Presidents' Day Weekend Fun with Westchester Kids: Circuses, Curling

Things to Do
Image of "Swallows and Amazons" courtesy of the Jacob Burns Film Center

If you’re staying in town for the three-day weekend, get ready for lots of local fun for families right here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

As we reported in our February GoList, the circus is in town! With the recent closing of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the performance by The Royal Hanneford Circus is that much more special. If clowns aren’t enough ha-ha for you, grab some more giggles at Mr. Pennygaf's Cirkus Sideshow Spectacle. Or, for less comedic entertainment, the kid-adventure film Swallows and Amazons looks promising.

If the Olympics has your family asking, “What’s curling and where do people do that?” then take advantage of the local Curling Open House and skip the flight to Pyeongchang. And since Presidents’ Day is intended to honor our presidents, celebrate accordingly at Washington’s Birthday Celebration.

Read on for more of our top weekend picks and check out our Event Calendar for an even bigger selection of activities this weekend and beyond. Kids off from school next week? Check out 40 Things to Do with Kids on a Westchester Winter Staycation to avoid cabin fever.

All Weekend

Royal Hanneford Circus - White Plains
This traditional three-ring circus returns for President's Day Weekend, with aerialists, clowns, animal acts and more.

Swallows and Amazons - Pleasantville
It’s holiday time in the English Lake District, and the four Walker children are given permission to camp out on their own on a nearby island. Full of excitement, the crew sets sail to stake their claim but soon realize they are not the only kids on the island.

Curling Open House - Ardsley
The Winter Olympics is piquing your interest about curling, try it out for yourself at this open-house event, where curling is the sport of specialty. 

Saturday, February 17

Addy’s Quilt - White Plains
Leverage your child’s love of American Girl dolls to teach a lesson about African-American slavery, followed by a no-sew craft.

Mr. Pennygaf's Cirkus Sideshow Spectacle - Rhinebeck
Get ready for some wacky antics and lots of silliness at this performance especially for kids.

See all Saturday events.

Sunday, February 18

Maple Sugarin' - Katonah
Watch as the evaporator in the Sugar House turns sap into syrup in this free demonstration.

Blue Bird Nesting Boxes - Rye
Bring your family to make a birdhouse to take home in time to welcome feathered friends this spring.

See all Sunday events.

Monday, February 19

Sparkle - Paris Style – Mount Kisco
Grab some ooh-la-la at this Parisian-themed event, as you make an Eiffel Tower plaque, make an Eiffel Tower charm bracelet and add flair to your hair.

Washington’s Birthday Celebration – New Windsor
Celebrate Presidents' Day at this historical site with scheduled musket and cannon firings, military medicine and the chance for kids to drill like Continental Army soldiers, replete with wooden muskets and payment for their work in paper notes.

See all Monday events.

Beyond Westchester

Lego Live NYC — Manhattan
Lego fans, rejoice! The ultimate Lego event heads to New York City for one weekend only. Fans of all ages can spend hours elbow-deep in 4.6 million bricks. Learn tips and tricks from a master Lego builder or spend the day exploring, designing, and building at one of the many themed stations. Take your Lego experience to new heights with mechanized bricks and join coding experts to learn how to program your models. Themed areas are designed for Ninja fans, Star Wars fans and Minecraft lovers.

Washington's Birthday Ball — Manhattan
Celebrate the birthday of the original POTUS 19th-century style at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden. To honor George's big day, there is period music and costumed dancers, and kids are encouraged to learn new steps and join in. A kid-friendly tour, family scavenger hunt, and refreshments are included. Reservations are recommended.

Don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more fun happening throughout Westchester!