Susan Miele

Susan Miele

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Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Zerbini Circus, Parades

For those of you staying in Westchester for Memorial Day weekend, there's no shortage of events!

Many towns and villages throughout the county celebrate the occasion with their own parades and ceremonies. Standouts include the Memorial Day Races & Fair and Memorial Day Parade and Hudson Park Event.

The three-day weekend is also a great time for animal encounters, with For Shear Pleasure and Memorial Day Dog Parade & Show heading the pack. A couple of the many seasonal festivals we previously told you about also take place this weekend, and there’s a performance by the The Zerbini Family Circus—especially good news after the closing of Ringling Bros.

So let everyone else deal with the traffic and hassle of heading out of town; there’s plenty to do right here at home! Read on to see all of our top weekend picks and consult our Event Calendar for even more options to choose from.

Don't miss the last chance to help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a  a two night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains or a family four-pack of admission tickets to Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut.  Vote today!

ICS Carnival: A Family Fun Tradition in Lower Westchester

The annual carnival presented by the Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe—known colloquially as "the ICS Carnival"—is one of two must-do carnivals in Lower Westchester (the other being the annual Lake Isle carnival). The large-scale scope of the event makes it destination-worthy for families with kids of all ages.

An annual tradition for more than 20 years, I’ve been taking my kids for nearly a decade, and I expect to continue to do so till they go off to college (maybe even beyond).

Read on for our first-hand account of this fun-filled annual tradition, and check our Event Calendar for other fun happenings!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Country Fair, Memorial Day Crafts

While organized activities sometimes slow down before a holiday, there’s loads of fun in store in anticipation of Memorial Day weekend.

Don’t miss the second annual Country Fair as American as apple pie (pie-baking contest included!) and a local fundraiser, to boot. But first, get your holiday gear ready at a workshop where your kids can make a Memorial Day baton. For more art fun, take the mess outside at a splattering painting workshop that educates kids about the style of Jackson Pollock (bare feet recommended).

Read on for more on these and our other top picks—most of which are FREE. Our Event Calendar has many more offerings, so head there next. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to receive our highlights for Memorial Day weekend and beyond!

Help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a  a two night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains or a family four-pack of admission tickets to Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut.  Vote today!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: UFO Fair, Arts Bash, Cupcake Festival

Oh, to be a kid in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend! So many fun, family-friendly events abound, be forewarned: The task of picking and choosing may be difficult. This weekend garnered the most mentions in our May GoList—and for good reason.

The previous tradition of the annual Pinkster festival has been revamped and renamed Djembes and Dance, a festival celebrating African influences on American culture, including drumming, dancing, cooking and more. This isn’t the only cultural festival on tap. The Asian-American Festival is of similar intent with the focus on Eastern influences and hands-on workshops and entertaining performances. But for out-of-this-world fun, resistance is futile at the annual UFO Fair (or, for that matter, at the tantalizing Gardiner Cupcake Festival). For a robust agenda of hands-on art fun using assorted media—including chocolate!—don’t miss the annual Family Arts Bash.

Read on for our top weekend picks and click each listing for full details. Consult our guide to spring fun and our Event Calendar for even more resources. Stay in the know by signing up for our newsletters!

Help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a  a two night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains or a family four-pack of admission tickets to Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut.  Vote today!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Little Folk Farm Day, St. Patrick's Carnival

With the weather finally cooperating (we hope!), the week ahead is a great time for Westchester families to get outside and have fun.

For starters, wee ones can enjoy pony rides, animal encounters and more at the specially tailored Little Folk Farm Day. Though modest in size, the St. Patrick's Annual Carnival offers a springtime crack at rides and games, while cinephiles can catch either of two classic Marx Brothers movies.

Looking for more action? Our Event Calendar is chock full of activities of all types, and many of our listings are FREE! Read on and follow through for all the details and more to choose from!

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! 

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Tulip Festival, Dia:Beacon

Moms: We know how hard you work, how many balls you juggle, how many diapers you’ve changed. We know—because we’re moms too! And though it may be tempting to spend Mother’s Day weekend alone at a spa, it’s a joy when our families put on their best manners and focus on quality time honoring the lady in their lives who holds it all together. The tried-and-true Mother’s Day brunch is a popular way to celebrate, but we've also rounded up 20 ways to spend Mother’s Day that don’t involve a restaurant reservation!

A variety of other fun ways to spend the weekend is in store, many of which involve honing your creative skills: Create a fish cake (that is, a cake that looks like a fish), plant an herb garden, or work in ceramics. For more ramped-up excitement, head north to the Albany Tulip Festival or watch monkeys riding dogs (really) at the Hudson Valley Fair.

Looking for more ideas? Read on for other picks, head to our Event Calendar for additional options, and plan ahead with our May GoList. For more seasonal activities, be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide.

So enjoy your breakfast in bed and hug your little ones—then get out and enjoy all the fun ways you can spend this special weekend with your family.

From the moms and dads at Mommy Poppins: Have a very happy Mother’s Day—you deserve it!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mother's Day Gifts, Big Trucks

May is here, and with it comes one of our favorite holidays: Mother’s Day! The week ahead is chock full of ways to help gear up for The Big Day, and we have ideas for kids to give moms the recognition they deserve!

Don’t have a Mother’s Day gift yet? There are several craft programs for kids to make a card or gift for a special someone—things you'll actually treasure, not stick in a drawer! One such highlight is Succulent Mother's Day Craft. (Additionally, we've done some homework on your behalf and have rounded up weekend ways to honor moms.) But Mother’s Day activities aren’t all that’s in store: Climb aboard Big Truck Day or watch the Trisha Brown Dance Company and other troupes perform live at Dance Off the Grid (bring Mom!), to name just a few.

There are many more events to choose from on our Event Calendar, but also be sure to consult our May GoList for our top picks for the entire month. Read on to get the lowdown!

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: Kite & Cherry Blossom Festivals, Hello Kitty Cafe

Spring fun continues for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with loads of great outings.

Numerous opportunities for cultural enrichment return, such as the multi-venue Yonkers Arts Weekend, featuring a veritable smorgasbord of assorted arts opportunities. Coincidentally, Yonkers will also be the host of a pop-up Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, where young (and older) devotees can delight in charming treats that are also a feast for the eyes.

One of several ways we’ve identified to view Japanese cherry blossoms locally is at the multi-faceted White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival, which, beyond flowers, is rich with Japanese culture. Mexico is also on our itinerary, as Cinco de Mayo is being celebrated with a rousing block party.

There's also the opening of the Hudson Valley Fair, and with it comes the dog-riding monkeys and other outrageous acts that the fair is known for.

We've rounded up our top picks for family outings this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, below. If you're looking for even more options, check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!

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