Looking for fun activities to enjoy with the kids this weekend? Children can go for a family bowling night, have a play date with some frisky ferrets, see a toy and train show, join a Lego challenge and learn all about an elephant’s ancient ancestor. It’s all happening in the Hudson Valley, and we’ve got the details here.
Friday: Family fun at Spins Bowl in Mount Kisco
Families are invited to spend the afternoon bowling together in one of 12 state-of-the-art family lanes at Spins Bowl in Mount Kisco. Between frames, join in some fun games and competitions on the big LCD projector screen. A bowling coach will be on hand offering free tips for improving your game, while the Spins Bowl mascot -- a giant walking bowling pin – will be giving away prizes.
When: 1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25
Friday and Saturday: Lego: Legends of Chima activities in West Nyack
Join the challenge or join the club – or both. On Friday, young Lego enthusiasts can join the Legends of Chima Challenge and help the animal warriors try to win the battle for the Chi. Participants will receive a free Lego Chima poster and accessory pack. On Saturday, kids can build a vehicle the lions can use to get through the swamp at this month’s Legends of Chima-themed Lego Club Meeting and receive a club T-shirt and a small Lego set.
When: Join the challenge during store hours beginning 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25; club meeting is 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Info: The Lego Store Palisades Center, 3462 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-358-2222; stores.lego.com/en-us/stores/us/palisades-center; the challenge is free; the club meeting is $25.
Saturday: Ferret Frolic in Ossining
Families with little animal lovers ages 4 and up are invited to Teatown Lake Reservation for a kid-friendly primer on the wiggly weasels that call these local woods home. After a short presentation, get ready for playtime with Teatown’s four frisky ferrets as they frolic around the discovery room. The popular one-hour program fills up quickly, so registration is recommended.
When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Info: Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining; 914-762-2912 x110; www.teatown.org; $5, free for members
Saturday and Sunday: Mastodon exhibit opening in Cornwall
Budding paleontologists can learn all about the Mastodon, a shaggy prehistoric ancestor of today’s elephants, that roamed the Hudson Highlands during the last Ice Age. The large, hairy mammals died out more than 10,000 years ago, leaving a wealth of fascinating fossils behind. Kids can examine artifacts, including a full-size replica of a Mastodon skull, and learn about this and other cool creatures of the past, including the giant beaver, the condor and New York’s first human inhabitants. Presentations, crafts and refreshments are all part of the opening weekend fun.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 26-27
Info: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson; 845-534-5506, ext. 204; www.hhnaturemuseum.org; $3, free for members
Sunday: Toy and train expo in White Plains
Treat your young hobbyists to the dazzling sight of toys and trains as far as the eye can see at The Great Westchester Toy & Train Show, a one-day expo featuring toy trains ranging from Thomas and Friends to antiques dating back to 1900, as well as die-cast miniature cars, toy soldiers, books, games and more. You can have your own toy train troubles diagnosed by a “train doctor” from Tom’s Trains in Ardsley, get your hands on hard-to-find bells and whistles and have your collectible playthings appraised by a pro. Don’t miss the giant G-scale Lionel layout on the stage, which will be operating throughout the show.
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
Info: Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains; 914-995-4050; www.countycenter.biz or www.westchestertoytrain.com; $11 for adults, free for children under 12; visit the website to download a coupon for $1 off adult admission