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Things to Do With Kids in Westchester on October 8

October 8, 2015   |    

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, October 8, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Westchester's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening October 8. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through October 11, 2015 - Murray Hill

This exhibition uncover the curious history of Alice In Wonderland, presenting an engaging account of the genesis, publication, and enduring appeal of Lewis Carroll's classic tale. For the first time in three decades, the original manuscript will travel from the British Library in London to New York, where it will be joined by original drawings and letters, rare editions, vintage photographs, and fascinating objects; many never before exhibited. Find out why the universe of Wonderland took hold of our imagination, and—150 years later—we are still following her down the rabbit hole.

Five Self Taught Artists - Katonah Museum of Art
Through October 11, 2015 - Katonah

Inside the Outside consists of a focused look at five important self-taught artists.

We Have Common Thread - Neuberger Museum
Through October 11, 2015 - Purchase

This powerful exhibits features six tapestries that highlight artist Teresa Margolles' long exploration of the socio-political issues that are related to violent deaths in Mexico.

Pumpkins in the Garden - Muscoot Farm
Through October 11, 2015 - Katonah

Pumpkins will be on sale in the garden. Cash or checks only.

New York Comic Con 2015 - Javits Center
Through October 11, 2015 - Hell's Kitchen

The East Coast's biggest popular culture convention. Come and enjoy the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. There are star studded panels and autograph sessions, screening rooms and sneak previews of shows. Family HQ is a special area that features kid friendly activities and entertainment that you won't want to miss. Please note that tickets are sold out now for all days apart from Thursday.

Scarecrow Making - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through October 11, 2015 - Stamford

Bring your family for the 6th annual scarecrow making program and create a scarecrow for our Harvest Festival Weekend contest. Families can create a life-size scarecrow that will be exhibited and entered in the scarecrow contest at Harvest Festival (Oct. 17 and 18), then can be picked up in time to grace their lawns for Halloween. Some materials are provided, but families are encouraged to bring clothing or accessories to help with their creation. One scarecrow per family. Supplies are limited to 12 families per session; pre-registration and pre-payment are recommended. Participating families must agree to leave the scarecrow for the Harvest Festival and pick it up the week after the Festival. Call 203-977-6521 to register.

Dig! Plant! Grow! - New York Botanical Gardens
Through October 12, 2015 - Bronx

The Three Sisters: Corn, beans, squash. For hundreds of years, the three sisters have been favorite crops to grow together. Learn more and make your own corn husk doll.

Frida' Kahlo's Fall Harvest - New York Botanical Gardens
Through October 12, 2015 - Bronx

Frida-inspired activities. Hands-on activities include pumpkins and gourds of all sizes and shapes. Grind dried corn wusing a traditional Mexican instrument. Tuesdays through Fridays, 1:30 pm-5:30pm. Sat. and Sun, and Mon. 10am-5:30pm

Family Studio Workshops - Bruce Museum
Through October 18, 2015 - Greenwich

Families explore the process of making fine art while using quality art-making supplies and discussing current exhibitions. No reservations.

Art Show - Muscoot Farm
Through October 25, 2015 - Katonah

This month's featured artist is the Hudson Valley Potters. Dates are 10/3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25

Family Gallery Tours - Bruce Museum
Through October 25, 2015 - Greenwich

Join a Museum educator on an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum's current exhibitions. No reservations.

Tech & Treat: Teen Electronic Halloween Costume Making Course - Field Library
Through October 26, 2015 - Peekskill

Tech & Treat: Teen Electronic Halloween Costume Making Course Mondays, October 5, 19 & 26, 2015 @ 3:30 PM Bling out your Halloween costumes with craft and technology @ Field Library! In this 3-session course students will learn how to attach simple circuits to paper, fabric, and conductive materials to create interactive costumes. Light up your hat or mask, make your wand sparkle, and add a buzz to your costume! Taught by experienced tech experts from Teknikio kits will be used. The course will conclude with a digital fashion show. This course is free of charge and for middle and high school age. Bring a costume to enhance or make your own! For more details or to sign up contact the library at 914-737-0010 This course is made possible by generous funding from Entergy and Westchester Library System. The Field Library is located at 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566.

