November GoList: The Best Things to Do with Kids in Westchester

Top November Activities for Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley November 2018

November is a month of transition, as the celebrations of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the December holidays merge, and Westchester and the Hudson Valley are rich with related family activities. If you haven't made it to some local Halloween haunts, there's still time to squeeze in some pumpkin fun; then, before you can say gobble-gobble, it’s time for the Thanksgiving Day ParadeHanukkah Festival of (Laser) Light, and Frosty Day.

This is a good month for makers and STEAM lovers, with, among others, the return of the annual Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire. And if you didn't OD on Halloween candy, satisfy your sweet tooth at the Red Hook Chocolate Festival, where decadence is the name of the game.

Below are our top 10 picks for November, but remember that our Event Calendar has many more fun and enriching activities of all kinds. Savor the season and enjoy it all! 

Try and bite chocolate at the Red Hook Chocolate Festival.  Photo courtesy of the event

Red Hook Chocolate Festival – Red Hook
Saturday, November 3, 2018
This all-day festival is the ultimate for chocoholics, with delectable offerings that include chocolate tastings, chocolate vendors, a wandering Wonka, chocolate Olympics, chocolate Fun-do, demos, chocolate wars, live music, a skateboard race, and more. Admission is free.

The Lenape of Westchester – Cross River
Saturday, November 10, 2018
The Lenape, a Native American tribe, inhabited our area long before the Europeans settled here. This program takes kids back in time to learn about these early inhabitants, including their food, games and more. Explore a wigwam and do a related craft.

Lego Star Wars Days – Yonkers
Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18, 2018
May the Force be with young Jedis as they wield their lightsabers for a day of intergalactic building (and other) activities. 

STEAMFest – North Salem
Saturday, November 17, 2018
This smorgasbord of techie fun returns this year with fun and educational hands-on workshops, which follow a performance by Mad Science. FREE

Annual Valenti Thanksgiving Day Parade – New Rochelle
Saturday, November 17, 2018
This annual event showcases local organizations, floats, and bands through downtown New Rochelle.  FREE

The Circa Carnival comes to town with tales of magical creatures from land and sea. Photo courtesy of Circa

Circa: Carnival of the Animals – Purchase
Sunday, November 18, 2018
The Circa Carnival comes to town with whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea that tumble, fly, leap, and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom. Circa’s acrobats bring this classical music suite to life.

The Mini-Maker Faire comes to Poughkeepsie Day School. Photo courtesy of the school

Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire – Poughkeepsie
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Another STEM-y activity is the arrival of the Mini Maker Faire, with the work of assorted makers being showcased under one roof. Meet crafters, inventors, scientists, farmers, and others as they inspire you with their tales and demonstrations of their craft. Try cheese-making, watch spinning, enjoy a llama procession, and other cool stuff.

Kingston sends off Sinterklass and his white horse across the river o a tugboat to his destination.  Photo courtesy of the event

Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration – Kingston
Saturday, November 24, 2018
As part of the broad-scale Hudson Valley Sinterklaas celebration, Kingston hosts a festive affair featuring performances, workshops, and open houses, followed by a children's parade with puppets and a grand send-off of Sinterklaas via tugboat to his next destination. Restaurants will offer specials following the send-off. FREE

Hanukkah Festival of (Laser) Light – White Plains
Sunday, November 25, 2018
This Hanukkah show starts with a single beam of laser light. With fog and increasing lighting effects, the show culminates with a giant menorah lighting, each flame aglow in a different color, creating shadows in the fog over the audience.

Spend the day with Frosty and Friends in his hometown of Armonk. Photos courtesy of the event

Frosty Day – Armonk 
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Spend the day in Frosty the Snowman's hometown and enjoy a parade, mini-train rides, assorted entertainment, face painting, a tree lighting, in-store activities, treats, and more. FREE

Mistletoe Magic is Rye's answer to Frosty Day. Photo by Susan Miele

Mistletoe Magic – Rye
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Rye’s answer to Frosty Day features horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa, train rides, bouncing castle, inflatable slide, farmers market, raffles, pony rides, holiday crafts, dance performances, wildlife exhibit, chili cook-off contest, puppet shows, food, and music.

Looking for more options? Check out our Event Calendar for even more fun happening this month in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, and follow us on Facebook