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November 2016

Growing Great Families for 25 Years


What You Don’t Know

Indoor Play

Best Places to Have Fun

November Activities

Good Times for Everyone!

The Big Party Issue! Complete Guide to Venues, Entertainers & More + Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Section

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CONTENTS November 2016 departments

Volume twenty-six • number 11

6 Editor’s Note 10 FAMILY F.Y.I. 12 Fab 4

Indoor Play

42 let’s go to ...

Hudson River Museum

42 Ask the Specialist 3 D Mammograms

features 38

62 Last Bite

Sugar: What you Don’t Know

Sugar! Americans consume more than ten metric tons of it every year. Soda may appear the obvious culprit – sugary drinks are the main source of added sugar in children’s diets – but yogurt, granola, salad dressing, sports drinks – all of these “healthy” foods contain added sugar. At last check, sugar was an ingredient in fully 74% of packaged foods. Read this article to find out you don’t know about sugar.


Give Your Party Some Wheels!

When it comes to planning children’s birthday parties, parents often look for a celebration that offers something different. Here’s an idea that mixes entertainment with a meal – hire a food truck! The sheer difference and excitement of the food truck will resonate with all your guests.

Peppermint Dandies Marshmallow Bark

calendar Family Activities for November

51 Top Pick 53 Editor’s Pick: Clay Class 54 Conneticut Corner 56 Editor’s Pick: Papermaking 57 City Picks 58 Turkey Time


22 Bar/BatMitzvah Listings 27 Party Planner Directory

14 Let It Snow! 16 6 Places to Celebrate 18 time to have fun! 20 glorious Décor

One Family’s Story

Let It Snow!

Let’s Party

Time to Have Fun!

Cover Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company

November 2016

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Growing Great Families for 25 Years


12 Indoor Play

Indoor Play

51 November Activities

November Activities


Big Party issue

The Big Party Issue!


Bar/Bat Mitzvah Section

What You Don’t Know

Best Places to Have Fun

Good Times for Everyone!

Complete Guide to Venues, Entertainers & More + OUR BAR/BAT MITZVAH SECTION

Coming Next Month

Where to Celebrate in Style

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NAPPA Gift Guide Holiday shopping just got easier now that you know the winners from the 2016 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) competition. NAPPA’s distinguished team of judges – with the help of expert child testers – present you with the top children’s gifts to give. Boys Can Dance Too! Girls are not the only ones who love to dance. Boys also enjoy expressing themselves through movement. Read who is giving dance lessons for boys in our area and what you should know before you enroll you son. Plus … Westchester Family’s award-winning searchable calendar for families and much more! Look for it starting November 27!


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Editor’s Note //

Published by Community News Group CEO Les Goodstein President & Publisher Jennifer Goodstein Westchester Family Publisher Clifford Luster co-Publisher/ Editor Jean Sheff Calendar Editor Susan Goldberg

Saying Thanks


realized one day that keeping up with the pace of family life was taking so much out of me that I was losing focus on what was really important. So something had to change. It turned out changing my perspective played a big part in finding my way back to joy. Instead of looking at my day as a never ending to-do list I started focusing on gratitude instead. The easiest way to start was to acknowledge thanks. One day during the typical morning crunch, when I knew I had to serve breakfast, make lunches and beat the clock to the bus stop – I paused as I passed my daughter’s bedroom. There she was fully dressed and making her bed. “Thanks for making your bed so nicely – and wow, that’s a cute outfit,” I called out. She looked up at me, at first in disbelief, and then she smiled, “Thanks Mom, be right downstairs.” Maybe we shouldn’t have to thank our children for doing what they are expected to do – but what a great way to start the day. After all, if someone thanks you, your boss at work, a cashier at the store, your spouse at the end of a long day, doesn’t that set a tone? So I began looking for things to say thank you for and the more I looked the more I found. Thank you for bringing in the garbage cans. Thanks for getting your homework

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done on time. Thanks for remembering to bring your lunch box home. Thanks for watching that movie with me. Not only did I feel better, but the entire family seemed to feel better too. Since we celebrate Thanksgiving this month it seems an appropriate time to thank you, our readers, for turning to Westchester Family during your parenthood journey. Thank you for stopping by to speak with us at community events, for giving us your valuable feedback, for liking us on Facebook and letting us know how we can help you do your best every day as a parent. This month we have gathered some fun and important information on how you can create a great party. Whether it’s a birthday bash, a bar or bat mitzvah, or a school-wide celebration read this issue for great party tips. Be sure to read our article on 3D Mammograms, because taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your family. And while you are at it, don’t miss Susan Goldberg’s great Calendar of Events – there’s fun for everyone this month! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving, Jean Sheff Co-Publisher, Editor

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is OUTSMARTING A BRAIN INFECTION. While on a family Thanksgiving trip to NYC, Brandon had what was thought to be just a cold. Then he started to lose feeling in his limbs. On the advice of a doctor at their hotel, his mom rushed him to NewYork-Presbyterian, where pediatric specialists found extensive clots and a severe infection in his brain. Brandon had four emergency surgeries in five days, and then a full team of doctors and rehab therapists helped him to a full recovery in time to return home to St. Louis for the holidays.

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Doing Good in the Neighborhood The holiday season is upon us and many families choose to get involved in programs and projects that give back to their community. It’s a great way to teach your children the value of volunteering and to keep them grounded in a culture that often stresses excessive consumerism. Share a Talent According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, a new federal study shows that one in four Americans volunteered through an organization and three in five helped their neighbors last year. Often youngsters get involved through a community, religious or extra-curricular program. The Mike Risko Music School in Ossining often gives kids the opportunity to get involved in volunteer projects. “We believe giving back to the community is critical,” says Miriam Risko. Through their band, The Mike Risko Band and the music school, the Riskos and their students have performed at area nursing homes, the Ossining Children’s Center, PTA’s, the Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce and local fundraising events. “It’s a great experience for youngsters and they can also mention their volunteer efforts on their student resume,” says Risko. Explore an Interest As a young summer camper at Muscoot Farm, Xerxes Libsch, now 17 years old, noticed that rain water was washing massive amounts of manure into a nearby stream that led to the public reservoir system. He decided to do something about it.

Libsch reached out to knowledgeable groups such as the EPA and Audubon Society for advice and support in overhauling the farm’s vast gutter and sewer network to redirect two tons of manure each year. In the end, he completed an estimated $60,000 to $70,000 project on a donation basis, including 2,600 volunteer man-hours. Libsch has been awarded the 2016 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for his efforts. “My vision for the future is having a genuine purpose and doing something that I believe in,” says Libsch. Get Started Now According to Volunteer New York! a volunteer organization based in Tarrytown (, there are many volunteer opportunities open to youngsters in Westchester County. Consult their online search engine to explore causes that accept young volunteers. Consider your child’s interest and match them with a volunteer opportunity. Volunteer New York! cites the following organizations as open to working with volunteers of all ages. • Interest: Medicine The American Diabetes Association ( is committed to preventing and curing diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. • Interest: History The Bedford Historical Society ( is a non-profit, educational organization committed to preserving local history, educating students and interpreting collections for the benefit of residents and visitors.

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Pictured at Muscoot Farm, 17-year-old Xerxes Libsch, volunteered to overhaul the farm’s vast gutter and sewer network to redirect two tons of manure each year that spilled into the public water system. • Interest: Hunger Family-to-Family ( located in Hastings-onHudson is a grassroots hunger relief organization that links American families with “more” to rural American families with “profoundly less.” Service projects include adopting families, providing birthday kits for low-income families and providing support for families in disaster regions. • Interest: Animals The mission of the SPCA of Westchester ( in Briarcliff Manor is to ensure the humane treatment of animals throughout Westchester County and to bring people and animals together. - Jean Sheff

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Catch the new PBS KIDS series, Splash and Bubbles, this November.


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Stay tuned for the new PBS KIDS series, Splash and Bubbles, that debuts Wednesday, Nov. 23. Kids can follow the adventures of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish who has migrated all over the oceans before settling down with his family in Reeftown, where he makes friends with three inquisitive fellow sea creatures. Together, Splash and his friends explore the world’s oceans, where they meet wildly diverse marine animals and discover otherworldly undersea habitats, bringing back what they’ve learned to share with their neighbors. Splash and Bubbles is designed to encourage kids ages 4 to 7 to explore our natural undersea world. Created in partnership with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital media innovators and preschool educators, the series covers a variety of basic concepts in biology, in addition to highlighting important social and emotional skills for youngsters. Catch the fun! – Jean Sheff

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Fab 4 //

Indoor Play The weather is getting a bit cool so it’s always good to have some indoor play spaces in mind to let the kids blow off some steam.

Sportime USA This amusement center with more than 150 arcade games also boasts other fun activities such as laser tag, a rock climbing wall, bumper cars, billiard tables and a three level playground. In November Sportime USA offers Kid’s Drop Off Days on the 8th, 11th and 25th for kids ages 5 and up. Reservations required for these special days. Sportime USA, 380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, 592-2111.


Rockin’ Jump An indoor trampoline park is a great way to let the kids have fun and get some exercise. Rockin’ Jump offers dodgeball, open jump arenas, a slam dunk zone, a foam area filled with thousands of foam cubes and programs such as Rockin’ Tots and a Sensory Jump, a special needs jump time. Parents can jump too! Rockin’ Jump, 333 N. Bedford Road, 743-5730. mtkisco. 241 Market St., Yonkers, 510-9119.

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Bounce! Trampoline Sports Jump into all the fun at Bounce! Check out the indoor trampoline activities on multiple jumping courts of various sizes including a foam pit, trampoline slam dunk basketball and trampoline dodgeball courts. New is a Ninja Style obstacle course. For kids under age 5 there is Bounce Jr., a separate area just for little ones. Bounce! Trampoline Sports, 612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage. 845268-4000.

Great Play of Scarsdale Kids can’t help but get physically active at this indoor interactive gym. There are classes for infants and toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children. Programs are designed to help kids develop age-appropriate physical skills. There are also Open Gym times for members. See website for membership information. Great Play, 969B Central Park Ave., Scarsdale. 713-3470. – Jean Sheff

One Family’s Story

Let It Snow! Where to Celebrate in Style

Let’s Party

Time to Have Fun!

