April showers bring May flowers. Or that’s what we hope with all of the recent rainy weather! Warmer temperatures mean lots of outdoor family fun! Check out the Westchester Mom’s Guide to May to find info about the events going on in Westchester County. At the bottom of this post we have also added family fun events we have found that are taking place in the surrounding areas of Dutchess and Putnam counties, as well as Connecticut. If there is an event that you think we should add to our monthly guide, please e-mail us and let us know!
*Reminder: Check out your local library for free, scheduled events available to card holders!
May 5-7 and May 10-14, 2017
All Star Midway Carnival
Jefferson Valley Mall Parking Lot (Yorktown Heights)
12 PM – 6 PM, Admission: Free, wristbands or tickets are needed for rides
Enjoy rides, games and food.
May 5-7, 2017
Crafts at Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst Grounds (Tarrytown)
Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Free for Members, Weekend Pass: $12, seniors: $11, kids (6-16) $4, under 6: free
Discount coupons are available here
Enjoy a showcase from over 275 artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country selling their creations. There are interactive children’s activities, food and concessions available for purchase, hands-on demonstrations and more!
This show is presented by the Broadway Training Center Junior Ensemble. The musical, based on the book by James LaPine intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The show is rated PG, however, families with young children may prefer to see Act I only. (Please see the show description for more details)
Join the Greenburgh Nature Center as they clean up the shoreline of the Bronx River. Meet at the Nature Center and feed some animals that live in the Bronx River. Carpool over to the clean up site where trash bags and gloves will be provided.
In this hands-on-workshop children will build a flower pot that they can then paint and personalize. Kids will keep their project, receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop apron and a commemorative pin (while supplies last).
Enjoy family time while learning about animals.
May 6, 2017
KidX Music Mania
Jefferson Valley Mall (Yorktown Heights)
12 PM – 1:30 PM, Free for KidX Members
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of music, singing and dancing. There will be a read aloud with a John C. Hart librarian, as well as crafts, giveaways and more.
Celebrate Yonkers Arts Weekend. Free admission to the museum both May 6 and 7. The Kite Festival includes a scavenger hunt, kite contests, newspaper kite workshop, LEGO kite building and more.
From 1 PM – 4 PM, the museum will also be holding Family Studio this day as well.
Saturday Stories will also be taking place with a reading of The Blue and the Gray by Eve Bunting at 1:00 & 3:00 PM
The best introduction to wolves for families with young children. Guests will learn all about wolves and get to visit with the Ambassador Wolves.
May 7, 2017 (also on May 13, 14, 20, 21 27 and 28)
Family Studio: Art Projects
Hudson River Museum (Yonkers)
1 PM – 4 PM, free admission the weekend of May 6-7 only! On other dates free with paid museum admission
This month print a Cyanotype with sunlight and water.
Shop for handmade goods for yourself or your Mom and enjoy wine tastings and food samples. For a fee, children can make crafts including a stenciled leather wallet, felted butterfly pins, bath bombs, paper bead bracelets and sun catchers.
Learn all about the Greenburgh Nature Center’s birds of prey. This event includes a trip to the outdoor bird aviary to feed some of the birds.
Enjoy the 18th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in White Plains. There will be music, dance and sword demonstrations, hands-on workshops and more. Food is available to purchase.
Celebrate International Viking Day at the Hanna Anderrson store. Enjoy kid friendly activities to celebrate this day.
Join Joy Reidenberg, PhD, for an evening of science talk. There will be a Q&A session after the talk and snacks are provided.
This musical is presented by the Clocktower Players Jr. Teen and Teen Troupe. Based on the book by P.L. Travers this is an, “enchanting mixture” of story, song and dance.
May 13, 2017
Morning Farm Chores
Muscoot Farm (Katonah)
8 AM – 10 AM, $6/person or $20/family of four
*Recommended for children ages 8+
Pre-registration is required.
Come to the farm for a hands-on experience. Help feed the cows, collect hen eggs and more. Dress to work in long pants and closed toe shoes.
Join a Friends of the Rye Nature Center (FRNC) naturalist on a walk through the forest looking for local wildflowers. Learn to identify and preserve wildflowers for a later date.
