Well...there went my weekend! With the weather reaching a balmy 45 degrees, we're all itching for this rain to stop so we can get out and have some fun. There are a lot of great events coming up in Westchester in the next few months. Check out our favorites below.
But first, if you haven't come to our Mommy Meetup at Lil Chameleon yet, tomorrow is a great day to drop in. It's owner CC's birthday, and she's celebrating by giving YOU a gift. Stop by anytime Monday for a free hot beverage and 10% off a $10 purchase in the boutique. We've got a solid group of awesome moms that meet up almost every Monday from 10:30 am to noon to play with toys, relax, and chat. We'd love to meet you! $5 cash at the door or preregister at LilChameleon.com.
Valentines Day Activities
With Valentines Day coming up on Wednesday, there are a lot of events to get ready! Here's our short list:
DIY Heart Shaped Goggles – Mount Kisco Library
Monday, February 12, 3:30-5pm. Create a heart-shaped pair of goggles for Valentine's Day using pipe cleaners! Ages: 3-12. Registration required. Click here for more info.
Last Minute Valentines - Chappaqua Public Library
Tuesday, February 13, 4-5pm. Glitter and pop-ups = cool cards. Grades K-2. Registration required. Click here for more info.
Chloe's Kids Valentine's Day Party - Kids U, Portchester
Wednesday, February 14, 11-12:30pm. It's the annual Chloe's Kids Valentine's Day party! Live children's music, story time, snacks, crafts, and play time in the Kids U facility. $10/child, please RSVP to attend. Click here for more info.
Wickity Stitch & Tibbits Happy Heart's Party - Crestwood Public Library, Yonkers
Wednesday, February 14, 4-5pm. Come join the fun and chocolate loving witch and cat duo Wickity Stitch and Tibbits as we prepare to celebrate Valentine's Day. Local Author Elle L. Stone will read "Wickity Stitch's Will You Be My Valentine?" and we will play games, make crafts, eat snacks and more! Children up to 12 years. Free. Registration required. Click here for more info.
Valentine's Craft for Kids - Riverfront Library, Yonkers
Wednesday, February 14, 4-4:45pm. Come celebrate LOVE by making love wooden frames for a loved one. Children up to 12 years. Free. Click here for more info.
February 16, 5-7pm, Ridge Hill, Yonkers NY. On February 16, celebrate the grand opening of LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester’s newest play space: LEGO® City Builder. LEGO® City Builder is an interactive city that aspiring architects, construction workers and all visitors can add their own elements and designs right into the display. The new LEGO® City Builder play area includes skyscrapers, police and fire stations, cafes, suburban streets, beaches, a LEGO® Friends section and more.
You can stop by any day after the opening, but if you come to the Grand Opening party on February 16th from 5pm to 7pm, you can enjoy themed photo opportunities and custom builds created by Master Model Builder Anthony Maddaloni. Click here for more info.
Royal Hanneford Circus
February 17-19, Westchester County Center, White Plain, NY. Anyone who's been to Westchester Winter Wonderland has seen the big circus tent, and maybe even gone in to see the show. The Hanneford Family brings smiles and laughter to their audience with a wide variety of high-end acts and talents from all over the world. Tickets start at $27. Click here for more info.
Easter Egg Hunts!
BabyGotChat is working on our annual comprehensive list of where to go for the best bunny experience. Many towns still haven't released their dates for the 2018 hunts, so watch this space! For a hint of what and where (just not when), check out last year's list.
Friday, March 16, 6-9pm, Hommocks Middle School, Larchmont, NY. Is your child interested in science? Head over to Larchmont for a free public festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math open to all ages. More than 25 experiences will bring STEM skills to life for all ages. Attendees get a "Challenge Card" at the entrance and earn stamps by completing activities. Past activities included Probability Mania, Strawberry DNA extraction, Dissection Identification, Keva Plank Free Build, Makey-Makey Electronics, Fizzing Art, Sidewalk Astronomy, STEAM Design Challenges and more! Food, drinks and raffle prizes too! Tickets are free and will be available starting February 26. Click here for more info.
Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic
March 30-April 1, Westchester County Center, White Plain, NY. Finally we don't have to go to Madison Square Garden to get in on the fun. In this spectacular stage show, Mickey, Minnie, and and 23 of your other favorite Disney characters delight your kiddos. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella's rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy's toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky. Kids under 1 don't need a ticket, and for everyone else tickets start at $25. Click here for more info.
WHUD 100.7 23rd Annual Kids Fair
Saturday, April 7, 11am - 4pm, Purchase, NY. Don't worry about April showers because this is an indoor event. It's a small, very-local expo that's free for kids and cheap for adults. It's the perfect late winter/early spring event as it takes place inside but has a lot of space to run around. There is a small food court at the entrance and vendors with info booths set up on two floors. It sounds big, but it felt small. Even with a 2-year-old zigzagging around the place, we only managed to spent about an hour there. That's not to say it wasn't a good time.
There's an activity room in the auditorium with a bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, an exhibit of small zoo animals. Upstairs is more of a traditional expo. The booths are great if you want to get more info about things to do in Westchester. Places like the Greenburgh Nature Center, Rockin Jump, and Fun Fuzion had information centers, along with local children-oriented businesses like PM Pediatrics and The Lice Chicks. The exhibits are mostly parent-oriented, but the freebies tend to be geared toward kids. (You'll make your $5 adult admission back in tote bags, backpacks, crayons, baby food, and other swag.)
Be Green Kids Consignments Spring Sale
April 20-22, Purchase, NY. Come back to Purchase College for another great event, although this time you might want to try to leave the kids at home. If you haven't been to this everything-kids mega-sale, you've been missing out. You get access to baby stuff that's deeply discounted, curated, already tried-and-tested (the stuff that breaks would never make it to a second life), and—what might be the best part—fully assembled! It takes place at the gymnasium at SUNY Purchase. It’s a bit tricky to find, and parking close by can be difficult, but once you’re in, it’s smooth sailing.
It's free to attend, you’ll line up outside, and when it’s your turn to enter you’ll be handed an IKEA bag to use as you shop. The aisles can be crowded, so I typically wear my baby when I go to help me zip around faster. There is tons of stuff on sale from strollers to small furniture items to bedding to clothes, books, and gently used toys. Everything is clean, wrapped in plastic when possible, and well-labeled. The prices seemed to be about 30-50% of full retail price.
Most items are used but there are some new-in-box finds. There is no haggling, so if you aren’t prepared to pay the price tag, you might want to leave it for someone else. Most of the people working the event are volunteer moms, and they are friendly and helpful. Items are organized in rows by type, and boys’ and girls’ items are mixed together, except for clothes and shoes, which are separated by gender for easy perusal.
I’ve never participated as a seller, but from what I’ve read, part of the money from each sale goes to the original consignor, so you’re directly helping other local moms in addition to getting a bargain. All sales are final, so arrive knowing the exact name of the thing you are looking for, or you might end up with a car seat base that doesn’t fit your car seat.
That's our list! I hope you find a few things to do before we can head back to the playgrounds and pools for the summer. For our (almost always free) Event of the Day, follow us on Facebook or Instagram. And as always, check our website for events and our easy-to-navigate chart of every weekly kids library program in Westchester.
See you next time!