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Letter from the Editor U Spring fever is in full swing, and we’re so excited to start summer planning. Now’s the time to check out day camps, sleepaway camps, and summer programs for your brood. The PARENTGUIDE News Camp Directory has all the options you need to find the perfect fit for your child. When you’re deciding on a summer experience, keep in mind Rich Brugger’s “Sports Safety,” which offers points to note and questions to ask while considering programs and touring facilities. It also brings awareness to an important subject during National Youth Sports Safety Month. April is a great time to spread awareness about topics relating to special needs and green habits, too. The return of our Special Needs Directory coincides with April’s Autism Awareness Month. You’ll find services and resources for your family in its pages. To deepen your knowledge of how to enrich activities when it comes to special needs, “Therapy of Play” by Aviva Weiss offers advice about

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play’s place in learning. And discover how you can celebrate another essential movement this month with “Earth Day” by Kathleen Rogers. You may have noticed a familiar face on our cover. In “Steve Sanders & Sharknado,” actor Ian Ziering — famous for his 90210 adventures and fighting a tornado with bite — dishes on family and his most important role yet: Dad. To burn off all that extra energy lingering in the longer daylight hours, find fun family happenings in our Calendar of Events. Enter to win prizes in columns throughout the issue, as well as in the Messy Face Photo Contest. Additional details and even more giveaways are available at When clicking around, stop by The Sandbox Social for the latest anecdotes about family life, day trips with kids, and more from our blogger moms. Have a superb spring season!

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DON’T MISS Easter Adventure

Zeus is back just in time to make your holiday even more special in The Dog Who Saved Easter. The new DVD release for families follows the lovable canine as he struggles to help out some friends and make it an Easter to remember. The Dog Who Saved Easter will be available exclusively at Walmart beginning April 8.


Sit down with the whole family for a fun-filled game of You’ve Been Sentenced. Winner of the Product of the Year Award from Family Review Center, McNeill Designs presents this innovative game for 3-10 players ranging in age from 8 to adult. Find out more at

Captain Comeback

Your favorite red, white, and blue avenger is back on screen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Chris Evans reprises his role as Steve Rogers, the super-powered World War II-era soldier trying to find his place in the modern world. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters on April 4.

Under the Sea

Children of all ages become sea life experts with a little help from the Ocean Animal Adventures App. Available now at your app store and fully narrated in 12 languages, the informative app uses an array of interesting facts to introduce kids to 30 ocean animals in three settings. Find out more at

Game On

A few of Nintendo’s most popular characters are back in Yoshi’s New Island. Available now for the Nintendo 3DS, the game guides Yoshi and a young Mario through all new stages — from slippery slopes to watery wonderlands. Offering hours of fun and excitement, Yoshi’s New Island is rated E for Everyone.

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Super Story

An ordinary 12 year old is transformed into an extraordinary superhero in Antboy (Viva Pictures). Overnight, Pelle finds himself dealing with his new powers and a supervillain while trying to save a damsel in distress. Teaching audiences that heroes come in all sizes, Antboy opens on April 16.

Furry Family Fun

Get ready to run with the pack when Alpha And Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games comes to DVD and Blu-ray. The exciting new adventure from Lionsgate Home Entertainment follows Alpha, Omega, and their pups as they get together for some friendly competition with fellow forest dwellers. Pick up your copy today.

Totally Bear-Able

Disneynature invites families along on a heartwarming big screen journey with Bears. Actor John C. Reilly narrates this beautiful documentary that explores the lives of bears living in Alaska’s coastal mountains and shores. The film opens on April 18.

Ready, Set, Care

Join a few of your favorite furry friends for a wonderful family adventure in Care Bears: The Carea-thon Games. Filled with plenty of sunshine and fun, the new release includes four episodes from the popular animated Care Bears series. Care Bears: The Care-a-thon Games is available in stores and online now.

LEGO My Game-o

Based on the hit feature film, The LEGO Movie Videogame puts you into the role of an average, ordinary LEGO figure named Emmet. Players guide him along on his quest to stop an evil tyrant. The Lego Movie Videogame is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, and PlayStation 4.

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by Samantha Chan

Spring has Sprung

Celebrate the season with a scavenger hunt at Cranberry Lake Preserve, 1609 Old Orchard St. in N.White Plains, on April 5. At 2pm, families of all sizes and ages are invited to hike around the preserve in search of a select few items from the scavenger hunt list. Details on this and other family-friendly events can be found at

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Sid The Science Kid takes over the Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown, on April 12 at 2pm. The popular PBS Kids television program comes to the stage with Sid, May, Gabriela, and Gerald exploring and discovering the curiosities of the world. Tickets and showtime information can be found at


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Daddy of the Year

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rom onscreen playboy in Beverly Hills, 90210 to chainsaw-wielding hero in Sharknado, actor Ian Ziering has held a range of roles in his decades-long career. And much like his Sharknado character, Fin Shepard, who faces a freaky, shark-infested tornado head on to save his kin, Ziering is first and foremost a family man.  I parentguide News I April 2014

