Interactive Exploration at Westchester Nature Centers

We've told you about great places to go hiking with kids and where to find authentic farms in Westchester. Well, if you find yourself looking for even more ways to commune with nature, head to one of the many nature centers located throughout Westchester County. These centers allow children (and adults) to learn about their natural environment, explore undisturbed habitats and encounter wildlife up close, often in a smaller and less zany environment than, say, a big, crowded zoo.

Westchester County offers fantastic nature centers full of exploration opportunities, scenic trails and landscapes, interactive fun and even a playground or two. Learn about honeybees, visit a dragonfly pond, get up close and personal with resident animals, check out historic artifacts and more. Read on for our top picks for nature centers in Westchester.

NYC Labor Day Weekend Family Getaways: Nearby Destinations for Weekend or Day Trips

Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is fast approaching. While there are certainly plenty of ways to enjoy one last blast of summer right here in NYC, the three-day weekend is the perfect time for a quick family getaway before school starts.

Whether you're looking for a spectacular day trip or a multiday break, our tri-state area sites in New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut and recently launched Westchester County have been covering the best things to do and places to go in their respective locales all season. In just one click, you can find out everything you want to know about visiting the Poconos, the Jersey Shore and other family hot spots with kids. We're highlighting six awesome areas for a Labor Day getaway, all within comfortable commuting distance of New York City. For even more family travel inspiration, check out our NYC Day Trips Guide, which includes a post about car-free Labor Day getaways, and our Travel site, which has a roundup of Labor Day weekend vacation deals.

Things to Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Fairs, Concerts, Animal Encounters & More, August 24 and 25

It's hard to believe summer is winding down, but there's still lots of fun happening this weekend in Westchester County. If you're feeling a little blue about back to school, we've got a Back to School Swagapalooza coming up that should help get you in the spirit. This national giveaway will include prizes that include $150 worth of personalized school supplies from My Chronicle Books, a year supply of school uniforms from French Toast and a Disney Junior package that includes Disney bedding and a backpack, just to name a few. More details are coming soon.

In the meantime. Rye Playland continues its Summer Concert Series with Jake Miller on Friday and the Dutchess County Fair is in full swing now through Sunday. For all the creature lovers out there, young and old, head to Hudson Highland Museum on Saturday to see Sky Hunters in Flight or check out the Slithery Serpents at Teatown Lake Reservation. On Sunday, grab your favorite fairy gear and head to Muscoot Farm for their popular Victorian Faerie Walk.

If you see something that piques your interest, be sure to click through to the listing for all the details. And don't forget, our calendar of events has even more to do this weekend in Westchester!

7 Great Hikes with Kids in Westchester and Hudson Valley

Are the kids getting restless? Do you need some outdoor activity that will get them away from the TV, expending energy and enjoying the great outdoors? Have you thought about taking a hike? Not a hike away from the kids...a hike with the kids! Westchester County offers great trails that will get you out there together, enjoying nature and taking in the sights and sounds.

The Westchester County Parks system has an amazing array of hiking opportunities and trails with gorgeous views that are easy enough for tikes to keeps up while still offering plenty of fun for older kids. Hiking is a great activity that can be enjoyed in all kinds of weather. So fill your water bottle, lace up the hiking shoes and head out to the trails. Read more to find some easy hikes along lakes, fields and waterfalls and enjoy some great hiking with your family.

Things to Do With Kids This Weekend in Westchester: Block Party, Baseball Card Expo, Concerts, Fossils & More, August 17 & 18

These gorgeous (though fall-like) temperatures are a reminder that we've only got a few more weeks before back to school madness begins. Even so, there's lots of summer fun still to be had in Westchester, both indoors and out!

If you're looking for a good show, Oliver! and Into the Woods are playing this weekend. The East Coast National Baseball Card Show is going on now through Sunday, for all you baseball fans. On Friday, you can check out Mamaroneck Shares Summer Block Party, which we mentioned earlier this summer, or check out Annie at Hudson River Museum's new amphitheater. Saturday, head to Hudson Highland's Nature Museum for Fascinating Fossils. On Sunday, walk the gangplank to the Science Barge in Yonkers for their Art & Science series or check out a 50's doo-wop concert in Yorktown. And don't forget, the New York Renaissance Faire continues this weekend.

