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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: 3D Snowflakes, Star Wars Marathon, Holiday Jeopardy, Dec. 14-18

There seem to be two main topics on the minds of Westchester families this week: the holidays and Episode VII.

Gear up for the big premiere of the new Star Wars film with a marathon of the first six installments. This takes place in the midst of the holiday hubbub, which includes performances, crafting and other holiday fun. For a lively change of pace, remember to pose answers in the form of a question at Holiday Jeopardy or add depth to your wintry crafting at 3D Paper Snowflakes

These are just a few of our many finds. For more, read on—then visit our Event Calendar for numerous events happening every day of the week! 

Best Allergen-Friendly Bakeries in Westchester

While the words gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and dairy-free and have long been associated with below-average offerings, this list proves safe-for-everyone snacks don't have to be tasteless. Whether it’s you, your little ones or last-minute house guests, feel free to indulge in allergen-conscious treats from these dietary-restriction-friendly bakers. After all, the simple pleasure of a baked cookie or cupcake should be enjoyed by everyone.

Here are six Westchester bakeries that will cater to your allergies and food preferences, doctor-recommended or not. Check out our Restaurant Guide for more kid-friendly places to eat, and sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay up to date for all things family-friendly in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley. 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Chanukah, Christmas on the Farm, Winter Wildflowers, Dec. 12-13

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Chanukah, as evidenced by the abundance of holiday happenings in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

The recurring holiday events taking place throughout the month are now supplemented with a fresh batch of holiday fanfare, including Dickens' Christmas Carol and a new holiday musical: Pageant. For a nature-themed holiday excursion, there’s Christmas on the Farm, as well as the chance to get crafty with your centerpiece at Winter Wildflower Arrangements. There are also several Hanukkah events rounding out the weekend.

Read on for our top picks—then be sure to consult our Event Calendar for the full panoply of options! Don’t forget to check out our Holiday Fun Guide to plan the remaining days of the holiday season, including the best places to visit Santa in Westchester.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Chanukah Fun, Christmas Shows, Holiday Party, Dec. 7-11

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we at Mommy Poppins have been scouring all the great holiday events for Westchester families to bring you the best of the best. Below are our top picks for the coming week.

There are numerous Chanukah events to choose from, such as Light the Chanukah Lights, as well as assorted Christmas activities, including theatrical events like Christmas with the Celts and the Community Holiday Musical "Pageant."

In addition to our top picks, there are other options to choose from (both holiday-themed and otherwise) on our Event Calendar, and our December GoList showcases our top picks for the rest of the month! 

Free Holiday Craft Workshops for Kids in Westchester

One of the greatest hallmarks of the holiday season is the personal touch we can create. This month, a number of workshops are being offered throughout Westchester that help children create their own handmade treasures—all of which are FREE (as an added gift!).

Read on for some nifty ways for kids and their grown-ups to get crafty this holiday season. And be sure to check our December GoList and our Event Calendar for even more ways to enjoy the holidays with kids!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Hanukkah, Winterfest, Santa’s Workshop, Dec. 5-6

This weekend marks the beginning of Hanukkah and continues our travels through the holiday season toward Christmas. Our top picks for Westchester and Hudson Valley families are celebrations of this season.

Many towns and villages come alive with holiday tree-lighting celebrations, such as Tuckahoe's Winterfest. The appeal of period charm enhances several events at historic sites, including the St. Nicholas Day Celebration, and a multicultural spin is offered at Newpoli: A Traditional Italian Christmas. For more rousing holiday fun, take in A West Point Holiday, while options for Hanukkah fun include Lights on Ice Chanukah Celebration.

Read on for further details, visit our December GoList for our top picks of the month, and be sure to consult our Event Calendar, which is bursting with fun events every day of the week! 

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Holiday Shows, Ceremonies and Activities, Nov. 30-Dec. 4

As we segue from November to December, the number of events for Westchester families ratchets up a notch. Fun holiday events are piling on, including holiday performances such as David Benoit’s Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown, Hanukkah celebrations like Chanukah Fun House and Gift Shop and tree-lighting ceremonies like the Bronxville Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting (which includes a caroling procession to the grand opening of Santa’s Workshop).

Read on for our top picks for each weekday and visit our Event Calendar for even more options. In addition to planning the coming week, take a glimpse at our December GoList to get a heads-up on the whole month so you can strategize about how to take in all the holiday grandeur! 

Holiday Volunteering for Westchester Families

The holiday season is a great time to give your time and talents to worthy causes, and there's no shortage of ways to help out around Westchester. So whether you volunteer regularly or are just looking into it for the first time, we've got more ideas for getting your family involved in volunteering. All opportunities listed here welcome kids and teens, and this might be just the time to start a new family tradition!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Thanksgiving, Mooseltoe the Musical, Turkey Trot, Nov. 23-27

It’s Thanksgiving week, and there’s still no shortage of activities for Westchester families. We’ve rounded up our top picks for pre-holiday, post-holiday and even on the holiday!

Prepare to enhance your Thanksgiving décor at Harvest Craft, burn off that stuffing at Turkey Trot for a Healthy Heart and decompress after the feast at Mooseltoe—the first of our kid-friendly holiday productions.

Read on for more info and for our other top picks—and don’t forget to consult our Event Calendar for additional options and to plan beyond the coming week.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving from all of us at Mommy Poppins!

Best Places for Kids' Cooking and Baking Parties in Westchester

Could your kid be the next Food Network star? If only they had proper instruction! Throwing your little one a cooking- or baking-themed birthday party is a great way to introduce him or her (and guests) to kitchen basics. Best yet, you don’t have to deal with the messy aftermath of pots and pans. From decorating cupcakes to crafting quesadillas, here are the best places in Westchester that can give them the skills to be Top Chefs for their birthdays. 

Don’t forget to consult our Kids’ Party Planner Guide for additional party ideas, and sign up for our FREE newsletter!

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