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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, May 12, 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 May 12. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party - The New York Botanical Garden
Through May 12, 2019 - Bronx

The most spectacular spring landscape New York City has to offer is the setting for live music, games, picnicking, and more.

Mommy's Lil' Sprouts - Greenburgh Nature Center
May 12, 2019 - Scarsdale

Visit the Greenburgh Nature Center with your little ones to celebrate all things spring. Gather in the Manor House to read a short story and meet some furry friends. Afterward, you’ll plant a variety of seeds to take home and nurture them as they grow. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

Family Art Project: Restore and Re-story the Land - Wave Hill
Through May 12, 2019 - Bronx

How do you relate to the land? Tell and plant your story in the collective story garden and celebrate our unique and special relationships with the land that holds us. Take inspiration from the work of Robin Wall Kimmermer, SUNY Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology, as you consider how land restoration starts with restoring our relationships to the land. Create a story mobile of your favorite nature spot using natural materials and paper cut-outs.

Sheep Shearing - Muscoot Farm
May 12, 2019 - Katonah

It’s time to give the sheep their yearly haircuts. Sheep shearer and 4-H will be on hand to help answer questions. 

Spring Birding - Wave Hill
May 12, 2019 - Bronx

Welcome migratory birds back to Wave Hill this spring. Explore the gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow on a quest to spot both resident and rare birds as they pass through on their northern journey or settle down for the season. Severe weather cancels. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult. NYC Audubon Members enjoy two-for-one admission. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center.

Mother's Day Brunch - Wave Hill
May 12, 2019 - Bronx

Provided by Wave Hill exclusive caterer Great Performances, brunch seatings take place in Armor Hall. Check out the menu at wavehill.org, then make your reservation by noon, Wednesday, May 8, by calling 718.549.3200 x395 or by emailing wavehillreservations@greatperformances.com. For an outdoor option, enjoy the rare opportunity to picnic on the Conifer Slope just north of Wave Hill House. Bring your own lunch, or pre-order a gourmet, boxed lunch from The Café. Check out the menu—prices vary—and be sure to place your order by Wednesday, May 8.

Family Nature Walk - Wave Hill
May 12, 2019 - Bronx

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

'A Bronx Tale,' the Award-Winning Musical - Stepinac High School
Through May 12, 2019 - White Plains

Stepinac High School's acclaimed Stepinac Theatre will make history this spring by presenting the National High School premiere of the Broadway smash hit musical, A Bronx Tale. The opening night performance will be staged at Stepinac High School's Major Bowes Auditorium. To order tickets and more information, call (914) 946-4800, Ext. 200, or send e-mail to: theatre@stepinac.org. Based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the classic film, A Bronx Tale is now a musical set on the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man, Calogero Anello, is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. 

Roald Dahl's 'Matilda The Musical' - The Play Group Theatre
Through May 12, 2019 - White Plains

Calling all maggots! Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical is a fantastical tale of a little girl with extraordinary gifts. Lifted from Dahl's novel of the same name, this new musical puts imagination, wit, and heart at the forefront of this story. Featuring a book by Tony and Olivier winner Dennis Kelly (Matilda, Pinocchio) and music and lyrics by Tony and Olivier winner and Grammy nominee Tim Minchin (Matilda, Groundhog Day), this musical will delight audiences of all ages. See Westchester's premiere production of this magical show, at The Play Group Theatre!

Science Sunday - Westchester Children's Museum
May 12, 2019 - Rye

Movie: 'Smallfoot' - White Plains Public Library
May 12, 2019 - White Plains

Smallfoot (PG, 2018). An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn't exist- a human. News of this "smallfoot" throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage, and the joy of discovery.

'The Bodyguard' - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through May 12, 2019 - White Plains

Based on the 1992 Oscar-nominated film that starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, this dazzling production is about a former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of Whitney Houston's chart-topping hits from the #1 selling soundtrack of all time, including: "Queen of the Night", "I Have Nothing", "So Emotional", "One Moment in Time", "Saving All My Love", "Run to You", "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and one of the biggest selling songs of all time, "I Will Always Love You". REVIEWS "London's Best Musical!"- Magic FM "Slick, sassy and so emotional, The Bodyguard is a hit! One of the best West End shows I've ever seen?" -  Heart Radio "The runaway gold-plated hit!" -Daily Mail

Throw Mama to the Wolves! - Wolf Conservation Center
May 12, 2019 - South Salem

Celebrate Mom and Mother Nature at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why spring is 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 they celebrate the births of this year's pups! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai, and Zephyr as well as potentially behold the WCC's critically endangered Mexican gray wolves and red wolves. Pre-registration is required.

Mother Goose Storytime - White Plains Public Library
Through May 18, 2019 - White Plains

A half hour of rhymes, songs, and stories that encourage early literacy skills for ages 0-2 with a caregiver.

