Wow, was it hot yesterday! Was NOT ready for that!!! Hopefully the weather is more manageable and the allergies not too bad this weekend as there is A LOT to do outside, starting right here in Rye Brook tomorrow with the Blue Bird Bash at the elementary school Have a great weekend!!
Tomorrow, Saturday, from 12:30-3:30, “join the Rye Brook Community in celebrating Spring at the BLUE BIRD BASH. Mr. DiMiceli will lead the RSS students in musical performances of their class songs. Crafts, music, sports, games, tie-dye, bake sale, tag sale and buy a brick to support the playround. Tickets are $12 at the door. All proceeds will support the NEW Playground as well as the music program at R.S.S.”
Also in Rye Brook, tomorrow’s Spring Planting Day at Crawford Park sounds pretty amazing. At 10am, “bring your shovels, gloves and smiling faces to the park for a morning of planting. Volunteer at our Annual Spring Planting Day! Help bring the park’s flower beds back to life with a fresh planting of annual flowers for the season. Each year, the Friends ask the community to pitch in and help plant flowers that will give a full season of color to the park. Bring your shovels, gloves and smiling faces to the park from 10am – 2pm on Sunday, May 21th for a morning of planting. No experience necessary! Kids welcome. We will meet in front of the mansion. Rain date is Saturday May 27.” The planting will take place from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Today, Friday, from 4-5pm, Gadgets Science Fun Club meets for students in Grades 3 – 5. “The Theme for May is: How Does your Garden Grow? 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. Go to www.ryelibrary.org .
Also at the Rye Library, on Saturday, from 11-12, don’t miss Family Storytime and Craft for kids ages 3 1/2 & up & their grownups. “Children listen to to age-appropriate stories and participate in fun games, rhymes and other activities to develop pre-literacy skills and an interest in books and reading. Felt boards and other props are sometimes used to enhance stories and model future classroom experiences.
A fun craft project is designed around the story theme or a seasonal topic. Parents and caregivers are asked to assist younger children using scissors, glue and other art materials. Program runs about 60 mins.”
And Sunday, the fun really gets going with the Rye Library Vehicle Fair taking place from 11-3 on the village green. “Vehicle Fair zooms back for 2017 for a fun filled day of family activities.
Exciting vehicles to climb, ride and explore!
Bouncy Houses, All Aboard Train, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Tattoos and more for fun!
Featuring live music and raffle with lots of great prizes for kids!
All proceeds benefit the Rye Free Reading Room.”
At the library in Larchmont today, Friday, May 19th from 3:#0-4:30, kids in Grades 3-5 can enjoy a lesson in Sci-Fri: FRICTION. “Online registration required. Learn about friction through fun games and experiments! To register, CLICK HERE.”
And tomorrow, from 11-11:45, children of all ages, and adults can enjoy the Ryder’s Garden Opening Party. “Meet in Ryder’s Garden. Online registration required. Come celebrate National Herb Day with us with a garden party! We will have crafts, planting and unveil our new water table. To register for this program, CLICK HERE. (Rescheduled from May 6, due to rain).”
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 today, Yoga With Angela will take place from 4-5pm. “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.”
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.
Bruce Museum’s 32nd Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21st from 10:00am - 5:00pm. “The Outdoor Crafts Festival runs rain or shine from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on the grounds of the Museum. Over 70 artisans, many new to the show, gather to share their unique talents and crafts at this nationally recognized event. Juried exhibitors specialize in ceramics, wearable and decorative fiber, glassware, wood kitchenwares and furniture, jewelry and more - all available for purchase. The Festival also includes demonstrations, activities for children, international cuisine, and live musical performances on both days.”
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
Science Lab will take place on Saturday from 11-11:30 and 1-1:30pm. “Drop in and put on a lab coat for our monthly STEM program! Sometimes messy, sometimes with special lab equipment, budding scientists will explore the world and how it works through hands-on science experiments. Best for children ages 7 and up.”
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.
