10 Westchester Summer Camps for Kids Who Hate Day Camp

Not all kids are meant for long games of Gaga and Pickle, daily swim lessons and vats of bug juice. While summer day camp is paradise for many children, others are far from fans and not at all shy about letting you know this.

Despite these strong feelings, you may still need a camp—or at least an activity— that will fill their days. In honor of these families, we’ve rounded up 10 summer camp ideas for kids who aren’t a good fit for traditional day camp.

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Spring Theater for NYC Kids: Peppa Pig, Acrobats, Peter Rabbit

Beloved children's characters spring to life this season. Our top theater picks for the coming months include page-to-stage adaptations of classic kid stories like Peter Rabbit and the oeuvre of Dr. Seuss. There are also a number of immersive, multi-sensory productions created specifically for preschoolers while tweens can thrill to offbeat circus performances and the just-opened The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, which we highlighted in our winter theater roundup.

While the highly anticipated family musicals Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Anastasia both open on Broadway this month, there's no need to shell out big bucks to give your kids a memorable live entertainment experience in NYC. Most of the 15 shows we're spotlighting are just $25—or less—per ticket.

Easter Bunny Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner for Philly Families

To celebrate the season of spring, Philly families may want to offer their children the experience of visiting with the Easter Bunny. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are many opportunities to do just that. Kids have a chance to enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner with the bunny at a variety of locations including gardens, zoos, boats, and restaurants. Some events include photo-ops, egg hunts, or even a train ride!

Take a look at some of our favorite events happening this year. Be sure to book your reservation in advance as many of these opportunities sell out.

Best Barbershops for Boys' Haircuts in Lower Westchester

Gone are the days when you could snip your son’s hair in the comfort of your own kitchen. Today’s boys have big ideas about how to groom their locks, and mom’s scissors no longer seem to cut it. From celebrity-inspired faux hawks and high fades to styles that are just like dad’s, there’s so much more to boy hair than buzz cuts and bangs! Check out our list of the best places in lower Westchester to bring in your dude for a new ‘do.

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Easter Bunny Photo-Ops & Breakfasts in Houston

The Easter bunny is back, and this year he's packed his basket full of more than just eggs. While traditional pictures at the mall are always an option, we've found a bunch of events in Houston that offer family fun, food, AND photos with the Easter Bunny. So if you're looking for some extra special Easter activities to do in addition to snapping your Easter Bunny pictures, check out these events around town; massive Easter egg hunts, crafts and games and breakfast with your favorite bunny make these Easter Bunny photo ops a hop above the rest!

Easter Egg Hunts and Events in Fairfield County, CT

We're not a religious family, but that doesn't stop us from getting out and enjoying traditions associated with Easter, and fortunately, there are plenty of events to choose from all over Fairfield County. Many families enjoy a Easter Bunny brunch, while others like to get outside and enjoy Springtime's arrival. Most of these events are geared towards preschoolers and younger elementary age children so, if you have older kids, be sure to check the descriptions carefully. Also note that some events require pre-registration and/or prepayment. Have a hopping good time!

Weekday Picks: Grunion Run, Easter Train, Moon Talk, March 27-31

It's natural to want to explore nature at this time of year, with the flowers, trees, butterflies, and animal kingdom all teeming with new life. And nothing says new life quite like a grunion run. Grunion season officially kicks off this week, with an exciting late night run at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Grunion runs are the stuff of Southern California legends, as the small, silvery fish come ashore after the high tide to lay their eggs on certain sandy beaches. Cabrillo Beach is known as one of the best places to see them. March is "open" season, meaning that touching is allowed, and the slippery little fish can (theoretically!) be caught by hand.

March also kicks off open season on the Easter Bunny; touching him is allowed in March and April, too, and Irvine Railroad is known as one of the best places to catch him. That can now be done every day until Easter.

Other natural highlights this week include a hands-on science nature class for home schoolers at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in Torrance and a Moon Talk with Sidewalk Astronomers in Burbank.  

Want more ideas? Find them on our Mommy Poppins Event Calendar. Meanwhile, here are our favorites for the week.


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