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Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do this Weekend with Westchester Kids: Nature, Expos, Hockey & More, Nov. 2 & 3

Our jack-o-lantern has turned completely moldy but the squirrels didn't seem to mind--they devoured the whole thing! Less clean up for me, though it is a sign that Halloween is here and if you started celebrating early like me, you may be all too ready for the next wave of the holiday season. I know I am! If you're not quite ready to give up the ghosts and ghouls, there are still some Halloween events continuing this weekend like the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze and other events in Historic Hudson Valley. This is also the last weekend to visit the Scarecrow Invasion and Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities at Lyndhurst Castle. November 1 and 2 mark the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, with many of the same trappings as Halloween and there are two events on Saturday honoring the tradition. 

If your kids are into geology visit the Teatown Lake Reservation for Stories in Stone or Cranberry Lake Preserve for the Quarry Hike. For the animal loving littles, join Westmoreland Sanctuary for Meet the Critters and Bird Banding or take the Owl Prowl night hike at Muscoot Farm.  Saturday also brings tons of reptiles to Westchester at the Reptile Expo.

Have you ever wanted to play a live version of an arcade game? No? Me neither, until I read about Field Frogger being held this Sunday at Ridge Hill.  Anyone over the age of 13 can participate. It should be hysterical whether you are the “Frogger” or just watching from the sidelines. Make sure those phones are charged to capture the ridiculousness on video! Kidville in Mount Kisco is celebrating its Grand Opening all weekend long with concerts by Rockin’ Railroad, open play in the state of the art gym, face painting, balloon artists, and more. 

Read on for top weekend picks. If you see something interesting, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

News: Brand New Parks App, Decoding Westchester Towns & Villages, Mommy Poppins at HarvestFest

There's a lot happening around town. Westchester Children's Museum is one step closer to opening their doors and we couldn't be happier. Grand Prix New York added a new art studio space to their already fun filled indoor entertainment complex and Westchester County Parks Department launched a new app to help navigate the parks system.

Speaking of Westchester, ever wonder about the many redundant town and village names in the county and the boundaries they encompass? Well, if you've been puzzled about the county map (or if this just sparked an interest), we found a great breakdown we thought was worth sharing. Read on for more on these topics plus details on catching up with Mommy Poppins at Ridge Hill's HarvestFest 2013

HarvestFest 2013: Join Mommy Poppins for Trick-or-Treating, Arts & Crafts, Great Food, Kids' Rock Band & More at Ridge Hill!

So far this month, we've told you about Halloween events in Historic Hudson Valley, great haunted houses and fun ideas for Halloween crafts. And the month's only halfway done! There's still so much more fun in store this month, we can barely decide what to do next! One event we are particularly excited about is HarvestFest 2013 at Westchester's Ridge Hill. We mentioned this event in our October Go List but with so many fun activities (including a Mommy Poppins booth!), we thought it deserved a dedicated mention here as well.

HarvestFest is an all day event that will be filled with fun seasonal activities, shopping, great food, live music and more. Plus, Mommy Poppins will be on site with the official HarvestFest trick-or-treating bags and an arts and crafts table! You can also enter to win tickets to a show at NYC's New Victory Theater! Read on for everything you need to know about HarvestFest!

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do this Weekend with Westchester Kids: Parades, Festivals, Village Celebrations & More, Oct. 12-14

It seems like this Columbus Day Weekend in Westchester it’s all about the “towns”...and it’s almost all FREE! On Saturday, you can celebrate Harvest in the Village in Briarcliff Manor and learn about living “green” in Tarrytown at the Eco Fair. The South Salem Fire Department is celebrating its 75th Anniversary by hosting an Open House throughout the village. On Sunday head up to Yorktown for the Fall Festival and Street Fair where you can enjoy a Kidville Concert.

Harrison and Eastchester have events throughout the entire weekend. Harrison residents love their town so much they are celebrating over the entire weekend with "It’s Great to Live in Harrison." The Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival and Parade will bring with it over 10,000 visitors and hosts a magnificent Grucci Fireworks show on Sunday evening. There is also a meatball contest and I’m wondering if that’s a “who makes the best meatballs contest” or a “who can eat the most meatballs contest” – I believe I could be in the running for either!

And, of course, don’t forget about all the fun Halloween events in Westchester and beyond that are going on throughout the entire month of October. I think this weekend we’re going to check out the Scarecrow Invasion at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown and head up to Katonah to get our pumpkins at Muscoot Farm’s Pumpkin Picking Weekend. If I have any energy left, or my sanity, we may take a ride up for Boscobel’s Family Bonfire Night in Garrison and roast some marshmallows.

