Heads Up! There’s a new event on the horizon, and you need to get your tickets right now: LIGHTSCAPES from Historic Hudson Valley

Have you been to The Great Blaze? It is truly a unique and breathtaking experience, a wonderland of fire and light. (You can read my post about it – and see the incredible photos – at this link).  This spring, for the first time, the creators of The Blaze have come up with a new experience: LIGHTSCAPES.

ls3

LIGHTSCAPES will provide, according to the press release, “An immersive journey into a springtime garden fantasy”…..”an incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects.” If it is anything like the Blaze, it promises to be spectacular.

LIGHTSCAPES is a limited engagement and I’m guessing tickets are going to sell out quickly….so I HAD to give you a heads up. Get your tickets now!

My blog is usually a forum for sharing photos and stories about events AS we experience them…but by the time you see my review for this event, it will be too late to get tickets. That just wouldn’t be right..so go get those tickets now, and we’ll compare notes later. Continue reading

March Hike: Cranberry Lake Preserve

Yes, it’s still cold…spring has not yet sprung…and it’s still awfully hard to get everyone motivated to get outside for a hike. I know, I know! But I’m on a mission here, folks – one hike a month. So, this month, I had to plan carefully and find a hike that offered just a little something “extra”. Maybe that’s what you need, too, to get your family out the door.  Consider Cranberry Lake Preserve- one of my favorite hikes in Westchester. Here’s how we made this hike just a little more enticing, to get the family motivated on a cold and partially overcast day: we turned this hike at Cranberry Lake Preserve into a scavenger hunt, full of history and mystery.

Cranberry Lake Preserve has a fascinating past, and remnants of its days-gone-by are preserved all around the trails. Not only that, the Westchester Department of Parks has made available a History Trail Map, which makes the historical markers and artifacts around the park easy to find and explore.  Click here to link to the map, and bring a copy with you.

This hike is easily turned into a scavenger hunt by searching for the many unique points of interest around the lake. This will engage even your reluctant hikers. Here’s  a quick list to get you started – 6 of the many interesting features to hunt for and find on your hike at Cranberry Lake:

1. The quarry – it’s beautiful and there are plenty of areas along the back ridge where the kids can do some rock scrambling….with careful supervision, of course! Continue reading

Hastings-on-Hudson, Part II: Beyond the Museum in the Streets

A few days ago I wrote about the fun we had exploring the Museum in the Streets in Hastings-on-Hudson– but the Museum was only part of our afternoon in this vibrant little town. In addition to all the things we saw on the walking tour, we discovered many other beautiful spots, delicious eateries, and interesting places. If you remember, I talked about the fun of being an intrepid explorer, even when you’re close to home and you won’t be leaving the ‘burbs anytime soon. When you explore a town you don’t usually visit, you’re guaranteed to find unique places and things your own town doesn’t have. That’s how we discovered The Museum in the Streets – and so much more…

During our day in Hastings, around  every corner we found something novel – a beautiful garden, a playground we’ve never visited, a “Gingerbread House”, a shop selling vinyl records (“What’s a vinyl record, Mom?”). Continue reading

Be an explorer! The Museum in the Streets at Hastings-on-Hudson

Be an explorer. No matter how wonderful your own little corner of Westchester is, everyone needs to do this once in a while: go for a long walk in a corner of Westchester that you usually don’t spend time in.  You’ll feel a little like you’re on vacation, wandering through a funky neighborhood or quaint old village, maybe for the first time, discovering all the wonderful little things the “locals” take for granted.

Happy Day Westchester Museum int he Streets Sign

Continue reading

The Hudson River Museum is on fire!

Well, figuratively speaking, that is. There are just so many great things going on right now! Here are four reasons you should get over there as soon as possible:

1) The Art of Video Games

From the moment I heard about the Hudson River Museum’s latest exhibit, I couldn’t wait to check it out – and it was even better than expected.

Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibit presents a series of stations which together present the evolution of the art of gaming.  Each station is a visually appealing, interactive and information-packed kiosk highlighting a particular gaming system from a particular moment in time, along with four representative video games for that system. Continue reading

Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills- a beautiful hike, a beautiful mission, a beautiful sunset

Yes, the cold weather has arrived, Westchester!

This past Saturday there was a definite chill in the air, but the sun was out, and we weren’t ready to start hibernating for the winter. So, we fought the urge to hunker down inside, threw on our chunky wool scarves, and headed outdside to enjoy the last few vestiges of fall – but where to? Continue reading

Get your creative juices flowing: A Maze in Pottery Studio

Let’s suppose it’s one of those rare days when your family has a few hours of unscheduled free time, just waiting to be filled up with something deliciously fun. Who gets to decide which fun thing you’ll do? Does everyone usually agree?

I’ve got to be honest- in my family, it’s hard to get anyone to agree on anything! If one kid says “black”, the next will say “white”, the third will say “magenta” Continue reading

Croton Point Park

This past weekend, I had a suspicion it might be our last chance to see some really good fall color on the trees before it either gets too cold or the trees lose all their leaves. So my goal for this weeks Happy Day adventure was to find someplace outdoors and picturesque, where the kids could have fun exploring and I could enjoy the last hints of fall.

I found the perfect spot. Perfect, in so many ways.

Continue reading

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the happiest things you can do in the fall.

It’s truly a stunning spectacle- absolutely breathtaking – and it’s one of those events that simply should not be missed.

The grounds of Van Cortland Manor are transformed into a wonderland of fire and light, as thousands of jack-o-lanterns are carved into intricate works of art and lit for the month before Halloween. The twisting, winding paths have groupings of pumpkins Continue reading