Fall festival, American Girl tea party top kids' weekend events

Kevin Longo of Rye, 16 months old, tries Kevin Longo of Rye, 16 months old, tries to pick his favorite pumpkin at the first annual Fall Festival at Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary in Rye. The Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale will host an outdoor fall festival on Sunday, Oct. 21. (Oct. 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

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This weekend you’ll find both indoor and outdoor fun for kids in the Hudson Valley. Stargazers can search for seasonal constellations at a planetarium show. Crafty kids can decorate pumpkins in Shrub Oak, compete in a scarecrow building contest in Scarsdale or make an apple project after story time in West Nyack. Girls can bring their dolls to a tea party and take a cupcake decorating class. And the whole family can visit a children’s museum for free. Find the details here.

Saturday: American Girl tea party in Mamaroneck

Little ladies are cordially invited to dress their favorite American Girl doll in her tea party best – and wear their own matching outfits if they like. Chocolations will be serving lunch and tea for girls and their dolls at the American Girl Afternoon Tea Party. Afterward, girls will get a chance to flex their culinary creativity in a cupcake decorating class. Call in advance to reserve a spot for the 90-minute event.

When: 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

Info: Chocolations, 607 East Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck; 914-777-3600; www.chocolations.com; $25 per child or $20 for two or more children

Saturday: Pumpkin decorating in Shrub Oak

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You’ve picked the perfect pumpkin – now it’s time to give it some personality. Yorktown and Cortlandt kids ages 3 and up with a caregiver are invited to a free pumpkin-decorating session. Bring your own pumpkin; the library will provide all the materials you’ll need to turn it into a one-of-a-kind creation. Space is limited, so register in advance with your library card.

When: 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

Info: John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 East Main St., Shrub Oak; 914-245-5262; www.yorktownlibrary.org; free

Saturday: Planetarium show and museum “Family Free Night” in Poughkeepsie

Families are invited to spend an evening exploring the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum – on the house. The museum stays open till 8 p.m. Saturday, with no admission charged after 5 p.m., giving ample time to check out such cool exhibits as the Alternative Energy Carousel and the Gravity Roll. And for an out-of-this-world time, make a reservation in advance and buy a ticket to the planetarium show to learn about Polaris the North Star, the Big Dipper and seasonal constellations in the Starlab Planetarium (for ages 3 and up).

When: Family Free Night begins at 5 p.m.; planetarium shows are at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

Info: Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie; 845-471-0589; mhcm.org; free museum admission after 5 p.m.; $4 for planetarium admission

Sunday: Fall festival in Scarsdale

Families are invited to celebrate autumn at an all-ages, outdoor event. Enjoy live music as you take a ride on a zip line or a tractor, visit with the animals in the petting zoo or join a scavenger hunt. Kids can compete in scarecrow-building and pumpkin-carving contests – then leave their creations behind to appear in the Center’s Scarecrows and Pumpkins Parade on Oct. 28.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21

Info: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale; 914-723-3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org; $7 for members, $10 for nonmembers; receive a $2 per admission discount by pre-registering by Oct. 20; $1 per entry for pumpkin carving and scarecrow building

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