February Winter Break: Gym & Sports Camps for Westchester Kids

The February recess is approaching and while many families head out of town for the week, many parents aren't able to take days off from work or choose to stay local instead. If you're not heading out of town and are looking for ways to keep your kids entertained and active while schools are closed, Westchester offers many week-long mini-camp options.

Last week we told you about art mini-camps that will be in session. Now we are rounding up various gym and sports camps to keep kids moving, jumping and playing all week long.

Special Needs-Friendly Ski Resorts Near NYC: Adaptive Winter Sports Programs for Kids of Different Abilities

Winter is a wonderful season for outdoor fun—just ask my three young snow-loving kids. In fact, there are so many fantastic skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing resorts near New York City, it's difficult to choose.

But since I'm also a mom to a teenager with special needs who isn't into winter sports, that makes our decision all the more challenging. He is both physically and cognitively disabled, and the thought of struggling onto lifts, into gear, up hills and through crowds doesn't appeal to him—not to mention the possibility of wiping out. So my family needs a resort that's able to accommodate children of all ages as well as abilities.

Happily, there are some amazing adaptive winter sports programs at resorts within a few hours of NYC, and some are low cost or even FREE. Here are five ski programs for special needs families.

Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in New Rochelle

So far during our month-long focus on New Rochelle, we've rounded up the top things to do and great places to play. For our final post on New Rochelle this month, we're taking a look at family-friendly eateries around the city. New Rochelle has lots of dining options and a wide variety of cuisine including choices from vegan to southern comfort and everything in between. Read on for our top picks for dining in New Rochelle with kids.

Mostly Free & Fun Things To Do in Westchester This Weekend: Groundhogs, Chinese New Year, Valentine Crafts & More, Feb. 1 & 2

Let’s hope the Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow this year so we can get through this cold as quickly as possible. To help celebrate the Groundhog this weekend, there are plenty of events around Westchester. And don't forget to enter to win FREE tickets to the Royal Hanneford Circus!

This weekend, check out the festivities at Almost Groundhog Day at the Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers, It’s Groundhog Day in Cross River, and Groundhog Day at Westmoreland Sanctuary.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Westchester Community College with an afternoon of Chinese cuisine, face painting, traditional Chinese kids’ games, performances, and more. For craft lovers, make a crafty Valentine’s Day bag at Michael’s in Hartsdale or your own Clay Valentine in Yonkers. Visit The Katonah Museum of Art and learn to stretch your body and your imagination as you learn yoga poses and listen to stories.

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

Volunteer From Home: Host a Playdate with a Purpose

Children of all ages from toddlers to tweens love getting together with friends for playdates. And you love hosting them—except when the kids complain about being bored (yes, even with all those games and activity kits spilling out of the closet). The next time your child asks to have pals over, consider organizing a simple and fun service project that can be done at home to help people in need. It's a great way to keep the kids entertained while teaching them the importance of giving back to their community—and reminding them of how lucky they are to have a room overflowing with toys!

Whether you connect the project to something personal, like your child's birthday, or highlight a difficult social issue like homelessness, a service-focused playdate is a gentle way to incorporate helping others into your everyday lives. And of course, doing it with friends makes it feel all the more special.

Here's a list of easy projects for all ages that can be done at home, as well as charities that would love to accept your donations. Always remember to include a handmade card—a sweet personal message from a child can brighten anyone's day.

Places to Play in New Rochelle: Kids' Classes and Play Spaces

We continue our month-long focus on New Rochelle with a look at places to play and learn in the area. New Rochelle has lots of options for kids and families including rock climbing and other indoor play spaces, beautiful parks and libraries with fantastic children's programming, cultural events and more. You'll also find bowling, mini golf, an arcade and a go-kart speedway--all under one roof! Read on for our top picks for places to play with kids in New Rochelle.

Mostly Free & Fun Things To Do This Weekend With Westchester Kids: Chinese New Year, Theater, Crafts & More, Jan. 25 & 26

The last weekend in January is here and if you’re looking to get out of the house and find some fun for the family, Westchester has it. Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Pelham Art Center with family friendly activities or make a Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet at Lakeshore Learning to ring in the Year of the Horse.

It’s the last weekend to catch Shrek The Musical put on by The Players Theater in White Plains. Westchester Community College is hosting The National Player’s in their version of the Odyssey. Throughout the weekend, visit St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford for The 41st Annual Art Show.

There are always plenty of activities available for the nature enthusiasts. This weekend let the family get some fresh air and check out It’s A Hoot, Waterfowl and Eagles, Tracks and Scats, and Winter Walk. If you’re looking to send your children to camp this summer, check out the 32nd Annual Westchester Camp and Activity Fair at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains to see what options are available for your family.

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

Parents' Night Out: Fun Drop-Off Services for Kids in Westchester

The holidays are safely behind us and the kids are back in school. You’ve filled up the calendar with fun activities and outings for the kids this month. Now it’s your turn for a fun night out sans the kids. Wouldn't it be nice to leave for a date night without your youngest hugging your legs, koala-style, screaming "Mommy, don't goooooo!"?

Well, instead of hiring a sitter for the night, why not make it a night out for the kids also? They may be more willing to let Mommy and Daddy go if they’ve got a night of fun activities ahead. It turns out that a number of local places your children may already frequent offer Parents’ Night Out services. For some, you can even arrange a night out with the staff—all you have to do is ask! Read on for details on drop-off services for your next date night. Enjoy!

Mostly Free & Fun Things To Do This Weekend With Westchester Kids: Musical Performaces, Shakespeare, WWE & More, Jan. 11 & 12

With the frigid temperatures this week and rain on the way, indoor events might be your best bet for weekend fun. Fortunately, there are many live performances and other indoor events happening around Westchester this weekend. Fancy Nancy the Musical is playing at Tarrytown Music Hall and Shrek the Musical is at Play Group Theatre. The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and many other storybooks will be put into a musical revue at Emelin Theater and Shakespeare in the Church is showing at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site.

Visit the County Center to see all your favorites from WWE Live. Learn the basics of modern dance from Danceworks at the White Plains Public Library or take advantage of the opportunity to see The Yonkers Philharmonic and the West Point Ragtime Band as they both give free performances on Sunday.

If you’re thinking ahead to summer camps, visit Bounce in Yorktown Heights to learn about the JCC Camp Discovery, the School of the Holy Child to learn about The Challenge Camp, and Rye Country Day School to learn about all types of camp programs in the US and abroad.

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond in Westchester.

3 Cool Candy Shops for Westchester Families

Kids love candy (and so do their parents). Though we usually try to keep candy to a minimum, we know it's fun to indulge in sinfully delightful sweets. And if you're going to indulge, might as well make an experience out of it. While little ones may be content with a packaged treat in the checkout aisle, why not go big at one of Westchester's local sweet shops?

We've mentioned several of Westchester's awesome ice cream shops, however, maybe a good old fashioned candy shop is more your speed. If you're looking for a candy fix while you're out and about checking out the fun family events in Westchester, be sure to check out one of these local sweet shops that go above and beyond to satisfy any sweet tooth!


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