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Weekend Fun: Chinese New Year, Eaglefest, Valentine Tea

So much fun, both indoors and outdoors, awaits Westchester and Hudson Valley families this winter weekend! Our February GoList heralded several of our faves, and below are some more to choose from.

One of the headliners 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 plus various attractions. It’s also time to celebrate the Year of the Pig, and we’ve identified several ways to do so, including the beloved annual Chinese New Year Festival at Purchase College. With the maple sugaring season allowing a brief window of opportunity, carpe diem at Tappin’ the Maple Trees. And sporting types can embrace the season at Polar Fest, which offers a wintry mix of family fun.

We hope you heeded our previous advice to snag tickets early; The Cat in the Hat, alas, is now sold out. However, another stage-to-page production is still on our radar: Junie B. Jones.

We love how many of our top picks this weekend are FREE! Be sure to consult 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! 

Cartoon Network Hotel to Open in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Fans of Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, and other programs are getting a treat this summer. The TV network and Palace Entertainment are working together to open the Cartoon Network Hotel, a kid-friendly resort steeped in the channel's animated world, for summer 2019.

The nine-acre, 165-room property will be located in central Pennsylvania's Lancaster County along Route 30. It will neighbor Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, which is also owned by Palace Entertainment, so a family could easily enjoy both attractions in one trip. It is the Cartoon Network's first themed hotel.

Seems like there's one more reason to plan a Pennsylvania weekend getaway with the kids.

Popular Summer Day Camps for Westchester Kids

While it might be hard to imagine now, summer is on its way—and now is the time to consider summer camp options. If you're looking for a traditional day camp, we’ve rounded up several camp experiences in the county that offer an all-inclusive range of activities—from sports, swimming, and games to cooking, crafts, visual arts, and more.

For more options, check out our Camp Directory, which is full of information for camps of all kinds in and around Westchester. Plus, our Summer Camp Guide offers lots of great choices for kids of various ages and interests.  

40 Things To Do on February School Break with Westchester Kids

Ready for February vacation with the kids? Presidents Day falls on Monday, February 18 this year, and most Westchester schools are closed that whole week for a winter break. While some families fly south for February break, and others head north to ski, there’s no reason why families can’t enjoy a winter “staycation” right here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. There’s so much to do!

With numerous tourist attractions, a slew of play spaces, scheduled events, and loads to enjoy outdoors, Westchester offers plenty of fun without the need for air travel or pesky traffic. Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to spend the week off from school without breaking the bank OR packing a suitcase.

Looking for more things to do? Consult our guide to FREE things to do in February, and make sure to check out our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

Mall of America's Most Amazing Attractions for Kids of All Ages

Mall of America, located in the heart of the American Midwest in Bloomington, Minnesota, is nothing short of an indoor entertainment epicenter for kids. Sure, it has over 500 stores, but there’s way more to do than just go shopping at the country's largest mall (so big that it requires its own zip code: 55425).

From Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower to the Harley Davidson museum in Milwaukee, the Midwest is full of fun, interesting, and educational things that kids and their parents will love. Mall of America might possess a more commercial feel than some of the area's other travel destinations, but it also likely offers the most entertainment per square foot (5.4 million square feet to be exact) with some of the most popular kids' characters and brands on hand, including Lego, Nickelodeon, American Girl, and Paw Patrol. There's an indoor amusement park, aquarium, arcade, mini golf, and so much more, all within just a few minutes of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

Read on to check out our list of the top 25 amazing things that kids of all ages can do at Mall of America.

Summer Camps in Westchester and the Hudson Valley with Transportation

For many Westchester and Hudson Valley families, transportation to and from summer camp is a crucial component in the decision-making process. Having pick-up and drop-off services can make the overall experience more enjoyable for campers and parents alike.

To help you find a camp to match your transportation needs, we’ve rounded camps that provide busing to and from their facilities, either door-to-door or at a central location. Whether your kid is into sports or STEM, rowing or rocketry, these camps offer lots of great activities.

Find more local summer camps in our Camp Guide, or search by age, interest, and location in our Camp Directory of listings.

Free Things To Do in February with Westchester Kids

Though the dead of winter, February is alive with annual occasions that help serve as the basis of fun, cultural events—Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Presidents Day, and more. February is also the start of maple-sugaring season, a regional specialty.

Especially fortunate is that there are many ways to enjoy these occasions without breaking the bank. We’ve scoured Westchester venues to identify the best FREE events for families—so you don’t have to! Below are our top 20, offering not only holiday celebrations but also eclectic sources of amusement and enrichment.

Stay tuned: We'll also let you know what to do on a Winter Break staycation, which will include yet more FREE ways to keep the fun going! And in case you missed it, check out our recent roundup of FREE classes offered by Westchester stores.

Read on for these, then head to our Event Calendar and February GoList for more. 

Free STEM Summer Camp from Girls Who Code Opens Registration

Looking for more than mindless hanging out and screentime for your teenage daughter this summer? Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that aims to increase the number of women in computer science fields, is once again offering its FREE summer immersion program for girls entering their junior or senior year of high school. The 7-week STEM summer camp offering FREE coding lessons and more crucial skills will take place in select cities across the country, including the NYC metro area, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago.

Keep reading to find out who is eligible, how to apply, and when and where the program is happening in summer 2019. Hurry, because the early application period for this FREE summer program is already open!

Weekend Fun: City of Science, Winter Hoot, Bubble Trouble

As mentioned in our hot-off-the-press February GoList, this month is loaded with reasons for festivities for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, and this weekend is no exception.

You might embrace the season at Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon, with a log-sawing contest and other sorts of fun, or whoop it up at the three-day music-and-more Winter Hoot. But if you like FREE as much as we do, line up early for the Westchester debut of City of Science, featuring large-scale STEAM fun. February is also packed with Chinese New Year celebrations, and this weekend’s Lunar New Year Celebration is one of the standouts. A couple of stage performances are additional highlights, among them the pop-ular Bubble Trouble.

Read on for our top weekend picks, some of which are FREE, then continue on to 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! 

February GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

Though February is prone to unsavory weather, the bright side is the many exciting family events happening in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. With celebrations of Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year, the fun is sure to chase away the chill!

Not all the events we’re highlighting this month fall under those themes, though. New this year is City of Science, a hard-to-believe-it’s-FREE attraction for STEAM lovers. With recent changes to the circus industry, the annual appearance by the Royal Hanneford Circus takes on added significance.

Other February traditions include the Chinese New Year Festival, featuring acrobats, cuisine, and other cultural appeal; Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon, offering seasonal fun; and Maple Sugaring Tours (with a kick-off party, to boot), heralding the launch of maple-sugaring season. Several stage productions also merit parental attention (unfortunately, The Cat in the Hat, which we highlighted in our 50 winter activities post as a hot ticket, is sold out).

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Read on for the full list of our month’s top picks, and remember you'll find many more on our Event Calendar, plus lots more on the way. Sign up for our newsletters to keep track of new finds!

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