Sell-Out Alert! Victorian Valentine's Day Tea is Free Fun for Westchester Kids

It might seem early to talk to about Valentine's Day, but given the popularity of the Victorian Valentine Tea at the Horace Greeley House in Chappaqua, you'll be glad to have the heads-up to reserve your child's spot. We attended this annual event in the past and were wowed for many reasons—including that it's free!

Read on for our review and be sure to sign up for our newsletters for more awesome events heading your way! Also consult our Event Calendar to plan ahead.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Three Kings Day, Winter Wonders

If you feel the need to chill out after the rush of the holiday hullaballoo, January is a great time for turning down the excitement a notch—but there’s still no shortage of fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

Speaking of "chill out": With the temperatures set to continue at these crazy lows, we’re focusing primarily on indoor activities. We’re also big fans of free programs, especially on the heels of December’s typical expenses. On that note, the free Winter Wonders Day takes place along the Hudson River so participants can learn about the life that inhabits it and enjoy related activitiesIf you’re up for braving the cold, bundle up to investigate at Nature CSI.

If one of your 2018 resolutions is cultural enrichment, Three Kings Day Celebration features traditional performance and cuisine, while new talents might be discovered at Open House and Free Arts Day. For an alternative cinematic experience, try the 19th annual Annual Animation Show of Shows, with selections from around the world. 

Read on for all this and more, then head to our Event Calendar and our newly published January GoList to plan ahead!

40 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids

Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled.

Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do at home on a snow day, from baking projects (cake in a mug) to cool crafts (homemade puff paint) and fun games (indoor snowball fight or DIY obstacle course). We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!

Find more crafts, recipes, and at-home projects and games in our Boredom Busters Activities Guide.

Vienna with Kids: 33 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do In Austria's Capital

Exploring the great cities of Europe with children in tow may sound more complicated than it's worth—except that it's really worth it. And speaking of great cities of Europe, there is none greater than Vienna. Once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the Central European capital packs in museums, palaces, and epic landmarks the way Mary Poppins packs surprises in her carpetbag. Vienna is a feast for the eyes, with a feast for the belly waiting at every corner, too. I'll take Vienna over Paris every time.

But kids? What's there for them, amidst all of these old buildings? If you dread dragging little ones on cultural tours, but long for a bit of culture yourself, check out Vienna. In summer, the city has an astonishing number of kids' activities, well organized in the city's Ferienspiel plan listing free and cheap kids' activities all over town. In winter, holiday themed activities turn Vienna into a twinkling, often snowy, wonderland.

Coding for Kids: Free Websites That Teach Kids Programming

As technology dominates our lives, learning basic computer programming isn't just a smart idea, it's an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike.

Learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways. There are a number of FREE websites that teach children how to play around with code. We've rounded up a dozen of our favorites. 

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Our Best Family Travel Destinations of 2017: Beaches, Resorts, Attractions

Family destinations really upped their game in 2017. We saw amazing new attractions at some of our favorite amusement parks, the opening of the largest indoor water park in the US, and the opening of the brand new Dr. Seuss Museum. LEGOLAND's new Beach Resort is so awesome it went right into our list of mind-blowing kid-friendly hotels, and technology brought us a whole new way to go camping. Our writers have been busy checking them all out and sharing insider tips. Speaking of insiders, our new Disney experts gave us the scoop on visiting California's Disneyland with a baby or without

Read on for our top travel reviews of family-friendly resorts and beaches, great citiestheme parks, and attractions of 2017. Want more family travel inspiration? Read our top travel spots of 2014 and 2015 or check out our Family Travel Guide

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 and taking advantage of the compelling programs in our area. Many are even free!

Several live shows are worth booking tickets early for, among them Skatetacular, which combines ice skating and theater.  For outdoor fun that embraces the season, bundle up for the Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. And even if you hadn’t previously thought to hone your rapping technique, how could you resist a workshop led by the first hip-hop ambassador to the U.S. State Department at Freestyle Poetry Workshop with Toni Blackman (which is free, to boot). 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 2018 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. Below we’ve added a couple alternatives close to Westchester, like the Harry Potter Yule Ball.

Whether you opt for joining a New Year’s Countdown to Noon, shooting hoops with the Harlem Globetrotters, or Partying with the Animals, we’re confident that 2018 will be off to a swinging start.

Be sure to consult the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide to craft the perfect itinerary for your family holiday.

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

What to Do on New Year's Eve with Westchester Kids

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! We’ve identified fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve during daylight hours. We’ve even thrown in a couple free, late-night options for older kids.

Our Event Calendar also includes other activities happening on December 31, as well as free New Year’s celebrations for kids the last few days of December. To stay in the know, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook


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