August 19 – 25

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s forecast of what to do and where to go for the next seven days across Westchester County! We promote things for Moms to do; as well as events and activities for couples, kids and for the entire family!

For summertime events with an expiration date, click here. Check back often as we update daily. For last-minute additions, also check our fanpage.

Thursday, August 20:

12pm: Colonial Games Day Don’t spend your summer plopped down inside! Step away from the TV, turn off that smart phone and stop by Philipse Manor Hall to play like a colonial kid! From bilbo catchers and whirligigs to tops and graces, children can stop by the Manor to learn about, and try out some of the top of the line toys from the 1700’s! Activities for the day are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers.

6 – 7:30pm: Intro to Organic Gardening Series: Planning the Garden Part 1 of a four-part series on organic gardening in the Glass Porch of the Homestead. Learn everything you need to know to grow organic vegetables at home. Tonight, we focus on Planning the Garden. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Please visit: threshandwinnow.com for detailed class descriptions and registration information. $30 per class or $90 for the series. Registration is required. John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah.

6:30 – 8pm: Do-it-Herself Workshop: Decorative Shelf Create a wooden shelf with power tools. Attach crown molding for a finished look. Free. Home Depot locations.

Thursday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23:

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{Hop, Skip & a Jump} Thursday – Friday from 4:30 – 10pm, Saturday from 12 – 11pm and Sunday from 12 – 9pm: The Otisville Country Fair Rides, games, entertainment, activities and more. Pay One Price bracelets for $18. Fireworks display Saturday – Sunday at 9am. Free admission. Parking is $4 per car.

Friday, August 21 – Saturday, August 22:

{Hop, Skip and a Jump} Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 1pm: The Swan Based on The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, this is a story for ages 2-5 of a lost little bird overcoming obstacles while looking for his parents. This stunningly beautiful non-verbal show features multiple styles of puppetry, breathtaking scenery, and delightful original music. A perfect choice for our youngest audiences! Only 100 seats! Post-show Meet and Greet with the artist, and coloring time. Feel free to bring a meal to enjoy in our garden or green room. $8 per person. Flushing Town Hall, Flushing.

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7pm: Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of a rock and roll singer, Conrad Birdie, who is about to be inducted into the army. Albert Peterson, his agent, and Albert’s faithful secretary Rose Alvarez, concoct one final national publicity plan before Conrad’s induction. Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. Bye Bye Birdie is a satire crafted with the fondest affection. It gives an insight into the everyday life that is very much part of us all. It is the tops in imagination and frivolity; a show that will be enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience. This show is good old-fashioned fun. Adults $15, students $10. White Plains Performing Arts Center, White Plains.

Saturday, August 22:

10am: Sensory-friendly Film: Shaun the Sheep The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! Mattinee pricing. Select AMC Loews locations.

10am: Build & Grow: Thor’s Chariot Thor has come to Lowe’s to end our “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” Summer! Register your child so they don’t miss the final clinic! Don’t miss Avengers Assemble Sunday Mornings on Disney XD! Lowe’s Home Improvement locations.

10am: Jr. Chef Classes: Pressed Italian Sandwiches Toasty on the outside with a warm filling inside, pressed Italian sandwiches are always a favorite. Our kid-friendly combos will hit the spot—how about salami and cheese, Nutella and strawberry, or ham, tomato and cheese. Young chefs will have fun making and eating them. Note: Nuts will be served in this class. Suitable for ages 5–13. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Pencil Topper They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Michaels locations.

11am – 12pm: Food Chain Fun! Hands-on nature programs for curious kids ages 5-12. Center for the Urban River at Beczak, Yonkers.

12pm: Guided Tour Like your tours with a more personal touch? Accompany us on a private museum tour with one of our knowledgeable docents, Saturday’s at 12pm. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for Friends members and for children 12 and under. Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers.

12 – 3pm: Back to School Enjoy entertainment, special offers and more. Model the hottest fall fashion styles! Call (914) 245-4688 to sign up for Jefferson Valley Mall’s Back to School fashion show. Port Jefferson Mall, Yorktown Heights.

2pm: Now at Woodfrog Pond! Summer’s in full swing – let’s see how life is thriving at our Woodfrog Pond. Join a naturalist on a hike to the pond and get hands-on with some of the local residents! $8 per person. Greenburgh Nature Center, Greenburgh.

2 – 4pm: Hudson River Family Seining Wade into the river to catch and release hundreds of critters! All ages welcome. Center for the Urban River at Beczak, Yonkers.

