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15 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in 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 15 restaurants worth trying—with varying price points, atmospheres, and cuisines—where Westchester families can get their alfresco dining fix.

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20 Easy (But Gorgeous) Hiking Trails To Do with Kids and Babies

By Shanti Hodges

Looking for a hiking trail near you? Great walking trails top our picks for fun summer activities and fall outings with kids. A hike is an opportunity for quality family time, exercise for kids, and of course, discoveries small and large, from bugs to waterfalls.

These getaway-worthy, family-friendly hiking trails are just a sampling of my favorite trails, highlighted in my new book, Hike it Baby: 100 Awesome Adventures with Babies and Toddlers. As founder of Hike it Baby, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families get on the trail with kids, I’ve been fortunate enough to sample nature trails across the country, including at our best national parks and campsites, and even those extra-special, smaller local parks that often offer the best hikes for toddlers and families with little kids.

Now I’m sharing 20 of my favorites, from Connecticut to Florida to Washington state, that are perfect for your next day trip or family vacation. Most are easy loop paths, but I’ve included some moderate trails and top destinations, such as Mt. Rainer and the Badlands. Many of these hikes are FREE, too. The list also highlights family-friendly perks like bathrooms, and benches for a rest or a nursing mom.

5 Inspiring Firefighter Museums Near New York City

Kids love firefighters. And who can blame them? Brave men and women who drive around in shiny red trucks—and actually save lives—are kind of like real-life superheroes. And a chance to try on equipment, climb aboard fire trucks, and have questions answered by some of these superheroes themselves could be your little firefighter fan's dream come true. Luckily, the New York area is home to several museums dedicated to firefighters that are great for the whole family.

If you're looking for fun indoor activities to help you beat the heat (or the rainy day blues), here are some of the kid-friendly firefighter museums in our area where you and your kids can learn how firefighters do their jobs, plus how to prevent fires in your own home, and how to act in a fire emergency. 

11 NYC Neighborhoods to Visit With Your Family This Summer

Whether you're a New York native, a day-tripper, or a tourist from way outta town, summer is the perfect time to explore this action-packed city. And since there's certainly no shortage of warm-weather adventures for kids of all ages, we partnered with the Big Apple pros over at NYCgo to share some of the top can't-be-missed 'hoods worthy of a visit while the sun's out this season.

From sharks to new parks, make it a summer of adventure with these hot, family-friendly neighborhoods across all five boroughs!

New Treetop Adventure Park Opens in Purchase, New York

Recently, we told you about a new indoor trampoline park for active families. Another new venue for those on the move is Boundless Adventures, a treetop adventure complex in Purchase that offers assorted aerial feats for varying levels of ability—and bravery. Read on to learn more about how your family can harness up and rise to the challenge.

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Weekend Fun: Music Festival, Bastille Day, Orange County Fair

Summer fun is in full swing throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with this weekend's headliners being the all-day Pleasantville Music Festival and the closing weekend of the Orange County Fair. These are just two of the summer festivals and fairs we've rounded up.

Of the 11 events highlighted below, eight are FREE, including the Bastille Day Celebration, which is full of French flair; Food and Farm Day, when families can get in touch with their inner farmer; and Starwalk Walkway at Night, a celestial sensation that offers other attractions beyond astronomy. Want more FREE? Check out our roundup of 50+ FREE summer activities, including outdoor concerts and movies under the stars.

Read on for details and for yet more weekend highlights—then explore our Event Calendar for additional options for fun events throughout the weekend and all summer long. Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our top picks for the rest of the month, and follow us on Facebook!

Top Swimming Lakes and Rivers for Westchester Families

Pools in Westchester: check. Splash Pads to take the kids: check. Here's one more fun option to add to your list: lakes. While you won’t find many in Westchester, the Hudson Valley in general offers plenty of places to jump in and go for a swim, including some that merit a day trip—or even an overnighter. Here, we’ve rounded up several options, from the Hudson River to Lake Taghkanic.

Looking for even more fun in the sun? Check out our full summer guide for great ideas for the whole family.

Weekend Fun: Pirate Quest, Hot-Air Balloon Festival, Fireman's Carnival

Though the 4th of July is behind us, not all of the fireworks have lost their spark. The West Point Independence Day Concert and Fireworks combines an outdoor concert and Independence Day festivity on Saturday. And the American Revolution lives on at New Paltz in the War for Independence, where there will be reenactments and interactive activities that allow kids to experience colonial times firsthand.

The real attention-grabber this weekend is the annual Hudson Valley Balloon Festival, when fireworks are replaced with dazzling displays of color floating aloft. For more thrills, hit the rides at the annual Fireman's Carnival, or bring your budding swashbucklers to Pirate Quest.

Read on for more ideas and consult our Event Calendar for daily fun, and look to our Summer Activity Guide for the best places to keep cool, from splash pads to water parks

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Pick Your Own Blueberries and More at These Hudson Valley Farms

Strawberry-picking season may be coming to an end, but never fear: we've got the scoop on farms and orchards where you can pick other types of delicious berries all summer long—including blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

Here are a few of our favorite places to go berry picking in the lower Hudson Valley, whether you decide to go for the morning or to make an entire day of it. Either way, be sure to call ahead to make sure the farm has berries on hand.

Looking for even more outdoor fun? Check out our summer guide.

25 Beat-the-Heat Crafts for Hot Summer Days

Summer's here, the kids are out of school, and some days are made for staying indoors to relish in the A/C instead of weathering an outdoor event in 90+ temps and 85% humidity. The same old indoor activities can get boring for you and your crew though, so we've scoured our resources to bring together creative projects your kids are bound to enjoy. Make the day even more memorable and invite some friends over to join in the fun. 

Here's a list of 25 unique arts and crafts that can really help you stay cool (literally and figuratively) with your kids. Heads up, save your recyclables!

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