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8 Art Studios and Centers for Westchester Kids

Whether you’re in the “please don’t color on the walls” phase or your tween in serious about honing her painting skills, you’ll find a creative and enriching art class available in Westchester. The best part? There are classes for any and all interests—from painting and cartooning to clay-making and silk screening.

We’ve rounded up places in our area where kids can get creative. Have a writer or musician instead? We’ve got them covered too. Check out our full Classes Guide for even more picks.

25 Things to Do with Westchester Kids on Spring Break

Staying in town for spring break? You can have a family staycation without leaving the state! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley during the week off from school—many of which are free!
 
There’s loads more besides these, so also consult our Event Calendar. To stay up to date with everything kid-related in Westchester, be sure to sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook.

Big Bounce America Brings Inflatable Fun for Kids This Summer

Kids, grab your best pair of socks and your most breathable T-shirts, because you've got some bouncing to do. The Big Bounce America, billed as "50 percent activity, 50 percent dance party," is coming to a location near you this summer. 

Featuring 20,000-square-feet of inflatable fun, what's billed as the world's largest bounce house and its colorful surrounding village, offer something memorable and enticing for every age group. Besides the bouncing, there's even a water slide and a massive ball pit. It will hit a number of Mommy Poppins cities in the next few months, including Boston, the NYC suburbs, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Texas, and even one of our favorite family vacation spots—Orlando.

We've got the scoop on what to expect, ticket info, and must-know info about this new family attraction.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Steampunk, Doktor Kaboom

Though St. Patrick’s Day is practically a month-long event here in Westchester, things start to really heat up this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. While some of the holiday parades take place next weekend, many step off this Saturday and Sunday, including one of the largest in the state—the Annual Northern Westchester-Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Revelers can also kick up the heels (or watch others do the same) at the foot- stomping Irish dance production Rhythm in the Night.

An exciting event ahead is Steampunk Sunday, a  mash-up of Victorian Era Bartitsu and tea dueling with contemporary entertainment, costumes and, yes, attitude. Maple sugaring is still in peak season—as are the events that celebrate it, while family performances include Doktor Kaboom! Live Wire: The Electricity Tour and the family film Mary and the Witch's Flower.

Read on for further details and additional options—then head to our Event Calendar. Also refer to our hot-off-the-press March GoList for our top picks for the month! 

Snow Games and Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids Beyond Sledding

Cold temps usually make kids want to stay inside for baking, eating, crafting, their devices and maybe even DIY science experiements. But add a dose of fun and it’s easy to draw them out into the white stuff for snow day activities.

Once the wind has died down and it's safe to hit the local park or your backyard, there are myriad outdoor winter activities to be had on even the bleakest of winter days. With serious snowfall, you can build a snow fort or maze, and with sub-freezing temperatures, kids can try to blow frozen bubbles or even make colorful ice gems! Read on for more outdoor winter boredom busters to try come the next school snow day.

7 Awesome Summer Day Camps in Westchester and Rockland Counties

Searching for that true sleepaway experience, but in a day camp setting? How about a totally state-of-the-art camp facility complete with a splash park? Or maybe you've been thinking summer would be the perfect time for your kiddo to work on her backhand or learn to rock climb?

Turns out the Lower Hudson Valley's got it all, folks! And to make your decision a little easier, we've rounded up a number of camps for kids ages 3 to 17 that offer all of the above and then some. With programs ranging from one week to the entire summer, along with pre- and post-camp care and transportation options, there's something for every kid (and every busy parent).

25 Free Things to Do in March with Westchester Kids

In like a lion, out like a lamb goes March, the saying goes. Indeed, though we can't complain of a harsh Westchester winter this year, we nonetheless can look forward to the arrival of spring mid-month and the fun that lies ahead. We're always hunting for a good bargain, so below we've rounded up our top free events for families to help our readers get the most out of the month without getting the most out of your wallets.

Some of the free seasonal fun this month include Easter egg hunts, St. Patrick's Day parades and (though not all are free) maple sugaring. And, though Mother Nature's gone easy on us so far, there still may be a good snowfall ahead and the chance to go sledding at one of our favorite hills. And don't forget our list of free places to play for year-round fun.

Read on for our top picks, but also consult our Event Calendar for more free (and not-so-free) activities. If you subscribe to our newsletter, we'll keep you in the know, March and beyond!

Top Children's Science Museums Across the US for Families

Whether you're raising an aspiring astronaut, pint-sized paleontologist, or just a curious kid, science museums provide the perfect blend of education and entertainment. No matter which part of the country you call home, chances are you're near a science center that offers opportunities for hands-on exploring and learning. And if not, it's the perfect stop on your next family vacation.

Check out these top 10 STEM centers, from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles, where education and entertainment come together to create an experience your family won't soon forget.

Easter Egg Hunts for Westchester Kids

Once a year in early spring, there is a special kind of magic in the air that allows fluffy little bunnies to lay eggs filled with candy and toys—or so the stories go. Get your child out there to take advantage of this annual phenomenon by attending one of the many Easter egg hunts taking place throughout Westchester. And the biggest treat for parents is that many of them are FREE.

If you're looking for other activities, check out our Event Calendar, which is filled with seasonal fun for children of all ages. While you're out enjoying the spring air, consider a short hike or a stop at one of the county's many nature centers. Maybe someone there can better explain the rabbit-egg-lying process.

Dinosaurs Return to New Jersey at Field Station in Leonia

Calling all pint-size paleontologists! New Jersey’s outdoor dinosaur-themed adventure park, Field Station: Dinosaurs, will celebrate its season reopening on May 26 in Overpeck County Park in Leonia, NJ. The park's 30-plus animatronic dinos, including Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops, are ready to roar into another season, which will feature expanded trails and the addition of a brand-new dinosaur: Spinosaurus.

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