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ello Neighbor, and welcome to your new home in Westchester County! As our newest resident, I invite you to explore all that our beautiful County has to offer. Made up of 45 cities, towns and villages, Westchester offers rich history, diverse cultures, vibrant neighborhoods and friendly people. There are a variety of things to see and do, from our nationally accredited County Parks System, to historic landmarks, to our active art exhibits, top-rated restaurants and more. Westchester County is a desirable place to live, and for good reason. We are blessed with the beauty of the Long Island Sound and the Hudson River, as well as quaint towns and villages for you to discover with family and friends. Our mass transportation system can get you into the heart of New York City in less than an hour, but we are far enough away to maintain our peaceful tranquility. These qualities are all part of the fabric that make our County the best place for you to call home. I am honored to be serving our residents as County Executive for a second term, and welcome the thousands of people who visit each year. I encourage you to use our website – www.westchestergov.com – as your guide. The site is full of wonderful activities for you to enjoy close to home. If you’d like to learn more about our parks and recreational areas, head to www.parks.westchestergov.com/. You can also visit our tourism website, www. visitwestchesterny.com, to discover ways to go beyond, without going far. Together, we will continue to make Westchester County a destination for all. Sincerely,

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Free Things To Do in Westchester

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t can be hard to imagine that anything is free anymore. Surprisingly, there are actually tons of free and exciting things for you and your kids to enjoy throughout Westchester County. From live music to nature hikes to art and cultural events, our list features 54 ways to find new things to do in your town, or check out a new one. Happy exploring – for free!

Park. Free admission; however, some beaches have parking fees. 3. There are so many incredible hikes in Westchester for novice explorers to newbies. Some great places for kids include Teatown in Ossining, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco, or the peaceful Mianus River Gorge in Bedford. Free admission.

farm animals and learn more about this former dairy farm. Pick up some local goodies from their farmers’ market every Sunday. Don’t forget to take a picture of the beloved red tractor before you go! Free admission, 51 Route 100 Katonah, New York 1053.

4. Enjoy a scenic bike ride, scoot, or walk on the Bronx River Parkway. This 807-acre park includes three paved areas ranging from a one-mile loop to a five-mile loop. In the summer, enjoy Summer Sundays, which includes access to the 13.1-mile loop of the Bronx River Parkway from White Plains to Yonkers without cars. Running from now until October. Free admission.

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6. A Yonkers staple, the Hudson River Museum offers access to incredible exhibits, the Planetarium as well as workshops that are included with adult admission. Free admission for children, 511 Warburton Avenue Yonkers, NY 10701

9. While you do need a ticket to see a concert at Caramoor, they do offer many free events over the summer such as Celebrate Juneteenth on June 19th and Michael Gordon’s Field of Vision on June 24th. While you are there, explore their grounds, enjoy a picnic, experience their sound art, and soak in the beauty of their gardens. Free admission, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY 10536

7. Take a stroll in nature and soak in the beauty of the historic Untermyer Gardens. They host family programming, including storytime and adventure tours for kids. Free admission everyday from 9:00am-7:00pm. Visit www.untermyergardens.org for the latest event news. 945 North Broadway, Yonkers NY 10701 8. Have a picnic at the Friends of the Rockefeller State Preserve, where you can

10. Local libraries in Westchester are the go-to

place for fun and educational programming for kids of all ages. The Chappaqua Library hosts regular storytimes and garden club for teens or the fantastic kids’ programming at The Katonah Village Library, which includes

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Tai Chi, video game tournaments, and storytime. The White Plains Library has programs for kids, teens, and families such as storytime, STEAM, Fortnite for teens, and African dance, drumming, and storytelling, or storytime and movement at the Harrison Public Library. Free admission 11. The go-to book event is the place to explore

and meet your kids’ favorite author and illustrators. While you do have to purchase books, the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival offers tons of free programming during the day, including author readings, meet and greets with characters, and activities in their family fun zone. This free event is held on October 15th. Find out more information at ccbfestival.org, 108 Allen Pl, Chappaqua, NY 10514. 12. Learn more about nature at the Greenburgh Nature Center. They also have five marked trails to explore that weave through a beautiful pond as well as a robust children’s program as a part of their back to nature series. Check out greenburghnaturecenter.org/ for more info. Free admission, 99 Dromore Road. Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Dino-Mite exhibit at Lasdon Park Art Walk to check out local galleries and boutiques. The event happens once a month from April through October from 4:00-8:00 pm and also includes live music, pop-ups, and featured artists. More info and details atwww. katonahchamber.org/Katonah-Art-Stroll. Free admission, Katonah, NY. 16. See the Dino-Mite exhibit at Lasdon Park

and walk through a path featuring larger-thanlife dinosaurs. Free admission, Katonah, NY. 17. Watch the sunset at Pierson Park in Tar-

13. Check out the Yorktown Heights Summer

Concert Series every Sunday from June 26th – August 21st at 6:00 pm; the Annual Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series on Wednesdays, July 6th – August 24th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm; Music in the Square in Armonk, which takes place every Third Thursday from July 22nd – September, 3rd.

rytown, overlooking the Hudson River. Free admission, 238 West Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591 18. Take a free tennis lesson at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. Free admission, 123 Mamaroneck Avenue., Mamaroneck, NY 10543. 19. Learn more about Africa as a part of the

