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Best Barbershops for Boys' Haircuts in Lower Westchester

Gone are the days when you could snip your son’s hair in the comfort of your own kitchen. Today’s boys have big ideas about how to groom their locks, and mom’s scissors no longer seem to cut it. From celebrity-inspired faux hawks and high fades to styles that are just like dad’s, there’s so much more to boy hair than buzz cuts and bangs! Check out our list of the best places in lower Westchester to bring in your dude for a new ‘do.

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: I Spy an Artist, Cupcake Day

As March winds turn to April showers, the fun continues for Westchester families with a variety of enriching activities coming up this week.

All of our top picks for the week are FREE! Story Dancing, one of the programs noted in our roundup of spring preschool programs, combines dance, music and literature, while I Spy an Artist (among the events in our guide to FREE STEAM programs) blends literature with art. Aspiring chefs have multiple opportunities to make use of their apron, and Women’s History Month wraps up March with Celebrate Women's History Month and more.

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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! 

50 Things To Do in Orlando with Kids Other Than Theme Parks

Most of us know Orlando as the Theme Park Mecca, offering tons of memories at Disney World and Universal; but Florida's mega tourist destination offers a variety of fun things to do with kids of all ages other than the obvious options. Whether you live in Florida or are just visiting, Orlando is a great destination for families on both short and extended stays.

As a former Disney World cast member and Universal passholder, I could tell you a million and one ways to have fun at a huge theme park with kids, but we'll save that for another post. If you're looking for simple fun, unique experiences, and virtually no lines, Orlando still ranks as one of the world's most kid-friendly destinations.

The list below includes a little bit of everything. From canoeing to museums to themed dinners, these 50 fun spots offer a variety of family entertainment and "must do" activities for kids in Orlando, with or without a visit to the Mouse. Get ready to forego the theme park ticket and experience the real Orlando. 

Easter Egg Hunts for Westchester Kids

Once a year in early spring, there is a special kind of magic in the air that allows fluffy little bunnies to lay eggs filled with candy and toys—or so the stories go. Get your child out there to take advantage of this annual phenomenon by attending one of the many Easter egg hunts taking place throughout Westchester. And the biggest treat for parents is that many of them are FREE.

If you're looking for other activities, check out our Event Calendar, which is filled with seasonal fun for children of all ages. While you're out enjoying the spring air, consider a short hike or a stop at one of the county's many nature centers. Maybe someone there can better explain the rabbit-egg-lying process.

Looking for even more spring activities with preschoolers? We have plenty.

Largest Indoor Water Park in the US Opens at Kalahari Poconos

It’s official. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains is now home to the country’s largest indoor water park.

In early March the African-themed resort completed a more-than-100,000-square-foot addition to its existing indoor water park, bringing the total to 220,000 square feet, more than double its largest competitor in the Poconos vacation region, and besting the record-holder, its own Kalahari resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

The news arrives just before school kids head off for spring break, making it likely welcome news for families looking for a quick water-themed getaway, or even a day trip as Kalahari allows day-pass entry to its water park.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Jewish Film Festival, Kids’ Lit Celebrations

Happy spring!

It’s a big weekend for kid lit, with two anniversary celebrations in store (literally). Create Your Own Little Golden Book Storytime while honoring this childhood classic’s 75th birthday, and support an indie kids’ bookstore at The Voracious Reader Turns 10! Both are FREE!

This weekend also continues a Jewish film festival, which includes an animated film from China called A Jewish Girl in Shanghai. The maple-sugaring season wraps up this weekend, so don’t miss the sweet stuff at Maple Sugaring Tours and prepare to shimmy on the basketball court at the WKD Kids Clinic.

Our Event Calendar has even more options to choose from, so be sure to head there after reading on for the rest of our top picks and further details!

Hippity Hop! Where to Take Photos with the Easter Bunny in Westchester

Say cheese—er, carrots! Easter is almost here, making it the perfect time for family-friendly activities like Easter egg hunts, coloring eggs and of course, having a photo snapped with the Easter Bunny. This year, there are a number of places in and around Westchester where your kids can pose for a picture with Peter Cottontail himself.

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