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More Father’s Day Fun: Ways To Celebrate Dad in Lower Hudson Valley

As Father’s Day approaches, our attention turns to the guy who helps make it all happen. We recently shared our top ways to celebrate Father's Day in Westchester. Now we're heading across the river to highlight more ideas for honoring dads.

We've compiled a range of activities to help you plan a great day, no matter what the man's into—from sports to outdoor fun, and everything in between. If you're coming from Westchester, these events are worth the drive! Looking for more activities? Consult our Event Calendar. 

FREE Fishing Derbies for Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley Kids

“I betcha’ goin’ fishin’ all the time, baby goin’ fishing’ too …”

With much respect to Taj Mahal, taking kids fishing can be an, ahem, interesting experience if they lack the needed patience. Fishing derbies, however, can be an ideal initiation to the sport. 
At a kids' fishing derby, lakes or ponds are typically stocked with easily caught fish, increasing the chances your son or daughter will have success. We’ve gathered details about some upcoming fishing derbies in Westchester and the surrounding Lower Hudson Valley — all of which are FREE!  

Looking for more tips for fishing with kids in Westchester? We’ve got you covered. If you’ve slacked on getting a license, you can also take advantage of one of New York State’s Free Fishing Days.  

Summer Chess Camps and Classes for Kids in Westchester and Rockland

This is the time of year when summer plans and camp choices dominate conversation among parents. But don’t consider yourself stuck if a traditional camp program of sports, swimming and color wars doesn't appeal to your child. With the growing popularity of chess these days, many kids are opting to devote their summers to the game, and there are a number of summer programs that have added it to their curriculum.

We've rounded up five such programs throughout Westchester and Rockland that offer chess classes to school-age kids. Looking for more summer options? Consult our Camp Guide

Earth Day for Kids: Celebrations for Families in the Lower Hudson Valley

We've already rounded up several Earth Day celebrations happening throughout Westchester, and the fun doesn't stop there! We are going beyond the county line to explore even more ways to celebrate our planet in Lower Hudson Valley.

Earth Day, held annually on April 22, falls on a Friday this year, and there's plenty going on throughout April. These events are interactive, educational and fun for all ages—after all, it's never too early show our kids that we must love, protect and preserve the world we live in. Read on for our top picks for Earth Day events happening throughout Lower Hudson Valley. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing for all the details, including address, time and price. Also, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar for more family-friendly outings.

Paint-Your-Own Pottery: 5 Places Westchester Kids Can Get Crafty

Kids are known for bringing home a suitcase-sized amount of artwork each month. Pottery, however, seems to stand apart from the coloring pages and fingerpaints, perhaps because of its sheer durability. We’ve rounded up some of the places in Westchester and Rockland that offer paint-your-own pottery for kids. All have unstructured studio time for kids and adults, as well as happy hour times for parents to get together. 

These studios are open year-round and feature a rotating selection of crafts to match the seasons and annual holidays. Call ahead to find out the lead time for firing and getting your piece back when you want it.

Looking for more art fun for kids? Check out our Classes Guide and sign up for our FREE newsletters

12 Drop-In Kid Spots in the Lower Hudson Valley

Whether you’re in need of a date night, or your kids just want some evening fun, there are many places in the Lower Hudson Valley that host Kid or Teen Nights. Great for some solo adult time, these places offer either drop-in (no parents or pre-registration required) or drop-off play (parents not required but pre-registration may be). Some of these facilities have irregular program dates, so contact the location for the most recent schedule. 

Looking for places that offer drop-in and drop-off play in Westchester? We have you covered. Be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletters to keep up to date with all of the best places to play in the area. 

Black Friday Drop-Off Camps for Kids in Rockland and Orange Counties

Sure, the kids are off from school, but that doesn’t mean you’re off from work. Or maybe you want to take advantage of some of those Black Friday deals without dragging the kids through the mobs—and who can blame you? 

We’ve collected details about the drop-off camps being held in Orange and Rockland counties, all of which provide kids with way more fun than long lines and irritated shoppers. Looking for Westchester Black Friday camps? Check our list of those right here, and be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletter to stay in touch with all of this season’s holiday happenings

Thanksgiving Fun Runs: Kid-Friendly Turkey Trots in the Lower Hudson Valley

A turkey trot can be a fun way to get the kids out of the house Thanksgiving morning—and get out some energy! Many of these fun runs are held in support of a charity, so there’s the added bonus of doing a good deed while you “earn” that extra slice of pumpkin pie.  

We've already highlighted some of the best kid-friendly turkey trots in Westchester, and now we’re turning our attention to the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley. Be sure to check out our Holiday Guide for even more Thanksgiving ideas for families, and keep up to speed with our November GoList

Special Halloween Library Programs in the Lower Hudson Valley for Kids

While there’s nothing wrong with your basic pumpkin or witch foam-sticker-and-construction-paper craft, it can be hard to get kids (especially older kids) excited about a project they’ve already done a million times. We last took a look at libraries in Westchester with cool and special programming, and now we’re going to turn our eyes to the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley. Whether it’s music or science, art or zombies, the library programs on this list try to mix things up a bit. And as with the Westchester programs, all of the events here are FREE!

For even more holiday celebration ideas, be sure to take a look at our Event Calendar, which is packed with tons more Halloween happenings. And don’t forget to sign up for our FREE newsletter and follow us on Facebook!  

Best Places for Sports-Themed Birthday Parties in Lower Hudson Valley

Your child doesn’t have to be a natural athlete in order to love a sports birthday party. While many indoor sports centers offer traditional games like soccer and baseball, just as many have expanded their themes to include relay races, Capture the Flag and, yes, even dodgeball.  

We last took a look at some great places to have a sports birthday in Westchester, and now we’re going to expand our choices to the rest of the lower Hudson Valley. In this list you’ll find several more options for active kids to have a birthday bash. For even more birthday idea, be sure to take a look at our Party Planner Guide.

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