14. Walk the Armonk Art Show, check out

the art and meet some talented artists from October 1- 2, 2022. Free admission to those 18 years old and under. Check out more info at armonkoutdoorartshow.org. Friends of the North Castle Public Library 19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk, NY 10504. 15. For even more art, explore the Katonah 12

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Wakanda Celebration in Mount Vernon. This free event includes live music, a fashion show, African food, and shopping from Lungisa African Galley and local vendors. Free admission. Learn more at www.wakandacelebration.org. 374 Hawthorne Terrace, Mount Vernon, NY. 20. Enjoy the grounds at Stone Barns for free on Saturday or Sunday in the winter. Free



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admission, 630 Bedford Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591. 21. Visit the gorgeous Hilltop Hanover Farm for the ultimate mini escape. The grounds are home to goats and cows that you can look at with your kids. You can also enjoy the grounds for a picnic or to simply walk around. They also have a farmers’ stand that is open on Friday-Sunday. Check out hilltophanoverfarm. org for more information. Free admission. 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. 22. See the New Rochelle artsy murals to view

eight beautifully illustrated murals that focus on mother nature, diversity, and gender equality. Check out streetartmankind.org for more information. Free admission. 23. Fish in one of Westchester’s many streams

or lakes. Fly fishing is available at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River and even ice fishing is permitted in certain lakes. Free but permits may be required. 24. See the Arts in the Park exhibit at Ward

Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. The exhibit features “The Soul of the Species,” a wildlife photography gallery by photographer Dona Tracy. The exhibit will be on display The exhibit will be on display until August 7th from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Free admission but parking is $5. Reservation Road, Pound Ridge, NY 10576. 25. Enjoy a picnic in one of many Westchester-

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26. Visit the 40-acre Lenoir Preserve with your

kids to view The Ribbons of Remembrance and explore the 40-acre preserve. Free admission, 19 Dudley Street, Yonkers, NY 10701. 27. Soak in the beauty of the Kitchawan

Preserve, offering access to 208-acres which includes open fields, trails, and access to native woodlands. Free admission, 712 Kitchawan Rd. (Route 134), Ossining, NY 10562. 28. See the Garden of Remembrance in White

Plains, which honors those killed during the Holocaust. Free admission, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601.

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29. Visit the Blue Door Art Center to see their

and Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow areas have recently been completed, which includes access to trails and of course gorgeous views of the Hudson River.

latest gallery exhibit. They often also have free events for kids such as Children’s Art Workshop Get Creative with Words on June 18th. Check out bluedoorartcenter.org/workshops for the latest event schedule. Free admission, 13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701.

34. Have your kids learn more about farming by doing farm morning farm chores at Muscoot Farm. Morning chores take place every Saturday at 8:00 am. More info at www.muscootfarm.org. 51 Route 100 Katonah, New York 10536.

30. Check out some talented student art at the Pelham Art Center. They also offer live music and classes. For more info, check out www. pelhamartcenter.org. Free admission, 155 Fifth Ave #1503, Pelham, NY 10803. 31. Visit a new playground such as the play-

ground at Saxon Woods in White Plains, Jack’s Friendship Garden in New Rochelle, Roselle Park & Playground in Pleasantville, or Barnhart Park in Sleepy Hollow. Free admission. 32. Walk around the Ossining waterfront, play

at the Louis Engel Waterfront Park, and enjoy a cool down at their Spray Park. The area also has swings for kids and babies, slides and more. Free admission, 25 Westerly Road, Ossining, NY 10562. 33. Explore part of the RiverWalk in Westchester. While the 51.5-mile pathway is still under construction, Croton-on Hudson 16

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35. Check out an event at the newly reopened Peekskill Arts Alliance. Free admission, 27 N. Division Street, Peekskill, NY 36. Spend a day at Tibbetts Brook Park,

Westchester’s first park, for a day of swimming, hiking, or walking around the grounds. Encompassing 161 acres, there’s plenty to see and experience. Free admission, and parking fees. 355 Midland Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704 37. Stay connected to ArtsWestchester for a list of ongoing local events and activities for families, including their teen program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For the latest event news, check out artswestchester.org 38. Enjoy a stroll and lunch outside at Van der Donck Park in Yonkers. Free admission, 41 Dock St, Yonkers, NY 10701 39. Take a walking tour of Yonkers to explore

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but parking fees apply. Free admission, 1A Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

40. Visit the Beverly E. Smith Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden and sit in the gardens, explore, read and learn more about these creatures. Free admission, Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers, NY.

48. See the cherry blossoms at Turnure Park in White Plains, the Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck, or the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem. Free admission.

41. Learn more about natural habitats specific

49. Spend a day at the gorgeous Tilly Foster Farm to see chickens, cows, pigs, and alpacas. Families can enjoy self-guided tours every day from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Free admission. 100 NY-312, Brewster, NY 10509.

to Westchester at the Marshlands Conservancy. This 147-acre preserve also includes three miles of trails and one-half mile of shoreline. Free admission, Route 1, Rye, NY 10580. 42. Enjoy a cultural event at Westchester such as Westchester Roots, African-American Heritage Celebration in Kensico Dam, the Polish Heritage Festival, or Ecuadorian music in Sleepy Hollow. Free admission.

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43. View the works of local artists and student artists at the Rye Arts Center. Free admission, 51 Milton Rd, Rye, NY 10580.

