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Mostly Free & Fun Things To Do This Weekend With Westchester Kids: Crafts, Animal Tracking, Family Fun Days & More, Jan. 4 & 5

It’s that time again--the start of a new year and new beginnings. The first weekend of 2014 offers lots of family fun around Westchester. Welcome in the new year (and the close of the holiday season) by taking a New Year’s hike or learning about winter animal tracking at Westmoreland Sanctuary. Or explore Stone Barns on a Family Farm Tour.

There are plenty of places to enjoy crafts this weekend. Create unique handmade bowls as a fundraiser in Port Chester or design your own “wild” mosaic at Greenburgh Nature Center. Kids can also make a fun desk calendar at Home Depot, a knickknack key chain at Michael’s Crafts or a party mask at Lakeshore Learning. New Era Creative Space is hosting Family Fun Day with art, music, crafts and performances. 

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond in Westchester. 

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Mamaroneck: Top Picks for Family Dining & Dessert

We continue our month-long coverage on Mamaroneck with a look at restaurants in the neighborhood. Mamaroneck offers lots of family-friendly dining and a solid variety of cuisine to choose from. You'll also find a few choice spots for dessert. Though not all the restaurants we selected have a dedicated children's menu, you will find kid-friendly staples at all of them.

Not surprising, most eateries in this post are located right along Mamaroneck Avenue, the town's "Main Street," though there are a few others throughout the village. Read on for our top picks for dining with families in Mamaroneck.

Mostly Free and Fun Things To Do This Weekend With Westchester Kids: Puppet Shows, Train Shows, Dickens' Tales, Dec. 28 & 29

Hopefully we all enjoyed a very merry Christmas and the little ones are happily playing with their new toys and gadgets while parents exhale a sigh of relief that the shopping is done. Now we look to the new year and all 2014 has to offer us. We still have one weekend left in 2013 and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it around Westchester this weekend.

This is the last weekend to take in the Holiday on the Hill Model Train Show at Lasdon Park. Also this weekend, Mr. Dickens tells a Christmas Carol at Lyndhurst Castle and the Paper Bag Players are at it again, entertaining kids with Hiccup Help! at Emelin Theatre.

Boys and girls high school basketball players are competing in a Slam Dunk Tournament at the Westchester County Center all weekend long and the Jacob Burns Film Center is playing A Muppet Christmas Carol (a must-see for my kids each Christmas). The White Plains Public Library is hosting a puppet show of Jack in the Beanstalk or get creative and make a Kwanzaa craft at Field Library in Peekskill

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond. And don't forget to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter, to get all the latest news and happenings around Westchester delivered straight to your inbox. 

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks for Westchester Families

Winter is here and many parents are looking for ways to keep little ones busy when its too cold for the park. We've mentioned several great indoor play spaces for kids to burn off excess energy. Now we've got the scoop on ice skating rinks in Westchester. Ice skating is a great way to get the whole family out and active when the weather is not cooperating. Ice skating can be lots of fun for kids of all ages and plus it's great exercise for you and the kids!

Ice skating is rapidly becoming one of my family's favorite activities. We are happy to find active ways to enjoy the cold weather. Some rinks are geared more toward the budding 3-year-old hockey star and some are better places for birthday parties. Read on for the scoop on indoor (or covered) rinks in Westchester.

Shopping for Westchester Kids: Locally Owned Children's Clothing Boutiques in Westchester

There's only a few more days until Christmas and the shopping frenzy is in full swing. Nevertheless, shopping just before Christmas doesn't have to be a painful experience. We've filled you in on several fantastic local shops for toys and books, now we're focusing on clothing boutiques in Westchester that truly make shopping a pleasure, even if it is last minute! So, if you find yourself searching for a special gift for a tiny person on your list, consider some of the lovely boutiques we've rounded up. Not only will you discover incredible finds, but you'll be supporting neighborhood businesses. How's that for style?! All of the boutiques below feature children's clothing, though each shop has its own eclectic flavor and style, so you're sure to find something to suit any taste. Read on for more details on seven neighborhood gems to help you find that perfect last minute gift for the holidays and year round.

Fun Things To Do This Weekend with Westchester Kids: Nutcrackers, Sugar Plums, Carolers & More, Dec. 21 & 22

The official start of winter is upon us this weekend with plenty to do in Westchester (if you’re not too busy trying to get all your last minute shopping done before Christmas). Take a winter solstice hike at Westmoreland Sanctuary on Saturday to slow down and enjoy the winter around us before the hustle of the holidays.

