Some families have sleepover visiting days this weekend and others next weekend. Wishing you all happy visits!! For those of us home this weekend, there’s lots going on right here in Rye for kids and adults! So read on, and stay cool!
Today, from 4-5pm the Summer S.T.E.A.M. Workshop with ArchForKids - Design a Sustainable House & Yard will take place for kids in grades 3-5 only! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration began on July 7. “Design a Sustainable House & Yard - Harness the energy of the sun, wind, water, and earth to power your shelter.
Tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am check out the Spanish Musical Storytime For The Family-Bilingual Storytime. “Stop by the Library every Saturday morning at 11:00 AM in July for a blast of culture, music, and stories in Spanish. Have fun learning songs and rhymes en espanol with Marilyn Castillo and her amazing guitar. Entertaining for all members of the family!”
Also on Saturday, from 3-3:30, for kids in grades 3-5 only, Hydroponics 101 for KIDS. “In this series of S.T.E.M. workshops, kids will learn a method of gardening that doesn't require a soil medium. "Hydroponics" is a Latin word meaning "working water." Teaching kids about hydroponics is a great way to explain that water is a precious resource and also bring home environmental messages early with them.
Participants will learn the basic concepts and challenges plants face in the environment, habitat, food supply, ecosystems, reproduction, fertilizers and diseases. Each child will take home their own hydroponic plant.”
Today, Friday, at the Harrison Library, check out Chloe's Sign and Play from 3-3:30pm. “Give your child the gift of language! Sign & Play is a fun class where families can learn to communicate with their pre-verbal children using real signs from American Sign Language.
Based on the award-winning Baby Signing Time series, this class will give parents a window into the hearts and minds of their little ones. Through fun songs, stories and games, parents and children will learn many useful signs for everyday communication. Come sign with us!”
Also on Friday, from 4-5pm check out Victory Garden! “Inspired by the American Girl book series! Bring your favorite doll or come alone to hear about victory gardens, plant a doll-sized garden and make a 1940s snack.”
The Bruce Museum is a hidden gem located just up the road from us in nearby Greenwich, CT. After you’ve checked out the museum, head across the street to a super fun playground the kids are sure to love!
On Friday from 2:30-2:45pm, check out the Marine Tank Animal Feeding.
On Sunday from 1-4pm the Warhol Summer Bash Family Day will take place. “Join us for a groovy, good time! Fun, hands-on activities from inspired by the exhibition Spring into Summer with Warhol and Friends!
A rockin’, sixties and seventies-inspired music performance by Little Rockers at 2:00 pm, This 45-minute experience will include musical activities with instruments and movement for a totally unique rock show. Performance is recommended for ages 2 - 8. Seating limited.
From 1:30 - 3:30 pm, artist Kayti Didriksen will guide families to create an Andy Warhol-inspired sidewalk chalk mural. Participants will cut will cut floral stencils from colored paper, mix a spray chalk, ‘spray’ flowers using the stencil, and finish the work by creating grass "lines" resembling Andy Warhol’s 1964 Flower print on the walkway in front of the Museum.”
Good news! The Westchester Children’s Museum is open for business and for you and the kids to enjoy! This “sunlit, colorful, vibrant learning space is filled with interactive exhibits that explore science, art, technology, design and the environment, with places to build, play, and create.” The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays 10-4. Current exhibits include:
BUILD YOUR OWN ROLLER COASTER
WIND TUNNEL DESIGN CHALLENGE
SHADOW PUPPET THEATER
Playland is open for the season! Park hours this Friday, Saturday and Sunday are 12-11pm and Sunday from 12-10. Fireworks will take place every Friday night until September 1 at 9:15 p.m. The Milt Gerver Big Band will be performing concerts on the boardwalk on the following Fridays: July 14, 21, 28 & August 4 from 7:30 -10:30pm.
On Saturday at 11am kids and their grownups can stop by for the Pig the Pug and Pig the Winner Storytime. “Join Pig the Pug as he learns lessons the hard way with his footlong playmate Trevor by his side. Young readers will love the irresistibly quirky and funny illustrations that are paired with a relatable lesson of learning to share with others. Activities to follow.” Our closest store is in City Center in White Plains but other nearby locations include Eastchester’s new store complete with a fabulous café!
Maize Mysteries of an Ancient Grain- “This summer you can explore the science and history of maize and see why it continues to surprise us today. Learn about fascinating advances in the science of plant genetics, the process of evolution, and how "useful mutations" can address world health and hunger issues.” This will take place from June 24-Sept 24.