51. Experience a fun winter party for the whole family at Armonk Frosty. Held on November 28th, this annual frosty day includes activities for the kids, dance and music performances, cookie decorating, and much more. Check out www.armonkfrosty.com for the latest news on the event.

44. Hike the Westchester Farm Trail, a route connecting 13 farms. Great for older kids and novice walkers, the 17-mile trail connects Sleepy Hollow to North Salem, where you can enjoy interactive activities and have the chance to see all of the incredible farms in the area. Free admission. 45. Walk around the historic grounds of the

John Jay Homestead to explore its grounds and learn more about its history. If you visit on Saturday, you can also check out their seasonal farmers’ market. Free admission, 400 Jay St, Katonah, NY 10536 46. Visit the Jay Heritage Estate, a 23-acre former home of John Jay. Free admission, 210 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY 10580 47. Kayak at Croton River Park, a 508-acre park located on the Hudson River. Free admission, 18

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Jazz Fest. Held from September 14-18th, the event includes ticketed and free performances. Check out the current schedule at artswestchester. org/programs/jazz-fest-2/. Various locations.

52. Experience a menorah lighting as a family

in Tibbets Park in White Plains, the Cross County Center, or the Community Chanukah Extravaganza: Fire on Ice festival in Dobbs Ferry. 53. Experience a holiday tree lighting. Every

town has its own tree lighting ceremony. Check your local town’s schedule, or you can visit area malls like Cross County Center in Yonkers or The Westchester in White Plains. 54. See a movie outdoors. Westchester offers

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ooray, it’s farmers market season! Most of the local markets have just started their season with an incredible line-up of local vendors, kids’ activities, demos, and much more! Visiting your local farmers market is also a great way to connect in your community while enjoying the freshest, artisanal goods and food. Happy exploring!

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hen the summer sun calls for some family fun, there’s a place you can always count on for a great time: Playland. The Rye amusement park has been metro New York’s top destination for family fun for 94 years. Whether you’re looking to spend the day on thrilling rides, relax on the beach by the sparkling Long Island Sound or enjoy a picnic with friends, Playland is the place for creating memories that last a lifetime. Since 1928 this iconic park has provided endless fun and adventure in a beautiful setting along the water. From the historic Dragon Coaster to the family-friendly Crazy Submarine, there are rides for all ages and thrill levels. Visit Playland’s beautiful beach and take a dip in the brand new pool while taking in the pristine views of the Sound or take a stroll on the boardwalk and surround yourself with stunning, panoramic views of Playland Park. It’s the perfect place to enjoy serene waterside views or have a relaxing picnic with your friends and family at the lake. Playland also has some exciting shows to entertain you and your family. Whether it’s live music by the water, high-energy shows for children, or spectacular fireworks displays, there is no shortage of lively events and activities


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all summer long at Playland. Be sure to check out the entertainment schedule at Playland.com/shows to see what’s happening throughout the season. Your family’s health comes first. To ensure that you feel safe to play at Playland, there’s a new cashless payment option as well as hand sanitizing stations located throughout the park so that your family can enjoy the day without worrying about Covid. Cashless tickets are available at playlandpark.connectngo. com. Playland is open for the 2022 Summer Season and will be open on weekends and holidays throughout the summer. For hours of operation, go to Playland.com/calendar. Visit the Playland website at Playland.com for exclusive online-only discount pricing, to view the entertainment schedule and to see all the adventures Playland has to offer!

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“Vote Like a Girl” at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Irvington, July 9.

A Year of Fun A month-by-month guide to events in Westchester and beyond By Serena Norr


ooking for some fun activities to do with your kids? Westchester has plenty of options for you and your family to enjoy all year long! Whether you want to check out live music, enjoy a cultural celebration, or explore the beautiful outdoors, you’ll find something to do every month in Westchester that’s engaging, fun, and educational. Check out more below:

July 2022 Music in the Streets

Fridays, June 3rd–July 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Ridge Hill is back with live music for their Music in the Streets festival. Concerts run from June-August and are held every Friday 28

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from June 3 - July 29 featuring Westchester artists. Check out the complete line-up and more info: www.ridgehill.com, One Ridge Hill Boulevard Yonkers, NY 10710. Broadway in Bedford

June 19th-September 16th, 5:00pm The Bedford Playhouse brings the best of Broadway to you this summer with Broadway in Bedford! This summer series runs from June 19th-September 16th and features Broadway Let Loose, Leading Ladies, Golden Age of Broadway, and Best of Broadway. More info and tickets at bedfordplayhouse.org. 633 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY 10506. City Winery

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Playhouse Concerts in the Vineyard returns for 2022 at City Winery Hudson Valley! Join them on the lawn on weekend afternoons for great music and family friendly fun. Introduce the kids to the music of The Grateful Dead on July 2, feel the reggae vibes with Steel Pulse on Saturday July 9, or sing along to your favorite Beatles songs with Strawberry Fields on July 23. Check websites for more shows throughout the summer. Citywinery.com Fireworks at Rye Playland

Starting July 4th, after dusk Enjoy fireworks every Friday evening at Rye Playland. This is a fun way to spend a Friday at the beach or the perfect way to end your day after spending it at the amusement park. Fireworks happen on the 4th of July every Friday after July 4th at 9:15 pm. 1 Playland Parkway Rye, New York 10580. Tykes Tuesday