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“The superhero daddy gene kicks in very early, even before your baby’s born,” Ziering says, musing on his real-life feelings of protection. The New Jersey native elaborates, “Once your wife tells you she’s pregnant, [she becomes] even more priceless. You do everything you can to provide.” I recently caught up with the actor to get the scoop on his fun family life. Father to Mia and Penna — who share the same birthday and respectively turn 3 and 1 on April 25 — Ziering takes a proactive parenting role along with his wife, Erin Kristine Ziering. When asked about his favorite way to bond with the girls, Ziering says, “I love to sing with them. We sing all the classics like ‘ABCs,’ ‘Wheels on the Bus.’ I like to inspire Mia’s imagination. I’ll start singing a few lyrics, and then I’ll have her fill in the blanks. By doing that, she gets to guide the story. It’s usually something silly.” To my delighted surprise, Ziering starts to sing a line for me to complete. Although I’m momentarily flustered (preferring to write, rather than sing, words), it speaks to Ziering’s friendly character that he would be willing to share this game with a stranger. Perhaps it’s Ziering’s warm and candid nature that helped him earn the title 2013 Daddy of the Year via father-oriented company Daddy & Co., which offers lifestyle products for papas. By embracing this title, Ziering was able to inspire other fathers in myriad ways — such as encouraging regular family dinners — to be involved in the lives of their children. “Nowadays, people are working more and more,” Ziering says, “We’ve gotta find ways to connect with our kids and be present.” He notes that even when he’s traveling, he stays in touch with his family through Skype. “We have a visual connection,” Ziering says. Bonding also comes in the form of reading to the Ziering kids right before bedtime. “Penna doesn’t understand a word I’m saying,” Ziering explains, “but she sees the pictures and hears me reading. It’s really by osmosis they learn something first.” Reading is an area with which Ziering actually struggled as a child. To compensate for having dyslexia, he relied on humor and playing the class clown, and he excelled at presentations when it came to school projects. “I was never made to feel that [it] was a bad thing: having dyslexia,” Ziering says, “We’re all different in different ways. My parents were always supportive in everything I tried.” His parents’ encouragement and his affinity for performance likely started Ziering on his transition from class clown in front

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Dad just wants to dance! Ian Ziering has also strutted his stuff as a guest host for Chippendales in Las Vegas and performed a stint on TV reality series Dancing With of a small audience to an actor The Stars.

who now boasts Broadway and big and small screen credits. When it comes to fostering self-esteem and supporting his children’s interests, Ziering plans to be just as encouraging as his own parents were. “I would tell them to do what my dad always told me to do: that was to always do your best,” Ziering says of how he intends to instill confidence in his daughters while they grow, adding “As long as you always try your hardest, that’s as good as it gets.” To share a tangible level of involvement in Penna’s and Mia’s lives, Ziering and his wife have created e-mail accounts for them. “Whenever we’re out taking pictures, we just forward [them] to their inbox,” Ziering says, explaining that as the girls get older, “They’ll have a little folder they can open up and see all the joy Erin and I are experiencing. I think that’s going to be another layer of love [for] them later in life.” One snapshot Ziering expects his daughter Penna to cherish is of him wearing signature Daddy & Co. “I’m The Daddy” medical scrubs at her delivery. Of proudly sporting the outfit, Ziering says, “It made me feel part of the process. The nurses put me to work.” He adds that the doctor even joked he could use another pair of hands. “It’s just so endearing,” Ziering says, hoping Penna will one day reflect on the photo and proclaim, “My dad’s so cute!” Of course, Ziering doesn’t always conjure the word “cute,” such as when he’s covered in faux blood, fending off flying sharks. For Syfy camp favorite Sharknado (which has a sequel slated to be released in July), Ziering got quite hands on with his stunts. Laughing, he shares that he rappelled off a bridge, which “was a lot of fun,” and that he also did a fair share of swimming and jet skiing, but the most fun part of the flick for him? “Chainsawing out of the belly of a shark.”

Rachel Kalina is the editor-in-chief of PARENTGUIDE News.

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Earth Day, April 22, provides a great opportunity for parents to stop and think about the environment in which we’re raising our children, as well as what we can do to ensure a clean, healthy future for them. It’s hard to remember that environmental protections we now take for granted did not always exist. Industry once belched out smoke and sludge, and air pollution was accepted as the smell of modern life. But with the first Earth Day, things began to change. On April 22, 1970, 20 million people took to streets, parks, and auditoriums across America, demonstrating a new promise to protect our planet. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Now observed by more than one billion people in 192 countries, Earth Day is the world’s largest simultaneous event. It engages the public in protecting our planet. For the first time in history, the majority of people on Earth live in cities. The shift to urbanization has brought about economic and cultural opportunities and conveniences, but it’s come at a cost that often impacts our smallest citizens the most. Increased asthma, obesity, and diseases in children are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Climate change affects all of us. Scientists agree that an atmosphere with today’s 400 carbon parts-per-million (compared to the pre-industrial average of 315 ppm), destabilizes the environment, leading to more frequent extreme weather events. In 2013, Earth set a new record for billion-dollar weather events: 41 according to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the insurance industry. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused 159 deaths and cost more than $65 billion in damage and loss. The challenge of preparing our cities to withstand extreme weather disasters, while also reducing the carbon emissions that cause climate change, requires every person to pitch in. Earth Day’s theme this year is Green Cities. The following ways can help to make your family life and your city or town green.

• Live green at home. Unplug your appliances when they are not in use. Switch your lights to LEDs. Recycle everything you can. Use air conditioning moderately. Use fewer plastic containers. Find out how your home can incorporate solar power. For more ideas, visit act.

• Stay active. Find ways to create opportunities that encourage

physical activity for your family. Walk or bike to work and school if possible. Visit local parks and nature centers.

• Drive green. Driving less in general, with more fuel-ef-

ficient cars, will help reduce air pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, driving a car is a typical citizen’s most polluting daily activity.

