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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, December 28, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Westchester's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening December 28. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

New Years Confetti Poppers - Lil Chameleon
December 28, 2018 - Tuckahoe

Make some magical New Years Eve confetti poppers. Everyone wants to celebrate with a bang and confetti makes a great show. Decorate and fill your very own confetti popper for the special occasion.

Snowman Painting - Creative Corner of Larchmont
December 28, 2018 - Larchmont

Kids will paint a snowman on a 12" x 16" canvas board. Snack included.

Story Book Yoga - Croton Free Library
Through December 28, 2018 - Croton-on-Hudson

Give your little one a chance to experience the benefits of yoga. A certified kids' yoga instructor leads participants in acting out favorite stories through yoga, music, movement, breath, and sound.

Animal Embassy - Warner Library
December 28, 2018 - Tarrytown

Some animals migrate, some get new fur coats, some hibernate, and some store food to last through the winter. Meet a diversity of Animal Ambassadors such as a rabbit, an African bullfrog, South American chinchillas, an axolotl, a duck, and more. Learn about hibernation, migration, brumation, and adaptation while exploring the ways in which different animals prepare for the challenges of the winter season. Please sign up beginning December 7.

School's Out/Art's In - Katonah Museum of Art
Through December 28, 2018 - Katonah

Drop into the Learning Center on school vacations days for artist-led projects like Outrageous Neckpieces, Crowns & Wands, and Upcycled Body Ornaments.


School’s Out, Stars Are In (SOSI) - Hudson River Museum
Through December 28, 2018 - Yonkers

During the holiday week, students on school break are invited to take part in art and science workshops, gallery activities, face painting, demonstrations in the Hudson Riverama environmental gallery, tours of Glenview, and free planetarium shows.

Winter Survival - Bronx Zoo
December 28, 2018 - Bronx

During this program, children will explore how animals adapt, survive, and thrive in cold weather. Campers will enjoy exhibit visits, up-close animal encounters, and hands-on activities. Don't forget to bring your coats, gloves, and scarves so that you can stay comfortable inside and outside.

Preschool Story Time - Croton Free Library
Through December 28, 2018 - Croton-on-Hudson

Littlest ones get to experience a classic library story time.

Collectibles & Artisan Boutique: Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade - Pelham Art Center
Through December 29, 2018 - Pelham

Skilled artisans will be showcasing; ceramics, silver works, jewelry, glass, leather, and more. Artisan Boutique will feature 25 local and national artists who represent a range of traditional and modified artisan techniques, creating one-of-a-kind items.

Sunday Cinema @ the TROVE - White Plains Public Library
Through December 30, 2018 - White Plains

This month's movies include Muppet Treasure Island, The Phantom Tollbooth, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Polar Express, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

'A Wintry Wizard of Oz' - Bendheim Center of Performing Arts
Through December 30, 2018 - Scarsdale

All the friends you know from Dorothy's famous trip to Oz return in a musical tale about the joy of giving and the happiness of home. But there's a twist. All the characters in this fun tale will be played by just one actor. See Artistic Director Jason Summers play more than 20 characters in this completely interactive, musical holiday experience. 

Holidays on the Hill Train Show - Lasdon Park
Through December 30, 2018 - Katonah

Take the family to see lights, trains, the decorated main house, a conservatory exhibit, and to meet Santa. There will be food trucks, fire pits, holiday music, a warming tent, gift shop, and more.

Daily Zip - Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure
Through December 30, 2018 - Bronx

Zip across the Bronx River and test your skills with unique aerial adventure climbing courses.

Holiday Tea at Wave Hill - Wave Hill
Through December 30, 2018 - Bronx

Start your own holiday tradition with a luxurious afternoon tea in historic Wave Hill House. Pair it with a stroll through Wave Hill’s stunning winter gardens for a splendid, quiet celebration of the season.

Reservations at least 24 hours in advance, by calling 718-549-3200, x395 or emailing

Shark-Diving Santa - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 30, 2018 - Norwalk

Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team in December to help demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. Several times each week through the holiday season (workload permitting), Santa will strap on his custom scuba outfit and enter the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, which is home to seven- and eight-foot sharks. He’ll swim up to the exhibit window and pose with children, so bring your camera for a unique holiday photo. 

