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.

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do with Westchester Kids this Weekend: Greek, German, Renaissance Fests & More, Sept. 14 - 15

Just because Labor Day has come and gone doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Whether it’s going on a family bike ride, learning how to be a farmer at Stone Barns, or even traveling a little north for the NY Renaissance Faire and the Bear Mountain Oktoberfest, there is something out there for everyone. So get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather September and our area have to offer.

If you see something that piques your interest, be sure to click through to the listing for full details. And don't forget, our Event Calendar has even more fun happenings this weekend in Westchester. 

Day Trip to Saugerties: Lighthouse Picnic, Mini Golf & More

Looking for a day adventure that will be great fun for the entire family? How about exploring a lighthouse and then continuing on to have some fun at mini golf! A day trip to Saugerties, NY, has something for everyone. With fresh air, fishing, exploring and then some family-friendly game time, it is sure to be a day full of memories and laughter.

Saugerties is about an hour and a half from central Westchester. I have visited several times with my family and there are always new things to explore every time we go! Read on for what to do and where to go in this charming town.

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Festivals, Reptile Expo, Harvest Party, Sept. 7 & 8

Summer is winding down and many kids head back to school on Monday but the weather is gorgeous and there are great ways to squeeze in lots of outdoor fun while its still warm out. Friday Mamaroneck Shares hosts their final block party in the summer long series. Saturday there's the annual Yonkers Riverfest or Take Me to the River Music and Art Fest in Hastings-on-Hudson. Sunday the weekend long White Plains Jazz Fest comes to a close with the White Plains International Food & Jazz Festival and Greenburgh Nature Center is hosting their Harvest Party.

Read on for our top weekend picks for families in Westchester. If you see something that piques your interest, be sure to click through to the listing for full details. And be sure to check our Event Calendar for more events happening this weekend and beyond. 

Join the Mommy Poppins Team: Looking for an Event Editor for Westchester

Mommy Poppins Westchester is growing, and we're looking for a freelance Events Editor to join our team. We'd love to hear from someone who is familiar with Westchester and understands why it's such a great place for families. The Events Editor will manage our Calendar of Events, helping to curate the calendar with unique, fun, educational, cool and off the beaten path activities. This person will also highlight the best family events for the weekend in a weekly post.

If you're as enthusiastic as we are about Mommy Poppins Westchester and would like to join our team and help enhance our site, read on for additional info about this opportunity, as well as instructions on how to apply.

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.


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