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13 Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

‘Tis the season for holiday craft fairs, where an abundance of handmade goodies is presented by the local makers across Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley. Whether it’s soft-smelling soaps, handmade jewelry or blown glass, you are sure to find something special for everyone on your Nice list. 

We’ve gathered up some of our favorite holiday markets occurring across the area, many of which pack in extra kid-friendly events like games and photos with Santa. Looking for more holiday activities? Check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

Where Westchester Kids Can Find FREE Drop-in Storytimes

Getting into a storytime group can be nothing short of cutthroat in some places. While the registration-only programs ensure you a seat on the carpet, drop-in programs can provide some much-needed flexibility. Who hasn’t suddenly found a morning with nothing planned (or plans abruptly canceled) and a burning desire to just get out of the house? 

We’ve rounded up 14 places with drop-in storytimes—and, best of all, they’re all FREE! Looking for more things to do with your kids in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley? Take a look at our Event Calendar and sign up for our FREE newsletters.  

Turkey Trots for Kids: Where Westchester Families Get Active for a Good Cause

Across Westchester County, families will be celebrating Thanksgiving this month with a fun and healthy tradition—the turkey trot. No longer a fancy dance step, the turkey trot is an annual ritual in many places—and occasionally involves an actual frozen turkey! Running a 5K can torch 300 to 500 calories, depending on individual person and his or her current fitness level. That’s enough for a second helping of Uncle Jim’s famous pumpkin pie, extra gravy on everything or a cup full of stuffing!

We've rounded up some of the best turkey trots around Westchester, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and preemptively work off your Thanksgiving dinner while raising money for some good causes. Be sure to click through to the event listing for even more details. And look for more fall fun on our Event Calendar and our November GoList!

Free Summer Skills-Building Classes for Westchester Kids

With school over and more free time available, summer is the perfect time to learn a new skill, though we know how pricey summer fun can be with camp tuition, pool membership, vacations and so forth. That's why we’ve identified several FREE class series to help you out.

Whether your kids are looking to indulge a newfound interest, or you simply want to find a productive way to spend free time, you and your kids are sure to find something from the list below that will add extra substance to the eventual “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” recap.

Interested in more? Our Events Calendar includes many other skills-building workshops that don’t require a multi-session commitment.

9 Traditional Summer Day Camps in Northern Westchester

The clocks have officially sprung ahead and the temperatures are slowly on the rise. Spring is in the air (finally!) and for many of us, that means locking down a choice summer camp where our kids can play and learn in a fun, nurturing environment. Last week we told you about traditional day camps in Southern Westchester. Now we're turning our focus to the northern part of the county.

Our round-up of traditional summer camps in Northern Westchester includes nine camps that incorporate all aspects of providing an amazing summer experience with expansive grounds, modern facilities and a wide variety of programming sure to please any camper. Read on for our top picks for fun and educational day camps in Westchester's northern towns and villages.

Also, don't forget to check out our new Westchester Camp Directory, full of information for camps of all kinds in and around Westchester. Plus we continuously update our Summer Camp Guide to keep you up-to-date on the latest camp offerings.

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