Tuesdays, July 5th, July 12th July 19th, and August 9th, various times Enjoy special activities for your toddler every Tuesday at The Palisades Center. This includes free activities at Jellio World on July 5th and August 9th; Sky Tykes Adventure Course on July 12th and August 16th; skating in the Palisades Center Rink on July 19th, and a visit from the Hudson Valley Humane Society on July 26th. 1000 Palisades Center Drive West Nyack, NY 10994. 22nd Annual Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series

Wednesdays, July 6th–August 24th from 6:30pm-8:30pm Bring a blanket, some chairs, and dinner for live jazz at Waterfront Park in Dobbs Ferry. This weekly concert series includes performances by Corinne Mammana Group, the Rocky Middleton Quartet, Vanderlei Pereira, Valery Ponomarev Sextet, and many others. Waterfront Park, 87 Ogden Park, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. 30

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The Pleasantville Music Festival

July 9, all day Enjoy fun in the sun right in New York’s backyard at the Pleasantville Music Festival. Held on July 9th, the fun line up includes Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Paula Cole, 10,000 Maniacs, X Ambassadors, and more! The outdoor festival also offers tons of activities for the kids, food, and a beer/wine garden for adults. Check out pleasantvillemusicfestival. com for more info and tickets. Parkway Field, 44-98 Marble Avenue, Pleasantville, NY 10570. Vote Like a Girl

July 9th from 10:00am-4:00pm Enjoy an empowering day with your kids at Vote Like a Girl. A program of the Historic Hudson Valley, the event includes a celebration of the 102nd anniversary of the 19th amendment where kids can learn more about the suffragettes who fought for voting. There will also be activities, such as a live suffrage debate; photo-ops with suffragette sashes and 19th-century clothing, STEAM activities and experiments. Adults, $16 and kids, $12. Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W Sunnyside Lane, Irvington, NY 10533. Hispanic Heritage Celebration

July 10th at 12:00pm Celebrate Hispanic culture at the Kensico Dam Plaza. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy music, entertainment, and local food vendors. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Road, Valhalla, NY. Outdoor Movies in Harbor Island Park (Mamamoreck)

July 15th, August 6th, September 10th, various times Enjoy free movies with your kids all summer long at Harbor Island Park. Movies start at dusk and there is a camp-out night on September 10th. Movies include: Lilo & Stitch on Friday, July 15 (rain date: July 16); Encanto on Saturday, August 6th and The Mitchells

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Along with internationally renowned coaches, Scarsdale Fencing Center has state-of-the-art facilities and offers private lessons and group classes for students ages 7 and up, as well as camps during school breaks and in the summer. Contact us for a free trial lesson offered until September 1st. www.scarsdalefencing.com • 303 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale NY 10583 • (914) 287-6496

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vs. the Machines on September 10 with a family camp-out (rain date: September 17). For more info, check out village.mamaroneck. ny.us/parks-recreation/outdoor-movies 123 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10543 Kensico Dam Summer Concert Series

​​ Thursday, July 21; Tuesday, July 26; Saturday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 26 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Kensico Dam Plaza is one cool spot to check out some live music. This summer, the line-up includes Garcia’s presents Dead Meat, The Nerds, Songs in the Attic, and Riots and SAGE. Be sure to bring snacks, chairs, and anything else you and your family need for a rockin’ night out. Tickets are $10 per person. 1 Bronx River Parkway Road, Valhalla, NY 10595. Music in the Square

Third Thursdays, July 22nd – September, 3rd Enjoy live music in the Gazebo as a part of Armonk’s Music in the Square Summer concert series. This includes live jazz, music from School of Rock, and more! Armonk Square, 44 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504. Yorktown Outdoor Movie Nights

July 22nd and August 16th Enjoy a retro family night by experiencing a drive-in movie! Movies are shown at Veteran’s Field for screenings on June 24th, July 22nd and August 16th. Don’t forget to pack up your dinner, snacks, and blankets for a cozy night out. Register for a screening at yorktownny.org.

tion of outdoor events in their incredible amphitheater all summer long, where you can watch live music overlooking the Hudson. The line-up is pay-what-you-wish and seating is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Some upcoming events include the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, The New York Korean Arts Center, Improv, and Mind Reading Under the Stars, to name a few. July 9th- August 20th, various times, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701. Creative Community Artful Fridays

July 15th, August 19th, September 16, various times Enjoy a day of art with your family as a part of Katonah Museum’s Creative Community Artful Fridays. The monthly event includes Stroller Tours, Artful Families, and Senior Socials. Creative Community Fridays take place on July 15, August 19, September 16.134 Jay Street - Route 22, Katonah, NY 10536. Summer Social at Katonah Museum of Art

July 16th at 6:00pm Enjoy live music at the Katonah Museum as a part of their Summer Social. Held in the museum’s Sculpture Garden, the event includes drinks, food, and live music, which is inspired by the exhibitions on view. $20 for members, $25 non-members, More info and tickets at https://www.katonahmuseum.org. 134 Jay Street - Route 22, Katonah, NY 10536. Concerts at Caramoor

Italian Heritage Festival

Sunday, July 24 from 12:00pm-6:00pm Learn more about Italian Culture at the Italian Heritage Festival. The event includes food, music, crafts, entertainment, and more. Kensico Dam, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Road, Valhalla, NY 10595.

