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Hello Neighbor, and thank you for choosing to make Westchester County home!

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, 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.


Cross County Center Celebrates 70 Years

Seventy years ago, Cross County Center revolutionized the retail landscape, opening as the nation’s first and only open-air shopping destination. Originally housing approximately 30 stores, the center has expanded to nearly 100 stores and restaurants across multiple buildings including Target, Macy’s, Zara, H&M, Pandora, Starbucks, Shake Shack, Hyatt Place Hotel and more. Children’s play areas, free parking and seasonal events draw more than 14 million visitors and guests to the outdoor center, year-round.

Cross County Center has been a beacon of innovation and remarkable growth since its inception. From the opening of the iconic John Wanamaker department store to the arrival of Gimbels, the center quickly established itself as a premier retail destination, effectively cementing Yonkers position as a thriving community hub in the larger Tri-State region.

There’s so much to enjoy with each

visit! Cross County Center has attracted many of the top names in retail and dining including the first Shake Shack and Zara in the county as well as a growing SUNY Westchester Community College location. Other favorites include Michael Kors, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Starbucks, Pandora, Ulta Beauty and more.

Located in Yonkers, just minutes from The Bronx and Manhattan, Cross County Center is THE destination for all things shopping and entertainment. The 1,150,000-square-foot outdoor lifestyle center is located at the intersection of Cross County Parkway and I-87, attracting visitors annually from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Enjoy FREE year-round parking.

For more details on Center happenings, log on to: crosscountycenter.com or follow Cross County Center on social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.

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With 80+ stores, delicious dining and a beautiful open-air setting, you’ll have an amazing experience at Cross County Center, in Westchester County, NY. Enjoy seasonal events and entertainment, movies, children’s play areas, and free parking year‑round. Visitors can even stay at The Hyatt Place hotel that’s conveniently located here. Cross County Center in Yonkers is the center of it all.

FamilyFriendly Public Pools

When the summer season is upon us in Westchester, cool off and visit one of the county’s public pools. The public pools start opening around Memorial Day weekend, with most opening by the end of June. We suggest looking at the pool you wish to visit and marking the opening date on your calendar.

Whether you are a Westchester County native or have just moved to town, we’ve got all the details for your family to plan your outing at one of Westchester’s public pools. Tips: check out the website for pool hours and admission cost

Playland Pool

When the summer season is upon, bring your family to Playland’s family pool, designed with your comfort and family in mind. It features a zero-depth entry and complimentary lounge furniture, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The pool’s entry fee includes beach access. With changing rooms and amenities available, we’re confident that the Playland Pool will be your family’s go-to spot this summer. 1 Playland Pkwy, Rye, NY 10580, playlandpark. connectngo.com/en/tag/beach-pool

Saxon Woods Pool

Saxon Woods Park, spanning 700 acres, is a haven of recreational opportunities. It boasts the county’s largest swimming pool, an 18-hole golf course, a miniature golf course, a children’s aquatic playground, and picnic areas. The park’s trail system, connecting

the park’s southern and northern sections, is a hit among hikers, skiers, and horseback riders. Families can also enjoy miniature golf and pool birthday parties at Saxon Woods. Leashed dogs are allowed. Proof of Westchester County residency is required. Check the site for fees. 1800 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, parks. westchestergov.com/saxon-woods-park

Sprain Ridge Park Pool

Sprain Ridge Park, a 278-acre suburban getaway, is a must-visit for nature lovers. Nestled on a ridge between the northbound and southbound lanes of the Sprain Brook Parkway, this park offers a serene escape from the city. At the heart of the park is its


pool area, a tranquil oasis surrounded by lush greenery. The pool area includes a water play area for children and a pool area for adults. The grounds also have a bathhouse and restrooms for guests’ daily use. Park Fees vary. For further information, please visit Sprain Ridge Park’s website or call (914) 2313450. 149 Jackson Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10705

The Brook at Tibbetts Pool

This beautiful park features an aquatic complex with something for everyone, including a spray playground, in-pool basketball and volleyball, lap lanes, and a signature “lazy river.”The classic bathhouse in Tibbetts and its pavilions offer a traditional touch, which is a reminder of how long this park has been part of the community. Tibbetts Brook Park is the first large-scale recreational development in the county. It’s a green oasis for the county’s residents

and provides woodlands, lakes, fields, and a fun swimming complex for the entire family to enjoy. Check the site for fees. 355 Midland Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704, parks. westchestergov.com/tibbetts-brook-park

Willson’s Waves

Families can find four water recreation areas perfect for everyone, regardless of age, at Willson’s Waves. Their wave pool is guaranteed fun, with three-foot waves that’ll bounce you around for six-minute intervals. This pool also has two 18-foot-high water slides that’ll give you a quick splashdown into 10 inches of water. And if that’s not enough, the interactive water playground has sprays, fountains, cascades, and “curtains” to keep you cool and entertained. Check the site for fees. 8 Bradford Rd, Mt Vernon, NY 10553, parks.westchestergov.com/willsons-woodspark/willsons-waves

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Pumpkin Picking

It’s one of our favorite times of the year: fall pumpkin picking! In Westchester (and the surrounding area), there are tons of places where you can explore some beautiful local farms, enjoy hay rides, delicious farm treats (hello, apple cider donuts), and farm festivals. Some farms require reservations, and picking dates vary, so check their websites or social media pages before you visit. Check out our list below as you soak in the magic of fall with your family.

Barton Orchards

There are so many fun activities and events happening at Barton Orchards this fall. Check out the Jack O’ Lantern Jubilee, family fun weekend, live music, and more! The farm also has hayrides, a petting zoo, a fun park, and pick-your-own pumpkins. Visit the country store for treats and farm concessions. You can also make a whole day out of it with a visit to Tree Top Adventures. Kids ages seven and up can swing and climb through the trees, where they can experience a fun and challenging course for all skill levels. Reservations can be made directly on their website. Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane., Poughquag, NY 12570. 845-227-2306. staging.tangibleagency. com/barton

Dykeman Farms

This farm usually opens in late September, and you’ll find over 70 varieties of pumpkins at Dykeman Farms. You’ll also find winter squashes, fall decorations, apples, and free hay rides on the weekends. Parking is free and reservations are not required for pumpkin picking. The farm also has a store where

you get seasonal produce, including freshly picked corn. Dykeman Farms, 31 Dykeman Lane, Pawling, NY 12564, 845-832-6068. dykemanfarm.com


Fishkill Farms

Get your pumpkins at Fishkill Farms in late September-October. Visit their Pick-YourOwn Page (fishkillfarms.com/visit/pickyour-own) to plan your visit for a Thursday, Friday, or weekend picking. Reservations are required for all visits. During your visit, you can also enjoy their fall harvest festivals (held every weekend in September-October) with live music, food, and yummy apple cider donuts. Visit their on-site farm store and outdoor market for homemade pies and treats, artisanal cheeses, local meats, maple syrup, locally made coffee, tea, local NY state cider, and more. Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533. 845-897-4377. Fishkillfarms.com .

