Gingerbread decorating, ice hockey top kids' weekend events in the Hudson Valley
Looking for family-friendly winter and holiday activities this weekend? Creative kids can learn to make ornaments or decorate gingerbread; aspiring athletes can try ice skating for free and meet a hockey pro; little music lovers can see Laurie Berkner perform live; and the whole family can enjoy an all-day holiday festival. It’s all happening in the Hudson Valley. Find the details here.
Saturday: Gingerbread decorating workshop in White Plains
Children are invited to put on aprons and chef hats for a special holiday tour of the hotel kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains. Afterward, it’s time to flex their culinary creativity in a session of gingerbread decorating under the guidance of the hotel’s own pastry chefs. Kids ages 3 to 8 will decorate gingerbread people, and those over 8 will decorate a gingerbread house. Refreshments will be served at the 90-minute event.
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When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; the event will be held at the same time on Dec. 8 and 15
Saturday: Laurie Berkner holiday concert in Tarrytown
The popular children’s musician has recorded her first holiday album — “A Laurie Berkner Christmas” — and she wants to share it with you. The Laurie Berkner Band will perform Christmas, Hanukkah and winter-themed songs from the new CD as well as old favorites at the live “Holiday Celebration Concert.” Children under 1 year old can sit on laps; all others need tickets. If you splurge for premium tickets, you can treat the kids to a post-show meet and greet session.
When: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Info: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown; 914-631-3390, ext.100; tarrytownmusichall.org; $35-$100
Saturday and Sunday: Meet a former New York Ranger and try ice hockey in Newburgh or Poughkeepsie
Kids ages 4 to 9 are invited to a free, one-hour session of ice skating or ice hockey as part of the second annual Try Ice Hockey for Free Day. Professional instruction and all equipment will be provided. A former player for the New York Rangers will be on hand to sign autographs, and all participants will receive a free New York Rangers hockey stick.
When: 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh on Saturday, Dec. 1; 10:30 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. at McCann Ice Arena in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, Dec. 2
Saturday: Ornament making workshop and tree lighting in Brewster
Children of all ages are invited to visit the Southeast Museum before the Main Street tree lighting festival for an ornament-making workshop. The museum will provide all the materials needed for each child to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree decoration. Afterward, join the Southeast Museum and Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast — and Santa Claus — for free cider and cookies at the Annual Holiday Caroling and Tree Lighting event.
When: Workshop is at 4:30 p.m. and tree lighting ceremony is at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1
Info: Southeast Museum, 67 Main St., Brewster; 845-279-7500; southeastmuseum.org; $5 materials fee for ornament workshop, tree lighting festival is free
Sunday: Holiday in the Village Open House in Saugerties
A petting zoo, face painting, toy raffles and kids’ crafts are all part of the fun at this all-day event. Families can take a free ride in a horse-drawn carriage, meet roaming Disney characters, build a gingerbread house and sample some cold-weather treats such as hot cocoa and chocolate lollipops. Also enjoy music and dance performances, the Firemen’s Parade of Lights and menorah and tree lightings.
When: Noon-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2
Info: Main Street, Saugerties; 800-957-0124; iheartsaugerties.com; free