Holiday Volunteering for Westchester Families

The holiday season is a great time to give your time and talents to worthy causes, and there's no shortage of ways to help out around Westchester. So whether you volunteer regularly or are just looking into it for the first time, we've got more ideas for getting your family involved in volunteering. All opportunities listed here welcome kids and teens, and this might be just the time to start a new family tradition!

Weekday Picks: Farmers Market Toy Drive, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, November 23-27

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it's a time for sharing with others, and for picking up the last minute items you need for dinner; why not do both by saying "meet me at Third and Fairfax" for the annual Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff at the Farmers Market? Each year, the bright red donation kettles take their places at our nation's storefronts. This drive for donations begins at The Farmers Market with a festive holiday event that includes a tree lighting ceremony, sing-alongs with the Claremont Carolers, and tributes to civic and community leaders. The U.S. Marine Corps collects for Toys for Tots, too.

So if Monday is for giving and Thursday is for gratitude, Friday must be for getting, right? Not necessarily. The Los Angeles County Arboretum has an “Escape from Black Friday” nature camp, and there is much to do on our calendar that does not involve shopping. Personally, in anticipation of El Niño relieving us from the drought, I’m going to be Singin’ in the Rain, but if you are looking for a kiddie movie, The Good Dinosaur opens at the El Capitan this week. If you have tickets to the 7pm show on Wednesday you can also enjoy a free anniversary screening of Toy Story beforehand. The accompanying show celebrates 20 years of Pixar Animation.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Totally Turkeys, Santa's Arrival, November 23-27

It’s Thanksgiving week! Gobble up all the Turkey-centric fun at holiday-themed events that include Tyke Hikes: Totally Turkeys, Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts and Turkeys Always Gobble. Looking for some non-shopping fun for the no-school days? Catch a performance of State Theatre’s Disney Live! or get a start on your holiday light expeditions at Historic Smithville Light Show. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options.

Family Friendly Museums in the Hartford Area

Connecticut is a state filled with culture, arts and history thus being depicted in the vast selection of museums and galleries. Of course the options don’t stop there, the variety of children’s museums spreading across the state are sure not to disappoint even our little entertainment seekers. What better way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon or escape indoors during the frigid winter months than to check out one of the great children’s museums that Hartford County has to offer.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Turkey Time, Turkey Trot, Festival of Lights, November 23-27

It's Thanksgiving week, and if you're not too busy with food prep and travel plans, there are some fun holiday-themed events taking place around Long Island. From turkey crafts to the Cradle of Aviation's annual Festival of Trees, families can enjoy time together before and after the eating frenzy. And be sure to look at our Holiday Guide for even more activities to celebrate the season. Happy Thanksgiving!

For even more activities, check out our Long Island Events Calendar, which is updated daily. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter

CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long Beach: An Icy Holiday Tradition

And now for something completely different.

We're fortunate in the Southland to have a wonderful variety of traditional holiday events each season; LA families can take in Christmas lights, boat parades, Nutcracker performances, and even outdoor ice skating rinks. But for the past three years our warm blooded kids have been able to experience something even more unusual—something, dare we say, completely different. Perhaps you've heard people talk about CHILL at the Queen Mary and can't quite work out what it is. Or maybe you think chill is something that can only be done with a board in hand. Either way, CHILL is a great reason for a family drive to Long Beach, where you can experience ice in ways you've probably never imagined.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Thanksgiving, Mooseltoe the Musical, Turkey Trot, Nov. 23-27

It’s Thanksgiving week, and there’s still no shortage of activities for Westchester families. We’ve rounded up our top picks for pre-holiday, post-holiday and even on the holiday!

Prepare to enhance your Thanksgiving décor at Harvest Craft, burn off that stuffing at Turkey Trot for a Healthy Heart and decompress after the feast at Mooseltoe—the first of our kid-friendly holiday productions.

Read on for more info and for our other top picks—and don’t forget to consult our Event Calendar for additional options and to plan beyond the coming week.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving from all of us at Mommy Poppins!

Weekday Fun: Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas Trees, Art Openings, Nov. 23-27

The unveiling of the incredible origami tree at the American Museum of Natural History and the opening of Santaland at Macy's Herald Square, as well as an expanded Holiday Train Show, are helping to kick off this holiday week in NYC.

There's also a couple of new museum exhibits for families to check out for the week of November 23-27: the display of Star Wars costumes and a kid-friendly look at the millions of microbes in and on our body at AMNH. You can beat the rush and enjoy a holiday-season show, many of which are playing this week. Or give the kids an active American history lesson at one of these weekend destinations.

You can find lots of other fun ideas in our Event Calendar and our Holiday Guide. Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!


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