Greig Farm

Pick-your-own pumpkins at Greig Farm from late September until the end of October. They also have an impressive farmers’ market open daily with local goods and produce from all around the Hudson Valley and a kitchen serving breakfast, lunch, and to-go dinners. Behind the barn, kids can feed pygmy goats and koi fish from their pond behind Grandiflora. The farm also has a three-hiking loop that you and your family can explore and soak in the beauty of the Catskill Mountains and nearby ponds, geese, ducks, turtles, frogs, and more. The farm is open daily. Greig Farm, 227 Pitcher Lane., Red Hook, NY 12571. 845-758-8007. Greigfarm.com.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

You can start picking your pumpkins at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard around the third week of September. Most weekends, you can enjoy live country music, a BBQ lunch, hot apple cider donuts, and much more during your visit! Shop their on-site farm store for apples, farm-pressed sweet and hard cider, pasture-raised meats, fresh baked goods, and more. This farm gets very busy, and reservations are required to pick. Note that each reservation ticket allows

entry to the orchard for up to four people only. If you bring a party of more than four people, you will need to purchase an extra reservation. The pumpkin patch is open during the week, and apple picking is on the weekends! Children under three years old are free. Parking entry is for one car only. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560. 914-485-1210. Harvestmoonfarmandorchard. com.

Hurds Family Farm

Hurds Family Farm’s pumpkin picking starts in late September. The farm offers many activities and attractions for families, including a bounce pillow, hayrides, giant slides, a kids’ corral, a playground area, duck races, obstacle courses, nature trails, and corn mazes. Pair your visit with some fall treats and food at Hurds with hot apple cider donuts, apple cider, local spirits, pizza, pies, maple syrup, cotton candy, and more! Hurds Family Farm is open during the week and weekends and offers different tiered tickets with VIP or ultimate ticket options. Kids under age three are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. You can also purchase apple picking or pumpkin picking separately and pay for the activities a la carte. Hurds Family Farm, 2187 State Rte. 32, Modena, NY 12548. 845-883-7825. Hurdsfamilyfarm.com.

Kelder’s Farm

This farm is a bit of a drive from Westchester, but it offers so many novelties that make this day trip worth it. Enjoy pumpkin picking in September-October, where you can find over a dozen varieties. They also have other fall favorites like gourds and squashes. During the fall, you and and your family can enjoy many events such as the fall harvest celebration from September 24th-October 31st, apple and pumpkin cannons, hay rides, and more! Tickets range from $12.95 per person (picking only) to $23.95 per person for a

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Outhouse Orchards

Pick from a wide selection of pumpkins and gourds at Outhouse Orchards. You and your family can also enjoy hay rides, a corn maze, and yummy treats from their 1940s barn converted into a farm store. Outhouse Orchards, 139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560. 914-277-3188. outhouseorchardsny.com

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

Opened in 1828, this family-run farm is open every day from September until November. You can pick pumpkins from the

field or purchase a pre-picked pumpkin at their on-site store. You can also find gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks. Stuart’s only accepts cash or checks. They also only use farm bags; no outside bags are permitted. Stuart’s Fruit Farm, 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY. 914-245-2784. Stuartsfarm.com.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

The pumpkin patch at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm is open Wednesdays-Mondays in October with anticipated start date of October 1st. There are no reservations needed and parking is free. The farm also has a bakery to get delicious pies and cider donuts can be ordered outside the bakery and a country market where you’ll find local crafts and country-themed gifts. Wilkens Farm, 1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. 914-245-5111. wilkensfarm.com.

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Discover Westchester County Parks

There are countless ways to have fun in the parks and preserves that are owned and operated by Westchester County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation (PRC). Its 50-plus facilities and more than 18,000 acres of open space are accessible throughout the year and are the backbone of the county’s vibrant, healthy population. The expertly designed network of green spaces offers activities that suit diverse interests and cater to the wide range of recreational and environmental needs of children and adults.

This top-tier park system ensures that all residents—regardless of their ages, physical abilities and socioeconomic status—can easily access the parks. Ramps and smooth paths for those with mobility challenges are designed to be welcoming and safe for all. No matter where they live, Westchester residents needn’t travel far to enjoy a PRC facility. We’re in everyone’s backyard!

Throughout the year, PRC properties and venues host hundreds of sports, entertainment, educational and community events. The esteemed Westchester County Center in White Plains is the county’s best-known and largest event and entertainment space.

PRC’s endless offerings include four exquisite pools, two beautiful beaches, six pro-level golf courses, extensive hiking and biking trails, and an abundance of sports fields, picnic areas, RV sites, campsites and venues for family-friendly events.

Among PRC’s most popular offerings and events: summer camps with a variety of themes, outdoor concerts and movies, July 3rd Music Festival & Fireworks, the Holidays on the Hill Annual Train Show,

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland DriveThru Holiday Light Extravaganza, two farmers markets, Lasdon Park’s annual plant sale, numerous Halloween festivities, Bicycle Sundays, 12 cultural heritage festivals, and the pools’ and beaches’ Family Fun Days and DJ Days. The paved South County Trailway (14.1 miles), North County Trailway (22.1 miles) and Bronx River Pathway (11.2) draw walkers, joggers, runners and bicyclists from all over the New York tri-state area.

By prioritizing accessibility, diversity, sustainability, community involvement, maintenance and connectivity, the PRC park system significantly enhances the county’s quality of life, and provides spaces in which people can relax, play and connect with nature.

The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation has the distinction of having been awarded national accreditation by the prestigious National Recreation and Parks Association three times. PRC is also the only accredited park system in New York State. To learn more about PRC, visit parks.westchestergov.com.

The Ultimate Guide to Pick-Your-Own Farms

When you think of farms, you probably used to think of the song “Old McDonald” with red barns, milking cows, and chickens laying eggs. But they are a lot more than that! In the past decade or so, farm visits have become a very popular outdoor family excursion for a lot of reasons. Not only do farm trips teach us about agriculture and where our food comes from, but they get our families off their devices and out of the house and take us into a different scenery. Additionally, farms allow fun and interactive experiences, like picking your own produce. As an added bonus, they provide the perfect backdrop for a family photo.

We’ve listed some great reasons to choose this popular seasonal activity with your family below, along with tips and helpful information you will need to prepare for your next trip to the farm. Visit newyorkfamily.com/pick-your-own for our favorite farms in and around New York!

Note: Sometimes Mother Nature has different plans than we do. Always confirm the farm’s hours, prices, and availability before heading out.

Why Pick Your Own?

Health Benefits : Picking your own produce has both mental and physical health benefits. Getting outdoors has been proven to boost your vitamin D levels and reduce feelings of stress. Visiting these fields and farms gives you and your family the ability to stimulate all five senses. Plus, having fresh produce in the house promotes healthy eating. It could make even your picky eater try something new! Whether you are buying produce or not, the environment lends itself to a new kind of outdoor experience, so breathe in the fresh air and enjoy your surroundings! Most farms provide rich knowledge about agriculture, as it is both interesting and beneficial to know where your food is coming from.

