Growing Great Families for 27 Years
Happy Father’s Day! Get Outside
Best Picnic Spots Your Child’s Vision
Pediatric Eye Care
Fun June Activities
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CONTENTS June 2018
Volume twenty-eight • number 6
6 Editor’s Note 8 Bits & Pieces 10 Fab 4
The Best Picnic-Plus Spots
26 ASK THE SPECIALIST
All You Need to Know About Pediatric Eye Health
28 LET’S GO TO ... Hemlock Hill Farm
30 Broadway Scene
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
46 Last word
When Fathers Are Bullied By Their Kids
A generation ago it would have been preposterous to think children could get away with bullying their fathers. “Wait until your father gets home,” the battle cry of overwrought mothers, struck terror in the hearts of misbehaving youth. Today, there is a major backlash against authoritarian fathering. So can dads put firm limits on their kids without morphing into the tyrant father of yesteryear? Is there a healthy balance between being a pushover or a terrifying oppressor?
Preschoolers and Screen Time
HOW TO THROW A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR YOUR SENSORY SENSITIVE CHILD
When it comes to screen time and preschoolers, it’s hard to ignore all of the devices around you. Let’s face it, some provide proper learning tools, but in some cases, they just make easy babysitters. Just how much time should your preschooler spend on these devices?
Children with Sensory Processing Disorder want to be celebrated like any other child, but for their parents what was supposed to be a great day can become a dreaded occasion. Let these six tips help you celebrate and enjoy your child on their birthday.
Growing Great Families for 27 Years
Happy Father’s Day! Get Outside
Best Picnic Spots
Coping With Homesickness
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Happy Father’s Day
Best Picnic Spots
Pediatric Eye Care
30 Great Camps
Family Activities for June
33 Top Pick: Junior Pollinators Walk 36 Editor’s Pick: Tilly’s Tea with Alice 38 Editor’s Pick: Sister Act 41 Celebrating Dad 42 City Picks 43 Connecticut Corner
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Family Favorites 2018 You voted and now it’s time for the big reveal! Here are the winners of the Westchester Family Family Favorites 2018 contest! The New Lasdon Park Conservancy There’s a new conservancy right in our backyard. Find out what you will find at this new venue. Plus … Westchester Family’s award-winning searchable calendar for families and much more!
Your Child’s Vision
Pediatric Eye Care
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The role of fathers has changed in the past 30 years. My dad never changed a diaper or saw me onto the morning school bus. I can only recall once when I saw him actually wash dishes. By the time I had my own child dads were attending baby showers, giving the kids a bath and whipping up scrambled eggs. This month read “When Fathers Are Bullied By Their Kids” by Sean Grover, LCSW. Learn what Grover says is leading to this poor behavior and five concrete actions that dads (and the whole family) can take to remedy the situation. Don’t think this applies to you? Read the article and find out. You might recognize yourself. As times change, our family relationships change too. A little learning can go a long way to creating a more rewarding family life. Dads are a critical component in family life and Westchester Family salutes all dads and the great new roles they are playing in our families. We are also celebrating the beginning of summer with The Best Picnic-Plus spots, camp tips and a visit to Hemlock Hill Farm in Cortlandt Manor. Don’t forget to check the Calendar of Events for more than 100 events, activities and programs happening in our area. Get out there and have fun!
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We Have a Winner! Did you ever wonder who wins the prizes you see promoted on the Internet and at special events? Wonder no more if you stopped by the Westchester Family booth at the WHUD Kids’ Fair in Purchase this past April. Thanks to a donation from Miller’s Toy Store in Mamaroneck, Westchester Family raffled off a Micro Maxi Kickboard. Throughout the day tons of kids were eyeing the beautiful, green, fun machine. The winner is Leo, age 3 of Sleepy Hollow. Leo was thrilled that his parents entered the contest and looks forward to enjoying it this summer. When not riding his new kickboard you might find Leo enjoying one of his favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
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New York: Bad Year for Ticks There have been more tick-borne illnesses in New York since 2004 than in almost any other state in the U.S. – and the numbers are rising, according to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC report, Lyme disease accounted for 82 percent of all tick-borne diseases between 2004 and 2016. “Zika, West Nile, Lyme and chikungunya – a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick or flea – have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick. And we don’t know what will threaten Americans next,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a news release. According to the Westchester County Health Department, preventive measures are key. • Wear light colored long sleeve shirts and long pants and tuck pant legs into high socks. • Wear shoes, no bare feet or sandals. • Walk in the middle of trails and avoid sitting on logs or leaning on trees. • Consider using a tick repellant containing DEET. • Conduct tick checks immediately and then again three days after an outdoor activity. • If you do find a tick carefully remove it, save it and note the date on the calendar. For directions on how to remove a tick see the video at health.westchestergov.com/ tick-borne-diseases
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Looking for a kid-friendly activity that can teach your children the value of giving back? This summer brings the return of Alex’s Lemonade Days, a program of the national childhood cancer nonprofit, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). On any day(s) from June 2 through 10, host a lemonade stand to carry on the work of Alexandra “Alex” Scott who founded Alex’s Lemonade Days in 2004 when she set her sights on raising $1 million to fight childhood cancer, the disease she had been fighting since she was an infant. Alex invited volunteers to join her in hosting lemonade stands to help achieve her ambitious goal. With help from these volunteers, Alex would reach her million-dollar goal before losing her life to cancer in August 2004. Since 2004, every June Lemonade Days has raised more than $14 million through 26,000 stands and events. There is no registration fee or minimum
fundraising requirement. ALSF staff offers support to all volunteers who sign up to host lemonade stands. For more information on how you can host a lemonade stand visit AlexsLemonade.org.
Turtle Park Project Help Build An Accessible Park in Larchmont Village of Larchmont residents are launching a community call to action for financial and volunteer support to renovate a central village park, with the mission to make the space accessible for children with physical challenges and enjoyable for all. The current playground was A rendering of the proposed playground that includes ADA designed and built by local residents in accessible equipment so all children can play together. the mid-1990s and has been enjoyed by children of Westchester ever since. After years of love and fun, the playown challenges and those of their peers. ground equipment is out of code and does not Supporters of the Turtle Park Project offer enough play opportunities for children believe that in today’s environment there of differing ages and abilities. So once again, is nothing more important than to teach Larchmont residents are coming together, this children inclusion and cooperation. Contrary time to initiate the Turtle Park Project. to popular belief, local tax budgets do not The Turtle Park Project aims to create an typically provide for playground restorations innovative play space that includes muchor improvements, so this is truly a grassroots needed ADA accessible equipment and that funding effort. The community hopes inspires children of all abilities to challenge that Turtle Park will become a destination themselves physically and creatively. The playground for friends throughout new nature-based design will meet social, Westchester and asks that residents visit emotional, sensory and physical fitness needs, and support the Turtle Park Project at while encouraging children to learn from their turtlepark10538.com.
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The Best Picnic-Plus Spots Eating outdoors is one of the many pleasures of summer. Try these locations that offer much more than just a patch of grass for dining al fresco.
Bring the Kids! Second Saturdays at Boscobel offers great fun for kids – and it’s the perfect picnic spot! AMAZING VIEWS Boscobel is an elegant Federalperiod house museum with amazing views of the Hudson River and a majestic front lawn. Every Saturday there is free entrance to the grounds only. See the luscious gardens, hike the Woodland Trail of Discovery and then picnic on the lawn. Plus, on June 9 and July 14 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. kids can take a trip through time with history and Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo in Bring the Kids! Second Saturdays program. Explore the past through hands-on chores, games, crafts, a family-friendly tour of the Historic House Museum and you can take a picnic to enjoy afterwards. Or attend the Ice Cream Social from noon to 3 p.m. on June 30 featuring music, lawn games and ice cream. See the website for admission to these programs.
PLAY HISTORY It’s Play Days @ Jay on June 1, 8, 15 and 22 from noon to 2 p.m. Explore the six Discovery Centers, visit with the chickens and there’s a short hands-on activity for the kids. Then tour the formal gardens and stop at one of the picnic benches scattered throughout the property. Grounds open sunrise to sunset year round. The Education and Visitor Center is open May through Oct. 15 on Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The Discovery Centers open at 10 a.m. Free admission. Or attend the Homestead’s Family Outdoor Movie Night featuring The Princess Bride on June 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. Food trucks offer dinner items, Breezemont Day Camp provides activities for kids – just take the blanket and make a picnic. Movie shown at dusk, admission is $10 per car. See website for tickets.
HEARTY HIKES Did you know Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is the largest park in Westchester County? This 4,315acre park has miles and miles of wooded trails ripe for exploring. There’s also the Trailside Nature Museum (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Monday and an occasional Friday) with American Indian artifacts, educational exhibits and kidfriendly interactive displays. Family activities and programs are scheduled nearly every weekend. You can go butterflying in the meadow and try to find all 83 species that have been seen on the grounds. There’s also a one-half acre wildflower garden containing more than 80 different types of labeled wildflowers. Once you’ve worked up an appetite head to the Kimberly Bridge Picnic Area for a meal by the brook. Grounds open daily 8 a.m. to dusk. Free admission. Parking $10.
GOT A GROUP? Individual families can enjoy Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights, but it’s great if you’re gathering a large group. Spacious picnic areas accommodate hundreds of people who visit the park daily. There’s a swimming pool, playground, nature trails, fishing and boating. Reservations are required for groups of 25 or more, the fee is $30 for every 50 people and requires a picnic permit application, which is available online. A variety of picnic areas can accommodate from 30 to 300 guests. Many picnic areas have volleyball nets, basketball courts and softball fields. Two NCAA regulation basketball courts and a soccer field are available and sports enthusiasts can try their hand at Disc golf, located a short distance from the picnic areas. The park is open 8 a.m. to sunset. Parking fee is $8. Take a picnic and spend the entire day.
