February 2015
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McFarland USA Movie Review

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The Duff: Movie Review

Pick-Your-Own Berries

Feeding Your Family: Once summer arrives our local farms are positively bursting with berries that are ripe for the picking. The warm, June sunshine means that luscious, native strawberries will be on the vine through early July. These bright red gems are nothing like the grocery store strawberries. Red all the way through, tiny native strawberries just beg to be turned into summer shortcake. Read more…

Visit Lake George

What Are Your Kids Drinking?

Safety: You can tell when you’re thirsty and know your body needs water. But did you know that even small fluctuations in fluid could impact your health and wellbeing? Before thirst even registers, mild dehydration affects reaction time, strength, endurance, concentration and hunger. Our bodies are about 55 to 75 percent water; in children, even a small deficit can make a big difference to wellbeing. Read more…

Summer Sun Safety

Safety: “Infants and children can sunburn easily and need to rely on parents to keep them safe,” says Sophie J. Balk, M.D., a pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. “Being outdoors, breathing fresh air and playing and exercising are good for children but it’s important to protect their skin while they’re enjoying the summer weather.” Read more…

A Lancaster County Vacation

Vacations: At the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Lancaster County is known for its landscape of farms and its Amish community. And while it is the perfect destination to introduce your kids to this religion-based culture, Lancaster is also home to a variety of family attractions and activities. In just a few days, you can learn how ice cream is made, have lunch on a historic train, explore how pulleys work, play at a water park and more. Read more…

Fishing Charter Adventures

Vacations: There’s nothing quite like catching a fish in the open water – the ageold struggle of man versus nature. And while you can always toss your line from the end of a dock or off a bridge, the real action is farther off shore. Unfortunately, not everyone can own a boat. What’s the best way for a family without a boat to get out there? A fishing charter. Read more…

9 Tips For Choosing the Right Camp

Child Development: When it comes to choosing a camp for your child, there are a host of options. Both sleep-away and day camps have traditional and specialty offerings. Traditional camps offer a variety of experiences and are a good choice for the child who wants different activities or enjoys constant stimulation. Specialty camps provide concentrated instruction in one or two areas and are a good option for those who are extremely focused on a given activity and can maintain their attention span. Following are a few things to consider when selecting a camp for your child. Read more…

Westchester Family Magazine Special Needs Resource Guide

Camps: If you’re looking for a special needs sports program or special needs camp, a speech therapist, a tutoring service or school – consult the Westchester Family Special Needs Resource Guide for 2015 to help you locate the best area professionals. Read more…

Tips to Tame the Tattletale

Behavior: Children between the ages of 5 and 10 are the most common tattletales. Following are a few tips to tame your tattler. Read more…

Special Needs Recreation Centers and Programs

Child Development: CHILDREN’S REHABILITATION CENTER Pediatric outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive medical and rehabilitative services to children ages birth through 21. Special programs include Adaptive Karate, Aquatic Therapy and Specialized Equipment Clinics. Read more…

The Art of The Bath

A Visit to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Hot Topics: It may not be the biggest or the most famous zoo in the region, but Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is definitely worth a peek. Located in Bridgeport (just about an hour’s drive from southern Westchester), the park has lots of great animals to meet, from wolves and otters to big cats. Plus, it’s much easier to manage and less crowded than its counterparts in the city. Read more…

How to Encourage a A Healthy Body Image in Our Children

Child Development: Mommy, can we get a cupcake? Read more…

10 Tips for Playdate Inclusion

Child Development: Playdates are beneficial for all children to practice critical social skills on which future relationships will be built. The benefits of playdates include increasing confidence; improving social decision making; and practicing skills in an adult supervised yet natural setting. Playing together allows kids to be a part of the action vs. being quiet observers. Play typically develops in a natural progression from individual play to parallel play (when children play next to each other), and finally to interactive/social reciprocal play. Read more…

Irish Dance Classes

Holidays: It’s St. Patrick’s Day this month and that makes us all a little Irish. If you’d like to take your celebrations up a notch consider enrolling your boy or girl in an Irish dance class. Here are a few programs to choose from. Read more…

10 Last-Minute Tips Before Day Camp Starts

Work & Family: Do you have your child’s plans set for camp this summer? If he’ll be attending day camp these tips can help make the experience a good one. Read more…

The Value of Summer Camp for Your Child

Travel: For generations, American children have spent their summers at day and sleepaway camp, learning new activities while also building important life skills. If you are considering summer camp, but questioning what the value in a traditional summer camp is over other programs, read on. Read more…

Preparing Your First Time Camper for Camp

Travel: You’ve made the exciting decision to send your child to camp this summer. This is an important milestone in a child’s life and you want to make sure you prepare your child for the experience before the first day of camp arrives. This will help make a child’s camp experience more successful. The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey recommends the following tips for getting your first time camper ready and excited for camp. Read more…

Choosing the Best Summer Camp for Your Child

Travel: Choosing the best summer camp for your child can be an extremely daunting task, particularly in Westchester where there are hundreds of “camps” to choose from. Read more…

10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Summer Camp

Travel: You have made the decision to send your child to camp but what should you be looking for in a camp program? There are many options to choose from and many considerations to finding the right camp for your child. The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey recommends considering the following when choosing a camp. Read more…

Measles – Get Vaccinated

Hot Topics: With the recently reported cases of measles, now affecting individuals in 17 states, this particular virus has surpassed Ebola and Influenza as far as media coverage as of late. Measles is a rather acute viral infection, which has been relatively low in number for many Read more…

Unlocking the Puzzle of the Brain & Reading

The Center for Literacy Enrichment, a division of the Pace University School of Education, is hosting a symposium for educators, administrators, psychologists and parents to discuss the Read more…

WHUD Kids Fair Moves!

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The SpongeBob Movie