April GoList: Best Things To Do with Westchester Kids

Spring has arrived in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and there's an abundance of fabulous family activities springing up this month!

April marks the start of the spring festival season, which includes the annual Sheep-to-Shawl, full of woolly fun. April is also loaded with numerous Earth Day activities, such as Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival, plus various clean-up days, crafts, and celebrations.

This is also a good month for family-friendly performances, including Rosie Revere, Engineer. Fans of comics and anime can get their fill at the White Plains Comic Fest.

If you’re looking for Y Healthy Kids Day, traditionally held in April, note that this year’s event will take place in May, and Colonial Day will be held in June.

There’s always more! Sign up for our weekly newsletters and keep tabs on our Event Calendar to stay up-to-date. And don't forget: We've got you covered for spring break!

Rainbow Fish – Poughkeepsie
Thursday, April 4-Friday, April 5, 2019
The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will bring Marcus Pfister's popular children's story The Rainbow Fish to life onstage with puppetry, scenic effects, and original music. Two of Pfister's companion stories will also be presented. 

Lard Dog & The Band of Shy – Tarrytown
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Perhaps you've heard them on Sirius XM's Kids Place Live channel. This indie-kiddie-bop group has been likened to Devo and the B-52s, producing a quirky New Wave-ish style for younger audiences. Preceding the show will be an interactive songwriting workshop for kids.

Family Fun Day – Tarrytown
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Enjoy a fun-filled day of circus workshops, performances, crafts, and more—all FREE.

Performing Families: An Evening of Music, Dance, and Conversation – White Plains
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Bring your family to spend an evening with other families—performers sharing their culture from four different parts of the world.

Learn to spin wool at Sheep-to-Shawl. Photo byTom Nycz for Historic Hudson Valley

Sheep-to-Shawl – Sleepy Hollow 
Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, 2019
This annual event celebrates all things woolly. Through activities and hands-on demos like yarn-dyeing, visitors can learn how fabric goods were made in colonial America. Scottish border collies and a period fashion show add to the fun.

RELATED: 25 Spring Festivals and Fairs for Westchester and Hudson Valley Families

The Greenburgh Nature Center hosts the Great Green Eggstravaganza. Photo courtesy of the center

The Great Green Eggstravaganza – Scarsdale
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Celebrate the spring equinox with a day of seasonal egg-citement. Participate in egg-themed activities, including an environmentally friendly egg hunt. Make seasonal crafts, meet the animals, and search for signs of spring. 

National Park Fee-Free Day – Various locations
Saturday, April 20, 2019
To kick off National Park Week, enjoy free admission to national parks, including several in the Hudson Valley. Make a day of it in Hyde Park!

Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival – Ossining
Saturday, April 27, 2019
One of many great Earth Day celebrations in Westchester, this celebration will have a kids’ activity area, vendors, live music, local food, a drum circle, and eco demonstrations. FREE

Sheep Shearing Fest – Pocantico Hills
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Celebrate the arrival of spring with sheep shearing, fiber-arts crafting, a dance around the Maypole, sheep herding, and food for purchase. This event always sells out very quickly; purchase tickets pronto.

Peekskill Cherry Blossom Festival – Peekskill
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Celebrate the annual cherry blossom season with guided tours of these flowering trees, along with kids' activities, food vendors, and more. FREE

Rosie Revere and friends come to Emelin Theatre this month. Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

Rosie Revere, Engineer  – Mamaroneck
Saturday, April 27, 2019
A new musical brings Andrea Beaty’s beloved characters Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist, Scientist together to save the day when a class trip takes an unexpected turn. Two show times are offered, but early ticket purchase is recommended nonetheless, as this might sell out. [Update: As we anticipated, this production is now sold out.]

Earth Day Celebration – Cornwall
Saturday, April 27, 2019
This event features earth-friendly family activities and prizes for children who get their free Planet Protector Passport stamped at each booth. Enjoy hayrides, live music, farm animals, refreshments, and more. FREE; $5 suggested parking fee.

White Plains Comic Fest – White Plains
Saturday, April 27, 2019
This annual event organized by the White Plains Cares Coalition, now in its fifth year, offers cosplay, video-game tournaments, face painting, superhero button-making, comic-strip design, panel discussions, digital-animation workshops, photo-ops, and a raffle. Much is FREE.

Hudson Valley KidVenture – Poughkeepsie
Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28, 2019
Get ready for two days of food vendors, exhibitors, performances, hands-on activities, trucks, live animals, a baby T-Rex, a magic show, a roaming railroad, and more.

Don't forget to check out our Event Calendar for many more events happening this month and beyond.

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