Check the Aquarium’s website to confirm the dates when Santa can pull himself away from the North Pole and exchange his snow boots for swim fins. “Shark-Diving Santa” is sponsored this year by the Santa Family Fund.

Westchester's Winter Wonderland - Kensico Dam Plaza
Through December 31, 2018 - Valhalla

Celebrate the season with ice skating, rides, a holiday circus, magic shows, a musical light show and Christmas tree, a Santa experience, and more!


Flurry Zone! An Indoor Snow Experience - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2018 - Norwalk

No matter the weather outside, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is guaranteeing a snowy forecast inside every day in December, thanks to a special snow machine that will produce a fun flurry on the hour every day. “Flurry Zone! An Indoor Snow Experience” will produce a squall every hour on the hour from the ceiling of Newman’s Own Hall (near the seals). The snowfall will last for five minutes but, through unique technology, evaporate as it hits the floor, so no shoveling will be required. 

Holiday A Cappella - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 01, 2019 - Bronx

Get in the holiday spirit with seasonal music, both familiar and new, plus contemporary alternative music sung by top a cappella groups from all over the Tri-State area.

'Christmas Spectacular' Starring the Radio City Rockettes - Radio City
Through January 01, 2019 - Midtown

A New York City tradition, the Rockettes will dazzle Radio City audiences once again this holiday season! Combining the old with the new, the Christmas Spectacular brilliantly takes audiences on a gorgeously choreographed journey from Santa's workship at the North Pole to the streets of Manhattan to a beautifully classic “Living Nativity.”

Gan Shabbat Services - Bet Torah Nursery School
Through January 05, 2019 - Mount Kisco

Join for Gan Shabbat, a program of children’s Sabbath services for nursery school age students and families.This interactive introduction to Shabbat songs, stories, and prayers takes place in the synagogue library for toddlers up to grade 2. A kid-friendly Kiddush of refreshments follows each service.

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A Magical Christmas Eve at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion
Through January 06, 2019 - Norwalk

Curated by Trustee Mimi Findlay and the LMMM Curatorial Committee, the exhibit will capture the enchantment and excitement of the night before Christmas and explore Christmas Eve as it was celebrated by the Lockwood and the Mathews families. The Mansion will also feature 21st-century holiday decorations with magnificent trees and seasonal displays by Trustee and renowned interior designers Victoria Vandamm of Vandamm Interiors, Marcia Taylor-Reid of Taylor Reid Design, and Danna DiElsi owner of The Silk Touch, who will adorn the Herter Brothers’ grand Victorian staircase with white poinsettias and shimmering gold and silver garlands.

Winter Wonderland Photo Session with the Wolves of the WCC - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 12, 2019 - So Salem

Disney's 'Beauty & the Beast' - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through January 13, 2019 - White Plains

Showcasing spectacular costumes and scenery, this show is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, with songs including “Be Our Guest”, “Gaston,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Ice Skating Rink - Cross County Shopping Center
Through January 13, 2019 - Yonkers

Visit the pop-up Holiday Ice Skating Rink for a chance to glide on a synthetic floor using real ice skates. You'll move a little slower than on real ice -- perfect for young and first-time skaters. See the schedule for special Skate with the Characters events.

Holiday Landmarks Tour - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 20, 2019 - Bronx

Meet at the Reflecting Pool for a fascinating overview of the Garden’s history and its importance as a vital NYC cultural destination since 1891. With an expert guide, explore the Tulip Tree Allee, the Fountain of Life, and the Library. The tour concludes at the Garden’s “must-see” destination—the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Winter Wonderland Tree Tour - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

Embark on an invigorating 45-minute walk to view the Garden’s stately conifer collection and old growth forest in the beauty of winter. Even in cold weather there’s plenty of interest in the gardens and collections.

27th Annual Holiday Train Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show will showcase Lower Manhattan—the birthplace of New York City—in the 27th year of this beloved tradition. Enchanting model trains will zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, including the Woolworth Building, One World Trade Center, the Battery Maritime Building, and the Terminal Warehouse. This year, for the first time ever, the Holiday Train show will feature replicas of two vintage ferry boats from the 1900s. 