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When Fathers Are Bullied By Their Kids By Sean Grover, LCSW
Dad, Are You Being Bullied?
ometimes I look at my kid’s behavior and think, where did I go wrong?’ Derek M., a resident of Harrison and a dedicated father of two, is distraught over his 4-year-old son’s epic temper tantrums and public meltdowns. When his son’s wants aren’t met, he screams, kicks, falls to the floor, and has on several occasions, hits him. Now Derek fears that his 2-year-old daughter is starting to emulate her brother’s bullying behavior. Like many dads in his community, Derek works long hours – plus a commute to his offices in New York City – and looks forward to family time on the weekends. He envisioned playing soccer, hosting cookouts, celebrating holidays; that all seems like a lost dream now. When did parenting become so difficult? A Shift in Fatherhood A generation ago it would have been preposterous to think children could get away with bullying their fathers. “Wait until your father gets home,” the battle cry of overwrought mothers, struck terror in the hearts of misbehaving youth. Today, there is a major backlash against authoritarian fathering. Fathers are less likely to use corporal punishment or harshly discipline their children. In fact, fathers who were raised by emotionally abusive or contemptuous fathers, report that they never want to subject their own children to the trauma that they experienced as children. And so, fathers like Derek find themselves at a crossroads: Can they put firm limits on their kids without morphing into the tyrant father of yesteryear? Is there a healthy balance between being a pushover or a terrifying oppressor?
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As a father do you: • Let your kids push you around? • Give into your kids’ aggressive demands? • Make excuses for your kids’ disrespectful behavior? • Feel humiliated by your kids’ public meltdowns?
Fathers Who Are Bullied By Their Own Kids Fathers who let their kids push them around are nearly always kind-hearted and loving. They want to be the best dad for their kids. The problem is that they lack the tools to manage challenging parenting moments. Commonly, fathers visit my psychotherapy office hungering for new strategies and ways to strengthen their parenting. Their dedication and determination to be better fathers is truly moving. Before we explore interventions, let’s take a look at the fathers who are most likely to allow their kids to bully them: 1. The Guilty Dad Fathers who spend extended time away from home tend to feel guilty about neglecting their kids. Thinking that they have limited time together, they don’t want to spend it arguing, so they overcompensate by overindulging, caving in to their demands and avoiding limitsetting. Unfortunately, as a result, their kids are entitled, not empowered. 2. The Lost Dad Fathers who grew up in households with missing or absent fathers never had a father role. Once they become a dad, they
feel adrift, have trouble making decisions, and frequently defer to their partner or children when faced with a difficult choice. For instance, they may delegate unpopular parenting tasks (homework, chores, etc.) to their partner, preferring to be the “fun parent”, creating an unhealthy imbalance in their parenting. Sensing a lack of leadership from their father, kids grow frustrated, scornful and demanding. 3. The Self-Neglecting Dad Overworked, overscheduled and fatigued, self-neglecting dads arrive home too exhausted to play or help out with homework. Sleep deprived, repeating the same routine, day after day, leaves them feeling disconnected as they continue to put their family’s needs first while completely ignoring their own. They often abandon their hobbies, stop exercising or start overeating, symbolically trying to fill the emptiness they feel inside. Ironically, children of self-neglecting dads tend to feel neglected and undervalued. They wonder why their father is so disengaged and often turn to negative behaviors for attention. What to Do: To reboot your fathering style, try these five interventions: 1. Family Meetings Weekly family meetings are great arenas for hashing out schedules, planning activities and establishing rules for communication. Parents frequently confront such issues at the worst times, such as late at night, early morning, or in stressful moments. Avoid trying to work out family conflicts when everyone is tired, hungry or running late. Pick a time when everyone is relaxed, rested and well fed. Family meetings strengthen
relationships and provide productive opportunities to make plans and establish behavioral norms together. 2. Set Clear Limits on Behavior Parents set the standard for family behaviors. For instance, if someone is upset, is it OK to yell, bully or curse? If you’re angry, what is an acceptable way to express it? Set the guidelines for how to navigate conflicts. Also identify behaviors that are absolutely unacceptable and discuss consequences in advance. Avoid a negative or punishing tone. Work together to decide, as a family, the best ways to resolve differences. As a result, your kids will be empowered with better tools for managing their feelings and behavior in difficult moments. 3. Schedule Quality Alone Time with Each Child A strong emotional bond with your child is more effective than material rewards or punishments. Schedule time for each child to have individual attention. Establish a unique activity that you do together. The better attunement you have with your kid, the less
bullying behavior will appear. A parent who listens is soothing and comforting to children – so during your special outings, be sure to listen more than you talk. 4. Model Behaviors You Want to See Kids naturally emulate their parents’ behaviors; they internalize their parents’ communication style, their attitudes and their work ethic. Be sure to model behaviors that you want to see in your kids. For example, if you are guilty of yelling or bullying your kids when you’re frustrated, your child will naturally yell and bully you or other children, as well, setting the stage for social problems at school. So before you blame or complain about behavior, take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are guilty of modeling the behaviors you denounce. 5. Make Time for Yourself An unhappy parent is always a burden for a child. When parents are self-sacrificing, burnt out or joyless, children tend blame themselves for their parents’ unhappiness. In such cases, they may take on the burden
of trying to make their parent happy or bully for attention. A father who makes time for himself by engaging in fulfilling hobbies, fun social events or creative activities, has more patience, thinks clearer and provides more confident leadership. Add activities to your life that refresh and invigorate you. You could hit the gym, go to a concert, go for a hike, or reawaken a creative passion that you’re neglecting. Children delight in seeing their parents happy. You’ll also provide an excellent model for how to live a full and satisfying life. Sean Grover, LCSW is a psychotherapist, author and speaker with 25 years of experience helping parents fend off nervous breakdowns. He is the author of When Kids Call the Shots: How to Seize Control from Your Darling Bully – and Enjoy Being a Parent Again. To contact Sean or book a parenting workshop for your school or youth center visit seangrover.com. June 2018 | WestchesterFamily.com
Screen Time By Lisa Iannucci
alk down the street and you’ll probably see multiple strollers with babies holding iPhones or children playing with tablets, while parents chat or just take a much-needed break. Then there are preschoolers who are mesmerized in front of the television screen for hours while mommy cooks dinner or tends to other children. When it comes to screen time and preschoolers, it’s hard to ignore all of the devices around you. Let’s face it, some provide proper learning tools, but in some cases, they just make easy babysitters. “If you’re giving a preschooler a cell phone to play and be quiet, it does not sound like a good use of media because, at that age, kids need lots of real world experiences and interactions with parents and other loving caregivers,” says Michael Robb, director of research at Common Sense Media, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Other Factors Parents know that it’s not always easy to monitor their preschooler’s screen time, especially when others are involved in their daily care. Rose Tavolacci-Martin’s 4-year-old daughter Carlie is limited to one hour per day of screen time, but Rose gets annoyed when grandma visits and the rules are broken. “I subscribe to ABC Mouse and she loves You Tube kids, but we monitor her,” says Tavolacci-Martin, a Yonkers schoolteacher and resident. “However, I work a second job and get annoyed when I see her on the phone or tablet when I get home.” For some preschoolers, a tablet or other screen device is a welcome addition to the day, but for unexpected reasons. Jodie De Crescenzo lets Jimmy, her non-verbal 3-yearold autistic son, use a tablet. “He takes it
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What to Watch? Common Sense Media, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, provides information on media and children and a list of television shows appropriate for preschoolers at commonsensemedia.org.
