One of my favorite things about being a mom is that I get to experience so many wonderful things with my kids and rediscover curiosity, joy and beauty through a child's eye. And while we can't stop our little ones from growing up, we can do our best to share meaningful experiences with them, expose them to some of our interests and encourage their budding passions.
To that end, Mommy Poppins Westchester offers up our top 100 things to do with kids in and around Westchester. Whether it's browsing a whimsical toy store, visiting a local museum or romping in a beautiful park, these activities are sure to create lasting memories and quality family fun. You've probably already experienced several of our picks, however, chances are you haven't gotten to them all just yet. Why not start this weekend?
Read on for 100 must-do, family-friendly activities throughout Westchester with kids (in no particular order).
Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home to deal with. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled. Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do. We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!
Below are some of our favorite indoor places North of Boston to take active kids when the great outdoors just isn't in the cards. In addition to exercise and entertainment, many of these venues offer special events (like Parents' Night Out!), healthy snacks, birthday parties, workshops, and classes.
Sometimes a cold winter day calls for a special treat. These hot chocolate treats are easy to make and will definitely warm someone's heart as well as hands. They also make a great hostess or Valentine's Day gift. There's barely any cooking involved, so kids can make them on their own or with a little help.
In my experience, at-home playrooms only go so far in the colder months. Sometimes my kids crave a change of scenery just as much as I crave not having to pick up the toys. And indoor play spaces can offer so much more than just play -- often they can encourage socialization, help kids develop gross motor skills, and provide a great way to exercise.
Check out the following selection of places to play (other than your basement!) south of Boston.
Balloons are magical spheres of pure joy to young children. As the days get shorter, and toddler energy levels are on the rise, I definitely keep a pack handy; they are the perfect cure for a bad case of cabin fever. There are so many things you can do with a simple balloon! Create this fun tennis game with a couple of paper plates and popsicle sticks. Give your child the advantage of working off some energy while developing a swinging backhand. For more ideas like this, check out our list of 25 active indoor games.
The cold temperatures and snow have arrived, but that doesn't mean we have to hibernate. There's still plenty to do - inside and out - even when the mercury drops. And the area North of Boston is no exception.
From museums and indoor play centers to parks and skating rinks, the possibilities are endless. But here are our top 25 things to do with kids North of Boston this winter. Cross one or all off your Winter Fun list and show Jack Frost just who's boss.
When we go to see the Red Sox, New England Revolution, Bruins or PawSox play, my kids want the whole package--snacks, souvenirs, entertainment, and to watch the game (possibly in that order). I love New England sports, too, but I'm an even bigger fan of budget-friendly, all-inclusive family fun. With that in mind, the Boston Celtics’ Club Green Family Pack is a win-win for all: My kids get their swag, treats and entertainment, while I get a great deal that doesn't break the bank.
So when the Celtics invited us to try out a Club Green Family Pack and tell Mommy Poppins Boston readers all about it, I was more than game. Read on for the package details, highlights of seeing the Celtics play at TD Garden (it’s so much better in person, even if you do have a ginormous flat screen TV) and a few tips for getting the most out of the experience with kids.
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