Westchester County Calendar Highlights: Activities for Kids and Families - July 2010

Find the top things to do this month with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

Check out these local activities and events for children and families scheduled during the month of July in Westchester County, NY. Whether you're looking to celebrate Independence Day, catch a kid-friendly show, or just enjoy the great outdoors, we've got all the information a Westchester County family needs.

trumpet player; big bandA Big Band Holiday

 Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Kensico Dam Music Fest. British rock and roll band the Wanderers and the Gerard Carelli Orchestra will perform patriotic tunes and some classic hits. A large fireworks display will follow. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Carpools suggested. July 3 at 6pm. FREE. Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. 914-864-7275. www.westchestergov.com/parks.




Caramoor Center for Music and Arts fireworks display; fourth of july fireworks, westchester county, ny; katonah, nyFireworks!

   Bring the family to watch the Fourth of July fireworks at these locations around the county.

     A fireworks display (right) and barbecue dinner follow the "Pops, Patriots & Fireworks" concert at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts on July 4 at 8pm. $30 and up; children are half price. 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah. 914-232-1252. www.caramoor.org.


   White Plains will have inflatable rides, children's theater, and refreshments. July 1, 6-10pm. FREE. White Plains High School, 550 North Street, White Plains. 914-422-1200. www.cityofwhiteplains.com.

    See Playland Park's large show on the boardwalk. July 2, 4, and 5 at 9:15pm. FREE; $5 parking. Playland Park, Playland Parkway, Rye. 914-813-7010. www.ryeplayland.org.

   Tarrytown will have a concert at the gazebo overlooking the Hudson. July 4 at 9pm. FREE. Pierson Park, 238 West Main Street, Tarrytown. 914-631-8347. www.tarrytowngov.com.

   The Village of Scarsdale's celebration takes place July 2 at 5pm. FREE. Scarsdale Municipal Pool, 311 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale. 914-722-1292. www.scarsdale.com.



family drawing; family art project


Art For Everyone

   The Pelham Art Center is hosting its annual Faculty and Student Showcase exhibition. See a wide range of media and subject matter represented in the artwork of distinguished educators and talented students. Then, families are invited to participate in an all age arts workshop that coincides with the exhibition opening, July 9 at 6:30pm. Exhibit runs through August 15. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham. 914-738-2525. www.pelhamartcenter.org.





cultural celebrations


Celebrate Culture


   Enjoy music, live entertainment, dancing, arts and crafts, refreshments, vendors, and more at these outdoor cultural festivals celebrating diversity throughout the county.


   Irish Heritage Celebration: July 11, noon. $5; FREE children. Ridge Road Park, Ridge Road, Hartsdale. 914-864-7057. www.westchestergov.com/parks.


   Italian Heritage Celebration: July 11, noon. FREE. Kensico Dam Plaza, Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. 914-864-7000. www.westchestergov.com.  


   Arab Heritage Celebration: July 18. FREE. Tibbetts Brook Park, Midland Avenue, Yonkers. 914-231-2865. www.westchestergov.com/parks.

   Polish Heritage Celebration. July 18, noon. FREE. Kensico Dam Plaza, Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. 914-864-7000. www.westchestergov.com.


   Hispanic Heritage Celebration. July 25, noon. FREE. Kensico Dam Plaza, Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. 914-864-7000. www.westchestergov.com.




storytelling circle; child pointing at story book


Summer Storytelling

   Budding young naturalists can hear a surprise reader tell Stories in the Garden. Relax in a shady nook on the grounds of Wave Hill as a staff member shares tales about nature and gardens. Appropriate for ages 3 and older. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center. Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11am. FREE. Wave Hill, 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx. 718-549-3200. www.wavehill.org.




Peter PanBeloved Musicals!

   Enjoy lunch or dinner and then see the timeless tale of Peter Pan. Based on J.M. Barrie's book, Peter Pan is the musical story of a mischievous boy who can fly and, magically, never grows up. July 8-August 15. Wednesday-Thursday 11:30am and 6pm; Friday-Saturday 6pm; Sunday noon and 5pm. $40-$55. Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 914-592-2222. www.broadwaytheatre.com.

   The Broadway Training Center of Westchester presents Godspell, one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, and featuring Stephen Schwartz's score, Godspell boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." July 30-31 at 7pm; August 1 at 3pm. $20; $14 students and seniors. Briarcliff High School Theatre, 444 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-478-7065. www.broadwaytraining.com.

   See Seussical, the charming musical based on the classic tales of Dr. Seuss. His famous characters come to life in this rock and roll show about believing in yourself. Fridays and Saturdays at 9pm; Sundays at 3pm. $24, $20 students and senior; group rates available. Westchester Sandbox Theatre, 931-C East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck. 914-630-0804. www.westchestersandboxtheatre.com.



butterfly on finger; child holding a butterfly; black and yellow butterflyButterflies Alive

   See a variety of butterflies up close at the Live Butterfly Exhibit at Greenburgh Nature Center, on display through September 30. Learn how adult butterflies are diverse in shape, size, and color and how they play an important role in the web of life. Monday-Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm. All ages. $7; $5 children ages 2-12. Greenberg Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale. 914-723-3470. www.greenburghnaturecenter.org.