everywhere with him; it’s his speech device, so modern technology has its good points,” says De Crescenzo, an Ossining resident. “For us, it gave our son a voice. Everything in moderation does no harm. These devices are so much more than YouTube and games.” Time Spent They might be more than YouTube and games, but how much time should your child have on the devices? “It really depends on the age of the child, what they’re using, and how they’re using it,” says Robb. “There are TV shows that are made for 2-year-olds and 4-yearolds and 5-year-olds. For example, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a wonderful show for a young preschooler because it has a really good curriculum about social and emotional learning, how to manage feelings and how to be a good friend. It’s paced and has the language level that is really understandable to a young child.” He’s also a parent and makes sure to sit with his 6-year-old and 4-year-old children when they are watching television or playing games. “When I can’t, I ask them about what they’re doing,” he says. “We also don’t allow devices at the table, but we talk about what they watched or played. We ask them how they beat a level. That’s great because you’re getting your kid to tell you about something that they really enjoy, and it should come as no surprise to parents that kids like talking about media.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that it’s a good idea to create a balanced media diet and it discourages any kind of media use, except for video chatting, in kids who are younger than 18 months. “Families should proactively think about their children’s media use and talk with children about it, because too much media use can mean that children don’t have enough time during the day to play, study, talk, or sleep,” says Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP, in a statement, “Media and Young Minds,” which focuses on infants, toddlers and preschool children. Robb says that you can’t treat all screen time equally. “Think about what you’re choosing for your child, how it engages your kid, and think about how you can maximize your kid’s time with media by being with them and talking to them about what they’re seeing and hearing,” he says. This isn’t just about handing a child a device either. If you’re cooking dinner and the television is on, your child is exposed and, in many cases, staring at it. “Studies show that background TV significantly affects active play or pretend play,” says Richard Peterson, VP of Education at Kiddie Academy. “Make it a point to turn the TV off when no one is actively watching it for a specific purpose. Try turning on the radio instead.” Many parents often use technology as a reward for doing something else. Peterson suggests changing that. “Don’t use technology as a reward for playing outside,” he says. “Playing outside is its own reward and the goal is to limit screen time, not ultimately increase it.” In the Classroom In addition to screens at home, on the playground, at other friends’ homes and, of course, with grandma and grandpa, screen time can also be found at some preschools. A small sampling of Westchester preschools found that some, who didn’t
want to be mentioned, use screens for what they called a small dose of time during their curriculum, but wouldn’t elaborate. Others, such as Prospect Academy of Westchester in White Plains, doesn’t use screen time at all, stating that they must comply with the rules and regulations of the New York State Office of Children and Family Service, which state that use of any type of television, phone or other digital devices are not permitted. If your child’s preschool sneaks in screen time, don’t worry. “Screen time is not mono-
lithic, so just because they do one thing at school does not mean they’re going to do something similar at home,” says Robb. “When they use it in preschool, it should be well-aligned with the teacher’s learning goals and well thought out and part of a learning plan.” Robb says that parents also don’t need to limit or eliminate devices just because it’s used at school. “However, I’d be really thoughtful about what it is that they should be doing and making sure that they’re doing the other things that I know are important
first,” says Robb. “Make sure they’re eating well, sleeping well, playing and socializing with friends. If they’re doing all of that stuff, I’m not worried as much about counting every single screen minute.” Lisa Iannucci is a freelance writer who was born and raised in Yonkers. Her most recent book, On Location: A Film and TV Lover’s Travel Guide, by Globe Pequot Press is now available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookstores. June 2018 | WestchesterFamily.com
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How to Throw a Birthday Party for Your
Sensory Sensitive Child By Meagan Ruffing
irthdays. They come once a year and are usually met with much anticipation and excitement by the celebrated boy or girl. When you think birthdays, you think balloons, cake, ice cream, friends and presents, right? Those are all wonderful traditions but what happens when you have a child who actually acts out (in a defiant) way, when all of these good things are going on around them? Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) want to be celebrated like any other child but for the parents who have to watch the tailspin of emotions that come from what was supposed to be a great day to what has now become a dreaded occasion – can be very tough. Let these six tips help you celebrate and enjoy your child on their birthday. 1. Bigger isn’t always better. I used to tell myself that I had to invite every single one of my son’s friends to his birthday party in order for it to be a success. Wrong. The more kids I invited, the more hyper he got because there was just too much going on for him to focus on what the occasion was really about; him. Now we let him invite one friend to do one special thing and the focus becomes about the experience and not the behavior. 2. No hype. Remind your child that her birthday is coming up and that you are so excited to be celebrating her special day. Talk to her about her very first birthday and share photos with her from years past. Instill the idea that the day she was born was one of
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the best days of your life and that you are so thankful to have her as your daughter. This special moment will prioritize what is really important about her upcoming day; that she is happy, healthy and loved. Sometimes when parents build up the big day, it can become too overwhelming for their child to understand. No need to down play the big day but do not build so much anticipation that your child is unrealistic about what to expect. 3. Think outside the box and invite one or two friends to keep the noise level to a minimum to help your child function on his special day. Kids who are sensory seeking (like loud noises, have a hard time understanding personal space, are loud, and in general, pretty hyper) are easily swept up in the chaos that can come with a birthday party. 4. Remove the obstacles before the party even begins and set your child up for success. Kids who are sensory avoiding (get stressed out by loud noises, do not like to be touched, get overwhelmed when there are multiple things going on) will most likely act out if they cannot process what is going on around them. Instead of latex balloons that pop easily and make loud noises that can scare children, opt for Mylar balloons. They last longer and are less likely to pop. Instead of buying your child 10 gifts that she will likely forget about once she has opened them, buy her two or three gifts that you know she will get lots of play out of and that are equally beneficial to her (necklace making kit,
dinosaur excavation kit or water beads). It is simply too much for a child with sensory issues to be expected to sit still in front of 20 people, opening gifts, saying thank you and remaining calm. Know your child’s limits and work around them. 5. Pick the right time of day. If you know your son is usually grumpy in the morning but acts pretty happy in the afternoon, then plan a get together in the afternoon. If you have a big family and you know your child does not do well with lots of people around, turn his birth day into a birth week and space out when he sees people. This will be more fun for everyone involved. Family gets a chance to celebrate and notice the birthday boy and you get to be around an equally happy child who is more likely to act appropriately when the attention is directed at him. 6. Don’t expect too much. If you notice that your child is getting overwhelmed by everything going on around her then take a time out. Let your child have a few minutes to herself to collect her thoughts and take things down a notch. Maybe instead of playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey, you opt for a coloring contest where each person gets a prize for participating. Children with SPD have a hard time understanding social situations that other people just simply know how to handle. Take the drama out of a birthday meltdown and create an environment where everyone wins. Celebrating a birthday can be bittersweet
for the parents of children with SPD. Most likely, we have thought of every way possible to make the day a great one for our child, only to be disappointed when they act out from not being able to process all that is going on around them. This heavy weight of guilt washes over us as if we cannot breathe and we start to question whether or not we
are good parents for only allowing our child to invite one friend to his party. Let go of the guilt and accept the reality for what it is. Your child functions better when things are simple. Celebrate that and while you are at it, celebrate the fact that you and your child have made it one more year growing in this SPD world together.
Meagan Ruffing is a parenting journalist with a sensory seeking and sensory avoiding child. She encourages other parents to learn as much as they can about their childâ€™s diagnosis to help cultivate a happy and healthy home environment for the entire family. Follow her at meaganruffing.com for more tips on parenting a child with special needs. June 2018 | WestchesterFamily.com
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All You Need to Know About Pediatric Eye Health By Stacey Pfeffer
rom the moment your child wakes up until they go to sleep at night, their eyes are working to help them take in the world around them. We spoke with Kelly Hutcheson, M.D., MBA, and the Director of Ophthalmology at Westchester Medical Center Health Network for tips on how to keep your child’s eyes healthy from infancy and throughout the school years. Screening Should Start in Infancy Children should start getting their eyes tested at their well-baby check-ups by their pediatricians, according to Hutcheson. At these appointments, the doctor can begin to inspect the eye’s appearance and by the time the baby is 2 to 3 months old, a baby with healthy vision should start to make eye contact and offer a “social” smile when an adult is close up. As the child grows into a toddler, these well-baby check ups should always incorporate an assessment of the visual system, notes Hutcheson. With one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-age children having vision problems, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, vision screening is a crucial first step in identifying any eye health issues. Kids should get their eyes examined between ages 3 and 5 annually in a vision screening either at the pediatrician or in the school system. Hutcheson notes that if your child fails the screening, they should be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist or pediatric optometrist for a comprehensive exam. “Screening is very variable and one of the most important things is to ensure that the testing is age-appropriate,” explains Hutcheson. A picture chart may be used for a toddler who doesn’t know their letters yet. By the time children are 4 to 5 years old, they can usually read an eye chart while standing away from it at the proper distance, explains Hutcheson. Poor Vision Symptoms In infancy, parents should be aware if their
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baby is not tracking, making “social smiles” or appropriate facial expressions in response to others, as these are all signs of a vision problem. “Children with vision problems also sometimes stare at lights excessively which is a sign of visual impairment,” explains Hutcheson. Other symptoms of vision problems could be poking at the eyes, difficulty in
making a transition from a lighted to a dark environment and/or difficulty seeing in the dark. Hutcheson sees many patients who have subtler signs of visual impairment as the child matures. Parents are sometimes surprised to discover that their child has vision problems because there are no apparent signs of visual impairment. Often the “healthy”
eye is compensating for the eye with vision problems.
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Common Eye Problems in Children Some of the more common vision problems that Hutcheson sees in school-age children are amblyopia (or lazy eye), far-sightedness, astigmatism and strabismus. “Amblyopia is a non-organic vision loss with nothing structurally wrong with the eye,” explains Hutcheson. Amblyopia results from a misalignment of the eye, a need for glasses (commonly referred to as refractive error), or disruption of light passing through the eye. In school-age children, amblyopia is the most common reason that children need glasses. Amblyopia responds very well to glasses, patching or even surgery. But it is important to get early screening as it becomes more difficult to treat as the visual system matures at around 8 to 9 years old. Astigmatism causes blurred vision at all distances. It can also usually be corrected with glasses. Strabismus (or crossed eye) also is a common problem and responds well to glasses and in more severe cases, surgery may be warranted. Hutcheson notes that there are many lightweight glasses that are made with high
Know Your Vision Specialists and Family History Parents are sometimes confused about which specialists to see for their child’s eye problems. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor, usually a surgeon, who treats the patient from an integrated perspective and can perform surgery if necessary. They regularly perform operations such as eye muscle surgery for strabismus, tear duct or eye lid problems. Optometrists, while not medical doctors, have specialty education, training and licensing to perform eye exams/ vision tests, prescribe corrective lenses, detect certain eye abnormalities, and prescribe medications for certain eye diseases. It’s important to know your family’s eye health history, as certain vision problems are hereditary. “If there is a family history of eye problems of parents or siblings or a known genetic problem, all siblings should be screened at an early age,” urges Hutcheson.
Kelly Hutcheson, M.D., MBA, is the Director of Ophthalmology at Westchester Medical Center Health Network, responsible for continued growth and development of the ophthalmology programs at Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and MidHudson Regional Hospital.
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A day at Hemlock Hill Farm is the perfect way to combine fresh air, wholesome food, physical activity and respect for the food chain. By Elisa Bremner
how your kids where real food comes from. A day out at the farm is the perfect way to combine fresh air, wholesome food, physical activity and respect for the food chain. Even better, Hemlock Hill Farm (HHF) is right here in Westchester. The Beginnings Fueled by a passion for respecting the land and producing farm fresh products for the local community, the DeMaria family has kept this farm going for nearly 80 years. Established in 1939 by Nicolas J. DeMaria, a Bronx native with dreams of a rural life, and his reluctant, Westchester-bred wife, Katherine, Hemlock Hill Farm is 120 acres of protected farmland in Cortlandt Manor. Hemlock Hill Farm started as a dairy farm and apple orchard. In the late ‘50’s, when most of their neighbors were selling out to developers, the DeMarias held on to the business they had worked so hard to build. John DeMaria returned from the army to take over when his father, Nicolas, became fatally ill. John added pig farming to their
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repertoire, initially selling to local markets and later adding an on-site butcher shop. Today the farm is run by John and Laura DeMaria – third generation farmers who grow hay for grazing animals. They have also added a garden where they grow vegetables three seasons out of the year. Visit the Farm to Support Local Agriculture Laura and her sisters grew up at Hemlock Hills, doing farm chores and developing an appreciation for the land. Her grandmother taught her the importance of family, history and cooking delicious, wholesome food. But pressure to sell the farm continued until 2005, when Westchester legislators finally recognized the value of such beautiful open space in this metropolitan county and added the property to Westchester’s Agricultural district. Hemlock Hill Farm is now protected land, and the family strives to educate and empower other families in the surrounding community. Coming to Hemlock Hill Farm guarantees that your money is staying in the community and promoting local jobs.
