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Resource Guide WestchesterParent All-in-One

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Helping Parents Make Better Decisions BIRTHDAYS • CLASSES • SPORTS • EDUCATION • HEALTH • SPECIAL NEEDS • CAMPS


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Contents

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Features

10 Plan Your Child’s Birthday Party Time-saving tips for busy parents 22 How Can I Help My Child Build Stellar Writing Skills? Advice to help your child with this crucial skill

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30 Should My Child Specialize in One Sport? Why your child should try multiple sports before settling on one 56 Choosing a Pediatrician Expert tips to choose the right docotor for your children 60 Choosing the Best School for Your Child with Special Needs Get an expert’s answers to questions about this important decision

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Connections

6 Editor’s Note 8 New Places, New Programs

Fun & Activities

45 Family Activities Calendar 54 When to Visit NYC’s Museums, Zoos, and Gardens for Free

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JULY 2017 • Vol.16 • No.9

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EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Michael Kress MANAGING EDITOR: Katelin Walling

EDITOR’S NOTE

DEPUTY EDITOR: Caitlin Berens SENIOR EDITOR: Bethany Braun-Silva ENGAGEMENT EDITOR: Samantha Neudorf REGIONAL EDITORS: Samantha Beranbom (Rockland); Karen Demeter (Suffolk); Rosalind Muggeridge (Brooklyn); Jamie McGillian (Westchester); Dorette Saunders (Nassau); Emma Steven (Manhattan); Gail Warren (Queens) DIRECTORIES EDITOR: Alice Van Dyke EDITORIAL INTERNS: Jamie Bonchick, Julia Hyman, Amanda Marrone

The Many Decisions of Parenthood

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etween my three kids, they have five after-school or weekend classes and attend two schools and a day camp. They see a local pediatrician, dentist, and orthodontist regularly, a handful of medical specialists now and again, and unfortunately need visits to urgent care or the emergency room occasionally. There are, of course, three birthday parties to be planned, each fitting our girls’ passions (read: obsessions) at the moment. And the kids are cared for during workdays by a dedicated nanny, the fifth babysitter we’ve employed in the past decade, not counting occasional fill-ins and short-term hires. I cite these facts not because I think we are in any way unique. Quite the contrary, I can picture many of you nodding along. It sometimes seems as if parenthood today requires an advanced degree in logistical planning just to get our kids where they need to be and back home afterward. But even before that point, there are endless decisions to be made, large and small, about our kids’ education, health, interests and activities, child care, and so much else. It can be overwhelming. That’s where our annual All-in-One Resource Guide comes in. We can’t get your kids to school or practice or the doctor, but we can help you make some of the many decisions that parenthood demands: where to send them to school, where to find the best local after-school activities for their interests, how to find the right doctors and specialists, where to hold their birthday parties, and so much more. In the pages of this issue, you will find directories of child-focused Westchester businesses, professionals, and resources, broken down by the categories that define some of the big decisions of parenthood. All of these decisions, of course, can be draining on our bank accounts. As a bonus, we’re offering a guide to some cost-free fun: a list of New York City museums, gardens, and zoos that regularly offer free-admission times (p. 54). So when you need a break from all that decision-making for your kids, grab the family for a memorable outing. We hope that this resource guide will help you make better decisions all year round! Michael Kress Editorial Director

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NEW PLACES, NEW PROGRAMS

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Who: ProSwing What’s New: A HitTrax baseball and softball hitting and pitching simulator was added to the Port Chester location in May. HitTrax helps the baseball and softball training center run hitting leagues, tournaments, and home run derby contests in virtual major league stadiums. It’s also an analytical tool that provides actionable metrics to help players and coaches. New York Yankees’ third base coach, Joe Espada, led a clinic at ProSwing’s Port Chester location in December-January and the staff hopes he’ll return this winter. ProSwing serves all ages and skill levels. Its 4th of July Grand Slam Event will take place June 30 from 3-8pm in Port Chester. Want More Info: 36 Midland Ave., Port Chester; 914-9376700; sam@proswingbaseball.com. 27 Radio Circle Drive, Mount Kisco; 914-242-1626; dan@proswingbaseball.com; proswingbaseball.com

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ProSwing’s indoor training centers provide baseball and softball training for all ages and skill levels.

Who: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester What’s New: LEGO Ninjago City Adventure, a 2,300-squarefoot interactive play area, which opened in April for children ages 3-10. The $750,000 interactive experience is modeled after the Temple of Airjitzu (based off the popular LEGO Ninjago product line). The two-story structure will puts guests’ physical skills to the test as they fight to save Ninjago City. Parents and children will test their balance, agility, strength, and endurance to become a Spinjitzu Master. The attraction has more than 20 interactive elements, including a climbing wall in the dojo training room and an obstacle course inside the temple. Want More Info: Inside Ridge Hill Mall: 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers; 866-243-0770; westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

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LEGOLAND Adds $750,000 Interactive Play Area

LEGO Ninjago City Adventure has more than 20 interactive elements for kids.


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BIRTHDAYS

Plan Your Child’s Birthday Party ›› 30 time-saving tips for the busy parent By Julie Revelant

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ant to throw an amazing birthday party, but short on time? No problem. We compiled the best advice for busy parents on how to throw an easy, amazing birthday party for your special girl or boy. Get all the tips you need, from planning the event to choosing the perfect decorations, food, and party activities.

Planning

1. Shut down your computer: Brainstorm with your children and you’ll have great ideas in no time. 2. Make a checklist and create a schedule for a smooth soirée. 3. Shopping can be quick: Make a list of everything you’ll need from beginning to end and then a list by store. 4. After sending the snail mail invitation (if you’re doing snail mail at all), send an email reminder—you’ll get a response quicker than by making individual phone calls. 5. Don’t write out each invitation by hand: Buy an invitation kit and print invites yourself. Or, for older children, create a private Facebook event page or send an evite; click send and you’re done! 6. Get your head count early: Send out invitations six to eight weeks in advance. 7. Give the professional photographer—or someone you designate 10

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to help with photo taking—a list of the people and key moments you want captured. 8. Don’t rush last minute: Choose a venue close to home and ask if you can arrive early to set up; or—even better—have the venue do the setup themselves.

Get Help

9. Ask the parents to stay and help out. 10. Have a stress-free start: Ask a sibling or parent to greet guests, make them feel welcome, and show them the first activity. 11. Assign your spouse, partner, or a grandparent to completely handle decorations, games, or cleanup. 

Decorations

12. No need to worry about getting the perfect shot: Get a professional photograph taken of the birthday child beforehand, and display it at the party.  13. Instead of blowing up balloons yourself, have them delivered to the venue. 14. Don’t stress out about finding every party item with the licensed character: Choose one item and coordinate the rest with items of the same color.  


Activities

15. Play a simple trivia game such as Who Knows the Birthday Kid? 16. Pack a cooler of refreshments, head to your local park or ball field, and play flag football or baseball. 17. Utilize your own talents or hobbies for the activities: Teach children how to paint, cook, or dance.  18. Ask around: Get quick recommendations for great entertainers from friends and family. 19. For a sleepover party, buy mini pillows for the girls to throw at each other and also bring home as favors.

Food

20. Pick up vegetable and fruit platters—no slicing, no fuss! 21. Ask parents to bring a special dish and make it a potluck. 22. Set up a pasta or chili bar, or have kids make their own sandwiches or mini pizzas. 23. Don’t spend the night before baking: Have children decorate individual mini cakes as you decorate the main cake. 24. Buy individualized cups of ice cream—they’re convenient and make cleanup a breeze. 25. Enlist the help of a pro: Purchase a designer cake or pick up a ready-made one and use colored gels and icings to decorate it.

Goodie Bags and Favors

26. For spa parties, gather cosmetic samples at store makeup counters, which double as favors.   27. Don’t spend time stuffing goodie bags: Pass out small cellophane bags and have guests collect candy from the piñata to take home.

After the Party

28. Don’t rush: Collect all cards and gifts at your venue and open at home. 29. Address, stamp, and have your child sign thank-you notes ahead of time. Then, make a list of the gifts as they’re opened and write a personalized note later. Or create a thank-you note template or fill-in-the-blank. Change the name and the gift, then sign it and it’s done! 30. Save the snail mail thank-you notes for family, and send quick emails to friends.

TICKS AND LYME: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS Much has been in the news recently about ticks and tick-borne infections, particularly Lyme disease. The CDC has warned that this summer, ticks will be at an all-time high. So, what can you do to protect your kids from Lyme and other tickborne infections? The best treatment is prevention. To avoid tick bites, avoid high grass areas, keep your body covered, and use insect repellants. However, despite your best prevention efforts, a tick or two is likely to find your kids this summer. While there are many types of ticks out there, deer ticks can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme. A tick needs to be attached for more than 36 hours to transmit infection. Check your kids for ticks daily as a second line of defense. Don’t forget behind the ears, in the armpits, groin, belly button, and hair. If you find a tick on your child, don’t panic. Remove it immediately with a tweezer. Do not use a smoldering match, nail polish, petroleum jelly (Vaseline), liquid soap, or kerosene because they may irritate the tick and cause it inject bodily fluids into the wound. Don’t worry if a small piece of the tick gets left behind. Any small pieces left behind cannot transmit disease. After removing the tick, wash the skin and hands thoroughly with soap and water. Recognize the signs and symptoms of Lyme as your next line of defense. Even if you don’t remember a tick bite your child could still have Lyme disease. Typically, it is not the tick you find that causes an infection, it is the tick that attaches, feeds, and falls off before you’ve even noticed it. Early signs of Lyme include the classic circular rash and generalized, flu-like symptoms. The rash can occur 3-30 days after a tick bite. Later signs include multiple circular rashes, joint pain and swelling, and rarely neurologic problems like a facial droop also known as Bell’s palsy. If your child has symptoms of Lyme, see his pediatrician for an evaluation. Your child’s pediatrician will help make the diagnosis and treatment plan based on a combination of a detailed history, physical exam and blood work when needed. If your child has been treated for Lyme and still feels sick, something else could be causing their symptoms. Schedule an appointment with his pediatrician for a complete exam. Have a great summer, enjoy the outdoors but be on the lookout for ticks! Read more about how to keep your child safe at: http://alliedphysiciansgroup.com/ticks-lyme-need-know-kids/

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BIRTHDAY PARTY DIRECTORY

BIRTHDAY PARTY ENTERTAINMENT AmandaBear Party Rentals

347-326-5567 amandabearpartyrentals.com AmandaBear Party Rentals provides everything you need for an unforgettable party. Tables, chairs, linens, décor, tents, barbecue equipment, awesome DJs, trained servers, grillers, and bartenders. We also supply amazing jumpy houses, slides, popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cone machines for kids of all ages. Outdoor parties or indoor festivities, we have what you need for a great party bash. Formal or casual, summer or winter, call on AmandaBear Party Rentals to help you create the event of your dreams. Like us on Facebook!

Amy Rosen Cooking by Design

917-903-1451 amyrosencookingbydesign.com amyrosencookingbydesign@gmail.com Have a cooking party for your child’s next birthday. From Cupcake Wars to Pizza Creations to chocolate melting, molding, and decorating, your kids will enjoy the fully hands-on experience. Amy Rosen is a fun, enthusiastic cooking coach who has been running parties for the past five years. She comes to your home with everything needed for the party. There is no downtime, and the kids are active from start to finish. You can visit her website at amyrosencookingbydesign. com or call 917-903-1451.

Butterfly Birthdays

914-582-7793 butterflybirthdays.com info@butterflybirthdays.com We provide a unique, exciting learning experience in which children interact with butterflies. The kids observe the butterflies’ body parts, see how they drink nectar, and watch the intricate movements they make as they explore the environment. Children go through a story walk to learn facts about the butterfly life cycle. In our pavilion children feed the butterflies by hand. We provide a picture frame they decorate and fill with a photo taken during the party. There are

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packages that can include everything needed for a party. We do all special events!

Clowns.com

Proudly Serving Westchester, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx 516-577-0000 718-971-5862 clowns.com At Clowns.com, our goal is to create an unforgettable and memorable party experience for you and your family. We provide the highest quality children’s entertainment and rental services in the industry. If you’re looking for a professional, dependable, and enthusiastic team, you’ve come to the right place! We are a family-owned and -operated entertainment company, offering a wide range of party and entertainment services including clowns, inflatable bounce houses, characters, magicians, princesses, magic shows, face painting, and party concession rentals.

Dave’s Cast Of Characters

914-235-7100 davescast.com Make your party a special one! Dave’s entertainment services include more than 100 costumed characters. From princesses and superheroes to pirates and tea parties, there’s something for everyone. We feature DJs, clowns, magicians, face painters, balloon sculptors, photo booths, and food carts. Spectacular inflatable attractions include Wild One and Kong’s Revenge obstacle courses, Cliffhanger Slide, and Mickey Park. Water fun includes the Big Kahuna and the gigantic Polar Plunge slides. New robotic animals. Frozen and Katy Perry parties. Enjoy bouncers, the Spider-Man Velcro wall, gladiator joust, sports inflatables, robots, and racecars.

K & A House of Bounce Party Rentals

845-825-6617 kahouseofbounce.com “We bring the party to you.” We provide everything you need to make your event special, including bouncers, dunk tanks, party tents, kids’ tables and chairs, sand art, spin art, cotton candy,

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popcorn, and other fun concession foods. We have one of the largest selections of themed inflatables, along with wet slides and dry slides to provide safe, non-stop fun for your guests. We pride ourselves on our exceptional level of customer service. Fully licensed and insured.

Kids Cookery

914-937-2012 lovekidscookery.com kidscookery@yahoo.com Kids Cookery’s passion is to make your child’s birthday a memorable, unique, exciting, and creative cooking experience! Tailored to meet the ages and interests of your guests, we offer basic packages and themed parties such as Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, Lego Lunch, Italian Festa, Taco Party, Candy Land, Baking and Decorating, and more! We also offer, private or group lessons, after-school programs, special events, community events, fundraisers, summer camps, and adult and senior classes. Kids Cookery is proud to offer organic, kosher, vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-aware experiences!

Longford’s Mobile Scoop Shoppe Longford’s Ice Cream

197 Lakeview Ave., West Harrison 914-804-6969 4 Elm Place, Rye 914-967-3797 longfordsicecream.com Westchester’s first mobile scoop shoppe serving our award-winning ice cream at all of your parties, celebrations, and private events. Book your event today. Also, visit our retail store in Rye to order one of our custom cakes for your next party celebration.

Outdoor Laser Tag, USA

914-413-7138 oltusa.com lasertagisfun@gmail.com Tired of the same old party? Outdoor Laser Tag plays like paintball but without pain or mess. We are 100-percent mobile, so we bring the fun to you! We transform your property into an exciting outdoor mission field and use realistic-looking gear that will wow players. This

is good, clean, outdoor fun. Experience Laser Tag in the 21st century! Our mission: create an action-packed, memorable experience for all!

Wiggly Squiggly’s Kiddie Rock Party Band

914-557-4113 rt1prn@optonline.net Wiggly Squiggly is a two-piece band that provide musical, interactive, and educational entertainment for kids ages 3-6. We play classic children’s songs using multiple instruments (piano, guitar, drums, sax, trumpet, violin, clarinet, and harmonica). Kids (and adults, too!) are encouraged to be part of the band. Put the computer aside for a moment and let’s just sing, dance, and play together. Our goal is to provide kids with a fun-filled musical experience. How great it would be if we could inspire a child to play an instrument!

BIRTHDAY PARTY GIFTS Affordables A quality children’s consignment store 10 Main St., Dobbs Ferry 914-627-9462 affordablechild.com We are a quality consignment store, offering children’s clothing, maternity clothes, baby equipment, and toys. A great place to shop for a birthday gift! Open Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Thursday, 10am-6pm. We accept all major credit cards.

Girl AGain

4 Martine Ave., White Plains 914-358-1460 girlagain.com girlagain@yesshecaninc.org American Girl fans and collectors now have a Westchester destination to indulge their passion for less. Girl AGain is a resale boutique for gently used American Girl dolls including historical characters, just-like-you dolls, and Girl of the Year, plus AG furniture, outfits, and accessories that make great birthday gifts. All merchandise is restored to nearly new condition. The book shelves are stocked with new and used books about girls continued on page 14 ››


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from history and advice books such as The Care and Keeping of You, also great birthday gifts. Not sure what the birthday girl wants? Why not treat her with a Girl AGain gift certificate.

Tilly...A Deer’s Tale

914-764-5564 tillyadeerstale.com josie42812@yahoo.com Tilly...A Deer’s Tale is about a real deer that lives in upstate New York and faces challenges after an accident. This powerful story is meant to inspire children living with physical challenges or limitations. The book makes a great birthday gift.

BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACES A-Game Sports

856 Main St., New Rochelle 914-278-9477 agamesports.net info@agamesports.net A-Game Sports offers a variety of birthday party packages for children of all ages. Each 90-minute party includes supervised playtime with two coaches on a private section of turf. Choose up to three activities, including soccer, wiffleball, kickball, dodgeball, capture the flag, relay races, tug-of-war, flag football, and tag games. Customized packages, bounce house, gaga, inflatable obstacle course, and baseball HitTrax available at an additional charge. A-Game Sports is located at 856 Main St. in New Rochelle. Visit agamesports.net or call 9142789477 for more information.

ABC Cakes

414 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck 914-630-2858 abccakesny.com info@abccakesny.com ABC Cakes specializes in birthday parties for all ages. Guests decorate cupcakes, cakes, or cookies. For our budding bakers we offer a cupcake war-style party. Guests are divided into teams to create their own specialty cupcakes from scratch. Book your party today. Also, ask about our private classes and custom cakes for all occasions.

Artistree Performing Arts

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914-835-2200 artistreearts.com heather@artistreearts.com Artistree Performing Arts (formerly Applause Westchester; now owned by Heather and Peter Capelle) creates amazing birthday parties for children ages 1-10. Our interactive and highly entertaining parties are truly a special experience and definitely different from your average birthday party. Performers are all Broadway and professional performers and themes include Rock-n-Roll, Princess, Pirate, Hip-Hop, and Music Video! Have your party in our beautifully renovated studio or let us come to you with just the entertainment. Call 914-835-2200 to let us customize the perfect party for your child today.

Bach To Rock Mamaroneck

130 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck 914-341-1457 mamaroneck.bachtorock.com mamaroneck@bachtorock.com Looking for a fun birthday party at a reasonable price? We have three different parties for an unforgettable experience! Rock Star guests record pop and rock tunes arranged for easy performance in our professional recording studio. No musical training required. Ages 7 and older. Karaoke guests record a song in the studio to pre-recorded backing tracks, and then move into our party room for karaoke, pizza, and cake. Ages 7 and older. Rock City children explore music up close, playing fun music activities led by our best early childhood instructors. Ages 3-7.

Blue Moon Mexican Café

7-27 Pondfield Road, Bronxville 914-337-4000 42 Kinderkamack Road, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 201-782-9500 23 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, NJ 201-541-0600 327 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 201-891-1331 595 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 201-784-3311 bluemoonmexicancafe.com Looking to spice up your child’s next birthday party without sending your savings south of the border? Then take an unforgettable trip to the moon—the

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Blue Moon Mexican Café, that is. Five convenient locations in Bergen and Westchester counties allow visitors of all ages to enjoy a bright and airy atmosphere. Our outgoing, child-friendly staff will put together the party of a lifetime. Your party guests will revel in a fun-filled celebration with a mouth-watering menu. Call today to find out more.

Bounce! Trampoline Sports

612 Corporate Way (off Route 303), Valley Cottage 845-268-4000 facebook.com/bouncetrampolinesports twitter.com/bouncesport bouncevalleycottage.com info@bounceonit.com There is no party place in the tri-state area like Bounce! Trampoline Sports! Guests jump on more than 10,000 square feet of trampolines, including trampoline dodgeball, slam-dunk basketball, and launching into giant foam pits! And now they can enjoy our new Bounce! Xtreme Ninja Obstacle Course. We also have a Bounce! Jr. for ages 5 and younger with a separate trampoline court, foam pit, and giant inflatable castle. Free Wi-Fi, HD television lounge, and snack and coffee bar. At Bounce!, “Have Fun–Get Fit!®” Visit our website or call for party details.

Chocolations

607 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck 914-777-3600 chocolations.com maria@chocolations.com Have your child’s next party at Chocolations. The package includes two fun-filled activities. Each child will become a chocolatier and create their own chocolate bar. Next will be a cupcake lesson in which each child will transform a plain cupcake into an elaborate one. The party will be run by our own party specialists from beginning to end. Lots of add-ons and other options are available. Contact us for more details.

Creative Corner of Larchmont

7 Addison St., Larchmont 914-833-2880 creativecornerlarchmont.com creativecornerlarchmont@gmail.com Creative Corner is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday! In our space stocked with awesome art projects, the birthday child

and friends will have a fun and engaging time led by caring and professional artists. Art party options include wood toys, treasure boxes, canvas bags, ceramic piggy banks, and canvas paintings. We will help every step of the way. You can also add a piñata filled with fun prizes. We have toddler through adult classes. Ask about our daytime drop-in classes and after-school studio art classes.