Environmental Benefits: Visiting farms supports small businesses and stimulates the local economy.

Taste the Difference : Let’s be real, at the end of the day one of the best benefits of picking your own produce is stocking your fridge and pantry with all the yummy fresh fruits and veggies! Once you bring all the produce home, the possibilities are endless.


You can create your own jams, jellies, pies, and more. Check out recipes to make after pumpkin picking and apple picking. Not the recipe cooking type? No worries! Most of these farms feature a market where you can purchase seasonal farm fresh fruits and vegetables grown onsite. They carry high-quality homemade ciders, coffees, teas, maple syrups, honey, jams, yogurts, cheeses, etc. The options are endless! Find a farm with a bakery and you hit the jackpot! If you never had a hot, fresh apple cider donut you have no idea what you are missing! Stock up on your favorite pies to share with your families, a very popular option when it comes to holiday time. No one can resist a fresh farm pie!

The Best Pick-Your-Own Fruits, Flowers and More!


There is nothing like a fresh, sweet and slightly tangy strawberry. Children love strawberries in their natural form, but the possibilities for family-friendly recipes are endless. Some favorites include strawberry jams, yogurt, and pancakes. Parents looking for a real treat? Homemade strawberry daiquiris make the perfect summer cocktail. Cheers!

When to go? Strawberry season is typically late in May and early June. How much? Prices range from $5.50 to $8.00 per pound.

Picking tips: When picking the perfect strawberries, look for vibrant red and fully shaped strawberries. Strawberries do not ripen after being picked so you want to grab the ripest ones right away. When picking your strawberries, grip the stem above the strawberry, twist, and pull. Be careful when storing strawberries in containers to not overcrowd the container, for that may cause strawberries to bruise or become mushy. When you go home, refrain from washing the strawberries until you are ready to use them; washing immediately increases the chances of spoiling faster.


A little peachy attitude goes a long way for this sweet summer fruit. Peaches hold a bright and sweet flavor with notes of tartness. They have been called a superfood and contain excellent sources of vitamins A and C. They are versatile; keep it simple with sliced peaches and creams or whip up a decadent peach cobbler.

When to go? Peach-picking season is typically late July through September. How much? Peaches are approximately $3.00 per pound.

Picking tips : When it comes to picking the perfect peach there are many things to keep an eye out for. First, you want to examine the peaches’ skin. If there is any green on the skin, the peach is not ready to be picked. Additionally, use your sense of smell! Ripe and ready peaches will give off a sweet aroma, when there is no aroma the peach needs more time to ripen. Finally, make sure the fruit is not too firm and easy to retrieve from the tree. When bringing peaches home, store them in the refrigerator to slow down the process of ripening. For long-term storage, you can freeze them in an airtight plastic bag.


Did you know you can pick your own sunflowers? Sunflowers are commonly associated with summer. They add a pop of color to any space, whether it is your backyard, kitchen, or living room. Sunflowers can be put on display, used for crafts, composting, and more. Sunflower fields open the door for some seriously Instagram-worthy pictures. There are usually a plethora of fun activities for families, such as mazes and bouquet making. When to go? Sunflower picking season is typically mid-summer.

How much? Sunflowers cost approximately $2.00 a flower.

Picking Tips : Some sunflower farms or fields let you pick your own sunflowers while others sell them. You are usually allowed to enter the fields for photos either way, but check the farm’s policy first.

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Nothing says fall like a nice crisp apple plucked straight from a tree. Apples are one of the most diverse fruits and are used in so many different delicious ways. Cider, pie, tarts, juice, and more are all amazing options – not to mention biting into one the old-fashioned way. There are tons of apple varieties, so choose a farm that is growing your favorite kind. Or try them all!

When to go? Apple season normally begins in late August and lasts until around mid to late October.

How much? Prices for apples vary by variety and typically are sold by the pound.

Picking tips : There are many things to look out for when choosing your choice of apples. You want to ensure the apples you pick are free from any blemishes or bruises. Apples should be firm to the touch and not mushy. Another helpful tip is to look for apples with stems intact, as the stem keeps the apple good for longer. Be mindful when you pick the apple to keep the stem intact.


Pumpkin picking is a fall staple and perhaps the most popular fall outdoor activity for families. Carving pumpkins is a treasured tradition for many families after everyone chooses their perfect pumpkin. Kids love the joy of picking their own pumpkin to turn into a unique jackolantern and displaying it proudly outside during Halloween. Grab a few extra pumpkins to create some delicious recipes such as pumpkin pie, bread, muffins and more. Pumpkins are a very healthy food that provides calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Don’t forget to roast the seeds!

When to go? Pumpkin-picking picking season typically begins in September and ends on Halloween.

How much? Pumpkin prices vary greatly depending on size, but they average around $5.50 each.

Picking tips : Color is everything when it comes to the perfect pumpkin. You want to pick a pumpkin that is a gorgeous orange color

with no blemishes or bruising. If you are looking for a pumpkin to carve, you want to look for one that will have enough room for your design and a smooth outer shell. When bringing home your pumpkin you definitely want to clean it. Pumpkins can be prone to bacteria, which could result in decaying.

Christmas Trees

Did you know you can pick your very own Christmas tree? Christmas tree farms allow you to observe these gorgeous trees in their natural habitat and take them to your home to decorate. Picking your own tree creates a special memory within the family for the holidays. Not to mention, having a real Christmas tree will hit you with joy the second you open your front door, thanks to their unmistakable aroma. Most Christmas tree farms also sell wreaths, garlands and more. And as an added treat for the kids… lots of tree farms offer a visit and photo opportunity with Santa! So grab a hot chocolate or cider and enjoy this holiday tradition, sure to get your family right into the Christmas spirit!

When to go? Christmas Tree farms usually open around late November through December

How much? The average price of a Christmas tree is about $85.

Picking Tips : Bundle up! It will most likely be very chilly and you want your family to be as comfy as possible. Always feel free to ask questions to farm workers in order to find your perfect tree. Your tree should be a healthy green color and the size of your liking. Christmas trees can be quite large so measure ahead of time and make sure you have the space in your vehicle to transport it home. Additionally, look for branches with space to hold all of your decorations and ornaments; flimsy branches will result in falling “needles.” When home, you will need fresh water to keep your tree well hydrated. The amount of water you will need depends on the size of your tree and trunk.

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White Plains Hospital Making Sure Summer Stays Safe for Kids

The kids are out of school and looking for action! But as with any adventures, some caution should be taken – and knowing what to do if things go wrong can be critically important. Here are some tips to keep in mind: Children should slather on sunscreen if they’re heading outside. 40-50 SPF is the recommended range for maximum effectiveness. Reapply every 1-2 hours, or more often if they’re swimming or perspiring excessively. Hats can also play a key role in minimizing sun exposure, if they’re willing to keep them on.

Speaking of swimming: Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old. Closely monitor your young children if they’re in a pool; likewise, if they’re old enough to head to the lake or larger bodies of water, keep an eye on them. Don’t rely on lifeguards when it comes to your child’s safety and put down your phone!

Bug bites or stings can present their own challenges. Pain, swelling and redness from a bee sting can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, but those symptoms do not necessarily mean it’s an emergency. However, an allergic reaction – known as anaphylaxis – will present within two hours of the sting, marked by hives and trouble breathing and swallowing. Such severe reactions occur in roughly four out of every 1,000 children. If this happens, take the child immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Ticks can also hamper summer fun –but not all ticks carry disease. If you find a tick on your child, use tweezers to grasp it as close to the skin as you can, then

pull straight upward without twisting to remove the tick. Call your pediatrician after removing the tick; depending on how long it was attached, they may want to give antibiotic prophylaxis.

If your child develops a rash, fever, or persistent headache – or begins exhibiting other unusual symptoms – beginning 2 to 14 days after the bite, call your physician. A red ring or “bull’s-eye” rash appearing 3 to 30 days after the bite indicates the presence of Lyme disease and should be addressed immediately.

Encourage everyone to enjoy all that the summer months offer – but take a prudent approach if and when a mishap occurs. And of course if you have any additional concerns, contact your pediatrician.

Dr. Debra Etelson is a board-certified pediatrician who provides primary care to children and teenagers through White Plains Hospital Physician Associates in Somers. To make an appointment for your child, call 914-849-7075.


Drive-In Movie Theaters

When the weather isn’t as chilly it’s the perfect time to plan a road trip and head to a drive-in to watch a movie. This tradition always makes for an adventoureous and memorable way to spend an evening with the family.

Here are ourfavorite drive-in options, which are just a short drive from Westchester!

Four Brothers Drive-In

Amenia, NY

Four Brothers Drive-In is open seven nights a week, and double features play every night. Vehicle registration is $15, which also covers the driver’s ticket. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids, seniors, and veterans. Families can enjoy food options from two menus, including lobster rolls, burgers, shakes, and ice cream. Visitors can arrive early and enjoy all the fun activities and amenities this drive-in offers. Families will find camping experiences, mini golf, a playground and arcade, a garden, a mastodon exhibit (yes, you read that right), and so much more. Location: 4957 NY-22, Amenia, NY.

Fair Oaks Drive-In

Middletown, NY

Double features are back at Fair Oaks DriveIn, the perfect place to sneak away and catch up on the movies you’ve been meaning to watch. Admission prices are $30 per carload and $49 for a carload family pack, including one 170oz popcorn, candy, and four bottled drinks. Regular adult admission is $12 and $8 for children and seniors. They are showing movies on two screens and offer classic concession stand items at their snack bar and fresh, made-to-order menu options. Location: 365 Bloomingburg Rd, Middletown, NY.

Malta Theatre

Ballston Spa, NY

Head to Malta Drive-In to celebrate 75 years of movies and memories. Admission is $12 for anyone twelve and older and $6 for children under $12. Families can find a snack bar on the grounds, which opens at the same time as the box office, 7:30 pm. Concession stand items include nachos, burgers, fries, pizza, and more. The movie sound is broadcast over an FM radio station, and families also have the option to rent boom boxes for $5 at the concession stand. Location: 2785 Route 9, Malta, NY

Jericho Drive-In and Twist Ice Cream Shoppe

Glenmont, NY

Take a drive to the Jericho Drive-In Theater and Ice Cream Shoppe with the entire family. Movies and ice cream—is there a better summer combo? The drive-in gates open one and a half hours before showtime on Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children 11 and under. The online ordering system allows families to order food and tickets once in the theater. Location: 21 Jericho Road, Glenmont, NY.

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Hollywood Theatre

Averill Park, NY

Like many other options on this list, Hollywood Drive-In Theatre is an excellent option for all families looking to make fun summer memories. It also offers double features—two movies for the price of one is always a steal we’ll love. Gates open at 6:30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and 7:00 pm on Sundays. Families can find some delicious concession stand goodies like pizza, nachos, grilled food, and more. Location: 9254 NY Rte 66, Averill Park, NY.

Overlook Drive-In

Poughkeepsie, NY

Overlook Drive-In has been a go-to drive-in movie destination since 1955 and is back again this summer, bringing all the fun outdoor movie memories. There’s nothing we love more than a good discount movie day, and at Overlook, Mondays are discount nights, with $10 tickets for their double features. Regular admission for adults is $15 and $10 for children ages 5-11; all children under five get in for free. Families can bring their appetites and enjoy concession stand items like popcorn, pizza rolls, pretzels, and more. Location: 126 Degarmo Road (Between Routes 44 & 55) Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Warwick Drive-In

Warwick, NY

Head to Warwick with your loved ones for that classic movie drive-in experience. Warwick is open every night and plays double-features. Admission is $13 for adults and $9 for kids and seniors. Keep in mind that they have moved to a cash-only system at the box office, and the snack bar counter and credit cards are accepted on the fanfood app, where visitors can order and purchase their food from their cars. Families can purchase their tickets ahead of time online on their website to avoid paying cash at the box office. Families can find freshly cooked food, snacks, ice cream, and drinks. Location: 5 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, NY

Hi-Way Drive-In

Coxsackie, NY

The Hi-Way Drive-In has been around since the 1950s and has made a name for itself in Coxsackie as a family-owned business since its inception. Founded by the Klein brothers and now owned by partners Sydney and Greg, they’re keeping this outdoor staple alive for families from everywhere to drive in and enjoy. Hi-Way Drive-In is open Friday to Sunday at 7:30 pm, and all shows start when it’s dark, at 9:00 pm. Admission for adults is $12, $6 for children (11 and under), and children under three get in for free. Families can find classic drive-in eats like chicken tenders, deep-fried pickles, burgers, and more. Location: 10699 State Route 9W Coxsackie, NY

Mansfield Drive-In

Mansfield, CT

Open since 1954, this Connecticut Drive-In has been serving the community for generations and is continuing to do so this summer. It is officially in its summer schedule and is open seven days a week. The gates open at approximately 7:15 pm. Wednesdays are Carload Wednesdays, where families pay $26 per car, no matter how many people are in your vehicle. This special offer will be available until August. Regular admission is $13 for anyone twelve and older, $9 for children eleven to four, and seniors and children under three are free. Families can enjoy food from their snack bar and can order in person. Location: 228 Stafford Rd, Mansfield Center, CT 06250

Greenville Drive-In

Greenville NY

Take a drive out to Greenville for “Cinema with a Twist.” This Drive-In theater serves summer fun with movies, music, cocktails, and more. Admission is $9 per person, and spots are assigned at the box office, or you can select them online when you purchase your tickets. The Greenville Drive-In often has private and public family-friendly events, so check out their calendar for what’s coming up this summer. Location: 10700 NY-32, Greenville, NY 12083

Visit Rochester

Just a few hours’ drive (or an Amtrak ride) from the bustling streets of New York City lies a hidden gem that offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and fun activities — Rochester, NY.

