Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Children's Book Week, Festivals, Arts and More, May 17-18

This weekend is all about art, books and festivals in Westchester. With several of our May Go List picks going on, there's lots of fun in store. Celebrate National Children's Book Week at the 23rd Annual Community Storytelling Festival, attend Children's Book Week Author Readings or meet another well-known children's author at the Candy Fairies Book Event

Feeling artsy? Try your hand at fashion design at Designing Girls: Doll T-Shirt Creative Workshop, participate in one of the many workshops at Family ArtsBash or work with clay at One with the Clay.

Festival, anyone? A highlight for this weekend is Discover Pinkster!  which replicates colonial-era celebrations of African culture with a rich agenda of dancing, drumming, cuisine and more. Also this weekend--the Second Annual Kite Day and Lightscapes, the beautiful light-nature art installation, continues this weekend.

Read on for our top weekend picks--many of which are FREE. As always, if something piques your interest, be sure to click through to the event listing for full details. And don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for more events this weekend and beyond!

PM Pediatrics: a Trusted Alternative to Emergency Rooms

All parents dread their little ones getting sick, but, hey, it happens. And when it happens late at night, over the weekend, or on a holiday when your child’s pediatrician isn’t around, it can be a real nightmare. After all, who wants to have to deal with the chaos of the local ER, where you can be waiting for hours with tons of other people? Luckily, PM Pediatrics is open 365 days a year until midnight. There's no appointment needed, and the typical wait time is 15 minutes or less. Even better: It caters solely to children and young adults, so the staff is well-equipped for treating a variety of childhood illnesses, as well as handling scared, moody, and tantrum-throwing kids (who can blame them?). 

Best BBQ in Westchester: 6 Barbeque Restaurants for Westchester Families

Barbeque is, in my opinion, one of the best and easiest meal options for kids. It’s messy. It’s eaten with your bare hands. It comes with French fries and mac and cheese and, in many cases, it is soft and saucy and perfect for outdoor gatherings.

We are constantly on the lookout for the best places to eat with kids throughout Westchester. Now, in anticipation of Memorial Day, Mommy Poppins has scouted out six of our favorite BBQ restaurants in the county. Whether you’re eating in, carrying out or looking to avoid leaving your lawn chair, these restaurants have got you covered.

Parties with a Purpose: Kids' Volunteering Birthday Bash To Help Those in Need

Kids' birthday parties should be a blast, but they don't necessarily need to be two hours of lavish expense resulting in a mountain of under-appreciated gifts. Just as you can organize an at-home volunteering project during a playdate, it's easy to throw a party with a purpose. This goes beyond encouraging guests to donate to charity in lieu of presents (which is great, too). We've rounded up fun and easy things kids can do to help those in need that can be incorporated into many themes, and all of our ideas can be done at home. Make sure you have a brief discussion with the kids before you get started about why you've chosen to host a party with a purpose, and who will benefit from their generosity. That way the children not only understand the concept, they can feel good about giving to others. Isn't that the greatest birthday gift of all?

10 Summer Camps for Westchester Kids with Special Needs

For children with special physical, emotional, learning or medical needs, it can often be difficult to find summer camp programs designed specifically with their challenges in mind. While many traditional summer camps can accommodate a child with some minor needs, those designed to play on the strengths of special needs children while helping them develop in areas of weakness can often offer campers an experience unlike any other. 

We've rounded up ten summer camps in and around Westchester County that cater to children with special needs, providing individual attention with low staff to student ratios coupled with programs designed to let kids have fun, learn and explore while developing social skills and confidence in a nurturing and safe environment. Read on for more details on special needs summer camps in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley area. Looking for more camp options? Check out our ever-growing Summer Camp Guide and our Camp Directory

Places to Play in Eastchester: Where Westchester Kids Can Learn and Have Fun

All month long we have been featuring the charming town of Eastchester and it’s villages Tuckahoe and Bronxville, highlighting the best things to do, places to shop and family-friendly restaurants to visit. We wrap up our month long focus on Eastchester with a look at the best places to play in the area. In a town full of parks, gyms, libraries and more, families needn’t worry about finding something fun and educational to do all year round. Read on for our top picks on where to play and where to learn in this great town!

Nature Trails for Westchester Families: 3 Places to Experience Nature with Kids

Westchester is chock full of beautiful places to enjoy nature--it’s one of the reasons so many families choose to live here. From historic sites like Kykuit and Sunnyside with lush gardens to explore, to huge parks like Rockefeller State Park and Croton Point Park, there's more than enough green space to go around. We previously wrote about great places to go hiking with kids, however some of the most gorgeous spots to commune with nature are not the most commonly known. If you're looking to blaze new trails, here are three great places to start.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Family Fitness, Aerial Feats, Earth Day and More, April 26-27

Spring Break may be over but there's no shortage of springtime fun this weekend in Westchester. This last weekend in April offers lots of great activities, many of which we highlighted on our April Go List. Earth Day festivities continue with events at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and Greenburgh Nature Center.

Looking to get the family fit this spring? The annual Y Healthy Kids Day is both fun and informational (a highlight being the silly-fun Rubber Ducky Derby) and Family Fitness Day at Ridge Hill features an afternoon of activities and healthy snacks. 

Other events this weekend include Grounded Aerial which promises to be a real wowzer of a performance, combining choreography, aerial feats and acrobatics,while Lyndhurst hosts Family Fun Day with emphasis on Lego-related fun.

Read on for our top picks for weekend fun in Westchester. If something piques your interest, click through to the event listing for full details. Looking for more ideas? Check our Events Calendar. Also, be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletter to have all our latest tips, reviews, news and more delivered right to your inbox.

6 Sensory Play Spaces in Westchester

In recent years, Westchester County has seen an explosion in the number of parents seeking services, enrichment and experiences for children who experience sensory information in non-standard ways. In response, businesses and institutions across Westchester have created programs to match the needs of local families. While there are many places where parents can go for occupational and physical therapy, there are also times when kids just want to do what kids do best--play! We found six local gyms and play spaces that open their doors to kids who experience the world in unique ways, helping them develop motor skills, core strength, balance, coordination, sensory integration and more in a fun and engaging way.

Best Family Friendly Restaurants in Eastchester

We continue our month-long coverage of Eastchester (including its villages, Bronxville and Tuckahoe). We've already told you about great places to shop for kids in Eastchester, now we're turning our attention to kid friendly eateries in the area. Dining with kids can be tough sometimes. Luckily, Eastchester offers a variety of restaurants that are sure to please the whole crew, tots to teens. From family friendly taverns to Mexican cuisine, Italian fare, great dessert spots and more, Eastchester offers choices for every palate and we've rounded up our favorites. Read on for our top picks of "kid-tested and approved" local eateries.


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