Dave and Buster’s Pelham Manor

881 Pelham Parkway, Pelham Manor 914-380-8506 daveandbusters.com/specialevents beatriz_peneda@daveandbusters.com Dave & Buster’s of Pelham Manor is the best place for family fun, including birthday parties, award ceremonies, club get-togethers, graduation parties, and after-prom parties. With great food and games all in one place, it’s the perfect party space for youth events and family outings—and a perfect reward for a job well done. Give them the best birthday, including sweet 16s, bat and bar mitzvahs, and quinceaneras! We offer delicious food, unlimited drinks, and Power Cards for play in our Million Dollar Midway.

Fashion Arts Studio of Westchester 168A Irving Ave., Port Chester 917-995-3191 fashionartsstudio.com Have a fashion design theme party with The Fashion Arts Studio. It offers three themes: a Fashion Drawing Party, a Fashion Tote-Making Party, and a Fashion T-Shirt Decorating Party. Or think of your own theme like a Project Runway Party. Offered at our airy loft space in Port Chester or at your space. Each child brings home their party creation. The Fashion Arts Studio is the premier fashion design studio in Westchester with classes for kids including design and illustration, and technical classes including sewing, draping, and patternmaking.

Funfuzion at New Roc City

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1 through teens. Age-appropriate program and equipment. Fun for all.

creations. Call 866-243-0770 to book your party today!

House of Sports Westchester

Jodi’s Gym

2 Lawrence St., Ardsley 914-591-4400 lifetheplacetobe.com/kids-parties steven@lifetheplacetobe.com LIFE is for the very young at heart! When it comes to children’s parties, LIFE is the place where almost anything is possible and fun is at your fingertips. LIFE turns children’s parties into lifelong memories. Our creative staff can tailor a party for any age group. Choose from a wide array of exciting themes— laser tag to dance parties, runway glamour to inflatable madness to bowling, karaoke, and createa-furry-friend parties! At LIFE, you’ve got the chance of a lifetime to create an amazing party.

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Calling all birthday superstars! You and your guests will be dazzled by a unique, interactive party experience! Our dedicated emcees and party hosts will provide an unforgettable birthday experience within a theatrical and interactive party room atmosphere. As “The Birthday” leading man or lady, you will be center stage for your spectacular birthday production! Act one begins with a dazzling interactive show in which everyone is a star! There will be eating, singing, dancing, and prizes! Act two is filled with your choice of action-packed amusements! It is a standing ovation every time for the birthday star!

GymCats Gymnastics and Birthday Party Center 1 Odell Plaza at Equalize Fitness, Yonkers 914-965-7676 gymcats.net We are famous for our unique private birthday parties. Our enthusiastic, interactive staff will have partygoers laughing and yelling as they swing on rings, jump, bounce, climb, and roll through our super obstacle course. Not to mention foamfilled pits, trampolines, an air castle, climbing ropes, and a giant inflatable slide that make your child’s party a memorable one. Call for more information about parties, gymnastics classes, private lessons, cheerleading, camps, or events.

Hommocks Park Ice Rink

Boston Post Road and Weaver Street, Larchmont 914-834-1069 hommocksparkicerink.org Have your birthday party on ice! Host your next special party at the coolest place in town, Mamaroneck’s popular enclosed Hommocks Park Ice Skating Rink. Held during public sessions, our 2-hour package is guaranteed fun for everyone! The package includes admission, skate rental, and lunch. The guest of honor will receive free admission and skate rental. Additional food items and packages also available. Please provide your own cake and party favors. We also have a community room to rent for private parties. Don’t forget to

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1 Elm St., Ardsley 914-479-5419 houseofsportsny.com The House of Sports is Westchester’s ultimate birthday party zone for children of all ages! Give your child the party of their dreams by hosting a sportsthemed bash at Westchester’s premier athletic facility. Whether its basketball, soccer, baseball, football, or fun and games, we guarantee your child will party like a champion! Our great staff takes care of every detail. We have five private party rooms that can accommodate 10-100 people, and all food and beverage can be catered by our in-house restaurant. Call or email for more information.

The Hudson Creamery

55 Hudson Ave., Peekskill 914-293-7811 thehudsoncreamery.com Westchester birthday parties with a sweet twist! Let us host your next birthday party. We provide the fun, a whimsical place, and all the ice cream you can eat: 30 flavors of Jane’s Homemade Ice Cream! We are beautifully located across the street from the Peekskill Riverfront Green, just around the corner from the Peekskill Train Station. We offer Painting “Sundaes” for kids and adults, too! Visit us at facebook. com/thehudsoncreamery and see photos of our recent birthday celebrations. We look forward to painting and socializing with you!

ISG Gymnastics

Annie Pipia and Joann Distler, directors 151 Crotona Ave., Harrison 914-835-0010 isggymnastics.com Gymnastics classes, summer camp, cheerleading tumbling, birthday parties—ISG has got it all! From babies to teenagers, beginner-advanced, we have the program that’s right for you! You’ll flip over this professional facility with certified instructors for all levels. And ISG is a funfilled, unique way to celebrate a birthday complete with trampoline, balance beams, bars, vault, tumbling, and air castle. All ages,

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25 Hubbels Drive, Mount Kisco 914-244-8811 244 E. 84th St., Manhattan 212-772-7633 jodisgym.com Kids run, jump, climb, tumble, slide, bounce, and giggle to their hearts’ delight at Jodi’s Gym, where action-packed parties and unmatched experience have won children’s hearts for 35 years. Our bright, spacious facility is every child’s dream. Teachers guide the children on bars, beams, rings, slides, tunnels, bounce house, and tumble track. Next, it’s off to a separate area for refreshments that we are happy to supply. Teachers set up, serve, and clean up. At Jodi’s, the whole place is yours! You sit back and enjoy.

Leapin’ Lizards

421 Boston Post Road, 3rd Floor, Port Chester 914-937-5867 Leapin’ Lizards is the play and party place for kids in Westchester! Full snack bar, game room, and sand art. Our 2-hour themed birthday party package includes playtime in the funfilled play area (slides, mazes, ball baths). We offer a private party room for enjoying pizza, hot dogs, and a Carvel ice cream cake. Package includes tokens for our game and arcade room, paper supplies, invitations, party favors, and balloons. We do all the work! Now offering $100 off of weekday parties. Visit our website, leaplizards.com.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center

Located at Westchester’s Ridge Hill, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers 866-243-0770 legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ westchester westchester@legolanddiscoverycenter.com For an ultimate and fun-filled birthday to remember, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester offers standard and premium party packages. Each includes admission to the attraction for guests, a private party room and host, cake, and beverages. The premium package includes a private LEGO® workshop, and guests take home their

LIFE the Place to Be

The Little Gym

777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale 914-722-0072 tlgscarsdaleny.com 2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 74th and 75th streets), Upper West Side, Manhattan 212-799-1225 tlgupperwestsideny.com 207 E. 94th St. (between Second and Third avenues), Upper East Side, Manhattan 212-787-1124 tlguppereastsideny.com 28 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ 201-445-4444 tlgwaldwicknj.com A private party at The Little Gym is a perfect way to celebrate your child’s next birthday. The 1½-hour parties are supervised by our trained, professional staff from beginning to end. Gymnastics, games, obstacle courses, trampoline, sports, and music are tailored to your child’s interests. Parties at The Little Gym mean exclusive use of the gym and party room. At The Little Gym, your child’s birthday bash will be the easiest party you’ll ever throw!

Music Conservatory of Westchester

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class, or perhaps treat them to a trial lesson in any instrument or voice! The Music Conservatory of Westchester is an essential contributor to the well-being, creativity, and vitality of our region, valued for making a difference in the lives of individuals and groups who discover the lifelong joy of the arts through making music together.

Musical Munchkins

167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe 914-771-7000 musicalmunchkins.com Musical Munchkins is the perfect birthday party activity for babies through age 5! Enjoy group drumming, funny favorite sing-along songs, fabulous dancing scarves, and more! When Mom, Dad, or Grandma join and play along, their kids love it, and even the grownups are entertained! Maracas, chikitas, bubbles, buddy bands, and sweet, funny puppets— whatever your child would love, we will do. Our experienced, guitar-playing teachers warmly welcome and engage party guests. Free CD for the birthday child. Party favor CDs available. Call for more info.

PlayLand Ice Casino

100 Playland Parkway, Rye 914-481-5941 playlandice.com Kids and families love PlayLand Ice in Rye. Birthday parties are always a huge hit when you celebrate with us. You and your guests can have the ice all to yourself. We feature private party rooms, party helpers, ice cream sundae bar, pizza, black lights, music, custom party favors, and excellent instructors. Visit us online for more information.

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ProSwing of Port Chester 36 Midland Ave. Port Chester Sam Colon: 914-937-6700 sam@proswingbaseball.com ProSwing of Mount Kisco 27 Radio Circle Drive, Mount Kisco Dan Gray: 914-242-1626 dan@proswingbaseball.com With two conveniently located facilities in Westchester County—Port Chester and Mount Kisco—ProSwing provides the

ideal baseball and softball indoor training center for all ages and skill levels. We take pride in having the best staff and the most programs and services available. We offer organized individual and group lessons, personal training classes, instructional clinics, and multisport day and summer programs for all ages. In addition, our facilities are available for team and individual workouts, special events, and birthday parties for children and adults.

Rockin’ Jump

241 Market St., Yonkers 914-510-9119 ridgehill.rockinjump.com ridgehill-ny@rockinjump.com Rockin’ Jump – Mount Kisco 333 N. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco 914-743-5730 mtk.rockinjump.com info@mtk.rockinjump.com Looking for a fun, active, and safe place to have your child’s next birthday party? At Rockin’ Jump your kids will literally be bouncing off the walls! Parties are led by your own personal party hosts, and guests have exclusive use of the different trampoline areas that we have to offer: Main Jump Area, Dodge Ball Arena, Basketball, and our Foam Pit for trying new tricks! Our Mount Kisco (16,000 square feet) and Ridge Hill (26,000 square feet) facilities can host parties and groups from 10-300 people. Call us now to book your child’s Rockin’ Party.

Sportime USA

380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford 914-592-2111 x2 sportimeusa.com Birthday parties? That’s our specialty! Celebrate your birthday at Sportime USA, the coolest place to have a party in Westchester. You can experience tremendous fun in our 50,000-square-foot indoor Fun Center. We have laser tag, a monster 4-D motion theater, rock climbing wall, Superfly Ride, ballocity arena, bumper cars, Himalaya coaster, mini twister, a soft adventure zone for little tykes, batting cages, more than 200 video and redemption games with a large continued on page 20 ››

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prize counter, plus a restaurant. “Leave absolutely everything to us.” Ask about our private parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, and sweet 16s.

Steffi Nossen School of Dance

216 Central Park Ave., White Plains Church of St. Mary the Virgin South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua 914-328-1900 steffinossen.org Since 1937, Westchester’s dance destination! Our faculty—college dance graduates with performance experience—transmits the joy and discipline of dance with warmth and enthusiasm. Our dance classes develop creativity, technique, and proper body alignment. Classes include modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, classical story ballet, and Moving Wheels and Heels adaptive dance. Live music! Dance birthday parties arranged at our studio or your home, based on your child’s special interests and theme ideas.

Studio B Dance Center

277 White Plains Road (entrance on Prospect Avenue), Eastchester 914-793-2799 studiobdance.com Each party at Studio B is uniquely designed to give the birthday child an exciting, personalized experience. Boys and girls ages 2 and older enjoy dancing and playing games to their favorite music. Parents can entertain their adult guests in the adjacent room with windows into the party room to watch all the fun. The party rooms are filled with colorful Hula-Hoops, wands, scarves, and beanbags to engage children and stimulate their creativity. Older partygoers are wowed by the studio’s talented and enthusiastic hip-hop instructors. Visit the studio’s informative website.

Sugar Mama by Kim Bakeshop

1985 Palmer Ave., Larchmont 914-834-8340 sugarmamabykim.com party@sugarmamabykim.com Have your next birthday party

with us. The children bake and decorate, and we take care of everything else! We offer three 1½-hour birthday themed parties: “Sweet” Birthday Bash (decorate a freshly baked themed sugar cookie to take home), “Decadent” Birthday Bash (create a cookie from start to finish: roll the dough, choose a cookie cutter, bake, and decorate), and Cupcake Wars (bake cupcakes from scratch in a team “competition”). The children also decorate their own chef hats, play party games, and enjoy pizza or bagels at the party.

Westchester Skating Academy (WSA) 91 Fairview Park Drive (Route 9A), Elmsford 914-347-8232 skatewsa.com Westchester Skating Academy: the coolest place to have your party! We plan your party, provide the space, and supervise the activities. Many packages are available, including karaoke and our new Frozen and knee hockey parties. All parties in-

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clude ice-skating, skate rentals, a private party room, a party facilitator, pizza, and beverages. You can even make your own ice cream sundae with unlimited toppings. We have many food options to choose from, including kosher items. Learn to skate instruction and custom party favors are available. We do parties the right way.

Young At Art Workshop Inc.

1088 Central Ave., Scarsdale 914-723-9229 A unique birthday party experience after which each child brings home a personalized piece of art that can be displayed and, in many cases, is also an interactive toy they will enjoy for years. With a clear theme in mind, our experienced teachers can bring to life anything from the magical world of Frozen to hand-crafted fairy wings or rocket ships with which the children can explore the depths of space, right here in Scarsdale. At Young at Art, we take your child’s dreams and bring it to life.

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EDUCATION

How Can I Help My Child Build Stellar Writing Skills? ›› Expert advice to help your child with this crucial skill all year round By Emily Levy, Ed. D.

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elp Your Child Create Lists

For some students, initiating the writing process can be challenging. They often feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the thought of having to compose a well-written paragraph or essay. To combat these fears, encourage your child to start by simply jotting down ideas about a given topic. For instance, if your youngster is asked to write a paragraph on why he likes summer, he can start by listing ideas about the joys of summer. He might write in list format, for instance: one can play outside, spend more time with family and friends, go to camp, swim, travel, and lay at the beach. Once these ideas are on the page, he can then highlight the three or so points he plans to include in his writing.

Help Your Child Brainstorm

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for instance, brainstorm for a basic five-sentence paragraph by writing the topic in a rectangular box at the top of the page, then connecting it to three circular bubbles beneath it (for the three key points, such as playing outside, spending time with family, and swimming), and finally ending with another rectangular box at the bottom for the concluding sentence. Computer-based programs such as Kidspiration (for younger students) or Inspiration (for older students) can also serve as engaging multi-sensory options for brainstorming.

Start Writing

Once your child has listed his ideas and created a brainstorm diagram, he can turn those boxes and bubbles into complete sentences to form his paragraph. Have him turn the “topic” box into a topic sentence, such as, “There are many fun and engaging activities one can do during the summer.” Next, he can turn each detail bubble into a full sentence. For example, “You can play outside at a park or playground. You can spend more free time relaxing with friends and family. You can also swim in a pool or


at the beach.” Finally, he should turn the bottom box into a conclusion sentence, which can express his opinion on the topic, such as, “I love summer” or “Summer is my favorite time of year.”

Tools for Self-Checking

Many students have a tendency to speed through their work to “get it over with” and often neglect to self-check their writing. Rather than telling them to simply “check” their work, teach them specific tools for how to go about doing so, such as the COPS acronym, which stands for Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation, and Spelling. Have her write the COPS acronym vertically at the bottom of her essay with a check box next to each letter. Once she is done writing her paragraph or essay, encourage her to go back and check for each individual item on the checklist (one at a time) and check off each one once she makes the relevant corrections. As students move through school, the writing demands increase quickly. Help your child learn to effectively express her ideas on paper in an organized, well-structured manner and she will be well on her way to academic success. Emily Levy, Ed.D., is the founder and director of EBL Coaching, a 1-on-1 tutoring program for students in pre-K through 12th grades based in New York City, Westchester, and Englewood, NJ. Dr. Levy received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and later received her master’s degree in special education and her doctorate degree in general education. She is also the author of the Strategies for Study Success and Flags and Stars Orton Gillingham student workbook series.

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tudents enrolled at Hoff-Barthelson receive not only weekly private lessons but also musicianship classes, ensemble instruction, and numerous performance and practice opportunities with accompaniment. This all-encompassing approach catalyzes learning and enables students to fulfill their full potential. It is what sets Hoff-Barthelson apart from other music schools in the region and across the country.

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DAY CARE & CHILD CARE All Aboard Childcare Education Centers

All Aboard on-the-Hudson 255 N. Highland Ave., Ossining 914-923-1700 All Aboard at Valhalla 400 Columbus Ave., Valhalla 914-741-1500 allaboardchildcare.com All Aboard Childcare Education Centers, family-owned and -operated since 1996, provides a safe, secure, child-centered environment for infants, toddlers, pre-K, and school-age children. All Aboard creates a hands-on, developmental curriculum for infants and toddlers as well as a pre-K curriculum designed to meet NYS kindergarten readiness standards. Degreed and certified staff, nutritious meals, and many enrichment programs round out this quality educational program. Best of Westchester in Childcare 2014.

Ann and Andy Child Care

2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford 914-592-3027 annandandychildcare.com annandydca@aol.com Ann and Andy, family-owned and -operated since 1973, offers a variety of fun activities for children ages 2 months to 14 years. We are licensed by NYSOCFS and the Health Department. We offer flexible schedules, reasonable rates, nutritious lunches, a caring staff, individualized attention, and age-appropriate field trips. We also have a tween travel camp for ages 11-14. We offer customized schedules, individualized attention, and hot lunches daily, as well as barbecue Fridays. All buildings are air-conditioned. Come see how much we care, and become part of our family.

PRESCHOOLS A Child’s Dream, L.L.C.

10 Mill Road, New Rochelle 914-633-4332 Tiffany Amaya and Ana Caldararo, directors achildsdreamnursery.com amc1125@gmail.com At A Child’s Dream, we create a secure and structured envi-

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ronment in which your child enjoys socializing and interacting with other children while learning. The curriculum includes language arts, math and science, and developing motor and social skills. Now registering for fall 2017. For children ages 2-4. Your directors: Tiffany Amaya and Ana Caldararo, 17 years of experience.

Alcott Montessori School

535 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry 914-693-4443 27 Crane Road, Scarsdale 914-472-4404 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale 914-595-7551 alcottschool.org Alcott School provides children ages 2-6 a supportive, multicultural, learning environment in which they develop independence, self-confidence, and pride in their abilities. All sites offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum with Montessori materials, music, creative movement, and nature enrichment programs. After-school enrichment classes are provided for children ages 3-5. Offerings include yoga, dance, mad science, super soccer stars, golf, karate, and Spanish. Kidz Club, a social skills group for ages 3-5 meets from 4-5pm twice a week at the Crane Road location. Call to arrange a tour.

Congregation Kol Ami

252 Soundview Ave., White Plains 914-949-4717 nykolami.org Children learn best through play and experimentation. Our Early Childhood Program provides opportunities for these learning experiences within a warm, accepting, and nurturing environment. We recognize and respect each child’s unique qualities and strive to foster their growth and development in all aspects: cognitive, physical, social, and emotional. Through rich and welcoming surroundings, complemented with consistent routines and exploratory play opportunities, we inspire children to grow at their own pace, realizing their full potential. Come feel the warm sense of community here at Early Childhood Program of Congregation Kol Ami.

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The Goddard School®

1 Jackson Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson 914-478-1390 goddardschool.com The Goddard School® teachers nurture the healthy development of children ages 6 weeks to 6 years and encourage each child’s lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School® offers families the benefit of on-site owners and education directors who provide dependable management and open communication. Corporate quality assurance, accredited professional development, and an individualized program for each child are just a few of the ways that Goddard is defining child care.

JCC of Mid-Westchester

999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale 914-472-3300 symonsc@jccmw.org jccmw.org The JCC of Mid-Westchester has several types of classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Our benefits include early registration incentives, refer-a-friend discounts, Sunday playground dates, and social events for parents and families, which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.

Mandarin Discovery Preschool

515 North St., White Plains 914-351-6788 mandarindiscov.org shanshanli@mandarindiscov.org Mandarin Discovery Preschool is an immersive, creative Mandarin language program for children ages 3-5. Teaching intensive ‘PiYin’ pronunciation, Chinese traditional simplified ‘MaoBi’ writing (Chinese calligraphy), and using Chinese zodiac animals to make arts and crafts. Stories from Chinese culture are added for fun. Basic musical instrument instruction and Mandarin songs are included. Mandarin Discovery

Preschool offers a summer program and Mandarin Chinese culture classes for first-fifth grades on Saturdays. Outside of the classroom, private tutor and translation services are available.

Temple Israel Center Nursery School

280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains 914-948-2800 x126 templeisraelcenter.org Temple Israel Center Nursery School is dedicated to providing a warm and nurturing environment in which children can achieve their full potential— socially, emotionally, creatively, cognitively, physically, and Jewishly. We offer classes for children ages 2-4; mommyand-me programs; after-school enrichments Stay and Play Extended Hours until 4pm Monday-Thursday, and until 2:30pm Fridays; early drop-off; lunch programs; and summer camp. Our morning programs are enriched with music, creative movement, nature, and animal specialists. Come and check out our beautiful new classrooms! Please contact our director, Patty Goldstick, at 914-948-2800 x126, or email p.goldstick@ templeisraelcenter.org.