Caramoor is an incredible place to see live music with your family over the summer as you enjoy its stunning grounds. For kids and families, check out the popular American Roots Festival or their Jazz Festival. American Roots Festival is held on June 25th at 1:30pm and the Jazz Festival is held on July 30, 2022 at 1:00pm, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY 10536.

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Untermyer Gardens is one of Westchester’s architectural gems. Spend a day touring the gardens and end it with a concert in their Walled Garden. The series runs from June to September, featuring Indian dance, a gospel choir from Brooklyn, jazz, classical orchestral and vocal music, and more.Tickets range from $30-50 per person. For more info, untermyergardens.org, Untermyer Gardens, 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701.

August 2022 India Cultural Celebration

Sunday, August, 7th from 12:00pm-7:00pm Celebrate India in Westchester at the Indian Cultural celebration with food, live music, and community. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Road, Valhalla, NY. Yonkers Waterfront Live Music Series

Friday night from June-August from 6:30pm8:30pm Rock out every Friday night in Yonkers with your family at the Yonkers Waterfront Live Music Series. The series kicks off in June and runs through August every Friday night from 6:30pm-8:30pm. 15 Main Street, Yonkers, NY, 10701. South Salem Fire Department Annual Carnival & Parade

August 10th-August 13th, various times Summer is all about carnivals, games, and rides. Enjoy the popular South Salem Fire Department Annual Carnival & Parade, starting on August 10th with a parade. Rides, carnival fare, and fun. 1190 Route 35, South Salem, NY, 10590. Jewish Culture Festival

Sunday, August 21st, 12:00pm to 6:00pm Celebrate Jewish culture and community as a part of the County’s Jewish Culture Festival. Enjoy food, live music, and local vendors. 34

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze opens in September at Van Cortland Manor Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Road, Valhalla, NY. Muslim Heritage

Sunday, Aug. 28, Noon to 6 p.m., Celebrate and learn more about Muslim heritage at the County’s Muslim Heritage festival. This includes food, community, local vendors, and music. Kensico Dam, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Road, Valhalla, NY 10595.

September 2022 Wakanda Celebration

Saturday, September 3th, 11:00am-8:00pm Celebrate the pride, culture, and community of Africa at the Wakanda Celebration. Held in Mount Vernon, this free outdoor event includes live music, drumming, African and Caribbean food, exhibitors, a children’s village, and more. For more info visit, wakandacelebration.org, 374 Hawthorne Terrace, Mount Vernon, NY 10552. Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

September-November, various times Considered one of the ultimate Halloween experiences in Westchester, the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze kicks off in September and runs until November. Featuring more than 7,000 illuminated and beautifully crafted

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pumpkins, incredible lighting, and music. It’s one to remember. Book early as this event usually sells out. various times, Van Cortlandt Manor Get your tickets at pumpkinblaze.org, 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

artists’ works from every medium that you and your family can admire and buy. For more info and tickets, armonkoutdoorartshow.org, 205 Business Park Dr, Armonk, NY 10504. Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

October 1 - November 8th, entry times between 10am-3:30pm Learn more about Washington Irving’s by touring his historic home. Families can enjoy a shadow puppet short film, and a scavenger hunt during the interactive event. The experience runs from October 1st - November 8th, entry times between 10am-3:30pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and children (3-17) are $10. 639 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591, 914.366.6900. Jazz Fest

September 14th-18th,various times The 11th Annual JazzFest is back in White Plains, featuring some of the hottest Westchester and NYC-based jazz musicians. Programming runs from September 14-18th and includes some free programming, visit artswestchester.org for more information. White Plains, NY

Saturday, October 15th, 2022, 10:00am-4:00pm This popular literary event offers kids the opportunity to meet their favorite authors and illustrators throughout the day. Kids can also enjoy storytime, demos, food trucks, local vendors, and experiences in the Family Fun Zone. For more info and author line-up, check out ccbfestival.org. Free, Chappaqua MetroNorth train station. Serious Fun Arts Festival

October 12th-16th, various times This new festival features five days of performances, music, art, and more from renowned artists who will enliven the streets and brighten the walls of White Plains. Visit artswestchester.org/serious-fun-arts-fest/ for the latest news and scheduling. Various locations throughout White Plains. Westchester Craft Crawl

Yorktown Grange Fair

September 9th-11th, various times From September 9-11th, visit the 98th Annual Grange Fair. This annual event includes contests in a variety of categories, such as Lego, needlework, photography, baking, woodworking, horticulture, livestock, poultry, and audience participation contests. There is also food, local vendors, and exhibitors to enjoy. Yorktown Grange Fair Grounds, 99 Moseman Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

October 2022 Armonk Art Show

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October 22nd and October 23rd, Crafty families will love the Westchester Craft Crawl. The festival features the work of various handmade artists with artist studio tours throughout Westchester County. For more info, visit westchestercraftcrawl.com Yellow Brick Road Fest

October 8th at 5:00pm Watch the iconic Wizard of Oz with your kids as a part of the Bedford Playhouse’s “Yellow Brick Road Fest.” Held at the idyllic Maple Grove Farm, this family-friendly Wizard of Oz-themed event includes tons of kids’ activities, signature cocktails, a Wizard of Oz costume content (along with prizes!), popcorn, and a delicious Kansas-style buffet barbecue. The event also includes a screening of the beloved classic on a 40-foot giant. Be sure to bring a blanket and

