We usually make the drive south to visit my relatives in Virginia this time of year, but since my husband’s burned all of his vacation days, we’re resorting to Plan B: staycation. Fortunately, there’s all sorts of ways to keep the kids busy around here this week. Here are some low-cost or free options, which is exactly what I need after all that holiday spending…
Visit a Museum
There are a couple of Westchester art museums running a “School’s Out/Art’s In” program during holiday break. The Katonah Museum of Art is featuring a different Matisse-inspired art project every day starting tomorrow, from contour portraits to drawing with scissors. Meanwhile, the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers is open every day this week (including today). Events include a “famous faces” art workshop, a micro-watershed science workshop, and three kid-friendly star shows in its planetarium.
Catch a Movie
If you didn’t to watch The Polar Express with the kids yet, there’s still time — the IMAX version is running throughout the break at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. At the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, they’re showing the movies Hugo for a $1 to $3 donation while serving up kids’ meals in the dark. And if a classic holiday film is what you’re in the mood for, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville is playing It’s a Wonderful Life all week long.
Check Out the Library
Some libraries are taking a break from programming this week, while others are kicking things into high gear. Some events that stood out include Peekskill’s winter crafts and “meet a dog” session; Bronxville’s moviefest (The BFG, TMNT and Snowtime!); Chappaqua’s “art all day” and “short films for short people”; Mt. Vernon’s Kwanzaa and Hanukkah celebrations; Mamaroneck’s New Year’s arts and crafts; and Rye’s scavenger hunts and movie screenings of Alice Through the Looking Glass and Ice Age 5. All free, but some events may require registration.
Countdown to 2017!
Kids too young to stay up till midnight this Saturday? Ring in the New Year at noon at New Roc City’s annual celebration, in a Times Square simulated, family-friendly atmosphere. There will be arts and crafts, kids’ rides and games, face painting and snacks starting at 10:30am, leading up to a massive balloon drop at noon. If you’re feeling brave enough to attend a NYE celebration with the kids at midnight, there’s the Peekskill NYE Ball Drop as well as the White Plains NYE Family Spectacular, both with live music and fireworks. Who needs New York City?
For more ideas, check out our past post on 50 Things to Do in Westchester This Winter, as well as our constantly updated events calendar. Plus, we’ll be re-posting our best ideas for local outings all week long!