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Things to Do With Kids in Westchester on October 21

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

Kids Shul Special Edition - Chabad of the Rivertowns
October 21, 2019 - Dobbs Ferry

Simchat Torah Tot Parade and Horah with the Torah - Chabad of the Rivertowns
October 21, 2019 - Dobbs Ferry

Join Chabad of the Rivertowns for a Simchat Torah Tot Parade featuring a holiday cupcake workshop (Gluten and dairy-free), games, dancing, and a Simchat Torah Parade. (Geared for ages 0-7) All are welcome free of charge.

Mad Science - The Field Library
Through October 23, 2019 - Peekskill

Are you mad about science? Kids 5 and older can join the library for some fun, kid-friendly science experiments & challenges.

Musical Tots - The Field Library
Through October 23, 2019 - Peekskill

Join Lori Cohen for an interactive program of music and movement. Musical Tots is designed for kids five and under who are walking. This is a popular program, so please arrive on time to guarantee your spot.

Preschoolers with Ms. Tee - Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library
Through October 23, 2019 - Port Chester

"Preschool Storytime with Ms. Tee" is for ages 3-5 years. Parents and children will participate with fingerplays, songs, stories, musical instruments and other related parent child activities. Pre-Registration is required starting Monday, September 9th by phone or in person.

Exploring Play: WHOSE SHADOW IS THAT?! - Westchester Children's Museum
Through October 25, 2019 - Rye

Discover what a shadow is and how to make them! Use a shadow screen to sing, dance, and create fun and silly shadows with your bodies. Everyone will go home with a fun shadow craft! Sign-ups begin when the Museum opens at 10am and are limited to the first 12 children on a first come, first serve basis. 

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.

Story & Craft - The Field Library
Through October 25, 2019 - Peekskill

Join the library for storytime followed by a special craft! This program is for children ages 2 and older.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of Phish for Kids - The Capitol Theatre
Through October 26, 2019 - Port Chester

The Rock and Roll Playhouse family concerts are a unique and interactive shows set in remarkable venues across the country. These 60-minute family-concerts focus on specific eras, artists, and genres of music. During each fun-filled show, children explore live music, movement, and collaborative creativity. Young talents gain knowledge and develop their musical skills through laughter and imagination. 

Family Studio: Science - Hudson River Museum
Through October 26, 2019 - Yonkers

To infinity and beyond! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first two Apollo missions to the moon’s surface. Take part in moon-related activities, construct craters, learn about the moon’s phases, and create models of your favorite Solar System moon.

Family Wheel Night - Clay Art Center
Through October 26, 2019 - Port Chester

Looking for something fun to do with your family? Adults & kids can get messy and play with clay in this one-time class to learn how to use the potter’s wheel. Plan a great evening and bond with your family while receiving a lesson from experienced and dedicated ceramic artists. Choose your favorite glaze colors and return in 2 – 3 weeks to pick up your masterpiece. No previous experience necessary! Beginner’s welcome.

Harry Potter Films - Jacob Burns Film Center
Through October 26, 2019 - Pleasantville

See a different Harry Potter film each week, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2.

Haunted: Victorian Ghost Stories at the Mansion - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Norwalk

Victorians were known for their riveting ghost stories and Gothic horror. From Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher to Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost, readers in the 19th century were deeply engrossed in dark tales from the other side. In keeping with this Victorian fascination with unexplained phenomena, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Halloween tours will focus on ghost sightings as they relate to the house during the 19th century as well as its more recent history, and the compelling ghost stories that are part of Connecticut’s legends. Visitors may run into the Mansion’s ghosts, who are haunted by the darker memories that are part of the rarely told history of the Lockwood and Mathews families. These ghosts will wander throughout the Mansion, but only during this very special and spooky Halloween tours. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Marine Life Encounter Cruises - THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK
Through October 27, 2019 - Norwalk

Meet an amazing variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and other creatures brought up right out of Long Island Sound right before your eyes during Marine Life Encounter Cruises with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The 2.5-hour Marine Life Encounter Cruises reveal what is, to many, a surprising diversity of marine life just off the shores in Long Island Sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: tiny wriggly plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed on a large monitor via a videomicroscope), little crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom, and a variety of fish, crabs, squid, mollusks and surprises brought up in a trawl net. All guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting.