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t all started over a century ago, when a small elementary school nicknamed the “Little Red Schoolhouse” was founded in New Rochelle with the primary goal of meeting the changing needs of its students, community and society. Today, 121 years later, the Thornton-Donovan school still retains that mission, with a philosophy and curriculum that directly contribute to the development of students who can use their individual talents to meet the challenges of life. Although the school now serves students from kindergarten to grade 12, small class sizes continue to allow an individual approach to education. Thornton-Donovan welcomes students from any part of the globe who possess ability, who are motivated, who have self-discipline, and who will both gain from and give to the school. The school may also admit a youngster who has the potential for academic success but whose record does not demonstrate it. Qualified pupils are accepted regardless of race, creed, or international origin. Thornton-Donovan places a strong emphasis on international education and exposing students to the globe. In fact, each year has a theme which is usually a geographical area or important historical figure. The capstone of their approach to thematic education is the travel study

experience, where students, faculty and family members travel to thematically relevant locales. Recent trips have taken the school to South Africa, Albania, Iceland, Mongolia, the Balkans, the Andes and more. In addition to their academic programs, they also offer a summer camp for children ages 3-14 featuring myriad activities like karate, drama, fitness, STEM, dancing, Zumba, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, yoga and much more. Thornton-Donovan is proud to be Cognia accredited, and has been recognized for its support of students with high academic potential by the Johns Hopkins University Center. The school is in the 95th percentile of the most diverse private schools in America while also being in the top 20% K-12 Schools in the country. To learn more about enrollment, visit td.edu.

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some lawn chairs to watch the movie under the stars. More info, bedfordplayhouse.org/familyfriendly-event. Maple Grove Farm, 1185 Old Post Road, Pound Ridge, NY 10576.

November 2022 Yorktown Fall Farm Weekend

Explore the incredible farms in Westchester as a part of the Yorktown Fall Farm Weekend. This includes eight agricultural producers that families can explore and enjoy fresh, wholesome food, in addition to special programming. New dates to be announced soon, various times. Visit Yorktownny.org.

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December 2022 Cross County Mall

YoFi Fest

Lover of films? Take the whole family to the YoFi Film Festival, where they can watch a collection of new kids’ movies. November dates to be announced, various times and locations in Yonkers. Visit www.yofifest.com for movie-line up and latest news.

Take pictures with Santa at the Cross County Mall. Make reservations early and plan to spend a day at the mall to shop ice skating and enjoy tasty local fare from their weekend food trucks. December 4-24th, 2022, various times, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY 10704. Grand Holiday Illumination

Westchester Winter Wonderland

November- January, various times Experience the magic of holiday lights in your car with the Westchester Winter Wonderland. Featuring a 1.2-mile loop of festive music, characters, and jaw dropping lights- the beautiful experience is sure to leave lasting memories. November- January, various times, wwinterwonderland.com. Lumagica at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

Nov. 26- Dec. 30, various times Soak in the magic of holiday lights at Harvest Moon for Lumagica. This illuminated celebration features over 350,000 LED lights in this popular apple orchard! Guests can walk throughout the magical forest, soak in the beauty, and take pictures. Dates announced soon, Visit harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com for more info. 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560. 38

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Soak in the magic of Untermeyer Conservatory by enjoying a walk through their stunning illuminated gardens filled with spectacular holiday lights. Various Times. 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701.

February 2022 Eaglefest

Held at Teatown, this annual celebration honors the bald eagles’ winter migration to the Hudson Valley with programming and education for kids and families. Date TBA. 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining, NY 10562.

March 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Celebrate St. Partrick’s Day at one of the many Westchester-area parades such as the Northern Westchester/Putnam County St. Patrick’s Day parade in Mahopac, the Annual Sound Shore

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St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the St. Patrick’s Day parade in White Plains, and the Annual Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day parade, to name a few options. Various dates and locations. Nyack Feasts

Calling all foodies! This annual event features restaurant offers throughout Nyack for lunch and dinner. New dates, TBA.visit: nyack.org.

Young Readers

Celebrate reading with your little one at this annual family festival. The day includes over 20 authors, book signings, food trucks, family activities, crafts, and more. The event is ideal for kids ages 2-8 years old. Date, TBA. For more info, visit, wcbfestival.org.

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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

March and November Another foodie favorite is the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Enjoy incredible dining offers throughout the Hudson Valley for lunch and dinner. New dates, TBA. Visit, valleytable. com for more info.

April 2023 Earth Day

Teach your kids more about the environment by checking out one of the many Earth Day events, such as Green Ossining Annual Earth Day Festival. The free event includes over 60 activities, eco demonstrations, a kids zone, local food and beer, textile recycling, and more. Dates TBA. Greenossining.org/about-us. Bedford 2030 also hosts a fun Earth Day Festival at the Bedford Hills train station for families with a seed swap, tree and plant sale, live music, composting tutorials, kids’ activities, and more. Dates, TBA. 46 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, NY. Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst

April 29th-May 22nd Enjoy the incredible work of over 200 craftspeople at the Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst. This includes handmade fashions, handicrafts, jewelry, accessories, fashion, and more! Admission tickets range from $4-12. Check out more information at lyndhurst.org. Westchester Children’s Festival for 40

