Today's Family & Kids Activities in Westchester-Oct 20

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!!

Outdoor Adventures: Heckscher Farm Evening Tour - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
October 20, 2017 - Stamford

Ever wonder what the animals do when the farmers go home? Join us for a special after-hours tour of Heckscher Farm and visit with some of your favorite animals after the gates close. We'll go in-pasture with our goats, see where the horses and sheep sleep, give a treat to our llamas, and more. We'll end our tour with a cup of hot, local apple cider! Recommended for 4 and up. Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8. For more information, visit or call 203.977.6521 * * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Pack Chat - Wolf Conservation Center
Through October 22, 2017 - South Salem

This is the best intro to wolves for families with young children. Don't forget the camera! Pre-registration is required.

Storydancing - Chappaqua Library
Through October 24, 2017 - Chappaqua

Favorite picture books in motion for ages 3 to 5. Register for this event, which takes place on 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24.

Lego Club - Chappaqua Library
Through October 26, 2017 - Chappaqua

Meets 10/12, 10/19, and 10/26 for children in grades K through 6. The library provides the Legos, you supply the ideas.

Yonkers History and the Wildlife Mysteries - Groundwork Hudson Valley
Through October 27, 2017 - Yonkers

Groundwork Hudson Valley's Urban Rangers will be providing tours focusing on the wildlife in Van Der Donck Park and the history of Yonkers. Mysteries of the Wildlife- Learn about the wildlife that lives in Van Der Donck Park at 3:45- 4:15 pm. Slippery Slope- Learning activities will take place at Philipse Manor Hall from 4:20- 4:50 pm. Tour Through Yonkers History- Learn about the history and prosperity of Yonkers from 4:45- 5:25 pm at Mill Street Courtyard. Tuesday's from April 25th to May 23rd Friday's from June 2nd to October 27th

Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers Market - Philipse Manor Hall
Through October 27, 2017 - Yonkers

A weekly teen-run market in downtown Yonkers features organic produce from community gardens and partnering farms in the Hudson Valley, as well as local baked goods, honey, and jams. Attracts approximately 300 visitors each week. The Market is open every Friday from June through October, from 12-5PM.

CHIHULY - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 29, 2017 - Bronx

CHIHULY will spotlight world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s bold innovation and experimentation in a variety of media throughout his celebrated career. CHIHULY will feature approximately 20 installations as well as drawings and early works revealing the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process. Among the singular sights, one of the new installations will draw inspiration from Chihuly’s storied 1975 Artpark installation. Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this groundbreaking exhibition will run from April 22 through October 29, 2017.

Art & Science Sundays - The Science Barge
Through October 29, 2017 - Yonkers

Every Sunday, from July through October, the Science Barge on Yonkers' waterfront invites children ages 4-10 for hands-on Art & Science workshops. Children and adults can cross the gangplank and come aboard the Science Barge to learn about everything from growing hydroponic plants to making blooming pop-up plants. And, back by popular demand are Crabbing days. Learn all about the crabs that you can catch with Science Barge Director Bob Walters. So get your sea legs ready and climb aboard. July 2 Meet Baby Eels and their Eel families July 9 Build a take home mini hydroponic farm July 16 (Saturday) City of Water Day on the Barge– Music, Games, Live Animals July 17 NO Art & Science Sunday See July 16– City of Water Day July 23 Be a River Pirate: Lost and found river Art July 30 Blue Clam Crabs Blitz– Match and Measure Aug 6 Blooming Pop-Up Plants Everywhere Aug 13 Sunday Funday Puppets-Make your own Play Aug 20 Knots of Science & Lots of Science Aug 27 Oyster and Oyster Art Sept 3 Build a and take home your own mini Hydroponic Farm Sept 10 Make a Flower & Leaf –a- Print making Sept 17 Painting & River Art Sept 24 Crabbing Extravaganza Oct 1 Flying Fish Fun Oct 8 Buggy Sunday Oct 15 Magnetic Attraction Oct 22 Crabbing with the Crabs Oct 29 Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Painting & Arts

CHIHULY - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 29, 2017 - Bronx

CHIHULY, a major new exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden, presented by Bank of America, spotlights world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s bold innovation in a variety of media throughout his celebrated career. Chihuly’s first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years features more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of his artistic process. Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this exhibition is a must-see throughout the changing seasons. The Garden’s dramatic vistas become living canvases for work created specifically for NYBG, showcasing Chihuly’s signature organic shapes in brilliant colors. Among the singular sights is a monumental reimagination of his storied 1975 installation at upstate New York’s Artpark: three new works—Koda studies—enliven the water features of the Native Plant Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard’s Tropical Pool, reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light.

'Ghost the Musical' - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through October 29, 2017 - White Plains

Ghost, The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

The Legend Behind the Legend - Sunnyside
Through October 29, 2017 - Irvington

A daytime visit here is the perfect prelude to an evening at Blaze, Horseman’s Hollow, or Irving’s ‘Legend.’ Irving’s fascinating home – a colorful blend of architectural styles – will showcase numerous objects related to Irving’s famous story. Visitors can enjoy a shadow puppet performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and experience one of Irving's spooky tales on a walk through the woods.Recommended for all ages.