4-H Science Fun Day - White Plains Public Library
Through May 18, 2019 - White Plains

4-H science programs provide 4-H youth the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and projects. Online registration is required. Attendee must be between the grades of 1 and 3.

Rhyme and Read - Westchester Children's Museum
Through May 18, 2019 - Rye

It's never too early to start learning how to read! Join the Westchester Children's Museum to learn a new nursery rhyme that focuses on a new letter and sound. Learn the words through singing, watching, and pointing! Don't forget to stay and sing the special reward song, receive a sticker of completion, and create a special craft! Children are encouraged to take their booklets home with them to keep practicing the rhyme. This program is for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, and must adhere to a minimum of 36 months for the program. Sign ups begin when the Museum opens at 10am, and are limited to the first 8 children on a first come, first serve basis.?

Family Fiesta with Flor - The Field Library
Through May 18, 2019 - Peekskill

Join Flor Bromley for a fun, free bilingual (English/Spanish) music program designed for the whole family. Flor teaches Spanish through music, movement, and puppetry. This is a half-hour program, so please arrive on time - or you'll miss all the fun!

Baby Sign Language - Lil Chameleon
Through May 18, 2019 - Tuckahoe

Baby Sign Language is a unique early communication class for caregivers and children 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 little ones 4 months-3 years.

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.

LEGO My Library! - The Field Library
Through May 20, 2019 - Peekskill

Love to build? Kids 5 and older are invited to join The Field Library for a program of free play with their huge LEGO collection.

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, on topics including sleep issues, nutrition, dealing with in-laws, separation, and more.

October 23
November 11
December 13
January 15
February 12
March 14
April 11
May 21

RSVP Nursery School Director, Patty Goldstick: 914-948-2800 or at p.goldstick@templeisraelcenter.org

Storytime for Toddlers - Hudson River Museum
Through May 22, 2019 - Yonkers

Join the Hudson River Museum in the Early Explorers space, learn about famous African American musicians, and make music together in this fun, upbeat, storytime session. Ages 1–4.

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Book Babies - The Field Library
Through May 22, 2019 - Peekskill

An interactive program for the littlest library lovers (babies up to 3) and their caregivers. Enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and play time. No sign-up required.

Family Studio: Science - Hudson River Museum
Through May 25, 2019 - Yonkers

Help populate the museums eco-mural and take home native wildflower seeds to plant.

'Newsies' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through May 26, 2019 - Elmsford

They delivered the papers until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes the smash-hit musical based on Disney's 1992 film, which is in turn, was based on real events. A defiant tale of feisty kids making a difference. Orphaned, homeless yet determined to succeed, New York's newsboys live urchin-like, dreaming of a better life. In the face of rising prices and poor wages, they pull together, create strength in numbers and protest. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography.

Meal is included with price of ticket. Some performances are eligible for senior and child discount tickets. To purchase discount tickets, please call (914) 592-2222.

Early Explorers - Hudson River Museum
Through May 26, 2019 - Yonkers

A safe space for children up to age 5 to explore, play, and create with their families, with a dollhouse, blocks, puppet theater, and books.

Family Studio: Art - Hudson River Museum
Through May 26, 2019 - Yonkers

Create portraits of African American musicians, activists, and authors using fabric and collage materials.

Here We Are Together: Story Time for Children - Mount Kisco Library
Through May 27, 2019 - Mount Kisco

A story time for children of all ages, from newborns to school age children, with a parent or caregiver. Location of event - downstairs in the kids program room

Drop in for Tech Help - MOUNT KISCO LIBRARY
Through May 28, 2019 - Mount Kisco

Drop in for help with any of your technology devices. No appointment necessary. First come first served. PC, Google, Microsoft savvy volunteer with help you with troubleshooting, downloading, Overdrive, Freegal, Hoopla, or any other online service.

Music & Movement - Mount Kisco Library
Through May 28, 2019 - Mount Kisco

Enjoy music and movement for children ages 2-5 years old with a parent or caregiver.

Trains & Tracks - The Field Library
Through May 28, 2019 - Peekskill

Join The Field Library for a program of free play with their huge collection of Thomas and friends trains.

Bilingual Storytime - Mount Kisco Library
Through May 29, 2019 - Mount Kisco

Looking for something different? We will be offering Bilingual Storytime in English and Spanish. Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish. Location of event - downstairs in the kids program room Buscando algo nuevo? Ofrecemos cuentos bilingues en ingles y espanol. Incluye lecturas, canciones, y rimas. Vis tenos los miercoles a las 11:15. Para ninos Locat on: En sala de programas para ni os.

