Top 10 Reasons to Send Your Daughter to Girl Scout Camp This Summer

This post is sponsored by Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.

Girl Scout summer camp for Westchester kids

1. That Family Feeling

There’s nothing better than the feeling of community when a bunch of positive and friendly individuals come together to have fun. Girl Scout camp fosters healthy relationships and creates lifelong friendships.

2. Safety, Safety, Safety

Did you know that Girl Scout safety standards are stricter than the Department of Health? At Girl Scout camp, we have higher adult to girl ratios, well-trained staff, and stringent safety policies insuring that no matter how much fun she’s having, it’ll be in the safest way possible.

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Presidents’ Week Camps and Special Classes in Westchester

Looking for something to help bite boredom in the butt while the kids have a couple of extra days off? Whether they’re home for a couple of days or for the whole week, there are lots of options to keep them busy. This list of Presidents’ week camps and special classes in Westchester covers just about any interest and spans the entire county.

Know of a camp or class that isn’t on the list? Leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add it!

Presidents' week camps in Westchester 2017

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Westchester Kid | Amanda Carlson Gives Back to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Westchester Kid is a series that shines a light on Westchester county’s best and brightest kids. Through their cool achievements, go-getter attitudes and desire to give back to our community, these kids are people we can all look up to.

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Our newest Westchester Kid is Amanda Carlson, a 12-year-old from Yorktown Heights who took a scary hospital stay and turned it into a much more positive experience by giving back to the local hospital that treated her and helping other sick kids in the process.

Westchester Kid Amanda Carlson during her hospital stay at Maria Fareri Children's HospitalTell us a about your hospital stay.

On November 17th I was admitted into Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with a rare strain of E. coli know as Shiga toxin. During this time, I was isolated to my room and in a lot of pain. After five days, I developed a very rare side effect from this E. coli called HUS (Hemolytic-uremic syndrome). This syndrome caused the breakdown of my red blood cells, platelets and kidney function. There is no treatment for HUS, only support. I was under the care of a team of awesome doctors and nurses. They would test my blood twice a day. I had to get three red blood cell transfusions. These were kinda painful.

What inspired you to start your project and how did you get it off the ground?

I spent 16 days including Thanksgiving at Maria Fareri and during this time I wasn’t allowed to leave my room. The Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy Department at the hospital would always bring me arts & crafts, games, and movies to entertain me and help the time pass.

The hospital also has “Fun Centers” to keep kids entertained. The Fun Center is powered by Nintendo. It is a large screen on a cart that has the Wii. The cart can be signed out through the Child Life Center and is brought to your room so you can play. All the games are there also. You are also able to get on the internet from the console. I would have loved to have been able to play with a Fun Center but there were so few of them and so many sick kids. I never got the chance.

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Let Kids Go Wild: Indoor Play Spaces in Westchester

indoor play spaces in Westchester

February is generally when winter starts to get really real for parents. The kids have more or less been trapped inside for months. It’s cold and gray and everyone is bored out of their minds. That, my friends, is when it’s time to get the little boogers out of your house and into a space where they can run wild without breaking all of the things.

The problem? Well, it can be completely overwhelming to try and think of some place new and exciting when you’re simultaneously trying to tame your dragons. But that’s why I’m here.

I put together a list of indoor play spaces in Westchester that will let kids burn off some of their pent up energy.

All of the places below have drop-in hours—which means you don’t have to sign up for a class. You can just pop in when tension and energy are high.

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Westchester Kid | Abigail Rosenbaum

Westchester Kid is a series that shines a light on Westchester county’s best and brightest kids. Through their cool achievements, go-getter attitudes and desire to give back to our community, these kids are people we can all look up to.

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This week’s Westchester Kid is an 11-year old Cortlandt Manor girl who got a grant from the Candreva Environmental Foundation for $500 to put recycling bins in every classroom in her school. Impressive, right? Abigail Rosenbaum explains how she came up with the idea and how she made it happen.

Tell us a little bit about your project. 

I started it in 4th grade. I was assigned to write up a book report on any topic I wanted. I chose to look up stuff about recycling because I thought it would be cool. After I researched it, I realized that trash in landfills is a problem especially because most people, including our school, don’t have recycling bins and recycling systems.

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Booked Parties + PLAY Westchester

The Westchester Mall in White Plains recently opened a brand new kids learning and play space called PLAY Westchester. To celebrate its launch, The Westchester partnered up with my friends at Booked Parties to throw a bunch of family-friendly events throughout the month of December. If they’re even half as fun as the Holiday PJ Party Ellie and I attended last Friday, Westchester families are in for a real treat!

First, let’s take a little peek at PLAY.

play westchester at the westchester mall

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Westchester Kid | Nick Merando, Eagle Scout

Westchester Kid is a series that shines a light on Westchester county’s best and brightest kids. Through their cool achievements, go-getter attitudes and desire to give back to our community, these kids are people we can all look up to. 

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This week’s Westchester Kid is Nick Merando, a 16 year old from Cortlandt Manor, who became an Eagle Scout last July. This is a huge honor in the scouting world and Nick achieved this rank by cleaning up a local walking trail. Here’s what he had to say about becoming an Eagle Scout and about the project that helped him get there.

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Kids’ Night on Broadway 2017

what you need to know about Kids' Night on Broadway

Attention theater lovers!

Tomorrow (December 6th) at 10:30 am, tickets go on sale for the 21st Annual Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017!

If you’re not familiar with the annual event, it’s where kids 18 and under get to see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Aside from the show, the ticket also includes restaurant discounts (at some restaurants, kids can even eat for free!), parking discounts, and educational programs. Some shows will even offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and more!

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Holiday Lights, Shows and Celebrations in Westchester

I don’t know abut you, but once the Thanksgiving leftovers have all been magically fit into the fridge, I’m in full on crazy town holiday mode. My tree is out, the lights are up and I am ready for all of the holiday cheer. I want to do everything.

The problem? How the heck do you know what there is to do this holiday season?

Well, luckily for you, I spent hours combing the internet for all of the holiday happenings in and around Westchester. I found tree lightings and menorah lightings. I found parades and holiday shows. I found Santa sightings and Nutcracker performances. I found pretty much anything you could possibly want to experience this holiday season and I wrapped it up into a nice little blog post.

Think you might need an extra reminder? Sign up for my Weekend Guide and I’ll deliver each weekend’s holiday happenings to your inbox every Thursday morning.

Now let’s get to it…

Holiday lights, shows and celebrations in Westchester

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Kids Go Free at Madame Tussauds New York Through November 27th

Kids Go Free at Madame Tussauds New York

Have you ever wanted to check out Madame Tussauds but found yourself a little reluctant because, well… kids are fickle as hell and trips like that can be expensive?

Now is the time, my friends! Starting tomorrow through Sunday, November 27th, all kids get in free to Madame Tussauds New York when accompanied by a paying adult.

A top destination for New York locals and out-of-towners, this is a great deal to take advantage of if you have family visiting

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