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June 2019 volume twenty-nine | number 6

departments 6 Editor’s Note 7 Events & Offers 8 Bits & Pieces 10 Spotlight: Family

Fitness: Biking


Sesame Place

30 Ask the specialist

Kids’ Sports Injuries in the Rise

46 Last word

The DOS and DON’TS on Packing for Camp

calendar Family Activities for June

31 Top Pick: Dinosaur Safari 34 Editor’s Pick: Junior’s Pollinators Walk 36 Editor’s Pick: Vote Like a Girl 38 Father’s Day Fun


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39 Sweet on Strawberries 40 #FlashbackFilms

Mogan Anthony Meet this cool dad who’s adding flavor and flair to the Westchester dining scene. He dishes out great eats at Village Social, Pub Street and his newest restaurants, Locali and Fatt. He also shares one of his recipes with us!

10 Tips for Choosing a Preschool Choosing a preschool for your child can seem overwhelming. Yet breaking down the task into bite-sized questions can help make the experience less daunting. Here are 10 top tips to help.

41 City Picks

advertising 26 Preschool Listings 12 Camps and Summer Programs


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20 Happy Father’s Day: Mogan Anthony


Hap�y Fa�her’s Day!

31 Terrific June Activities

Our Calendar of Events It’s summer so make more time for family fun. Our jammed pack calendar suggestions can keep you busy and happy every day of the month.

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HOW TO PICK A PRESCHOOL 10 top tips for parents

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Family Favorite Awards You voted and now the results are in. Read the July issue for the results of the Family Favorites Contest. This issue is a keeper!


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editor’s note President and Publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis CEO and Co-Publisher Joshua Schneps Westchester Family WestchesterFamily.com Publisher Clifford Luster cluster@schnepsmedia.com co-Publisher/Editor Jean Sheff edit@westchesterfamily.com Calendar Editor Andrea White calendar@westchesterfamily.com ADVERTISING SALES Account Managers LynnMarie Hanley lynnmarie.hanley@westchesterfamily.com

Dear Dad How lucky are children today? Dads are not just someone to be feared, as in the old “wait ‘til your father gets home,” but someone who takes a more active role in childrearing. Dads are serving on PTA boards, helping with homework, taking kids to the playground, drying tears, and being a point person more than ever before. Read our feature on one of Westchester’s coolest dads - Mogan Anthony the restaurateur and chef behind several successful area restaurants including Village Social, Pub Street and the new Locali and Fatt Root. Anthony cooks up a storm for families in Westchester and also serves quite a meal at home too. He actually makes breakfast for the family! Read Stacey Pfeffer’s article about how this cool dad is adding flavor and flair to the Westchester dining scene, then make the recipe he shared with us for his healthy Kale Fried Rice. We’ll also set you up for summer this month with Andrea Worthington’s inside tips on a visit to Sesame Place, summer biking adventures for all ages and the dos and don’ts of packing for summer camp.

Speaking of summer camp, have you signed the kids up yet? No? We have you covered there too. See our Camps and Summer Programs section for great last minute ideas. And if signing up for preschool is on your mind be sure to read “How to Pick a Preschool Program.” We have some important guidance to share and resources that can help you make this daunting project doable. Don’t forget to check our Calendar of Events for fun activities every day of the week. It’s also last call for voting in the family favorites contest. By letting us know your favorites you are automatically entered to win a two-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge or a family-pack of tickets to see a New York Yankees home game! How’s that for starting summer off on the right foot? Happy Father’s Day, Jean Sheff Co-Publisher, Editor

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events & offers LAST CALL! Win a family getaway package to Great Wolf Lodge or Yankees tickets The Family Favorites award contest ends June 7, 2019. Vote now to be automatically entered to win either a twonight family getaway to Great Wolf Lodge or a family pack of tickets to a New York Yankees game! It’s easy just take five minutes to tell us what your favorites are. The ballot makes voting super simple. We will publish the results in our July 2019 issue. Just think this summer you can experience Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos and create lifelong memories with your family. Enjoy the resort’s brand new renovations and additions such as new dry-play activities including the expansive Oliver’s Mining Co. and Moonstone Mine, along with a new look to the popular mystical adventure, MagiQuest! Lodging, admission and Paw Passes to activities are included, just purchase your meals — what a great getaway! Or imagine attending a 2019 season game at Yankee Stadium with your family this season — for free! Ready to vote? Enter now at westchesterfamily.com/ favorites

June Contest Modarri Delux Street Track Pack Enter to win a Modarri Delux Street Track Pack set. Modarri takes your child’s love of cars to the next level with their new award-winning customizable track and race cars that kids can build and design themselves. The Delux Street Track Pack is a perfect at-home STEM project that will fuel your child’s creativity, develop fine motor skills and provide explorative play. Retail value: $69.99. Available at Amazon, Target, Walmart and other locations. Enter now at westchesterfamily.com/cars.

Summer riding Camp Fox Hill Farms is perfect for children who love horses and want to learn horseback riding year round. We provide a fun, activity-filled atmosphere where youngsters and adults can learn all about riding and improve their skills. Summer camp focuses on riding lessons, grooming, games, exercise, and learning to care for horses.

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By Jean Sheff

7 Tips for Water Safety

Have You Seen the ArtsMobile? ArtsWestchester’s new ArtsMobile, a colorful van full of all kinds of art supplies, is bringing free arts programming to children and audiences of all ages. Workshops, that will take place outdoors, around the vehicle, will include print-making, ceramics, painting, botanical drawing, landscape drawing, and maskmaking. See the June and July Schedule below. Saturday, June 22 - 4 to 10 p.m. Mount Vernon Firework Show 550 S. 3rd Ave. Mount Vernon, N.Y. Saturday, June 29 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. White Plains Farmers Market Court Street (between Martine Ave. & Main St.) White Plains, N.Y. Saturday, July 6 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ossining Farmers Market Parking lot - Corner of Spring St. & Main St. Ossining, N.Y. Tuesday, July 16 - 1:25 to 2:45 p.m. Bunge Safety Day Church Street Elementary School 295 Church St. White Plains, N.Y. Saturday, July 20 - 12 to 3 p.m. Pop-up Cook Out Corner Franklin Ave. & Madison Ave. Mount Vernon, N.Y. Thursday, July 25 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Port Chester Free Playground Program Columbus Park Ryan Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Friday, July 26 - 6 to 9 p.m. Tiki Invasion Village of Mamaroneck Tiki Invasion 1 Harbor Island Park Mamaroneck, N.Y. See artswestchester.org/theartsmobile for more details.


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The weather is getting warmer and soon kids will be splashing in all sorts of water. Don’t for a minute think your child is safe around water — even a blown-up kiddie pool in the backyard is an opportunity for disaster. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. Children younger than a year old are more likely to drown at home in the bathtub or a bucket! It can happen anywhere. Follow these Safe Kids Worldwide tips this summer and always. 1. Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted — put down your cell phone! Even if lifeguards are present do not rely on them alone for your child’s safety. 2. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water. 3. Empty all tubs, buckets, containers, and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water. 4. Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed. 5. Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround

Oh Baby! Laura Wattenberg takes naming baby to an entirely new level. Check out her updated fourth-edition of The Baby Name Wizard (Harmony, 2019) for her research-driven, analytical approach to understanding names and trends. I’m not even looking for a baby name and I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the computergenerated, name peak graph for each name. Every name is labeled with its popularity peak to give you a sense for how often the name is being used. For example, the name Sarah was popular in 1880, declined, and then reached its peak in 1981 when it was

all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and selflatching gates. 6. Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a life. 7. Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development, and how often they are around water.

ranked #4. I dare you not to look up your name and the name of everyone else in your family. Yet, this book isn’t just a list of names. Wattenberg discusses the process of naming, middle names, sibling’s names, relative’s influence and namer’s remorse. You’ll learn the most popular names by state, and an entire section on name styles — think ethnic, mid-century America, literary, artistic, and county and western. In case you wanted to know, the overall top American name for a girl and boy in 2018 was Emma and Liam. It’s a magical bible of naming and it’s a lot of fun!

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spotlight: activities

Family Fitness: Biking 7 super Westchester rides By Jean Sheff


ike riding is a healthy, fun activity for the entire family. Cycling offers families a chance to spend time outdoors and it’s great exercise. Families with children of different ages can all bike together, which makes this sport especially family-friendly. Check all your equipment before taking off and make sure your child’s helmet fits properly. Take along water and a snack and have fun. Try biking at these area locations. 2019 bicycle Sundays The Westchester Parks Foundation offers this beloved Westchester tradition in May, June, and September. Every year some 60,000 people bike, walk, and jog a 13.1mile loop of the Bronx River Parkway that is closed on select Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to vehicular traffic. The route runs from the Westchester County Center south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. All ages and abilities are welcomed, from the professional biker to the kid with training wheels. Ride the route on June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 as well as Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29. Free. Parking is available at the Westchester County Center for $15 per car. Westchester Parks Foundation, Bronx River Reservation, 914-231-4600. thewpf.org/ programs/bicycle-sundays. Just learning The Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla has extra wide paved paths that are ideal for the youngest cyclers. It’s a popular place for children just experimenting with training wheels. The Plaza is open seven days a week. Permanent park lighting was installed in 2014 making the Plaza available for all until 10 p.m. in the summer. The Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. 914-231-4033. parks. westchestergov.com/kensico-dam-plaza. A linear pathway Running adjacent to the Bronx River Parkway is the Bronx River Reservation, the oldest park in Westchester, and home to the Bronx River Pathway. This paved linear path has three segments, a 1-mile loop, a 4.6-mile section and a 5-mile portion that connects with Kensico Dam in Valhalla. See the


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website for a Pathway map. The Bronx River Reservation, Bronx River Pathway. 914-723-4058. parks.westchestergov. com/trailways. A longer ride The North County and South County Trailways are paved multi-use trails ideal for family biking. The North County Trail spans north for 22.1 miles through Westchester to the Putnam County border. The South County Trailway runs from central to southern Westchester for 14.1 miles. See the website for parking locations along the North County Trailway. The North County and South County Trailways. 914-864-7275. parks.westchestergov. com/parks-and-destinations/trailways. Mountain biking x 2 If you’d prefer the challenge and off-road experience of mountain biking, visit Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill. The Blue Mountain bike trail offers 20 miles of marked trails geared toward three levels of skill: beginners, intermediate, and advanced. There is a parking fee of $5 for Westchester County Park Pass holders, $10 without. Blue Mountain Reservation, 435 Welcher Ave., Peekskill. 914-862-5275. parks. westchestergov.com/blue-mountain-reservation. For down county families mountain biking can be enjoyed at Sprain Ridge Park in

Yonkers. The park’s 278 acres are heavily wooded with about eight miles of well maintained and marked trails for biking. These trails are great for intermediate and advanced riders. The park has two picnic areas that provide a great place to stop for a packed lunch or snack. See the website for a video review of the trails and a map. County Park Pass required for admission. See westchestergov.com for Park Pass information. Sprain Ridge Park, 149 Jackson Ave., Yonkers. 914-231-3450. parks.westchestergov. com/sprain-ridge-park Water views & playgrounds The Scenic Hudson Park, located on the riverfront in Irvington, is accessed via Bridge Street, a street that is between and parallel to the Hudson River and Metro-North train tracks. There is nearly one-mile of paved paths that weave through the site ideal for easy biking. You’ll find two playgrounds in the surrounding 4.5 acres of open lawn and recreation areas. Picnicking is permitted, so take a basket and have lunch al fresco with a Hudson River view. Scenic Hudson Park, Bridge Street, Irvington. 914-591-7736. irvingtonny.gov/90/ Scenic-Hudson-Park Jean Sheff is co-publisher and editor of Westchester Family magazine and a dedicated cyclist.