Temple Sholom Selma Maisel Nursery School

300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 203-622-8121 templesholom.com/smns david.cohen@templesholom.com STEAM is coming to SMNS! Beginning this fall, SMNS will add a full STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) program to enhance its preschool curriculum. Students in the 2s, 3s, and pre-K will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities such as woodworking, robotics, magnetics, weights and measures, electronics, and sewing. SMNS also offers non-separating programs for parents with children younger than 24 months old. To schedule a tour or to register, contact David Cohen, Nursery School director, at 203-622-8121 or david.cohen@ templesholom.com. continued on page 26 ››


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The Nurtury Montessori School

914-632-6200 thenurtury-montessori.com info@thenurtury-montessori.com The Nurtury is committed to promoting quality, full-time Montessori child care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. The first six years of life are when intelligence and personality are formed. We greatly understand this concept, and as a result, the Nurtury has set the standard for full-time Montessori child care. Please call today for a tour. 914632-6200.

Torbank Community Nursery School

108 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining 914-941-1563 torbanknurseryschool.com Your child is a very important person. With your help we will provide a wide variety of learning opportunities and experiences to encourage self-expression, independence, and group interaction. We will give your child the opportunity to explore, experiment, and reach out into his or her environment. We believe that the way your child will learn and grow will help them have the happiest possible year.

Westchester Jewish Center Early Childhood Center

Palmer and Rockland avenues, Mamaroneck (Use 175 Rockland Ave for GPS purposes.) 914-698-2767 wjcenter.org WJC’s Reggio-inspired Early Childhood Center accepts preschoolers ages 2-5, and offers a co-teach model pre-kindergarten. Our school supports children’s physical, social-emotional, and cognitive growth—all in the context of a caring environment. Children receive a solid Jewish foundation including holiday celebrations and community and classroom Shabbat experiences. Structured days offered in newly renovated classrooms and nature-inspired playground. Small student-to-teacher ratio assures individualized attention. Extended day with special electives such as Dance and Drum, Art, Tae Kwon Do, Fenom Fitness, and Mad Science.

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS French-American School of New York (FASNY)

Campuses in Scarsdale, Larchmont, and Mamaroneck Nursery to Grade 1: Scarsdale Campus, 85 Palmer Ave., Scarsdale 914-250-0521 Lower School: Larchmont Campus, 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont 914-250-0469 Upper School: Mamaroneck Campus, 145 New St., Mamaroneck 914-250-0451 fasny.org The French-American School of New York, a coeducational day school for children in nursery through 12th grade, offers a dual curriculum in French and English, combining the strengths of both the French educational system and the best U.S. independent schools. Bilingualism is at the core of the FASNY experience with students graduating with the French Baccalaureate and a high school diploma. Give your child the ability to play, write, read, sing, act, raise questions, and make friends in two languages!

German International School New York (GIS)

50 Partridge Road, White Plains 914-948-6513 gisny.org admissions@gisny.org German International School New York welcomes families of all nationalities. We are a vibrant, pre-K through 12th grade independent day school. Established in 1980, our German-English bilingual curriculum and our international community of children cultivate students of exceptional character who are open to the world. Graduates earn both a New York high school diploma and the highly acclaimed German International Abitur. Visit us at an open house or contact us to schedule a private tour.

Green Meadow Waldorf School

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children from nursery to 12th grade; and also runs popular summer programs. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the U.S., with approximately 375 students. Green Meadow students go on to top colleges and fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Visit gmws.org to see how we are transforming education.

The Harvey School

260 Jay St., Katonah 914-232-3161 harveyschool.org info@harveyschool.org With a typical class size of 10, our extraordinary faculty has the time and space to work with every student to ensure all students are challenged to reach their full potential and become their best selves. We offer a competitive athletic program, extensive instruction in the performing and fine arts, more than 20 clubs, an international student program, cutting-edge technology, service learning, and five-day boarding for students in ninth through 12th grades.

Hudson Country Montessori School

340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle 914-636-6202 hudsoncountry.org Children learn to observe, think, judge, and pursue interests at their own pace. Exposed to physical and mental order, and working with materials with a purposeful design in a calm atmosphere fosters concentration, creativity, self-respect, and a solid academic foundation. Hudson’s unique approach allows children to develop their skills while pursuing their interests. Programs are available for children ages 18 months through eighth grade, with extended hours available from 7:30am-6pm.

The Milestone School

70 W. Broad St., Mount Vernon 914-667-3478 themilestoneschool.com Founded in 1979 on the premise that “the first years of a child’s education are the most important,” The Milestone School is an independent, non-sectarian, nursery-fourth grade school. Celebrating 35 years of excel-

lence, our unique, stimulating academic environment emphasizing “Early Reading” prepares students to continue on to top private schools in Westchester and NYC. Emphasizing the basics, our curriculum allows our children to explore many areas including chess, music, Spanish, yoga, and drama. Milestone provides the enriching, nurturing experience every child needs and deserves to succeed.

Soundview Preparatory School

370 Underhill Ave., Yorktown Heights 914-962-2780 soundviewprep.org Soundview Preparatory School is an independent college preparatory school for sixth to 12th grades, situated on a 13-acre pastoral campus in Yorktown Heights. Small class sizes embody the school’s belief that students best develop academic skills, self-esteem, and leadership when teachers can get to know the learning style and interests of each student. College acceptances include Bard, Brown, Columbia, Duke, Haverford, NYU, Oberlin, RISD, Sarah Lawrence, Skidmore, and Williams

Thornton-Donovan School

100 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle 914-632-8836 td.edu Thornton-Donovan School, located in the heart of New Rochelle’s Beechmont section, was founded in 1901. T-D is an independent, international, K-12 coed school that attracts students from 40 different countries, and teaches French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, German, and Japanese. T-D has pioneered international and thematic education for decades, recently focusing on Italy, Argentina, and Alaska. Call or visit online to learn about T-D and its 40 sister schools worldwide.

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read, even children diagnosed with a learning disability, dyslexia, or ADD or ADHD. Whether your child is reading above, below, or at grade level, he or she will accomplish three-six years of reading achievement in just one year. Parents will see immediate improvement in reading achievement, comprehension, and vocabulary development. More than 10,000 children, from preschool to 12th grade, have accomplished these remarkable results. Your child’s grades, confidence, and self-esteem will soar as they learn to love reading and school.

The Westfield Day School

1 N. Greenwich Road, Armonk 914-967-2530 westfieldschools.info wdsinfo@optonline.net Since 2000, The Westfield Day School has been dedicated to helping students overcome academic difficulties and personal obstacles, through carefully designed programs for individual achievement. Westfield is a coeducational school for sixth to 12th grades

with a standard curriculum with academic support and advanced studies available. The school is supportive, combining an active clinical program including individual and group therapy with specialized instruction to meet individual needs. Classes are kept small and taught by reassuring adults in an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement.

TUTORS & TEST PREP College Advice 101 Jane C. Hoffman, M.B.A., C.E.P.

Larchmont 914-833-1573 collegeadvice101.com jane@collegeadvice101.com Jane C. Hoffman, M.B.A., C.E.P. founded College Advice 101 in 2005 to directly support students and parents as they navigate the increasingly complex college admissions terrain. Ms. Hoffman helps students research, apply, and gain admission to colleges. She assists in assessing what is realistic from a competitive admissions perspective, and considers qualitative elements like fit, demonstrat-

ed interest, and how a particular major may impact admission. Students will develop application materials that are comprehensive, authentic, and targeted. Ms. Hoffman works closely with her clients to make a potentially stressful process comfortable, educational, and successful.

Dicker Reading Center of Westchester

75 Brook St., Scarsdale 914-472-0600 dickerreading.com Our revolutionary reading program will teach any child to read, even children diagnosed with a learning disability, dyslexia, or ADD or ADHD. Whether your child is reading above, below, or at grade level, he or she will accomplish three-six years of reading achievement in just one year. Parents will see immediate improvement in reading achievement, comprehension, and vocabulary development. More than 10,000 children, from preschool to 12th grade, have accomplished these remarkable results. Your child’s grades, confidence, and self-es-

teem will soar as they learn to love reading and school.

Sylvan Learning Centers Westchester

Sylvan Learning Center of Bronxville 850 Bronx River Road, Bronxville 914-237-4396 sylvanlearning.com/bronxville bronxville.ny@sylvanlearning.com Sylvan Learning Center of White Plains 180 S. Broadway, White Plains 914-948-4116 sylvanlearning.com/whiteplains sylvan4202@msn.com Sylvan Learning, the leading provider of personal learning for K-12 students, offers tutoring in reading, writing, math, study skills, and test prep, and STEM classes in robotics and coding. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach combines certified teachers delivering personalized instruction using curriculum aligned with common core standards and the latest iPad® technology. Sylvan also offers Sylvan Prep SAT® and ACT® courses. Sylvan Learning Centers are conveniently located in Bronxville and White Plains.

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AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

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What age is best to specialize in a sport? Specialization in a single sport before the age of 10 is becoming more common. Parents and coaches often encourage this practice, thinking it will lead to athletic success and possibly an athletic scholarship. But less than 1 percent of high school athletes nationwide will receive an athletic scholarship and very few of those are “full rides.” Plus, specializing in a sport before the age of 10 can increase the chance of burnout. Therefore, experts believe that the ages of 12-13 are optimal to specialize in a sport.   My child really loves basketball; why should he play other sports, too? Before your child can be great at any sport, he or she must be an athlete first. Early specialization hinders overall athletic development, while playing different sports will help your child develop a variety of skills. A great approach is to have your child play a team sport and an individual sport, such as basketball and martial arts. Another possibility is to combine indoor sports and outdoor sports, such as ice hockey and soccer. It is positive to change up the activity. Laying the foundation between the ages of 6-12 is

beneficial so when your child does find a single sport that he wants to focus on, the fundamentals are already there. Basic athletic, tactical, and perceptual skills are transferable to all sports. Many successful athletes have backgrounds in sports other than the one they participate in, and most often they were involved in an activity that provided transferable fundamentals. How can I help my child choose other sports to play in addition to the one she loves? A few questions to ask before your child participates in a sport are: What is my child going to learn from it? Will this help build a foundation for future activities? Is she going to enjoy it? Choosing a sport for your child should not be a stressful process. Find out what your child is really interested in and start investigating. Children are often interested in what they see. Go to sporting events and engage in conversations about the activity with your child. Parents and older siblings involved in sports are great examples for younger children. The activity needs to be a learning experience, and it needs to be enjoyable. If the fun factor is missing—no matter how good they are—they will not be interested in it for very long.

Monica Holmes is a former NCAA Division I volleyball coach who served as head coach of the volleyball team at Columbia University. She is also the founder of Movement Consulting, a youth fitness consulting firm located in Manhattan.

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CLASSES DIRECTORY

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT The Children’s Jewish Education Group SUNY Purchase

914-864-1267 cjeg.org Do you want a Jewish education for your child without joining a synagogue? CJEG is a community-based school that emphasizes Jewish cultural studies, including Jewish tradition, history, and holidays, for children in kindergarten-seventh grade. We offer a professional teaching staff supported by a parent co-op administration. Private or group bar and bat mitzvah lessons are also available. Classes are held Sunday mornings at the SUNY Purchase campus. For more information, please visit our website, cjeg.org.

JCC of Mid-Westchester

999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale 914-472-3300 symonsc@jccmw.org jccmw.org The JCC of Mid-Westchester has several types of classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Our benefits include early registration incentives, refer-a-friend discounts, Sunday playground dates, and social events for parents and families, which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.

The Pre-School Dicker Reading Center of Westchester

75 Brook St., Scarsdale 914-472-0600 mommyicanread.com Your child age 3-5 will learn 15-30 words in their first session. Then they will learn to read their first book fluently. Every two months, your preschooler or kindergartner will achieve one year of reading enrichment. Their self-esteem will soar as they

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develop a love for reading and school. It’s easy, fun, and life’s most exciting game.

Westchester Community College Extension Center

in Ossining Arcadian Shopping Center, Route 9, Ossining 914-606-7400 The Westchester Community College Extension Center in Ossining features credit and non-credit classes for adults in the areas of general education and health care. But this stateof-the-art facility also offers after-school science programs for youngsters in fifth-eighth grades. The affordable classes for middle school students begin in mid-September, and cover topics including anthropology and the mysteries of the underwater world. Contact us at the Arcadian Shopping Center location on Route 9, or phone 914-6067400 for details.

ART Clay Art Center

40 Beech St., Port Chester 914-937-2047 x222 clayartcenter.org communityarts@clayartcenter.org Spin It! Youth classes for children and teens at the Clay Art Center are offered weekly from September-June. Build your inner artist while creating picture perfect pottery. Work with clay to develop creative problem-solving skills and build confidence while making new friends and having fun. Hand-building classes are offered for ages 6-9 and wheel-throwing classes are offered for children ages 10-17. Taught by professional ceramic artists who specialize in kindling a passion for creative expression in children.

JCC of Mid-Westchester

999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale 914-472-3300 symonsc@jccmw.org jccmw.org The JCC of Mid-Westchester has several types of classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated

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pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Our benefits include early registration incentives, refer-a-friend discounts, Sunday playground dates, and social events for parents and families, which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.

COOKING ABC Cakes

414 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck 914-630-2858 abccakesny.com info@abccakesny.com Have you ever wanted to decorate your own cake for a special occasion? ABC Cakes offers private and group classes for all ages that teach both butter cream and fondant skills. Classes are booked to fit your schedule. Ask about our birthday parties and custom cakes.

Amy Rosen Cooking by Design

917-903-1451 amyrosencookingbydesign.com amyrosencookingbydesign@gmail.com Is your child interested in exploring the culinary arts? With Amy Rosen, they will be able to chop, sauté, cook, bake, and platter many delicious dishes. With her enthusiastic and fun personality, Amy makes cooking and learning easy. She can cater to your family’s dietary needs and has many gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian delights. Your child’s cooking experience will be hands-on. From making appetizers to sauces, main dishes, and desserts, your child will be fully involved in the process, and you and your family will have the benefit of a homemade meal.

Sugar Mama by Kim Bakeshop

1985 Palmer Ave., Larchmont 914-834-8340 sugarmamabykim.com classes@sugarmamabykim.com At Sugar Mama by Kim’s bakeshop we make it cool after

school! Our after-school baking program is designed to enhance creativity, self-esteem, and peer relationships. During a six-week session kids will enjoy a handson experience, learning how to read recipes, and follow proper measuring, mixing techniques, and kitchen safety. Every child will bake and decorate cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and more. Each week will focus on a different desert and seasonal projects. All done in a fun and safe and fun environment.

DANCE Central Park Dance

450 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale 914-723-2940 centralparkdance.com centralparkdance@gmail.com Central Park Dance offers more than 200 classes per week, in all levels, for children and adults. Newer and very popular classes include Lyrical and Acro-Jazz. In addition, Central Park Dance has a preschool program, which is regarded as one of finest in the area, introducing children as young as age 2 to dance, and the popular Fairytale Ballet. Central Park Dance Summer Camp has earned a reputation for being the most thorough and rewarding dance experience for students for more than 30 years. Miss Talia’s Boutique is on premises and open late, seven days a week. Voted Best of Westchester 2013!

City Center Dance

98 Lake St., White Plains 914-328-1881 citycenterdance.com Specializing in dance classes for children ages 3-18, City Center Dance provides professional dance instruction in a positive, fun atmosphere. We are centrally located in White Plains, right in the heart of Westchester County. We offer after-school dance classes including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, pointe, and pre-pointe, as well as special classes for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Specialty workshops are offered seasonally, including acro. continued on page 34 ››


Learning the right answers will get your child through school. Learning how to learn will get your child through life!

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Hudson Country Montessori School

Inspiring curious, creative, and gifted minds. Toddlers through 8th grade. 340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804 • 914-636-6202 • www.hudsoncountry.org

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Additional offerings include children’s birthday parties, master classes, and performance opportunities. City Center Dance…where dance is an art form, not a competition.

Dance & Theater Arts Studios

145 Palisade St., #376, Dobbs Ferry 914-231-9179 danceandtheaterarts.com janettabetz@optimum.net A process-oriented performing arts school at which students learn how to achieve excellence through self-discipline and the mastery of technique. Experience the joy of achievement through our unique programs of dance, voice, and acting classes at affordable prices. Get prepared for success before you step out on stage at open mic night or in musical shows and plays, with the training and confidence you’ll gain in a positive learning environment. Come nurture and explore your inner artist (ages 3 to adult) and register for a class today.

Dance Cavise Studios

273 Halstead Ave., Mamaroneck 914-381-5222 dancecavise.com joe@dancecavise.com jamie@dancecavise.com fancyd@optonline.net Described in the New York Times as “setting higher standards in dance education,” Dance Cavise offers all dance disciplines, at all levels, for all ages including our new Tiny Tot’s for ages 2-4. Broadway veteran Joe Cavise heads a staff of more than 20 professionals from New York City and Westchester. The studio is known for promoting strong technique in a non-recital-oriented, education-driven program. Summer Performing Arts Camp Program and Birthday Parties are also a specialty. Dance Cavise is home to Off Center Dance Theatre, a nonprofit organization with dual missions of dance performance and community outreach.

JCC of Mid-Westchester

999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale 914-472-3300 symonsc@jccmw.org

jccmw.org The JCC of Mid-Westchester has several types of classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Our benefits include early registration incentives, refer-afriend discounts, Sunday playground dates, and social events for parents and families, which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.

Logrea Dance Academy

2 Dale Ave., Ossining 914-941-2939 logreadance.com Logrea Dance Academy (school of the Westchester Ballet Company) inspires students of all ages and abilities to achieve their highest potential, through training in classical ballet, as well as jazz, tap, and modern. Founded in 1986 by professional dancers, Beth Fritz-Logrea and Jean Logrea, LDA offers classes for students age 3 through advanced, by an all-professional staff. Annual Nutcracker and scholarship auditions are held each fall, and all students have the opportunity to participate in performances of the highest artistic standard.

Steffi Nossen School of Dance

216 Central Park Ave., White Plains Church of St. Mary the Virgin South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua 914-328-1900 steffinossen.org Since 1937, Westchester’s dance destination! Our faculty—college dance graduates with performance experience—transmits the joy and discipline of dance with warmth and enthusiasm. Our dance classes develop creativity, technique, and proper body alignment. Classes include modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, classical story ballet, and Moving Wheels and Heels adaptive dance. Live music! Dance

birthday parties arranged at our studio or your home, based on your child’s special interests and theme ideas.

Studio B Dance Center

277 White Plains Road (entrance on Prospect Avenue), Eastchester 914-793-2799 studiobdance.com Since 1996, thousands of students have taken dance lessons with Studio B’s highly talented and nurturing teachers. Its well-established pre-ballet programs are perfect for boys and girls as young as age 2. Students develop important social skills such as listening carefully, following directions, and interacting with others, while dancing to age-appropriate music. Studio B Dance Center continues to respond to families’ needs with convenient scheduling options and a wide range of styles, including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acro and tumbling, modern, contemporary, and pointe. Call or visit the studio’s informative website.

FASHION New England Fashion+Design Association

31 Mamaroneck Ave., Studio 512 , White Plains 914-222-5220 sonofashiondesign.com irina@sonofashiondesign.com From inspiration to the actual creation, New England Fashion+Design Association teaches students, young and old, the art of clothing design. Illustration, pattern making, and sewing comprise our after-school classes, weekend workshops, and fashion lab summer camp for kids. With two locations, Norwalk, CT, and White Plains, NEF+DA is able to reach many eager achievers who want to begin a path to a career or simply enjoy continuing their education and passion.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE French-American School of New York (FASNY)

Campuses in Scarsdale, Larchmont, and Mamaroneck Nursery to Grade 1: Scarsdale

Campus, 85 Palmer Ave., Scarsdale 914-250-0521 Lower School: Larchmont Campus, 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont 914-250-0469 Upper School: Mamaroneck Campus, 145 New St., Mamaroneck 914-250-0451 fasny.org camps@fasny.org The French-American School of New York, a coeducational day school for children in nursery through 12th grade, offers a dual curriculum in French and English, combining the strengths of both the French educational system and the best U.S. independent schools. Bilingualism is at the core of the FASNY experience with students graduating with the French Baccalaureate and a high school diploma. Give your child the ability to play, write, read, sing, act, raise questions, and make friends in two languages!

German International School New York (GIS)

50 Partridge Road, White Plains 914-948-6513 gisny.org admissions@gisny.org German International School New York welcomes families of all nationalities. We are a vibrant, pre-K through 12th grade independent day school. Established in 1980, our German-English bilingual curriculum and our international community of children cultivate students of exceptional character who are open to the world. Graduates earn both a New York high school diploma and the highly acclaimed German International Abitur. Visit us at an open house or contact us to schedule a private tour.