If you see something you like, click on to the listing for full details and contact information. As always, there's even more to do this weekend and beyond in our calendar of events!

Ahoy Mateys: Pirate Fun for NYC Kids - Festivals, Sails & Shows

Pirates is one of those words that elicits completely different reactions from kids and grown-ups. Although everyone pretty much pictures lawless bands of marauders in search of booty, as an adult, I think about awful, ripped-from-the-headlines stories while my son imagines Johnny Depp in eyeliner. Thankfully for children, pirates don't have any scary real-life connotations—they're as make believe as princesses, unicorns and dragons. So indulging your child's pirate fantasies can be fun for the whole family.

There are lots of interactive ways for kids to play pirate in New York City that are much more stimulating than spacing out to yet another episode of Jake and the Never Land Pirates. From swashbuckling festivals to pirate shows and exhibits to sailing the high seas (a.k.a. New York Harbor) on a pirate-themed cruise, here are five ways for kids to get their pirate on in NYC.

Fun Things to Do This Weekend for Westchester Families: Talent Show, Fairs, Concert & More, August 10 & 11

We've had a nice break from the blazing heat this week and there are lots of ways to enjoy the gorgeous weather this weekend in Westchester. The annual South Salem Fire Department Carnival is going on now through Saturday and don't forget the New York Renaissance Faire continues this weekend. Also on Saturday, check out Kidz Bop Kids at Rye Playland, get creative at the 1st annual Sidewalk Chalk ArtFest at Cross County Shopping Center or check out the 13th Annual Storytelling Music Festival. Sunday head to the Hudson River Museum for a Family Talent Show, the last event in their Family Summer Sundays series, or check out the Summer Fair at Muscoot Farm.

If you see something you like, be sure to click through to the event listing for full details. As always, our event calendar offers even more to do this weekend.

Things to Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Renaissance Faire, Native American Heritage, Comedy Show August 3 & 4

We know many families go away in August but if you're planning to stick around this weekend, there's lots of fun happening close to home in Westchester. Two awesome cultural celebrations are happening this weekend: the New York Renaissance Faire and the Native American Heritage Celebration of Hudson Valley. If you're looking to catch a show, Shrek The Musical is showing at Tarrytown Music Hall with performances all weekend.

Saturday, spend the day at the Hudson River Museum and partake in science and art projects. Stay for August Alternative Music Saturdays in their new amphitheater. On Sunday, enjoy brunch and a family friendly comedy show in West Nyack or head to Muscoot Farm for a Native American Afternoon.

Be sure to click through to the event for full details when you see something you like and remember, our event calendar is full of even more fun happening this weekend and beyond. Read on for our picks for things to do this weekend in Westchester!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame! Kid Week at Dutchess Stadium

America's pastime is alive and well in Hudson Valley! If you're looking for a family outing that won't break the bank (like major league games can easily do), Dutchess Stadium (affectionately known as The Dutch) offers fun for the whole family. In addition to catching a game starring resident minor league team, the Hudson Valley Renegades, there are lots of other kid-friendly programs and events at The Dutch. We briefly mentioned the Hudson Valley Renegades in our post about minor leagues in the NY metro area but it's definitely worth mentioning again, especially since this week is Kid's Week, which means kids 12 & under get free admission to games this Tuesday-Thursday! Read on for more details about Dutchess Stadium, the Hudson Valley Renegades, free entry for kids this week and other events happening this season and year round.

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Westchester: Legoland, Jazz Festival, Science Fun July 27 & 28

This weekend has lots of fun in store with music and cultural festivals, a pop concert, family science fun and Legos! Peekskill hosts their annual Jazz & Blues Festival this weekend and Legoland Discovery Center's Lego Legends of Chima event is going on all weekend. On Saturday, Gate Hill Day Camp opens its doors to give you a taste of their camp experience and Rye Playland continues their concert series with pop band R5. On Sunday, Hudson River Museum hosts their Family Sunday series with Spin, Pop...Boom! science demonstration and the annual Jewish Heritage Festival is happening at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

If you see an event that piques your interest, be sure to click through to our calendar of events for all the details. And remember, our event calendar has info on lots more happening this weekend.


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