Family Studio: Art - Hudson River Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Yonkers

Create a miniature landscape out of clay. Look closely at your surroundings and explore ways to capture the textures and shapes you like most in the clay—by rolling it, poking it, and scratching it with a pencil. Designed by Teaching Artist-In-Residence Jia Sung.

Planetarium: One World, One Sky - Hudson River Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Yonkers

On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird and Elmo with friend Hu Hu Zhu discover that planets are different from one another but people on Earth are often the same – they love to fly kites! On October 5 and 12, One World, One Sky will be screened in Spanish in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Planetarium: The Sky Tonight - Hudson River Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Yonkers

Learn what's going on in the sky the VERY night you see this live, interactive show. Ages 8+, 45-60 mins.

Planetarium: We Are Astronomers - Hudson River Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Yonkers

Discover how astronomers share knowledge and answer our questions about the universe. Narrated by David Tennant, the “Tenth Doctor” in the British sci-fi series Doctor Who. On October 5 and 12, We Are Astronomers will be screened in Spanish in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Aida - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through October 27, 2019 - White Plains

Winner of four Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a musical bursting with contemporary energy chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess and Radames, the soldier they both love. AIDA is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal, with an exhilarating Tony and Grammy Award-winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice, their first collaboration since writing the music for the worldwide phenomenon The Lion King.

STEAM Team - The Field Library
Through October 29, 2019 - Peekskill

Flex your brain and your fingers with some hands-on STEAM activities & games!

Trains & Tracks - The Field Library
Through October 29, 2019 - Peekskill

Pack Chat for Kids - Wolf Conservation Center
Through October 29, 2019 - South Salem

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as their pups grow bigger and bolder! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr, and possibly the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves as well. Pre-registration is required.

Young Discoverers: WHOSE SHADOW IS THAT?! - Westchester Children's Museum
Through October 30, 2019 - Rye

Classic Mansion Tour with Autumnal Decor - Lyndhurst
Through October 31, 2019 - Tarrytown

On the Classic Mansion Tour in late September and throughout October, you will see the majestic vestibule and entrance hall, reception room, parlor, library, and the sumptuous Victorian dining room – all decorated with trimmings for the Autumn season! The second floor, which centers around the grand Picture Gallery, is not decorated and visitors can see those spaces in all their traditional splendor. For those wanting to just see the mansion, hear the history, and take in the beautiful seasonal decorations, this is the better option than the more explicitly Halloween themed theatrical nighttime performances. The focus of the guided Classic tour is the history of the families who lived at Lyndhurst as well as the many Gothic Revival furnishings and collections we bring out of storage and display during October only. These tours are appropriate for children of all ages.

Baby Gym - Lil Chameleon
Through October 31, 2019 - Tuckahoe

Learn fun and useful ways to play with your little one in baby's first gym class! In this class enjoy music, movement games, sensory exploration, and play experiences designed withbaby's specific developmental milestones in mind. Introduce your little one to gross-motor play using special baby-sized soft play equipment and other high-quality props. Ages 2-12 months.

Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities - Lyndhurst
Through October 31, 2019 - Tarrytown

The Ghoul family has a bone to pick with you....that is, you’ve been formally invited to come and celebrate the spirit of the Halloween season with the Family in their House of Curiosities! They’re opening up their splendid and spooky castle home to those looking for a unique Halloween thrill this year. You'll meet and interact with the ever peculiar Mr. and Mrs. of the Castle, see what Grandmama is cooking up, and find out what other zany family members have turned up at this festive time of year! 


The 40-minute performances of Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities take place exclusively at night when the mansion comes alive through eerie lighting and Halloween decorations. The evening experience will appeal to adults, teens, and school-aged children aged 10 and older. This is not a Halloween haunted house – the scariest thing may just be the bad puns!

