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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.

Weekend Fun for Kids in Westchester: St. Patrick's Day Parades, Music, Dance and More, March 15 & 16

It’s all things green this weekend as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You'll find parades in Peekskill, Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown, Buchanan and Eastchester. If parades aren't your thing, head to Westchester Community College for Tomaseen Foley’s Irish Times where folk entertainers charm audiences with laughter, music and dance. A Celtic Concert by the Westchester Harp Ensemble is also being held at the New Rochelle Public Library.

Other St. Patty's Day themed fun includes a Family Hobbit Hike: Looking for Leprechauns--part art outing, part scavenger hunt. Or head to Trailside Nature Museum's In Search of the Color Green

Read on for our top picks for fun this weekend in Westchester. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Check out our March Go List which has additional picks for this weekend. Also, be sure to check our Event Calendar for more even more fun happening this weekend and beyond. 

9 Traditional Summer Day Camps in Northern Westchester

The clocks have officially sprung ahead and the temperatures are slowly on the rise. Spring is in the air (finally!) and for many of us, that means locking down a choice summer camp where our kids can play and learn in a fun, nurturing environment. Last week we told you about traditional day camps in Southern Westchester. Now we're turning our focus to the northern part of the county.

Our round-up of traditional summer camps in Northern Westchester includes nine camps that incorporate all aspects of providing an amazing summer experience with expansive grounds, modern facilities and a wide variety of programming sure to please any camper. Read on for our top picks for fun and educational day camps in Westchester's northern towns and villages.

Also, don't forget to check out our new Westchester Camp Directory, full of information for camps of all kinds in and around Westchester. Plus we continuously update our Summer Camp Guide to keep you up-to-date on the latest camp offerings.

Weekend Fun with Westchester Kids: Parades, Maple Sugaring, Planetarium Reopens and More, March 8-9

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead this weekend. Daylight Savings begins on Sunday and that means "longer days" to get out and enjoy all the festivities Westchester has to offer. This weekend also kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day Parade season. Enjoy parades in White Plains and Mount Kisco plus the Northern Westchester Putnam Parade in Mahopac.

It’s also sugaring season, when the warming daytime temperatures stimulate the sap to flow and there are several sugaring events to choose from this weekend. Head to Sugarfest at Westmoreland Sanctuary where you can enjoy the Nannyhagen Creek Band during a pancake breakfast. Or stop by for an informal sugarhouse chat at the Trailside Nature Museum. Muscoot Farm is also joining in on the sugaring fun, Teatown’s naturalists share facts and folklore about this sweet time of year and the Greenburgh Nature Center hosts a Maple Sugaring Party.

This weekend is also the grand opening of the Hudson River Museum’s new state of the art, digital Planetarium. 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. Also be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletter to get the latest on news and events in Westchester delivered right to your inbox.

Places to Play in the Rivertowns: Where Kids Can Run, Laugh and Learn

We wrap up our month-long focus on the Rivertowns with a look at the best places to play in the charming cluster of villages along the Hudson River. So far this month, we've highlighted our favorite coffee shops and eateries in the area. Now it's time for some adventures along the Hudson.

The Rivertowns have beautiful libraries (many with play areas), riverside parks, and nature preserves. For kids eager for structured play, there are classes in art, yoga, gymnastics, and more. Kids can even learn a little history while they play on the grounds at the former home of Washington Irving. Read on for our top picks for places to play in the Rivertowns. 

Read Across America: Where to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Westchester Kids

As both a mom and a teacher, I truly believe it is just about impossible to overstate the importance and creativity of Dr. Seuss’ amazing books for children. Every year, in early March, schools, libraries, books stores, families and artists of all stripes come together to celebrate Dr Seuss’ Birthday and the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. This year Dr. Seuss’ birthday falls on Sunday, March 2, and many venues in Westchester County--including several of our recently featured Rivertowns--will be celebrating in his honor. Fry up a batch of “Green Eggs and Ham” and then head out to one of these Seusstastic celebrations! Some programs require advance registration or have residency restrictions so be sure to check in advance!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Family Fun Day, Dance, Art Exhibits and More, March 1 & 2

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and I, for one, am really looking forward to that sweet lamb. At least now we can see the light at the end of the icy tunnel. This weekend Westchester is full of fun events for families including Family Fun Day at the Tarrytown Music Hall and maple sugaring events at The Nature Place, Muscoot Farm and Teatown Lake Reservation.

Several summer camps will be hosting summer camp open house events this weekend including The Nature Place Day Camp, Camp Armonk, Challenge Camp and Blue Rill Day Camp

Young artists will have a chance to showcase their talents in Westchester this weekend with two events. Joe Cavise brings his young dancers to the White Plains Performing Arts Center at the Dance Invitational 2014, featuring ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern dance numbers. The Young Artists Exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of budding artists as seniors from member schools participate in every aspect of the exhibition process.

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.

Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in the Rivertowns

We continue our month-long coverage of the Rivertowns in Westchester, a collection of quaint villages along the Hudson. For the purposes of our posts, we're including the villages of Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, Ossining, Croton-on-Hudson and the city of Peekskill. Route 9 runs straight through, making it easy to zip from town to town exploring the parks, playgrounds, and historic sites.

We've already told you about fantastic local coffee shops in the Rivertowns. But if your stomach is really grumbling (and so are your kids'), there are plenty of family-friendly dining options as well. Read on for details on 10 of our favorite places for dining and dessert in the Rivertowns. 

Mostly Free and Fun Things To Do with Westchester Kids This Weekend: Musicals, Parties, Maple Sugaring & More, Feb. 22 & 23

If you’re in the mood for some live performances, there are plenty happening in Westchester this weekend. The kids will be mesmerized by the Bossy Frog Band Beach Party in an interactive musical concert. The Missoula Children’s Theater presents a musical adaptation of Hansel and Gretel at the Emelin Theater. And Westchester Community College hosts Danceworks where the performers invite the children to join them up on the stage.

This weekend also kicks off the maple sugaring season in Westchester. Trailside Nature Museum and Teatown Lake Reservation have sugaring events happening this weekend. For more nature themed activities, Make a Seed Bomb at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, have Breakfast with Buster the Bunny at Westmoreland Sanctuary, and participate in a scavenger hunt at the Marshlands Conservancy.

Sunday is the first day of Restaurant Week at Ridge Hill Shopping Center where you can get great deals on lunches, dinners, and treats. New Era Creative Space in Peekskill is hosting two events on Saturday. Design, build and decorate a structure for your favorite toy with the help of ArchforKids educators. You can also drop your children, ages 4-8, off for a Pajama Party which features art, games, stories and dinner.

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. Want the weekend fun delivered right to your inbox? Sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter to stay up to date on all the fun happenings around town. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

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