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50 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff

Children are born scientists. They're always experimenting with something, whether they're throwing a plate of spaghetti on the wall, blowing bubbles in the bath water or stacking blocks into an intricate tower only to destroy it in one big swipe. As they get older, you may decide to enroll them in a FREE online coding class to get a leg up in today's digital world. But you can actually do some pretty mind-blowing, hands-on science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.

Don't worry if you never made it past biology: These 50 science activities are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It's a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.

Find more at-home fun in our Boredom Busters guide for families.

The Best Places to Go Sledding in Westchester with Kids

The snow season is upon us and while you may be considering the practical aspects of snow fall like shoveling, commuting changes and other (hopefully minor) disruptions and annoyances, kids see powdery snow blanketing the yards, sidewalks and cars and all they can think of is ... SNOW DAY!

No worries, we've rounded up the most popular sledding destinations across the county, along with some helpful tips for keeping little ones safe while they sled. 

Be sure to check our Winter Fun Guide and Indoor Activity Guide for more ideas to keep kids busy this winter. Our Event Calendar is also full of kid-friendly events and activities happening around town.

Where to Donate Toys, Baby Gear and Kids' Clothing in Westchester

As your children grow, they will definitely outgrow (and lose interest in) clothes, shoes, strollers, car seats and toys alike. And let’s be honest—all that stuff takes up space. Before you haul your unwanted items to the curb on recycling day and hope that someone else takes them, see if any of the following organizations might make good use of them (and possibly give you a tax write-off to boot).

We've gathered several charities where you can donate kids’ toys, gear and clothing in Westchester. Looking for more ways to stay in the know as you watch your kids grow? Sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook.

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!

12 Easy DIY Sensory Activities to Entertain Babies

Sensory activities for babies open the world up to our kids while they're still happily stationary. Maybe even more important, it begins to familiarize them to their own bodies. Every new day delivers a fresh overload of sights, sounds, and sensations. 

Bonus: Sensory games give us something fun to do with our little ones beyond tummy time! We've rounded up a dozen of our favorite sensory activities that you can create right at home. DIY sensory toys nurture a basic understanding of the people, places, and stuff that populate their lives, along with the motor and communication skills that they'll need to interact with the world. There will be new things for baby to touch, smell, see, and figure out. Watch as your little one giggles her way through these micro-discoveries. 

Everything featured here can be crafted from simple, recycled materials and stuff found within reach around the house or a couple of clicks on Amazon. Read on for sensory fun, and check out our Boredom Busters Guide for more all-ages crafts, recipes, and rainy day fun.

15 Things to Do with Westchester Kids on MLK Jr. Day

We’re pretty sure kids will spend more time out of school during January than in it, but we can all agree that taking a day out of respect for Martin Luther King, Jr., is more than worth doing.

MLK Day will be held on January 15, 2018. To help you plan your Monday off from school, we’ve gathered a list of kid-friendly ideas. Whether you’re seeking to honor King and his legacy, or you’re just looking forward to spending the day as a family, we have plenty of suggestions.

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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!

How to Make Frozen Bubbles with Kids in This Freezing Weather

We're no fans of the freezing, and even below zero temperatures, that have ushered in the new year. But we are fans of the new viral sensation to come out of this frigid nonesense: frozen bubbles!

We saw these mesmerizing bubbles popping up all over our feeds, and couldn't wait to give it a try IRL with real kids. Read on for the recipe and see our video of this DIY science experiment in Connecticut, a day after the dreaded "bomb cyclone," aka, Winter Storm Grayson.

Don't forget you can find more at-home fun, like 40 Things to Do Indoors on a Snow Day, in our Mommy Poppins Boredom Busters Guide.

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.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Three Kings Day, Winter Wonders

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.

Speaking of "chill out": With the temperatures set to continue at these crazy lows, we’re focusing primarily on indoor activities. We’re also big fans of free programs, especially on the heels of December’s typical expenses. On that note, the free Winter Wonders Day takes place along the Hudson River so participants can learn about the life that inhabits it and enjoy related activitiesIf you’re up for braving the cold, bundle up to investigate at Nature CSI.

If one of your 2018 resolutions is cultural enrichment, Three Kings Day Celebration features traditional performance and cuisine, while new talents might be discovered at Open House and Free Arts Day. For an alternative cinematic experience, try the 19th annual Annual Animation Show of Shows, with selections from around the world. 

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

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