Bar/Bat Mitzvah // Circumstances

Let It Snow! Truly a Bar Mitzvah to Remember By Andrea White


ears of planning. Months of practicing. A trip up to the bimah as family and friends watch a child enter adulthood. A bar or bat mitzvah is always a memorable, special time for any family. But having this momentous occasion happen at the same time as an historic blizzard – well, that can only make it even more unforgettable. Making Plans Ken and Liz Hoexter of Scarsdale already had one bar mitzvah under their belt and were eagerly anticipating their son Benjamin’s big day, January 23, 2016. They snatched up the date more than two years ago, despite it being in the dead of winter, because it happened to be Benjamin’s actual 13th birthday. All the preparations had been made and all was going to plan, with no weather concerns to speak of, until the Monday before. Liz Hoexter recalls, “I got this Facebook message from a friend of mine saying here’s a great weather app you should follow, and I’m thinking what is she talking about? And I yelled in from the other room to my husband, ‘Is there a storm coming or something?’” Needless to say, Liz started checking the weather forecast quite frequently – multiple times a day, every day that week. Luckily, most of the guests flying in were arriving a

Winter Celebration Advice The guests are invited and the tables might even be set, but follow these tips from Liz Hoexter if you are planning a winter bar or bat mitzvah. • Make sure the service can be streamed • Look closely at the “force majeure” clause in contracts • Speak to each individual vendor and arrange a snow date (put it in contracts and on invitation) • Get event insurance, especially for December through March parties • Book slightly larger hotel block, just in case • Create a blast email list • If weather is bad, do important moments at party first (candle lighting, speeches, etc.)


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The Hoexters gather round the torah as Ben becomes bar mitzvah.

day or two early, so there were no worries about flights. But by the end of the week, there were some enormous choices to make. “We had this looming threat of a storm and there were no guarantees because some things were calling for hitting square on our area and some things were saying a couple of inches,” she says. The Hoexters were assured by their synagogue, Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, that the bar mitzvah service could be held on Saturday morning no matter what. That was welcome news for Hoexter, as she didn’t want Benjamin to have to change his Torah portion. Still, at this point, the party was set for Saturday afternoon at Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut (where the Hoexters are members). Friday morning, during what should’ve been a relaxing time

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The Hoexters stayed in close contact with their vendors, so despite the snow storm their celebration was seamless. • Stay in contact with your vendors • Make sure your venue has a full generator • Arrange for valet parking.

with her 10-year-old daughter at the nail salon, Hoexter instead spent nearly the whole time on the phone. “It wasn’t until we were knee-deep in nail polish that I got a call from my husband saying we need to make some really big decisions and we’ve got to make them right now,” she remembers. The biggest question: change the party date or roll the dice and keep it on Saturday? In the end, the decision was to change the bar mitzvah party to Sunday. Making Changes “I have to say the best way to describe it is turning around a freight train on a dime – literally – because we had so many guests, we had so many different vendors, we had so many things to coordinate,” Hoexter says. The family started with the most important piece of the puzzle – their venue, which was able to accommodate them on Sunday (Hoexter says one plus of booking a country club in winter is there usually isn’t much else going on there!). Once that was settled, they had to make sure the entertainment (the DJ, emcee and dancers) were all OK with the date change. The family didn’t take any chances when it came to the photographers, Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company, located in New York City. “To play it safe, we ended up paying for a hotel room for the photographers to stay in Westchester because we were too nervous,” Hoexter says. (They stayed overnight Friday and Saturday.) Calls also needed to be made to the florist, the bus company that was booked to transport kids from the temple to the party, and of course, to the guests – about 175 of them! After going through this experience, Hoexter

Ben Hoexter, center, and his family celebrate despite 18 inches of snow.

recommends setting up a blast email list in advance, just in case all of the invitees need to be reached quickly. The Big Day Following a day of phone calls, the Hoexters had a Friday night dinner with family and went to services at Westchester Reform Temple (WRT). Then, after some more phone calls that night, the big day arrived, and along with it about 18 inches of snow! Fortunately, the bar mitzvah service went off without a hitch. Benjamin didn’t let the last-minute change of plans affect his performance. “He pulled through with flying colors. He was flawless on the bimah, he was just unbelievably amazing and he just made us so proud,” Hoexter says. And even those who couldn’t make it to the synagogue in the storm were able to watch Benjamin’s big moment. “One of the nice things about our temple is WRT does live streaming of all services,” she says. “When we realized there were some people in the city who couldn’t

make it up for the service that were family, we quickly emailed them a link.” After the service, with no party to go to, Liz let Benjamin have a bunch of friends come back to their house and stay overnight to help him celebrate his birthday. “It was a really busy house. It was like two-and-a-halfday’s-worth of celebrating.” Finally, Sunday came, the roads were clear, and the party got started. The Hoexters say nearly everyone was able to make it to the celebration, and some people who couldn’t have made it on Saturday actually showed up, too! Benjamin’s theme was baseball (he’s a catcher), and his mom tweaked her speech a bit to include a baseball metaphor to describe what they went through, and what they learned. “Sometimes life throws you curveballs and you have to just move with it ... and you know what, things usually work out for the best,” Hoexter reflected. Ken Hoexter also put everything in perspective. “Ben’s performance was flawless. That’s what it’s all about. The party is a

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bonus. He spoke to G-d and became a man,” he says. Liz Hoexter knows there was a little bit of luck involved in making the weekend a success – and such a great story to share. She says, “We were beyond lucky that we could literally reorganize everything and everybody for the very next day. I have to say our friends, and our family, and our extended family were so, so incredibly supportive. It still blows me away and it chokes me up to think about it. Unbelievable.” The Hoexters have one more child, their daughter Samantha, who will be turning 13 in 2018. Her bat mitzvah is planned for early December of that year. Liz Hoexter says she’s not worried about the weather, but if Mother Nature does throw the family a curveball, they’ll be more than ready. Andrea White is an Edgemont-based writer. Her bat mitzvah was many years ago over Thanksgiving weekend, fortunately one without any snow. November 2016 |


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(Clockwise from left) The historic landmark, Castle Hotel & Spa, offers a dramatic event space featuring vaulted ceilings with Gothic stained-glass windows in the Great Hall and crystal chandeliers in the Caramai Ballroom. We’ve all been to parties where the teenagers are staring at their iPhones all night looking bored, but the Flatiron District’s Slate NY guarantees a fun-filled evening for all. An industrial building converted into NYC-style loft space, Life the Place to Be is the perfect spot for families craving a cutting-edge venue with an array of on-site activities.

6 Places to Celebrate in Style hoosing the venue for your bar or bat mitzvah is often one of the hardest parts of party planning. Luckily our local area has so many options from swanky nightclubs to scenic castles – there’s a party venue that’s sure to please even the pickiest teen. Below are fun-filled options to help you navigate your search.

Hall to crystal chandeliers in the Caramai Ballroom, this historic landmark is sure to please the most discerning guests. Catering provided by award-winning chef Sean McAllister and his culinary team guarantees a sumptuous feast featuring seasonal items that your guests will remember. The hotel can accommodate parties of up to 200 guests and has 31 guest rooms on-site. 400 Benedict Ave., Tarrytown, N.Y. 6311980.

1. Castle Hotel & Spa Nestled on top of a hill with scenic views overlooking the Hudson River, the Castle Hotel & Spa offers a unique and dramatic event space. From vaulted ceilings with Gothic stained-glass windows in the Great

2. Life the Place to Be An industrial building converted into NYC-style loft space, Life the Place to Be is the perfect spot for families craving a cutting-edge venue with an array of on-site activities. With customizable floor plans

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and more than 29,000 square feet, this venue can handle parties of 400+ guests. Flexible floor plans have played host to Hollywood Oscar-style themed celebrations to recreating an actual basketball court so guests can shoot hoops after dancing the hora. Teens can also enjoy an on-site rock climbing wall, laser tag, arcade games and bowling. Delectable catering by Abigail Kirsch rounds out some of the sophisticated offerings at this hot spot. 2 Lawrence St., Ardsley, N.Y. 591-4400. 3. Radisson Hotel If you are looking for one stop shopping for your bar/bat mitzvah affair, the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle fits the bill. Conveniently located to all major transportation, the hotel features a newly renovated ballroom and a pre-function area for your cocktail hour. On-site Noma Social

unparalleled service. The hotel’s ballroom can accommodate 400 guests and the gallery featuring candle-lit floor to ceiling windows serves as a sophisticated option for your cocktail hour. Their catering team can whip up everything from a five-course dinner to more casual meals. Out-of-town guests can enjoy staying in one of the hotel’s 146 guestrooms. The catering team can also create a customized farewell brunch for your guests to end your soiree on a high note. 3 Renaissance Square, White Plains, N.Y. 946-5500.

lounge is ideal for any die-hard party guests craving an after-party. Best of all, Bubbe and Zayde from Florida can get discounted hotel rates and if you have a large block of 125 guaranteed guests, the host family gets a complimentary hotel room. 1 Radisson Plaza, New Rochelle, N.Y. 5763700. 4. Ritz-Carlton Westchester Located in downtown White Plains, the Ritz-Carlton promises an elegant affair with attention to every detail and

5. Slate NY We’ve all been to parties where the teenagers are staring at their iPhones all night looking bored, but the Flatiron District’s Slate NY guarantees a fun-filled evening for them with ping-pong, pool, foosball and shuffleboard on-site. The dance floor is tricked out with a state-of-the art sound system and club lighting. A nine panel video wall serves as the perfect backdrop to display that montage that you worked so hard on. An innovative menu includes kid-approved options such as Southern Fried Chicken Littles with Jolly Rancher BBQ sauce. Customizable floor

plans allow for celebrity performances, special appearances by professional athletes and even mechanical bulls if that’s what you envision for your celebration. 54 W. 21st St., N.Y. 212-989-0096. 6. Whitby Castle Modeled after Whitby Abbey in England, this picturesque venue overlooking the Long Island Sound features an impressive ballroom and two private reception areas for your affair. The mansion’s manicured lawns set on 126+ acres are well-suited for outdoor use during the warmer months. On-site catering provided by the Lessing’s family often uses artisanal ingredients for a European-inspired menu. Most recently the venue added new customized LED uplighting as an option to enhance the ballroom, dance floor and corridors to match your party’s theme. If you are looking for a magical and memorable bar/ bat mitzvah, Whitby Castle delivers. 330 Boston Post Road, Rye, N.Y. 777-2053. Stacey Pfeffer is a freelance writer based in Chappaqua.