On Saturday WILD! Feeding Saturdays will take place from 11-11:30am. “Ever wonder how we feed our exhibit animals in Heckscher WILD!? Help make salads for our tortoises, lizards, and other fruit- and veggie-loving friends. Spaces for this program are limited and are first-come, first-served. Ages 5 and up.”
On Sunday The SM&NC Sunday Farm Market is back! “Many favorites are returning and we've added some new vendors to offer a wider variety of items. Also available are our very own farm-fresh eggs made by our chickens on Heckscher Farm, maple syrup made in our own maple sugar "shack," and wool from our sheep.
There will be weekly farm-related family activities during our "Market Madness" programs led by one of our environmental educators.”
Market Madness Sundays will take place Sundays, June 25 - August 13, 10 am - 2 pm. “Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities. Our Sunday Farm Market opens for the season on June 18 and will be the center of our Summer Sunday programs. Come for a self-guided craft on the meadow, farm animal meetings, and lunch with Bert & Sadie, our North American River Otters. At 12:30 pm join us for Edible Science, where we'll explore the science behind some of our favorite foods, such as pizza, S'mores, and ice cream.”
Edible Science is taking place on Sunday at 12:30 pm.
“Why do marshmallows turn brown in the campfire? Why is pizza dough stretchy? How do we make maple syrup? As part of our Market Madness programs, discover the answers to these yummy questions in our new Edible Science series as we create, cook, concoct, and eat! We'll have a new topic each week so definitely mark your calendars for August 13, for our annual celebration of National S'mores Day.”
And here’s a random fact, did you know that Sunday July 16th is National Hot Dog Day? From 11-2 “join staff from Fleishers Craft Butchery in Greenwich to celebrate another great food holiday - National Hot Dog Day. Fleishers meats come from local farms, are pasture-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free, and all around tasty! Join us for a sampling of some amazing hot dogs. Discover how much better tasting locally farmed meats are and learn about Fleishers' nose-to-tail approach to butchery. Fleishers hot dogs will be available for sale, as well as a variety of local meats from Truelove Farms, our weekly local meat vendor.”
Stepping Stones museum is another amazing place for the kids. Located about 20 minutes north of Rye Brook, in Norwalk, CT, it’s perfect for the whole family! Check them out here, then head on over for a fun filled day of learning and hands-on activities the kids will adore!
This week, July 3-9, is Mega Summer: Dinosaurs Week. The activities and programs vary by day but can be found online.
Many many activities are happening this weekend and can be found right here!
There is always SO much going on at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.
TGIF Cruises take place every Friday from 6:30 - 8 p.m.at a cost of $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium Members). “Start your weekend off with a fun relaxing boat ride out to the Norwalk Islands, and get back in time to enjoy a late dinner or an evening out with friends just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo. Aquarium educators will be onboard to point out sights and wildlife, but there's no structured program.”
Sunset Cruises take place every Saturday from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at a cost of $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium Members). “Enjoy a fun relaxing boat tour out to the Norwalk Islands timed to Include the setting sun and - providing cooperation beyond our control - a dazzling western sky reflecting on the water. Aquarium educators will point out sights and wildlife. Food and drinks are not available for purchase on the boat. You may bring food and beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited. Reminder that all passengers must be over 42 inches tall.”
In addition, July 12-14th there will be Marine Life Encounter Cruises from 1 - 3:30 p.m for $29.95 ($24.95 for Aquarium Members). “Study marine biodiversity from the water's surface down to the bottom for a first-hand understanding of Long Island Sound's interdependent marine life. We utilize such sampling techniques as a plankton tow, trawl net and biodredge that generally bring up a variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and more right before your eyes!”
The Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise will take place on Sat., July 15 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for $70 ($60 for Aquarium Members). “Cruise out with us for rare close-up looks at five historic lighthouses in central Long Island Sound. During the five-hour cruise, Aquarium educators will share histories and anecdotes about the lighthouses, and also point out the Sound's waterfowl. Bring your camera!”
On Saturday night, come for the Family Sleepover. From 6 p.m Saturday to 9:45 a.m. Sun., July 16 for $90 adults and $80 children ($75 & $65 Aquarium members). “Bunk down among the sharks, fish, jellies and other creatures as we host a fun Family Sleepover. It's open to children ages 5 & older, with an accompanying parent or caregiver over age 18. Advance registration required. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or click the Buy Tickets button.”
Have you checked out "Journey With Jellies" A bigger & even better jellyfish exhibit yet? “Get close to some of the most strangely beautiful – but painfully dangerous – animals in the sea as The Maritime Aquarium presents a newly expanded exhibit of jellyfish, including species we've never displayed before!