Also on Saturday, little ones can participate in a dance class at the Sugar Plum Party at the Dance Gallery in Tuckahoe, where each dancer will receive a tutu to take home. In Peekskill, make a Christmas craft at the Field Library or decorate a tree for wildlife at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. On Sunday, play with the wolves at the Holiday Howl in South Salem.

All weekend long you can take the family to visit the Westchester County Center to see the Nutcracker, enjoy A Christmas Wizard of Oz at the Westchester Sandbox Theater or head over to Ridge Hill for the Holly Jolly Celebration at Legoland. Also, don't forget to enter our Biggest Holiday Giveaway! Maybe you'll win a fantastic gift for you or someone you love. Good luck! 

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

Westchester Shopping for Kids: Best Local Shops for Children’s Toys and Books

‘Tis the season…to shop. Yes, we love the holiday season. We look forward to checking out the holiday light displays and train shows around town. We have fun celebrating the season with family fun events all month long. Even so, my kids have been counting down the days until Christmas since…Thanksgiving! We encourage them to remember that this season is about more than just gifts and we look for ways to get involved and give back to our communities; yet we have to admit seeing those gifts under the tree on Christmas morning is where the magic and wonder lie in our children's eyes. So shopping goes without saying.

Sure you can head to the big box stores, but why not shop local instead? There are fantastic local toy and book shops around Westchester where you’ll discover eclectic finds and mainstream staples plus great customer service and merchandise expertise. Did we mention some even offer free gift wrapping? Sweet! Of course, these shops are open year round and definitely worth stopping in. Read on for seven top picks for neighborhood toy and book shops in Westchester.

Mostly Free & Fun Things To Do with Westchester Kids: Craft Fairs, Toy and Train Shows, Holiday Crafts & More, Dec. 14 & 15

With the first snowfall of the season, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Keep the festive spirit going this weekend with all of the holiday events happening throughout the county. And in keeping with that holiday spirit, we'd like to thank our readers with our annual Biggest Holiday Giveaway! We're giving away amazing prizes including a family pack of tickets to see A Christmas Story at Madison Square Garden, Disney bluetooth speakers and headphones, Hello Kitty luggage and travel accessories, orchestra seats to The Christmas Spectacular and so much more! We're giving away prizes daily from December 16-25, so be sure to check out all the details on how to enter. Good luck! 

This weekend, take the family to Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown for face painting, crafts, music and a children’s raffle at the Local Artisan Holiday Craft Fair while you get some of you Christmas shopping done. Holiday crafts and decorations are a fun way to keep the little ones busy at Cranberry Lake Preserve, The Field Library and the Trailside Nature MuseumMuscoot Farm is celebrating the holidays with Christmas Evening on the Farm on Saturday and Christmas on the Farm on Sunday.

Visit St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon for holiday music featuring harp, French horn and voice, with carols. Enjoy Breakfast with Santa in Ossining or have the little ones try their hand at yoga at the Katonah Museum of Art. Scarsdale Public Library is hosting yoga for children with special needs.

The Westchester County Center is hosting The Toy and Train Show on Sunday for all the train buffs out there. If your little ones are more into the arts, Katonah Art Center’s instructors will be on hand on Sunday for tours, demonstrations, and on-site instruction for their Open House and Free Arts Day.

Looking to see a show this weekend? Holiday Spectacular is running all weekend at Irvington Town Hall and you can see Cinderella Ballet at the Tarrytown Music Hall on Sunday.

Read on for our top weekend picks. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing to view full details. Looking for more options? Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

Trains: Where to See and Celebrate Trains with Westchester Kids

Train displays are a huge hit around the holidays. We’ve mentioned holiday train shows around Westchester and filled you in on what’s new at the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. Now we’ve got other ideas in Westchester for train buffs of all ages to see and experience trains and railways. Read on for more details about year round exhibits and experiences, plus a train show happening this weekend in Westchester.

Holiday Shopping: Where to Keep Kids Happy While You Shop in Westchester

Shopping is mandatory during the holiday season, though its probably the part that kids like the least. They would rather be having fun around town, taking in a performance of the Nutcracker or checking out a cool holiday train display. So what to do when shopping duty calls?

There are a few ways to approach holiday shopping with your children in tow. You've got the twin options of bribery and coercion, or the combination of those two into one for maximum effect. Well how about scouting out the shopping centers with play spaces and entertainment to help make the experience more fun? We've rounded up your best bets for getting loads of shopping done in and around Westchester with kids in tow along with tips for keeping them happy while (or after) you shop!

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