25 things to do!  Or the Main Library's Children's Department.  Or the Bellarmine Museum of Art ...  it's gonna take you some time to cross all of these off!

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!

Sweet Ways to Donate Your Halloween Haul to Those in Need

Got a Halloween candy hangover? Parents across the country are wondering how they're going to get rid of all that candy their kids brought home. Some of it will be eaten, sure, but just one look at the amount of calories in an average Halloween haul and you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your family's stomachs.

There are a number of creative ways to get rid of Halloween candy, like using it for crafts or science experiments, having the Switch Witch take it in exchange for a small toy or, you know, saving it until Easter and throwing it in the basket. (Hey, it's only six months away—how stale can that candy get?) But perhaps the best thing to do with Halloween candy is donate it. That way your kids can enjoy a truly special treat: the feeling of helping others. Here are seven ideas for donating unopened candy.

November GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

Halloween is over, and that can only mean one thing: time for Santa. You've got a couple of days to donate or cash in all of that Halloween candy before the advent calendars, candy canes, and Hanukkah gelt start arriving. Rip down those Halloween decorations, quick, because some of your neighbors are already prepping their amazing holiday light displays. Yes, November is the sandwich month, and we're not just talking turkey. Read on for our top November things to do in LA, Ventura, and OC. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, too; with so much going on, we'll have to!

Click through to the full listings, and you can automatically add them to your personal calendar.

A Visit to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London

At least one Saturday morning a month, you’ll find my family perusing art galleries and museums. We find the experience equally relaxing and energizing, and my daughters get excited about finding a new favorite artwork or inspiration for a new project. Recently, we took our first trip to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and spent a lovely day in New London.

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