See Pacific sea nettles in an enormous new display, bizarre flower-hat jellies, "upside-down" jellies in a cool half-dome, and more!”
Check out the Coral Reef Exhibit! “A rainbow of colors dart and dash in our new 3,000-gallon Coral Reef exhibit, open now just past the Sea Turtles exhibit.
Meet more than 40 species of reef fish native to the Indo-Pacific, including brilliantly colored varieties of tangs, triggerfish, wrasses and more.
Displays explain why reef systems are so important to the ocean, yet why they’re also so fragile.
Plus, learn how global ocean currents can connect water in reefs on the other side of the planet to our local Long Island Sound – and thus, how our stewardship of the Sound also means good stewardship of all Earth's marine ecosystems.”
"Flamingos” special exhibit opened May 27 and runs until Sept. 4 (Labor Day).
In addition, the International Children's Art exhibit is also open through Sept. 4 (Labor Day).
The aquarium is definitely worth a trip up the Merritt or 95!
Click here to learn more about Maritime.
Hudson River Museum
The Hudson River Museum, in Yonkers, boasts an amazing Planetarium, six galleries, and a mansion!
Fun happenings in the amphitheater this weekend at 8pm…
On Friday check out the Slavic Soul Party! “Balkan brass, funk grooves, Gypsy accordion, and jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! New York City’s #1 brass band for Balkan Soul Gypsy Funk. Curated by Purpl.”
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
“A visit to a chocolate factory is the Golden Ticket to success, as is this American musical fantasy film, with original story and screenplay by Roald Dahl. G, 1971”
In addition museum entrance is free Fridays and Saturday evenings from 5-8pm from July 7-Sept2.
Saturdays & Sundays 12 - 5 pm there’s “a safe space for children to explore, play, and create with their families. The room hosts a large-scale dollhouse, blocks, puppet theater, and books. A Junior Docent is present to answer questions and suggest activities.”
And Saturday and Sundays from 1-4, kids can do fun art projects. This “July Print & Repeat: Animals & Insects With printing blocks and wallpaper, create images of insects, birds, and rabbits.”
Science Project making will take place on Saturdays from 1 - 4 pm this June - September with “Solar Eclipses & More. Learn how to safely watch the eclipse in August! Make a model of the sun, and then look at it through our solar telescope.”
Gardening for Kids will take place on Saturday July 15th at 2pm. “Francene Pimenta, child development specialist, gives children a respect for the natural world through gardening. Transplant seedlings into pots, and sample freshly picked beans.”
In addition, there are planetarium shows Saturdays and Sundays that the whole family can enjoy!
To learn more, click here.
Don’t miss the fun Pirate Quest Saturday and Sunday at Philipsburg Manor. Can’t make it this weekend? Not to worry, it will also be taking place on July 22-23, 29-30 + Aug 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27. “Pint-sized pirates can set their sails to Philipsburg Manor! Our new mobile game sets the scene for swashbuckling fun as children hunt through the site's grounds to load precious cargo onto their digital pirate ships. Kids looking for adventure can pick up a tattoo and keep watch for pirates and sword fights. But only those who finish the game will capture the treasure!
Pirate attire is encouraged!
Perfect for ages 5-8
Children must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.
9:30 to 10:30am - Entry every 15 minutes.”
Just off Central Avenue, the GNC is an amazing place for the whole family and often offers special events on the weekends.
A Live Butterfly Exhibit will take place from June 24th- August 6th from 10-3. “Come walk among the butterflies in our live butterfly exhibit, located in our enchanting Native Plant Meadow. Enjoy close encounters with butterflies and learn about their importance in nature. A truly unique experience. Admission: Members are free. Non-members, $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $9 for children (age 2 and under are free). Cost includes admission to Manor House exhibits.”
On Saturday to Sunday (5:30pm-8:30am) head out to the GNC for a Family Overnight Campout. “You supply the tent and sleeping bag, we supply the nature, food, and fun! Join us for a barbecue, and then explore our moonlit trails with a naturalist in search of various night creatures. Cap off the evening with storytelling and s’mores by the fire. It’s fun for the whole family! Register now.”
Most Saturdays from 10-12 Michael’s offers a fun Kids Club® craft that kids can participate in while their parents shop. This Saturday’s project is making Kids Club® Kids Club® Mermaids and Unicorns. The cost is $2 per project and supplies are included. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.
Lakeshore also hosts a free craft workshop for kids most Saturdays from 11-3pm. This Saturday’s craft also sounds super fun, creating a Sail Away STEAM Boats! Appropriate for kids ages 3 & up. No reservation necessary. Free.”
