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FREE STEAM Fun for Westchester Families

STEAM programs are really heating up in Westchester, with both in-school and extracurricular activities sprouting up all over the place. In case your family hasn’t yet caught the craze, STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math, and there's a growing movement to ramp up education for kids in these areas.

We previously posted our guide to STEAM centers in Westchester. Now, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite FREE STEAM programs planned for kids this spring. Whether your child is a future physicist, meteorologist, computer programmer, entomologist, astronomer, mathematician, collage artist or engineer, there’s something for all ages and interests.

Our Event Calendar is frequently updated with new additions, so view it often to stay up to date. Now grab your planner, ‘cause things are getting really STEAM-y out there!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Harry Potter, Cooking by the Book

With all the snow on the ground, outdoor activities can be a little challenging for Westchester families. We’ve taken the fun indoors in compiling our top picks for the coming week. Fortunately, they’re all terrific!

My elementary-school curriculum included “shop” class, but nowadays a lesson in wielding a hammer is less common, so carpe diem at Woodworking Workshop. Fans of Harry Potter can grab their best wand and indulge in a fun-filled event for devotees at Harry Potter Madness. Get your kids off the couch and into the kitchen at Cooking by the Book, and Women’s History Month programs also continue this week.

Read on for the rest and click through to our Event Calendar for more great activities—many of which are FREE. Our March GoList highlights our top picks for the rest of the month, and you can sign up for our newsletters to get it all in your inbox!

Amazing Water Park Deals for Spring Break or Family Summer Vacation

Spring break and summer vacation deals have stormed in like a March blizzard, and there are big discounts to be had for family travel.

Awesome water parks like Atlantis, the new Nickelodeon resort in Punta Cana, and Beaches Turks & Caicos are slashing prices on trips booked in March. Plus resorts in Orlando, Punta Cana, Vegas, and Hawaii are a few more bargain options on tap for early spring. If you prefer your water fun indoors, all Great Wolf Lodge properties are promoting legitimate spring savings. We even threw in a few East Coast spring ski resort bargains.

Read on for our roundup of family getaway deals, but act fast; these offers will be gone faster than a melting snowman on a hot spring day.

12 In-Home Birthday Party Entertainers for Westchester Families

It's not always easy deciding where to have a child's birthday party. While some party places serve as convenient, all-inclusive destinations, at-home parties can be just as fun and often a lot more affordable. You do, however, have to plan your own entertainment, and it can be tough to figure out how to keep the kids busy without things getting too chaotic.

That's where in-home entertainers come in! Gone are the days where you can only choose between a magician or a clown, and we've gathered a dozen of our favorite ideas. (If you already know you want to have an at-home laser-tag birthday party, check out our post dedicated solely to this activity.)

Looking for more birthday ideas? Consult our Party Planner Guide and sign up for our newsletters!

30 Things to Do with Westchester Preschoolers this Spring

With a storm behind us and some more winter weather in the forecast, it seems like spring might never come! But fear not—we will eventually see grass growing and flowers budding, even if takes a little longer this year.

We know what it can be like to be cooped up indoors with preschoolers during the winter, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do in the spring—many of which take place in the glorious outdoors! (And for those March is a lion, not a lamb, days, we’ve included some indoor activities as well.)

Looking for more ways to spend time with your preschooler? Consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

Best Spots for Irish Breakfast with Kids in Westchester County

You've set your leprechaun traps, baked your soda bread, and dug out all the green clothing from your closet. In other words, you're ready for St. Patrick's Day. While there are a number of family-friendly activities for St. Patrick's Day in Westchester County, you can also get your Irish on by taking your wee lads and lasses to a proper Irish breakfast.

Ireland's signature dish has something for everyone: eggs, beans, grilled tomato, and enough pork products to last a lifetime. So if you're thinking of skipping the St. Patrick's Day parade and heading straight to a kid-friendly brunch, these are the best spots in Westchester to settle in for the top o' the mornin'.

Cool New Rides Coming to East Coast Amusement Parks in 2017

If you have a houseful of theme-park thrill-seekers—or if you are one yourself—we've got good news: With summer on the horizon, amusement parks along the East Coast have big plans in the works.

We've rounded up 10 new attractions scheduled to debut in 2017. Read on for details, including locations, opening dates, and height requirements, and start plotting your summer travels today.

Beauty and the Beast Parent Review: Disney's New Live-Action Feature

Regardless of whether this movie gets raves or pans, if you have a princess-obsessed child in your home chances are you're seeing this movie in the theater—probably opening weekend. So let me get right to the good news: my 11-year-old daughter and I, both fans of the 1991 animated original, quite enjoyed Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. It is, perhaps, overly faithful to the source material. But hey, if it ain't broke, right?

There really was no reason for Disney to reinvent this classic, since the sight of Hermione—er, Belle in her frilly yellow dress will probably catapult this movie to the top of the box office. However, this isn't a soulless brand-expanding cash grab, either. For all of its familiarity, Beauty and the Beast is lovely to look at and listen to, with a smattering of new songs and a fairly subtle injection of progressive politics.

Is it good for preschoolers? Is it worth splurging for IMAX? Be our guest and read on for our honest opinions.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: WHUD Kids' Fair, Parades, Family Shows

With the snowstorm behind us, this weekend is a great time to combat cabin fever and enjoy any of the many activities this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

Though St. Patty’s Day is officially March 17, it isn’t time to pack up your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” garb yet! The fun continues at one several St. Patrick’s Day parades on tap this weekend, including the Annual Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade, for which Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will serve as grand marshal. (Can’t wait till Saturday? There’s assorted other Gaelic fun all week long at the St. Patrick’s Day fun we’ve rounded up for you.)

The Irish aren’t the only ones hosting events this weekend; Francophiles are offering the Festinema Junior: A French Film Festival for Children, which is FREE to attend. Live entertainment is also on tap with Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and a contemporary production of Romeo and Juliet. The Annual WHUD Kids Fair returns for more assorted kid fun. 

Believe it or not, there’s more in store! Read on for even more fun events this weekend, then click through to our Event Calendar for even more to choose from, both this weekend and beyond.

Book-Lover Crawl: 10 Ways Westchester Families can Celebrate Reading

New York City might get all the credit for the best and biggest bookstores, libraries, literary events, and authors, but Westchester is also full of great places to visit and things to do for those who love all things literary. So put your book down for just a minute and check out these 10 family-friendly ideas for book lovers.

Have a budding writer in the family? Check out our list of creative writing classes for Westchester kids.Or sign up for our newsletters to receive more suggestions right in your inbox.

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