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah // Charge

Time to Have Fun! By Ann McGovern


hile the religious significance of a bar or bat mitzvah is of the utmost importance, the celebration that follows is, by design, good fun for all ages. To keep the kids involved and busy and provide entertainment for the adults, many families turn to the professionals to help solve the puzzle of how to have fun at the celebration portion of the event. Picture This Who doesn’t like a photo keepsake of the happy event? Adults and kids will line up with enthusiasm at the popular photo booths offered by Funtime Amusements, a full-service special events company based in Yorktown Heights (funtimeamusements. com). Customize the photo experience with features that can include external monitors so that guests waiting can be part of the fun, wacky hair styles, black and white or color photos and photo borders. Get the Party Started It’s great to get the guests up and interacting and that’s the specialty of the Interactive Entertainment Group (interactiveparty. com). You can expand on your event theme with virtual reality environments such as virtual basketball, baseball or tennis. Or give your guests the opportunity to try surfing with the virtual reality surfing simulator. Big plus – no one gets wet! Or perhaps the Ping Pong Deluxe is more to your taste. This customized ping pong table features chasing lights, a glass surface with hundreds of ping pong balls encased under the glass. Interactive Entertainment Group also offers lighted lounges for the super cool teen and floor décor that can enhance the dance floor and carry your theme to greater heights. Pro Entertainers Having a pro in charge is a good way to have a seamless event. At NJM Entertainment (, 20-year party entertainment veteran, Jamel Watkins, knows how to appeal to kids and please adults. Jamel and his team will get everyone up


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If you have a teen that loves music you might want to book Rockmitzvah, a real rock band that creates a customized performance featuring your child on his instrument or as a featured vocalist.

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NJM Entertainment, featuring Jamel Watkins and his team, know how to get everyone up to dance and have fun.

and dancing and having fun. Their special brand of personality and exuberance is infectious. They know how to help your child shine and make others so comfortable they shed inhibitions and join the celebration. Starring Your Child If you have a teen that loves music you might want to book Rockmitzvah (rockmitzvah. com), a real rock band that creates a customized performance featuring your child on his instrument or as a featured vocalist,

regardless of skill level. It’s a thrill for your child and your guests. What grandparent doesn’t love to see their grandchild take the stage? Rockmitzvah practices with your child before the big day, which enhances the experience. Most importantly, Rockmitzvah tailors the performance to each family’s desires – the show is for everyone’s enjoyment. Ann McGovern is a Westchester-based freelance writer.

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah // Consider This

Glorious Décor By Ann McGovern


any families spend a good deal of time trying to decide exactly how they would like to set the stage for the bar or bat celebration. Selecting your venue is a big part of the process, but once that’s accomplished the question remains – what about adding some extras to the décor? Here are some ideas that might help you add that little bit of pizazz to your event. Up, Up and Away Your child may be coming of age, but everyone is still a kid when it comes to balloons. And balloons are a wonderfully affordable way to decorate the party space with some fun and flair. Chances are your youngster can be perfectly happy with, or in fact may prefer, a wild and wacky or sleek and sassy themed balloon arrangement if it’s been executed with expertise. Forget the simple twisted animal-shaped balloons reminiscent of kids’ birthday parties. At Balloon Artistry in Chestnut Ridge, New York ( balloons are an art form. From centerpieces or ceiling décor to arches and columns or light up balloon creations, Balloon Artistry can help you add a special touch to your décor. Add the Unexpected Including a detail that is unexpected can add a lot of sizzle to your event. Take, for instance, the offerings from Photofetti ( They reproduce your photo into one inch circular photos and mix it with colorful accent pieces. The starter package includes 450 photofetti images and 1200 accent pieces. And you can do it all online. Product can be delivered in two to three weeks or express delivery is an option. Simply choose three accent colors (out of a choice of 50), upload you image and crop it focusing on the portion of the photo you wish to highlight. You can sprinkle an image of the bar/ bat child on table tops, in gift bags and even thank you notes. An interesting, one-of-kind detail that make your event all the more special.


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(Above) At Balloon Artistry in Chestnut Ridge, New York, balloons are an art form that can transform any space into a wonderland. (Left) Party Art Productions specializes in creating personalized décor for your event.

Select to create your personal centerpieces, candle lighting kits, themed decorations, place card displays, sign in and memory books or table sign kits. You might also like to get the entire family involved, it’s a nice way for others to participate that will give your event a personal touch. Artistic Flair Another way to personalize your celebration is to make use of professional artists that can add a surprising flair to your event. Party Art Productions (paryartproductions. com) specializes in creating personalized décor and top artistic courtesy photo entertainment for your event. They can create centerpieces, Do It Yourself invitations, cutouts, sign in boards and other If you’re the type that likes to get hands-on inventive decorative items as well as offer you might want to investigate the many caricaturists-for-hire to entertain your guests options offered by Awesome Events DIY and send them home with a personal favor. Centerpiece Kits ( Select Your event is sure to sizzle with this type of a kit and you will be sent all the material you individualized touch. need to create your design. Don’t’ see the design or theme you want – custom kits can Ann Mc Govern is a freelance writer based in be designed just for you. Westchester.

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Listings Special Advertising Supplement Amanda Bear Party Rentals 347-326-5567 “For All Your Party Needs.” Tents, tables and chairs, cotton candy machines, popcorn machines, teddy bear stuffing, balloon store, supplies and much more. All rentals are delivered to party site and set up by qualified staff. Their number one goal is to give the best service at the best price! Funfuzion at New Roc City 29 LeCount Place (Exit 16 I-95), New Rochelle 637-7575 You and your guests will be dazzled by this interactive party experience! Dedicated

emcees and party hosts provide an unforgettable birthday experience with a theatrical and interactive party room atmosphere. Your child is the star! Act one begins with a dazzling show where everyone shares the limelight. Act two is filled with your choice e of action-packed amusements! It is a standing ovation every time for the Birthday Star! Funtime Amusements 773-1320 One of the most highly referred event companies in Westchester, Funtime is a one-stop-shop for your event needs. Whether it’s a wedding, company picnic or house party, 40 years of

experience ensures it will be a great event. They own, operate and maintain their rides, games and equipment for the highest safety. That is why they can say, “Don’t worry, be very happy.” Grand Prix New York 333 North Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco 358-3616 This incredible recreational entertainment facility offers racing for kids as young as 8 years old, dining facilities, an Arcade/redemption center and Racing Simulators! Want to put the perfect spin on your party? Reserve lanes on the new stateof-the-art Spins Bowl bowling center offering bowling, billiards, and party rooms. Contact: Susan@

Life ...The Place To Be 2 Lawrence St., Ardsley 591-4400, ext. 100 LIFE is a phenomenal event space, NYC Style Loft event rooms able to accommodate 50 to 500 guests. Includes: lounge furniture, projection screens, nightclub lighting, arcade, bowling and more! Full Service Catering, Station Menus and Kosher catering is available. Enjoy LIFE! Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club 555 S. Barry Ave., Mamaroneck 696-1130 Celebrate your milestone at Westchester’s quintessential waterfront setting. MBYC’s

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expansive and beautiful property includes a historic clubhouse, a spectacular tented deck and gardens that offer a one-of-a-kind experience with unparalleled views. Paired with outstanding cuisine, renowned hospitality and personalized service, their team will create an event of a lifetime. NJM Entertainment 845-546-3243 NJM Entertainment has the highest quality of customer service and the most professional entertainers in the industry. A full service entertainment company specializing in DJs/MCs, lighting and unique talent, we can create the event of your dreams. Let our attention to detail keep your guests talking for years to come!

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Party Art Productions 845-357-3318 “We Put the Art in the Party” Known in the industry for providing custom personalized and original Art and Artists for Events. Offering everything from Theme designed air-brushed Décor, to unique Personalized Invitations and Gifts, and everything in between. Owner, and Artist in-Residence, Philip Herman, is an accomplished Illustrator/Caricaturist, who works closely with each client. They can personally tailor your Affair exceeding your expectations. Pretty Paper & Polka Dots Michelle Schwartz 576-6920 Let Pretty Paper & Polka Dots customize your perfect invite! They provide personalized stationery and gifts for all occasions, specializing in bar/bat mitzvah invitations. Hand and computer calligraphy available. Call or email for an appointment.

Rockin’ Jump 241 Market St., Yonkers 510-9119 Westchester’s best trampoline park is also a perfect place for parties from 10 to 400 guests! Their 18,000-square-foot facility, with three private party rooms, is perfect for your child’s next birthday or their big Bar/ Bat celebration! Call one of their Event Specialists to book your party today!  Rockmitzvah 419-3610 This band of music industry veterans invites any musical child to “rock out” as the star in front of friends and family. It’s an unparalleled “right of passage” experience for the celebrant. Events customized to meet your musical needs: jazz ensembles, traditional or “surf-tinged” horahs, classic rock, old school R & B dance sets. Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company 419 Park Avenue South, Suite 1302, NYC 212-633-0502 With more than 25 years of experience, they have a reputation and a track record for excellence. What makes them unique is the combination of impeccable customer service, follow through, and care before, during and after your event. They understand how important your once-in-a-lifetime day is! Sayings For You, Inc. Party Favors! 845-639-9700 For more than 30 years, Sayings For You has been servicing thousands of satisfied customers nationally. They’ve provided custom imprinted party favors and promotional items without ever having missed a deadline. Their award-winning art department can imprint “anything on anything.”

NJM Entertainment has the highest quality of customer service and the most professional entertainers in the industry. A full service entertainment company specializing in DJs/MCs, lighting and unique talent, we can create the event of your dreams.

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The Tallis Lady 201-321-4995 Find beautiful, handmade and exquisite tallitot and other religious pieces from Lisa Prawer, the Tallis Lady. Whether you are looking for a tallit for a bar or bat mitzvah, tallit clips or a one of a kind kippah, the Tallis Lady has it all. Each piece displays incredible artistry and will be cherished for years. Temple Sholom 300 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-7191 Temple Sholom is a vibrant, egalitarian synagogue that has served the Westchester and Fairfield communities for more than 100 years. Consider hosting your next life cycle event - such as a brit milah, bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, birthday or anniversary celebration - in

one of their modern and unique event spaces. Unique Affair Catering Pleasantville Country Club, Pleasantville, 769-5010/ The Davenport Mansion On The Sound, New Rochelle, 623-7800 Unique Affair catering has it all! They have served Westchester for more than 25 years and now offer full service catering and event management at two locations: Pleasantville Country Club and The Davenport Mansion On The Sound in New Rochelle. No event is too big or too small. They offer beautiful rooms and outdoor areas with varying capacity, which allows you to determine what space will be best for your event.

