Things to Do With Kids in Westchester on October 1

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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, October 1, 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 October 1. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Farmer's Market - Larchmont
October 01, 2011 - Larchmont

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Farmer's Market - Tarrytown
October 01, 2011 - Tarrytown

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more. Today 10am-noon, Music at the Market with The Shovel Ready String Band, an all-female quintet with a home-grown take on old-timey, bluegrass, and jug-band style music.

Farmer's Market - Pelham
October 01, 2011 - Pelham

Fresh, local baked goods, cut flowers, fruit, herbs, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Bilingual Storytime en Espanol - Barnes & Noble City Center
October 01, 2011 - White Plains

Libros para ninos! Bring the kids for bilingual Spanish Storytime.

My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy - Irvington Town Hall Theater
October 01, 2011 - Irvington

Comedian Brad Zimmerman's tale of one man's lengthy struggle to make it as an actor in New York.

Pre-School Fair - Chappaqua Public Library
October 01, 2011 - Chappaqua

An annual open house with reps from local schools. Face-painting for kids.

Scarecrow-Making Workshop - Muscoot Farm
October 01, 2011 - Katonah

Families will have the opportunity to create their own scarecrow to display during the fall season. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Participants are responsible for bringing their own clothes for the scarecrow.

On the Wing - Teatown Lake Reservation
October 01, 2011 - Ossining

Migration season is underway and hawks, falcons, and other birds are flying south. Meet a few of Teatown's raptors and discover their migratory stories. RSVP required at x110.

Oktoberfest! - Veterans' Memorial Building
October 01, 2011 - Harrison

The Harrison Players present a fun night of dinner, entertainment, and dancing. Featuring Club Dennis (DJ Dennis Nardone, and Go-Vinnie), the night will be filled with lots of dancing and partying. The evening includes dinner, dessert, beverages, and entertainment.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
October 01, 2011 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest Halloween event returns for 21 nights. Meander through an 18th-Century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - more than 4,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns! This elaborate walk-through event features original, atmospheric music, sound effects, and synchronized lighting. See slithering snakes, a giant spider web, an undersea aquarium, super-sized dinosaurs, pirates, ghosts, a mammoth Jack O' Lantern "King Kong" perched on a tall building, and a collection of creatures based on Greek and Roman mythology. Spot spooky sheep skeletons "roaming" the Van Cortlandt grounds and gasp at a cemetery where huge headstones are created from three-ft.-high pumpkins. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at or by calling 914-631-8200.

GREASE - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
October 01, 2011 - Mamaroneck

The Westchester Sandbox Theatre's mainstage production of the classic rock-n-roll musical.

Westchester Philharmonic Open Rehearsal - Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College
October 01, 2011 - Purchase

Enjoy a rehearsal of the weekend's performances. Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations, Dvorak: Rondo for Cello and Orchestra, Elgar: Enigma Variations.

Toy Time - White Plains Public Library
October 01, 2011 - White Plains

Today: Dinosaurs. Parents and children enjoy creative, imaginary play with the library's collection of dinosaurs. Location: Story Trove.

Dobbs Ferry Festa - Dobbs Ferry Streetfront
October 01, 2011 - Dobbs Ferry

Stroll the streets and shop for collectibles, arts and crafts, toys, clothes, and much, much more, all while listening to the sounds of live music. There will be inflatibles for kids, an obstacle course, and bouncy castle, over 100 vendors, and many local restaurants serving their fare al fresco. Rain or shine.

FAMILY & PET PHOTO DAY - Greenburgh Nature Center
October 01, 2011 - Scarsdale

If you don't have a pet to bring along, you can borrow one of our animals. Photographers from Venture Portraits will take photos and each family will receive their best shot digitally for free, plus a gift certificate worth $500, entitling them to a free one-hour photographic session at the Venture Portraits studio in Greenwich, CT, follow-up design consultation, and an original 5x7" framed portrait. Online pre-registration at Nature Center website and pre-payment required; sign up for a specific time slot.

Baseball Card Show - Westchester County Center
October 01, 2011 - White Plains

"The Fall Classic." Baseball memorabilia and collectibles. Free autograph per paid admission; free pack of cards to every child under 12 years old.

Hawk Day - Lenoir Nature Preserve
October 01, 2011 - Yonkers

Meet on the great lawn in front of the mansion from 9-11:30am to look for migrating hawks. At 1pm, there will be a live hawk talk and flight demonstration.

International Coastal Cleanup - Marshlands Conservancy
October 01, 2011 - Rye

Join in the data collection of litter along the coasts of the world by picking up and documenting tidal debris from one of the islands at Marshlands. All work materials provided. Long pants and shoes recommended. Materials may be picked up at the visitor center.

Creepy Creatures Weekend - Ugh! Bugs! - The New York Botanical Garden
October 01, 2011 - Bronx

Get up close to creepy, crawly insects such as Madagascar hissing cockroaches, the emperor scorpion, the pink toe tarantula, crickets, and millipedes.

