It Takes a Village: Ways to Have Local Family Fun

Here are five ways to have fun with your kids this weekend in Scarsdale, Westchester County and the greater New York City area.

We all know the saying – “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, with today’s harried pace, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Scarsdale Village contains all kinds of resources that will allow you to kick back and relax with your favorite people in the world – your kids.

The “Grab & Go Kids Planner” will be now appearing every Wednesday night, just in time for you to take a brief mid-week breather and start thinking ahead towards the upcoming weekend. The planner will include local, low-cost activities, along with the occasional far-flung, pricier, but oh-so-worth it city sojourn.

Help Scarsdale Patch with the weekly planner by e-mailing kirstin.fawcett@patch.com, or by leaving your own suggestions or tips in the comment box. Is your business planning a Spring Fling family festival? Does a local museum hold educational reenactments that will transform even the most ardent World of Warcraft tot into a budding Revolutionary War scholar? We want to hear from you!


Where: Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Road.

When: Friday, Feb. 11. at 5:30 p.m.

Why Go: Children ages two to six are invited to come to Temple in their pajamas for an evening of singing, dancing, arts and crafts and a special “breakfast for dinner” feast.

Pricing: Free!

2. Children’s film screening of “Despicable Me”

Where: Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road

When: Saturday, Feb. 12 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Why Go: Steve Carell does the voice of Gru, an evil mastermind whose crooked soul is straightened out by the power of love. What’s not to love?

Pricing: Free!

3. Angelina Ballerina: The Musical

Where: Union Square Theater, 100 East 17th Street, New York City

When: Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m.

Why Go: How fun would it be to see a bunch of mice twirling around in tutus? Fans of the book series will love seeing their favorite fuzzy ballerina brought to life onstage.

Pricing: Mezzanine, $39.50, Orchestra, $49.50, Premium Orchestra, $65, and $25 seats for children under one year old on the day of the show.


Where: 99 Dromore Rd

When: Saturday, Feb. 12 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Why Go: Kids get to look at lizards, stroke snakes and learn for themselves what you’ve been trying to teach them for ages: If they really want a pet fish, they’ll have to feed it, clean its tank, make sure the water temperature is just right, ensure that someone can take care of it on holidays, or in short, discover what owning a cuddly, scaly or slimy critter really means: responsibility.

Pricing: Free with museum admission


Where: Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Road

When: Sunday, Feb. 13 from 12 – 3 p.m.

Why Go: Over 45 camp directors from day and sleep away camps will be present. While this “fair” doesn’t include cotton candy or Tilt-a-Whirl rides, it does give kids the opportunity to explore which camp is right for them – and maybe even meet a future bunkmate or two in the process.

Pricing: Free!


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