UPDATED March 2017: After a cold winter, there is nothing better than getting out with the family in the spring without all that snow! We've gathered the top 20 activities for family fun in the spring in Westchester County, including St. Patrick's Day parades, farmers' markets, Disney Live!, and where to ride trains—even Thomas the Tank Engine!
1. Watch a St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Eastchester, featuring Irish step dancers, bagpipe bands, and more. Community parades are also held in Mount Kisco and Peekskill.
2. Shop at a farmers' market.
Pick up some local produce at an outdoor farmers’ market, such as the Larchmont Farmers’ Market, which boasts everything from fresh baked goods and meats to plants and flowers.
3. Look at beautiful flowers.
The annual Orchid Show returns to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx in March and April. This exhibition boasts thousands of brilliantly colored flowers in kaleidoscopic displays and is the largest of its kind in the country, making it well worth the drive.
4. Hunt for Easter eggs.
Search for sweet treasures hidden by a furry friend at the annual weekend Easter Egg Hunt at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Kids can participate in crafts, have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy light refreshments.
5. Take in some light art.
If your family is fond of the annual Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, they’ll love Lightscapes, an incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects created by the Blaze artists and on display in May at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson.
6. Walk for a good cause.
Join the March of Dimes’ March for Babies in White Plains in mid- to late April and support research to understand and prevent health problems in infants, or check out another walk in the area to support a good cause.
7. See the sheep get their haircuts.
Take a step back in history during Sheep Shearing Day at Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, held in late April. Watch and ask questions as the farmers shear the wool from the flock, and then the whole family can participate in wool and weaving activities.
8. Learn about birds of prey.
Also in late April, learn all about living raptors and their amazing “talons” at a Birds of Prey Experience at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. Under the supervision of a professional falconer, kids can meet and even hold one of these magnificent birds.
9. Clean up parks for Earth Day.
Help make our planet a little better for Earth Day by helping to clean a local park.
10. Spend the weekend at Lyndhurst.
Party hard at Design & Build Family Weekend at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, held near the end of April. The two-day party feautres architecture, design, and building activities.
11. Run a 5K at the Bronx Zoo.
Make the planet better for our animal friends by participating in the Run for the Wild 5K and Family Fun Run at the nearby Bronx Zoo in late April.
12. Go for a bike ride.
Go for a ride during National Bicycle Month when the Bronx River Parkway in White Plains hosts Bicycle Sundays
. From early May through the end of June, the parkway is closed to cars and open to all cyclists, skaters, scooters, walkers, and joggers on Sunday mornings. Learn about the benefits of balance bikes
13. Ride a train on National Train Day.
Celebrate National Train Day in early May with a train ride (including one on Thomas the Tank Engine!) or by visiting a nearby train exhibit or museum.
14. Celebrate Mother's Day
Get in some mom-and-child bonding time at The Mothers and Others Tea Musicale at the Caramoor Center in Katonah. Share a mini-concert in the magnificent Music Room, take a tour of the Rosen House, and enjoy an assortment of tea-time items in the Summer Dining Room. Or attend another Mother's Day celebration in the area.
15. Go to an amusement park.
Rye’s Playland opens for the season in mid-May with rides and games for all ages, or visit another amusement park in the New York metro area.
16. Attend a cultural festival.
Ring in spring in mid-May during the Pinkster Festival at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, an African-American celebration filled with music, dance, and food. Check out our list of other cool cultural celebrations in our area.
17. Look at the stars.
Search the stars with stellar activities during Astronomy Day at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, held in mid-May. With space-themed workshops, solar system models, and exciting shows, this event is enough to make any aspiring astronaut jump for the moon.
18. Meet baby animals.
Take the kids to Meet the Baby Animals at Muscoot Farm in mid-May, when the farm’s newborns greet the public for the first time. And visit other farms in the area to meet even more baby animals!
19. Spend a day at Green Chimneys.
Take a day trip to nearby Putnam County in late May for Little Folk Farm Days at Green Chimneys in Brewster. Kids can ride the ponies, watch live shows, do crafts, and play games.
20. Watch a Memorial Day parade.
Join people all over the nation as they line main streets in their communities and enjoy Memorial Day parades. Towns across Westchester—from White Plains to Tarrytown, Bedford Hills to Scarsdale—host their own parades, each with a local flair. Check our calendar for details as the holiday draws closer.
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