Reptile Expo, full moon hike top kids' weekend events in the Hudson Valley
Looking for family fun in the Hudson Valley this weekend? Bounce around on a trampoline court for a good cause; see, learn about and possibly buy some scaly pets at a reptile show; enjoy cold weather fun while supporting the fight against breast cancer at a winter carnival; see a favorite children’s character brought to life on stage; and walk the walk of some creatures of the night during a moonlight hike. Find the details here.
Sunday: Bouncy benefit in Valley Cottage
Kids (and adults) can burn off some energy and have fun indoors by jumping around in trampoline courts and foam pits during a two-hour open bounce benefit. Bounce! will donate 50 percent of the total sales to the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley. The organization provides a convenient and comfortable place to stay for the families of hospitalized children.
When: 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Feb. 24
Info: Bounce! Trampoline Sports, 612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage; 845-268-4000; bounceonit.com; $22
Sunday: Reptile Expo in White Plains
Lizards and turtles and snakes, oh, my! Whether your kids are in the market for a scaly pet of their own, or just curious about these fascinating, cold-blooded critters, there are thousands of reptiles and amphibians to see, learn about and buy at the New York Metro Reptile Expo. Local experts, breeders and rescue groups will be on hand to answer questions. Purchase books, cages, pet supplies and animals from more than 200 participating vendors. Recommended for ages 7 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
Info: Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains; 845-526-4845; ReptileExpo.com; $10 for adults, $5 for children 7 to 12 years old, free for children under 7
Sunday: Winter Carnival in Warwick
Bundle up for some cold-weather family fun and help a good cause. Kids are invited to challenge themselves on an obstacle course, compete in the balloon toss, get a temporary tattoo, try their luck in a raffle and dance to a live DJ at Mount Peter’s fourth annual Winter Carnival. Festival fare such as cotton candy, snow cones, hot dogs and popcorn will be available for purchase all day. Event proceeds will benefit Team Mount Peter in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
Info: Mount Peter, 40 Ski Ln, Warwick, 845-986-4940; www.mtpeter.com; free
Sunday: Clifford the Big Red Dog Live! in Tarrytown
Clifford fans of all ages are invited to take a musical journey to Birdwell Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved children’s book character. The show will feature lively song-and-dance routines with kid-friendly, wholesome messages about being kind and believing in yourself, performed by Clifford’s cronies, Emily Elizabeth, Cleo and T-Bone -- and of course, the big, red dog himself.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
Info: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown; 877-840-0477; www.tarrytownmusichall.org; $25-$35
Sunday: Full moon hike in Yorktown Heights
Keep your flashlight in your pocket for this guided evening walk – that’s the only way to get the full effect of what goes on when the sun goes down at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park. Along the moonlight stroll, which lasts 1 hour, 15 minutes, kids and adults can observe and learn about the secret lives of creatures that have adapted for survival after dark by walking in these nocturnal animals’ footsteps. Reservations are required.
When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
Info: Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, 2957 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights; 914-245-4434, ext. 102; www.nysparks.com/parks/148/details.aspx; $2 suggested donation for adults, $1 for kids 12 and under