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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Laurie Berkner, Buster Keaton, Comic Con

With Easter right around the corner, this weekend offers several festive events for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, such as The Great Green Egg-travaganza and American Girl Doll Easter Basket Craft. To corral the many offerings in our region, we’ve prepared guides to Westchester egg hunts and Hudson Valley egg hunts; opportunities abound over the next couple weeks!

Cosplay, celebrity appearances, screenings and more await at Undiscovered Realm Comic Con, while silent-movie comedies enjoy a bit of a renaissance at the Buster Keaton Mini Film Fest. Young rockers can kick up their heels at the live performance by kiddie-bop superstar Laurie Berkner.

All this and much more can be found on our Event Calendar (including ways to spend spring break), and our April GoList can help you zero in on some of our favorites throughout the month.

Passover with Kids: 10 Slightly Irreverent Ways To Make Seders Fun

As religious holidays go, Passover is pretty user-friendly. It can even be a great holiday for inviting non-Jewish friends to join in, since the primary activities are eating, storytelling, and playing with food—all universally appealing. From a kid perspective, though, it can sometimes feel like a whole lot of sitting around waiting for something better to eat than parsley. Extra verses of Grandpa singing Dayenu may have been enough to keep the party entertaining when we were kids, but let's face it, the bar has risen a little since then. To keep the retelling of the slaves' delivery out of Egypt lively for the next generation, we've collected 10 creative ways to make a Passover seder fun for kids. This is not your mama's seder, but it should help to hold everyone's attention until the matzo balls arrive.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Lego Ninjago Opening, Bill Nye

Temperatures begin to rise this week, but most scheduled activities remain indoors, as are our top picks for each weekday.

The headliner is Lego Ninjago City Adventure: Opening Day, the start of a new attraction at the location in Ridge Hill. Mommy Poppins plans to be there, so watch for our review.

April is National Poetry Month, and Poetry Out Loud! offers a great way to introduce kids to this often neglected literary form. Also on the cultural horizon, The Dance Theatre of Harlem and other troupes take the Westchester stage at Dance Off the Grid.

Consult our Event Calendar for more activities, and plan the whole month with our carefully curated April GoList.

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

Spring Break Camps for Westchester Kids

If you're not heading out of town for Spring Break, you may be wondering how to keep the little ones busy during the break. Spring break camps offer a great way to keep kids active, learning and engaged while they are off from school.  

Westchester offers many specialized programs so there's sure to be a camp to please most any child’s interests. We've rounded up several options, including nature, art and sports-themed programs. Different districts have different weeks off this year, so we've included several for each. Be sure to check out our Summer Camp Guide because summer will be here before we know it!

April GoList: The Best Things To Do in Westchester with Kids

Spring has arrived in Westchester, as evidenced not only by the blossoms and warmer temperatures, but also by the abundance of fabulous family activities springing up this month! Our April GoList is bursting with colorful activities to choose from—and it wasn’t easy narrowing down our top picks.

In anticipation of reader questions, note that Lightscapes will not return to Van Cortlandt Manor, much to our disappointment. However, we’ve been assured that a new event will take its place at a later date, so stay tuned for news about that.

As for all the great events that are occurring, these include several events that revivify the Colonial era, including Sheep-to-Shawl, which boasts assorted wooly fun like yarn dyeing, weaving, border collies and a period fashion show. There are numerous family performances, including the Golden Dragon Acrobats; lots of FREE STEAM opportunities, such as the annual Engineering EXPO; and multiple events for comic lovers, including the return of the FREE Comic Con. April is also loaded with numerous Earth Day activities, and with Easter and Passover arriving late this year, there’s an abundance of holiday happenings heading our way.

With so many exciting events this month, even our top 15 picks below don’t capture everything—for the rest you’ll have to keep abreast of our Event Calendar and weekly newsletters. New events are added almost every single day, so don’t miss a beat!

Spring 2017 Festivals in the Lower Hudson Valley

Despite the cool temperatures, spring is definitely here, and that means outdoor festivals will soon dot the landscape of Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley! That's great news for those of us suffering from the winter blues and daydreaming about the warm, sunny days and budding flowers this season brings.

We’ve rounded up many fun fairs and festivals throughout Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Rockland counties. In addition to featuring kiddie favorites like rides, games and live entertainment, many of these fetes celebrate the local environment, with workshops and educational activities for the entire family. Read on for all the details, and be sure to check out our Event Calendar for even more options.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: April Fool's, Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

There’s no family fun to be had this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley—April Fool’s! In fact, it would be fun to attend the April Fools! event where the origin of the holiday will be explained and related fun is in store.

Spring is in the air at the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Easter season kicks off with Hilltop Hanover Farm Annual Egg Hunt. View our newly posted roundup of other Easter egg hunts to plan ahead for more. Go retro at the Family Saturdays @ the Lab, where kids can get hands-on learning about analog film-making, while budding engineers can map out their future at the Engineering EXPO.

Incredibly, all of the above are FREE—and that’s no joke! Find more among the rest of our top picks below, then head to our Event Calendar for many more super-fun options to choose from. 

Spring 2017 Festivals and Fairs in Westchester

Don't let the wacky weather fool you—spring is almost here, and we couldn't be happier about celebrating the season. Lucky for us, Westchester is buzzing with festivals and fairs all season long, promising fun-filled outdoor events for the entire family.

We've rounded up our favorite spring festivals, street fairs and celebrations happening throughout Westchester, many of which are FREE. Be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide for more seasonal fun and sign up for our newsletters.

15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prepwork is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and creative tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest. Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that when it comes to April 1st, at least, we still have the upper hand.

10 Westchester Summer Camps for Kids Who Hate Day Camp

Not all kids are meant for long games of Gaga and Pickle, daily swim lessons and vats of bug juice. While summer day camp is paradise for many children, others are far from fans and not at all shy about letting you know this.

Despite these strong feelings, you may still need a camp—or at least an activity— that will fill their days. In honor of these families, we’ve rounded up 10 summer camp ideas for kids who aren’t a good fit for traditional day camp.

Consult our Summer Camp Guide and sign up for our newsletters for more ideas on how to spend your summer.

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