Nature Play for Toddlers - Wolf Conservation Center
Through October 27, 2015 - South Salem

Two to five year olds and their caregivers will spend the majority of the time outside playing games and partaking in engaging activities that connect nature. Pre-registration required at

Tuesday Toddler Tours - Bruce Museum
Through October 27, 2015 - Greenwich

Explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. The topics will rotate weekly. No advanced registration required.

Yoga in the Orangerie - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Through October 30, 2015 - Pelham Bay Park

Start your Fridays with yoga. At 7, the class is geared for intermediates. At 8:30, classes are for beginners. Yoga on the Hudson is beautiful.

Fondue and a Show - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through October 31, 2015 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each, it's fun! Every Saturday in October from 12-4pm, enjoy a three course meal (cheese fondue, salad, and chocolate fondue) for $30, including a complimentary ticket to a movie at the City Center Cinema. (Tickets are not valid for full value of IMAX, 3D, or director's hall showings, but may be used towards the purchase of one of those showings.) Add on an entree for $12.95 per person. Visit for details.

Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
Through October 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Explore the shores of the Long Island Sound on a new hybrid-electric 64-foot catamaran. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: tiny wriggly plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed with the videomicroscope), little crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom, and a variety of fish, crabs, squid, lobsters and surprises brought up in the trawl net.

The Sky Tonight - Hudson River Museum
Through October 31, 2015 - Yonkers

Take a live tour of the heavens as seen from our area with a planterium educator.

Earth, Moon, and Sun - Hudson River Museum
Through October 31, 2015 - Yonkers

Children ages 5 and older will explore the relationship between the moon and sun with the help of coyote, a character adapted from Native American oral traditions.Exhibits run Wed. thru Sunday.

Aikido West NY Martial Arts - Aikido Martial Arts
Through October 31, 2015 - White Plains

The instructors have experience with children on the Autism spectrum, ADHD, ADD, sensory disorder, and more. Classes include meditation to benefit the children.

Kidz Club - Alcott School
Through October 31, 2015 - Scarsdale

A social skills group designed for 3 to 5 year-olds who need support in a small, structured play environment. Each group is co-led by an occupational therapist and special education teacher.

Arc Theater Company - Arc Theater
Through October 31, 2015 - Hawthorne

Arc Theater offers a full theater arts program for persons with developmental disabilities. Instruction available in dancing, singing, speaking, acting, and more. Call 914-495-4521 for more information, or email

Poetry for Every Season - NY Botanical Gardens
Through November 01, 2015 - Bronx

The poems of Noble Prize Winner, Octavio Paz are displayed. Many of these poems reference the native plants and flowers.

Camera, Action: Mexican Films - NY Botanical Gardens
Through November 01, 2015 - Bronx

Weekends at 3pm at the NY Botanical Gardens mean a chance to experience Mexican films, including Frida Kahlo on the big screen. Check listings at to see which films are scheduled.

Irving's 'Legend' - The Old Dutch Church (parking is at Philipsburg Manor, across the street)
Through November 01, 2015 - Sleepy Hollow

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic performance of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music, Kruk’s storytelling captivates all. Recommended for ages 10 plus. Performances last about 45 minutes. Parking is across the street at Philipsburg Manor. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

TIME WARP (Ages 6 – 9) Session 1 - Clay Art Center
Through November 01, 2015 - Port Chester

Travel through the eons during this incredible clay adventure. Create your own ceramic time machine and transport yourself to see ferocious dinosaurs, majestic pyramids, the Wild West and ancient Greece. During your journey create your own clay souvenirs as you develop an understanding of history, heritage and culture.

