November 17, 2018
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Vacations: We’ve asked you, our readers, what your family favorites are and then we tallied the numbers. So, drum roll please – here are the results. Read more…
Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Acts of kindness ... they are our personal way to make life better for others. Tikkun olam (to repair the world) being a core concept of Judaism, many temples require social action projects of their soon-to-become bnai mitzvah. Choosing a mitzvah project is an opportunity for tweens to explore their interests and put skills and talents to good use in the wider world. But with room for improvement in so many areas, how does one go about choosing a project? Read more…
Contests: Enter to win a Family Four-Pack of tickets to see The Rainbow Fish on Dec. 2, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College. See this Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s Original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s award-winng book. The show will enchant even the youngest child with its shimmery scenery and and innovative puppetry. Enter now! Read more…

How Sweet It Is

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: A celebration of any kind isn’t complete without a sweet treat. Since most kids - and many adults - have a sweet tooth, why not incorporate candies, chocolates and other sugary goodness into your bat or bar mitzvah party? Read more…

Special Places for Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parties

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Whether looking for a site to throw an elegant bash, or keeping it simple with a celebration just for the kids, read on to find the perfect venue to fit your family’s party style. Read more…

A Birthday and Bar Mitzvah Celebration

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Like any celebration, there are many things to consider when planning a bar or bat mitzvah. Choosing the party’s details – from the size of the festivities to the venue, theme and food – can be overwhelming, but the celebration can offer an opportunity to create a unique atmosphere through creative planning. One Westchester family, the DeMarcos, recently marked this important rite of passage for their son Ben and shared how they planned and celebrated the occasion. Read more…
Activities: There is no shortage of children’s classes in Westchester, but for parents of kids with sensory or physical limitations, finding the right program can be a challenge. Luckily there are activities in our county that cater to kids with special needs. Check out these four programs that go above and beyond to ensure that no child misses out on fun, fitness and making new friends. Read more…

Birthday Party Etiquette:

Birthday Party Etiquette:

Discipline: Remember the days when families held simple birthday parties in their home? Hot dogs and cake were served, kids played pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and guests went home with a small toy probably worth no more than a dollar. Times sure have changed! These days it seems like some birthday parties are a bit over the top - celebrations at country clubs complete with fancy lunch buffets, DJs, Disney or Marvel characters dressed up to entertain the kids, and expensive favors that cost more than most of the gifts the birthday girl or boy receive. Read more…

Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner

Hot Topics: Here I am ... on the phone with Laurie Berkner (I’m not worthy!) trying to explain to her why her music is so significant to me and how it is my happiest happy place. Moms - you can relate, right? Her music carried me through some pretty rough spots as a newbie parent and helped me focus on the joy. That’s because her songs weave easily into our daily parenting routines and family life helping us connect, love a bit deeper, help our children fall asleep a bit faster and sometimes share a laugh at our own or our children’s silliness. Read more…

Pendulonium™ STEM Challenge

Contests: Enter to win Pendulonium STEM Challenge from Learning resources. This completely kid-powered educational toy challenges each child’s engineering, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Read more…

Infinifun My First Yoga Mat

Contests: Enter to win this adorable educational toy from KD Kids. Play together as your little yogi builds concentration and body awareness, develops coordination, balance and fine motor skills and learns basic yoga poses with the help of your yoga instructor BitsyBot. Read more…

Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops

Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops

Parties: It’s October and that means it’s time for pumpkins. Whip up a batch of Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops for your Halloween party or any seasonal get together. They appeal to kids and adults too! Read more…
Hot Topics: October is officially the start of the sweet season. The candy craze kicks off with Halloween and continues throughout the remaining holidays when kids are obsessed with candy. Since you’ll be looking for the sweet stuff, here’s where to go to get your share. Read more…

An Escape Room

An Escape Room

Entertainment: As my kids get older, it’s harder to find indoor entertainment for the colder months that doesn’t include movies or bowling alleys. We recently discovered two escape rooms -each within an hour’s drive - and they’re still raving about them. Read more…

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