Halloween is over and now the countdown to Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah begins and the frenzy of gift giving and shopping commences. Don’t forget Daylight Savings begins this Sunday! Remember to set the clocks back an hour when you go to bed! Though I honestly don’t think many of us even have real clocks anymore!! Thankfully the cable box and iphones set themselves! Take some time to enjoy the fun events I’ve highlighted below, starting right here in Rye Brook!
Since it’s the first Friday of the month the Gizmo’s Science Fun Club is taking place for kids in K-2, from 4-5pm. “Gizmos Science Fun Club offers children a chance to engage in hands -on-inquiry-based experiments. In this one-hour science club, participants will focus on a different S.T.E.M. activity each month with handouts to follow up at home. Through this program children will begin to see that science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts can be fun. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.”
Tomorrow, Saturday from 9:15-10pm, have Dad stop by the Rye Nature Center with the kids for the Daddy & Me Animal Show. The cost is $10/family members, $15/family non-members.
Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
I’m putting this up early in the guide to encourage you to make reservations for this for a future weekend. It fills up fast and this weekend is already sold out as is next weekend but there are weekday spots and a few November weekend slots open. See what I mean? This an amazing experience that kids AND adults love. “The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying fall event returns for 40 delightful nights in 2017!
See more than 7,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display – all made of jack o’ lanterns!
Come gawk at more jack o'lanterns than ever before. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year’s Blaze, which was sold out EVERY NIGHT! Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening.”
Click here to learn more and/or to buy tickets .
Today, Friday, at 4pm check out Yoga With Angela. “Relaxing, soothing and fun. Peaceful. Like a day off. This is how tweens describe yoga with local instructor Angela Brandt. Ages 7-12.”
On Saturday from 10:30-11:30 stop by the library for Storytime & craft
And finally, Sing Along Sundays with Chloe will take place on Sunday from 4-4:30pm. This is a great way to “celebrate early childhood through music and movement! Children and parents are sure to love the captivating songs, live accordion music, and activities designed with specific cognitive milestones in mind.
This class will feature a variety of child-sized instruments and props, and a wealth of both traditional and original songs to add to your singalong repertoire!
Get ready for a fun, creative, and engaging experience!”
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.
As it’s the first Saturday of the month, stop by The Home Depot on Midland Avenue, Port Chester (our closest one) from 9-12 for the FREE Kids’ workshop which is making a .Military Appreciation Humvee. “Your child can build a custom wooden humvee to honor all those that have served our country. Once the humvee is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.”
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
From Friday, September 15th until November 30th, the American Dream Collection: Works by Lynn Mara will be on display! “Drawing inspiration from the beauty of her natural surroundings and the wide spectrum of American iconography, artist Lynn Mara captures the vibrancy of the American spirit through her paintings. Her Impressionist style, bright, colorful palate, and distinct subject matter ranging from bold images of the American Flag, energetic equestrian scenes, to sun-bleached landscapes are joyful and accessible for young visitors.
Artist Lynn Mara is the Winner of the Design a Bus Contest for the 40th Anniversary of the Hampton Jitney, her bus can be seen traveling between Long Island and Manhattan. She was also named Winner of the 2017 HAMPTON CLASSIC poster design. The artist is a devoted mother of four sons, and lives and works in Greenwich CT. with her husband Frank.On View in the Westchester Children’s Museum Art Gallery.”
On Saturday, the First Saturday Art Workshop will take place from 11-3pm. “Drop in for a hands-on art workshop led by fine arts and crafts specialists from craft store A.I. Friedman.”
Two fun events taking place on Sunday at the Stamford Nature Center. First up, Touch-A-Truck & Chili Cook-Off, from 11 am - 3 pm. "Get hands-on with some cool, larger-than-life vehicles during Touch-A-Truck. Find out how these trucks work, what purposes they serve, and climb inside a few. Also sample some of the finest chili from area competitors at the 10th Annual Stamford Charity Chili Cookoff. The Cookoff supports the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. For a suggested donation of $10 per person (ages 10 and over) or the donation of a bag of non-perishable food items, you can taste each competitor's chili and vote for your favorite! Members: Free | Non-Members: FREE with gate admission $10 donation per person (ages 10 and up) or the donation of a bag of non-perishable food items for Chili Cook-Off."
And Halloween isn't quite over at the SM&NC! Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm Sunday from 1 - 2:30 pm. "Don your Halloween costume and head up to Heckscher Farm to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends! Follow the paths to find the "trick or treat" stations located around Heckscher Farm. There will be toys or candy at each station as well as nut-free options. Please bring your own bag or bucket for all the spooky treats! Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission."