Mandarin Discovery Preschool

515 North St., White Plains 914-351-6788 mandarindiscov.org shanshanli@mandarindiscov.org Mandarin Discovery Preschool is an immersive, creative Mandarin language program for children ages 3-5. Teaching intensive ‘PiYin’ pronunciation, Chinese traditional simplified ‘MaoBi’ writing (Chinese calligraphy), and using Chinese zodiac animals to continued on page 36 ››

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Karate, Yoga & Fitness Programs

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make arts and crafts. Stories from Chinese culture are added for fun. Basic musical instrument instruction and Mandarin songs are included. Mandarin Discovery Preschool offers a summer program and Mandarin Chinese culture classes for first-fifth grades on Saturdays. Outside of the classroom, private tutor and translation services are available.

MOMMY & ME The Pre-School Dicker Reading Center of Westchester

75 Brook St., Scarsdale 914-472-0600 mommyicanread.com Your child age 3-5 will learn 15-30 words in their first session. Then they will learn to read their first book fluently. Every two months, your preschooler or kindergartner will achieve one year of reading enrichment. Their self-esteem will soar as they develop a love for reading and school. It’s easy, fun, and life’s most exciting game.

Starlight Starbright Music

78 Garth Road, Scarsdale 914-924-0995 slsbmusic.com jackie@slsbmusic.com Do you know that all children are musical? Find out what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child in our parent-child Music Together classes, for children from birth through kindergarten accompanied by an adult caregiver! We also offer Uke U., a mommy-and-me ukulele class for children ages 3-6. For more information and to register, visit slsbmusic.com. We hope to see you soon.

MUSIC Hoff-Barthelson Music School

25 School Lane, Scarsdale 914-723-1169 hbms.org hb@hbms.org Westchester’s premier Community Music School. Early childhood, K-12, adult programs, jazz studies, and summer arts program. Comprehensive music

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education for students of all ages by a world-class faculty in a warm, familial environment. Students receive not only weekly private lessons, but also musicianship classes, ensemble instruction, and numerous performance and practice opportunities with accompaniment. This all-encompassing approach catalyzes learning, enabling students to fulfill their potential. It is what sets Hoff-Barthelson apart from other music schools in the region and across the country. Ongoing enrollment. Tuition pro-rated at time of enrollment.

Music Conservatory of Westchester

216 Central Ave., White Plains 914-761-3900 musicconservatory.org Music Conservatory of Westchester provides quality music education for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, with 1-on-1 instruction, performing ensembles, theory, composition, early childhood classes, lifelong learning for adults, and free community performances. Our esteemed faculty, artists in their own right, help to enrich the lives of more than 2,500 students each year from ages 4 months to older than 80 years. Our Scholarship Program for low-income students and our Music Therapy Program for individuals with disabilities ensure access for all.

Musical Munchkins

167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe 914-771-7000 musicalmunchkins.com Musical Munchkins, Westchester’s original early childhood music program is celebrating more than 30 years of makin’ music and memories. We continue delighting our youngest musicians and their families with the wonderful world of mommy-n-me music. Our curriculum, filled with awesome activities, is geared to children ages 6 months to 4 years. Instruments, creative movement, inventive props, puppets, books, and games help captivate and enrich children with a love of music. Our nurturing teachers capture

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everyone’s hearts, while stimulating kids’ developing brains. Visit our website. Schedule a free trial class.

Starlight Starbright Music

78 Garth Road, Scarsdale 914-924-0995 slsbmusic.com jackie@slsbmusic.com Do you know that all children are musical? Find out what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child in our parent-child Music Together classes, for children from birth through kindergarten accompanied by an adult caregiver! We also offer Uke U., a mommy-and-me ukulele class for children ages 3-6. For more information and to register, visit slsbmusic.com. We hope to see you soon.

STEM MacInspires

1923 Palmer Ave., Larchmont 914-630-7338 larchmont@macinspires.com 37 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 203-531-5720 sayhello@macinspires.com macinspires.com MacInspires teaches more than 400 students a week various aspects of STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. From coding and 3-D printing to robotics, movie making, and aeroponics, MacInspires is here to inspire your child’s curiosity and unlock their potential through technology and the tech arts. MacInspires group classes and workshops have a ratio of no more than six students per instructor. Private instruction is available for students who want to explore STEAM subjects further with an instructor who often becomes a mentor. MacInspires also produces exciting STEAM Birthday Parties!

THEATER Artistree Performing Arts

114 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck 914-835-2200 artistreearts.com heather@artistreearts.com Artistree Performing Arts is a performing arts studio

offering classes for children ages newborn to 18. We strive to foster a community of performers who can build confidence and friendships in a supportive and engaging environment. Artistree offers everything from Broadway and rock music classes for babies to preschool performing classes; after-school classes in acting, film, and musical theater; and performance workshops for middle- and high-school students. Whether your child is on a pre-professional track or just loves to sing and dance, we have the class or workshop to fit their needs.

Curtain Call Inc.

1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT 203-329-8207 x16 Administration: 203-329-8207 Box Office: 203-461-6358 curtaincallinc.com brian@curtaincallinc.com Curtain Call Inc. is Stamford’s longest-running, nonprofit theater, providing year-round, live performances and theater arts classes. Ages 5 through adult can enjoy after-school, evening, and weekend workshops in acting for the stage, TV and film, comedy, improv, musical theater, Broadway tap, Shakespeare, and more! Full-day vacation programs are offered for ages 6-16. Our teaching artists provide a nurturing, creative environment for students of diverse experience and backgrounds. We can also design a workshop for your before- or after-school program, business, or civic group. Call 203-3298207 x16 or visit curtaincallinc. com. “Where Acting Out is encouraged!”

Dance & Theater Arts Studios

145 Palisade St., #376, Dobbs Ferry 914-231-9179 danceandtheaterarts.com janettabetz@optimum.net A process-oriented performing arts school at which students learn how to achieve excellence through self-discipline and the mastery of technique. Experience the joy of achievement through our unique programs of dance, voice, and acting classes at affordable prices. Get prepared for success


before you step out on stage at open mic night or in musical shows and plays, with the training and confidence you’ll gain in a positive learning environment. Come nurture and explore your inner artist (ages 3 to adult) and register for a class today!

JCC of Mid-Westchester

999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale 914-472-3300 symonsc@jccmw.org jccmw.org The JCC of Mid-Westchester has several types of classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Our benefits include early registration incentives, refer-afriend discounts, Sunday play-

ground dates, and social events for parents and families, which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.

The Play Group Theatre

1 N. Broadway, Suite 111, White Plains 914-946-4433 playgroup.org info@playgroup.org At The Play Group Theatre®, we challenge the imagination, nurture the creative soul, and inspire children and teens to reach for what they might have thought impossible. We offer professional-quality training in a one-of-a-kind family atmosphere in the spring, summer, and fall. With seven different programs, Summer Theatre is designed for young actors with every level of experience, ages 4-17. Our conservatory-style camp is located in its own air-conditioned performing arts complex, which includes two theaters, rehearsal studios, and scenic and costume shops. Register now.

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BASEBALL & SOFTBALL ProSwing

ProSwing of Port Chester 36 Midland Ave. Port Chester Sam Colon: 914-937-6700 sam@proswingbaseball.com ProSwing of Mount Kisco 27 Radio Circle Drive, Mount Kisco Dan Gray: 914-242-1626 dan@proswingbaseball.com With two conveniently located facilities in Westchester County; Port Chester and Mount Kisco, ProSwing provides the ideal baseball and softball indoor training center for all ages and skill levels. We take pride in having the best staff and the most programs and services available. We offer organized individual and group lessons, personal training classes, instructional clinics, and multisport day and summer programs for all ages. In addition, our facilities are available for team and individual workouts, special events, and birthday parties for children and adults.

FITNESS Bounce! Trampoline Sports

612 Corporate Way (off Route 303), Valley Cottage 845-268-4000 facebook.com/bouncetrampolinesports twitter.com/bouncesport bouncevalleycottage.com info@bounceonit.com Bounce! offers the opportunity to play sports, have fun, and get fit on enormous courts of interconnected trampolines. Guests can enjoy open jump time, trampoline dodgeball, slam-dunk basketball, foam-pit jumping, and a fun arcade. And check out our new Bounce! Xtreme Ninja Obstacle Course for all ages! We also have private party rooms, a snack bar, and a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for kids ages 5 and younger. Ask us about Toddler Time. School, camp, and group trips welcome. Fundraising opportunities are available.

Breezemont Day Camp

Gordon A Josey, owner and director 62 Cox Ave., Armonk 914-367-1936 breezemontdaycamp.com matt@breezemont.com Breezemont Day Camp offers a wide variety of activities, land sports, and fine and performing arts on an 18-acre campus with six

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pools and a lake for children ages 3-14. Same traditions and values, but with newly improved facilities and program upgrades. To take a tour, please call our director and owner, Gordon, at 914-367-1936.

Camp Ramaquois

30 Mountain Road, Pomona 845-354-1600; ramaquois.com Camp Ramaquois is “a day camp as complete as sleepaway camp,” situated on 44 acres in Rockland County. From adventurous activities to creative arts and athletic activities, boys and girls ages 3-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities. Facilities include a 5-acre crystalline lake, eight heated swimming pools, a splash park, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, hockey rinks, ball fields, soccer fields, a petting zoo, and special events. Many air-conditioned buildings. Visit us on our website or call for a personal tour.

Future Stars Summer Camps Purchase College

Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase 914-273-8500; fscamps.com Weekly day sessions for ages 4-16, June-August. Campers can choose and combine weeks from 19 individualized specialty programs: Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Football, Multi-Sports, Field Hockey, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Circus Arts, Magic, Softball, Diving, Horseback riding, Swim, Academic, STEM Education, and Rising Stars (children going into kindergarten and first grade). Our staff is a highly trained team of professionals, and limited enrollment ensures that they get to know each camper’s individual needs. Supervised swimming is included, as is instructional swim for Rising Stars. Lunch option, door-to-door transportation from Manhattan and Westchester available.

Rockin’ Jump

241 Market St., Yonkers 914-510-9119 ridgehill.rockinjump.com ridgehill-ny@rockinjump.com 333 N. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco 914-743-5730 mtk.rockinjump.com info@mtk.rockinjump.com At Rockin’ Jump, we believe exercise should be fun. Instead of stair climbers and weight machines

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we created facilities (26,000 square feet Ridge Hill or 16,000 square feet Mount Kisco) in which you can soar in open jump arenas, do flips into pools of soft foam cubes, play trampoline dodgeball, and do extraordinary basketball dunks. Some trampoline fitness facts: Jumping burns three times more calories than jogging; 6 minutes on a trampoline can equal 1 mile of jogging; jumping puts slight stress on your bones, making them stronger. Come on down to Rockin’ Jump for fitness disguised as fun.

Wagon Road Camp

Vince Canziani, director 431 Quaker Road, Chappaqua 914-238-4761 childrensaidsociety.org/wagon-road-camp vincec@childrensaidsociety.org Run by The Children’s Aid Society, Wagon Road is a day camp for all children. A diverse group of campers enjoys a comprehensive program of Red Cross swim instruction, horsemanship, adventure ropes course, sports, dance, music, drama, cooking, nature study, and arts and crafts. Campers are organized in small groups with two counselors. We offer overnights with special evening activities and flexible enrollment plans. Fees are reasonable and include lunch and snacks. Transportation is available at central pickup locations, as well as early drop-off and extended day.

Westchester County Parks Sports Camps and Programs

914-231-4673 westchestergov.com/parks Boys and girls can develop their skills in the sport of their choice with the Perfect Pitch and Swing baseball camp at V.E. Macy Park in Ardsley, the Hole-in-One Junior Golf Camp held at your choice of the six Westchester County-owned golf courses, and the Slam Dunk Basketball Camp and the Girls’ Volleyball camp, held indoors in the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Sessions begin in late June or early July. Complete information on hours and session dates, along with brochures and applications can be found at westchestergov.com/parks.

White Plains Family YMCA YMCA Central and Northern Westchester Family of Camps

250 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains 914-949-8030

whiteplains.ymca-cnw.org Serving the families of our community has always been at the heart of the Y. With a White Plains Family YMCA membership, more than 20 youth classes (starting at age 3) are now included as well as more than 60 adult classes. We offer Family Swim five days a week, free babysitting while you work out, plus summer camp and child care. Family. Fitness. Fun. We have a membership for your family.

GYMNASTICS & CHEERLEADING GymCats Gymnastics and Birthday Party Center

1 Odell Plaza at Equalize Fitness, Yonkers 914-965-7676; gymcats.net We are famous for our unique private birthday parties. Our enthusiastic, interactive staff will have partygoers laughing and yelling as they swing on rings, jump, bounce, climb, and roll through our super obstacle course. Not to mention foam-filled pits, trampolines, an air castle, climbing ropes, and a giant inflatable slide that make your child’s party a memorable one. Call for more information about parties, gymnastics classes, private lessons, cheerleading, camps, or events.

ISG Gymnastics

Annie Pipia and Joann Distler, directors 151 Crotona Ave., Harrison 914-835-0010; isggymnastics.com Gymnastics classes, summer camp, cheerleading tumbling, birthday parties—ISG has got it all! From babies to teenagers, beginner-advanced, we have the program that’s right for you! You’ll flip over this professional facility with certified instructors for all levels. And ISG is a fun-filled, unique way to celebrate a birthday complete with trampoline, balance beams, bars, vault, tumbling, and air castle. All ages, 1 through teens. Age-appropriate program and equipment. Fun for all!

JCC of Mid-Westchester

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our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Our benefits include early registration incentives, refer-a-friend discounts, Sunday playground dates, and social events for parents and families, which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.

ICE-SKATING & ICE HOCKEY Hommocks Park Ice Rink

Boston Post Road and Weaver Street, Larchmont 914-834-1069 hommocksparkicerink.org Mamaroneck’s enclosed Hommocks Park Ice Skating Rink offers public skating sessions each day except Wednesday. Extended operating hours during school vacations. Learn to skate or sharpen your skills with our skating school; skating lessons available for ages 4 to adult. Our distinguished figure skating school includes lessons and competitions for all skill levels. House hockey program for ages 5-12 provides USA-certified instruction, basic hockey strategy, and league play. Special events include Skate with Santa and NY Rangers Day. Ask about our birthday party programs and visit our Slap Shot Café. Open Oct. 1-June 17, 2018.

PlayLand Ice Casino

100 Playland Parkway, Rye 914-481-5941; playlandice.com Kids and families love PlayLand Ice in Rye. Operating year-round, PlayLand Ice offers learn-to-skate and learn-to-play hockey classes, public ice-skat-

ing, figure skating, clinics, and camps for all ages and abilities. Birthday parties are always a huge hit at PlayLand Ice and feature private rooms, private ice, party helper, dance and black lights, and music. Visit us online for more information.

Westchester Skating Academy (WSA)

91 Fairview Park Drive (Route 9A), Elmsford 914-347-8232; skatewsa.com Westchester Skating Academy— the coolest place to have your party! We plan your party, provide the space, and supervise the activities. Many packages are available, including karaoke, Frozen, and Knee Hockey parties. All parties include ice-skating, skate rentals, a private party room, a party facilitator, pizza, and beverages. You can even make your own ice cream sundae with unlimited toppings. We have many food options to choose from including kosher items. Learn to skate instruction and custom party favors are available. We do parties the right way!

MARTIAL ARTS JCC of Mid-Westchester

999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale 914-472-3300 symonsc@jccmw.org; jccmw.org The JCC of Mid-Westchester has several types of classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Our benefits include early regis-

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tration incentives, refer-a-friend discounts, Sunday playground dates, and social events for parents and families, which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.

MULTI-SPORT PROGRAMS Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp at the Harvey School

260 Jay St., Katonah Off-season: 845-677-0491 Summer: 914-232-0581 harveycavaliercamp.org cdelcampo@harveyschool.org The Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp for children ages 4-14 offers programs filled with electives in fine arts, crafts, theater, music, and dance, as well as swimming, ice-skating, gymnastics, sports, and science. Guided by professional artists and educators, campers enjoy an adventure of self-exploration. Harvey’s sprawling 125-acre campus provides a perfect setting for summer fun: an outdoor pool, indoor ice-skating rink, the state-of-the-art Walker Center for the Arts, open fields for sports, and shady pathways through our woods. The Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp—Northern Westchester’s best-kept secret in summer day camps.

The Inn at East Hill Farm

460 Monadnock St., Troy, NH 800-242-6495; east-hill-farm.com The Inn at East Hill Farm is an award-winning family farm vacation resort that is open yearround. Guests enjoy hands-on time with farm animals, milking the cow and goat, collecting chicken eggs, horseback riding, patting the bunnies, making butter and cheese, and helping with barn chores. Resort amenities include a children’s recreation program, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hiking, tennis, shuffleboard, basketball, waterskiing (July and August), boating, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice-skating. Rates include three home-cooked meals daily, and bottomless cookie jar!

OnTrack Sport Center

29 S. Depot Plaza, Tarrytown 914-909-2974; ontracksport.com facebook.com/ontrack10591 OnTrack Sport Center is a 26,000-square-foot indoor sports facility, offering recreation, training, and competitive programs in soccer, lacrosse, and baseball to

athletes of all ages. Fall and winter programs are now available on our website. Try our indoor boot camp co-sponsored by the Tarrytown YMCA every Wednesday morning. Celebrate your child’s next birthday at OnTrack with one of our spectacular sports party packages. Voted 2017 Best of Westchester: Indoor Sports Center.

Pine Brook Fitness

130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle 914-636-1019; pinebrookfitness.com Pine Brook Fitness, awarded as Westchester’s Best Multi-Sport Family Fitness Facility, provides a fitness experience for you and your family to have fun, improve your skills, and test your limits in a safe, friendly, and rewarding atmosphere. We are home to the New Rochelle Racquet Club, The Rock Club, and The Studios, offering tennis, rock climbing, specialized fitness classes, and personal training. We offer a variety of programs for children and adults, hold annual summer vacation camps, and provide an exciting venue for birthday parties and bar or bat mitzvahs.

SWIMMING & WATER SPORTS The Inn at East Hill Farm

460 Monadnock St., Troy, NH 800-242-6495; east-hill-farm.com The Inn at East Hill Farm is an award-winning family farm vacation resort that is open yearround. Guests enjoy hands-on time with farm animals, milking the cow and goat, collecting chicken eggs, horseback riding, patting the bunnies, making butter and cheese, and helping with barn chores. Resort amenities include a children’s recreation program, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hiking, tennis, shuffleboard, basketball, waterskiing (July and August), boating, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice-skating. Rates include three home-cooked meals daily, and bottomless cookie jar!

Fin 2 Swim

858-539-3209 fin2swim.com; info@fin2swim.com Can your child really swim? Has she had lessons for several summers but still won’t put her head under water? Does he run and jump in without knowing how to save himself? Let us help you! One-on-1 private lessons will have continued on page 42 ››


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your child swimming independently from one side of the pool to the other in approximately six weeks. Don’t miss this limited opportunity! Lessons are held in Bergen, Rockland, and Westchester, from mid-June through July, and in the Hamptons in August. Call now to reserve your time slot.

JCC of Mid-Westchester

999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale 914-472-3300 symonsc@jccmw.org; jccmw.org The JCC of Mid-Westchester has several types of classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Our benefits include early registration incentives, refer-a-friend discounts, Sunday playground dates, and social events for parents and families, which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.

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Christine Klint, director 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase 914-251-6546 purchasecollegeathletics. com/sports/2011/6/14/ GEN_0614112216.aspx christine.klint@purchase.edu Held in our sparkling six-lane pool, the Purchase College aquatics program runs year-round and features children’s group lessons, parent and child classes, and specialty programs including adult lessons, lifeguarding, SCUBA certification, springboard diving, and private and semi-private lessons. All lessons are taught by certified American Red Cross instructors. Our summer session offers two-week intensives, morning or afternoon classes, as well as private lessons. Adult classes are offered on Tuesday evenings. Sessions run mid-June through mid-August. Register now!

White Plains Family YMCA YMCA Central and Northern Westchester Family of Camps

250 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains 914-949-8030 whiteplains.ymca-cnw.org Serving the families of our com-

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munity has always been at the heart of the Y. With a White Plains Family YMCA membership, more than 20 youth classes (starting at age 3) are now included as well as more than 60 adult classes. We offer Family Swim five days a week, free babysitting while you work out, plus summer camp and child care. Family. Fitness. Fun. We have a membership for your family.

YWCA of White Plains

515 North St., White Plains 914-949-6227 Camp Funkist: 914-949-6227 x168 Gymnastics Program: 914-949-6227 x125 Camp for Children with Developmental Disabilities: 914-949-6227 x108 ywcawpcw.org The YWCA on North Street in White Plains offers great options for summertime fun. Camp Funkist (ages 4-15) provides non-competitive relaxing days of sports, swimming, musical theater arts, nature, science, trips, and other age-appropriate activities; intensive full-day Summer Gymnastics for girls and boys; and Summer Camp for Children with Developmental Disabilities. The YWCA has well-equipped indoor and outdoor facilities. Experienced and qualified staff lead recreational and instructional swimming.

