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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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Fireman's Carnival, Family Campout, Renaissance Kids

Here’s hoping you’re staying in town this weekend, ’cause there’s plenty for families to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

For one, it’s a great time to visit the New York Renaissance Faire, as there are perks for kids—including free admission and a costume contest! The South Salem Fire Department's Carnival is in town, featuring rides, games and food. Watch and mingle with artists performing their crafts at Artists on the Street or do some family bonding at the Overnight Family Campout. For stage entertainment, get your giggles on at Mr. Pennygraff’s Cirkus Sideshow Spectacle.  

Read on for more details on our top weekend picks—many of which are FREE. Planning the rest of the summer? Check out our August GoList for our top picks for the month. And remember to check out the extensive weekday and weekend events we've captured in our Event Calendar!

Slide the City's Massive Water Slide is Coming to Mt. Vernon

Slide the City, the giant town-hopping water slide for kids and adults, arrived in Goshen over the weekend, and we were there bright and early to check it out. This inflatable slip-and-slide is scheduled to stop in Mt. Vernon on Saturday, August 26, and we have everything you need to know ahead of time.

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Carnival, Circus Fun, STEM

With so many fun happenings to choose from this week, Westchester families have loads of fun in store!

The annual South Salem Fire Department's Carnival returns for a four-day stint, to be kicked off by a festive parade. FanCon celebrates anime, comics and sci-fi with a multi-faceted party. For more heady stimulation, STEM fans can get their mid-summer chemistry fix at Elastic Plastics

There's much more where that came from, so check out our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide and view our August GoList to plan the rest of the month!

Take the Kids Back in Time at the New York Renaissance Faire

The New York Renaissance Faire descends on Sterling Forest once again this August and September, an annual festival that transforms the state park in Tuxedo into a 16th century village complete with period costumes, music, theater and crafts.

The massive 65-acre "Renn Faire," as locals call it, has been taking place since 1977, and it kicks off again on Saturday, August 5, 2017. This year is the festival's 40th anniversary, and we have the scoop on what's new for 2017. Read on for details on what to see there with the kids, tickets discounts, and more.

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Renaissance Faire, Slide the City, Sand Castles

You'll feel like you've traveled the globe and back in time after attending the events on tap this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

For starters, the beloved New York Renaissance Faire returns this weekend, which is a must-do if you’ve never donned your Elizabethan garb and watched jousting with a turkey leg in hand. Also on the global itinerary are the annual Native American Heritage Celebration and the Indian Heritage Festival

Nothing says summer like a Sand Castle Competition (got what it takes?) and while you’ve got your bathing suits on, partake in more brazen fun at Slide the City.

Read on for more details on our top weekend picks and be sure to click through for full details. Making plans weeks in advance? Check out our newly posted August GoList for our best bets throughout the month. And remember to check out the myriad weekday and weekend events captured in our Event Calendar—there's no shortage of fun things to do all summer long! 

Crayola Experience Pennsylvania: A Day Trip for Doodlers

Save $5 on admission to Crayola Experience! See this deal and others on our local deals page.  

There are few sights more satisfying than a quietly coloring, fully focused child. Entering the four-story Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania, does not exactly replicate that peaceful scenario (it's busy with excited families!), but there’s no doubt that it’s a kid doodler’s paradise.

Part creators’ studio, part indoor playground, this 65,000-square-foot kid entertainment center is bedecked in bold primary colors with smiling crayons beaming at you from every corner. It offers more than two dozen art-making stations using the full spectrum of Crayola materials—paints, clay, markers and yes, crayons—as well as more active entertainment like a multilevel play, bounce and climbing structure, toddler section, a water table with boats, and a “Cool Moves” dance-like crayon-themed game.

It debuts a brand-new attraction, Adventure Lab, with an immersive and interactive quest-style game. Read on for the full Mommy Poppins review, and find more day trips and hot kid destinations in our U.S. Travel Guide for Families.

(Do) Fence Me In: 6 Great Playgrounds for Toddlers in Westchester

There are lots of great parks and playgrounds in Westchester, no matter which city or town you live in. But finding a playground that’s suitable for the under-5 set can sometimes be a challenge: You want them to be safe—and they want to try that giant, twisty slide with a group of wild 7-year-olds on it.

No need to worry. Turns out there are a number of toddler-friendly playgrounds throughout the area, with plenty to do to keep them occupied and having fun. We've rounded up a few of our favorites.

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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Harry Potter Party, African Drumming

August already?? If you’re like me and panic is setting in because you swore you would pack your family’s summer with fun, continue to rely on Mommy Poppins to help make the most of the month!

The week ahead has a motley assortment of activities. Give your kids a history lesson with instruction in life before electronics at From a Child's Perspective, where they can tour a historical home, try on period fashion and play games that occupied kids centuries ago. A couple live performances (both of which are FREE) include Afro-Peruvian percussion at Arts in the Amphitheater: Music Nights. Or put on your party shoes and bring your magic wand to the Harry Potter Party.

There are also hands-on activities and assorted indoor/outdoor fun happening all week. Don’t miss any of it! Read on and consult our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide for lots more.

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

It's hard to believe August is here already! While this is a big month for travel, there are tons of things to do right here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Travel back to Elizabethan England at the New York Renaissance Faire or experience military life during the American Revolution at Military Reenactment Day. There are also several fairs and festivals to enjoy, including the Native American Celebration of the Hudson Valley and the Dutchess County Fair. For unadulterated fun, abandon self-restraint at the Muddy Puddles Mess Fest.

Be sure to lean on Mommy Poppins to plan your staycation and all of August! Read on for our top picks for the month and consult our Event Calendar for even more options. Additional events are added frequently, so sign up for our weekly newsletters and like us on Facebook


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