Fresh from the Farm Plan on taking home a goody bag of wholesome food from the farmers’ market. The meat and vegetables you find in their cases are quite literally “fresh from the farm” which means you know for sure both how they were grown and when they were grown! All their cattle, lambs and poultry are pasture-raised on the farm for you to see! HHF produce is Certified Naturally Grown (a national designation) and they have also taken the Northeast Organic Farming Association Farmer’s Pledge (a commitment that assures healthy food, strong local economies, fair working conditions and wages, humane treatment of animals and care of the land). Locally grown fruit and flowers, as well as products from other local farms, bakeries and breweries are available year round. Refreshments and Added Fun Farmhouse Kitchen is coming to the farm this summer. Food to go and small plates will be offered Fridays through Sundays until October. Pick up your food and dine at the convenient picnic tables. Hemlock Hill Farm now features a Band, BBQ and Brew (BB&B) monthly event for all ages that includes performances by local bands, craft beer for the adults, an ice cream truck for little and big kids, farmers’ market open for shoppers and farm tours. Upcoming BB&B events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for these Saturdays: June 16, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13, 2018. Elisa Bremner in an Armonk-based Registered Dietitian and freelance writer. She is a big fan of local food, which is generally better for both humans and the environment.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two) By George Wachtel
wo parts – an afternoon and evening OR consecutive evenings – for Potter fans it’s not an issue. For others, perhaps, a little bit of an endurance test. With that said, this is one of the most magical staging of any show ever to hit Broadway. Parents turn into children right before your eyes. Gravity is not an issue. No strings attached. Really. You won’t see how they do it – and that’s half the fun. New Story The story is new, not based on a prior novel by J.K. Rowling, although it is a continuation – jumping 17 years into the future. Harry, Hermione and Ron are now grown up and sending their children – Albus (Harry’s second son) and Rose (Hermione and Ron’s daughter) – off to Hogworts. Harry works as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement for the Ministry of Magic, while Hermione is the Minister of Magic. On the way to Hogwarts, Albus makes an unlikely friend in Scorpius Malfoy, the son of Harry’s former nemesis, Draco. To everyone’s surprise, the Sorting Hat places Albus in Slytherin House – alongside Scorpius – rather than Gryffindor where Harry, Hermione and Ron first become fast friends. The plot moves along quickly to the fourth year at Hogworts, when Harry quarrels with his son Albus creating a rift that only gets resolved at the end of Part Two. Everything that follows flows from the time Albus and Scorpius use a Time-Turner to travel back in time. Time-Turners first appeared in the third Harry Potter novel, Prisoner of Azkaban, when Hermione used one to attend multiple classes simultaneously. But using a Time-Turner to go back more than five years could alter history. For this reason, and because they could fall into the wrong hands, they became illegal. But as it goes with storytelling, somehow the Ministry of Magic kept a few. Albus and Scorpius not only wind up going back in time but their actions create an alternate reality that threatens the very existence of the world they now live in. Ultra Special Effects It’s not the story that draws you in, but the characters you know and the special effects that dazzle. They’re more clever than spectacular but, nonetheless, the best I have
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The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has enough movement and dancing to have earned a Tony Award Nomination for Best Choreography, but it’s the special effects that dazzle.
seen. Including renovations to the theatre, the producers spent $68 million to mount the production. Numbering 40, the cast is large and each performer plays many roles. With turntables revolving on the stage, there is an ongoing sense of motion. Although not a musical, there is music throughout the show and enough movement and dancing to have earned a Tony Award Nomination for Best Choreography. In a way, it’s closer to a topnotch Cirque du Soleil spectacle than a play or musical. The large theatre and set tends to dwarf the individual actors a bit but several stand out. Noma Dumezweni originated the role of Hermione in London and carries many scenes on what seem like broad shoulders. Jamie Parker (Harry) was also in the original London company and conveys a thoughtful, good dad. Byron Jennings makes the most of his scene as Severus Snape (played memorably by Alan Rickman in the first movie) when he defects from the Death Eaters and movingly sacrifices himself for the greater good.
Harry Potter and Cursed Child is recommend for 10 and up – due to its length and complexity of the story. The Harry Potter books made readers out of many young adults. Perhaps, Cursed Child will make more Broadway theatregoers. George A. Wachtel is president of Audience Research & Analysis, a New York City-based market research firm specializing in arts and entertainment.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two) Lyric Theatre 214 West 43rd Street New York, N.Y. Run time: Part One 2 hours 40 minutes; Part Two: 2 hours 35 minutes; both with 20 minute intermissions Tickets: 877-250-2929 or harrypotter. ticketmaster.com
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Junior Pollinators Walk Wave Hill is all abuzz about pollinators! Join an expedition to hunt for colorful flowers and their creature pollinators in the gardens. Be on the lookout for bees, butterflies, birds and more. Pollinators Weekend event. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center. 1pm June 16. Ages 4 and up with an adult. Free with admission. $8 adults, $2 children 6-18, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718–549–3200. wavehill.org.
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Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure. It’s a wild adventure at the Bronx Zoo! Climb through obstacle courses in the forest canopy, including rope bridges, tight rope walks, ladders, rolling and swinging elements and more. Plus, zipline over and back across the Bronx River! Arrival to Treetop Adventure must be via the Zoo’s Bronx River Entrance. Sundays – Thursdays, 10am–5pm (last climb reservation at 3pm), Fridays and Saturdays, 10am–8pm (last climb reservation at 6pm). Ages 7 and up. All participants must be between 50 and 275 pounds and able to reach 5 feet 6 inches with feet flat on the ground. Combo Climb and Zipline: $59.95; Climb only: $49.95; Zipline only: $24.95. Reservations strongly recommended. Bronx Zoo, Bronx River Pkwy. at Boston Rd. 347–308– 9021. bronxzootreetop.com. Governors Island. See City Picks page 42. Museum After Dark. The Westchester Children’s Museum stays open late on the first Friday of each month. Extra time to play and explore! 10am–8pm. For all ages. $7 admission per person. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914–421–5050. discoverwcm.org. Play Days @ Jay. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon exploring the six Discovery Centers at the Homestead’s historic buildings and visit the
Get into the groove at The New Victory Theater in New York City with the dance show Rennie Harris: Funkedified. property’s chickens. Education staff lead a short hands-on activity. Fridays, Noon–2pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah. 914–666–7004. johnjayhomestead.org.
designed for families with very young children. 10:30–11:30am today; Noon–1pm June 16. $15 adults, children free. Reservations not required. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 1701 Main St., Peekskill. 914–788–0100. hvcca.org.
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Stroller/Babywearing Tour. Art is inspiring at any age! Get a head start and introduce your little one to the exhibits at HVCCA during their stroller/babywearing tour every first Friday and third Saturday. Tours are followed by a special craft activity specially
Angelina Ballerina Reading and Dance Performance. Hear a reading of a favorite children’s book, from the author’s own lips! The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center presents Angelina Ballerina author Katharine Holabird, along with an accomplished local dancer to help bring her words to life! Pizza, pink
punch and dessert included. Take your book for signing or purchase one on the spot. 5:30pm. For all ages. $15 adults, $15 first child, $10 second child, $5 each additional child. Reservations not required. Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Dr., Sleepy Hollow. 914–332–5953. writerscenter.org. Asian American Heritage Festival. A cultural celebration with something for everyone! Enjoy traditional Asian dance and song, masters of the martial arts, face painting, calligraphy, Chinese paper cutting, Origami and games. Plus, taste a variety of Asian foods cooked up by local chefs and
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shop Asian-themed handmade goods. Noon–6pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla. 914–964–7275. parks. westchestergov.com. Best Friends Super Adoption. Meet hundreds of adorable, adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens – all in one place. Over 20 rescue groups are on hand. Potential adopters should come prepared with a valid form of identification and payment. 10am–7pm today; 10am–5pm June 3. For all ages. Reservations not required. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 914–995– 4050. ny.bestfriends.org. Drop-In & Create Saturday. Stretch your creative muscles with crafts, games and activities based on the work of the exhibition “Between I & Thou.” Visitors of all ages and artistic abilities are welcome to stop by anytime in the afternoon to work with HVCCA educators and staff. Saturdays, 1–4pm, until July 7. For all ages. $10 adults, children under 8 free. Reservations not required. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 1701 Main St., Peekskill. 914–788– 0100. hvcca.org. Family Art Project: A Turtle’s Pace. Marvel at the beautiful patterns that cover the protective shell of the local box turtle. Use fabric and leather scraps to design and decorate a stuffed, wearable turtle-shell backpack. Make a turtle eggshaker and, wearing your shell, gather outside to waltz in an ohso-slow parade. 10am–1pm today and June 3. For all ages. Free with admission. $8 adults, $2 children 6-18, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon today. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718–549–3200. wavehill.org. Farm Fest. It’s a day of fun on the farm! Enjoy children’s games, face painting, a local artisan’s fair,
food, tractor rides, hikes and farm tours. Plus, the farm stand opens its doors for the season! 10am– 4pm. For all ages. $8 per family in advance; $10 per family on-site. Additional cost for hayrides. Reservations not required. Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. 914–962–2368. hilltophanoverfarm.org. Folk Arts Series: Klezmer Music, Song and Dance. The Westchester Klezmer Program performs entertaining, lively and uplifting classic Klezmer music. After the performance, create and decorate hand-rolled beeswax candles. 1:30–3:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914–738–2525. pelhamartcenter.org. Jay Walking with the Native Plant Center. Join the Native Plant Center to learn about native and invasive plant species at the Homestead. Meet at the main parking lot. 8–9am. For all ages. Registration recommended. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah. 914–666–7004. johnjayhomestead.org. LEGO® Minifigure 40th Birthday! You’re invited to a LEGOtastic birthday bash! The Police Officer Minifigure just turned 40 and you can join in the party featuring all things Minifigures. Saturdays, 10am–7pm, Sundays, 10am–5pm, today – June 24. For all ages. Included with admission. $16.95 in advance, $22.95 at the door, children under 2 free. Reservations not required. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers. 866–243–0770. westchester. legolanddiscoverycenter.com. Playing with Money. Counting coins makes “cents” as your child practices their math skills. Children design and decorate their own money, then play a game of “shopper and cashier,” learning about the
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River Explorers. Whet your appetite for nature–and get wet in the Hudson–at these hands-on programs for curious kids! Begin with nature-themed lessons and craft activities, then suit up for family seining (fishing with a net) in the river. Saturdays, 11am–noon (nature-themed programs) and 1–3pm (seining). For ages 5-12. Pre-registration required. Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander St., Yonkers. 914–377–1900. centerfortheurbanriver.org. Riverama Rubbings. Go on an adventure in the museum’s Hudson Riverama environmental gallery and recreate the texture of leaves, tree bark, flowers and more through rubbings with crayon on colorful paper. Saturdays and Sundays, 1–4pm, today – June 30. For all ages. Free with general admission: $7 adults, $4 children 3-18, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914–963–4550. hrm.org. Saturday Drop-In: Father’s Day Projects. Make a handcrafted gift for dad in time for Father’s Day at this fun and messy introduction to clay. 1:30–3:30pm. Ages 5 and up. $30 adults, $20 children 12 and under (includes material and firing). Space is limited. Spaces go on sale at the front desk at 10am the day of class. Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester. 914–937–2047. clayartcenter.org. Snapping Turtles! Meet live— and sometimes huge—snapping turtles! Staff from the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary give a dramatic presentation about the habits and history of snapping turtles while they introduce you (at a safe distance) to some of the reptiles before returning them to the
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Plains High School seniors. 10am–5pm today; 10am–5pm today and June 3. For all ages. FREE. Reservations not required. Tibbits Park, N. Broadway at Main St., White Plains. 866–210–7137. whiteplainsoutdoorartsfestival.co
Explore the wonders of Wonderland during a very special tea at Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster. An interactive, literary-based experience like no other takes kids on a curious adventure through Wonderland. Children chase the white rabbit down a slide built into a seven-foot-high tree stump, hop along river stones while sneaking a peek at the Cheshire Cat, play a game of croquet and enjoy the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Costumed characters available for photos. Light refreshment served at the tea party with additional food available for purchase in the restaurant. 10am–4pm June 2 and 3. 10:30am-2pm June 9, 10, 16, 17. For all ages. $20 adults, $17.50 children 3 and up for specific date/time; $25 for Any day/Any time tickets. Reservations required. Tickets sold in 45-minute intervals. Tilly Foster Farm, 100 NY-312, Brewster. 914–999–0120.
