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Trains: Where to See and Celebrate Trains with Westchester Kids

Train displays are a huge hit around the holidays. We’ve mentioned holiday train shows around Westchester and filled you in on what’s new at the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. Now we’ve got other ideas in Westchester for train buffs of all ages to see and experience trains and railways. Read on for more details about year round exhibits and experiences, plus a train show happening this weekend in Westchester.

Holiday Shopping: Where to Keep Kids Happy While You Shop in Westchester

Shopping is mandatory during the holiday season, though its probably the part that kids like the least. They would rather be having fun around town, taking in a performance of the Nutcracker or checking out a cool holiday train display. So what to do when shopping duty calls?

There are a few ways to approach holiday shopping with your children in tow. You've got the twin options of bribery and coercion, or the combination of those two into one for maximum effect. Well how about scouting out the shopping centers with play spaces and entertainment to help make the experience more fun? We've rounded up your best bets for getting loads of shopping done in and around Westchester with kids in tow along with tips for keeping them happy while (or after) you shop!

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do with Westchester Kids: Tree Lightings, Santa, Train Shows & More, Dec. 7 & 8

This first full weekend of December brings with it many holiday events and celebrations for Westchester families, including Christmas tree lightings, holiday fests and more.

Many towns are holding their annual tree lightings including Pound Ridge, Tarrytown, Ardsley, and Bedford Hills. Yorktown is hosting its Annual Lights Parade and Tree Lighting and Chappaqua is having their Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting. Rumor has it that Santa will be visiting most of these festivities.

Stop in to Lasden Park in Somers and Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco to make nature-themed ornaments. Westmoreland will also be hosting the Old Timey Handmade Holiday on Saturday where you can make ornaments, soap, candles and wreaths. Philipsburg Manor will be hosting an open house and will be lit by candle lanterns and bonfires.

Visit Philipse Manor in Yonkers for the St. Nicholas Day Celebration and enjoy Dutch musical performances, treats and a visit from St. Nicholas himself. Stop by Sportime USA in Elmsford for Lunch with Santa.

If your family loves art, on Sunday, drop in to the Katonah Museum of Art for Community Portrait Day or visit the Hudson River Museum or the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts for Free Arts Day programming. Or if you’re the animal loving family, visit Teatown Lake Reservation and Greenburgh Nature Center to meet the animals.

The holiday train display at Greenburgh Nature Center kicks off on Saturday and all weekend long, Tuckahoe celebrates Winterfest with a tree lighting, Santa and his reindeers, and ice skating.

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond. Also be sure to check out our December Go List, filled with great events happening all month long!

Scarsdale Shopping for Kids: Best Toy Stores and Children's Boutiques

We wrap up our month-long focus of Scarsdale with the best places to shop for kids in the area. We've mentioned the best kid-friendly eateries in Scarsdale; now we've got the scoop on the best toy shops and boutiques for kids in the neighborhood. Many have been in business for quite some time, owing to their great customer service and knowledge of customer preferences. Each has a unique, local feel and seems to know what you’re looking for before you enter the store. Read on for more info about these Scarsdale gems.  

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do this Weekend with Westchester Kids: Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Parties, Turkeys & More, Nov 23 & 24

The holiday celebrations are here and there is plenty to do this weekend in Westchester with the kids. Enjoy a holiday tree lighting at Cross County Shopping Center, turkey fun at Westmoreland Sanctuary and Teatown Lake Reservation or Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins at Rosenthal JCC.

Two great theater performances can be seen this weekend. Exit Stage Left at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck blends tap dance, live music, and slapstick comedy and offers an energetic show for younger audiences. Shrek the Musical will be performed all weekend long at the Yorktown Stage.The UBS Parade Spectacular on Sunday brings with it giant helium balloons floating through Stamford’s downtown. Foofa & Plex from Yo Gabba Gabba, Barbar & Badou and a Smurf will all make their debut this year. There is a balloon inflation party on Saturday as well where you can get a backstage look at the balloons as they come to life.

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Scarsdale

Our month-long focus on Scarsdale continues with a look at family friendly restaurants in the area. Although Scarsdale isn't exactly known as a foodie haven, there are great places to dine with your family. So no need to traipse into Manhattan for quality cuisine--just head to one of the local eateries for good food that kids will love. Many of these spots are right in the village, with a few closer to the Eastchester line or on Central Avenue. Not all of the places on our list have a dedicated children's menu, however they all make the cut due to welcoming, friendly staff and entree options for even the pickiest palette. Read on for our top picks for family dining in Scarsdale.

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do this Weekend with Westchester Kids: Tree Lighting, Music & Arts, Fundraising & More, Nov. 16 & 17

There's so much happening around Westchester this weekend, we're not sure where to begin! Ridge Hill kicks off the holiday season with their annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday. Bundle up and enjoy live entertainment, treats, carolers and Santa! Also this weekend, visit the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers for Visits and Photos with Santa.

