Susan Miele

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Magical Creatures, Egg Drop, Yoga

Mid-week fun lies ahead for Westchester families, and it comes in many forms!

Escape to another world or another time at a new program called Magical Creatures Club or combine reading and relaxation at Story Book Yoga. Alternatively, test your intellectual mettle at Egg Drop or one of the many chess clubs we’ve rounded up. 

Many more fun and stimulating activities can be found on our Event Calendar, so head there after reading on for more of our top picks!

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Earth Day Celebrations, Sheep-to-Shawl Festival

This Saturday marks the 47th annual Earth Day, and with the event falling on a weekend, there are many ways for Westchester families to go green.

Among the many Earth Day activities we’ve rounded up are Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival, an in-park event offering conscience-raising information about food sustainability and fun kids’ activities, as well as Sky and Earth Day, a motley indoor event combining cloud study, telescope viewing and a screening of The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Another headline event is the return of the annual Sheep-to-Shawl, a historic-themed festival for contemporary sheepish fun. Another fun way to step back in time is at the annual Colonial Day, where visitors can buy sweets from the colonial baker and practice their ABCs in a one-room schoolhouse. Sports fans, on the other hand, can browse collectibles and memorabilia (and snag a free pack of cards) at the Baseball Card Show.

All this and much more can be found on our Event Calendar (including ways to spend spring break), and our April GoList can help you zero in on some of our favorites throughout the month.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Star Wars Origami, CSI: Forensics

On the heels of spring break, the week ahead may mean back to school, but there is still plenty of fun to be had for Westchester families!

Among the many FREE STEAM programs that we recently compiled is the Jellybean Engineering Challenge, a calorie-free way to repurpose that leftover candy (unless a little nibbling happens along the way). Fans of Star Wars and origami can combine these two interests to artfully create their favorite characters from small squares of paper, while sports fans can get autographs and memorabilia at the return of the Baseball Card Show.

This week is also loaded with ways to get a head start on celebrating Earth Day, as many area venues are rolling out the “green” carpet both before and after the big day to celebrate.

These are just a sampling of what awaits you on our Event Calendar, so be sure to visit that after reading on for more details and the rest of our top picks!

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

Easter Weekend for Westchester Kids: Egg Hunts, Golden Dragon Acrobats

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, you’ll find great family activities this weekend. There are Easter egg hunts in Westchester and the Hudson Valley to get you into the holiday spirit, including locomotive fun aboard the Easter Bunny Train.

This weekend is also a big one for hand-drawn animated features, namely Ponyo and Watership Down (the latter, aptly enough, about bunnies). For live entertainment, the Golden Dragon Acrobats will dazzle your family with their physical feats, and for outdoor fun and some FREE sight-seeing, take advantage of National Park Fee-Free Week.

Check out our Event Calendar for additional options, and sign up for our FREE newsletters to be totally in the know. Now read on for more details about events happening this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

6 FREE Chess Clubs for Westchester Kids

“Life is a kind of chess,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in his 1786 essay on “The Morals of Chess.” Chess teaches foresight, circumspection and caution, as well as not to be “discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs,” he wrote.

Fast forward a couple hundred years, and it's believed there's a positive effect on cognitive development in children who play chess. In addition to offering intellectual stimulation, chess crosses cultural and socioeconomic boundaries, bridging gaps in a disparate population.

Fortunately, numerous opportunities for Westchester children to play chess exist. In addition to schools often offering extracurricular play, we previously rounded up chess camp options and have now compiled FREE chess clubs and classes available at Westchester libraries. Whether your child is a novice or a Bobby Fischer, there’s something for everyone—in fact, there’s at least one option for each weekday.

Keep tabs on our Event Calendar, as programs are often added or repeated. Read on and go for checkmate!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Spring Break Activities, Fiber Arts, Peeps Diorama

Though many schools are closed for spring break this week, there’s no need to panic: Mommy Poppins has a full lineup of fun and enriching activities for Westchester families!

With Easter taking place later this week, there are celebrations galore to choose from, including some mid-week egg hunts. Several activities involve a bit of time travel. At Colonial Survivor, test your mettle in the days of yore before electronic devices. Another throwback is a performance by Silent Vaudevillian Chip Bryant, who will wordlessly elicit giggles and delight from the crowd. Use spring break as an opportunity to learn a new skill at Kids' Classes: Crafts, Food and Fiber Arts—perfect for budding makers.

These are just a few of our top picks for the week, but there are many more on our Event Calendar, and our April GoList goes beyond. So keep calm and plan your week with Mommy Poppins! 

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Laurie Berkner, Buster Keaton, Comic Con

With Easter right around the corner, this weekend offers several festive events for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, such as The Great Green Egg-travaganza and American Girl Doll Easter Basket Craft. To corral the many offerings in our region, we’ve prepared guides to Westchester egg hunts and Hudson Valley egg hunts; opportunities abound over the next couple weeks!

Cosplay, celebrity appearances, screenings and more await at Undiscovered Realm Comic Con, while silent-movie comedies enjoy a bit of a renaissance at the Buster Keaton Mini Film Fest. Young rockers can kick up their heels at the live performance by kiddie-bop superstar Laurie Berkner.

All this and much more can be found on our Event Calendar (including ways to spend spring break), and our April GoList can help you zero in on some of our favorites throughout the month.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Lego Ninjago Opening, Bill Nye

Temperatures begin to rise this week, but most scheduled activities remain indoors, as are our top picks for each weekday.

The headliner is Lego Ninjago City Adventure: Opening Day, the start of a new attraction at the location in Ridge Hill. Mommy Poppins plans to be there, so watch for our review.

April is National Poetry Month, and Poetry Out Loud! offers a great way to introduce kids to this often neglected literary form. Also on the cultural horizon, The Dance Theatre of Harlem and other troupes take the Westchester stage at Dance Off the Grid.

Consult our Event Calendar for more activities, and plan the whole month with our carefully curated April GoList.

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

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