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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Westchester-Sep 15

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!!

The American Gold Cup and Family Festival - Old Salem Farm
Through September 15, 2019 - North Salem

Celebrating it’s 49th year the American Gold Cup returns to Old Salem Farm. Thrilling Olympic caliber equestrian show jumping competition combined with a Family Fun Festival. Family Entertainment includes pony rides, face painting, a magician, live entertainment, children’s crafts and shopping on Boutique Row featuring Hermès, and Danbury Porsche/Audi.

Cycle of Support - SUNY Purchase College
September 15, 2019 - Purchase

Join parents across New York in making sure our kids receive the mental health care they need. 1 out 10 children has a mental or behavioral health problem that impacts their lives at home and at school. Cycle of Support provides funding for programs that help children with mental health problems or who need specialized ability care in NYC and Westchester county.

This half day event features: Your choice of scenic bike routes (10, 20, and 62 mile), bike rentals, kids' activities, relaxing rest stops with refueling snacks, and a BBQ after-party.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum's Old-fashioned Flea Market - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion
September 15, 2019 - Norwalk

Fairy Walk - Muscoot Farm
September 15, 2019 - Katonah

Visit the farm today and meet the Fairy Queen Joan and search for fairies on the farm. Craft is first come first served.

JazzFest - Mamaroneck Avenue
Through September 15, 2019 - White Plains

The 8th annual JazzFest White Plains features an impressive lineup of internationally renowned musicians spanning a weeklong celebration of jazz, culture, and community. The five-day festival produced by ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains and The White Plains BID is presented this year by Bank of America. In addition to dozens of free and affordable concerts taking place throughout the city, headlining performances will include artists such as Mwenso & The Shakes, Camille Thurman, and Emmet Cohen with George Coleman and Jimmy Cobb. JazzFest culminates during the White Plains Jazz & Food Festival from 12-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 15. Music and entry are free, with food and beverage vendors taking over Mamaroneck Avenue in front of the historic ArtsWestchester building. Five bands will grace the stage throughout the day, ending on a high note with the New Orleans sounds of two-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter Alphonso Horne and The Gotham Kings. Bring the whole family and spend the day, this is an experience you'll want to relive all year long! 

Bird is the Word - Bruce Museum
September 15, 2019 - Greenwich

Stop by the Bruce to learn about the science exhibitions and to get interactive with hands-on activities on a variety of science topics. This drop-in program is for children ages four and older and their families. 

Keep America Beautiful® Trash Dash™ - THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK
September 15, 2019 - Norwalk

Join Stamford-based Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community-improvement nonprofit organization, and The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for the inaugural Keep America Beautiful® Trash Dash™ 5K plogging event. Plogging, a combination of jogging and picking up litter, started as an organized activity in Sweden around 2016 because of growing concerns about litter and marine debris and has since spread to other countries. Keep America Beautiful and its more than 600 community-based affiliates are leading this trend in the U.S. by conducting plogs to make their communities cleaner, safer, healthier and more beautiful. At the Trash Dash, each plogger will receive a plastic garbage bag, gloves and a litter picker to pick up the trash, as well as an official race t-shirt and numbered bib. At water stops along the route, ploggers can exchange filled garbage bags for new bags. At the end of the 5K, each plogger’s trash and recyclables will be weighed, separated and sorted for proper processing. Prizes will be given for top fundraiser, top fundraising team and most trash collected. Ploggers are invited to register now as individuals or to form Trash Dash teams to help raise funds for Keep America Beautiful. As a bonus incentive, the first 50 online registrants will receive free admission to The Maritime Aquarium on Sept. 15.

WILDFLOWER ISLAND OPEN GATE DAY - Teatown
September 15, 2019 - Ossining

The gates of Wildflower Island are open. Stroll the winding paths and enjoy the beauty of Teatown Lake from a different perspective. Ages 10+, no dogs permitted on the island.

