Susan Miele

Susan Miele

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Circus, Yoga, Food Fun

If your family is staying in town for winter break, you’re in luck! With so many fun—and mostly FREE—activities ahead, you can enjoy a winter staycation without breaking the bank.

While we bundle up in hats and scarves this time of year, other animals have different survival tricks to compensate for their lack of textiles. Learn about their techniques at Animals in Winter. Other highlights allow you to learn to make guacamole at Fun with Food or participate in a mock TV game show at Jeopardy.

These, of course, are just the tip of the iceberg. Because we know the challenges of keeping kids occupied during cold-weather breaks from school, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, stimulating activities.

Read on for our top picks and more February fun--and have a great Winter Break!

Outside Fun: Maple Sugaring Activities for Kids in Westchester

Finding enough family-friendly activities in the cold weather months can be a challenge. Luckily, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley offer many ways for families to beat the winter blues.

Maple sugaring is a great winter activity for kids. The season begins in February and runs through late March. Ideally, temperatures must dip below freezing at night and warm up during the day so that the sap flow increases. Another fun fact: To make just 1 gallon of pure maple syrup, it actually takes more than 40 gallons of sap. Who knew?!

We've rounded up maple sugaring fun in and around Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Read on for details on where to learn and celebrate this centuries-old tradition. Looking for more winter fun? Check out our Event Calendar

Presidents' Day Weekend Fun with Westchester Kids: Circus, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul

If you’re staying in town for the three-day weekend, get ready for lots of local fun for families in Westchester!

First off, as we reported in our February GoList, the circus is in town! With the recent closing of both The Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the performance by The Royal Hanneford Circus is that much more special. Another hot-ticket item is Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve.

Presidents’ Day isn’t just a day off from school—it’s also a fun learning opportunity! Ways to celebrate in true form are Presidents Day Workshop, honoring Abe and George, or take advantage of the National Park Fee-Free Day with a visit to one of the Hyde Park-area attractions that honor FDR.

All month we’re recognizing Black History Month, and one way to celebrate is the Family Studio Art Projects, offering an informative hands-on program in the study of quilting.

Read on for our top weekend picks and check out our Event Calendar for even more great activities coming up. Sign up for our weekly newsletters so you're sure to receive our upcoming roundup of awesome things to do during the winter break! 

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Valentine’s Day and STEAM Fun

February fun continues with assorted weekday fun, including multiple opportunities to celebrate seasonal holidays and celebrations.

In addition to our roundup of fun Valentine’s Day activities, we’ve added Full STEAM Ahead to our top picks for this week, which includes oobleck creation, engineering and shaving-cream art on the agenda. We’re also supplementing our recommendations for ways to celebrate Black History Month with a performance that explores African American influence on American dance at Féraba African Rhythm Tap Company: The Roots of Tap. Another highlight is Embroidery, an opportunity to introduce the art of needlecraft to younger stitchers.

Read on for these programs and more; then head to our Event Calendar for many more options to choose from—this week and beyond!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Eaglefest, Berenstain Bears Live

So much fun, both indoors and outdoors, awaits Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend! 

The biggest headliner is the annual Hudson River Eaglefest, a multi-site event that celebrates the eagle’s return to Westchester, with viewing points up and down the river and various attractions. Other outdoor, seasonal fun includes Maple Sugaring, where families can tap trees to learn how syrup is made.

Take the fun indoors at either of two performances: The Berenstain Bears Live brings the popular storybook characters to life on stage, while the Westchester Philharmonic Friends & Family Concert offers an instrument petting zoo, where kids can handle instruments and meet their players. Animal Embassy: Love Is in the Air is just one of the many FREE Valentine’s Day programs we’ve rounded up for you.

Be sure to consult our February Go List for our top picks for the month and our Event Calendar for tons of activities every single day. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Harlem Globetrotters, Anime Festival

February is here! While that usually means cold and snow, it also means lots of reasons for celebrations. 

Put away the iPads and put on your dancing shoes for Friendly Squares Dance Club Free Fun Night. Or be a spectator as the Harlem Globetrotters return to Westchester for two nights of high-action sports combined with entertaining antics (and a meet-and-greet op). Another top pick is the Mini-Anime Festival—whose name belies the multi-faceted  Asian immersion that's really in store.

There are tons more events on our Event Calendar, so be sure to head there next. We don’t want you to miss any of the fun—grab your calendars and see what’s ahead!

Valentine’s Day Fun: Top FREE Activities for Westchester Kids

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and love and creativity are in the air! If those Pinterest valentines are making you envious—but the mad dash of daily living has you resorting to pink and red construction paper with crayons and stickers—we propose the perfect solution: Take it on the road.

Our Event Calendar includes numerous ways to get ready for Valentine’s Day. Below, we’ve culled our top FREE events that allow kids of all ages the opportunity to whoop it up at celebrations and make gifts for their special sweetheart—all without getting any glitter on your rug!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mommy Poppins!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Winter Hoot, Disney Classics

As mentioned in our February GoList, this month is loaded with reasons for festivities for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, and this weekend is no exception. You can celebrate Chinese New Year at the annual Chinese New Year Celebration, and there are numerous ways to celebrate Black History Month. Instead, you might embrace the season at Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon or whoop it up like it’s summertime at the three-day music (and more) festival Winter Hoot

Read on for our top weekend picks, some of which are FREE, then continue on to our Event Calendar for tons of activities every single day. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!