Family Activities Abound

The Strong National Museum of Play offers interactive exhibits on toys, video games, and pop culture that will delight kids and adults, along with the world’s most extensive collection of toys, dolls, and games. Nearby, the Rochester Museum & Science Center provides hands-on experiences exploring science, technology, and local history, making learning fun and engaging. Seabreeze Amusement Park, one of the oldest amusement parks in the country, is a must-visit for thrill-seeking families. Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, it offers a variety of rides and attractions, including roller coasters, a water park, and classic amusement rides.

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The George Eastman Museum, located in the estate of the founder of Kodak, provides a glimpse into the world of photography and film. Meanwhile, the Susan B. Anthony House pays tribute to the pioneering suffragist and is an excellent place to introduce children to the history of civil rights in America.

A lavender haze takes over Wickham Farms during the early summer months, followed by sunflowers later in the season. Enjoy a fresh lemonade as your family plays through 30+ attractions, including mini golf, jumping pillow, and more. After a tasty ice cream cone at Long Acre Farms, let the kids’ imaginations run wild as they explore an Amish-made pirate ship, train and monster truck, tractors, kids’ play house, and giant tires.

A family tradition since 1918, Schutt’s Apple Mill offers you-pick apples, flowers, and special events year-round.

Step back in time with Genesee Country Village and Museum, the largest living history museum in New York State.

Outdoor Adventures

The Genesee Riverway Trail winds through the city and along the Genesee River and is perfect for hiking, biking, or a stroll. Enjoy a sail on the Sam Patch or Colonial Belle while learning about the significant role the Erie Canal played in New York state’s history. Riverie, a new boat on the Genesee River, allows for stunning skyline views while enjoying a leisurely cruise. There are many ways to enjoy water activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming.


A month-by-month guide to events across Westchester & beyond

In Westchester County, our families are always looking for the best and most enjoyable activities throughout the year. Fortunately, there is always something exciting happening in our communities each season. From outdoor concerts in the summer to experiencing a Westchester winter wonderland, witnessing the seasonal change in our county is one of the highlights of living here. There are always tons of enjoyable activities for the whole family, and this year is no different. This year’s annual guide is filled with fun activities that our families can start adding to their calendars today.

JULY 2024

Music on the Hill

Fridays, May 3rd–September 27th from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Enjoy live music at Ridge Hill as a part of their Music on the Hill concert series. Concerts run from May to September and are held

every Friday and feature Westchester artists. To check out the complete lineup and for more information, visit ridgehill.com/events/ music-on-the-hill. One Ridge Hill Boulevard Yonkers, NY 10710.

Vineyardfest: Summer Festival Series

Sundays, June 16th-September 8th from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip and a fun family getaway, and the Vineyardfest: Summer Festival Series in Montgomery, NY, is the perfect excuse for a trip. Families can enjoy a premium festival experience with live music on the lawn, games, art, and more. For additional information, visit citywinery.com/hudsonvalley. 23 Factory St, Montgomery, NY 12549.

Fireworks at Rye Playland

Saturdays, Beginning June 29th at 9:00 pm

Nothing says summer like fireworks and rides. Spend a day having fun on classic Westchester rides until the sun goes down,


and then watch as fireworks light up the sky with the entire family at Playland. Catch the special holiday fireworks show on the 4th of July. 1 Playland Parkway Rye, NY 10580

Yonkers Waterfront Live Concert Series

Fridays, June 14th-August 16th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Enjoy live, free music with an incredible view of the Hudson River as a backdrop for the night. The Yonkers Waterfront Live Concert Series will feature music styles like soul, reggae, Latin, and more. Grab a bite from one of the many restaurants along the waterfront and close the night out with some great tunes. 71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

Westchester’s July Heritage Festivals

Sundays, May 19th-August 25th, from 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

In the summertime, Westchester celebrates various cultures from our communities. These events occur in two locations in Westchester and include food, music, crafts, entertainment, and more. This July, Westchester is celebrating Hispanic (July 7th), Irish-American (July 14th), Italian (July 21st), and Arab-American heritages (July 21st).

The other cultures Westchester celebrates are Indian, Jewish, Muslim, Albanian, Asian American, and Polish Heritages. Kensico Dam, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Road, Valhalla, NY 10595, and 287 Ridge Rd, Hartsdale, NY 10530

Westchester Roots

June-September, various times

Enjoy live music throughout Westchester County as part of the Westchester Roots concerts series. This series, brought to us by Arts Westchester, includes free concerts in various parks, staged performances on city streets, and outdoor cultural festivals in Westchester. Various locations.

Concerts at Caramoor

Enjoy live music all summer long at Caramoor. Soak in the natural wonder of its

stunning grounds as you listen to an incredible roster of talented musicians. For more information, visit caramoor.org. Various times. 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY 10536.

The 2024 Minnie Untermyer Concert Series

June 8th - September 15th, various times

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 jazz, dance, the Westchester Philharmonic Quintet, Persian classical music, and more. Tickets range from $30-50 per person. For more information, visit untermyergardens.org/concerts-andperformances.html. Untermyer Gardens, 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701.


Westchester’s August Heritage Festivals

Sundays, May 19th-August 25th, from 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Westchester’s heritage festivals in August are definitely ones to add to your calendar. These events will also include food, music, crafts, entertainment, and more. In August, we celebrate and highlight the fantastic Indian (August 4th), Jewish (August 18th), and Muslim (August 25th) cultures. Kensico Dam, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Road, Valhalla, NY 10595, and 287 Ridge Rd, Hartsdale, NY 10530

Katonah Classic Stage Film Festival

Saturday, August 10th

For the fifth year, the Katonah Classic Stage will partner with Bedford Playhouse to celebrate and uplift various stories on film. Head to the playhouse lawn for short films from Bedford, Westchester, New York, and the world. The program will feature young up-and-coming filmmakers and will be a fun, family-friendly day for those who love cinema. 633 Old Post Road Bedford, New York 10506

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South Salem Fire Department Annual Carnival & Parade

August 7th-August 10th various times Summer is all about carnivals, games, and rides. Enjoy the popular South Salem Fire Department Annual Carnival, starting with a parade on August 7th: 1190 Route 35, South Salem, NY, 10590.

Broadway in Bedford

Sunday, August 11th at 5:00 pm

The Bedford Playhouse brings the best of Broadway to you this summer with Broadway in Bedford! This summer features West End Hits conducted by music director Dan Micciche from Wicked. More information and tickets at bedfordplayhouse.org. 633 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY 10506.

Westchester Reggae Festival

Sunday, August 18th at 7:00 pm

Head to Port Chester for Westchester’s Reggae Festival this August. This familyfriendly event showcases the best reggae and world music genres and brings them to our Westchester families. Ticket prices vary based on seating, ranging from $65 to $229. Tickets can be purchased on ticketmaster.com. The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573-4549

Renaissance Faire Weekend

Saturday, August 24th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

A fun one for our little ones: head to the Westchester Children’s Museum for their August Renaissance Faire Weekend. This is a fun way to step back in time but with a STEAMthemed twist. Activities involve learning about adaptation and natural selection, creating moving sculptures, testing medieval engineering inventions, designing a ceiling fresco, exploring exhibits through side quests, and so much more. 100 Playland ParkwayRye, NY, 10580


Apple Picking

One of the best fall activities to look forward

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze opens in September at Van Cortland Manor

to in Westchester County is apple picking. Our local farms regularly run apple picking season from September to October. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard in North Salem is one of our go-to local destinations. Visit harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com for dates and details. 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560.