Enjoy a special day with your mom. At 1 PM, take a tour of the Rosen House. Enjoy a musicale performance at 2 PM and enjoy afternoon tea (with tea sandwiches, scones and a variety of desserts) in the Summer Dining Room at 3 PM.
Enjoy the first day of the park’s opening for the season or take a visit from now until September!
May 14, 2017
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah)
12 PM – 5PM, Free for moms, $10/adults, Free/children 12 and under
Come celebrate Mother’s Day at the KMA! Enjoy a special 2:30 PM tour focusing on maternal themes. Explore and create in the Learning Center’s current Photo Studio theme.
Celebrate spring with the Greenburgh Nature Center. Gather in the Manor House for a story and to meet some furry friends. Then children will plant seeds to take home.
May 16 – 29, 2017
Mount Vernon Hutchinson Field (Mount Vernon)
May 16 & 24: 7 PM May 17-19 and May 25-26: 10:30 AM & 7 PM May 20 & 27: 12 PM, 4 PM, 7:30 PM May 21 & 28: 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM, & 6:30 PM May 29: 2:30 PM & 6:30 PM
Enjoy the circus! The UniverSoul Circus features all kinds of acts including acrobatics, music, and more!
View Disneynature’s documentary film narrated by Tina Fey about the monkey kingdom. On May 20 only, enjoy JBFC kids activity Monkey Kingdom I Spy.
May 20, 2017
At the Tideline with Teatown
Kingsland Point Park (Sleepy Hollow)
11:30 AM – 1 PM, Free
Join a Teatown educator at the RiverWalk Center at Kingsland Point Park to catch and release fish and other water critters.
Join the WCC staff and volunteers as they celebrate Atka, the most popular wolf ambassador’s birthday. Learn about wolf families, assemble “wolfy” gifts for Atka and visit with some of the other wolves.
This a Theatreworks production of E.B. White’s famous children’s book. The show is approximately one-hour in length and recommended for kids in K-5th grade.
May 20, 2017
Djembes and Dance
Philipsburg Manor (Sleepy Hollow)
12 PM – 5 PM, Free for Historic Hudson Valley Members, Online: $14/adults, $12/seniors, $8/children 3-17, Onsite: $16/adults, $14/seniors, $10/children 3-17
Enjoy a day of traditional African American music and dancing. There will be continuous performances of African drumming and dancing. Enjoy African folklore storytelling, watch cooking demonstrations and children can make a djembe to take home. Plus, experience a recreation of Pinkster, a colonial cross-cultural event.
May 20, 2017
Family Nature Adventures: Feather Your Nest
11 AM – 12 PM, Members: Free, Non members: $7
*Pre-registration is required
How difficult is it to build a nest? Rise to the challenge and see if you can build a bird’s nest.
Come see the dance, acting and vocal classes perform the pieces they have been working on throughout the year.
Children ages 6-17 can showcase their musical talents via instrument or singing. Sign-ups begin at 5:30 PM. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Make dinner reservations early. They offer $10 burger specials for kids 12 and under.
Learn all about snakes and lizards during this hands-on presentation.
Enjoy this hands-on learning experience as you learn how sheep’s wool becomes a sweater. You can also do a craft, listen to a story and help feed some of the other barnyard animals.
Family Fun Events In the Surrounding Area:
May 5-21, 2017 (weekends)
Hudson Valley Fair
Dutchess Stadium (Fishkill, NY)
Fridays: 5 PM – close Saturdays & Sundays: 1 PM – Close
Admission: $7/person, $3.50 with online coupon Food and rides cost extra. Pay One Price (POP) ride bracelets and family specials are available. Check the website for details.
Enjoy a petting zoo, rides, shows and more.
An informative, educational, entertaining event for kids of all ages. Enjoy entertainment, hands-on activities, face painting, demonstrations and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
May 20-21, 2017
Westchester Feline Club Cat Show
Ramada Fishkill (Fishkill, NY)
10 AM – 4 PM, Adults: $7 plus processing fee (online) Children: $3 plus processing fee (online) Tickets available at the door
See over 200 cats and kittens being judged and watch the Cat Show Wedding Party. Shop for all your feline merchandise as well.
Enjoy a fun-filled day that includes interactive health and safety exhibits, kids crafts, child identification program and a Teddy Bear clinic. Fire truck and ambulance tours will be available. There will also be games, inflatable bouncy attractions, raffles and more.