Top Events for Families in Westchester in November

Top Events for Families in Westchester in November

Our calendar editors have hand-picked the best family events and activities happening in Westchester in November.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
WHEN: Sep. 28 - Nov. 24, see website for times
WHERE: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, NY
WHAT: Meander through an 18th-century riverside landscape and see a display of jack o’ lanterns.
WHY WE LOVE IT: What better way to celebrate fall than a thousand hand carved pumpkins?
WANT TO GO? $22-$27; $16-$20 children ages 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 914-631-8200.

Fall Forest Weekends
WHEN: Nov. 3 - 11, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
WHAT: Visitors can explore the Thain Family Forest and enjoy watching a birds of prey demo, taking a tour of the Forest, or going for a canoe ride.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a great chance to explore New York City's largest remaining old-growth forest.
WANT TO GO? $28; $12 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700.

Random Farms Kids' Theater presents 'High School Musical'
WHEN: Nov. 7 - 20, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This production features kids in grades 3-8 and is good for audiences as young as 3 years.
WANT TO GO? $10-$14. 877-840-0457.

Night at the Museum Family Benefit
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9, 5-7:30pm
WHERE: Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut
WHAT: Children can explore the galleries in their pajamas, go on a scavenger hunt, and participate in craft projects. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bruce Museum’s children’s education and scholarship program.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This year’s Night at the Museum will have a tool theme inspired by the Museum’s current exhibition ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection.
WANT TO GO? $85; $30 children; free for children younger than 3. 203-505-9897.

27th Annual Holiday Train Show
WHEN: Nov. 17 - Jan. 21, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
WHAT: Featuring model trains, trolleys, and ferries, this annual show highlights NYC landmarks using natural materials.
WHY WE LOVE IT: For the first time ever, this year's display will feature boats!
WANT TO GO? $23; $10 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2 . 718-817-8700.

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
WHEN: Nov. 17 - 18, Saturday and Sunday, 12pm
WHERE: Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Underneath the gags, the stories offer a sensitive portrayal of family and the anxieties of modern life.
WHY WE LOVE IT: If you go on Saturday, you can join for a 5- to 10-minute discussion following the film.
WANT TO GO? $14; $7.50 children ages 13 and younger. 914-747-5555.

Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 18, 12pm
WHERE: Stamford Downtown, Summer, Broad, and Atlantic streets, Stamford, CT
WHAT: This is one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, featuring balloon characters, marching bands, and floats.
WHY WE LOVE IT: On the eve of the parade, there will be an inflation party with performances, holiday characters, and a visit from Santa.
WANT TO GO? 203-348-5285.

The Wizards of Winter-Featuring Former Members of the The Trans-Siberian Orchestra
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 23, 8-10pm
WHERE: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill, NY
WHAT: The Wizards of Winter perform a holiday rock opera titled “Tales Beneath a Northern Star.”
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids and adults alike will enjoy stunning stage theatrics and the amazing string instrumentation, percussion, and keyboard work of the 12-member ensemble.
WANT TO GO? $40 and up. 914-739-0039.

Twilight Tours
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 9, Weekends, 3:30-7pm
WHERE: Boscobel House, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
WHAT: With the mansion lit by candles, decorated for a 19th-century Christmas, and resonating with live string music, Twilight Tours offer an especially beautiful view of Boscobel House and Gardens.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Stick around for a post-tour reception in the gorgeously decorated gallery, live holiday music in the Visitor Center, and a reimagined Design Shop.
WANT TO GO? $26, $16 children; free for children younger than 5. 845-265-3638.

Westchester's Winter Wonderland
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 31, Thursdays, 5-9pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 5-10pm; Sundays, 5-9pm
WHERE: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Road, Valhalla, NY
WHAT: Celebrate the season with ice skating, rides, a holiday circus, magic shows, a musical light show and Christmas tree, and a Santa experience!
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a fun, festive night out on the town for the whole family.
WANT TO GO? $18-$20; free for children 3 and younger. 914-231-4600.

Family Art Project: Natural Weavings for Harvest Time
WHEN: Nov. 24 - 25, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Wave Hill, 649 W. 249th St., Bronx, NY
WHAT: Weave fall materials together to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and beauty of the season.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It will can make for a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 students and seniors; $2 children ages 6-18; free for children younger than 6. 718-549-3200.

The Laurie Berkner Band in a Holiday Celebration Concert
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11am and 3pm
WHERE: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown, NY
WHAT: Children's recording artist and preschool television favorite, Laurie Berkner, will celebrate the season with traditional, secular songs and Jewish songs.
WHY WE LOVE IT: In addition to holiday songs, Laurie's band will play her hits like "We Are The Dinosaurs" and "Pig On Her Head."
WANT TO GO? $35 and up. 877-840-0457.

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