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cooking coach. She’ll come to your home with everything needed. The kids are active from start to finish!

ABC Cakes has been making fun and fabulous cakes, cookies, cupcakes for over ten years. All of their products are made on site and custom for our customer’s special occasions. Their children’s baking and cake decorating parties are a way for your guests to get involved and bring out their creative side.

Bounce! Trampoline Sports 612 Corporate Way, (off Rte. 303), Valley Cottage 845-268-4000

Amanda Bear Party Rentals 347-326-5567 “For All Your Party Needs.� Jumpy houses, slides, tents, tables and chairs, cotton candy machines, popcorn machines, teddy bear stuffing, balloon store, supplies and much more. All rentals are delivered to party site and set up by qualified staff. Their number one goal is to give the best service at the best price! Amy Rosen Cooking By Design 917-903-1451 amyrosencookingbydesign@ www.amyrosencookingbydesign. 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 can enjoy the fully hands-on experience. Amy is an experienced, fun, enthusiastic

Host your child’s birthday party at Bounce! All ages love playing trampoline dodgeball and slam dunk basketball or just free jumping on enormous courts of interconnected trampolines, flipping into their separate dual foam pits or challenging each other eon the Ninja Obstacle Course! Private party rooms, free Wi-Fi, fun arcade, separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for 5 and under. School, camp and groups welcome. Dave’s Cast Of Characters 235-7100 Featuring characters, DJs, clowns, magicians, face painters, balloon sculptors, and fun food carts. New: Photo Booths. Featured inflatable rides include: Cliffhanger Slide, Wild One, Kong’s Revenge & Batman Challenge obstacle courses, Big Kahuna & Wild Rapids water slides, Spiderman Velcro Wall, Castles, 5-in-1’s, Toddler Units, Carnival Games and much, much more. Dave’s Cast Of Characters 235-7100



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Dave’s has a wide range of entertainment services, including costumed characters, rides and games designed to turn your party into a memorable event. 100+ current and classic characters look and sound authentic. From ice princesses to superheroes, pirates to tea parties and everything in between, there’s something to delight every child! Digital Arts Experience 170 Hamilton Ave., Suite 100, White Plains 644-8100 Have your next party at The Digital Arts Experience! We offer fun, interactive Minecraft themed kids parties using the latest technology in a bright, modern facility. All you have to do is select a party size, food & decoration options, and time and we’ll take care of set-up and clean-up. Learn more at TheDAE. com/birthdays. info@TheDAE. com.


Making parties and events magical since 1957! They offer bounce rides, carnival games and booths, dunk tanks, photo booths, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cone, ice cream carts, hot dog carts, tents, tables, chairs, clowns, magicians and more. Excellent service and prices make them the best choice for every party.


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Funtime Amusements 773-1320 One of the most highly referred event companies in Westchester, Funtime is a one-stop-shop for your event needs. Whether it’s a wedding, company picnic or house party, 40 years of experience ensures it will be a great event. They own, operate and maintain their rides, games and equipment for the highest safety. That is why they can say, “Don’t worry, be very happy.” Funfuzion at New Roc City 29 LeCount Place (Exit 16 I-95), New Rochelle 637-7575 You and your guests will be dazzled by this interactive party experience! Dedicated emcees and party hosts provide an unforgettable birthday experience with a theatrical and interactive party room atmosphere. Your child is the star! Act one begins with a dazzling show where everyone shares the limelight. Act two is filled with your choice of action-packed amusements! It is a standing ovation every time for the Birthday Star! Gamin’ Ride (888) 36-GAMES Gamin’Ride is a mobile, indooroutdoor entertainment theater that brings the latest video game technology right to your door! Gamin’Ride produces high-

ABC CAKES Kids Parties ABC Cakes specializes in children’s parties of all kinds. With our parties, kids will be able to decorate and take their cakes home.

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Guests are divided into teams, then let the competition begin! Each team is given a basic recipe and then 4 secret ingredients to mix and bake their own specialty cupcakes. While cakes are baking they create their own custom buttercream. Decorations are part of the judging so get your creative juices fl owing.

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energy, interactive parties for all ages. Basic two-hour party packages include use of video game consoles (Xbox, PlayStation and Wii), laser tag, hydro wars and sumo wrestling! Grand Prix New York 333 North Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco 914-358-3616 This incredible recreational entertainment facility offers racing for kids as young as 8 years old, dining facilities, an Arcade/Redemption center and Racing Simulators! Want to put the perfect spin on your party? Reserve lanes on the new stateof-the-art Spins Bowl bowling center offering bowling, billiards, and party rooms. Contact: Gymcats Gymnastics Center 1 Odell Plaza, Yonkers 965-7676 Trampolines, foam-filled pits, rings to swing on, air castle, giant air slide and more. Private funfilled parties and an energetic staff make your child’s birthday a memorable experience. Private one and a half hour parties for ages 3 and up. No experience necessary; all ages have a great time. Party times fill quickly, so book early.


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Homefield Bowl 938 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers 969-5592 Homefield Bowl is a full-service bowling alley featuring open bowl, league bowl for juniors, adults and mixed leagues. Great party packages for kids and adults! Senior programs also available. Call them today to plan your bowling party and more. Jodi’s Gym 25 Hubbels Dr., Mt. Kisco 244-8811 Since 1982, Jodi’s Gym has been THE place for kids ages 1-12 to run, jump, climb, swing, bounce and tumble to their heart’s delight! You won’t find a more enthusiastic, attentive, or better trained staff anywhere. Teachers set up, serve and clean up for you and do everything in between … you sit back and enjoy!  Katonah Art CENTER 65 Old Bedford Road, Golden’s Bridge 232-4843 Parties for ALL AGES! Choose from a variety of projects and themes. Painting, Crafts, Pottery, Fused Glass and more! Whether you are holding a children’s party, grownup birthday party, bachelorette party, ladies’ night out, corporate team building event, holiday or business party, KAC is ready to meet your party needs!

Not invited, again? While it may not be a big deal if your child doesn’t get invited once, it is a big deal if it happens repeatedly. Friends get invited. So, if your child isn’t being invited to birthday parties and other events, that is a very good indication that he, or she, is struggling socially. The good news is that you can help! **For free information, tips, and strategies to help your child make friends and keep them go to:

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Life ... The Place To Be 2 Lawrence St., Ardsley 591-4400, ext. 106 Westchester’s AWESOME spot for birthday parties and everyday fun. 29,000-square-feet of fun and excitement. Rock Climbing, Bowling, Laser Tag, the latest Arcade Games and NEW Laser Maze too! Make LIFE simple, let us do it all! Make-A-Movie Parties 533-7294; 212-645-9487

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Playland Ice is the perfect place for an easy, fun-filled party. Choose from one of THREE indoor rinks. Unlike many other rinks that only offer parties during public sessions, Playland offers that as well as private ice events. Their Birthday Party Coordinators will arrange all the details. Pine Brook Fitness 130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle 636-1019 Book your next party or event at Pine Brook Fitness and have a celebration to remember. Your party can be hosted at one or a combination of our three facilities (The Rock Club, New Rochelle Racquet Club, The Studios). Large or small, formal or informal, joins us for your next party! Rockin’ Jump 241 Market St., Yonkers 510-9119


“Westchester’s best trampoline park is also a perfect place for parties from 10 to 400 guests! Their 18,000-square-foot facility, with three private party rooms, is perfect for your child’s next birthday or their big Bar/ Bat celebration! Call one of their Event Specialists to book your party today!” Sportime USA 380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford 592-2111 This 50,000-sq.-ft. indoor amusement center provides TONS of fun for KIDS and ADULTS alike. Featuring: Laser Tag, BRAND NEW SUPER FLY RIDE, 4-D


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IMAX ride, Rock Wall, Bumper cars, Batting Cages, Arcade games and prizes, and much more. Check out the BRAND NEW 1,500- sq.-ft. VIP ROOM. Hosting “PARTIES” for all occasions with catering available. Stepping Stones Museum For Children 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203-899-0606, ext. 203 Inspiration is the key to every perfect party at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. And with just a little bit of Stepping Stones magic, their talented team offers a oneof-a-kind party experience for every child. A party at Stepping Stones isn’t just exciting – it’s unforgettable. Westchester Skating Academy 91 Fairview Park Dr., Elmsford 347-8232, ext. 100 WSA has a variety of party packages including KARAOKE, FROZEN and KNEE HOCKEY themed parties. Relax and let them handle everything. When you have your party at WSA, you are guaranteed to have a great time on and off the ice. Contact one of their party planners today! World Cup Gymnastics 160 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua 238-9267 Kids flip for World Cup Gymnastics parties. Jump on trampolines and air castles, flip on the Tumble Trak and swing into their foam and ball pits, then settle down in a party room to enjoy more fun. Parents can relax while they do the work!  Ask about their new themed parties and special gym for children 3 and under!

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By Elisa Bremner, MS, RD, CDN


ugar! Americans consume more than ten metric tons of it every year. Soda may appear the obvious culprit – sugary drinks are the main source of added sugar in children’s diets – but yogurt, granola, salad dressing, sports drinks – all of these “healthy” foods

contain added sugar. At last check, sugar was an ingredient in fully 74% of packaged foods. Chronic Conditions As added sugar infiltrates our food supply, children have started developing chronic conditions previously only seen in adults. Adult Onset Diabetes is now called Type 2

Tips for Helping Your Child Avoid the Sugar Trap 1. Be a food label detective. Teach your child to identify sugar in the ingredients list (so many names!) and look for the “added sugar” category on the Nutrition Facts panel. 2. Make smart beverage choices. Water is important to all body processes, so there’s no downside to encouraging it at every meal. If the kids demand flavor, try infusing water with cut fruit or make your own “light” soda by mixing seltzer with a sprinkle of juice. Although it contains its own natural sugar (lactose), milk is also a good choice. 3. Limit processed food, but keep it positive. By choosing mainly whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods, people of all ages can easily limit added sugar and excess calories naturally. 4. Limit screen time. Sugary breakfast cereals are heavily marketed to children, on both television and the internet. While consumer demand has driven soda manufacturers to develop lower sugar beverages, these companies continue to aggressively market their “empty calorie” wares to children in the media. 5. “Treats” should be small and infrequent, and frequently fruits or vegetables.