13th Annual Putnam County Wine & Food Fest

September 21st- September 22nd

Calling all foodies! Enjoy the best local food and beverages at the 13th Annual Putnam County Wine & Food Fest! The festival features local vendors, live music, cooking demos, arts and crafts, and children’s activities such as face painting, sand art, cornhole, and more. Ticket prices vary and range from $25 to $35 a person. Children under age 15 are free. Wells Park, 98 Oak Street, Brewster, NY.

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. It features more than 7,000 hand-carved and illuminated pumpkins, incredible light shows, and spooky


music to set the tone—book early, as this event usually sells out. Get your tickets at pumpkinblaze.org. Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

Jazz Fest

September 11th-September 15th Various times

This popular JazzFest is back with many live musical performances, including free performances and programming throughout White Plains. For additional information, visit artswestchester.org. White Plains, NY

100th Anniversary Yorktown Grange Fair

September 6th-September 8th, various times

This year’s fitting theme is “Centennial Celebration”. The event includes amazing livestock exhibits, sensational art shows, thrilling rides, delicious food, live music, and more. For more information, visit yorktowngrangefair.org. Yorktown Grange Fair Grounds, 99 Moseman Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, September 28th, from 10:00 am4:00 pm

This popular literary event allows kids to meet their favorite authors and illustrators throughout the day. Kids can also enjoy storytime, demos, food trucks, local vendors, and interactive experiences in the Family Fun Zone. For more info and the author lineup, check out ccbfestival.org. This event is free and will happen rain or shine at Chappaqua Metro-North train station.

Armonk Art Show

September 28th and September 29th

Enjoy celebrating culture and art at the popular outdoor Armonk Art Show. This fun annual event (rain or shine) features local artists’ works in every medium. You and your family can admire and buy them. For more information and tickets, head to armonkoutdoorartshow.org. 205 Business Park Dr, Armonk, NY 10504.

Jay Day

Sunday, September 29th, from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Held at the Jay Heritage Center, this fun fall festival includes activities for kids such as face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, stilt walkers and jugglers, guided tours, food truck vendors, ice cream, and more. Families will also have the chance to learn about Archaeology with Dr. Eugene Boesch and even hold 4,000-year-old artifacts. For more information, visit jayheritagecenter.org. Jay Heritage Center, 210 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580.


Pumpkin Picking

October is all about pumpkins and preparing for the spooky season! In Westchester, pumpkin picking is a seasonal must, and one of our favorite local orchards is Outhouse Orchards. Pumpkin season usually runs from late September through October. Head to outhouseorchardsny.com for dates and details. 139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 1056

Family Fall Festival at The Barley Beach House

Every weekend in October from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Head to Rye Town Park this October for some classic fall family fun. The Barley Beach House will host their Family Fall Festival every weekend in October! They are bringing the orchard to us. This event will include free parking, over 2000 pumpkins for families, cider donuts, live music, face painting, hayrides, axe throwing, food, shopping vendors, and more. Head to thebarleybeachhouse.com/events for more information. The Barley Beach House, 95 Dearborn Avenue, Rye, NY 10580

Pound Ridge Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 5th from 1:00 pm-6:00 pm Enjoy this popular all-day music festival and


community event with your family. Every year, they feature a stellar lineup of music, Oktoberfest-style food, a beverage garden, and activities for kids. For more information, visit: poundridgeharvestfestival.com. 179 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge, NY

Jeff Boyer’s Big Bubble Bonanza

Sunday, October 6th at 3:00 pm

Experience the latest, funniest, and most spectacular bubble show from the worldfamous Jeff Boyer, a Guinness Book of World Records holder and master bubble wrangler. Combining comedy, music, and interactive bubble magic, Jeff captivates and entertains audiences of all ages. This is a sensory-friendly bubble extravaganza that the whole family can enjoy. Tickets at $30 a person. For more information, head to paramounthudsonvalley. com. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown Street Peekskill, Peekskill, NY

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

October 28th-November 10th, Various times

Another foodie favorite is Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Enjoy incredible dining offers throughout the Hudson Valley for lunch and dinner. For additional information, visit: valleytable.com


YoFi Fest

November 8th-November 27th, Various times and locations

Take the whole family to the YoFi Film Festival, where you can watch a collection of new kids’ movies and adult movies. The event includes a Red Carpet Reception through closing night’s Audience Choice Awards Ceremony. YoFiFest welcomes and celebrates early-career filmmakers, seasoned industry professionals, and everyone in between. Visit www.yofifest.com to view the latest movie schedules.

Lyndhurst Mansion Holiday Opening & Makers Market

Westchester Winter Wonderland

Saturday, November 29th-December 31st from 9:30 am-5:00 pm

Enjoy a beautiful tour of the Lyndhurst Mansion, which is decorated for the holidays. This includes a one-hour tour to see dozens of beautifully decorated trees and discuss history, architecture, and stunning art pieces. Families can shop at a curated Makers Market in the Carriage House tent. For more information and tickets, visit lyndhurst. org/events. Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Westchester Winter Wonderland

November- January, various times

Enjoy the magic of the holidays warm in your car in this fun holiday drive-thru experience. You and your kids will see tons of attractions, such as the Fireside Forest, Winter Winds Way, Dove Drive, Christmas Tree Plaza with two thirty-foot snowflakes, Land of Packages, Magical Woods, Elf Disco, and of course, the 100-feet tunnel with swirling colors that will transport you into the holiday season. As you watch the lights before your eyes, you and your kids can listen to holiday music, which will be playing through your car’s FM radio. Tickets go on sale in September. For additional information, visit: wwinterwonderland.com.



Cross County Mall Holiday Events

Take pictures with Santa at the Cross County Mall. Make reservations early and plan to spend a day there shopping, ice skating, and enjoying tasty local fare from their weekend food trucks. For additional information, please visit www.crosscountycenter.com/ events. 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY 10704.

Grand Holiday Illumination

Visit Untermyer Gardens for their annual Grand Holiday Illuminations. This free event features more than 10,000 lights in a fun walkthrough experience as you see the beautiful architecture of Untermyer Gardens dressed up for the season. Untermyer Gardens, 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Holiday Lights on the Farm

Get into the holiday spirit at Muscoot Farm and see the farm illuminated at night for its Holiday Lights on the Farm. In addition to the decorations, attendees can participate in various activities, including cookie decorating, crafts, treats, and more. The event will include a Saturday holiday market to purchase gifts and other treats. 2024 dated TBA. Muscoot Farm, 51 Route 100 Katonah, New York 10536.

Menorah Lightings

Each town offers its Menorah Lighting to celebrate the festival of lights. Some popular events include the Community Celebration in Scarsdale, the Katonah Tree and Menorah Lighting, the Chanukah Village Lighting in Somers, and village lightings in the Rivertowns: Hastingson-Hudson, Irvington, and Ardsley.