'PHANTOM' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 27, 2019 - Elmsford

"PHANTOM" was written by Arthur Kopit, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston who were the Tony Award-winning collaborators for the Broadway Musi­cal "Nine".  "PHANTOM" is not to be confused with Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera", which is currently running on Broadway. Both shows are based on the same Gaston LeRoux novel, with the Webber extravaganza being more like an opera, compl­etely sung. The Yeston/Kop­it "PHANTOM" is more of a traditional Broadway Musical with dia­logue and songs throug­hout.

The story revolves around the central character of a man named Erik, (also known as the Phantom) who was born and raised in the cata­combs under the Paris Opera House. Through a series of circum­stances, he takes on as a pupil a young woman named Christ­ine, who has been a street singer. She has a natural talent and a beauti­ful voice, but she lacks the special training to perform in an Opera company. He agrees to take her on as a student with certain condit­ions, the main one being that she will never see his face. After a lot of hard work she eventually auditions for the company and is not only accepted but is given the oppor­tunity to play a principal part in an Opera. Without realizing it, they fall in love with each other. The rela­tionship becomes obsessive and impossi­ble, leading to a stunning conclusion which can only be experi­enced by attending a live perfor­mance. 

Winter Wolves - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 27, 2019 - So Salem

Pleasantville Farmers Market - Indoor - Pleasantville Middle School
Through February 23, 2019 - Pleasantville

Forest Kindergarten - Friends of Rye Nature Center
Through February 28, 2019 - RYE

Pleasantville Farmers Market - Pleasantville Middle School Cafeteria
Through March 30, 2019 - Pleasantville

Enjoy fresh, winter-grown produce along with a diverse variety of meats, cheeses, breads, prepared foods, and more. It's a great way to support local agriculture and eat healthy year-round.

Daddy-and-Me Animal Show - Friends of Rye Nature Center
Through May 04, 2019 - Rye

Fathers can drop in with their children for this fun-filled animal adventure. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. No pre-registration required. Suggested for ages 3 to 7.

Mommy & Me - Friends of Rye Nature Center
Through May 20, 2019 - Rye

Stop by this fun-filled hour with your little one to make crafts and meet animals while learning about the natural world. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Drop-in class, no pre-registration required. Suggested for ages 18 months to 4 years.

Babies & Bagels - Temple Israel Center
Through May 21, 2019 - White Plains

Looking to connect with other parents of young babies while learning from the experts? Join this free monthly drop-in group for to share breakfast and conversation with other parents. Each month will feature a different speaker, with topics including sleep issues, nutrition, dealing with in-laws, separation, and more.

October 23
November 11
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January 15
February 12
March 14
April 11
May 21

RSVP Nursery School Director, Patty Goldstick: 914-948-2800 or at

Westchester Children's Museum Pop Up Shop - Westchester Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2019 - Rye

The Museum is partnering with Melissa & Doug Toys and Scattered Books of Chappaqua, NY, to offer a colorful, vibrant, enriching selection of toys and books for infants through middle school-aged children. All the books and toys will reflect the Museum’s own goals of encouraging play and imagination, critical thinking, problem solving, and fun. 

A portion of the proceeds from sales from the shop will support the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits. The shop will feature a range of books curated by Scattered Books, from touch books for our youngest children to chapter books for middle school readers. The toys selection offered exclusively by Melissa & Doug will range from child-scaled grocery stores to the puzzles, toys, and imagination-building playsets that the company is known for. 

The Pop Up Shop is a pre-cursor to a permanent gift shop planned for the expansion of the Westchester Children’s Museum, with construction set to begin in early 2019.

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience - 218 W. 57th St.
Through May 31, 2019 - Midtown

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience transports guests into the glittery world of DreamWorks Trolls through a visually-stunning, interactive journey to Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration. Guided by a rainbow path, visitors will sing, dance, hug, and celebrate alongside DreamWorks Trolls before meeting Poppy while creating unforgettable family memories and sharable social media moments.