Letting Loose at Rockin’ Jump

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When the weather gets cold and grey and snowy, us parents are going to need an arsenal of options that let our kids release some of their pent up energy. I don’t know about you, but having them bounce off of each and every surface in my house (and each other) isn’t my favorite option. I like to take them elsewhere for that.

Last weekend we ventured out to Rockin’ Jump Mt. Kisco with friends for the first time. And it was a great place to allow them to literally jump off the walls.

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Westchester Kid | Alexa Robtoy-Credidio and Her No Waste Program

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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Today’s Westchester Kid is Alexa Robtoy-Credidio, an 8 year old from Cortlandt Manor. Alexa started the (tentatively called) No Waste Project to teach kids at school about food waste and ways to waste less. She wanted to create a space/program that would allow kids at school to share or donate their unwanted food. When she learned that wasn’t possible, she found another way to speak out about waste.

This year, Alexa will be in charge of a program to try and help the kids at her school understand what waste is and how they can make less of it, as well as discussing healthy eating and trying new foods. She’ll also hold a contest about waste and continue to educate her fellow students, checking in on their progress on minimizing waste throughout the year.

This is definitely a girl after my own heart. Here’s what she had to say about her project.

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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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Sensory-Friendly Screenings at Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo for All Sensory-Friendly Screenings at Alamo Drafthouse in Westchester

Good news for local families looking for a fun movie-going experience without having to worry about sideways glances or feeling unwelcome when kids act like… well, kids. Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers is offering new family-friendly, sensory-friendly screenings.

Alamo Drafthouse is known for providing disruption-free movie experiences. While they serve drinks and meals, they also have a zero tolerance policy for talking and texting in theaters. While this policy sounds awesome, it can be intimidating for parents who know there will be nothing disruption-free about taking kids to a movie.

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Westchester Kid | Matthew Macedo from A Miracle Christmas In Yorktown

 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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Today’s Westchester Kid is Matthew Macedo, a 13 year-old Yorktown Heights boy who holds an annual toy drive called A Miracle Christmas in Yorktown. This will be Matthew’s third year collecting toys. In previous years, he’s collected over 100 toys each time. Today he tells us about his efforts in his own words.

Tell me a little bit about your project.

I started the toy drive because I wanted to make sure as many kids as possible could have a present to open on Christmas. Kids that are less fortunate or sick kids at hospitals deserve to enjoy Christmas, and kids around the world expect to have a present to open on Christmas morning.

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What I Learned—And Taught My Kids—Through Obstacle Course Racing

what I learned and taught my kids through obstacle course racing

Guest post by Renee Levine of ParentNation

I get it. Not everyone loves the idea of running through thick, smelly mud, crawling under barbed wire, carrying unwieldy boulders and logs up treacherous inclines, and jumping over eight foot walls. For seven hours. All for a t-shirt, a medal, a banana and a beer. In fact, most of my friends and family think I’m a little nuts.

Ever since I was little, I hated getting dirty. Why, then, was I even considering a race that revolved around mud? Obstacle course racing pushes your boundaries in every respect, and I wanted to see if I could overcome the obstacles, both mentally and physically.

By the time I took my first step into the thick, cold mud at my first race, I had my answer. To my surprise, not only did I enjoy the mud, I wanted—no, I needed—more.

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Celebrating Halloween in Westchester 2016

Since we’ve had a nice long weekend of Halloween fun, I thought it would be kind of cool to share some reader photos. I asked people to tag me in pictures on Facebook and Instagram or email me photos of what their Halloween in Westchester looks like (or at least what the festivities leading up to today were like!).

It’s been so much fun to see what you and your kids have been up to! From spooky donuts to creative costumes, I’m pretty sure the Halloween sugar high started on Friday and will last well into this week. 😉

Here a few reader submitted photos of Halloween in Westchester!

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Westchester Kid | Let’s Play It Forward

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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Today we’re talking to Anthony Lombardi, a 16 year old senior at Somers High School. Anthony and some of his friends noticed they had an abundance of unused sports equipment. Instead of just throwing them away, these kids put their heads together and started a 501C3 charity that has helped thousands of kids all over the world. Here, Anthony tells us about the charity, Let’s Play It Forward, in his own words.

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Westchester Kid | Austin and Gianna, A&G Anti-Bullying

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. 

Westchester Kid

Meet Austin and Gianna, best friends who have teamed up on an anti-bullying mission. Their goal is to make sure no one ever feels alone and their dream is for bullying to end. They tell us about what they’re doing to put a stop to bullying (in their own words!) below.

Austin and Gianna, Anti-Bullying for LifeNames: Austin DeLonge (14) from Yorktown Heights and Gianna Zaccagnino (11) from Mohegan Lake

Accomplishment: They created anti-bullying Facebook and Instagram accounts. They hope to create a community where kids and teens who have been bullied will share their stories with each other. In the future, they’d like to speak to organizations and to raise money for support groups.

Three facts about Austin:

  • I love art.
  • I love music.
  • I play soccer.

Three facts about Gianna:

  • I love Harry Potter.
  • I want to be a marine biologist.
  • I love sharks.

Tell us about your project.

We started A&G Anti-Bullying because we want people to think before acting. We want people to stop bullying, for them to see what happens to others when bullied. We want people to not feel alone and to share with us.

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Westchester Kid-Friendly Restaurant | Wobble Cafe

kids-friendly restaurant in Westchester | Wobble Cafe

I have been wanting to check out Ossining’s Wobble Cafe for years. The first thing that caught my attention about the place was that I heard there was a children’s play space. Any parent knows that one of the most difficult things about taking kids out to eat is the fear of boredom. You never quite know what those little creatures are capable of once boredom strikes. So, a restaurant with a play area for kids? Uh, sign me up.

But on top of the whole kid-friendly perk, I heard that the food is really, really good. With a gourmet chef in the kitchen, it seems like a no brainer, right? It’s a must try.

So while my older daughter was competing in Westchester’s Battle of the Books, my littlest buddy and I had a mommy-daughter date at Wobble Cafe.  

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