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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: River Festivals, Grandparents Day, Jazz and More, Sept. 6-7

It may be back to the grind at work and school, but for recreation in Westchester, the party is still on this weekend, including three events we highlighted on our September Go ListCelebrate the Hudson River at the Yonkers Riverfest, the Annual Take Me to the River Festival or the Croton Yacht Club Hudson River Day. For a jazz theme, take in theWhite Plains Jazz & Food Festivalor theJazz Ensemble Performance by the NAACP Youth Organization.

Also this weekend, the NY Metro Reptile Show returns to White Plains, the Leukemia Cup Regatta is raising money for cancer research and Greenburgh Nature Center hosts its annual Harvest Party. And, of course, you can still check out the New York Renaissance Faire.

For those of you who don't know, this Sunday is Grandparents Day and Legoland Discovery Center is celebrating with FREE admission for grandparents all weekend. Visit our event calendar for more ways to celebrate Grandparents Day, plus lots of other fun events happening around town.

Read on for the best events happening this weekend in Westchester. If you see something interesting, click through to the event listings for full details.

Where To Play Tennis Like a Pro in Westchester: The Best Private Clubs for Families

The US Open is here and in full swing. We've already told you about about fantastic public tennis centers in lower Westchester and in the northern part of the county. However, for tennis enthusiasts of all ages, Westchester also offers several private tennis clubs, offering everything from lessons and leagues to special family events. 

These clubs, offering varying levels of membership, offer fun opportunities and wonderful amenities to introduce even the youngest players to the game or sharpen the skills of more seasoned athletes. Read on for details on these family-friendly tennis clubs. Also, be sure to check out our Classes Guide and Class Directory for even more ideas for classes of all kinds, from athletic and enrichment to performing arts and more. 

Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Yorktown

With so many opportunities for hiking, biking, boating and more, it's easy to work up an appetite exploring Yorktown. Luckily, you'll find a variety of restaurants to help you satiate that hunger.

We continue our month-long coverage of Yorktown with a look at our favorite restaurants to enjoy with kids. From kid-and-vegan-friendly cafes and family BBQs to Himalayan curries and sushi, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Read on for our top dining picks in Yorktown.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Fairs, Pirate School, Cheese-Making and More, August 23-24

Though the end of summer is on the horizon, there's still a lot of fun happening this weekend in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. Take your pick of large-scale fairs this weekend--the Dutchess County Fair and the Otisville Country Fair make their annual return and the New York Renaissance Faire continues. For a list of even more New York fairs, view our roundup of other fun options!

More eclectic offerings include Living History: Military Reenactment Day, Cheese Making 101, Pirate School and the return of Fairy WalkRead on for details about these events and more happening this weekend. If something piques your interest, be sure to click through to the event listing for all the details. And remember, our calendar of events has even more ideas for fun this weekend and beyond in Westchester. 

NYC Labor Day Weekend Family Getaways & Day Trips: Water, Animals & Themed Destinations

Even though summer officially continues through late September, Labor Day weekend is your last chance to enjoy fun like beaches, pools and water parks, which all close for the season on the holiday. The three-day weekend is also a great opportunity to get out of the city for a quick family getaway before school starts.

In previous years, we've rounded up car-free Labor Day getaways and day trips by region. This year, all of our ideas are organized by theme. So whether you're looking to get your adrenaline pumping, cool off, romp in the country, enjoy face time with animals or soak up some history, we hope to give you plenty of destination inspiration.

Best Karate Classes for Westchester Kids

Karate is one of the most popular extracurricular activities for children of all ages. It is a sport that promotes self discipline, concentration, self control, respect and perseverance. While just about every town in Westchester County has a dojo, a few locally owned and operated establishments have earned reputations as Westchester’s best.

In addition to improving focus and motor skills from tots to teens, karate is also a fun way to introduce ancient customs and practices while instilling life-long lessons in respect, confidence, strength and skill. 

We've rounded up seven outstanding karate centers throughout Westchester County. Who knows--you may even be inspired to be join the fun with family sessions!

Introducing Our Westchester Kids' Classes Guide

As hard as it may be for some of us to believe, Back to School is just around the corner. Part of getting ready for the new school year (in addition to shopping), is trying to decide what extracurricular classes you kids will take this year. If your kids are anything like mine, they've got a mile-long list of classes they simply MUST take. After narrowing the list down to a workable number, there's still the question of  where to take classes. That's where we come in. We've designed a Westchester Kids Classes Guide, filled with reviews and roundups of different classes throughout the county, to help you find just what you and your kids are looking for. We've also launched a brand new Class Directory where you can browse programs by location, category and age range.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Lego City Weekend, Jewish Music Festival, Pow Wow, Canoe Trip and More, August 16-17

Keep the summer going this weekend in Westchester, with an array of fun options ranging from a chess tournament to a Jewish Music Festival and Lego City Weekend. There's truly something for everyone.

The New York Renaissance Faire continues this weekend, so dust off those princess crowns and pirate costumes! Also this weekend--celebrate Native American culture at the Nimham Pow Wow

Read on for more details on our top weekend picks--many of which are FREE. Be sure to click through to the event listing for full details. Making plans weeks in advance? Check out our August Go List for our best bets for fun outings happening throughout the month. And remember to check out the myriad of weekday and weekend events we've captured in our event calendar--you'll find there's no shortage of fun things to do this summer in Westchester! 

Tennis in Northern Westchester: Five Great Centers for Kids and Families to Play and Learn

Last month we told you about great places to play and learn tennis in lower Westchester. Now, we're back again with a round up of the best tennis centers in the upper part of the county! With the US Open quickly approaching, tennis is in the air and families and kids of all ages are getting out there and enjoying the game.

Westchester is home to some of the finest tennis establishments for private and group instruction, camps, parties and more. Read on for our picks of the top tennis facilities in upper Westchester. Looking for more ideas for fun this month? Check our our August Go List and SUMMER OF PLAY Guide

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Moonviewing Concert, Wildlife Adventure, Renaissance Faire and More, August 9-10

There's something for every taste this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with a variety of offerings--culture, nature, entertainment and a good cause. For starters, and adding to the numerous events this summer that expose Westchester residents to international culture, the Annual Moonviewing Concert allows visitors to experience Japanese culture and arts.

Get in touch with nature at the Wildlife Adventure or the hands-on workshop Preserving the Harvest: Canning. Additionally, the Art & Science Workshops continues with a nature theme.

Also on tap this weekend, there’s Family Fun Night, the South Salem Fire Department's Carnival, Worldfest: Free Performing Arts Series and the final installment of Arts in the Amphitheater: Movie Nights, which presents a twist on the traditional movie under the stars. Additionally, the New York Renaissance Faire continues this weekend.

To support a good cause—and quench your thirst—patronize Annual Lemonade for Leukemia, which offers more than just lemonade!

Read on for more on these events and be sure to click through to the event listing to get full details. Also, our August Go List highlights our top picks for the month! And be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay informed about area events every weekend. Don't forget: our event calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week, so check back often to keep your kids engaged and having fun this summer!

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