Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Imagination Movers, County Fair, Jazz Festival

With so much to celebrate this summer, the weekend ahead is sparkling with fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, including Food and Farm Day, celebrating farm life and tasty food. The Orange County Fair does this as well, with the added hoopla of carnival fun, thrill shows, a demo, an indoor safari and more.

Lots of entertainment is in store, both live and cinematic. Among these is an encore performance by the Imagination Movers, who made a name for themselves on Disney Junior and incorporate music and comedy into their act. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the return of the annual Jazz Festival, a 10-hour smorgasbord of performances, including newly added ones for kid audiences.

On the heels of American Independence Day comes the French version and the multi-faceted Bastille Day Celebration, featuring all things francais. Another bash is set at the Play Place Birthday Party, where FREE admission and added attractions are offered.

But that’s not all! Read on for more details as well as additional options—plus our Event Calendar includes other events you’ll want to review before choosing what to do. Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our top picks for the rest of the month. 

Why the Caramoor Jazz Festival has a Leg Up on Lincoln Center

One of the best reasons to live in Westchester is the close proximity to Manhattan, with an abundance of high culture just a short car or train ride away. What if some of that culture were to relocate to Westchester? The Caramoor Jazz Festival brings high-caliber music right to our backyard in Katonah.

Though Caramoor is no slouch in the world of fine music, its alliance with Jazz at Lincoln Center lends extra clout. Now an annual event—this year's festival takes place on Saturday, July 15, 2017—it remains under the artistic direction of Wynton Marsalis and features some 20 performances on multiple “stages.” Some of these are just a shady spot under a tree, inches from the audience and lending an intimacy not enjoyed in a large concert hall. 

Read on for our first-hand experience in attending this event with kids. Looking for more things to do with kids? Check out our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Pool Movie, Slavic Soul Party

Activities for Westchester kids this week scream summer, and we've rounded up some great events to take your family to—most of which are FREE!

Entertainment heads outdoors with movies, concerts and assorted performances. One is the Turtle Dance Music Show, combining bubbles, interactivity and even technology. Slavic Soul Party takes the outdoor stage at Arts in the Amphitheater: Music Nights, and the first of a series of movies at the pool kicks off at Evening Pool Party & Movie, one of our top picks for July

For details and a lot more fun to choose from, read on, visit our Event Calendar, and sign up for our newsletters!

New Yonkers Swimming Spot: Renovated Sprain Ridge Pool Finally Opens

After a six-year closure and a $7.7 million renovation, the Sprain Ridge Pool (part of Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers) is now open again!

The pool is better than ever with new and improved facilities, including lots little-kid-friendly features. 

Looking for more pools in Westchester—or maybe just some ways to cool off? We've got you covered. Don't forget to sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

70 Things To Do with Kids at the Jersey Shore

There's nothing better than lazy, relaxing summer days at the beaches of the Jersey Shore with its miles of sandy coastline. Of course, at some point the kids are going to want to get up and do and see something, right?

If you're looking for ways to keep the kids entertained during a vacation at the shore this summer, this list of 70 family-friendly activities for toddlers to teens all up and down the New Jersey coast should hit the spot. We've even included a number of FREE things to do.

For more fun down the shore, check out our Jersey Shore Guide, which includes information on amusement parks and water parks, top beaches, best boardwalks, and more.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Hot Air Balloons, Concerts, Free Shakespeare

Summer celebrations are in full swing throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley with headliners like the Hudson Valley Balloon Festival and the Pleasantville Music Festival—along with numerous performances and other family fun that are sure to please.

Some pretty great FREE events are also happening this weekend, including the West Point Band’s Independence Day Celebration, an outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet and hands-on art exploration at Dia:Beacon Community Free Day.

Read on for details and for additional weekend highlights—then explore our Event Calendar for many more options for fun events throughout the weekend and all summer long! Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our top picks for the rest of the month, and follow us on Facebook!

Kykuit: Touring the Rockefellers' Westchester Estate with Kids

Though castles and palaces are typically found abroad, Westchester and the Hudson Valley boast their fair share of grand estates that are open to the public and worth touring. Not coincidentally, many of these are peppered along the Hudson River, affording the original homeowners glorious views, river access and, eventually, nearby train transportation to Manhattan. It’s no wonder that tours of the homes of America’s aristocracy made Mommy Poppins’ list of 100 things to do in New York with kids.

Previously, we gave you a broad overview of a half-dozen of these stately local mansions, all but one of which I've brought my kids to without hesitation. The one I had shied away from was Kykuit, former home of the Rockefeller family, owing to the comparatively pricey admission and longer tour duration. I recently took my tweens, however, and I’m pleased to encourage other families to plan a visit. Though our particular tour guide unfortunately made no effort to tailor his narrative to the younger set, my kids happily gawked at the grandeur they wished was theirs.

Looking for more day-trip inspiration? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: 4th of July, Carnival, Juggling Show

Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and with it comes an abundance of family celebrations in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. We’ve rounded up a host of Westchester firework displays, some of which take place prior to theFourth.

Beyond fireworks, a favorite way to honor our nation’s birthday is at the annual Independence Day Fair, a kid-focused panoply of fun stations and events. Other fun is the continuation of the Fireman's Carnival (which also includes July 4 fireworks) and, as mentioned in our July GoList, the Dancing at Dusk series has returned, with multicultural dance performances and instruction to fire up those feet.

Read on for our top picks (including a bonus sixth, since two on Wednesday are tied for our fave). Check out our Event Calendar for many more activities at all times of day, sign up for our weekly newsletters and consult our Summer Fun Guide to help you with every aspect of the season!

CORNucopia at Philipsburg Manor: A-Maize-ing Family Fun

Labor Day weekend ushers in the return of one of our favorite fall festivals, CORNucopia. The annual festival at Philipsburg Manor in the picturesque Sleepy Hollow is filled with all manner of old-fashioned fun set in the 18th century. Not sure about the fun factor at an event devoted to corn? You’ll be a-maize-d!

My family and I attended last year and can't wait to return. Expect corny—and quality—fun, from music to corn-shucking contests.

Read on to learn from my family's visit and the inside scoop! Be sure to check our our Event Calendar for more ideas, and follow us on Facebook.


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