Lisa Johnston

Lisa Johnston

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Minecraft Lovers Get Something New for Hour of Code 2017

The annual Hour of Code is entering its fourth year next month, and Microsoft is adding something for 2017 that your little Minecraft lovers will surely go nuts over. Whether your family is new to this free international mass coding phenomenon or you've explored it before, the 2017 campaign has new and exciting features for everyone—including coding projects about Moana, Star Wars, and Minecraft.

25 Holiday Activities for Preschoolers in Westchester

The holidays are a special time for all children, but preschoolers carry an extra bit of magic with them this time of year. They’re young enough to believe the Santa in the mall is real (or that the creepy Elf is truly monitoring their every move). No matter what holiday you may celebrate, it’s a wonderful age to share family traditions—or begin new ones.  

We’ve rounded up 25 things you can do with your preschooler this holiday season, and many of them are free! Looking for more ideas? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook

10 Westchester Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

There are two types of families when it comes to eating at a restaurant on Thanksgiving: Those who swear by it and those who are simply confounded. We know families in each category and can relate with both. For those of you who want the deliciousness of a Thanksgiving dinner served with a side of ultra-convenience, we’ve gathered a list of Westchester restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner for families. 

Many of these spots require reservations, so don’t delay! Heading into the city for the parade? We have a list for that too.

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15 Great Places to Trick-or-Treat with Westchester Kids

Whether it’s because the homes are too spread out, or they’re lining a busy road, or the neighbors are super cranky, some families just don’t live in neighborhoods that are great for trick-or-treating. There are a few sites out there known for rating the best trick-or-treating in the country, but we’ve done a little of own local research. All kids deserve a safe and candy-filled Halloween, so check out some of these family-friendly areas and events if you need an alternative.

For more Halloween-related fun, visit our Halloween Fun Guide and Event Calendar. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook!    

Foliage on Foot: 10 Great Fall Hikes for Westchester Kids

Despite this somewhat-wonky weather, it is officially fall and the leaves have begun to change. While fall foliage drives can be fun, bringing the kids on an outdoor hike has the added bonus of letting them burn off some energy.

We polled our writers and readers and have gathered up a list of some of our favorite places in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley to bring kids to hike for beautiful autumn views. (Does the word “hike” make you instinctually grimace? No worries—we’ve included some easy options for those who are used to seeing the leaves from behind a windshield.)

Be sure to consult our Fall Fun Guide for more seasonal activities, and follow us on Facebook

17 Fun Things to Do with Westchester Kids on Columbus Day

Didn’t school just start?

While it’s not a holiday that’s recognized nationwide, many schools in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley will indeed be closed for Columbus Day on Monday, October 9, 2017. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered up some of the best things to do in our area on that day, including some of our favorite fall activities. Many of the farms that are traditionally open only on weekends are up and running on Columbus Day. 

Use our list to help you plan a fun family day, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to have these ideas delivered straight to your inbox. Looking for ideas for the entire-three day weekend? We've got you covered there too

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