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10 Free Weekday Events for Westchester Kids (Gratitude Included)

November is a time for gratitude, and one thing we can all be grateful for is the abundance of opportunities to enrich our kids' lives with the wide variety of programs tailored to varying tastes and abilities. This week is a great time to celebrate that, both for the cultural diversity at hand and the emphasis on preparing for Thanksgiving. We can also be grateful that so many of these opportunities are free!

A standout is Being Thankful, which provides several tactics for promoting gratitude, executed in a fun format. Also seasonal is the Pumpkin Clock Experiment, where STEAM lovers can create a time-telling device using actual squash. On the subject of diversity, A Taste of Korea introduces families to the preparation of—and enjoyment of—Korean cuisine.

Below we've rounded up our 10 favorite FREE ways for kids to have fun (and be grateful) in Westchester. Read on, then head to our Event Calendar for many more options, this week and beyond!

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Photo: San Jose Public Library, via Flickr.

Breakfast with Santa for Kids and Families in Westchester

Though Santa is busy preparing for his famous ride on Christmas Eve, he still somehow has time to break bread (or pancakes) with children in Westchester this holiday season. These cozy get-togethers have become increasingly popular, typically featuring a full breakfast and holiday activity, with added perks at some. The best part? Quality time and photo-op with St. Nick.

We’ve rounded up some top picks for Breakfast with Santa throughout Westchester to help you spread some holiday cheer. Advance registration is either required or recommended, so don't delay. And don't forget to bring your wish list! 

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Pirate Antics, Joanie Leeds, Lenape

Such a motley assortment of activities are on tap this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, there's something for every mood and taste. 

Fans of pirates—or silly fun—are sure to get a kick out of the interactive and improvisational Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told, while more traditional entertainment awaits at the Joanie Leeds and the & the Nightlights concert. Local Native American history, including a wigwam, are the focus of The Lenape of Westchester. Hobbyists can browse to their heart's content at the Train & Hobby Show, and though Thanksgiving hasn't yet arrived, it's already time to gear up for December holidays at Ring in the Season.

Read on for all this and more, and be sure to check our Event Calendar. Don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletters and consult our November GoList to plan the rest of the month!

National Geographic's Interactive Ocean Odyssey Makes Waves in Times Square

A new experience is making a major splash in Times Square. National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey takes visitors on a virtual underwater journey beneath the Pacific Ocean, unlike anything we've ever seen before. Using breathtaking state-of-the-art technology, lighting, and audio effects, the self-guided walk-through journey explores different areas of a wondrous undersea world including coral reefs, kelp forests, and open ocean expanses.

Ocean Odyssey opened in mid-October, and my family and I couldn't wait to go. The visit left us awestruck and eager to return. It's a fantastic destination for all ages, filled with stunning visuals and interesting facts about ocean wildlife and habitats, human impact, and what each of us can do to help keep our oceans beautiful and clean—all without getting wet! Read on for more about this amazing new experience, plus what you need to know before visiting with kids.

12 Free and Fun Events Happening This Week for Westchester Kids

With Election Day and Veterans Day falling the same week, many Westchester parents are scrambling to plan ways to keep their kids busy. Fear not: It’s Mommy Poppins to the rescue, as always!

Below we’ve listed a dozen things to do this week that are entirely free! Spend Election Day morning with a lineup of activities and treats at Lounging at the LOFT; brighten the spirits of hurricane victims at Stars of Hope; and get started on Thanksgiving fun by making a Recycled Book Turkey.

This is just the beginning: Read on and also consult our Event Calendar for more options. Want to receive alerts? Sign up for our weekly newsletters! And our November GoList can help you plan the rest of the month.

13 Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

‘Tis the season for holiday craft fairs, where an abundance of handmade goodies is presented by the local makers across Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley. Whether it’s soft-smelling soaps, handmade jewelry or blown glass, you are sure to find something special for everyone on your Nice list. 

We’ve gathered up some of our favorite holiday markets occurring across the area, many of which pack in extra kid-friendly events like games and photos with Santa. Looking for more holiday activities? Check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

Find Family Adventure with a Hike at Palisades Interstate Park

When the changing colors of falltime decorate the Palisades, there’s no better time to head out on a family hike at Palisades Interstate Park. This park can lure even the most reluctant hikers: in addition to breathtaking views of the Hudson River, it offers opportunities to spot hawks and explore a castle, and there's even a cafe where young troopers can refuel. Read on for ways to enjoy this stunning spot. 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Chocolate Festival, Film Festival, STEAM

With the Halloween hullabaloo behind us, now’s the time for a more motley assortment of family activities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Our November GoList is a great resource to plan the whole month.

November is a big month for STEAM fans, with loads of offerings in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Kicking things off is the all-new STEAM Fair, happening this weekend, and it’s 100% free. Though not calorie-free, indulgence is likely worthwhile at the Red Hook Chocolate Festival, including not only decadence but chocolate Olympics and an appearance by Willy Wonka. Though most of the YoFi Film Festival is geared towards adults, a day of kids’ screenings is planned this weekend—and it’s entirely free. Adventurers can test their resourcefulness at Fall Survival Skills, and those who enjoy birds of prey can enjoy a falconry show at Skyhunters in Flight.

These are just the first few of our top picks for the weekend. Read on for more; then browse through our Event Calendar for more options. Want to receive alerts? Sign up for our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

Photo: Jo via Flickr.

10 Westchester Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

There are two types of families when it comes to eating at a restaurant on Thanksgiving: Those who swear by it and those who are simply confounded. We know families in each category and can relate with both. For those of you who want the deliciousness of a Thanksgiving dinner served with a side of ultra-convenience, we’ve gathered a list of Westchester restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner for families. 

Many of these spots require reservations, so don’t delay! Heading into the city for the parade? We have a list for that too.

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