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 18, 2015 - Croton-on-Hudson

Eleven years, and still going strong. This event is a favorite among many. See more than 7,000 individually hand-carved illuminated jack-o-lanterns. Walk through an historic 18th century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display. Advance tickets required. Dates are Oct 2-4, 9-12, 15-18, 21-31. See for more details or call 914-366-6900.

5th Annual Chappaqua Farmers Market - Chappaqua Train Station
Through November 21, 2015 - Chappaqua

5th Annual Opening Day on May 16 will feature new and returning signature vendors, children's events by Westchester Circus Camps, music by house-band Milton, and book signing by Hudson Valley photographer and writer Francesco Mastalia. Also debuting monthly Flea Market! Shake the hand that feeds you at Chappaqua Farmers Market every Saturday from 8:30a.m. - 1p.m.

Kids Short Story Connection - Greenburgh Town Hall
Through November 21, 2015 - White Plains (Greenburgh)

A series of six, round-table type, guided workshops for youngsters who love to write. Age and peer-appropriate sessions with published authors/teachers.

Great White Shark - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX
Through November 25, 2015 - Norwalk

No other modern animal may command both fear and fascination as much as the great white shark ? but The Maritime Aquarium's new IMAX?film suggests, instead, that these predators mainly need help and respect. This film unravels the mystery of the creature by telling the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. "Our mission is to change people's attitudes toward the great white," said Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. "It's not the menacing, evil predator it's made out to be. It's simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean's food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere." The 40-minute film takes viewers around the world to great-white hotspots and examines the animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white, including shark expert Michael Rutzen, who openly scuba dives among them. September 2-November 26.

Undiscovered Worlds - Hudson River Museum
Through November 28, 2015 - Yonkers

Children 8 and older will learn about expoplanets, and new technology like the Kepler Telescope. Explore the idea of finding another Earth-like world.

Adapted Tennis Fun - New Rochelle Racquet Club
Through December 20, 2015 - New Rochelle

Fun For Cure, Inc. is hosting an ongoing Adapted Tennis FUN program for children with special needs and chronic illness. Families are invited to participate as well! All ages! Join at any time by calling Flo at 914 713 4065 or sign up online at ...... FREE snacks are provided according to diet needs and restrictions... We focus on FUN as a top priority! Parents may stay or drop off! Come every Friday at 3:30 to 4:30pm...

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Explore the aquatic wonders of Africa, including amazing fish from the Nile River, the lakes of Africa's Great Rift Valley and the Red Sea. Species highlighted include exotic air-breathing lungfish that can survive for a year if their waterhole goes dry, and colorful cichlids and coral reef species that shine in shimmering rainbows.

Chocolate Factory Tour and Workshop - Chocolate Works
Through December 31, 2015 - Scarsdale

Come stop by for a tour of the factory and get the opportunity to see first-hand how chocolate is made and maybe make some yourself! Come see chocolatiers in action, making lots of sweet treats with the help of a 175-pound melting machine. Be sure to try a sample of the signature Belgian truffle, multiple time "best truffle" winner at the annual international Chocolate Show in New York City, along with a wide variety of other unique flavors of chocolate truffles, chocolate-covered treats and candies, and homemade specialty ice cream. Dream of a world made of chocolate? In our store all your sweetest fantasies become a reality with products ranging from chocolate-covered pretzels, oreos, rice krispies, and graham crackers, to chocolate-covered chips, gummy bears, strawberries, bananas, and more.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)
Through December 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this popular show is great for pre-schoolers. Kids will fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.

