This month is flying by. I can’t believe it’s mid-August already!
Movie Night in Rye Brook
Tonight at 8:15pm head to Pine Ridge Park in Rye Brook where Rye Brook residents are invited to enjoy a viewing of Finding Dory in the Park. The event is free but refreshments will be available for sale. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and sit back and relax with family and friends.
Today, Friday, from 4-5pm check out the Summer S.T.E.A.M. Workshop with ArchForKids- Live Green, Make a Sustainable Village. This program is for kids in Grades 3-5 Only! “Design and construct an entire village designed to live in harmony with the earth's environment. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.”
Tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am-11:45 stop by the Village Green (weather permitting) for Family Storytime Yoga - Moving Through the World in Stories. “Master Storytime Yoga teacher Elisha Simpson, narrates international folktales and interprets them through yoga to give children a way to connect and discover their inner world of creativity, body and imagination.”
And finally, Here Comes The Sun Workshop With Johnda Ferrari will take place on Saturday from 2-3pm. “This program is for kids ages 9 & up only!
Come to the library and learn about our favorite star... the sun! Participants will have fun performing a variety of activities and experiments related to the sun and solar power. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for this event. Sign up begins 1 week prior to event date.”
Today from 3-3:30 check out Chloe’s Sign and Play! “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!”
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.
Family Gallery Tour will take place on Sunday, August 6th from 11:30am - 12:15pm. “Designed for families with children ages 6-10. These tours, led by a Museum educator, provide an interactive, discussion-based exploration of the Museum's current exhibitions. Free with admission; no registration required.”
Finally, on Sunday from 1-3pm check out Science Sunday: Waterdrop Microscopes. This drop-in program is designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. “Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advance registration is required.”
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
On Sunday, August 13th, from 11-11:45am, Science Sundays: Make a Zoetrope will be taking place. The question is, “Are you up for the challenge? Bring your creativity and critical thinking skills to the Museum. This active and hands-on workshop will inspire you to tinker and build wherever you are. Designed for children ages 7 and up.”
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.
On Saturday at 11am kids and their grownups can stop by for a Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody Storytime. “While poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, this sweet parody of the beloved Goodnight Moon gives scientists of all ages everything they need to say goodnight and rest before returning to the research world in the morning. Activities to follow.”
And for adults, at 2pm on Saturday, stop by for The New Superpower for Women By Steve Kardian author event. “Join us for a talk, Q&A, and book signing with author Steve Kardian for his book The New Superpower for Women: Trust Your Intuition, Predict Dangerous Situations, and Defend Yourself from the Unthinkable. All of Steve's passion for women's safety, his long history in law enforcement, which includes serving as an FBI defense tactics instructor, has been poured into this book.”
Also, Pre-K through Grade 12 educators can stop by Barnes & Noble every Saturday and Sunday in August to do back-to-school shopping and “enjoy 25% off most books, toys, games, movies, music, and 10% off Café consumables and select NOOK devices.”
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.”
National S'mores Day! Celebration is taking place on Sunday, August 13, from 12:30 - 2 pm. “Help us celebrate our favorite non-traditional holiday, National S'mores Day. As a special part of our Edible Science series, we'll explore why marshmallows turn brown in the campfire and then stack them on grahams with chocolate for a yummy treat!”
Outdoor Adventures: Leapin' Lizards will be happening on Sunday from 4 - 5:30 pm. “Celebrate National Lizard Day by meeting live lizards from all over the world. Discover a lizard that can lick its eyeballs, one without legs, and ones that can eat pounds of insects per day! Learn the proper ways to hold and care for some lizard species and help to give our Savannah Monitor a snack. For 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.”
Summer Stars Planetarium Shows will take place on Sundays from July 9 - August 20, 2 - 3 pm. “Join us to search the summer night sky ... during the day! Discover some of the common constellations of the summer and the stories behind them. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served. Doors will open 15 minutes before scheduled program. Recommended for ages 5 and up. No strollers, please. Shows start promptly; no late admission. Parents must accompany children.”
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!
Saturday is Accessibility Day. This is a special day where the museum offers “FREE Admission for families of children with special needs. Enjoy the museum’s exhibits, mingle with other families and learn with your child in a safe and welcoming environment.”
This week, July 31- August 6, is Mega Summer: Music. The activities and programs vary by day but can be found online.
There are many fun 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 pm 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 at 7 pm 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.”
A Marine Life Encounter Cruise will take place on August Aug. 9-14th from 1 - 3:30 p.m. at a cost of $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!”
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 Spanglish Fly “The stage rings with New York City’s 1960s brass-heavy, funky Latin Boogaloo. Love R&B, soul, mambo and son montuno? You’ll love Spanglish Fly! Curated by Purpl.”
-And on Saturday, the movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids will be shown.
“Shrunken to the size of insects, four teens trek through their backyard facing large-scale danger to regain their normal size. PG, 1989.”
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
August & September kids will have fun creating and building a “3D-popping flower” with art materials.
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.”
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 August 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.
Feel like sleeping over at GNC? The Family Overnight Campout will take place from August 12th at 5:30pm to August 13th at 8:30am. “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.”
At 1pm on Sunday August 13th stop by for Feeding Fun. “Free for members and $8 for non-members. It’s mealtime for our animals! Join our naturalists for a hands-on program as you learn about the kind of care that goes into feeding our animals, both in our Live Animal Museum and our outdoor barn.”
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® Sprout® Kawaii Backpack Tags. Perfect for Back to School. 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 You’re Stylish! Backpack Tag! 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.
Saturday August 12that 8pm head to the Tarrytown Music Hall for Eaglemania! “Eaglemania has evolved into a nationally touring tribute to The Eagles, performing to sold out audiences everywhere they go. Their music appeals to a wide variety of age groups, and the combination of heartfelt ballads, rock anthems laden with guitar harmonies, and the unmistakable sound of vocal harmonies as only the Eagles can do, has propelled the band for the past 40-plus years, positioning them as one of the most successful and popular bands in music history. Eaglemania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget. People often remark that if they closed their eyes they would think they were listening to the actual Eagles live in concert. The band consists of an ensemble of veteran musicians whose goal is to faithfully reproduce the Eagle’s repertoire, music they love to sing and play, always committed to giving their audience a perfect show every time they take the stage.”
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.”
On Sunday August 13th from 10-7pm head to Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson for the Ecuadorian celebration! Festivals are held rain or shine. Bring blankets or folding chairs to sit on the lawn.
The NY Renaissance Faire is back and started last weekend! “A Renaissance Faire is a recreation of a Renaissance or Medieval village. It is filled with costumed actors, crafts and games to give patrons the illusion that they have stepped back in time. The New York Renaissance Faire features more than 125 performances on 20 stages, and over 100 craftspeople, all set within 65 acres of beautiful forest.” The fair takes place in Tuxedo Park, NY on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, Aug. 5 – Oct. 1st from 10am – 7pm.
Other weekend ideas?
The movies are always a fun weekend option. Still kind of new to the big screen, the Emoji Movie! Currently in theaters, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3, and Wonder Woman.
What about a Farmer’s Market? Pleasantville has a great one Saturdays from 8:30-1pm!
Harrison's also has a great Farmers Market open Saturdays, from 8:30-1 from May 20th to November 18th at Ma Riis Park by the train station.
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!
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