BENEFICIAL BATS - Teatown Lake Reservation
September 15, 2019 - Ossining

Bats are one of the most maligned creatures in the natural world, often portrayed as evil blood-sucking critters. In reality, these amazing mammals play an important ecological role as pollinators and as nature’s pest control squad. Discuss their special adaptations, dispel myths, and learn ways to conserve this vital species. For everyone.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital’s Be Well Bash - The Bronxville School Front Lawn
September 15, 2019 - Bronxville

Southeastern Howls - Wolf Conservation Center
September 15, 2019 - South Salem

The Wolf Conservation Center participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Recovery Plan for the critically endangered red wolf. But what does this really mean? Learn what it takes to help save a species from the brink of extinction. Guests will get an inside look at the challenges currently facing the red wolf population both in the wild and captivity, and what these challenges mean for the future of this species. Guests will visit the WCC’s Ambassador wolves and potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

SeptemberFest - Village of Mount Kisco
Through September 15, 2019 - Mount Kisco

Enjoy a full-blown, supersized carnival in Shoppers Park including Big Top Entertainment Tent with music and programs, a food court and beer garden, sidewalk tables and pop-ups.

Family Art Project: Papermaking—Brilliance of Seeds and Weeds - Wave Hill
Through September 15, 2019 - Bronx

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst Estate
Through September 15, 2019 - Tarrytown

Crafts at Lyndhurst is a celebration of all things handmade. This shopping event showcases over 275 modern American makers, artists, and craftspeople. In addition, it's a fun day for the entire family with activities like interactive puppet theater, face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, stilt walkers, demonstrations, and more! This semi-annual event is held on the grounds of Lyndhurst, home to a neo-gothic mansion museum with on-going tours all weekend. Rain or shine. Free parking. No dogs.

Cider and Donut Festival 2019 - Wampus Brook Park
September 15, 2019 - Armonk

Bring out the family for Jamie’s Run for Love 5K and Mile Runs, plus carnival rides, live music, kids' activities, food, a pie eating contest, hot donuts, and cider. The running events start at 9:15am with the Donut Run (100 yards) for ages 2-8 where all participants recieve a ribbon, at 9:25am is the McIntosh Mile ($15 in advance, $20 day of race), medals for top twenty boys and girls, then at 9:45am the 5K Run/Walk ($25 in advance, $30 day of race), medals to top three in each age group.

Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day - Westchester Medical Center Campus Macy Oval
September 15, 2019 - Valhalla

The Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day is a fundraiser for Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the children's hospital for the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County. The highlight of the event is a one-mile, non-competitive walk around the Westchester Medical Center campus in Valhalla, NY. After the walk families will enjoy activities which include Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Crafts, Carnival Games, The Bubble Bus, Character Appearances and much MORE! Snacks have been generously donated by ShopRite. Some will include bagels, fruit, muffins, and donuts!

Camerata Chamber Players 36th Anniversary Gala Concert - Westchester Community College
September 15, 2019 - Valhalla

This concert will feature the Camerata's "Greatest Hits" from 1983-2019. Enjoy a music celebration of "back to the future!"

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Arts & Crafts on Bedford - Stamford Downtown
Through September 15, 2019 - Stamford

Shop at the craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in at the extended sidewalk cafes. Don’t miss the Imagination Station with “hands on” activities for kids.

FREE Rhodes Piano Demo - Groove Family Music
September 15, 2019 - Larchmont

A free hands-on demonstration class and information session led by senior Rhodes Piano Method instructor Zev Haber. See for yourself how the Rhodes Piano Method provides an "on ramp" for piano learning that is engaging and fun. Using Rhodes’ proprietary visual tools and techniques, students learn to play songs with both hands (melody and chords) very early in the learning process. Limited spots are available. A keyboard must be reserved in advance for each student in attendance.

River Explorers - Center for the Urban River at Beczak
Through September 21, 2019 - Yonkers

River Explorers is our popular FREE Saturday program series for curious kids ages 5-12. Each lesson includes a hands-on river exploration activity followed up by a take home craft. An additional component of River Explorers is Hudson River Family Seining, designed for participants of all ages. During this program, participants will drag a seine net into the river catching and releasing hundreds of critters. All River Explorers programs are lead by educators from the Center for the Urban River at Beczak. Registration required. 

Wolves of North America - Wolf Conservation Center
Through September 22, 2019 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families and discover why it’s a special time for packs in North America. Whether the wolves are living on the Arctic tundra or the woodlands of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey as their pups grow bigger and bolder! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, as well as potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Mommy Meet Up, 2M-3Y - Lil Chameleon
Through September 23, 2019 - Tuckahoe

Pizza Playdate - Lil Chameleon
Through September 24, 2019 - Tuckahoe

Join Lil Chameleon and other families for a pizza playdate with open play in the play cafe and pizzas available for munching. Note 2 double cut slices per person. With a rotating toy assortment in the play cafe, the kiddos will have a blast imagining and exploring. Online advanced registration required. Pizza will be ordered for 12:30 pm delivery so arrive ready for lunch. For ages 12M-5Y.

