10 Best Beaches for Kids and Families in Los Angeles & Orange County

Truth be told, I rarely took my kids to the beach when they were toddlers. Sand-filled diapers, a defiant second child making beelines for the big waves, and little legs too tired to walk back to the car - who needs it! Direct me instead to the nearest tidy playground with a locked gate, please! But hindsight being 20/20, I realize I overreacted. After all, sand washes off and little legs often surprise us in their resilience. What's more, toes in wet sand (yours included) make for the biggest grins and giggles, and afternoons well spent. So go on, gather the shovels, sandwiches, and sunscreen, and go west, young families. Beachy adventures await.

2017 Westchester Bestie Guide: Parenting Resources Winners

We know Westchester is one of the best places to raise a family, and our Mommy Poppins readers are the ones who help make it that way. We asked you to weigh in on the best enrichment programs, family fun and parenting resources in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley for our Bestie Awards. We presented an extremely competitive crop of choices, and the people have spoken!
 
A special thank you to our Bestie Sponsors, Great Wolf Lodge and Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park.

Without further ado, here is your guide to the best of family-friendly Westchester, the 2017 Westchester Besties!

Best Family Fun Winners | Best Enrichment Programs Winners

2017 Westchester Bestie Guide: Family Fun Winners

We know Westchester is one of the best places to raise a family, and our Mommy Poppins readers are the ones who help make it that way. We asked you to weigh in on the best enrichment programs, family fun and parenting resources in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley for our Bestie Awards. We presented an extremely competitive crop of choices, and the people have spoken!
 
A special thank you to our Bestie Sponsors, Great Wolf Lodge and Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park.

Without further ado, here is your guide to the best of family-friendly Westchester, the 2017 Westchester Besties!

Best Enrichment Programs Winners | Best Parenting Resources Winners

2017 Westchester Bestie Guide: Enrichment Programs Winners

We know Westchester is one of the best places to raise a family, and our Mommy Poppins readers are the ones who help make it that way. We asked you to weigh in on the best enrichment programs, family fun and parenting resources in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley for our Bestie Awards. We presented an extremely competitive crop of choices, and the people have spoken!
 
A special thank you to our Bestie Sponsors, Great Wolf Lodge and Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park.

Without further ado, here is your guide to the best of family-friendly Westchester, the 2017 Westchester Besties!

Best Family Fun Winners | Best Parenting Resources Winners

Art Classes for Kids in Fairfield County

I have a love-hate relationship with children's art. On the one hand, I love decorating the house with my children's paintings, sculptures, and photographs; on the other hand, I just can't bear the mess of the creative process, especially when it involves glitter!

Here are some great places in Fairfield County where your young artists can create masterpieces without trashing your house: (and for more after-school ideas check out our guide.)

15 Parent and Me Swim Classes To Keep LA & OC Babies and Toddlers Afloat

I wasn't born in water like some babies are, but I certainly could have lived in it when I was young. It's no wonder, because kids dig water, and the younger we start them in it, the earlier they build the skills needed to swim confidently and safely. Mommy and Me – or Daddy and Me – classes are a fun and bonding introduction to a lifelong love of swimming. And lucky for us and our tots, there are classes galore all around the Southland. We know some Great Private Swim Classes for LA Kids, but the classes below are all about taking the plunge alongside your wee one. Dive into our extensive list of area Mommy or Daddy and Me classes.

Beyond Macy's: Free Fireworks Across NYC for Summer 2018

There's no denying that when it comes to sparklers, Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks are the main event in New York City. But that's certainly not the only explosive display in town this season. Some of these fireworks honor our nation's birthday, others just celebrate summer in the city, from ball games to concerts in parks city wide.

Read on for all the places and dates when you and the kids can catch a fireworks show in New York City—besides the East River on the Fourth of July.

25 Things to Do with Westchester Preschoolers this Summer

Summer is here! There’s nothing quite like celebrating the season with preschoolers—they approach each day with the curiosity that brings you back to your own childhood.

That said, preschoolers are busy, busy little people, and it gets hard trying to keep them occupied all summer long. Fear not, for we’ve come up with a list of more than two dozen things to do with them this summer in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley.  

Looking for even more activities? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

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