TENNIS Squire Camps Inc. at Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale

914-328-3798 squirecamps.com squirecamps@gmail.com Celebrating our 44th year! Matt Davanzo operates Squire Advantage Camps, a distinctive camp for children in kindergarten-ninth grades at the Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale. Campers design their own custom schedules from more than 50 exciting courses including robotics, art, cooking, swimming, computers, photography, Legos, and sports. All courses are taught by certified teachers in air-conditioned classrooms. Squire also operates an All-Sports and Tennis Academy at Maria Regina High School. Hot lunch, T-shirt, early drop-off included. Transportation, extended day, and three-, four-, or seven-week sessions available.


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EDITOR’S HOT TICKETS Our calendar is full of great ideas. First, here are the six events we consider can’t-miss—the ones we’re taking our own kids to. Consider it your cheat sheet to the best of what’s great this month!

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A Night on Fire

WHEN: Through July 2: Friday, 8:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8pm; Saturday, 9:30pm WHERE: Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow AGES: 3 and older WHAT: A Night on Fire brings fire juggling and comedy troupe extraordinaire A Different Spin for a fully choreographed, live display of fire arts, featuring flame-wielding, fire-eating performers twisting and turning, juggling and dancing, spinning and sword fighting, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: This will take your breath away! WANT TO GO? $22; $16 for children 17 and younger. 914-366-6900. hudsonvalley.org.

Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets

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WHEN: Sunday, July 9, 1pm and 4pm WHERE: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Joined on stage by his band the Space Cadets, Tim performs songs celebrating real life kid and family moments and milestones. WHY WE LOVE IT: Celebrate all the moments of life with these songs! WANT TO GO? $23. 914-739-0039. paramounthudsonvalley.com.

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Pet Adoption Day

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 10:30am-4:30pm WHERE: Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford AGES: All WHAT: Come and meet dogs and cats in need of lifelong, loving homes. Participating organizations include Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, ASPCA of Westchester, and Posh Pets Rescue. The event is sponsored in part by Pet Smart. WHY WE LOVE IT: Find your new family member! WANT TO GO? Free admission. 914-592-2222. broadwaytheatre.com.

Family Day: Wonderful Weaving FREE

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WHEN: Sunday, July 23, 12-4pm WHERE: Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah AGES: All WHAT: Movement, yarn, and up-cycled materials are woven together in a spectacular celebration of rug-inspired crafts. Enjoy an interactive demonstration by artist Constance Old, create your own woven and hooked art pieces, and participate in a collaborative dance imbued with the rhythmic motion of weaving led by choreographer and dancer, Maria Colaco.

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5 WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a truly unique experience for the whole family. WANT TO GO? 914-232-9555. katonahmuseum.org.

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Pirate Quest

WHEN: July 1-Aug. 27, Saturday-Sunday, 9:4510:45am WHERE: Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow AGES: 5-8 WHAT: A new mobile game sets the scene for swashbuckling fun as children hunt through the site’s grounds to load precious cargo onto their digital pirate ships. Kids looking for adventure can pick up a tattoo and keep watch for pirates and sword fights, but only those who finish the game will capture the treasure. WHY WE LOVE IT: A fresh and exciting event! WANT TO GO? $14; $12 seniors; $8 children ages 3-17. 914-366-6900. hudsonvalley.org.

‘Annie’

WHEN: July 1-Sept. 10, Wednesday-Sunday, see website for times WHERE: Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford AGES: All WHAT: Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. In this fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil plots, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks. WHY WE LOVE IT: Every young child adores this classic! WANT TO GO? $50 show only. 914-592-2222. broadwaytheatre.com.

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WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE

Think a freebie has to be ho-hum? Don’t let the price tag (or lack of one) fool you. Here are the five no-cost events we’re excited about now. You’re welcome. Legomania FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 3, 6:30pm WHERE: Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Have fun with freestyle Lego building. WANT TO GO? 914-722-1303. scarsdalelibrary.org.

Healthy Eats Cooking Class FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 6, 3:30-4:30pm WHERE: North Castle Public Library, 19 Whippoorwill Road E., Armonk AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Cook healthy snacks in this hands-on activity with Northern Westchester Hospital. WANT TO GO? 914-273-3887. northcastlelibrary.org.

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Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm WHERE: Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill AGES: All WHAT: A fun, fast-paced and originally scripted show focusing on unusual, exotic animals. These are the same animals that have been featured on NYC-based TV shows and movies. WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847. fieldkids.wordpress.com.

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Fossil Investigations with Westchester Children’s Museum FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 4-5pm WHERE: North Castle Library, 19 Whippoorwill Road E., Armonk AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Using scientific methods of observation and hypothesis, student paleontologists will make educated guesses about the world now and in the past while they examine fossil remains of animals and plants. Children will gain a better understanding of what a fossil is, how they are formed, and will make their own “fossils” to bring home. WANT TO GO? 914-273-3887. northcastlelibrary.org.

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Puppet Playtime Show FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 4-5pm WHERE: North Castle Library, 19 Whippoorwill Road E., Armonk AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Come meet puppeteer Nicola and friends for an interactive, story-based puppet playtime that’s great for the whole family. WANT TO GO? 914-273-3887. northcastlelibrary.org. ››

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Family Art Project: Sundials and Sunprints

WHEN: July 29-30, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx AGES: All WHAT: Through handmade sundials, learn about the sun’s shadows, and discover a fun way to tell time. WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

Second Saturdays

WHEN: Through Dec. 9: Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am WHERE: Boscobel House, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Explore the past through hands-on chores, games, and crafts every second Saturday of the month. Take a flashlight tour of the Boscobel mansion and plant your own mini herb garden. WANT TO GO? $45 for a family of four; $8 per additional person. 845265-3638. boscobel.org.

CRAFTY KIDS Family Art Project: Nature’s Canvas Bag

WHEN: July 1-2, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm WHERE: Wave Hill, 41 E. Post Road, White Plains AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Create a beautiful canvas bag to take everywhere. WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 914-523-8258. wavehill.org.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Family Garden Walk

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 12pm WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx AGES: All WHAT: Walk through favorite, family-friendly locations in the garden. WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

Full Moon Wolf Walk

WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, 4pm WHERE: Chappaqua Library, 19 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Arch for Kids leads this program for children with an adult. WANT TO GO? 914-238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.

WHEN: Sunday, July 9, 8pm WHERE: Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate the July full moon, also known as “The Buck Moon.” While keeping cozy by the outdoor fire pit, guests will enjoy treats and howls from the more than 20 wolves that live at the center. Bring flashlights. WANT TO GO? $20. 914-763-2373. nywolf.org.

Family Art Project: Spray a Watercolor Garden

Sunset Wednesdays: Outdoor Music

Build a Tree House FREE

WHEN: July 22-23, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Paint the colors of summer without using a paint brush. Create your own blooming vision. WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

Elf and Fairy Houses FREE

WHEN: July 5-26, Wednesdays, 7pm WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Enjoy music on the Great Lawn and stroll the gardens. WANT TO GO? $10; $4 children. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

Getting Grounded FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 4pm WHERE: Chappaqua Library, 19 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua AGES: All WHAT: Build magical houses for magical creatures. WANT TO GO? 914-238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.

WHEN: Through Sept. 29: Wednesday-Sunday, 1-1:45pm WHERE: Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Tour the field and engage in a conversation about farming. Learn why soil is key and what being a food citizen is all about. WANT TO GO? 914-366-6200. stonebarnscenter.org.

Maker Space Friday FREE

Insider’s Tour

WHEN: July 7-28, Fridays, 2:30-5pm WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: All WHAT: Familes can explore different materials, concepts, and ideas while making and tinkering together. Activities cover a wide range of topics including simple circuits, wind-powered racers, and hand sewing. WANT TO GO? 718-699-0005. nysci.org. 48

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WHEN: Through Oct. 7: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-12:30pm WHERE: Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of the farm. As you stroll through the pastures, talk about farm innovation and how to build a healthy and sustainable food system. WANT TO GO? $20. 914-366-6200. story.stonebarnscenter.org.


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WHEN: Through Oct. 27: Fridays, 12-5pm WHERE: Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Ave., Yonkers AGES: All WHAT: A weekly teen-run market in downtown Yonkers features organic produce from community gardens and partnering farms in the Hudson Valley, as well as local baked goods, honey, and jams. Attracts approximately 300 visitors each week. WANT TO GO? Prices vary. 914-375-2151. groundworkhv.org.

Family Farm Tour

WHEN: Through Nov. 17: Saturday-Sunday, 11:15am-12pm WHERE: Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills AGES: All WHAT: On this family-friendly tour, explore the farm and some of the seasonal highlights. Then walk around the farm to have a look at the animals and the vegetable gardens. WANT TO GO? $10. 914-366-6200. story.stonebarnscenter.org.

Catch the biggest and best 4th of July fireworks on the East River.

Happy Birthday America! The most famous 4th of July fireworks display in the U.S. returns to the East River for the third year running. The 41st Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will again light up the Brooklyn Bridge and feature the most fantastic display of pyrotechnics around. There will also be musical entertainment from artists including Jamie Barton and Craig Campbell. Each year, nearly 50,000 pyrotechnic shells are used during the 25-minute synchronized display that takes months to plan. If you’re not lucky enough to live in a DUMBO penthouse and want to snag a good spot, arrive very early and be prepared to wait to take in the extraordinary show. Or simply turn on your TV instead. July 4, 9:20pm. Age: All. East River; full viewing locations TBA. 212-494-4495. macys.com/fireworks. Richard Brown/Lincoln Center Archives

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Meet the Farmers, Greet the Season

WHEN: Through Nov. 19: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm WHERE: Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills AGES: All WHAT: Participate in hands-on activities and drop-in tours. WANT TO GO? $20; $10 children. 914-366-6200. story. stonebarnscenter.org.

HOLIDAY FUN Holiday Fireworks Show FREE

WHEN: July 3-4, Monday-Tuesday, 9:30-10:30pm WHERE: Playland Park, 1 Playland Park, Rye AGES: All WHAT: A spectacular fireworks display on the pier. WANT TO GO? 914-719-7145. playlandpark.org.

Wolves on Fourth of July

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 2pm WHERE: Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem AGES: All WHAT: Learn why wolves are so special on the Fourth of July. WANT TO GO? $14; $11 for children younger than 12. 914-7632373. nywolf.org. ››

Double Dutch Championships in Fountain Plaza (Josie Robertson Plaza) in 1976

Pick Up Your Feet The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Weekend this year will be a celebration of Double Dutch in NYC. Part of the Lincoln Center’s annual summer festival, the event will explore the women of color who’ve contributed to the cultural fabric of the city through this competitive sport turned art form. It will feature jumping demonstrations, jump-ins, panel discussions, a film screening, and exhibition. The highlight of the weekend will be the Double Dutch Summer Classic National Competition, with jumpers from all over the country competing for the national title. See website for event times. July 29-30. Age: All. Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side. 212-875-5456. lcoutofdoors.org. WestchesterParent 49


ONCE UPON A TIME Tales for Tails FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 6, 6pm WHERE: The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Children can read to a certified Good Dog. Sign-up is required. WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847. fieldkids.wordpress.com.

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SHOW TIME! Comedy Night

WHEN: Saturday, July 8, 8:30pm WHERE: Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford AGES: Adult WHAT: Six popular comics make for a night of fine dining and laughing. WANT TO GO? $50 show only. 914-592-2222. broadwaytheatre.com.

Library Live 2017: Magic Jim FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm WHERE: Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill AGES: All WHAT: Join Magic Jim and his trusty sidekick puppet, Mortimer, in a magical and fun program that is guaranteed to inspire young readers to build a better world. WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847. fieldkids.wordpress.com.

The Magic of Sharks FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 4-4:45pm WHERE: North Castle Library, 19 Whippoorwill Road E., Armonk AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Love comedy and magic? Join in a high-energy magic show where you’ll be seeing magic up close, while learning amazing shark facts with Magician Steve Woyce. WANT TO GO? 914-273-3887. northcastlelibrary.org.

Talent Show FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 7pm WHERE: Chappaqua Library, 19 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua AGES: All WHAT: Show your stuff or be in the audience. WANT TO GO? 914-238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.

Boys of the Bronx Doo Wop Night

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 8:30pm WHERE: Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Enjoy smooth vocals and spot-on harmonies as you go back in time with the music of the 1960s. WANT TO GO? $50 show only. 914-592-2222. broadwaytheatre.com.

Puppet Playtime Show FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 11am-12pm WHERE: North Castle Library, 10 Clove Road, North White Plains AGES: All WHAT: Come meet puppeteer Nicola and friends for an interactive, story-based puppet playtime. WANT TO GO? 914-948-6359. northcastlelibrary.org. 50

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WHEN: Thursday, July 13, 10am WHERE: Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Enjoy a nature-themed story with the wolves. Enjoy a fun book and a craft, in addition to viewing the wolves. Pre-register. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 children younger than 12. 914-763-2373. nywolf.org.

Pirates and Princesses Stories and Fun with LuAnn Adams FREE WHEN: Monday, July 24, 7pm WHERE: Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Lads and lasses can come in costume and listen to fabulous tales of adventure with LuAnn Adams. WANT TO GO? 914-722-1303. scarsdalelibrary.org.

Interactive Story Time FREE

WHEN: Through Aug. 9: Wednesdays, 11am WHERE: North Castle Public Library, 19 Whippoorwill Road E., Armonk AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Come listen to stories, sing songs, and play games with an interactive felt board every other week. WANT TO GO? 914-273-3887. northcastlelibrary.org.

SMARTY PANTS Build a Forest Friend Workshop FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 11am-12pm WHERE: North Castle Library, 10 Clove Road, North White Plains AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Just like a teddy bear workshop, bring 1 of 4 friends to life by stuffing and naming it. WANT TO GO? 914-948-6359. northcastlelibrary.org.

All About the Hudson River with Laura Ledbetter FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 17, 7pm WHERE: Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Have fun learning about the famous river. WANT TO GO? 914-722-1303. scarsdalelibrary.org.

Rocket Park Recess 2017

WHEN: July 7-21, Fridays, 12-4pm WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Gain new perspective on what it means to launch, propel, and grow something. Experiments and workshops use household supplies and everyday objects. WANT TO GO? $16; $13 children ages 2-17; free for children younger than 2. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.


Public Safety Day

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 1-3pm WHERE: Tibbets Brook Park, 120 Midland Park, Yonkers AGES: All WHAT: See what local heroes do on a daily basis to keep your family safe. WANT TO GO? Free with pool entry: See website for fees. 914-9634500. parks.westchestergov.com/tibbetts-brook-park.

Family BINGO! FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 6:30pm WHERE: Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Bring your whole family to play Bingo at the Field Library and enjoy prizes and refreshments, too. WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847. fieldkids.wordpress.com.

Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world. WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $20; $8 children ages 2-12; weekends: $25; $10 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

Gulliver’s Gate

WHEN: Through Dec. 31: daily, 9am-10pm WHERE: 216 W. 44th St., Times Square, Manhattan AGES: All WHAT: Artists from eight countries took part in building this miniature world, featuring cities from across the globe, all built to scale. Kids will love the miniature trucks and trains, and seeing a tiny New York City. WANT TO GO? $36; $27 seniors and for children 12 and younger. gulliversgate.com.

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¡Cuba!

WHEN: Through Aug. 13: daily, 10am-5:45pm WHERE: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan AGES: All WHAT: A bilingual exhibit exploring Cuba, in partnership with the Cuban National Museum of Natural History, featuring live animals and a chance to explore recreations of the island’s wetlands, as well as a typical Cuban street and interactive zones that kids will love. WANT TO GO? $27; $17 students and seniors; $12.50 children ages 2-12. 212-769-5100. amnh.org.

Osmo Coding FREE

WHEN: July 1-Aug. 26, Saturdays, 1-4pm WHERE: North Castle Public Library, 19 Whippoorwill Road E., Armonk AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Drop in to try out the library’s Osmo kits. From word games to coding, there’s something for everyone. WANT TO GO? 914-273-3887. northcastlelibrary.org.

CHIHULY

WHEN: Through Oct. 29: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx AGES: All WHAT: CHIHULY spotlights world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s bold innovation and experimentation in a variety of media throughout his career, with approximately 20 installations, drawings, and early works revealing the evolution and development of his artistic process. WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $20; $8 children ages 2-12; weekends: $25; $10 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

What in the World is a Herbarium?

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx AGES: All WHAT: This special exhibition in Ross Gallery celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world.

MUSICIANS Music in the Park

WHEN: Thursday, July 6, 7-9pm WHERE: Lasdon Park, 2610 Amawalk Road, Katonah AGES: All WHAT: Come enjoy beautiful music on the lawn and enjoy food and beverages for sale. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children. 914-864-7268. lasdonpark.org.

Music and Bronx Seaside Trolley

WHEN: Thursday, July 6, 5:30-8:30pm WHERE: Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Bronx AGES: All WHAT: Relax to the sounds of live music, explore the mansion, stroll the garden, and savor light refreshments. Then hop on the free Bronx Seaside Trolley for a ride to City Island. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island. WANT TO GO? $8; $5 children. 718-549-3200. bartowpellmansionmuseum.org.

One World Music FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 12-1pm WHERE: North Castle Library, 10 Clove Road, North White Plains AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Come to an interactive music program during which children learn about and play different instruments!. WANT TO GO? 914-948-6359. northcastlelibrary.org.

Build a Better Musical Instrument FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 3pm WHERE: Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Learn how instruments are made and how you make them work. Make your own percussion instrument and share in the music-making. WANT TO GO? 914-631-7734. warnerlibrary.org.

Backyard Concerts

WHEN: July 12-19, Wednesdays, 7pm WHERE: Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah AGES: All WHAT: See Westchester-bred performers strum and stomp as you picnic in your cut-offs and Bermudas. Enjoy garden seating or bring your own blanket. WANT TO GO? $20. 914-232-9555. katonahmuseum.org. ›› WestchesterParent 51


Faces From the Southern Ocean

WHEN: Through Sept. 3: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; SaturdaySunday, 10am-6pm WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: All WHAT: View photographs by J.J. L’Heureux featuring some of the world’s most amazing creatures. WANT TO GO? $16; $13 seniors and children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

ANIMAL LOVERS

Pack Chat for Kids

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 2pm WHERE: Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem AGES: All WHAT: Learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and visit the wolves. WANT TO GO? $14; $11 for children younger than 12. 914-763-2373. nywolf.org.

Turtles

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 10am WHERE: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, 25 Boulevard, Cornwallon-Hudson AGES: All WHAT: Come learn about native turtles and their adaptations. WANT TO GO? $8; $5 children. 845-534-5506. hhnm.org.

Southeastern Howls

WHEN: Sunday, July 16, 2pm WHERE: Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem AGES: All WHAT: Learn what it takes to save a species from the brink of extinction. Guests will get a look at the challenges facing the red wolf population. WANT TO GO? $14; $11 for children younger than 12. 914-763-2373. nywolf.org.

Evening Howl for Pups of All Ages

WHEN: Friday, July 21, 7pm WHERE: Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem AGES: All WHAT: Guests will take a short sunset hike to howl with the wolves. WANT TO GO? $16; $13 for children younger than 12. 914-763-2373. nywolf.org.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! with Westchester Children’s Museum FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 24, 4-5pm WHERE: North Castle Public Library, 10 Clove Road, North White Plains AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Explore caterpillars, butterflies, and more in this hands-on program. WANT TO GO? 914-948-6359. northcastlelibrary.org.

Animal Embassy FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 2pm WHERE: Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Meet live animal ambassadors and an educator from Animal Embassy. Learn how animals build their homes and how we can help our wild neighbors. WANT TO GO? 914-631-7734. warnerlibrary.org. 52

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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 5, 6pm WHERE: Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale AGES: 5 and older WHAT: A misplaced magical case and the escape of some of Newt Scamander’s fantastic beasts could spell trouble for the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. WANT TO GO? 914-722-1303. scarsdalelibrary.org.

Entergy Screenings Under the Stars FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 7, 6-11pm WHERE: Kensico Dam, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhala AGES: All WHAT: The Secret Life of Pets will be shown at dusk. Bring blankets and chairs. WANT TO GO? 914-328-1542. pparks.westchestergov.com/kensico-dam-plaza.

Read the Book/See the Movie: ‘The Lorax’ FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 10, 6pm WHERE: Chappaqua Library, 19 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua AGES: All WHAT: Read The Lorax, then see the movie and eat pizza. WANT TO GO? 914-238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.

‘Oddball’

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 12pm WHERE: Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Middle Island is home to a colony of fairy penguins who are under threat from hungry foxes. With help from his granddaughter, an eccentric chicken farmer hatches a plan to save the penguins. Family activities follow. WANT TO GO? $13; $7.50 for children 13 and younger. 914.773.7663. burnsfilmcenter.org.

Family Film FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 21, 3pm WHERE: Chappaqua Library, 19 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua AGES: All WHAT: Watch a movie and enjoy an animal singing competition. WANT TO GO? 914-238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.

‘Zootopia’

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 7-10pm WHERE: Saxon Woods Park, 1800 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy an evening swim and a family movie. Bring a picnic. WANT TO GO? $5; free for children younger than 5. 914-995-4880. nynjtc.org/park/saxon-woods-park.

