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Girl Power: Where to Celebrate Women’s History Month in Westchester

If the recent women’s marches are any testament, girl power is alive and well, and women and girls across the country are fired up. Perfect timing: March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the many women throughout history who helped break gender barriers and fight for independence, respect and privileges. Westchester families have much to celebrate, and we’ve helped identify ways to do so.

It was in New York that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton launched their movement in support of women’s suffrage around the turn of the 20th century. And whereas the U.S. will celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment in 2020, our own local centennial is happening right now, as New York State granted women the right to vote in 1917.

Various Westchester venues are staging celebrations by showcasing some stellar female role models—from computer programmers to first ladies, educators to survivors (and even a chess champion)—all to honor our predecessors and to inspire younger girls to make their own mark.

Now grab your daughters and sons and head out to any and all of these Women’s History Month programs. These are designed to model strong contributions to society and relentless determination. Visit our Event Calendar for more details and many more ways to inspire your children.

13 Simple Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Do at Home

Crafts for toddlers and preschoolers are best when they require few materials, carry simple instructions, and result in either something adorable or that can be played with later. With that in mind, we've rounded up a dozen of our favorite crafts for little kids. Pin it for your next rainy or snowy day, or just one of those need-something-new-to-do days.

Many of these have a fun seasonal bent, like aluminium foil Easter eggs, or a year-round playful attitude like popsicle-stick monsters and airplanes. All of them are easy enough for little fingers with possibly a quick assist from their grown-up. Kids will exercise newfound fine motor skills and plenty of sensory play.

Find more DIY kid projects in our WeeWorks Guide. Older kids, and even preschoolers, can test out our round-up of 50 Easy Science Experiments, too.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Museums at the Library; E.T., Maple Sugaring

It’s a banner weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, as we’ve identified a smashing array of truly special programming both days.

Cultural and intellectual enrichment abounds. Grab your passports and journey to Peru to celebrate Carnival at Folk Art Series: Andean Carnavales; alternatively, pack your bags for a trip to the warm clime of Puerto Rico, which will be evoked through performance at Rhythms, Songs, & Dances of Puerto Rico with Los Pleneros de la 21. If it takes too long to go museum hopping, visit the museums when they’re all in one place at Museums at the Library Day. To stimulate consciousness and leverage resolve, get your kids involved in healthy choices and possibly even activism at Food Forum.

The maple-sugaring season is now in full swing with numerous tapping experiences scheduled, and one of our favorite ways to tap into the action is the Maple Sugaring Party

Incredibly, most of the programs just mentioned are FREE, and there are many more to be found on our Event Calendar. Also refer to our March GoList for our top picks for the month! 

Cute Catskills Getaway: 13 Things To Do in Sullivan County with Kids

As the temperatures warm up and we shake those winter blues away for good, many of us are itching to plan travel and explore new destinations. Sullivan County, located about 90 minutes from White Plains and two hours from Midtown Manhattan, is an easy weekend getaway that's rife with natural beauty, quaint little towns and oh-so-much family fun. Regardless of the season, there are year-round kid-friendly activities in this rustic Catskills area if you know where to find them. 

Once best known as a popular vacation area for NYC-ers escaping the city in the summer, Sullivan is also the location of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and hippies (and hipsters) still make the pilgrimage to the hollowed grounds in Bethel. We've rounded up a baker's dozen of some of our favorite things to do with kids in the area, whether there's snow on the ground or you're looking to swim.  

Looking for more family-friendly destinations? Consult our Travel Guide and sign up for our newsletters

STEAM/STEM Centers in Westchester: Kids' Classes and Camps

STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is all the rage these days, and with good reason. Job opportunities in many of these fields continue to grow as our world becomes ever more dependent on technology.

Kids may not care about their career prospects just yet, but that doesn't mean they can't have a blast while learning these subjects. The best STEM/STEAM enrichment classes keep fun at the forefront. The science camp my 8-year-old attends each summer, for example, is always one of his favorite weeks during break because it combines hands-on learning with cool games and activities (everyone knows that robots are awesome).

We've rounded up STEM/STEAM programs throughout Westchester County that offer educational and interactive experiences for school-age kids. Looking for more camp ideas? Consult our Summer Camp Guide and sign up for our newsletters.

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

March winds bring not only April showers but also much fun in and around Westchester—so if you’re getting tired of Ol’ Man Winter, don’t despair! In addition to the Spring Equinox and the restoration of daylight at dinner time, there are also fun holidays to look forward to (and the myriad activities associated with them). 

The first half of the month brings maple-sugaring season, allowing families to join naturalists in tapping maple trees as the first step toward creating maple syrup. Some events even include the ultimate step—eating it with pancakes!

This month is also chock full of live entertainment, with performances like Piff the Magic Dragon, and the hands-on Annual WHUD Kids Fair. A provocative event for teens with an appetite for social consciousness is the empowering (and FREE) Food Forum. March is also Women's History Month, and we've rounded up ways to celebrate gutsy and accomplished females locally.

Grab your calendars and read on for our top things to do with kids this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Also be sure to check out our Event Calendar to be up to date on all the great goings-on this month!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Piff the Magic Dragon, Mardi Gras

So many occasions to celebrate for Westchester families as we transition from February to March this week—and so many ways to celebrate them!

The week kicks off with Mardi Gras, and one way to honor the occasion is to make your own Mardi Gras Mask along with other holiday fun. No sooner does March roll in than we turn to Read Across America Day and the celebration of all things Seussian. A good laugh is in store for the performance by Piff the Magic Dragon, made famous as a finalist on America’s Got Talent or for exotic fun, learn some Bollywood-style moves at the Masala Bhangra Dance Class.

After reading on for all this and more, head to our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

7 Mommy and Me Classes You Can Take on the Weekend

Whether you’re interested in music, dance or yoga, Westchester has no shortage of classes you can take with your child. But for working parents—or any parent who’s short on time during the week—it can be tough to find a class that fits your family’s schedule.

The good news: There are a number of classes that meet on the weekends. Here, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite parent/child classes that take place on either Saturday or Sunday.

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Rockin' Jump Ridge Hill: Where Kids can Jump and Climb the Walls

It's beginning to feel a bit more like spring, but that doesn't mean every day will be sunshine and roses (there's still March and its whole lion/lamb thing to endure). When the kids are bouncing off the walls, the best thing to do is bring them somewhere it's encouraged—like an indoor trampoline park!  

We previously told you all about our visit to Mount Kisco’s Rockin’ Jump, and since then another Westchester outpost of this franchise opened at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, near Legoland Discovery Center. We recently hopped on over to the newer—and larger—Rockin’ Jump to size it up.

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: American Girl History, Superhero Night

Winter break may be winding down, but February fun is far from over for Westchester and Hudson Valley families! The weekend before the return to school features plenty of entertaining and enriching activities from which to choose.

A highlight this weekend is the inaugural three-day Aye West African Art Festival, a multicultural extravaganza featuring performances, food, film and more. The pinnacle of the Chinese New Year celebrations we told you about takes place this weekend at Chinese New Year Festival, with acrobats, dance, martial-arts demos and more. Sports fans can enjoy not only spectating but getting in the action at Superhero Night & Kids' Sunday Funday, and entertainment can also be found at the pop-ular show Bubble Trouble, while fans of Downton Abbey can get the early-20th-century dirt at the Historic Mansion Gossip Tour.

Read on for more options to choose from, including where to go maple sugaring, and find even more options on our Event Calendar! If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know.

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