Things to Do With Kids in Westchester on October 2

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

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.

Toot The Horn of a Tug Boat! - The Science Barge
October 02, 2011 - Yonkers

Have you ever wondered what it's like being on a tug boat? Kids ages 5-10 can meet on the Yonkers Pier by The Science Barge to learn about the life of a tug boat!

The Art of Seed Mosaics - The Science Barge
October 02, 2011 - Yonkers

Autumn gardens provide lots of seeds from flowering plants and vegetables that can be turned into creative pictures. Kids ages 5-10 will explore the parts of seeds that they will then bring to life in their own seed mosaic art!

Support-A-Walk for Breast & Ovarian Cancer - FDR State Park
October 02, 2011 - Yorktown Heights

The 17th annual 3-mile walkathon to increase awareness about breast and ovarian cancer. Many participants walk in celebration of or in tribute to those affected by these diseases. There will be face-painting, music, and characters for the kids. Proceeds help fund Support Connection’s free support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Rain or shine.

Farmer's Market - Rye
October 02, 2011 - Rye

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
October 02, 2011 - South Salem

An introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr, as well as endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration required.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
October 02, 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 02, 2011 - Mamaroneck

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

Family Storytime: Dinosaur Adventures - White Plains Public Library
October 02, 2011 - White Plains

Storytime and dinosaur fun - stories, songs and craft - for children 3+ and their families. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the start of the program. Galaxy Hall.

Baseball Card Show - Westchester County Center
October 02, 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 Watch - Lenoir Nature Preserve
October 02, 2011 - Yonkers

Join members of Hudson River Audubon Society on the great lawn in front of the mansion to look for migrating hawks.

Gym Buddies - Rosenthal JCC
October 02, 2011 - Pleasantville

This is their chance to play in the big leagues! Children in Kindergarten through 6th grade play in the gym with tweens and teens who act as role models and engage the children over dinner and fun games. RSVP is required.

Creepy Creatures Weekend - Gone Batty! - The New York Botanical Garden
October 02, 2011 - Bronx

Get face-to-face with a variety of bats, including the gigantic flying fox bat from Malaysia, with a wingspan or nearly six feet!

Car, Truck & 4 X4 Show - Playland Amusement Park
October 02, 2011 - Rye

Displays of a wide variety of classic and collectible cars, street rods, motorcycles, and vintage trucks, all carefully restored to mint condition or modified for performance. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

Garden Walk - Wave Hill
October 02, 2011 - Bronx

An hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center.

Family Art Project - Be a Bee - Wave Hill
October 02, 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. Free with admission to the grounds. Ecology Building.

Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee - Exhibition Reception - Wave Hill
October 02, 2011 - Bronx

The long history of artists' fascination with bees and beekeeping has intensified over the last decade with the growing concern about Colony Collapse Disorder. This exhibition presents painting, sculpture, photography, and video that explore a multi-dimensional preoccupation with the pivotal role that bees play in pollination, environmental health, and our changing relationship to nature. Glyndor Gallery. Free with admission to the grounds. Call or visit the website for full schedule.

Hounds on the Sound - Glen Island Park
October 02, 2011 - New Rochelle

Leash your dog (not the kids!) and take a leisurely 1.5 mile stroll along Long Island Sound, followed by a fun afternoon with vendors, refreshments, activities for kids, demonstrations, and more. Broadcaster Lou Young from CBS News will cut the ribbon. Proceeds benefit Pet Rescue and New Rochelle Humane Society with a portion going to help the animals at the Mount Vernon Shelter.

'Mysterious Ladies' - Eastchester Public Library
October 02, 2011 - Eastchester

Two one-act plays, one mystery, one thriller, performed by M&M Productions Acting Company, Inc.

Bill Cunningham New York - Irvington Town Hall Theater
October 02, 2011 - Irvington

A "Best of Film Series" event about the 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham.

Westchester Concorso d'Eleganza - Westchester Italian Cultural Center
October 02, 2011 - Tuckahoe

A celebration of Italian art, style and engineering. See an extraordinary collection of the finest Italian autos, including Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and more, many from privately-owned collections, and shown here exclusively. Prizes, entertainment, food and drinks, activities, and raffles will delight the whole family.

Farmers Market - Muscoot Farm
October 02, 2011 - Katonah

Fresh produce, meat, cheese, soap, candles, honey, maple syrup, flowers, fish, and baked goods are all available at the market. Sundays through October 30.

Heart Walk - Kensico Dam Plaza
October 02, 2011 - Valhalla

A walk to bring attention to living healthfully through exercise. A fun-filled day of activities that includes a health and fitness expo, a Kids Zone for younger Heart Walkers, food, music, and more.

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.

Storied City: New York in Picture Book Art - Katonah Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2011 - Katonah

New York has long held special appeal for the illustrators and writers of children's books. Storied City, showcasing original art from more than 35 picture books, examines the city's iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, parks, and modes of transportation. Featured illustrators include seven Caldecott Medal winners (Richard Egielski, Mordicai Gerstein, Jerry Pinkney, Brian Selznick, Marc Simont, David Small, and David Wiesner); several artists long associated with The New Yorker magazine (Maira Kalman, James McMullan, Roxie Munro, Edward Sorel), and many other leading illustrators from the world of children's books. Through December 31.

New York, New York! The 20th Century - Katonah Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2011 - Katonah

New York, New York! The 20th Century celebrates the city as muse to photographers, painters, and sculptors, encompassing the varied cultures and lifestyles of its inhabitants. The exhibition features over 50 works from the Norton collection, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper by Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Stuart Davis, Andreas Feininger, William Gropper, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, and Edward Steichen, among others. Through December 31, 2011.

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.