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This annual event features a day of fun and education for kids as they learn more about the work at 13 Hands Equine Rescue. This includes live music, vendors, food, an equine therapy demo, arts & crafts, and tons of children’s activities. Date, TBA. 50 Tuscan Way, Clinton Corners, NY 12514. Juneteenth Events

Celebrate Juneteenth with your family throughout Westchester. Every town has their own event with some popular ones being the White Plains Juneteenth Storywalk and Parade and Juneeteenth at Caramoor as well as events in Mount Kisco, Ardsley, Peekskill, Pelham, Mamaroneck, Ossining, Katonah, Hastings on Hudson, New Rochelle, Yonkers, and more. Various dates, times and locations. Pride Events

Celebrate Pride month with your kids at various festivals and events throughout Westchester. This includes Rockland County Pride, Peekskill Pride in the Park, Bedford, Lewisboro, and Pound Ridge Pride in the Park, PRIDE Sunset Hike and more. Various dates, times and locations Irish-American Celebration

Saturday, June 25, 12:00pm-6:00pm Celebrate Irish-American culture at the IrishAmerican festival. This includes live music, community, connection and food. $5 adults; free for ages 14 and under. , Ridge Road Park, 287 Ridge Rd, Hartsdale, NY 10530.

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Parks & Nature

Nature Centers By Shana Liebman


hen the weather warms up and the plants start to blooms- Westchester families love to head out and get back in touch with nature. Luckily, Westchester is home to some of the most beautiful and educational nature centers and preserves in New York, where families can not only enjoy the great outdoors, but learn about it as well. They are a perfect weekend destination for children of any age. In fact, the whole family will find weekend fun at Westchester’s best nature centers. The Rye Nature Center is a 47-acre wildlife preserve with over two miles of hiking trails, ponds and streams. It has a beautiful natural playground with climbing structures, a slide and an animal museum. Family programming takes place in the museum space, as well as the indoor and outdoor classrooms. Cranberry Lake Preserve in White Plains is a 190-acre park, which was opened in 1967. It’s a safe haven for migratory birds, turtles and dragonflies—and a wide variety of plants. There is a four-acre lake, cliffs and scrubland, mixed hardwood forest, vernal pools and a swamp. Hike the History Trail to see the remains of a 19th-century farmhouse and early 20th-century stone-mining operation. The Croton Point Nature Center, in the 504acre Croton Point Park, hosts exhibits (often


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with hands-on activities) about local flora and fauna, and local and Native American history. The park attracts Bald Eagles in winter, and a capped landfill is now a meadow filled with birds and butterflies. ​ he Sheldrake Environmental Center in T Larchmont offers nearly 60 acres of outdoor space. Explore the woods, stroll past the meadow, relax by the pond and check out the abundant wildlife. Trails are pet-friendly and leashed dogs are welcome. The Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale is located on 33 acres and includes an indoor building, woodland preserve with hiking trails, a pond, organic garden, Nature’s Discovery Playground, a native plant meadow





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and over 100 animals, like birds of prey and farm animals. Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining is the largest privately held nature preserve in Westchester — with 15 miles of hiking trails, a two-acre island refuge for over 230 species of native wildflowers, wildlife exhibits and science day camps. The Nature Center and nearby Raptor Loop Trail have birds of prey and animal displays, along with seasonal programs and events. Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco on 640 acres of land includes both woodland and streams, and an environmental education center which runs conservation and recreational programs in a reconstructed 200-year-old church. There are exhibits of local flora and fauna, live animals —


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including rabbits (named Skittles and Houdini), birds, frogs and turtles — as well as a bird observation window. Muscoot Farm in Katonah is an actual farm that makes history, agriculture and wildlife accessible for kids. Meet cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs — and walk through historic structures like the milk house, the ice house, the brooder house and the carriage house. There are also over six miles of trails for family hiking. Westchester’s nature centers can introduce kids to the world’s natural playgrounds, and they offer an ideal setting for a family outing. Before you go, check them out online to find out about current programs and upcoming events.

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Camping Experiences for Families in Westchester By Serena Norr


hinking about taking a camping trip? Living in Westchester, there are so many incredible campsites that you and your family can enjoy. Whether you want a rustic camping experience, or maybe you’d prefer four-walls with a cabin, or maybe you and your family are up for something different like camping with wolves! Whatever your families interest/comfort


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level, we’ve got you covered in our guide to family camping in Westchester. Tip: check your campground to make sure it is open especially if off season. Croton Point Park Campground

In addition to being a gorgeous location to view the dam, you and your family can enjoy a weekend away at the Croton Point Park Campground. Accommodations include a deluxe cabin for four or six people or a


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Agatha A. Durland Scout Reservation

regular cabin for six. For an additional fee, you can get daily water, sewer, and electric. In addition to the grounds, you will have access to their 508-acre park that overlooks the Hudson River as well access to hiking and swimming. Croton Point Ave, CrotonOn-Hudson, NY 10520 Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Enjoy the many natural amenities when you stay the night at this 4,315-acre park. As the County’s largest park, you can enjoy picnicking, hiking, a visit to the Trailside Nature Museum and Gallery in the park, camping, fishing, and even cross-country skiing. For overnight camping, you can rent tents, or try their lean-to-overnight option that accommodates up to 8 people. Reservation Rd, Pound Ridge, NY 10576.

