Earth Day is tomorrow, Saturday April 22nd and many of the activities below celebrate it in different ways. Have a great weekend and remember to be good to this Earth, it’s the only one we have!
Today, Friday, kids in grades 3-5 can participate in Gadgets Science Fun Club - Grades 3 – 5 from 4-5pm. “The Theme for April is Has Spring Sprung? Science fun club offers children a chance to engage in hands-on inquiry based experiments. In this one-hour science workshop, participants will focus on a different S.T.E.M. or S.T.E.A.M. activity each month with handouts to follow up at home. Through this program children will begin to see that science, technology engineering, math, and the arts can be fun. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required here.”
Also today, 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!”
From 4-5pm, Friday, Yoga With Angela will take place. “Bring your own mat and water to this lovely, mind and body relaxing YOGA experience with Harrison resident Angela Brandt (Registered and Certified Yoga Instructor). Opportunity to create self-esteem, physical coordination, breath relaxation and strength. Grades 2-5.”
And on Saturday from 10:30-11:30am, check out Storytime and Craft. “Join us for a famly storytime and fun craft! All ages.”
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.
Earth Day Family Day will take place on Sunday. There will be “family activities from 1:00-4:00 pm, a special musical performance of Sounds of the Earth featuring traditional music from varied world cultures as it relates to the earth, nature and the environment by Journeys with Sound at 2:00pm, a Bruce Museum grounds nature walk at 3:00pm and guests from the Astronomical Society of Greenwich and the Bruce Museum Seaside Center. This event is in collaboration with the Greenwich Conservation Commission.
Limited seating. Performances and activities are free with museum admission.”
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
Art Gallery: Chris Brown Illustrations
Opening March 29, on view through June 25, 2017
Our gallery will be filled with fun, funny, and smart cartoons featuring the timely work of Westchester-based illustrator, Chris Brown. He is best known for his work featured in the Journal News, but has also illustrated books and magazines throughout the country.
A fun Museum After Hours - Earth Day Celebration will take place today, Friday, April 21st from 5-6:30pm. “We’ll collaborate and build a sculpture out of recyclable materials, and plant seeds in homemade biodegradable planters. $1 off admission for each family who brings a bag of recyclable materials. Included with Museum Admission.”
On Saturday from 11-12 it’s the Good Deed of the Month Club. “Join us every month in our Make a Difference with Loukoumi Book Nook for a kindness-themed book reading and discussion followed by an art-educator led good deed project. Let’s make a difference together at Westchester Children’s Museum! This program will be held every fourth Saturday of the month. Sponsored by the Make a Difference with Loukoumi Foundation. Included with Museum Admission.”
The Stamford Nature Center is a wonderful place to stroll around and they have animals for the kids to see and a fun playground to play in.
Connecticut Waterways Exhibition will be on display from Feb 18-May 29. “Explore these themes through dramatic and poignant images captured by the Women Photographers of Connecticut, a diverse group of women photographers from across the state. This exhibition is being presented at a critical moment for our community, as the National Weather Service has recently reclassified the ongoing drought in Fairfield County as severe, with ground water, wells, rivers, and streams all below normal levels.”
Sunday Explorers will take place this Sunday from 12-4pm. “Our popular Sunday drop-in programs return for the Spring season. Join us for a weekly hike on our nature trails or to meet and feed some of our Heckscher WILD! animals. Explore Heckscher Farm as we greet goats, plant in our organic vegetable garden, peak into our historic barns, and more! We will have some great self-guided crafts and additional animals and exhibits, too, in Overbrook Nature Center. Recommended for ages 5 & up.”
Every Saturday from 2 - 4pm there’s a fun opportunity to stop by the Clay Arts Center in Port Chester and have fun experimenting with clay. There’s a fee of $25 adult and $20 children under 12. (includes materials and firing). This is a “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.” No Class 5/27, 6/2
On Sunday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. celebrate Earth Day by helping keep the parks beautiful at all Westchester County Parks. “Everyone is invited: families, school groups, community and scout groups, corporations and individuals. Tasks include planting, mulching, litter removal, trail maintenance, vine cutting and more
Contact volunteer coordinator Sara Cavanaugh at (914) 231-4530 or sign up at:
This Saturday at 11am head to Barnes and Noble for a We Are the Dinosaurs Storytime. “Laurie Berkner's chart-topping, beloved hit "We Are the Dinosaurs" is now a picture book! Featuring an adorable cast of characters and vibrant, playful art by Ben Clanton, We Are the Dinosaurs transports readers back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Don't miss out!”
