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Beauty and the Beast Parent Review: Disney's New Live-Action Feature

Regardless of whether this movie gets raves or pans, if you have a princess-obsessed child in your home chances are you're seeing this movie in the theater—probably opening weekend. So let me get right to the good news: my 11-year-old daughter and I, both fans of the 1991 animated original, quite enjoyed Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. It is, perhaps, overly faithful to the source material. But hey, if it ain't broke, right?

There really was no reason for Disney to reinvent this classic, since the sight of Hermione—er, Belle in her frilly yellow dress will probably catapult this movie to the top of the box office. However, this isn't a soulless brand-expanding cash grab, either. For all of its familiarity, Beauty and the Beast is lovely to look at and listen to, with a smattering of new songs and a fairly subtle injection of progressive politics.

Is it good for preschoolers? Is it worth splurging for IMAX? Be our guest and read on for our honest opinions.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: WHUD Kids' Fair, Parades, Family Shows

With the snowstorm behind us, this weekend is a great time to combat cabin fever and enjoy any of the many activities this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

Though St. Patty’s Day is officially March 17, it isn’t time to pack up your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” garb yet! The fun continues at one several St. Patrick’s Day parades on tap this weekend, including the Annual Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade, for which Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will serve as grand marshal. (Can’t wait till Saturday? There’s assorted other Gaelic fun all week long at the St. Patrick’s Day fun we’ve rounded up for you.)

The Irish aren’t the only ones hosting events this weekend; Francophiles are offering the Festinema Junior: A French Film Festival for Children, which is FREE to attend. Live entertainment is also on tap with Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and a contemporary production of Romeo and Juliet. The Annual WHUD Kids Fair returns for more assorted kid fun. 

Believe it or not, there’s more in store! Read on for even more fun events this weekend, then click through to our Event Calendar for even more to choose from, both this weekend and beyond.

Book-Lover Crawl: 10 Ways Westchester Families can Celebrate Reading

New York City might get all the credit for the best and biggest bookstores, libraries, literary events, and authors, but Westchester is also full of great places to visit and things to do for those who love all things literary. So put your book down for just a minute and check out these 10 family-friendly ideas for book lovers.

Have a budding writer in the family? Check out our list of creative writing classes for Westchester kids.Or sign up for our newsletters to receive more suggestions right in your inbox.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: World Dance, St. Patrick's Day

It’s time for St. Patrick's Day, and while adults have their own festivities, there are plenty of FREE ways for kids to celebrate, plus numerous parades  continuing through the weekend.

The headliner event this week is Russian Seasons Dance - Celebration of World Dance. With some half dozen different styles of international dance performed, you’ll get a sampler of Ukrainian, Argentinian, Irish and other art forms all for the same ticket. STEM programs are thriving, and My Robot Friend promises comic learning, when participants “program” each other to navigate an obstacle course. An art form making a comeback this week is Macrame—sure to appeal to finger knitters and other crafters. There are also ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, both this week and all month long.

Read on for the rest and click through to our Event Calendar for more great activities—many of which are FREE. Our March GoList highlights our top picks for the rest of the month, and you can sign up for our newsletters to get it all in your inbox!

St. Patrick's Day Parades in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

While the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in New York State may be held in Manhattan, Westchester and the Hudson Valley boast sizable marches as well.

Below we’ve rounded up the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day parades in our area, all of which, of course, are FREE. With options ranging from Saturday, March 11, through Sunday, March 19, the holiday becomes a nine-day affair. Read on, wear your green and Erin Go Bragh! 

Looking for St. Paddy's celebrations that extend beyond parades? We have those too

13 Free St. Patrick's Day Activities in Westchester

Looking for ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Plenty of parades are happening throughout the area, but if that’s not your family’s thing, you’re in luck: There are also lots of events that give kids the opportunity to learn, be creative, and have fun—while honoring all things Irish.

Whether your little lads and lassies would love to hear some traditional Celtic music, create their own hanging shamrocks or take part in a “leprechaun yoga” class, we’ve rounded up a baker's dozen of  FREE activities that offer something for everyone. 

Looking for more events, holiday-related and otherwise? Check out our Event Calendar!

Dutchess Daytripping: 15 Things to Do with Kids in Poughkeepsie

Nestled next to the Hudson River, the bustling little city of Poughkeepsie—and the surrounding town with the same name—is packed with family-friendly destinations. This Dutchess County destination is located an hour’s drive from White Plains and about 90 minutes from the George Washington Bridge, and it’s also easily accessible via Metro-North.  

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do in Poughkeepsie, with both indoor and outdoor options to suit any type of day trip.  
 
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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Purim, Frog and Toad, Pinkalicious

Though St. Patrick’s Day is practically a month-long event here in Westchester, things really heat up this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! While some of the holiday parades take place next weekend, most step off this Saturday and Sunday, including one of the largest in the state—the Annual Northern Westchester-Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Revelers can also kick up the heels (or watch others do the same) at the foot- stomping Irish dance production Rhythm in the Night.

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only holiday being celebrated this weekend: Purim festivities abound this weekend, with many very creative ways to celebrate, including inflatable Twister at Purim Carnival.

Maple sugaring is still in peak season—as are the events that celebrate it like Sugarfest, featuring a pancake breakfast and live music—and a surprising number of family performances are scheduled, such as A Year with Frog and Toad.

With so many great activities happening this weekend, we couldn’t include all of them in this roundup, so consult our Event Calendar after reading on for our top picks. Next, head to our March GoList to plan the rest of the month! If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know.

9 Ways to Celebrate Purim in Westchester

It’s almost time for Purim, the carnival-like Jewish holiday that commemorates the Jews being saved by Queen Esther from murderous Haman. Often referred to as the Jewish Halloween, you certainly don’t need to be Jewish to join in on the celebrations.

There are plenty of family-friendly Purim events occurring in Westchester this month, so read to find out the who, what and where.

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