Cold temperatures and snow on the ground doesn’t mean you have to spend the next few months stuck at home (and, let's face it, who would want to?). We’ve rounded up some of our favorite events and things to do with preschoolers in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this winter.
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1. Take part in the annual, all-day Hudson River EagleFest, with live music, kids’ activities, eagle-viewing sites and food trucks.
2. Listen to animal myths and stories—and play some games!—at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.
3. Head over to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie for some interactive playtime that is ideal for the preschool set.
4. Check out the Believe exhibit at the Yorktown Museum, which features fairy-tale scenes created with miniatures.
The Believe exhibit at the Yorktown Museum uses miniatures and toys to recreate fairy tale scenes. Image courtesy of the museum.
5. Drop in at the Young Explorers’ Storytime at Greenburgh Nature Center.
6. Introduce your kids to the world of Peanuts with a live production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
7. Watch the amazing Popovich Pet Theatre with more than 70 animals!
8. Introduce your preschooler to the classic Cinderella, produced by the Ballet for Young Audiences.
9. Enjoy the fresh air at Muscoot Farm and learn all about ice cutting.
10. Check out the new (free!) Play area at The Westchester mall.
Play, the new space at The Westchester mall, is an easy way to while away a few hours on a cruddy day. Image taken by the author.
11. Participate in a puppet festival that not only features shows, but also includes a puppet-making workshop for kids.
12. Dance along with Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could.
13. Drop in to some STEM-tastic fun on Wednesdays at the North Castle Public Library’s Science Lab.
14. Bring the kids to Tot Tuesday at Legoland Discovery Center.
15. Learn about the beaver lodge at Teatown Lake and make your own mini lodge to bring home.
All tucked in at Teatown. Image courtesy of the venue.
16. Meet up at Toddler Beach in the Westchester Children’s Museum for Museum Minis.
17. Give your preschoolers some space to explore at the Hudson River Museum’s dedicated weekend play time.
18. But just whyyyy is it so cold right now? Find out!
19. Whether it’s on skis, snowboards or an old-fashioned sled, whiz down some of those snow-covered hills in our area.
20. Winter nearing its end means it’s maple sugaring time! Kick of the season with this family celebration at the Greenburgh Nature Center.
Top photo: Arts and crafts at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Photo taken by the author.