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6 Parks in Westchester Great for Birthday Parties

The warm weather is here, which makes it a great time to host an outdoor birthday party. But what if you don’t want the inconvenience, or don’t have the space, to host a bunch of high-energy kids at your house? One of our local parks can be a great option.

Whether you’re looking to have a small party or a big bash, there are lots of parks in the area to accommodate your needs—and many have tons of fun amenities too, from splash pads to playgrounds to soccer fields. Here, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite.

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FREE Bilingual Story Times for Westchester Kids

Because a public library’s mission is to serve the varying interests of its community, it’s fitting that many offer bilingual programming for children, especially in towns with diverse communities. Bilingual programming for Westchester families, however, is often attended not only by native speakers but also by those wishing to expose their children to a second language from an early age. One local mom we know strategically hired a Spanish-speaking nanny for her toddler and brought him to Spanish story time to increase this exposure.

Beyond the 30 to 60 minutes of weekly immersion, these programs can also provide a cultural hub—an opportunity for families to connect with others from their heritage and socialize both within and outside of the library setting. And since most are intended for young learners accompanied by a caregiver, you're sure to pick up some new phrases yourself!

We’ve explored the bilingual programs offered by Westchester libraries to round up some highlights. Though Spanish-language programs are the most abundant, a variety of languages are in focus—and one in particular offers a smattering of more than 20 languages, from Dutch to Urdu and Ashanti! One note: Although we confirmed with the libraries that these are ongoing programs, be sure to check before you go because dates can change.

7 Mommy and Me Classes You Can Take on the Weekend

Whether you’re interested in music, dance or yoga, Westchester has no shortage of classes you can take with your child. But for working parents—or any parent who’s short on time during the week—it can be tough to find a class that fits your family’s schedule.

The good news: There are a number of classes that meet on the weekends. Here, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite parent/child classes that take place on either Saturday or Sunday.

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Rock n Roll Classes: Where Westchester Kids can Unleash Inner Jaggers & Joplins

So your child wants to a be a rock n roll star? Then listen now to what we say ...

In response to a growing demand, several music schools here in Westchester have either added rock to their repertoire or opened to exclusively teach the sound to a new generation of aspiring artists. The schools differ in their approaches but all offer both group and individual instruction. Some also encourage public performing or offer opportunities for recording.

Read on to learn about places in our area that offer rock lessons for budding musicians with either amateur or serious aspirations. Looking for more classes in Westchester? Consult our Classes Guide and sign up for our newsletters

Hanukkah Fun and Celebrations for Kids in Westchester and Putnam

Followers of the Jewish calendar know that our holidays seem to float from year to year. This winter, in an unusual and somewhat convenient twist of fate, the Jewish Festival of Lights runs December 24, 2016, to January 1, 2017, dovetailing with both Christmas and New Year's Day. No matter how you spell it—Chanukah, Chanuka, Hanukka, Hanukkah—this month spells fun with holiday celebrations throughout Westchester.

We’ve collected some of the most family-friendly activities occurring in Westchester and Putnam counties. For more fun outings this month, be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide and Event Calendar, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook

11 Winter School Break Camps for Kids in Westchester

December is a busy month full of holiday festivities, including live shows, Santa sightings, shopping and more. Before you know it, the holiday break is upon us and you may find yourself wondering how to keep the kids entertained while off from school.

As much as kids love the break, we know how quickly they can become stir-crazy sitting around at home, even during the holidays. No worries—we've rounded up a ton of places that will keep your wee (and not so wee) ones busy and entertained. These drop-off camps include art, sports, games and other activities for kids of all ages. 

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

‘Tis the season for holiday craft fair, where an abundance of handmade goodies is presented by the local makers across Westchester and the 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!

10 Cool and Free Halloween Programs for Kids in Westchester

If you think Halloween library programs are only about storytime and pasting paper pumpkins—think again! While Westchester libraries continue to offer the more tried-and-true events for families, there are also a bunch of stand-out events that are frightfully fun.

Below we’ve listed 10 inventive Halloween library programs, collectively representing preschoolers to high schoolers, including spooky events, like Ghost Hunting 101, workshops that help with costume preparation like the Halloween Makeup Workshop, crafty events like Vampire Fang Necklaces, and recreation like Creepy Carnival. Best of all—they’re all FREE!

Read on for our top picks, and then continue on to our Event Calendar for many more fun October events.

The Best Local Ice Cream Shops in Westchester

Summer's in full swing! We hope you're surviving this heat wave and are having fun making your way around town, checking out all the great things to do in Westchester. While you're out and about, one must-have piece of knowledge is where to find some frozen goodness.

Sure you can hit up some of the big chains or ice cream trucks, but there's just something about a good old-fashioned neighborhood ice cream shop. We're lucky to have lots of great spots, so ride out the summer days and stay cool at one of Westchester's local shops.

8 Bilingual and Immersion Programs for Westchester Preschoolers

A growing number of parents are enrolling their preschoolers in foreign-language programs in an effort to expose them to a second language early on. Multi-lingualism and immersion programs may offer cognitive advantages to kids, and many preschools are incorporating second languages into their curriculum to accommodate the heightened interest.

We've rounded up a list of preschools in Westchester that teach a second language. If you're searching for more preschool information, be sure to take a look at our specialized Preschool Guide

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