Penguin Plunge, The Full Monty, Maple Sugaring, and a One-Man Circus!
There is no shortage of fabulously fun winter events this first weekend in March! Check out our calendar for full event listings, and check our top picks below!
This Saturday, March 2, dress warm and pack your towels, for Irvington’s Penguin Plunge at Matthiessen Park Beach in Irvington. At 11:30am, join in the fun as community residents and friends will take the plunge in the freezing Hudson River to raise money for Irvington’s Parks and Recreation programs. Find out more info, pledge and support your penguin peeps here. Matthiessen Park, Irvington. [...]
Plus, our top 3 picks for the holiday weekend, November 24-25.
If you’re in town this weekend, check out our calendar for a full list of events in Westchester. Here are our top family fun picks for November 24 to 25… [...]
Move over Halloween, it's time for shopping and turkeys!
Hopefully we can all start to resume some normalcy in our lives post-Sandy and yesterday’s wintry weather. The weekend forecast is sparkly and there is fun to be had – we could all use some!
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at The Junior League of Westchester’s Annual Holiday Boutique, being held today and tomorrow, November 8-9, at the Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester. Over 40 local businesses like Great Stuff, The Look, Chintz Giraffe and J. McLaughlin will offer a wide variety of merchandise including gifts, accessories, jewelry, home décor, clothing and children’s items. Check out delicious samples from local restaurants over the course of 2 days from 808 Bistro, Cooked & Co and Benjamin Steakhouse, as well as Wine Tastings by Vintology and Artisanal Beer tastings by Growlers Beer Bistro. On November 9, there will even be FREE mini-spa treatments provided by Skin Thera P, Massage Envy, Jude’s Brow Bar, Spa Parties at Home and more. [...]
Fall Crafts at Lyndurst, New Rochelle Arts Fest, Mamaroneck Shares and Jay Day!
The crisp yet still warm days of late September are the perfect time of year to take advantage of Westchester’s outdoor festivities. Our calendar is bursting at the seams with fun things to do. Here are a few highlights for September 21-23:
Apparently mid-August means festival season! Check out these road trip worthy events taking place this weekend…
(Photo credit: Nathan Turner)
Returning to its stomping grounds at the Goshen Fairground in Goshen, CT, the Litchfield Jazz Festival will be held outdoors on August 10-12. A moderate road trip north (roughly an hour and a half from the County Center),“The Litchfield” is not just a festival — it’s a jazz family. The focus is quality across the boards — music, art, food, artist talks and kids activities. Listen, learn and love this music with your family and celebrate 17 years of Litchfield Jazz. [...]
Pleasantville Music Festival, Kisco Summer Sunday & Dinner with Mario Batali's Chefs
Summer is in full swing, and there are so many awesome happenings going on around town this weekend. Check out our events calendar for more, but here is what we’re extra excited about…
The Pleasantville Music Festival, taking place this Saturday, July 14, is a family-friendly event that sounds cool for adults and fun for kids. Both well-known musicians and local favorites like The English Beat, Good Old War, Delta Spirit, Davy Knowles, Sloan Wainwright, ReignJah, Susan Said and Z.Z. Ward will take the stage from 12:15pm-8:30pm at Parkway Field in Pleasantville.
Food, drinks, treats and crafts will be plentiful and provided by numerous local vendors, including Westchester’s own Captain Lawrence Brewery and Pleasantville’s Prospero Winery who will be pouring in the Festival Garden. There’s even a special kids’ fun area where there will be face painting, games and songs by “Miss Patty” Hupp. Tickets are $40/adults, $15/seniors and students, and free for kids 11 & under with an adult ticket-holder. There is no public parking but shuttles will run all day from a free lot at Pace University Entrance #2, as well as the Pleasantville Metro-North Station. Get your tickets here. [...]
An explosion of options in Westchester County this week
There will be dozens of firework displays all over the county this week, but here are a few that might be extra spectacular. Happy Birthday, America!
The annual Kensico Dam Music Fest will take place this Tuesday, July 3, featuring the Bensen-Scott Big Band. Pre-show festivities will commence at 6pm, so come early to set up your blanket, picnic and enjoy the entertainment. The band will perform at 8pm followed by fireworks at approximately 9:15pm. Admission & parking free. The Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Pkway in Valhalla.
The Ossining Fireworks Show will take place on July 3, kicking off with an outdoor concert featuring band “Over the Top” at 7:30pm. The sky will illuminate with lights at 9:15pm followed by music by Phil Ismaels band at 10pm. Food vendors will be on hand including Carvel Ice Cream, Lonnies Fish and Chips, Wobble Cafe, and Tommies Food Trucks by the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club. This year, seating will be plentiful at the Harbor Square property – first come, first serve, as is parking at no charge. [...]
Encourage your kids to soak up summer in the great outdoors.
Some of my favorite memories from my childhood include climbing trees, playing in puddles and feeling the delicious freedom that comes from being outside. It’s important to me that my kids grow up feeling connected to nature, so I was curious what nearby camps offer a really great outdoorsy experience. Here are eight nature camps that still have openings…
The Greenburgh Nature Center Camp has several different programs for grades 4-7 from July 9 to August 10. Each camp is designed around exploring the great outdoors, discovering different habitats, interacting with live animal exhibits, all while playing games and having lots of fun. Price is $375 per week for members and $425 per week for non-members. 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NY; 914-723-3470 (Above photo courtesy of Greenburgh Nature Center.)
Why you should grab your wellies and go!
When it’s hot and sticky outside, we all want to veg out. No surprise that the animals at the Bronx Zoo do too. But when it rains, the zoo comes alive. The sleeping tiger awakens to swat at the raindrops, the thud of the elephant’s foot inspires a muddy splash, and the seals flap their flippers in celebration.
While the Bronx Zoo won’t confirm that the animals are more lively in the rain — we actually called and asked! — we’ve seen it ourselves. It’s like they have a little more fun on rainy days.
Which means it’s a perfect time to take the kids. You just gotta accept you’re gonna get a little wet. [...]
They're only here for a week so plan a visit asap!
My husband and I found Rockefeller State Park Preserve‘s peony gardens by accident. In our pre-kids (city) life, we drove up to the park one afternoon for a hike with our dog. To access the trailhead, we walked past the park’s Art Gallery and encountered hundreds (and I mean, hundreds!) of peony flowers. I freaked, since they were the flowers in my wedding bouquet. Plus, they smelled divine.
If you aren’t familiar with peonies, they’re like enormous puffballs in pretty pinks, purples, and whites. Gardeners wait all year for them, and once they bloom they only last 7 to 10 days, and even less if there’s a lot of rain and the petals get heavy with water.
Rockefeller Park’s peony gardens bloomed for the season on Thursday, so I immediately made a plan to see them. On Saturday, [...]