• Eat local and healthy foods. Creating farmers’ markets in cities and towns increases access to less expensive sources of nutritious food for inhabitants.

• Plant trees. Help make your neighborhood a cleaner, greener, more pleasant place to live by planting trees or donating them to enable more greenery worldwide. Visit for details.

• Get involved. Advocate for bike paths, auto-free zones, renewable energy projects, and green financing options in your town. • Green schools. Help ensure that local schools are energy efficient with good air quality and plenty of outdoor play space. Make sure environmental education is a key part of your child’s curriculum.

• Vote green. Consider a candidate’s commitment to environmental protection, clean energy, and sustainable communities when you cast your ballot.

• Keep learning. Visit A Green City is one in which all systems work well (and work together), and in which all citizens enjoy a good quality of life. Join Earth Day Network this year in making your community the Green City you and your children deserve. No matter where we live on it, the Earth is our only true home. President of Earth Day Network and a mom, Kathleen Rogers has worked for more than 20 years as an environmental attorney and advocate, focusing on international and domestic environmental public policy and law.

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How can gestational diabetes affect my baby?





with OB-GYN Dr. Aron Schuftan

The most worrisome issue when confronting gestational diabetes is having a big baby that can get “stuck” in the birth canal. Traditionally, the baby’s head is the largest body part, and once the head is delivered, the body “slides” right out. In a pregnancy with uncontrolled gestational diabetes, the baby is exposed to more sugar than normal due to higher levels of glucose circulating in the mother’s blood stream. As a result, the baby’s shoulders and abdomen get bigger than the head, creating a higher risk of a shoulder dystocia, in which the head comes out but the body gets stuck. This is a serious emergency. There can also be issues with amniotic fluid levels and premature aging of the placenta in uncontrolled gestational diabetics. However, gestational diabetes can be controlled, and if it is, you should be fine. Talk to your health care provider about your concerns, and final additional information at


Should I be concerned if I experience any spotting during pregnancy?


Some spotting is common in pregnancy, especially around weeks five to six as your placenta starts to develop. This is often called “implantation bleeding.” However, all spotting should be taken seriously, and a possible miscarriage should be ruled out. If your blood is Rh-negative, your partner’s blood is Rh-positive, and you experience spotting, you may want to talk to your doctor about getting a shot of RhoGAM.


How much caffeine is safe to consume per day when pregnant?


Caffeine should be avoided in early pregnancy. One study has suggested that more than 200 mg of caffeine (about 2 cups of coffee) a day doubles the risk of miscarriage in the first trimester. Try switching to decaf.


Contractions should be how far apart and last for what duration of time before you alert your doctor e asked parents and future parents that labor is starting?


what they most wanted to know about pregnancy. Read on for expert answers from Dr. Aron Schuftan. Missed the first Q&A round? Visit www.parentguidenews. com/Articles/PregnancyQAPart1.

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Usually, we use the five-one-one rule, meaning contractions occur every five minutes and last one minute for one hour. But if you have a high-risk pregnancy or a history of a “fast” delivery, you should talk to your doctor about when she would like to be notified.


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o Liquids for hydration: water, sports drinks, diluted juice, coconut juice, etc. o Snacks like popcorn, dried fruit, snack bars o A handheld fan o Hair clips or bands o A MP3 player with small speakers or headphones o A gown, T-shirt, and socks for labor and delivery (all of which can be thrown away) o Extra pillows o Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and contact lense solution o Extra clothes (i.e. comfy pants, underwear, slippers, socks, a nightgown, a bathrobe) o Toiletries (i.e. lip balm, deodorant, a brush/comb, toothpaste and a toothbrush, lotion) o Sanitary pads o A nursing pillow, bras, and nipple cream o Your driver’s license o A medical ID card o Your pediatrician’s contact information o Cash/credit cards o A diaper bag and diapers o Clothes for baby (i.e. onesies, socks, a hat, blankets) o For your partner: a camera, cell phone with charger, a change of clothes, toiletries Dr. Aron Schuftan is a board-certified

obstetrician and gynecologist who received his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and his specialty training at Boston Medical Center. He is also the co-founder of EmbraceHer Health, creator of the Pregnancy Companion app. The app provides advice, pregnancy tips and tracking tools, an Ask the Docs feature, a contraction timer, and much more. Find out about the app and other EmbraceHer Health initiatives at

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SPORTS S S A F E T YY Summer camp and program considerations.

n recent years, sports camps have become increasingly popular. Even traditional summer camps are offering sports activities as value-added enrichment programs. While these types of programs can be excellent for fitness, coordination, and socialization, a keen eye must be kept on safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that before choosing a camp, parents should assess their child’s skills; interests; and overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This will help them evaluate their child’s ability to effectively participate in a particular camp setting. This type of evaluation is essential when considering camps that require an increased level of physical fitness. In order to choose the best sports camp program for your youngster, it is important to educate yourself by asking the right questions before enrollment. Start by familiarizing yourself with the camp director through a telephone conversation and a personal visit. Assuming the camp’s philosophies on competition and sportsmanship are in line with your values, questions for the camp director should include: •What type of training does the staff receive? According to the American Camp Association (ACA), camp staff members should be trained in emergency procedures, abuse prevention, safety regulations, communication, behavior management techniques, appropriate staff and camper behavior, and supervision. Additionally, the director should be able to provide references.

