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PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero Landing at a Theater Near You

Grab your mask and activate your animal amulets: PJ Masks is coming to a stage near your family this fall, and its stars need your help to save the day.

The latest in a line of TV-to-stage adaptations, the first PJ Masks live theater show stars Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko in a 60-plus North American city tour, including shows near Mommy Poppins readers in Connecticut, New York City, Philadelphia, Texas, and Los Angeles.

CORNucopia at Philipsburg Manor: A-Maize-ing Family Fun

Labor Day weekend ushers in the return of one of our favorite fall festivals, CORNucopia. The annual festival at Philipsburg Manor in the picturesque Sleepy Hollow is filled with all manner of old-fashioned fun set in the 18th century. Not sure about the fun factor at an event devoted to corn? You’ll be a-maize-d!

This year's festival will be held Saturday, September 2,  through Monday, September 4, 2017. My family and I attended last year and can't wait to return. Expect corny—and quality—fun, from music to corn-shucking contests.

Read on to learn from my family's visit and the inside scoop! Be sure to check our our Event Calendar for more ideas, and follow us on Facebook.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Solar Eclipse, Fairs, Community Art

Many families may be heading out of town this week; however, for those choosing to stay close to home, the week ahead is full of fun activities. We’ve culled our top picks for every weekday.

The big national news is the solar eclipse, and we’ve identified numerous ways to make this a memorable occasion for your family, including group viewing parties like the Celebrate the Partial Solar Eclipse. This week also brings the start of two of our August GoList highlights—the Dutchess County Fair and the Otisville Country Fair—both of which are chockfull of midway and country-fair fun.

Read on for more details and be sure to visit our Event Calendar for even more options!

25 Things to Do with Kids in Rye as a Local or a Tourist

While Rye is probably best known for its famous theme park, Playland, this family-friendly destination features excellent community facilities, parks, shops, restaurants and attractions—all within a 45-minute train ride to Manhattan.

It's no wonder that Rye and the Rye Brook village are among the most sought-after areas to live in Westchester. We've gathered a list of our favorite things to do with kids in Rye, both indoors and out. 

Looking for more family fun? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: RibFest, Jewish Festival, Boat Show

There's something for every taste—and every age—this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Celebrate Jewish heritage at the Jewish Music & Arts Heritage Festival, where entertainment, food, amusements for the kiddies and shopping await. Sports fans can get their fill of memorabilia and more at the Baseball Card Show, while future stars can strut their stuff at Kids' Open Mic Night. Interested in nautical history? Check out the Antique & Classic Boats Show. And all ages can feast on the Hudson Valley RibFest, which offers more than just the opportunity to chow down.

Read on for more details and many more options, including assorted live entertainment ahead. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: Our Event Calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week, so check back often!

Zylofone: Music Workshops for Hudson Valley Families with Special Needs

Finding supportive and inspiring arts and development programs for children with special needs isn't always easy. Luckily, families in Orange County and surrounding areas have Zylofone, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing such quality programming and opportunities. This Campbell Hall-based group provides music-centered workshops that promote creativity and growth in both physical and cognitive abilities.

Founded by a single mother who raised twin boys with special needs, Zylofone offers engaging and tailored programming designed to be compassionate, encouraging, educational and fun for students of all ages and their families.

Looking for more creative programming for children in Westchester and the Hudson Valley? Consult our Classes Guide and sign up for our newsletters.

The Solar Eclipse: Getting Kids Psyched and Watching as a Family

What's all too fleeting, potentially a bit hazardous, and absolutely something you need to experience with your kids? We're talking about the solar eclipse on August 21st, of course! For the first time since 1979, parts of North America will be treated to a total solar eclipse—a rare moment when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, temporarily blocking the sun. 

How dramatic the eclipse is will depend on where you are located geographically. People in the states that fall in a diagnonal line from Oregon to South Carolina are in the path of "totality," meaning they'll be exposed to a complete blocking of the sun. The rest of us will see a crescent shape as the moon partially blocks the sun from our view. Nevertheless, scientists and educators nationwide are encouraging everyone to plan to watch this astronomical phenomenon. So we tapped John Aviste, a civil engineer who runs the popular Edge on Science camps in New York and Massachusetts, to help us understand why—and how—families in all of Mommy Poppins' nine regions should witness the eclipse. Whether you've been preparing for this moment for years or are just catching up now, read on for some useful tips—from explaining eclipse science to little ones to ensuring that everyone's peepers stay protected.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Drones, Souptown, Yoga in the Park

Here we are mid-August, and although camp may be over for some, the summer fun continues on!

Unravel the mysteries of why the grown-ups are acting like kids at The Secret Society of Souptown. You’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore when you learn all about drones and how they work, or unwind in nature at Sunset Yoga in the Parks.

Don't stop there! Read on for more of our top picks and head to our Event Calendar for a menu of daily happenings. Our August GoList can help you plan the rest of the month!

Summer Bucket List for Westchester Kids

It’s hard to believe there’s less than a month until school starts. While a part of you—OK, a big part—may be doing silent cartwheels, another part is still seeking the fill the days ahead. Lucky for you, we know how to make the time fly with some amazing activities and family fun.

In honor of these last few weeks, we’ve created a summer bucket list just for Westchester families. See how many of these you can complete while you’re hunting down school supplies.

As always, our Event Calendar is full of even more ideas, and you can sign up for our newsletters to have them delivered straight to your inbox.

Special Campgrounds With Kid-Friendly Extras Near Westchester

"Getting away from it all" and spending time camping in the woods sounds idyllic, but let's face it: Sometimes—especially when kids are involved—you just need something a little extra.

Whether it's a place to do laundry or a game to keep the kids happy, these campsites are all within a reasonable distance and have plenty of amenities and activities. You'll still feel like you're getting away from civilization, but with any luck you won't hear the never-ending cries of "I'm bored!" 

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