Tennis in Lower Westchester: 7 Great Centers for Westchester Kids and Families to Learn and Play

Summer is in full swing and August is fast approaching. If your family is as into tennis as mine, this means basking in the glory of the US Open and enjoying the exciting sport that is tennis! Even if you or your little ones are not quite as skilled as the Williams sisters, fear not--Westchester County offers some of the best tennis centers offering lessons, camps and so much more.

Regardless of age or skill level, if tennis is a sport you’re looking to learn, or even if your kid is already a seasoned tennis player, read on for our picks of the top tennis facilities in lower Westchester. Grab your racket and get ready for fun, great exercise and professional instruction close to home. And if you're looking for more ideas to get your kids active, check out our Classes Guide

Weekend Fun With Westchester Families: Youth Orchestra, Comedy, Song Circle and More July 19-20

So many performances are worth seeing this weekend, it’s hard to prioritize! Two are by national troupes—the National Youth Orchestra, an ensemble of kids under the auspices of Carnegie Hall, and The National Comedy Theatre, which is sure to provide a good laugh for young audiences. As an adjunct to this month’s Seeger Fest, join in the Song Circle and Potluck Supper in Honor of Pete and Toshi Seeger to pay tribute to the Hudson Valley’s beloved champions. Returning this week for the second of the four-part series is Puppet Shows in the Amphitheater.

There are also great workshops scheduled for Saturday that are both artsy and practical (and adults would love them too!). One is Create Your Own Blog or Website, and the other is Art & Reuse in the Studio, where participants upcycle used materials.

Keeping kids busy in the summer when school is out can be tricky—but not with the Mommy Poppins event calendar! There you'll find daily listings of options throughout the county, many of which are FREE. If you're willing to venture beyond Westchester, we also have editions in NYC, Connecticut, Long Island, and New Jersey.

Read on for our top picks for this weekend, then click through for further details and additional events. Also be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep current with our latest posts, news and events.

Best Bike Paths for Family Cycling in Westchester

When you think bike riding, do you picture your kids riding around in front of your house or on your block? Why not venture beyond your neighborhood and check out exciting and beautiful ways to enjoy a family bike ride! Westchester offers so many scenic, safe and fun bicylce paths and trailways, you might be surprised at how easy it can be get around the county by bike.  With several paths running north to south and a number of shortcuts that allow riders to connect between paths, it is possible to ride safely between many Westchester towns.

For recreational rides, the options range from gentle looping paved parks that are great for learning to ride a two wheeler to jaw dropping jumps and chances to race alongside parkway traffic. Read on for more details on bike paths and trailways throughout Westchester County. And don't forget to check out Summer Activity Guide for more ways to enjoy the summer with kids in Westchester. 

Weekend Fun With Westchester Families: Puppets, Concerts, Festivals, Movies and More, July 12-13

With Independence Day behind us and summer in full force, there's no shortage of fun activities for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! As part of this Summer of Play, check out our July Go List for some of the top events for this month and read on for our suggestions for this weekend.

Celebrate 60 Years of Summer at a FREE, all-day family event that includes a "decades" fashion show, concerts and a slew of kid-friendly activities. For a special outdoor concert, venture to West Point for the FREE Kid's Night with Quintette 7 and "Instrument Petting Zoo" which entirely caters to kids; they can meet the musicians and instruments, hear music based on children's stories, sing along and march in a parade!

Two new series kick off this weekend: Puppet Shows in the Amphitheater, the first of four weeks of different puppet shows performed by regional artisans, and Arts in the Amphitheater: Movie Nights takes outdoor movies to a new level, with a different theme each week. Meanwhile, a couple fun series continue this weekend that are worth highlighting: this week's edition of the Art & Science Workshops allows families to get creative with flowers, and the Polish Heritage Celebration continues the cultural celebration series that transports attendees to a different country each week.

Our event calendar provides additional details on all the above, plus extensive listings for both mid-week and weekend—all summer long! Plus, be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep current with our latest posts, news and events.

Family Friendly Restaurants in White Plains

In June we have been highlighting the City of White Plains and all it has to offer visitors and residents alike. We've covered our favorite things to do in the cityawesome parks and playgrounds and our picks for indoor fun. Now we're turning our attention to the best places for families to eat in White Plains.