wild. Afterward, enjoy Boscobel’s gardens and grounds, where female turtles may be nesting. Rain or shine! Complimentary coffee, juice and donuts included. 7:30am. For all ages. $12 adults, $8 children, children under 5 free. Reservations not required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914–265–3638. boscobel.org. Tilly’s Tea with Alice. See Editor’s Pick page 36. Young Architects Workshop. Learn how to create structured buildings from imagination. With photographe
and builder Adrian Buckmaster. 10am–noon. For ages 6-14. Reservations not required. Blue Door Art Center, 13 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers. 914–375–5100. bluedoorartcenter.org. The White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival. A community tradition for over 55 years! The WPOAF showcases painting, photography, ceramics, glasswork, jewelry, textiles and much more. There’s a free children’s arts and crafts table plus unique food vendors. Proceeds from the show are donated back to the community as scholarships for White
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Can you spell H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S? When six awkward adolescents give it their all to become Spelling Bee Champion, hilarity ensues. This charming coming-of-age tale also invites four volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance, ensuring new and unexpected comedy! 2pm and 7pm today and June 17. For all ages. $18 adults, $15 children under 12. Reservations required. The Play Group Theatre, One N. Broadway, White Plains. 914–946– 4433. playgroup.org. 5th Annual Nanuet Street Fair. One of the most popular events in Rockland! With a rides section for kids, music and dance performances, a car show and vendors from around the tri-state selling all kinds of goods, there’s something for everyone. And new this year, the day begins with a free “mock brunch” in front of the stage with pastries and drinks with an acoustical guitar accompaniment. 10am–5pm. For all ages. Please leave dogs at home. Reservations not required. Downtown Nanuet, Main St. to Orchard St. nanuetchamber.com. 7th Annual “A Mild Sprain Trail Run” benefiting JDRF. The “A Mild Sprain” is one of Westchester’s largest grassroots fundraisers. Help fund research to support JDRF’s mission, to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes. Entry fee includes an event shirt, gift bag, snacks, beverages and entertainment. 9:45am. Ages 13 and up. $60 adults, $25 ages 21 and under. Pre-registration required. Sprain Ridge Park, 148 Jackson Ave., Hastings. 914–686– 7700. amildsprain.org.
Beachcombing at the RiverWalk Center. Mussels, oysters, crabs, sea glass, feathers! Join a Teatown educator at the RiverWalk Center in Kingsland Point Park to find treasures on the shore while learning about the natural treasure that is the Hudson River Estuary. 10–11:30am. For all ages. Pre-registration required. Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center, 299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow. 914–762–2912 x110. teatown.org. Bicycle Sundays. The wheels are in motion once again for this beloved Westchester tradition! Bike, walk or jog a 13.1-mile loop of the Bronx River Parkway that’s traffic-free. 10am–2pm today and June 10, 17, 24. For all ages. Reservations not required. Bronx River Reservation, from White Plains to Yonkers. 914– 231–4600. thewpf.org/programs/ bicycle-sundays. Celebrating Israel’s 70th. Mark Israel’s 70th birthday with a community outdoor celebration. The day includes food trucks, musical entertainment, bounce houses, sports, Krav Maga, crafts, raffles, Judaica vendors and more. 11am–4pm. For all ages. $10 per person or $25 per family. Reservations not required. Congregation Kol Ami, 252 Soundview Ave., White Plains. 914–949–4717. nykolami.org. Dairy Day. Learn from Muscoot’s 4-H group about the dairy animals that call Muscoot home. Crafts and taste tests while supplies last. 1-3pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah.
Meet the Animals: Marvelous Mammals. What’s the largest rodent in Westchester? Each month, find out interesting facts and meet the animals that call Westchester home. 11am–noon. For all ages. $7. Pre-registration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914–762–2912 x110. teatown.org.
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Scavenger Hunt. See Connecticut Corner page 43. Spin and Knit. Calling all spinners and knitters, beginning or experienced! Gather in an informal atmosphere and be part of a monthly spinning and knitting group. 11am–1pm today; 11am– noon June 16. For all ages. No fee for first time attendees; $5 each subsequent class. Registration not required. Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. 914–962– 2368. hilltophanoverfarm.org.
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IMAX Movie: Pandas. It’s cuteness overload in the inspiring and endearing IMAX movie, Pandas. Follow young panda cub Qian Qian as she takes her first steps in the wild – and the biologists in China teaching her to survive on her own. Daily, Noon, 2 and 4pm; until June 30. For all ages. Admission tickets include one standard IMAX movie. $24.95 adults, $17.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203–852–0700. maritimeaquarium.org.
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Autism Speaks Walk. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance the lives of people living with autism and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. 9am. For all ages. Register to walk or donate online. New York Presbyterian - Westchester Division, 21 Bloomingdale Rd., White Plains. autismspeakswalk.org.
Wear Your Baby Fitness Class. Socialize and exercise with other moms and their little ones. The class starts at Lil Chameleon with a short meet and greet as moms get started moving and walking in a nearby park (strollers welcome). The choose-your-
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of Connecticut Open House Day. The circa 1760 National Historic Landmark was home to Connecticut’s first art colony. 1, 2 and 3pm today. For all ages. Reservations not required. Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, Conn. 203–869–6899. greenwichhistory. org.
Yoga “Fit Fest” Fitness Class for Families. Take a break from shopping and get some exercise in the great outdoors at the Cross County Shopping Center! Instructor Erica Garcia brings her unique and inspiring yoga class to The Green, in the center of the mall. Yoga mats provided on loan. 6:30pm. Ages 5 and up. Reservations not required. Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. 914–968–9570. crosscountycenter. com.
Children’s Story Time. Encourage more reading and interactive play with this new children’s event! Join in with members of the local community as they select and read a story to children in an intimate setting outdoors on The Green. 10am. For all ages. Reservations not required. Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. 914–968–9570. crosscountycenter. com. New York Liberty. Professional women’s basketball takes over the Westchester County Center! Come out and cheer for the New York Liberty as they play home games throughout the month. 7pm today and June 13, 19, 26; 3pm June 10; 7:30pm June 29. For all ages. $12 and up. Reservations required. Check website for specific opponents. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 914–995– 4050. liberty.wnba.com.
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Nun’s the word as the hit movie Sister Act is brought to life on stage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. A disco diva trades her shiny costumes for a nun’s habit in this hilarious musical based on the hit 1992 film Sister Act. After Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put under protective custody and hidden in a convent! While there, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Wednesdays – Sundays, until July 1. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Parents be advised – there is some violence. $53-$89. Reservations required. Check website for specific times. Westchester Broadway Theatre, One Broadway Plz., Elmsford. 914– 592–2222. broadwaytheatre.com.
A Little Moth Magic. Join Charlie Roberto at Cliffdale Farm as he lights up the night to attract moths and other flying insects. 7:30–8:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914–762–2912 x110. teatown.org. Play Days @ Jay. See June 1. Rennie Harris: Funkedified. See City Picks page 42.
