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7 Mommy and Me Classes You Can Take on the Weekend

Whether you’re interested in music, dance or yoga, Westchester has no shortage of classes you can take with your child. But for working parents—or any parent who’s short on time during the week—it can be tough to find a class that fits your family’s schedule.

The good news: There are a number of classes that meet on the weekends. Here, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite parent/child classes that take place on either Saturday or Sunday.

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Rockin' Jump Ridge Hill: Where Kids can Jump and Climb the Walls

It's beginning to feel a bit more like spring, but that doesn't mean every day will be sunshine and roses (there's still March and its whole lion/lamb thing to endure). When the kids are bouncing off the walls, the best thing to do is bring them somewhere it's encouraged—like an indoor trampoline park!  

We previously told you all about our visit to Mount Kisco’s Rockin’ Jump, and since then another Westchester outpost of this franchise opened at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, near Legoland Discovery Center. We recently hopped on over to the newer—and larger—Rockin’ Jump to size it up.

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: American Girl History, Superhero Night

Winter break may be winding down, but February fun is far from over for Westchester and Hudson Valley families! The weekend before the return to school features plenty of entertaining and enriching activities from which to choose.

A highlight this weekend is the inaugural three-day Aye West African Art Festival, a multicultural extravaganza featuring performances, food, film and more. The pinnacle of the Chinese New Year celebrations we told you about takes place this weekend at Chinese New Year Festival, with acrobats, dance, martial-arts demos and more. Sports fans can enjoy not only spectating but getting in the action at Superhero Night & Kids' Sunday Funday, and entertainment can also be found at the pop-ular show Bubble Trouble, while fans of Downton Abbey can get the early-20th-century dirt at the Historic Mansion Gossip Tour.

Read on for more options to choose from, including where to go maple sugaring, and find even more options on our Event Calendar! If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know.

Rock n Roll Classes: Where Westchester Kids can Unleash Inner Jaggers & Joplins

So your child wants to a be a rock n roll star? Then listen now to what we say ...

In response to a growing demand, several music schools here in Westchester have either added rock to their repertoire or opened to exclusively teach the sound to a new generation of aspiring artists. The schools differ in their approaches but all offer both group and individual instruction. Some also encourage public performing or offer opportunities for recording.

Read on to learn about places in our area that offer rock lessons for budding musicians with either amateur or serious aspirations. Looking for more classes in Westchester? Consult our Classes Guide and sign up for our newsletters

Ahoy! 5 Sailing Camps for Kids in Westchester and Rockland County

Before you commit your kids to a traditional camp for the entire summer, you may want to explore some specialized programs. Learning to sail is a great way for children to become self-reliant, learn a life-long sport, and make lasting friendships and memories. Being able to pilot his or own craft will certainly earn your kids bragging rights, so set them on the right course with one of these full- or half-day programs.

For even more activities and classes this season, check out our Summer Camp Guide, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters

25 Best Things To Do in Ottawa, Canada with Kids

Even if you are not considering a post-election move north, Canada’s bilingual capital is a fine family vacation. Ottawa beckons with a full plate of both indoor and outdoor activities all year, so don’t dismiss a winter visit. Be sure to pack the long underwear because residents don’t let tundra-style weather keep them indoors.

As Canada’s capital, this city is a showplace for the country, so the feel is similar to Washington, D.C., with a fine array of national museums and cultural offerings to complement the active adventures. It’s urban, but the manageable size, expansive green spaces and excellent public transportation makes it easy to navigate. As the government seat, the dashing young Prime Minister has been spotted at local playgrounds with his kids and participating in the weekly free yoga class on Parliament’s lawn, so look forward to the possibility of excellent political eye-candy.

Ottawa is closer than you might think, a one hour flight or seven hour, 336-mile drive from New York City. Here’s our guide to the best family activities in town.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Circus, Yoga, Food Fun

If your family is staying in town for winter break, you’re in luck! With so many fun—and mostly FREE—activities ahead, you can enjoy a winter staycation without breaking the bank.

While we bundle up in hats and scarves this time of year, other animals have different survival tricks to compensate for their lack of textiles. Learn about their techniques at Animals in Winter. Other highlights allow you to learn to make guacamole at Fun with Food or participate in a mock TV game show at Jeopardy.

These, of course, are just the tip of the iceberg. Because we know the challenges of keeping kids occupied during cold-weather breaks from school, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, stimulating activities.

Read on for our top picks and more February fun--and have a great Winter Break!

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

Presidents' Day Weekend Fun with Westchester Kids: Circus, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul

If you’re staying in town for the three-day weekend, get ready for lots of local fun for families in Westchester!

First off, as we reported in our February GoList, the circus is in town! With the recent closing of both The Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the performance by The Royal Hanneford Circus is that much more special. Another hot-ticket item is Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve.

Presidents’ Day isn’t just a day off from school—it’s also a fun learning opportunity! Ways to celebrate in true form are Presidents Day Workshop, honoring Abe and George, or take advantage of the National Park Fee-Free Day with a visit to one of the Hyde Park-area attractions that honor FDR.

All month we’re recognizing Black History Month, and one way to celebrate is the Family Studio Art Projects, offering an informative hands-on program in the study of quilting.

Read on for our top weekend picks and check out our Event Calendar for even more great activities coming up. Sign up for our weekly newsletters so you're sure to receive our upcoming roundup of awesome things to do during the winter break! 

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