Deal Alert! Save Money on Westchester Kids Activities

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I am a momma who likes to save money. Sometimes I call myself thrifty to soften the edges, but if I’m being honest: I’m cheap. Raising kids is expensive business and I am number one in line when it comes to trying to make things less expensive. With summer vacation breathing down our necks, I can almost see the dollar bills being sucked from my hands with a vacuum. I want to be able to do a lot of fun things with my kids, but I also want to be able to pay the bills.

Assuming there are plenty of you out there who are just like me, I put together a list of current Groupon deals in Westchester County.

Everything on the list below is kid friendly. If you prefer to save yourself a buck or two on kid-free activities (like maybe a Statue of Liberty dinner cruise for your next girls night out), there are plenty of reduced-price grown up options over there too.

save money on local kids fun in Westchester with Groupon

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Fun Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Westchester + a FREE Party Planning Printable

Kids birthday parties somehow manage to be both the best and most annoying things imaginable. Planning them can be a huge pain (especially if you’re like me and put everything off until the last second), but the look on your little booger’s face while she’s having the time of her life with her friends is totally worth it.

If the thought of getting to that happy place makes you break out in hives, I found help!

A one-stop shop for planning kids birthday parties, Booked Parties makes life a trillion times easier by offering local parents online access to unique birthday party vendors and venues throughout New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Want someone to come to your house and keep the kids entertained? They’ve got it. Want to find a venue as far away from your house as possible so that you don’t have to clean for guests? They’ve got you covered there too!

They even have a marketplace where you can get gifts, favors, decor, and more just with the click of a button (ok, maybe a few buttons). Sounds like the least annoying kids birthday party planning experience ever, right?

And if you’re sick of the same old parties for your kids, but feel like you already know about all of the birthday party ideas Westchester has to offer, I bet Booked Parties will prove you wrong! I collected a few of my favorite outside-the-box ideas to show you the diverse options they have to offer. (Also, make sure you read all the way to the end for a free birthday party planning printable!)

Fun Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Westchester

Westchester Kids Birthday Parties | Bang & Boom

Bang & Boom birthday party in a box

Do you kind of wish you could throw a party at your house but that someone would do all of the work for you? You’re in luck! Bang & Boom will send you a party in a box—these guys are outside of the box while simultaneously being inside a box! 😉 They cover everything—from invitations and activities to decorations and even matches! I love that their themes are totally unique and original. I mean, look at the cups that go along with their I Love New York box! Activities for this box include design-your-own subway car, a big city scavenger hunt and a large-scale poster of New York’s skyline to color and decorate. Each of the party guests also gets a Lady Liberty crown. I’m obsessed!

Westchester Kids Birthday Parties | Penny Lick Ice Cream

Make ice cream at Penny Lick Ice Cream Company

Um, enough said, no? Seriously though, they host kids birthday parties at their Hastings-on-Hudson location and your little party people get to learn how to make (and eat—although they probably won’t need any help with that part) ice cream from the ingredients right down to the final product. That sounds awesome! If there’s another party idea you had your heart set on, but are drooling at the thought of homemade ice cream, Penny Lick also brings their ice cream push carts to parties.

Westchester Kids Birthday Parties | TumbleBusNY

TumbleBusNY, a kids party bus

This is a pretty cool idea. TumbleBusNY is basically a kids gym inside of a converted school bus! They’ve got monkey bars, a mini trampoline, ropes, mini parallel bars and so much more. And, since they’re completely mobile, you can have a party with them anywhere. They can come park outside of your house, at a park, at your kids’ favorite pizza place—there are so many possibilities!

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5 Tips to Avoid Getting Lice

Guest post by Jennifer Kilduff, founder of The Lice Chicks, Inc.

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Did you know that the holidays are a prime opportunity for Ol’ St. NIT to spread some holiday cheer?! Visiting family and friends, hugs, pictures, sleepovers, cuddling, and all of the wonderful things that make holiday time so special, also put us at risk for head lice.

After the holidays, we see a big surge in head lice infestations due to the nature of the season. Therefore, parents must be proactive and check their children’s hair regularly in the following weeks to catch an infestation at the onset. Here are a few tips…
  1. Schedule a head check at your local lice salon. If you have any symptoms or concerns, an infestation can be spotted by a professional at the onset and treated immediately.
  2. “Take a peek once a week” as always, but especially during the next few weeks.
  3. Wear long hair up in a ponytail, braid or bun.
  4. Be sure to use an all-natural lice shampoo and conditioner, and/or a mint-scented lice spray. The more minty you smell, the less desirable your head will be.
  5. Remind your family that most lice spread through head to head contact and/or by sharing personal items like brushes and hats.

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The Lice Chicks are certified, professional lice removal specialists that employ the Shepherd Method of “Strand by Strand” lice and nit removal. Located in Jefferson Valley, they’re available to help parents throughout the Hudson Valley who are battling a head lice infestation. They will be hosting a free head check week the week of January 22nd to educate families on head lice detection in response to this busy time. If you would like more information on lice prevention, detection, and treatment, please contact The Lice Chicks at 914-302-2927 or visit them on the web at www.thelicechicks.com.

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An Adoption Journey

Guest post by Amie Getis

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“Have you told your mother yet?” my father asked after I told him that Adam, my husband, and I were trying to adopt.

“No. I told you first.”

“Don’t tell her that you told me. Let her think you told her first,” he advised.

Twelve years earlier at my wedding, my father had drunkenly toasted us with the hope that we would suffer the same as he and my mother had obviously suffered as my parents. My father still held that hope.

“Did she tell you?” my mother excitedly inquired of my father after I told her.

“Tell me what?”

“They are adopting!” was my mother’s gleeful response. That was in September 2011.

Every adoption story is unique and special for the family that goes through the experience. Adoption is the culmination of an emotional rollercoaster joined with a paperwork tsunami that becomes the centerpiece of your life. Adam and I did it twice.

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Is Community College Right for Your Student? Five Factors to Consider

Guest post by Gayle Chaky, College Transitions Coach

A new school year has just started! School buses, crossing guards, lunch boxes, soccer practice, music lessons, football games and, oh yes, the inevitable grumbling about cafeteria food and homework assignments!

That should be enough to keep any family busy in September, but if you have a junior or senior in high school you have the added excitement of listening to your student start worrying about college issues: entrance exams, AP classes, majors, college search, financial aid…. wow! It seems like they will never make it to college, but it does indeed happen! One of the biggest and most stressful issues is WHICH COLLEGE? Along with that question comes a BIG DECISION:

Should they go to the local community college for the first two years or start at a four-year school?

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InstaAddict | Hudson Valley Edition

Guys, I need to tell you a secret: I am an Instagram addict. I’m a screen-scrolling zombie come bedtime (which might be the reason I have such a difficult time sleeping, but that’s a whole post in itself). My eyelids may droop, but my thumb keeps scrolling and double tapping until I just. can’t. even.

Is this the most productive use of my time? Uh, no. Most definitely not. But sometimes I try to trick my brain into thinking it’s OK by saying, “Hey brain. I’m actually conducting really important research here by checking out some local accounts to find some cool things to do. For the girls.” Because my brain is highly susceptible to mom guilt.

In case you’re interested in a really pretty time suck—I mean, highly productive research project for the good of your children—I put together a list of some of my favorite Hudson Valley Instagrammers. These guys regularly post gorgeous shots of things to do and see and eat and buy in our pretty stinking beautiful NYC suburbs.

Hudson Valley Instagrammers | Hudson Valley Compass

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