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•Are criminal background checks done on all staff members? •How many references do you require for staffers, and how do you check them? •Under what circumstances are camp personnel allowed to be alone with a camper? The answer should be none. •What is the counselor-to-camper ratio? This is especially important for camps offering sports-oriented activities due to the potential for injury. At day camps, ACA standards require the following ratios: one staff member for every six campers ages 4 and 5, one staff member per eight campers ages 6 to 8, one staff member for every 10 campers ages 9 to 14, and one staff member per 12 campers ages 15 to 17. •How old is the equipment that will be in use, and how often is it maintained or replaced? When inspecting facilities, be sure to note the condition of the equipment. Safety apparatuses, such as mats or pads, should be in a state of good repair and free of visible damage. Let your child take an active role in his safety by reviewing some basic guidelines before heading to camp. Make sure your youngster agrees to obey all camp rules and always wear the required safety equipment (sports goggles, mouth guard, pads). Encourage your child to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and to immediately report any illness or injuries. Promote stretching before sports activities as this can help prevent muscle sprains or tears. With a little research and diligence, you can make sure that your youngster has a positive and safe experience participating in sports programs and activities this summer.

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The benefits of physical activspecial needs or a mainstream camp and what are their qualifications? ity are universal for all children, where their child will be with kids Additionally, a camp director should including those with special needs. without special needs. Either way, start be able to discuss how the camp will The participation of children with by consulting with your child’s doctor specifically meet your child’s dietary disabilities in sports promotes incluand other specialists to make sure you needs, personal hygiene needs, and sion, optimizes physical functioning, can give the camp director and staff all any other individual needs. and enhances well-being. However, necessary information and enroll your For an extensive list of camps 419 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax in 212-447-7734 419 Park that Avenue New York, NYyoungsters 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax needs, 212-447-7734 children with special needs require youngster a program is South, approfor with special unique considerations when parpriate for his unique needs. visit the National Dissemination ticipating in sports-training camps. In addition Center forFAx Children with Disabilities: TO: FAX # to:to asking basic ques# According to The American Academy tions regarding staff training, of Pediatrics, well-informed decisions and camp-to-counROM: ISSUE DATE: ground checks, From: iSSue DAte: regarding each child’s participation selor ratios, parents should must consider overall health status, request additional inforBrugger is a Master Instructor who Please call or fax your comments and/or OK.Some examplesPlease safety precautions, and the availmation. of call or fax yourRich comments and/or oK. has been involved with martial arts and ability of appropriate programs and questions to ask are: How child safety for more than two decades. are children grouped IGNATURE OFequipment. APPROVAL: SigNAturefor oF APProvAl: He owns a martial arts academy in New Parents can choose a camp speactivities? How many mediProvidence, New Jersey, with his wife, cifically designed for children with cal personnel are on staff, Michelle Brugger.

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Levels 1-6 Learn-to-Swim Springboard Diving Parent/Child Classes, 6mos. - 3yrs. Beginner & Intermediate Lessons for Adults SCUBA Certification Private & Semi-Private Lessons Snorkeling Classes Lifeguard Certification

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Discover Some of the Area’s Best Summer Camps and Programs Day Camps and Summer Programs


Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at Ann and Andy’s 2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523 (914)592-3027 Ann & Andy’s, a one-to-nine week summer camp program with an emphasis on outdoors. Situated on 5 acres with 14 playgrounds, the outdoor program includes baseball, soccer, climbing wall, bocce ball court, zip line, mini-golf, color games, kickball, basketball, dodge ball, drama and more. Campers age 11-14 take fun recreational, educational and cultural trips weekly, that include trips to Lake Compounce, Mountain Creek, white water rafting, on and off Broadway theater trips, Liberty Science Center and Maritime Museum. Customized schedules, individualized attention and hot lunches are offered daily as well as Barbeque Fridays. All buildings are air-conditioned, and there is also a new computer lab. Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at Ann & Andy’s is licensed by the Health Department and have experienced counselors. The camp is family owned and operated since 1973.

Alcott School 535 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 27 Crane Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 The Alcott School Summer Fun Program offers a variety of full- and half-day programs for children 2-6 years of age at its Scarsdale and Dobbs Ferry locations. The program begins on June 27 and run through August 5 or 12, depending on the class. Children have the opportunity for outdoor water play, art experimentation, computer work, handson science activities, nature exploration, cooking, gardening and so much more! Afternoon classes include a variety of activities including soccer, t-ball, cooking, art and other summer fun. Classrooms are staffed with experienced teachers who are able to provide your child with a warm, supportive environment for developing social skills, independent learning skills and play skills while having fun! A class with extended hours for working families is available at the Crane Road location. The Kidz Club, a small group after school program designed to teach social skills to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years, meets at the Crane Road site. Toddlers do not need to be toilet trained. Call for more information or to arrange a tour. • 212-213-8840

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CAMP DIRECTORY Central Park Dance 450 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914)723-2940 At Central Park Dance, there is a great selection of summer programs with something exciting and educational for everyone! Dance Intensive, for ages 8-12 and 13-18, is a unique training program, the only one of its kind in Westchester, is available to students of all levels, including pre-professionals. This ballet and jazz program has been highly successful in nurturing and identifying emerging talent. Dancers will also take hip-hop, tap, Latin, and audition workshops. the faculty is comprised of acclaimed teachers and choreographers, as well as having special guest master teachers. For ages 5-7, there is an exhilarating Summer Dance Program! New this year is a Ballet Intensive in June and a Dance Boot Camp running from August 18-22. Fairytale and Hip Hop Princess Summer Camp for ages 3-4 and 4-5, is taught by Best of Westchester award (Best Ballet Program) winner Christina Donohue and acclaimed preschool teacher, Dina Carbone. These camps are guaranteed to keep your little princess enchanted all summer long. Adult Dance and Fitness classes are available seven days a week at your convenience. Choose from Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Belly Dancing, Kick Boxing, Boot Camp Workout, MuZe, and many more! Partial enrollment is available for all camps. Spend your summer the Central Park Dance way!


