Mother's Day Weekend in Westchester: Tulips, Carnival, Science Barge

Best Things to Do Mother's Day Weekend in Westchester and Hudson Valley
Photo courtesy of The Science Barge

This weekend is all about you, Westchester and Hudson Valley moms! We know how hard you work, how many balls you juggle, how many diapers you’ve changed, and we want to help you savor the moment when your family puts on their best manners and honors the lady who holds it all together. The tried-and-true Mother’s Day brunch is a popular way to celebrate, but we've also rounded up 35 ways to spend Mother’s Day that don’t involve a restaurant reservation. 

For live entertainment, kick up your heels with Laurie Berkner, or wag your tail with The Stunt Dog Experience. Looking for free events? More performances await at the 10th Anniversary of the Science Barge, where there will also be games, kites, giant puppets, robotics, and more; the White Plains Comic Fest will offer workshops, crafting, special appearances, and other comic-y attractions; and the Albany Tulip Festival will showcase more than just loads of beautiful blooms, but also Dutch traditions and festival-type fun. There are also carnival rides at the Hudson Valley Fair and at the season-opener of Rye Playland!

Looking for more ideas? Read on for all our top picks, head to our Event Calendar for additional options, and plan the rest of the month with our May GoList. For more seasonal activities, be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide. Then, after polishing off your breakfast in bed, get out and enjoy all the fun ways you can spend this special weekend with your family.

From all the parents at Mommy Poppins: Have a very happy Mother’s Day—we know you deserve it!

Enjoy rides, games, food, and entertainment at the Hudson Valley Fair. Photo courtesy of the fair

All Weekend

Albany Tulip Festival – Albany
Now in its 70th year, this spring tradition pays homage to the city’s Dutch heritage with a crafts fair, fine arts show, KidZone, live entertainment, and, of course, plenty of tulips in more than 150 varieties. Time your visit to see the coronation of the Tulip Queen and the Dutch custom of street sweeping. FREE

Hudson Valley Fair – Fishkill
Nothing says “spring” like a traditional county fair! This one offers carnival rides, shows, and a petting zoo, plus fireworks on Saturday nights. The entertainment is out of the ordinary—a Banana Derby (monkeys riding dogs), hypnotists, and wild animals. This is just one of the many spring festivals in the Hudson Valley.

Have fun outdoors at Community Day of Nature and Play at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

Saturday, May 12

10th Anniversary Science Barge Opening – Yonkers
A visit to the Science Barge is extra special on Saturday, when a birthday party in its honor will offer live performances, museum theater, on-shore games, kite flying, live animals, robotics, food trucks, giant puppets, science experiments, and more—all free!

Laurie Berkner – Peekskill
Popular children’s performer Laurie Berkner, who rose to national fame on the TV program Jack’s Big Music Show, will rock her bubbly kid music on the Westchester stage. Bring your dancing shoes!

White Plains Comic Fest – White Plains
Enjoy cosplay, video-game tournaments, face painting, superhero button-making, comic-strip design, panel discussions, digital-animation workshops, photo ops, and a raffle. Most of these activities (and admission) are free!

Rye Playland Opening Day - Rye
Whether you’ve been missing the Dragon Coaster or the Dizzy Dragons, celebrate the return of Westchester’s beloved amusement park with reduced admission.

Community Day of Nature and Play – Cornwall
Enjoy free admission as you encounter live animals, take a hike, enjoy nature activities, and play games.

See all Saturday events.

See some captivating canines in The Stunt Dog Experience. Photo courtesy of the event

Sunday, May 13

The Stunt Dog Experience – Peekskill
This stunt act is really for the dogs! Get ready for exciting tricks, big air stunts, comedic antics, dancing, and athletic feats, as seen on TV!

Model “A" Day – Monroe
Visit Museum Village, where antique cars will be on display, presented by the Hudson Valley Region Model "A" Restorers Club.

See all Sunday events.

Beyond Westchester

Spend Mother's Day at Wave Hill and enjoy a relaxing picnic, a family art project, a stroll along the beautiful grounds, and outdoor yoga.

Along similar lines, there’s intergenerational fun in store at the New York Botanical Garden's two-day Mother's Day Garden Party. Offerings include live entertainment, giant chess, lawn games, face painting, crafts, and exploration of the stunning garden.

Check out our Event Calendar for even more fun happening this weekend and beyond in Westchester. And be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletters to stay up-to-date on our latest reviews, tips and more.

Top photo: The Science Barge