August is the perfect month to get out and explore before back-to-school settles in…
We can’t believe it either — but (sigh!) summer is almost over. That said, there’s still tons of time to get out and explore the NYC suburbs and start scoping out communities you could call “home.” These local events and activities are perfect ways to get in the community mix and start to get a “real” feel for a town.
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HEADING TO WESTCHESTER?
Meet some locals and unwind while watching “Ella Enchanted” at the Mount Kisco Public Library on Friday at 3pm.
Children love Science Sundays at the Westchester Children’s Museum. This week, the team will be making stomp rockets at 11:30am and 1:30pm.
The Capitol Theater in Port Chester is hosting a 60-minute family concert at 11:30am on Saturday. It’s $15/person and combines live music with movement and imagination.
There’s a carnival at the local ShopRite this Saturday from 11am-3pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and include popcorn, face painting, a hot dog and drink and lots of fun games.
The Bedford Hills Library is hosting a free family movie in the park on Thursday at 8pm. Visitors will enjoy popcorn, prizes, games and a viewing of “Muppets from Space.”
The South Salem Fire Department’s Carnival is Wednesday through Friday from 6pm-10pm and 5pm-10pm on Saturday. Wristbands are $25 and there’s a parade at 6pm on Wednesday.
Have a little that LOVES their birthday? Larchmont Public Library gets it—and is hosting a “Un-Birthday Party” for toddlers from 10am-10:40am on Friday.
Head to Mamaroneck for Block Party Thursdays from 7pm-10pm, featuring bounce houses, live music, crafts, games and much more for families. Also, Saturday is Family Fun Night in Mamaroneck. Visit Beach Harbor Island Park from 6pm-8pm for live music, beach games, extended access to the splash park and s’mores.
Enjoy a free concert in Chase Park at 8pm on Thursday. Blankets, chairs and snacks are welcome.
Watch a movie at the Greenville Drive-In from 7pm-11pm on Friday. Admission is $8, and includes lawn games, access to a snack bar and a showing of “Superman 2.”
Kids ages 1-4 can’t get enough of family storytime at the Mount Pleasant Public Library. The event is at 4pm on Thursday. If you can’t make it but want to explore the area this weekend, we highly recommend swimming, hiking and fishing nearby at Croton Point Park.
The Dog Days of Summer Dog Show is at 2pm on Saturday at Atria Briarcliff Manor. Don’t forget to register your adorable pooch, if you’d like to participate.
HEADING TO LONG ISLAND?
Visit the Long Island Children’s Museum’s Our Backyard exhibit Saturday or Sunday from 10am-5pm for water play, a variety of interactive and educational features and to explore a sensory garden.
The Water Lantern Festival is Saturday from 5pm-9pm at North Hempstead Beach Park. The festivities include lantern decorating and release, food trucks, music and activities.
Families are invited to explore Planting Fields and its beautiful ecosystem during Nature Sundays from 12pm-2pm. Parking is $8, but admission is free.
Check out the Barnes & Noble in Manhasset for storytime at 11am on Saturday. This week’s theme includes activities related to “Dear Girl,” and “Dear Boy,.”
HEADING TO NEW JERSEY?
The Environmental Education Center in Bernards is hosting a family nature walk at 1pm on Saturday.
Visit the Turtle Back Zoo’s Family Nature Club at 3pm on Sunday to learn about the local environment and conservation. Tickets are $10-$20 and families should meet across from the Regatta Playground.
Watch canines strut their stuff during the Dog Days of Summer and pet parade from 10:30am-12pm in downtown Westfield.
The famous Montclair Jazz Fest is Saturday from 12pm-9pm. The festival will feature many renowned artists, 125 youth musicians and activities for the whole family.
Bring your blanket and dancing shoes to nearby Eagle Rock Reservation for a free concert from 7pm-9pm on Friday.
Pick your own peaches and nectarines at 10am on Saturday or Sunday at Demarest Farms. Admission is $5/person.
The Essex County Environmental Center is hosting a family-friendly night hike from 6:30pm-8pm on Thursday. Admission is $30/family.
Pick up local produce, flowers and artisanal baked goods during the Summit Farmer’s Market from 8am-1pm on Sunday.
HEADING TO CONNECTICUT?
Head to Darien and check out Cummings Park, a 79-acre park known for its fishing pier, beach and boardwalk.
The Good Vibes Only Festival is from 12pm-8pm on the McLevy Green this Saturday. The festivities include live music, food trucks, dance teams, craft vendors and, of course, good vibes.
How does your family’s nighttime senses match up to those of nocturnal creatures? Find out during this creature of the night hike at 4pm on Thursday.
Space Invasion! is taking place in downtown Stamford this summer. Stroll through the town, grab a bite to eat and check out more than 30 fiberglass sculptures dedicated to all things outer space.
Take a sunset cruise throughout Norwalk on Sunday to learn more about the area and its amazing history. The trip of from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
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