December 18, 2018
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SPYSCAPE

A New Museum and Expereince

SPYSCAPE

A New Museum and Expereince

Entertainment: It was raining heavily as my family and I arrived in the city. We were headed to SPYSCAPE, a new spy museum, and the turn-your-collar-up weather was helping us get in the mood. We checked the address twice because 928 8th Avenue looked like a sleek modern office building. Read more…
Holidays: I’ve always had a fascination with Grand Central Terminal. Its majestic cerulean ceiling in the Main Concourse featuring the zodiac signs, the information booth clock where tourists take selfies and, of course, the delicacies at Grand Central Market. Luckily, I’m not the only one in love with this beautiful landmark building that is the second most visited destination in New York City after Times Square. My 10-year-old son has also marveled at its grandeur and is a bit of a train buff, so we decided to trek into the city and learn more about its history. 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…

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…
Special Needs: 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…

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…

Cozy, Welcoming and Inspiring

Tweens: Every first Friday of the month for the last two years, 10-year-old Una Goodspeed of New Rochelle joins fellow readers for pizza and conversation about books in The Uncommon Corps of Ravenous Readers Book Club at The Voracious Reader in Larchmont. Una is a self-described “book maniac” but it wasn’t always this way. Read more…
Toddlers: There’s no shortage of playgrounds in Westchester, but when your kids are small, not just any park will do. Younger children need parks with bucket swings, contained spaces, clean bathrooms close by, and unique equipment to capture their attention. We’ve scoured the county and found four playgrounds that are practically perfect for preschoolers. Read more…

Technically Speaking

Technically Speaking

Education: And the 2018 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play goes to. …” Silence. A tight shot of the nominees fills the screen. All are unrecognizable to us at home. Read more…

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Feeding Your Family: Nothing epitomizes the arrival of autumn weather like an apple picking trip in the Hudson Valley. This trip is an annual ritual for many Westchester families and while many choose to venture to orchards further afield in Dutchess or Putnam counties, Westchester is home to one of the oldest apple orchards, Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights celebrating its 102nd harvest this fall. Read more…
Feeding Your Family: Teach your child that fruit doesn’t grow in plastic containers at the supermarket. Take them berry picking for a little education, some good exercise and a yummy treat. Blueberries, raspberries and peaches are perfect for picking from mid to late summer. Note: It’s always wise to call ahead and confirm crop conditions. Read more…

Historic Submarine Nautilus

Historic Submarine Nautilus

Almost every child’s toy collection at one time or another consists of a submarine or some similar submersible. At the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Conn., kids can experience what life was like onboard the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear powered vessel launched in 1954. Operated by the U.S. Navy, the museum is a straightforward drive west on Interstate 95 and is easily found off Exit 86. Read more…

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

Nutrition: Promote your children’s hands-on learning by helping them open a neighborhood lemonade stand. Refresh yourself and your neighbors by featuring something slightly different – Watermelon Lemonade from Whole Foods Market. Read more…

Lasdon Park

Lasdon Park

Tweens: Situated on more than 200 acres in Somers, Lasdon Park offers a beautiful backdrop for a family picnic or a walk along the colorful gardens blooming with flowers. Summer is the perfect time to visit, although Lasdon offers special events catering to families throughout the year. The newly opened Conservatory featuring exotic flowers and plants is drawing visitors from all over the county and outdoor concerts are planned this summer. Below are highlights from the park that are sure to please the littlest nature lovers to history buff ’tweens. Read more…

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