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Fun Things To Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Nutcrackers, Sugar Plums, Carolers & More, Dec. 21 & 22

The official start of winter is upon us this weekend with plenty to do in Westchester (if you’re not too busy trying to get all your last minute shopping done before Christmas). Take a winter solstice hike at Westmoreland Sanctuary on Saturday to slow down and enjoy the winter around us before the hustle of the holidays.

Also on Saturday, little ones can participate in a dance class at the Sugar Plum Party at the Dance Gallery in Tuckahoe, where each dancer will receive a tutu to take home. In Peekskill, make a Christmas craft at the Field Library or decorate a tree for wildlife at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. On Sunday, play with the wolves at the Holiday Howl in South Salem.

All weekend long you can take the family to visit the Westchester County Center to see the Nutcracker, enjoy A Christmas Wizard of Oz at the Westchester Sandbox Theater or head over to Ridge Hill for the Holly Jolly Celebration at Legoland. Also, don't forget to enter our Biggest Holiday Giveaway! Maybe you'll win a fantastic gift for you or someone you love. Good luck! 

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.

Westchester Shopping for Kids: Best Local Shops for Children’s Toys and Books

‘Tis the season…to shop. Yes, we love the holiday season. We look forward to checking out the holiday light displays and train shows around town. We have fun celebrating the season with family fun events all month long. Even so, my kids have been counting down the days until Christmas since…Thanksgiving! We encourage them to remember that this season is about more than just gifts and we look for ways to get involved and give back to our communities; yet we have to admit seeing those gifts under the tree on Christmas morning is where the magic and wonder lie in our children's eyes. So shopping goes without saying.

Sure you can head to the big box stores, but why not shop local instead? There are fantastic local toy and book shops around Westchester where you’ll discover eclectic finds and mainstream staples plus great customer service and merchandise expertise. Did we mention some even offer free gift wrapping? Sweet! Of course, these shops are open year round and definitely worth stopping in. Read on for seven top picks for neighborhood toy and book shops in Westchester.

Mostly Free & Fun Things To Do with Westchester Kids: Craft Fairs, Toy and Train Shows, Holiday Crafts & More, Dec. 14 & 15

With the first snowfall of the season, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Keep the festive spirit going this weekend with all of the holiday events happening throughout the county. And in keeping with that holiday spirit, we'd like to thank our readers with our annual Biggest Holiday Giveaway! We're giving away amazing prizes including a family pack of tickets to see A Christmas Story at Madison Square Garden, Disney bluetooth speakers and headphones, Hello Kitty luggage and travel accessories, orchestra seats to The Christmas Spectacular and so much more! We're giving away prizes daily from December 16-25, so be sure to check out all the details on how to enter. Good luck! 

This weekend, take the family to Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown for face painting, crafts, music and a children’s raffle at the Local Artisan Holiday Craft Fair while you get some of you Christmas shopping done. Holiday crafts and decorations are a fun way to keep the little ones busy at Cranberry Lake Preserve, The Field Library and the Trailside Nature MuseumMuscoot Farm is celebrating the holidays with Christmas Evening on the Farm on Saturday and Christmas on the Farm on Sunday.

Visit St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon for holiday music featuring harp, French horn and voice, with carols. Enjoy Breakfast with Santa in Ossining or have the little ones try their hand at yoga at the Katonah Museum of Art. Scarsdale Public Library is hosting yoga for children with special needs.

The Westchester County Center is hosting The Toy and Train Show on Sunday for all the train buffs out there. If your little ones are more into the arts, Katonah Art Center’s instructors will be on hand on Sunday for tours, demonstrations, and on-site instruction for their Open House and Free Arts Day.

Looking to see a show this weekend? Holiday Spectacular is running all weekend at Irvington Town Hall and you can see Cinderella Ballet at the Tarrytown Music Hall on Sunday.

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.

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!

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