LEGO Halloween Party and Brick-Or-Treat - LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
Through November 02, 2019 - Yonkers

This October,  LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is creating the most unBOOlievable LEGO Halloween party all month long with Brick-Or-Treat, which feature themed “scare-venger” hunts, LEGO pumpkin patches, costume prop builds, giveaways and more. Brick-Or-Treat runs 10/17 – 11/2. A brand-new addition this year is the “Hidden Side” event from Sept. 28 – Oct 27, which will allow families to explore the unknown sides of LEGO sets through an immersive ghost-hunting AR app. In the hair-raising mystery app, children hold their phone up to their LEGO builds and interact with various “points of possession,” which release virtual ghosts that they must then capture in the AR game to stop the haunting.

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2019 - Bronx

The Bronx Zoo is the place to be when Halloween is around the corner. This year's Boo at the Zoo has family favorites like magic shows, costume parades, pumpkin carvings, a candy trail, a bird meet and greet, animal treats, crafts, and mentalism shows, plus the Dinosaur Safari exhibit. Taking place weekends throughout October.

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Horseman's Hollow - Historic Hudson Valley
Through November 03, 2019 - Sleepy Hollow

Travel back in time to cursed Sleepy Hollow, an 18th-century village driven mad by the Headless Horseman! Enter the foreboding gates and make your way through haunted landmarks like the cemetery, tavern, and Old Dutch Church. Be careful on your journey! The undead, the evil, and the insane rule this terrifying landscape, all paying homage to the Hessian who forever hunts his head.

Irving's Legend - Historic Hudson Valley
Through November 03, 2019 - Pocantico Hills

Master storytellers offer dramatic performances of Washington Irving’s classic tale, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky music, the spellbinding storytelling captivates all audiences.

Home of the 'Legend' - Historic Hudson Valley
Through November 03, 2019 - Pocantico Hills

Take a spooky tour of Washington Irving’s cottage, learn about the history of hair-raising stories and 19th-century crazes—like the vampire scares and séances. A special exhibit highlights how the Legend has lived in the imagination of popular culture through the centuries since its publication. Create Halloween-themed art activities, explore the grounds on a literature-themed scavenger hunt, play historic games, pose for a photo op, and listen to some spooky tales.

Through November 03, 2019 - Bronx

Cooking demonstrations, presented by Whole Foods Market®, encourage families to get hands-on with healthy cooking. New recipes featuring plants grown in the Edible Academy are offered each week. Edible Academy staff will demonstrate family-friendly recipes using seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Kids and adults alike will learn how garden-to-table cooking is not only nutritious, but fun, too.

Sing, Dance and Have Fun with Dawny Dew - Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library
Through November 04, 2019 - Port Chester

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers will sing songs and rhymes, listen to stories and meet puppets Sonny, Goo Goo and Gaga. No pre-registration is required. 

Toddler Time with Ms. Tee - Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library
Through November 06, 2019 - Port Chester

"Toddler Time with Ms. Tee" for ages 2-3 year. Parents and children will participate with fingerplays, songs, stories, musical instruments and other related parent child activities. Pre-Registration is required starting Monday, September 9th by phone or in person.

Sleepy Hollow Experience - Historic Hudson Valley
Through November 10, 2019 - Pocantico Hills

After seven years of sold-out performances around the country, Brian Clowdus brings The Sleepy Hollow Experience to the home of the Legend with an immersive evening production of Irving’s most famous ghost story. Meet Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel, along with a certain headless Hessian, in the very place where the author imagined them. Follow the characters from scene to scene with live music and a little bit of mayhem. Sip seasonal drinks and enjoy tasty treats at the Van Tassel’s harvest party. In a thrilling finale, see if you find out what really happens to Ichabod on the Sleepy Hollow Bridge. The Sleepy Hollow Experience is an all-ages show. Parental guidance is advised for light sexual innuendo and a handful of scares.