firsthand fun this summer at Destination Science. Summer sessions are designed for boys and girls in grades k-6 who have big imaginations and a desire to stir up science. Each week-long topic discovered at Destination Science includes 20 hands-on activities to take home, plus fun games and great teachers. Topics: Crazy Coaster Science & Sea-fari Park, in which participants become crazy coaster scientists; Robo-Dragon Extreme Techno Challenge, where children bring a motorized robo-dragon creation to life; Rocket Powered Mars Expedition lets rockets rule as children build and blast off the all-new “Xcellerator� land rocket; and Wild Extreme Physics Fun, which includes the chance to create 3D electric-powered games that light up and buzz in order to solve the camp mystery! Destination Science offers many locations throughout Long Island and Westchester: Garden City, Jericho, Manhasset, Merrick, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Seaford, Wantagh, Westbury, Babylon, Centerport, Commack, Huntington, Port Jefferson, Sayville, Setauket, Smithtown, Stony Brook, Bedford, Chappaqua, Larchmont, Purchase, Rye, Scarsdale, Tarrytown and White Plains. Save when you enroll early, enroll in three- or four-week sessions, and enroll siblings.

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Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp 260 Jay St., Katonah, NY 10536 (845)677-0491 Located on 125 acres in Katonah, the Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp boasts “a program that is exceptional as your child.� This limited enrollment program provides each camper from 4 to 14 an enriching experience in a wide range of electives that include fine arts, crafts,

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The Tom Thumb Campus 1949E. Main St., Mohegan Lake, NY

l! We are a schoo Ages 2.9 and up. Younger 5s class Operating hours: 7am to 6pm 2:15 or 3:15 Before and After Dismissal Programs Care Avalable NY State Certified Curriculum

For children who will be two by Nov. 30 1/2 Day or Full Day Programs Before and After Care Available

Stay & Play Club Before (starting Sept. 2014) or After School ProgramsOpen till 6pm for Lakeland Elementary school aged children

Summer Camp For ages 3.5to 9 years old 9am to 3pm You choose the days! June 30 through August 15 For information on all of the above programs call: Nancy Brophy, Owner/Director

914-528-5600 Directors:


Teodora Cepoi-Olympic Silver Medalist Sorin Cepoi-Twice Olympian Competitor Tom Brophy-Club Manager Nancy Brophy-Owner

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theatre, dance, science, computers, swimming, ice skating, gymnastics, martial arts and more! Professional instructors share their talents with the children in activities that maintain an average camper to staff ratio of 3:1. The campus woods, sprawling playing fields, an outdoor pool, the Evarts Ice Rink, a new 22,000-square-foot gymnasium, and the state-of-the-art Walker Center for the Arts featuring a black box theatre, dance studio, music rooms and computer labs, all serve to provide area youngsters with extraordinary opportunities to learn, grow, and have fun! The six-week session begins Monday, July 1 to Friday, August 9. The Little Cavs Program for children entering pre-k through 1st grade in September 2013 offers several options for a daily schedule. Chris Del Campo, who began the camp in 1996, continues as its director and is ably assisted by talented professionals whose specialty is educating and nurturing children. It’s a program that allows campers to take ownership of an individualized schedule. So much to offer and so much fun this summer! Hoff-Barthelson Music School 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914)723-1169 For nearly forty years, the five-week Hoff-Barthelson Summer Arts Program has provided an ideal setting for a stimulating and rewarding summer experience for students in 2nd–10th grade. Centrally located in Scarsdale, the school offers a structured but relaxed daily program. The exceptional faculty, boasting some of the top performers and music educators in the country, provides a quality summer experience of music, arts and crafts and musical theater to students who take daily lessons, play in ensembles, and participate in visual arts and drama programs. The program includes Mu-sic Technology Lab, HB Rocks! Advanced Guitar Ensemble, Chorus, Orchestras, Musical Theatre Workshop, World Drumming, Advanced Jazz Workshop, Chamber Ensembles, Simple Symphony and Wind Serenade, Piano for non-Pianists, and Visual Arts. Students at all levels of advancement receive instruction in a program individually tailored to their needs and interests. The basic program operates from 9am–noon, with several different Extended Day options available, June 30-August 1, 2014. Visit for downloadable enrollment forms, e-mail hb@hbms. org or call (914)723-1169. Hudson Country Day Camp 40 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804 (914) 636-6202 Hudson Country Day Camp provides campers with an opportunity to engage in a host of academic, artistic and athletic pursuits that develop new interests and increases self-esteem and confidence. Each summer a new theme for children ages 15 months through 12 years allow them to explore the world in a safe, structured, joyful environment. Themes are supported by an array of fun, creative activities, interesting guests, field trips and related music, food, crafts and games. Intertwined is a strong athletic program where children develop skills and tone muscle while learning to swim, play tennis, practice gymnastics and karate under the watchful eyes of certified, experienced instructors. The dedicated summer staff is largely comprised of the teachers who possess an in-depth knowledge of the social, emotional and psychomotor development of early childhood and elementary aged children. For more information or a tour, call Hudson Country Day Camp, (914)636-6202.


