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Bucks County, PA with Kids: 25 Top Things to Do as a Family

New and old collide in the pretty Bucks County, Pennsylvania, countryside where young families can play the day away at Sesame Place and older kids can enjoy Revolutionary War history at Washington Crossing. From real castles to playground castles, ice cream shops to kayaking, Bucks County is a sweet spot for a family weekend getaway. Just north of Philadelphia and less than two hours from NYC, it’s easy to access.

Ready to plan a trip? Read on for our list of 25 must-do places to play and see, as well as eat and stay at in Bucks County. We divided it into four family-friendly mini itineraries. Choose one or get some ideas to mix and match an adventure of your own. Explore popular towns like New Hope and Doylestown.

Mini Golf with Westchester Kids: Top Putt-Putt Spots

Between splash pads, swimming pools and amusement parks, there’s so much to see and do in and around Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley this summer. But we'd be remiss if we didn't include one tried-and-true family favorite to the list: mini-golf! 

Whether you’re looking for a fun, traditional putt-putt course or something a little different—glow in the dark, perhaps?—we’ve got you covered. Below, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.

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Joshua Tree: 12 Things Not To Miss with Kids in this Desert National Park

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park is an otherworldly experience: groves of twisted trees and giant boulders create enchanting settings so unique, you might think you have stepped into a fairy tale—or landed on an alien planet. Approximately a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, and a stone's throw from Palm Springs, this park is great for a family camping adventure or just a day hike, because it captures everyone’s imagination. Stroller-friendly trails make it a great option for little trekkers, as do several walks easy enough for young kids (or tired grown-ups) to maneuver. But teens and tweens who never tire will never run out of rocks and boulders to climb over.

Weekend Fun: Tea with Alice, Cupcake Festival, Hudson Valley Fair

Spring fun continues for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with loads of great outings in store. Our May GoList is bursting with seasonal fun from this weekend straight through Memorial Day.

We’re especially excited about the debut of Tilly’s Tea with Alice, a walk-through story experience that immerses kids in Wonderland. Another debut event we’re eager to check out is Valley Con, a two-day celebration of all things comic.

Keep in mind that a bunch of the free May events we rounded up recently take place this Saturday and Sunday, among them the multi-venue Yonkers Arts Weekend, featuring a veritable smorgasbord of assorted arts opportunities, as well as Help a Horse Day, a multifaceted equine fest.

There's also the opening of the Hudson Valley Fair, and with it comes the dog-riding monkeys and other outrageous acts the fair is known for. And plan ahead for some Mother's Day fun with our list of 35 activities that aren't brunch.

We've rounded up our top picks for family outings this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, below. If you're looking for even more options, check out our Event Calendar, and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!

30 Free Things to Do in May with Westchester Kids

May is always packed with festivals, performances and other family fun, but this year seems especially loaded with amazing programs that are free. While our May GoList highlights all our top picks for the month, including those requiring paid admission, below we've rounded up 30 great events in Westchester and the Hudson Valley that don't have to cost a dime. From Cinco de Mayo parties to equine love, Hawaiian hula dancing to May the 4th Be With You, there's something for every age and taste.

Read on for the rundown, but also consult our Event Calendar, where there are many more free (and other) activities in store! 

25 STEM Activities Easy Enough for Preschoolers

STEM activities are all the rage in education right now, and for good reason. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – and the Arts for STEAM – are crucial to kids’ learning and our future. But how to get your younger children interested?

They might not be ready for coding, but many preschoolers under age 5, and even toddlers, can enjoy some basic STEM principles through play. Although one of my family’s admitted guilty pleasures is relaxing with a little screen time, I was inspired by the upcoming national Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6, 2018) to take my daughter on a STEM binge instead.

We built an apple boat, a toothpick-marshmallow castle, attempted a pom-pom drop, and indulged in baking soda science. Read on for a list of 25 tried-and-true screen-free STEM activities to do with your preschooler.

May GoList: Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

May is a lively month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with events honoring Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and spring. Below we've rounded up our top picks; limiting them was no easy task. Beyond the diversity and novelty that these events offer, many happen to also be free!

Making its debut this year is the all-new Valley Con, a festival for lovers of comics, cosplay and gaming. Playland turns 90 years young, and with this milestone comes a bash, of course. Numerous annual traditions return, such as the UFO Fair, the zaniest of the many Hudson Valley spring festivals we’ve rounded up. Kid-bop icon Laurie Berkner returns to the stage, so snag those seats and Velcro those dancing shoes; and while you’re buying tickets, book your slide down the rabbit hole to the new Tilly's Tea with Alice.

Of course, the main event of May is Mother’s Day, and we’ve rounded up both where to go for Mother’s Day brunch and 35 alternatives (or supplements) to the family meal. And be sure to indulge in assorted Star Wars-themed activities at any of the many events called May the 4th Be With You (get it?).

Read on for the rest of our lowdown. If you're looking for even more options (and trust us, there are many), check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our free newsletters to stay in the know!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: KidVenture, Rubber Duck Derby

It wasn't easy narrowing down our top picks for the last weekend in April—there are so many lively events that scream spring, we hardly know how to budget our time! Fortunately for our readers, we’ve been toiling away at not only identifying must-do family events in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, but also prioritizing them.

Some of our top picks can be classified as spring festivals, like the Spring Celebration Pinkster Festival and the White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival. Everyone’s favorite rubber-duck race returns as an example of the fun at Y Healthy Kids Day. Unrelated to festivals is Hudson Valley KidVenture, a low-cost, multi-venue, two-day combo of performances, hands-on activities and varied attractions. For a dance-the-early-evening-away kind of par-tay, hit Rockin’ Rave & Family Fun Night.

Would you believe that’s not all? Read on for all this and more, but definitely don’t stop there. We've got oodles more in our Event Calendar

A Peek Down the Rabbit Hole at Tilly’s Tea with Alice

For five weekends starting May 4, a new walk-through production will allow children to enter the pages of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Experience classic children’s literature in a new way at Tilly's Tea with Alice: A Curious Adventure Through Wonderland. Read on for our sneak peek so you can snag your tickets before they sell out.

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ICS Carnival: A Family Fun Tradition in Lower Westchester

The annual carnival presented by the Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe—known colloquially as "the ICS Carnival"—is one of two must-do carnivals in Lower Westchester (the other being the annual Lake Isle carnival). The large-scale scope of the event makes it destination-worthy for families with kids of all ages.

An annual tradition for more than 20 years, I’ve been taking my kids for nearly a decade, and I expect to continue to do so till they go off to college (maybe even beyond).

Read on for our first-hand account of this fun-filled annual tradition, and check our Event Calendar for other fun happenings!

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