4-H Chicken Program. Ever wanted to have chickens? Learn what it takes to raise chickens and ask Muscoot’s 4-H group any questions you
have! 1–2:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914–864–7286. muscootfarm.org. Bring the Kids: Second Saturdays at Boscobel. Explore the past through handson chores, games and crafts. Enjoy a family-friendly tour of the Historic House Museum, have a break with a snack and bring the memories home with a special craft. This month’s theme is “Painting with Watercolors.” 9:30–11:30am. For all ages. $11. Reservations not required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914–265–3638. boscobel.org. Connecticut Open House Day. The Greenwich Historical Society offers tours of the Bush-Holley House as part
Edible Sculpture! Workshop. Make and eat! Learn how to build sculptures with sweet treats. With pastry artist Monet Hodge. 10am–noon. For ages 7-13. Reservations not required. Blue Door Art Center, 13 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers. 914–375– 5100. bluedoorartcenter.org. Family Art Project: Paper Sky Lanterns. Venture outside to sketch and observe the sky for cloud shapes and inspiration. Cut colorful tissue paper into shapes resembling your favorite sky scene. Work with a simple papiermâché method to transform your sky scene into globe-like lanterns. 10am–1pm today and June 10. For all ages. Free with admission. $8 adults, $2 children 6-18, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon today. Registration not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718–549–3200. wavehill.org. Family Nature Adventures: Creepy Crawly Hunt. Millipedes, earthworms and insects, oh my! Take a hike to discover these creepy crawly animals that call Teatown home and learn about the important roles they play in the forest community. 11am–noon. For all ages. $7. Pre-registration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914–762–2912 x110. teatown.org. Make a Splash! Play with movement and gesture to create an abstract expressionist drip painting in the style of Jackson Pollock using various paint brushes and a large canvas. 1:30–3pm today and June 17. For all ages. Free with general
admission: $7 adults, $4 children 3-18, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914–963–4550. hrm.org.
Morgan Explorers: A Drop-In Experience at the Morgan. See City Picks page 42.
Pleasantville Farmers’ Market. The Pleasantville Farmers’ Market’s outdoor season is here! With 56 vendors, it’s a delicious good time. Enjoy returning favorites and make new discoveries, rain or shine. Live music, kids’ events, culinary and health events held throughout the season. Saturdays, 8:30am–1pm. For all ages. Market is a dog-free environment. Reservations not required. Memorial Plaza, Next to Metro-North train station, Pleasantville. 914–205–4545. pleasantvillefarmersmarket.org.
Old Fashioned Fun at French Farm. See Connecticut Corner page 43.
West Point Jazz Ensemble Presents Miles Ahead. Jazz up your weekend with a performance by the West Point Jazz Ensemble! Enjoy the expansive jazz canon of legendary artist Miles Davis, featuring special guest Ira Coleman on bass. Take items for a picnic and admire beautiful Hudson River views. 7:30–9:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Trophy Point Amphitheatre, 117 Washington Rd., West Point. 845–938–2617. westpointband. army.mil.
Planetarium Show: We Are Aliens. Is Earth the only planet with life? Could we one day be part of a galactic community? Take an epic ride in the hunt for evidence of alien life. Saturdays and Sundays, 3:30pm, until June 30. Ages 8 and up. Planetarium Admission: $4 adults, $2 children 3-18. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914–963– 4550. hrm.org.
Bicycle Sundays. See June 3. Family Sunday: Ice Cream Store. Make ice cream that looks good enough to eat using materials such as felt, pom-poms, beads, paint, paper and glue. Make a freeze to keep all your wares in. Projects are designed to be done by adult and child. Class begins with a demonstration of the art project. 3–4:30pm. For ages 2 and up. $20 per child. Preregistration highly recommended. Young at Art, 1088 Central Park Ave., Room 216, Scarsdale. 914–723–9229. youngatartworkshop.com.
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New York Liberty. See June 7.
Outdoor Adventures: Wild Weasels. Discover the world of Connecticut’s weasels and have an opportunity to interact with wild weasels, ferrets and otters. Create an obstacle course for ferrets and create enrichment for otters. 4–5:30pm. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $8. Space is limited. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, Conn. 203–322–1646. stamfordmuseum.org.
What’s the Buzz with Honey Bees. Learn why honey bees are critical players in our lives and in the global economy. Get close to actual honey bees in the observation hive and meet some of the resident pollinators out in the meadow. Includes a honey tasting direct from the hives on the property. 1–2pm. For all ages. $8. Registration not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914–723– 3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.
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New York Liberty. See June 7.
A Closer Look: Georgia O’Keeffe and Hawai’i. Inspired by O’Keeffe’s unique style of representing close-up views of flowers and fruit, children investigate botanical specimens and create art. Play in a Hawai’ian sandscape, a sandbox inspired by O’Keeffe’s landscape paintings featuring real shell and rock specimens to uncover. Pot up a tropical ginger cutting to take home and observe its growth! Activities in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Tuesdays – Sundays, 10am–6pm. For all ages. Included in All-Garden pass. Weekdays: $23 adults, $10 children 2-12; Weekends: $28 adults, $12 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718–817–8700. nybg.org. Wear Your Baby Fitness Class. See June 5.
Bag It! Is Your Life Too Plastic? Film Screening. See a screening of the documentary film Bag It! Is Your Life Too Plastic?, which exposes the impact of plastic bags and their effects on land ecosystems, marine life and the human body. Learn about where the bags and other plastics end up. 7–9pm. For adults. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914–723– 3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.
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Father’s Day Card Craft. A handmade card is a special way to let Dad know he’s loved and appreciated. Celebrate all the ways dad gives to the whole fam with a handmade, bedazzled card! 4pm. For ages 3-6. $10. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914–346–5148. lilchameleon.com.
Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure. See June 1. Play Days @ Jay. See June 1. Stroller Tours at KMA. Stroller tours at the KMA are a unique opportunity to connect with other new parents and caregivers seeking culturally enriching activities to share with their babies. These oncea-month conversational tours refresh your spirit and expand your mind. Enjoy a new topic each month followed by coffee and snacks. Crying babies welcome! 9:30–10:30am. Children under 18 months. Free with admission. $10 adults. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914–232–9555. katonahmuseum.org.
2018 Clearwater Festival. It’s the country’s largest annual environmental celebration – and a Westchester tradition! Join thousands of people for a weekend of music, dance and storytelling, education and activism on the shores of the Hudson. Kids enjoy performances on the Family Stage, beach combing and river seining, jugglers, clowns, face painting, hair wraps, mask making and much more. 9am today and June 17. For all ages. $60-$140 adults and children 12-17, children 11 and under free. Reservations required. Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point
Ave., Croton-On-Hudson. 914–862– 5290. clearwaterfestival.org. Dads Go Free at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester. See Celebrating Dad page 41. Dollmaking. Learn the art of dollmaking by hand using traditional and non-traditional materials. With artist Shirley Corn. 10am–noon. For ages 4-12. Reservations not required. Blue Door Art Center, 13 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers. 914–375–5100. bluedoorartcenter.org. Dr. McDonald. Forget Old McDonald! At Muscoot Farm, learn all about science and do some hands-on experiments with his brother, Dr. McDonald. 1–2:30pm. For ages 10 and up. $10. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914–864–7286. muscootfarm.org. Family Art Project: Pollinator Bats and Nocturnal Flowers. Take part in an interactive project painting nocturnal flowers in fluorescent colors to add to a night-garden, “glow room” installation. Then make a furry, handmade paperpuppet bat to fly in the dayglo garden for a nectar feast at night. A Pollinators Weekend event. 10am–1pm today and June 17. For all ages. Free with admission. $8 adults, $2 children 6-18, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon today. Registration not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718–549–3200. wavehill.org. Feed the Animals: Amphibians. Hop on over to Teatown for feeding time! What nutritious foods are on the menu for amphibians? In this program you can help, watch and learn about the eating habits of Teatown’s Animal Ambassadors. 1–2pm. For all ages. $7. Preregistration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914–762–2912,ext.110.
teatown.org. Ice Cream Garden Social. See City Picks page 42. Junior Pollinators Walk. See page 33. Larchmont’s Down to Earth Farmers’ Market. It’s the 13th season of the Larchmont Farmers’ Market! Come say hello to your favorite vendors, shop the flavors of the season and find out what’s in store in the months to come. Ample, easy parking by entering the Metro-North parking deck off Myrtle Boulevard. Saturdays, 8:30am–1pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Larchmont Metro-North Parking Lot, Chatsworth Ave. and Myrtle Blvd., Larchmont. 914–923–4837. downtoearthmarkets.com. Maritime Aquarium Auto Show. See Connecticut Corner page 43. The Music of Grateful Dead for Kids. It’s an early Father’s Day celebration with the music of an iconic rock band! Kids of all ages can enjoy an introduction to The Grateful Dead through games, movement and stories thanks to this concert series from The Rock and Roll Playhouse. 3pm. For all ages. $12 in advance, $17 at the door, kids under 1 free. Reservations not required. Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, 145 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. 914–937–4126. thecapitoltheatre. com/garcias-list.
2018 Clearwater Festival. See June 16. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. See June 3. Celebrate Father’s Day with Family Yoga. See Celebrating Dad page 41. Creatures of Woodfrog Pond. Explore Woodfrog Pond
Family Concert: The Knights. This hour-long family-friendly concert is the perfect opportunity for a younger audience to engage with and get excited about music both familiar and new. Brooklyn-based orchestral collective The Knights and steel pan virtuoso Andy Akiho interact with the audience to inspire curiosity, encourage musical discoveries and—of course—have fun. 1pm. For all ages. $20 adults, $10 children. Reservations required. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914–232–1252. caramoor.org.
Family Tour: Father’s Day Formations. See Celebrating Dad page 41.
