Susan Miele

Susan Miele

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Jewish Film Festival, Kids’ Lit Celebrations

Happy spring!

It’s a big weekend for kid lit, with two anniversary celebrations in store (literally). Create Your Own Little Golden Book Storytime while honoring this childhood classic’s 75th birthday, and support an indie kids’ bookstore at The Voracious Reader Turns 10! Both are FREE!

This weekend also continues a Jewish film festival, which includes an animated film from China called A Jewish Girl in Shanghai. The maple-sugaring season wraps up this weekend, so don’t miss the sweet stuff at Maple Sugaring Tours and prepare to shimmy on the basketball court at the WKD Kids Clinic.

Our Event Calendar has even more options to choose from, so be sure to head there after reading on for the rest of our top picks and further details!

FREE STEAM Fun for Westchester Families

STEAM programs are really heating up in Westchester, with both in-school and extracurricular activities sprouting up all over the place. In case your family hasn’t yet caught the craze, STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math, and there's a growing movement to ramp up education for kids in these areas.

We previously posted our guide to STEAM centers in Westchester. Now, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite FREE STEAM programs planned for kids this spring. Whether your child is a future physicist, meteorologist, computer programmer, entomologist, astronomer, mathematician, collage artist or engineer, there’s something for all ages and interests.

Our Event Calendar is frequently updated with new additions, so view it often to stay up to date. Now grab your planner, ‘cause things are getting really STEAM-y out there!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Harry Potter, Cooking by the Book

With all the snow on the ground, outdoor activities can be a little challenging for Westchester families. We’ve taken the fun indoors in compiling our top picks for the coming week. Fortunately, they’re all terrific!

My elementary-school curriculum included “shop” class, but nowadays a lesson in wielding a hammer is less common, so carpe diem at Woodworking Workshop. Fans of Harry Potter can grab their best wand and indulge in a fun-filled event for devotees at Harry Potter Madness. Get your kids off the couch and into the kitchen at Cooking by the Book, and Women’s History Month programs also continue this week.

Read on for the rest and click through to our Event Calendar for more great activities—many of which are FREE. Our March GoList highlights our top picks for the rest of the month, and you can sign up for our newsletters to get it all in your inbox!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: WHUD Kids' Fair, Parades, Family Shows

With the snowstorm behind us, this weekend is a great time to combat cabin fever and enjoy any of the many activities this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

Though St. Patty’s Day is officially March 17, it isn’t time to pack up your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” garb yet! The fun continues at one several St. Patrick’s Day parades on tap this weekend, including the Annual Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade, for which Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will serve as grand marshal. (Can’t wait till Saturday? There’s assorted other Gaelic fun all week long at the St. Patrick’s Day fun we’ve rounded up for you.)

The Irish aren’t the only ones hosting events this weekend; Francophiles are offering the Festinema Junior: A French Film Festival for Children, which is FREE to attend. Live entertainment is also on tap with Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and a contemporary production of Romeo and Juliet. The Annual WHUD Kids Fair returns for more assorted kid fun. 

Believe it or not, there’s more in store! Read on for even more fun events this weekend, then click through to our Event Calendar for even more to choose from, both this weekend and beyond.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: World Dance, St. Patrick's Day

It’s time for St. Patrick's Day, and while adults have their own festivities, there are plenty of FREE ways for kids to celebrate, plus numerous parades  continuing through the weekend.

The headliner event this week is Russian Seasons Dance - Celebration of World Dance. With some half dozen different styles of international dance performed, you’ll get a sampler of Ukrainian, Argentinian, Irish and other art forms all for the same ticket. STEM programs are thriving, and My Robot Friend promises comic learning, when participants “program” each other to navigate an obstacle course. An art form making a comeback this week is Macrame—sure to appeal to finger knitters and other crafters. There are also ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, both this week and all month long.

Read on for the rest and click through to our Event Calendar for more great activities—many of which are FREE. Our March GoList highlights our top picks for the rest of the month, and you can sign up for our newsletters to get it all in your inbox!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Purim, Frog and Toad, Pinkalicious

Though St. Patrick’s Day is practically a month-long event here in Westchester, things really heat up this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! While some of the holiday parades take place next weekend, most step off this Saturday and Sunday, including one of the largest in the state—the Annual Northern Westchester-Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Revelers can also kick up the heels (or watch others do the same) at the foot- stomping Irish dance production Rhythm in the Night.

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only holiday being celebrated this weekend: Purim festivities abound this weekend, with many very creative ways to celebrate, including inflatable Twister at Purim Carnival.

Maple sugaring is still in peak season—as are the events that celebrate it like Sugarfest, featuring a pancake breakfast and live music—and a surprising number of family performances are scheduled, such as A Year with Frog and Toad.

With so many great activities happening this weekend, we couldn’t include all of them in this roundup, so consult our Event Calendar after reading on for our top picks. Next, head to our March GoList to plan the rest of the month! If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know.

9 Ways to Celebrate Purim in Westchester

It’s almost time for Purim, the carnival-like Jewish holiday that commemorates the Jews being saved by Queen Esther from murderous Haman. Often referred to as the Jewish Halloween, you certainly don’t need to be Jewish to join in on the celebrations.

There are plenty of family-friendly Purim events occurring in Westchester this month, so read to find out the who, what and where.

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Tech Week, Kid Luau

Teen Tech Week arrives, and Westchester libraries and other venues are rallying to celebrate the national occasion! Expect much in the way of STEM family programming, like Messin' with Makey Makey! and an opportunity to learn 3-D Printing. Or, join Mommy Poppins for a virtual scavenger hunt—but that’s not all …

March is associated with many other occasions. For one, we’ve rounded up ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, and one of these events is taking place mid-week.

Our Event Calendar is loaded with many ways to celebrate March occasions—as well as “just because” fun, like the KidX Luau Event. So grab your planner and start soaking up all the fun and enriching activities we’ve curated for you—most of them are FREE!