Art Show - Muscoot Farm
Through October 29, 2017 - Katonah

Works by a local artist on view in the Main House Gallery weekends through October.

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through October 29, 2017 - Bronx

The Bronx Zoo is the place to be when Halloween is around the corner. This year's Boo at the Zoo has family favorites like magic shows, costume parades, pumpkin carvings, a candy trail, a bird meet and greet, animal treats, crafts, and mentalism shows, plus hayrides, nature treks, and a haunted forest. Taking place weekends throughout October.

What in the World is a Herbarium? - NY Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2017 - Bronx

With more than 7.8 million preserved specimens, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere. This special exhibition in Ross Gallery celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the Garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world. Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that Garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world.

Irving's Legend - Old Dutch Church
Through October 31, 2017 - Sleepy Hollow

Featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s spellbinding storytelling captivates all audiences. Performances last about 45 minutes. This Historic Hudson Valley event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor.

Horseman's Hollow - Philipsburg Manor
Through October 31, 2017 - Sleepy Hollow

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow returns to the village for 15 evenings of highly entertaining haunted mayhem.Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow’s unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real.

'Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities' - Lyndhurst Mansion
Through October 31, 2017 - Tarrytown

Experience Lyndhurst's all new edition of Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities! Meet the cast of characters as they lead you on a spooky performance through the first floor and basement of Lyndhurst mansion. Guests will be able to experience portions of the spectacular Gothic mansion at night with eerie lighting and fabulous seasonal decorations in a way rarely seen. The performance is fun, eerie and spooky but not scary. While the event will appeal to adults and teens, most younger children can also participate. The youngest children may be scared by low lighting levels and the costumes of the actors. Leave enough time prior to performances to walk through the scarecrow and skeleton invasions along the path to the Welcome Center. Refreshments are available for purchase.

Museum Makers: Designing With Data - New York Hall of Science
Through November 16, 2017 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Family Farm Tour - Stone Barns
Through November 17, 2017 - Pocantico Hills

On this family-fun tour for ages 2 and older, explore the farm and some of the seasonal highlights. Then walk around the farm to have a look at the animals and the vegetable gardens.

Meet the Farmers, Greet the Season - Stone Barns
Through November 19, 2017 - Pocantico Hills

Participate in all-day season, hands-on activities, and drop-in tours.

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 25, 2017 - Croton-on-Hudson

Come gawk at more jack o'lanterns than ever before. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year’s Blaze®, which was sold out every night! Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area’s most innovative Halloween happening.

'Annie Get Your Gun' - Westchester Broadway Theater
Through November 26, 2017 - Elmsford

Set in the Wild West, where Frank Butler is the sharpest sharpshooter around and the heart-throb of Buffalo Bill's travelling Wild West show. He'll take on any challenge... and win. That is, until Frank meets his match in the rough and ready tomboy sharpshooter, Annie Oakley. Romantic sparks fly, but as long as he is competitive and she is stubborn the course of true love never will run smooth. Irving Berlin’s score filled with memorable hit songs, including“Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,” "They Say It's Wonderful", “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” Doin' What Comes Natur'lly ,”and the show-stopping hit, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Young Family Gan Shabbat - Bet Torah
Through December 02, 2017 - Mount Kisco

On the first Saturday of each month, from 10:30am to noon to celebrate Shabbat with stories, songs, and snacks.

Second Saturdays - Boscobel House
Through December 09, 2017 - Garrison

Explore the past through hands-on chores, games, and crafts every second Saturday of the month. Take a flashlight tour of the Boscobel mansion, take a break with a snack, and bring the memories home with a special craft. A different theme each month.

Gulliver's Gate - Times Square
Through December 31, 2017 - Times Square

Artists from eight countries took part in building this fantastic miniature world, featuring cities from across the globe, all built to scale. You can also step back in time to see famous historical scenes and interact with the exhibit using a special key.

American Dream Collection: Works by Lynn Mara - Westchester Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2017 - Rye

Drawing inspiration from the beauty of her natural surroundings and the wide spectrum of American iconography, artist Lynn Mara captures the vibrancy of the American spirit through her paintings. Her Impressionist style, bright, colorful palate, and distinct subject matter ranging from bold images of the American Flag, energetic equestrian scenes, to sun-bleached landscapes are joyful and accessible for young visitors.

Ice Skating Season - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2018 - Midtown

The new season opens with this ceremonial first skate hosted by the reigning Olympic Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Youth skaters of Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlemwill join for this celebratory session. 


The Rink at Rockefeller Center is always the first New York rink to open each year and is open to the public daily from 8:30am-12am, from Columbus Day to Easter. First designed as a temporary attraction, The Rink has evolved into one of the city’s most legendary landmarks and one of the most visited sites in Manhattan.


Geometric Figurative Works: Art Exhibit - New York Hall of Science
Through April 14, 2018 - Corona

Karl Szilagi creates visual puzzles that use black and white geometric patterns to create figurative images. His art explores how we perceive patterns as both flat and three-dimensional at the same time. Most of the pieces are reverse mirror images – they appear the same when rotated 180 degrees.