Sonia Gonzalez

Sonia Gonzalez

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Sonia Gonzalez
NYC Editor / Writer

Sonia is a veteran editor and writer for Mommy Poppins. She loves exploring greater New York with her husband and their three kids and is always on the looking out for innovative, educational and fun things to do with them. She is thrilled to have this platform to share what she finds with Mommy Poppins readers.
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Latest posts by Sonia

Holiday Week Events for Kids: Live Music, Kwanzaa, Free Workshops

Adding to the euphoria of Christmas morning, NYC kids also have a week off from school to look forward to! Wondering how to make the most of the week ahead? Our top picks include ReMake the Holidays at the New York Hall of Science and a weeklong interactive workshop at the Microsoft Store. If you missed the New York International Children's Film Festival, head to Best of the Fest: Kid Flix 2 to check out a collection of award-winning short films.

All of our best bets are below. For even more ideas, we've rounded up 35 things to do over the holiday break, plus 25 FREE ways to enjoy the time off with kids. Also be sure to peruse our daily Event Calendar and the Holiday Fun Guide for the final seasonal events.

What To Do on Christmas Day with Westchester Kids

Looking for some Christmas Day fun? You might find yourself searching for a way to spend the afternoon after the presents have been ripped open— or maybe you don't celebrate Christmas and are looking for some fun activities for your kids. No worries, there are a few things to do in Westchester on Christmas Day.

Read on for some ideas for fun around town, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the holiday loop!

11 Winter School Break Camps for Kids in Westchester

December is a busy month full of holiday festivities, including live shows, Santa sightings, shopping and more. Before you know it, the holiday break is upon us and you may find yourself wondering how to keep the kids entertained while off from school.

As much as kids love the break, we know how quickly they can become stir-crazy sitting around at home, even during the holidays. No worries—we've rounded up a ton of places that will keep your wee (and not so wee) ones busy and entertained. These drop-off camps include art, sports, games and other activities for kids of all ages. 

Weekday Fun: Holiday Concert, STEAM fun, Ice Sculptures

The coming week in NYC features festive holiday fun including a concert at St. Patrick's Cathedral, a stunning ice sculpture exhibition, coding fun, and of course, a performance of The Nutcracker!

During the height of the holiday season, be sure to check out our list of holiday activities every kid should try at least once, or take a break from holiday-themed fun to visit some of NYC's outdoor ice skating rinks before the temperatures really start to dip.

Thinking of heading out town? Consider one of these winter day trips, or check out our Family Travel Guide for more ideas. All of our best weekday picks are below. As always, our December GoList and Event Calendar are chock-full of even more options and happenings throughout NYC.

Pip's Island Leads Kids on Captivating Theatrical Adventure

Are the kids ready for an adventure? Or at least an interactive theater experience that doesn’t require sitting? Enter Pip's Island—a new live theater production for kids that just opened in NYC. You don’t even have to go to Midtown! It’s playing in Chelsea all holiday season long.

Although my NYC family has been to (and even acted in) plenty of children’s theater, I can easily say that this show was truly unlike any previous performance we’ve been to.

There is no stage; there are no seats. Instead, the production is crafted as more of a full-scale game of make-believe. Actors lead the kids on an hourlong quest, literally moving through rooms, and encourage them to help solve a mystery by locating and rescuing Amperes Wattson, leader of this magical, faraway world they are now inhabiting (Pip’s Island), from an ambitious villain, Joules Volter.

Read on for our full review.

Weekday Fun: Halloween, Kids Film Fest, Canstruction

This week kicks off with citywide Halloween celebrations including Halloween 313, Halloween at the American Museum of Natural History, parades, and good old-fashioned trick-or-treating. But the fun doesn't stop there. Also on tap this week in NYC is the amazing Canstruction altruistic art exhibit, My First Film Fest for kids, and, for teens, an awesome evening with four YA sci-fi authors.

If you find your little ones suffering from a post-Halloween candy hangover, check out sweet ways to donate your haul. And while you're in the giving spirit, check out inspiring ways to volunteer during the upcoming holidays. Looking for more ways to spend your days? Our useful guide can help you explore Dumbo with kids like a pro.

Read on for our top weekday picks, and be sure to peruse our Event Calendar and November GoList for more options.

Dia de los Muertos: Free Day of the Dead Events for Westchester Families

Halloween is fast approaching, and while you're counting down to the big day and enjoying all the fun haunted happenings around town, why not consider adding a multicultural flair into the mix? Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is technically not a Halloween event; however, it falls right around the same time of year and shares many similar customs and themes.

This Mexican tradition may sound somber and spooky, but it’s actually a joyous time of year, meant to honor family and friends who have passed on. Revelers prepare special foods, don colorful outfits, and create alters adorned with flowers, smiling skulls (calaveras) and candles to celebrate lost loved ones. Festivities include dancing, joyful skeletons (calacas), masks, plenty of candy, skulls made out of sugar, and marigolds, the traditional flor de los muertos (flower of the dead). Day of the Dead is observed on November 1 and 2, but events are already taking place. Read on for ways to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Westchester. The best part—all events are FREE.

Looking for more things to do? Consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters

Weekend Fun: Giant Pumpkins, Dance Party, Halloween Fests

Halloween festivities are in full force this October weekend in NYC with a host of events, including Giant Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden, a special effects workshop at NYSCI, a LGBT-friendly family Monster Mash, the East Village's Halloween Dog Parade, and the annual Halloween fest at the Bleecker Street Playground.

Don't forget to peruse our Halloween Guide for FREE paradesFREE events, and where to trick or treat in NYC, plus local haunted houses and less-spooky Halloween fun for preschool-age children.

If you're not quite ready for Halloween festivities, enjoy fairy fun at Wave Hill's Enchanted Weekend, learn about the rich history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos—festivities are taking place this weekend in Crown Heights and on Staten Island, or just rock out at a family-friendly dance party hosted by CirKiz.

Or looking ahead to the next holiday? Book your Thanksgiving dinner out at these NYC restaurants in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, or grab tickets now to a magical Polar Express or Santa holiday train.

All of our top weekend picks are below, with more options in our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide