By Daily Kids Events Editor

Things to Do With Kids in Westchester on September 3

September 3, 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, September 3, 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 September 3. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Butterflies Special Exhibit - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 07, 2015 - Norwalk

Enter a magical environment all a flutter with beautiful tropical butterflies in "Butterfly Landing," a special walk-through encounter. This exhibit features dozens of varieties of butterflies from both Asia and South America. Keep in mind that as you walk through the exhibit, some of these beautiful butterflies may land on your head or arm. Prepare to get emotionally connected.For viewers with an aversion to close encounters with animals, viewing of the butterflies will be possible from outside the exhibit.

Butterflies Special Exhibit - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 07, 2015 - Norwalk

Enter an environment all aflutter with tropical butterflies in "Butterfly Landing," a special walk-through encounter. Walk among beautiful butterflies and some of them may even choose to land on your head or arm.

Yoga with a View - Boscobel House and Gardens
Through September 07, 2015 - Garrison

This extremely popular program at Boscobel provides the perfect opportunity to fall in love with the outdoors while, at the same time, gaining a sense of good health and well-being. Spectacular views entice the sense as you stretch and pose overlooking the Hudson River from the lawns at Boscobel. Classes for ages 16 and up.

Mega Making - Stepping Stones Museum
Through September 07, 2015 - Norwalk

Using real materials and real tools, young makers can explore art, textiles, construction and woodworking, tinkering and gadgets and a variety of materials, techniques and projects. Staff members help children and families get started, whether it's working a needle and thread for the first time, practicing using wrenches and screwdrivers, tinkering with batteries and buzzers or picking out the perfect artist medium.

Meet the Dragon Presentations - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 07, 2015 - Norwalk

Ready to go one-on-one with a real live dragon? Don't miss the chance to hold a live bearded dragon in special encounter opportunities with one of the stars of The Maritime Aquarium's special exhibit "Dragons! Real or Myth?" A Maritime Aquarium educator will guide guests in either touching the bearded dragon or – for those braver – holding the dragon on their shoulder. Be sure to have your camera ready.

Family Dinners with Mario Batali's Chefs - Family Dinners with Mario Batali's Chefs
Through September 13, 2015 - Bronx

MasterCard Priceless New York presents an exclusive cardholder series of al fresco Family Dinners to celebrate and support the Edible Academy. Enjoy a garden-to-table meal prepared by chefs from the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group's acclaimed restaurants. Each dinner features a three-course, family-style menu designed by a featured chef using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Also enjoy hands-on gardening and craft activities alongside live cooking demonstrations by top chefs in the outdoor Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen. Programming geared for kids ages 4 to 12.

Pollinator Pals - NY Botanical Gardens
Through September 13, 2015 - Bronx

Learn about the importance of pollinators--honeybees and monarch butterflies passing by on their way to Mexico. Observe the workings of a beehive, sample honey, and do a honeybee dance.

Backwards in Heels - Westchester Broadway Theater
Through September 20, 2015 - Elmsford

Based on the life of Ginger Rogers, this is a story of a small-town girl from Texas who dazzled the world, playing everything from "the girl next door" to the modern woman with a mind of her own. For schedule of performances, visit broadwaytheatre.com or call 914-592-2222.

Governors Island Open Season - Governors Island
Through September 27, 2015 - Governors Island

Visitors to Governors Island this year will enjoy more arts, cultural, recreational and educational programs than ever before. Governors Island opens to the public on Saturday, May 23 and will be open every day through September 27 apart from July 4.

Story Walk - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 27, 2015 - Scarsdale

Take a self-guided walk with your child along the woodland trail to enjoy favorite children's book, entitled Red Fox at Hickory Lane, by Kathleen M. Hollenbeck. For ages 8 and younger. Free.

NY Renaissance Faire - Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park
Through September 27, 2015 - Tuxedo Park

The Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England, complete with 16th century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, dance--set within the majestic groves of Tuxedo, New York. You'll want to make this an annual event. Contact Ticketfly by email at customersupport@ticketfly.com, or call 877-435-9849.

Story Walk - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 27, 2015 - Scarsdale

Take a self-guided walk with your child along the woodland trail to enjoy a favorite children's book entitled Red Fox at Hickory Lane by Kathleen M. Hollenbeck. Stop by the Manor House to pick up a California Pizza Kitchen bookmark, coupon good for one free kid's meal, and a chance to win a gift certificate. Recommended for children 8 and younger.

Cooking With Frida - NY Botanical Gardens
Through September 27, 2015 - Bronx

Hands-on activities in the Edible Academy Family Garden bring together children and their families to experience the colors, textures, smells, and tastes of Frida Kahlo's Mexican kitchen. Cooking demos served to families, using nutritious, garden-based ingredients. Wednesdays and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm and 4pm.

Tuesday Toddler Tours - Bruce Museum
Through September 29, 2015 - Greenwich

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

Fondue and a Show - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through September 30, 2015 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each bite...plus, it's fun! Every Saturday in September 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 meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Frida's Flora and Fauna - NY Botanical Gardens
Through September 30, 2015 - Bronx

Visit the Adventure Garden to experience the inspiration that Frida Kahlo found in the natural world that can be seen in her artwork. Investigate plants and animals growing in New York City. Enjoy Frida's puppet theater, kitchen fun, and self-portrait activities.

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.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)
Through October 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.

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.

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.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
Through November 25, 2015 - 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.

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.

IMAX film: Flight of the Butterflies - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through November 25, 2015 - 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.

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 www.funforcure.com ...... 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.

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.

Dragons: Real or Myth - Maritime Aquarium
Through February 11, 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.

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.

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.

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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