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

September is here, summer is winding down and a new school year is upon us. Not to worry—the fun doesn't end with the final days of summer. In fact, there are so many fantastic events for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, it was hard to narrow down our favorites!

Prolong outdoor time with any of the many festivals, including the annual Cider & Donut Festival, corn-y fun at CORNucopia and the annual Fall Harvest Festival.  For a sportier special event, catch the prestigious American Gold Cup. It was only a matter of time before Peppa-Mint and Bubbleisha’s talents  were discovered; this month they take the stage in Shopkins Live! , which hits Westchester as part of a 75-city tour of the country.

(Note: If you’re on the lookout for the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, this year’s event will take place in October.)

Beyond these, there are many reasons to keep tabs on our Event Calendar this month, where you’ll find activities that celebrate Labor Day, the return to school, Grandparents Day and the start of autumn, among other occasions. Stay in the know with our newsletters and check back frequently for updates.

Grab your calendar, get ready for a great time, and read on for our favorite things to do with kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this month!

Quaint & Crafty in the Hudson Valley: 25 Things to Do with Kids in Rhinebeck

About 100 miles north of Manhattan, the quaint town of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County is a prime destination for a family day trip with enough attractions to justify even a longer stay. Steeped in Dutch history, Rhinebeck is home to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, where numerous fairs and family-friendly productions are held annually, as well as a performing arts center, an aerodrome, the oldest hotel in the country, great eateries, family shopping and nature excursions.

We've gathered up some of our favorite Rhinebeck attractions culled after a recent visit. These include both year-round opportunities and some seasonal excursions, as well as a sampling of the creative shops and eateries that remind visitors of the quaintness afforded by a town supportive of independently owned businesses.

Read on for our inside scoop on all the great fun that lies ahead for your family in beautiful Rhinebeck! And for more great days out, check out our guide to family fun in Hudson Valley.

Sylvan EDGE STEM Classes (Almost) Too Cool for After-School

We're forever amazed by the things kids are learning to do these days. From coding to building robots, today's kiddos are mastering critical 21st century skills that will help them excel in school and, ultimately, their careers. And the best part of all is that places like Sylvan Learning have figured out how to make engineering, coding, and even math, fun. Sylvan Learning believes that engaging and interactive experiences during this pivotal time help nurture an early love of STEM, which can literally serve kids for a lifetime.

We recently took a bunch of kids to try out a Sylvan EDGE STEM program for an afternoon, and we couldn't believe what they created. Check out the video to see what your little learners could be doing at Sylvan.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Country Fairs, Living History, Pirates

It's the penultimate (if unofficial) weekend of summer--the last weekend before Labor Day--and there are tons of things to do all around Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

If you're a history buff, there are fantastic and very family friendly events going on in Hyde Park and Garrison. Both of these living history events give kids a chance to get up close and personal to military reenactments. If carnivals and festivals with a side of agriculture are more your scene, head to Rhinebeck for the Dutchess County Fair (after 172 years, we think they might be on to something) or the Otisville Country Fair

Read on for more details and many suggestions, including assorted live entertainment ahead. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: Our event calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week, so check back often!

PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero Landing at a Theater Near You

Grab your mask and activate your animal amulets: PJ Masks is coming to a stage near your family this fall, and its stars need your help to save the day.

The latest in a line of TV-to-stage adaptations, the first PJ Masks live theater show stars Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko in a 60-plus North American city tour, including shows near Mommy Poppins readers in Connecticut, New York City, Philadelphia, Texas, and Los Angeles.

CORNucopia at Philipsburg Manor: A-Maize-ing Family Fun

Labor Day weekend ushers in the return of one of our favorite fall festivals, CORNucopia. The annual festival at Philipsburg Manor in the picturesque Sleepy Hollow is filled with all manner of old-fashioned fun set in the 18th century. Not sure about the fun factor at an event devoted to corn? You’ll be a-maize-d!

This year's festival will be held Saturday, September 2,  through Monday, September 4, 2017. My family and I attended last year and can't wait to return. Expect corny—and quality—fun, from music to corn-shucking contests.

Read on to learn from my family's visit and the inside scoop! Be sure to check our our Event Calendar for more ideas, and follow us on Facebook.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Solar Eclipse, Fairs, Community Art

Many families may be heading out of town this week; however, for those choosing to stay close to home, the week ahead is full of fun activities. We’ve culled our top picks for every weekday.

The big national news is the solar eclipse, and we’ve identified numerous ways to make this a memorable occasion for your family, including group viewing parties like the Celebrate the Partial Solar Eclipse. This week also brings the start of two of our August GoList highlights—the Dutchess County Fair and the Otisville Country Fair—both of which are chockfull of midway and country-fair fun.

Read on for more details and be sure to visit our Event Calendar for even more options!

25 Things to Do with Kids in Rye as a Local or a Tourist

While Rye is probably best known for its famous theme park, Playland, this family-friendly destination features excellent community facilities, parks, shops, restaurants and attractions—all within a 45-minute train ride to Manhattan.

It's no wonder that Rye and the Rye Brook village are among the most sought-after areas to live in Westchester. We've gathered a list of our favorite things to do with kids in Rye, both indoors and out. 

Looking for more family fun? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: RibFest, Jewish Festival, Boat Show

There's something for every taste—and every age—this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Celebrate Jewish heritage at the Jewish Music & Arts Heritage Festival, where entertainment, food, amusements for the kiddies and shopping await. Sports fans can get their fill of memorabilia and more at the Baseball Card Show, while future stars can strut their stuff at Kids' Open Mic Night. Interested in nautical history? Check out the Antique & Classic Boats Show. And all ages can feast on the Hudson Valley RibFest, which offers more than just the opportunity to chow down.

Read on for more details and many more options, including assorted live entertainment ahead. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: Our Event Calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week, so check back often!

Zylofone: Music Workshops for Hudson Valley Families with Special Needs

Finding supportive and inspiring arts and development programs for children with special needs isn't always easy. Luckily, families in Orange County and surrounding areas have Zylofone, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing such quality programming and opportunities. This Campbell Hall-based group provides music-centered workshops that promote creativity and growth in both physical and cognitive abilities.

Founded by a single mother who raised twin boys with special needs, Zylofone offers engaging and tailored programming designed to be compassionate, encouraging, educational and fun for students of all ages and their families.

Looking for more creative programming for children in Westchester and the Hudson Valley? Consult our Classes Guide and sign up for our newsletters.

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