Susan Miele

Susan Miele

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MLK Day Weekend with Westchester Kids: Meet Mike Piazza, Free Arts

If recent weather has kept your family holed up, recoup from cabin fever with any of the great programs we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend.

Reinforce the meaning of MLK Day by investing time in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Meet Mike Piazza and other famous athletes at The East Coast National Baseball Card Show or take advantage of the free offerings of assorted workshops in STEAM, improvisational acting, drumming and more at Free Arts Day. More indoor fun can be had with marionettes at the Annual Puppet Festival or embrace the season with fun activities that at Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest.

There's more! Be sure to check our January GoList and our Event Calendar to plan your entire weekend—and beyond!

Bundle Up or Hunker Down: 30 Winter Activities for Westchester Preschoolers

Cold temperatures and snow on the ground doesn’t mean you have to spend the next few months stuck at home (and, let's face it, who would want to?). We’ve rounded up some of our favorite events and things to do with preschoolers in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this winter. From stage performances to nature programs, holiday celebrations to play places, we’ve got you covered.

Want more? For all ages, check out our mammoth list of 50 things to do this winter in Westchester, as well as our Event Calendar. Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!

Sell-Out Alert! Victorian Valentine's Day Tea is Free Fun for Westchester Kids

It might seem early to talk to about Valentine's Day, but given the popularity of the Victorian Valentine Tea at the Horace Greeley House in Chappaqua, you'll be glad to have the heads-up to reserve your child's spot. We attended this annual event in the past and were wowed for many reasons—including that it's free!

Read on for our review and be sure to sign up for our newsletters for more awesome events heading your way! Also consult our Event Calendar to plan ahead.

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 and taking advantage of the compelling programs in our area. Many are even free!

Several live shows are worth booking tickets early for, among them Skatetacular, which combines ice skating and theater.  For outdoor fun that embraces the season, bundle up for the Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. And even if you hadn’t previously thought to hone your rapping technique, how could you resist a workshop led by the first hip-hop ambassador to the U.S. State Department at Freestyle Poetry Workshop with Toni Blackman (which is free, to boot). 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. Below we’ve added a couple alternatives close to Westchester, like the Harry Potter Yule Ball.

Whether you opt for joining a New Year’s Countdown to Noon, shooting hoops with the Harlem Globetrotters, or Partying with the Animals, we’re confident that 2018 will be off to a swinging start.

Be sure to consult the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide to craft the perfect itinerary for your family holiday.

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

10 Things to Do with Westchester Kids over Christmas Weekend

You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it a hundred times. You’ve shopped till you dropped, you’ve wrapped, you’ve mailed, you’ve hosted, you’ve feted, you’ve done it all—except for some of the fun events we've identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

In these final days before Christmas, take the time to enjoy some sparkly seasonal activities. Take in a production of The Nutcracker (told in a version reflective of local history), a Holiday Tour by Candlelight in an elegant historic home, or—my favorite movie—It's a Wonderful Life, an absolute tear-jerker that reminds us of what’s truly important in life. Hand your wish list directly to Santa and catch the best dazzling light displays. Read on for all this and more.

But the holiday season isn’t ending just yet, so savor it all in the coming weeks using our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide as planning resources.

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

35 Free December Activities for Westchester Kids

December is a magical time for kids, with the advent of winter fun and the abundance of holiday festivities occurring all month long. All this (plus gifts!) can cost families a pretty penny, so we've rounded up free ways to get out of the house and have fun. Your piggy banks—and kids—will thank us!

Read on for frugal fun that doesn't skimp on festivity. Also consult our December GoList and our Holiday Fun Guide for many more ways to savor the season!

Our Event Calendar is well-stocked with many more options to choose from, and more keep coming. 

December GoList: The Best Things To Do in Westchester with Kids

The holiday season is so hectic, it’s easy to get caught up in the tasks of the season at the expense of the enjoyment. Luckily, there are many festivities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, so be sure to clear some time to savor the magic, the splendor and the thrill that families can enjoy together. 

So far, we've told you where to go for holiday tree-lighting celebrations, where to catch a live holiday performance and where to have breakfast with Santa. Our Event Calendar is positively bursting with activities for kids every day of the week.

Our top picks for the month include holiday highlights as well as a diverse assortment of other fun activities. For even more great options, be sure to peruse our Holiday Fun Guide, full of yet more ideas to help you get the most out of the holidays with kids. Also, sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on all kinds of fun—holiday and otherwise!