Day Trip Guide: Top 10 Things to Do at Bear Mountain State Park

Now that school's almost out and schedules are a little looser, it's a great time to explore with the kids. There’s no shortage of day trips to take in the Hudson Valley, and we know it's hard narrowing down a spot that keeps every family member happy. Nestled against the Hudson River and featuring something for kids of all ages, Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County is one place our family has returned to each year.

With hiking, paddleboat rentals, a large playground, ample room for picnicking and even a zoo, the park has plenty of options to fill an entire day. Our summer readers will be especially happy to learn the swimming pool opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, June 17. We recently visited the park and have what you need to know about this year-round destination, including our top 10 favorite things to do.

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Best of Asbury Park Beach and Boardwalk for Kids and Families

Asbury Park’s current and continuing turnaround amazes anyone who remembers this New Jersey beach town’s disrepair in the late 1980s. A stroll on today’s Asbury Park beach and boardwalk reveals families, attractions, clean beaches, artwork, great food, and a free, city-supported playground—on the sand—halfway between Convention Hall and the old casino to the south. Asbury Park’s shoreline now counts as one of the highlights of Monmouth County, and the Jersey Shore.

Read on for our top tips for visiting this Jersey beach with the kids, and if you're looking to rack up warm-weather memories, wander over to our Jersey Shore Guide for more beach and boardwalk fun.

Father's Day Weekend for Westchester Kids: Clearwater Festival, Summer Family Festival

It’s time for Dad’s special day, and a special celebration is certainly in order! We’ve combed Westchester and the Hudson Valley to find the best ways for families to honor the important men in their lives. In addition to our top weekend activities, below, we've also pulled together the top 10 ways Dad actually wants to spend Father's Day.

The big headliner of the weekend—especially anticipated after a year’s hiatus—is the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival, a two-day outdoor event celebrating environmental protection on a grand scale with a vast and impressive lineup of music, exhibitions, assorted entertainment, an amazing instrument “petting zoo,” wholesome food and more.

Two towns are celebrating community pride, including Celebrate Irvington, which offers performances, trolley tours, a street fair and more. Another standout is Drum and Gong Day, a FREE percussion workshop for teens that includes a collaborative music project and all-around good vibes. 

Read on for all of our top picks and sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters. Don't forget: Our Event Calendar has even more options!

Happy Father’s Day!

Westchester's Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in June & July

Grab a blanket, picnic dinner, and maybe event a glass of wine because whether you go to work or drive the camp carpool, a free concert in the park is just the thing to end your day on a relaxing note. Here in Westchester, we're lucky enough to have many of our parks on the waterfront, and you'd be hard-pressed to beat that view at sunset.

This summer, towns around the county are hosting bands playing everything from rock to jazz to country to Cuban. How's that for variety? While most of these are completely free, a few do charge a small fee for parking.

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Father's Day in Westchester: 10 Things Dads Actually Want To Do

Father's Day is fast approaching—a great time to honor all the dads in our lives. And though we spend so much time planning fun events and activities for our little ones, coming up with just the right way to celebrate Dad may be a bit tricky. 

There's still time to plan a day of fun for Dad. Instead of ties or cologne, how about an outing that speaks to his interests? Whether he's into music, science, cars or simply enjoys some time outdoors, we've rounded up 10 great ways to show your husband (or father, uncle, grandpa, etc.) just how special he is. 

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Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival is a Family-Friendly Music Festival

Since its inception over 50 years ago, Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival (a.k.a. the Clearwater Festival) has grown from a small nomadic folk gathering into a massive annual environmental celebration. Founded in 1966 by Toshi and Pete Seeger, the Clearwater Festival draws thousands of visitors to the shores of the Hudson River for a family-friendly weekend of music, dance, storytelling, theater, hands-on learning, water activities, arts and environmental education in Croton-on-Hudson's Croton Point Park.

All proceeds from this groundbreaking festival—which made our June GoList—go directly to protecting, preserving and sustaining the river through the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. nonprofit organization. After taking last year off, the 2017 fest is returning June 17-18, and it's a great way to teach kids about protecting our planet while having a lot of fun.

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fireflies, Crepe Party, Ukrainian Festival

It’s a busy time of year, with graduations and other end-of-school culminations. But it’s well worth carving out time to attend the many great events we’ve identified for Westchester families!

One of the highlights of our June GoList, the return of the annual Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival, kicks off this week with performances and other slices of international fun. Whether you’re a Francophile, a budding chef or merely a fan of chocolate and caramel, don your apron for the tasty Crepe Party. Looking for some evening fun? See what A Little Moth Magic can do.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Read on for all our top picks for the week, then head to our Event Calendar for even more great options.

New Playground Alert: Turnure Park in White Plains

There is no shortage of playgrounds and parks in Westchester, and each year our kids love visiting their old favorites for what feels like a new trip down the slide.

Nothing rocks a young kid's world, however, than venturing to see a brand-new playground, in which the paint is still bright and everything remains in perfect working order. J. Harvey Turnure Memorial Park in White Plains recently received a $500,000 facelift, so we enlisted the help of one 6-year-old playground expert to check it out and see if it's a worthy destination for Westchester families.

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Free Things to Do with Westchester Kids this Summer

Summer is finally upon us! But between beach trips, ice cream breaks and outdoor dinners, the cost of a fun day out with the family can get pricey—fast. Fear not: There are tons of free things to do with the kids that will keep them entertained all summer long.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, and you can check our Event Calendar for even more fun activities. Be sure to follow us on Facebook!

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum Opens in Springfield

Just in time for summer vacation and exciting road trips, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opened a few days ago, attracting more than 2,000 visitors to Springfield—the hometown of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, the beloved author whose books and characters are synonymous with childhood. The museum incorporates many neighborhood elements that inspired Geisel and infused his tales, and that’s not surprising since Springfield is rich in culture and history. This summer, consider a trip to the World of Seuss, as well as the other museums and attractions that make this city a super destination for families. 


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