Fall Treats: Best Apple Cider Doughnuts in Lower Hudson Valley

What’s one of the best parts of apple picking in the Lower Hudson Valley? Apple cider doughnuts. Whether you like them cakey or fluffy, sugary or plain, we dare you to find a better seasonal treat than a warm cider doughnut directly out of the fryer. We’re not sure there’s such a thing as a bad cider doughnut, but we’ve selected some of our extra-special favorites in the area. Be sure to check out our choices for the best places for fruit picking in Westchester and in Orange and Dutchess, as well as our Fall Festival Guide!

He Named Me Malala, Parent Movie Review: Is It OK for Kids?

He Named Me Malala opens this week, and some of our older kids are going to want to see it. Malala Yousafzai is kind of like this generation’s Anne Frank: an articulate, wise-beyond-her-years teenage girl who remains optimistic about our world’s prospects for peace despite her own encounter with unspeakable evil. Malala is a child, but her story is not necessarily for children. I wanted to check it out before taking my own kids.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Halloween, Applefest, Children’s Book Festival, Oct. 3-4

With October comes the beginning of the Halloween season, and all the associated festivals, spectacles, parades and haunted houses throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley. We’ve populated our Event Calendar with a ton of these festivities (as well as a variety of non-Halloween events for when you crave diversity), so take a peek and plan ahead. Stay tuned, because much more is coming!

The Rivertowns, strongly associated with Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” go all out for Halloween, with month-long events that start this weekend like The Great Jack O Lantern Blaze (which is already sold out for this weekend) and The Legend Behind the 'Legend', as well as haunted happenings for older kids like Scared by the Sound.

For some non-Halloween happenings, catch Warwick Applefest, the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival or the Annual Horse Show and Country Fair, to name a few. Also consult our guide for scenic autumn drives to savor the splendor of the season.

Read on for our top weekend picks, but be sure to also check our Event Calendar and October GoList for more family fun this weekend and beyond!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Day of Beauty, Silent Films, Art Overlay, Sept. 28-Oct. 2

While weekends in fall are teeming with large-scale seasonal events in Westchester, mid-week is a great time for a lower-key activity for families. This week’s highlights center around stimulating workshops and fun film experiences, including Day of Beauty, where participants make their own bath potions; Art Overlay, a creative project in the Matisse style; and Silent Film Double Feature, featuring live musical accompaniment (as was done when they were first shown).

Read on for more details and more options—then be sure to consult the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar for today, tomorrow or this month's best activities!

Taking an International Flight With Your Toddler: 20 Things to Bring

A family vacation may sound idyllic, but once travel plans involve crossing oceans and international borders, bringing a two-year-old with you may make the hassles of travel feel even more daunting. What do you need to bring in your carry-on to make a ten or twenty hour flight with a toddler bearable?

We recently took our two-year-old to Kenya to spend some time with his grandparents who live on the Mombasa coast. In the course of three flights and twenty-seven hours in transit, we learned a lot about how to prepare for the next trip. While in-flight entertainment or kids shows streaming through the Wi-Fi will help pass the time, toddlers have a short attention span. We planned to switch activities every 20 minutes. Here are 20 things to keep a kid entertained, plus supplies to get through the literal and figurative turbulence.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Yo-Yo Ma, Trucks and Helicopters, Free Museums, Sep. 26-27

With so many fantastic family programs occurring this time of year in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, we at Mommy Poppins have been extra busy culling it all together for our readers. In addition to several fall festivals this weekend (Garlic Festival, anyone?), there’s an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind happenings.

The arts are alive in Westchester, with a performance by Yo-Yo Ma and the chance to hop aboard the “Culture Trolley,” which wends its way to more than 30 venues across two towns at Arts Fest. Kids can get hands-on at the Printing Press Children's Program or at Touch-A-Truck (which also includes a helicopter). Wee ones can delight in mingling with fairies and elves at Legends & Lore of the Little People

This weekend offers a bonanza of entertaining and enriching events (not to mention apple picking), so you’ll definitely want to visit our Events Calendar to see the extensive fun beyond our top picks below. Enjoy!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: STEAM, Locker Craft, Sewing, Sept. 21-25

The week ahead has lots of fun activities in store for Westchester families. If the building of the new Tappan Zee Bridge has piqued your kids’ curiosity, sign them up for Building Suspense. In honor of the upcoming Banned Book Week, which raises awareness that censorship remains an issue in the U.S., kids can take part with Banned Book Art. Kids can also get artsy with a sewing machine at T-Shirt Backpack Workshop.

Read on for our top picks for the coming week—all of which are FREE. There’s also plenty more where that came from! Head to our Event Calendar for multiple listings every day of the week.

Westchester News: New Eateries, Special Needs, Halloween

Westchester is full of new places to see and explore. We recently told you about new fall classes for kids; now we're turning our attention to other new developments around town! There are new eateries, relocated establishments, provisions for special-needs kids and a new source for Halloween costumes. Plus, this month local bibliophiles honor Banned Books Week. Read on to learn about all this and more!

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Fall Festivals, Circus Latino, Chinese Acrobats, Sep. 19-20

As the temperatures start to drop and families settle in to the new school year, fun events for families shift from hot dogs and ice cream to apples and pumpkins. So what’s in store for this weekend?

Festivals! You can have your fill of some half dozen of them in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, including the SOWE Music Festival, Armonk Cider & Donut Festival and the Hudson Valley Apple Festival. But equally noteworthy are the cultural performances with an international flair—namely Circus Latino and Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats.

Ready for more? Read on—then continue to our Events Calendar for even more great options. Craving even more fall festivals? We’ve rounded up our top finds for Westchester and the Hudson Valley so you can see them in one place.

Fall 2015: Best New Classes for Westchester Kids

Fall is upon us and Westchester is blooming with new facilities that cater to families and a slew of new class options for all ages. Even established facilities are sprouting up with novel course offerings. Not sure where to start? We've rounded up new clsses throughout Westchester, to help keep you in the know. 

While some are traditional offerings like music and painting, we've also found an eclectic assortment including toy design, special-needs yoga and gaga. Several options are even tailored to infants as young as three weeks!

Read on to learn more about these and other new classes for kids in Westchester this fall! Also consult our Event Calendar for additional class options that don’t require a multi-week commitment.


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