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 rationale for getting out to take advantage of the compelling programs in our area.

Several live shows are worth booking tickets early for, including the toe-tapping performance by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could and the talented antics of The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater.  For low-tech fun, the Annual Puppet Festival returns. For nature immersion (that’s FREE), head to the Hudson River for Winter Wonders Day. And 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 Martin Luther King Day of Service.

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!

New Year's Day: Ways to Kick Off 2017 with Westchester Kids

Whether you plan on spending New Year's Eve at home or out on the town, kids aren't usually sympathetic to late nights, even if they stay up with you. So if the chances of you sleeping in on New Year's Day seem pretty slim, you may be looking for fun ways to spend the day out with your family.

While many venues are closed, there are several fun options, including enjoying a romp at Legoland Discovery Centerhowling with the wolves or catching last-chance holiday displays. Read on for more details on ways to kick off 2017 with kids in Westchester!

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New Year's Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids

The coming weekend is chock full of holiday events for families, and many of those taking place in Westchester have been listed in our roundup of New Year’s Eve activities.

This week’s edition of our weekend roundup takes us beyond Westchester, as it’s a great time to venture to surrounding areas to cast a wider radius. Read on for our top picks, but don’t stop there: Explore the entire tri-state area with the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide to craft the perfect itinerary for your family holiday; just select alternative regions to check out neighboring areas.

Whether you opt for New Year's Eve Family Fun at the Maritime Aquarium, New Year's Eve Concert for Peace, Colonial Music to Bring in the New Year, the First Day Hike and Bonfire, the Annual Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Swim or any of our many, many other highlights, we’re confident that 2017 will be off to a swinging start.

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

Best Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Westchester

Think shelling out big bucks for a babysitter, staying home or navigating through massive crowds, and keeping everyone awake until half-past-meltdown are your only options to ring in the New Year when you’re a parent? Think again! Spend the evening (or, in many cases, the day) with your kids at these family-friendly events, many of which recreate midnight fun around dinnertime, or even as early as noon. The best part? Many of these are inexpensive or even FREE.

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13 Things to Do with Westchester Kids over Winter Break

Yes, the kids have a million new toys to play with, but that doesn’t mean you won’t hear the whines of the newly bored on holiday break. Whether you’re still in the holiday spirit and looking for a special experience, or you just want some low-key fun, we’ve rounded up a baker's dozen suggestions for these days off from school. 

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Hanukkah Fun and Celebrations for Kids in Westchester and Putnam

Followers of the Jewish calendar know that our holidays seem to float from year to year. This winter, in an unusual and somewhat convenient twist of fate, the Jewish Festival of Lights runs December 24, 2016, to January 1, 2017, dovetailing with both Christmas and New Year's Day. No matter how you spell it—Chanukah, Chanuka, Hanukka, Hanukkah—this month spells fun with holiday celebrations throughout Westchester.

We’ve collected some of the most family-friendly activities occurring in Westchester and Putnam counties. For more fun outings this month, be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide and Event Calendar, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook

Christmas and Hanukkah Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids

This weekend we welcome both Christmas and Hanukkah, concurring for one glorious weekend of holiday festivities. The timing works out well, as there are several exciting Hanukkah events happening December 24-25 when public activities are typically scarce.

Our top picks for family outings naturally reflect the convergence of both major holidays. As the Christmas season is coming to a close, now’s a good time for the events that wind things down, like Holiday Tour by Candlelight in an elegant historic home, a fun tour of twinkling lights (and accompanying music) such as North Kensico Christmas Light Show or—my favorite movie--It's a Wonderful Life , an absolute tear-jerker that reminds us of what’s truly important in life.

As Christmas winds down, Hanukkah kicks in, and our favorite related events this weekend are the Chinese-themed Chopsticks Hanukkah (featuring dinner and an acrobat) and the ice-themed Hanukkah on Ice (highlights are skating and ice carving).

As a further resource for this weekend, consult our roundup of 2016 Hanukkah events and our ideas for what to do on Christmas, as well as our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

From all of us at Mommy Poppins, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy Hanukkah!

What To Do on Christmas Day with Westchester Kids

Looking for some Christmas Day fun? You might find yourself searching for a way to spend the afternoon after the presents have been ripped open— or maybe you don't celebrate Christmas and are looking for some fun activities for your kids. No worries, there are a few things to do in Westchester on Christmas Day.

Read on for some ideas for fun around town, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the holiday loop!

FREE Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Candlelight Tours, Holiday Crafting

The excitement is mounting as we enter the final week before Christmas and Hanukkah! If you celebrate either holiday, you’re probably super busy with last-minute preparations. Don’t worry, we’re not recommending any frivolous activities to add to the craziness but rather some possible enhancements to optimize your family's enjoyment of the season.

Several events help prepare for the holidays by having kids create decorations, gifts or greetings. For one, at Teen Crafternoons participants will use cornstarch to create beautiful molded ornaments. We’ve also identified programs that promote holiday serenity, with an escape from the modern-day commercial trappings that often consume us to see old-fashioned Christmas charm at Holiday Tour by Candlelight (and remind your kids that children used to be lucky to get an orange in their stocking!). And though the recent weather bears no relation to fall, in fact winter begins this week, and Winter Solstice Celebration lends cheer to the shortest day of the year.

There are more options to choose from, including for those who don’t celebrate Christmas, so read on and visit our Event Calendar for ideas. Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletters to ensure you receive our upcoming weekend roundup, which will highlight what to do December 24-25!

11 Winter School Break Camps for Kids in Westchester

December is a busy month full of holiday festivities, including live shows, Santa sightings, shopping and more. Before you know it, the holiday break is upon us and you may find yourself wondering how to keep the kids entertained while off from school.

As much as kids love the break, we know how quickly they can become stir-crazy sitting around at home, even during the holidays. No worries—we've rounded up a ton of places that will keep your wee (and not so wee) ones busy and entertained. These drop-off camps include art, sports, games and other activities for kids of all ages. 


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