Spring kicks off this week and with it (fingers crossed!) the warmer weather won’t be far behind. And after an entire winter spent cooped up indoors—or at least, spent layering up your preschooler to actually leave the house—it’s time to shake things up a bit. To help, we’ve rounded up a whole slew of activities that are great for the 5-and-under set.
Looking for even more family fun? Check out our Event Calendar.
1. Kick off the season with all things spring at the Katonah Museum of Art’s Free Family Day.
2. Pint-size Disney princesses and princes will be able to catch their favorite characters—everyone from Mickey to Rapunzel—in Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic at the Westchester County Center.
3. Try a different sort of egg hunt this year at the Egg Hunt with Wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center, where the wolves do the finding and the kids do the hiding.
4. Or try one of the other Easter egg hunts throughout the area, held all the way through the big day.
5. Watch the Margaret Steele Magic Show at Muscoot Farm.
6. Check out the WHUD Kids Fair, which includes an “educational traveling zoo,” games, science experiments, inflatables and more.
7. Saturday errands are no fun. What is? Seeing a kid-centric performance as part of The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck’s Saturday Morning Series. Next up: Alice in Wonderland Kids.
8. Stretch those winter-worn muscles—and get all that extra energy out—with a local, family-friendly hike.
9. Fans of Goodnight Goodnight, Construction Site will love seeing the book come to life on stage in this performance at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
Photo courtesy of Bay Area Children's Theatre
10. What’s better than ice cream? Free ice cream with Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s.
11. Lego fans will love watching Lego Ninjago: Master of the 4th Dimension in 4D at Legoland—as well as taking part in the post-show activities, which includes a scavenger hunt.
12. Introduce kids to Charlie Brown with this performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at The Playgroup Theater.
13. Take part in the Earth Day Celebration at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, where kids can check out a performance of “The Lorax,” plus animals, music, and more.
14. National Park Week kicks off on April 21—and that day, families can visit any National Park for free.
15. Great for the youngest museum-goers, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum runs Family Free Night’s monthly, on the third Saturday.
16. Kids will love seeing other kids—in this case performers with Clocktower Players Kids Troupe—take to the stage in The Lion King, Jr. at the Irvington Town Hall Theater.
17. With bounce houses, games, music and (of course) a duck derby, little ones will love the Y Healthy Kids Day and Duck Derby at Patriot’s Park in Tarrytown. (Check out our full write up of last year’s event.)
18. Highlight the fun side of fruit at the Strawberry Festival at The College of New Rochelle, where kids can enjoy strawberry-centric foods, jump in bounce houses, hear music and lots more.
19. If you can’t make the festival, the tail end of spring is the perfect time to do your own strawberry picking—here’s where to do it.
20. Budding chefs will love the Kids in the Kitchen series at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center. One to try: Dolci per la Mamma: Cuore d'Amore—Mother's Day Heart-Shaped Linzer Tarts—on May 5.
21. Little music fans will love listening to Laurie Berkner perform her signature kids’ songs—which have been featured on perennial kid favorites Nick Jr. and Sprout— at the Paramount Theater.
22. Preschoolers can enjoy Mommy’s Lil’ Sprouts at the Greenburgh Nature Center, where they’ll hang with animals, listen to a spring-themed story, and learn more about seeds.
23. Ditch those down jackets and let kids run around one of these preschooler-friendly playgrounds.
Photo courtesy of Westchester Children's Museum.
24. Take part in the new Rhyme & Read program at the Westchester Children’s Museum on select Saturday mornings.
25. Playland has been a fixture for 90 years this year—it and opens on May 12, with discounted admission.
26. Take in a minor league baseball game with the Rockland Boulders.
27. What kid doesn’t love cupcakes? At the annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival there are over 10,000(!) to try.
28. Revel in all-things-Italian at the annual Festa Italiana at St. Anthony of Padua church in Harrison.
29. Check out the 44th annual Fol-de-Rol County Fair at Wampus Park in Armonk, where kids can go on rides, hear music, and even check out the pet parade.
30. Looking for even more festival fun? There are lots of other preschooler-friendly festivals and fairs happening throughout the season.
This originally posted in 2017 and has been updated for 2018.