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!). 

Weekday Events for LI Kids: Free Cones, Basketball Crafts, Disco Party

Monday, March 20, as you know, is the first day of spring. As the weather warms up, there are plenty of fun activities for children all across Long Island. This week, enjoy a free ice cream cone, some March Madness-inspired crafts, science experiments, and even a jammin' family dance party.

Enjoy storytime, open play and more. Visit our March GoList and our complete Events Calendar to find more great things happening near you.

Our top picks for the week:

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Storytimes, Fishing Clinic, Makers Day

Spring has sprung, and Mommy Poppins is on board with a week full of seasonal activities. Spend time outdoors at events that include Playtime at the Zoo, Growing in the Garden, and Fishing Clinic for Kids. It’s also a big week for free fun, with Art at the Library, Story & Craft Hour, Kids Music Go Round, and NJ Makers Day.

Read on for the best children's events the week of March 20–24, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and March GoList for even more early spring fun.

Weekday Fun: Toddler Flash Mob, Mummies, Paw Patrol Live!

While NYC kids dig the late snow, the spring events season has begun to snowball in its own special way. Laurie Berkner throws a toddler flash mob to celebrate her new book and the Hudson Park Library hosts STEM-filled fun.

Paw Patrol Live! scampers into Madison Square Garden and, although we don't list them below, two plays on our March GoList begin much longer runs this Thursday: Anastasia, a Broadway version of the Disney movie, and The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, a new live version of Rick Riordan's popular book series.

Also on Thursday, at the Queens Center Mall, banish winter altogether and get in the holiday groove with Easter Bunny photos. Find more photo-ops with Easter bunny as spring arrives, and don't forget to get your tickets to those Easter bunny brunches.

In addition to the March GoList, our guide to winter events remains in effect, and the daily Event Calendar can lead you to any date in the future.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Founder's Day, Stories, Museums March 20-24

It's official. Spring arrives this week in the Delaware Valley. Philly families can expect many wonderful ways to celebrate as can be seen in our events calendar.

Explore Norristown Farm Park for signs of the new season as it offers little ones a chance to notice sprouting grass and budding trees. Listen to stories and sing songs to welcome spring at Suburban Square. Take advantage of Founders' Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences and view the butterflies in the butterfly pavilion. Or, splurge to hear the frogs croak at the Museum's Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. Be sure to prep for spring by checking out all the upcoming consignment sales in your area. Now, keep reading to see our top picks for the week ahead.

Amazing Water Park Deals for Spring Break or Family Summer Vacation

Spring break and summer vacation deals have stormed in like a March blizzard, and there are big discounts to be had for family travel.

Awesome water parks like Atlantis, the new Nickelodeon resort in Punta Cana, and Beaches Turks & Caicos are slashing prices on trips booked in March. Plus resorts in Orlando, Punta Cana, Vegas, and Hawaii are a few more bargain options on tap for early spring. If you prefer your water fun indoors, all Great Wolf Lodge properties are promoting legitimate spring savings. We even threw in a few East Coast spring ski resort bargains.

Read on for our roundup of family getaway deals, but act fast; these offers will be gone faster than a melting snowman on a hot spring day.

12 In-Home Birthday Party Entertainers for Westchester Families

It's not always easy deciding where to have a child's birthday party. While some party places serve as convenient, all-inclusive destinations, at-home parties can be just as fun and often a lot more affordable. You do, however, have to plan your own entertainment, and it can be tough to figure out how to keep the kids busy without things getting too chaotic.

That's where in-home entertainers come in! Gone are the days where you can only choose between a magician or a clown, and we've gathered a dozen of our favorite ideas. (If you already know you want to have an at-home laser-tag birthday party, check out our post dedicated solely to this activity.)

Looking for more birthday ideas? Consult our Party Planner Guide and sign up for our newsletters!


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