Welcome spring! With the weather getting warmer, the Westchester Mom’s Guide to April includes lots of outdoor family fun activities. April also includes lots of Easter egg hunts and visits with the Easter bunny!
*Please check your local library for free family events and activities for card holders.
*Many area high schools have their musical performances in April. Check here for a listing of dates, times and performances. Some family-friendly musicals this month include Seussical, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Little Mermaid.
Families can sign up for a special Bunny Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch on April 1 or April 2 hosted by the Easter Bunny, Wow the Cow and their friends. Stew Leonard’s chefs will offer three distinct menus for the breakfast, brunch and lunch, featuring the farm fresh food store’s most-loved items. Each child will also be able to take a photo with the Easter Bunny.
Reservations must be made in advance at Customer Service beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Enjoy a fun scavenger hunt around the farm.
Enjoy the farm’s 9th annual egg hunt on the farm!
Enjoy a series of “analog” media activities including film strip coloring and light painting. Enter for a chance to win tickets to a JBFC Kids screening. There will also be three drop-in family Zumba sessions at 1:00, 1:20 and 1:40 PM led by sponsor Club Fit.
Enjoy a free day of Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities including workshops, demonstrations and hands-on-activities. The Rye Arts Center offers more than 100 STEAM classes each year and in 2016 earned ArtsWestchester ‘s Education Award for its innovative STEAM programming. Maker Day is your opportunity to explore the many STEAM activities available. The day will be preceded by a Minecraft Tournament at 11:00 AM where young competitors will show off their creative building skills. Maker Day participants will have the opportunity to be among the first to experience the new Public Art installation, The Portal.
This intermediate hike is recommended for children ages 8+. Meet at the reception center and enjoy a guided hike around Muscoot Farm.
This is a Theatreworks USA production based on the famous “Pete the Cat” book series by James Dean and Kimberly Dean. The show is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Build a robot with the Riverside High School Robotics team.
Come cheer on the Westchester Knicks as they play their last game of the season!
In this program children will gain a better understanding of the way the animal kingdom lives, eats and plays.
Meet at the Sheldrake main building to help look for clues to find Bigfoot.
Learn all about the farm’s rabbits from the Rabiteers, meet some of the farm’s residents and make rabbit crafts.
See best-selling children’s artist Laurie Berkner live on stage.
Children ages 8+ can learn how to take care of the farm animals in this hands-on learning experience.
Meet the Easter Bunny and celebrate spring at Ridge Hill’s Bunny Hop in Town Square. The event will include Easter Bunny selfies, virtual egg hunt, prizes and giveaways and activities for the kids. Hop on the hill for a basketful of fun!
Junior Docents will read I Am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer. Following the reading, Family Guide activities will be available in the galleries.
Celebrate spring by joining the center for an egg-themed day of games and activities. There will be an environmentally-friendly egg hunt, seasonal crafts and more. Event is held rain or shine.
Students on school break can take part in art and science activities led by Junior Docents and see Planetarium shows and environmental demonstrations. Students must be accompanied by a caregiver. FREE with museum admission.
Star Shows: 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 PM
Art Project (Micro Galaxy) : 1-4 PM, slime demos 1:00 and 2:00 PM
Science Project (Photo Science: Light and the Lens) : 1-4 PM
Drop-in Demonstrations: 1-4 PM, tour Hudson Riverama with Junior Docents at 2:00 and 4:00 PM
Every day, children ages 3-5 will go outside to learn, explore, make a nature craft, play games and more during this five day camp.
This school vacation’s theme is photography. Children can build a pinhole camera, design a picture frame, photo collage and scrapbook.
Come view the 2008 hand-drawn animated movie by Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The movie is recommended for children 5+. On April 15 only, enjoy family activities in the Jane Peck Gallery.
Listen to a short story and explore the forest trails with a naturalist, who will identify the different signs of spring.
Showcase of Chinese acrobats and traditional dance set to ancient and contemporary music.
April 21-23, 2017
Spring Fever Baseball Show
Westchester County Center (White Plains)
Friday: 2-8 PM, Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday: 10 AM – 4 PM, $10/adults, Free/kids 12 and under $10/Special event parking
Baseball card fans can enjoy 175 tables of cards and memorabilia, autographs and more.
Celebrate spring with the sheep! Learn about the process of turning wool to cloth. Enjoy hands-on-activities, storytelling by Jonathan Kruk, alpacas and more!
Meet on the front lawn to view, meet and learn all about naturalist Jim Eyring’s birds of prey.
April 22, 2017
Earth Day Reservoir Cleanup and Earth Day Celebration
Sheldrake Environmental Center (Larchmont)
Reservoir cleanup 9 AM – 11 AM, Free, registration required
Earth Day celebration 11 AM – 3 PM, $3/members, $8/non-members for registration before 4/15
Spend part of Earth Day helping to clean the trails and collect trash from the reservoir banks.
After the cleanup stay for Sheldrake’s Earth Day celebration. The day will include crafting, planting, face painting, nature education, live music, a story walk and more.
April 22, 2017
Hudson River Museum (Yonkers)
1 PM & 3 PM, museum admission: $6/adult, $3/youth (ages 3-18)
Junior Docents will read Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Following the reading, Family Guide activities will be available in the galleries.
Children’s activities include building with recyclables, art and science projects, safe telescope viewings of the sun, robotics demonstrations by Riverside High School students and the debut of the museum’s new star show The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy. At 2 PM, Dr. Bastiaan, from NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies will give a talk on his studies of clouds.
An afternoon of creative fun and exploration inspired by the museum’s artists and exhibits.
Celebrate Earth Day by participating in volunteer projects and workshops where you can learn to take care of the earth. Events include yoga, tree planting ceremony, painting and other crafts, solar science demonstrations and more. You can order a backyard composter and/or rain barrel and pick it up at the celebration.
Enjoy the Panto Company USA’s adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale.
Enjoy the Northeast’s largest reptile expo. Over 150 breeders will have live reptiles on display and for sale.
Watch a family movie in one of the farm’s historic barns.
This is a Theatreworks USA production based on the classic books by Dr. Seuss. This production is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Celebrate the arrival of spring on the farm. Watch and talk with the farmers as they shear the sheep. Enjoy activities, crafts and live music and more.
One of Lyndhurst’s most popular family programs, this event will include activities that will interest children who enjoy architecture, engineering and design. Events include an interactive creation of a 3D village using recycled materials, Lego sculptures, robotics battles, scavenger hunts and more.
This musical based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s novel is presented by the Clocktower Players KIDS Troupe.
April 30, 2017
2017 My Brother Vinny Walk
FDR State Park (Yorktown Heights)
10 AM registration, 11 AM sharp walk begins, 12 PM lunch, no registration fee, raise $25 and receive a My Brother Vinny Walk t-shirt
My Brother Vinny is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization helping anyone in the community who needs it. Come join forces and walk, while celebrating life and the organization’s journey through the year. There will be music, entertainment and a BBQ lunch for donors and participants.
Bring the whole family for a day of photographic fun! Explore photography experiments throughout the museum, enjoy photo collaging, a photo booth and more! Bring a family photo to add to the crowd-sourced photo wall.
April 30, 2017
45th Annual Strawberry Festival
College of New Rochelle – Main Campus: 29 Castle Place (New Rochelle)
12:00 – 5:00 PM, Free admission but there is a charge for food, games and inflatables
Enjoy a fun-filled day of outdoor activities, music, entertainment and strawberry treats. The event is taking place on Maura Lawn at the main campus. In the event of rain, the festival will take place in the Wellness Center.