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2019 Summer Programs Special Advertising Supplement Acres of Adventure Summer Camp @ Ann & Andy’s 2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford 914-592-3027 acresofadventuresummercamp.com Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at Ann & Andy’s is a one to nine-week summer camp with an emphasis on outdoors for children ages 3 months to 14 years. They offer customized schedules, individualized attention and hot lunches including barbeque Fridays. All buildings are air-conditioned. Visit the website for more details.

Amadeus Summer Theater and Art Day Camp - Annie! Chappaqua 914-238-0388 amadeusconservatory.com amadeusconservatoryof​music​ @gmail.com Performing arts musical theater and art camp featuring ANNIE! Acting, singing, song-writing, ensembles. Private music lessons in two instruments by Amadeus faculty, plus drawing and painting, dance, set-making. June 25-July 13, ages 5-14, 9:30am-3pm, M-F. Performance in professional theater. Three-week session.


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546 Bedford Road, Armonk 914-273-8124 armonktennis.com Armonk Tennis Club has more than just tennis camps! Camp Armonk Sports is a multisport program for children in grades K-5, while Mad Science combines educational and athletic activities into a unique experience. For those looking to focus on tennis, Armonk International Tennis Academy offers advanced and junior camps for ages 6-17.

684 Peekskill Hollow Road Putnam Valley 845-526-0808, ext. 104 dvitetta@ymca-cnw.org campcombe.org The Camp Combe YMCA is a traditional summer day camp serving youth ages 4 to 16. With a perfect mix of fun, and support at every age, they help meet your child’s needs. Low ratios, affordable pricing and an emphasis on the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect & Responsibility makes the Y a unique summer camp experience. Camp Combe kids come home the same way every day … tired, dirty, and happy!

Around the World Enrichment Summer Camp at Imagymnasium 255 Halstead Ave., Harrison 914-630-4700 info@imagymnasium.net Welcome to Imagymnasium Airlines! Campers will be going to different countries throughout the summertime, learning about different places and cultures worldwide. They will do arts and crafts, play games, and other enriching activities tolearn and create a memorable experience. Children ages 3-5 and K-2nd grade can attend either the 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:303:30pm sessions, June 10thAugust 16th.

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Crestwood Music Education Center 453 White Plains Road, Eastchester 914-961-3497 crestwoodmusic.com What better way to enhance your child’s appreciation and exposure to the arts than encouraging them to explore music. Crestwood Music Education Center can help with private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, drums and percussion for students of all ages/levels. Suzuki programs in piano and violin are also offered. This world-

class faculty provides premier music education, including jazz instruction with top jazz artists in piano, woodwinds, saxophone, guitar, and percussion. In addition, they rent, repair and sell instruments.

Curtain Call Sterling Farms 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford, Conn. 203-329-8207, ext. 16curtaincallinc.com CURTAIN CALL’S SUMMERSTOCK FOR AGES 6 THRU 16: Summer is a time for kids to ACT OUT and what better way than in one of Curtain Call’s Summerstock Workshops! Full day, theatre arts workshops offer intense focus in acting, improv, Shakespeare, voice and dance/movement, and help build confidence and skills. In age-appropriate groups, students rotate between specialized teaching artists. Each session culminates in a performance showcase and takes place entirely at our professional theatre facility at Sterling Farms in Stamford, Conn. No experience is required. Sibling discounts, scholarships and payment plans are available.












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Fox Hill Farms Summer Riding Camp

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25 School Lane, Scarsdale 914-723-1169 hbms.org Hoff-Barthelson’s Summer Arts Program provides students in grades 1 to 10 multiple opportunities for artistic exploration and friendship. Taught by top-flight faculty, offerings include instrumental classes, chamber music, chorus, large ensembles, visual arts, rock, jazz, musical theatre, and frequent performance opportunities. Programs individually tailored to the needs and interests of each student. July 1-August 2.

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At Equalize Fitness, One Odell Pl., Yonkers 914-965-7676 gymcats.net The goal at GymCats is to build a physical and mental foundation for all sports and to promote athleticism and good health through participation in gymnastics. While their program offers a fun-filled good time, it also enriches the development of children by providing attitudes and skills that carry over to many of life’s activities. They offer quality instruction by qualified coaches in beginner through advanced gymnastics in a fully air-conditioned facility! They provide low student to teacher ratio, separate groups for boys and girls of different ages, and no experience is necessary since they specialize in beginners!

Harrison School of Music 253 Halstead Ave., Harrison 914-575-2288 harrisonmusicschool.com Creative kids at home this summer? Let them learn piano, guitar, voice, drums, violin, saxophone, flute, clarinet or ukulele with Harrison School of Music this summer! Winner of “Best Music Lessons for Kids” in Westchester Family. Fun, patient teachers teach students of all ages the music that they want to learn! Enrollment open, space limited!

Hudson Country Day Camp 340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle 914-636-6202 hudsoncountry.org campdirectorny@ hudsoncountry.org A different kind of summer camp experience for campers ages 18 months through 12 years old. Hudson Country Montessori has been offering a fun and safe summer camp for over 45 years. In this unique eight-week summer program, campers have the opportunity to learn about themselves and the natural world around them. Activities include, swimming (on-premise pool), sports, science, technology, cooking, art, field trips, music, dancing, and more (Indoor/ Outdoor activities on three country acres). Their success can be attributed to the team of professional counselors and low counselor-to-camper ratios. Flexible schedules, extended hours (7:30am 6:00pm), busing, and catered lunch are available. Register today!

ISG Gymnastics Summer Camp 151 Crotona Ave., Harrison 914-835-0010 isggymnastics.com With gymnastics, trapeze, rings, ropes, arts & crafts, theme days, gym games, obstacle courses, sports, trampoline, an air castle and so much more, you are sure to flip over ISG Gymnastics

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summer camp! You child will come home happy, and more importantly, tired! Full, half, and extended days available for ages 4 1/2 and up. ISG offers 1-8 week options! Can’t commit to camp? Ask about our summer classes! ISG is air-conditioned.

Katonah Art Center 40 Radio Circle Dr., Mt. Kisco 914-232-4843 katonahartcenter.com KAC has long been Northern Westchester’s go-to hub for students looking to learn about and excel in the visual arts. Drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, photography, fused glass, jewelry-making, 3D printing, digital arts and more! All ages and all levels welcome. KAC’s Art Summer Camp offers one-week sessions with half-day, full-day and extended-day options. For ages 3.5 to teens.

Logrea Dance Academy 2 Dale Ave., Ossining 914-941-2939 logreadance.com For 33 years, Beth and Jean Logrea have provided quality dance training. The Logreas have had extensive performing careers, plus years of experience as codirectors of the Westchester Ballet Company, including the Westchester County Center annual production of The Nutrcacker. Offering pre- and post-camp open classes, a four-week summer program, and a pre-ballet program for 3- to 5-year-olds.

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THE MILESTONE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP A fun-filled day camp geared towards ages 2-8 Flexible Scheduling: 2 week minimum, half-day or full-day, and early bird drop off Age appropriate activities include: Soccer, Capoeira, Water Play, Music and an “Early Phonics” Reading Program Call today for a tour or visit our Website at: themilestoneschool.com 914-667-3478


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70 W. Broad St., Fleetwood 914-667-3478 themilestoneschool.com info@themilestoneschool.com The Milestone School’s Summer Camp is geared to the needs and interests of the toddler to the 8-year-old. Campers are grouped by age and participate in a wide range of age appropriate activities, including water play, soccer, yoga, music and movement. Milestone’s provides a warm nurturing environment and invites you and your child to experience a special way of caring this summer. Flexible scheduling

with extended day options. Conveniently located by the Fleetwood train station. Call for a tour!

The New Rochelle Racquet Club@Pine Brook Fitness 130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle 914-636-1019 pinebrookfitness.com Tennis camp at The New Rochelle Racquet Club provides kids with a fun and engaging environment where they can excel at the sport of tennis, whether they are just starting out or have been playing for many years. They offer various camps for ages 4 & up: Red Ball, Junior Development, and Tournament Training Program. TTP is geared for the advanced tournament player to help reach their maximum success in USTA tournaments. Campers are grouped according to age and skill level so they can get the most out of our program. Their personable instructors share their passion and love of the game in a supportive and caring environment.

The Rock Club@Pine Brook Fitness 130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle 914-636-1019 pinebrookfitness.com Young climbers of all ages will find adventure this summer at The Rock Club. Campers will challenge themselves playing fun games, learning climbing techniques, and how to belay while building confidence, focus, and teamwork skills. Experience real rock and fresh air with their outdoor camp ROCKOUT! Campers will spend three days indoors learning to rappel and belay before heading outdoors for two days of real outdoor climbing at The Gunks. No experience is need for summer camp, all ages and skill levels welcome. Ages 10+ for ROCKOUT! Dream bigger, climb higher at The Rock Club this summer.

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ArtsWestchester’s Education Award and a recent Family Favorite, The Rye Arts Center offers dozens of STEAM classes that spark the creativity of young minds. The arts center’s MakerSpace and Digital Arts Lab are filled with innovative programming including: Robotics, Animation, Minecraft, 3D Printing, Computer Coding, Video Game Design, Creative Building, Graphic Design, and so much more. Classes are available throughout the year, including week-long summer classes.

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has been a source of joy, entertainment, and enlightenment for boys and girls ages 3 to 14 for over half a century. Hundreds and hundreds of campers have learned to swim at T-D. The in-ground pool allows all campers to touch bottom on the shallow end. Instructional and recreational swimming occur daily as well as many other physical activities. Door-to-door transportation is provided as well as lunch each day. Contact T-D at td.edu or phone 914632-8836 for red carpet treatment.

914-924-0995 slsbmusic.com Join them this summer for some serious musical fun! Take 6 or 8 weeks (your choice!) of a Music Together Babies (0-6 months) or Family (0-5 years) class in Chappaqua, Scarsdale, or Tarrytown. In Scarsdale, they’re also offering 8 weeks of a mommy-andme beginner or advancedbeginner ukulele class (3-6 years) and new 2-week afternoon summer camps featuring a daily Music Together Big Kids Jammin’ class, a group ukulele class, and a musical craft project (5-7 years). They hope to see you soon!

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Westchester County Parks’ Camps parks.westchestergov.com/ activities/childrens-camps. Westchester County Parks’ camps for kids offer youngsters and teens programs that will let them make new friends, gain new skills and enhance their summer fun. The camps’ themes are golf, nature, baseball, basketball, and music. There’s also the Young Farmers and Wranglers camp, which allows children to experience daily life on an early-1900s farm. For more information on each camp’s theme, location, dates and fees, go to parks. westchestergov.com/ activities/childrens-camps.

World Cup SUMMER CAMP 160 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua 914-238-9267 worldcupgymnastics.com This fun summer camp for youth ages 5 1/2 -12, combines superior gymnastics training with a traditional camp experience ensuring each camper has the best summer. Their stateof-the-art complex allows room to engage in tons of recreational activities and gymnastics. Each week there is an exciting field trip, arts & crafts, cooking and more. World Cup provides a safe, nurturing environment where children can laugh, play, learn new skills, make new friends and build summer memories that last a lifetime.