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy - Glen Island Park
October 01, 2011 - New Rochelle

The 2011 FAAN (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) Walk is 2 miles and funds food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research programs. Walk day activities include: Z100's live Party Patrol music, a ga-ga court, bouncy castle, obstacle course, art projects, raffles, face painting, tour of a fire truck, and more. Bring your copy of "Allergic Girl" and have it signed by author Sloane Miller.

Wolves of North America - Wolf Conservation Center
October 01, 2011 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families and discover why the fall is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr as well as the WCCs endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required.

Evening Howl for Pups of All Ages - Wolf Conservation Center
October 01, 2011 - South Salem

Two new ambassador wolf pups are now living in the center. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families. Take a short sunset hike to howl with the wolves. Bring flashlights and cameras. Weather-appropriate treats will be served. Pre-registration required.

October 01, 2011 - Chappaqua

Proving even a small town can make a difference, this 2nd annual event benefits Share Our Strength's 'No Kid Hungry' initiative to end childhood hunger by 2015.

Honey Weekend - Wave Hill
October 01, 2011 - Bronx

A weekend event featuring demonstrations, projects, and tastings, fun for the whole family. Drop in at the Family Art Project to craft wings, antennae, and a pollen cup, then grab a kazoo to buzz around the grounds like a bee. Follow the journey of honey, from the bee to the hive to your tummy, at a honey extraction demonstration. Don beekeeping gear and explore a hive at an information session. Stop by The Shop at Wave Hill to sample the complex and different varieties of honey, then purchase your favorites for home. Admission to the grounds is free until noon. Call or visit the website for full schedule.

Family Art Project - Be a Bee - Wave Hill
October 01, 2011 - Bronx

Live the life of a bee! Outfit yourself with wings, antennae, and pollen cup, and a kazoo to buzz with. Buzz around in a hive of six-sided cells and forage in the fall flowers. Admission to the grounds is free until noon.

FAMILY JAM featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
October 01, 2011 - Larchmont

A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Ages 6 mos-5 years. Registration strongly suggested.

Pink Ribbon Yoga - Hudson Yoga
October 01, 2011 - Croton-on-Hudson

Free classes instructed by a rotation of teachers include yoga, movement, and meditation, offered to breast cancer survivors and those seeking a holistic and supportive environment for healing. Ongoing Sundays.

Bowl-a-Rama for Pajamas! - AMF White Plains Lanes
October 01, 2011 - White Plains

This event is being held in bowling alleys nationwide, asking families and bowling fans to help collect new PJs and new books for children in need. The goal is to help keep at least 500,000 children warm and comforted at bedtime by year's end. Please bring a new pair of PJs.

Underwater Mosaic Workshop - Pelham Art Center
October 01, 2011 - Pelham

Participate in an underwater-themed group mosaic, celebrating the exhibit "The Ocean Reglitterized." The final masterpiece will be put on display at the Art Center.

Free Child Car Seat Check-Up - Greenburgh Town Hall
October 01, 2011 - White Plains

Car seats will be checked for recalls, and to make they fit securely.

Winterize Your House Workshop - Croton Point Nature Center
October 01, 2011 - Croton-on-Hudson

Bright Energy Services and other home energy experts will lead a tour of the nature center to find ways to save money on energy.

Nature Scavenger Hunt - Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary
October 01, 2011 - Rye

A self-guided hunt using a nature checklist. Go at your own pace while discovering nature's treasures. Pick up instructions at the nature center.

Slime Time - Cranberry Lake Preserve
October 01, 2011 - North White Plains

Learn about the strange lives of myxomycetes (slime mold) during a short slide show. Then take a stroll to find them in the woods.

Legends of the Little People - Trailside Nature Museum
October 01, 2011 - Cross River

Storyteller Jonathan Kruk will tell tales of leprechaun lairs, elfin dents, faerie eyries, and a troll bridge. Co-sponsored by Friends of Trailside Nature Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

Art Exhibit - 'Autumn Colors' - Muscoot Farm
October 01, 2011 - Katonah

Pottery and ceramic show by Hudson River Potters in the Main House. Saturdays and Sundays through October 30.

Sensory Friendly Screening: 'Dolphin Tale' - AMC Loews Bay Plaza 13
October 01, 2011 - Bronx

This special screening allows children with autism and/or sensory disorders and their families to enjoy the new movie in a safe and accepting environment. The auditorium will keep its lights up and turn down the sound, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing during the film.

The Way of Water: Westchester Watersheds - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through October 02, 2011 - Scarsdale

An exhibit that covers the watershed systems in Westchester County, with a focus on the Lower Hudson River Estuary and the Bronx River watersheds, and the life they support. Learn about some of the environmental challenges to keeping the water clean, such as stormwater runoff and chemical pollutants, and discover ways you can help protect your watershed. The exhibit includes pictures, local watershed maps, hands-on water displays, and live aquatic animal exhibits.

ANNUAL NATURAL HISTORY EXHIBIT 2011 - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through October 02, 2011 - Scarsdale

Learn about the watershed systems in Westchester County, with a focus on the Lower Hudson River Estuary and the Bronx River watersheds, and the life they support and their environmental status.