Every Saturday from 2 - 4pm adults and children can “have fun in this one-time class for adults, children and families interested in experimenting with clay for the first time. Plan a great afternoon with friends, family, or just for you while exploring your inner artist in this fun and messy introduction to clay! Projects take between 1.5- 2 hours. SPACE IS LIMITED. Tickets go on sale at the front desk at 10am the day of class. Call us at 914-937-2047 to register or drop in by 1:45. First Come First Served. Class maximum is 12 people. $30 adult, $20 children under 12.”
Westchester Broadway Theatre Production of Annie
June 29 - September 10, 2017 Annie comes to the stage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. “One of the world’s best-loved musicals and winner of seven Tony Awards returns to the WBT! Includes unforgettable songs such as“It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and“Tomorrow.”
Prices include meals.”
Buy tickets here.
Stone Barns is a great spot to visit with the family. “Experience what’s happening on the farm, meet our farmers and greet the season!
On a Saturday or Sunday visit to Stone Barns from April through November, participate in a variety of seasonal, hands-on activities and drop-in tours, all included with your one-day admission ticket.
Weekend tickets sell out. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance: Tickets become available for purchase 6 weeks in advance.
This season on the farm Because every day is different on the farm, exact programming changes each week, but a sample weekend day this spring, summer or fall will include activities like:
Meet the: Sheep 10:00 – 10:45 am
Farm Activity: Egg Collecting 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Farm Activity: Lettuce Planting 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blue Hill chef joins the Farm Activity 11:30am - 12:00 pm
Getting Grounded: Adult Walking Tour 11:30 am (45 minutes)
Hands-on Taste: Spring Rolls 1:00 - 1:45 pm
Making the Rounds: Greenhouse Tour 1:15 pm (20 minutes)
Meet the: Sheep 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Farm Activity: Prep the Field Beds 2:00
Meet the: Pigs 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Getting Grounded Tour: Adult Walking Tour 4:00 (45 minutes)
This is a sample schedule; a full schedule of the day's programs will be available to you upon entering the farm the day of your visit.”
“The “Music in the Park” series returns on Fridays, 14, 21, and 28 at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers.
Limited reserved table seating, $25 per person.
General admission tickets are $10 per person for all ages.
All tickets may be purchased at the door. Pay by cash, check or credit card.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Music is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
General admission concert-goers should plan on lawn seating and should bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. No pets are allowed. The event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. Go to the Friends of Lasdon web site at lasdonpark.org or call (914) 864-7268 for updates, information and ticket purchases.
2017 Summer Friday’s schedule:
July 14: Westchester Philharmonic Brass Quintet
On Sunday July 16th from noon-7pm head to Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla for the Cultural heritage celebrations going on all summer! Festivals are held rain or shine. Bring blankets or folding chairs to sit on the lawn.
Sunday, July 16, Noon – 7 p.m.
Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Other weekend ideas?
The movies are always a fun weekend option. New in theaters last weekend Spider-Man: Homecoming. Still out: Despicable Me 3, Transformers: The Last Knight, Wonder Woman and Cars 3.
Imagination Movers will be at The Paramount Hudson Valley Arts on July 15 at 3pm.
What about a Farmer’s Market? Pleasantville has a great one Saturdays from 8:30-1pm!
Rye also has a great Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 8:30-2pmin the parking lot behind Village Social and Chase Bank (Theodore Fremd Ave.)
Have you checked out Fun Fuzion in New Rochelle yet. Fun Fuzion is Westchester’s only indoor amusement park. There’s bowling, mini golf, billiards, lazer tag, and a fun house with games and rides. There’s also a movie theater next door! Definitely a spot worth visiting!
Legoland is a fun place to visit with the kids!
What about a baseball game? The Mets are home this weekend taking on the Rockies and there’s some fun promos this weekend including Fireworks night! while the Yankees are on the road taking on the Red Sox in Boston.
Maybe take a stroll around the New York Botanical Gardens- Artworks by renowned artist CHIHULY will be on display until October 29th. Check out the “breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form—by day and night.”
And Bowlmor bowling alley is a fun option in White Plains!
Westchester Beaches-Croton Point, Croton-on-Hudson, Playland, Rye and Glen Island, New Rochelle Friday, June 23 - Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 4: Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday & Tuesday except holidays) Hours: 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; no admittance after 6 p.m.
Another fun spot to check out, which often has fun weekend activities is Muscoot Farm.
Photo Credit: Kelly Schwark