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Eastchester Shopping for Kids: Best Shops for Children's Clothing, Books & Toys

We continue our month-long coverage of Eastchester with a look at shopping in the area. Ranked as one of Money Magazine's Top 100 Places To Live, Eastchester is a Westchester County shopping destination. Wander along Pondfield Road and Park Place in the incorporated village of Bronxvillle and you'll find these streets lined with beautiful boutiques. Then travel up Post Road to Eastchester and Tuckahoe where a mixture of family business, both new and old, and chain retailers offer something for everyone in the family.

Read on for details on our top picks for shopping for--and with--kids in Eastchester. And be sure to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news, venues, shopping, dining and more for Westchester families.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Spring Fun, Egg Hunts, The Science Barge, Wooly Sheep and More, April 12 & 13

Ready for Spring Break? If you're planning a staycation, Westchester has lots of great events to choose from this weekend. We mentioned a few in our April Go List including the weekend long Sheep-to-Shawl festival and Disney Jr.'s Pirate & Princess Adventure. Of course, we can't forget the many Easter egg hunts happening all over town

Also on our monthly Go List is Opening Day at the Science Barge. Families can enjoy live music, crafts, science experiments and more. The Greenburgh Nature Center is hosting its Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt with a day of family fun to celebrate the emergence of spring. Meet the animals, make seasonal crafts, look for signs of spring and hunt for eggs.

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. And don't forget to sign up for our FREE newsletter to get all our latest news and events sent right to your inbox!

4 Foreign Language Programs for Kids in Lower Westchester

Recently (and out of nowhere) my two-year old daughter proudly announced, “Mommy, gracias means thank you in Spanish!” Being the proud mommy I am, I naturally bragged to my friends and family about her genius. When asked how she learned that phrase I realized she picked it up from an episode of Sesame Street. This got me thinking--if my child picked up a phrase from just one television show, imagine what she might learn from an actual foreign language class?

Kids classes are a great way for kids to learn new skills and make new friends. So why not try a foreign language class? Westchester has terrific options for kids of all ages. We've rounded up 4 learning centers in lower Westchester that offer foreign language immersion through fun-filled activities and exploration.

Read on for more information and start your little ones on a lifelong journey of learning and fun. And be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletter to have all the latest news, events and reviews delivered to your inbox.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Spring, The Easter Bunny, Live Shows & More, April 5 & 6

The birds are chirping and baseball is in the air. Spring has arrived. There are plenty of events happening around Westchester this weekend to get the family out of the house. Join The Trailside Nature Museum for a hike around the park to look for signs of spring. The Hudson Highlands Museum is celebrating Trout Weekend with crafts and activities all weekend.

Easter and Passover events begin this weekend. Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Westchester Mall, make some matzah at the Chabad of the Rivertowns, or create Passover decorations at the JCC of Mid-Westchester.

A live performance of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. takes place all weekend at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. Catch Galumpha, a performance combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy, and inventive choreography.

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. And don't forget our April Go List for our top picks for family outings all month long.

Places to Play in Mount Kisco: Where Westchester Kids Can Play and Learn

So far this month, Mommy Poppins has shined a spotlight on Mount Kisco, taking a look at what to do and where to eat with kids in this bustling town. Now, as we wrap up our month-long coverage of Mount Kisco, we're turning our attention to some of the best places to play in the area. From swings and slides to race cars and Rover, there is an amazingly diverse variety of indoor and outdoor activities and play spaces to choose from in this town covering just a smidge over 3 square miles. Read on for our top picks for playing, learning and having fun in with kids in Mount Kisco. 

Mostly Free and Fun Things To Do With Westchester Kids This Weekend: Kids' Fair, Concert, Authors and More, March 29 & 30

March is winding down and this weekend offers lots of family fun in Westchester. Celebrate the last weekend in March with a day of education and fun at the Annual 100.7 WHUD Kids Fair, which we mentioned in our March Go List. Families can enjoy healthy activities, entertainment, games, sports and more. The Voracious Reader in Larchmont is celebrating its 7th Birthday and you can join the celebration with a day of book signings, sales, story times and birthday cake.

Celebrate the wonderful tapestry of peoples, languages and cultures that weave the community together at Global Village Day at Byram Hills High School or check out the Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO at White Plains High School. 

Meet Rosemary Wells of Max and Ruby fame at the Katonah Museum of Art. Learn about her artistic process, listen to a Max and Ruby story and participate in a fun family book-making project. Rosemary will have prints and signed books for sale.

These are just a few of our top picks for this weekend. Read on for more ideas for getting out and exploring Westchester with kids. 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. And don't forget to sign up for our FREE newsletter to stay up to date on all the latest from Mommy Poppins! 

Best Family Friendly Restaurants in Mount Kisco

We continue our month-long coverage of Mount Kisco with a look at kid-friendly eateries in the area. Walk along East Main Street and South Moger Avenue in Mount Kisco, and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer abundance of locally owned restaurants and eateries that this small townage has to offer. Have no fear, hungry reader! Mommy Poppins has sampled and snacked her way up and down these delicious thoroughfares and has compiled a list of the tastiest and most family-friendly places for your dining pleasure. From soups, pizza and pancakes to French, Indian, Ethiopian, Mexican, Asian and Greek specialties, we've found a meal for every appetite. 

Mostly Free and Fun Things To Do With Kids in Westchester This Weekend: Spring, Parades, Performances and More March 22 & 23

Spring is finally here and we couldn't be happier! To kick off the seasonal celebrations, head to the Greenburgh Nature Center for Spring Fling Fun or take a hike at Teatown Lake Reservation to look for frogs and salamanders returning to mate and lay eggs.

If you haven’t gotten enough Irish this month, the celebrations continue with the Yonkers and Sound Shore-Mamaroneck Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Katonah Art Center is hosting an Open House and Free Arts Day on Sunday--all activities are FREE and include crafts, music and movement workshops including yoga, Zumba and dance.

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival adds a modern twist to the classic tale, Much Ado About Nothing, at the Paramount Theater. The Tarrytown Music Hall hosts The Very Hungry Caterpillar along with an assortment of other favorite puppet characters.

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.

Indoor Rock Climbing Classes and Centers for Westchester Kids

Looking for an active, family-friendly outing that can be enjoyed year round? Rock climbing is a great workout for everyone, targeting muscles all over the body that can often be hard to reach via traditional exercise. It can increase muscle tone and improve cardiovascular health with regular participation. And because climbing requires a combination of physical exertion and creative thinking, even less athletic kids will feel immense pride and satisfaction looking down at what they have accomplished.

Children who are regular climbers credit this activity with helping them concentrate, building their strength and endurance and increasing their overall confidence. Indoor rock climbing facilities provide all of the benefits of this activity without having to worry about the weather. Read on for details on indoor rock climbing in Westchester. Also, be sure to check our Winter Fun Guide for more ways to stay active in Westchester.

Our New Westchester Camp Guide & Business Listings with Improved Search & Features

Recently we asked our readers to take a short survey and share their thoughts about how to improve our Summer Camp Guide. Overwhelmingly, we heard that you wanted a combination of our editorial recommendations, plus the ability to search listings and find recommendations from other parents.

So we're happy to debut our new Camp Guide and our Camp Directory, featuring an improved search, parent reviews and star ratings. Even better: Our overhauled Directory isn't just for camps. Soon we'll introduce listings for party places and services, enriching classes, indoor play spaces and more.

Read on to find out more or head straight to our Summer Camp Guide and Directory to browse the listings and leave reviews for your favorite programs.

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