Get out and explore suburbia like a true insider…
One of the best ways to get to know a town? Head to local events, participate in community activities and, overall, see what life could be like outside of the city. These events and activities are great ways to get started.
HEADING TO WESTCHESTER?
There’s a chili cook-off at the Chappaqua Farmers Market at 11am on Saturday. Shop for local, seasonal produce and try lots of cool spins on chili for $2/bowl—then see if you can guess the winner.
Head to Rye Playland this Saturday for the Zero Waste Day recycling event. Bring items to donate or, even, clean out chemicals and any of hard-to-dispose-of garage staples. Onsite teams will help you safely dispose of them.
More chili! Saturday is Chili Night at the Katonah Fire Department. Admission is $13/adults and $8/children under 12. After you eat, explore the Engine Room with your kids. Or, go on an “owl prowl” at Muscoot Farm from 7pm-9pm.
Not ready to say goodbye to Halloween—or just aren’t ready for all things holiday? Good news: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is still open. Head over and check out more than 7,000+ illuminated jack o’ lanterns. Tickets are $23/adults and $17/ages 3-17.
The Westchester Symphonic Winds are performing on Sunday at 3pm at Tarrytown Music Hall. See these American Prize Winners live while getting to know the local arts and music scene.
Make your own slime at D.I.Y. Slime from 10am-5pm on Saturday. The first 50 visitors will receive free samples of slime.
Frozen Jr. is coming to the Emelin Theatre on Sunday, with showings at 10am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Tickets are $25. Get a front row seat before Frozen 2 opens and you’ll no doubt win the weekend—at least in your kids’ minds!
Learn about apple cider-making at the Greenburgh Nature Center from 1pm-2pm on Sunday. While you’re there, check out the site’s trails, animal exhibits and Native American sites.
Saturday is family movie night at the Briarcliff Manor Library. Stop by at 6:30pm to watch “Toy Story 4.” Families are welcome to bring snacks; no registration required.
HEADING TO LONG ISLAND?
Make a paper Christmas craft at Michaels from 10am-12pm on Saturday. Admission is $3. Or, help your children love STEM by visiting Apple from 2:30pm-3:30pm on Sunday to make emojis in the Adobe Fresco app.
October may be over, but you can still continue to celebrate Halloween by watching a musical rendition of “The Addams Family” at the Merrick Theatre this weekend. Call 516-868-6400 to reserve $23 tickets.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival continues into the weekend with its Young Filmmakers screening on Sunday at 12:30. All events are at Soundview Cinemas.
Football family? Head to Still Partners—a Sea Cliff mainstay—to watch the Jets versus Giants game on the big screen at this family-friendly pub. The food and fun starts at 1pm.
Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights is an amazing annual tradition and one not to be missed. This Saturday starting at 6pm local boats will cruise through Huntington Harbor with their holiday lights on full display.
HEADING TO NEW JERSEY?
Make your own apple cider at the Great Swamp OEC from 12:30pm-2:30pm on Saturday or Sunday. Admission is $4 for ages 3 and up.
Have a tea party with Elsa at The Eclectic Chic Boutique from 2pm-3:30pm on Saturday. Tickets are $25.
Looking for a truly unique holiday gift? Head to the Demarest Pottery Show & Sale on Saturday from 10am-5pm. The show is happening at the Demarest Art School at Old Church.
Take your budding artists to a “mini camp” on Saturday at Express Yourself Studios. They’ll chat it up with their suburban counterparts while you get three hours to explore the town. Kids 4-10 are welcome. The fun starts at 9am and wraps at noon. Or, later that night, head to Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts for the Maplewood Strollers’ production of Working: A Musical.
Visit the Reeves-Reed Arboretum from 9am-1pm on Saturday for an immersive educational experience featuring water. Admission is $5/child and includes access to a loaner backpack filled with related tools.
HEADING TO CONNECTICUT?
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at CraftWestport, taking place from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. There will be 200+ vendors. Parking is free and admission is $10 for adults or $5 for ages 12-18.
Bring your tiny builders to LEGO Club at Darien Library from 2pm-4pm on Saturday. It’s open to ages 5 and up.
Learn about pine cones through hands-on crafts at the Bruce Museum from 1pm-3pm on Saturday or Sunday. It’s designed for ages 4 and up. Admission is free.
Drop by the New Canaan Library for a singalong with Robert the Guitar Guy from 10:30am-11:15am on Saturday. It’s ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.
Visit The Maritime Aquarium this weekend to learn about the world’s oceans and marine life via hands-on experiences and 75 fun exhibits. Don’t miss its public shark feeding at 10:45am on Sunday. Tickets are $19.95 for ages 3-12 and $26.95 for ages 13+.
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