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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Westchester-Oct 13

There's so much to do in Westchester! Take a look below at today's events. Whether your child is a fan of animals, art, museums, or the great outdoors, we've got something for your family. Looking ahead to the weekend or some vacation time? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!!

Nyack Street Fair - Downtown Nyack
October 13, 2019 - Nyack

This exciting event is a great way to spend a fall day shopping amongst the 340 exhibitors from five states lining downtown. The fair features booths bursting with arts and crafts, a great selection of retail items, collectibles, home décor, and commercial vendors. The whole family will have fun shopping at this unique street fair. The kid’s will be entertained at the “Kid’s Zone” showing a variety of inflatables set up by “A Total Jump” in the Main Street parking lot. To top it off all types of delicious festival foods will be available as well Nyack’s restaurants and outdoor cafes offering “Fair Specials”.   Musician “Ritchie G” will be performing 1960’s thru today, rock, pop and county all day in the gazebo located on Main Street.  This family fun day promises to have “Something for Everyone”.  The fair is sponsored by ACADA of Nyack and promoted by P.J.’s Promotions. This free event is held rain or shine.  No pets please.

Feeding Time: A Behind the Scenes Program - THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK
October 13, 2019 - Norwalk

Make the early rounds and help as Aquarium staff feeds an amazing assortment of hungry animals. Prior to the Aquarium opening for the morning, participants can take a turn feeding the rays, diamondback terrapins and horseshoe crabs. They’ll enjoy a close connection with an aquarist as the trainer feeds the harbor seals. Best of all, they’ll go behind-the-scenes as the big sharks are fed in the Aquarium’s Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit – with the chance to toss in some food to see who’s hungry. Advance registration is required.

Feeding Fun - Greenburgh Nature Center
October 13, 2019 - Scarsdale

It’s mealtime for the animals! See what’s on the menu and learn how Greenburgh Nature Center keep their critters healthy.

Family Art Project: Compost Herbaria - Wave Hill
Through October 13, 2019 - Bronx

Step into your role as a naturalist by creating a backyard herbarium and DIY flower press with everyday materials. Take a walk with exhibiting artist Duy Hoàng through the woodlands to Wave Hill’s compost pile to collect fallen flowers and leaves, paying special attention to your surrounding environment. Then, head back to the studio to create work that infuses your unique observations and thoughts to reimagine what a scientific document can be.

Family Nature Walk - Wave Hill
October 13, 2019 - Bronx

Join naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands. Family walks begin at Wave Hill House. Ages five and older welcome with an adult. Severe weather cancels.

Yorktown Festival & Street Fair - Jack Devito Veterans Memorial Field
October 13, 2019 - Yorktown Heights

Bring the whole family to the 11th annual Yorktown Festival & Street Fair for a day of food, music, exhibitors, family fun, and more! There are many new attractions to this year's festival that include headlined bands, food trucks, and a new beer garden that you don't want to miss.

Do you have a constant craving or love for burgers? Join the White Castle Eating contest to show your loyalty. If you're coming with your four-legged friends, enter the Dog Costume Parade for prizes, and visit the Photo Booth! If you want to show off your talent, you can register to enter the open mic! There will also be rides for the kids, musical performances, demonstrations from local dance schools, and showcases of both new and classic cars.

Science Sunday: Marvelous Metals - Westchester Children's Museum
October 13, 2019 - Rye

The eyes are naturally drawn to things that sparkle or shine... did you know that those objects are likely made from metals? Join WCM for a sneak peak of National Chemistry Week to answer the question: What EXACTLY is a metal? Make wacky magnetic slime, real batteries, and watch Science Educator Harmon make a spoon magically disappear with his mind... or is it just science?! Sign ups begin when the Museum opens, and are limited to the first 10 children on a first come, first serve basis.

Feeding Fun - Greenburgh Nature Center
October 13, 2019 - Scarsdale

Stamford Spartan Kids Race - Mill River Park
Through October 13, 2019 - Stamford

Spartan Kids is on a mission to inspire children to develop a love for fitness at an early age. Spartan Kids provide safe, age appropriate, world class obstacle racing at various distances and difficulties for children age 4-14 to build the participants self-confidence while enjoying a thrilling outdoor activity in your community that offers lifelong progression. Participate for recreation or world class competition: Spartan Kids is a half mile (suggested age 4-6), one mile (suggested age 7-9), and two mile (required age 10-14) course with competitive racing available for two mile racers in age groups 10-11 and 12-14. Top three racers in each competitive two mile age group and gender receive a podium award ceremony with our adult Elite and Age Group winners along with free entry into the 2019 Spartan Kids World Championships later this year. Children of all abilities are welcome to come climb, crawl, run, get muddy, and become a Spartan. Join a community of people who never give up- AROO! 

Book Babies - The Field Library
Through October 16, 2019 - Peekskill

An interactive program for the littlest library lovers (babies up to 3) and their caregivers. Enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and play time. 

Rhyme & Read - Westchester Children's Museum
Through October 19, 2019 - Rye

The Rhyme and Read program has been developed for children ages 3-6 years (children must have celebrated their 3rd birthdays). Please join the fun that emergent literacy brings to young children. Join in playing sound games, hear a story, watch a Nursery Rhyme video and make a craft to take home! The Westchester Children's Museum is committed to providing programs based on the most current standards of learning, including early literacy. First-come, first-served basis, limit to 10 participants. Must be present at start of program. Rhyme & Read is being offered at the Museum in collaboration with the WordStart Early Literacy Foundation. Sponsored in part by ArtsWestchester.

