Don’t fall into a midsummer slump. Here are a few extra cool things to do this weekend. (Don’t forget to check our exhaustive calendar for more great events!)
How about a day in the country?
Head north for some fun at the Putnam County 4-H Fair on July 28 and July 29 from 10am to 5pm. Like any large fair, there’s lots to see, do, and eat but this a “country” fair, so expect tractors and farm animals too. There are hayrides, historical reenactments, and pony rides.
You can bid on just about anything, from picnic baskets to rowboats, at the Country Living Auction. There’s a new live band every hour. A 4-H fair is quirkier than most: Your kids can bring their favorite gerbil to the Small Animal Pet Show. On Saturday, there’s a Dog Show for kids to show off their proud pups. It’s all taking place on the rolling green lawns of Putnam Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gypsy Trail Road, Carmel. (About 45 minutes from White Plains, depending on traffic.) FREE
Bargains at Area Boutiques
Westchester Magazine has called Scarsdale the “Beverly Hills of Westchester.” True? Decide for yourself at this weekend’s Scarsdale Village Sidewalk Sale on Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, July 28 from 10am to 6pm. The village’s mostly high-end shops will bring their sale items out to the street for perusing — Gingerbread Kidz (1 Chase Rd) styling kids clothes are often slashed, while uber-pricey Pamela Robbins boutique (1 Chase Rd) is worth a visit, as is Imagine Candy (22 Harwood Court), which may have a sweet deal.
Expect more sales and music from DJ Dave; on Saturday, kids will love watching Scott Kazan create animals from balloons in Boniface Circle. If you’re looking for a good place to go to lunch, head to Patisserie Salzburg (1 Christie Place), a lovely serve-and-sit or grab-and-go cafe offering a wide variety of mini-sandwiches, salads and baked goods, perfect for a picnic in the village’s downtown Chase Park. Scarsdale Village, Chase Circle, Scarsdale
Rye is also hosting their Rye Sidewalk Sale Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, July 28. Stop by Rye’s main shopping strip for up to 75 percent off clothes, shoes and more!
Bring your Bug Bungalow!
My toddler has become obsessed with bugs — we even have one of those cute little bug bungalow‘s to give our favorite bugs a home. Head to Teatown Lake Reservation on Saturday, July 28 from 11am to 12:30pm for “Buggin’ Out,” a get outside and explore family event.
Starting at the Nature Center, an educator will tell kids about bug anatomy, their habitats and food sources, and introduce them to butterflies, moths, dragonflies, beetles and grasshoppers. Then hit the trails of this gorgeous 834-acre nature preserve to hunt for six-legged insects. When you find one, the guide will catch it and tell kids more about it. Educators adjust the program based on the age of the group participating. Pre-registration is recommended. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Lake Road, Ossining; 914-762-2912 x110. $5 per person.