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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Hot Air Balloons, Concerts, Free Shakespeare

Summer celebrations are in full swing throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley with headliners like the Hudson Valley Balloon Festival and the Pleasantville Music Festival—along with numerous performances and other family fun that are sure to please.

Some pretty great FREE events are also happening this weekend, including the West Point Band’s Independence Day Celebration, an outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet and hands-on art exploration at Dia:Beacon Community Free Day.

Read on for details and for additional weekend highlights—then explore our Event Calendar for many more options for fun events throughout the weekend and all summer long! Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our top picks for the rest of the month, and follow us on Facebook!

Kykuit: Touring the Rockefellers' Westchester Estate with Kids

Though castles and palaces are typically found abroad, Westchester and the Hudson Valley boast their fair share of grand estates that are open to the public and worth touring. Not coincidentally, many of these are peppered along the Hudson River, affording the original homeowners glorious views, river access and, eventually, nearby train transportation to Manhattan. It’s no wonder that tours of the homes of America’s aristocracy made Mommy Poppins’ list of 100 things to do in New York with kids.

Previously, we gave you a broad overview of a half-dozen of these stately local mansions, all but one of which I've brought my kids to without hesitation. The one I had shied away from was Kykuit, former home of the Rockefeller family, owing to the comparatively pricey admission and longer tour duration. I recently took my tweens, however, and I’m pleased to encourage other families to plan a visit. Though our particular tour guide unfortunately made no effort to tailor his narrative to the younger set, my kids happily gawked at the grandeur they wished was theirs.

Looking for more day-trip inspiration? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: 4th of July, Carnival, Juggling Show

Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and with it comes an abundance of family celebrations in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. We’ve rounded up a host of Westchester firework displays, some of which take place prior to theFourth.

Beyond fireworks, a favorite way to honor our nation’s birthday is at the annual Independence Day Fair, a kid-focused panoply of fun stations and events. Other fun is the continuation of the Fireman's Carnival (which also includes July 4 fireworks) and, as mentioned in our July GoList, the Dancing at Dusk series has returned, with multicultural dance performances and instruction to fire up those feet.

Read on for our top picks (including a bonus sixth, since two on Wednesday are tied for our fave). Check out our Event Calendar for many more activities at all times of day, sign up for our weekly newsletters and consult our Summer Fun Guide to help you with every aspect of the season!

15 Things to Do in Goshen with Kids

Located in the heart of Orange County, the name Goshen might ring a bell because of the headlines surrounding its potential location for a Legoland amusement park. While the contentious issue has yet to be finalized, Goshen remains a year-round family-friendly destination—with or without the colorful bricks.  

We’ve gathered up a list of our favorite things to do in this sleepy Hudson Valley town, conveniently located off Route 17 and just south of I-84. For even more things to do in the Hudson Valley, consult our Family Day Trips Guide and sign up for our newsletters. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook

July GoList: The Best Things to Do with Westchester Kids

Summer's in full swing, and so are the summer events for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! Our July GoList features all the best events happening this month, including the pyrotechnic  A Night on Fire, the colorful Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival and a high-end Jazz Festival developed in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The month kicks off with a slew of Fourth of July celebrations, such as the Independence Day Fair. View our guides for what to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley for many more ways to cheer for the red, white and blue. Other top picks for July include pool parties and movie screenings, numerous multicultural performances and the start of the Orange County Fair.

So get your calendars ready and read on for our top picks for July. But don’t stop there: There’s plenty more where that came from in our Event Calendar, and our weekly newsletters deliver all the latest news and events right to your inbox!

Don't Miss Slide the City's Epic Water Slide in Goshen

What would happen if you took every slip-n-slide in your neighborhood and attached them together?

Seeking to answer that age-old childhood question, Sack Lunch Productions is bringing its massive inflatable slip -n-slide here to the Hudson Valley for one day only.

We have everything you need to know about this crazy summer event. Looking for more ways to spend your summer? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

50 Things to Do on a Martha’s Vineyard Summer Family Vacation

Martha's Vineyard is a place out of time. Celebrities and presidents vacation alongside ordinary folks who populate the island year-round. Elegant boutiques share sidewalks with rusty bait shacks. You won't find water parks or go-karts, but there's still plenty to do with kids on this island off the coast of Cape Cod. Many of the highlights of your stay will be local fairs, parades, and even ball games that tend to bring the community together. Or you may just choose to lounge on the magnificent beaches and sample cold treats from the local ice cream stand. Every family will soak up the island culture in its own way, but here are 50 ways we're pretty sure you can't go wrong when vacationing on the Vineyard. 

Hudson Valley Balloon Festival 2017: Best Places to See the Show with Kids

What kid doesn't love a balloon, especially a entire sky filled with huge, colorful, hot-air balloons? Every year, families flock to the annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival, which includes synchronized launches from sites across the area. Even if you don't live in the Hudson Valley, this experience is worth a day trip—spectators come from all over the tri-state area!

As with last year, the 2017 Balloon Festival will be held at Barton Orchards in Poughquag as part of a weekend-long festival. Read on for details about this annual favorite, and be sure to check out our Summer Activity Guide for more fun all season long.

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Pyrotechnics, Pirate Quest

Fourth of July weekend is upon us and with it comes a long list of family celebrations in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Some of the Westchester firework displays start as early as Friday, including the annual Pops, Patriots & Fireworks.

Fireworks aren’t the only pyrotechnics lighting up the sky this weekend. A Night on Fire returns with a dazzling performance to ignite Westchester senses. Also taking to the sky is the New York Air Show, featuring aerial maneuvers, parachute jumps and other excitement. For more thrills, hit the rides at the annual Fireman's Carnival, and budding swashbucklers can enjoy the debut of Pirate Quest.

Read on for more ideas and consult our Event Calendar for daily fun—all summer long! Sign up for our newsletters to get recommendations delivered to your inbox, and follow us on Facebook!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fireworks, Fireman's Carnival & Parade

School's out for the summer, and Mommy Poppins has you covered! As June comes to a close, the fun shifts from predominantly happening on weekends to predominantly happening seven days a week! If you’re nervous about not having enough to keep your kids busy, fear not, because we’re populating our Event Calendar with options Westchester kids won’t want to miss. In fact, there's so much going on this week that we even have extra events!

Towns are busy gearing up for Independence Day celebrations, and a Westchester harbinger of July 4 is the annual Fireman's Carnival. A FREE concert at Ridge Hill will help you get over the midweek hump, And if you haven’t yet been sparked by this new trend, you can make your own vision board—a collage mantra to help visualize your dreams.

These are just a few of our top picks for the week. Read on for the rest, as well as additional details—and don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletters!

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