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Mogan Anthony A cool dad who’s adding flavor and flair to the Westchester dining scene

By Stacey Pfeffer


here’s an old adage in the restaurant industry – “Never trust a skinny chef” but after meeting with Mogan Anthony, the almost 40-year-old restaurateur and chef behind several successful area restaurants, I’m ready to abandon that notion. He’s clad in a black T-shirt and skinny jeans and by all accounts is svelte thanks to regular CrossFit workouts and an emphasis on healthy cooking techniques. Full disclosure: I am a fan of Anthony’s cooking, particularly the menu offerings at Village Social and Pub Street, both of which are close to my house. I just celebrated my birthday at one of his newest outposts, Locali in Mount Kisco. Situated in the historic Metro-North train station, we had a delicious meal bursting with flavor and inventive rifts on Italian classics plus cocktails infused with fresh ingredients, all in a swanky setting. His culinary roots There is a beautiful and precise attention to detail on the plate and in each restaurant’s ambience. After hearing about Anthony’s unique background, this makes perfect sense. Anthony grew up in Malaysia and as a child enjoyed watching his mother who is Hindu and vegetarian, cook meals with a healthy dose of fresh produce and spices. “Malaysia is a melting pot with Indian, Chinese, and Christian populations,” Anthony explains and each one brings their own culinary traditions. As a teenager, he worked in the hospitality industry at some of the leading hotels in Southeast Asia including the Four Seasons and the Shangri-La. He did all types of jobs from pool service waiter to a food runner.


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Photo by Audrey Rosemary

Mogan Anthony and his family pictured at Crabtree Kittle House in Chappaqua. Left to right: Daughter Laxmi held by Mogan’s wife Seleste Tan, and Mogan holding his son Lavin.

But it was his job at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore where he was first introduced to some leading Michelin-starred chefs brought in from Europe, which spurred a strong desire to work in the kitchen. He loved how these chefs were disciplined and precise in their cooking. This sensibility ultimately helped to

shape his culinary outlook combining it with a passion for Asian street food. Anthony’s wife, Seleste Tan is a former pastry chef of Malaysian and Chinese descent so “Asian foods are very close to my heart,” he says. He ultimately worked at the Four Seasons in Singapore (where they met) for

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almost a decade before landing in New York City working for Jean-Georges Vongerichten at leading restaurants such as Perry Street and Spice Market. After several years working for Jean-Georges, they decided to move out of the city due to the high cost of living and settled in Greenwich, Conn. An emphasis on healthy cooking Anthony joined Village Social as culinary director in Mount Kisco in 2011 (there’s one in Rye too) and completely transformed the menu. “I injected my ideas, so we added a lot of small plates and eliminated a lot of butter, creams, and stocks and instead used lighter flavors - things like vinegar, citrus, fish stock, and Japanese bonito flakes.” Anthony thinks a lot about food and frequently visits the city for inspiration. He went to New York City’s Hudson Yards the week it opened to see what was trending at the restaurants. He likes to do his due diligence before incorporating menu items or conceptualizing a new restaurant which is the case with his latest restaurant scheduled to open this month, Fatt Root in Pleasantville. It will feature friendly Asian street foods (think: ramen and rice bowls) and have counter service. “I do a lot of research,” says Anthony. “I went to Japan to learn how to perfect ramen noodles.” In Chinese, fatt means lucky and root can either be interpreted as vegetables or where you come from. Much of the offerings will have a fusion of flavors. Cooking with the family As a father of two young children, 1 1/2-yearold son Lavin and 4 1/2-year-old daughter Laxmi, Anthony enjoys making simple dishes for his kids. “I wake up early and make the kids and my wife breakfast and a simple lunch to heat up.” A family favorite is vegetable fried rice (see sidebar). He also makes a lot of ramen for them. His wife is in charge of dessert and enjoys making chocolate cookies or muffins with the children. After cooking for the family, he heads over to CrossFit for his early morning workout and then drives Laxmi to school. When he grocery shops for the family, he purchases a lot of fruits and vegetables. They also puree baby food for Lavin and freeze it. “I like to buy healthy snacks for the kids like seaweed and these potato chips made in avocado oil that they have at Whole Foods.” Naturally curious, Anthony often purchases products that he may not be familiar with such as goat milk powder and then


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Mogan Anthony’s Kale Fried Rice Serves 2 people Ingredients 1 cup chopped black kale 1/2 cup chopped shitake mushrooms 1/4 cup edamame 1/2 cup cooked quinoa 1/2 cup brown basmati rice 1/2 cup farro or any ancient grain (Note: you can substitute any grain for the above three ingredients) 2 whole eggs or just egg whites 2 tbsp. chopped garlic 4 tbsp. chopped shallots 2 tbsp. chopped ginger 6 tbsp. avocado oil / more or less 1 tbsp. Bragg seasoning (Available at Whole Foods) 1 tbsp. tamari (gluten-free soy) 1 tbsp. yuzu juice (Available at Whole Foods) 2 tbsp. chopped scallion for garnish Crispy shallots for garnish (Available at Asian supermarkets)

with paper towels to absorb excess oil. 2. Use 4 tbsp. avocado oil in a large nonstick pan and add the garlic, shallots, and ginger and cook over medium heat until fragrant. Add mushrooms and cook 10 seconds. 3. Add rice/grain to the pan and increase heat and use a wooden spoon to really stir the rice. Add more avocado oil if needed. 4. Season with yuzu juice, Bragg seasoning and tamari. Taste for more seasoning. 5. Push the rice to the edge of the pan and add eggs and fold the rice in slowly. 6. Always check the seasoning one last time before removing from heat. 7. Add edamame. 8 Top with crispy kale, crispy shallots and scallions.

Directions 1. Make crispy kale by heating up 2 tbsp. avocado oil and stir-fry the kale until crispy and season with salt. Set aside on a plate lined

Tips: Finish with a tiny drop of avocado oil on top. You can substitute any vegetables, or even buy crispy kale from Whole Foods to save time. Enjoy!

experiments with it in the kitchen. “It’s got a nice tang and pleasant flavor,” he adds. In an industry with notorious long hours, Anthony feels fortunate that his wife has a culinary background and understands the demands of the restaurant business. “She’s also my toughest critic. She helps me adjust a lot of my recipes and she also helped with the creation of some of the desserts at Village Social, which are still on the menu today.” Right now, Anthony is focused on getting

Fatt Root up and running. “It’s crunch time with a new opening,” he says, but after that he plans on taking a well-deserved break and not opening any new restaurants for at least a year. If his current restaurant’s successes are any indication of how this newest one will do, it won’t be long before it flourishes and becomes a staple in the community. Stacey Pfeffer is a writer and editor in Chappaqua.


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10 Tips for Choosing a


By Jean Sheff


hoosing a preschool for your child can seem overwhelming. Yet breaking down the task into bite-sized questions can help make the experience less daunting. Your goal is to find a preschool that suits your child and your family. What works for you might not be appropriate for another family, so acknowledge that this is a very personal decision. 1. Know what your child needs. If you have a child and are working or have other demands on your time some of your child’s care is going to need to be overseen by someone else. Determine if the preschool environment is right for your child. Hiring a sitter, nanny or selecting an au pair is an option if childcare is your concern. If you also want to provide socialization and educational opportunities preschool can help provide that. 2. Decide what you need. Do you work outside the home, or have other obligations that require a full five-day program? Are you considering that a part-time morning or afternoon program would offer enough coverage for you? Or perhaps you are flexible, and the number of days and hours you require aren’t as critical. Also ask what program is right for your child. Along with these questions decide on the location area – in your town, closer to your work or your spouse’s work location? And of course, cost will be another important factor. 3. Is the preschool regulated? Kathy Halas, executive director of the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. a not-for-profit child care resource and referral organization says, “Preschool programs that operate sessions of under three hours are not required to be


outstanding compliance issues or complaints.

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Childcare specialists are available at no charge to help you find the right childcare and preschool program for your child.

Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. 313 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, N.Y. 914-761-3456 childcarewestchester.org childcare@ccwny.org Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Child Care Specialists extend their hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays to assist parents. See the tab, Services, on their website for their recommendations.

regulated or accredited by any outside agency, some may opt in but it is not a requirement.” It can get complicated. Different programs are regulated and accredited by different agencies, licensed child care centers are regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services while a pre-K program operated by a school district is regulated by the New York State Education Department. Halas recommends that parents inquire as to what regulatory body has licensed the school. She also invites parents to call the Child Care Council of Westchester where childcare specialists in the referral department can help identify if a specific school is regulated and accredited. They can also help you in your search for a program, find financial aid, and answer your questions – all for free. They can also help you determine if a particular program has had any

4. What type of preschool? Are you looking for a program that is structured or more open play-based? There are also several preschool educational philosophies to consider including Montessori and Waldorf. You might prefer a preschool with religious affiliation or one that is community based. Some parents prefer the cooperative approach, which can be a less expensive alternative and allows parents direct involvement with their child’s schooling. There are also preschools that offer language immersion, or international preschools that offer a bilingual education. Match the school with your child. Keep in mind that more than one environment may work for your family. 5. Staff. Ask about the qualifications, including education and experience of the staff. Halas advises parents not be overly impressed by the physicality of a school. “The single most important aspect in selecting a preschool is the connection between the staff and children,” she says. She also advises to inquire if the staff receives ongoing professional development, what the teacher to child ratio is, and if there is much staff turnover. Staff should also have CPR, first aid training, and policies for handling medical emergencies. 6. Safety and cleanliness. Ask what actions the school takes to provide a safe and secure environment. Staff should be required to wash hands before and after diaper changes, and children should wash hands before meals or snacks, and after bathroom visits. Sanitation procedures are important. 7. Behavior management. Otherwise known as discipline, how a school handles behavior

is also critical. Halas advises parents to ask for the school’s policy handbook. “The handbook should explain exactly how behavior is addressed,” says Halas. “Behavior correction should not be punitive in any way at all. Remember our children’s social and emotional growth is very important.” 8. Communication. Ask if the school provides regular communication with parents and how communication is handled. Do they rely on emails, texts, or phone calls? Also ask what is best way for you contact them with concerns or questions. 9. Curriculum. Halas advises parents to get a

clear understanding about what the program is providing. She is adamant that parents realize that young children respond best to play-based programs. “We all want our children well-prepared for grade school but young children learn best in an experiential environment where they can use all their senses to learn about themselves and the world.” She advises parents not be concerned about academics. Studies continually prove that an emphasis on academics at this age contributes to childhood anxiety and youngsters that are turned off to school. 10. Visit. A visit to the school is critical and some schools require it. When you go,

observe if there are positive interactions between students and teachers. Are children treated with respect? How are disagreements between students handled? Halas recommends that parents continue to drop-in even after enrollment. “Of course the school may ask that you not come at nap time or during lunch, but any school that doesn’t welcome you can be a red flag.” As well, never forget that built-in guide that helps most parents through the little and big decisions of parenting – your gut! Jean Sheff is editor of Westchester Family. She chose a variety of preschool programs for her daughter that matched her family’s needs at the time and found each had its benefits. June 2019 | WestchesterFamily.com


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Ann & Andy’s 2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford 914-592-3027 annandandychildcare.com Each child is considered first, as an individual, and then as a member of the group. Regularly planned group activities meet the natural, physical, emotional and cognitive needs of children at play. The staff is carefully trained to promote a positive environment and to keep a balanced routine that does not stress or over stimulate children

Ardsley Community Nursery 21 American Legion Dr., Ardsley 914-693-4932 acns.us The Ardsley Community Nursery School is proud of its caring staff and dynamic enrichment program. Creative and developmentally appropriate pre-academic activities are based on weekly themes and geared toward making friends and recognizing the talents of each child. A lovely playground and local field trips enhance programming. Summer camp is available with water play.

