Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Carnivals, Illuminated Festival, Autism Walk

Super-fun, large-scale events abound throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend, and choosing our top picks was no easy task.

Festivals and carnivals are springing up all over, including the ICS Carnival, which we told you about in our recent review, and the return of the annual Newburgh Illuminated Festival, a 13-hour extravaganza punctuated by more than 40 performances, a Colorfest and other outdoor attractions.

Aficionados of visual arts might prefer the Annual Peekskill Open Studios, featuring studio tours, gallery visits, meet-the-artist opportunities and intriguing interactive art, while animal buffs can immerse themselves in the world of eagles, falcons and others at Birds of Prey Day, where a three-digit quantity of these creatures are expected to appear.

Looking to enjoy fresh air, get some exercise and support a children’s charity? Sign up to raise funds for Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Read on for details about the above, as well as other enticing options (many of which are FREE). For more options, peruse our Event Calendar and plan the rest of the month with our June GoList. And if you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Read on for our top weekend picks and click each listing for full details. Consult our guide to spring fun and our Event Calendar for even more resources. Stay in the know by signing up for our newsletters!

June GoList: Best Things To Do in Westchester with Kids

June ushers in summer, Father’s Day and the end of school, as well as loads of outdoor fun in Westchester and the Hudson Valley in the form of cultural celebrations, music under the clouds, carnivals and festivals.

After a year's hiatus, the Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival returns for yet more inspiring music, environmental activism, food trucks, boating and amazing activities for kids.

On the subject of good causes, Walk Now for Autism Speaks continues to serve the community of people on the spectrum with fundraising, consciousness-raising and spirited activities.

Carnival season kicks off with the ICS Carnival, which we recently profiled first-hand. For festivals with culture, venture to the annual Ukrainian Heritage Festival, among others.

Though performances overlap June and July, this might be a hot-ticket item, so we’re giving you a heads-up about A Night on Fire.

These are just a few of our top picks for June. Get your calendars ready and read on for all our best bets for the month. If you're looking for even more options, check our Event Calendar, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Memorial Day, Carnivals, Sushi Making

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, so get ready for lots of seasonal celebrations for Westchester families!

With the deluge of rain this past week, we can hope for clear skies and warm temps to enjoy the many outdoor activities ahead. Celebrate the red, white and blue at any of the Memorial Day parades we've identified, and then honor the red, white and green at Festa Italiana. For fun in the raw, try your hand at Sushi Making.

This is just a sampling of all that awaits you on our Event Calendar, so head there after reading on for each of our top picks for mid-week.

New Discovery at Sea Brings Science and Nature Themes to Princess Cruises

Cruises are fun. How can you beat a giant floating resort with entertainment, amusements, unlimited food, and fun at every turn? And that’s just on the ship. My favorite part of a cruise is waking up in a new location to explore.

Now, Princess Cruises is bringing more joy of discovery to your next vacation at sea with a new partnership. Teaming up with Discovery Channel, new Discovery At Sea excursions and on-ship programming bring to life the nature, wildlife, and history of each destination. We were hosted on the Grand Princess, sailing year round from San Francisco, and the first ship to offer the new Discovery at Sea programming.

Summer Festivals and Fairs in Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley

Summer has arrived! (OK, not officially, and certainly not judging by the thermometer.) But with this time of year comes some of the best family-friendly summer festivals and fairs in our area. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorites in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, all of which include fun activities for kids. Although plans were still being finalized for some of this season’s festivities, we’ll be sure to keep this roster updated as summer progresses.
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Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Zerbini Circus, Parades

For those of you staying in Westchester for Memorial Day weekend, there's no shortage of events!

Many towns and villages throughout the county celebrate the occasion with their own parades and ceremonies. Standouts include the Memorial Day Races & Fair and Memorial Day Parade and Hudson Park Event.

The three-day weekend is also a great time for animal encounters, with For Shear Pleasure and Memorial Day Dog Parade & Show heading the pack. A couple of the many seasonal festivals we previously told you about also take place this weekend, and there’s a performance by the The Zerbini Family Circus—especially good news after the closing of Ringling Bros.

So let everyone else deal with the traffic and hassle of heading out of town; there’s plenty to do right here at home! Read on to see all of our top weekend picks and consult our Event Calendar for even more options to choose from.

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ICS Carnival: A Family Fun Tradition in Lower Westchester

The annual carnival presented by the Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe—known colloquially as "the ICS Carnival"—is one of two must-do carnivals in Lower Westchester (the other being the annual Lake Isle carnival). The large-scale scope of the event makes it destination-worthy for families with kids of all ages.

An annual tradition for more than 20 years, I’ve been taking my kids for nearly a decade, and I expect to continue to do so till they go off to college (maybe even beyond).

Read on for our first-hand account of this fun-filled annual tradition, and check our Event Calendar for other fun happenings!

10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Lower Westchester with Outdoor Dining

Beautiful weather practically begs for heading to one of these local kid-friendly dining spots with outdoor seating. We’ve got a roundup of 10 restaurants worth trying—with varying price points, atmospheres, and cuisines—where Westchester families can get their al fresco dining fix.

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Country Fair, Memorial Day Crafts

While organized activities sometimes slow down before a holiday, there’s loads of fun in store in anticipation of Memorial Day weekend.

Don’t miss the second annual Country Fair as American as apple pie (pie-baking contest included!) and a local fundraiser, to boot. But first, get your holiday gear ready at a workshop where your kids can make a Memorial Day baton. For more art fun, take the mess outside at a splattering painting workshop that educates kids about the style of Jackson Pollock (bare feet recommended).

Read on for more on these and our other top picks—most of which are FREE. Our Event Calendar has many more offerings, so head there next. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to receive our highlights for Memorial Day weekend and beyond!

Help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a  a two night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains or a family four-pack of admission tickets to Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut.  Vote today!


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