New Year’s Eve Westchester Celebrations

Our towns and villages throughout the county have annual New Year’s Eve Celebrations that are perfect for every family. Cities like Peekskill, White Plains, New Rochelle, and more have yearly ball drop celebrations

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that give us that city-like feel without leaving home. Families can find live music, food vendors, and even fireworks in some cities. Be sure to head to your local city events calendar for details on these annual events.


First Day of the Year Hikes throughout Westchester

A tradition for many residents of Westchester is to head out for a hike on the first day of the year to get things started just right. We suggest heading to Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, John Jay Homestead, and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation for incredible views. Join in on the fun this year and head out for the first day of the year.


Westchester Museums for Winter Break

February marks winter break for Westchester kids, and if you’re planning to stay in Westchester, we suggest you visit one of our local museums. The Hudson River Museum, Westchester Children’s Museum, and

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MARCH 2025

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Celebrate St. Patrick’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 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.

Maple Saturdays

Visit the Lenoir Preserve to learn how maple syrup is made. 2025 date TBA. Lenoir Preserve, 19 Dudley Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

APRIL 2025

‘Pitch in for Parks’ with Westchester Parks Foundation

Give back as a family and participate in the Westchester Parks Foundation’s annual Pitch in for Parks community cleanup program. The weeklong event kicks off in April and ends on Earth Day, during which over 1,000 volunteers clean up trash, clear trails and shorelines, restore wildlife habitats, remove invasive vines, paint, and more. The April 2025 dates are TBA. Various locations in Westchester.

Earth Day Events

Get involved and learn more about the environment at one of many Earth Day events in Westchester, such as the 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. 2025 dates

TBA. Greenossining.org/about-us, Ossining Train Station. Bedford 2030 also hosts a fun Earth Day Festival at the Bedford Hills train station for families, which includes a seed swap, tree and plant sale, live music, composting tutorials, kids’ activities, and more. 2025 date TBA. 46 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, NY.

Spring Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

This foodie favorite comes back in the spring! Spring Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is the perfect way to kick off the spring season with special offers for lunch and dinner. For additional information, visit valleytable.com. Various locations throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley

MAY 2025

Bicycle Sundays

May - September from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

As Westchester County’s longest-running recreational program, Bicycle Sundays quickly became a beloved County-wide activity. This program allows Westchester residents and visitors to enjoy outdoor exercise without cars while accessing the Bronx River Parkway. The 2025 dates are TBA. Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers.

Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst

Enjoy the incredible work of over 200 craftspeople at the Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst. This includes handmade fashions, handicrafts, jewelry, accessories, fashion, and more! 2025 dates TBA. Check out more information at lyndhurst.org/events/spring-crafts. 635 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

Playland Opening Weekend

Kick off the season at Rye Playland’s opening weekend with rides, games, and a stroll on the iconic boardwalk! The 2025 date is TBA. For more information, visit playland.com. 1 Playland Pkwy, Rye, NY 10580.


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Pinkster Festival

Celebrate spring and African American culture at the Pinkster Festival. The event includes African music and dance, games and children’s activities, vendors, and food and drinks. The 2025 date is TBA. It is a free event. Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Nyack Famous Street Fair

Enjoy a day in Nyack at their Famous Street Fair! This fair features over 275 exhibitors, food, and live music. It includes arts and crafts, local retail vendors, home decor, and more. Don’t forget to try an old-fashioned soda or egg cream at NY Soda Jerks. The event is free and rain or shine. The 2025 date is TBA. Downtown Nyack, Main Street & Broadway, Nyack, NY.

Yonkers Arts Weekend

The Yonkers Arts Weekend is filled with

exciting programs, interactive workshops for the whole family, food trucks, a fashion show, live music, free museum admission to the Hudson River Museum, art exhibitions, and much more! During the day, a free shuttle will take families to various event points at Van der Donck Park, Carpet Mills Arts District, Hudson River Museum, and Untermyer Park and Gardens. 2025 date TBA. Various locations. For more information, visit: yonkersartsweekend.com

JUNE 2025

Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival

Families can learn more about Ukrainian culture at this annual celebration of Ukrainian heritage, enjoy food, traditional crafts, games, and more. 2025 date TBA. St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 21 Shonnard Place, Yonkers, NY, 10703.


Public Pools Opening Day


Westchester families are ready to head outside in June and take in the summer sun. Opening day for all of our public pools occurs each June. Check out parks.westchestergov.com for opening day dates, details, and various locations.

Juneteenth Events

Celebrate Juneteenth with your family throughout Westchester. Every town has its events, some popular ones being the White Plains Juneteenth Storywalk and Parade and Juneeteenth at Caramoor. There are also events in Mount Kisco, Ardsley, Peekskill, Pelham, Mamaroneck, Ossining, Katonah, Hastings on Hudson, New Rochelle, Yonkers, and more. There are various dates, times, and locations.

Pride Events

Celebrate Pride Month with your kids at various festivals and events throughout Westchester. These include Rockland County Pride, Peekskill Pride in the Park, Bedford, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge Pride in the Park, PRIDE Sunset Hike, and more. There are various dates, times, and locations.

RiverArts Music Tour

RiverArts Music Tour takes place in June throughout the Rivertown villages of Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, and Tarrytown. Hundreds of performers play music in backyards, gardens, village businesses, churches, community centers, and open green spaces on the banks of the Hudson River. This is the largest, familyfriendly, free event for music lovers in lower Westchester County. Head to riverarts.org for more information. 2025 dates are TBA










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10 Family Hikes in Westchester

Whether you just moved here or are a long-time resident, you live in one of the most gorgeous counties where nature is plentiful. One way to do this is to explore its trails and parks. Below, check out our favorite hikes and walks in Westchester and Connecticut that you and your family can explore when the weather allows.

Ward Pound Ridge

Located in Pound Ridge, Ward Pound Ridge is a spacious park that offers nine trails for hikers of all abilities. There are numerous trail makers for families, including a 2.6-mile option to the adventurous 9.9-mile option. Many of the hikes are flat and offer points to rest by water. The site also has a museum, playground (located on one of the trail makers) and various seated areas for a picnic. Reservation Rd, Pound Ridge, NY

Zofnass Family Trail

The largest of the Westchester Land Trust’s preserves, the Zofnass Family Trail, also located in Pound Ridge, encompasses 150 acres of rocky hills, flat surfaces, and muddy trails. During our visit, we took a simple onemile trail that was an adventure that included a mixture of levels–including rock hopping, mud and finding animal skeletons! This trail is also home to reptiles and amphibians that you will likely see along the way. 258 Upper Shad Rd, Pound Ridge, NY

Farringtons Woods Trail

Situated on the Connecticut/Westchester border, this 10.9-mile trail is divided into multiple trails. This includes flat spots and trails that

can take you along the water or at steep points of elevation that make for some fantastic views. Farringtons Woods Trail is also open to mountain bikers, motorcyclists, and bikers, which can make it a bit more challenging (space-wise) during some parts of the hike. New York CT/ Border. Start in Danbury, CT or Brewster, NY.