The Tempest

8pmThe Tempest Audiences of all ages will revel in the circus-like atmosphere created by HVSF’s young artists in our 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s enchanting tale of a magical island full of monsters and fairies. When a storm washes his royal enemies ashore, Prospero has a chance to take his revenge – or will he conjure a happy ending instead? Our 2015 Summer Residency at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY offers a wide variety of performances and programs appropriate for audiences of all ages. All programs are free! Hudson Valley River Museum, Yonkers.

Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23:

{Hop, Skip & a Jump} 10am – 1pm: Family Art Project: Delicate Dragonfly Wings Study these ancient insects and see them flying upwards and downwards, backwards and forwards, or hovering mid-air. Create delicate and shimmering dragonfly wings using transparent and brightly colored—even metallic—materials. Wings over Wave Hill event. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon. Wave Hill, Bronx.

10am – 7pm: The New York Renaissance Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance – set within the majestic groves of Tuxedo Park, New York.

12pm: The Muppets Take Manhattan Fun for the Whole Family! Kermit, Miss Piggy, and pals decide to take their college show to the Big Apple. While they await their big break, catchy music, deadpan humor, and wacky cameos (Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, and others) keep both kids and parents entertained. Non-members $12, $7.50 for children under 12. Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville.

{Hop, Skip and a Jump} 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm: Danny Weinkauf is the man behind the wildly successful They Might Be Giants mega-hit “I am a Paleontologist,” and a Grammy-winning artist. He’s just released his first solo album for kids and will be performing at the zoo! We can’t wait to hear the upbeat, “shiny pop” tunes about marsupials, archaeology, and more, including the chart-topping hit, “Champion of the Spelling Bee.” Performances are at 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. at Grizzly Corner (by the bears). Contest Alert: Wear a pair of red pants at park opening (10 am) for a chance to receive a free Total Experience ticket, valid only that day. The first 25 guests with red pants (not a red shirt, shorts, dress, or other) that stop by our table will have an opportunity to receive one free Total Experience admission to the Bronx Zoo. We’ll be set up at the Bronx River, Southern Boulevard, and Asia entrances. Rain or shine. Bronx Zoo, Bronx.

Sunday, August 23:

1pm: Technique Class: Pressed Italian Sandwiches Discover the secrets to making perfect panini. In this class we’ll create pressed Italian sandwiches using some of our favorite ingredients, including pesto, roasted bell peppers and other summer vegetables, along with meats and cheeses. The options are endless! Free. Registration is required. Some class times can vary by location. Williams-Sonoma locations.

1 – 3pm: Fairy Walk Come out for our Annual Fairy walk. Take a walk through our enchanted woods to see our magical fairies. Costumes encouraged. Muscoot Farm, Katonah.

{Hop, Skip and a Jump} 2pm and 4pm: The Magic of Rogue As seen on America’s Got Talent, Rogue brings a combination of magic and comedy. With tons of audience interaction, this show is a mixture of music, flowers, fire, and animals. Everyone will be amazed! Fantasy Forest Amusement Park is located in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, next to The Queens Zoo. Fantasy Forest is home to The Flushing Meadows Carousel, The Corona Cobra Coaster, other fun attractions and games. Free. Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, Queens.

3pm: Wildlife Management Area Hike On rare occasions, Westmoreland staff will guide interested visitors in the Wildlife Management Area. This special gem on the property is unique in many ways and is normally closed to the public. Late summer usually provides us with glimpses of snakes, field flowers, dragonflies, and a rare stand of mountain laurel that has survived the deer browsing. Participants should wear long pants and bring binoculars. RSVP. $5 non-members. Westmoreland Sanctuary, Bedford Corners.

Monday, August 24:

{Hop, Skip and a Jump} 11am – 1pm: Family Fun Day Children’s entertainment followed by children’s activity. Free. The Shops at Atlas Park, Glendale.

Tuesday, August 25 – Sunday, August 30:

{Hop, Skip and a Jump} 10am – 10pm: The Dutchess Fair For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. Over 144 acres of finely manicured gardens and grass create the beautiful setting for thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits and horticultural displays. The fairgrounds become an entertainment destination where big name talent can be enjoyed, “thrill a minute” excitement can be experienced at one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, free shows and attractions can be viewed almost constantly from the time you arrive to the time you leave. The tradition of excellence that has been the Dutchess County Fair for over 160 years offers something for everyone and creates memorable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck.

We always provide the links for your convenience and encourage you to check the event listing directly for any changes, re-schedules or typos (we are not robots), before heading out. If we missed an event, don’t keep it to yourself, submit it on our website or contact us immediately.

If Connecticut isn’t too far for you or if you don’t mind the commute into Long Island, check out our sister sites. Our Connecticut site puts the Mom into Connecticut; Momecticut and our Long Island sites does the same; Mom Islander. It’s tax-free week in Connecticut through Saturday on clothing and shoes less than $100.

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