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Diabetes, as the original name no longer fit, and pediatricians now routinely test their young patients’ blood cholesterol. Research has uncovered associations between added sugars and increased cardiovascular disease risk factors among American children at intakes far below current consumption levels. Added sugars have been implicated as contributors to increased caloric intake, obesity and abnormalities of cholesterol and triglycerides. How Much Sugar? The American Heart Association, having analyzed the current research, recommends that children ages 2 to 18 consume ≤25 g (100 cal or ~6 teaspoons) of added sugars per day. To put this in perspective, the average can of soda contains over 40 grams of sugar. Children under 2 should have no added sugar. It makes sense to get kids used to “nature’s candy” (real fruit) from a younger age. The taste for sweet, while inborn, remains adjustable. Consuming lots of unnaturally sweet foods, like candy and soda, primes the taste buds to want more sweet. By gradually weaning your family off of these heavily sweetened foods, you can actually re-train the taste buds to truly appreciate the sweet that comes from nature. By Any Other Name Manufacturers use confusing terms like “all natural organic cane juice” and “fruit juice concentrate” to fool consumers into believing that a product is good for you. Sugar packaged by nature in an apple or carrot is much different than “natural” sugar added to a product packaged by the food industry.

Whole foods contain fiber, which slows down the release of glucose into the bloodstream, and vitamins and minerals that enhance their value to our health. 100% fruit juice, while now approved by the USDA to fulfill some of our daily fruit requirements, still consists mainly of just the fruit’s sugar, and should be limited. The new Nutrition Facts Label, unveiled this past May and mandatory by July 2018, can help you make better choices about sugar. Important information about calories, serving size and servings per container (for those who still think a pint of Ben & Jerry’s is one serving) are in a larger font. We know we have a problem with portion sizes; this makes it more difficult to ignore. Serving sizes will now be more realistic, based on amounts that people actually eat or drink, not what they should be eating. By identifying added sugar, the new label will also make it easier to follow USDA guidelines for limiting it to less than 10% of total daily calories. (see box for an example). Associated Drawbacks While added sugar may fit into an otherwise healthy diet, we know that few children – and possibly even fewer adults – can adhere the recommended limit. The scary truth is that sugary foods actually precipitate

New Nutrition Facts Label

The new Nutrition Facts Label, unveiled this past May and mandatory by July 2018, can help you make better choices about sugar. Shown here, is the previous label (on the left) and the new label (on the right). Note how important information about calories, serving size and servings per container are in a larger font.

their own cycle of addiction. The instant rush you get from an infusion of cake or ice cream causes your blood sugar to skyrocket. Shortly thereafter, the pancreas responds by pumping insulin into the bloodstream

to make use of this instant fuel supply, leading to a roller-coaster-like dip in blood sugar. This sudden drop makes us feel uncomfortable; we seek another sugary food to get that level back up. MRI scans have shown that food addictions can be as compelling as drug addictions. Rising insulin levels associated with high sugar intake increase fat storage. Apart from the additional calories the sugars “trick” us into eating, our own hormones may start working against us, both via metabolism (insulin) and appetite control (leptin). Dental cavities, strongly correlated with high sugar intake for decades, are no laughing matter. Research has shown that sugar may be the only cause of tooth decay. The World Health Organization recommends we keep our consumption of added sugar down to less than 5% of total calories. Public health officials in the US determined this level was “unrealistic,” although perhaps food policy changes could help save our children’s smiles and their health. Elisa Bremner, MS, RD, CDN, is the Campus Nutritionist at JCCA/Pleasantville Cottage Schools, President of the Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association, and mom of two wonderful teenagers. November 2016 |


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Food Trucks Add Excitement To Your Child’s Event By Jean Sheff


hen it comes to planning children’s birthday parties, parents often look for a celebration that offers something different. In part, to help their event stand out from the crowd and also to make the day extra-special for their child. Here’s an idea that mixes entertainment with a meal – hire a food truck! The sheer difference and excitement of the food truck will resonate with the kids as well as any adults that are partying with you. Hot Dog Mobile cuisine has had a growth spurt as of late. The concept was even the focus of Chef, the 2014 feel-good movie about a head chef that quits his restaurant job to operate a food truck to reconnect with his true passion for food and his family. Although the traditional roadside hot dog truck has been around since the late 1800’s, today you can hire your own hot dog truck to make your party doggone good. For your special event, not just any hot dog will do. Fortunately, the landmark


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Walter’s Hot Dog Stand in Mamaroneck has two trucks that can bring their famous hot dogs, fries and homemade ice cream right to your door. The family-owned business that was started in 1919 added food trucks when the younger generation decided it was time to take the stand on the road. Designed to mimic the nationally registered historical landmark pagoda design of the Mamaroneck location, Walter’s food truck can feed your crowd of 25 to 200 for a birthday, wedding or corporate celebration. Want to see the truck in action and try these world famous hot dogs? Check the Hot Dog calendar of events on their website to find out where the truck will be making a public appearance. The truck has made appearances at local farmers’ markets, charity events and any number of fairs and festivals. Pizza Please Don’t just bring in a couple of pizzas for the crowd. Add some real pizazz to your event by having Pizza Luca drive up in their 1952 Chevy flatbed truck, custom-fitted with a wood-fired oven. The professionally trained pizzaiolo, Dean Medico, serves up handmade authentic Neapolitan pizza using

Resources Melt Mobile Stamford, Conn. 203-609-1422 Penny Lick Ice Cream 580 Warburton Ave., Hasting-on-Hudson 914-525-1580 Pizza Luca LLC White Plains 203-219-5702 Pow! Burger Food Truck 211 Main St., New Rochelle 914-813-0344 Walter’s Hot Dog Stand 937 Palmer Ave., Mamaroneck

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chesses and meatballs in marinara) and the Insanewich (a 6 ounce Angus burger with bacon). There’s also a Fluffernutter or a Cheesecake Melt for dessert. Build a Burger When the Pow! Burger Truck arrives decorated with comic book-like artwork popping off every inch of the vehicle the kids will go wild. Let them build their own burger as they select either a double or single burger with tons of toppings including the standard and some a little more outside the box such as guacamole, chipotle mayo and barbeque sauce. There’s also sweet potato fries, cheese fries, chili, soup and milk shakes. For the less adventurous kids they even offer a Pb-N-J and the classic hot dog.

(Clockwise from top) Chef Ellen Sledge, serves up homemade ice cream featuring old-fashioned fresh ingredients from her Penny Licks Ice Cream push cart. Walter’s, a family-owned hot dog stand that was started in 1919, added food trucks when the younger generation decided it was time to take the establishment on the road. Add some real pizazz to your event by having Pizza Luca drive up in their 1952 Chevy flatbed truck, custom-fitted with a wood-fired oven.

Each pizza is made by hand and then cooked for 90 seconds in the 900-degree oven to create a pizza with a raised edge crust and thin center. The menu can also include salads, antipasti and dessert. There is an extended menu that is available seasonally. Melty Goodness Even the kid who shuns most food will

usually eat a grilled cheese sandwich. The Melt Mobile offers a modern take on this traditional comfort food. Their creative menu includes the Original Melt with Vermont cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella and gruyere on country white bread and other gourmet variations including the Pork-U-Pine (with chesses and pulled pork), the Meatball 3 Cheese Squeeze (with

I Scream for Ice Cream It isn’t exactly a food truck, but it comes pretty close and it’s especially delicious. Penny Lick Ice Cream is served from a push cart equipped to keep ice cream frozen even on the hottest of days. Culinary Institute trained chef Ellen Sledge, serves up homemade ice cream featuring old-fashioned fresh ingredients: heavy cream, cream-lined whole milk, eggs and sugar. The ice cream is available in pints, cups, push-up pops (great for kids), sandwiches and cakes. There are the classic flavors, vanilla bean, milk chocolate and mint chip plus seasonal favorites including Drunken Pumpkin, Blackberry Mint, Roasted Strawberry and their popular Ethiopian Macchiato. Invite Penny Lick to your party and they can create a custom menu your guests will long remember. Check their web site for the locations they will be visiting or stop by their new storefront in Hastings-on-Hudson and check out the ice cream there. Jean Sheff is co-publisher and editor of Westchester Family and a certified food enthusiast. November 2016 |


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The Hudson River Museum By Elina Furman

Hudson River Museum 511 Warburton Ave. Yonkers, N.Y. 914-963-4550 Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $6 adults, $3 children ages 5-16, free for kids under 5. Note: The Andrus Planetarium is only open on weekends and costs an additional $4 for adults, $2 for children.

provide tours and lead workshops for younger kids. And what kid doesn’t love getting instruction and special attention from an older and wiser peer?

