Chappaqua with Kids: 25 Things to Do for Westchester Families

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.


Family Friendly Restaurants in New Haven County

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.


A Week of Nut-Free Lunches and Snacks

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.


Themed Restaurants and Family-Friendly Interactive Dining Experiences in NJ

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!

City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival 2016

It's February and that means it's time for City Bakery's annual Hot Chocolate Festival. For every day in February, the popular Flatiron eatery City Bakery will be spicing up its delicious cocoa with a different flavor. And since it's a Leap Year, that's 29 days of hot chocolates that need to be sampled.

City Bakery is already a kid-friendly spot, but it's also nearby the wonderful Books of Wonder and lots of other family attractions in Flatiron like the Lego Store, the recently opened Dylan's Candy Bar and of course the Union Square Playground that it makes for a great winter outing. Maybe hit of the new MoMath Beaver Run exhibit pre- or post-hot cocoa? 

Looking for more to do this month? Read our February GoList for great NYC family events all month.

Where to Eat With Kids in DC Near the National Mall and Capital

We recently visited Washington DC with the kids. It makes a great car-free getaway since most of the museums and attractions are centralized around the National Mall and Capital. But finding good, kid-friendly, and inexpensive food when you're hungry and tired from lots of walking was challenging. We did eventually find some good options after a few days of exploring (and some help from our hotel concierge). Here are the best family friendly restaurants we discovered near the Capital and National Mall. 

Christmas Cookie Crawl: 10 Sweet NYC Holiday Bakeries to Visit

One of the best things about the holiday season is the opportunity to indulge in once-a-year special treats. Whether you bake them or buy them, enjoying holiday cookies is a great way to treat the kids (and you!) between all that shopping, visiting Santa and checking out amazing holiday displays all over town.

From gingerbread-infused macarons to traditional European specialties and the American classic sugar cookie, we've rounded up our top 10 bakeries for getting your Christmas cookie fix in NYC this season. While we focused on Manhattan for this cookie search, several of our selections can be found in Queens and Brooklyn, too.

Philly Area Restaurants Open Christmas Day

That Christmas goose may be getting fat, but you have no desire to cook it. And who could blame you? After all the shopping and excursions to enjoy area events, why not take a holiday yourself and spend your meal enjoying your family instead of cooking and cleaning away! Philadelphia's ample dining scene leaves you with plenty of options to choose from. Here's a roundup of open restaurants on Christmas Day, serving up traditional (and not-so-traditional) fare!


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