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Beat Winter Boredom with 8 Awesome STEM Activities

Winter days can leave families in need of fun indoor activities. We worked with Sylvan Learning, a leader in STEM education for kids, to develop ideas for a “boredom buster” jar full of STEM activities. Each fun project is super simple and includes concrete STEM educational tips to bring the learning home. That’s what we love about Sylvan EDGE programs; the educators at Sylvan Learning always make sure that the kids go home understanding important STEM concepts while having fun doing it.

To make your STEM activities boredom busters jar just print out the downloadable sheets, cut out the activity cards, fold and place in a jar or bowl. Any time the kids get restless or need a screen time break, just pull an activity out for some at-home fun. Note: Some of these activities do take some preparation, so make sure to gather your materials—including freezing your colored ice sculpture shapes—in advance so you are ready to go when boredom calls...or whines, as the case may be.

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!

Bounce and Jump: Indoor Trampoline Parks in and around Westchester

Where do you go when the kids are bouncing off the walls on a cold or rainy day? Somewhere they’re allowed to bounce off the walls, of course! 

We’ve rounded up the indoor trampoline parks in and around Westchester and Rockland where kids can jump, hop, leap and bounce to their heart’s content. Take note that these these spots also offer birthday parties, making them an option for those winter (or even extra-hot summer) birthdays. 

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.) 

20 Things to Do with Westchester Preschoolers this Winter

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.  

Looking for more ideas? Check out our always-populated Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

See National Parks for Free in 2017 on These Free Entrance Days

A trip to one of our nation's incredible national parks may already be on your family travel to-do list for 2017. Whether it is or not, you may want to check out the just released FREE admission days at some of the country's largest parks. Courtesy of the National Park Service, the 10 FREE days all take place on easy-for-planning weekends, school breaks, and national holidays at select parks.

While many parks have free admission every day of the year, more than 100 of them, including some of the most popular destinations, charge $15 per person or more. Those waiving admission for these 10 holidays include some of those iconic, bucket list spots like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Harpers Ferry, Everglades National Park, and the Cape Cod Seashore. The freebies also extend to a few historical sites under the National Park Service's purview, like the New York home of celebrated American president Franklin D. Roosevelt and national historic parks like Morristown National Historic Park, the scene of an American Revolutionary War battle.

Mark your calendars as the first FREE admission day is coming up this month, Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Day; and now, read on to find out the rest of the FREE days, and get a peek at some of the kid-friendly parks that are waiving admission. 

Drop-Off Camps for Westchester Kids on MLK Day

We’re hardly off the heels of our last school break when it’s time to plan for the next one. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday, January 16, 2017, and most schools will be closed. If you’re in need of childcare—or your kids are just flat-out sick of hanging around the house—there are a few options for mini-camps that day. Most of these camps require advance registration, so be sure to click through for the full details. 

Looking for more activities for MLK Day or the entire three-day weekend? Consult our Event Calendar or follow us on Facebook

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!

Visiting Play: The New Indoor Spot at The Westchester Mall

We can all get a little stir-crazy in these cold winter months, but that doesn’t mean you always want to spend money on activities. Thankfully, The Westchester mall in White Plains has opened a brand-new play place that is a perfect spot to kill some time on a ho-hum day. The best part? It’s FREE! 

Looking for more things to do that won’t necessarily cost an arm and leg? Consult our Indoor Fun Guide and sign up for our newsletters

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!

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