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Originally housed inside Glenview Mansion in 1876 (shown behind the entrance way), the museum’s modern counterpart was added in 1969 and is connected via a short passageway that makes time travel seem infinitely more possible.


art art museum with its rotating exhibits and permanent collection of Hudson River School paintings, and part exploration of the Hudson River through history and science exhibits, the Hudson River Museum located in Trevor Park in Yonkers, documents our ever-complicated and fascinating relationship to the Hudson River. Mansion and Museum The Hudson River Museum’s history is as long and winding as the river it celebrates. Originally housed inside Glenview Mansion in 1876, the museum’s modern counterpart was added in 1969 and is connected via a short passageway that makes time travel seem infinitely more possible. On our visit, my kids loved exploring the Mansion which features restored and period pieces and a giant elaborate dollhouse that can take hours to explore. Here, the old and new is always in striking contrast as are the stunning river views seen from every vantage point. And while the Hudson River Museum is not designed specifically for kids, there is no shortage of spaces and experiences that will make this a treat for families with kids of all ages. What to See Kids and adults flock to Red Grooms’


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permanent mixed-media installation, “Bookstore.” The dazzling exhibit (restored by Tom Burckhardt in 2008) blooms in full scale 3-D affect, showing a life-size replica of a bookstore and offering a small slice of old New York right here in Westchester. Kids can walk through and experience life in old New York and renew their love of reading. While it addresses themes of art and commerce, the exhibit is a longtime favorite, blending two beloved institutions, the Isaac Mendoza Book Company and the Pierpont Morgan Library. Even more exciting in October 2016, the Museum unveiled a completely new installation of a mythical artist’s studio, “FULL STOP” by Tom Burckhardt. Kids can walk through the studio and experience the work of artists such as Jackson Pollock or Jasper Johns’s Savarin coffee can in a completely new way. Equally appealing to families is the hands-on aspect of the museum presented in weekend family art workshops. Held every weekend and also on school holidays from 1 to 4 p.m., kids can engage in a variety of science and art workshops led by capable and friendly junior docents who make sure there are plenty of art supplies and offer thoughtful instruction. The docent program is a wonderful addition to the local community as it trains Yonkers high school students to

The Sky’s the Limit A big draw here is the Andrus Planetarium open year round which easily competes with the city excursions to that other planetarium with its proximity and ease of parking. With a show for every age, there is always a reason to come by and see what’s happening in the night sky. The 12:30 p.m. show is for the younger set and can easily entertain even 2-to 3-year-old’s with One World, One Sky, Big Bird’s Adventure and Tycho the space-traveling astro-dog. The later shows scheduled at 2 and 3:30 p.m. target older children ages 8 and up, offering more in-depth and complex scientific content and a light show called The Sky Tonight, which shows the actual sky on each evening. All shows last 30 minutes. Let’s Play Recently, the museum even added a new play space designed specifically for children ages 4 to 7 offering a doll house, puppetry and other activities that lend themselves to imaginative play and can be accessed from noon to 5 p.m. for free with admission. Easily accessible and rarely, if ever, crowded, the museum is ideal for school-age kids, but can be easily navigated with toddlers and babies in strollers due to wide aisles and spacious rooms. There is also a gift shop on premises with art supplies and Hudson River memorabilia that allows everyone to return home feeling even more connected to the Hudson River. Elina Furman is a seasoned travel writer and publisher of A-List Mom and A-List Mom Travel, reaching more than 77,000 moms nationwide with her weekly email. She lives in Dobbs Ferry with her two sons and husband.



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The Holiday Train Show is a family tradition at The Botanical Garden, starting November 19.

Holiday Train Show More than 150 New York City landmarks are recreated in miniature out of bark, nuts, leaves and other plant parts. Large scale model trains zip around such familiar sites as the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center. A recent addition of 3,000-square-feet of exhibition has made room for new trains, bridges and tracks. Timed tickets from 10am-5:30pm, Tuesdays-Sundays, Nov. 19 through Jan. 16, 2017. (see website for extended hours). Closed on Thanksgiving. Weekdays: $20 adults, $10 children; Weekends: $30 adults, $18 children. Reservations strongly recommended.

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Bronx Zoo. Come see giraffes, lions, birds, penguins and more. As a special treat, there are now five toddler gorillas at the Congo Gorilla Exhibit - watch their playful interactions with their parents and each other. Open daily. Check website for fall schedule. For all ages. $19.95 adults, $12.95 children. The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx. 718367-1010.

Destination Latin America. A provocative and informative exhibition at the Neuberger celebrates the museum’s collection of Latin American art while exploring the history that influenced that art. The exhibition includes more than 70 works by important artists. Noon-5pm Tuesday-Sunday; Wednesdays noon-8pm. Closed Mondays. Through Jan. 22, 2017. $5 adults, $3 students. Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, 735

Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 251-6100. Fall Foliage at Botanical Gardens. With more than 30,000 mature trees on its 250-acre landscape, The Botanical Garden is the perfect site for catching the last of the changing colors of nature. 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday. $20 adults, $8 children. 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx. 718-817-8700.

Rye Park Sculpture. Damien Vera’s “Cope,” an imposing 14-foot modern steel sculpture is temporarily on display in Rye Town Park. This shining abstract sculpture adds a creative flair to the park’s natural landscape and is on display through the summer of 2017. For all ages. Rye Town Park, Forest and Rye Beach Avenues, Rye.

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Boscobel. This elegant, beautifully decorated Federal-period house is open for the season. Set on landscaped grounds and gardens overlooking the Hudson River, Boscobel combines both natural and man-made beauty for the pleasure of visitors. 9:30am-4pm Wednesdays-Mondays (tours run from 10am-4pm) through Dec. 31. $17 adults, $8 children. During November, members of the military are admitted free (with ID) and up to five family members receive halfprice admission. Boscobel House and Garden,1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-3638. Immigration Exhibit. “Yonkers: A City of New Beginnings,” is being installed in a multi-year, multi-phase process and explores the growth and changes Yonkers underwent due to immigration. The exhibit features oral history interviews, an interactive global map and a collection of historical photos. Noon-4pm Tuesday-Saturday, from November-March 2017. For all ages. $5 adults, $3 children. Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 965-4027. Itsy Bitsy Play Group. A dropin playgroup led by an early childhood and music specialist provides moms and babies with a chance to bond and have fun with music, gross motor play and more. 10:3011:30am today and Nov. 9, 16, 30. For children up to 18 months. Free. Reservations not required. Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-7191. MakerSpace Drop-In: Open Studio. Explore this studio MakerSpace in a weekly drop-in open studio. Aided by instructors, kids can tinker with 3D printers and Orzobots; play Minecraft and code on state of the art Microsoft Surface Books. 6:15-8:15pm, Wednesdays in November (no event on Nov. 23.) For children ages 12 and up. $15. Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Rd., Rye. 969-0700.

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Drop in to the Clay Art Center for a Saturday afternoon exploration of clay! Drop In Clay Class. This is a great opportunity for beginners to discover the joys of clay. Plan a great afternoon with friends, family or just yourself in this fun and messy introduction to clay. Professional ceramic artists guide themed weekly projects. Experiment with the potter’s wheel and find out if clay is for you! If you want to keep your masterpiece it can be glazed and fired. 2-4pm every Saturday (except Nov. 26). For all ages; children under 12 must attend with a guardian. $25 adults, $15 children. Reservations not required but space is limited, registration begins 30 minutes prior to each session. Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester. 937-2047.

Philipsburg Manor. Visitors to the Manor tour the 300-year-old house, participate in hands-on activities of the 19th century, see the working gristmill and learn about the day-to-day lives of the Manor’s former inhabitants. Guided tours at 10:30am, noon, 1:30 and 3pm, Wednesday-Sunday, today-Nov. 13. For all ages. $12 adults, $6 children. Reservations not required. Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. 631-8200. Saturday Night Fever. Based on the hit 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever is the story of a Brooklyn teenager who uses disco culture

to escape his limited life. It’s a nostalgic trip back in time featuring Bee Gees hits such as “Stayin’ Alive” and “More Than a Woman.” Check website for dates and times today-Nov. 27. For ages 13 and up, contains suggestive subject matter. $59-$84. Reservations required. Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 592-2222. broadwaytheatre. com. Storm King Art Center. A sculpture park on 500 beautifully landscaped acres, Storm King features 100 carefully sited, aweinspiring sculptures by acclaimed artists. Wear your walking shoes.

10am-4:30pm, Wednesdays-Sundays through Nov. 27. $15 adults, $8 students. 1 Museum Rd., Mountainville. 845-534-3115. Washington Irving’s Sunnyside. Guides authentically dressed in 1800s garb lead tours around this elegant estate, which was the home of noted author Washington Irving. The mansion, as well as the beautiful grounds featuring a view of the Hudson River, make for a wonderful afternoon of exploring and history. Timed tours 10:30am-3:30pm Wednesdays-Fridays; Weekend tours every half hour 10am-3:30pm. TodayNov. 13. For all ages. $12 adults, $6

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children. Reservations required. 3 Sunnyside Lane, Irvington. 631-8200. Westchester Children’s Museum. Now open: 6,000square-feet of interactive, handson exhibits for children including a beach-themed Toddler Zone, KEVA Planks construction exhibit, the Build Your Own Roller Coaster exhibit and two Makerspaces. A new development at the museum: year round free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families.10am4pm Wednesdays-Sundays. For all ages. $7 per person. Westchester Children’s Museum, Boardwalk Galleries, Rye Playland. 421-5050.

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Children receive half-price admission when they bring a warm coat for donation to the Maritime Aquarium, Nov. 5-6. Coat Drive Weekend. Visitors to the Aquarium can make winter a little warmer during a very special weekend. Come with a new or gently used coat and receive $5 off a child’s admission (regularly $15.) All donated winter wear goes to the Open Door Shelter of Norwalk. Enjoy a day of Aquarium fun while helping the local community. 10am-5pm Nov. 5-6. For all ages. $22.95 adults, $15.95 children, $10.95 for children with coat (includes an IMAX movie). Reservations not required. Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700. A Dickens Tale. Actors recreate Victorian England in this retelling of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Even the ghostly visitors are fun in this heartwarming tale of friendship and generosity. 11am and 2pm Nov. 19. For all ages. $15. Reservations required. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn. 203-438-5795. Holiday Shoppe and Craft Fair. Come take a tour of the Danbury Museum; then stop off to do some holiday shopping! Find handmade crafts and unique items to make the season special at this 9th annual fair. 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday, Nov. 26-Dec. 23. For all ages. Admission and tour: $6 adults, $2 students. Reservations not required. Danbury, Conn. 203-743-5200. Stamford Symphony. Children learn to appreciate classical music with special programs geared to them. The November event features music inspired by the Scottish landscape. One hour before the concert kids can attend the Behind the Baton presentation by the conductor, Eckart Preu. At 2pm there is an Interactive MusiKids program. 2pm Nov. 13. For all ages. $35 adults, children under 18 are free. Stamford’s Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford, Conn. 203-325-4466.


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Wolves Homeschool Series. This special workshop gives homeschooled children the chance to explore the natural world and learn all about wolves. Children have the opportunity to participate in “field biology” activities, photograph the wolves, and study the biology, ecology and mythology of wolves. 1pm today for children ages 7-11; 1pm Nov. 3 for children ages 12 and up. $25 per child/adult team. Reservations required; space limited. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 753-2373.

3 Thursday

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. A bright and blazing display of over 7,000 hand-carved illuminated jack-o’-lanterns set the Halloween season on fire! These artfully carved pumpkins portray flying ghosts, spider webs, snakes and monsters. It’s a fabulous display to view while strolling through this historic riverside landscape; tumbling acrobats and circus characters add to the festive fun. Entrance times vary by date today-Nov.6, Nov. 10-13. For all ages. $20 adults, $16 children. ($25 and $20 on Saturdays). Reservations required. Van Cortlandt Manor, 535 South Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 631-8200.