Farmers Market - Muscoot Farm
Through November 18, 2019 - Katonah

Visit the farm and buy foods and products from over 20 local vendors. Goods include fruits, veggies, baked goods, coffee, pickles, olive oil, and more. Then check out the animals, historic buildings, and exhibits.

Itsy Bitsy Playgroup - Temple Sholom
Through November 20, 2019 - Greenwich

Whether you are a first-time parent or have multiple children, chat and play with us at this free, drop-in playgroup for parents with children under two years old. Connect with other parents over the joys and bumps of parenthood, while engaging your infant/toddler in a group setting through music, motor play and story time. For more information, contact David Cohen, Director of Schools, at **NO SESSION 10/9**

TaSH Farmers' Market - Patriots Park
Through November 23, 2019 - Sleepy Hollow

Expect farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, artisanal breads and baked goods, meats, poultry, fish, craft spirits, farmhouse cheeses, and more throughout upwards of 30 vendor stalls. The market also hosts chef demos, art projects, children’s activities, and live music.

Learning to Look® Family Gallery Tour - Bruce Museum
Through November 24, 2019 - Greenwich

Want to explore the museum with your entire family? Then the Learning to Look® Family Gallery Tour is for you! This tour takes children 5 and up, and their caregivers, through the museum’s exhibitions. Families will be able to engage in conversations about the arts, sciences, and do hands-on activities based on Learning to Look ®, an arts appreciation curriculum developed by the late Diane Darst and Sue Massey McTaggart. 

Bruce Beginnings - Bruce Museum
Through November 26, 2019 - Greenwich

Join the museum for this program that’s meant for the littlest Bruce pals, ages 2.5 – 5.  Bruce Beginnings takes young visitors through the museum and gets them exploring the collection. The youngest guests will also get to hear a storytime and do a hands-on activity related to the program’s topic. Please see the Visitor Service desk upon arrival at the Museum to secure a spot.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 30, 2019 - Croton-on-Hudson

See more than 10,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through a historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display—all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Photo by Tom Nycz for Historic Hudson Valley.

SuperPower Dog - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through December 15, 2019 - Norwalk

This new, emotional IMAX adventure reveals the life-saving abilities and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs that save lives and to discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners, including: a Dutch shepherd puppy training to join an elite disaster-response team; a border collie avalanche rescue expert in the Canadian Rockies; a surfing golden retriever helping people with special needs; and more. Experience the world through the eyes, ears and nose of a dog, and see how humans are harnessing dogs’ cognitive, sensory and intuitive super powers.

Stories & Songs - Warner Library
Through December 16, 2019 - Tarrytown

Picture books, rhymes & songs, followed by coloring, for 2 1/2 years and older. 

Bouncing Babies - Warner Library
Through December 17, 2019 - Tarrytown

Picture books, action rhymes & songs, for babies who are not yet walking. Stay for playtime with books & toys!

Tales for Tots - Warner Library
Through December 17, 2019 - Tarrytown

Stories, rhymes & songs for all ages, followed by a related craft activity.

Drop In Clay - Clay Art Center
Through December 21, 2019 - Port Chester

Unplug with mud in this one-time class for families and friends interested in playing with clay! Adults and children explore their inner artist in this 2 hour introduction to clay. Professional ceramic artists guide themed weekly hand-building projects, no previous experience necessary. Children under 12 must attend with a guardian enrolled in the class. Space is limited. Tickets go on sale at the front desk 10am the day of class, call to register. First come first served.

Budding Buddha's Yoga for Tots - The Westchester
Through December 25, 2019 - White Plains

Stay active with your little one and have fun doing yoga exercises. 

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 for weekly market alerts.

Rock n' Roll Babies & Toddlers - Croton Free Library
Through August 28, 2020 - Croton-on-Hudson

It's time for great stories, classic kids' songs, new rock n’ roll music and lots of dancing! Meet songwriter-guitarist Amy Hersh, who has previously performed at the Ossining Public Library and the Clearwater Festival for stories and songs! Ages Birth and up.

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