Seasonal Celebrations

The Preserve’s grounds change beautifully throughout the seasons – celebrate winter, spring, summer, and fall at these annual family events:

Village Day Fall Festival


  • September 8, 2019
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrated the autumn season with outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo; hayrides around the Great Lawn; pony rides overlooking the Long Island Sound; pumpkin painting for budding artists; a Green Grocer market featuring award-winning artisanal cheeses and farm picked vegetables. Refreshments will be available for purchase. (more…)

Family Halloween Party & Pet Parade


  • October 20, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A Halloween Party for young children! The Phil Dejana Learning Center features adorable woodland plush animals celebrating Halloween in a charming display complete with fairy cottages and sparkle lights. Children can come in costume – and bring pets in their costumes, too, for a fun pet parade! Guests can also explore the Preserve’s grounds on a treasure hunt (more…)

Holiday Tales at the Hearth


  • December 15, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the holiday cheer at Hempstead House with a celebration of holiday traditions from around the world. Festive music will play, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit, and special guest readers will share favorite stories by the library’s roaring fireplace. The mansion’s former billiards room will be transformed into a reading room filled with magical (more…)