The Chair Show - ArtsWestchester Gallery
Through October 19, 2019 - White Plains

Enjoy an opportunity meet exhibiting artists during the exclusive preview of The Chair Show, with light bites and beverages. The Chair Show explores the creativity, forms and traditions of seating. At center stage is the chair, endlessly recast as luxurious or austere, regal or intimate, straightforward or ironic. Chairs give shape to the ways in which we rest and recreate ourselves in private, or inhabit "seats of power" in public. As supporting players of day-to-day existence, focal points of ceremonies, or revered objects of spiritual and sacred spaces, chairs are invested with diverse meanings and purposes. The Chair Show includes sculptural, conceptual, functional and dysfunctional forms of seating, as well as paintings and installations inspired by chairs. The works, chosen by an open call and curatorial invitation, represent more than 25 artists from the regional artistic community. 

BEAR MOUNTAIN OKTOBERFEST - Anthony Wayne Recreation Area
Through October 20, 2019 - Bear Mountain

Enjoy four party wagons with 16 taps each, mobile food carts, live music, and more. 

Mad Science - The Field Library
Through October 23, 2019 - Peekskill

Are you mad about science? Kids 5 and older can join the library for some fun, kid-friendly science experiments & challenges.

Musical Tots - The Field Library
Through October 23, 2019 - Peekskill

Join Lori Cohen for an interactive program of music and movement. Musical Tots is designed for kids five and under who are walking. This is a popular program, so please arrive on time to guarantee your spot.

Exploring Play: WHOSE SHADOW IS THAT?! - Westchester Children's Museum
Through October 25, 2019 - Rye

Discover what a shadow is and how to make them! Use a shadow screen to sing, dance, and create fun and silly shadows with your bodies. Everyone will go home with a fun shadow craft! Sign-ups begin when the Museum opens at 10am and are limited to the first 12 children on a first come, first serve basis. 

Family Studio: Science - Hudson River Museum
Through October 26, 2019 - Yonkers

To infinity and beyond! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first two Apollo missions to the moon’s surface. Take part in moon-related activities, construct craters, learn about the moon’s phases, and create models of your favorite Solar System moon.

Family Wheel Night - Clay Art Center
Through October 26, 2019 - Port Chester

Looking for something fun to do with your family? Adults & kids can get messy and play with clay in this one-time class to learn how to use the potter’s wheel. Plan a great evening and bond with your family while receiving a lesson from experienced and dedicated ceramic artists. Choose your favorite glaze colors and return in 2 – 3 weeks to pick up your masterpiece. No previous experience necessary! Beginner’s welcome.

Harry Potter Films - Jacob Burns Film Center
Through October 26, 2019 - Pleasantville

See a different Harry Potter film each week, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2.

Family Studio: Art - Hudson River Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Yonkers

Create a miniature landscape out of clay. Look closely at your surroundings and explore ways to capture the textures and shapes you like most in the clay—by rolling it, poking it, and scratching it with a pencil. Designed by Teaching Artist-In-Residence Jia Sung.

Planetarium: One World, One Sky - Hudson River Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Yonkers

On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird and Elmo with friend Hu Hu Zhu discover that planets are different from one another but people on Earth are often the same – they love to fly kites! On October 5 and 12, One World, One Sky will be screened in Spanish in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Planetarium: The Sky Tonight - Hudson River Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Yonkers

Learn what's going on in the sky the VERY night you see this live, interactive show. Ages 8+, 45-60 mins.

Planetarium: We Are Astronomers - Hudson River Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Yonkers

Discover how astronomers share knowledge and answer our questions about the universe. Narrated by David Tennant, the “Tenth Doctor” in the British sci-fi series Doctor Who. On October 5 and 12, We Are Astronomers will be screened in Spanish in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Aida - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through October 27, 2019 - White Plains

Winner of four Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a musical bursting with contemporary energy chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess and Radames, the soldier they both love. AIDA is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal, with an exhilarating Tony and Grammy Award-winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice, their first collaboration since writing the music for the worldwide phenomenon The Lion King.

STEAM Team - The Field Library
Through October 29, 2019 - Peekskill

Flex your brain and your fingers with some hands-on STEAM activities & games!

Trains & Tracks - The Field Library
Through October 29, 2019 - Peekskill

Pack Chat for Kids - Wolf Conservation Center
Through October 29, 2019 - South Salem

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as their pups grow bigger and bolder! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, and possibly the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves as well. Pre-registration is required.

Young Discoverers: WHOSE SHADOW IS THAT?! - Westchester Children's Museum
Through October 30, 2019 - Rye

Baby Gym - Lil Chameleon
Through October 31, 2019 - Tuckahoe

Learn fun and useful ways to play with your little one in baby's first gym class! In this class enjoy music, movement games, sensory exploration, and play experiences designed withbaby's specific developmental milestones in mind. Introduce your little one to gross-motor play using special baby-sized soft play equipment and other high-quality props. Ages 2-12 months.

Farmers Market - Muscoot Farm
Through November 18, 2019 - Katonah

Visit the farm and buy foods and products from over 20 local vendors. Goods include fruits, veggies, baked goods, coffee, pickles, olive oil, and more. Then check out the animals, historic buildings, and exhibits.

Itsy Bitsy Playgroup - Temple Sholom
Through November 20, 2019 - Greenwich

Whether you are a first-time parent or have multiple children, chat and play with us at this free, drop-in playgroup for parents with children under two years old. Connect with other parents over the joys and bumps of parenthood, while engaging your infant/toddler in a group setting through music, motor play and story time. For more information, contact David Cohen, Director of Schools, at **NO SESSION 10/9**