Farmer's Market - John Jay Homestead
Through October 15, 2011 - Katonah

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The Ocean Reglitterized - Pelham Art Center
Through October 29, 2011 - Pelham

Curated by Pelham Art Center Gallery Board Chair Titia Hulst, the exhibit gives a rare and in-depth look at underwater sea life through photography, by Edward Dorson, sculpture by Jae Hi Ahn, and a sound installation by Liz Phillips. Through October 29.

Halloween Parades - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 30, 2011 - Bronx

Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear scary costumes for weekend parades through the Adventure Garden. Saturdays and Sundays (and Columbus Day Monday) through October 30.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 30, 2011 - Bronx

Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more designed by artist Michael Natiello greet visitors at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Kids can play inside a Pumpkin House, put on a scary show at the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, have a "hoot" finding out what owls eat by dissecting pellets, and look for wiggly worms under a rotting log.

Art Exhibit - 'Autumn Colors' - Muscoot Farm
Through October 30, 2011 - Katonah

Pottery and ceramic show by Hudson River Potters in the Main House. Saturdays and Sundays through October 30.

Scared by the Sound Haunted House - Playland Amusement Park
Through October 31, 2011 - Rye

A walk-through style, interactive haunted house, considered to be the most frightening Halloween event in Westchester County. No infants or pregnant women may be admitted. Although children under 12 years are allowed entry when accompanied by an adult, the event is not recommended for children under age 8. Through October 31.

Halloween Hayride Spooktacular - Stew Leonard's
Through October 31, 2011 - Yonkers

At the end of this family-friendly hayride, children receive a candy "treat." Through Monday, October 31.

My Fair Lady - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through November 27, 2011 - Elmsford

Perhaps the most popular musical of the 1950s, "My Fair Lady" is based on George Bernard Shaw's classic play "Pygmalion." The story revolves around Eliza Doolittle, a coarse peddler of flowers in Covent Garden who agrees to take speech lessons from phonetician Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her dream of working in a flower shop.

Pound Ridge & the Civil War - Pound Ridge Museum
Through December 04, 2011 - Pound Ridge

The exhibit remembers the 109 men of Pound Ridge, almost 32% of the male population (18+) in 1861, who bravely served the Union. A special video exhibit highlights pages from the diary of Sgt. George E. Dixon, who stood guard over the Lincoln conspirators and witnessed their court trial and execution. Also on exhibit, original Civil War art by Don Spaulding, original Union uniforms, and other memorabilia.

Get Your Gears Turning - The Curious World of Patent Models - Hudson River Museum
Through January 01, 2012 - Yonkers

America's manufacturing success is primarily due to the dreams and inventions of its many citizens. Few people realize that from the time Thomas Jefferson formed the U.S. Patent Office in 1790, and throughout the American Industrial Revolution, inventors were required to submit a working, scale model of their inventions, when applying for a patent. "Problem-solving with American ingenuity" is seen in more than 50 intricately crafted, working scale, one-of-a-kind models of inventions that were submitted to the U.S. Patent Office from the 1880s through the early 1900s. Intriguing to viewers of all ages, gadget- and invention-buffs, and everyday folks, the inventions are now a permanent part of our culture from the first patented rocking chair and foldout bed to a burglar alarm. The Rothschild Collection is the world's largest gathering of viewable U.S. Patent Models. Through January 1, 2012.

Elihu Vedder: Voyage on the Nile - Hudson River Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Yonkers

American painter Elihu Vedder journeyed up the Nile from December 1889 to April 1990 and recorded his fascination with Egypt's panoramas. He drew and painted the Nile's sand, cliffs and ancient ruins, often aboard a rented dahabeya, a traditional Egyptian houseboat. His artwork is presented, for the first time, in this exhibition. Museum closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Through January 8, 2012.

Women's Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 06, 2012 - White Plains

A light-hearted class open to women of all ages and interests, suitable for beginners. Stretch, strengthen, manage weight or just relax. Yoga balls and props are used to build balance and core strength. Mats provided. Tuesdays 7:30-8:45pm.

Mommy & Me Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 06, 2012 - White Plains

Strengthen your body, center yourself, and re-energize with a fun workout with your baby. Babies will fuss, fidget and cry and it's all fine. Babies should be 6 weeks old and not yet crawling. Bring a baby blanket, mats provided. Drop in any day, no registration required. Sundays 11am; Tuesdays 10:30am; Thursdays 11:30am.

Fertility Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 08, 2012 - White Plains

Fertility Yoga aids women who are open to conception. This restorative yoga class increases pelvic circulation and guides you into deep relaxation. It is safe to attend during IVF treatment. The class has been a great support to many women who have conceived after long fertility journeys. Thursdays 7:30-8:45pm.

Prenatal Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 11, 2012 - White Plains

Drop in any time to ease the anxiety and sensations of pregnancy and prepare for the challenges of labor, birth, and motherhood. Best during 2nd and 3rd trimester. Mats provided. Purchase a multi-class card and get a 10% discount at The Shop at Full Circle.