Susan Miele

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25 Things to Do with Westchester Kids on Spring Break

Staying in town for spring break? You can have a family staycation without leaving the state! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley during the week off from school—many of which are free!
There’s loads more besides these, so also consult our Event Calendar. To stay up to date with everything kid-related in Westchester, be sure to sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook.

March GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

March winds bring not only April showers but also much fun in and around Westchester—so if you’re getting tired of Ol’ Man Winter, don’t despair!

The first half of the month brings the peak of maple-sugaring season, allowing families to join naturalists in tapping maple trees and evaporating this blasé-looking liquid into the sublime sticky stuff we all know and love. Some events—like Sugarfest—are loaded with assorted embellishments, including the ultimate pleasure—eating it atop pancakes!

As for holidays, the month kicks off with inventively fun Purim carnivals, like the Xtreme Purim Party Featuring Pogo Fred, followed by numerous ways to celebrate being Irish (or pretend that you are), like Rhythm in the Night. Closing out the month comes the start of Spring Break and baskets of Easter fun, as with the The Great Green Egg-travaganza. And if that’s not enough, there are several hot-ticket alerts for live kid shows, including Disney Live!

If you’re looking for the Annual WHUD Kids Fair, generally held in March, note it’s been pushed back to April this year.

Grab your calendars and read on for our top things to do with kids this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Also be sure to check out our Event Calendar to be up to date on all the great goings-on this month!

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

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.

40 Things to Do with Kids on a Westchester Winter Staycation

While some families fly south for winter break and others head north to ski, there’s no reason why families can’t enjoy a winter “staycation” right here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

With numerous tourist attractions, a slew of play spaces, family-friendly restaurants and loads of outdoor romping spots, Westchester has plenty to without the need for air travel or pesky traffic. Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to spend the week off from school without breaking the bank or packing a suitcase.

Looking for more things to do? Make sure to check out our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

Outside Fun: Maple Sugaring Activities for Kids in Westchester

Finding enough family-friendly activities in the cold weather months can be a challenge. Luckily, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley offer many ways for families to beat the winter blues.

Maple sugaring is a great winter activity for kids. The season begins in February and runs through late March. Ideally, temperatures must dip below freezing at night and warm up during the day so that the sap flow increases. Another fun fact: To make just 1 gallon of pure maple syrup, it actually takes more than 40 gallons of sap. Who knew?!

We've rounded up maple sugaring fun in and around Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Read on for details on where to learn and celebrate this centuries-old tradition. Looking for more winter fun? Check out our Event Calendar

Give Active Kids a Place to Move at these New Westchester Sports Programs

We know all too well how easy it is to feel cooped up during winter. Fortunately, there’s a slew of brand-new sports-related gyms and programs that just became available for Westchester families—offering plenty of alternatives to jumping on the couch cushions for the 1,000th time. There are even options for all ages, many with classes, parties, drop-ins and drop-offs.

Read on for the scoop on new places to get pumped, burn off steam and have fun! If you haven’t yet signed up for our newsletters, be sure to do so now to continually receive news like this and more!

February GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

Though February is prone to unsavory weather, the bright side is the many exciting family events happening in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. With celebrations of Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year, the fun is sure to chase away the chill!

Not all the events we’re highlighting this month fall under those themes, though. With last year’s closing of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the upcoming performance by the Royal Hanneford Circus takes on added significance. Other February traditions include Hudson River EagleFest, where visitors flock to glimpse the arrival of these majestic birds of prey, and Chinese New Year Festival, featuring acrobats, cuisine and other traditional culture. Though the dead of winter, February comes to life with seasonal fun at Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon, and with the start of the maple-sugaring season comes Maple Sugaring Tours (which offers a kick-off party in addition to syrup-making) among many other sweet events.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Read on for the full list of our month’s top picks, and remember you'll find many more on our Event Calendar, plus lots more on the way.

ICYMI: The stage production of Curious George and the wildly popular (and free) Victorian Valentine’s Tea are sold out; but signing up for our newsletters is a great way to claim your spot at future events, so follow us closely for these alerts!

Coming Soon! One River School of Art + Design Opening for Westchester Families

One River School of Art + Design is coming to Westchester, with locations soon opening in Larchmont and Hartsdale. While the latter is tentatively planned for March, the Larchmont facility will begin classes January 29, followed by a Grand Opening weekend, when free workshops will allow sampling of the school’s offerings.

Read on for the heads-up on this burgeoning option for Westchester families. Stay abreast of other news by signing up for our newsletters!