FREE STEAM Fun for Westchester Families

STEAM programs are really heating up in Westchester, with both in-school and extracurricular activities sprouting up all over the place. In case your family hasn’t yet caught the craze, STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math, and there's a growing movement to ramp up education for kids in these areas.

We previously posted our guide to STEAM centers in Westchester. Now, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite FREE STEAM programs planned for kids this spring. Whether your child is a future physicist, meteorologist, computer programmer, entomologist, astronomer, mathematician, collage artist or engineer, there’s something for all ages and interests.

Our Event Calendar is frequently updated with new additions, so view it often to stay up to date. Now grab your planner, ‘cause things are getting really STEAM-y out there!

Spring Break Camps for Philly Area Kids

Spring break is an opportunity for Philly families to recharge their batteries and find time for reprieve. However, some parents may still need to work a day or two while the kids are off from school. Find fun for your school age children with some of the amazing camps available throughout the Delaware Valley. We have rounded up many excellent camp opportunities to keep children engaged in nature, art, science, and drama. With such variety, Philly kids are sure to have a great spring break. For those luck enough to have off a day or two during break, be sure to browse through our events calendar and schedule time for family fun.

Weekday Picks: First Day of Spring, Beauty and the Beast, Cars, and Puppies, March 20-24

The first day of spring puts a spring in everyone's step, with its promise of warmer weather, longer days, and colorful flowers—lots of flowers. The biggest "superbloom" of recent memory is upon us, as tons of wildflowers spring up after our particularly wet winter followed years of drought. You can go far afield and check out the desert show at Death Valley National Park or choose among our list of wildflower hikes and open spaces close to home to best see nature's work.  

Other ways to mark the changing of the season could be a hike to a local waterfall if you're feeling adventurous, or a free Italian ice at Rita's if you're not (there are about 20 locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties).  

Thinking of catching Disney's new Beauty and the Beast movie? Check our review to see if it's right for your kids, of course, and if you're ready to forge ahead you can choose between screenings at El Capitan with all the extras, at the Arclight with free popcorn, or at Cinépolis with the new in-theater playground.

Our 10 picks for the week are below. Looking for even more ideas? Those can be found on our Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and our March GoList.

Weekday Picks: Stargazing, Fireside, and Wildlife Club, March 20-24

All of this snow makes it hard to believe that April is right around the corner. Hopefully you are making the most of it and enjoying some local skiing and decorating the last of your snowmen for the winter. This week is jam-packed with all sort of hands-on adventures from outdoor exploration, learning about the history of shad fishing in CT, and enjoying stories by the fireside

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekday Picks: Stargazing, Fireside, and Wildlife Club, March 20-24

All of this snow makes it hard to believe that April is right around the corner. Hopefully you are making the most of it and enjoying some local skiing and decorating the last of your snowmen for the winter. This week is jam-packed with all sort of hands-on adventures from outdoor exploration, learning about the history of shad fishing in CT, and enjoying stories by the fireside

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Flower Show, Egg Decorating, and Family Cooking; March 20-24

As we ring in spring here in Boston, the city is abuzz with the arrival of the annual Boston Flower and Garden Show, which opens to the public on Wednesday (just about the time of the week when you're looking for a break from the work-and-school doldrums). The theme of this year's show is Superheroes of the Garden, but if you'd like to introduce your kids to a real-life superhero, take them to the afterschool workshop about pioneering chemist Rosalind Franklin at the Acton Discovery Museums on Thursday. The week is also bookended with fun family dinners—a tots-and-tacos dance party in Somerville on Monday night and a family dinner at The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market on Friday. For more nourishment for little brains and bodies this week and beyond, feast your eyes on our Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Harry Potter, Cooking by the Book

With all the snow on the ground, outdoor activities can be a little challenging for Westchester families. We’ve taken the fun indoors in compiling our top picks for the coming week. Fortunately, they’re all terrific!

My elementary-school curriculum included “shop” class, but nowadays a lesson in wielding a hammer is less common, so carpe diem at Woodworking Workshop. Fans of Harry Potter can grab their best wand and indulge in a fun-filled event for devotees at Harry Potter Madness. Get your kids off the couch and into the kitchen at Cooking by the Book, and Women’s History Month programs also continue this week.

Read on for the rest and click through to our Event Calendar for more great activities—many of which are FREE. Our March GoList highlights our top picks for the rest of the month, and you can sign up for our newsletters to get it all in your inbox!

Best Events for Preschool-Age Kids in NYC This Spring

This spring NYC is filled with great activities and events for preschoolers. From carousels and Easter celebrations to a ladybug release, once you step outside into that sun (that we hear is coming!) you won't want to come back in. Of course, we expect some spring showers, so don't forget about cool theater and museums, including the return of Brick Fest Live, a new circus, and the debut of Gulliver's Gate, the miniature model city going up near Times Square.

Read on for our top picks for spring for NYC kids under age 5, more than two dozen choices, including many FREE events — and leave your coats at home (we hope!). 

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