While there are plenty of chain restaurants glowing bright on the street corners and inside the malls, the real dining gems in White Plains are independent, locally owned establishments. Mostly located along Mamaroneck Avenue, the main strip for small shops, these kid-friendly restaurants lend a small town feel to a large suburban city.

White Plains Indoors: Where Westchester Kids Can Play, Learn and Explore

All month long we have been featuring the fantastic city of White Plains. So far, we've covered the top things to do and the best parks and playgrounds in the city. Now we're turning our focus to the coolest indoor spots to have fun in White Plains! Whether your family is looking to beat the heat for the day, or simply want to try something new, White Plains offers so many options, the hardest part is choosing what to do first. So read on for our picks of the best indoor places to play and learn in White Plains.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Disney, Science Parties, American Music, Art, Carnivals and More, June 28-29

School's out for the summer, and Mommy Poppins has you covered! Our June Go List features a few fantastic events happening this last weekend in June and we've got even more great ideas below.

Westchester libraries are starting their annual Summer Reading Games to inspire kids to read throughout the summer. This year's theme—Fizz, Boom, READ!—focuses on science. The various libraries' big (FREE!) kickoff events vary throughout the week, with Summer Reading Kickoff Party and Dr. Gravity taking place this weekend. And speaking of fun and FREE library programs, there are two standout events this weekend for both kids and adults: Dan Krugman: Luthier offers an opportunity to learn about guitars from a master craftsman and The Great Library Sleepover unites the community for a ginormous slumber party!

Spend the afternoon at the American Roots Music Festival to enjoy the full span of American musical styles on tap from both well-established and up-and-coming artists. Or head to the annual Fireman's Carnival at Harbor Island Park for classic carnival fun. This is also the last weekend to catch Disney's On The Record at White Plains Performing Arts Center. 

Two art events this weekend--Self-Portrait Silhouette and Family Day: Mandy Greer--The Ecstatic Moment invite visitors to be inspired by an exhibit and then create their own masterpiece.

For summertime fun in and around Westchester, look no further than our Events Calendar, where you'll find oodles of ideas—many of which are FREE. Check back often, as new events are added frequently! Plus, be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep current with weekend happenings.

For more details, click through to the event listings below. Also, don't forget to check out the other great weekend events we've captured!

Best Parks and Playgrounds in White Plains

White Plains is often referred to as the heart of Westchester County for good reason. It is a city chock full of life, diversity and an abundance of family-friendly events and activities sure to keep the entire family busy and learning all year round including several dynamic parks, playgrounds and walking trails that can be enjoyed by residents and non-residents alike. Read on for more details on where Westchester kids can run, jump, play and explore in White Plains. Admission is free for all the parks and no park pass is required, except where noted for certain activities or features. 

Looking for fun beyond White Plains? Be sure to check out our Event Calendar to keep up with what's happening throughout Westchester this month.

Ultimate Summer Play List: 100 Fun Activities for Kids

To help you get summer started, we've come up with the ultimate summer play list: 100 (mostly) FREE ways you can pack more play into your day. These ideas aren't just for the kids—they're fun and engaging activities for the whole family. After all, grown-ups need time to play, too.

Check out our roundup of creative games, crafts, experiments and other activities below, and if you make your way through all of these, try our list of '70s Outdoor Games, our 25 Water Games, our ideas for Games from Children's Books, and 10 Cool Car Games to play on the way. Not to boast, but summer really is our forte.

Now, set aside school, work and stress; it's time to focus on 100 ways to play with kids this summer.

Westchester Pool Parties: Best Outdoor Swimming Pools for Kids' Birthdays

Temperatures are on the rise in Westchester and if your kid is lucky enough to have a summer birthday, why not throw an awesome pool party to commemorate the occasion? Nothing beats a pool party for fun-in-the-sun summer memories--the smell of chlorine, the hot scratchy pavement on wrinkled toes, the endless games of Marco Polo. If you don't have a pool in your backyard, no need to fret! Three of the hottest water play locations in Westchester County are also some of the best places for  summertime pool parties!


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