Easter Fun Around Westchester

Easter fun in Westchester

With Easter rapidly approaching, I put together a big list of family-friendly Easter fun in and around Westchester.

Whether you’re looking for an Easter egg hunt or a visit with the Bunny himself, look no further! I’ve got a comprehensive list of what Easter fun is happening in Westchester.

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Join Me for a Playdate at Westchester Children’s Museum!

Westchester Children's Museum playdate

We love Westchester Children’s Museum and thought it would be fun to have an after-hours playdate with YOU and your family.

If you’ve never been to Westchester Children’s Museum before, you should stop everything and click the link above to check out our experience there. I’ll wait for you. 😉

Located in Rye right on the boardwalk next to Playland, the museum is a great place for kids to explore. With so many open-ended activities, their creativity can shine and their little brains work in new and exciting ways.

As a special treat, they’re going to be open only for Westchester with Kids readers after hours on Wednesday, April 26th. From 4:30-6pm you and your family can explore the museum at a discounted rate and mingle with other readers. At the end of the night, local author and Scattered Books owner Laura Scott Schaefer will read one of her stories. Books will be available to purchase if anyone would like to have a copy signed.

I’m also putting together swag bags for the first 20 families that join us! If you’d like to contribute, email me at jen@westchesterwithkids.com.

So are you in?! We’d love to see you there.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. You can snag yours here today!

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The Pump and Dump Show is Coming to the Hudson Valley!

The Pump and Dump Show

Have you heard of The Pump and Dump Show?

Described as a one-of-a-kind, interactive, live comedy production that is the Ultimate Mom’s Night Out, The Pump and Dump Show is coming to the Hudson Valley on Thursday March 16th for a show at Levity Live Comedy Club in West Nyack, NY (just a short trip over the Hudson River in the Palisades Mall).

Combining hysterical original songs like Lies We Tell Ourselves and Eat Your F-ing Food with irreverent humor, games, prizes, and more, the “Band of Mothers Tour” is a cathartic night away from the kids hosted by lifelong friends and comedians Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee.

I got a chance to pick Shayna’s brain a bit on the show and how it all got started…

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Winter Farmers Markets in Westchester

winter farmers markets in westchester

Did you know that farmers markets aren’t just a summertime thing?

While you might think of sunshine and warm summer days when you think of a farmers market, they happen to be alive and well during the winter months as well. Sure, there are fewer winter farmers markets out there, but they’re still there if you’re looking for the freshest farm to table stuff around.

I rounded up a list of six winter farmers markets in Westchester that you can turn to until some of the summer staples open up in April.

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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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It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day!

It seems like just about every day of the year is the National Day of something lately. Sometimes it’s ridiculous—do we really need a day devoted to dog biscuits (that’s next week, if you’re nodding enthusiastically)?

Still, Random Acts of Kindness Day is something I can get behind.

And it’s the perfect day to get involved in our Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. It’s super simple:

  1. Take a picture while performing a random act of kindness. It can be as simple as putting a quarter in a parking meter that’s about to expire or paying for the person behind you at the Starbucks drive through.
  2. Post the picture on social media with the hashtag #WwKBeKind.

That’s it! By doing those two things you will automatically be entered to win two family passes from The Westchester Children’s Museum (pretty kind of them, no?). We currently have very few entries, so your chances of winning are fantastic.

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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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Random Acts of Kindness Challenge

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge

Tensions have been running high lately. I think that no matter what side of the aisle your political views fall on, we can all agree on that. Scrolling through my social media feeds has become something that I almost feel like I need to steel myself for. Friends, family members, and complete strangers are at each other’s throats, flinging insults as freely as if they were Mardi Gras beads.

This is not OK.

While I feel very strongly about my political convictions, I refuse to engage in name calling and messages of hate (does anyone actually think that will change someone’s mind?). What we seem to be forgetting is that we’re stronger when we’re united—not when everything is “us” versus “them.”

I won’t pretend I know the answer on how we can get there. But I do know that the anxiety I feel over almost every new headline is very real. I also know that all of this tension can’t help but rub off on our kids. And when my kids are effected, the Mama Bear comes out in full force. Something must be done.

My solution: A Westchester Random Acts of Kindness Challenge

The single best way to diffuse a tense situation is by being kind. I don’t care what situation we’re talking about. Kindness can change everything. And if we take a great big group of people and pledge to sprinkle a little kindness wherever we go? Nothing but good can come of it. You’ll feel good. Your kids will feel good. The community will feel good.

So here’s what we’re going to do.

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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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