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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!

Lego Teams: How to Join the Hudson Valley FIRST Lego League

Have a Lego lover in the house and looking for a way to turn that passion into an activity? The Hudson Valley FIRST Lego League (HVFLL) is an amazing and supportive way for kids to use an interest in Legos in a fun and competitive setting.  

We have what you need to know about the HVFLL and this year’s tournament season. If you're looking for more activities in our area, STEM and otherwise, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

15 Holidays to Celebrate in January

Welcome 2017. Welcome January. It’s time to kickstart the new year by celebrating 15 holidays sure to make your heart burst with happiness. We see you rolling your eyes: Didn’t the holiday season just end? No worries. These celebrations do not require ugly sweaters or schmoozing at obligatory gatherings, and spending extra money is optional.

Where Westchester Kids Can Ski, Snowboard and Sled

We've already covered the ways kids can learn figure skating and ice hockey in Westchester, but now we're going to turn our attention to some of the other outdoor winter sports. 

We've rounded up the best places for kids and families to learn snowboarding and skiing of all kinds ... and even curling for any of you Olympic lovers! Looking for more skiing fun? Check out our Snow Sports Guide dedicated to the subject, and also sign up for our newsletters

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Teen Take-Over, Toy Making

Happy new year! As we return from the holidays to our usual routines, so do the types of events on tap for Westchester families.

A couple highlights this week offer an added perk of altruistic benefit along with entertainment, such as Make Toys for Homeless Cats. Another animal-related activity is the presentation of the conscience-raising documentary SeasonsFor sheer fun, teens get a special opportunity to rule the roost at Teen Lock-In After-Hours Party.

Regardless, we understand the need to keep the kids occupied and have compiled our top picks below. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to plan ahead and identify more enriching opportunities for your kids, look no further than our January GoList and our Event Calendar!

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