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. New this year is City of Science, a hard-to-believe-it’s-FREE attraction for STEAM lovers. With recent changes to the circus industry, the annual appearance by the Royal Hanneford Circus takes on added significance.

Other February traditions include the Chinese New Year Festival, featuring acrobats, cuisine, and other cultural appeal; Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon, offering seasonal fun; and Maple Sugaring Tours (with a kick-off party, to boot), heralding the launch of maple-sugaring season. Several stage productions also merit parental attention (unfortunately, The Cat in the Hat, which we highlighted in our 50 winter activities post as a hot ticket, is sold out).

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. Sign up for our newsletters to keep track of new finds!

Bring the kids to the Winter Hoot festival for music and activities. Photo by Jack Baran for the Winter Hoot

Winter Hoot – Olivebridge
Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3, 2019
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, singalongs, and family square dancing.

Check out this all-day FREE affair featuring interactive demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and large-scale exhibitions. Photo courtesy of the festival

City of Science – White Plains
Saturday, February 2, 2019
STEAM lovers might be over the moon at this all-day FREE affair sponsored by Con Edison and the World Science Festival, featuring interactive demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and large-scale exhibitions. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon – Rye 
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Harken back to the old days with this traditional family event, featuring maple sugaring, crafts, fire-roasted marshmallows, and a log-sawing contest.

Celebrate the Year of the Pig at ArtsWestchester. Photo courtesy of the gallery

Lunar New Year Celebration – White Plains
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese dance, music, games, crafts, and food. Hands-on workshops teach Chinese knotting and Korean drum dance, and performances include the "face changing" mask dance of the Sichuan opera, among other styles.

Chinese New Year Festival – Purchase
Saturday, February 9, 2019
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, Chinese food, and more.

Victorian Valentine Tea – Chappaqua
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Enjoy an elegant Victorian Valentine's Day tea in the historic Horace Greeley House. In addition to lavish refreshments, the event includes Victorian Valentine crafts and a tour of the historic home. This event sells out early (possibly by the time you finish reading this sentence). Read our review.

Hudson River EagleFest – Croton-on-Hudson
Saturday, February 9, 2019
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 birds-of-prey shows, children’s activities, and exhibitors, all in heated tents. Grab a bite from one of the participating food trucks.

Cirque Zuma Zuma – Valhalla
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Acrobats, tumblers, lion dancers, contortionists, singers, and gymnasts from 16 African nations perform traditional arts and circus skills with African style and rhythmic music. The acrobats made their USA television debut on "America's Got Talent."

This traditional three-ring circus returns for President's Day Weekend. Photo courtesy of the circus

Royal Hanneford Circus – White Plains
Saturday, February 16-Monday, February 18, 2019
This traditional three-ring circus returns for President's Day Weekend, featuring international circus stars performing entertaining feats. Consult our review before heading to the big top.

Dan Zanes with Claudia Eliaza – Nyack
Sunday, February 17, 2019
The Grammy-winning Dan Zanes will perform a sensory-friendly family show, followed by milk and cookies for all.

Take a taste of sap at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum 

Maple Sugaring Tours – Cornwall
Saturdays and Sundays, February 23 – March 17, 2019
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is hosting a series of tours on four consecutive weekends. Learn how to tap a tree, collect sap, and discover the history of harvesting maple syrup. On opening day, 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!