Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Fall Festivals, Dance, Animal Acts, Oct. 17-18

Here we are in mid-October, when Halloween is just around the corner and fall fun peaks. In addition to all the big Halloween events recurring throughout October, there are also numerous local festivals celebrating autumn and Halloween, including the Children's Halloween Festival and Halloween Carnival and Ragamuffin Parade (see also our roundup of other ragamuffin parades happening in our area). Perhaps the granddaddy of all festivals this weekend is the two-day NY Sheep and Wool Festival, which features fiber-arts workshops and such eccentricities as llama acts.

This is also an exciting weekend for those who love dance, with the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia taking the stage and a unique museum Family Day program inviting the public to Celebrate Dancers Among Us. For more theatrical highlights this season, consult our hot-off-the-press guide to the best family fall performances in Westchester so you can claim the performances and seats you want.

Read on for our top weekend picks, visit our Event Calendar, and check out our October Go List for our top choices for the rest of the month!

Kid-Friendly Fall Productions in Westchester: Fun Shows for Westchester Families

In between taking advantage of all the great outdoor activities the fall brings, Westchester is offering a multitude of enticing children’s shows sure to entertain not only the little ones, but their chaperoning adults alike. This fall's lineup includes returning family favorites like Click, Clack Moo, but also numerous novelties, like Black Violin and Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia. An added twist on tradition is Olate Dogs - Winners of America's Got Talent.

Read on for our list of the best family shows and performances happening across Westchester this fall season. For even more fall fun, check our October GoList and Event Calendar for all of the other exciting activities for you and your family this season!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Halloween Sewing, Book pARTy, Haunted Street, Oct. 12-16

Such a fun week lies ahead, with a mix of both seasonal and anytime activities to delight Westchester families! While the “big” fall events tend to be reserved for the weekend, these “just right” happenings are perfect for a weekday.

Fun Halloween options include Sewing Trick or Treat Pouches and the kick-off of Haunted Huguenot Street, while a departure from the fall theme is the chance to be very grown-up at the Exhibition Opening for “Dancers Among Us.”

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Fall Treats: Best Apple Cider Doughnuts in Lower Hudson Valley

What’s one of the best parts of apple picking in the Lower Hudson Valley? Apple cider doughnuts. Whether you like them cakey or fluffy, sugary or plain, we dare you to find a better seasonal treat than a warm cider doughnut directly out of the fryer. We’re not sure there’s such a thing as a bad cider doughnut, but we’ve selected some of our extra-special favorites in the area. Be sure to check out our choices for the best places for fruit picking in Westchester and in Orange and Dutchess, as well as our Fall Festival Guide!

He Named Me Malala, Parent Movie Review: Is It OK for Kids?

He Named Me Malala opens this week, and some of our older kids are going to want to see it. Malala Yousafzai is kind of like this generation’s Anne Frank: an articulate, wise-beyond-her-years teenage girl who remains optimistic about our world’s prospects for peace despite her own encounter with unspeakable evil. Malala is a child, but her story is not necessarily for children. I wanted to check it out before taking my own kids.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Halloween, Applefest, Children’s Book Festival, Oct. 3-4

With October comes the beginning of the Halloween season, and all the associated festivals, spectacles, parades and haunted houses throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley. We’ve populated our Event Calendar with a ton of these festivities (as well as a variety of non-Halloween events for when you crave diversity), so take a peek and plan ahead. Stay tuned, because much more is coming!

The Rivertowns, strongly associated with Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” go all out for Halloween, with month-long events that start this weekend like The Great Jack O Lantern Blaze (which is already sold out for this weekend) and The Legend Behind the 'Legend', as well as haunted happenings for older kids like Scared by the Sound.

For some non-Halloween happenings, catch Warwick Applefest, the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival or the Annual Horse Show and Country Fair, to name a few. Also consult our guide for scenic autumn drives to savor the splendor of the season.

Read on for our top weekend picks, but be sure to also check our Event Calendar and October GoList for more family fun this weekend and beyond!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Day of Beauty, Silent Films, Art Overlay, Sept. 28-Oct. 2

While weekends in fall are teeming with large-scale seasonal events in Westchester, mid-week is a great time for a lower-key activity for families. This week’s highlights center around stimulating workshops and fun film experiences, including Day of Beauty, where participants make their own bath potions; Art Overlay, a creative project in the Matisse style; and Silent Film Double Feature, featuring live musical accompaniment (as was done when they were first shown).

Read on for more details and more options—then be sure to consult the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar for today, tomorrow or this month's best activities!

Taking an International Flight With Your Toddler: 20 Things to Bring

A family vacation may sound idyllic, but once travel plans involve crossing oceans and international borders, bringing a two-year-old with you may make the hassles of travel feel even more daunting. What do you need to bring in your carry-on to make a ten or twenty hour flight with a toddler bearable?

We recently took our two-year-old to Kenya to spend some time with his grandparents who live on the Mombasa coast. In the course of three flights and twenty-seven hours in transit, we learned a lot about how to prepare for the next trip. While in-flight entertainment or kids shows streaming through the Wi-Fi will help pass the time, toddlers have a short attention span. We planned to switch activities every 20 minutes. Here are 20 things to keep a kid entertained, plus supplies to get through the literal and figurative turbulence.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Yo-Yo Ma, Trucks and Helicopters, Free Museums, Sep. 26-27

With so many fantastic family programs occurring this time of year in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, we at Mommy Poppins have been extra busy culling it all together for our readers. In addition to several fall festivals this weekend (Garlic Festival, anyone?), there’s an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind happenings.

The arts are alive in Westchester, with a performance by Yo-Yo Ma and the chance to hop aboard the “Culture Trolley,” which wends its way to more than 30 venues across two towns at Arts Fest. Kids can get hands-on at the Printing Press Children's Program or at Touch-A-Truck (which also includes a helicopter). Wee ones can delight in mingling with fairies and elves at Legends & Lore of the Little People

This weekend offers a bonanza of entertaining and enriching events (not to mention apple picking), so you’ll definitely want to visit our Events Calendar to see the extensive fun beyond our top picks below. Enjoy!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: STEAM, Locker Craft, Sewing, Sept. 21-25

The week ahead has lots of fun activities in store for Westchester families. If the building of the new Tappan Zee Bridge has piqued your kids’ curiosity, sign them up for Building Suspense. In honor of the upcoming Banned Book Week, which raises awareness that censorship remains an issue in the U.S., kids can take part with Banned Book Art. Kids can also get artsy with a sewing machine at T-Shirt Backpack Workshop.

Read on for our top picks for the coming week—all of which are FREE. There’s also plenty more where that came from! Head to our Event Calendar for multiple listings every day of the week.


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