Think shelling out big bucks for a babysitter, staying home, or navigating massive crowds are your only New Year’s options as a parent? Think again! We’ve identified fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve for kids of all ages—from noontime countdowns to later nights for the older set. Read on for some of the ways we’ve identified to ring in the new year, family style.
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You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it a hundred times. You’ve shopped till you dropped, you’ve wrapped, you’ve mailed, you’ve hosted, you’ve feted, you’ve done it all—except for some of the fun events we've identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!
In these final days before Christmas, take the time to enjoy some sparkly seasonal activities. Take in a stage performance, a Holiday Tour by Candlelight in an elegant historic home, or—a classic for a reason—It's a Wonderful Life. Hand your wish list directly to Santa and catch the best dazzling light displays. Read on for all this and more.
From all of us at Mommy Poppins, we wish you a Merry Christmas!
Thanksgiving is upon us, as is the official kickoff of the holiday season in Westchester. With a four-day weekend ahead, there are plenty of great events happening in our area to keep families together and entertained.
Several holiday events launch this weekend, including the return of the annual (and enhanced) Winter Wonderland and Frosty Fest, to name but two. Also this weekend is the return of Frosty Day, featuring a town-wide celebration of the pride that comes from claiming Frosty as a native son. A similar affair, Mistletoe Magic, is held in Rye, also offering a smorgasbord of holiday fun. Celebrations of the Festival of Lights begin this weekend too, with the stage production of the Hanukkah Festival of (Laser) Light.
Read on for our top weekend picks and click through for full details. Looking for more holiday options? Browse our Holiday Guide, full of events, activities, and ideas for every day of the holiday season. Also be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.
We wish you a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, friends, great food—and lots of fun activities!
The holidays are a special time for all children, but toddlers and preschoolers help keep the rest of us young with their awe and delight at simple holiday pleasures. No matter what holiday you celebrate, it’s a wonderful age to share family traditions—or introduce new ones.
We’ve rounded up 25 things you can do with your toddler or preschooler this holiday season, many of which are FREE! Looking for more ideas? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook—we've got many, many more!
Though Santa is busy preparing for his famous ride on Christmas Eve, he still somehow has time to break bread (or pancakes) with children in Westchester this holiday season. These cozy get-togethers have become increasingly popular, typically featuring a full breakfast and holiday activity, with added perks at some. The best part? Quality time and a photo-op with St. Nick.
We’ve rounded up some top picks for Breakfast with Santa throughout Westchester to help you spread some holiday cheer. Advance registration is either required or recommended, so don't delay. And don't forget to bring your wish list!
Thank goodness Columbus Day weekend is three days—you’ll need every minute to soak up the tons of fun we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!
For starters, the headliner of the holiday weekend is the Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival and Parade, featuring a big carnival, a parade, meatball contest, fireworks, and more.
There are all the big Halloween events recurring each weekend throughout October. Other seasonal fun can be had at the Pumpkin Picking Autumn Celebration (or pick your pumpkin at any of the other destinations we’ve rounded up), as well as a few of the fall festivals we’ve rounded up, such as Heritage Applefest.
While supporting a charitable cause for kids, get loads in return at Heroes for a Cure Carnival and Fall Festival, including hot-air balloon rides, helicopter rides, and extensive fun over the four-day event. The Yorktown Festival & Street Fair is a similar affair in terms of diverse sources of family fun.
If you’re hoping for the return of Croton Comic Con, you’ll have to wait till next year, we’re told.
Read on for all our top weekend picks—but don’t stop there! We’ve got fun happening all month long, so visit our Event Calendar, consult our guide for scenic autumn drives, and check out our October GoList for our hot-off-the-press top picks!
Usher in the fall season in Westchester and the Hudson Valley with a host of family autumn festivals. The area's harvest celebrations are packed with seasonal activities for kids, including pumpkin fun, hayrides, apple-cidering, doughnuts, and more.
We've rounded up details on the best upcoming fall festivals in Westchester, several of which made our September GoList. And be sure to consult our guide to the best places for apple picking, many of which include festival-like added attractions.
It's hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is already upon us (sniff, sniff). If you, too, are feeling a bit nostalgic about another summer gone by, don't start singing the blues just yet. There are great ways for families to celebrate the unofficial end of summer in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and much to look forward to as reported in our September GoList.
The headline event is the return of CORNucopia, loaded with corn-y fun of assorted varieties, and for alternatives to the customary barbecue, ways to honor Labor Day include the West Point Band's Labor Day Concert, replete with fireworks and a cannon firing. Soak up some of the summer's remaining outdoor concerts and films, including Worldfest, featuring the Viva Brazil Dancers. Families can also support a good cause and work off that summer ice cream at the Labor Day Race/Walk & Kids Fun Run, or browse the wares and meet the artisans at the annual Woodstock–New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair.