Weekend Planner: Easter Egg Hunt, Meet the Super Bowl Champs, Poetry Festival

Events from around the region for your April Fool's Day weekend.

 - Postponed

When/Where: Saturday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. at Downing Park in Yorktown

Why Go: Children, ages 12 and under, can enjoy an egg hunt, candy and various prizes. They could also try to guess the amount of jellybeans in the jellybean jar and take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Prizes will be available for everyone. Bring your own bag or basket.

Price: Free, sponsored by Yorktown Lions Club and the Yorktown Recreation Department. (The event was rescheduled from its original date of March 31 due to the weather forecast).


When/Where: Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at the  in Yorktown

Why Go: The fourth annual event, entitled "Music Makes a Difference: Concert for Cancer," raises money for , which offers free and confidential services for women and their families affected by cancer. Seven local bands from Yorktown, Mahopac, Somers and Croton will perform at the concert. 

Price: $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m


Meet the Players from Super Bowl 46 Champions, the New York Giants

When/Where:  Sunday, April 1, 12 noon-6 p.m. at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie

Why Go: Meet players from the Giants Super Bowl 46 team including Justin Tuck, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Mario Manningham. Athletes will be charging a fee for autographs and pictures at this family-friendly event that will feature a vast selection of modern and vintage sports cards and memorabilia. 

Price: $5 Admission; children under 12 are free.


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

When/Where:  Saturday, March 31 at 11am and 1:30pm, Sunday, April 1 at 12 noon at the  in Mamaroneck

Why Go: This version of the classic book-turned-movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" will be performed by a cast of adults and teens for kids and their families in the musical's live version. It tells the tale of Charlie, Grandpa Joe and Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Price: Tickets are $10. Call 914-630-0804


Dance Theater of Harlem at the Paramount

When/Where: Friday, March 30, 8 p.m. at the 

Why Go: Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble will host a lively program that features a variety of short ballet performances and excerpts, giving the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an artist, from the barre to the stage, and exposing them to the company's "unique yet classic" brand of dance and amazing 42-year history. 

Price: Tickets are $25-$45


in Yorktown

When/Where: Sunday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Center Court of the .

Why Go: The Caring Bunny will visit children with special needs and their families at the mall. The event will take place before the mall opens, to accommodate the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of all guests.

Contact: RSVPs are requested at www.abilitypath.org.


Strike Down Cancer

When/Where: Sunday, April 1 at Jefferson Valley Lanes, 3699 Hill Blvd. in Jefferson Valley.

Why Go: Bring your family and friends out to support the Relay For Life of Mahopac's Hope Crew team in its efforts to fundraise for the American Cancer Society. Price includes two rounds of bowling, rental shoes, pizza and soda. Basket raffles and a 50/50 will be conducted throughout the evening.

Price: $20 per person in advance, $25 per person at the door, $65 for four people in advance, $75 for four people at the door.

Contact: To get tickets in advance, email Sue at suehenped@aol.com, Sara at thing7sz@aol.com or Matt at matt2beach@aol.com with the number of attendees.


“Avenue Q” on Stage in Irvington

When/Where:  Friday, March 30, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m., 

Why Go: Presented by Broadway Training Center of Westchester, this show was the winner of three Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Avenue Q, the musical that is presented part human, part puppet, tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, where he meets a wacky group of residents who help him finally discover his purpose in life. Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Book by Jeff Whitty.

Price:  Adults $20; Children & Seniors $15 in advance. Tickets purchased at the door are $2 more.


April Fools! A “Not so Proper Cup” of Tea

When/Where:  Sunday, April 1, 2 p.m. at  in Larchmont

Why Go: Parents and kids are invited for tea and “A Not So Proper Cup.” Author Laura Dower will be at the store with her early reader “The Slime that Would Not Die.” And beware: April Fool’s Day might bring other surprises!  Best for ages 6 to 9 with a parent.

Price: $25 for child/parent includes tea or lemonade for each, cupcake and signed book. Reserve a spot by calling (914) 630-4581


Wake Up Your Garden For Spring Workshop

When/Where: Saturday, March 31, 10-11 a.m. at  in Croton-on-Hudson

Why Go: Join the experts at Hilltop Farms and learn how to prepare your landscape for spring, how to sow an edible garden, plant early spring vegetables & cold crops and more. Coffee and refreshments will be available.

Price: Free


Second Annual Westchester Poetry Festival

When/Where: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 1 p.m. at  in Dobbs Ferry

Why Go: The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center will join forces with The Masters School in presenting the 2nd Annual Westchester Poetry Festival. This year’s festival features poetry readings, workshops, student performances, and lectures. Participating poets include Deborah Poe, Anne-Marie Fyfe, Jane Collins, Uche Nduka, Jennifer Franklin, Floyd Chung, Quincy Lehr, Yibing Huang, Ana Bozicevic, and lyricist and performer Bill Kelly, joined by Masters alumnae songwriters Alexa Wilding and Sinem Saniye. Renowned poet Rigoberto Gonzalez headlines the event and gives a reading to launch the festivities. Many of the presentations will be signed by American Sign Language interpreter Mara Zuckerman.

Price: Free


Easter Bunny Express

When/Where: Saturday, March 31 (and April 1, 6 and 7) from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 

Why Go: Take a ride on a vintage train to the Easter Bunny's special railroad coach car. Trains depart every 30 minutes from 12:30-3:30 p.m. In addition to the ride and visit with the Easter Bunny, admission includes a small gift for children from the Easter Bunny; temporary tattoos, a coloring station, a Thomas® play table, operating layouts and museum exhibits.

Price: Admission is $9

Plamena Pesheva (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 02:27 PM
The annual Yorktown Easter Egg Hunt, originally scheduled for March 31 at Downing Park, has been postponed to April 7 due to the forecast.


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