Have you and your kids adjusted to Daylight Savings yet? Feels like winter already when just last week it was in the 70s! Today is Veteran’s Day. Not just a day off but an opportunity to honor those that served in our armed forces.
Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
I’m putting this up early in the guide to encourage you to make reservations before it ends for the season. It fills up fast and this weekend is already sold out as is next weekend but there are weekday spots available. 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, the library is closed for Veteran’s Day
On Saturday from 10:30-11:30 head to the library for Saturday Stories (& a Craft, too!) “Ease into Saturday at the Library's Children's Discovery Center. Between 10:30 and 11:15 AM Manhattanville College student volunteers will informally read favorite picture books and do a craft. No session 11/25. Suggested for ages 2 to 4 years.”
The Art of Personal Narrative will take place from 1:30-3 Saturday. “This open-level class with Mindy Lewis is for anyone interested in writing personal narrative in any form: memoir, creative nonfiction, or personal essay. Through insightful critique and focused discussion, we hone the tools of strong writing: distinctive voice, precise language, resonant imagery, vivid sensory description, dramatic scene and dialogue, and inventive form. No registration. Limited to 15 - first come, first served. Open to All Levels.”
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!
The museum is closing early Friday.
On Saturday, in honor of Veteran’s Day the museum is offering free admission to all US military veterans.
On Sunday from 11:30-12:15 check out the Family Gallery Tour. “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.”
Art Adventures: Oil and Water is taking place on Sunday, November 12th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. “A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. In this program, participants will have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advanced registration is required.
Lithography, a medium that was often used by Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, is a printing process based on the idea that water and oil do not mix. In this program, we will be using oil pastels and watercolor to explore this concept.”
And finally, Sunday Science at the Seaside Center. Author Presentation: Junk Raft will take place Sunday from 1:30-4pm. “Sunday Science at the Seaside Center. Author Presentation: Junk Raft by Marcus Eriksen.
In 2008, Marcus Eriksen and a friend traveled 88 days and 2600 miles on a raft made from 15,000 plastic bottles to build awareness and spark a movement to save our seas from plastic pollution. Hear from the author of Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Presentation at 2:00 pm. Free admission. No reservations required. All ages welcome.
Held at the Seaside Center/ Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT.”
Westchester Children’s 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
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.”
Since there’s no school today, why not take the kids to the children’s museum for “Exploring Play: What Happens When We Sleep?