Happy Thursday! Our events calendar is full of fun ideas for the upcoming weekend, June 23 to 24. Here are some highlighted happenings sure to offer fun for the whole family (including a date night idea!).
Saturday, June 23 is Hudson River Tugboat Day! Celebrate the hardest working boats on the waterways at Beczak Environmental Education Center. From 11am to 4pm, your family can enjoy the Disney classic Little Toot about “the little tug that could,” explore how tugboats work and make your own out of recycled material. Plus, you can take a dockside tour of the Pegasus at the Yonkers Pier. At 7pn, there will be a RiverTalks presentation, Hudson River Tugboats, by Pamela Hepburn, Captain of the Pegasus.
Hudson River Tugboat Day activities are all free but for the evening RiverTalks ($10, $5 for students, teachers, and seniors), and all take place at Beczak Environmental Education Center and the Yonkers Pier, just two blocks away. Free and secure parking at Beczak. Beczak Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers; 914-377-1900.
Come visit with some of the Greenburgh Nature Center’s live animals Sunday, June 24 at 2pm. If you haven’t been before, the 33-acre woodland preserve offers trails, a pond, gardens and outdoor animal exhibits, including a birds of prey aviary and a barnyard. At this event, their naturalist will present an informative program that allows you to get up close and hands-on with the animals — it’s going to be wild fun! Members $5, Non-Members $8 ($25 for family). Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale; 914-723-3470.
Head up north on Saturday because it’s Opening Weekend for John Jay Homestead Farm Market. Here, over 25 local farmers (including Cabbage Hill Farms of Mount Kisco, shown above) will be selling everything from homemade pickles to gelato to peanut butter, plus fresh fruits, veggies, meats and seafood. The Farm Market opens at 9am. From 10am to 1pm, there is fun for families with children aged three to ten in the John Jay Homestead’s Summer Kitchen Discovery Center. Children can churn butter, participate in a scavenger hunt, and do a craft activity. This is a free, walk-in program. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay Street, Bedford; 914-232-8119.
Looking for date night plans? Tickets are still available for the highly-anticipated musical theater show, Party Worth Crashing with music and lyrics by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, at White Plains Performing Arts Center. The story invites you into the hearts and minds of nine twenty-somethings as they take their first steps into the real world. In two acts set two years apart, you are guests on a cosmopolitan rooftop: the first on the eve of a college graduation and the second at an engagement party. Showtimes are 8pm on June 22 and 23, and at 2pm on June 24. Tickets are $17-$23 and can be purchased at the WPPAC the box office. White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains;914-328-1600.