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Mostly Free Things to Do with Kids This Weekend in Westchester: Shakespeare, Art Workshops, Cultural Festivals July 13 and 14

This weekend, there are lots of events and celebrations for Westchester families to choose from, including the last weekend of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Westchester Sandbox Theatre, two great events happening at Hudson River Museum and several events from our month long Go List for July.

On Saturday, check out a family art workshop at the Nueberger Museum in Purchase or join in the kick-off of a new art series in Yonkers hosted by Groundwork Hudson Valley. You can also catch an abridged and revamped version of Othello presented by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers.

Sunday head back to the Hudson River Museum for Rejunenary River Circus and play croquet in the courtyard after the show. Greenburgh Nature Center celebrates the town's 225th anniversary and the Irish and Polish heritage festivals are Sunday as well.

Most of the events we've listed here are FREE. Our event calendar also has even more activities happening this weekend. Whatever you decide, stay cool and enjoy your weekend!

Things to Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Festivals, Animal Encounters, Museum Exhibits and More

Its been a pretty sweltering week (lots of ice cream has been consumed) and there may be rain this weekend but don't let that stop you from getting out and having fun. School is finished for the summer and there are lots of ways to celebrate this weekend. 

On Friday, Legoland Discovery Center in Ridge Hill is unveiling their newest model--a 12 foot replica of One WTC. The model is being added to Miniland, Legoland's  re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout New York City and Westchester County. Saturday,  the New Rochelle Downtown BID is hosting two events, Open Artist Studios and Grand Market. In Katonah you can check out the American Roots Music Festival. Katonah Museum of Art has 2 new exhibits opening on Sunday and Greenburgh Nature Center has an interesting twist on story time.

So whether you enjoy the weekend indoors or out, read on to see what's happening this weekend in Westchester. We've also got lots more in our event calendar

NYC Summer Camps for Preschoolers: Half-Day and Partial Week Junior Summer Programs

Summer camp is more than just a fun and enriching experience for young children. It also marks an important step in their development as they get to test out their independence and, in the case of commuter camps, travel outside the city to enjoy outdoor activities in nature.

As exciting as that first-time camp experience is, it can also be scary (perhaps more so for parents than kids) since it's outside everyone's comfort zone. Even if you find a program that offers a safe and stimulating environment for younger kids, parents may worry than their preschoolers aren't yet ready for full days or weeks of camp.

Every summer, readers email us asking if we know about summer programs that offer short days or sessions where tots can try out day camp and see how they like it. We asked our friends at the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey to recommend some camps that fit the bill. If you need more information, the ACA of NY and NJ also offers free camp consultations with their experts.

You can find out about other awesome summer programs in our Camp Guide.

Special Needs Dance Classes for NYC Kids

A few weeks ago I wrote about special needs music classes for kids in the five boroughs. Today I'm spotlighting dance programs for children with special needs in NYC.

Just as organizations like Daniel’s Music Foundation changed my son’s life and allowed him to be able to get up on stage in front of people and sing, there are dance programs that help children with special needs do the same with dance. There are a variety of dance classes and summer camps throughout NYC for children with special needs. Here are some of our favorites:

Introducing Mommy Poppins Westchester and Hudson Valley!

After a long time talking about it (and readers begging for it), Mommy Poppins is proud to announce the birth of our Westchester site. Now you can find out about the best things to do, see and experience with kids in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley in posts written by local moms, as well as browse our carefully curated Westchester Event Calendar. You can also sign up for our Westchester newsletter to stay on top of all the great things going on in the region.

Visit the Farms of Westchester

If you enjoyed our post on the farms of Long Island, you may be excited to hear that there are also farms in Westchester that you can visit with kids. Seriously, less than an hour from New York City your kids can be gamboling with sheep, rounding up chickens, and milking cows.

Geocaching with Kids: Scavenger Hunts Wherever You Roam

If you've got a smartphone, get ready to change your ringtone to the Indiana Jones theme; the adventure of geocaching is within your grasp, and it's one of technology's greatest gifts to modern parents. A free activity that can be done pretty much anywhere, anytime, geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt open to anyone with a GPS device or smartphone. Have half an hour to kill and a kid who's climbing the walls? There's probably a treasure hidden within walking distance of where you are. Need an activity that gets the whole family outside for the day? Pick a spot in the hills and hike there in search of secret booty. Either way, you won't be hearing anyone say, "I'm bored!"

Rye Playland Amusement Park in Westchester

There really is no place quite like Rye Playland Amusement Park in Westchester. So close to New York City, Playland is more than an amusement park—there's also a beach on the Long Island Sound, a pool, a lake with pedal boats, a boardwalk, mini-golf, an indoor skating rink, daily entertainment and more. All those amenities just add an extra layer of fun to a day spent riding roller coasters, the log flume, the Ferris wheel, Super Flight, plus all the kiddie rides in Kiddieland.

6 Remarkable Summer Day Camps for Preschoolers

[UPDATED: February 24, 2013]  What to do with preschoolers during the summer can be even harder to figure out than for older kids. Especially if you have older kids who are in day camp, entertaining toddlers and children that are too young for most day camps can be challenging.

You might want to start by looking at the summer programs offered by preschools in your neighborhood, but we've found a few interesting summer camps for preschoolers that offer something a little different than the average preschool summer program.

Farm Camps Give City Kids a Taste of Country Life

How often do NYC kids get to hang out with pigs? Well, real pigs. At two New York summer camps, NYC kids can get a taste of real farm life with real animal chores and hands-on gardening experience. There are two different farm day camp experiences NYC kids can try that take them to a world completely outside of NYC, even if they are in NYC.

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