10 Summer Camps for Westchester Kids with Special Needs

For children with special physical, emotional, learning or medical needs, it can often be difficult to find summer camp programs designed specifically with their challenges in mind. While many traditional summer camps can accommodate a child with some minor needs, those designed to play on the strengths of special needs children while helping them develop in areas of weakness can often offer campers an experience unlike any other. 

We've rounded up ten summer camps in and around Westchester County that cater to children with special needs, providing individual attention with low staff to student ratios coupled with programs designed to let kids have fun, learn and explore while developing social skills and confidence in a nurturing and safe environment. Read on for more details on special needs summer camps in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley area. Looking for more camp options? Check out our ever-growing Summer Camp Guide and our Camp Directory

Places to Play in Eastchester: Where Westchester Kids Can Learn and Have Fun

All month long we have been featuring the charming town of Eastchester and it’s villages Tuckahoe and Bronxville, highlighting the best things to do, places to shop and family-friendly restaurants to visit. We wrap up our month long focus on Eastchester with a look at the best places to play in the area. In a town full of parks, gyms, libraries and more, families needn’t worry about finding something fun and educational to do all year round. Read on for our top picks on where to play and where to learn in this great town!

Nature Trails for Westchester Families: 3 Places to Experience Nature with Kids

Westchester is chock full of beautiful places to enjoy nature--it’s one of the reasons so many families choose to live here. From historic sites like Kykuit and Sunnyside with lush gardens to explore, to huge parks like Rockefeller State Park and Croton Point Park, there's more than enough green space to go around. We previously wrote about great places to go hiking with kids, however some of the most gorgeous spots to commune with nature are not the most commonly known. If you're looking to blaze new trails, here are three great places to start.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Family Fitness, Aerial Feats, Earth Day and More, April 26-27

Spring Break may be over but there's no shortage of springtime fun this weekend in Westchester. This last weekend in April offers lots of great activities, many of which we highlighted on our April Go List. Earth Day festivities continue with events at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and Greenburgh Nature Center.

Looking to get the family fit this spring? The annual Y Healthy Kids Day is both fun and informational (a highlight being the silly-fun Rubber Ducky Derby) and Family Fitness Day at Ridge Hill features an afternoon of activities and healthy snacks. 

Other events this weekend include Grounded Aerial which promises to be a real wowzer of a performance, combining choreography, aerial feats and acrobatics,while Lyndhurst hosts Family Fun Day with emphasis on Lego-related fun.

Read on for our top picks for weekend fun in Westchester. If something piques your interest, click through to the event listing for full details. Looking for more ideas? Check our Events Calendar. Also, be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletter to have all our latest tips, reviews, news and more delivered right to your inbox.

6 Sensory Play Spaces in Westchester

In recent years, Westchester County has seen an explosion in the number of parents seeking services, enrichment and experiences for children who experience sensory information in non-standard ways. In response, businesses and institutions across Westchester have created programs to match the needs of local families. While there are many places where parents can go for occupational and physical therapy, there are also times when kids just want to do what kids do best--play! We found six local gyms and play spaces that open their doors to kids who experience the world in unique ways, helping them develop motor skills, core strength, balance, coordination, sensory integration and more in a fun and engaging way.

Best Family Friendly Restaurants in Eastchester

We continue our month-long coverage of Eastchester (including its villages, Bronxville and Tuckahoe). We've already told you about great places to shop for kids in Eastchester, now we're turning our attention to kid friendly eateries in the area. Dining with kids can be tough sometimes. Luckily, Eastchester offers a variety of restaurants that are sure to please the whole crew, tots to teens. From family friendly taverns to Mexican cuisine, Italian fare, great dessert spots and more, Eastchester offers choices for every palate and we've rounded up our favorites. Read on for our top picks of "kid-tested and approved" local eateries.

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.


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