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Must See from CES: 8 High-Tech Baby Gadgets on the Way

Even the Jetsons didn’t have baby gear like this. 

CES, the largest technology trade show in the U.S., was held last month in Las Vegas, and there was a ton of futuristic baby gear on display. All of it is meant to make the lives of parents easier, but that doesn’t mean some of it isn’t a little … unusual. 

Whether these gadgets will ultimately be practical remains to be seen (and some of it might have you longing for the days of the Flintstones instead). Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Winter Hoot, Disney Classics

As mentioned in our February GoList, this month is loaded with reasons for festivities for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, and this weekend is no exception. You can celebrate Chinese New Year at the annual Chinese New Year Celebration, and there are numerous ways to celebrate Black History Month. Instead, you might embrace the season at Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon or whoop it up like it’s summertime at the three-day music (and more) festival Winter Hoot

Read on for our top weekend picks, some of which are FREE, then continue on to our Event Calendar for tons of activities every single day. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

On the Way: 2 New Places Westchester Kids Can Swim & Play

Parents looking for places for kids to burn off steam or learn a new sport will be happy to know Westchester has two new businesses on the way: SwimLabs Westchester in Elmsford and Kids in Sports in Scarsdale. Both are franchises of larger chains, and both intend to provide families with new ways to stay active. 

Looking for more places kids can have fun? Check out our Sports Centers, Gyms & Fun Zones Guide and sign up for our newsletters

Where to Celebrate Black History Month with Westchester Kids

February is Black History Month and Westchester is bustling with ways to learn about and celebrate African-American heritage. 

The origin of Black History Month can be traced to back to 1926, when it was founded by Harvard historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now ASALH) as a week-long event. Woodson, who selected February because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, was troubled by the inequality in black education. The event was expanded into a month-long honor in 1976 by President Gerald Ford, and, since then, every U.S. president has issued Black History Month proclamations. (We will see if our new president follows suit.) 

All month long throughout Westchester, you'll find family-friendly ways to learn about and celebrate the contributions of African-Americans throughout our country's history. Below are some of of our favorite Black History Month events, almost all of which are FREE. Read on, and then visit our Event Calendar for other great happenings throughout Westchester this month!

A NASA-Themed Family Vacation at Florida's Kennedy Space Center

More and more kids are looking up to scientists as the heroes they really want to emulate. There’s no better place to revel in the science of space than at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Something between a museum and a theme park all about space exploration, there’s a lot to see and do at this family destination, including the brand-new Heroes and Legends attraction.

The Kennedy Space Center is a must-do for any family interested in science, space and American history.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Animal Superheroes, Into the Woods

Indoor fun abounds all week for Westchester families, as evidenced by our top picks (below) and other events found on our Event Calendar.

Wildlife Superheroes tells of the “super” qualities of animals that explain why some well-known superheroes are inspired by such creatures. Best suited for older kids, the stage production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods - The Musical is a cautionary tale about the dangers of wishes in using fairy-tale characters as messengers. With Cupid on his way, Valentine Candy Making kicks off the season of special events geared towards honoring your special someone.

Beyond all this, we've just launched our February GoList to help you plan the entire month. So grab your calendars and plan away!

February GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

Though February is prone to unsavory weather, the bright side is the many exciting family events happening in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. With celebrations of Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year, the fun is sure to chase away the chill!

Not all the events we’re highlighting this month fall under those themes. With the recent closing of The Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the upcoming performance by the Royal Hanneford Circus takes on added significance. Two iconic events are Hudson River EagleFest, where visitors flock to glimpse the arrival of these majestic birds of prey, and Winter Hoot, a three-day feel-good extravaganza of live music, blacksmithing, square dancing, community jams and more. Several stage performances are specifically geared for kids, like Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve. Though the dead of winter, February comes to life with seasonal fun at Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Read on for the full list of our top picks for February, and remember you'll find many more on our Event Calendar, and lots more on the way. You can rely on this resource when planning the week off from school—and all throughout February. Sign up for our newsletters to stay tuned!

Play & Learn in the Great Outdoors: Nature Summer Camps in Westchester

Westchester is known as New York City’s backyard for good reason--the county boasts about 18,000 acres of parkland and more than 50 natural recreation areas. So if your kid is looking for a summer camp experience that will immerse him in the natural world, Westchester has more options than you can shake a stick at!  

We continue to add to our Summer Camp Guide with a look at four nature-themed camp options in Westchester. These programs offer young naturalists summer days spent studying, exploring and appreciating nature--interacting with animals, hiking and communing with natural world around them. Looking for more camp options? Check out our new Westchester Camp Directory, full of traditional and specialty camp options for kids of all ages, stages and interests. 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Cinderella Ballet, Toy and Train Show

Bring on the culture as we close out January, with assorted enriching activities for Westchester families.

The internationally renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company returns for a Westchester engagement, bringing a Lincoln Center-caliber performance to the ‘burbs. More specifically intended for kids, the production of Cinderella is presented by a non-profit dance company that aims to introduce young audiences to the ballet. The month-long celebrations of Chinese New Year include the FREE Chinese New Year Celebration, including a Lion Dance. To be more hands-on, work with clay at Free Children's Art Workshop Series. For a trip down memory lane (well, maybe Grandpa’s, at least), head to the Toy and Train Show 

Read on for our top picks, and then check out our Event Calendar to see even more options, this weekend and beyond. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

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