Westchester Gyms with Childcare: Where Parents Can Exercise While Kids Work Out

Warmer weather is just around the corner and springtime often brings with it resolutions to get active and stay fit--great ideas for the entire family! Along with indoor play spaces and kids-only gyms, Westchester also has several choices for families who want to get all of their exercising done in one fell swoop. While many local gyms have nurseries or playrooms where little kids can hang out while their parents work out, several have gone one step further and created sports and activity programs to keep kids busy while parents pound out miles on the treadmill or try to master those impossible double-unders.

Several fitness centers throughout Westchester offer comprehensive programs for kids that include everything from dance to cheerleading; sports to CPR training. Read on for details on keeping the whole family fit and active.

Weekend Fun For NJ Kids March 21-22: Spring Campfire, Frozen Ball & More!

Spring is officially here! Those days we've been dreaming of, filled with fresh flowers, afternoons at the playground, and sunshine are just around the corner! Lot of fun happenings in NJ this weekend: Celebrate Easter a tad early with an Easter Bunny Breakfast at Imagine That! Children’s Museum, dress up in your Anna & Elsa best for the Frozen Ball at Liberty Hall or take in a playful performance of Skippyjon Jones at Paper Mill Playhouse. And if you’re itching to get outdoors, check out the Earthcache Discovery Trail event at Liberty State Park, gather round a Spring Campfire at Tenafly Nature Center or head to Maple Sugar Sunday at the Miller-Cory House. For even more weekend fun, check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.

Spring Break Camps for NYC Kids: Cool Programs for Public School Spring Recess

Though it feels like midwinter break is barely in the rearview mirror, we're already prepping for another school break. New York City public schools students are off from Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 12. If you're able to take the days off and spend quality time with the children enjoying spring, Easter egg hunts and fun family day trips, that's great. But for many working parents, spring break means finding an enriching camp to keep the kids occupied during business hours.

If this vacation seemed to sneak up on you (like it did on me), don't worry, we've got the lowdown on the best spring break camps in town—and yes, there's still space available. These programs run the gamut from science to sports to the arts, so there's something to please every child. Be sure to click through to the camps' official sites for all the details, including hours and pricing.

Easter Egg Hunts and Events in Fairfield County, CT

The Easter Bunny has some explaining to do.  Last year, that darn bunny pooped jellybeans all over my carpet (inspired by the movie Hop).  In fact, my kids were so disgusted that they no longer have any love lost for either jellybeans or the Easter bunny.  To warm back up to the furry fellow, we’re planning on hitting not one, but several, local Egg Hunts in Fairfield County in hopes that the Easter Bunny will redeem himself.  Note to self…no jellybeans!

All Aboard the Easter Express: NJ Classic Train Rides with the Easter Bunny

Why should Christmas have all the fun? Forget the Polar Express and hop on the Easter Express! Five NJ railroad museums not only offer you a fun glimpse into the historic past of railroads and trains, but kids of all ages can also catch a train ride and enjoy an on-board visit with the Easter Bunny himself.  Some rides even include a trip through the museum or Easter Egg Hunt at the final destination. Of course, photo ops and Easter treats for all.  Easter bonnets not required.

Lifeboat at The Wallis: A Moving Tale for Tweens, Teens, & Parents

If there's a fault to be found with Catherine Wheel's production of Lifeboat at the Wallis, it's only in how short the run is; seeing this moving and remarkable show requires making plans quickly, as it's only in town through Sunday. I'm beyond glad that I made the drive to Beverly Hills on a Friday night with my 11-year-old (not something I say lightly), because it's so rare for us to see a play together that inspires thought-provoking conversation all the way home. Lifeboat's true tale of two teenage girls who become lifelong friends after surviving a shipwreck together strikes a balance between exposing young audiences to some harsh reality while leaving room for moments of great joy.

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