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Jodi’s Gym 25 Hubbels Dr., Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 (914)244-8811 SigNAture oF APProvAl: Instruction Fax: (914)244-8833 244 E. 84th St., NYC 10028 All Ages (212)772-7633 All Skill Levels Fax: (212)772-9558 Junior Camps J unio Junior Elites r G Jodi’s Gym Camp is all about active, healthy children! Now in its 30th o Reg After School istra lf Summ year, Jodi’s Gym 3 hour camp for 3-5 year olds includes a full hour of tion e r structured gym where the fundamentals for gymnastics (and all sports) Ca Now (800) 733-1653 are developed as children improve their skills on balance beams, bars, Ope mp n! rings, tumbling, vault, tumble trak, the space bouncer and so much 975 Anderson Hill Rd., Rye Brook, NY more! In a camp filled with giggles and laughter, your child will develop self confidence while experiencing the joys of gymnastics. Other camp activities include music, art, story time, zany games and lunch. You just won’t find a more attentive, experienced, knowledgeable and carFamily Owned & Operated Since 1973! ing staff anywhere! Jodi’s Gym also offers the most flexible scheduling Liscensed by the Health Department Serving children around. You choose any 2-5 days each week, you choose the weeks…no 2 months. - 14 years. Experienced Counselors minimums! New this year...optional 1 hour Lunch Bunch add on!


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Mount Tom Day Camp 48 Mount Tom Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805 (914)636-8130 Serving Westchester and NYC families since 1955, Mount Tom provides a safe and supportive environment for children ages 3-14 to learn, grow and have fun. A positive camp experience enhances a child’s phys-

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CAMP DIRECTORY ical, intellectual, social and emotional development. “The Mount Tom Difference� is its proven staff model featuring experienced educators spending the entire camp day working directly with campers. As a result, campers are better able to learn life skills such as building and maintaining friendships, taking healthy risks, overcoming fears, teamwork, selfconfidence, and determination. Children participate in a well-rounded schedule of activities including daily Red Cross swim instruction, team and individual sports, cultural and performing arts, nature, outdoor adventure (rock climbing, ropes course, zip line), electives, and wonderful special events. Short, safe commute on supervised, air-conditioned vehicles is available. As are healthy and delicious hot lunch and snacks. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call.


The Mitchell Spearman Junior Golf Academy Doral Arrowwood 975 Anderson Hill Road, Rye Brook, NY 10573 From June 9 to August 29 the Spearman Golf Academy is offering the chance for junior golfers to learn vital skills necessary for success on the golf course and in life. At the academy, they believe that a good golf game is the product of a positive learning experience and strive to build a solid foundation that creates a true appreciation for the game. Beyond the game students learn valuable lessons from core values such as sportsmanship, respect for others, integrity, self-confidence, and responsibility. Golfers span the range of skill levels from brand new beginner to club champion and the ages of 7 to 16, the only requirement being the desire to learn as much as they can about the game. Golfers are grouped by ability using age and skill, utilizing a round-robin style training on the different aspects of the game such as full-swing, short game, putting, and bunker play. Ad-

ditionally, each golfer gets an opportunity on the golf course and all have their swing viewed and analyzed by Top 100 Instructor Mitchell Spearman. Many campers spend several weeks at the academy throughout the summer, learn more online and plan a visit today! Registration is open! Music Conservatory of Westchester 216 Central Ave., White Plains, NY 10606 (914)761-3900 Summer at MCW has never been better. This summer, the Music and Arts Program offers music, art and theatre for children in grades 1-6. In this program, campers enjoy instruments, arts and crafts, chorus and musical theatre. Half-day, full-day and extended options are available. Campers in grades 7 and up have different programming in which they are allowed to choose their electives. Select from winds, strings, piano, voice, guitar, jazz/rock, theory/composition, music technology, dance or the visual arts for a fulfilling musical summer. Three session in these programs are available. Session I runs July1-July 12, closed July 4; Session II runs July 15July 26; and Session III runs July 29-August 9. Don’t wait, these programs fill up quickly! Beginners are welcome. Registration is always open!

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Oasis Summer Day Camps in Manhattan Central Park, 3 W. 95th St., NYC 10025 (646)698-1800 Downtown Manhattan, 219 Stanton St., NYC 10002 (646)519-5058 With two locations, Central Park and Downtown Manhattan, Oasis

Learn and Grow This Summer at The Windward School. at The Windward School.

(OH?OAOMN June 30-July 25, 2014 Half-Day and Full-Day Sessions Available Space is Limited! Register by May 15, 2014

The Windward School Summer Program is designed for students in third through ninth grades who want to improve their skills in reading, writing, study and organizational skills, math or science. Classes are taught by Windward instructors at the School’s beautiful Red Oak Lane campus in White Plains.