A 1,000-acre nature preserve, Teatown is a fun place for families to explore, stroll, and hike. They have 15 miles of trails where you can soak in the natural terrain and encourage your kids to become jr. explorers. Their maps also break down the easier trails (.9 miles) to the more strenuous ones (6.5 miles), based on your ability. 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining, NY

Muscoot Farm

This farm trail loops offer one to four-mile options, including views of the New Croton Reservoir. 51 NY-100, Katonah, NY

Kitchawan Preserve

A stunning hike, the Kitchawan Preserve

includes a hike along the reservoir and the North County Trailway. The hike is pretty steady, with ample places to stop along the way. 712 Kitchawan Rd, Ossining, NY

Cranberry Lake Preserve

A 190-acre park, the Cranberry Lake Preserve covers numerous trails from one mile to 2.4 miles–offering mild to moderate levels of elevation. Views of the Cranberry Lake and an abandoned tennis court are some cool things that you and your family see along the way. 1609 Old Orchard St, West Harrison, NY

Bronx River Parkway Reservation

The oldest park in Westchester, the Bronx River Parkway Reservation is a fantastic location for hiking/walking and mountain biking. Depending on your kids’ ages and abilities, there is a one-mile loop, a 4.6-mile section, and a 5-mile loop. There is also a

playground and cabin options. 2 Bronx River Pkwy, Scarsdale, NY

Croton Gorge Park

After soaking in the “wow” factor of the incredible Old Croton Dam and spillway, you and your family will love a day of hiking and exploring. The Croton Gorge Park offers access to New York State’s Old Croton Aqueduct as well as the chance to walk on the dam bridge for some breathtaking views. The site also has a playground and an area for fishing, skiing, and sledding in the winter. 35 Yorktown Rd, Croton-On-Hudson, NY

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

This gorgeous nature center was founded in 1959. The site focuses on the unique ecology of the Hudson Highlands while promoting knowledge and appreciation of our natural world. 120 Muser Drive, Cornwall, NY

A Guide to Museums In and Around Westchester

Amuseum outing is typically associated with a day trip to New York City. However, you and your family can explore many museums in and near Westchester all year round. From interactive play museums to history museums to art exhibits to Japanese gardens and more, these Westchester museums offer something for everyone, providing access to arts and culture right in our backyard.

The Bruce Museum

1 Museum Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830

Hours: Open every Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm; closed on Monday and major holidays

Admission: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children under five. Free admission every Tuesday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, 203-869-0376, brucemuseum.org

The Bruce Museum is home to a rotating

collection of exhibits focusing on art, science, natural history, and the community. It regularly hosts special events for families, such as Community Day in the summer, and guided family gallery tours to learn more about the collections and engage in hands-on activities.

David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center at Pocantico

200 Lake Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Hours: Varies; check the website for event schedule and times

Admission: Free; some shows do have costs 914-524-6500, rbf.org/pocantico/events

This new cultural institution offers access to many rotating art exhibits. The Center also provides a variety of programming, such as Japanese garden tours, dance, theater, and moving screenings.

Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden 28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY 10560.

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Museum and Garden Open from April to November

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from 11:00 am5:00 pm

Admission: $12 for adults and kids; $8 for seniors (65+), students with ID, and veterans; free for kids under the age of 5 914-669-5033, hammondmuseum.org

This museum and garden are quite stunning during the spring and summer when you and your kids can stroll and soak in the beauty of its grounds. Located in South Salem, the garden is revealed as you walk through its 3.5-acre path, where you will see a pond, rare Japanese plants and trees, and species native to Westchester. There is also an on-site museum with various art exhibits.

Hudson River Museum

511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701

Hours: Wednesday - Friday from 12:00 pm–5:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 am–5:00 pm

First Friday of each month is free admission. Admission: $13 for adults; $9 for seniors(65+) and veterans; $2 with SNAP museums for all; $8 for kids ages 3–18; free for kids under 3 914-963-4550, hrm.org

Located in Yonkers, the Hudson River Museum has incredible routing exhibits, planetarium shows, tours of Glenview, and its gorgeous outdoor courtyard.

Hudson Valley MOCA

1701 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566

Hours: Thursday-Saturday from 11:00 am5:00 pm

Admission: Non-members: $30 per person; Peekskill residents: $25; Seniors and Veterans: $25; Students: $20 and kids under 8 are free with adults

914-788-0100, hudsonvalleymoca.org

Enjoy viewing a rotating collection of contemporary art exhibits in this 12,000-square-foot exhibition space.

Katonah Museum of Art

134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; free for kids under age 12 914-232-9555, katonahmuseum.org

Known for its interesting and stimulating rotating exhibits, the Katonah Museum of Art also hosts many programs for families throughout the year. These include creative community Fridays with stroll tours, artful Fridays with museum games, art-making crafts, storytime, and their summer social with live music inspired by museum pieces.

Lyndhurst Mansion

635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Hours: Open every day from 9:30 am-4:30 pm; April through December

Admission: $10 per person; free for kids under the age of five (grounds pass) 888-718-4253, lyndhurst.org

Take a mansion tour of the historic Lyndhurst Mansion. Located in Tarrytown, this one-hour course covers two floors of the mansion, where you can see the previous owners’ opulent and lavish decorative arts and furniture. They also have daily grounds

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passes where you can explore the grounds and walk around at your own pace.

The Neuberger Museum of Art

735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from 12:00 pm5:00 pm

Admission: Free for all visitors 914-251-6117, neuberger.org

Located at Purchase College, The Neuberger Museum of Art features a rotating modern, contemporary, and African art collection.

The Peekskill Museum at The Herrick House

124 Union Ave, Peekskill, NY 10566

Hours: Open every Saturday from 1:00 pm4:00 pm

Admission: $5 per person 914-736-0473, peekskillmuseum.org

Learn more about Peekskill and its history through this cultural organization, which features objects, documents, photographs, and other items related to the area’s history.

Westchester Children’s Museum

100 Playland Pkwy, Rye, NY 10580

Hours: Monday-Sunday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Summer hours: Monday-Sunday from 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Admission: $14 per person; $12 for seniors; free for children under 1; $3 per person presenting EBT and ID 914-421-5050, discoverwcm.org

Westchester Children’s Museum offers nonstop play and discovery for families with young kids. This includes interactive exhibits such as an immersive toddler beach, a building and construction zone, a cozy book nook, and a maker space, to name a few options. The museum also offers regular programming, such as art, STEAM programs, Science Saturdays, printmaking, and more.

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 am5:00 pm

Admission: $6 for adults; $3 for seniors (62+) and students with ID; free for children 12 and under (914) 965-4027, www.philipsemanorhall.com

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site is a piece of history in downtown Yonkers. Exhibits at Philipse Manor Hall highlight the roles of the Philipse family, Indigenous people, and enslaved Africans in preRevolutionary New York State history. The site aims to present a more comprehensive picture of the colonial period’s multicultural environment to visitors.

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