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Our Best Family Travel Destinations of 2017: Beaches, Resorts, Attractions

Family destinations really upped their game in 2017. We saw amazing new attractions at some of our favorite amusement parks, the opening of the largest indoor water park in the US, and the opening of the brand new Dr. Seuss Museum. LEGOLAND's new Beach Resort is so awesome it went right into our list of mind-blowing kid-friendly hotels, and technology brought us a whole new way to go camping. Our writers have been busy checking them all out and sharing insider tips. Speaking of insiders, our new Disney experts gave us the scoop on visiting California's Disneyland with a baby or without

Read on for our top travel reviews of family-friendly resorts and beaches, great citiestheme parks, and attractions of 2017. Want more family travel inspiration? Read our top travel spots of 2014 and 2015 or check out our Family Travel Guide

January GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester With Kids

With the holidays over and the cold weather setting in, January may seem like a good time to hibernate—but not so for Westchester and Hudson Valley families! Our January GoList provides plenty of rationale for getting out and taking advantage of the compelling programs in our area. Many are even free!

Several live shows are worth booking tickets early for, among them Skatetacular, which combines ice skating and theater.  For outdoor fun that embraces the season, bundle up for the Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. And even if you hadn’t previously thought to hone your rapping technique, how could you resist a workshop led by the first hip-hop ambassador to the U.S. State Department at Freestyle Poetry Workshop with Toni Blackman (which is free, to boot). Lest we forget the key holiday of the month, teach your kids about civic duty by finding a cause to lend a hand to on the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

These are just a sample of the highlights we’ve identified for you, so read on for more and consult our ever-growing Event Calendar for daily picks. Don’t worry: There’ll still be plenty of time to sit home by the fire in your jammies!

New Year's Day: Ways to Kick Off 2018 with Westchester Kids

Whether you plan on spending New Year's Eve at home or out on the town, kids aren't usually sympathetic to late nights even if they stay up with you. So if the chances of you sleeping in on New Year's Day seem pretty slim, you may be looking for fun ways to spend the day out with your family.

While many venues are closed, there are several fun options, including enjoying a romp at Legoland Discovery Centerhowling with the wolves or catching last-chance holiday displays. Read on for more details on ways to kick off 2017 with kids in Westchester!

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New Year's Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids

The coming weekend is chock full of holiday events for families, and many of those taking place in Westchester have been listed in our roundup of New Year’s Eve activities. Below we’ve added a couple alternatives close to Westchester, like the Harry Potter Yule Ball.

Whether you opt for joining a New Year’s Countdown to Noon, shooting hoops with the Harlem Globetrotters, or Partying with the Animals, we’re confident that 2018 will be off to a swinging start.

Be sure to consult the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide to craft the perfect itinerary for your family holiday.

All of us at Mommy Poppins wish you and your families a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

What to Do on New Year's Eve with Westchester Kids

Think shelling out big bucks for a babysitter, staying home or navigating through massive crowds, and keeping everyone awake until half-past-meltdown are your only options to ring in the New Year when you’re a parent? Think again! We’ve identified fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve during daylight hours. We’ve even thrown in a couple free, late-night options for older kids.

Our Event Calendar also includes other activities happening on December 31, as well as free New Year’s celebrations for kids the last few days of December. To stay in the know, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

What to Do on Christmas Day with Westchester Kids

Looking for some Christmas Day fun? You might find yourself searching for a way to spend the afternoon after the presents have been ripped open—or maybe you don't celebrate Christmas and are looking for some fun activities for your kids. No worries, there are a few things to do in Westchester on Christmas Day.

Read on for some ideas for fun around town, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the holiday loop!

Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City

When there's no snow to be found in NYC, or your neighborhood sledding hills are worn down to dirt, you still can find perfect slopes for snow tubing with the kids just a short drive away.

Sliding down my parents' front lawn is one of my fondest childhood memories, and now our family's winter trek to a nearby snow tubing spot recreates those magical moments. It's a wonderful seasonal activity that, unlike skiing, requires no skill or gear. Everything you need—a tube, a hill, and snow—is provided by the parks. Just dress warmly and you're good to go.

Here are nine ski resorts in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania that offer snow tubing. Most are less than a two-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. They typically open in late December or early January depending on the temperature, so be sure to click through to the listing to read about the day's conditions. You can find more winter sports in our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide.

10 Things to Do with Westchester Kids over Christmas Weekend

You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it a hundred times. You’ve shopped till you dropped, you’ve wrapped, you’ve mailed, you’ve hosted, you’ve feted, you’ve done it all—except for some of the fun events we've identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

In these final days before Christmas, take the time to enjoy some sparkly seasonal activities. Take in a production of The Nutcracker (told in a version reflective of local history), a Holiday Tour by Candlelight in an elegant historic home, or—my favorite movie—It's a Wonderful Life, an absolute tear-jerker that reminds us of what’s truly important in life. Hand your wish list directly to Santa and catch the best dazzling light displays. Read on for all this and more.

But the holiday season isn’t ending just yet, so savor it all in the coming weeks using our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide as planning resources.

From all of us at Mommy Poppins, we wish you a merry Christmas!

25 Things to Do with Westchester Kids Over Winter Break

The hectic-ness of the holidays are nearly behind you, and you'll soon be staring down a week without school—and with lots of free time. What to do? So much!

Whether you want to catch some basketball legends-in-the-making, watch a screening of a favorite flick, or start the new year off outdoors, we’ve got 25 fun things for Westchester families to do this winter break.

Looking for even more activities? Check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

Don’t Visit Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii without Reading This

Aulani Resort in Hawaii is a unique property in the Disney family, offering an absolutely luxurious resort vacation with enough family fun that parents can enjoy without feeling like they are vacationing in Romper Room. The property is designed with a big “H” and a small “d” to put the emphasis on being an authentically inspired Hawaiian experience with a touch of Disney magic. This balance is just another example of how well Disney knows how to please families.

Aulani is a wonderful resort by any standards. With upscale, but family friendly accommodations, a world-class spa, and plenty of activities, we spent an entire week there and never ran out of things to do. In fact, the resort has so much going on that it’s worth doing some planning before you start packing in order to make sure you get the most out of your stay. We sussed out all the ins and outs of the resort to provide you with what you need to know to get the most out of your Disney Aulani vacation, reduce stress, and even save some money.

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