Susan Miele

Susan Miele

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Top 10 Free Things to Do this Week with Westchester Kids

It’s a banner week for Westchester kids; with so many great programs to choose from, we’re expanding our list of top picks—all of which are free!

From free movies to cosmic journeys to seasonal fall fun like making apple crisp, there’s something for every taste and age ahead from Monday through Friday.

Interested in yet more kid activities? Consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters to get early notification about all the amazing fall programs coming to our county!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Oktoberfest, Jay Day, Country Fair

With so many fantastic family programs this time of year in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, we've been extra busy culling it all together for our readers.

In addition to several fall festivals there’s an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind happenings, some of which appeared on our September GoList.  Beyond the usual foods typically harvested in autumn, this weekend that cadre is joined by a Honey Harvest Party. Catch kid flicks from around the globe at The Best of the New York International Children's Festival. Celebrate German food and culture at Oktoberfest or American heritage (and books and animals) at the multi-faceted Jay Day. Horse lovers will get a kick out of the Peekskill Rotary Annual Horse Show and Country Fair

This weekend offers a bonanza of entertaining and enriching events (not to mention apple picking), so you’ll definitely want to visit our Event Calendar to see the extensive fun beyond our top picks below. Enjoy as much as you can take in—and if you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to avoid missing any of the fun!

Indoor Play Space for Big & Little Westchester Kids: LIFE, The Place to Be

Looking for a place to burn off energy (and maybe some calories)? Our profile of indoor play spaces in Westchester continues with a recent visit to LIFE, The Place to Be in Ardsley.

Perfect for those bad-weather days and indoor fun, the assorted activities at the 29,000-square-foot facility will keep kids occupied for a couple hours, with something for every taste. The only dilemma my kids faced was which one to do first!

Read on for our first-hand review of why this is indeed the place to be. To find more indoor fun, check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters.

Free Perks That Come with Your Westchester Library Card

If your library card hasn’t left your wallet in a while, it may be time to pry it from its confines and put it to use.

More than a means to borrow books, your Westchester library card is your ticket to a host of privileges that you might not even know about. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so take this opportunity to get one for each member of your family if you haven’t already. Read on to see what you might be missing—and it’s a lot more than just reading!

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Talk Like a Pirate, Pepperoni Pizza Day

While school is closed for Rosh Hashanah, lots of activities are offered for those who don’t celebrate the holiday. Consult our Event Calendar for our faves, as well as many events to choose from every day of the week!

In addition to the Jewish New Year, this week we Welcome Fall and celebrate lesser-known “holidays,” like Talk Like a Pirate Day and National Pepperoni Pizza Day.

Read on for more of our top picks, and be sure to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to stay in the know!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: American Gold Cup, Festivals, Bed Race

September is in full force now, and that means peak season for festivals and cultural immersion for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

An annual fall tradition is the American Gold Cup, the five-day equestrian event that offers more than horse-jumping. Other outing options include New World Voyager – Wassa Pan Afrika, a performance that brings the audience on a trip to Africa, and Survive, which dares tweens to overcome various challenges in nature—gasp!—without their electronic devices. All ages can party in the street at the annual Riverfest, and from the files of “Seriously?” comes the annual Bed Race. Westchester fall festivals also kick off this weekend.

Read on for details on these and other great events happening this weekend. Don't forget: Our Event Calendar offers many more fun happenings this weekend and beyond in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Jazz Fest, Crafts at Lyndhurst

Summer may soon become a dim memory, but the fun doesn’t stop for Westchester families!

White Plains comes alive with the sound of music at various locations, both indoors and out, over a five-day period at the Jazz Fest & Food Festival (and many of the performances are FREE). Kids can learn a new skill at the Video Editing Workshop while teens can test their bridge-making skills at STEM for Teens.

Read on for our top picks for each weekday, and then visit our Event Calendar for more. Stick with Mommy Poppins for end-of-summer and autumn fun by signing up for our weekly newsletters and following us on Facebook.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Grange Fair, Fairies, Play2Learn

This weekend is a great time to be a kid in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

All ages will love the return of the Holy Trinity Greek Festival, replete with carnival fun and Greek culture, as well as the Yorktown Grange Fair, whose carnival is enhanced by family performances and fun contests.

There’s an unusual abundance of programs that celebrate fairies and the like, including Legends & Lore of the Little People, while the Play2Learn Festival celebrates the importance of childhood play. Looking to spark an interest in art? Sample a variety of art forms at Open House and Free Arts Day to see what clicks with your little da Vinci.

More of our top picks are below, and many more events are on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!

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