There are so many great bakeries in every corner of Connecticut. But, like many of you, my daughter’s school is a nut free facility. For everyone’s safety, if we want to send in treats for celebrations and birthdays, they have to be store bought and in their original sealed containers. For really special celebrations, like birthdays and holidays, I like to bring in something a little more festive than a box of Oreo Cookies. Thankfully, Connecticut has a growing list of bakeries that can provide a fresh-baked treat that everyone can enjoy.
We've explored the best things to do with kids in Chappaqua, but you can really work up an appetite with all of that activity. Where can you go to satisfy your hunger? Look no further than our round-up of family-friendly restaurants.
Chappaqua boasts a wide variety of kid-approved restaurants, cafes, eateries and bakeries at reasonable prices. Many of these establishments are worth eating at even if you don’t live in the village.
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By Sona Charaipotra and Sarah Gonser
Food courts, in spite of their mall-culture reputation, are enjoying a bit of a renaissance, and not just in suburbia. Right here in NYC, remade food halls are gaining major foodie clout with excellent vendors, artisan marketplaces and appealing perks for families with kids. Actually a food court might just be the perfect eatery for families: there's a food option for everyone, minimal wait times, multiple bathrooms and no one notices if your kid tantrums or drops half their meal on the floor.
Because we're always on the lookout for great kid-friendly outings, especially during the colder months, we've rounded up, and sampled, six outstanding food halls that offer top-notch eats, spacious seating and lots to do in the surrounding neighborhood. Check out our NYC Restaurant Guide for even more family dining options in just about every neighborhood—and every finicky palate.
Chappaqua is a quaint hamlet located near the center of Westchester in the town of New Castle, just about 30 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Known for its charming neighborhoods, the village maintains a peaceful New England feel, with rolling hills and historic homes and barns.
Chappaqua offers a wealth of public parks, protected wetlands and wildlife sanctuaries with hiking trails, well-maintained playing fields, courts and other facilities for tennis, soccer and skating. It also boasts a walkable village featuring family-friendly restaurants, shops and a farmer’s market. There's no shortage of events or things to do here during the year, and we've gathered our top 25 things to do in Chappaqua with kids.
Enjoying a quiet dinner at a restaurant is a luxury that you don’t fully appreciate until it’s gone. I certainly feel like I didn’t take full advantage of my dinners out before I had kids. The truth is, it’s just a lot harder to enjoy your meal with children, but it can be done. The trick is in the planning. Bring along some small toys for a distraction, ask that children’s meals are served first, and most importantly, pick a restaurant that is family-friendly. I’ve got a great list of places to bring the whole family out to eat in New Haven County, and if you’re venturing to Central Connecticut check our list of restaurants where kids eat free.
My kids are lucky enough to not have any allergies themselves, but with nut allergies on the rise, friends in each of their classes since preschool have had allergies that could result in deadly reactions to certain nuts. While it's hard for families to ensure dishes are allergen-free in restaurants, we as parents can do our part at home to try and send our kids to school with nut-free lunches and snacks each day so that everyone stays safe.
For me, this starts in the grocery store when I'm purchasing ingredients for the week. Many of the processed foods available—including granola bars, cookies, crackers, and yogurts with toppings—are made in facilities that also process nuts. These items generally carry such a disclaimer on the package under the ingredients, but I've found it easiest to only purchase items for school made from whole foods and then pull together my own fun meals at home.
We sit through three meals a day, seven days a week. So sometimes we just need to shake it up a bit and do something out of the house that promises fun along with the food. From knights and horses to magicians to locomotives, from Northern NJ all the way down to the Shore, there are many ‘interactive’ dining experiences for the entire family. Bon appetit!