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Make a Splash! See June 9. Celebrate Father’s Day with Family Yoga. Strike a pose with dad on Father’s Day! At this session with Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor Kimberley Gregg, families practice yoga asanas, partner poses, breathing techniques, hands-on activities and games that promote bonding and playful engagement. 3–4pm June 17. For ages 5-10. In advance: $25 adult and child; Drop-ins: $30 adult and child; $5 each additional child. Reservations not required. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 914–967–6080. wainwright.org. Dads Go Free at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester. Treat dad to a special day at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester. In honor of Father’s Day, dads go free with the purchase of a child’s ticket during Father’s Day weekend. Dads are encouraged to come and have a great time building with their children and friends. Offer valid with advance and walk-up ticket purchases. 10am–9pm June 16; 10am–7pm June 17. For all ages. Starting at $16.95; children under 2 are Free. Purchase tickets online with promotional code 181009. Reservations not required. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers. 866–243–0770.
with a naturalist educator. The program starts with an indoor introduction to some of the Center’s local pond residents and concludes with a walk to the pond where kids dip nets to catch various pond creatures. Dress for muddy pond exploration. 1–2pm.
westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com. Story Sundays: Box Turtle at Long Pond. Teens and Teatown (TNT) volunteers share their favorite books, crafts and activities with young families. Join in on the fun to learn about animals, plants and everything nature. 11am–noon. For ages 4-7 accompanied by an adult. $7. Pre-registration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914–762–2912 x110. teatown.org.
Family Tour: Father’s Day Formations. Explore the relationship between featured artist Donald Judd and his father, Roy Judd, on a special interactive Father’s Day tour of the current exhibition, “Donald Judd: Variations on a Theme.” Recreate the works on view and create your own geometric shapes using art straws. 1:30pm and 2:30pm June 17. For all ages. Free with general admission. $7 adults, $4 children 3-18, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914–963–4550. hrm.org. Throw Daddy to the Wolves! Celebrate Dad and wolf families at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why summer is a special time for packs in North America. Visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr as well as potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered Mexican gray wolves and red wolves. 11am and 2pm June 17. For all ages. $14 adults, $11 children under 12. Pre-registration required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914–753–2373.
For all ages. $8. Registration not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914–723–3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org. Equipment in Action. It takes a lot of hard work to
keep a farm going, but that work is made easier thanks to some powerful machines. See a few of Muscoot’s biggest machines on the job. 1–2:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914–864–7286. muscootfarm.org.
Throw Daddy to the Wolves! See Celebrating Dad page 41. We Make the Future Block Party. See City Picks page 42.
Visit Boscobel. This historic estate in the heart of the Hudson Valley is open to visitors! The house, built in the early 1800s, is considered to be one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in the country. Take a docent-led tour of the mansion and spend time wandering the 60-acre property, including rose and herb gardens. Wednesdays – Mondays, 9:30am–5pm. For all ages. $17 adults, $8 children 6-14,
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Dig! Plant! Grow! Scentsational Herbs. Enjoy the Family Garden’s herbal delights and learn more about the delicious sweet and savory herbs growing throughout the summer garden. Smell, touch and explore how herbs are used in all parts of our daily lives. Pot up your own herb plant to tend to at home. Tuesdays – Saturdays, 1:30–5:30pm, Sundays 10am5:30pm, through July 15. For all ages. Included in All-Garden Pass. Weekdays: $23 adults, $10 children 2-12; Weekends: $28 adults, $12 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718–817–8700. nybg.org. Finger Print Flower Pots. Grow your child’s artistic imagination with this fun craft! Then use the handmade finger print flower pot to display some blooms at home. 4–4:45pm. Ages 2-5. $10. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914–346–5148. lilchameleon.com. New York Liberty. See June 7.
Sister Act. See Editor’s Pick page 38.
My Ability. This sensory-friendly workshop is designed to be a safe and welcoming experience for visitors with special needs and their caregivers. The workshop includes sensory activities, gross and fine motor play, self-guided projects, directed constructs and socialization with others. Parents and caregivers can also explore and share resources. Part of the museum’s Accessibility Afternoon. 3–5pm. For all ages. Free
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City Picks Governors Island. This amazing New York City destination is waiting to be discovered! The 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor has something for everyone, from biking, slides, play fountains and hammocks to tours of historic Fort Jay and Castle Williams. Weekdays, 10am– 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–7pm. For all ages. Ferries run from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Check website for schedules and fares. Entry to the island is free. Reservations not required. Governors Island, New York Harbor, New York. govisland. com. Ice Cream Garden Social. Step back in time and discover one of the last 18th-century buildings in Manhattan! Gather in the garden for a Path Through History Weekend afternoon of ice cream making, period toys and games and historical tunes. 1–3pm June 16. For all ages. $15 adults, $10 children under 12. Reservations not required. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E. 61st St., New York. 212–838–6878. mvhm.org. Morgan Explorers: A Drop-In Experience at the Morgan. On the second Sunday of each month, families can enjoy an interactive experience in Mr. Morgan’s 1906 library. Discover art activities, handle touch objects and get your questions answered by a Morgan educator. Learn more about the myths and stories on the famous ceilings, roll a sample cylinder seal and get up close and personal with medieval bookmaking materials. 1:30–3pm June 10. Ages 4 and up. Free with museum admission. $20 adults, children 12 and under free. Reservations not required. Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., at 36th St., New York. 212–685–0008. Rennie Harris: Funkedified. Rennie Harris celebrates all that is funk in this world premiere show! With singular style, commanding control and astounding athleticism, the expressive and internationally-renowned street dancer and his group Puremovement break the boundaries of
admission for families of children with special needs. Reservations not required. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203–899–0606. steppingstonesmuseum.org. Outdoor Concerts. Take your beach blankets and
Satisfy curious young minds with an interactive experience at The Morgan Library & Museum on June 10. locking, popping, hip hop and more. Joined by The Hood Lockers and a live funk band, you are guaranteed to groove to the upbeat, the downbeat and every syncopation in between. 7pm June 1, 8 and 9; 2pm June 2; Noon and 5pm June 3 and 10. For ages 9 and up. $16 and up. Reservations required. The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., New York. 646–223–3010. newvictory.org. We Make the Future Block Party. Celebrate the spirit of the community at the Rubin Museum’s annual Block Party. Join thousands of other New Yorkers at this outdoor event on Father’s Day, featuring art and activities inspired by the Rubin’s yearlong exploration of the future. 1–4pm June 17. For all ages. Free, and admission to the museum is free all day. Reservations not required. Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17 St., New York. 212–620–5000. rmanyc.org.
chairs to The Green and enjoy live music on summer evenings by some of the hottest tribute bands. See website for specific performers. 6:30–8pm today and June 28. For all ages. Reservations not required. Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. 914–968–9570.
crosscountycenter.com. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Join forces with people all over the globe for “The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.” This event teaches kids and their parents basic water competency skills, as
well as emphasizing the critical role of supervision by parents when their children are around bodies of water. The pool opens for the swimming lesson only. Noon. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Saxon Woods Pool, 1800 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914–995–4480. parks. westchestergov.com.
Westchester County Beaches and Pools. Let the summer fun officially begin! Westchester’s pools and beaches are on summer schedules right through Labor Day. Enjoy the sand, sun and water at Playland Pool and Beach, Croton Point Park Beach, Glen Island Beach, Saxon Woods Pool, Sprain Ridge Pool, Wilson’s Waves Pool and The Brook at Tibbetts. For all ages. See website for specific fees. Reservations not required. Croton, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Rye, White Plains, Yonkers.parks. westchestergov.com/pools-andbeaches.
American Roots Music Festival. Acclaimed singersongwriter Aimee Mann headlines the American Roots Music Festival, now in its 8th year. Rising star multi-instrumentalist Valerie June brings her unique blend of Appalachian tradition, gospel and blues. Many other artists round out this day-long celebration of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, Old Time and intriguing folk fusion performances held throughout Caramoor’s lawns and gardens. Come for a day of discovery and good old-fashioned leisurely family-friendly listening. Noon. For all ages. $35-$90. Day Only: $30 adults, $15 children. Reservations required. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914–232–1252. caramoor.org. Concert Band: American Soundscapes. West Point Band alumni come
“Catch” nearly a dozen rare and exquisite cars all named for fish at The Maritime Aquarium’s first-ever auto show on June 16. Maritime Aquarium Auto Show. On the day before Father’s Day, bring dad to check out some of the finest rides ever named for fish in The Maritime Aquarium Auto Show: “Barracudas, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea.” This firstever show features 11 rare and exquisite cars all named for marine animals. “Must-sea” cars include a 1965 Rambler Marlin, a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and a 2014 and 2016 Corvette Sting Ray. 10am– 5pm June 16. For all ages. Free with Aquarium admission. $24.95 adults, $17.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203–852–0700. maritimeaquarium. org. CT Old-Fashioned Fun at French Farm. An afternoon of family-friendly games and crafts at a magical four-acre gentleman’s farm in Greenwich. Games, crafts, plein-air painting, farm animals, peacocks, farmer’s market, garden paths and whimsical structures to explore. Music by Ray and Jay, plus food and drink. Rain or shine. 1–4pm June 10. For all ages. $100 per family or $35 adults, $25 children. Children under 3 free. Reservations required. French Farm, 514 Lake Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 203–869–6899 x10. greenwichhistory.org. CT ONCE ENDANGERED: The Return of Wolves and Peregrine Falcons. It is a
back to the stage for a wonderful evening of musical collaboration with the Concert Band. Bring the whole family and enjoy a picnic overlooking the Hudson River while you listen to music under
rare and wonderful event when an endangered species is brought back from the edge of extinction. This dynamic summer exhibition uses mounted specimens, objects, interactives, video and graphics to study the biology, behavior, near demise and return of the remarkable Peregrine Falcon and the misunderstood Grey and Red Wolves. Mondays – Saturdays, 9am–5pm, Sundays, 11am–5pm, June 23 – Sept. 3. For all ages. Included with admission: $10 adults, $5 children 4-17, children 3 and under free. Reservations not required. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, Conn. 203–322–1646. stamfordmuseum.org. CT Scavenger Hunt. Kids become detectives at this scavenger hunt at three buildings in Mathews Park. Search for some of the most mysterious symbols, architectural details, objects and history on the exterior facades of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, as well as inside the Mansion. 2–4pm June 3. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian. $5. All tickets for the Scavenger Hunt include admission to the Museum. Reservations not required. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203–838–9799. lockwoodmathewsmansion.com. CT
the stars. 7:30–9:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Trophy Point Amphitheatre, 117 Washington Rd., West Point. 845–938–2617. westpointband. army.mil.
