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Enter to Win an Outdoor Adventures Prize Pack

Get ready to explore the great outdoors with our week 5 Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway Outdoor Adventures Prize Pack. We have everything you need to take your first step on a hiking trail or discover the wonders in your backyard. Two lucky winners will receive one PlayZoom smartwatch and a bundle of outdoor activity books. A third runner up will win a PlayZoom smartwatch. So, fill up your water bottles ‘cuz we’re going on an adventure.

Enter to Win Baby's First Summer Bundle

For our Week 4 prize for the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway we didn't want to forget about the littlest ones and their moms. Our Baby's First Summer Prize bundle includes loads of great items to make this summer easier from awesome skin care to fashionable cover-ups, toys, and, something to help with that most important of things, sleep! One winner will receive all of the below. One runner up will receive one Lulla Doll and one set of Edushape Water Toys. 

June GoList: Best Things To Do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley with Kids

June ushers in summer, Father’s Day, and the end of school, as well as loads of outdoor fun in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. This month, be on the lookout for cultural celebrations, carnivals, campouts, and music and movies under the stars.

The beloved Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival returns for more inspiring music, environmental activism, food trucks, boating, and amazing activities for kids. On the subject of good causes, the Autism Speaks Westchester/Fairfield Walk continues to serve the community of people on the spectrum with fundraising, consciousness-raising, and camaraderie.

June is a peak time for summer fairs and festivals, among them the annual Ukrainian Heritage Festival, whose added appeal is the cultural immersion. We also love the American Roots Music Festival, a multi-“stage” outdoor performance of feel-good music in a lovely setting. If you’re looking for the Children’s Earth and Water Festival, note that it will not take place in 2019.

These are just a few of our top picks for June—there’s a ton to do! Read on for our favorites for the month and find many more options on our Event Calendar. To stay in the know, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

Weekend Fun: Vote Like a Girl, Illuminated Festival, Family Camping

Super-fun events abound throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend, and choosing our top picks was no easy task.

Festivals and carnivals are springing up all over, including the return of the annual Newburgh Illuminated Festival—a 13-hour extravaganza punctuated by more than 40 performances, a Colorfest, and other outdoor attractions.

Also returning are the Annual Peekskill Open Studios, featuring studio tours, gallery visits, meet-the-artist opportunities, and more, and the ICS Carnival, with expanded rides, food, and hours for 2019.

Looking to enjoy fresh air, get some exercise, and support a children’s charity? Sign up to raise funds for the Autism Speaks Walk. For even more open-air fun, dip a toe at a family camping event designed to introduce families to sleeping under the stars (with some help!). Or celebrate the centennial of women's right to vote at Vote Like a Girl.

Read on for details about the above, as well as other enticing options (many of which are FREE). For more options, peruse our Event Calendar, and plan the rest of the month with our hot-off-the-press June GoList. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletter. ​

Summer Fairs and Festivals in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

Summer has arrived, bringing with it an abundance of family-friendly festivals and fairs. We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorites in Westchester and the Hudson Valley—from strawberry festivals to county fairs—all of which include fun activities for kids. Although plans are still being finalized for some of this season’s festivities, we’ll be sure to keep this roster updated as summer progresses.

Looking for even more family-friendly activities? Consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our FREE newsletters!

25 Fun Things to Do in Buffalo, New York with Kids

In Western New York, hugging the shores of Lake Erie, awaits Buffalo, the second largest city in the Empire State. Famous for its spicy chicken wings, this vibrant area is also known for its history, art deco architecture, great restaurants, and plenty of family-friendly fun, indoors and out. The nearby Niagara Falls usually attracts the most tourist attention, but do not skip a visit to Buffalo, which makes the list for being one of our favorite family getaways in upstate New York.

Below are nearly two dozen suggestions of kid-friendly activities for a great family trip to Buffalo, New York.

10 Great Family Campgrounds in and Near Westchester

If camping is on your summer bucket list, you’re in luck: There are lots of campsites both in and around Westchester and the Hudson Valley, which means you’ll never be at a shortage for places to pitch your tent for a few nights.

Next time you’re ready to pack up your sleeping bag and s’mores provisions, consider staying at one of these area campgrounds, some of which offer even more fun activities for kids, like playgrounds and beaches.

Prefer something a little different? Check out these alternative camping ideas—and our entire summer activity guide!

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