Lyceum Kennedy French American School (Lyceum Kennedy) One Cross Road, Ardsley 225 East 43rd Street, New York, NY Ardsley: 914-479-0722 LyceumKennedy.org. Lyceum Kennedy French American School (Lyceum Kennedy) provides a fully bilingual education to students from nursery to 5th grade, in a multicultural and multilingual environment. Their goal is for their students to be prepared for a world that needs ambitious leaders, audacious, yet responsible and compassionate. Call to schedule a tour as well as visit their website LyceumKennedy.org.

Milestone School 70 W. Broad St., Fleetwood 914-667-3478 themilestoneschool.com Founded 40 years ago on the

premise that “good beginnings never end,” Milestone offers its students from preschool through fourth grade a strong academic foundation while leaving room for the child to explore many other disciplines from Yoga to its highly acclaimed Shakespeare program. Small classroom sizes foster confidence, independence, and a desire to learn.

Rippowam Cisqua School 325 W. Patent Road, Mt. Kisco 914-244-1205 rcsny.org Families are drawn to Rippowam Cisqua School because of its unique ability to stretch, challenge and lift young minds. Strong student/teacher relationships are supported by small interactive classes, flexible learning spaces, and an immersive curriculum that integrates academics, arts, athletics, and innovation. By cultivating their imagination through play, exploration, and discovery, students engage in joyful learning experiences that spark their intellectual curiosity and personal growth. Graduates emerge as independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged leaders. Visit rcsny.org/TourRCS.

World Cup Nursery School & Kindergarten 160 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua 914-238-9267 worldcupgymnastics.com For over 25 years, seasoned teachers here have been helping children build a strong social and academic foundation to promote their future success in learning. Their early childhood curriculum is enriched by programs in art, physical education, music, dance, and foreign language. In addition, they offer before and after school programs where children can explore building, science, theater, gymnastics, reading and much more. The bright and unique facility includes large, well-equipped classrooms, a gym, an indoor bike track as well as two outdoor playgrounds to allow children to have lots of fun while they learn.


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Sesame Place By Andrea Worthington


o Before They Grow” is the slogan of this toddler-centric amusement park, and it couldn’t be truer. Sesame Place is nothing short of magical for children under 6. Featuring gentle rides, choreographed shows, carnival games with a generous prize policy, and a waterpark to splash and slide, it’s a place parents will miss when kids graduate to the more extreme parks. Plan your visit Season passes are the best deal (wait until August and get the rest of the year free with a 2020 pass), or find a flash sale or Groupon deal for daily tickets. Teachers can apply for a free season pass, and there are discounts for seniors, active military, and pregnant women. The front gate price is $75, but most pay closer to $35. Some hotels nearby offer packages with park admission. Unless you want a weekend away, we suggest keeping to one day. Langhorne is an easy daytrip, 100 minutes from lower Westchester. Start with breakfast The park opens at 10 a.m. during peak season, but get a head start by making an advance booking for a 9 a.m. Breakfast with Elmo & Friends. Unwind after your drive and fuel up the kids before they ride and splash all day. Children under 2 eat free! You’ll meet many characters, who roam the tables and put on a short dance show. Bring zip-lock bags, there’s so much food at this buffet you’ll want dessert to go. This experience is a great start to the day and beats standing in long lines around the park for a photo with their favorite Muppet. Stroller or locker? Sesame Place has a generous food policy. Bring in almost anything except alcohol or large coolers. Bottles, containers, and snacks are just fine. Strollers and wagons are welcome, or you can rent. You’ll have to leave your stroller at some shows, but we still suggest bringing it for a place to hold supplies, snacks, and tired kids. You can rent a locker, but it will cost you a hefty $35. We save money by storing valuables in a waterproof neck pouch and leaving the rest in our stroller while we splash around. With our phone protected we can take photos in the


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waterpark. We’ve never had trouble leaving snacks and towels behind, but we keep an eye on our stroller. Buy souvenirs on your way out so they’re not left unattended. The amusement park The park is divided into a water park and an amusement park. You’ll visit one area at a time, as bathing suits aren’t allowed on the dry side. Most of the attractions are for toddlers and several welcome “handheld infants,” children who cannot take three unassisted steps. Once your child starts walking, they can go on almost By Andrea Worthington every ride with you. At around 42”, Every day is a sunny day for little kids at Sesame they can begin to ride alone. There are Place in nearby Pennsylvania. two roller coasters for older riders. Our kids love the attractions where they set their own pace: specifically, the without sitting for a show. They take off two-story tunnel slides and the Monster once or twice daily from just inside the park Clubhouse, a giant netted area to climb and entrance and head down the center of the jump. Other rides include Dumbo-style park. You can purchase priority seating, but flying fish, swings, several circular track these are low-key events. We join the back of rides, teacups, and some up-and-down rides. the crowd as the parade starts and still enjoy a When the water park is closed off-season, good view. For sale along the route are bubble four additional rides are set up on the plaza. machines, light-up wands, and other toys that There’s a small section for toddler-friendly are expensive and tantrum-inducing. Ward carnival games, several of which hand out off the gimmes by bringing your own bubbles prizes just for playing. or lollipops. The water park The water park is great for all ages. Explore the shallow wading pools and toddler-sized splash area. For more active kids there is a large splash zone with slides of all sizes and a bucket that periodically dumps water on those brave enough to wait underneath. There’s a lazy river and several water rides that require a parent to accompany all but the tallest preschoolers. Shows Kids can watch their favorite characters sing and dance throughout the day. Most of the shows take place at one of the three indoor and outdoor theaters. Shows last about 30 minutes and feature open bleacher seating, so it’s a great way to test the waters with an antsy toddler. Sit up front for the chance to highfive your favorite Muppets. Parades Parades are the perfect way to see characters

Dining There are plenty of places to eat. Traditional dining areas offer tableside or self service for a sit-down meal, and snack and treat kiosks throughout the park will ease everyone’s hunger. When it’s crowded we head to the lesser-trafficked upstairs cafeteria at Elmo’s Eatery. The new Neighborhood and new show New this season is a renovated Neighborhood area that matches today’s Sesame Street set, with interactive elements such as talking trash cans and photo op spots like Big Bird’s Nest. There’s also a new show called Our Street is Sesame Street that features the same Muppets as on TV (all other shows feature people inside large Muppet costumes). Special events Sesame Place is open on a limited schedule for holiday events. The water park is closed,

By Andrea Worthington

There’s no raining on your parade at Sesame Place! Parades are held every day and are the perfect way to see characters without sitting for a show.

but there are activities such as trick-ortreating, egg hunts, train rides, and special characters (we love winter photos with the Abominable Snowman!). Ticket prices are lower and our kids don’t mind that it’s chilly. Speaking of weather, with the Sunny Day Guarantee you can get free return tickets if rides are closed due to weather, making the trip less of a gamble. Extras Sesame Place offers special experiences such as private meet-and-greets, priority boarding, and photo passes. The Magic Queue for $20-$35 offers priority boarding at certain attractions. We never know what our toddlers will be up for, so unless you’re with an older kid determined to ride everything, we recommend skipping this one. The photo pass at $50 is not for us either. You’ll wait in some of the longest lines in the park to use it at the character meets. And oftentimes your own cellphone pictures are better than the ones from the “professionals” (read: college students). Remind your kids to look at your camera instead of theirs. The VIP Meetand-Greet with Elmo and Cookie is great for

shy kids who need time to warm up to the characters. It’s quick, but the $100 price tag includes up to six guests and a $50 all-day photo pass, so split this with friends, take lots of photos around the park, and it’s a good deal. We had a great time at ours! Cabana rentals Our favorite extra is the Twiddlebug cabana rental. Starting at about $67 per person for up to six guests, everyone receives a souvenir towel, unlimited bottles of soda, water, milk, and juice, a private splash area, character visit, locker rental, and meal. We loved the privacy and security of the cabanas, as they gave us space to change clothes, leave our stuff, and even nap. Plan to spend all day at the park if you indulge. They come with a table and chairs inside and lounge chairs outside. Certified autism center Sesame Place is a Certified Autism Center. Anyone with sensory needs is encouraged to visit the Quiet Rooms or borrow Noise-Cancelling Headphones. The Ride Accessibility Special Access Program allows priority access on rides.

Our verdict It may be smaller in size than other parks, but with plenty of fun rides and ample space for snack stops, diaper swaps, swimsuit changes, and stroller naps, it’s an easy outing with a great vibe. Kids are happy, so parents are happy. It’s a Sunny Day every time. Andrea Worthington owns BabyGotChat.com, a website for Westchester parents featuring resources, advice, and events for young children.

When you go … Sesame Place 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, Pa. 215-702-ELMO (3566) sesameplace.com Hours Open daily for the summer season starting May 24, hours vary. Admission Online tickets start at $49.99 (until June 23); then $59.99. Children ages 23 months and younger are free. Parking is $20. June 2019 | WestchesterFamily.com


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Kids’ Sports Injuries on the Rise Why this is happening and what to do about it! By Steven Struhl, M.D.


ports participation in the pediatric population has grown dramatically over the years. Watching your child participate in competitive sports is one of the great joys of parenthood. There are obvious benefits for children too. Athletics improves physical fitness, coordination, and self-discipline and also teaches valuable lessons about teamwork and goal setting. However, this huge uptick in activity levels has resulted in an alarming increase in sports injuries. More than 3.5 million children under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year and children between ages 5 and 14 account for nearly 40% of all sports related injuries treated in hospitals. In youth baseball, there has been a verifiable epidemic of shoulder and elbow injuries, with a fivefold increase in serious injuries among youth baseball and softball. Fortunately, prevention can be effective, as the CDC estimates that half of these injuries may be preventable with simple approaches.

How to prevent acute injuries Acute injuries are due to sudden trauma and include fractures, sprains, and strains as well as lacerations and bruises; it also includes concussions, dehydration, and heat-related issues. The keys to preventing acute injuries include: • Wear proper protective gear • Be in proper physical condition, which includes both muscle strengthening as well as emphasizing flexibility • Warm up before playing • Use proper technique • Stay well-hydrated • In hot weather, follow strict guidelines for breaks and cool-down periods • Take concussions seriously and follow recommended guidelines for neurological evaluation and mandatory time off the field. Chronic injury causes Chronic injuries are as common as acute injuries among young athletes. These injuries are caused by a number of factors, including improper training or technique, prolonged repetitive motion, inadequate equipment, and intrinsic anatomic factors. It’s important to realize that children are not simply a smaller


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version of adults and that injury prevention requires an understanding of these differences. The bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments of a child are still growing and that makes them more prone to injury. In addition, there are significant differences in coordination, strength, and stamina. Plus a child’s growth plates are weaker than the surrounding ligaments and an injury that would result in an ankle sprain in an adult might instead cause a displaced growth plate injury in a child. Depending on the type and severity of a growth plate fracture, future growth of that bone could be affected. Overuse injuries: reasons and suggestions One of the most prevalent factors in the rise of chronic overuse injuries is the trend toward focusing on a single sport year round. The rapid growth of travel teams for children and

adolescents has facilitated the trend of hyper focusing on a single sport the entire year. This puts excessive and repetitive stress on immature muscle-bone units. Too often, there is an intense “win at all costs” attitude of parents and coaches, leading to unrealistic expectations. In this environment, early warning signs of injury may be ignored or repressed. The adage of “no pain, no gain” is not appropriate! Minimizing repetitive-use injuries has been a major priority of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and they have partnered with STOP Sports Injuries to educate parents, coaches, and athletes about prevention. They recommend that you should limit your child to playing on only one team per season. For example, participating on both a travel and a school soccer team in the same season should be avoided. They also recommend avoiding playing a single sport year-round. Participating in multiple sports throughout the year enhances general fitness and aids in motor development. Taking regular breaks is essential for injury prevention. It is recommended that pediatric athletes take off at least one or two days a week from competitive practice, competition, and sport-specific training. Both preseason and in-season preventative training programs focusing on neuromuscular control, balance, coordination, flexibility, and strengthening are strongly recommended for reducing overall injury risk. Fitness programs should ideally begin at least two months before the start of a sports season. The major objective of athletic activity should be enjoyable participation. The long-term benefits of fitness, motor skills, and social skills are important. Done in moderation and with attention to the basics of injury prevention, athletic activity in children and adolescents is low risk and rewarding, resulting in great benefits. Steven Struhl, M.D. is board certified in both Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine/Arthroscopic Surgery and has been in private practice for more than 22 years. He has offices in White Plains and Manhattan. He specializes in shoulder and knee related injuries and conditions. shouldersandknees.com.



