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Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival is a Family-Friendly Music Festival

Since its inception over 50 years ago, Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival (a.k.a. the Clearwater Festival) has grown from a small nomadic folk gathering into a massive annual environmental celebration. Founded in 1966 by Toshi and Pete Seeger, the Clearwater Festival draws thousands of visitors to the shores of the Hudson River for a family-friendly weekend of music, dance, storytelling, theater, hands-on learning, water activities, arts and environmental education in Croton-on-Hudson's Croton Point Park.

All proceeds from this groundbreaking festival—which made our June GoList—go directly to protecting, preserving and sustaining the river through the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. nonprofit organization. After taking last year off, the 2017 fest is returning June 17-18, and it's a great way to teach kids about protecting our planet while having a lot of fun.

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fireflies, Crepe Party, Ukrainian Festival

It’s a busy time of year, with graduations and other end-of-school culminations. But it’s well worth carving out time to attend the many great events we’ve identified for Westchester families!

One of the highlights of our June GoList, the return of the annual Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival, kicks off this week with performances and other slices of international fun. Whether you’re a Francophile, a budding chef or merely a fan of chocolate and caramel, don your apron for the tasty Crepe Party. Looking for some evening fun? See what A Little Moth Magic can do.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Read on for all our top picks for the week, then head to our Event Calendar for even more great options.

New Playground Alert: Turnure Park in White Plains

There is no shortage of playgrounds and parks in Westchester, and each year our kids love visiting their old favorites for what feels like a new trip down the slide.

Nothing rocks a young kid's world, however, than venturing to see a brand-new playground, in which the paint is still bright and everything remains in perfect working order. J. Harvey Turnure Memorial Park in White Plains recently received a $500,000 facelift, so we enlisted the help of one 6-year-old playground expert to check it out and see if it's a worthy destination for Westchester families.

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Free Things to Do with Westchester Kids this Summer

Summer is finally upon us! But between beach trips, ice cream breaks and outdoor dinners, the cost of a fun day out with the family can get pricey—fast. Fear not: There are tons of free things to do with the kids that will keep them entertained all summer long.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, and you can check our Event Calendar for even more fun activities. Be sure to follow us on Facebook!

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum Opens in Springfield

Just in time for summer vacation and exciting road trips, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opened a few days ago, attracting more than 2,000 visitors to Springfield—the hometown of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, the beloved author whose books and characters are synonymous with childhood. The museum incorporates many neighborhood elements that inspired Geisel and infused his tales, and that’s not surprising since Springfield is rich in culture and history. This summer, consider a trip to the World of Seuss, as well as the other museums and attractions that make this city a super destination for families. 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Fol de Rol County Fair, Greek Food Festival

If it feels like there’s a fair, festival or carnival every week in June, that’s because there is—in fact, often two or three! The good times keep rolling in for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, so brace yourself for another happening weekend.

Soak up assorted fun like pet and car parades at the Annual Fol de Rol County Fair, or savor international flavor at the Greek Food Festival. If you haven’t had enough festivals, add Spring Eco-Fest to your list—but if you have, then switch over to a nature-themed program and learn all about butterflies at Pollination Station or mingle with pixies at Fairy Festival.

This is just a sampling of the varied events we’ve rustled up for you on our Event Calendar—check them all out! Consult our June GoList for highlights for the rest of the month, too. And if you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Dutch Wonderland: A Fairy Tale Amusement Park in Amish Country

If you have a little thrill-seeking kid like I do, Dutch Wonderland might be just the right place to go this summer. This fairy tale-themed amusement park in Pennsylvania's Dutch Country caters toward the small but fearless like my ride-loving toddler.

In spite of the name and location, there isn't much Amish about Dutch Wonderland, aside from a photo opportunity with a horse and buggy statue. If you're in the area for more traditional Amish Country fun, Dutch Wonderland is right nearby all of it, so the amusement park makes a great addition for a trip to Dutch Country. With over 35 rides, attractions, and shows, as well as a 15-acre campground right on site, you can easily fill a whole day here with the kids, or even a long weekend. Read on for our review of this nearby theme park.

Westchester Summer Camps with Availability — Yes, Even Now!

The school year is winding down and kids all over Westchester are rejoicing. As for their parents? Not so much. Sure, there's the silver lining coming of not having to drive to school or argue about homework during the lazy summer months, but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of "What are we going to do today?"—particularly if you already know that what YOU have to do doesn't involve sprinklers or beaches.

We know we should have squared away summer camp for the kids by now. We have the flyers, we've read about the fantastic programs going on—programs that are probably already filled up with kids whose parents got on this weeks ago. But there's no need to panic! We've compiled a list of Westchester summer camps that still have space available as of this publish date.

Retro Summer Fun: Back in Time at Hudson Valley's Drive-In Movie Theaters

Despite some chains’ efforts to spruce up their movie theaters, there is still nothing quite like a drive-in movie experience—a summer tradition for our family. Perhaps it’s nostalgia—or the fact that my 4-year-old can chatter throughout the movie without bothering anyone (except his older brother). Before the show, kids play Frisbee and tag in front of the monstrous theater screen, and since the movies start on the later side (it must be dark, after all), half of them are clad in pajamas.

The Lower Hudson Valley is home to several drive-in theaters—a real treat, as these theaters are rapidly diminishing across the U.S. We've got details on theaters in our area, as well as useful tips for enjoying the drive-in with kids.

Looking for more ways to spend your summer? Take a look at our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Carnivals, Parade, Ferris Wheel Science

With June now here, the school year is winding down and summer fun is picking up for Westchester families!

For starters, the number of carnivals and festivals this week is dizzying. A few were highlighted in our June GoList, such as the Greek Food Festival, which has the added appeal of a feast. Additionally, there’s the Katonah Fire Department Parade and Carnival, a four-day affair that includes a town parade on opening night. Give all this carnival fun a STEAM bent at Ferris Wheel Science, where kids can construct their own model while learning principles of physics.

This is just a sampling of all that awaits you on our Event Calendar. This is updated frequently, so consult this resource for more events to choose from and to stay in the know!

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