Preschool Playdate - YONKERS PUBLIC LIBRARY - RIVERFRONT BRANCH
Through September 24, 2019 - Yonkers

Children ages 18 months-5 years old can join the library for a playdate! Each week a librarian will read a book. Afterwards, enjoy a self-guided playtime with MegaBloks, children's learning tables, and coloring. Parents must stay.

Young Discoverers - Westchester Children's Museum
Through September 25, 2019 - Rye

Learn something new during this weekly science-based "drop-in" program designed for children ages 2-5, made even more exciting with simple experiments and craft projects! Sign ups begin when the Museum opens at 10am and are limited to the first 12 children on a first come, first serve basis.

Itsy Bitsy Playgroup - Temple Sholom
Through September 25, 2019 - Greenwich

Whether you are a first-time parent or have multiple children, chat and play 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. 

Baby Gym - Lil Chameleon
Through September 26, 2019 - Tuckahoe

Learn fun and useful ways to play with your little one in baby's first gym class! In this class we engage you and your child will enjoy music, movement games, sensory exploration, and play experiences designed with baby'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. For ages 2-12M pre-walkers.

Preschool Playdate - YONKERS PUBLIC LIBRARY - RIVERFRONT BRANCH
Through September 26, 2019 - Yonkers

Stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs for children ages 18 months to 3 years old accompanied by a caregiver.

Museum Minis - Westchester Children's Museum
Through September 26, 2019 - Rye

Toddlers (18-24 months) and parents/caregivers are invited for half an hour of songs, moving and plenty of fun! Meet up in Toddler Beach for social play, muscle and brain builders, tumbling and jumping, music and instruments, dancing, and story time. Sign ups begin when the Museum opens at 10am and are limited to the first 10 children on a first come, first serve basis.

Exploring Play - Westchester Children's Museum
Through September 27, 2019 - Rye

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 are invited to a weekly class that features a new theme each month, brought to life through creative and fun movement activities. There will be singing, story time, and a take home project. Sign ups begin when the Museum opens at 10am and are limited to the first 12 children on a first come, first serve basis.

Baby Sign Language - Lil Chameleon
Through September 28, 2019 - Tuckahoe

Baby Sign Language is a unique early communication class for caregiver and child to attend together. In this musical class, songs, stories, games and activities are used to learn to communicate using signs from American Sign Language in a way that is fun and easy. For ages 2 months-3 years.

Bicycle Sundays - Westchester County Center
Through September 29, 2019 - White Plains

During Bicycle Sundays, the parkway is open exclusively for bicyclists, in-line skaters, scooters, walkers, and joggers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. The round-trip distance is 13 miles. The road is closed to automobiles in that stretch of parkway. Parking at the County Center lot in White Plains costs $8.

Pack Chat for Kids - Wolf Conservation Center
Through September 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.

Bilingual Storytime / Cuentacuentos Bilingüe - YONKERS PUBLIC LIBRARY - RIVERFRONT BRANCH
Through October 07, 2019 - Yonkers

Fun stories, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish. Parents, caregivers, and children spend time with other community members. Enjoy interactive stories, action songs, and crafts! (Ages 1 - 5)

Cuentos divertidos, canciones y rimas en inglés y español. Todos comparten con los miembros de la comunidad y participan en los cuentos, se mueven al ritmo de las canciones y disfrutan de las manualidades (Edades 1 - 5)

Shark-Feeding Demonstrations - THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK
Through October 27, 2019 - Norwalk

Go “backstage” above The Maritime Aquarium’s “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit for an exciting view of the sharks being fed and to learn about their care. The Maritime Aquarium is home to six sand tiger sharks, and one lemon shark, all about 8 to 9 feet long. For Aquarium guests, seeing the sharks through the exhibit window is impressive enough. But the “Shark-Feeding Demonstrations” add to the thrill, putting only a railing between participants and the sharks as the predators snap at food presented to them on a long pole. This program is 30 minutes long and participants must be at least 42 inches tall. Each session has a limit of 12 guests. Reserve your tickets and get more details online. 

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.