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Your Weekend: Fall Festivals, Nature Hike, Canine Reading Room

Meet some of your favorite authors of children's books, enjoy fun activities throughout Ardsley and check out some of the local fall festivals around our area.

We're settling into our new fall schedules at my house. I love this time of year when I can start pulling out my warm, yummy sweaters. I also enjoy all the great local events happening around town. No matter where you go, you"ll bump into friends and be sure to have a great time.

Nature Hike

Where/When: Lenoir Preserve, 19 Dudley St., Yonkers on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m.

Why go: Pack your lunch and enjoy this early fall hike to Draper Park along the aqueduct. Hike will be led by staff from the preserve.We love taking hikes with our kids and encouraging them to look at the different trees, bugs, rocks and more. 

Pricing: Free

Where/When: , Media Arts Lab, Pleasantville on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 12 p.m. Film is 120 minutes.

Why go: This PG film directed by Steven Spielberg stars Dennis Quaid, Martin Short and Meg Ryan. You might remember that in this flick, a character is made so small and put inside another human! Watch what happens when these two guys combine forces!

Pricing: $11 for adults, $1 for kids and $6 for members. There is an additional surcharge of $1. Buy tickets here.

Good Dog

Where/When: The Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown on Saturday, September 24 at 3 p.m.

Why go: Head over to the library for this special program where kids can read to dogs. Here, kids can practice reading aloud in a non-threatening environment. Please call (914) 631-7734 to reserve your reading time.

Pricing: Free

Where/When: Ashford Park to the Village Green on Sunday, September 25 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Why go: A fun day for the family with lots of things to do around Ardsley. Balloon artists, face painting, bouncy castles, live music, vendor displays, rock climbing wall, and an apple pie baking contest. There will also be a re-naming ceremony at the Ashford Park as part of the day's events.

Pricing: Free to come, some activities and food cost money.

Where/When: Washington Irving's Sunnyside, 89 West Sunnyside Ln., Tarrytown on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 12 to 6 p.m.

Why go: This is a family favorite where over 60 authors and illustrators come together and share their stories. Come meet characters including Franklin the Turtle, Clifford, Biscuit and more.  Carole and Paula of The Magic Garden will also perform from 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Shhh...don't tell my kids yet- the author/illustrator of the Pinkalicious series will be there too. Check out the schedule here.

Pricing: $12 for adults, seniors (62 and older) free, $6 for kids 5-17 and member are free. Buy tickets here.

Family Day: It's Fall!

Where/When: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Why go: It is a celebration of fall at the museum. Make your own puppets, catch a puppet show featuring Jill Liflander, make a light catcher with melted crayons and special tours for members and non-members of the two new exhibits, Inventions! The Curious World of Patents and Voyage on the Nile.

Pricing: Adults are $5, seniors and children are $3 and members are free. Planetarium is an additional $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and children, members are free.

When/Where: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale on Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m.

Why go: Make apple cider, pick organic vegetables, taste honey and more. Get outside in nature and learn about what this great season has to offer. Plus, a good opportunity to see what is happening at the Greenburgh Nature Center.

Pricing: $3 members and $7 for non-members.

Where/When:

Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

JCC on the Hudson, 371 S Broadway, Tarrytown on Sunday, September 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Why go:

Greenburgh Hebrew Center's program is geared for families with kids 5 and under. You"ll get to create your own dish for honey, see different shofars, learn some holiday songs and eat some tasty treats. RSVP here by Sept. 21.

At the JCC, come learn about the Jewish holidays at this family friendly event. There will be opportunities to bake your own challah, do holiday themed crafts, hear stories, listen to music and more.

Pricing: Both programs are free.

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