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10 Free Weekday Activities for Westchester Kids

As we segue from November to December, the holiday events start piling on. There's a mix of both fall and holiday events this week for Westchester families, as well as activities without a seasonal theme. 

Just to name a few of the free sources of fun: Little ones can enjoy Musical Adventures at the Library, while mid-sized kids can Decorate a Candy House. Older kids can celebrate the very important occasion of National Nacho and Saxophone Day.

While we’ve listed 10 free events below, of note are the many holiday events taking place on Friday that are associated with a fee. We encourage you to consider them all.

Read on for ten freebies and visit our Event Calendar for even more options. Be sure to consult our Holiday Fun Guide, full of yet more activities and ideas to help you get the most out of the holidays with kids.

25 Holiday Activities for Preschoolers in Westchester

The holidays are a special time for all children, but preschoolers carry an extra bit of magic with them this time of year. They’re young enough to believe the Santa in the mall is real (or that the creepy Elf is truly monitoring their every move). No matter what holiday you may celebrate, it’s a wonderful age to share family traditions—or begin new ones.  

We’ve rounded up 25 things you can do with your preschooler this holiday season, and many of them are free! Looking for more ideas? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook

Coco: Pixar's New Day of the Dead Animated Film, a Parent Review

Mortality, legacy, and forgiveness. These are heavy subjects for an animated movie aimed at families but, once again, Pixar rises to the challenge. Coco is a visually stunning, thematically rich, and emotionally powerful film that resonates differently for various ages. Set against the backdrop of Día de los Muertos—the Mexican holiday honoring the dead—Coco is Pixar's first feature to focus on a character of color. Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old aspiring musician, is magically transported to a luminous afterlife where he uncovers long-buried secrets and realizes the importance of family.

Chances are this movie is on your kids' wishlist, but perhaps you're worried a flick focused on—let's be blunt—death might make for an upsetting experience, especially if you have tots in tow. Read on for everything you need to know before you go to this PG-rated release, as well as whether it's worth splurging on 3D.

Frosty Day: Free Holiday Fun for Westchester Families

Westchester’s Armonk has staked a claim as the home of Frosty the Snowman and celebrates this claim to fame with its annual Frosty Day. Community pride is clearly apparent at this multi-venue, well-attended festivity. We’ve attended Frosty Day and have the inside scoop to share with our readers.

Read on to learn how to join in Frosty’s homecoming and what to expect for your family. For many (many!) more holiday happenings, refer to our Event Calendar and stay up to date by signing up for our  newsletters.

Amazing, Kid-friendly Features at these Airports Make Family Travel Suck Less

There are all sorts of things to look forward to when we travel, but the airport is not generally one of them. If flying with kids conjures up images of agonizing lines, stressful bathroom visits, and long walks down grimy hallways with cranky toddlers, maybe for your next trip you should try rerouting through one of the airports below. These 10 US hubs have all gone the extra mile to make an airport into a destination kids will remember as part of the adventure. If your trip starts, finishes, or lays over at one of our favorite kid-friendly terminals, you can look forward to play areas, interactive exhibits, rides, and more to keep ahead of the turbulence.

The Best Kid-Friendly Nutcracker and Holiday Shows for Westchester Families

The holiday season is fast upon us, and while there are some ways we can self-pace how we savor the season, one recommendation for advance planning is to purchase tickets for holiday performances. Not only do they often sell out in advance, but claiming choice seats can avoid the familiar whines of “I can’t see ...”

Fortunately for Westchester residents, there are various holiday performances to choose from. We’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly productions—from assorted interpretations of The Nutcracker to traditional concerts and new musical theater—to help you ring in the holiday season.

Read on and click through for details. Also be sure to visit our Event Calendar, where you’ll find an ever-growing number of other holiday events we’re curating for your family to enjoy! Looking for even more holiday options? Check out our Holiday Fun Guide

10 Free Events for Westchester Kids During Thanksgiving Week

It’s Thanksgiving week, and our roundup of free activities for Westchester kids makes the most of this seasonal spirit.

The Teensgiving Celebration gives the older crowd their own private holiday, while younger kids can make a Thanksgiving wreath to adorn their home. Having trouble settling the debate of Pumpkin vs Pecan Pie? Make them both!

Read on for the rest of our free finds, and then head to our Event Calendar for many more options to choose from!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo: Stu Spivack, via Flickr.

Best Places To Visit Santa Claus with Westchester Kids

For those who celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is hardly complete without a trip to visit Santa. Lucky for us, there's no shortage of places in Westchester where kids can have a meet-and-greet with the big guy, and we’ve rounded them up for you here. If you’re looking for a photo opp for your little ones (and your pets!), these Santa sightings are sure to delight you and your little ones this holiday season.

Want an even more relaxed environment? Check out some of the breakfasts with Santa occurring throughout Westchester. 

For even more holiday activities, see our coverage on holiday tree lightings and performances of the The Nutcracker, all happening in Westchester.

20 Must-Do Holiday Experiences for Westchester Kids

The holiday season has officially kicked off, and Westchester families are fortunate to live in an area with so many different ways to ring it in.

We know it can be difficult narrowing down the choices, but planning ahead of time makes sense because many of these popular events require reservations—and fill up very quickly! We’ve gathered a list of 20 can’t-miss holiday events and activities in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley that we know are a hit with kids and grown-ups alike.

Looking for more holiday fun? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

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