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Listen to the Music: Westchester's Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in August

We’re at just about the half-way mark for summer vacation, and seeing these outdoor concerts are still one of our favorite things about the season. Held in the evenings, when the weather has cooled a bit and everyone could use a little chill, an outdoor concert is the perfect way to end the day with kids. Best of all? They're FREE!

We’ve already told you about the concerts in July, and we hope you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging for August. Check out the complete list below, and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know about all things summer.

25 Water Games for Kids To Play All Summer Long

Due to a recent shift in my career path, I'm staying home with my kids this summer—all 10 weeks of it! There will be no camp to tire them out or sitter to entertain them. Luckily, we have access to one thing really works for filling out long summer days: water. My kids—and yours, I bet—like to get wet.

Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep the kiddies busy. Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List and a few from the list of '70s Outdoor Games. But their absolute favorites are water-based, like the 25 cool and splishy-splashy activities below. 

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Firefly Festival, Mexican Dance, Fidget Spinners

One of the (many) great things about summer is the longer days and the easy schedule. With no need to race home to do homework or wake up early for school, it's the perfect time to linger late and soak up the fun. Most of our top picks this week are evening programs!

As mentioned in our July GoList, the Dancing at Dusk series has returned, with a dazzling lineup of exotic music and dance performances that also include instruction. This week’s edition introduces families to Mexican performing arts. Another hallmark of summer is catching fireflies, and the Annual Firefly Festival is devoted to that joy (along with some ice cream). And if your kids are obsessing over fidget spinners, you’ll all be glad to create your own (for FREE!) at Design and Print Your Own 3D Fidget Spinner (only a few spots are available).

So pack a picnic and push back bedtime—the fun runs till all hours! Check out our Event Calendar for many more activities at all times of day, and follow us on Facebook!

Putt Putt Fun: 6 Cool Places To Take Westchester Kids Mini Golfing

Between splash pads, swimming pools and amusement parks, there’s so much to see and do in and around Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley this summer. But we'd be remiss if we didn't include one tried-and-true family favorite to the list: mini golf! 

Whether you’re looking for a fun, traditional putt-putt course or something a little different—glow in the dark, perhaps?—we’ve got you covered. Below, we rounded up a few of our favorites.

For even more great activities, check out our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: County Fair, Kids' Night, Family Day

A bounty of fun continues this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with a mix of live performances, carnival action and hands-on arts exploration.

The Orange County Fair, first held in 1840, brings thrills and chills of various sorts—from carnival fun to demolition derbies. The Upright Citizens Brigade returns for an encore performance of zany humor at Arts in the Amphitheater: Comedy Night

In addition to the big-band entertainment that Kid's Night with Quintette 7 & Instrument Petting Zoo provides, kids also have an opportunity to get hands-on with the instruments. If your future star is looking for performance experience (or to combat stage fright), sign them up for Kids' Open Mic Night, and all ages are encouraged to think like an artist at Family Day.

Read on for more details and more great options to choose from—then consult our Event Calendar for our daily selection of activities. Also consult our Summer Activity Guide for ideas all season long!

Dutchess Destination: 20 Things to Do with Kids in Hyde Park

Hyde Park in Dutchess County—not to be confused with New Hyde Park on Long Island—may be best known as the former home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it boasts many other attractions that make it a fun family day-trip spot.

In addition to FDR, the Vanderbilts also planted roots and left behind a magnificent estate for public viewing. The Culinary Institute of America has a campus in Hyde Park, offering not only instruction but several student-run restaurants. And with its proximity to the Hudson River and other neighboring towns like Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie, there’s a ton to do.

Read on for our top picks and cost-saving tips for visiting Hyde Park with families, based on first-hand experience! Looking for more family fun? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Camping in New York Just Got 100% More Awesome with Tentrr

Camping seems like such a nice idea. You connect with nature—just you and your family or friends in the woods. But the reality isn’t always as splendid. Gathering all the gear needed and packing everything and everyone into the car, or arriving at a trampled campground that's often just a few feet of dirt and some brush separating you from a band of beer-drinking bros, and you lose some of the romance. That's why we were excited to stumble upon a new way to reconnect with nature, especially for NYC or city families who don’t have room to store lots of equipment between trips.

A new website, Tentrr, connects private camp sites and campers, like an Airbnb for the Great Outdoors. While your host may leave you cookies or something extra to make you feel welcome, the best part of our stay was the total seclusion. The sites are on private land, so it really will be just you, the trees, and some woodland creatures.

Deal Alert! Mommy Poppins readers can save 20% off Tentrr. Visit our deals page to see all current offers for Mommy Poppins readers. 

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mary Poppins, Fondue, Eww…Gross!

Summer weekdays are a great time to pile on the fun, and this week there are plenty of ways to do so!

Hailing from Carnegie Hall is a performance by the National Youth Orchestra, which will be recorded for playback on National Public Radio. Also inspiring is a showing of the environmentally conscious and humorous film Oddball. For less high-brow entertainment, sink low at Eww...Gross!

There's more! Read on for details plus a lot more fun to choose from. Then visit our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!

Swim Time at 'The Brook': Summer Visits at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers

One of Westchester County's official parks, Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers features a jewel of a water area—calling it just a "pool" really doesn't do it justice.

Families with kids of all ages can find ways to splash, play, slide, float and cool off at "The Brook." We're frequent visitors to this awesome water spot, and we recently took another trip to see how 2017 is shaping up. Read on for the inside scoop and on how to get the most out of your visit. 

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