This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. There are different levels of tours to take visitors through the main rooms of the six story main house, as well as the expansive, terraced gardens. The tour includes stories that highlight the lives of the Rockefeller family. check website for times and tour options. Kykuit. Each tour begins at the Visitors Center at Philipsburg …timed tours.
The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre brings enjoyment to families with its innovative marionette productions based on children’s classics. Now showing in this Central Park theater: The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck, a modern retelling of three classic tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.The schedule varies; check website for …
This annual celebration of the Bard’s work features two of Shakespeare’s much-loved plays (Twelfth Night and Love’s Labour’s Lost) plus Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, as well as The Book of Will - a mostly true look at the backstage workings of The Globe Theater. Check website for schedule.
Playland! One of the nation’s oldest amusement parks is open for the season, welcoming visitors to enjoy over 50 rides and attractions, including five roller coasters. Young visitors can have gentle fun in Kiddyland, while the more adventurous can enjoy thrill rides. Check website for hours throughout the season.
Damien Vera’s “Cope,” an imposing 14-foot modern steel sculpture is temporarily on display in Rye Town Park. This shining abstract sculpture adds a creative flair to the park’s natural landscape and is on display through the summer of 2017.All day.
Connecticut’s only zoo features 300 animals including some rarely seen species such as Siberian tigers, a Brazilian ocelot and Golden Lion tamarins.Other highlights for visitors are a South American rain forest exhibit, a New England farmyard and a prairie dog exhibit. Visitors can eat in the scenic Picnic Grove and take a ride on the carousel!9am–4pm.
More than 150 reptile breeders are bringing thousands of live pet reptiles, amphibians and arachnid to the County Center; they are on display and available for sale. It’s the Northeast’s largest Reptile Expo so come take a look and maybe bring home a friend for the kids. Vendors are also at the show, selling a huge selection of cages, frozen rodents and other reptile-related items.9am–4pm.
Arrrr you ready for fun? Pint-sized pirates have swashbuckling fun as they hunt through Philipsburg Manor’s historic grounds for precious cargo, tattoos, sword fights and other pirate adventures.9:30–10:30am.
For a limited time this summer, visitors can enjoy close encounters with butterflies and learn about their role in nature. One may even land on you!10am–3pm.
Visitors read the story Deer Mouse at Old Farm Road by Laura Gates Galvin as they walk along a short hiking trail. The perfect marriage of nature and literature.10am–4:30pm.
Artwork created by the world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly is on view at the New York Botanical Garden, in a show that features 20 installations and includes the artists’ drawings and early works. The Garden’s dramatic landscape becomes the living canvas for works showcasing Chihuly’s signature shapes in brilliant colors.10am–6pm.
This U.S. premiere of the exhibit uses hands-on activities to explore mass, energy, simple machines, architecture and other science topics. Twenty hands-on exhibits place museum visitors inside the world of the Angry Birds games. Using giant slingshots, kids and adults of all ages can propel balls adorned with the images of Angry Birds characters to test structures. Visitors can also build and race …10 am to 6 pm.
Paint the colors of summer into a garden painting made without brushes, inspired by all the flowering plants in the garden. Combine mists of watercolors with paper flowers to create a blooming vision.10am–1pm.
Flamboyant flamingos are hot weather creatures so it’s only fitting that these crazy looking hot-pink birds are on display for a summer only exhibit at the Aquarium.10am–6pm.
This new event at the zoo is a fully-netted bridge-and-tower course and nature play area geared toward children and families. Coca-Cola is the presenting sponsor Nature Trek as well as dedicated educational programming encouraging the exploration of the natural world through play.10 am to 4:30 pm.
The creatively landscaped and meticulously maintained garden on the grounds of the PepsiCo campus are the site of a wonderful collection of the works of major twentieth century artists. After being closed for renovations, this beautiful Sculpture Garden is once again open to the public!10am–4pm.
From May to November, Stone Barns requires the purchase of a one-day admission ticket on weekends. This allows visitors to participate in seasonal, hands-on activities, and drop in tours. Admission is free during the week, although there is a charge for certain weekday events. Check website for full schedule.10am–5pm.
The Museum’s outdoor Nature Play Area opens for the season today. Come celebrate with special opening day activities and enjoy this unique play area. Grasshopper Grove is open Saturdays and Sundays through mid-November.10am–4pm.
This dynamic learning environment for kids features 6,000- square-feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits for children including a beach-themed Toddler Zone, KEVA Planks construction exhibit, the Build Your Own Roller Coaster exhibit and two Makerspaces.For all ages. Reservations not required.10am–4pm.
Healthyville is a nationally touring interactive exhibit on health and wellness, teaching children important facts about nutrition, fitness, safety, hygiene and functions of the body. Visitors have hands-on opportunities to explore health by looking inside a giant nose, moving on a fitness trail and flossing inside a huge mouth.10am–5pm.
This one hour tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Lyndhurst. See the sumptuous Victorian architecture and décor and European paintings that adorn the elegant entryway, reception rooms, parlor, library and more.10am–4pm.
Guides authentically dressed in 1800s garb lead tours around this elegant estate, which was the home of noted author Washington Irving. The mansion, as well as the beautiful grounds featuring a view of the Hudson River, make for a wonderful afternoon of exploring and history.10am–3:30pm.
Visitors to the Manor tour the 300 year-old house, participate in hands-on activities of the 19th century, see the working gristmill and learn about the day-to-day lives of the Manor’s former inhabitants. Guests take guided, timed tours.timed tours begin at 10:30am.
The South Street Seaport Museum has a new exhibition, "Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners." The exhibit features ship models, artifacts and memorabilia from ocean liners, giving visitors an in-depth look at the dramatic differences between ship travel for millionaires in First Class and immigrants in Third Class.11am–5pm.
You can almost smell the art at the The Hudson River Museum this summer, thanks to the floral beauty of two different exhibits featuring flowers. "Floral Arrangements: Highlights from the Collection," and “Robert Zakantich: Garden of Ornament” are blooming in Yonkers through September.noon–5pm.
Wonderful Weaving is the focus of the Museum’s Family Day, so come grab some yarn and create your own woven and hooked art pieces. Enjoy weaving demonstrations and dance to the rhythmic motion of weaving during a wooly day of fun.noon–4pm.
Westchester’s cultural heritage festivals are among the county’s most popular events. Today’s festivities celebrate the culture of Italian Americans with live performances, dance, cultural exhibits and ethnic food. There are fun activities for kids and the event is held rain or shine.noon–7pm.
On weekend days in July, junior docents and professional educators lead art and science projects. Sundays’ art programs feature printing patterns; Saturday’s science workshops teach how to view the eclipse coming in August. Kids also make a model of the sun and may look through the Museum’s solar telescope.1–4pm.
Take a boat ride on the Long Island Sound to get a close-up look at an amazing variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and other creatures who’ll hop aboard the Spirit of the Sound, the Aquarium’s 64 foot research vessel. Aquarium educators put participants to work collecting and examining sea animals brought up in the catamaran’s trawl net. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an …1pm.