Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do with Westchester Kids this Weekend: Greek, German, Renaissance Fests & More, Sept. 14 - 15

Just because Labor Day has come and gone doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Whether it’s going on a family bike ride, learning how to be a farmer at Stone Barns, or even traveling a little north for the NY Renaissance Faire and the Bear Mountain Oktoberfest, there is something out there for everyone. So get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather September and our area have to offer.

If you see something that piques your interest, be sure to click through to the listing for full details. And don't forget, our Event Calendar has even more fun happenings this weekend in Westchester. 

Day Trip to Saugerties: Lighthouse Picnic, Mini Golf & More

Looking for a day adventure that will be great fun for the entire family? How about exploring a lighthouse and then continuing on to have some fun at mini golf! A day trip to Saugerties, NY, has something for everyone. With fresh air, fishing, exploring and then some family-friendly game time, it is sure to be a day full of memories and laughter.

Saugerties is about an hour and a half from central Westchester. I have visited several times with my family and there are always new things to explore every time we go! Read on for what to do and where to go in this charming town.

Mostly Free & Fun Things to Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Festivals, Reptile Expo, Harvest Party, Sept. 7 & 8

Summer is winding down and many kids head back to school on Monday but the weather is gorgeous and there are great ways to squeeze in lots of outdoor fun while its still warm out. Friday Mamaroneck Shares hosts their final block party in the summer long series. Saturday there's the annual Yonkers Riverfest or Take Me to the River Music and Art Fest in Hastings-on-Hudson. Sunday the weekend long White Plains Jazz Fest comes to a close with the White Plains International Food & Jazz Festival and Greenburgh Nature Center is hosting their Harvest Party.

Read on for our top weekend picks for families in Westchester. If you see something that piques your interest, be sure to click through to the listing for full details. And be sure to check our Event Calendar for more events happening this weekend and beyond. 

Join the Mommy Poppins Team: Looking for an Event Editor for Westchester

Mommy Poppins Westchester is growing, and we're looking for a freelance Events Editor to join our team. We'd love to hear from someone who is familiar with Westchester and understands why it's such a great place for families. The Events Editor will manage our Calendar of Events, helping to curate the calendar with unique, fun, educational, cool and off the beaten path activities. This person will also highlight the best family events for the weekend in a weekly post.

If you're as enthusiastic as we are about Mommy Poppins Westchester and would like to join our team and help enhance our site, read on for additional info about this opportunity, as well as instructions on how to apply.

Interactive Exploration at Westchester Nature Centers

We've told you about great places to go hiking with kids and where to find authentic farms in Westchester. Well, if you find yourself looking for even more ways to commune with nature, head to one of the many nature centers located throughout Westchester County. These centers allow children (and adults) to learn about their natural environment, explore undisturbed habitats and encounter wildlife up close, often in a smaller and less zany environment than, say, a big, crowded zoo.

Westchester County offers fantastic nature centers full of exploration opportunities, scenic trails and landscapes, interactive fun and even a playground or two. Learn about honeybees, visit a dragonfly pond, get up close and personal with resident animals, check out historic artifacts and more. Read on for our top picks for nature centers in Westchester.

NYC Labor Day Weekend Family Getaways: Nearby Destinations for Weekend or Day Trips

Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is fast approaching. While there are certainly plenty of ways to enjoy one last blast of summer right here in NYC, the three-day weekend is the perfect time for a quick family getaway before school starts.

Whether you're looking for a spectacular day trip or a multiday break, our tri-state area sites in New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut and recently launched Westchester County have been covering the best things to do and places to go in their respective locales all season. In just one click, you can find out everything you want to know about visiting the Poconos, the Jersey Shore and other family hot spots with kids. We're highlighting six awesome areas for a Labor Day getaway, all within comfortable commuting distance of New York City. For even more family travel inspiration, check out our NYC Day Trips Guide, which includes a post about car-free Labor Day getaways, and our Travel site, which has a roundup of Labor Day weekend vacation deals.

Things to Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Fairs, Concerts, Animal Encounters & More, August 24 and 25

It's hard to believe summer is winding down, but there's still lots of fun happening this weekend in Westchester County. If you're feeling a little blue about back to school, we've got a Back to School Swagapalooza coming up that should help get you in the spirit. This national giveaway will include prizes that include $150 worth of personalized school supplies from My Chronicle Books, a year supply of school uniforms from French Toast and a Disney Junior package that includes Disney bedding and a backpack, just to name a few. More details are coming soon.

In the meantime. Rye Playland continues its Summer Concert Series with Jake Miller on Friday and the Dutchess County Fair is in full swing now through Sunday. For all the creature lovers out there, young and old, head to Hudson Highland Museum on Saturday to see Sky Hunters in Flight or check out the Slithery Serpents at Teatown Lake Reservation. On Sunday, grab your favorite fairy gear and head to Muscoot Farm for their popular Victorian Faerie Walk.

If you see something that piques your interest, be sure to click through to the listing for all the details. And don't forget, our calendar of events has even more to do this weekend in Westchester!

7 Great Hikes with Kids in Westchester and Hudson Valley

Are the kids getting restless? Do you need some outdoor activity that will get them away from the TV, expending energy and enjoying the great outdoors? Have you thought about taking a hike? Not a hike away from the kids...a hike with the kids! Westchester County offers great trails that will get you out there together, enjoying nature and taking in the sights and sounds.

The Westchester County Parks system has an amazing array of hiking opportunities and trails with gorgeous views that are easy enough for tikes to keeps up while still offering plenty of fun for older kids. Hiking is a great activity that can be enjoyed in all kinds of weather. So fill your water bottle, lace up the hiking shoes and head out to the trails. Read more to find some easy hikes along lakes, fields and waterfalls and enjoy some great hiking with your family.

Things to Do With Kids This Weekend in Westchester: Block Party, Baseball Card Expo, Concerts, Fossils & More, August 17 & 18

These gorgeous (though fall-like) temperatures are a reminder that we've only got a few more weeks before back to school madness begins. Even so, there's lots of summer fun still to be had in Westchester, both indoors and out!

If you're looking for a good show, Oliver! and Into the Woods are playing this weekend. The East Coast National Baseball Card Show is going on now through Sunday, for all you baseball fans. On Friday, you can check out Mamaroneck Shares Summer Block Party, which we mentioned earlier this summer, or check out Annie at Hudson River Museum's new amphitheater. Saturday, head to Hudson Highland's Nature Museum for Fascinating Fossils. On Sunday, walk the gangplank to the Science Barge in Yonkers for their Art & Science series or check out a 50's doo-wop concert in Yorktown. And don't forget, the New York Renaissance Faire continues this weekend.

If you see something you like, click on to the listing for full details and contact information. As always, there's even more to do this weekend and beyond in our calendar of events!

Ahoy Mateys: Pirate Fun for NYC Kids - Festivals, Sails & Shows

Pirates is one of those words that elicits completely different reactions from kids and grown-ups. Although everyone pretty much pictures lawless bands of marauders in search of booty, as an adult, I think about awful, ripped-from-the-headlines stories while my son imagines Johnny Depp in eyeliner. Thankfully for children, pirates don't have any scary real-life connotations—they're as make believe as princesses, unicorns and dragons. So indulging your child's pirate fantasies can be fun for the whole family.

There are lots of interactive ways for kids to play pirate in New York City that are much more stimulating than spacing out to yet another episode of Jake and the Never Land Pirates. From swashbuckling festivals to pirate shows and exhibits to sailing the high seas (a.k.a. New York Harbor) on a pirate-themed cruise, here are five ways for kids to get their pirate on in NYC.


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