Spring means the arrival of baby animals and plenty of outdoor nature fun. Kids are known to adore both so check out these venues for wonderful spring fun!
Every weekend Muscoot offers family programming. On May 11 it’s a Fairy House Workshop where kids ages 4 and up build a fairy house to help bring fairies to their yard. 1¬-3 pm. $15. Pre-registration required.
On May 26 it’s Meet the Babies Day a day set aside to meet all the baby animals on the farm. 1-3 pm, FREE, reservations not required. Muscoot is open every day and admission is free. Only some programs have a fee. It’s a jewel in Westchester - visit often. And stop by their Farmers’ Market to bring home some delicious fruits, veggies and more!
Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. musco
Teatown Lake Reservation
Attend Animal Adventures: Egg-citing Eggs! to discover why different species lay eggs and match up the egg layers to their young. May 5 from 11am-noon. $8. Pre-registration required.
Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-762-2912 x110. teato
Greenburgh Nature Center
If it rains here’s an indoor choice. Feeding Fun on May 19 is mealtime for the Nature Center’s animals! Come see what’s on the menu and learn how they keep their critters healthy. 1-2pm. $8. Reservations not required. If the weather is nice visit the Nature’s Playground on-site - it’s a great playground!
Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470. green
Insect Command Post
Get up-close and personal with insects and other critters that creep, crawl and cruise around the Hudson River Valley in springtime. It’s A Spring Insect Day event on May 4, 10am-2pm. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon. Reservations not required.
Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. waveh
Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Nature has inspired artists for centuries! Explore using nature for spray bottle art, botanical sun catchers and fairy masks in this Art in Nature program. May 11 from 1-3pm. FREE. Reservations not required.
Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Rte. 35 and Rte. 121, Cross River. 914-864-7322. frien
New York Botanical Garden
Explore the spring crops (and lots of lettuce!) growing in the garden, mix and make your own take-home packet of salad dressing and make a plant-parts salad art collage with the Garden’s Dig! Plant! Grow! Salad Days program. Starting May 14 every Tuesday - Friday, 1:30-5:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5:30pm, through June 21. Included in All-Garden Pass. Weekdays: $23 adults, $10 children 2-12; Weekends: $28 adults, $12 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Reservations not required.
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.
Center for the Urban River at Beczak
Attend the 2019 Spring Family Fun Day! Wade into the Hudson River with a seine net to catch and release various critters, get creative with natural and recycled materials and see a performance by Youth Theatre Interactions. Check website for specific schedule. May 18 from 10am-3:30pm.Sseining activity for ages 5 and up. FREE. Pre-registration required.
Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander St., Yonkers. 914-377-1900. cente
Storm King Art Center
Join an educator from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to learn about spotting local aviators in the Children and Families: Birding for Beginners program. Plan to stay for the afternoon looking at the glorious large-scale sculptures. Kids will love to run in the wide open space. May 19 at 1pm. Included with admission. $18 adults, $8 children 5-18, children 4 and under free. Reservations not required.
Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd., Mountainville. 845-534-3115. storm