Susan Miele

Susan Miele

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fake News, Popcorn Party

If you’re under the (wrong) impression that all the great family programs in Westchester happen on the weekends, think again! Creative programming abounds Monday through Friday.

In addition to celebrating the holiday weekend, our top picks include Truth, “Truthiness” & “Post-Truth": How to Read the News in the Information Age to help teens become savvy skeptics. Have fun (and eat well) while learning a life skill at One-Pot Cooking. And celebrate National Popcorn Day with one of America’s most pop-ular snacks and related activities at Popcorn Party.

These are just a few of our highlights, so keep reading on. Our Event Calendar has many more activities to choose from for all ages, and our January GoList can help you plan the rest of the month!

MLK Day Weekend with Westchester Kids: Brady Rymer, Snowshoe Hike

The coming three-day weekend is a great time to be in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! Our weekend picks include both indoor and outdoor activities ranging from celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., to communing with nature or catching a show. 

Reinforce the meaning of MLK Day by investing time at conscience-raising event. The whole family can volunteer at Martin Luther King Day of Service. Promising performances include Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, but for FREE admission, Bubblemania is a pop-ular choice. Embrace the winter at Awosting Falls Snowshoe Outing or think warm thoughts (and get a jumpstart on summer planning) at Westchester Family’s Camp Fair.

There's more! Be sure to check our January GoList and our Event Calendar to plan your entire weekend—and beyond! (Need a drop-off activity on MLK Day? Check out our list of drop-off camps.) 

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Gluten-Free Baking, Nail Polish Art

Take a break from the winter weather at some exciting indoor activities for Westchester families. This week’s programs are big on enrichment, as you’ll notice on our roundup of top weekday picks.

Learn to make gluten-free treats (and sample your creation) at Get Your Dessert On. Gear up for STEM fun at science and math programs that hone skills, such as Math Play. Celebrate MLK Day with an award-winning documentary featuring assorted celebrities at King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis.

These are just a few of our highlights, so keep reading on. Our Event Calendar has many more activities to choose from of various ilks, and our January GoList can help you plan the rest of the month!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Winter Wonders Day, Musicals

If you feel the need to chill out after the rush of the holiday hullaballoo, January is a great time for turning down the excitement a notch—but there’s still no shortage of fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

The coming weekend is prime time to partake in a winter nature program or to see a musical. Bring your binoculars to Family Nature Walk and observe the birds that didn’t fly south for the winter, or learn to identify animal tracks and play sleuth to learn what they reveal at Animal Tracks and Traces. Winter Wonders Day takes place along the Hudson River so participants can learn about the life that inhabits it and enjoy related activities. There’s still a trace of holiday festivities ahead, and the Candlelight Tour offers a subdued way to savor the season, or catch a live performance of the family classic You're a Good Man, Charlie Brownjust one of several you’ll find in our top picks below.

Read on for all this and more, then head to our Event Calendar and our newly published January GoList to plan ahead!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Teen Take-Over, Toy Making

Happy new year! As we return from the holidays to our usual routines, so do the types of events on tap for Westchester families.

A couple highlights this week offer an added perk of altruistic benefit along with entertainment, such as Make Toys for Homeless Cats. Another animal-related activity is the presentation of the conscience-raising documentary SeasonsFor sheer fun, teens get a special opportunity to rule the roost at Teen Lock-In After-Hours Party.

Regardless, we understand the need to keep the kids occupied and have compiled our top picks below. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to plan ahead and identify more enriching opportunities for your kids, look no further than our January GoList and our Event Calendar!

January GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester With Kids

With the holidays over and the cold weather setting in, January may seem like a good time to hibernate—but not so for Westchester and Hudson Valley families! Our January GoList provides plenty of rationale for getting out to take advantage of the compelling programs in our area.

Several live shows are worth booking tickets early for, including the toe-tapping performance by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could and the talented antics of The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater.  For low-tech fun, the Annual Puppet Festival returns. For nature immersion (that’s FREE), head to the Hudson River for Winter Wonders Day. And lest we forget the key holiday of the month, teach your kids about civic duty by finding a cause to lend a hand to on the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

These are just a sample of the highlights we’ve identified for you, so read on for more and consult our ever-growing Event Calendar for daily picks. Don’t worry: There’ll still be plenty of time to sit home by the fire in your jammies!

New Year's Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids

The coming weekend is chock full of holiday events for families, and many of those taking place in Westchester have been listed in our roundup of New Year’s Eve activities.

This week’s edition of our weekend roundup takes us beyond Westchester, as it’s a great time to venture to surrounding areas to cast a wider radius. Read on for our top picks, but don’t stop there: Explore the entire tri-state area with the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide to craft the perfect itinerary for your family holiday; just select alternative regions to check out neighboring areas.

Whether you opt for New Year's Eve Family Fun at the Maritime Aquarium, New Year's Eve Concert for Peace, Colonial Music to Bring in the New Year, the First Day Hike and Bonfire, the Annual Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Swim or any of our many, many other highlights, we’re confident that 2017 will be off to a swinging start.

All of us at Mommy Poppins wish you and your families a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Christmas and Hanukkah Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids

This weekend we welcome both Christmas and Hanukkah, concurring for one glorious weekend of holiday festivities. The timing works out well, as there are several exciting Hanukkah events happening December 24-25 when public activities are typically scarce.

Our top picks for family outings naturally reflect the convergence of both major holidays. As the Christmas season is coming to a close, now’s a good time for the events that wind things down, like Holiday Tour by Candlelight in an elegant historic home, a fun tour of twinkling lights (and accompanying music) such as North Kensico Christmas Light Show or—my favorite movie--It's a Wonderful Life , an absolute tear-jerker that reminds us of what’s truly important in life.

As Christmas winds down, Hanukkah kicks in, and our favorite related events this weekend are the Chinese-themed Chopsticks Hanukkah (featuring dinner and an acrobat) and the ice-themed Hanukkah on Ice (highlights are skating and ice carving).

As a further resource for this weekend, consult our roundup of 2016 Hanukkah events and our ideas for what to do on Christmas, as well as our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

From all of us at Mommy Poppins, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy Hanukkah!