Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mother's Day Gifts, Big Trucks

May is here, and with it comes one of our favorite holidays: Mother’s Day! The week ahead is chock full of ways to help gear up for The Big Day, and we have ideas for kids to give moms the recognition they deserve!

Don’t have a Mother’s Day gift yet? There are several craft programs for kids to make a card or gift for a special someone—things you'll actually treasure, not stick in a drawer! One such highlight is Succulent Mother's Day Craft. (Additionally, we've done some homework on your behalf and have rounded up weekend ways to honor moms.) But Mother’s Day activities aren’t all that’s in store: Climb aboard Big Truck Day or watch the Trisha Brown Dance Company and other troupes perform live at Dance Off the Grid (bring Mom!), to name just a few.

There are many more events to choose from on our Event Calendar, but also be sure to consult our May GoList for our top picks for the entire month. Read on to get the lowdown!

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! 

We Ate Meal Kits for A Month – Here's What We Learned

I tried every meal kit, and it wasn't at all what I expected.

I am a meal planning fanatic (yes, spreadsheets and all). So I was curious to try out the new trend of meal kit delivery services to see if they really make family dinnertime with kids easier. And because I’m completely compulsive, I signed up for every single meal kit option out there, so that my family ate only meal kits for five weeks. Want to know how it went? 

After cooking dozens of meal kits, here’s my obsessive, totally non-sponsored rundown of the best and worst. If I didn’t answer your question here, feel free to check out my meal kit review videos on Facebook and leave a question there. 

10 Tips for Last Minute Yellowstone National Park Accommodations

The word is that if you want to visit the popular national parks like Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon you have to plan a year in advance because the accommodations get booked up.

When we decided to take a last minute cross country drive last summer, I thought we might have to skip Yellowstone. In a panic, I started looking into how to get accommodations about a week before our arrival. Sure enough, all the rooms were booked for the two nights we wanted to stay in the park. But, in the end, it all worked out and we had an amazing stay. It was definitely worth it. Read on for my best tips for booking last minute accommodations at Yellowstone and other national parks.

20 Things To Do for Mother's Day in Westchester that Aren't Brunch

It’s almost time to celebrate Mom! While we love nothing more than a great Mother's Day brunch (in fact, there are a lots of kid-friendly area restaurants to try), there’s something to be said about honoring her a little differently this year.

So whether you’re trying to avoid a mid-meal meltdown courtesy of your toddler—or just looking to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather—we rounded up 20 things to do this Mother’s Day that don’t require restaurant reservations.

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Sesame Place: An Amusement Park for Every Preschooler's Must-Do List

Whether you grew up watching it, or you're just watching it with your kids now, Sesame Street is truly something special to share with little ones. Sesame Place, the theme park in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is no different!

The amusement park and water park offers rides, slides, parades, shows, plenty of meet-and-greets with your favorite Sesame characters, including Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby—and yes, a dose of nostalgia for us parents. We've visited several times, including a return trip for opening day in 2017. Read on for our review and top tips for attending with toddlers and even bigger kids in tow. 

As you plan your summer getaways, don't forget to check out our guide to the best amusement and water parks across the country.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Kite & Cherry Blossom Festivals, Hello Kitty Cafe

Spring fun continues for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with loads of great outings.

Numerous opportunities for cultural enrichment return, such as the multi-venue Yonkers Arts Weekend, featuring a veritable smorgasbord of assorted arts opportunities. Coincidentally, Yonkers will also be the host of a pop-up Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, where young (and older) devotees can delight in charming treats that are also a feast for the eyes.

One of several ways we’ve identified to view Japanese cherry blossoms locally is at the multi-faceted White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival, which, beyond flowers, is rich with Japanese culture. Mexico is also on our itinerary, as Cinco de Mayo is being celebrated with a rousing block party.

There's also the opening of the Hudson Valley Fair, and with it comes the dog-riding monkeys and other outrageous acts that the fair is known for.

We've rounded up our top picks for family outings this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, below. If you're looking for even more options, check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!

Mother's Day Brunch: 10 Places to Celebrate Mom in Lower Westchester

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it's the one day a year we're mandated to celebrate all things Mom. Whether you're honoring your mother, grandmother, aunt or sister, one of the most popular ways to appreciate the special woman in your life is to treat her to brunch.

Westchester offers a variety of great restaurants featuring Mother’s Day brunch, and we've rounded up some of our top picks for those in Lower Westchester. Many places require reservations, and we suggest hurrying—we had to strike one annual standby from this year's list because it had already sold out. 

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Shopkins Live! Brings Your Kids' Favorite Toy Collectible to the Stage

A new children’s musical featuring Shopkins, the tiny plastic grocery and household-themed collectibles with names such as Milk Bud, Choc Chips, and Heels, opens in September.

Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! kicks off its national tour in Buffalo, New York on September 14, stopping in more than 75 U.S. cities, including Mommy Poppins regions such as Boston, Long Island, Connecticut, Westchester, across New Jersey, Philadelphia, Houston, and the Los Angeles area.

The Best Local Ice Cream Shops in Westchester

Summer's in full swing! We hope you're surviving this heat wave and are having fun making your way around town, checking out all the great things to do in Westchester. While you're out and about, one must-have piece of knowledge is where to find some frozen goodness.

Sure you can hit up some of the big chains or ice cream trucks, but there's just something about a good old-fashioned neighborhood ice cream shop. We're lucky to have lots of great spots, so ride out the summer days and stay cool at one of Westchester's local shops.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: May the 4th Be with You, Cinco de Mayo

Spring is here, and it’s time to get out and enjoy the motley assortment of family activities that lie ahead for Westchester families.

Our top picks for this week happen to all fall under the theme of multiculturalism. You’ll journey around the world (and beyond it!) without ever having to leave Westchester. Venture to the Far East at the Japanese Children’s Day Celebration or to the Middle East at Israel @ 69. For interplanetary fun, take your pick of the many Star Wars-themed events called May the Fourth Be With You (get it?).

What’s more: All of our top picks this week are FREE! These and many more freebies can be found on our Event Calendar, but also be sure to consult our May GoList for our top picks for the entire month. Read on for the inside scoop!

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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