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Go on a prehistoric adventure at the Bronx Zoo and see all different species of animatronic dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Safari A roaring good time is back at the Bronx Zoo! Take the biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America to see 40 life-size animatronic dinos. Plus, visit the fossil dig area, take photos and more. Weekdays, 10am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5:30pm. For all ages. Included in Total Experience Tickets. $39.95 adults, $29.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.

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✪ Asian-American Heritage Festival. Celebrate Asian culture with traditional dance and song, including lion dancers. Plus, enjoy martial arts, face painting, calligraphy, Chinese crafts, games and a wide array of Asian foods. Noon-6pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla. 914-964-7275. parks. westchestergov.com. ✪ The Church of St. Mary the Virgin Strawberry Festival. See Sweet on Strawberries page 39.

✪ Dinosaur Safari. See page 31. ✪ Drop In and Create: Mixed Media Cars. Connect wooden wheels and axles to a mini car body and drive away with a mixed media vehicle based on The Minister of Transportation by Red Grooms. 1-4pm today and June 8, 15, 29. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $5 children 8 and up, children under 8 free. Reservations not required. Hudson Valley MOCA, 1701 Main St., Peekskill. 914-7880100. hudsonvalleymoca.org.

✪ First Saturday Art Workshop. Drop in for a handson art workshop led by an arts and crafts specialist. 11am-1pm. For all ages. Free with $7.50 admission. Children under 1 free. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum,

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Dance to the music at Caramoor with several kid-friendly programs throughout the summer.

100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org.

✪ Governors Island. See City Picks page 41.

$39.95 adults, $29.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.

✪ International Dinosaur Day. Stomp on over to the zoo for a dino-mite weekend of events including dinosaur mask making, a dinosaur parade, a dinosaur show by Wildlife Theater and more. Today and June 2. Check website for schedule. For all ages. Included in Total Experience Tickets.

● ✪ Kids’ Workshop: Putting Green. Build a putting green with your child for a fun game of tabletop golf. Once your course is built, decorate it with paint and stickers. An activity that’s a hole in one! 9am-noon. Recommended for ages 5-12 with a parent or caregiver. Pre-registration required. Home

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Depot stores in Mt. Pleasant, Nanuet, New Rochelle, Port Chester, W. Nyack, Yonkers. homedepot.com.

✪ Larchmont Farmers’ Market. Shop local selections from small farms and artisan food makers. There’s something for everyone. 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.

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● baby & me ● toddler ● preschool ● elementary


● older kids ✪ families ✖ adults

✪ Spring Fest 2019. Fun for the whole family includes hands-on clay activities, a chance to try the potter’s wheel, face painting, food, a huge pottery sale and raffles. Also featuring a pet adoption event. 10am-4pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester. 914-9372047. clayartcenter.org. ✪ Turtle Talk. Peek your head out of your shell bright and early to meet some local snapping turtles and learn about their history and seasonal habits. Stay after for a guided bird walk and explore Boscobel’s gardens and grounds. Coffee, juice and cider doughnuts served. Rain or shine. 7:30am. For all ages. $12 adults, $8 children 5-18, children under 5 free. Reservations required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914-265-3638. boscobel.org.

✪ Vote Like a Girl. See Editor’s Pick page 36.

✪ A Wrinkle in Time. The beloved science fantasy novel comes to life on stage with heroine Meg Murry and others battling the forces of evil to save her father and humanity. Featuring Theater O actors in first through sixth grades. 7pm. For all ages. $10. Reservations required. Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Rd., Ossining. 914-944-4278. theatero. org.



✪ Albanian Heritage Celebration. Discover the culture and traditions of Albania with dancing and performances, sports, food and drink. Take blankets and chairs. Noon-6pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla. 914-964-7275. parks. westchestergov.com.

successful as a bird’s beak in getting food in a challenging game. 11am-noon. Ages 5 and up. $8. Pre-registration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914762-2912 x110. teatown.org.

✪ Annual Family Fun Day with Food Trucks. Enjoy bouncy castles, food trucks and an ice cream truck, free swag, a Mazel Tots bake sale and other fun activities. Noon-2pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El, 2 Ogden Rd., Scarsdale. 914-725-5175. sstte.org. ✪ Autism Speaks Walk. Put on your walking shoes and take steps to enhance the lives of people living with autism and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. 9am. For all ages. Register online to walk in and raise money for this event. New York-Presbyterian Hospital Westchester Division (Parking is at 333 Westchester Ave., White Plains and shuttle buses are provided to the walk location). 914-598-7836. act.autismspeaks.org. ✪ Bicycle Sundays. A great Westchester tradition is rolling again! Bike, jog, walk or skate a 13.1-mile loop of the Bronx River Parkway while it is closed to cars. Sundays, 10am-2pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Bronx River Reservation, Westchester County Center in White Plains to Scarsdale Rd. in Yonkers. thewpf. org. ✪ Birds of Prey Day. A day of fun, flight and falconry! See over 100 raptors, free-flying demos, live animal presentations and learn from wildlife experts at this annual event. 10am-4:30pm. For all ages. $5-$35. Reservations not required. Green Chimneys, 400 Doansburg Rd., Brewster. 845279-2995 x. 307. greenchimneys. org.

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✪ Community Art Day! Spend an afternoon creating with the family. Have fun with art and enjoy music and food, too! Noon-4pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914-738-2525. pelhamartcenter.org. ✪ Dairy Day. Learn about the dairy animals that call the farm home with milking demonstrations, crafts and taste tests. Muscoot’s 4-H Group is on hand to answer questions. 1-3pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm.org. ✪ Family Gardening Days. Let your love of gardening grow during open hours at the Ridge Hill Community Garden. Hands-on activities include watering, weeding, mulching, planting, harvesting and more. Noon-4pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Ridge Hill Shopping Center, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers. 914-207-2900. ridgehill.com. ● ● ● Family Sundays: Underwater Collage. Paint a colorful ocean and add all types of sea creatures. Class begins with a demonstration of the art project, which is meant to be done by adult and child. Dress for mess. 3-4pm. Recommended for ages 2-8. Adults free. $30 children, $20 siblings. Preregistration required. Young at Art, 1088 Central Park Ave., Room 216, Scarsdale. 914-723-9229. youngatartworkshop.com.

✪ Kids Day! So much for kids to do and enjoy, from arts and crafts and musical performances to a silly walk parade, bubbles, and a dress up station. Hosted by the Society of Mt. Carmel. 11am-3pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Mt. Carmel Banquet Hall, 155 Highland Ave. at 8th St., Verplanck. 914-323-8343. olmcv. org.


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back in Westchester for a new season. Feel the excitement on and off the hardwood and cheer the team on to victory! Check website for specific opponents. 11am today; 7:30pm June 7, 28; 3pm June 9; 7pm June 12, 19. For all ages. $18.50 and up. Reservations required. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 914995-4050. liberty.wnba.com.

● ● Sensory Open Play.

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Use your eye for discovery on a search for pollinators at Wave Hill on June 15 and 16.

Junior Pollinators Walk ● ● ✪ Join an expedition to hunt for colorful flowers and their creature pollinators in the gardens with naturalist Pam Golben. Pollinators Weekend event. 1pm June 15 and 16. Ages 6 and up with an adult. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

✪ New York Portuguese-American Heritage Day. Discover and enjoy the colors, tastes and sounds of the Portuguese culture! 11am-7pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Ridge Road Park, 287 Ridge Rd., Hartsdale. parks.westchestergov. com. ✪ Peter and the Starcatcher. Go on a thrilling adventure to lands unknown with pirates and orphans in this family-friendly play that’s a prequel to Peter Pan. 2pm & 7pm today and June 16. 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.



● ● Storytime with Mr. Ben. A weekly storytime featuring songs and crafts. Mondays, 4pm. Recommended

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for ages 1-5, but all are welcome. Reservations not required. Barnes & Noble, 3089 E. Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914-528-6275. barnesandnoble.com.

● ● ✪ Very Young People’s Concerts: Treble and Bass. See City Picks page 41.



● ● Little Playtimes. Little LEGO lovers can enjoy big fun with a variety of activities, including Animal BINGO and story time. Stay to play as long as you like! Tuesdays, 10am-2pm. Recommended for children under age 5. $29.95 for adult and child. Children 2 and under free. Reservations not required. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers. westchester. legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

✪ New York Liberty. The WNBA’s New York Liberty are

Let your little one touch and explore new materials in the messy world of the scribble studio with other artists their age. Dress for mess. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am-noon, until June 25. Ages 18 months-4 years. $12. Pre-registration required. Scribble Art Workshop, 63 Main St., Dobbs Ferry. 914-693-3110. scribbleartworkshop.com.



● ● Itsy Bitsy Playgroup. Time to get social –for parents and little ones! Connect with other parents over the joys and bumps of parenthood while engaging your infant/toddler in a group setting through music, motor play and story time. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am. Reservations not required. Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-7191. templesholom.com.

✪ Katonah Fire Department Carnival. A favorite annual tradition returns with rides, games and lots of fun. The festivities kick off with a parade at 7pm today. Check website for complete schedule through June 8. For all ages. Check website for price. Reservations not required. Katonah Volunteer Fire Department, 65 Bedford Rd., Katonah. 914-232-4570. katonahfd.org.



✪ Fol-De-Rol Festival and Crafts in the Park. The FolDe-Rol (French for foolishness)

is an annual fun-filled weekend of rides, games, craft and food vendors, continuous entertainment, parades, animals and much more. Hosted by the Armonk Lions Club. 6-10pm today and June 7; 10am-10pm June 8; Noon-5pm June 9. For all ages. Reservations not required. Wampus Brook Park, Maple Ave., Armonk. armonklions.org.

● Museum Minis. Meet up in Toddler Beach for songs, movement, stories and plenty of fun. Thursdays, 10:30-11am. Ages 18-24 months. Free with $7.50 admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm.org.



● ● Fish Tales. Enjoy stories, songs and games for toddlers that encourage their emerging language skills, followed by a play time. Fridays, 10:15-11am. For ages 5 and under with caregiver. Free with admission. $24.95 adults, $17.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Space is limited. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

✪ New York Liberty. See June 4. ✪ Play Days @ Jay. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at the Homestead and explore the Discovery Centers. Education staff lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Fridays, Noon2pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah. 914-666-7004. johnjayhomestead. org.



✪ All Abilities Day. This special day features familyfriendly activities including performances by the Traveling Lantern Theater Company,

hands-on explorations of art and science throughout the Museum, Family Gallery Tours and much more. 10am-4pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-0376. brucemuseum.org.

✪ Barracudas, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea. Check out some of the finest rides ever named for fish and marine animals at this second annual auto show at the Aquarium. 10am-5pm. For all ages. Included with admission. $24.95 adults, $17.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-8520700. maritimeaquarium.org.