Our closest Barnes & Noble is in White Plains, City Center but there are other nearby locations in Stamford, Palisades Center and Yonkers. And a newly opened location in Eastchester that has a restaurant too!
Sheep to Shawl at Philipsburg Manor
On Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 head to Phillipsburg Manor to “Celebrate spring! From fiber to fashion, this classic spring festival celebrates all things wooly sheep! Visitors are invited to explore each step in the process of turning wool into cloth using 18th-century techniques.
Hands-on activities include dyeing wool and weaving, and crafts for children, including sewing with wool and creating a picture from sheep or alpaca wool (NEW!).
Outside on the grounds, Scottish border collies display their skills at sheep- and duck-herding. Visitors are invited to enjoy a fashion show complete with critiques from Historic Hudson Valley’s own expert costume designer. Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk entertains with some lively tales.
NEW! This year we welcome beautiful, friendly alpacas from Faraway Farm in Yorktown Heights. Like sheep, alpacas’ furry coats are shorn in the spring and the fleece is washed, carded, and spun into a soft yarn.
In the manor house, discover the exhibit Wearable Wealth: The Value of Cloth and Clothing in the 18th Century.
Guest vendors include Flying Fingers, artistic needlework by Martha North, Spin City, and Faraway Farm.
For visitors who work up an appetite, Geordane's serves fresh, tasty options.
Online tickets: $16; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17; free for members and children under 3. There is a $2/ticket surcharge for on-site purchases.”
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!
On Saturday from 10:30-11:15 Mutt-i-grees will take place. “Enjoy a special canine storytime and discussion, and visit with a shelter dog as you learn these social and emotional skills. Shelter dogs courtesy of P.A.W.S. Recommended for ages 3 and older.”
At 12pm Saturday Tharangiee! will take place and from 1:30-2 there will be a Special Tech Time.
Finally on Saturday, celebrate Earth Day with Earth Day Art at 2:15pm. “Celebrate Earth Day by learning about reusing everyday items in unique ways!”
Sunday has a jam packed schedule that you can check out online!
Westchester County Center
Two fun events taking place at the county center. First up, the "SPRING FEVER" BASEBALL CARD SHOW. “Thousands of autographed/game used inserts, modern and vintage sports cards (pre 1900s - current), factory/hand collated sets (new and old), hobby and wax boxes - all sports and non-sport graded cards - PSA/BGS/SGC, commons and set fillers for your new or old sets! Sports card supplies, ball holders and autograph holders, on-site Autograph Authentication (JSA or PSA). A day's worth of fun!!
Fri: 2pm - 8pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 10am - 4pm
Cost: Friday Special - $5, Sat/Sun - $10 for adults, free for kids under 12”
Also taking place this weekend at the county center is the REPTILE EXPO. “The Northeast's largest Reptile Expo! More than 150 reptile breeders will have thousands of live pet reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids on display and for sale at discounted prices. Vendors will also be selling a huge selection of cages, racks, frozen rodents, feeder bugs, and many other reptile-related items.
Hours: 9am - 4pm
Cost: Friday Special - $5, Sat/Sun - $10 for adults, $5 for kids 7-12, and free for kids under 7”
There is always SO much going on at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.
From 10-5 on Saturday, don’t miss the Earth Day Celebration. Free with Admission. “Join us as we "Party for the Planet" with special activities, including the opportunity to create a simple bird feeder, learn about the environment at educational tables, and dance along with a children's entertainer!”
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.”
The aquarium is definitely worth a trip up the Merritt or 95 and IS open on Easter Sunday!
Click here to learn more about Maritime.
This fun celebration will be taking place on Saturday, April 22nd from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. “After the clean-up, stay and enjoy clean, green fun for the whole family for our Earth Day Celebration!
- Orienteering Challenge
- Eco-Crafting & Planting
- StoryWalk™ with local author Todd Harrington “What are trees for?”
- Live Music by School of Rock and Larchmont Music Academy
- Nature Education
- Craft Sale
- Art Exhibit
- Face Painting
- Lunch & refreshments available to purchase thanks to Apiary
- Reservoir Clean-up (9-11 am)
And so much more!!!”
