Nature Preschools in and around Westchester

Most preschools incorporate some aspect of nature exploration in its curriculum, but the schools in this list bring it right to the forefront. Hoping to encourage the natural scientists in its students, these schools teach how to be good eco-citizens by learning and caring for our environments. They also encourage plenty of hands-on outdoor fun and different types of STEAM-based activities.
 
Looking for other preschools in our area? Check out the Preschool Directory and our Preschool Guide, both of which are chock full of information. Those in our border towns may also be interested in our list of nature-based preschools in Connecticut.

Experience NYC in True Princess Style at the Lotte New York Palace

With a 3-year-old and 7-year-old daughter, princesses long ago took over my home. We've got dress-up clothes, dolls, movies, sing-along-microphones, and multiple tiaras, but never have my girls felt quite as regal as they did on a recent stay at the Lotte New York Palace where we were treated to a truly magical experience as royal guests with the luxury hotel's Palace Princess Package.

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Lotte New York Palace offers a perfect destination for a staycation (as we enjoyed) to celebrate a birthday perhaps or as a treat for out-of-towners looking to make their visit to NYC extra special for a certain princess. 

Need a Last-Minute Babysitter? Hello Sitter App Will Find One

NYC parents have gained a new option for scoring that elusive date-night and last-minute backup sitter. Hello Sitter, an app founded by a local mom, launched this summer with more than 200 sitters serving Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, including the neighborhoods from Park Slope to Williamsburg.

Finding child care always presents a challenge to parents.  Finding it on short notice? As they say, fuggedaboutit. But that’s exactly the challenge that Lauren Mansell, founder and CEO of Hello Sitter, wanted to address when she set about creating the new service. Not only that, as a mom to a preschooler she knows it can be stressful to trust your kids with a stranger, so every sitter on the app is fully vetted.

A Visit to Nomads Adventure Quest in South Windsor

Looking for an adventurous day close to home? Look no further than South Windsor, where Nomads Adventure Quest awaits, featuring energy-burning and giggle-inducing attractions. Whether your child likes to climb, bounce, jump, or play games, this amazing indoor play space has it all. Nomads prides itself as New England’s largest indoor family entertainment facility and features 65,000 square feet packed with fun. A huge bonus: there is no entrance fee, so you pay only for activities that interest your child.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Sand Castles, Elephants, Natsumatsuri, August 13-14

I'm starting to get the feeling that the summer may be over. I'm not sure what's giving me that idea—possibly the fact that kids are already going back to school. And yet, it's hot. And yet, we're spending the weekend building sandcastles at the beach. And yet, some of our favorite summer events are only just getting started. Dudes, people are celebrating summer with festivals. That means summer is still going strong, right? Right?

Yes, some of the favorites are ending. Bye-bye, Orange County Fair. Won't be seeing you again til next year, Ventura County Fair. Several of the summer-long concert series seem to think now's the time to say adieu. Even our Best of LA Kids contest is ending this week (hint: last chance to vote for your favorites and win a great prize!).

But like just about every weekend in Los Angeles, there are tons of things to do, regardless of the "season" or "month" or "actual date on the calendar."  That's the kind of paradise we've opted for. A never-ending series of indoor, outdoor, daytime, nighttime festivities. And that's "sum-thing" to be happy about.

Keep reading for our picks for the most summerific events this weekend...  

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Animals, Culture, Peaches Aug 13-14

If school supplies on store shelves before the 4th of July is bad, Halloween candy in August is completely unacceptable! Don't get me wrong, I love pumpkin flavored coffee, cereal, and candy, too. But it is still SUMMER, people! Let's enjoy it now before we are shoveling out from under 2 feet of snow. (Did I actually say that?)

Thankfully, our Events Calendar is exploding with summertime fun. For the animal lovers in the family, consider a trip to The Academy of Natural Science's Bug Fest. Pet some farm animals at the Pennsylvania Dutch Festival held in the Reading Terminal Market. Watch the birds in the summertime sky at Churchville Nature Center, or get an up-close look at butterflies at the Watershed Butterfly Festival. Those seeking cultural inspiration can celebrate at the Delaware CCAC Chinese Festival in Hockessin or the Japanese Bon Festival in Ardmore. Or, check out one of the peach festivals happening this weekend such as Oasis Family Farm, Camden Children's Garden, and Peddler's Village.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week. Enjoy!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Wildflower Hike, Aladdin, Jr. August 13-14

If the Olympics have your little ones in a competitive mood this weekend, there are plenty of active events to participate in this weekend on Long Island. Build a miniature boat at The Maritime Museum for the Raingutter Regatta; be transported to Arabian nights with a performance of Disney's Aladdin, Jr. at the Long Island Children's Museum; earn bragging rights for your family's garden at Hicks Nurseries Summer Harvest Competition.

Go for the gold medal and get active this weekend with the great events below. Don't see your event listed here? Add it to our events calendar. And if you didn't receive this post in your inbox, sounds like you need to subscribe to our newsletter!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids August 13-14: Comic Con, Wild Animals, Free Concerts

Cosplay fans unite! This is your weekend with Boston Comic Con in town, and along with it the opportunity to bring the kids along to meet some industry celebrities and attend their panels. It's also another great summer weekend for free outdoor concerts around Boston, including one with the philharmonic and another with some Latin jazz.

There are also fantastic opportunities this weekend to get out and take a closer look at our own surroundings. Some teens have been doing just that in the city, and their work is highlighted in a new exhibit. More nature-minded kids can learn about wild animals in the neighborhood (pictured). Finally, if you've ever wondered how you and your family can give back by volunteering, you might want to give a one-shot activity a try to see how it goes. As with all volunteering, every little bit helps.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar.

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