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Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Winter Break Fun, Mardi Gras, The Wright Stuff and More, February 16-20

It’s Winter Break, when schools are closed, temperatures are low and parents need ways to keep kids busy (without spending a fortune). Well, you’ve come to the right place—we’ve scouted around Westchester for the best ways to engage your kids—and most of our best bets are FREE!

Your kids will have so much fun at Mardi Gras in Montrose, The Wright Stuff: Air Inventions & Explorations and Sprouting Seeds Workshop they won’t even realize they’re learning during school vacation! But that’s not all—read on for our top pick for each weekday, then visit our Events Calendar, which is extra jam-packed with activities throughout the entire winter break. Also check out our list of February Break art camps for alternative options.

So bundle up and head on out to as many of these events as you can get to. And if you haven't already, be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay up-to-date on the latest news, events and activities throughout Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Coding Club, Teen Yoga, Valentine’s Day and More, February 9-13

It’s a busy month for local venues in Westchester, with lots of events happening—and not just on weekends! Below, we bring you our weekly installment of our top pick for each weekday. 

This week, many of our favorites happen to be geared towards teens—like Coding Club, Teen Yoga and Heart-Shaped Baskets: Teen Valentine--but click through to our Events Calendar for daily picks for the younger set as well. There you’ll find a variety of activities, including Valentine Crafts for Kids, Miss Kat’s Crazy Winter Fun Days, Toddler Movie Morning and more.

As an added perk, all our top picks for this week are FREE! Read on, click through and check them out.

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Mostly Free and Fun Things to Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Hudson River Eaglefest, Cultural Events, Performances and More, Feb. 7-8

The winter is famous for canceled flights and disrupted travel—but your family can take a trip around the world without ever leaving Westchester or the Hudson Valley by joining up with the various cultural events happening right here this weekend! Two big events are the Chinese New Year Festival and Black History Month Celebration. For Native American culture, there’s Family Day or try the Haitian Drum and Dance: Performance and Workshop. Also see our Chinese New Year roundup for even more great events that celebrate this holiday.

The curtain rises on a couple promising performances--Charlotte's Web  and Musical Adventures Concert Series--plus more are coming up soon, as you’ll see in our list of kid-friendly productions.

Nature lovers will love the multi-site Hudson River Eaglefest, parents can think warm thoughts at the Annual Westchester Camp & Activities Fair and families can participate in the burgeoning national movement called Take Your Child to the Library Day.

Be sure to consult our February Go List for our top picks for the month and our Event Calendar for tons of activities every single day!

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Parent Movie Review

Taking my son to Paramount Studios on a school night to see the new SpongeBob movie is one of those little treats I enjoy being able to dole out as an LA parent. I knew I was scoring some high quality Mom Points, and I was not remotely surprised that my 11-year-old loved the film. What did surprise me was that I really enjoyed it, too! And I'll be brutally honest: I don't think I've ever uttered the name SpongeBob without making some kind of pained facial expression. I have a dad friend who has tried tirelessly to convert me to the Square Pants team, even citing parallels to Commedia dell'Arte, but the best I've ever managed is a polite smile. So with THAT context and background, it means a lot when I tell you that I really enjoyed The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Is it your family's cup of sea? I'll try to give you just enough info to help you decide, without spoiling any of the guffaws.

Places to Play in Cold Spring: Where Kids and Families Can Play and Learn

In January, we highlighted the village of Cold Spring including the area's top attractions and some suggestions on where to eat. Now we'll wrap up our tour of this cozy village with a look at the best places for kids young and old to play and learn.

Whether you're looking for quiet indoor activities or death-defying outdoor adventures, there's something for everyone--most within easy walking distance of the village's MTA station. 

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Victorian Valentine Tea, SAT vs. ACT, Happy for History and More, February 2-6

Though February is a short month, a lot of big holidays and occasions are packed in it, as you’ll see when you view our Events Calendar.

