Get your fall on this weekend with these family events in and around the best county in the world!
This Saturday, October 13, The Read Wildlife Sanctuary in Rye, will hold their annual Fall Fest. Enjoy the fall foliage and activities for the whole family including live bands and food, live animal demos, stories in the bamboo forest, children’s games and crafts, and a photo exhibit with art lessons. Not enough for you? There is also a pumpkin patch, apple bombing, face-painting, balloon animals and more. If you need a break from the fun, you can explore the nature center and trails at the 179-acre Westchester County Park located on the Long Island Sound adjacent to Playland Amusement Park. Tickets for Fall Fest are $10/adults and $5/children; parking is free. Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary; take Exit 19 off 95 (Playland Parkway). Pass through the Playland parking booths and make right into sanctuary.
On Saturday, October 13, celebrate the Trailside Nature Museum’s 75th Anniversary with a day of tours, book signing and a tree planting ceremony at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. Guided tours by curator Jason Klein and naturalist Taro Iateka will commence at 10am, followed by a tree dedication in the meadow. A light lunch will be served at 12pm with musical entertainment, and the 75th anniversary dedication ceremony follows with a book signing by local author Bernd Heinrich. Admission is free; parking is $10 for non-park pass holders, $5 with a pass. The Trailside Nature Museum, established in 1937, sits on the 4,400-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and houses a large collection of mounted animals, American Indian artifacts, and kid-friendly educational displays. Trailside Nature Museum, Junction of Route 35 and 121 South in Cross River.
Grab your little bookworms and head to White Plains Library for the 1st Annual Westchester Multicultural Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, October 13, from 11am-4pm. The all day festival is free and will be full of exciting and entertaining fun-filled programs for children, parents, and teachers. At the heart of the Book Festival are the inspiring authors representing Westchester’s multicultural community of children’s literacy advocates like Mayma Raphael of I Love the Skin I’m In. Discussions, workshops and presentations will take place indoors and out on the White Plains Library Plaza. 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains.
We love apple pie (read our guide to Westchester’s Favorite Apple Pies), so this next event naturally caught our eye. With an old-fashioned apple pie-baking contest (where participants are encouraged to use locally grown ingredients!), along with live music, a rock climbing wall and live local music, the community celebration of Ardsley Day will take place this Sunday, October 14, from 12pm-5pm. Marking the anticipated grand re-opening of the Ardsley Community Center, your wee ones will be happily entertained with inflatable obstacle courses, bumper cars, giant slides, face painting, a balloon artist, fall crafts and s’mores. All are welcome to buy a slice of homemade pie, peruse dozens of booths representing area businesses and crafts or sample A Taste of Ardsley with free food and drinks from the local restaurants and merchants. Park at Concord Road School at 2 Concord Road to catch a free shuttle to town.
One of our favorite fall festivals (read our complete guide to fall festivals), Muscoot Farm’s Autumn Celebration is this Sunday, October 14, from 12pm-3pm. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled fall day of blacksmithing demos, origami workshops, antique car show, farm games and sugar pumpkin decorating. With music by a live band, you can dance your way through the Farmers Market, and take a scenic hayride out to the back fields. There is a small fee for farm games, sugar pumpkins and the hayride. Muscoot Farm, 51 Route 100, Katonah.
Don’t forget to check out our Halloween Guide for more seasonal events going on all month. Have a great weekend!