If you feel the need to chill out after the rush of the holiday hullaballoo, January is a great time for turning down the excitement a notch—but there’s still no shortage of fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!
The coming weekend is prime time to partake in a winter nature program or to see a musical. Bring your binoculars to Family Nature Walk and observe the birds that didn’t fly south for the winter, or learn to identify animal tracks and play sleuth to learn what they reveal at Animal Tracks and Traces. Winter Wonders Day takes place along the Hudson River so participants can learn about the life that inhabits it and enjoy related activities. There’s still a trace of holiday festivities ahead, and the Candlelight Tour offers a subdued way to savor the season, or catch a live performance of the family classic You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown—just one of several you’ll find in our top picks below.
Read on for all this and more, then head to our Event Calendar and our newly published January GoList to plan ahead!
Annie - Pleasantville
This 1982 film transforms the famous Broadway musical to the silver screen, telling the classic story about an orphan growing up in New York City in the Great Depression who finds hope and friendship in a rich benefactor. The film will be shown both Saturday and Sunday; also on Saturday, kids can participate in related activities, including posing in front of the green screen and crafts.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - Rhinebeck
This upbeat musical has been entertaining families for decades, featuring Linus, Lucy and the whole Peanuts gang. With can-do spirit, they sing: “With a heart such as yours, you could open any doors, you could go out and do anything. You could be king, Charlie Brown—you could be king!”
Saturday, January 7
Winter Wonders Day - Yonkers
Come in from the cold for some nature-themed activities that focus around the Hudson River. Highlights include crafts, games, refreshments and a take-home bonus. FREE
Sister Act – White Plains
This limited-run engagement at the White Plains Art Center ends this Saturday. This musical comedy gained attention when Whoopi Goldberg starred in the film version. With original music by Broadway legend Alan Mencken, the show garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it played on Broadway.
See all Saturday events.
Sunday, January 8
Family Nature Walk - Larchmont
Not all birds fly south for the winter! Some stick around if food sources are identified. Examine some of the aviary life here in Westchester, including ducks, geese and woodpeckers.
Animal Tracks - Scarsdale
Roam the forest in search of visual signs of animals’ presence and see what you can learn. FREE
Animal Tracks and Traces - Cornwall
Here’s another winter-wildlife trek, where participants learn to identify evidence of animal life and also make a plaster casting of animal tracks. While there, enjoy visit “Fun Feet,” where you can learn about animal feet and their role in the animals’ behavior.
Candlelight Tour – New City
Visit the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt farmhouse, illuminated with candlelight and lanterns, and experience Dutch American holiday traditions of the 1830s, including music and song and seasonal refreshments.
See all Sunday events.
Symphony Space kicks off 2017 with the NYC debut of the Montreal-based circus arts troupe Les Parfaits Inconnus. These seven performers fill the stage with their stylish second production Retour. The show is packed with juggling, cycling, acrobatics, music and dance and features a live rock band on the stage.
At the Candle Dipping Workshop, children can try their hand at dipping candles and learn about life in Colonial Connecticut.
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Photo credit: Sheldrake Environmental Center