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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Fol de Rol County Fair, Greek Food Festival

If it feels like there’s a fair, festival or carnival every week in June, that’s because there is—in fact, often two or three! The good times keep rolling in for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, so brace yourself for another happening weekend.

Soak up assorted fun like pet and car parades at the Annual Fol de Rol County Fair, or savor international flavor at the Greek Food Festival. If you haven’t had enough festivals, add Spring Eco-Fest to your list—but if you have, then switch over to a nature-themed program and learn all about butterflies at Pollination Station or mingle with pixies at Fairy Festival.

This is just a sampling of the varied events we’ve rustled up for you on our Event Calendar—check them all out! Consult our June GoList for highlights for the rest of the month, too. And if you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Dutch Wonderland: A Fairy Tale Amusement Park in Amish Country

If you have a little thrill-seeking kid like I do, Dutch Wonderland might be just the right place to go this summer. This fairy tale-themed amusement park in Pennsylvania's Dutch Country caters toward the small but fearless like my ride-loving toddler.

In spite of the name and location, there isn't much Amish about Dutch Wonderland, aside from a photo opportunity with a horse and buggy statue. If you're in the area for more traditional Amish Country fun, Dutch Wonderland is right nearby all of it, so the amusement park makes a great addition for a trip to Dutch Country. With over 35 rides, attractions, and shows, as well as a 15-acre campground right on site, you can easily fill a whole day here with the kids, or even a long weekend. Read on for our review of this nearby theme park.

Westchester Summer Camps with Availability — Yes, Even Now!

The school year is winding down and kids all over Westchester are rejoicing. As for their parents? Not so much. Sure, there's the silver lining coming of not having to drive to school or argue about homework during the lazy summer months, but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of "What are we going to do today?"—particularly if you already know that what YOU have to do doesn't involve sprinklers or beaches.

We know we should have squared away summer camp for the kids by now. We have the flyers, we've read about the fantastic programs going on—programs that are probably already filled up with kids whose parents got on this weeks ago. But there's no need to panic! We've compiled a list of Westchester summer camps that still have space available as of this publish date.

Retro Summer Fun: Back in Time at Hudson Valley's Drive-In Movie Theaters

Despite some chains’ efforts to spruce up their movie theaters, there is still nothing quite like a drive-in movie experience—a summer tradition for our family. Perhaps it’s nostalgia—or the fact that my 4-year-old can chatter throughout the movie without bothering anyone (except his older brother). Before the show, kids play Frisbee and tag in front of the monstrous theater screen, and since the movies start on the later side (it must be dark, after all), half of them are clad in pajamas.

The Lower Hudson Valley is home to several drive-in theaters—a real treat, as these theaters are rapidly diminishing across the U.S. We've got details on theaters in our area, as well as useful tips for enjoying the drive-in with kids.

Looking for more ways to spend your summer? Take a look at our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Carnivals, Parade, Ferris Wheel Science

With June now here, the school year is winding down and summer fun is picking up for Westchester families!

For starters, the number of carnivals and festivals this week is dizzying. A few were highlighted in our June GoList, such as the Greek Food Festival, which has the added appeal of a feast. Additionally, there’s the Katonah Fire Department Parade and Carnival, a four-day affair that includes a town parade on opening night. Give all this carnival fun a STEAM bent at Ferris Wheel Science, where kids can construct their own model while learning principles of physics.

This is just a sampling of all that awaits you on our Event Calendar. This is updated frequently, so consult this resource for more events to choose from and to stay in the know!

Snap! Photography Classes and Camps for Kids in Westchester

Have a budding Ansel Adams or Annie Leibovitz on your hands? If your kid is always swiping your iPhone to snap some shots or has requested her own DSLR camera, now might be the perfect time to enroll her in a photography class. And Westchester has a whole slew to choose from, whether you’re looking for a week-long summer intensive or a Saturday session during the school year.

We’ve rounded up six places where kids can get behind the lens and learn everything from lighting to editing their shots in Photoshop.

Looking for more classes for kids? Check out what Westchester has to offer in our Classes Guide and follow us on Facebook!

2017 Westchester Bestie Guide: Parenting Resources Winners

We know Westchester is one of the best places to raise a family, and our Mommy Poppins readers are the ones who help make it that way. We asked you to weigh in on the best enrichment programs, family fun and parenting resources in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley for our Bestie Awards. We presented an extremely competitive crop of choices, and the people have spoken!
 
A special thank you to our Bestie Sponsors, Great Wolf Lodge and Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park.

Without further ado, here is your guide to the best of family-friendly Westchester, the 2017 Westchester Besties!

Best Family Fun Winners | Best Enrichment Programs Winners

2017 Westchester Bestie Guide: Family Fun Winners

We know Westchester is one of the best places to raise a family, and our Mommy Poppins readers are the ones who help make it that way. We asked you to weigh in on the best enrichment programs, family fun and parenting resources in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley for our Bestie Awards. We presented an extremely competitive crop of choices, and the people have spoken!
 
A special thank you to our Bestie Sponsors, Great Wolf Lodge and Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park.

Without further ado, here is your guide to the best of family-friendly Westchester, the 2017 Westchester Besties!

Best Enrichment Programs Winners | Best Parenting Resources Winners

2017 Westchester Bestie Guide: Enrichment Programs Winners

We know Westchester is one of the best places to raise a family, and our Mommy Poppins readers are the ones who help make it that way. We asked you to weigh in on the best enrichment programs, family fun and parenting resources in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley for our Bestie Awards. We presented an extremely competitive crop of choices, and the people have spoken!
 
A special thank you to our Bestie Sponsors, Great Wolf Lodge and Quassy Amusement Park and Water Park.

Without further ado, here is your guide to the best of family-friendly Westchester, the 2017 Westchester Besties!

Best Family Fun Winners | Best Parenting Resources Winners

25 Things to Do with Westchester Preschoolers this Summer

Summer is here! There’s nothing quite like celebrating the season with preschoolers—they approach each day with the curiosity that brings you back to your own childhood.

That said, preschoolers are busy, busy little people, and it gets hard trying to keep them occupied all summer long. Fear not, for we’ve come up with a list of more than two dozen things to do with them this summer in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley.  

Looking for even more activities? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

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