Have you checked out the Hudson River Museum and Planetarium yet? “The Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary cultural complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, actively reaching out to broaden the horizons of all of its visitors.”
Early Explorers takes place on Saturdays & Sundays from 1 - 4pm. This is 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. Must be accompanied by a caregiver. Up to age 5.”
PLANETARIUM SHOWS also will take place this weekend:
12:30pm Perseus and Andromeda
2pm The Sky Tonight
3:30pm We Are Astronomers
Barnes & Noble
On Saturday at 11am don’t miss the Bruce's Big Move Storytime. “Our favorite curmudgeonly bear now shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice, too! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. As usual, nothing goes quite according to plan. Join us for this hilarious Storytime that is sure to keep kids giggling.”
Our closest store is in City Center in White Plains but other nearby locations include Eastchester’s new store complete with a fabulous café!
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!
So many fun events planned for the weekend! Check them out right here.
There is always SO much going on at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.
For all of November, celebrate our Veterans with Veterans Gratitude Month. “The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is offering free Aquarium admission to all active-duty military as well as to veterans of our armed forces.”
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.”
The aquarium is definitely worth a trip up the Merritt or 95!
Click here to learn more about Maritime.
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® Christmas Painted Rocks. 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.
In addition your child can participate in the MAKEbreak Merry Mini Tree on Saturday, November 4th from 1-3pm. You buy the mini tree, and Michael’s provides the trimmings!
And finally, on Sunday from 1-3pm kids can have fun during the MAKEbreak Christmas Tree Slime event. All supplies are provided, including pre-made slime.
Lakeshore also hosts a free craft workshop for kids most Saturdays from 11-3pm. This Saturday’s craft also sounds super fun, creating a Wise Old Owl Wreath! Appropriate for kids ages 3 & up. No reservation necessary. Free.”
Every Saturday from 2 - 4pm, drop in for a fun clay class. Cost is $30/adult and $20 for children under 12. This fee includes material and firing. “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.
Ornament Making Projects - December 2 & 9 (two sessions at 1:30 & 3:30)
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.”
Westchester Broadway Theatre Production of Annie
Annie Get Your Gun is on stage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre from September 14 - November 26, 2017 and returns December 28, 2017 - January 28, 2018. “Set in the Wild West, where Frank Butler is the sharpest sharpshooter around and the heart-throb of Buffalo Bill's traveling Wild West show. He'll take on any challenge... and win. That is, until Frank meets his match in the rough and ready tomboy sharpshooter, Annie Oakley. Romantic sparks fly, but as long as he is competitive and she is stubborn the course of true love never will run smooth. Irving Berlin’s score filled with memorable hit songs, including “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,” "They Say It's Wonderful", “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” Doin' What Comes Natur'lly ,” and the show-stopping hit, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
Buy tickets here.
“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
Meet the: Chickens: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Farm Activity: Lettuce Planting: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blue Hill chef joins the Farm Activity 11:30 am-12 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 pm (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.”
Other weekend ideas?
The movies are always a fun weekend option. Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters this weekend. Currently in theaters for The Lego Ninjago Movie. Personally, for adults, I can’t wait to see the movie A Bad Moms Christmas, Battle of the Sexes and Stronger.
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 has a great Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 8:30-2pm in 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 also a fun place to visit with the kids!
Need to do some shopping? Stop by the Pop Up Shop featuring Bling in the Burbs, SBG Trendz, Kicks by Sammy and Beautycounter from 11-5pm. 25 S. Regent Street (in Patdo Studio Lighting building.) There’s plenty of free parking too!
Perhaps the Zoo? Nearby ones include the Bronx Zoo, The Central Park Zoo and the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut.
Maybe take a stroll around the New York Botanical Gardens. This weekend and next weekend from 11-4 stop by NYBG for the FALL FOREST WEEKENDS.
“Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City, and immerse yourself in the magnificent colors of fall foliage. See the Forest from a different perspective with a scenic canoe trip down the Bronx River and spot birds that call this woodland home. Live bird demonstrations, guided tours, and more make for an unforgettable autumn experience.”
And Bowlmor bowling alley is a fun option in White Plains!
Another fun spot to check out, which often has fun weekend activities is Muscoot Farm. On Sunday, from 1-3pm join in their Owl Pellet Dissection. “$10 a person. 20 people max. Learn what Owls eat by dissecting their pellets. Ages 6 and up.”
Photo Credit: Kelly Schwark