Wolves Homeschool Series. See Nov. 2.

4 Friday

Cladies Night. Adults kick off the weekend in a fun and messy evening of art. Trying out the potter’s wheel makes for a great date night or girls’ night out. BYOB while making a clay project to be picked up after it’s fired. 7-9pm Fridays in November (no class on Nov. 25). For adults only. $50 per person. Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester. 937-2047. clayartcenter. org. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. See Nov. 3.

5 Saturday

Coat Drive Weekend. See Connecticut Corner page 54. Drop In Clay Class. See Editor’s Pick page 53. Drop-in Program at Westchester Children’s Museum. On the first Saturday of every month, the museum offers a drop-in arts and crafts program with A.I. Friedman. 10:30am-3pm. For all ages. Free with museum admission: $7 per person. Westchester Children’s Museum, Boardwalk Galleries, Rye Playland. 421-5050. Family Art Project: Papermaking in Autumn Color. See Editor’s Pick page 56. Grasshopper Grove. The Museum’s outdoor Nature Play Area is still open for the season. 10am-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays through mid-November. For children ages 2-6. $3. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Drive across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. 845-534-5506, ext. 204. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. See Nov. 3. Light the Night Walk. Join in

the fight against blood cancers by participating in the Light the Night Walk – a fundraising campaign to benefit the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This fall, participants in nearly 200 communities across North America are coming together to form fundraising teams – these teams are walking to raise funds to support research necessary to find blood cancer cures. 5pm. For all ages. Registration required. Kingsland Point County Park, Tarrytown Light, Sleepy Hollow. Registration required. 203-3889164. Meadow Muse: Meditation and Arts Workshop. The Nature Center offers a guided meditation session paired with an arts expression workshop. This program integrates the beautiful landscape at Greenburgh Nature Center with classical writings and nature art, to help participants find their own place in nature.

3-4pm today and Nov. 12, 19, 26. For ages 17 and older. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 723-3470. Pack Chat for Kids. This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children. Come learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and visit with Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Zephyr and others. 11am today and Nov. 12, 19, 25; 2pm Nov. 26. For all ages. $14 adults, $11 children. Reservations required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 753-2373. Planetarium Show. We Are Aliens is a planetarium show narrated by Rupert Grint (from the Harry Potter films). It takes visitors on an epic ride through the galaxies to hunt for evidence of alien life. 3:30pm Saturdays and Sundays in November. For children ages 8 and over. $4 adults, $2

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children plus museum admission. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 963-4550. Westchester County Home Show. Home improvement companies from all over the Metro area are under one roof to help visitors renovate and update everything under their roof! 11am6pm today; 11am-5pm Nov. 6. For all ages. $8 adults, children 12 and under free. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains.

activities is inspired by the Museum’s current exhibit of Matisse line drawings. The day’s activities include a portrait studio, in-gallery sketching and three-dimensional line experiments. Special guest Jeff Hopkins creates wall sized drawings while acting out characters inspired by the exhibit. Noon-5pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Rte. 22, Katonah. 232-9555. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. See Nov. 3. Itty Biddies. See City Picks page 57.

6 Sunday

Coat Drive Weekend. See Connecticut Corner page 54. Family Art Project: Papermaking in Autumn Color. See Editor’s Pick page 56. Family Day: Follow the Line. This afternoon of free arts

Westchester County Home Show. See Nov. 5.

7 Monday

Nature Strollers. Join in with a group of nature loving families with toddlers and young children.


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Calendar November // The group follows gentle trails and there’s a hands-on nature lesson presented by an Environmental Educator. The trails are stroller and toddler friendly. 9:30am. For families with young children. $5 per family. Call if weather is inclement. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Drive across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. 845534-5506, ext. 204. Young Explorers Storytime. Enjoy a nature-themed story and discover the wonders of nature while exploring fields, forest and landscaped grounds. This is a drop-in program; dress for outdoors. 1-2pm today and Nov.14, 21, 28. For children ages 3-5. $12 per class. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 723-3470.

8 Tuesday

Book Club Storytime. Join the Pottery Barn Kids Book Club story time club and hear a special story every Tuesday morning. Become a member and receive a special gift after five visits. 11-11:30am. For children who are preschool age. Pottery Barn Kids, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains. 949-494.

9 Wednesday

Itsy Bitsy Play Group. See Nov. 2. Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum. The Museum is open for the season, with docentled tours of the Victorian era mansion. Tours run on the hour: Noon, 1, 2 and 3pm Wednesday-Sundays, through early January. For all ages. $10 adults, $6 children 8-18. Reservations not required. Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203-8389799. lockwoodmathewsmansion. com. MakerSpace Drop-In: Open Studio. See Nov. 2.


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Visitors learn to make autumn decorations out of handmade paper at Wave Hill, Nov. 5-6. Papermaking in Autumn Color. Wave Hill is known for their Family Art Projects – workshops for families to have fun while making creative and colorful works of art. It’s a fun celebration of fall when visiting artist and papermaking expert Randy Brozen leads a family workshop in making richly colored paper, using red, orange and yellow pulp. Handmade paper is then fashioned into a leafy autumn decoration. 1-5pm Nov. 5-6. For all ages. Nov. 5: Free and admission to grounds free until noon. Nov. 6: Free with admission to grounds: $8 adults, $2 children. Reservations not required. Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center, 675 W. 252nd St., Bronx, New York. 718-549-3200.

10 Thursday

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. See Nov. 3.

11 Friday

Cladies Night. See Nov. 4.

12 Saturday

Bubble Time. Casey Carle is “The Bubblemaniac,” a bubble artist with a flair for showmanship and infectious energy. Enjoy seeing the him turn common and unusual items into manipulators of spherical liquids. It’s bubble magic. 2pm. For all ages. $28 adults, $23 children. Tarrytown Music Hall,13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457.

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Drop In Clay Class. See Editor’s Pick page 53. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. See Nov. 3. How to Make A Thanksgiving Pie. See Turkey Time page 58. Kids Art and Pizza Night. Parents get a night to themselves by dropping the kids off for an evening of creative, artistic fun. Children spend the evening eating pizza and creating art in a supervised, informal environment. 6:30-9:30pm. For children in grades 1-5. $35 child, $30 siblings. Reservations required. The Katonah Art Center, 65 Old Bedford Rd., Goldens Bridge. 232-4843.

Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Out of Clay. See Turkey Time page 58. Mud and Merlot. Take a turn on the potter’s wheel and turn mud into beautiful bowls, pots or vases. Feel free to bring wine, if you like! 6:30-9:30pm. For adults only. $40 per person. Reservations required. The Katonah Art Center, 65 Old Bedford Rd., Goldens Bridge. 232-4843. Pack Chat for Kids. See Nov. 5. Pinot and Paint. Have a blast at this adult evening art event. Come learn some simple techniques and see what develops on your canvas. 6:30-9:30pm. For adults only. $40 per person. Reservations required. The Katonah Art Center, 65 Old Bed-

ford Rd., Goldens Bridge. 232-4843. Take the Kids to Boscobel. Kids explore Boscobel, inside and outside, through the seasons, by taking a brief, focused tour followed by a hands-on craft activity. 9-11am on the second Saturday of every month. Today’s event is called “Stamp Away,” and children create original notecards. For children ages 5-11 accompanied by an adult. $20 for adult and child. During November, members of the military are admitted free (with ID) and up to five family members receive half-price admission. Reservations required, space limited. Boscobel House and Garden, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845265-3638.

13 Sunday

Family Nature Walk. Join naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands. See all the natural glory of a fall day at Wave Hill. 1pm. For ages 6 and up. Free with admission to grounds: $8 adults, $2 children. Reservations not required. Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center, 675 W. 252nd St., Bronx, New York. 718-549-3200. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. See Nov. 3. Special Needs Expo Westchester. The special needs community comes together today for an informative and fun-filled experience. Parents and caregivers can get invaluable information from service providers: speech, physical and occupational therapists, financial advisors, special needs schools, camps and party venues. Children are entertained with fun and creative children’s activities. 11am-4pm. For all ages. Westchester Marriott, 670 White plains Rd, Tarrytown. 333-1246. Stamford Symphony. See Connecticut Corner page 54.

Turkey Scavenger Hunt. Young children always enjoy this traditional “turkey token” scavenger hunt along the Sanctuary’s woodland trail. Find the hidden treasures and then enjoy snacks and nature crafts. 1:30pm. Recommended for toddlers. $9. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 723-3470.

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14 Monday

Beatlemania Now. This talented tribute band performs live on stage against a backdrop of stunning images that evoke memories of the 60s and 70s. The band has toured together for close to a decade and stays faithful to the sound of the Fab Four’s classic hits. 6:15 dinner; 8pm show. $50-$84. Reservations required. Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 592-2222. Play With Your Food Lunch Time Theater Series. Treat yourself to a gourmet buffet lunch before enjoying a program of clever and provocative one-act plays by classic and contemporary playwrights, read by professional actors. The program is followed by a short discussion with actors, director and possibly a playwright or two – then everyone goes back to their day! Noon-1:30pm. For adults. $45. Reservations recommended. Rye Arts Center 51 Milton Rd. Rye. 967-0700. Young Explorers Storytime. See Nov. 7.

15 Tuesday

Still Life Workshop. Connect with your inner artist at this afternoon workshop. Learn about color and composition as you paint a still life in oil paints. All materials are included. 1-4pm. For teens and adults. $60. Reservations required. The Katonah Art Center, 65 Old Bedford Rd., Goldens Bridge. 232-4843.