Young Discoverers: Discovering The Colors of the Rainbow - Westchester Children's Museum
Through May 29, 2019 - Rye

Come learn something new with us in this weekly science-based "drop-in" program designed for children ages 2-5, made even more exciting with simple experiments and craft projects! This May, children will have the opportunity to learn about "Roy G. Biv"- the order of the colors in the rainbow. Do an experiment with color mixing and become scientists while observing what happens. After you sing a new song and read a story everyone will all take a turn looking through a kaleidoscope! Sign ups begin when the Museum opens at 10am and are limited to the first 12 children on a first come, first serve basis.

Read to Rover - Mount Kisco Library
Through May 30, 2019 - Mount Kisco

Children can read to a dog to practice their literacy skills. For school age children 5 and older. Sponsored by the K9 Kids 4H Club.

Storytime - Mount Kisco Library
Through May 30, 2019 - Mount Kisco

For children ages 18 months - 5 years old with a parent or caregiver. Location of event - downstairs in the kids program room

Museum Minis - Westchester Children's Museum
Through May 30, 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 up begin when the Museum opens at 10am and are limited to the first 10 children on a first come, first serve basis.

Exploring Play: Discovering The Colors of the Rainbow - Westchester Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2019 - Rye

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.

Afternoon Tea Tour, Tea, and Garden Stroll - Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Through June 06, 2019 - Katonah

Spend a lovely afternoon enjoying Caramoor’s scrumptious Afternoon Tea served in the beautiful setting of the open air Summer Dining Room overlooking the stunning Spanish Courtyard and its bubbly fountain and gardens. Enjoy delightful tea sandwiches, delicious desserts, and a variety of fragrant teas. The Tea service is preceded by a tour of the Rosen House. As you explore the estate, the docents invite you to get to know the Rosen family, their much-loved country home, and its art collection. Leave yourself time after the Tea & Tour to stroll through Caramoor’s dazzling gardens and bucolic grounds. If you or a member of your group have any special dietary needs please contact the Box Office as soon as possible.

Comic Book Club - White Plains Public Library
Through June 07, 2019 - White Plains

 Discuss new titles and learn drawing and sketching techniques from a local artist. Pizza will be served.

Historic Grounds & Modern Gardens: Juried Exhibition - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion
Through June 23, 2019 - Norwalk

The juried exhibition entitled, Historic Grounds & Modern Gardens, will be on view April 11-June 23, 2019 with a reception on Thurs., April 11, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Open to all artists, this exhibition will be juried by artist and Trustee Gail Ingis who will select approximately 30 works from digital submissions.

Mommy Meet Up - Lil Chameleon
Through June 24, 2019 - Tuckahoe

Lil Chameleon will close off the cafe and activity room for your exclusive use for newborns- 3 year olds. Meet other moms (and dads and/or caretakers), socialize, have a snack and let your lil one play! Advanced registration recommended. No Meet Up Memorial Day, May 27

Read to Rover - Mt. Kisco Public Library
Through June 27, 2019 - Mount Kisco

Practice your reading to a trained dog. For school age children (5 and up). Sponsored by the K9 Kids 4H Club.

Bicycle Sundays - Westchester County Center
Through June 30, 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.

Tech Tuesdays - White Plains Public Library
Through August 06, 2019 - White Plains

Students in grades 1-3 are invited to take part in a fun STEM-focused activity. Activities will include coding, computer animation, robotics, video game design, augmented reality, and other possible programs. Space is limited. Interested children will sign up beginning at 4pm. At 4:25pm, names will be called in order of signup until the program is full. If child is not present at this time, the next child on the list will be called. **Please note: no session on 2/12**
 

Storytime - Mount Kisco Public Library
Through August 15, 2019 - Mount Kisco

A story time for children ages 18 months - 5 years old with a parent or caregiver. Location of event - downstairs in the kids program room

Fish Tales: Story Time - The Maritime Aquarium
Through August 30, 2019 - Norwalk

Fish Tales is an interactive story time for toddlers and parents/caregivers. Sing songs and rhymes, dance and read books with Aquarium Educators, and maybe even meet an animal ambassador! Space is limited to the first 20 children. Parent/caregiver must be present. Free with Aquarium admission.

Play Days @ Jay - John Jay Homestead
Through October 25, 2019 - Katonah

Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at the Homestead. Explore the Discovery Centers and visit the chickens. Education staff will lead a hands-on activity at 1pm.

Larchmont Farmers Market - Down to Earth
Through December 28, 2019 - Larchmont

Each Saturday the Larchmont Farmers Market brings together small farms and artisan food makers with cooks and eaters. The market is open from from mid-April to the end of the year. Enter via Myrtle Blvd for easy parking. SNAP EBT and WIC / FMNP checks are welcome. Stop by the manager's tent for more information. Sign up for our mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dl6I71 for weekly market alerts.