Welcome to this week’s Grab & Go Kids Planner!
Each week, we continue to give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week. Look for the kids’ planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!
This week take the family to a St. Patrick’s Day parade, tap maple trees, watch the Harlem Magic Masters and more.
FAMILY BEST BETS OF THE WEEK
• St. Patty's Day Parades: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the heart of Peekskill with a parade on Saturday, and in Buchanan on Sunday.
Where/When: Downtown Peekskill, Peekskill; Saturday, March 12, Mass at 1:30 p.m. and parade at 3 p.m.; or Buchanan at 2 p.m. Buchanan's parade will start at the intersection of Tate Avenue and Burke Court and will continue down Tate Avenue to Westchester Avenue and end at the Veteran’s Pavilion on Westchester Avenue.
Why Go: Led by The Rev. James J. Gardiner, who is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, will lead the Peekskill parade.
At this year's Buchanan parade the Grand Marshals are father/daughter Bill Keenan and Claire Keenan-Carey.
Contact Info: (914) 736-0969 for Peekskill info.
• Sugary Treats: Tapping trees at gives families a chance to learn how the maple syrup reaches their pancakes.
Where/When: 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining; Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Why Go: Naturalists will share stories and folklore about how to turn tree sap into syrup. The sweet experience is also free for members.
Pricing: $5, free for members
Contact Info: (914) 762-2912
•On the Town: Go on the town to see On The Town at Kennedy Catholic. The classic musical is filled with songs that have become part of Americana.
Where/When: Kennedy Catholic High School, 54 Route 138, Somers; March 10-13, 7 p.m.; matinee March 13, 2 p.m.
Why Go: Known for putting on an entertaining show
Pricing: $20 adults; $15 seniors and students
Contact Info: (914) 232-5061 ext. 226
• , a popular performer and producer in modern Jewish music, will bring his music to Peekskill.
Where/When: Paramount Center of the Arts, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill; Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m.
Why Go: This is a rare visit to the area from a pro.
Pricing: $35 to $45
Contact Info: (877) 840-0457
• Harlem Magic Masters: Whenever the Harlem Magic Masters play basketball there is fun and fanfare. Fans can watch thrilling shooting from dunks to shots from all over the court.
Where/When: Mahopac High School, 421 Baldwin Place Road, Mahopac; Friday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Why Go: Thrilling basketball and a fundraiser combine for a great night of family fun.
Contact Info: (845) 277 - 5738