Exciting news! Playland is open for the season! Park hours this Saturday and Sunday are 12-7pm.
$15 May Days will take place on May 20, 21 & 26. All Rides Admission $15. Cannot be combined with any other discounts.”
“The Rock and Roll Playhouse family concerts are unique, interactive, and educational live music experience for children set in the remarkable Garcia's venue at the Capitol Theatre. 60-minute concerts focus on specific eras, artists, and genres of music. During each fun-filled show, children will explore live music, movement, and collaborative creativity. Young talents will gain knowledge and develop their musical skills through laughter and imagination. We invite the whole family to join us and play as we aim to build creativity in children ages 10-years-old and younger.” This Saturday, don’t miss the The Music of The Broadway Show Hamilton! for Kids. Doors open at 2:30 and the show begins at 3pm. Tickets cost $12-15/person or child and children under 2 are free!
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.
Spring on the Farm at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is more than a weekend festival full of family fun; it's a chance to step back in time and experience the simple aspects of life on a small New England Farm of a century or more ago.
“At the SM&NC's Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend, May 20-21, 11 am to 3 pm each day, visitors to the SM&NC's Heckscher Farm are invited to discover the sights, sounds, and smells that evoke memories of our pastoral heritage. There are lots of little lambs to ooh and ahh over, baby goats to watch prance precociously about their pens, and dozens of ducklings and chicks waddling with their mothers around the 10-acre oasis of rural life in North Stamford.
There will be activities for all ages including crafts, face painting and live music with Jay & Ray. You can turn wool into yarn, plus many other hands-on demonstrations. On Sunday, watch our sheep get their annual shearing and learn about what happens with their woolly coats.
The SM&NC's Heckscher Farm was established in 1955 by community leaders concerned that the post-World War II suburbanization of Connecticut was causing people to lose touch with the area's agricultural roots. A century ago, the farm population in the U.S. was nearly 32 million, or 30.2 percent of the population of 105.7 million. Farm and ranch families now comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population.
Dotted with barns, a maple sugar house, organic vegetable garden, open pastures, and dozens of farm animals, today Heckscher Farm is a living resource where visitors can observe, understand, and enjoy how a farm works through seasonal weekend festivals and ongoing recreational and educational activities.
There's something for everyone to enjoy at Spring on the Farm: An assortment of local food trucks will be on site, hayride tickets will be available for purchase, and our Museum Galleries will be open, featuring our Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut's Waterways photography exhibition.
Additionally, works by members of the Loft Artists Association will be featured in "Art on the Meadow" and available for purchase. The Yama Ki Bonsai Society will also present a boutique exhibition of the ancient art of bonsai. Click here for a map and schedule of events.”
In addition, THE YAMA KI BONSAI SOCIETY PRESENTS The Art of Bonsai on Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21, 11 am - 3 pm. Yama Ki Bonsai Society will be hosting its annual The Art of the Bonsai exhibition at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center during the Spring on the Farm Festival, May 20 and 21. This fascinating exhibition of ancient natural sculpture techniques will feature more than 50 Bonsai trees that range in size from 6 inches to over 3 feet tall. One exquisite tree is over 100 years old.
We invite you to come on up to the Stamford Museum galleries to see the beautiful trees. Society members will be available to answer your questions and show you the fine points of Bonsai. Starter Bonsai trees will be available for sale and you can cast your vote for your favorite bonsai tree. This exhibition is free with Festival admission.”
And finally, 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.”
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 Saturday at 11 am, don’t miss the Little Ree Storytime Event for kids. “New York Times bestselling author, Food Network star, The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, brings us the first book in a brand-new picture book series with stories inspired by life on the ranch entitled Little Ree! Activities to follow.”
Also on Saturday, at 2pm, check out the Pete the Cat Visits Storytime Costume Character event. “Join us for Storytime at 2pm and meet the lovable character Pete the Cat from James Dean's series of children's books.”
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!
