September 26, 2017
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Family Favorite Winners 2017

Let’s face it, who do parents ask when they want the truth about a neighborhood shop, an afterschool class or a party entertainer? Other parents of course! Read more…

The National Museum of Mathematics

Tweens: I’ll admit that I was a little apprehensive about taking my 6-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son to the National Museum of Mathematics. I knew it would be a slam dunk with my math whiz son but my daughter has proclaimed many times that she hates math. Luckily, this hands-on museum offers something for everyone whether your kid is a mathematician-in-training or number phobic. Read more…

All About Ear Infections

Tweens: Ear infections are the number one cause for pediatric visits in the United States. With an estimated 15 to 20 million trips made annually to doctors nationwide, it’s important for parents to know the symptoms, treatments and tips for prevention. Read more…

Generations of Gymnasts

Tweens: Katie Shopkorn Finkelstein walks into the bright, kid-friendly, clean space that is Jodi’s Gym – a gymnastics and movement education center that provides safe, fun, developmentally appropriate gymnastics – and she instantly feels at home. Read more…

Whole Grain Apple Waffles

Feeding Your Family: These nutritious waffles are dense and packed with flavor from vanilla and apples. The recipe can easily be doubled and any leftovers reheated in a toaster oven and served with yogurt, nuts, fresh fruit or unsweetened apple butter. Read more…

A is for Apple

Nutrition: Everyone is heading back to school, but that doesn’t mean family outings must stop. Keep learning your ABCs when you literally take on A is for apple at your local orchard. Read more…

How to Beat Back-to-School Clutter

Hot Topics: In the back-to-school rush, parents’ best intentions may be buried under kids’ backpacks, homework assignments and missives from administrators. The best offense against back-to-school overwhelm is a strong zone defense at home. With this three-zone approach to organization, your family can keep everything under control this year. Read more…

4 Ways to Think Outside the (Lunch) Box

Nutrition: September is here, which means plenty of packed lunches. Give your child a lunch to look forward to this year by making it a little bit different than the basic sandwich, chips and sugary dessert. Read more…

Start Smart

Tweens: School bells are ringing. Whether that comes as music to your ears or a bittersweet reminder that the free-spirited summer days are over, check out these tips from the pros to help you and your child enjoy a smart, happy start to school. Read more…

Watermelon Granita

Nutrition: This icy treat makes the most of rich ripe watermelon. Melons can vary in flavor quite a bit, so taste the mixture before freezing and add more honey or lime if desired. Read more…

The Hidden Risks of Heavy Backpacks

Hot Topics: Going back to school may make children feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. After they pile their lunch, binders, books and extracurricular gear into their backpacks, the amount of weight that children lug around daily could be potentially dangerous. Read more…

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…

Meet Stella the Therapy Dog

Pets: Puppies certainly impact your lifestyle, but years ago when Marissa Levy, a lawyer form New Rochelle, told her mother she was getting a puppy she had no idea just how this simple decision would change everything. 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…

Get an A+

Tweens: The beginning of a new school year can be a harrowing experience for some elementary school students. The anxiety of academic expectations from a new teacher, new classmates and making sure one’s wardrobe are in season are just a few of the factors that play into that first day of school for any child. However, for a child beginning a brand-new school in a new town? That takes everything to a new level. Read more…