Peekskill Film Festival

WHEN: July 28-30, Friday, 8-11pm; Saturday, 7-11pm; Sunday, 12-7pm WHERE: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill AGES: All


WHAT: A mix of features, animation, and more, as well as workshops, panel discussions, and a day dedicated to student film and animation. WANT TO GO? $10-$12; $30 weekend pass. 914-739-0039. paramounthudsonvalley.com.

Read the Book/See the Movie: ‘The BFG’ FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 31, 6pm WHERE: Chappaqua Library, 19 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua AGES: All WHAT: Read The BFG, then see the movie and eat pizza. WANT TO GO? 914-238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.

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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

WHEN: July 25-Sept. 25, Tuesdays, 4-7:30pm WHERE: Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck AGES: 3 and older WHAT: A young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. WANT TO GO? $8. 914-698-0098. emelin.org.

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Have fun all year long without breaking the bank, thanks to these free admission times at some favorite area attractions. By Catherine Patwell The Bronx The Bronx Zoo: General admission is free on Wednesdays. Visitors are asked to donate what they wish to support the zoo’s mission. Total Experience activities cost extra.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Free on Fridays, 4-8pm

New York Botanical Garden: Free grounds admission all day on Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9-10am. Special exhibits cost extra.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling: Admission for children ages 8 and younger is always free. Children ages 9-17 enter for $4; adult admission is $7.

Wave Hill: Free on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9am-12pm. The garden also hosts special free arts events throughout the year.

New-York Historical Society: Pay what you wish on Fridays, 6-8pm, which includes the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.

Whitney Museum of American Art: Pay what you wish Fridays, 7-10pm

Brooklyn Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Free all day on Tuesdays, and Saturdays from 10am-12pm. Free on winter weekdays, December-February.

Staten Island The Staten Island Children’s Museum: Free on Wednesdays, 3-5pm

Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Free on Thursdays from 2-6pm

Staten Island Zoo: Free on Wednesdays, 2-4:45pm

New York Aquarium: Pay what you wish on Fridays, 3-3:30pm, during the fall, winter and spring; in the summer, free Friday hours run from 4-5pm.

Queens New York Hall of Science: Free admission on Fridays, 2-5pm, and Sundays, 10-11am

Manhattan Children’s Museum of the Arts: Pay what you wish Thursdays, 4-6pm Children’s Museum of Manhattan: Free the first Friday of every month, 5-8pm

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Queens Botanical Garden: Admission is free every day, NovemberMarch. Admission is free Wednesdays, 3-6pm, and Sundays, 4-6pm, April-October.

Catherine Patwell is a former NYMetroParents editorial assistant.


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Choosing a Pediatrician

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hen should I start looking for a pediatrician? It’s a good idea to start looking for a pediatrician before your child is even born. Many parents begin looking when they are in the second trimester of their pregnancy. In most cases, your pediatrician or another pediatrician in their practice will see your newborn while you are still in the hospital after delivery. Having chosen a pediatrician will be helpful because you, your baby, and your pediatrician will start to form a relationship that will hopefully last for years. —Sanjiv Shah, M.D., chief medical officer of Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan What should I look for when choosing a pediatrician for my family? Look for someone who is board-eligible or, preferably, boardcertified in pediatrics. It is always a good idea to ask family and friends which pediatrician they have chosen and why. You may want to know what hospital your pediatrician is affiliated with in case your child has a medical emergency and needs to be admitted. 56

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After you’ve confirmed that the pediatrician or practice accepts your insurance, interview the pediatrician, either by phone or in person. That will give you a good sense of her bedside manner. If you have strong feelings about certain health topics, be up front with the pediatrician. If you don’t share the same philosophy, it might not be a good fit. Ask how emergencies are handled on the weekend or after hours, and how the pediatrician plans for coverage when he is on vacation. Also, find out what happens if you call the pediatrician with a medical question during the day. How quickly are calls returned? Would you be able to speak with a nurse if the pediatrician isn’t available? Visiting the office during its regular hours will give you a good sense of cleanliness as well as how courteous and personable the staff is. After visiting the office, it may be helpful to make a list of what you like or may not like about each pediatrician and practice. —Dr. Shah Comfort should also be a big part of choosing a pediatrician. How comfortable are you when you visit this doctor? Are you


going to be able to remember the answers he gives you? You also want a pediatrician who you feel is personable. It’s just like any other relationship—some people you like, some people you don’t like. So if it’s not an amenable situation, I think it is important to try an alternative. I wouldn’t go into a meet-and-greet with a pediatrician and pretend that you’re interviewing somebody for a job. Doctors have sat through many interviews before and it’s a little bit disconcerting. You can do the research online to get a feel for the doctor and how she approaches medicine and how she approaches kids. The most important thing is how do you feel when you leave a practice after a meet-and-greet. Do you feel like your questions were answered? Did you feel like you learned anything from the conversation? Did you feel at ease and comfortable in the office and while talking to the staff? —Hai Cao, M.D., a pediatrician at South Slope Pediatrics in Park Slope, Brooklyn What questions should I ask the doctor when choosing a practice for my child with special needs? Many offices will have no answers to these questions, but the manner in which they address your concerns will give you a lot of insight into how they will treat your family member, both medically and as a person. • Is the office accessible? • I s there an elevator? If so, what is the plan for when the elevator is not working? •D  o they have scales to weigh patients with different levels of mobility? • Are there exam tables to accommodate patients with special needs? • What about patients with visual and hearing impairments? • Is there a doctor on call who will be familiar with my child’s special needs? • What training is given to staff regarding providing care for patients with developmental disabilities? • What do you do if a patient becomes agitated or combative in the waiting room? • How do you draw blood or give shots if a patient with a developmental disability objects? • Do you have or participate in any programs to help desensitize a patient to these more invasive procedures? —Lela Mayers, M.D., M.P.H., medical director for Aetna The pediatrician I chose for my family seemed like a great fit, but now I am not sure I made the right decision. What should I do? Ask yourself whether the pediatrician isn’t a good fit or whether it’s the whole practice. If you are interested in working with another pediatrician in the practice, it shouldn’t be a problem. You can ask for a different pediatrician when you make your child’s next appointment. If you wish to change to a different practice, don’t feel guilty or worry that you will hurt anyone’s feelings. Your child’s care is the most important consideration. Again, ask family and friends for recommendations. Once you make the change, be sure to transfer your child’s immunization records and the results of tests. That will give your new pediatrician a good sense of your child’s health history. —Dr. Shah

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DENTISTS & DENTAL PROVIDERS Blais Orthodontics

2 Overhill Road, Suite 300, Scarsdale 914-472-9595 scarsdaleortho.com/contact Dr. Blais treats her patients how she would treat her own family—with a meticulous eye and a gentle touch, informing the patients and their families of their options and progress throughout treatment. As an Ivy League-trained doctor, Dr. Blais sees everything through from A to Z and enjoys becoming a part of her patients’ lives at the same time. “It is such a wonderful feeling to see progress and the huge smile that accompanies it. So exciting!” This detail-oriented care will produce stellar results that you will show off forever! Visit Dr. Blais for early interceptive orthodontics, braces, and Invisalign.

Briarcliff Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Renuka Bijoor

325 S. Highland Ave., Briarcliff Manor 914-762-4151 briarcliffpediatricdentistry.com The most amazing laser technology in our office has changed the way your children receive dental care. No more shots! No prolonged, high-pitched sounds and vibrations of the drill! Cavities can now be treated with such ease in no time. Treating tongue-ties and lip-ties with the laser have helped many moms who have difficulty with breast-feeding. We now have extended hours and accept most major insurance. Please call for a free consult.

Caring for Kids Dr. Ivis Getz

140 Lockwood Ave., Suite 315, New Rochelle 914-355-2265 caringpediatricdentistry.com caringpediatricdentistry@gmail.com Dr.Ivis Getz, a board-certified pediatric dentist, is committed to providing the highest quality dental care to infants, children, adolescents, and those with special needs. Dr. Getz recognizes that each child is a

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unique individual who deserves compassion and respect, which is evident in her friendly manner and calm demeanor. The dental team truly enjoys working with kids and will treat your child with warmth and compassion. The practice participates in many dental insurance plans and has convenient after-school and Saturday appointments available.

Gentle Care Pediatric Dentistry

50 Dayton Lane, Suite 103, Peekskill 914-402-6980 40 Radio Circle, Mount Kisco 914-241-1933 gckidsdmd.com At Gentle Care Pediatric Dentistry, pediatric dentistry is exciting, upbeat, and something to look forward to! Our dental office is a bright, happy place that has been carefully designed for the physical and psychological needs of your infants, children, or young adults. Dr. Jaish Markos, a board-certified pediatric dentist, provides the most up-to-date dental procedures, including digital X-rays, white tooth fillings, sealants, and hospital dentistry. We are committed to building a special relationship with children and their families to achieve a healthy and lasting smile for now, and years to come.

Main Street Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Penny Resnick-Graulich

115 Main St., Suite 302, Tuckahoe 914-633-4440 mainstreetpediatricdentistry.com drpennydds@aol.com Dr. Penny Resnick-Graulich has been practicing children’s dentistry in Westchester for more than 25 years. Dr. Penny and her amazing staff pride themselves on making the entire dental experience a positive one for children, infants through teens, and their parents. They help anxious children feel secure during dental treatment and make every patient feel calm, confident, and comfortable, while promoting optimal oral health care. Special attention is given to those children with special medical, physical, or emotional needs. The office’s goal is to make your child an expert in preventative dentistry.

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Westchester Family Orthodontics

450 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 406, Harrison 914-732-3777 westchesterfamilyortho.com info@westchesterfamilyortho.com Westchester Family Orthodontics is a brand-new, completely digital and paperless office that uses the latest advances in orthodontic technology. Dr. Schnebel is among the select group of orthodontic specialists that is board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Westchester Family Orthodontics offers orthodontic care, braces and Invisalign, for the entire family, including children, teens, and adults. Our annual Halloween Buy Back event donates all candy to troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude.

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS Allied Physicians Group

3 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville 866-621-2769 alliedphysiciansgroup.com The more than 120 physicians that comprise Allied Physicians Group are among the top pediatricians throughout Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, and beyond. When you bring your children to an Allied pediatric practice, you know they are getting the very best care. Our doctors have access to resources, technology, and support that other, standalone pediatric practices simply cannot offer. Our doctors have more time for what matters most—you and your child! For more information, visit alliedphysiciansgroup.com or call us at 866-621-2769.

Fidelis Care New York

888-FIDELIS (343-3547) fideliscare.org Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life, including products available through NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. With more than 1.6 million mem-

bers statewide, Fidelis Care was founded on the belief that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (343-3547) or visit fideliscare.org.

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

100 Woods Road, Valhalla 914-493-7000 mariafarerichildrens.org/mfch/ home.aspx Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is the children’s hospital for the Hudson Valley. It is the hospital that will care for a child you love if he or she is seriously ill or injured. Parents from Saugerties to Scarsdale and beyond bring their kids to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for life-changing and lifesaving care such as openheart surgery, brain surgery, organ transplants, burn care, cancer treatments, and more. Its clinical expertise is matched only by its supportive, healing environment that gets the whole family feeling better.

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145 Huguenot St., Suite 200, New Rochelle 914-235-1400 pasw4kids.com Pediatric Associates of Southern Westchester provides quality, comprehensive health care for ages newborn to 21. We are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, as a Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home. Our physicians are affiliated with Montefiore New Rochelle, formerly Sound Shore, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Children’s Hospital. We offer Enfant Pediatric Visual Evoked Potential Vision Testing, a child-friendly, non-invasive medical device used to detect visual defects in children. We accommodate same-day sick visits, have extended hours Monday-Thursday, and Saturday morning hours. Call for a consultation.


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Choosing the Best School for Your Child with Special Needs ›› Get an expert’s answers to common questions about an important decision for parents of children with learning disabilities or other special needs. By Christina Vercelletto

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hen you are the parent of a child with a learning disability or other special needs, it can seem like your important decisions never cease. Just when you think you’ve got your bearings, you must get used to another new idea, situation, challenge—and you have to handle all of this while managing your own emotions. One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make when your child is young is choosing a school. So we went to Mark Griffin, Ph.D., a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, with the most common questions parents like you have about this potentially challenging decision.

I had a handle on preschool life, but the idea of elementary school is overwhelming me. What’s the most important thing to keep in mind? The key to choosing the right school is to be sure what your child’s strengths and needs are. Then, if a school can clearly and completely explain to you how they have been effective in providing good outcomes for a child such as yours, it may be a match. But remember: Development is, by definition, fluid. The 60

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strengths and needs you identify now will almost certainly change over time. To that end, the flexibility of school personnel and their approach may be a key criteria. What are the main differences in how public schools and private schools support kids with learning disabilities? All public schools are mandated to search for and find any children who may have special needs. This is not a one-time thing, but an ongoing process of parent awareness activities, screening, and evaluation. This process is called Child Find and is part of IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act). If you suspect your child has a learning disability, you should call the school district and ask for an assessment. Once identified, such children are referred for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) or Special Education and Related Services, depending on their age, at no expense to parents.  IDEA/Child Find doesn’t apply to traditional private schools. Private schools, in general, do not have the resources to provide the public school array of services under IDEA. But many private


schools still support students with learning and attention issues. From tutoring to speech and language assistance to counselors and in-house experts, some private schools have made such support part of their mission. Others have not, and admissions personnel at those schools are typically open about the school’s limitations. When I’m visiting a potential school, what are key questions to ask? • What percentage of your students currently receive support? • What are the demographics of that population? (This will tell you what the range of needs are—how often they work with children who have similar needs to your child’s.) • What specific programs do you have in place for children with learning and attention issues?  • How and when are the supports delivered, and by whom? What level of training do those people have? • What have the outcomes been for children with profiles similar to my child (such as graduation rate, college or trade school attendance, employment)?  

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What are warning signs that my child is not getting what he needs from a school? These will, naturally, vary by individual child, but you can spot a few general red flags. Common ones: an uptick in headaches or stomach aches on school days; comments such as “I’m stupid”; switches in friends to a less academically focused group; complaints that his teacher “hates” him; sudden refusal to do homework or study for tests; withdrawal from previously enjoyed activities.  Things just aren’t working out as I’d hoped with the school we chose. What should I think about when weighing whether it’s worth it to transfer my child?  It is always best to try to make things work out where you are, particularly if your child likes the school and has friends. Many children who struggle in school didn’t always struggle. As schoolwork becomes more demanding, and formal and more difficult standards need to be met, children who previously did fine may have trouble keeping up. The first thing to do is meet with school personnel and get a clear sense of what they are seeing in your child. It is likely that they have seen other children who have struggled in similar ways and will have suggestions as to what to do. If your child has not yet been formally assessed by an outside (unaffiliated with the school) professional, it may be brought up now. This is called an IEE, an Independent Educational Evaluation. Even if your child has already been identified as having learning disabilities, it may be useful to redo the testing to figure out what’s going on now. Meet with the school and discuss the results. You are now in a much better position to take stock of the school’s capability and desire to support your child. Your child will probably receive additional support for a finite period of time before changing schools is seriously considered. If that additional support works, great! If your child continues to fall behind despite everyone’s efforts, though, it might be time to consider another school.   The good news is that when you look for a new school, this time you certainly have a solid picture of your child’s needs, as well as testing to back that up. You want to change schools as infrequently as possible, so the goal is to be as sure as you can that the new school will be a fit for the long haul.   Christina Vercelletto is a Long Island mom and a former NYMetroParents editor.

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1 N. Greenwich Road, Armonk 914-967-2530 westfieldschools.info wdsinfo@optonline.net Since 2000, The Westfield Day School has been dedicated to helping students overcome academic difficulties and personal obstacles, through carefully designed programs for individual achievement. Westfield is a coeducational school for sixth to 12th grades with a standard curriculum with academic support and advanced studies available. The school is supportive, combining an active clinical program including individual and group therapy with specialized instruction to meet individual needs. Classes are kept small and taught by reassuring adults in an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement. The school’s mission is to link academic and emotional support.

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914-864-0855 388 Westchester Ave., Suite 1A-1B, Port Chester 914-939-6400 272 N. Bedford Road, Suite G101102, Mount Kisco 914-864-0855 developmentalsteps.com info@developmentalsteps.com Developmental Steps, L.L.C. is a pediatric physical therapy practice

that delivers solutions for children challenged by developmental or physical issues as well as sports specific strengthening and training opportunities. Serving Westchester County and beyond from locations in Port Chester and Mount Kisco, Developmental Steps is owned and managed by licensed physical therapist Joe Kiefer, and our highly trained staff is proud to offer compassion to parents and children throughout their treatment. We pride ourselves upon treating every child receiving physical therapy with us as if they were our own family!

G&G Counseling Services Elyse Sellers, L.C.S.W., and Elisabeth Gulotta, L.M.H.C.

280 Dobbs Ferry Road, Suite 200, White Plains 914-222-5269 ggcounseling.com ggcounselingsvcs@gmail.com G&G Counseling Services specializes in mental health counseling. We offer individual, group, and family therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and individuals with developmental disabilities. G&G Counseling services will provide home-based services throughout Westchester and Rockland counties, in addition to an office setting. We work with individuals with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral issues. G&G Counseling emphasizes the value of the therapeutic relationship and works to establish an environment in which clients feel safe and comfortable.

Westchester Therapy Solutions

450 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 412, Harrison 914-686-3116 wtstherapy.com Since 1990, Donna Klein, founder and director of Westchester Therapy Solutions, has provided outstanding Pediatric OT, PT, Speech-Language, and Feeding therapy services. Under Klein’s leadership WTS has grown to become one of Westchester’s leading pediatric therapy providers. As of February 2017, WTS has expanded and moved to a new therapy gym, which is full of state-ofthe-art equipment and includes a pirate ship, climbing wall, toddler zone, school-age play space, sensory exploration room, and speech clinic. There have plenty of parking and a cafeteria and day care center in the building.


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10 Mill Road, New Rochelle 914-633-4332 Tiffany Amaya and Ana Caldararo, directors achildsdreamnursery.com amc1125@gmail.com A theme-based camp program geared for younger children ages 2-4. Weekly themes include animals, bugs, transportation, at the shore, and summer fun. We have an air-conditioned facility and indoor and outdoor play areas. Experienced staff is knowledgeable in early childhood. Our goal is to ensure your child has fun while learning and socializing. Runs from June 12-July 27, Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm.

Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at Ann and Andy

2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford 914-592-3027 annandandychildcare.com Ann and Andy, family-owned and -operated since 1973, offers a wide variety of fun activities for children ages 2 months to 14 years. We are licensed by NYSOCFS and the Health Department. We have an extensive campus, and offer flexible schedules, reasonable rates, nutritious lunches, a caring staff, individualized attention, and age-appropriate field trips. Join us for a wonderful school experience. We also have a tween travel camp for ages 11-14. We offer customized schedules, individualized attention, and hot lunches daily, as well as barbecue Fridays. All buildings are air-conditioned. Come see how much we care, and become part of our family.

Alcott Montessori School

535 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry 914-693-4443 27 Crane Road, Scarsdale 914-472-4404 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale 914-595-7551 alcottschool.org Alcott School’s Summer Fun program offers a variety of schedules for children ages 2-5. The program is designed to be an enjoyable summer experience for the child attending for the first time or for the experienced

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preschooler. Weekly themes are incorporated into outdoor play, science and nature exploration, water play in sprinklers and water tables, open-ended art, tricycle riding, and group games. The multicultural program is enriched by early childhood music and nature specialists and staffed with experienced head teachers, assistants, and summer counselors. Visit us at alcottschool.org.

Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester Camp Adventure

351 Main St., Mount Kisco 914-666-8069 bgcnw.com Summer Adventure Club is a four- or eight-week camp for children entering first-ninth grades. Located on 12 acres in Mount Kisco, the camp offers on-site swimming, sports, outdoor games, arts and crafts, digital arts, game room, and dance. Campers enjoy special programming (STEM, inflatable waterslides, petting zoo, and Camp Olympics), and trips (Playland, adventure ropes course, and more). Camp includes snack and lunch (prepared by Ladle of Love). New for seventh-ninth grades: Adventure Travel Camp will feature three trips per week. Camp hours: 9am-4pm, early and late care available. Call to register.

Breezemont Day Camp

Gordon A. Josey, owner and director 62 Cox Ave., Armonk 914-367-1936 breezemontdaycamp.com matt@breezemont.com Located on an expansive 18-acre property in Armonk, Breezemont is nestled in its natural surroundings. Our campus maintains large green fields, towering trees, and a beautiful lake, which is a unique feature for a day camp. Complete with stateof-the-art facilities, Breezemont preserves the appearance of an overnight camp, while implementing a creatively robust day camp schedule. Heated swimming pools, and towel service provided. Hot lunch served daily. Pre- and post-child care available. Snacks provided as well as door-to-door transportation. Ages 3-13.

