Highland Hall: A Unique Learning Experience for LA Kids

Living in Los Angeles, there's no shortage of choices when it comes to educating our children. Even so, finding a school with a unique approach to teaching, inspiring, and mentoring students can get parents truly excited about their children's education. And that's just what happened to me after a recent tour of our sponsor, Highland Hall, the first Waldorf school in the western US for children in nursery through 12th grade.

At the heart of the Waldorf approach is the recognition that children pass through distinct stages of development, and that both the subject matter and the way it is taught need to be age-specific. The focus is to engage the whole child in the learning process, with the arts integrated into every subject, using movement, music, storytelling, and rhythm to bring the material to life and make learning a stress-free process. Nature also plays an important role in students' education.

Spring Break Family Travel Deals: Skiing, Mohonk Mountain House, Train Travel, Mexico and More

In spite of what the thermometer may read, the calendar says spring is nearly here. Spring Break is on the horizon and maybe a family vacation is in the cards. If you haven’t yet overdosed on the flaky white stuff, get out and enjoy the deep snowpack with hotel specials in New Hampshire, Vermont or the Hudson Valley. If you’re looking to escape winter’s last grip, there are deals in Mexico, Santa Barbara and the Texas Hill Country. If you enjoy train travel, Amtrak and Eurail are offering price breaks. We've got the scoop all all these deals, plus a sweepstakes to may win a free vacation for four people to Kissimmee, Florida, a gateway to Orlando. Get set to save on your spring travels.

Summer Camps in Litchfield County, CT

Here's a list of some of our favorite summer camps in the LItchfield County area. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section below. Performing arts, fine art, equestrian, woodland survival, nature, and just every day fun camps are included. These are camps that our children have done or that friends have done so we can vouch for their quality. For more options check out our Summer Camp Guide.

St. Patrick's Day for Long Island Kids and Families

It's time to celebrate the luck o' the Irish again--and Long Island has a variety of kid- and family-friendly St. Patrick's Day events where you can wear your best green attire and enjoy the holiday. From parades to parties, there's plenty of fun things to do, no matter what age you might be. Who knows? You may just find a pot of golden fun at the end of a rainbow.

And for other family-friendly activities, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

Things to do for St. Patrick's Day (Fairfield County)

I have wee kids.  Wee, as in, it's taking some convincing that shamrocks are indeed plants, not distant cousins of granite or shale.  Suffice it to say, we probably won't be experimenting with corned beef and cabbage this St. Patrick's Day (more like green bagels from Bruegger's). That being said, my little people are more than ready for the St. Paddy's folklore and fun offered up by several Fairfield County communities this month.  You can get your Gaelic on at parades, scavenger hunts, craft times, a fun run (Spiderman is registered, by the way), and Irish music sessions. Slainte!

St. Patrick's Day for Kids in LA and OC: Parades, Celebrations, and Irish Events

Here comes Saint Patrick's Day; time to brush up the Irish brogue for the one time per year (unless you're really Irish) that you use it. The holiday falls on a Tuesday in 2015, but the holiday itself is preceded by a big, green weekend replete with family-friendly events. So top o' the marnin' to ye; Erin Go Bragh; that shade of green looks great on you, and let's go find some parades!

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations for Westchester Kids: Parades, Stories, Music, Dance and More

On March 17, 1762, New York City hosted America's very first St. Patrick's Day Parade honoring the 4th century Christian missionary. Over the centuries, St. Patrick's Day has grown from a religious observance into a cultural celebration of all things Irish. For weeks before and after St. Patrick's Day, Westchester County is just jigging with family friendly festivities and activities for all ages. From crafty story times and Celtic music to parades big and small, we've got everything you need to feel truly Irish right here. Added bonus? Many events are FREE.

History Comes Alive at Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington

Whether snowflakes are falling or flowers are blooming, the Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington is a great Hartford County destination that will incite a child’s imagination and historical interest, without being overwhelming or expensive.

Confession one: I am passionate about all things literature, history, and art. Confession two: My daughters have inherited this exploration gene. Sometimes we travel far, but often we explore our home state and Stanley-Whitman House has become a favorite museum not only for convenience, but because of its non-pretentious presence in a quiet, residential neighborhood.


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