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Family-Friendly Farm Stays: Meet the Animals and Work the Farm

Farm stays provide guests of all ages with a taste of farm life. Whether by milking cows and collecting eggs, or gathering fresh fruit from a pineapple plant for breakfast, families who choose to stay at a farm hotel, which might be cabin, house, or even a tent, will likely have more fun than Old MacDonald led you to believe is possible.

Time your farm stay with the kids for spring, summer, or even fall. Check out which seasonal activities might be going on before picking the dates of your farm vacation, as well as the location. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite farm "hotels" around the country, from Maine to Texas to California.

I've found that farmer-hosts have a strong desire to educate little farmers on how to live a more sustainable and balanced life. Unplug, relax, and enjoy the fruits of a hard day’s work around a campfire. Lessons learned on these farms will stay with you long after you return home. 

Find more vacation ideas and weekend getaways in our Family Travel Guide, or check out your local Farm Fun Guide for local petting zoos, harvest festivals, and pick-your-own fun.

35 Things To Do with Kids in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is a year-round destination for families all over the Tri-State area, and it's no surprise. It boasts natural beauty, delicious food, and wonderful museums, historic sites, theaters, and play spaces. With events timed for nearly every holiday, and enough attractions to suit almost any type of family, the area makes for the perfect family getaway or day trip.

We’ve gathered up our top 30 things to do in the Hudson Valley—destinations that will appeal to natives and visitors alike. (Attention latter group: If you need somewhere to stay while you explore, we’ve got you covered there, too.) So read on, make your checklist, and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!  

25 Free Things to Do in March with Westchester Kids

In like a lion, out like a lamb goes March, the saying goes, and Westchester families are looking forward to the arrival of spring mid-month and the fun that lies ahead. We're always hunting for a good bargain, so below we've rounded up our top FREE events for families to help our readers get the most out of the month without getting the most out of your wallets.

Some of the FREE seasonal fun this month include various holiday celebrations—St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, Purim, and Women's History Month—as well as sweet maple-sugaring adventures. And don't forget our list of FREE places to play for year-round fun.

Read on for our top picks, but also consult our Event Calendar for more free (and not-so-free) activities. If you subscribe to our newsletter, we'll keep you in the know, March and beyond!

Get Ready: New York State's Biggest Indoor Water Park Opens in April

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark—billed as the biggest indoor water park in New York state—is finally opening this spring!

Since we first learned about this exciting new indoor water park in the Catskills over a year ago, we’ve been eagerly anticipating its grand opening. Originally scheduled for April 5, the resort has announced that the opening will now take place Friday, April 19, 2019

Located about 2 hours from midtown Manhattan in Monticello, NY, the Kartrite is an exciting alternative to farther-afield indoor water parks in the NYC area. Reservations are now open for April and beyond—perfect for spring break, a weekend away, or your family's summer vacation. Read on for more details, plus a peek inside the space.

Weekend Fun: Illusionists, Sugaring Party, Free Arts Workshops

Seasonal fun abounds this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with late-winter fun and the promise of spring on the horizon.

March brings the start of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, kicking off with the Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the largest in the state. For stage entertainment, expect to be mystified by the trickery of The Illusionists.

The maple-sugaring season is now in full swing, with numerous harvesting experiences (and a few pancakes) scheduled. One of our favorite ways to tap into the action is the Maple Sugaring Party

Many of our top picks this weekend are FREE—including workshops in film-making and theater—and there are many more to be found on our Event Calendar. Also refer to our hot-off-the-press March GoList for our top picks for the month! 

March GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

March winds bring not only April showers but also much fun in and around Westchester—so if you’re getting tired of Ol’ Man Winter, don’t despair!

The first half of the month brings the peak of maple-sugaring season, allowing families to join naturalists in tapping maple trees and evaporating this blasé-looking liquid into the sublime sticky stuff we all know and love. Some events—like Sugarfest—are loaded with assorted embellishments, including the ultimate pleasure—eating it atop pancakes!

As for holidays, March is also known as Women’s History Month, and we have events on our calendar that are family-focused. March is also replete with celebrations of Purim, including the “Big Apple”-style Purim in NYC, along with numerous ways to celebrate being Irish (or pretend that you are), like one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York. There are several hot-ticket alerts for live kid shows, including Peter Pan & Friends on Ice, and while we await warmer temperatures, indoor highlights include the Annual WHUD Kids Fair and the return of STEM-tastic.

Grab your calendars and read on for our top things to do with kids this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Also be sure to check out our Event Calendar to be up-to-date on even more of the great goings-on this month!

Indoor Trampoline Parks in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

Where do you go when the kids are bouncing off the walls on a cold or rainy day? Somewhere they’re allowed to bounce off the walls, of course! 

We’ve rounded up indoor trampoline parks in Westchester and the Hudson Valley where kids can jump, hop, leap, and bounce to their hearts' content. Take note that these spots also offer birthday parties, making them an option for those winter (or even extra-hot summer) birthdays. 

Looking for more places to play? Check out our Indoor Play Guide and sign up for our newsletters!

Weekend Fun: Maple Sugaring, Lunar New Year, African Drumming, Magic Show

Both Winter Break and February wrap up with a weekend that might not offer large-scale events, but good things come in small packages (and our top picks are generally easy on the wallet). 

A predominant offering is maple sugaring, as peak season runs from mid-February through mid-March. For added fun, Maple Sugar Tours kicks off with assorted extra activities on Saturday, beyond the tapping experience. 

The celebration of Chinese New Year also continues this weekend with the enchanting Lunar New Year Festival, featuring performances, workshops, and cooking demos (with tastings, of course). This event ties in with a concurrent exhibition of lunar-themed art, in honor of the 50th anniversary of that famed giant step for mankind.

Catch a magic show as part of the Saturday Morning Family Series or celebrate Black History Month with an African Dance and Drum Performance. Animal enthusiasts can learn about Endangered animals and ways they can be helped.

Read on for more options to choose from and find yet more on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know.

21 Wacky Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Kids

“If we didn’t have birthdays, you wouldn’t be you. If you’d never been born, well then what would you do?” Thank goodness Dr. Seuss’ birthday comes once a year—and it always gives us great reason to cheer!

On March 2, we’ll celebrate literacy and Seuss with fun crafts, treats, and other activities in honor of the literary rhyming master. Dr. Seuss’ birthday kicks off a nationwide reading celebration known as Read Across America Day. Schools, libraries, and community centers across the country observe the day with read-alouds, crafts, and Seuss-a-rific treats!

Use this list of 21 zany activities to commemorate the day at home with the kids. Whether you want to start it off with some green eggs and ham or plan your next family vacation to the birthplace of Dr. Seuss himself, there is something for everyone on this list of Dr. Seuss-themed crafts, recipes, and activities—no matter how small. 

Indoor Gyms Where Westchester Kids Can Learn, Play, and Exercise

We've rounded up seven fun-filled kids' gyms (many with more than one location) that offer everything from classes and camps to open play and more. Whether you're looking to drop off the older kids for a class, join in with the little ones during a parent-and-me, or simply sit and enjoy a nice break while the tots get their sillies out, these gyms are sure to please both kids and their parents.

Read on for more details on seven indoor kids' gyms in Westchester. And be sure to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter to have all our latest posts delivered straight to your inbox!

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