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Best Family Resorts in the Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains draw families to this scenic corner of Pennsylvania from the New York City area, Philadelphia, and across the country. For families craving adventure, there is a smorgasbord of activities on tap all year. In winter, ski, snowboard, or snow tube. Options are just as plentiful in summer: hiking, swimming, boating, zip lines and adventure ropes courses, plus plenty of nature walks and even famed waterfall hikes

In case the weather isn’t cooperating, many of the resorts have indoor water parks offering hours of splashy, weatherproof fun, and spas for the grown-ups and kids(!) to unwind and indulge. We've rounded up some of top resorts in the area, so you can see which one best fits your next family vacation.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Valentine’s Day and STEAM Fun

February fun continues with assorted weekday fun, including multiple opportunities to celebrate seasonal holidays and celebrations.

In addition to our roundup of fun Valentine’s Day activities, we’ve added Full STEAM Ahead to our top picks for this week, which includes oobleck creation, engineering and shaving-cream art on the agenda. We’re also supplementing our recommendations for ways to celebrate Black History Month with a performance that explores African American influence on American dance at Féraba African Rhythm Tap Company: The Roots of Tap. Another highlight is Embroidery, an opportunity to introduce the art of needlecraft to younger stitchers.

Read on for these programs and more; then head to our Event Calendar for many more options to choose from—this week and beyond!

February Winter Break Camps for Westchester Kids

It seems as if we've finally adjusted to being back from holiday break when it's time to start planning for the next week off from school! Whether you need to work or are just having a Westchester staycation, a school-break camp can be a great way for kids to spend their week off from the grind. 

Whether your child enjoys sports or art (or both), Westchester is full of choices, and we've rounded up some of our favorites here. Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the latest events, classes, news and more happening in Westchester, and follow us on Facebook

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Eaglefest, Berenstain Bears Live

So much fun, both indoors and outdoors, awaits Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend! 

The biggest headliner is the annual Hudson River Eaglefest, a multi-site event that celebrates the eagle’s return to Westchester, with viewing points up and down the river and various attractions. Other outdoor, seasonal fun includes Maple Sugaring, where families can tap trees to learn how syrup is made.

Take the fun indoors at either of two performances: The Berenstain Bears Live brings the popular storybook characters to life on stage, while the Westchester Philharmonic Friends & Family Concert offers an instrument petting zoo, where kids can handle instruments and meet their players. Animal Embassy: Love Is in the Air is just one of the many FREE Valentine’s Day programs we’ve rounded up for you.

Be sure to consult our February Go List for our top picks for the month and our Event Calendar for tons of activities every single day. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

40 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids

Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled.

Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do at home on a snow day, from baking projects (cake in a mug) to cool crafts (homemade puff paint) and fun games (indoor snowball fight). We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!

20 Things to Do with Kids on a Westchester Winter Staycation

Last year, my family took what we hoped would be an idyllic vacation in the countryside—but the area didn't live up to our expectations and we hightailed it back to Westchester for a “staycation.” With all the things to do in Westchester, staying local—rather than standing in line for hours at an airport or braving icy roads—can be a dream over mid-winter break. 

Looking for more ways to spend the upcoming February break? Make sure to check out our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Harlem Globetrotters, Anime Festival

February is here! While that usually means cold and snow, it also means lots of reasons for celebrations. 

Put away the iPads and put on your dancing shoes for Friendly Squares Dance Club Free Fun Night. Or be a spectator as the Harlem Globetrotters return to Westchester for two nights of high-action sports combined with entertaining antics (and a meet-and-greet op). Another top pick is the Mini-Anime Festival—whose name belies the multi-faceted  Asian immersion that's really in store.

There are tons more events on our Event Calendar, so be sure to head there next. We don’t want you to miss any of the fun—grab your calendars and see what’s ahead!

Valentine’s Day Fun: Top FREE Activities for Westchester Kids

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and love and creativity are in the air! If those Pinterest valentines are making you envious—but the mad dash of daily living has you resorting to pink and red construction paper with crayons and stickers—we propose the perfect solution: Take it on the road.

Our Event Calendar includes numerous ways to get ready for Valentine’s Day. Below, we’ve culled our top FREE events that allow kids of all ages the opportunity to whoop it up at celebrations and make gifts for their special sweetheart—all without getting any glitter on your rug!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mommy Poppins!

Poughkidsie: Indoor Play Space Combines Art & Exploration For All-Ages Fun

For parents with kids of wide-ranging ages, it can be difficult to find activities that occupy everyone. Choose something too young and the older one gets bored. Skew older and the little one gets frustrated. Poughkidsie in Dutchess County solves that dilemma with its indoor play-space-slash-art-studio. 

Looking for more activities that appeal to the whole family? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook

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