Forget Miami Beach. Westchester’s the place to be this spring break. With Easter egg hunts, baby farm animals and so much outdoor shopping, there’s no better time of year to get out there and enjoy the warmer temps. Here are 25 ideas on what to do — and if they aren’t enough for you, check out our events calendar for more.
1. Watch spring unfold at a local botanical garden. Go on a garden highlights walk at Wave Hill (pictured above), check out what’s blooming at Lasdon Park in Katonah, or catch the last weekend of the orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden.
2. Hop on over the Bunny Hop at Ridge Hill in Yonkers on Saturday, April 8, for giveaways, a virtual egg hunt, and selfies with the Easter bunny.
3. Start planning your summer vacation. We’ve got some ideas on where you should go.
4. Hunt for eggs at Greenburgh Nature Center’s Great Green Egg-stravaganza on Sunday, April 9. Seasonal crafts, animal eggs-hibits and guided nature walks will also be going on.
5. Or, get your egg hunt on with the wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem on Sunday, April 16. Instead of looking for eggs, kids will help hide them for the wolves to find.
6. Put away the Paas and decorate your eggs a different way this year.
7. Pick up some gently used kid’s stuff at the Be Green Consignment Sale, setting up in Purchase this weekend, April 8-9.
8. Spring clean your closet. Should you stitch-fix?
9. Then spring clean your kids’ closets. Here are some great ideas for organizing all those dress-up clothes.
10. Learn all about the bees at Rye Nature Center’s Tea and Bees program on Saturday, April 8, then make some herbal tea and have a tea party in the garden.
11. Pack a picnic and explore a new playground. We’ve rounded up the best ones in Westchester.
12. Browse handmade items, sample local food and enjoy some live music at the Hastings Flea, which kicks off this weekend on April 9.
13. Check out Big Truck Day at the Chappaqua Library on Tuesday, April 11. There’s gonna be a bulldozer!
14. Get your farmer’s market fix! One of our favorites is back outdoors.
16. Warm weather weekends have started up at Stone Barns again! Check out the baby animals, gather some fresh eggs, taste what the Blue Hill chef is cooking and more.
17. For more baby animals, catch a spring-themed magic show at Muscoot Farm on Sunday, April 16.
18. Put away those winter-worn boots and throw on a fresh new pair of sneakers.
19. Discover how wool gets turned into cloth at Philipsburg Manor’s annual Sheep-to-Shawl event the weekend of April 22. Hands-on activities include dyeing wool, weaving and arts and crafts, and new this year are the friendly alpacas visiting from Faraway Farm in Yorktown Heights.
20. Sign up for tennis lessons.
22. Make and take in some art at a local museum. The Neuburger Museum is hosting its Spring Family Day on Saturday, April 22, and both the Hudson River Museum and Katonah Museum of Art are running their School’s Out, Art’s In programs the week of April 10-14.
23. Take a spring walk on the North County Railway in Yorktown.
24. Read with a live rabbit every Tuesday at Scattered Books in Chappaqua. His name is Acorn!
25. And finally, take a minute to just savor this moment of renewal and beginnings. Whether you’re a brand-new parent emerging from the house with your baby for the first time, or a seasoned parent who’s endured yet another winter without everyone dying from cabin fever — congratulations! You made it. Now go out and play.