It’s always tricky keeping kids entertained during the cold weather months without spending a fortune. With the holiday season underway, we know there can be a lot of expenses, so it’s nice to find affordable things to do with the family. We’re here to help at 914 Orthodontics. We did the research for you and rounded up some fun winter activities for kids in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and the surrounding area. Oh, and they’re all either relatively cheap or free!
1. See a $5 Film – Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY
The Tarrytown Music Hall has some family-friendly events that make for great Tarrytown kids’ activities, including its $5 film series, which has several age-appropriate favorites on the schedule this winter. Up next: Elf on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm and It’s a Wonderful Life on Sunday, December 23 at 7pm. Purchase tickets here.
2. Shop the Philipsburg Manor Holiday Boutique – Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY
The Philipsburg Manor always has a host of Sleepy Hollow activities for kids, teens and families. While tours are closed for the season, the Holiday Boutique will be open every Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm through December 22. Browse local gifts and wares or pick up some books on local folklore. There’s always tons of Hudson Valley-themed items, ranging from work from regional artists to artisan foods. There will also be several special events throughout the season.
3. Enjoy the Music Hall Holiday Market – Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY
The Music Hall is really the place to be for cheap and free activities for kids in Tarrytown! The Holiday Market is scheduled for Sunday, December 16 from 10am to 5pm. The event is free to attend and will feature more than 30 local and regional artists and makers. Get your holiday shopping done, enjoy seasonal snacks, take part in kids’ activities and try your luck at winning raffle prizes and tickets to Music Hall shows.
4. Go Sledding – Various Locations
As soon as the first snow falls, bundle up, grab the sleds and head to one of the many awesome sledding spots in Westchester County. Did you know sledding is allowed at the public golf courses in Westchester County, including the Hudson Hills Golf Course in Ossining? For more places to sled, check out Mommy Poppins’ round up.
5. Have Fun at the Warner Library – Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
The Warner Library is a wealth of free activities for kids in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. In addition to regular storytime events like Stories & Songs (Mondays at 4pm for kids two-and-a-half and up), Tales for Tots (Tuesdays at 3:30pm), It’s Todderific! (10:15 and 11:15am on Wednesdays for one-, two-, and three-year-olds), Cuentos y Canciones (Fridays at 10:30 am for all ages), and Teddy Bear Storytime & Family Craft (one Thursday per month at 7pm), there’s a slew of special events and other fun things to do with children, teens and families. Here are some of the activities coming up this month:
Rock Painting Craft – On Wednesday, December 12 at 3:30 pm, all ages can paint a rock and be part of The Kindness Rocks Project.
Washi Tape Drop-In Crafts – On Wednesday, December 19 at 3:30 pm, drop into the Teen Area to make gift tags, cards or anything your heart desires to cover in Washi tape.
The Blue Carbuncle Radio Play – Experience a Sherlock Holmes Christmas adventure and refreshments on Friday, December 14 at 2 pm.
A Visit From Alan Sklar – Voice actor Alan Sklar will present Gift of the Magi and A Child’s Christmas in Wales on Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm. His readings will be followed by Christmas carols by the Hudson Valley Singers.
Washington Square Winds Concert – The woodwind quintet Washington Square Winds will play an arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite and selections by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Handel and Richard Rodgers on Sunday, December 16 at 2:30 pm.
Buttons Galore – On Wednesday, December 26, swing by the Teen Area at 3:30 pm to make buttons. The library has a button making machine; teens just need to bring their imaginations and creativity.
Animal Embassy – On Friday, December 28 at 11 am, go to the third floor for Animal Embassy: Preparing for Winter. The activity is geared towards kids ages four to 10. They’ll learn the different ways animals get ready for winter and meet some animal ambassadors, including a duck, African bullfrog, a rabbit, South American chinchillas and an axolotl. Sign up is currently open.
6. Try a Class at My Gym – My Gym, 43 Hamilton Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY
When it’s frigid outside and the kids are getting stir crazy, My Gym is an awesome indoor play space in Dobbs Ferry. The classes for infants through school-age kiddos combine movement, games and socialization, so that kids learn while having a blast and being active. The first class is free!
7. Explore the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture – 630 Bedford Rd, Tarrytown, NY
The Stone Barns Center is a non-profit educational center and farm in Pocantico Hills on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system. To get some fresh air this winter while enjoying a free Tarrytown kids’ activity, visit the farm on a Saturday or a Sunday. Entrance is free on the weekends during winter, as are the occasional drop-in programs like tours of growing spaces or the greenhouse. For teenagers and adults ages 14 and up, you can take a Winter Farm Tour for $15 per person from 3 to 4pm too.