Looppicks: Holiday Outings with Kids (or not…)


Here at home during Thanksgiving break? This list should keep you and the in-laws busy…

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Our picks:


Family Skate Sundays at Playland

Looking for something fun for the whole family to do together? Take the family to the Playland Ice Casino during Family Skate! Offered every Sunday from 1:30-5pm and with expanded holiday hours, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.  $40 for 2-4 skater package with pizza; or $9 adults, $6 children 12 and under.  For more information, call 914- 813-7059 or visit them on-line at www.ryeplayland.org.


The Botanical Garden Annual Holiday Train Show

New York Botanical Garden is celebrating its 20 year anniversary of the Annual Holiday Train Show.  This beloved exhibit features an abundance of model trains, bridges, and replicas of New York landmarks from the past, such as the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. A holiday film festival will be featured as a part of the train show.  Shows begin on November 26thFor a listing of train shows and times, call 718-817-8700 or visit http://­www.­nybg.­org.  New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx.  Tickets $20.


Reptile Show

The Westchester County Center presents is annual Reptile Show on Sunday, November 27th, 11 am to 5 pm with thousands of live pet reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on display and for sale. Books, supplies, cages, and more! All children must be accompanied by an adult over 21. Adults $10, Children 7-12 $4, Children under 7 free.  For information call 845-526-4845 or visit http://­www.­repti­leexpo.­com.


Rye Recreation 35th Annual Turkey Run Road Race 

Saturday, November 26th, check in and on-site registration begins at 8 AM.  For races and times call 914-967-2535 or visit http://www.ryeny.gov/recreation.cfm.


Mistletoe Magic Returns to Purchase Street!

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, a climbing wall, magician, pony rides, a chili cook-off and of course, Santa Claus!! On Sunday, November 27th from 12-3 pm Purchase Street in Rye will be open to pedestrians only as they stroll the street and enjoy all of the sights and sound of the holidays. Bring the whole family for this great day!


Rye Nature Center: The Great Leaf Hunt!

The snow may have thrown us all for a loop but fall still comes before winter.  The RNC naturalists encourage you to go leaf hunting over the next few weeks with your families. Bring your brightest and biggest leaf to the Nature Center to us by Wednesday, November 30th.  Label it with your name, email address, and the location where you found it.  We will announce who found the biggest leaf in our December 2 e-blast.  Yes, a prize will go to the winner so start searching!  For more information visit http://www.ryenaturecenter.org/.


and soon…

Larchmont Library, A Christmas Carol, Sunday, December 4 at 3pm

Carrying on a beloved tradition, Larchmont librarian Frank Connelly will read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This program will be held in the Village Center, behind the Library and is sponsored by the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library. Wine and snacks will be served at 2:30 pm.  For information call the Larchmont Library at 914-834-2281 or visit them on-line at www.larchmontlibrary.org


The Great Westchester Toy & Train Show

The Westchester Toy & Train Show is back at the Westchester County Center on December 11th and January 29th, from 9 am to 3 pm. The largest toy and train show in the Northeast. New and antique toys and trains, all gauges, train parts, layouts, appraisals, die cast automobiles, books, test tracks, toy soldiers, games & toys for all ages.  Children under 12 years free when accompanied by an adult.  Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains.  For information visit  www.westchestertoytrain.com or call 914-995-4050.

Girl Scouts of Larchmont/Mamaroneck Annual Holiday Craft Fair

The Girl Scouts of Larchmont / Mamaroneck will hold their third annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair on Sunday, December 11th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Larchmont Girl Scout House, located at 90 Harmon Drive, Larchmont, NY.  There is something for everyone.  Local artists feature handmade gifts like cozy knit goods, beautiful jewelry, ceramics, children’s clothing, ornaments, quilted bags and more. Plus, you’ll find great edible gifts such as fine chocolate and imported olive oil. It’s perfect for anyone looking for that special holiday gift.  FREE


The Nutcracker

The Westchester Ballet Company will present its annual production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 17, 12:30 pm at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains.  Tickets $20.  For information, call 914-995-4050.



turkey: jacqueline silberbush

cranberries: fotopedia



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