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Free Things to Do in April with Westchester Kids

Though the snow might suggest otherwise, spring is actually here!

We know that keeping kids busy can cost a pretty penny, so we strive to help identify quality activities that are low-cost or free. Below we've identified our top freebies for all of April, and we must say, they're quite promising. Several of these are referenced in our April GoList, which also includes many more great programs worth a gander (some fee-based).

Additionally, there are other activities we've identified that require a fee for adults but are free for kids, so browse our Event Calendar for many more events that are highly worthwhile—free or otherwise!

Beyond the Goody Bag: 10 Great Birthday Party Favor Ideas for Kids

Whether you love them or hate them, party favors are still a huge part of any child’s birthday celebration. I happen to love figuring out favors for these festive occasions, because it’s creative and challenging—something I can happily pat myself on the back for, if done successfully. For that to happen, it needs to be equal parts pleasing for the kids and their parents, and either edible, memorable, practical, shareable, or charitable.

Do yourself a favor and read on for 10 ultra unique ideas to take your little guy or girl’s goody bag from basic to brag-worthy.

For more unique ways to fete your youngsters, check out our list of free ways to celebrate and 10 sweet alternatives to birthday cake, or learn how to create a DIY photo booth for the big event. Planning to celebrate your little one's first birthday soon? We've got ideas for your soon-to-be-turning-one babes, too. Whatever you're looking for, we’ve got birthday hints in the bag.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Construction Show, WHUD Kids' Fair

There’s no shortage of family fun to be had this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with performances, fests and assorted events that welcome spring.

Several of the top picks noted in our April GoList will take place, for starters. Two of these are the Annual WHUD Kids Fair and the stage adaptation of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site the Musical. This weekend is also prime time to celebrate spring at the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival or the first street fair on our radar (replete with rides and activities): Spring Fest. Finally, wrap spring break up in a sleeping bag at the Great Library Sleepover.

Find details and more among our top picks below, and then head to our Event Calendar for more fun options!

Spring 2018 Festivals in the Lower Hudson Valley

Despite what Mother Nature thinks (snow? really?), spring is definitely here, and that means outdoor festivals will soon dot the landscape of Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley! That's great news for those of us suffering from the winter blues and daydreaming about warm, sunny days and budding flowers.

We’ve rounded up many fun fairs and festivals throughout Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Rockland counties. In addition to featuring kiddie favorites like rides, games and live entertainment, many of these fetes celebrate the local environment, with workshops and educational activities for the entire family. Read on for all the details, and be sure to check out our Event Calendar for even more options.

April GoList: The Best Things To Do in Westchester with Kids

Spring has arrived in Westchester, as evidenced not only by the blossoms and warmer temperatures, but also by the abundance of fabulous family activities springing up this month! Our April GoList is bursting with colorful activities to choose from—and it wasn’t easy narrowing down our top picks.

The great events coming up include several events that revivify the Colonial era, including Colonial Day, which allows visitors to interact with tradesmen of the day and see demos like blacksmithing. Try some hands-on activities at the Annual WHUD Kids Fair or truck on over to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site the Musical, one of several family-friendly performances taking place.

April is also loaded with numerous Earth Day activities, such as the Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival. And, though not a holiday, the celebration of the anniversary of Israel’s founding includes a lavish agenda at Israel’s 70th Birthday Celebration.

Sign up for our weekly newsletters and keep tabs on our Event Calendar. And don't forget: We've got you covered for spring break!

Easter Weekend for Westchester Kids: Bunnies, Eggs and Disney Live!

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, you’ll find great family activities this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families. There lots of Easter egg hunts to fill up those baskets, as well as locomotive fun aboard the Easter Bunny Train. The most egg-citing thing about EGG-citement? Not messing up your own kitchen!

Not all weekend fun is eggy and bunny-ish. Tickets remain available to Disney Live!, the kind of experience that is likely to send your child’s jaw dropping at the sight of beloved characters on stage. For a lower-priced and lower-key performance, try a Magic Show.

As this weekend commences a week (or so) off from school, rely on our spring break guide for ways to optimize the time, and peruse our hot-off-the-press April GoList to plan the whole month.

Read on for more! Check out our Event Calendar for additional options, and sign up for our rnewsletters to be totally in the know.

30 Things to Do with Westchester Preschoolers this Spring

Spring kicks off this week and with it (fingers crossed!) the warmer weather won’t be far behind. And after an entire winter spent cooped up indoors—or at least, spent layering up your preschooler to actually leave the house—it’s time to shake things up a bit. To help, we’ve rounded up a whole slew of activities that are great for the 5-and-under set. 

Looking for even more family fun? Check out our Event Calendar.

Spring 2018 Festivals and Fairs in Westchester

Despite the mild winter we’ve had, it’s always exciting to anticipate the arrival of spring. Beyond warmer weather and longer daylight, the caliber of events ratchets up, particularly the fairs and festivals that depend on these conditions. Westchester is buzzing with many such events all season long, promising fun-filled outdoor events for the entire family.

We've rounded up our favorite spring festivals, street fairs and celebrations happening throughout Westchester, many of which are free. Be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide for more seasonal fun and sign up for our newsletters and consult our Event Calendar to stay informed of more great family events!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Egg-travaganza, Easter Bunny Train

With Easter right around the corner, this weekend offers several festive events for Westchester and Hudson Valley families. Among these are the The Great Green Egg-travaganza, a ride on the Easter Bunny Train and numerous area egg hunts.

But many more fun ways to spend the weekend lie ahead. A new family festival immerses visitors in a foreign culture while welcoming the change of the seasons at Celebrate Spring! Or take in a concert and learn how Music Is Science, or try your hand at drawing a Live Animal from Nature.

Last call for maple sugaring this season, and we hope you heeded the advice of our March GoList and snagged seats to see Dino Light, as it’s now sold out!

All this and much more can be found on our Event Calendar, so head there after reading on for details and other highlights.

The Royal Hanneford Circus: An Annual Tradition that Won't Break the Bank

While circuses like Ringling Brothers, The Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soleil are household names, the lesser-known Royal Hanneford Circus ranks on the list of must-see circuses. We took it upon ourselves to check things out at a recent visit in Westchester, N.Y., and have what you should know about its upcoming visit to Wilmington, Mass.

Read on for the inside scoop, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to receive stories like this in your inbox!

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