Family Art Project: Butterfly Habitat Hats. See them and sketch them flying among the meadow grasses or on the butterfly bush in Wave Hill’s Flower Garden. Learn about
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Calendar June // the life cycle of local butterfly species and the conditions they need in order to survive. Then make a richly textured butterflyhabitat hat filled with flowers and insects in an active landscape. 10am–1pm today and June 24. For all ages. Free with admission. $8 adults, $2 children 6-18, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon today. Registration not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718–549–3200. wavehill.org. Get Your Kids to Eat Veggies. Tips and tricks from a farm educator to get kids to enjoy eating their vegetables. Hands on methods and samples to try. 11am–1pm. For adults. $35. Registration required. Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. 914–962–2368. hilltophanoverfarm.org. Ladybug Release. Learn about ladybugs and how helpful they are. After a short presentation, release native ladybugs into the fields and gardens. 10am. For all ages. $8 adults, $6 children. Sameday admission to the Wildlife Education Center is free after paid attendance to this program. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845–534–5506. hhnm.org. ONCE ENDANGERED: The Return of Wolves and Peregrine Falcons. See
Connecticut Corner page 43. Outdoor Summer Movie: The Princess Bride. Celebrate the start of summer vacation ... as you wish! Eat, play, relax and watch the classic film The Princess Bride. Enjoy dinner from popular food trucks and kids’ activities by Breezemont Day Camp. Food and activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk. Take a chair or blanket. Rain date is June 28. 7–10pm. For all ages. $10 per car. Reservations not required. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah. 914–666–7004. johnjayhomestead.org. Puppetmaking Workshop. Learn how to make hand and finger puppets. Then craft your own and put on a show! With artist Michele Amaro. 10am– noon. For ages 5-12. Reservations not required. Blue Door Art Center, 13 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers. 914–375– 5100. bluedoorartcenter.org. Summer Solstice Stroll. Take a leisurely walk through the beautiful 40-acre Lenoir Preserve to celebrate nature and the changing season. Enjoy the butterfly garden and spectacular views of the Hudson River. 1–2:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Lenoir Preserve, 19 Dudley St., Yonkers. 914–968–5851. parks. westchestergov.com/lenoirpreserve. Tree Climbing Championship. Watch as
arborists compete to climb Lyndhurst’s towering trees and showcase the highest level of professional skills, safety and innovation in tree climbing and care. 25 competitors scale Lyndhurst’s trees as a part of the New York State Arborist’s tree climbing competition. 9am–2pm. For all ages. $5 per person fee charged for parking. Reservations not required. Lyndhurst, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914–631– 4481. lyndhurst.org.
34th Annual African American Heritage Festival. Celebrating the rich diversity of the African Diaspora, this annual festival provides the ultimate cultural arts and entertainment experience for the whole family. Enjoy music and dance, vendors and food. 11am–7pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla. 914–378–3283. facebook.com/Westchester-CountyAfrican-American-HeritageCelebration-338721906182240. 8th Annual Celebration of Life Memorial Butterfly Release. A beautiful way to honor the lives of loved ones who have passed away, hosted by Hospice of Westchester. Purchase butterflies in memory of loved ones and participate in the release. Event also includes children’s activities (stories, crafts, games), videos on the Monarch
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butterfly and a memorial service. Rain or shine. 1–2:30pm. For all ages. $20 per butterfly. Butterflies only available for purchase until June 20 and not on day of event. Reservations required. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 914–682–1484 ext.166. hospiceofwestchester.com. Bicycle Sundays. See June 3. LEGO® Minifigure 40th Birthday! See June 2. Weekend Admission. Experience what’s happening on the farm! With your one-day admission ticket, explore the farm at your own pace, meet the farmers and take part in activities led by educators. Sample activities include egg collecting, meeting animals and prepping field beds. Dress appropriately for a day outdoors! Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–5pm. For all ages. $22 adults, $10 ages 2-15, children under 2 free. Reservations required. Tickets become available for purchase four weeks in advance. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills. 914–366–6200. stonebarnscenter.org.
Marine Life Encounter Cruise. Share a boat ride with an amazing variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and other creatures brought up out of Long Island Sound right before your eyes! Aquarium educators put
stamps and crayons, to make tree art on your own reusable bag. 10am–1pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $8 adults, $2 children 6-18, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon. Registration not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718–549–3200. wavehill.org.
Strap in for a wild time with the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure! Climb obstacles in the forest canopy and zipline over the Bronx River. passengers to work collecting and examining animals such as tiny plankton, squid and other diverse marine life. Daily, 1:15pm; today – July 11. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to board. $29.95. Advance reservations strongly recommended. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203–852–0700 x2206. maritimeaquarium.org.
A Closer Look: Georgia O’Keeffe and Hawai’i. See June 12. New York Liberty. See June 7.
Dancing at Dusk: From Bhangra to Bollywood. Move to the intricate rhythms of Indian music while learning the celebratory dances to accompany them. Artist Reena Shah leads the instruction of dances from Bhangra to Bollywood, accompanied by Dhol, Indian Flutes and more! 5pm. For all ages. $14 adults, $7 children 12 and under. Reservations required. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah.
914–232–1252. caramoor.org. Full Moon Wolf Walk. Enjoy summer treats by the Wolf Conservation Center’s outdoor fire pit while listening to a symphony of howls from the many wolves that call the WCC home. Walk by moonlight to visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Zephyr and Nikai. Please take flashlights. 7pm. For all ages. $20. Pre-registration required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914–753–2373. nywolf. org.
Kurt Gallagher Family Music Concert. Music, dancing and a good time with musician Kurt Gallagher. Kurt encourages kids to make as much music as possible during performances as he invites them to clap, slap, shake, spin, stomp and sing along. 3pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Chappaqua Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 914–238–4779. chappaqualibrary.org. Outdoor Concerts. See June 21.
Governors Island. See City Picks page 42. IMAX Movie: Pandas. See June 4. New York Liberty. See June 7.
Butterfly Exhibit. Enjoy close encounters with butterflies and learn about their importance in nature. Exhibit is in the Center’s enchanting Native Plant Meadow in a thoughtfully-constructed arbor. Daily, today – Aug. 5. For all ages. $11 adults, $9 children, children under 2 free. Price includes admission to Manor House Animal Museum and exhibits. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914–723–3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org. Family Art Project: Lovea-Tree Canvas Bags. Trees give us so much—shade, beauty, food, even oxygen. Make more of them and showcase them on a classy canvas bag! Use stencils and fabric paints, in the form of sprays,
Float Like a Butterfly. Join a naturalist on a short walk down to beautiful Native Meadow. Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and discover the epic migration Monarchs complete every year. Get up close and personal with the Center’s butterflies and see where they land! 1–2pm. For all ages. $10. Registration not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914–723– 3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org. International Mud Day. Welcome summer with a mudriffic day of play in Grasshopper Grove! Thousands of children in dozens of countries worldwide celebrate Mud Day as a chance to appreciate nature and the great outdoors by getting muddy. Take a towel or a change of clothes. 11am–3pm. For all ages. Included with regular Grasshopper Grove admission: $3 adults and children ages 2 and up. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845–534–5506. hhnm.org. Planetarium Show: We Are Aliens. See June 10. River Explorers. See June 2. Superheroes Meet Graffiti! Workshop. Learn techniques to combine graffiti backdrops with superheroes in the foreground that you design yourself! With artist Yannick Lowery. 10am–noon. For ages 8-15. Reservations not required. Blue Door Art Center, 13 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers. 914–375–5100. bluedoorartcenter.org.
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Coping With Homesickness More the Norm Than the Exception From the American Camp Association
his summer, millions of children will get their first taste of independence at a summer resident camp. For many, it will also be their first experience with homesickness. But parents don’t have to feel helpless when homesickness strikes. The prescription for camper homesickness is a simple solution of preparation and patience. Phillips Exeter Academy psychologist Christopher Thurber, Ph.D., studied homesickness in 329 boys between the ages of 8 and 16 at resident camp. According to his results, homesickness is the norm rather than the exception. A whopping 83 percent of the campers studied reported homesickness on at least one day of camp. Thurber and the American Camp Association (ACA) suggest the following tips for parents to help their child deal with homesickness at camp. • Encourage your child’s independence throughout the year. Practice separations, such as sleepovers at a friend’s house, that can
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simulate the camp environment. • Involve your child in the process of choosing a camp. The more that the child owns the decision, the more comfortable the child will feel being at camp. • Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves. Consider role-playing anticipated situations, such as using a flashlight to find the bathroom. • Reach an agreement ahead of time on calling each other. If your child’s camp has a no-phone-calls policy, honor it. • Send a note or care package ahead of time to arrive the first day of camp. Acknowledge, in a positive way, that you will miss your child. For example, you can say “I am going to miss you, but I know that you will have a good time at camp.” • Don’t bribe. Linking a successful stay at camp to a material object sends the wrong message. The reward should be your child’s newfound confidence and independence. • Pack a personal item from home, such as a stuffed animal.
• When a “rescue call” comes from the child, offer calm reassurance and put the time frame into perspective. Avoid the temptation to take the child home early. • Talk candidly with the camp director to obtain his/her perspective on your child’s adjustment. • Don’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development. • Trust your instincts. While most incidents of homesickness will pass in a day or two, Thurber’s research shows that approximately seven percent of the cases are severe. If your child is not eating or sleeping because of anxiety or depression, it is time to go home. However, don’t make your child feel like a failure if their stay at camp is cut short. Focus on the positive and encourage your child to try camp again next year. The American Camp Association (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association for camp owners, camp professionals and those interested in camp programs. The ACA offers the only nation-wide accreditation program for camps. To receive accreditation camps must meet a multitude of ACA health and safety standards. acacamps.org.
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