August 19, 2017
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The Joy of Making

Tweens: Tween girls huddle around their bikes, checking brakes, fixing a flat, and then pedal off for a trail ride. Besides this girls-only cycling camp, Curious-on-Hudson, a workshop and lecture center in Dobbs Ferry, offers maker sessions on everything from woodworking to electronics to cooking. Founder Adele Falco says one memorable session had kids engrossed for a week designing and building a boat, then hopping aboard and testing it out on the Hudson River. Read more…

4 Fantastic FREE Activities

Tweens: So, you think nothing is free? Think again. Just when you need a summer activity to keep the kids occupied, here comes this list of four outings that can tame the boredom monster. Read more…

Dutchess County Fair

Entertainment: Since 1842 the Dutchess County Fair has delighted visitors with an old-fashioned celebration of farmers, agriculture and homesteading. As the second largest fair in New York State, this classic country fair sets up shop for six days in late August every year in the charming Hudson Valley village of Rhinebeck. Though the Dutchess County Fair is certainly a major highlight, the 147-acre fairgrounds play host to other events throughout the year including the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest, classic car shows, craft and antiques fairs, and the annual New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. Read more…

The New Welcome Wagon

Activities: When you are new in town making friends is important. There’s no official welcome wagon these days, so much of it is up to you. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to meet your new neighbors and expand your circle of friends. Read more…

4 Great Places for Ice Cream in Westchester!

Feeding Your Family: You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Summer means it’s time to celebrate this cool, creamy treat. Stop by these local ice cream shops and turn getting your indulgence into a family outing. Read more…

My Journey with My Son and Autism

Autism: The old saying is that if you have met one person with autism, then you have met one person with autism. I believe that statement to be true … I have never met anyone like my son AJ. Read more…

The Staue of Liberty and Ellis island

Entertainment: I waited far too long to visit the Statue of Liberty, considering my own family’s immigration story. A cold weekend seemed like a good (and uncrowded) time to finally take the kids, so we could all get a sense of what our Italian ancestors experienced on their very first day in America. Read more…

4 Great Bike Rides

Tweens: May is National Bike Month! So get out your bikes and hit the trail. Biking is great family and outdoor exercise. Check all your equipment before taking off and make sure your child’s helmet fits properly. Take along water and a snack and have fun. Try biking at these area locations. Read more…

Fabulous Nature Centers

Green Living: Our rubber boots squelched along the banks of the Cross River as warm, spring mud oozed out from beneath our footsteps. It had taken a while for the weather to turn warm this season and the purplish-green fronds of the skunk cabbages that dotted the wetland had just begun to unfurl. We were at the tail end of a morning hike – a hike that would culminate in a visit to the Trailside Nature Museum at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. It was our plan to join that afternoon’s family program, Amphibians for Kids, after a quick picnic lunch at the sun-warmed picnic tables nearby. Read more…

The Nature of Things

Entertainment: Springtime often brings out the ‘nature lover’ in us all. Who can resist tumbling in the green grass, inhaling the heady soil smell in the air and cuddling with newborn baby animals. Understanding and appreciating our natural world is important for everyone – adults and children alike. Read more…

Meet the Baby Animals

Entertainment: Spring welcomes warmer weather, blooming flowers and baby animals. Visit these four venues that are sure to be showcasing some new additions to their animal families. Read more…

Music for Kids with Special Needs

Entertainment: Kerry Fenster has a new CD, Songs About Us, and it’s designed to help kids with special needs develop basic social and developmental skills. Read more…

The Wolf Conservation Center

Tweens: Forget what you’ve heard about big bad wolves in children’s stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Wolves can be big, but they’re certainly not bad (they’re actually afraid of humans). You can learn all about them, and see a few of these beautiful animals up close, thanks to the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem. Read more…

Birthday Parties

Entertainment: Throwing an economical birthday party in Westchester doesn’t mean giving up all the bells and whistles when it comes to having a fabulous party; it just means scouting out the perfect venue, getting a little creative or thinking outside of the box. In order to save you some time, we’ve done the research for you. Here are nine fun ideas for economical parties that any kid (and parent) would love! Read more…

Celebrating 80 Years of Dance

Teens: Anyone can dance and everyone should!” Read more…

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Entertainment: Steeped in history, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard St., offers visitors, young and old alike, a glimpse of what life was like for immigrants on the bustling Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 19th and early 20th century. The five-story building contains apartments for visitors to tour and “meet” some of its inhabitants whose stories are told through costumed interpreters. Read more…