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, though. With last year’s closing of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the upcoming performance by the Royal Hanneford Circus takes on added significance. Other February traditions include Hudson River EagleFest, where visitors flock to glimpse the arrival of these majestic birds of prey, and Chinese New Year Festival, featuring acrobats, cuisine and other traditional culture. Though the dead of winter, February comes to life with seasonal fun at Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon, and with the start of the maple-sugaring season comes Maple Sugaring Tours (which offers a kick-off party in addition to syrup-making) among many other sweet events.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Read on for the full list of our month’s top picks, and remember you'll find many more on our Event Calendar, plus lots more on the way.

ICYMI: The stage production of Curious George and the wildly popular (and free) Victorian Valentine’s Tea are sold out; but signing up for our newsletters is a great way to claim your spot at future events, so follow us closely for these alerts!

Winter Hoot - Olivebridge
Friday, February 2 – Sunday, February 4, 2018
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, sing-alongs and family square dancing.

Watch or compete in the annual log-sawing contest at the Rye Nature Center. Photo courtesy of the venue.

Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon – Rye 
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Harken back to the old days with this traditional family event, featuring maple sugaring, crafts, fire-roasted marshmallows, pony rides and even a log-sawing contest!

Saturday Morning Family Series - Rhinebeck
Every Saturday in February 2018
Saturday-morning shows are geared towards young kids, and each weekend features a different entertainer. This month, catch Bubble Trouble, Mr. Pennygaf's Cirkus Sideshow Spectacle, Cardboard Explosion with Brad Shur and more.

Chinese New Year Festival – Purchase
Saturday, February 10, 2018
This granddaddy of local Lunar New Year events  celebrates the country's culture and traditions. You’ll find everything from a rousing performance by Chinese acrobats to music, origami, cuisine and more.

The Grand Falloons - Nyack
Saturday, February 10, 2018
This show features comic antics in the form of circus and physical comedy, but in a well-lit, calm setting.

Crowds line up along the Hudson River to glimpse the annual eagle spectacle. Photo courtesy of Teatown.

Hudson River EagleFest - Croton-on-Hudson
Saturday, February 10, 2018
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. Throughout the day there will be bird of prey shows, live music—including a performance by Dar Williams—and children’s activities, all in heated tents. Grab a bite from one of the participating food trucks.

Russian Folk Dance - Valhalla
Saturday, February 10, 2018
More than 40 dancers from the Lezginka Dance Company will perform traditional folk songs, dances, drumming, saber work and acrobatics, all in traditional costume reflective of the Caucasus region.

Royal Hanneford Circus - White Plains
Saturday, February 17-Monday, February 19, 2018
This traditional three-ring circus returns for President's Day Weekend, with Grandma the Clown headlining and featuring international circus stars, aerialists and more.

Maple Sugaring - Chestnut Ridge
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Learn about maple trees and what it takes to turn sap into syrup; then head out to tap a tree and make some real syrup. Taste some poured over ice (yum!), and take home your own spout to tap your own tree. Free

Maple Sugaring Tours - Cornwall
Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25, 2018 (additional dates in March)
Learn how to tap a tree, collect sap and discover the history of harvesting maple syrup. On February 24, enjoy additional festivities including crafts, games, Native American storytelling, treats and more.

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