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Media: STEM/STEAM education is all the arge right now and parents can help encourage their child’s interest by providng fun books and toys that encourage this learning style. We’ve found a few you should know about There’s also a family film perfect for the slightly older child that salutes the scicen geek in all of us can you might want to watch as a family. Read more…
Activities: Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate it then enjoying the outdoors. The Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve invite tri-state area residents to enjoy the beauty of the 2,000-acre NY State Park that recently was named to the State Registry of Historic Places for its stunning views and one of a kind carriage road system. Read more…
Media: STEAM is everywhere. You’ve heard the acronym so often that you finally Googled it, so you know it stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math, and that every after-school program and summer camp under the sun is offering it. But, you’re not completely sure what it really is, where the measurable benefits are, or how to begin talking to your kids about what they’ve been learning. You might even feel confused because it seems like a ‘trending’ topic. You’re almost sure you and your family should be jumping on the bandwagon, but you don’t completely understand why. Read more…

How to Make an Inflatable Butter Slime

Education: There are many stores that sell slime including Walmart and The Dollar Tree, but making it at home is way cooler. Making slime at home is much easier than you think. All you need is some glue and an activator for a normal slime. Slime is a fun and stress-relieving toy. Read more…

Encouraging Girls to Code

Encouraging Girls to Code

Technology: It’s no secret that coding has risen in popularity among elementary school-age kids and the ‘tween set. With schools all over Westchester holding free Hour of Code events organized by code.org, children as young as kindergarten are getting exposure to coding at a young age and joining the more than 720 million students worldwide who participated in the event this past year. But what will it take to engage students, particularly girls, in coding long-term and what can be done to help prevent them from losing interest in it, which peaks as girls enter adolescence? Read more…
Hot Topics: As we inch closer to Mother’s Day, the whispers in the mom groups grow louder. It may seem like we’re joking, but what moms really want for Mother’s Day is time away from the kids. Why are so many women asking for a moment alone? Read more…
Activities: The American Museum of Natural History is a childhood favorite. What kid doesn’t want to explore giant rooms filled with dinosaurs or ,visit outer space? And what parent doesn’t want to do all that for practically free? Read more…
Relationships: Maybe you are parenting just like your mom, then again maybe you’re not. Here’s what a few local moms have to say on the subject. Plus tips on how they deal with their mother if they have chosen different parenting styles. Read more…
Contests: Enter to win FlightGears® from Learning Resources. Help your kids build critical thinking and other STEM skills as they create their own moving, flying machines with propellers, wheels, and more. Pieces work with all existing Gears! Sets to encourage open-ended play and offer multiple build possibilities. Read more…

Enter to Win: Little Leonardo MakerLab Book Set

Contests: Enter to win a set of books from the Little Leonardo STEAM series: Little Leonardo’s MakerLab. The Little Leonardo’s MakerLab Robots, and Little Leonardo’s MakerLab Space books include activities from how to create codes to make robots to building a demonstartion of the speed of light. Read more…

Where to See Baby Animals & Spring Nature Fun

Activities: Spring means the arrival of baby animals and plenty of outdoor nature fun. Kids are known to adore both so check out these venues for wonderful spring fun! Read more…

American Girl’s New Doll of 2019 Lives in the Hudson Valley!

Hot Topics: Meet Blair the American Girl Doll of 2019. She’s our neighbor! Learn more about this adorable redhead. Read more…

‘Help Me to Do it Myself!’

Toddlers: How do Montessori programs foster independence in toddlers? From a very young age, children are supported in learning to do things for themselves, rather than having things done for them. Montessori teachers give toddlers “just enough help.” In this way, the environment helps toddlers develop confidence by actually learning how to do things for themselves. Read more…
Hot Topics: Vote in the Family Favorites contest and be instantly entered to win a Family Getaway for Four to Great Wolf Lodge or a Family Pack of tickets to see a 2019 New York Yankees Home Game! Vote now! Read more…
Hot Topics: Mother’s Day is approaching - Sunday, May 12th - and since it’s one of the busiest restaurant days of the year we suggest you make your reservations early. This is a day set aside to pamper mom so getting her away from the stove will certainly be appreciated. Restaurant meal not your style - we’ve got you covered, see the list of really fun family events happening on Mother’s Day. Read more…
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