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 weekend there are way too many activities to list but some include Mutt-i-grees, Brush, Brush, Sparkle, Sparkle!, ATW: Performance, Musical Jamboree and Zumba Kids.
There is always SO much going on at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.
Endangered Species Day 2017 will take place this Saturday, May 20th from 11-4 and is free with admission. “Join us as we celebrate Endangered Species Day with a special activity table in Newman's Own Hall where you can learn about the importance of protecting endangered species (like sea turtles & sturgeon) and what you can do to help!”
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.
“Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway, one of Westchester’s longest-running and popular recreational programs, and is scheduled for May 21; June 4, 11, 18 and 25; and Sept. 10, 17 and 24. The program is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During Bicycle Sundays, the parkway is open exclusively for bicyclists, joggers, walkers, foot scooters and strollers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a round-trip distance of 13 miles. The road is closed to automobiles in that stretch of parkway. Admission to the event is free. Parking is available at the County Center lot in White Plains for $7.”
Rules and Regulations can be found online.
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 May “Print a Cyanotype image with sunlight and water.”
Science Project making will take place on Saturdays from 1 - 4 pm this May. “See how lenses bend light and create patterns, and make an artwork from the patterns you see.”
In addition, there are planetarium shows Saturdays and Sundays that the whole family can enjoy!
To learn more, click here.
Saturday and Sunday Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages will take place from 11:30-12:30. “Join us on our community path for environmental education, generously supported by Con Edison.
This is a guided trail experience through our woodland forest. Our specially-trained “Trail Ninja” volunteers provide information on trees, plants, wildlife, and seasonal changes. The focus of each walk varies. An ideal way to get acquainted with our trail system. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. Free! Programs runs most Saturdays and Sundays.”
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® Family Terrarium. 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 Ready to Go! Tic-Tac-Toe. Appropriate for kids ages 3 & up. No reservation necessary. Free.”
The Jason Bishop Show - America’s Hottest Illusionist at Tarrytown Music Hall
On Sunday, May 21st at 2pm, don’t miss The Jason Bishop Show. “The Jason Bishop Show tours the most dynamic illusion and magic show in the US. Jason performs stunning & original state-of-the-art magic. Each show features exclusive large illusions and award-winning sleight-of-hand and "close-up" magic that is captured live and projected onto plasma screens, giving the audience a clear view of every detail. No other touring illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents, and the show is delivered with a totally modern energy and an outstanding rock & pop soundtrack. Intelligent lighting, countless costume changes by his assistant Kim, Bishop’s quick wit and engaging audience participation make each performance unforgettable. Jason has entertained celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Bam Margera, who after seeing him perform said, “Jason Bishop is the best magician I’ve ever seen.” Bishop’s combination of modern music, fast paced magic, sleight of hand and audience participation have landed him in several notable venues, including Celebrity & Disney Cruise lines, Hollywood’s Magic Castle and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was also named APCA’s Best Performing Artist of the Year.”
Tickets can be bought here.
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!”
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.”
Other weekend ideas?
The movies are always a fun weekend option. New to theaters this weekend, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is still in theaters this weekend! Boss Baby and Beauty and The Beast are also still out!
2017 Pleasantville Day is taking place this Saturday (10am - 3pm) instead of the Pleasantville Farmers Market. The fun will take place at Memorial Plaza where visitors can “enjoy fun rides, visiting community groups, offering from local restaurants and lots of free entertainment -- all highlighting the Village of Pleasantville. The Market REOPENS May 27, kicking off its weekly programming (Culinary, Kids, Music Series), and welcoming back remaining seasonal vendors such as J&A Farm and North Winds Lavender Farm.”
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- http://www.nybg.org/visit/exhibitions.php
The Asian-American Heritage Festival is taking place on Saturday from 12-6pm at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. Click here to
The American Museum of Natural History has a Butterfly Exhibit right now called The Butterfly Conservatory
And Bowlmor bowling alley is a fun option in White Plains!
Photo Credit: Kelly Schwark