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Where to See Cherry Blossoms in the Lower Hudson Valley this Spring

Spring is in the air, and that means it's cherry blossom time. These beautiful flowers typically start blooming in late March through early June in the New York region. In addition to the opportunities to see cherry blossoms in New York City—including the famous Sakura Matsuri annual cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden—there are some great spots north of the city. 

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Earth Day Celebrations, Sheep-to-Shawl Festival

This Saturday marks the 47th annual Earth Day, and with the event falling on a weekend, there are many ways for Westchester families to go green.

Among the many Earth Day activities we’ve rounded up are Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival, an in-park event offering conscience-raising information about food sustainability and fun kids’ activities, as well as Sky and Earth Day, a motley indoor event combining cloud study, telescope viewing and a screening of The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Another headline event is the return of the annual Sheep-to-Shawl, a historic-themed festival for contemporary sheepish fun. Another fun way to step back in time is at the annual Colonial Day, where visitors can buy sweets from the colonial baker and practice their ABCs in a one-room schoolhouse. Sports fans, on the other hand, can browse collectibles and memorabilia (and snag a free pack of cards) at the Baseball Card Show.

All this and much more can be found on our Event Calendar (including ways to spend spring break), and our April GoList can help you zero in on some of our favorites throughout the month.

Out of the Box: 10 Solo Sports for Free-Thinker Kids in Westchester

While team sports are oft-heralded ways to build character and strengthen cooperation skills, they simply aren’t a great match for every child. Rather than forcing kids to participate in a sport they hate—either because they’re too young or because, well, they simply hate it—it’s usually better to find an activity that won’t make them hide behind you at drop-off.

Fortunately for Westchester children, there are plenty of local opportunities that help kids stay fit, learn something new and have fun! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite sports for those individualist kids. While some may technically include participation on a team, these focus more on setting personal goals than on tallying wins and losses.

Looking for even more enriching ways for kids to spend their time? Consult our Classes Guide and check out our Event Calendar.

Museum of the American Revolution: Philadelphia's Newest Tourist Stop

Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, is now home to the first ever museum dedicated solely to the events and circumstances of the American Revolutionary War. This brings Philadelphia's museum and historic house count to well over 100! Set in Old City, the Museum of the American Revolution opens April 19, on the 242nd anniversary of the shot heard round the world which launched our country on its path to freedom. The setting couldn't be more perfect, sitting right in the heart of America's most historic square mile, with easy access to other remnants of our founding days. This is a true history lovers paradise, and the Museum of the American Revolution fits right in, offering a fresh and in-depth take on a war that literally made it possible for us to be here, as we are, today. We were very excited to get an early peek inside.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Star Wars Origami, CSI: Forensics

On the heels of spring break, the week ahead may mean back to school, but there is still plenty of fun to be had for Westchester families!

Among the many FREE STEAM programs that we recently compiled is the Jellybean Engineering Challenge, a calorie-free way to repurpose that leftover candy (unless a little nibbling happens along the way). Fans of Star Wars and origami can combine these two interests to artfully create their favorite characters from small squares of paper, while sports fans can get autographs and memorabilia at the return of the Baseball Card Show.

This week is also loaded with ways to get a head start on celebrating Earth Day, as many area venues are rolling out the “green” carpet both before and after the big day to celebrate.

These are just a sampling of what awaits you on our Event Calendar, so be sure to visit that after reading on for more details and the rest of our top picks!

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

Times Square's Biggest New Attraction is a Hugely Fun Miniature World

They say big things come in small packages. Gulliver's Gate, the newest attraction to arrive in Times Square, proves just that. Now open for previews—with its official opening slated for early May—this inspiring destination shrinks our global community into 49,000 square feet of captivating detail, giving visitors a glimpse at all corners of the world.

My daughters and I attended a preview and, even though some parts are still in the works, we agree Gulliver's Gate definitely deserves its spot on our 2017 GoList. We've got tips for exploring this exhibit with kids, including some fun facts about the displays, engaging interactive elements, and other perks.

14 Free (or Almost Free) Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids in Westchester

What better way to get kids interested in nature and doing their part for the planet than with a variety of fun and educational activities in honor of Earth Day? This year, celebrations take place throughout the month of April and include everything from all-day festivals to a movie screening and creating one-of-a-kind crafts from recycled materials. The best part: They’re all free or inexpensive! 

Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for even more activities for Westchester families and follow us on Facebook.

5 Simple But Cool Slime Recipes to Make with Kids

As a child of the 80s, slime ranks pretty high in my archive of childhood memories. It was the stuff that made Ghostbusters awesome, and many of my childhood dreams involved running through an obstacle course getting covered with the stuff. Yet somehow the slime of the new millennium is even cooler. Even better that you can make it in the comfort of your own home with a few simple ingredients. Check out more cool boredom busters and crafts to do with kids.

Easter Weekend for Westchester Kids: Egg Hunts, Golden Dragon Acrobats

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, you’ll find great family activities this weekend. There are Easter egg hunts in Westchester and the Hudson Valley to get you into the holiday spirit, including locomotive fun aboard the Easter Bunny Train.

This weekend is also a big one for hand-drawn animated features, namely Ponyo and Watership Down (the latter, aptly enough, about bunnies). For live entertainment, the Golden Dragon Acrobats will dazzle your family with their physical feats, and for outdoor fun and some FREE sight-seeing, take advantage of National Park Fee-Free Week.

Check out our Event Calendar for additional options, and sign up for our FREE newsletters to be totally in the know. Now read on for more details about events happening this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

Ninjago City Play Area Debuts at Legoland Westchester

Ninjas and Legos in Yonkers? Yep! The Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester recently added a new attraction: Ninjago City Adventure in preparation for the next epic bricktacular film that's slated for this fall, The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Your little ones might already be familiar with the Ninjago animated TV series, or its Lego characters—Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Cole, Nya, and Zane—but even if they aren't, there are loads of opportunities to build and play, from a climbing wall to the various building tables at this new addition to our local Legoland.

Located in the Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers, I visited Ninjago City Adventure on opening day with my 6-year-old Lego expert. Read on for our review, and if you're looking for more fun in the area, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

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