June GoList: Best Things To Do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley with Kids

Best Things To Do with Westchester Kids in June 2018

June ushers in summer, Father’s Day, and the end of school, as well as loads of outdoor fun in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. This month, be on the lookout for cultural celebrations, music under the clouds, carnivals, and camping out.

The beloved Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival returns for more inspiring music, environmental activism, food trucks, boating, and amazing activities for kids—this time with a discounted rate for older kids. On the subject of good causes, the Autism Speaks Westchester/Fairfield Walk continues to serve the community of people on the spectrum with fundraising, consciousness-raising, and camaraderie.

We’ve already told you about the ICS Carnival, which continues in the early days of June; this is followed by several other carnivals throughout the month, as well as festivals that include carnival attractions. Among these is the annual Ukrainian Heritage Festival, whose added appeal is the cultural immersion.

Another standout this month is The Big Bounce America, a traveling inflatable playground that touches ground locally for three days, wielding 20,000 square feet of (exhausting) fun for all ages. Craving more action? Scale new heights at the treetop Glow in the Park.

If you’re looking for the return of A Night on Fire, we’re told this show will take a hiatus this year, but a new event by Historic Hudson Valley will be offered this summer.

These are just a few of our top picks for June. Get your calendars ready and read on for all our best bets for the month. If you're looking for even more options, check our Event Calendar, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook

Find games, food, and fun at the Festa Italiana at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish. Photo courtesy of the parish

Festa Italiana – West Harrison
Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3, 2018
Celebrate Italian culture all weekend long with classic cuisine, food, and music, along with children's activities and games. Admission is FREE.

The Glass Barge Museum of Glass will make a few stops in Westchester. Photo courtesy of the museum

GlassBarge – Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Kingston
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, June 1–17, 2018 (dates vary by location)
Watch a glassblowing demonstration on a floating barge that’s working its way up the Hudson River from Brooklyn Bridge park to its home upstate in Corning as part of a free educational program celebrating the bicentennial of the Erie Canal. Not your everyday opportunity! FREE

Children’s Earth and Water Festival – Montgomery
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Along with food and craft vendors, expect environment-related activities, animals, games, music, bounce houses, a performance by Arm of the Sea Theater, and more. Pick up a Passport to Fun to collect stamps and receive small prizes. Admission is FREE.

Play with color at the Newburgh Illuminated Festival's Colorfest. Photo courtesy of the festival

Newburgh Illuminated Festival – Newburgh
Saturday, June 2, 2018
This 10-hour affair features 40+ bands on multiple stages, pop-up art, a Colorfest (dress to be covered head to toe in paint–optional!), some 100 Hudson Valley food and craft vendors, children's activities, and more. Admission is FREE.

STEM Sails – Mamaroneck
Saturday, June 2, and Saturday, June 9, 2018 
What better way to study aquatic life than on a boat? Bring your sea legs and set your course for scientific study of the Long Island Sound and its inhabitants.

Autism Speaks Westchester/Fairfield Walk – White Plains
Sunday, June 3, 2018
With so many kids on the autism spectrum, this caught our attention. The annual walk-a-thon raises money and awareness for autism research and treatment. Walkers are encouraged to raise funds in support of the cause. FREE

Fol de Rol County Fair – Armonk
Thursday, June 7 – Sunday, June 10, 2018
This county fair features not only carnival rides, games, and food, but also craft vendors, pet shows, music, and more. Admission is FREE.

Pitch a tent and join the Family Camp Out at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

Family Camp Out – Cornwall
Friday, June 8, 2018
This reasonably priced overnighter allows family bonding under the stars and community bonding over s’mores and entertainment.

Greek Food Festival – Yonkers
Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10, 2018
For a Greek theme, indulge in this cultural festival with food, music, and dancing, all transporting you to the Mediterranean. Other highlights include rides, games, and kids’ activities.

Glow in the Park – Purchase
Friday, June 15, 2018
By day, this new outdoor adventure spot offers treetop adventures daily, but once-monthly through the fall, adventurers can scale new heights while glowing in the dark.

Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival – Yonkers
Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17, 2018
The cultural immersion is the primary reason not to miss this festival; the food and carnival attractions don’t hurt, either! Admission and entertainment are FREE.

Bounce in one of the biggest bounce houses that you've ever seen at Big Bounce America. Photo courtesy of the venue

The Big Bounce America – New Windsor
Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17, 2018
Part of a nationwide tour, this traveling smorgasbord of bounciness boasts a whopping 20,000 square feet of inflatable fun. With high-energy action for all ages, there’s the Bounce Village, Water Slide, Ninja Run, Lil' Bouncer, and the Monster Ball Pit. We’re anticipating that tickets are likely to sell out.

Spend the day enjoying music, dance, and other performances at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival. Photo by the author

Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival – Croton-on-Hudson
Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, 2018
Inspired by Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the Hudson River more 40 years ago, this environmental/music festival features two days of music, dance, storytelling, and family-oriented programming on seven stages, as well as crafts, the Green Living Expo, small boat exhibits, rides, and more. Kid-friendly stations include face painting, hair wraps, a mind maze, mask making, bubbles, jugglers, clowns, mimes (some of whom teach their craft), river seining, and discovery tents. This year’s headliners include Ani DiFranco, Dan Zanes, and Tom Chapin. A new youth admission rate has been added for this year. Proceeds support efforts concerning environmental justice. Be sure to visit the instrument petting zoo, where kids (and adults) can try out a large assortment of familiar and unfamiliar instruments. 

American Roots Music Festival – Katonah
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Whether you go the traditional route of assigned seats under the big tent or opt to hear the concert while enjoying a picnic on the grounds, you can’t go wrong with this day- and evening-long lineup of quality performances, along with the added allure of kids’ activities, food for purchase, and a beautiful setting.

There’s plenty more where that came from in our Event Calendar—and our weekly newsletters deliver all the latest news and events right to your inbox!

All photos courtesy of the venue unless otherwise noted.