✪ BioBlitz. Help Teatown find out what’s living in the preserve. Following a quick presentation on local ecology, take a short hike to the BioBlitz location and begin recording every species of plant and animal you can find. 10am-1pm. For all ages. $8. Preregistration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-762-2912 x110. teatown.org.

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● ● ✪ Bring the Kids! Second Saturdays. Enjoy a familyfocused tour of the Historic House Museum, hands-on activities and a special craft. This month’s theme is “Watercolor Landscapes.” 9:30am. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $12. Pre-registration required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914-265-3638. boscobel.org.


✪ Heckscher Farm Festival. Discover the sights, sounds and smells that evoke memories of our pastoral heritage. See live animal demonstrations, ooh and ahh over the baby animals on the farm, listen to live music, check out the “Pollinator Party,” dig in at the food trucks and more. Plus, check out SM&NC’s first Sunday Farm Market of the

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year. 11am-3pm today and June 9. For all ages. $12. Children 3 and under free. Reservations required. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, Conn. 203-3221646. stamfordmuseum.org.

✪ Juneteenth Parade and Festival. A celebration of African-American heritage and freedom. The parade begins the day with bands, dancers, drummers and community groups. A festival follows featuring entertainment, vendors and food. 11am-5pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Downtown White Plains, Mamaroneck Ave. (parade) and Court St. between Martine and Main Sts. (festival). cityofwhiteplains.com.

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Celebrate suffrage and pay tribute to fearless women past and present at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside on June 1.

Vote Like a Girl ✪ Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and

✪ Kids Create Like Burle Marx! Learn about the native plants of Brazil and become inspired plant lovers and designer-artists like Burle Marx. In the Children’s Adventure Garden, kids pot up a fantastic philodendron plant and design a playful sculpture inspired by the bold colors and geometric shapes used by Marx. Tuesdays Fridays, 1:30-5:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5:30pm, beginning today. 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., Bronx. 718-8178700. nybg.org.

girl power! Give three cheers for the most persuasive speech about women’s suffrage and make sashes to wear in a Votes for Women march. In the STEAM center, follow the paths of women in the past through hands-on activities. 10am-4pm June 1. For all ages. $16 adults, children under 17 free. Reservations required. Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W. Sunnyside Ln., Tarrytown. 914-366-6900. hudsonvalley.org.

● ● ✪ Morning Farm Chores.

● ● ● Rhyme and Read. Get

Learn the morning routine at Muscoot and help feed cows, collect hen eggs, get up close and personal with sheep and pygmy goats and more! Dress for farm work (long pants and close-toed shoes required). 8am. Ages 8 and up with an adult. $6 or $20 for family of four. Pre-registration required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm.org.

a head start on reading! Learn a new nursery rhyme by singing, watching and pointing, then do a craft. 11am today and June 15. Recommended for ages 3-5. Free with $7.50 museum admission. Sign-ups begin when the Museum opens. Space is limited. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org.

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Championship. Watch as 25 arborists compete to climb Lyndhurst’s towering trees and showcase the highest level of professional skills, safety and innovation in tree climbing and care. Rain date June 9th. 9am2pm. For all ages. $5 parking fee. Reservations not required. Lyndhurst, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-631-4481. lyndhurst.org.

● Turtle Day. Learn about how to identify different types of turtles, where turtles like to live and how you can help record data for local parks as a citizen scientist! Meet at the end of Michigan Road. 1pm. Recommended for middle school students and older. Reservations not required. Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Rte. 35 and Rte. 121, Cross River. 914-864-7322. friendsoftrailside.org.



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● ● ✪ Ladybug Release. Learn about ladybugs and how helpful they are. After a short presentation, native ladybugs are released into the fields and gardens. 10am. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $8 adults, $6 children. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845-534-5506. hhnm.org.

✪ Tree Climbing

✪ Music Under the Stars. Spend your Saturday evening in a beautiful spot overlooking the Hudson River while listening to great music courtesy of the West Point Band. A different theme every week. 7:30pm today and June 15, 22, 29. For all ages. Reservations not required. Trophy Point Amphitheatre, 117 Washington Rd., West Point. 845-938-2617. westpointband.army.mil.

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Dolls Workshop. Create a one-of-a-kind T-shirt for your American Girl doll. First design your T-shirt with colored pencils and paper and then translate that design onto a doll-size cotton T-shirt using paints and markers. 11am-noon. Ages 6 and up. $15. Pre-registration required. Girl AGain, 4 Martine Ave., Store 2B, White Plains. 914-358-1460. girlagain.com.

Annual Strawberry Festival. See Sweet on Strawberries page 39.

✪ Family Art Project: Metamorphosis Mobiles. Work with clay, recyclables and natural materials to create mobiles, investigating the changing form that frogs and toads undergo as they grow. Plus, find a lily pad for your frog and toad friends to perch on! 10am-1pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

● ● The Jr. Chef Experience. This hands-on event encourages creativity as kids learn basic cooking techniques from working chefs, practice cupcake decorating, pizza making and more. Part of Westchester Magazine’s 2019 Wine & Food Festival. 10am. For ages 10 and

under. All children must be accompanied by an adult. $25. Reservations required. Savor at The Westchester, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains. winefood. westchestermagazine.com.

✪ Muscoot Farmers’ Market. Visit the farm and buy food and other products from over 20 local vendors. Sundays, 9:30am-2:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm.org. ● ● ✪ Nature Presentation: Fantastic Frogs and Terrific Toads. Learn about frog characteristics and adaptations, hear frog vocalizations and meet frogs, toads and tadpoles from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s collection. Frog and Toad Day event. Noon & 1:30pm. Ages 6 and up with an adult. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Pre-registration recommended. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill. org.

✪ New York Liberty. See June 4. ✪ Raptors of Westchester. Meet the GNC’s birds of prey with a naturalist and discover what makes these creatures the hunters of the sky. Event includes a visit to the outdoor bird aviary to feed the Center’s majestic Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks and Great Horned Owl. 1-2pm. For all ages. $8. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

● Science Sunday. Drop in for hands-on science exploration, with a different theme every month. 11:30am-12:15pm & 1:30-2:15pm. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Free with $7.50 museum admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland

Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm.org.

● ● ✪ Shark-Feeding Demonstrations. A family event to sink your teeth into! Get special access at the Aquarium’s “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit for an exciting view of the sharks being fed. Plus, visit the “fish kitchen” to see how food is prepped. Sundays, 10:30am. Participants must be at least 42 inches tall. $12 adults, $8 children 3-12 (in addition to Aquarium admission). Pre-registration strongly recommended. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.


Monday ● Celebrate Eric Carle.

June 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the classic, colorful children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Celebrate with stories and crafts. 4-5pm. For grades K-2. Pre-registration required. Chappaqua Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 914238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.



✪ Dig! Plant! Grow! Salad Days. Explore the spring crops (and lots of lettuce!) growing in the garden, mix and make your own take-home packet of herblicious salad dressing and make a plant-parts salad art collage. Tuesdays - Saturdays, 1:30-5:30pm, Sundays, 10am5:30pm, until June 21. 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., Bronx. 718-8178700. nybg.org.

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with seeds to plant and grow! 1011am. Ages 2-5 with adult. $15. Pre-registration recommended. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn. 203-438-4519. aldrichart. org.



✪ New York Liberty. See June 4. ● ● Storytime for Toddlers. Celebrate the natural wonders of the Hudson River by reading stories and creating your own collage! 11:30amnoon today and June 26. Ages 1-4. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550. hrm.org. ● Young Discoverers. Stimulate curious minds at this weekly science-based “drop-in” program. Simple experiments and craft projects add to the excitement of learning something new. Wednesdays, 11-11:30am. Ages 2-5. Free with $7.50 admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm. org.


Father’s Day Fun


✪ Dads & Donuts. There’s no better way to celebrate dad than with donuts and a craft! 11am June 15. For all ages. Pre-registration required. Lewisboro Library, 15 Main St., South Salem. 914875-9004. lewisborolibrary.org. ✪ Father’s Day Concert in the Park. Treat Dad to an evening of music outdoors. Featuring the Woodstock tribute band Back to the Garden. 7-8:30pm June 16. For all ages. Reservations not required. Turnure Park, Between Lake St. and Main St., White Plains. cityofwhiteplains.com.


✪ Citi Summer in the Square. ● ● ● ✪ RRPH Presents: The Music of Grateful Dead For Kids. It’s a Father’s Day celebration with the eclectic music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead! Kids

See City Picks page 41.

● Open Studio for Kids. Make art inspired by the masks on view in “African Art and Culture: Selections from the Collection.” Snack and juice provided. 3:304:45pm. Recommended for ages 5-10, but all are welcome. $15. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6100. neuberger.org.



● ● ✪ ✖ 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Can you spell winner? This clever, heartwarming


and hilarious musical follows the experience of a cast of outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Presented by the Spotlight Theatre Company. 8pm today and June 21, 22; 2pm & 8pm June 15; 2pm June 23. For children school ages and up. $23 adults, $20 children under 12. Reservations required. Julie Harris Theatre at the Clearview School, 480 Albany Post Rd., Briarcliff Manor. 845-526-3461. stpny.com.

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rock out with the Rock and Roll Playhouse band and explore their creativity through games, movement and stories. 11:30am & 2pm June 15. For ages 10 and under. $15 in advance, $17 at the door, children under 1 free. Reservations not required. Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, 145 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. 914-9374126. therockandrollplayhouse.com.

✪ Throw Daddy to the Wolves! Celebrate Dad and wolf families on Father’s Day! Learn all about wolves and why it’s a special time for packs in North America. Then visit Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr. 11am June 16. For all ages. $14 adults, $11 children under 12. Pre-registration required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914753-2373. nywolf.org.

● ● Hooked on Daddy Card Craft. Just in time for Father’s Day, craft something extra special using your lil hand print. A fun and creative way to “reel in” dad’s heart. 9:4510:15am. Ages 18 months-4 years. $20 children, $15 siblings. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.

✪ A Little Moth Magic. Join Charlie Roberto at Cliffdale Farm as he lights up the night

to attract moths and other flying insects. 8-9:30pm. For all ages. Pre-registration required. Teatown’s Cliffdale Farm, Teatown Rd., Croton. 914-7622912 x110. teatown.org.

✪ The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Meet incredible live Animal Ambassadors from all around the world! Turn fear into respect and appreciation by learning about animal behavior and appearance. Then visit with the WCC’s Ambassador

june wolves. 6:30-8pm. For all ages. $15 adults, $12 children under 12. Pre-registration required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914-753-2373. nywolf.org.



Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, 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.


✪ 2019 Clearwater Festival.

● ● Father’s Day Keychains.

The country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival returns for another weekend of diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming right along the Hudson River. Award-winning kids’ musician Joanie Leeds makes her festival debut with performances on both days. Plus, kids can enjoy face painting, mask making, education tents, beach combing, jugglers, clowns and more. 9am today and June 16. For all ages. $60 and up. Reservations required. Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Ave., CrotonOn-Hudson. 914-862-5290. clearwaterfestival.org.

Transform clay into unique keychains that are the perfect Father’s Day gift! 10:30am-noon. Ages 3-9. $25. Pre-registration required. Scribble Art Workshop, 63 Main St., Dobbs Ferry. 914693-3110. scribbleartworkshop. com.

Day Fun page 38.

● ● ✪ Drop-In Clay Class. Play with clay while spending quality time together as a family. Professional ceramic artists guide these fun hand-building projects. No previous experience necessary! 1-3pm today and June 22. Ages 5 and up. Children under 12 must attend with a guardian enrolled in the class. $30 adults, $20 children 12 and under. Space is limited. Spaces go on sale at the front desk at 10am. Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester. 914-937-2047. clayartcenter.org.