Love is in the air this week in Westchester, with several of our top event picks highlighting Valentine’s Day events--like Light-Up Origami Heart and Victorian Valentine Tea. But because we like variety, we’re also showcasing events with a different focus, like Presidents Day prep at Happy About History, among others. As an added perk, all of these are FREE!

Keep in mind that the events below are just some of our favorites—there are lots more, so don’t stop there! Read on, click through and check them out!

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Mostly Free and Fun Things to Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Super Bowl Cooking, Frozen Party, Chess Tournament and More, Jan. 31-Feb. 1

If your family has cabin fever from snow days, don’t despair--we’ve assembled our top picks for the coming weekend in Westchester to help get everyone out of the house and back in action.

In light of this being Super Bowl weekend, we’re excited about the special edition of Let's Cook Together!, where little kids and their big grown-ups can jointly prepare a festive Bowl-worthy meal. Also on the sports theme is We Got Game: Sports on Film, with a topic you’ll probably recall from when it garnered considerable media attention--and debate.

Need a little mental stimulation after the abbreviated school week? There’s the Annual Chess Tournament, a history lesson at Old-Time Carpentry and nature study at Marvelous Moths: Grand Opening Weekend.

If you’re feeling like you just want to kick back and be entertained, try the much-lauded B.Y.O.K. (Bring Your Own Kids) Concert Series: Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights or Free Concert: Yonkers Philharmonic. For more interactive entertainment, there’s Danceworks for Children.

Finally, you’re sure to be a hero when you take your child to the Frozen Party--which is FREE!

Check out our Event Calendar for even more great activities, as well as our roundup of the best places to go sledding in Westchester. Read on for details about this weekend's top picks.

The Best Places to Go Sledding in Westchester with Kids

The snow season is upon us and while you may be considering the practical aspects of snow fall like shoveling, commuting changes and other (hopefully minor) disruptions and annoyances, kids see powdery snow blanketing the yards, sidewalks and cars and all they can think of is...SNOW DAY! And while you may be tempted to stay indoors, your little ones probably can't wait to head outdoors. 

Once they've tired of building snowmen, making snow angels and having a good old fashioned snowball fight, they'll likely want to go sledding. No worries, we've rounded up the most popular sledding destinations across the county, along with some helpful tips for keeping little ones safe while they sled. 

Be sure to check our Winter Fun Guide and Indoor Activity Guide for more ideas to keep kids busy this winter. Our Events Calendar is also full of kid-friendly events and activities happening around town.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Teen Super Bowl Party, Camp Fair, Frogs and More, January 26-30

If the recent weather kept you home, get back in your groove at any of the many great indoor programs happening this week in Westchester! We’ve culled our top picks for you, but it was really hard to choose--there are a lot of noteworthy things scheduled, so be sure to comb through them on our Events Calendar after reading the ones we’ve highlighted below.

In addition to international flavor with Taste of Korea, getting hands on with Fascinating Frogs and a jumpstart on summer with the Yorktown Camp Fair, our calendar also includes open mic night for kids, square dancing, a 50th anniversary event for Dr. Who and more! As always, most of these events are FREE!

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Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Cold Spring: Top Picks for Family Dining & Dessert

We continue our month-long coverage of Cold Spring with a look at restaurants and other eateries. Though Cold Spring is small, there's a reliable cadre of restaurants to choose from, most of which are on Main Street and all of which are within walking distance of the MetroNorth station. Outdoor seating is a staple.

You won't find changing tables in the bathrooms or kids-eat-free deals, but the places we've highlighted are all welcoming of children and very laid back. For those craving sweets, your best bet is ice cream, but be forewarned, there are several excellent spots for that, so you'll have to try them all! 

Read on for our top picks for dining with families in Cold Spring. Also, be sure to check out our Winter Fun Guide and Indoor Activity Guide for ideas to keep kids busy all season long. And if you haven't already, sign up for our FREE newsletters to have our latest content delivered right to your inbox. 

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