Presidents' Day Weekend Fun with Westchester Kids: Circus, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul

Things to Do

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

First off, as we reported in our February GoList, the circus is in town! With the recent closing of both The Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the performance by The Royal Hanneford Circus is that much more special. Another hot-ticket item is Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve.

Presidents’ Day isn’t just a day off from school—it’s also a fun learning opportunity! Ways to celebrate in true form are Presidents Day Workshop, honoring Abe and George, or take advantage of the National Park Fee-Free Day with a visit to one of the Hyde Park-area attractions that honor FDR.

All month we’re recognizing Black History Month, and one way to celebrate is the Family Studio Art Projects, offering an informative hands-on program in the study of quilting.

Read on for our top weekend picks and check out our Event Calendar for even more great activities coming up. Sign up for our weekly newsletters so you're sure to receive our upcoming roundup of awesome things to do during the winter break! 

All Weekend

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

Family Studio Art Projects – Yonkers
February’s family project at the Hudson River Museum will include learning about the quilts African-American slaves used to tell their histories. Participants will make their own quilts with fabric and paper. The project is included with the museum entrance fee. Saturday-Sunday

Family Favorites Film Series - Yonkers
A month of rotating animated Disney films projected on the big screen kicks off this weekend with a three-day showing of the classic fairy tale Alice in Wonderland. You’ll like the price, too! Friday-Monday

Saturday, February 18

Saturday Morning Family Series - Rhinebeck
The classic tale of Cinderella is told in this stage production with marionettes as “actors.”

Presidents' Day - Yonkers
Walk in the footsteps of George Washington and FDR, both of whom visited this historic site; you can further pay homage to the presidents by partaking in assorted activities like a scavenger hunt, quizzes, crafts and more. FREE

See all Saturday events.

Sunday, February 19

Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve - Tarrytown
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.

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

See all Sunday events.

Monday, February 20

National Park Fee-Free Day – Various locations
In honor of Presidents’ Day, enjoy FREE admission to national parks, including several in the Hudson Valley.

Presidents Day Workshop - Yonkers
Among the ways to pay homage to Washington and Lincoln includes a workshop in Civil War-era photography and the science behind this early technology.

See all Monday events.

Beyond Westchester

Have fun Candle Dipping for President's Day, and while there try on reproduction colonial clothing, try out a child-sized rope bed or “milk” Flavia the cow.

Test your knowledge of past, present and possible future presidents at The Big Quiz Thing’s Presidents’ Day Family Trivia Spectacular via questions and video/audio puzzles. All in attendance get to play and vie for prizes. Although those with a cursory knowledge of our nation's leaders likely can figure out many of the queries, points are awarded for colorful answers so your kid's rep as class clown may come in handy. Afterward, stick around and explore the assorted historic exhibits.

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

Photo: Disney's Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve, courtesy of Tarrytown Music Hall.