✪ Family Art Project: Pollinator’s Paper Lanterns. Work with papier-mâché to create globe-like lanterns of fantastical flowers. Then use paper and found objects to create a hummingbird, bat or butterfly friend to help pollinate your new flower globe. Pollinators June 30.Weekend event. 10am-1pm today and June 16. For all ages.

Sweet on Strawberries

✪ Dads & Donuts. See Father’s

It’s strawberry season! Pick-your-own or try strawberry treats at local festivals.

✪ The Beacon Sloop Club Annual Strawberry Festival. Get your fill of strawberries in a beautiful setting next to the Hudson River. This festival features music, children’s activities and food and craft vendors, plus strawberry shortcake and other treats. Noon-5pm June 9. For all ages. Reservations not required. Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Dr., Beacon. beaconsloop.org.

● ● Free Crafts for Kids. Drop in and make a different craft every Saturday. This week’s project is “To the Moon & Back! Father’s Day Card.” 11am-3pm. For ages 3 and up. Reservations not required. Lakeshore Learning Store, 969A Central Park Ave., Scarsdale. 914472-1820. lakeshorelearning.com. ● ● ✪ Junior Pollinators

✪ The Church of St. Mary the Virgin Strawberry Festival. It’s the 82nd year for this annual tradition in Chappaqua featuring live music, kiddie games, bounce castles, a petting zoo, crafts, food and, of course, all things strawberry. Rain or shine. 11am-4pm June 1. For all ages. Reservations not required. The Church of St. Mary The Virgin, 191 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 914238-8751. parish-office.wix.com/smtv.

✪ Fishkill Farms. Pick-your-own season kicks off early this month with the farm’s certified organic strawberries. As the season rolls on, you can also pick sweet and sour cherries, organic raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches and nectarines. Check website for availability. Daily, 9am-5pm (in season); beginning early June. For all ages. Admission: $5 adults, children under 12 free. Additional cost for picked fruit. Reservations not required. Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd., Hopewell Junction. 845-897-4377. fishkillfarms.com.

Walk. See Editor’s Pick page 34.

✪ Living History: Juneteenth. See City Picks page 41. ● ● ✪ The Muppets Take Manhattan. See #FlashbackFilms page 40.

✪ Pleasantville Farmers’ Market. With over 50 vendors selling a variety of foods and other goods, you can always discover something new or find returning favorites. Plus, enjoy live music, kids’ events and more. Saturdays, 8:30am1pm. Reservations not required. Memorial Plaza (near train station), Pleasantville. 914-2054545. pleasantvillefarmersmarket. org.

✪ Greig Farm. Pick fresh fruit with amazing flavor at this farm in Dutchess County. Strawberries are ready this month, followed later by blueberries, apples and more. Daily, 8am-8pm beginning in early June. For all ages. No admission, strawberries sold by the pound. Reservations not required. Greig Farm, 227 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook. greigfarm.com.

✪ Pollination Headquarters. Buzz on over for your pollinator info! See butterfly and insect displays, pick up self-guided tours and activities, take home pollinator-friendly plant lists and check out a “bee hotel” in the Flower Garden. Pollinators

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Weekend event. 10am-3pm today and June 16. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, 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.

all ages. Free with admission: $7 adults, $4 children 3-18, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550. hrm.org.

● ● ● ✪ RRPH Presents: The Music of Grateful Dead For Kids. See Father’s Day Fun page 38.

✪ Pond Life. Grab a net and

● ● ● Rhyme and Read. See

✪ Peter and the Starcatcher. See June 2.

TriStar Pictures

Introduce your kids to the Muppets of your childhood at a screening of The Muppets Take Manhattan on June 15 and 20 at Jacob Burns Film Center.



✪ Amazing Amphibians. Discover the slippery, slimy and cold-blooded world of amphibians. Meet some local amphibians up close, then walk to the GNC’s forest and pond to see what other amazing critters live there. 1-2pm. For all ages. $8. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-7233470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

● ● ✪ Back to the Future. See #FlashbackFilms page 40.

✪ Children and Families Activities at Storm King Art Center. Take part in various craft projects, workshops and games most Sundays at this 500acre outdoor museum. Check website for specific activities. Plus, explore the grounds to see large-scale sculpture under open sky. 1pm today, June 23, 30. For all ages. Included with admission. $18 adults, $8 children 5-18, children 4 and under free. Reservations not required. Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd., Mountainville. 845-534-3115. stormking.org.

✪ Father’s Day Concert in the Park. See Father’s Day Fun page 38.

✪ Hot Jazz Age Frolic (Family Set). Get up and dance to the classic swingin’ jazz of the



June 8.

● ● ✪ Back to the Future. See a blast from the past on the big screen! This original, groundbreaking adventure follows teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) who gets blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). 4pm June 16. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $12 adults, $10 children 12 and under. Reservations required. Bedford Playhouse, 633 Old Post Rd., Bedford. 914-234-6704. bedfordplayhouse.org.

● ● ✪ The Goonies. See the classic 80s movie that plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling, surprise-around-every-corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton. 1pm June 30. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $12 adults, $10 children 12 and under. Reservations required. Bedford Playhouse, 633 Old Post Rd., Bedford. 914-234-6704. bedfordplayhouse.org.

✪ Throw Daddy to the Wolves! See Father’s Day Fun page 38.



● ● Paper Shark Puppets. Learn through coloring, cutting and imaginary play with this adorable shark craft. 4-4:30pm. Ages 2-5. $20 children, $15 siblings. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.



✪ Apollo 11: First Steps in ● ● ✪ The Muppets Take Manhattan. A real throwback! See Kermit, Miss Piggy and their Muppet pals take their show to the Big Apple in this 1984 feature film. While they await their big break, catchy music, deadpan gags and wacky cameos keep the whole family entertained! Parents be advised that there is minor slapstick violence and some cigarette smoking. Noon June 15; 1pm June 20. Recommended for ages 6 and up. $14 adults, $7.50 children 13 and under. Reservations required. The Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555. burnsfilmcenter.org.

1920s and 1930s. The family programming begins with a kid-friendly talk/demonstration followed by a set from Bria Skonberg’s Hot Five. 2:30-4pm. For all ages. $20 adults, $10 children. Reservations required. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd.,

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meet at the boat house to scoop for dragonfly nymphs and tadpoles, fish and lily pads! 1-2pm. For all ages. $8. Preregistration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-762-2912 x110. teatown.org.

Katonah. 914-232-1252. caramoor. org.

✪ A Memento for Dad. Make a one-of-a-kind print for dad on Father’s Day with images inspired by the cyanotype photography method (also known as blueprint). 1-4pm. For

IMAX. This thrilling giantscreen experience showcases the human achievement and drama of the first lunar landing which happened 50 years ago next month. Weekdays, 2pm & 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm & 3pm. For all ages. One IMAX movie included with admission. $24.95 adults, $17.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-8520700. maritimeaquarium.org.

● Toddlers’ Tuesday Morning Storytime. Join Barnes & Noble booksellers for a story and coloring activity every week in the Children’s Department. Tuesdays, 11am. Reservations not required. Barnes & Noble, 2614



City Picks

Central Park Ave., Yonkers. 914771-6400. barnesandnoble.com.



✪ Dancing at Dusk. Musicians Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga play jigs, reels and much more for a spirited evening of fun for the whole family! Plus, enjoy crafts and a meet & greet with the artists. 5-7pm. For all ages. $16 adults, $8 children. Reservations required. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914-2321252. caramoor.org. Photo by Joseph Rodman

See a hoop dance, hear drums from around the world and much more at Manhattan’s only open air powwow on June 23.

✪ New York Liberty. See June 4.



● ● ✪ The Muppets

✪ 17th Annual Drums Along the Hudson. This Native American and Multicultural Festival features drums from around the world, dancing, crafts, storytelling, international cuisine and more. Presented by Lotus Music & Dance. Rain or shine. 11am-6pm June 23. For all ages. Reservations not required. Inwood Hill Park, 218th St. and Indian Rd., New York. drumsalongthehudson.org. ✪ Citi Summer in the Square. Summer Thursdays are full of free fun in Union Square! Check out the Children’s Pavilion and enjoy kid-friendly activities, story time, music performances and fitness for little ones throughout the day. Check website for activity schedule. 9am-6pm June 13, 20 and 27. For all ages. Reservations not required. Union Square Park, Broadway to 4th Ave., E. 14 St., to E. 17 St. New York. summerinthesquare.nyc. ✪ Governors Island. Explore this carfree, 172-acre island gem in the heart of New York Harbor. Enjoy Slide Hill, play fountains, hammocks, biking, kayaking and many other activities throughout the summer. Check website for schedule. Weekdays, 10am-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-7pm. For all ages. Ferry fares: $3 adults, children under 12 free. Ferry is free on Saturdays and Sundays before noon. Reservations not required. Governors Island, New York Harbor. Ferry leaves from the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St., New York. govisland.com.

✪ Living History: Juneteenth. Discover the origins of the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. Meet Civil War reenactors from the 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops, check out their uniforms and equipment and learn a military drill. 11am-4pm June 15. For all ages. Free with admission. $21 adults, $6 children 5-13, children 4 and under free. Reservations not required. New-York Historical Society DiMenna Children’s History Museum, 170 Central Park W. at W. 77th St., New York. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org. ● ● ● ✪ Summer Family Fair. It’s a celebration of art and literature at the Morgan. Visit J. Pierpont Morgan’s library, interact with the Museum’s poetry wall and visit three different craft stations related to current exhibitions. 2-4:30pm June 23. Recommended for ages 3-14. Free with admission. $22 adults, children 12 and under free. Reservations not required. The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., New York. 212-6850008. themorgan.org. ● ● ✪ Very Young People’s Concerts: Treble and Bass. It’s never too early to give your children an appreciation of music. In one fun-filled hour, the New York Philharmonic combines games, storytelling and great music, unlocking young children’s imaginations. 10:30am June 3. For ages 3-6. $26-$31. Reservations required. Merkin Hall, 129 W. 67th St., New York. 212-875-5656. nyphil.org.

Take Manhattan. See #FlashbackFilms page 40.

● ✪ ✖ On Your Feet! From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, go behind the music and inside the real, inspirational story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Featuring some of the most iconic songs of the past 25 years! Parents use discretion as there are a few moments of strong language. Wednesdays - Sundays, until Aug. 4. Check website for performance times. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $53-$89. Reservations required. Westchester Broadway Theatre, One Broadway Plz., Elmsford. 914-592-2222. broadwaytheatre.com.



● ● ✪ ✖ 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. See June 14.

✪ Dinosaur Safari. See page 31. ● ● Exploring Play. This weekly class features a new theme every month, brought to life through creative and fun movement activities, singing, story time and a take-home project. Fridays, 11am. Ages

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2-4. Free with $7.50 museum admission. Sign-ups begin when the Museum opens. Space is limited. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm. org.

✪ LEGO® City: Report for Duty. Build your police badge, build a super rescue helicopter and take it on a test flight, film your own epic adventure scene, see a new 4D movie, meet characters and more! Sundays Thursdays, 10am-7pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-9pm, until July 7. For all ages. Admission: $24.95 and up online, $29.95 and up onsite. Children 2 and under free. Reservations not required. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers. westchester. legolanddiscoverycenter.com. ● ● Sensory Open Play. See June 4.



