Check out our top 20 list of fun things to do with your kids in Westchester this November, including menorah and Christmas tree lightings, Thanksgiving events, and family shows in Ardsley, Chappaqua, Dobbs Ferry, North Salem, Ossining, Scarsdale, Tarrytown, White Plains, Yonkers, and beyond.
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers
The Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) remembers and honors those who have departed. Family members make an altar, placing offerings of food, sugar skulls, candles, incense, flowers, and a photo of the departed soul on it. At the Hudson River Museum’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration, families can enjoy art projects, music, food, face painting, and other traditional holiday fun. At 3pm, see a parade and performance from Banda de los Muertos, a 14-piece group with a heavy-metal, brass-driven sound. From 1-4pm, take a guided Spooky Walk in English and Spanish through haunted Glenview, the museum’s riverside mansion; view the altar, decorated by Yonkers artist Zafiro Romero Acevedo (on view Oct. 26–Nov. 4); and make scary skull prints, face masks, tissue-paper flowers, or mini skull pillows with artist Pepe Coronado. Mexican food will be available for purchase.
Greenburgh Nature Center, Scarsdale
Toddlers join in the center’s traditional “turkey token” hunt along a woodland nature trail, followed by refreshments and nature crafts. Registration online is recommended. Rain or shine.
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx
Opens Nov. 16
Before you know it, you’ll be in the thick of the holiday rush, working your way through that endless to-do list…so why not get an early start on the part where little eyes sparkle with wonder and take them to the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden? There’ll be plenty of fun and new surprises for the whole family this year. See more trains than ever, and enjoy a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York. Once again, the Artist’s Studio will provide an insider’s look at how the building replicas are constructed. And new this year, there will be a showcase of unique and historic model trains.
Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown
That little lover of all things pink (especially cupcakes) is at it again in Pinkalicious the Musical! Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for the pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can find a way out of her predicament.
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, North Salem
You may have heard about STEM, but what about STEAM? The STEAM Festival at Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The festival was a hit last year with school-aged kids. This year it includes activities such as vinyl portraiture, rockets, circuitry, soldering, aerial photography, 3D design, Makey Makey Music, and “the spaghetti challenge.” Call or visit the library to register. FREE!
Westchester Marriott, Tarrytown
Planning an important party? Head to the Westchester Marriott near the end of the month for the Celebrate Party Showcase, where you can meet more than 100 party specialists who can help you plan your next milestone celebration. Whether it’s a bar/bat mitzvah, “sweet sixteen” birthday party, wedding, or another big event, you can spend the afternoon getting great ideas and checking out venues, photographers, and other resources that will help you pull it all together. FREE!
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, Yonkers
Tuesdays in November
Something special is happening every week for the youngest Lego enthusiasts during Tot Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. During the new morning program, tots younger than 3 and their parents can experience the attraction and enjoy events tailored just for them, such as special DUPLO builds. They’ll get to enjoy the attraction’s range of interactive experiences, including its 4D cinema, two Lego amusement rides, and MINILAND, the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Westchester County and New York City, made entirely out of Lego bricks. Free Wi-Fi will be available for parents.
Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining
Pack a snack of leftovers and hike with a Teatown educator on the Croft Trail into the Back Forty. It's a good way to stretch the legs and work off some extra Thanksgiving pounds!
Ardsley, Chappaqua, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, White Plains, Yorktown Heights
Late November – Early December
Whatever holiday you celebrate, a festive outdoor lighting event makes it truly magical and memorable for the entire family. We’ve compiled a list of menorah and tree lightings around the county. All events are FREE and appropriate for all ages.
Find indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks in Westchester and beyond
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