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Make a Day of It with These Winter Day Trips for Westchester Families

Does winter already have you wishing for a day at the playground or pool? While we’ve still got a few months to go before we welcome back warm-weather activities, there’s still plenty to do in the area with kids—especially if you’re looking to make a day trip out of it.

So whether it’s holiday or winter break and you’ve got some dedicated family time on the agenda, or you’re looking for a weekend day trip idea, we’ve got you covered, with everything from kid-centric New York City pop-ups to museums and aquariums that are sure to impress.

Looking for even more winter activities? Check out our Winter Fun Guide and event calendar.

Best Family Travel of 2018: Great Cities, Beaches, Hotels, and Memories

Our Mommy Poppins families really traveled this year! We scoped out some amazing cities with our kids in tow, from New Orleans to Santa Barbara, up to Vancouver and over to Chicago.

There were some epic science museums to explore, Christmas towns to make us cheery, gorgeous beaches, fun at amusement parks, and of course, a slew of entertaining family-friendly resorts, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Los Angeles and New England ski resorts.

So if you’re planning your next family vacation, take a look at our favorite destinations from the last year, including these warmer climates for February or spring break. In each profile, we highlight the most kid-friendly activities and events and let you know what to skip with toddlers or what to see with the teens.

Best Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Events for Westchester Kids

Think shelling out big bucks for a babysitter, staying home, or navigating massive crowds are your only New Year’s options as a parent? Think again! We’ve identified fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve for kids of all ages—from noontime countdowns to later nights for the older set. Read on for some of the ways we’ve identified to ring in the new year, family style.

Our Event Calendar also includes other activities happening on December 31. To stay in the know about all this and much more, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City

When there's no snow to be found in NYC, or your neighborhood sledding hills are worn down to dirt, you still can find perfect slopes for snow tubing with the kids just a short drive away.

Sliding down my parents' front lawn is one of my fondest childhood memories, and now our family's winter trek to a nearby snow tubing spot recreates those magical moments. It's a wonderful seasonal activity that, unlike skiing, requires no skill or gear. Everything you need—a tube, a hill, and snow—is provided by the parks. Just dress warmly and you're good to go.

Here are nine ski resorts in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania that offer snow tubing. Most are less than a two-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. They typically open in late December or early January, depending on the temperature, so be sure to click through to the listing to read about the day's conditions. You can find more winter sports in our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide.

15 Things To Do with Westchester Kids over Christmas Weekend

You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it a hundred times. You’ve shopped till you dropped, you’ve wrapped, you’ve mailed, you’ve hosted, you’ve feted, you’ve done it all—except for some of the fun events we've identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

In these final days before Christmas, take the time to enjoy some sparkly seasonal activities. Take in a stage performance, a Holiday Tour by Candlelight in an elegant historic home, or—a classic for a reason—It's a Wonderful Life. Hand your wish list directly to Santa and catch the best dazzling light displays. Read on for all this and more.

But the holiday season isn’t ending just yet, so savor it all in the coming weeks using our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide as planning resources.

From all of us at Mommy Poppins, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Mommy Poppins’ New City Sites Washington, DC and Chicago Launch for Holidays

As we approach the 12 year anniversary of Mommy Poppins, it’s amazing to reflect back on the past years, even as we are looking forward and adding new cities to our community.  Just like my children, who have grown in ways I never would have imagined, Mommy Poppins has become so much more than I ever planned for it to be when I started writing those first blog posts as a New Year’s resolution in 2007. 

This week we added Washington, DC and Chicago to our growing list of cities that now includes Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Houston, as well as NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester, and Connecticut.

25 Fun Things to Do with Westchester Kids Over Winter Break

Just when the hectic-ness of the holidays are behind you, you'll be staring down a week without school. What to do? So much!

Whether you want to head to a museum, take the kids to tea, or kick off the New Year with a kid-friendly celebration, we’ve got 25 fun things for Westchester families to do over winter break 2018.

Looking for even more activities? Check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

New Orleans with Kids: Top Things to Do and See as a Family

New Orleans is a big city not because of its size but in personality and culture. From the music to the food, both deeply steeped in historical and emotional significance to New Orleans and its residents, it's unlike any other city in the south. Still standing after one of the country's most destructive hurricanes, everywhere you go in New Orleans, you'll find a compelling story, or, at the very least, some delicious gumbo.

This American city should be on everyone's travel bucket list as the Big Easy makes a great, multigenerational family vacation spot at any time of the year. There are so many fun things to do and see and eat with the kids, from delicious beignets and a French Quarter stroll to an incredible children's museum, an aquarium, and a zoo. We've also included some unexpected family hits like a swamp tour and a butterfly garden.

Read on for the top activities and attractions to check out when traveling to New Orleans with kids. We suspect you'll come for the food and entertainment but leave feeling inspired by its rich history. 

The Best Places for Outdoor Ice Skating with Kids in Westchester

This time of year can be tough. The holiday excitement is over and we’re still months away from springtime temperatures. Sure, you can head to one of Westchester’s many indoor play spots for a romp sans the coat and gloves. But how about embracing the season and heading outdoors to enjoy the crisp air and sweeping winter landscape? 

If there’s not enough snow for sledding, outdoor ice skating might just do the trick. A new outdoor rink debuted in Westchester this season and several county parks offer skating options once the lakes freeze over. The best part is most options are FREE or charge nominal fees, so grab your mittens and skates and head outdoors for some winter fun and exercise that can keep little ones (and your wallet) happy all winter. Read on for your best bets for outdoor ice skating with kids in and around Westchester!

Weekend Fun: Christmas on the Farm, Holiday House Hunt, Nutcracker

The holidays are closing in, and Westchester and Hudson Valley families are scrambling to soak up all the fun! This weekend, the festivities are ratcheted up, so put on your jingle bells, light those lights and don’t miss these highlights!

The big holiday events happening throughout December are still in full gear, though many ticketed events are sold out or close to it. Adding to the various iterations this month of the Tchaikovsky classic, this weekend showcases The Westchester Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker. Arrive early for the Christmas Handbell Concert, an uncommon art form, or follow the clues (and snack on a treat) at the historic Holiday House Hunt. Lower key is the FREE Magical Winter Wonderland show.

That's just the tip of the holiday iceberg—find lots more festive fun in our Event Calendar. Read on for our top picks, and also consult our Holiday Fun Guide. Enjoy it all!

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