January 2012
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A Snowy Day Remembered

For 50 years, a picture book featuring a young African-American boy dressed in a red hooded snowsuit has charmed children the world over. The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, tells the tender story of Peter as he experiences the wonder of freshly fallen snow in the streets of his city neighborhood. Read more…

Winter Mini Vacation Camps

Hot Topics: Vacation Camp. Make the school break exciting with a four-day camp program supervised by naturalists. Nature games, exploration, crafts, and animal study make each day fun. Morning snack included but lunch should be sent each day. 9:30am-1pm Feb. 20-23. For children in grades K-3. Non-members $210, Members $160. Enrollment limited, pre-registration required. Greenburgh Nature Center. 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale. 723 Read more…

Out & About (Jan. 2012)

Westchester celebrated National Food Day at Westchester County Center in White Plains. This family-friendly day, sponsored by Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Kohl’s Cares and Westchester County, included food demonstrations and tastings by celebrity chefs such as Missy Chase Lapine, aka The Sneaky Chef and author of The New York Times best-selling book The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kinds’ Meals. The crowd enjoyed music, movement and exercise for kids, healthy living information and presentations and a farmers’ market. Read more…

Get Ready for Summer Camp!

Entertainment: Summer camps are popular around here, and they fill up fast. If you’ve got the time to pore over camp materials, contact camp directors or even arrange for an off-season tour, all the better when it comes to choosing the right program for your child. Read more…

Last Laugh (Jan. 2012)

Holidays: While taking down the holiday decorations I tripped over my daughter’s mountain of new Barbie doll clothes. As I removed what I soon realized were a pair of skinny jeans from underneath my right heel a thought crossed my mind. “I used to have skinny jeans.” Read more…

Get Fit (Jan.2012)

Health: Ice-skating is a popular recreational and sporting activity that appeals to a wide range of ages. Ice-skating can be practiced outdoors or at an indoor venue. Ice time is also required for related activities such as figure skating, ice hockey and ice dancing and speed skating. Read more…

Surviving a Stalled Economy

Work & Family:  Sometimes hard times yield great ideas. As we head into the fourth year of a sour economy, that’s just what families hit by layoffs or the mortgage crisis need. Nearly a third of this nation’s unemployed are parents (with 8.1 million children affected), according to labor statistics. And last year, foreclosure filings hit a reported 2.9 million properties. Read more…

Family F.Y.I. (Jan. 2012)

Technology: Looking to instill a little global awareness in your children? Why not host an international student in your home and expose them to someone with a different native language and culture. Educational Homestay Programs (EPH), a non-profit division of EF Education First is looking for families to host students ages 16 and up who are in the New York area to study English for two-week to one-year programs. EF works with students on short-term and long-term visits from all over the world. For further information contact Keiko Padilla, EF New York Campus, 100 Marymount Ave., Tarrytown. 597-7104. www.ef.com. Read more…

Editor's Note (Jan. 2012)

Finance: Babies are needy, yet pre-teens are even more so. A 3-month-old most likely needs feeding, bathing and changing. The 12-year-old needs school supplies, money for the class trip, new designer jeans, guitar lessons, soccer cleats, a computer, a cell phone and gifts for numerous birthday parties. Read more…

Let’s Go To ...(Jan. 2012)

Entertainment: My son Leo is among the legions of children worldwide who adore LEGO®. For him, our trip to the new LEGOLAND® Florida theme park in Winter Haven was nothing short of a pilgrimage. At 11 years old, he’s at the older range for many of the attractions, but we easily filled two full days with fun. Read more…

The Emergency Room: When Should You Take Your Child?

Safety:  It’s very important for parents to understand that children are not just “little” adults. Early on in life, their immune systems are less capable of fighting off infections. All medications have to be carefully dosed based on a child’s weight. A ‘minor’ injury to an adult might have serious consequences for a small child. As those of us who are parents know all too well, children’s judgment isn’t always the best. Sometimes they put things in their mouths (or noses) that they shouldn’t or jump off of things we wish they hadn’t. Their bodies have different ways of letting you Read more…

What's New (Jan. 2012)

Entertainment: At the new Bellava MedAesthetics & Spa in Bedford Hills, James R. Lyons, M.D., the well-known board-certified plastic surgeon offers aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine. But there is even more on the menu here, massage is offered as well. You can indulge in a Shirodhara massage, an ancient Ayurvedic healing treatment where warm oil is pored and massaged into the forehead and scalp. Or perhaps a facial or other body treatment is more to your liking. Visit their website to learn more about all this modern, private spa has to offer. Bellava MedAesthetics & Spa, 182 Rte. 117 Bypass Road, Bedford Hills. 864-2140. http://bellavaspa.com. Read more…

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