Read on for top weekend picks. If you see something interesting, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

Acting & Musical Theater Classes for Kids in Westchester

When my son first asked to taking acting classes, I was floored. He was such a shy and timid kid, even as a toddler. I actually asked him if he knew what acting was. He assured me he did and he wanted to take classes so I signed him up. I was surprised and delighted to see my quiet little boy flourish on stage. He became more confident and took to the stage with enthusiasm and excitement that I had never seen in him before.

Acting can be lots of fun and a great way to build public speaking skills and foster teamwork. It's also great to experience seeing a production brought to life and being a part of the process. Westchester has great choices when it comes to acting programs and we've listed them for you here. Instruction ranges from acting and film making to musical theater with dancing and singing incorporated. 

Free & Fun Things to Do this Weekend with Westchester Kids: Haunted Houses, Festivals, the Circus & More, Oct. 5 & 6

October brings with it the start of the Halloween season and all month long there are parties, festivals, parades, and haunted houses all around Westchester. My family has already started figuring out our costumes but if you haven’t gotten that far, head out to Katonah on Saturday for a Costume Swap where you give a costume and get a costume. If you don’t have one to swap you can purchase one for only $5.

The Rivertowns are exploding with events that start this weekend like The Great Jack O Lantern Blaze and The Legend Behind the 'Legend'. Dobbs Ferry is shutting down its streets on Saturday for the Dobbs Ferry Festa and Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills is throwing a Harvest Fest.

The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival and the Great Chappaqua Bake Sale are teaming up for a day full of entertainment for the entire family. The author of the Pinkalicious series will be doing a reading at the bake sale and my kids are really hoping she is accompanied by some pink cupcakes!

For the older kids (unless you want your little ones sleeping with you for the next month), there are plenty of haunted happenings including Horseman’s Hollow and Scared by the Sound.

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something interesting, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options?  Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

6 Cheap & Easy DIY Halloween Decoration Crafts To Do with Kids

Who's ready to spook down the house? If your family loves Halloween, it's time to show the neighbors - all over your lawn, balcony, front steps, or whatever bits of outdoor space you command. We've got a few ideas for Halloween decorations that don't involve a shopping spree at a Halloween store; in fact most of the ideas below are made entirely out of things you're likely to have at home already (and may even be looking to recycle). The best part is a spooky decorating frenzy makes for quality family time - turning a happy home into a haunted one. (Looking for even more ideas? Our Boston site has some way-cool DIY Halloween decorations, too!)

Mostly Free & Fun Things To Do with Westchester Kids: Art Shows, Competitive Races, Fall Festivals & More, Sept. 28 & 29

Send September off with a bang this weekend in Westchester. Two art shows are taking place all weekend--the Armonk Outdoor Art Show and the New Rochelle Arts Fest. The Bear Mountain Oktoberfest continues this weekend as well.

On Saturday head to Green Chimneys for the Fall Harvest Festival. If you’re feeling more competitive, the Sleepy Hollow Adventure Race Experience allows you to compete with your children on the beautiful Hudson River waterfront. Stick around afterwards for the Sleepy Hollow Oktoberfest at Kingsland Point Park.

Great family fun continues on Sunday at the Rosenthal JCC’s Fall Fest in Pleasantville. In West Nyack, enjoy Family Fun Day and help benefit the American Cancer Society.

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something interesting, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do with Westchester Kids: Fall Crafts, Festivals, Pow Wow & More, Sept. 21 & 22

This weekend we officially welcome fall and there are lots of great seasonal events to enjoy. Westchester has something to satisfy every taste, from history buff to horse fanatic, foodie to crafty. Events happening all weekend include Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, the Peekskill Rotary Horse Show and Country Fair and the FDR Pow Wow. The New York Renaissance Faire and Bear Mountain Oktoberfest continue this weekend as well.

On Saturday head to Fieldhome's Annual Fall Festival or check out the Armonk Cider and Donut Festival. Sunday is the Southern Westchester Food and Wine Festival and the Washington-Rochambeau Regatta. Also on Sunday, take to the water with Mommy Poppins for the NY Harbor Ecology & Science Cruise With Mommy Poppins & Manhattan By Sail. Tickets are still available but selling fast!

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something interesting, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

Gymnastics Classes for Westchester Kids

Kids love to run, jump, flip and play. Not so great when its your sofa, their bed or each other that they're jumping on. Looking for a class to channel that energy into something more constructive? My father was a gymnast in high school and college and was still tumbling on the lawn or in the park up until my teens, much to the delight of my friends (it never got old for me, either). I didn't follow in my father's gymnast footsteps, however when my kids showed an interest, I jumped on the chance to sign them up for classes. Gymnastics can be a great way for kids to exert some energy, learn how to safely jump, flip and roll, increase confidence and discipline and yes, show off to their friends. There are lots of great options for gymnastics in Westchester, and we've rounded them up for you here. For more gymnastics options, see our post on gymnastics classes in Lower Hudson Valley.

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