Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Thanksgiving Parade, Star Wars Days

Fall fun continues for Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend, with a diverse assortment of activities to choose from.

Thanksgiving starts early with the Annual Valenti Thanksgiving Day Parade, while more hands-on seasonal enjoyment can be had at Holiday Wreath Making. Leave the electronics behind in exchange for adventure and male bonding at Clearpool Father-Son Weekend. STEM fans can get their fill of robotics, Lego architecture and more at the FREE STEAM Fest. And with about a month to go before the release of the next Star Wars film, unleash your family’s excitement at Lego Star Wars Days.

These are just a few of our top picks for the weekend; the rest can be found below, and there are even more fun and enriching opportunities on our Event Calendar. Consult our November GoList to plan ahead, and sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to stay current with all our great findings!

25 Holiday Activities for Preschoolers in Westchester

The holidays are a special time for all children, but preschoolers carry an extra bit of magic with them this time of year. They’re young enough to believe the Santa in the mall is real (or that the creepy Elf is truly monitoring their every move). No matter what holiday you may celebrate, it’s a wonderful age to share family traditions—or begin new ones.  

We’ve rounded up 25 things you can do with your preschooler this holiday season, and the majority of them are FREE! Looking for more ideas? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook

Open Letter to Donald Trump From Concerned Parents

In his victory speech President-elect Donald Trump vowed to be a “president for all Americans.” Since Election Day, however, there have been an alarming number of hateful events in our nation’s schools invoking Trump’s name. We are now living in a country where children fear for their safety and that of their loved ones. As advocates for children and families, we, the mothers and fathers of Mommy Poppins, call on Trump to explicitly denounce all forms of hate speech, attacks, threats, and bullying that are erupting in our nation’s schools and beyond.

Donald Trump, saying “stop it” isn’t good enough. Your directive must be explicit, immediate, and unequivocal. There can be no room for confusion. We call on you to directly address all Americans to say hateful speech and behavior against people of any race, religion, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation is not acceptable to you or this nation. 

The Nutcracker Ballet: Best Performances for Kids in Westchester

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the repetition of traditions. No matter what new gadget your child is requesting this year, some things—like The Nutcracker ballet—endure. The entire performance is enveloped in magic, and the complexity of it will give your children something new to notice every year.

So while you're out and about enjoying the holiday season in Westchester, consider a family outing to experience this classic holiday tale. We've rounded up our best bets for performances of The Nutcracker in Westchester. Be sure to click through for all the details, including price, showtimes and more. (We've even included a film version in case your little ones can't hack a liver performance just yet.) 

Looking for even more holiday options? Check out our Holiday Fun Guide

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Owls, Improv, Holiday Crafts

Westchester families have plenty of fun in store this week, with events covering the gamut from nature to entertainment and holiday head-starting.

Fans of improv comedy are in for a treat at the family-friendly Comedy Improv Show. Animal enthusiasts can learn all about the diet and nocturnal habits of Owls on the Prowl, while the holiday crafting season kicks off with Holiday DIY.

But wait, there’s more! These are just a few of our top weekday picks. The rest are below, and there are many more family events to choose from on our Event Calendar!

Visit Santa at this North Pole Adventure from DreamWorks

A giant panda has made himself at home at Westchester's Ridge Hill, which is once again teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to take families on an Adventure to Santa. The panda is none other than Po from DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda, and he and his friends are part of a holiday attraction that takes kids on a journey to the North Pole to meet Santa.

This is Adventure to Santa's third year at Ridge Hill, though it's the first year that Po and the Kung Fu Panda gang are making an appearance (the two previous years featured Shrek). I recently made the hour-long journey from my home in New Jersey with my 4.5- and almost-2-year-old boys to check it out. 

We have some important tips to know before you go, especially if you're making the trip from NYC, upstate or New Jersey.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Bubble Time, Special Needs Expo

The weekend ahead is a great time to take in a show, honor a veteran, celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights and much more.

Among the family performances in store are Hatched, a highly interactive experience for the youngest of theater-goers, and Bubble Time!, which is bursting with fun. For STEAM-y fun, hit the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire and mingle with creators of assorted kinds, from inventors to formers and beyond. The Special Needs Expo offers a FREE overview of resources for both kids and adults, and you can cheer on those who’ve fought for our freedom at the Veterans Day Parade.

All this and more can be found on our Event Calendar, so read on for the rest of our top picks and then head there for even more fun to choose from. Our November GoList is also a great resource for planning the whole month!

Tree Lighting Celebrations to Kick Off the Holidays in Westchester

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to herald its arrival than with a grand (or cozy) holiday tree lighting? You don't have to head to Rockefeller Center to enjoy that holiday magic. Many events in Westchester have live music, toasty refreshments, a visit from Santa himself and—in some cases—some exra bells and whistles.

We’ve rounded up several tree lighting festivities, starting as early as next weekend(!) and ranging from grand celebrations to cozier small-town affairs. 

Looking for more seasonal fun? Check out our November GoList and be sure to browse our Event Calendar. Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date on our latest info.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Autumnal Crafting, Veterans Day

With Election Day and Veterans Day this week, Westchester families have one or two days off from school, meaning extra free time for fun activities.

Give Veterans Day the gravity it deserves at the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, where you can honor and thank local heroes—and teach your kids to do the same. Teens with a day off on Election Day can stay occupied and socialize at Lounging in the LOFT, while autumn crafts await younger kids at several programs, including Leaf Art.

These are just the first few of our top picks for the week—all of which are FREE. Read on for more; then browse through our Event Calendar for more options.  Want to receive reminders and updates? Sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook


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