Janine Annett

Janine Annett

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25 Cool and Free Halloween Programs for Kids in Westchester

If you think Halloween town and library programs are only about storytime and paper pumpkins, think again! Many towns in Westchester offer stand-out events that are frightfully fun—not to mention the parades, parties and more free activities for families who love Halloween. 

Below we’ve listed more than two dozen places with fun Halloween programs. Best of all—they’re all FREE! (And, OK, there are some storytimes and crafts, but we do like those too.) 

Read on for our top picks, and then continue on to our Event Calendar for many more fun October events.

Farm Fun: 11 Hudson Valley Hayrides for Kids in the Fall

It's autumn, and that means time for visits to pumpkin patches and apple orchards, eating doughnuts, drinking apple cider, and going on hayrides. The Lower Hudson Valley is rife with farm fun in the fall, including hayrides—many of which are free or at least included with the admission price.

We've gathered up some of our favorite farms and orchards with hayrides. For more ideas for kid-friendly autumn activities, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook.

Special Campgrounds With Kid-Friendly Extras Near Westchester

"Getting away from it all" and spending time camping in the woods sounds idyllic, but let's face it: Sometimes—especially when kids are involved—you just need something a little extra.

Whether it's a place to do laundry or a game to keep the kids happy, these campsites are all within a reasonable distance and have plenty of amenities and activities. You'll still feel like you're getting away from civilization, but with any luck you won't hear the never-ending cries of "I'm bored!" 

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Swim Time at 'The Brook': Summer Visits at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers

One of Westchester County's official parks, Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers features a jewel of a water area—calling it just a "pool" really doesn't do it justice.

Families with kids of all ages can find ways to splash, play, slide, float and cool off at "The Brook." We're frequent visitors to this awesome water spot, and we recently took another trip to see how 2017 is shaping up. Read on for the inside scoop and on how to get the most out of your visit. 

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New Yonkers Swimming Spot: Renovated Sprain Ridge Pool Finally Opens

After a six-year closure and a $7.7 million renovation, the Sprain Ridge Pool (part of Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers) is now open again!

The pool is better than ever with new and improved facilities, including lots little-kid-friendly features. 

Looking for more pools in Westchester—or maybe just some ways to cool off? We've got you covered. Don't forget to sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

New Playground Alert: Turnure Park in White Plains

There is no shortage of playgrounds and parks in Westchester, and each year our kids love visiting their old favorites for what feels like a new trip down the slide.

Nothing rocks a young kid's world, however, than venturing to see a brand-new playground, in which the paint is still bright and everything remains in perfect working order. J. Harvey Turnure Memorial Park in White Plains recently received a $500,000 facelift, so we enlisted the help of one 6-year-old playground expert to check it out and see if it's a worthy destination for Westchester families.

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10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Lower Westchester with Outdoor Dining

Beautiful weather practically begs for heading to one of these local kid-friendly dining spots with outdoor seating. We’ve got a roundup of 10 restaurants worth trying—with varying price points, atmospheres, and cuisines—where Westchester families can get their al fresco dining fix.

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