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Camp Ramaquois

30 Mountain Road, Pomona 845-354-1600 ramaquois.com Camp Ramaquois is “a day camp as complete as sleepaway camp,” situated on 44 acres in Rockland County. From adventurous activities to creative arts and athletic activities, boys and girls ages 3-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities. Facilities include a 5-acre crystalline lake; nine heated swimming pools; a splash park; tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts; hockey rinks; ball fields and soccer fields; a petting zoo; and special events. Many air-conditioned buildings. Visit us on our website or call for a personal tour.

The Goddard School®

1 Jackson Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson 914-478-1390 goddardschool.com At The Goddard School®, summer is full of fun and learning! Energetic teams of teachers plan developmentally appropriate activities to instill a lifelong love of learning. Children are exposed to exciting learning opportunities in a safe and secure environment. Children march in playground parades, learn about creepy crawlies, send letters to pen pals, and enjoy splish-splash days. To discover how Goddard can make this summer your child’s best learning experience yet, visit goddardschool.com.

Green Meadow Waldorf School

307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge 845-356-2514 gmws.org Green Meadow Waldorf School offers infant-toddler and family programs, serves children from nursery through 12th grade, and runs popular summer programs. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the U.S., with about 350 students. Benefiting from discovery and play in our Early Childhood program, skill-building in our Lower School, and rigorous intellectual challenges in the High School, Green Meadow students go on to top colleges, fulfilling careers, and are known

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Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp at the Harvey School

260 Jay St., Katonah Off-season: 845-677-0491 Summer: 914-232-0581 harveycavaliercamp.org cdelcampo@harveyschool.org The Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp for children ages 4-14 offers programs filled with electives in fine arts, crafts, theater, music, and dance, as well as swimming, ice-skating, gymnastics, sports, and science. Guided by professional artists and educators, campers enjoy an adventure of self-exploration. Harvey’s sprawling 125-acre campus provides a perfect setting for summer fun: an outdoor pool, indoor ice-skating rink, the state-of-the-art Walker Center for the Arts, open fields for sports, and shady pathways through our woods. The Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp—Northern Westchester’s best-kept secret in summer day camps.

Hudson Country Montessori School 340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle 914-636-6202 hudsoncountry.org Programs for campers ages 18 months to 12 years are offered. The summer 2017 season is June 26-Aug. 18 from 9am-4pm. The program features a full range of recreational activities, special events and trips, swim instruction, sports, and a splash-andslide zone. Hudson has extended hours options for campers ages 18 months to 12 years, an optional catered lunch program, and an air-conditioned facility.

JCC of Mid-Westchester Summer Camps

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At Sugar Mama by Kim's Bakeshop, we make everything from scratch, using only high-quality ingredients. We offer freshly baked cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cake pops and cakes, available daily and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Our pastry chefs specialize in custom desserts available upon request, designed around your special event. Our desserts not only look beautiful, they taste amazing! • Custom Dessert • Dessert Bars • Weddings, Sweet 16, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Baby Celebrations, Anniversaries and much more • Baking Birthday Parties SugarMamabykim.com • Summer Bakeshop@sugarmamabykim.com Baking Camp 1985 Palmer Ave. • After School Larchmont Classes 914-834-8340

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facilities, as well as our outdoor facilities. This year we added boot camps and specialized one-week programs in robotics, STEAM, SAT/Regents prep, dance and theater programs for toddlers, and more. Specialists and educators in their fields oversee all activities. jccmw.org. 914-472-3300.

Jodi’s Gym

25 Hubbels Drive, Mount Kisco 914-244-8811 244 E. 84th St., Manhattan 212-772-7633 jodisgym.com Jodi’s Gym has been providing New York kids the highest level of fun and fitness for more than three decades! A step-bystep, no-fail approach ensures that every child feels a sense of accomplishment. From the tiniest tumblers to advanced gymnasts (ages 9 months to 12 years), there is something for everyone. Programs include parent-andchild gym classes, gymnastics (ages 3-12 years), Ninja Challenge, Music Together, summer and holiday break camps, free playtime and perks for members, play groups, private lessons, and the best birthday parties ever.

The Milestone School

70 W. Broad St., Mount Vernon 914-667-3478 themilestoneschool.com Summer at Milestone is an eightweek program with two-week sessions, full-day from 9am-5pm, or half-day from 9am-12pm, for children ages 2-8. A typical day for campers includes water play, outdoor play, arts and crafts, music, yoga, story time, cooking, and an introduction to reading through our phonics-based program. Children ages 4 and older enjoy outings in and around Westchester County. Biweekly themes guide a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities, which encourage and promote learning through play, exploration, and fun.

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Oasis Day Camp is for ages 3-15. Early Start Imagination Camp for ages 3-5 (not yet started kindergarten). Socially, emotionally, and physically appropriate with traditional camp elements and sports, arts, music, pre-academics, and American Red Cross swim. Traditional Day Camp for kindergarten-sixth grade. Designed to expose campers to new and exciting activities. Highlights include carnival, Olympics, theme days, choice activity time, sports, games, arts, and American Red Cross swim. Teen Travel for seventh, eighth, and ninth grade. Weekly trips are organized around a theme, allowing teens to choose what interests them most, and overnights!

Squire Camps Inc. at Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale

914-328-3798 squirecamps.com squirecamps@gmail.com Celebrating our 44th year! Matt Davanzo operates Squire Advantage Camps, a distinctive camp for children in kindergarten-ninth grades at the Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale. Campers design their own custom schedules from more than 50 exciting activities including robotics, art, cooking, swimming, computers, photography, Legos, and sports. All courses are taught by certified teachers in air-conditioned classrooms. Squire also operates an All-Sports and Tennis Academy at Maria Regina High School. Hot lunch, T-shirt, early drop-off included. Transportation, extended day, and three, four, or seven-week sessions available. June 26-Aug. 11. Contact us now for the best summer ever!

Teatown Lake Reservation

1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining 914-762-2912 teatown.org Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp 2017 is jam-packed with adventure, discovery, and hands-on fun in the outdoors. We’re catching frogs, collecting bugs, climbing rocks, and exploring natural habitats all summer long! Teatown Camp brings kids outside to learn about and explore the natural world in four two-week sessions that provide age-specific activities to

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encourage the spirit of discovery. Each session includes exploration and creative play that fosters childrens’ innate curiosity while teaching ecology and stewardship in Teatown’s abundant meadows, forests, lakes, and streams.

Temple Israel Center Nursery School

280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains 914-948-2800 x126 templeisraelcenter.org Temple Israel Center Nursery School offers summer fun for young children in a warm and nurturing environment rich with Jewish culture and traditions. Join us for a spectacular, developmentally appropriate summer for children ages 2-5. Children participate in group games, sports, music, outdoor water play, art, dance, movement, cooking, and nature. We have special themed weeks and weekly Shabbat celebrations. Early drop-off and lunch options available. The camp runs from June 19-Aug. 3.

The Nurtury Montessori School

914-632-6200 thenurtury-montessori.com info@thenurtury-montessori.com Unlike any other Montessori school program, The Nurtury is a full-year program. The Nurtury’s summer months are a wonderful continuation of the child’s year. Continuity leads us to success. Our children start their day with a Montessori morning filled with academics which encourage all five academic areas. Then we splash into each afternoon with water play, science exploration, art appreciation, and team sports. Come see for yourself why a full-year program promotes each and every individual child’s needs. Call for a tour today: 914-632-6200.

Thornton-Donovan School

100 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle 914-632-8836 td.edu Founded in 1969, the Summer Challenge has been a source of joy, entertainment, enlightenment, and playful fun for boys and girls ages 3½-14. Stop by and see our sports field, basketball court, and new playground! Door-to-door transportation and lunch are included. With an instructional pool on-site, swim

instruction and recreational swim are major components of the program.

Wagon Road Camp

Vince Canziani, director 431 Quaker Road, Chappaqua 914-238-4761 childrensaidsociety.org/ wagon-road-camp vincec@childrensaidsociety.org Run by The Children’s Aid Society, Wagon Road is a day camp for all children. A diverse group of campers enjoys a comprehensive program of Red Cross swim instruction, horsemanship, adventure ropes course, sports, dance, music, drama, cooking, nature study, and arts and crafts. Campers are organized in small groups with two counselors. We offer overnights with special evening activities and flexible enrollment plans. Fees are reasonable and include lunch and snacks. Transportation is available at central pickup locations, as well as early drop-off and extended day.

Westchester Jewish Center (WJC) Day Camp

Palmer and Rockland avenues, Mamaroneck (Use 175 Rockland Ave. for GPS purposes.) 914-698-2767 wjcenter.org WJC’s Early Childhood Camp Program provides a fun summer experience in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment. Early Childhood teachers and teen counselors gear activities to the needs of our young campers, ages 2-5. Dance, music, art, soccer, cooking, yoga, nature, science, outdoor and water play fill the days. Examples of special weekly events that round out the schedule might include petting zoos, puppet shows, PJ Library Story Time and Sing-Along, and “Truck Day.” Six-week program offered with flexible enrollment available. Call 914-698-2767 for more information.

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Plains YMCA Camp Combe, and our Community Camp—both in Northern Westchester—our camps provide an environment in which your child can grow and learn, and maybe one day be one of our counselors! All camps have inclusion specialists on staff. Swimming lessons, field trips, STEM, art, and zip lining! The Y turns nobody away for financial need—-we are here for our community.

SPECIALTY CAMPS Central Park Dance

450 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale 914-723-2940 centralparkdance.com centralparkdance@gmail.com Central Park Dance offers more than 200 classes a week, in all levels, for children and adults. Newer and very popular classes include Lyrical, and Acro-Jazz. In addition, Central Park Dance has a preschool program, which is regarded as one of finest in the area, introducing children as young as age 2 to dance, and the popular Fairytale Ballet. Central Park Dance Summer Camp has earned a reputation for being the most thorough and rewarding dance experience for students for more than 30 years. Miss Talia’s Boutique is on premises and open late, seven days a week. Voted Best of Westchester 2013!

City Center Dance

98 Lake St., White Plains 914-328-1881 citycenterdance.com Specializing in dance classes for children ages 3-18, City Center Dance provides professional dance instruction in a positive, fun atmosphere. We are centrally located in White Plains, right in the heart of Westchester County. We offer after-school dance classes including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, pointe, and prepointe, as well as special classes for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Specialty workshops are offered seasonally, including acro. Additional offerings include children’s birthday parties, master classes, and performance opportunities. City Center Dance…where dance is an art form, not a competition.

Clay Art Center

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clayartcenter.org communityarts@clayartcenter.org Discover the art of summer— make friends, memories, and art! Clay Art Center offers weeklong themed, half-day and full-day clay and art camps for children and teens ages 6-15 during July and August. Aspiring young artists will have fun and develop their imaginations while working in the transformational medium of clay. Taught by professional ceramic artists who specialize in kindling a passion for creative expression in children, campers will learn hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized nonprofit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts.

Curtain Call Inc.

1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT 203-329-8207 x16 Administration: 203-329-8207 Box Office: 203-461-6358 curtaincallinc.com brian@curtaincallinc.com Summer is a time for kids to Act Out…and what better way than in Curtain Call’s full-day Summerstock Workshop Programs (ages 6-16), and our Summer Youth Theatre (entering fourth grade to age 21). Our professional facilities and faculty provide the perfect, creative environment for students of diverse backgrounds and experience! Curtain Call is the nonprofit theatrical production company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, providing year-round stage performances and educational programs.

Dance Cavise Studios

273 Halstead Ave., Mamaroneck 914-381-5222 dancecavise.com joe@dancecavise.com jamie@dancecavise.com fancyd@optonline.net Camp Cavise at Dance Cavise is an eight-week comprehensive performing arts day program for the child who loves to be on stage. Running from June 26Aug. 17, campers, kindergarten through eighth grade, will study all forms of dance as well as vocal and acting technique, set and costume design, choreography, and script writing. In addition, campers will participate in games, auditions, and rehearsals. Each

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session culminates in an original production. Field trips to Broadway include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Come for a week, a session, or all summer!

French-American School of New York (FASNY) French Summer Camps

Nursery to Fifth Grade Day Camp: Larchmont Campus 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont Fifth-Eighth Grade Sleepaway Camp: Catskills 914-413-3665 fasny.org/camps camps@fasny.org FASNY offers two programs: One, a unique day camp experience for children ages 3-11 from June 26-July 21. This French immersion camp offers fun activities in French including a specialized language class every day, sports, music, cooking, STEM, arts and crafts, and water games. There are field trips and special events once a week! Two, a sleepaway camp for students in fifth-eighth grades from June 22-30 offers the perfect opportunity for your child to be immersed in the language with peers while having summer outdoor fun.

Future Stars Summer Camps Purchase College

Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase 914-273-8500 fscamps.com Weekly day sessions for ages 4-16, June-August. Campers can choose and combine weeks from 19 individualized specialty programs: Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Football, Multi-Sports, Field Hockey, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Circus Arts, Magic, Softball, Diving, Horseback Riding, Swim, Academic, STEM Education, and Rising Stars (children going into kindergarten or first grade). Our staff is a highly trained team of professionals, and limited enrollment ensures they get to know each camper’s individual needs. Supervised swimming is included, as is instructional swim for Rising Stars. Lunch option, door-to-door transportation from Manhattan and Westchester available.

Hoff-Barthelson Music School 25 School Lane, Scarsdale 914-723-1169 hbms.org hb@hbms.org

Hoff-Barthelson Music School is the ideal setting for a stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable summer! The HBMS Summer Arts Program boasts an exceptional faculty comprised of some of the top performers and music educators in the country. Students in second to 10th grades are provided with a program individually tailored to their needs and desires. Offerings include instrumental classes and ensembles, musical theater, jazz, rock, world drumming, music technology instruction, and chamber music.

House of Sports Westchester

1 Elm St., Ardsley 914-479-5419 houseofsportsny.com The House of Sports is your onestop shopping for weekly sports camps this summer! From ages 3 through high school, the House of Sports offers programming for children of all ages and ability levels. For younger campers, we offer a multi-sport camp that incorporates both learning and playing a variety of sports each day. For third grade and older we offer sport-specific camps in lacrosse, basketball, soccer, and baseball. All camps take place in our 100,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility in Ardsley, and are staffed by professional coaches and instructors.

The Little Gym

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or advanced gymnasts. The Little Gym also offers its world-renowned “Anytime Summertime Kids Fun” camp for children ages 3-9, with flexible scheduling to work around your summer plans. Its unique theme-based curriculum takes children on weekly adventures. Half-day and full-day sessions available.

MacInspires

1923 Palmer Ave., Larchmont 914-630-7338 larchmont@macinspires.com 37 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 203-531-5720 sayhello@macinspires.com macinspires.com MacInspires Summer Enrichment Series will be held in both locations, featuring more than 20 subjects, including outdoor STEAM challenges for ages 8-15! Summer students are registered for the whole week, five days, for $399. Camp runs from June 26 through the end of the week of Aug. 21. Choose 9:30am-12pm, 1-3:30pm, or both. Students who register for both morning and afternoon have an hour for lunch, provided by MacInspires. Students are exposed to all subjects on the first day and choose what they want to focus on for the remainder of the week.

Musical Munchkins

167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe 914-771-7000 musicalmunchkins.com Musical Munchkins, Westchester’s original early childhood music program is celebrating more than 30 years of makin’ music and memories. We continue delighting our youngest musicians and their families with the wonderful world of mommyn-me music. Our curriculum, filled with awesome activities, is geared to children ages 6 months to 4 years. Instruments, creative movement, inventive props, puppets, books, and games help captivate and enrich children with a love of music. Our nurturing teachers capture everyone’s hearts, while stimulating kids’ developing brains. Visit our website. Schedule a free trial class.

New England Fashion+Design Association

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irina@sonofashiondesign.com After 10 successful years in lower Connecticut, we are now offering our inspirational Fashion Camp in Westchester, eight weeks of trendsetting creativity all summer. Morning and afternoon sessions allow for either half or full days of design, pattern making, and clothing construction culminating in a weekend fashion show showcasing our campers’ fashion accomplishments. NEF+DA teachers are among the best and brightest talents from NYC colleges and are enthusiastic to share their knowledge and insight with each student. Register online today and let your flair for fashion become a reality this summer.

OnTrack Sport Center

29 S. Depot Plaza, Tarrytown 914-909-2974 ontracksport.com facebook.com/ontrack10591 OnTrack Sport Center is a 26,000-square-foot indoor sports facility, offering recreation, training, and competitive programs in soccer, lacrosse, and baseball to athletes of all ages. Fall and winter programs are now available on our website. Try our indoor boot camp co-sponsored by the Tarrytown YMCA every Wednesday morning. Celebrate your child’s next birthday at OnTrack with one of our spectacular sports party packages. Voted 2017 Best of Westchester: Indoor Sports Center.

Purchase College Aquatics

Christine Klint, director 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase 914-251-6546 purchasecollegeathletics. com/sports/2011/6/14/ GEN_0614112216.aspx christine.klint@purchase.edu Held in our sparkling six-lane pool, the Purchase College aquatics program runs year-round and features children’s group lessons, parent and child classes, and specialty programs including adult lessons, lifeguarding, SCUBA certification, springboard diving, and private and semi-private lessons. All lessons are taught by certified American Red Cross instructors. Our summer session offers two-week intensives, morning or afternoon classes, as well as private lessons. Adult classes are offered on Tuesday evenings. Sessions run mid-June through mid-August. Register now!

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Purchase College Summer Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts

Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase 914-251-6500 purchase.edu/youth youth.pre.college@purchase.edu Summer Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York! For more than 39 years, these programs have been much more than camps. Summer students experience a rich environment full of exciting beginnings, new friends and achievements, growth, and independence. They are immersed in a variety of exciting and enriching learning opportunities, such as songwriting, acting, architecture, visual arts, creative writing, filmmaking, video game and app creation, voice, STEM, and musical theater. Visit us at purchase.edu/youth to learn more. Contact Laura Vuli with questions: laura.vuli@ purchase.edu or 914-251-6511.

Sylvan Learning Centers Westchester

Sylvan Learning Center of Bronxville 850 Bronx River Road, Bronxville 914-237-4396 sylvanlearning.com/bronxville bronxville.ny@sylvanlearning.com Sylvan Learning Center of White Plains 180 S. Broadway, White Plains 914-948-4116 sylvanlearning.com/whiteplains sylvan4202@msn.com Avoid summer learning loss at Sylvan! Summer academic camps, STEM classes, and personal tutoring programs will boost your child’s confidence and enhance academic skills. Keep your child’s mind growing over the summer with Reading, Math, Writing, or Study Skills camps, plus STEM classes in Robotics and Coding. Summer programs are offered for students entering kindergarten-ninth grades. Space is limited. Sylvan Learning Centers are conveniently located in Bronxville and White Plains. Call Sylvan today for details and to reserve your space. Bronxville: 914-237-4396; White Plains: 914-948-4116.

Westchester County Parks Sports Camps and Programs 914-231-4673 westchestergov.com/parks Whether your youngster is a

nature enthusiast, an aspiring musician, or a sports hound, Westchester County Parks’ popular summer camps offer something for kids of all ages and interests. Boys and girls can develop their skills in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, or volleyball or learn about their natural environment or favorite musical instrument. Sessions begin in late June or early July. Complete information on hours and session dates, along with brochures and applications can be found at westchestergov.com/parks or call 914-231-4500.

The Westfield Day School

1 N. Greenwich Road, Armonk 914-967-2530 westfieldschools.info wdsinfo@optonline.net Make summer count! We help all students in fourth to 12th grades avoid the summer slide. Programs include writing (creative and expository), summer reading assignments, and math (remedial and enrichment). Regents prep and testing is offered as well as credit recovery, and art classes. Our expertise helps children reach their learning potential. The Summer Program at The Westfield Day School is held from July 11-Aug. 17. Choose one-six weeks. Classes are held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9am-12pm.

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515 North St., White Plains 914-949-6227 Camp Funkist: 914-949-6227 x168 Gymnastics Program: 914-949-6227 x125 Camp for Children with Developmental Disabilities: 914-949-6227 x108 ywcawpcw.org The YWCA on North Street in White Plains offers great options for summertime fun. Camp Funkist (ages 4-15) provides non-competitive relaxing days of sports, swimming, musical theater arts, nature, science, trips, and other age-appropriate activities; intensive full-day Summer Gymnastics for girls and boys; and Summer Camp for Children with Developmental Disabilities. The YWCA has well-equipped indoor and outdoor facilities. Experienced and qualified staff lead recreational and instructional swimming.


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Affordables A quality children’s consignment store

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New Location in Mt. Kisco & Now Accepting NEW Patients GCPD provides a kid themed office with the most advanced dental procedures including: State-of-the-art-equipment • Advanced sterilization procedures Treatment of toddlers, teenagers and special needs children White tooth fillings & Sealants • Kid friendly environment with gaming stations • Sedation & Hospital Dentistry We accept most insurances • Orthodontic Treatment Available Your child will love going to the dentist! Our office has been designed so that every child will have a fun dental experience. Stop in and see how enjoyable dental care can be!