Not ready to for carolers just yet? No worries! Head to North Salem and learn to make an origami ornament at the Hammond Museum or stop by the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library for STEAM Fest, a celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

If you're feeling musical, Larchmont Music Academy is opening its doors on Saturday for Introduction to Strings. Enjoy faculty performances, learn to conduct, then try out the different instruments and even make your own string instrument to bring home!

In the mood for some outside fun? Make your way to Turkey Day at Muscoot Farm for games, crafts, cider making and fun. For more nature themed fun, go for a Fall Discovery Walk at the Greenburgh Nature Center.

Want to help get your kids into the spirit of giving? We've mentioned a few ways to get kids involved in their communities by volunteering to help other kids. If you're looking for other ways to help, consider checking out Gabi Rocks Neuroblastoma Concert & Fundraiser. The event will feature a children’s concert with a musical performance by L.I. Aardvarks’ Lisa Ammon & Friends and Zev Haber and Pretzelstein along with children’s games and activities. It’s a great way to teach the kids about giving back and helping others.

Read on for top weekend picks. If you see something interesting, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond. Also, be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay up to date on all our latest info!

Fun Things to Do Veteran's Day Weekend with Westchester Kids: Scavenger Hunts, Nature, Pajamas & More, Nov. 9-11

Kids everywhere are thrilled about the long weekend ahead. And while its easy for little ones to lose sight of WHY they have Monday off, it’s a great time to help teach our children about freedom and the people responsible for that freedom. So while you’re out and about relaxing and enjoying your family this weekend, remember that we are able to do so because of the sacrifices of our Veterans and their families. 

If your family loves nature, visit the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum on Saturday and Meet a Live Owl or head to Westmoreland Sanctuary where your little ones can build a simple bird feeder. On Sunday join the Greenburgh Nature Center for the Turkey Scavenger Hunt

During this month of thankfulness, teach your children about giving to others at Pajama JAM to benefit The Pajama Program at Groove Performing Arts. Also check out craft ideas for creative ways to inspire kids to give thanks. 

Monday is Veteran’s Day so most libraries will be closed, however if your tot just won't do without a storytime, The Voracious Reader in Larchmont, Barnes & Noble in White Plains and the Greenburgh Nature Center will all be hosting their weekly storytimes.

Throughout the weekend stop by the Hudson River Museum where children can design a subway, an airport or a highway. This is also the last weekend to experience The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Read on for top weekend picks. If you see something interesting, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond. Want to stay connected? Sign up for our free newsletter, delivered right to your inbox! 

Volunteering with Kids in Westchester: Family Volunteer Day, Kids Helping Kids

Volunteering is a great way to inspire kids (and adults) to be actively involved in their community and can teach important lessons about service, showing appreciation and helping to make our world a better place. It's also a great way to show that one small act of kindness can have a rippling effect on others, creating a stronger sense of community, friendship and responsibility.

Saturday, November 23, is Family Volunteer Day and a great excuse for mobilizing your your little ones into service. There are countless ways you and your family can volunteer your time and talent, so we're focusing this post on ways kids can help other kids. So while you're out this month, enjoying all the wonderful events this season has to offer, consider ways your family can volunteer. We've gathered up several ways your family can get active and volunteer this season (and anytime), including opportunities for even the youngest good deed doers in your brood.

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do this Weekend with Westchester Kids: Nature, Expos, Hockey & More, Nov. 2 & 3

Our jack-o-lantern has turned completely moldy but the squirrels didn't seem to mind--they devoured the whole thing! Less clean up for me, though it is a sign that Halloween is here and if you started celebrating early like me, you may be all too ready for the next wave of the holiday season. I know I am! If you're not quite ready to give up the ghosts and ghouls, there are still some Halloween events continuing this weekend like the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze and other events in Historic Hudson Valley. This is also the last weekend to visit the Scarecrow Invasion and Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities at Lyndhurst Castle. November 1 and 2 mark the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, with many of the same trappings as Halloween and there are two events on Saturday honoring the tradition. 

If your kids are into geology visit the Teatown Lake Reservation for Stories in Stone or Cranberry Lake Preserve for the Quarry Hike. For the animal loving littles, join Westmoreland Sanctuary for Meet the Critters and Bird Banding or take the Owl Prowl night hike at Muscoot Farm.  Saturday also brings tons of reptiles to Westchester at the Reptile Expo.

Have you ever wanted to play a live version of an arcade game? No? Me neither, until I read about Field Frogger being held this Sunday at Ridge Hill.  Anyone over the age of 13 can participate. It should be hysterical whether you are the “Frogger” or just watching from the sidelines. Make sure those phones are charged to capture the ridiculousness on video! Kidville in Mount Kisco is celebrating its Grand Opening all weekend long with concerts by Rockin’ Railroad, open play in the state of the art gym, face painting, balloon artists, and more. 

Read on for top weekend picks. If you see something interesting, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

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