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12 Hotels Around the World That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds

When planning a family getaway, where you stay can easily be as exciting as the vacation destination. Amazing hotel suites, bungalows, and villas abound, offering one-of-a-kind experiences for kids and families—they may even end up becoming the main attraction!

We've rounded up 11 splurge-worthy options from across the globe—and one more that's coming soon. These rooms are designed to spark imaginations and ignite adventure for kids of all ages, with plenty to offer for mom and dad, too. For more travel ideas, check out our Family Travel Guide.

December GoList: The Best Things To Do in Westchester with Kids

The holiday season is so hectic, it’s easy to get caught up in the tasks of the season at the expense of the enjoyment. Luckily, there are many festivities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, so be sure to clear some time to savor the magic, the splendor and the thrill that families can enjoy together. 

So far, we've told you where to go for holiday tree-lighting celebrations, where to catch a live holiday performance and where to have breakfast with Santa. Our Event Calendar is positively bursting with activities for kids every day of the week.

Our top picks for the month include holiday highlights as well as a diverse assortment of other fun activities. For even more great options, be sure to peruse our Holiday Fun Guide, full of yet more ideas to help you get the most out of the holidays with kids. Also, sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on all kinds of fun—holiday and otherwise!

Minecraft Lovers Get Something New for Hour of Code 2017

The annual Hour of Code is entering its fourth year next month, and Microsoft is adding something for 2017 that your little Minecraft lovers will surely go nuts over. Whether your family is new to this free international mass coding phenomenon or you've explored it before, the 2017 campaign has new and exciting features for everyone—including coding projects about Moana, Star Wars, and Minecraft.

Must-See Holiday Light Displays in Westchester and Putnam

It’s about that time again: Families all over Westchester and the Hudson Valley are decking their halls—and their houses—with holiday decorations. And while you can drive through neighborhoods and spot pretty lights, festive wreaths and lots of Frosty inflatables, there are certain houses that merit a trip all their own.

Here, we’ve rounded up several of our favorite light displays, perfect for getting your crew into the holiday spirit. (May we suggest stopping by one of these delicious places to pick up a hot chocolate for the road?) 

If you're looking for even more holiday happenings, check out our Event Calendar and our Holiday Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Sinterklaas Family Day, Winterfest

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and you’ve come to the right place for kicking off a season of holiday fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

Town charm is tangible at the elaborate Sinterklaas Family Day, which is produced by the same organizer as the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, to give a sense of scope. New Paltz also glows with its two-day Holiday on Huguenot Street, and Tuckahoe comes alive with its annual Winterfest. In addition to a production of The Nutcracker and other holiday performances, another production worth noting is the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Farewell Tour. The St. Nicholas Day Celebration, featuring reflections of a traditional Dutch holiday, is one of many programs this weekend that are free.

With so many exciting events happening this weekend, we couldn’t include them all in our top picks below. Also refer to our Event Calendar for numerous options happening daily, and rely on our newsletters to organize and prioritize the whole holiday season!

13 of the Best Places for Families to Get Pizza in Westchester

Whether your family likes to kick it old-school when it comes to pizza—or you prefer a gourmet take on the tried-and-true formula of crust, sauce and cheese—Westchester has plenty of pizza options. Slices, pies and more can be found in this baker's dozen of pizzerias—there's even a mobile pizza truck!

For more great ideas on places to dine out with the family, check out our Westchester Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide and sign up for our newsletters

10 Free Weekday Activities for Westchester Kids

As we segue from November to December, the holiday events start piling on. There's a mix of both fall and holiday events this week for Westchester families, as well as activities without a seasonal theme. 

Just to name a few of the free sources of fun: Little ones can enjoy Musical Adventures at the Library, while mid-sized kids can Decorate a Candy House. Older kids can celebrate the very important occasion of National Nacho and Saxophone Day.

While we’ve listed 10 free events below, of note are the many holiday events taking place on Friday that are associated with a fee. We encourage you to consider them all.

Read on for ten freebies and visit our Event Calendar for even more options. Be sure to consult our Holiday Fun Guide, full of yet more activities and ideas to help you get the most out of the holidays with kids.

25 Holiday Activities for Preschoolers in Westchester

The holidays are a special time for all children, but preschoolers carry an extra bit of magic with them this time of year. They’re young enough to believe the Santa in the mall is real (or that the creepy Elf is truly monitoring their every move). No matter what holiday you may celebrate, it’s a wonderful age to share family traditions—or begin new ones.  

We’ve rounded up 25 things you can do with your preschooler this holiday season, and many of them are free! Looking for more ideas? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook

Coco: Pixar's New Day of the Dead Animated Film, a Parent Review

Mortality, legacy, and forgiveness. These are heavy subjects for an animated movie aimed at families but, once again, Pixar rises to the challenge. Coco is a visually stunning, thematically rich, and emotionally powerful film that resonates differently for various ages. Set against the backdrop of Día de los Muertos—the Mexican holiday honoring the dead—Coco is Pixar's first feature to focus on a character of color. Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old aspiring musician, is magically transported to a luminous afterlife where he uncovers long-buried secrets and realizes the importance of family.

Chances are this movie is on your kids' wishlist, but perhaps you're worried a flick focused on—let's be blunt—death might make for an upsetting experience, especially if you have tots in tow. Read on for everything you need to know before you go to this PG-rated release, as well as whether it's worth splurging on 3D.

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