✪ ✖ American Roots Music Festival. An exciting array of artists bring folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues and more to this 9th annual daylong celebration of our musical heritage. Enjoy the best of the summer with great food, friends and foot-tapping fun. Noon. For all ages. Day Only: $30 adults, $15 children. Full Festival: $40-$92. Reservations required. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914-232-1252. caramoor. org. ✪ Beachcombing at RiverWalk Center. Join a Teatown educator on the shore in Sleepy Hollow to find natural objects such as shells, sea glass and feathers. Plus, learn about the treasure that is the Hudson River Estuary. 11am-noon. For all ages. Pre-registration required. Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center, 299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow. teatown.org.


Photo Courtesy Storm King Art Center

See amazing sculpture like Alexander Liberman’s “Iliad” in a beautiful setting at Storm King Art Center.

✪ Dinosaurs Rock® ! Experience life-size dino fossils at this pop-up exhibit and don’t miss the Fossil Adventure Show with dinosaur expert Neil Brown. Daily, 11am-4pm (exhibit); 1pm & 2:30pm (show); June 22 - June 30. For all ages. Included in Total Experience Tickets. $39.95 adults, $29.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.

✪ Fairy Stories at the Sanctuary. Listen to master storyteller Jonathan Kruk tell enchanting tales of the Sound Fairies, Swamp Elves and other supernatural denizens of Read who help keep the Sanctuary magical! 1-2pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Park, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. friendsofreadwildlifesanctuary. org. ✪ Good Deed of the Month Club. Meet in the Book Nook for a kindness-themed book

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reading and discussion followed by an art-educator led good deed project. 11-11:30am. For all ages. Free with $7.50 museum admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm. org.

✪ Outdoor Crafts and Nature Games. Spend some quality time outdoors doing fun crafts and playing nature games. Refreshments served. 1-3pm. For all ages. Pre-registration required by June 18. Cranberry Lake Preserve, 1609 Old Orchard St., North White Plains. 914-4281005. parks.westchestergov.com/ cranberry-lake. ✪ Special Places, Special Insects. Hike with insect expert Harry Zirlin to learn about some special habitats and the amazing insects that live in them. 10am. For all ages. Reservations not required. Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Rte. 35 and Rte. 121, Cross River. 914-

864-7322. friendsoftrailside.org.

● Summer Picnic Basket for our Dolls Workshop. Decorate a doll-sized picnic basket and craft food items and a blanket to fill it. 11am-noon. For 2nd grade girls and up. $15. Pre-registration required. Girl AGain, 4 Martine Ave., Store 2B, White Plains. 914358-1460. girlagain.com.

✪ Summer Solstice Weekend. Ring in the longest day of the year at the Edible Academy! Celebrate the first big harvest of the growing season with recipes, garden and craft activities, music and more. Today and June 23. Check website for schedule. For all ages. Included in All-Garden Pass. $28 adults, $12 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx. 718-8178700. nybg.org.

● Unicorn Doll Making Workshop. Make your own magical and enchanting stuffed unicorn doll. Step-by-step

personal instruction provided. 1-2:30pm. Ages 5-8. $35. Preregistration required. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914-738-2525. pelhamartcenter. org.



✪ 17th Annual Drums Along the Hudson. See City Picks page 41.

✪ 35th AfricanAmerican Heritage Celebration. Celebrate the rich diversity and cultures of the African Diaspora with music and dance, entertainment, vendors and food. Take folding chairs and blankets. Noon-6pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla. 914-3783283. parks.westchestergov.com. ✪ 9th Annual Celebration of Life Memorial Butterfly Release. A beautiful, touching tribute to those no longer with us. Purchase butterflies in memory of a loved one and watch as they are released. Kids can also enjoy stories, crafts and games. Hosted by Hospice of Westchester. Rain or shine. 1-2:30pm. For all ages. $20 per butterfly. Reservations required by June 14. Space is limited. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 914-6821484 x130. hospiceofwestchester. org.

✪ Family Art Project: Waves and Ripples with Ink and Paper. Learn about watersheds and waterways, then use Japanese paper decoration techniques with water and ink to emulate ripples and waves. 10am-1pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718549-3200. wavehill.org.

● ● ● ✪ Summer Family Fair. See City Picks page 41.


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✪ Afternoon Studios: Colors of the Wheel. Walk around the galleries and think about the use of color in the Museum’s exhibitions, then use magazines to create a collage of the color wheel. 2-4pm. For all ages. $12 adults, children 12 and under free. Reservations not required. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn. 203-438-4519. aldrichart. org.


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✪ Dig! Plant! Grow! Scentsational Herbs. Visit the Edible Academy to learn about, smell and touch sweet and savory herbs and leafy greens that are used in all parts of our daily lives. Then mix and make your own take-home packet of salad dressing. Tuesdays - Saturdays, 1:30-5:30pm, Sundays, 10am5:30pm, today - July 14. 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., Bronx. 718-8178700. nybg.org.

✪ Ice Cream Social & Summer Games. Kick off summer and celebrate the end of school by making your own Victorian ice cream and playing fun Colonial and Victorian games. Held rain or shine. 12:30-2pm. For all ages. Suggested donation of $5 per person. Reservations not required. Horace Greeley House, 100 King St., Chappaqua. 914239-4666. newcastlehs.org.

● ● Little Playtimes. See June 4.



● ● Accordion Fold Paper Fish Puppets. Little ones practice folding and crafting as they make and play with these June 2019 | WestchesterFamily.com




paper puppets. 4-4:30pm. Ages 3-6. $15 children, $10 siblings. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.

Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Rte. 35 and Rte. 121, Cross River. 914864-7322. friendsoftrailside.org.


● ● Storytime for Toddlers.


See June 12.

✪ Bicycle Sundays. See June 2.


✪ Family Art Project:


✪ Afternoon Studios: Pride Inside. Create your own flag celebrating you! Brainstorm about what makes you unique as you walk through the Museum’s exhibitions, then create a fabric flag painting that you can wave proudly. 2-4pm. For all ages. $12 adults, children 12 and under free. Reservations not required. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn. 203-438-4519. aldrichart. org.



✪ Governors Island. See City Picks page 41.

✪ Kids Create Like Burle Marx! See June 8.

✪ Le Ciné-Club de L’Alliance Française Enfants. Every month, kids can discover a recent French or Francophone cartoon or movie (in French, with English subtitles). This month’s pick is the animated film Le Roi et L’Oiseau, more commonly known as The King and The Mockingbird. 6:30-8:15pm. For all ages. $10. Reservations required. Alliance Francaise de Westchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., 6th Floor, White Plains. 914-6818735. afwestchesterny.org.

✪ New York Liberty. See June 4. ✪ Play Days @ Jay. See June 7.



✪ ArtsWestchester

ArtsMobile. The art comes to you with the ArtsWestchester ArtsMobile. Meet the van at the White Plains Farmers’ Market


Enjoy play fountains, hammocks, biking, kayaking, art projects and then have an ice cream cone on Governors Island this summer.

for a workshop on visual arts. 8:30am-noon. For all ages. Reservations not required. White Plains Farmers’ Market, Court St. between Martine Ave. & Main St., White Plains. artswestchester.org.

✪ Eco-Avengers. Meet live animals and learn how your actions can help them in their natural habitats. Presented by Anthony Cogswell. 1pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Park, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. friendsofreadwildlifesanctuary. org. ✪ Family Concert: Decoda. Enjoy a special family performance with Decoda - a collective of dynamic young classical musicians - as they put on an interactive concert based on the music from a lost ballet about the highs and lows of the circus. 1pm. For all ages. $16 adults, $8 children. Reservations required. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914-2321252. caramoor.org.

✪ International Mud Day. Mud pies, mud pools, mud art and mud slides mean a mud-

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Nature Reshaping and Wild Adaptation. Envision dreams of future nature and create papercraft sculptures of the plants and animals of your imagination. 10am-1pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718549-3200. wavehill.org.

● ● ✪ Family Tour: Spoken

riffic day of play and a chance to appreciate nature in Grasshopper Grove! Take a towel or a change of clothes. 11am-3pm. For all ages. Included with regular Grasshopper Grove admission of $5. Children under 2 free. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845-5345506. hhnm.org.

Word Portraiture. Be inspired by the images in two new exhibitions at the Museum. Create and practice performing a spoken word family portrait in the galleries. 2:30pm. Ages 3 and up. Free with admission: $7 adults, $4 children 3-18, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550. hrm.org.

✪ The Joshua Show. A

● ● ✪ The Goonies. See

whimsical family show with live music, tap dancing, physical comedy and multiple styles of puppetry. Featuring Joshua Holden and an endearing cast of characters. 1pm. For all ages. $25. Reservations required. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390. tarrytownmusichall.org.

#FlashbackFilms page 40.

✪ Music Under the Stars. See June 8.

✪ Stream Study. Wear water shoes and bring your curiosity as you use dip nets to explore all of the amazing creatures hiding in local streams. Meet at the Kimberly Bridge parking area. 1pm. For all ages. Reservations not required.

● ✪ ✖ On Your Feet! See June 20.

✪ PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens. Art and nature exist in harmony on the grounds of PepsiCo’s headquarters. Marvel at more than three dozen works by major twentieth century artists as you walk through the carefully tended landscape. 10am-4pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens, 700 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914253-3150. pepsico.com/sculpturegardens. ● ● ✪ Shark-Feeding Demonstrations. See June 9.

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The DOS and DON’Ts on Packing for Camp By Jess Michaels


ou chose the perfect overnight camp for your child so now all that’s left is to plan for packing. Each camp has its own packing list and policies so be sure to read through them carefully. Here is a quick guideline on what to bring and what to leave at home as you begin the packing process. DON’T pack bunk gifts if they aren’t allowed – Sometimes parents like to pack a gift for the whole bunk such as personalized T-shirts or sweatshirts but you don’t want to send these gifts if the camp doesn’t welcome them. Some camps feel these gifts are a distraction to what camp is about and can also create competition between other bunks at camp. DON’T pack an iPhone or other banned


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electronics – Camp is a place for children to take a break from technology and focus on conversations and camp activities. This is why the majority of summer camps don’t allow campers to bring their phones and other electronics such as iPads or Kindles. DON’T pack food, candy or gum – It’s a big no to pack edible items in your child’s bags. It will just be taken away from them once they arrive at camp. DON’T pack the wrong swimsuit – Check with your camp about the bathing suit policy. Many camps have policies that campers wear one-piece bathing suits only. Be sure to leave the two-piece bathing suits at home if that is what your child’s camp policy states. DO pack stationery, envelopes & stamps – Camp is an unplugged environment. If you’d like to hear from your child make sure

to pack stationery! Writing is an almost lost art so don’t forget to either pack an example of how to address and stamp an envelope or go over it with your child before heading to camp. DO pack something personal from home – There is no need to go overboard but do allow your child to bring a special stuffed friend, a comfortable pillow or framed photo to make your child’s bunk space feel more personal. DO pack camp uniforms or colors if needed – If your camp is a uniform camp, you most likely have already ordered everything you need but keep in mind that even if your camp isn’t a uniform camp, you still might need to pack certain items that include the camp colors. DO check about hairdryers and makeup – Some camps don’t allow hairdryers and makeup so your camper can focus on activities and friendships without worrying about how they look. Jess Michaels is Director of Communications American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey.


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The Kids of the Kori Sassower Team say,

“There’s A Lot To Love About Living in Westchester!”

“Picnics at the beach!”

“All the sports!”

EMMA, 11

JACK, 14

“Meeting friends at Rye Ridge!”

“Soccer and dance near home!”

“Snowboarding in our own backyard!”



KYLE, 20 | JACK, 22

“Lemonade stands and bike rides!” HAYDEN, 7

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