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Camping at the Agatha A. Durland Scout Reservation includes three large and six small cabins as well as tents. The cabins comes with a refrigerator, propane cooking stove, wood stove, electricity, microwave, water, and propane heat. The Reservation also includes access to 1,400 acres of land, 2 lakes, and 18 miles of trails. The reservation also has a lot of activities for families with a gaga pit, waterfront with boating, fishing, archery, and much more. 1 Clear Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. Mountain Lakes Park

This 1,082-acre park offers some incredible trails for nature lovers, included rugged terrain and trails with hardwood forest. For camping, they offer rustic camping options, yurts, and a directors cabin. They also have a mess hall

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at the park where you can bring in your own caterer (for larger groups. 201 Hawley Road, North Salem, NY 10560. West Point FMWR Round Pond Outdoor Recreation Area

This recreational area offers tons of options for family camping, including 28 RV camping spaces, 20 tent sites, 10 mini log cabins, and a rental cottage, to name some options. Reservations are accepted from January-November and someone in your life does have to be a retired or active military personal. The amenities are vast where you can enjoy access to a mountain lake, fishing pier, swimming beach, hiking trails, and much more! 1348 Round Pond Road, BLDG 1348, West Point 10996. Sleeping with the Wolves

try camping with the wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center. This popular event books up fast that currently has dates from June 11th – October 15th. The experience kicks off on a Friday evening with a pizza party, entertainment, fireside snacks, and breakfast. Accommodations include a fourperson tent and two outhouses. 7 Buck Run Street, South Salem, NY 10590. Blue Mountain Reservation

Located in Peekskill, this 1,538-acre park offers trails for biking, walking and hiking to the nearby Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain. This camping option is for larger grounds (think up to 30 people) and also includes shower facilities, a kitchen and a dining hall with a fireplace. 435 Welcher Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566

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Family-Friendly Dog Parks in Westchester By Shana Liebman


illions of Americans adopted dogs during the pandemic, which means there are even more dog-families in Westchester than ever before. In fact, there are dogs everywhere—in yards, on streets and especially in Westchester’s best dog parks. Here are some of our favorite dog parks in Westchester — where canines can run and have fun off-leash, and which are enclosed by parks where kids can play and there are plenty of shady seats for parents to relax. While it may be easier to open the back door, we suggest you treat the whole family


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to a dog park adventure in Westchester. The Cedar Lane Dog Park in Ossining is securely fenced in and surrounded by greenery with plenty of shady spots. The mulch and wood chip-covered dog park is divided into size-based sections, with free waste bag dispensers, conveniently located trash cans and water fountains. There are plenty of benches, as well as a dedicated parking lot. Membership is $20 a year. (235 Cedar Ln, Ossining; Open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.) Another great option for dog-owners in Westchester is Sleepy Hollow’s Kingsland Point Dog Park, a clean, scenic, fencedin dog park with views of the Hudson

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River, Tappan Zee Bridge and the historic Tarrytown Lighthouse. Surrounded by shady picnic tables, the dog park is located within an 18-acre park, where you’ll find hiking, playgrounds, ballfields and fishing. The $25 annual pass includes parking fees. (Tarrytown Light-Knightsland Point Path, Sleepy Hollow; Open daily, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.) Bring the whole family when you take the pup to the Abrendoth Dog Park in Port Chester, which has both big- and small-dog sections, and even a section for dogs to be trained. It’s close to a playground that can entertain both toddlers and older kids (with a jungle gym, fire engines, merry-go-round and a tire swing). Plus, there is easy parking and a restroom nearby. (139 Touraine Ave, Port Chester; Open daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.) There are tons of dog-friendly activities in Bronxville, including the Bronxville Dog Park which attracts dogs of all shapes and sizes and is open at all hours. The easily accessible, grassy spot even has its own Facebook page where dog owners revel in the park’s daily happenings. (28 Grove Ln, Bronxville; Open 24 hours) Nature-lovers will get a kick out of Paws Place Dog Park in New Rochelle, which features crabapple, black cherry and hickory trees. The dog park has two play sections and a thoughtful enclosure for dogs who are small, elderly or shy. There is a water fountain, poop bags and many benches

throughout the run. The one downside is that you need a permit from New Rochelle’s town hall. (300 Broadfield Rd, New Rochelle; Open daily, sunrise-sunset) Peekskill pups will love the Peeksville Dog Park, a pretty, one-acre dog park (part of the lovely Tompkins Park) which is impeccably maintained by an army of dedicated volunteers. There’s a separate enclosure for small dogs and the cedar chipcovered dog park has benches, poop bags and water fountains. The wider park includes a baseball diamond, basketball court and a wooded area with a paved trail. (1795 Main St, Peekskill; Open daily, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.) Making Pleasantville even more pleasant, the Pleasantville Dog Park has an obstacle course for the dogs and seats for the parents. And in case you forgot your fetch toy, there are always plenty of tennis balls left behind. This dog destination is also part of the enormous Rockefeller State Park Preserve, where families can hike on trails designed to follow the natural flow of the forest. And you can bring the dog hiking too—but don’t forget a leash. (123 Castleton St, Pleasantville; Open daily, sunrise to sunset) There are so many great places to bring dogs in Westchester—hiking trails, riverside beaches and pretty small towns, but dog runs, especially those surrounded by beautiful, kid-friendly parks, make walking the dog fun for the whole family.

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