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Space is Limited! Register by May 15, 2013

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CAMP DIRECTORY Day Camp offers campers the summer of a lifetime in New York City! Both locations provide campers with a traditional summer day camp experience. Oasis features a variety of engaging activities inclusive of athletics, yoga, cooking, fine arts and instructional swim. Both locations feature tennis and basketball courts, softball fields, soccer fields, nature trails, swimming pools, and ample indoor facilities. Experienced staff members are dedicated role models and are college age or older. Oasis is for children ages 4-11. Oasis Early Start is offered for 4-year-old campers. In this program the camp day is designed to meet the social, emotional, and physical needs of junior campers. Oasis also offers a popular Teen Travel program for young people ages 12-15, which gives teens the opportunity to take unique daily trips while forming lifelong friendships. Oasis bus service picks up and drops off campers from a number of convenient locations. Daily hot lunch service is also available. Online registration is fast and simple, so don’t wait. Visit the website today! The Play Group Theatre One North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601 (914)946-4433 PGT Summer Theatre provides an artistically dynamic and creatively challenging summer experience, within a supportive, nurturing and collaborative environment. Three week and six week options are available for the Teen Conservatory for ages 14 and older, the Young Actors Ensemble for ages 11-13), the PGT Kids for ages 7-10, and Little Theatre for ages 4-6. Half of each day is spent in classes, including acting, musical theatre, dance and movement, Shakespeare, stage combat, on camera and more. The other half of the day is dedicated to rehearsal. Each program culminates in a performance. A trip to Broadway, an improv workshop with Chicago City Limits and weekly special days complete the PGT Summer experience. A one week Improv program is also available the first week of August. PGTs professional staff is dedicated to providing an artistic haven for children and teens of all ages and levels of experience.

and semi-private lessons and adult beginner swim lessons designed especially for those who feel uncomfortable in or around the water. Register now! Squire Advantage and Squire Sports Camps P.O. Box 885, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 (914)328-3798 Squire Advantage and Squire Sports Camps at the Masters School, is celebrating its 37th anniversary. The Squire Advantage is divided into two programs based on grade level. The Advantage Primary, grades k-3, allows campers to choose a track in Music/Theater/ Crafts; Cooking/Crafts/Computers; Computers/Science/Jr. Builders and Legos/Science/Jr. Builders. When not working on trackoriented projects, campers enjoy games, all sports and Splashy the Water Dinosaur! The Advantage Choice, grades 4-9, allows campers to design their own schedule to fit their specific interests and talents by choosing five courses in the fields of computers, sports, fine arts, science, cooking and much more! Squire Sports Camps is divided into three different sports programs. Squire Baseball Academy, ages 7-15, is an all-encompassing baseball instructional program with Junior Minors, Minors and Majors, grouped according to age and ability. Squire All Sports Academy, ages 6-13, allows for daily instructing and playing of different sports that include tennis, basketball, soccer, baseball and flag football. Squire Tennis Academy, ages 6-15, is fun and challenging, where beginner to experienced players hone skills while learning new and valuable techniques. Hot lunch is included and transportation is available. Contact for more information.

Purchase College at SUNY 735 Anderson Hill Road Purchase, NY 10577 (914)251-5939 Here’s a program that shows a “stroke” of genius: aquatic classes for children and adults. After all, swimming is a skill that saves lives, has total-body exercise benefits and can enhance the quality of life. Children generally take to the water with ease, yet adults are never too old to learn the skill. While beach and pool time with kids becomes safer and more fun when parents master swimming, aquatics improve aerobic endurance and flexibility without impacting the joints. So, swimming keeps the entire family healthy! Held in a sparkling six-lane pool and diving well, heated for swimmers’ comfort, the Purchase College Aquatics Program runs year-round. The summer session is offered in one- and two-week sessions, weekdays only, from June 3 through August 16. Programs include children’s group lessons, adult lessons— including infant and preschool aquatics with a parent— and specialty programs. All lessons are taught according to American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim guidelines by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Most classes are given during each daily session so siblings of varied abilities may be in different classes at the same time. Specialty programs include scuba certification, springboard diving, private your needs, your neighborhood

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CAMP DIRECTORY Tom Thumb 1949 East Main St. Mohegan, New York 10547 (914)528-5600 Nancy Brophy, director of Tom Thumb Preschool in Mohegan Lake feels summer is a very unique time in children’s lives. Therefore, her Catch Us if You Can summer camp, on the Tom Thumb Campus, offers an experience that enable children to make social decisions by choosing new friends. Part of each day gives children the freedom to choose the activities they wish to participate in. Campers ages 3 ½ to 10 enjoy age-appropriate games and sports, playgrounds and pool activities. Extra hot or rainy days offer a fully air conditioned building with a stage for performing arts and a 10-foot TV screen as well as an inside gym and arts and crafts. Mrs. Brophy and her staff understand that structured and unstructured play is vital to intellectual and emotional growth. All counselors and teachers are highly experienced in camp programs. The Catch Us if You Can program is a continuous learning experience, with the safety and security of the child always in mind. Westchester Circus Arts 105 Wildey St., Tarrytown, NY 10591 The new Westchester Circus Arts Center in Tarrytown announces Circus Summer Day Camp 2013, June 24–August 2, in its air-conditioned facility at 105 Wildey Street, conveniently located three blocks north of the Tarrytown Metro-North RR Station. The first year-round regional circus center of its kind in NY, professional circus trainers from Big Apple Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Royal Lichtenstein Circus, Cirque Le Masque, Ringling Bros. and Cirkus Smirkus will teach your kids ages 5-18 all aerial and ground-

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based circus skills in a fun, safe and exciting camp environment. Every two-week camp session ends with a big Showcase of Talents in which campers perform for their parents and peers all the skills they have learned at circus camp. The Showcase is a complete show with costumes, choreography and make-up. Camp ages: 5-18. Camp fees are based on two-week sessions. Discounts for siblings and early registration is available. The Windward School 13 Windward Ave., White Plains, NY 10605 (914)949-6968 The Windward School Summer Program is designed for all students in third through ninth grades who desire to improve their skills in reading, writing, study and organizational skills, math and science. Classes are taught by Windward instructors trained, via the renowned Windward Teacher Training Institute, in the School’s research-validated multisensory methods of instruction. In addition to academics, the Summer Program also offers opportunities for students to socialize via sports, art, drama or computer activities. The Windward School, based in White Plains, is the premier school for children with language-based learning disabilities, transforming their lives through a proven way of teaching. YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester Summer Camps 250 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605 (914)949-8030 Summer camp options include White Plains YMCA Day Camp, White Plains (ages 3-15); Camp Combe YMCA Day Camp, Putman Valley (ages