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1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers 914-207-2900 ridgehill.com Ridge Hill is the best destination in Westchester to shop, dine, and play. Patterned on a classic downtown, this family-friendly outdoor center features a central Town Square and children’s play area. In addition to a mix of popular retailers, the center is home to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, a 12-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux, iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park, Whole Foods Market, and nine delicious restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory and Yard House. Located at Exit 6A off the NYS Thruway, Ridge Hill is easily accessible to all Westchester, Putnam, and NYC metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Learn more at ridgehill.com.

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Meet the Health Care PROFESSIONAL Caring for Kids Dr. Ivis Getz 140 Lockwood Ave., Suite 315, New Rochelle 914-355-2265 caringpediatricdentistry.com caringpediatricdentistry@gmail.com

Dr. Ivis Getz, a board-certified pediatric dentist, is committed to providing the highest quality dental care to infants, children, adolescents, and those with special needs. Dr. Getz recognizes that each child is a unique individual who deserves compassion and respect, which is evident in her friendly manner and calm demeanor. The dental team truly enjoys working with kids and will treat your child with warmth and compassion. The practice participates in many dental insurance plans and has convenient after-school and Saturday appointments available.


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PartyCentral BIRTHDAY GIFTS AFFORDABLES A QUALITY CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT STORE 10 Main St., Dobbs Ferry 914-627-9462 affordablechild.com We are a quality consignment store, offering children’s clothing, maternity clothes, baby equipment, and toys. A great place to shop for a birthday gift! GIRL AGAIN 4 Martine Ave., White Plains 914-358-1460 girlagain.com girlagain@yesshecaninc.org Girl AGain is a resale boutique for gently used American Girl dolls and books, which make great birthday gifts! TILLY...A DEER’S TALE 914-764-5564 tillyadeerstale.com Tilly...A Deer’s Tale is about a real deer that lives in upstate New York and faces challenges after an accident. This powerful story is meant to inspire children living with physical challenges or limitations. The book makes a great birthday gift! PARTY ENTERTAINMENT AMANDABEAR PARTY RENTALS 347-326-5567 amandabearpartyrentals.com AmandaBear Party Rentals provides everything you need for an unforgettable party. AMY ROSEN COOKING BY DESIGN 917-903-1451 amyrosencookingbydesign.com amyrosencookingbydesign@gmail.com Have a cooking party for your child’s next birthday. From Cupcake Wars to Pizza Creations to chocolate melting, molding, and decorating, your kids will enjoy the fully hands-on experience. BUTTERFLY BIRTHDAYS 914-582-7793 butterflybirthdays.com info@butterflybirthdays.com Celebrate your special day with the wonder of butterflies. We bring our pavilion to you! Booking parties May-October, events large or small! info@butterflybirthdays.com. CLOWNS.COM Proudly serving Westchester, Long 74

Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx 516-577-0000; 718-971-5862 clowns.com We are a family-owned and -operated entertainment company, offering a wide range of party and entertainment services including clowns, inflatable bounce houses, characters, magicians, princesses, magic shows, face painting, and party concession rentals.

DAVE’S CAST OF CHARACTERS 914-235-7100 davescast.com Make your party a special one! Dave’s entertainment services include more than 100 costumed characters. From princesses and superheroes to pirates and tea parties, there’s something for everyone. KIDS COOKERY 914-937-2012 lovekidscookery.com kidscookery@yahoo.com Kids Cookery’s passion is to make your child’s birthday a memorable, unique, exciting, and creative cooking experience! LONGFORD’S MOBILE SCOOP SHOPPE 197 Lakeview Ave., West Harrison 914-804-6969 Longford’s Ice Cream 4 Elm Place, Rye 914-967-3797 longfordsicecream.com Westchester’s first mobile scoop shoppe serving our award-winning ice cream at all of your parties, celebrations, and private events. Book your event today. Also, visit our retail store in Rye to order one of our custom cakes for your next party celebration. OUTDOOR LASER TAG, USA 914-413-7138 oltusa.com lasertagisfun@gmail.com Tired of the same old party? Outdoor Laser Tag plays like paintball but without pain or mess. We transform your property into an exciting, outdoor mission field. Our mission: create an action-packed, memorable experience for all! WIGGLY SQUIGGLY’S KIDDIE ROCK PARTY BAND 914-557-4113 rt1prn@optonline.net Musical, interactive, and educational party entertainment for ages 3-6. A twopiece band that inspires! Sing, dance, learn, and have fun!

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PARTY PLACES A-GAME SPORTS 856 Main St., New Rochelle 914-278-9477 agamesports.net; info@agamesports.net A-Game Sports offers a variety of birthday party packages for children of all ages. Each 90-minute party includes supervised playtime with two coaches on a private section of turf. ARTISTREE PERFORMING ARTS 114 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck 914-835-2200 artistreearts.com; heather@artistreearts.com Artistree Performing Arts creates amazing birthday parties for children ages 1-10. Have your party in our beautifully renovated studio or let us come to you with just the entertainment. BACH TO ROCK MAMARONECK 130 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck 914-341-1457 mamaroneck.bachtorock.com mamaroneck@bachtorock.com Looking for a fun birthday party at a reasonable price? We have three different parties: Rock Star, Karaoke, or Rock City, for an unforgettable experience! BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFÉ 7-27 Pondfield Road, Bronxville 914-337-4000 42 Kinderkamack Road, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 201-782-9500 23 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, NJ 201-541-0600 327 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 201-891-1331 595 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 201-784-3311 bluemoonmexicancafe.com Looking to spice up your child’s next birthday party without sending your savings south of the border? Your party guests will revel in a fun-filled celebration with a mouth-watering menu. Call today to find out more! CHOCOLATIONS 607 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck 914-777-3600 chocolations.com; maria@chocolations.com Have your child’s next party at Chocolations. Each child will become a chocolatier and create their own chocolate bar, and have a cupcake lesson in which they will transform a plain cupcake into an elaborate one.

CREATIVE CORNER OF LARCHMONT 7 Addison St., Larchmont 914-833-2880 creativecornerlarchmont.com creativecornerlarchmont@gmail.com Creative Corner is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday! Art party options include wood toys, treasure boxes, canvas bags, ceramic piggy banks, and canvas paintings. We will help every step of the way. DAVE AND BUSTER’S PELHAM MANOR 881 Pelham Parkway, Pelham Manor 914-380-8506 daveandbusters.com/specialevents beatriz_peneda@daveandbusters.com Dave & Buster’s of Pelham Manor is the best place for birthday parties, with great food and games all in one place, it’s the perfect party space. FASHION ARTS STUDIO OF WESTCHESTER 168A Irving Ave., Port Chester 917-995-3191 fashionartsstudio.com Have a fashion design theme party with The Fashion Arts Studio. It offers three themes: a Fashion Drawing Party, a Fashion Tote-Making Party, and a Fashion T-Shirt Decorating Party! FUNFUZION AT NEW ROC CITY 29 LeCount Place (Exit 16 off I-95), New Rochelle Party Central: 914-637-7575, option 1 funfuziononline.com Calling all birthday superstars! You and your guests will be dazzled by a unique, interactive party experience! GYMCATS GYMNASTICS AND BIRTHDAY PARTY CENTER 1 Odell Plaza at Equalize Fitness, Yonkers 914-965-7676; gymcats.net We are famous for our unique private birthday parties. Our enthusiastic, interactive staff will have partygoers laughing and yelling as they swing on rings, jump, bounce, climb, and roll through our super obstacle course. HOMMOCKS PARK ICE RINK Boston Post Road and Weaver Street, Larchmont 914-834-1069 hommocksparkicerink.org Have your birthday party on ice! Host your next special party at the coolest place in town, Mamaroneck’s popular enclosed Hommocks Park ice-skating rink.


HOUSE OF SPORTS WESTCHESTER 1 Elm St., Ardsley 914-479-5419 houseofsportsny.com The House of Sports is Westchester’s ultimate birthday party zone for children of all ages! Give your child the party of their dreams by hosting a sports-themed bash at Westchester’s premier athletic facility. THE HUDSON CREAMERY 55 Hudson Ave., Peekskill 914-293-7811 thehudsoncreamery.com Westchester birthday parties with a sweet twist! Let us host your next birthday party. We provide the fun, a whimsical place, and all the ice cream you can eat. JODI’S GYM 25 Hubbels Drive, Mount Kisco 914-244-8811 244 E. 84th St., Manhattan 212-772-7633; jodisgym.com Kids run, jump, climb, tumble, slide, bounce, and giggle to their hearts’ delight at Jodi’s Gym, at which action-packed parties and unmatched experience have won children’s hearts for 35 years. LIFE THE PLACE TO BE 2 Lawrence St., Ardsley 914-591-4400 lifetheplacetobe.com/kids-parties/ steven@lifetheplacetobe.com LIFE turns children’s parties into lifelong memories. Choose from a wide array of exciting themes, from laser tag to dance parties, runway glamour to inflatable madness to bowling, karaoke, and create-a-furry-friend parties! THE LITTLE GYM 777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale 914-722-0072; tlgscarsdaleny.com 2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 74th and 75th streets), Upper West Side, Manhattan 212-799-1225; tlgupperwestsideny.com 207 E. 94th St. (between Second and Third avenues), Upper East Side, Manhattan 212-787-1124; tlguppereastsideny.com 28 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ 201-445-4444; tlgwaldwicknj.com A private party at The Little Gym is a perfect way to celebrate your child’s next birthday. Gymnastics, games, obstacle courses, trampoline, sports, and music are tailored to your child’s interests! MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF WESTCHESTER 216 Central Ave., White Plains 914-761-3900 musicconservatory.org Celebrate your child’s birthday at the

Music Conservatory with an introductory music skills class, or perhaps treat them to a trial lesson in any instrument or voice! MUSICAL MUNCHKINS 167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe 914-771-7000 musicalmunchkins.com Musical Munchkins is the perfect birthday party activity for babies through age 5! Enjoy group drumming, funny favorite sing-along songs, fabulous dancing scarves, and more! PLAYLAND ICE CASINO 100 Playland Parkway, Rye 914-481-5941 playlandice.com Kids and families love PlayLand Ice in Rye. You and your guests can have the ice all to yourself. Visit us online for more information. SPORTIME USA 380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford 914-592-2111 x2 sportimeusa.com Birthday parties? That’s our specialty! Celebrate your birthday at Sportime USA, the coolest place to have a party in Westchester. STUDIO B DANCE CENTER 277 White Plains Road (entrance on Prospect Avenue), Eastchester 914-793-2799 studiobdance.com Each party at Studio B is uniquely designed to give the birthday child an exciting, personalized experience. Boys and girls ages 2 and older enjoy dancing and playing games to their favorite music. SUGAR MAMA BY KIM BAKESHOP 1985 Palmer Ave., Larchmont 914-834-8340 sugarmamabykim.com party@sugarmamabykim.com Have your next birthday party with us. The children bake and decorate cookies or cupcakes. Party games, decorating chef hats, and pizza or bagels too. WESTCHESTER SKATING ACADEMY (WSA) 91 Fairview Park Drive (Route 9A), Elmsford 914-347-8232 skatewsa.com Westchester Skating Academy: the coolest place to have your party! All parties include ice-skating, skate rentals, a private party room, a party facilitator, pizza, and beverages. YOUNG AT ART WORKSHOP INC. 1088 Central Ave., Scarsdale 914-723-9229 A unique birthday party experience—each child brings home a personalized piece of art!

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ACROBATICS / GYMNASTICS Gym Cats Gymnastics................................. 73 ISGC Gym................................................... 76 Jodi’s Gym - Westchester............................ 47 BIRTHDAY / PARTY SERVICES ABC Cakes.................................................. 44 Amy Rosen Cooking by Design................... 75 Artistree Performing Arts............................. 20 Blue Moon Mexican Café ........................... 71 Bounce! Trampoline Sports......................... 47 Chocolations LLC........................................ 75 Clay Art Center............................................ 69 Dance Cavise.............................................. 37 Dave’s Cast of Characters........................... 59 Gym Cats Gymnastics................................. 73 Hommocks Ice Rink..................................... 55 House of Sports........................................... 25 Hudson Creamery....................................... 76 Jodi’s Gym - Westchester............................ 47 K & A House of Bounce............................... 75 Leapin Lizards............................................. 69 LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester...44 LIFE The Place To Be............................ 55, 61 Little Gym - Westchester............................. 15 MacInspires................................................. 23 Pinebrook Fitness........................................ 62 PlayLand Ice Casino.................................... 31 ProSwing..................................................... 11 Rockin’ Jump - Mount Kisco........................ 33 Sportime USA Inc........................................ 27 Sugar Mama by Kim Bakeshop................... 65 Westchester Parent Party Planner.............. 77 Westchester Skate Academy....................... 31 YMCA - White Plains................................... 27 CAMPS Ann & Andy.................................................. 73 Artistree Performing Arts............................. 20 Boys & Girls Club........................................ 73 Breezemont Day Camp............................... 29 Camp Ramaquois........................................ 43 Clay Art Center............................................ 69 Curtain Call Inc............................................ 43 Dance Cavise.............................................. 37 FASNY........................................................... 3 FAST- Fairview Aquatics Swim Team.......... 28 Future Stars................................................. 43 Goddard School - Hastings......................... 43 Harvey School Cavalier Summer Camp...... 59 House of Sports........................................... 25 Hudson Country Montessori.................. 33, 42 ISGC Gym................................................... 76 JCC of Mid-Westchester........................ 35, 39 Jodi’s Gym - Westchester............................ 47 Little Gym - Westchester............................. 15 MacInspires................................................. 23 Mandarin Discovery Preschool.................... 61 Milestone School (The)................................ 44 Music Conservatory of Westchester............ 59 New England Fashion+Design Association ......71 Nurtury (The)............................................... 41 On Track Sport Center................................. 55 Pinebrook Fitness........................................ 62 Play Group Theatre..................................... 67 PlayLand Ice Casino.................................... 31 ProSwing..................................................... 11 Purchase College / SUNY Aquatic Program......65 Purchase College: Youth & Pre-College Programs.....71 Squire Advantage Camps............................ 67

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Steffi Nossen School of Dance.................... 72 Studio B Dance............................................ 55 Sugar Mama by Kim Bakeshop................... 65 Teatown Lake Reservation.......................... 44 Temple Israel Center Nursery School.......... 65 Thornton Donovan School........................... 19 Wagon Road Camp..................................... 53 Westchester County Parks.......................... 41 Westchester Jewish Center......................... 67 Westchester Skate Academy....................... 31 Westfield School (The)................................ 63 YMCA - White Plains................................... 27 YWCA - White Plains................................... 35 CHILD CARE / DAY CARE All Aboard (Croton / Ossining)..................... 67 Ann & Andy.................................................. 73 Congregation Kol Ami Early Childhood....... 57 JCC of Mid-Westchester........................ 35, 39 Musical Munchkins...................................... 53 Nurtury (The)............................................... 41 CLASSES ABC Cakes.................................................. 44 Alcott Montessori......................................... 69 Amy Rosen Cooking by Design................... 75 Artistree Performing Arts............................. 20 Boys & Girls Club........................................ 73 Central Park Dance..................................... 42 Clay Art Center............................................ 69 Dance & Theater Arts Studios..................... 69 Dance Cavise.............................................. 37 Easter Seals Project Explore....................... 63 Fin 2 Swim................................................... 59 Green Meadow Waldorf School................... 13 Gym Cats Gymnastics................................. 73 Harvey School Cavalier Summer Camp...... 59 Hoff-Barthelson Music School..................... 23 Hommocks Ice Rink..................................... 55 Logrea Dance Academy.............................. 57 MacInspires................................................. 23 Mandarin Discovery Preschool.................... 61 Musical Munchkins...................................... 53 New England Fashion+Design Association ....71 Nurtury (The)............................................... 41 Purchase College / SUNY Aquatic Program....65 Soundview Preparatory School................... 65 Starlight Starbright Music............................ 53 Studio B Dance............................................ 55 Sugar Mama by Kim Bakeshop................... 65 Temple Israel Center Nursery School.......... 65 Temple Sholom............................................ 69 Westchester Community College: Pre-College.. 21 Westchester Jewish Center......................... 67 Westfield School (The)................................ 63 YMCA - White Plains................................... 27 YWCA - White Plains................................... 35 DANCE Central Park Dance..................................... 42 City Center Dance....................................... 67 Dance & Theater Arts Studios..................... 69 Dance Cavise.............................................. 37 Logrea Dance Academy.............................. 57 Steffi Nossen School of Dance.................... 72 Studio B Dance............................................ 55 YMCA - White Plains................................... 27 DEVELOPMENTAL Developmental Steps.................................. 61

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G&G Counseling Services........................... 76 Westchester Therapy Solutions (Donna Klein ).............................................. 63 Westfield School (The)................................ 63 EDUCATION A Child’s Dream........................................... 67 Alcott Montessori......................................... 69 All Aboard (Croton / Ossining)..................... 67 Barnes and Noble.......................................... 9 Children’s Jewish Education Group............. 76 College Advice 101...................................... 71 Congregation Kol Ami Early Childhood....... 57 Dicker Reading Method................................. 5 FASNY........................................................... 3 German School of New York....................... 39 Goddard School - Hastings......................... 43 Green Chimneys School.............................. 62 Green Meadow Waldorf School................... 13 Hudson Country Montessori.................. 33, 42 Mandarin Discovery Preschool.................... 61 Milestone School (The)................................ 44 Nurtury (The)............................................... 41 Soundview Preparatory School................... 65 Sylvan Learning Centers............................. 25 Temple Israel Center Nursery School.......... 65 Temple Sholom............................................ 69 Thornton Donovan School........................... 19 Westchester Community College: Pre-College... 21 Westchester Jewish Center......................... 67 Westfield School (The)................................ 63 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT / EVENTS / OUTINGS Artrider Productions Inc............................... 29 Dave & Buster’s Pelham Manor.................. 69 Dutchess County Fair.................................. 37 Hudson Creamery....................................... 76 Inn at East Hill Farm (The).......................... 76 K & A House of Bounce............................... 75 LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester......44 LIFE The Place To Be............................ 55, 61 Playland Park.............................................. 20 Ridge Hill Mall ............................................. 80 Sportime USA Inc........................................ 27 FAMILY TRAVEL Inn at East Hill Farm (The).......................... 76 Nantucket Hotel & Winnetu Oceanside Resort....17 FITNESS Bounce! Trampoline Sports......................... 47 Jodi’s Gym - Westchester............................ 47 Pinebrook Fitness........................................ 62 Rockin’ Jump - Mount Kisco........................ 33 YMCA - White Plains................................... 27 HEALTH Allied Physicians Group............................... 11 Blais Orthodontics....................................... 71 Briarcliff Pediatric Dentistry......................... 79 Caring for Kids Pediatric Dentistry............... 72 Fidelis Care New York................................... 7 G&G Counseling Services........................... 76 Gentle Care Pediatric Dentistry................... 72 Main Street Pediatric Dentistry.................... 31 Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (The)........... 2 Pediatric Associates of Southern Westchester... 41 Westchester Family Orthodontics ............... 40 MUSIC Hoff-Barthelson Music School..................... 23

Music Conservatory of Westchester............ 59 Purchase College: Youth & Pre-College Programs................................. 71 Starlight Starbright Music............................ 53 YMCA - White Plains................................... 27 PERFORMING ARTS / ACTING Artistree Performing Arts............................. 20 Curtain Call Inc............................................ 43 Dance & Theater Arts Studios..................... 69 Purchase College: Youth & Pre-College Programs................................. 71 PLAY SPACES Bounce! Trampoline Sports......................... 47 LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester...44 Rockin’ Jump - Mount Kisco........................ 33 RELIGIOUS Children’s Jewish Education Group............. 76 Temple Israel Center Nursery School.......... 65 Temple Sholom............................................ 69 Westchester Jewish Center......................... 67 RESTAURANT / FOOD SERVICES. Blue Moon Mexican Café ........................... 71 Ridge Hill Mall ............................................. 80 RETAIL ABC Cakes.................................................. 44 Barnes and Noble.......................................... 9 Chocolations LLC........................................ 75 Meadows Farm ........................................... 75 Pedigree Ski Shop....................................... 18 Ridge Hill Mall ............................................. 80 Sugar Mama by Kim Bakeshop................... 65 Tilly...A Deer’s Tale....................................... 72 SPECIAL EVENTS Barnes and Noble.......................................... 9 Dave & Buster’s Pelham Manor.................. 69 SPECIAL NEEDS Developmental Steps.................................. 61 Dicker Reading Method................................. 5 Easter Seals Project Explore....................... 63 G&G Counseling Services........................... 76 Green Chimneys School.............................. 62 Westchester Therapy Solutions (Donna Klein )...63 Camp Ramaquois........................................ 43 FAST- Fairview Aquatics Swim Team.......... 28 Fin 2 Swim................................................... 59 Future Stars................................................. 43 Hommocks Ice Rink..................................... 55 On Track Sport Center................................. 55 ProSwing..................................................... 11 Purchase College / SUNY Aquatic Program....65 Squire Advantage Camps............................ 67 YMCA - White Plains................................... 27 THEATER Curtain Call Inc............................................ 43 Play Group Theatre..................................... 67 TUTORS College Advice 101...................................... 71 Dicker Reading Method................................. 5 Sylvan Learning Centers............................. 25


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