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11 Awesome Fall Events for Preschoolers in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

There aren’t enough days in a season to do all of the autumn activities available for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. To help you stay focused, we’ve collected 11 of our favorite fall events for preschoolers—many of which are FREE!

So read on and add these events to your to-do list. Looking for more seasonal activities? Check out our Fall Fun Guide and follow us on Facebook!

Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park: Spooky Fun for Westchester Kids

With so many Halloween happenings in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, it can be hard to narrow down the choices on these limited October weekends. While many events are clearly geared toward older kids, the Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park in Katonah is perfect for preschoolers, younger elementary kids or anyone who falls on the lower end of the scare-o-meter. 

The show is open on Saturdays and Sunday in October, and we have the scoop on what you need to know. Looking for more spooktacular things to do? Consult our Halloween Guide and sign up for our newsletters.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: “Jungle” Jack Hanna, Black Violin

A crazy school schedule is ahead this week, with Monday being Columbus Day and Wednesday Yom Kippur. The on-again/off-again timing may leave you wondering how to keep your kids focused and occupied; the good news is that Mommy Poppins has the answer!

While it’s a tough call to choose one top pick for Monday (the Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival being a strong contender as well!), Croton Comic Con is an exciting prospect, with an eight-hour agenda that goes beyond comic-related fun (and it’s FREE). Black Violin returns for another mainstage performance; the duo embraces eclectic musical styles and rejects stereotype. While costumes are being finalized for the big day, arm yourself with tricks of the trade at the Halloween Makeup Workshop (and check out our roundup of other FREE Halloween fun coming up). 

Read on for our top weekday picks and be sure to also check our Event Calendar and our October GoList for more family fun throughout the month! (Looking for other ways to keep your kids focused an occupied? Consult our Classes Guide!)

Leaf Peeping: 9 Stunning Places to See Fall Foliage for Westchester Families

Though the timing of the progression from the green trees of summer to the magnificent red and orange hues of autumn changes a bit every year, the magical transformation that takes place during fall foliage season in Westchester is unmistakable. Running along the shores of the Hudson River and set in the foothills of the Hudson Highlands, Westchester’s towns come alive with leaf peepers and fall seekers during the months of September and October.

With so many lovely parks and the some of the best spots for hiking and cycling, Westchester and the Hudson Valley provide countless stunning backdrops to enjoy the autumn leaves and scenery. Not sure where to get the best view? We’ve got that covered. Read on for nine of our favorite fall foliage spots in and around Westchester.

Columbus Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Eastchester Parade, Comic Con

Thank goodness Columbus Day weekend is three days—you’ll need every minute to soak up the tons of fun we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

For starters, the headliner of the holiday weekend is the Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival and Parade, featuring a big carnival from Friday through Monday, a parade on Sunday, a meatball contest, fireworks and more. 

A way-cool event making its debut is Croton Comic Con, a packed eight hours of not only comic-themed activities but special guest appearances and a truly motley agenda (impossibly, it’s FREE). An intriguing event is the Escape/Mystery Room Game, where participants are essentially the characters in a mystery play in search of the stolen diamonds. Additionally, two classic traditions return this weekend: the Peekskill Rotary Annual Horse Show and Country Fair and the Junior League of Bronxville's Touch-A-Truck Event. Plus, there are all the big Halloween events recurring each weekend throughout October. And there’s more!

Read on for all our top weekend picks—but don’t stop there! We’ve got fun happening all month long, so visit our Event Calendar, consult our guide for scenic autumn drives and check out our October GoList for our top picks!

Best Corn Mazes for Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

In our quest to find the best fall fun in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, we’ve located the best apple picking, the best autumn festivals and even the best cider doughnuts. So what’s left? Corn mazes!

All of the mazes on this list also offer other fall activities, and with our available weekends rapidly dwindling, you can get a one-stop deal with plenty of all-day fun.

For even more ideas, be sure to check out our Event Calendar!

10 Cool and Free Halloween Programs for Kids in Westchester

If you think Halloween library programs are only about storytime and pasting paper pumpkins—think again! While Westchester libraries continue to offer the more tried-and-true events for families, there are also a bunch of stand-out events that are frightfully fun.

Below we’ve listed 10 inventive Halloween library programs, collectively representing preschoolers to high schoolers, including spooky events, like Ghost Hunting 101, workshops that help with costume preparation like the Halloween Makeup Workshop, crafty events like Vampire Fang Necklaces, and recreation like Creepy Carnival. Best of all—they’re all FREE!

Read on for our top picks, and then continue on to our Event Calendar for many more fun October events.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Castle Construction, National Plaid Day

While October is loaded with big events on the weekends, the weekdays are a great time for more low-key events for Westchester families.

We’ve rounded up our top picks for the coming week, which are sure to be a particular hit with the maker set. For seasonal fun, create a Fall Foliage Craft or join ArchForKids to Construct a Castle. For silly fun, dress to impress as you Celebrate National Plaid Day with your best tartan and related activities.

Read on for our top weekday picks—all of which are FREE—and be sure to also check our Event Calendar and our hot-off-the-press October GoList for more family fun throughout the month!

Welcome Houston and More Exciting Mommy Poppins News

I’m thrilled to announce that Mommy Poppins is now in Houston! Our local Houston moms have been running all over town to get the inside scoop on the best attractions and activity ideas and share their tips with you. Already the Houston site has loads of information from 24 fun family fest in October to Houston restaurants where kids eat free, 25 splash pads for keeping cool, great advice for finding a local nanny, and so much more. And we’re already starting to load up our family event calendar and local business directories, too.

Newsletter subscribers will get our first weekly email with the top weekend activities this Thursday. If you’re not signed up, sign up now and tell your friends! Don’t forget to like Mommy Poppins Houston on Facebook, too, and make our page a favorite so you don’t miss out on the latest news, highlights, and giveaways.

We’re so excited about our new Houston community, but that’s not all we’ve had in the works. Those of you who are long-time readers know that we totally revamped our website in February. Boy, was that a lot of work! Since our launch we’ve continued to develop more improvements to make it easier to find what you are looking for in the vast amount of information we have. Apparently, it’s not that easy to build a website when you have over 20,000 articles, 5000 listings, and 450 guides to manage! I thought this might be a good time to quickly run through some of those changes that you might not have noticed yet.

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