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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Memorial Day, Carnivals, Sushi Making

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, so get ready for lots of seasonal celebrations for Westchester families!

With the deluge of rain this past week, we can hope for clear skies and warm temps to enjoy the many outdoor activities ahead. Celebrate the red, white and blue at any of the Memorial Day parades we've identified, and then honor the red, white and green at Festa Italiana. For fun in the raw, try your hand at Sushi Making.

This is just a sampling of all that awaits you on our Event Calendar, so head there after reading on for each of our top picks for mid-week.

New Discovery at Sea Brings Science and Nature Themes to Princess Cruises

Cruises are fun. How can you beat a giant floating resort with entertainment, amusements, unlimited food, and fun at every turn? And that’s just on the ship. My favorite part of a cruise is waking up in a new location to explore.

Now, Princess Cruises is bringing more joy of discovery to your next vacation at sea with a new partnership. Teaming up with Discovery Channel, new Discovery At Sea excursions and on-ship programming bring to life the nature, wildlife, and history of each destination. We were hosted on the Grand Princess, sailing year round from San Francisco, and the first ship to offer the new Discovery at Sea programming.

Summer Festivals and Fairs in Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley

Summer has arrived! (OK, not officially, and certainly not judging by the thermometer.) But with this time of year comes some of the best family-friendly summer festivals and fairs in our area. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorites in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, all of which include fun activities for kids. Although plans were still being finalized for some of this season’s festivities, we’ll be sure to keep this roster updated as summer progresses.
 
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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!

10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Lower Westchester with Outdoor Dining

Beautiful weather practically begs for heading to one of these local kid-friendly dining spots with outdoor seating. We’ve got a roundup of 10 restaurants worth trying—with varying price points, atmospheres, and cuisines—where Westchester families can get their al fresco dining fix.

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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!

100 Things To Do with Kids in Westchester Before They Grow Up

One of our favorite things about being moms is rediscovering curiosity, joy and beauty through a child's eye. And while we can't stop our little ones from growing up, we can do our best to share meaningful experiences with them, expose them to some of our interests, and encourage their budding passions.

To that end, we're offering up our top 100 things to do with kids in and around Westchester. Whether it's visiting a local museum or romping in one our area's beautiful park, these activities are sure to create lasting memories and quality family fun. You've probably already experienced several of our picks, but chances are that you haven't gotten to them all just yet. Why not start this weekend?

Read on for 100 must-do, family-friendly activities throughout Westchester with kids (in no particular order).

Best Broadway Shows for Kids and Families

Whether you're visiting NYC or live here year-round, seeing a Broadway show is a special family experience. Kids are sure to remember it vividly, and chances are parents won't soon forget the credit card bill. That's why it's so important to pick a production wisely, especially when bringing young children to their first Broadway performance.

While Disney juggernauts The Lion King and Aladdin are popular options, there are other kid-friendly choices that aren't as obvious. We've rounded up our 10 best Broadway musicals for families and organized them by age appropriateness. As a bonus, we've also got the scoop on how to save big bucks on tickets thanks to various deals.

Find more upcoming NYC shows in our event calendar, or read reviews of current family productions to find the one that best suits your children.

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!

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