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


Though February is prone to unsavory weather, the bright side is the many exciting family events happening in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. With celebrations of Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year, the fun is sure to chase away the chill!

Not all the events we’re highlighting this month fall under those themes. With the recent closing of The Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the upcoming performance by the Royal Hanneford Circus takes on added significance. Two iconic events are Hudson River EagleFest, where visitors flock to glimpse the arrival of these majestic birds of prey, and Winter Hoot, a three-day feel-good extravaganza of live music, blacksmithing, square dancing, community jams and more. Several stage performances are specifically geared for kids, like Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve. Though the dead of winter, February comes to life with seasonal fun at Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Read on for the full list of our top picks for February, and remember you'll find many more on our Event Calendar, and lots more on the way. You can rely on this resource when planning the week off from school—and all throughout February. Sign up for our newsletters to stay tuned!

Winter Hoot - Olivebridge
Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5, 2017
Clear your schedules for three days of a rousing good time with this multi-faceted festival that centers around live music in assorted genres but also features local food, a stimulating Kids’ Zone, blacksmithing, an instrument petting zoo, community jam sessions and sing-alongs, square dancing and a healthy dose of environmentalism. Natalie Merchant headlines. 

Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon – Rye 
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Harken back to the old days with this traditional family event at the Rye Nature Center, featuring maple sugaring, crafts, fire-roasted marshmallows and even a log-sawing contest!

Harlem Globetrotters – White Plains
Monday, February 6, and Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining families for decades with a combination of basketball wizardry and fancy tricks. Members of the team will stick around for a meet-and-greet or a simple high-five after the game.

Every year, crowds line up at multiple viewing spots along the Hudson River to glimpse the eagles. Photo courtesy of Teatown.

Hudson River EagleFest - Croton-on-Hudson
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Underscoring the importance of environmental conservation, this annual happening offers the opportunity to view and celebrate spectacular birds of prey up and down the Hudson River. The documentary The Eagle Huntress will be screened, and throughout the day there will be bird of prey shows, live music—including a performance by Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin—and children’s activities, all in heated tents. Grab a bite from one of the participating food trucks.

The Berenstain Bears Live - Mamaroneck
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Berenstain Bears take the stage as the popular children’s storybook series is brought to the stage for two performances.

No longer drawings on the page, The Berenstain Bears come alive on stage. Photo: Aaron Epstein.

Maple Sugaring - Rye
Saturday, February 11, and Saturday, February 25, 2017
Kick off the maple-sugaring season with this opportunity to learn how tree sap is collected and harvested to make maple syrup.

Royal Hanneford Circus - White Plains
February 18-20, 2017
This traditional three-ring circus returns for President's Day Weekend, with Grandma the Clown headlining and featuring international circus stars, aerialists and more.

Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve - Tarrytown
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Fans of the Disney Channel’s Choo-Choo Soul will delight in seeing their favorite characters live on stage in this choo-choo performance of ABCs and 123s.

Chinese New Year Festival – Purchase
Saturday, February 25, 2017
This granddaddy of local Lunar New Year events, presented by the Westchester Association of Chinese Americans, celebrates the country's culture and traditions. There’s hardly a facet of Chinese culture that isn’t covered on the agenda. You’ll find everything from a rousing performance by Chinese acrobats to music, dance, martial arts demos, origami, food and more.

Bubble Trouble – White Plains
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Pop on over to this one-man show featuring bubble artistry, music, humor and audience participation. You’ll burst with joy!

Don’t forget to frequently view our Event Calendar for even more fun happening throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley!