Family-friendly activities abound in the Hudson Valley this weekend. Nature lovers can make edible holiday decorations for local wildlife, skateboarders can show off their skills and support a good cause, and the whole family can watch – or participate – in a living Biblical scene. Find all the details here.
Saturday: Decorate a tree for wildlife in Ossining
Put a nature-themed twist on the holiday traditions of tree trimming by decorating a Christmas tree especially for the animals who spend the winter at Teatown Lake Reservation. Kids and adults can trim a tree with tempting morsels such as berries, oranges and Crisco-coated, toasted pine cones dipped in birdseed, to nourish the birds, squirrels and other wildlife residing in the 875-acre nature preserve and education center. Registration is recommended for the 90-minute program.
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 22
Info: Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining; 914-762-2912; teatown.org; $5, free for members
Saturday: Skate park holiday jam in Peekskill
Families with skateboarders of all levels are invited to spend the evening at an indoor skate park for a holiday party to help a good cause. The evening will include free skating, contests and prizes. Enjoy screenings of holiday movies, a hot-chocolate bar, non-alcoholic eggnog and snacks while supporting Jan Peek House Shelter for the Homeless through donations of needed items.
When: 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22
Info: 2nd Nature, 1 Highland Industrial Park, Peekskill; 914-402-4624; 2ntr.com/skate-park; free admission with a donation of one canned food item or new toy
Saturday: Holiday bird feeding fun in Mt. Kisco
Nature lovers of all ages are invited to bring their holiday spirit to the outdoors. String popcorn and cranberries into garlands and decorate Westmoreland Sanctuary’s bird-feeding station with festive, edible trimmings for the wild birds that spend the winter at the 640-acre nature preserve. Learn to make a pine cone feeder or a birdseed bagel to take home for the feathered friends that spend the cold months in your own backyard.
When: 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 22