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The Itty Biddies perform at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 6. Concert: Alex and the Kaleidoscope. Emmy-Award-winning childrens’ entertainer Alex Mitnick and his band of fun-loving musicians captivate the audience with a fresh approach to music featuring everything from pop beats to island rhythms. It’s a musical journey that’s perfect for families. 11:30am Nov. 20. For children ages 3-10. $16. Reservations required. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., New York. 212-423-3200. Itty Biddies. This Carnegie Kids Concert features The Itty Biddies, a fun vocal group with crystal clear vocals and awesome instrumental skills. This trio makes audience members of all ages sing, dance and have a great time. Noon and 2pm. Nov. 6. For children ages 2-6. Free. Resnick Education Wing, Carnegie Hall,861 Seventh Ave., New York. 212-247-7800. Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. Bundle up and plan on staking out a spot early in the morning if you want to see your favorite balloons fly by! Whether you catch it in person or on TV, the parade is a fabulous show of giant balloons, one-of-a-kind floats and amazing performances. See the website for viewing details. 9am-noon, Nov. 24 . For all ages. Free. The route for the 90th annual parade starts at 77th Street and Central Park West and ends in front of Macy’s Herald Square, 34th St. and 7th Ave., New York. 212-494-4495. Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square. New York’s largest holiday festival features an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for the whole family. Performers, dancers and street entertainment light up the Upper West Side. Visitors can enjoy ice sculpting, stilt walkers, jugglers and more. A holiday tree makes everything festive, and hungry visitors can take advantage of three different tasting areas. 5:30-9pm Nov. 28. For all ages. There is a nominal charge for tastings. Celebration begins at Dante Park, Broadway and 63rd St., continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th St.

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16 Wednesday

Itsy Bitsy Play Group. See Nov. 2. MakerSpace Drop-In: Open Studio. See Nov. 2.

17 Thursday

K2 Club: A Story from the Mohawk Tradition. Kids gather round to hear a special story before having a cookie snack and creating an art project. 4:30-5pm. Tickets are given out on a first come first served basis 30 minutes before the program starts. For children in kindergarten-second grade. White Plains Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains. 422-1400. whiteplainslibrary. org.

18 Friday

Cladies Night. See Nov. 4.

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Enjoy a nature-themed weekend after the holidays at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. How to Make a Thanksgiving Pie. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this family cooking class teaches you how to make the perfect, classic holiday dessert: pie! First, students learn the art of making a flaky crust, then they’re instructed in techniques for making delicious pumpkin, apple and chocolate pecan fillings. A memorable day for families who want to make a memorable ending for the holiday feast. 2pm Nov. 12. For all ages. $40 adult, $65 parent and child. Pre-paid registration required. Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe. 771-8700. Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Out of Clay. It’s an artsy way to celebrate Thanksgiving when kids use polymer clay to create a turkey sculpture to decorate the holiday table. Instructor Terry Taylor shows students how to use Magic Color Clay to create a beautiful multi-colored turkey tail. All supplies are included. Children 6-8 years attend at 2-3pm; children ages 9-12 attend 3-4pm. Nov. 12. $12. Reservations required. The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Rd. Rye. 967-0700. Stories and Stuff: Thanksgiving. This preschool story time features a story, rhymes, song and a craft project, all focusing on the theme of Thanksgiving. Children celebrate the holiday with creative thoughts and play. 4:30 Nov. 22. For children ages 4-5 without adult. Tickets are given out on a first come first served basis 30-minutes before program starts – arrive early. White Plains Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains. 422-1400. Thanksgiving Weekend at the Nature Center. The whole family can enjoy post-holiday fun at the Wildlife Education Center. Visit with live animals, create fun crafts and meet the animals including wild turkeys!. Noon-4pm; Meet the Animals 1 and 2:30pm). Nov. 25-27. For all ages. Free with admission: $3. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall. 845-534-7781.


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Craft Marketplace. For those who are looking for innovative, hand-made holiday gifts, this curated Craft Marketplace features the work of local and national artists who work in a variety of mediums, from glass to wood to wax and fine metals. Opening reception today 6:30-8pm with free hands-on workshop. Ongoing 10am-5pm through Dec. 31. For all ages. Reservations not required. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 738-2525. Pajamas, Birthdays and Shabbat. Families with young children are invited to attend a special musical Shabbat service filled with sprit, singing and dancing. November birthdays are celebrated with the group and children are welcome to come in their pajamas. A family-friendly dinner follows. 5:30pm. Please bring a new pair of pajamas or a new book for donation. For families with children kindergarten age and younger (older siblings welcome). Reservations required; RSVP to alice.schoen@temple- Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-7191.

19 Saturday

Ballet with a Twist. Cocktail Hour is a unique dance performance with an original mix of choreography, music and costume design. This pop-infused production puts a twist on classical ballet for a show that’s fun for the whole family. 8-10pm. For all ages. $24 adults, $18 children. Reservations required. Westchester Community College, Academic Arts Theatre, 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla. Book Festival Concert. Sponsored by The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival, the Chappaqua Orchestra presents a concert featuring music by local composer Brad Rodd, narrated by Paul Shaffer. 4-5pm. For all ages. $25 adults, children under 4 free. Reservations required. Wallace Auditorium, 480 Bedford Rd., Chappaqua. A Dickens Tale. See Connecticut Corner page 54. Drop In Clay Class. See Editor’s Pick page 53. Fantastic Mr. Fox. JBFC Kids presents Fantastic Mr. Fox; based on the book by Roald Dahl, this delightful animated film tells the story of a quirky fox who takes on some feeble minded farmers. Characters are voiced by George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray, among others. Noon today and Nov. 20. For children ages 7 and up. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville.773-7663. Festival of Lighthouses Contest. The aquarium’s galleries are filled with lighthouses, creatively built by local artists and amateurs. These handcrafted lighthouses are on display throughout the aquarium, and visitors can vote for their favorite during this annual holiday

contest. 10am-5pm daily today through Jan. 16, 2017 (closed Thanksgiving Day). For all ages. Free with admission: $22.95 adults, $15.95 children (includes an IMAX movie). Reservations not required. Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203852-0700. Holiday Train Show. See page 51. Pack Chat for Kids. See Nov. 5. Wizard of Oz. Here’s a chance to revisit the wonderful land of Oz in a live musical performance. Join these familiar characters as they fight the Wicked Witch and help Dorothy return home. 1pm today and Nov. 25; 2 pm Nov. 20, 27; 7:30pm today and Nov. 26. For all ages. $19-$26. Reservations required. Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights.

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Concert: Alex and the Kaleidoscope. See City Picks page 57. Family Art Project: Cornhusk Dolls. Celebrate corn and the bounty of harvest time. Listen to Native American tales and hear about the power of a walking stick. Then shape dried husks of corn into dolls. 10am-1pm (storytelling at noon). For all ages. Free with admission to grounds: $8 adults, $2 children. Reservations not required. Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center, 675 W. 252nd St., Bronx, New York. 718-549-3200. Special Needs Religious Service. Once every month, The Church of St. Barnabas offers an Episcopal worship service for special needs families. The church offers a warm and accepting environment and features games, music, storytelling and multisensory activities. This Rythms of Grace service offers a new way to worship and foasters a sense of community. 4pm. For all ages. The Church of St. Barnabas, 15 North


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We Are Aliens is one of the planetarium shows at The Hudson River Museum in November. Broadway, Irvington-on-Hudson. 591-8194.

25 Friday

Pack Chat for Kids. See Nov. 5.

21 Monday

Comedy Night. Get ready for turkey and relatives with the Theatre’s annual Pre-Thanksgiving Comedy Night. Feast on laughs when six popular comics perform for a night of dining and outrageous fun. 6:15pm dinner; 8pm show. For adults. $50-$84. Reservations required. Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 592-2222. Young Explorers Storytime. See Nov. 7.

22 Tuesday

Stories and Stuff: Thanksgiving. See Turkey Time page 58.

23 Wednesday

Festival of Lighthouse Contest. See Nov. 19.

24 Thursday

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. See City Picks page 57.


Sherlock Holmes at Lyndhurst. The audience roams the Lyndhurst Mansion looking for clues in this interactive Sherlock Holmes mystery, presented by M&M Performing Arts Company and Red Monkey Theatre Group. 7-8:30pm today and 5-6:30pm Dec. 4. For all ages (parents use judgment). $35 adults, $25 children. Reservations required. Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. 962-3431. Thanksgiving Weekend at the Nature Center. See Turkey Time page 48. Wizard of Oz. See Nov. 19.

26 Saturday

Holiday Shoppe and Craft Fair. See Connecticut Corner page 54. Green Holiday Craft Fair. This is the fourth annual Green Crafts Fair, where children learn to create unusual and natural gifts such as mother nature holiday

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houses, candles and soap making, and natural decorations. Participants can also learn to sketch using natural materials. Some pre-made crafts are available for sale and refreshments are served. 11am-3pm. For ages 8-13. (children can be left for the program.) $25. Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Mount Kisco. 666-8448. Holiday Train Show. The Yonkers Model Railroad Club provides a treat for train lovers of all ages, with this display of HO gauge model trains, along with replicas of area landmarks. 10am-4:30pm today and Nov. 27. For all ages. Reservation not required. $10 adults, $8 children. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 723-3470. Pack Chat for Kids. See Nov. 5.

27 Sunday

Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings. Gather fall leaves, cones and pods and weave them together with other materials from the gardens and meadows to make a decorative

wall hanging that celebrates the bounty and beauty of the harvest season. 10am-1pm. For all ages. $8 adults, $2 children. Reservations not required. Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center, 675 W. 252nd St., Bronx, New York. 718-549-3200. Wizard of Oz. See Nov. 19.

28 Monday

Holiday Shoppe and Craft Fair. See Connecticut Corner page 54. Young Explorers Storytime. See Nov. 7. Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square. See City Picks page 57.

29 Tuesday

Festival of Lighthouse Contest. See Nov. 19.

30 Wednesday

Itsy Bitsy Play Group. See Nov. 2. MakerSpace Drop-In: Open Studio. See Nov. 2.


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ovember heralds in the start of the holiday season, and with that comes gift-giving and delightful desserts. Make something new this year to serve or give away. Try this easy and festive chocolate bark made with Peppermint Dandies Marshmallows (no high fructose corn syrup, or gelatin) and crushed peppermint candies.

Ingredients 2 cups Peppermint Dandies Marshmallows 1 bag vegan chocolate chips 1 tbsp. coconut oil 1 cup crushed peppermint candies

Stove Top Instructions 1. In a saucepan turned on low heat, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil and stir until fully melted. 2. Spread melted chocolate evenly on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 3. Sprinkle on peppermint Dandies and crushed candies. 4. Let harden in the freezer or refrigerator. 5. Break apart in chunks. Microwave Instructions In a microwave safe bowl, combine coconut oil and chocolate chips. In 30 second intervals, melt chocolate in the microwave. Follow directions from instruction number 2 above.

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