Hudson River Museum
The Hudson River Museum, in Yonkers, boasts an amazing Planetarium, six galleries, and a mansion!
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 April Make a plaster cast keepsake.
Science Project making will take place on Saturdays from 1 - 4 pm this April & May. “See how lenses bend light and create patterns, and make an artwork from the patterns you see.”
Saturday Stories will take place this Saturday, April 22nd at 1 & 3pm. “Gather round Junior Docents as they read in the galleries.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Followed by new Family Guide activities in the galleries.”
Sky & Earth Day is also taking place Saturday from 12-5pm. “Activities include building with recyclables, art and science projects, safe telescope viewings of the sun, robotics demonstrations by Riverside High School students, and the debut of the Museum’s new star show The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy. At 2pm, a talk by Dr. Bastiaan van Diedenhoven from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) who studies clouds ─ from the complexity of ice crystals to the symmetry of super-cooled water.”
In addition, there are planetarium shows Saturdays and Sundays that the whole family can enjoy!
To learn more, click here.
From April 20th – April 30th check out the Rockland Free Fair at the Palisades Center in Nyack. There’s FREE admission and FREE Parking.
The fair will take place Monday –Friday 5-11pm and Saturday and Sunday 12-11pm. The fair will feature:
The World of Wonders Oddity Show-See 10 good old fashioned acts from sword swallowing to snake handling.
Records and Burpee Petting Zoo- A premier experience with live farm animals from a llama to a billy goat.
Ticket Prices are as follows, Single ticket $1.50, 20 tickets $25, 50 tickets (includes 1 free ride) $50. Unlimited Ride Wristbands available every day. $25 Mondays – Thursdays. $30 Fridays – Sundays.”
On Sunday, April 23rd from 12-4pm head to the GNC for an Earth Day Celebration. “Dig in and make a difference this Earth Day. Join us at the Greenburgh Nature Center for a day of environmental fun! There are volunteer projects to take part in and workshops that will help you learn how to care for our planet better. The day has something for everyone!”
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® Earth Day Projects. 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.
Also from 1-3 Saturday, have fun celebrating tie-dye month by tie-dying t-shirts. Buy the shirt and the rest of the supplies are free.
Lakeshore also hosts a free craft workshop for kids most Saturdays from 11-3pm. This Saturday’s craft also sounds super fun, doing a Earth Day Watering Can Craft. Appropriate for kids ages 3 & up. No reservation necessary. Free.”
Westchester Broadway Theatre Production of Mamma Mia
One of my favorite musicals of all time, ABBA’s Mamma Mia comes to the dinner theatre from March 23 - June 25th. This will be the theatre’s 200th production.
“Based on the songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA, Mamma Mia , is set on the Greek island of Kalokairi. A 20 year old woman named Sophie wants to have a traditional wedding and hopes her father will walk her down the aisle, but there's one problem: she has no idea who her father is! With help from her mother’s journal, she narrows the possibilities down to three men, and hilarity ensues as they all claim her as their child! Featuring all the hits you know and love, like“Dancing Queen”, “Thank You for the Music”, and, of course, “Mamma Mia!”, this show will have you singing and dancing in the aisles!”
There are showtimes this weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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 - 3:00 pm Meet the: Compost 2:30 - 3:00 pm 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, Apri 23rd, at 2pm, the Little Mermaid comes to the stage. “The classic tale of The Little Mermaid is brought to the stage by the internationally acclaimed Panto Company USA. With stunning scenery, eye catching costumes, original songs plus up to date chart songs, not forgetting loads of audience participation, this show makes for a thoroughly entertaining family day out. Following a sell-out tour of China, and the UK, The Panto Company USA brings you their adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved story. The Little Mermaid follows the dreams of a young girl who believes there is a better life for her out of the water. Of course there’s a handsome prince, an evil baddie and a bucket loads of laughs along the way.”
Other weekend ideas?
The movies are always a fun weekend option. Born in China, a movie from Disney, hits theaters this weekend. Smurfs: The Lost Village is still in theaters! Boss Baby and Beauty and The Beast are also still out!
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.
And Bowlmor bowling alley is a fun option in White Plains!
Photo Credit: Kelly Schwark