LIFE AT THE LIMITS: STORIES OF AMAZING SPECIES - The American Museum of Natural History
Through January 03, 2016 - Upper West Side

AMNH's new exhibition highlights the incredible life forms on earth and the superpowers that organisms use to survive the most extreme environments. From bacterium (Deinococcus radiodurans) that repairs its own DNA and withstands over 1,000 times more radiation than humans to elephant seals that can hold their breath for two hours as they dive nearly a mile deep in search of food, many animals, plants, and other organisms on our planet have extraordinary ways of going about the daily business of survival. Co-curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology, and John Sparks, curator in the Museum's Department of Ichthyology, reveals some of the more incredible examples of how animals and plants reproduce, find food, sense the world around them, and thrive in inhospitable habitats. Life-size and larger-than-life models, live animals, videos, and interactive exhibits highlight a variety of 'superpowers' across the tree of life. From surprising strategies for surviving harsh environments to bizarre mating calls, inventive techniques for eluding predators, and extreme examples of parasitism.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition - Discovery Times Square
Through January 03, 2016 - Midtown

Thrill your mini Katniss fans with a visit to this brand new exhibit, celebrating all things Hunger Games. Here they can explore the world of Panem and get up close to hundreds of movie costumes, props and detailed set recreations. Follow Katniss’ journey from District 12 to becoming the Mockingjay, see The Tribute Train, visit Cinna’s studio and see the Girl on Fire Dress, sit down for a TV interview with Caesar Flickerman and try your hands at stunt and knot skills.

Our Place Memory Cafe - North Street Tavern & Wood Fired Pizza
Through April 26, 2016 - White Plains

Our Place Memory Café will kick off on Tuesday, August 4 at North Street Tavern & Wood Fired Pizza, 1128 North Street, White Plains from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will continue on the first Tuesday of every month through April (except for November, which will occur on the first Wednesday due to Election Day). Called Our Place Memory Café, the program will provide a haven for seniors suffering from Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory loss, as well as their family members and caregivers. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided in a support group atmosphere. Space is limited at all Memory Café programs and registration is necessary. To register, please call Helwig, Henderson,LaMagna & Spinola L.L.P at (914)437-5955.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
Through May 26, 2016 - Norwalk

Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through May 21, 2015.

Dragons: Real or Myth - Maritime Aquarium
Through May 26, 2016 - Norwalk

Dragons are very real but none of them breathe fire. While they're often a creature in mythological tales, you can find dragons living today--on land and in the sea as you'll discover in this fun new exhibit which features animals that have the word dragon in their names. Visitors encounter such species as: dragon moray eels; the seahorse cousin called the weedy sea dragon; and terrestrial lizards like black dragons, flying dragons, sailfin dragons, bearded dragons, frilled dragons and more. In addition to highlighting the unique characteristics of these animals, the exhibit will explore the facts and fiction of mythological dragons and their roles in cultures throughout time. Visitors will be encouraged to find similarities between the displayed live creatures and the dragons of lore. February 14, 2015 -Feb 11, 2016.

IMAX film: Flight of the Butterflies - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through May 26, 2016 - Norwalk

Follow the incredible year-long migration cycle of millions of monarch butterflies from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico, in this compelling film.

The Butterfly Conservatory - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 30, 2016 - Upper West Side

The annual treat returns to the AMNH. One of the museum's most popular, annual events this exhibit features up to 500 live, iridescent, tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their lush, natural habitat. See them flutter around live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, thanks to controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies.

Marine Tank Animal Feeding - Bruce Museum
Through June 30, 2016 - Greenwich

Learn about the marine life in Long Island Sound while the fish, crabs and shellfish in the tanks are fed. No reservation required.

Pixar: The Design of Story - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through August 07, 2016 - Upper East Side

This new exhibit aims to uncover the design process of the famous studio and features original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings and sculptures. Find out how Pixar develops popular characters and view concept art from films such as Toy Story, Wall-E, Up, Brave, The Incredibles and Cars. The exhibition will be on view in the museum's interactive Process Lab which gives visitors the chance to see how designers work and take part in hands on activities inspired by it. Look out in November for hands-on workshops with Pixar for all ages, details of which will be released later this year. Ages 4 and older.

Pump It Up's Sensory Friendly Bounce Time - Pump It Up of Norwalk
Through January 01, 2018 - Norwalk

The music is low, and the lights aren't flashing. Just bouncing, jumping and sliding.

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