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5 Simple But Cool Slime Recipes to Make with Kids

As a child of the 80s, slime ranks pretty high in my archive of childhood memories. It was the stuff that made Ghostbusters awesome, and many of my childhood dreams involved running through an obstacle course getting covered with the stuff. Yet somehow the slime of the new millennium is even cooler. Even better that you can make it in the comfort of your own home with a few simple ingredients. Check out more cool boredom busters and crafts to do with kids.

Easter Weekend for Westchester Kids: Egg Hunts, Golden Dragon Acrobats

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, you’ll find great family activities this weekend. There are Easter egg hunts in Westchester and the Hudson Valley to get you into the holiday spirit, including locomotive fun aboard the Easter Bunny Train.

This weekend is also a big one for hand-drawn animated features, namely Ponyo and Watership Down (the latter, aptly enough, about bunnies). For live entertainment, the Golden Dragon Acrobats will dazzle your family with their physical feats, and for outdoor fun and some FREE sight-seeing, take advantage of National Park Fee-Free Week.

Check out our Event Calendar for additional options, and sign up for our FREE newsletters to be totally in the know. Now read on for more details about events happening this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

Ninjago City Play Area Debuts at Legoland Westchester

Ninjas and Legos in Yonkers? Yep! The Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester recently added a new attraction: Ninjago City Adventure in preparation for the next epic bricktacular film that's slated for this fall, The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Your little ones might already be familiar with the Ninjago animated TV series, or its Lego characters—Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Cole, Nya, and Zane—but even if they aren't, there are loads of opportunities to build and play, from a climbing wall to the various building tables at this new addition to our local Legoland.

Located in the Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers, I visited Ninjago City Adventure on opening day with my 6-year-old Lego expert. Read on for our review, and if you're looking for more fun in the area, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

6 FREE Chess Clubs for Westchester Kids

“Life is a kind of chess,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in his 1786 essay on “The Morals of Chess.” Chess teaches foresight, circumspection and caution, as well as not to be “discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs,” he wrote.

Fast forward a couple hundred years, and it's believed there's a positive effect on cognitive development in children who play chess. In addition to offering intellectual stimulation, chess crosses cultural and socioeconomic boundaries, bridging gaps in a disparate population.

Fortunately, numerous opportunities for Westchester children to play chess exist. In addition to schools often offering extracurricular play, we previously rounded up chess camp options and have now compiled FREE chess clubs and classes available at Westchester libraries. Whether your child is a novice or a Bobby Fischer, there’s something for everyone—in fact, there’s at least one option for each weekday.

Keep tabs on our Event Calendar, as programs are often added or repeated. Read on and go for checkmate!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Spring Break Activities, Fiber Arts, Peeps Diorama

Though many schools are closed for spring break this week, there’s no need to panic: Mommy Poppins has a full lineup of fun and enriching activities for Westchester families!

With Easter taking place later this week, there are celebrations galore to choose from, including some mid-week egg hunts. Several activities involve a bit of time travel. At Colonial Survivor, test your mettle in the days of yore before electronic devices. Another throwback is a performance by Silent Vaudevillian Chip Bryant, who will wordlessly elicit giggles and delight from the crowd. Use spring break as an opportunity to learn a new skill at Kids' Classes: Crafts, Food and Fiber Arts—perfect for budding makers.

These are just a few of our top picks for the week, but there are many more on our Event Calendar, and our April GoList goes beyond. So keep calm and plan your week with Mommy Poppins! 

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LEGOLAND's New Florida Beach Retreat Resort: Luxury among LEGOS

New accommodations open this weekend at LEGOLAND's Florida Resort. We had a first look at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, and not only can we attest that this new, village-style vacation resort in Central Florida lives up to its promise of fun in the sun; we can even explain how LEGOLAND has created a "beach resort" miles from the sea.

25 Things to Do with Westchester Kids on Spring Break

Staying in town for spring break? You can have a family staycation without leaving the state! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley during the week off from school—many of which are FREE!
 
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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Laurie Berkner, Buster Keaton, Comic Con

With Easter right around the corner, this weekend offers several festive events for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, such as The Great Green Egg-travaganza and American Girl Doll Easter Basket Craft. To corral the many offerings in our region, we’ve prepared guides to Westchester egg hunts and Hudson Valley egg hunts; opportunities abound over the next couple weeks!

Cosplay, celebrity appearances, screenings and more await at Undiscovered Realm Comic Con, while silent-movie comedies enjoy a bit of a renaissance at the Buster Keaton Mini Film Fest. Young rockers can kick up their heels at the live performance by kiddie-bop superstar Laurie Berkner.

All this and much more can be found on our Event Calendar (including ways to spend spring break), and our April GoList can help you zero in on some of our favorites throughout the month.

Passover with Kids: 10 Slightly Irreverent Ways To Make Seders Fun

As religious holidays go, Passover is pretty user-friendly. It can even be a great holiday for inviting non-Jewish friends to join in, since the primary activities are eating, storytelling, and playing with food—all universally appealing. From a kid perspective, though, it can sometimes feel like a whole lot of sitting around waiting for something better to eat than parsley. Extra verses of Grandpa singing Dayenu may have been enough to keep the party entertaining when we were kids, but let's face it, the bar has risen a little since then. To keep the retelling of the slaves' delivery out of Egypt lively for the next generation, we've collected 10 creative ways to make a Passover seder fun for kids. This is not your mama's seder, but it should help to hold everyone's attention until the matzo balls arrive.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Lego Ninjago Opening, Bill Nye

Temperatures begin to rise this week, but most scheduled activities remain indoors, as are our top picks for each weekday.

The headliner is Lego Ninjago City Adventure: Opening Day, the start of a new attraction at the location in Ridge Hill. Mommy Poppins plans to be there, so watch for our review.

April is National Poetry Month, and Poetry Out Loud! offers a great way to introduce kids to this often neglected literary form. Also on the cultural horizon, The Dance Theatre of Harlem and other troupes take the Westchester stage at Dance Off the Grid.

Consult our Event Calendar for more activities, and plan the whole month with our carefully curated April GoList.

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! 

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