Weekend Fun: Family Art Class, Three Kings Day, Beauty and the Beast

If you feel the need to chill out after the rush of the holiday hullaballoo, January is a great time for turning down the excitement a notch—but there’s still no shortage of fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

This time of year, we’re especially fond of FREE and low-cost programs, as an antidote December’s typical expenses. Rounding out the holiday season is the celebration of Three Kings Day Celebration featuring multicultural performance and cuisine, while the historic Candlelight Tour takes us back to a simpler time, when holiday traditions were less hectic. Another throwback is the presentation of a still-funny Buster Keaton silent comedy, presented on the big screen with the live piano accompaniment that was the norm back in its day. If those creative juices need some stimulating, try Exhibit Songwriting, which uses works on view at the museum as inspiration for a subsequent workshop that explores elements of music composition.

Read on for all this and more, then head to our Event Calendar and our newly published January GoList to plan ahead!

January GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester With Kids

With the holidays over and the cold weather setting in, January may seem like a good time to hibernate—but not so for Westchester and Hudson Valley families! Our January GoList provides plenty of reasons for getting out and taking advantage of the compelling programs in our area. And, after the high cost of the holidays, you'll be glad to know that many of our picks are FREE!

Several live shows are worth booking tickets early for, among them the a capella sensation The Maccabeats, whose performance history includes the White House, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites. The Best of the New York International Children's Film Festival returns for an encore screening, with nine short flicks hailing from around the world. For outdoor fun that embraces the season, bundle up for the Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. Lest we forget the key holiday of the month, teach your kids about civic duty by finding a cause to lend a hand to on the annual MLK Day of Service.

Unfortunately, Pete the Cat has long been sold out, and the annual Winter Wonders Day is not being offered this year.

These are just a sample of the highlights we’ve identified for you, so read on for more and consult our ever-growing Event Calendar for daily picks. Don’t worry: There’ll still be plenty of time to sit home by the fire in your jammies!

50 Things to Do in Washington, DC with Kids Before They Grow Up

Note: During the current government shutdown, the Smithsonian museum and the National Zoo are closed. But there's plenty of other great, kid-friendly things to do on the list below and don't forget to check out our event calendar to find fun things to do in DC!

The days are long but the years are short when it comes to raising kids, and for parents in and around the bustling hub of our nation's capital, the time can really speed by. Finding the best events and activities that will make the most of the precious time we have with our little ones is a top priority here at Mommy Poppins Washington, DC.

To help you sort through this ever-changing, ever-growing city that we love, we've compiled a list of the top 50 things to do with kids in the Washington, DC area before they grow up. With a city steeped in the sciences, from natural to political, culture, arts, and history, there's no better time to make the most of your time with your little ones. Get out, explore, and see just how many activities on our bucket list you can cross off before childhood whizzes by.

New Year's Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids

The coming weekend is chock-full of holiday events for Westchester families, some of which have been listed in our roundup of New Year’s Eve activities. Below we’ve compiled a baker’s dozen of fun ways to spend the four-day weekend, including both New Year’s Eve celebrations, First Day hikes, post-holiday attractions, and other sources of entertainment.

Whether you opt for joining a New Year’s Countdown to Noon, watching the Harlem Globetrotters work their magic on the court, or any of the other fun events we’ve identified, we’re confident that 2019 will be off to a swinging start.

Be sure to consult the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar to craft the perfect itinerary for your family holiday, and don't miss our roundup of Winter Day Trips for Westchester Families if you feel like hitting the road.

All of us at Mommy Poppins wish you and your families a very happy New Year!

Netflix New Year's Eve Countdowns Let Families Celebrate Early

Ah, New Year's Eve. What was once a wild night out can be downright grueling for parents already running on empty after weeks of holiday planning and organizing, er, fun. Wouldn't it be nice to convince the little ones that 5pm is the perfect time to ring in the New Year? Break out the confetti and sparkling apple cider, because Netflix has your back with 14 on-demand New Year's Eve countdowns, many of them featuring your kid's (or even your) favorite stars.

It's the no-cry solution to an early bedtime for all, because the new year can now happen any time you want it to happen. It's also a simple way to get kids in on the festivities, celebrating new adventures as a family. 

Looking for more New Year's Eve fun? Venture out armed with our list of the best kid-friendly celebrations in your town: New York City, Los AngelesLong IslandNew Jersey, Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Houston.

Where Westchester Kids Can Find FREE Drop-in Storytimes

Getting into a storytime group can be nothing short of cutthroat in some places. While the registration-only programs ensure you a seat on the carpet, drop-in programs can provide some much-needed flexibility. Who hasn’t suddenly found a morning with nothing planned (or plans abruptly canceled) and a burning desire to just get out of the house? 

We’ve rounded up 15 places with drop-in storytimes—and, best of all, they’re all FREE! Looking for more things to do with your kids in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley? Take a look at our Event Calendar and sign up for our FREE newsletters.  

Holiday Giving: Mommy Poppins Families Give Back to Local Communities

Every year we share articles about how families can volunteer and donate during the holiday season. But, we are also parents raising our children and working to improve our communities ourselves. Even as our website has grown (Hello, DC and Chicago!), we are proud to say that the values and mission of Mommy Poppins have not changed. We are committed to helping children and families, both online and in real life.

This year, we invited team members from each of our local areas to pick a holiday drive or organization that helps children in need. We funded a shopping spree or, if the holiday season was just too crazy, made a direct donation. In order to do as much good as possible, not just for children, but for local businesses too, we targeted some of our favorite local toy stores to make our purchases. Our children were great helpers in picking out gifts and delivering them.

As the founder of Mommy Poppins, I am grateful to our amazing team for rallying during the hectic holiday season and doing so much good. In all, we donated over $8500! Thanks also to all the local businesses, large and small, who support Mommy Poppins with advertising dollars throughout the year. It makes providing this resource to families for free possible, as well as these donations and our other initiatives. We are humbled and grateful for the support of our readers and local business community.

Read on to find out where our local families shopped and donated.


Make a Day of It with These Winter Day Trips for Westchester Families

Does winter already have you wishing for a day at the playground or pool? While we’ve still got a few months to go before we welcome back warm-weather activities, there’s still plenty to do in the area with kids—especially if you’re looking to make a day trip out of it.

So whether it’s holiday or winter break and you’ve got some dedicated family time on the agenda, or you’re looking for a weekend day trip idea, we’ve got you covered, with everything from kid-centric New York City pop-ups to museums and aquariums that are sure to impress.

Looking for even more winter activities? Check out our Winter Fun Guide and event calendar.

Best Family Travel of 2018: Great Cities, Beaches, Hotels, and Memories

Our Mommy Poppins families really traveled this year! We scoped out some amazing cities with our kids in tow, from New Orleans to Santa Barbara, up to Vancouver and over to Chicago.

There were some epic science museums to explore, Christmas towns to make us cheery, gorgeous beaches, fun at amusement parks, and of course, a slew of entertaining family-friendly resorts, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Los Angeles and New England ski resorts.

So if you’re planning your next family vacation, take a look at our favorite destinations from the last year, including these warmer climates for February or spring break. In each profile, we highlight the most kid-friendly activities and events and let you know what to skip with toddlers or what to see with the teens.

Best Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Events for Westchester Kids

Think shelling out big bucks for a babysitter, staying home, or navigating massive crowds are your only New Year’s options as a parent? Think again! We’ve identified fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve for kids of all ages—from noontime countdowns to later nights for the older set. Read on for some of the ways we’ve identified to ring in the new year, family style.

Our Event Calendar also includes other activities happening on December 31. To stay in the know about all this and much more, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook


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