Outside Fun: Maple Sugaring Activities for Kids in Westchester

Finding enough family-friendly activities in the cold weather months can be a challenge. Luckily, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley offer many ways for families to beat the winter blues.

Maple sugaring is a great winter activity for kids. The season begins in February and runs through late March. Ideally, temperatures must dip below freezing at night and warm up during the day so that the sap flow increases. Another fun fact: To make just 1 gallon of pure maple syrup, it actually takes more than 40 gallons of sap. Who knew?!

We've rounded up maple sugaring fun in and around Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Read on for details on where to learn and celebrate this centuries-old tradition. Looking for more winter fun? Check out our Event Calendar

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: EagleFest, Fairies, Chinese New Year

So much fun, both indoors and outdoors, awaits Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend! Our February Go List included several of our faves, and below are some more to choose from.

One of the headliners is the annual Hudson River Eaglefest, a multi-site event that celebrates the eagle’s return to Westchester, with viewing points up and down the river plus various attractions. It’s also time to celebrate the Year of the Dog, and we’ve identified several ways to do so, including the grand poobah Chinese New Year Festival. If that isn’t enough international flair for you, snag your seats for the Russian Folk Dance performance. For mommy-and-me fun, make Flower Faeries and Forest Friends with your little one. With the maple-sugaring season allowing a brief window of opportunity, carpe diem at Tappin’ the Maple Trees. Plus, don’t forget about the panoply of free workshops for all ages at the new art school this weekend!

Be sure to consult our Event Calendar for tons of activities every single day. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving

Whether it's rainy, snowy, or even too hot to hit the park or backyard, exercise games are a great way to get everyone in the family giggling and away from the screens for a bit.  

We've put together a list of 25 easy indoor exercise ideas to do with kids at home. It's a really simple way for a family to integrate movement and exercise into any day. Most of these can be done right in your living room, and will even work in tight city apartments (or hallways). We promise everyone will be tired and laughing after attempting just a handful.

Looking for more indoor boredom busters for kids? We have lots of ideas, including science experiments and sensory activities for all ages.

7 Spots Westchester Kids Can Take Figure Skating Classes

As the Olympic competition heats up and outdoor temperatures struggle to creep above frigid, the cold-yet-controlled climates of Westchester County's indoor skating rinks beckon to families who've been cooped up all winter. If you're looking for ways to get your own little Nathan Chen or Bradie Tennell out there on the ice, check out these local skating classes.

Want even more winter fun? Take a look at our Winter Fun Guide.

Audio Stories That Entertain Kids Anytime and Anywhere from Pinna

The screen time struggle is real. So, I can't imagine I'm the only parent who's quite literally all ears when they hear that kids' podcasts and audiobooks are officially a thing now. On-demand audio programming certainly feels like the perfect way to bring some screen-free entertainment to playtime, add a little excitement to the bath, or even just wind down before bed, but finding awesome options for kids can be really hard. Enter a new subscription-based service called Pinna, which is packed with Peabody-winning original series, popular podcasts, and favorite audiobooks for listeners ages 4 to 12 — and zero commercials — making it a major parenting win. Read on to find out more and get a free 7-day membership to try it out.

Give Active Kids a Place to Move at these New Westchester Sports Programs

We know all too well how easy it is to feel cooped up during winter. Fortunately, there’s a slew of brand-new sports-related gyms and programs that just became available for Westchester families—offering plenty of alternatives to jumping on the couch cushions for the 1,000th time. There are even options for all ages, many with classes, parties, drop-ins and drop-offs.

Read on for the scoop on new places to get pumped, burn off steam and have fun! If you haven’t yet signed up for our newsletters, be sure to do so now to continually receive news like this and more!

Why Sugarloaf Is My Family's Favorite Ski Resort

Nobody can deny that there are plenty of wonderful ski resorts in southern and central New England. That said, sometimes families want to branch out for something a little different (without going so far as to board a plane to do it). When my family goes skiing, we go to Sugarloaf. Now, look—I know what you’re thinking. Why in the name of all that is holy would we voluntarily drive all the way up to the heart of Maine with children just to go skiing? Let me explain.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Winter Party, American Girl Valentines

As mentioned in our hot-off-the-press February GoList, this month is loaded with reasons for festivities for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, and this weekend is no exception.

You might embrace the season at Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon, with pony rides, a log-sawing contest and other sorts of fun, or whoop it up like it’s summertime at the three-day music (and more) festival Winter Hoot. With Valentine’s Day on its way, don’t forget to treat someone you love to something special at American Girl Valentine's Day (while supporting a charitable cause). Even if your kids think they don’t like “old movies,” they’re sure to be amused by even the century-old Harold Lloyd comedy The Freshman. Or if you’re hoping for more interactive entertainment, Danceworks gets kids into the act.

Read on for our top weekend picks, some of which are free, then continue on to our Event Calendar for tons of activities every single day. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

15 Ideas for a Fun Winter Olympics Party with Kids

In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling—flips off the halfpipe! football-field-length ski jumps! a sport actually named skeleton!—the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions! Here are 15 ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics party, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. We’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, cultural understanding, wintertime, and family time.


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