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMP DIRECTORY 4 and up); and Community YMCA, Somers (ages 3 and up). Summer camp programs at the White Plains YMCA are as unique as the campers themselves. Programs focus on developing the whole child through supporting the children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth. This is achieved by designing programs that help youth develop communication skills, engage in problem solving, learn through critical thinking, and contribute to designing the programs they participate in each day. The White Plains YMCA also aims to build self-esteem and a young person’s developmental assets through our camp programs by focusing children on their strengths. Financial Assistance is available.

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Abby Gitlin, MS, OTR/L (516)457-1821 A Certified and NYS licensed Occupational Therapist with many years of experience working with children of varying developmental levels, Abby Gitlin is certified to teach handwriting programs, including Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and Preventing Academic Failure (PAF). Gitlin is very excited to bring her private Occupational Therapy practice to Northern Westchester. With her experience and knowledge, Gitlin’s goal is to develop each child’s full academic potential. Years of experience working both privately as well as in the school settings, she has built a strong knowledge base of what is necessary to support the individual child, and how OT can help with so many facets of a child’s daily life. Through participation in sensory experiences that enable appropriate motoric responses, children de-

velop necessary sensory skills. They also develop fine motor skills through activities that activate and strengthen the muscles of the hand and upper extremity. Improve your child’s handwriting as he has fun. Engaging drills and practices help your child work on a necessary foundational skill. Social Butterflies P.O. Box 235 (914)930-8623 Hartsdale, NY 10530 (914)382-7091 / (914)382-7103 Social Butterflies is a social skills group working with preschool and elementary aged children who have a variety of communication and social/ emotional delays including ADD, ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, social anxiety, Sensory Integration Dysfunction Disorder, high functioning Autism, PDD-NOS and Asperger’s Syndrome. Social Butterflies is also for children who have no specific classification and are struggling to communicate and interact comfortably with the people and world around them. Children are grouped based on functioning skill levels. Skill levels are assessed during every session so that by the end of ten weeks there is data to determine if improvements are being made and if a level of generalization has been achieved. Social Butterflies teaches the rules of social behavior and the rules of social language, and then puts these skills to use in everyday experiences through the development of themes. Social Butterflies runs year round, in ten-week cycles of one-hour sessions. Call or visit the Web for details. Locations throughout Westchester County. Additional programs include karate, cooking, science and community field trips. The staff looks forward to working with you and your children.

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make your child’s summer special at alcott School • Experienced Montessori trained staff • Half or full day classes for 2-6 year olds • Art, nature, outdoor and water play • Afternoon enrichment activities • Indoor gym & equipment • Outdoor playground

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Find small ways to get healthier.

If you’ve ever found yourself resenting celebrities that seem to lose baby weight after mere weeks of giving birth while yours still clings on to your hips years after the fact, you’re not alone. Lack of sleep, busy schedules, and the feasibility of actually getting to a gym can make a workout seem like a luxury. Or maybe not. Maybe you don’t like to exercise and having kids offers a semi-acceptable excuse not to do it. But if you want to like fitness and actually engage in it, here are a few ways to incorporate exercise and nutritious meals into your life. Losing weight doesn’t happen by accident. It requires deliberate and well-planned actions. As soon as you let up on those efforts is when the weight creeps back on. If you fail to plan, you are essentially planning to fail. What this means is that you must plan out what you are going to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks should be brought with you in your bag. You pack snacks for your kids, so why shouldn’t you care for yourself in the same way? Most importantly, your kids’ leftovers should not be included in this plan or consumed. Write down what you eat. If you want to keep track of calories, I recommend the MyFitnessPal smartphone app. Even if you don’t want to count calories, jotting down your meals in a journal is extremely beneficial

when it comes to shedding pounds. Measure out proteins and calorie-dense foods like chicken, beef, peanut butter, nuts, and especially frozen yogurt or ice cream if you must. When it comes to fitness, aim to get at least 120 minutes of moderate to intense exercise a week, although 180 would be best. Walking by itself won’t tap into the weight loss side effects of exercise unless it’s on an incline at a brisk pace at the gym. Invest in a running stroller so you can multitask, and alternate between two minutes of walking and two minutes of jogging when using it. One of my favorite ways for new moms to fit in a workout is to do it while the baby is napping. has a library of challenging 30minute workouts that you can rent. Most programs do not require any equipment at all, and they are just as hard as the in- studio versions. YouTube is also a great resource for free exercise videos. My

channel, SarahsFabChannel, provides 10-to-15minute, follow-along workouts that can help target certain areas like your belly post baby. New York City gals Rebekah Borucki and Tara Stiles offer great yoga videos on their channels. Tone It Up and Blogilates will also leave your muscles shaking. If you have enjoyed boutique studio classes, make them a regular part of your week as a date with a girlfriend. These classes are more fun than work when they become a social hour. Plus, reserving a class spot online and facing a potential cancellation fee will ensure you get your butt to the gym. Just as you will plan for meals, you should also schedule your workouts. Allow yourself cheat meals but not days. If you succumb to a sugar craving, get back on track with your next meal or workout. These little tips and tricks can add up to big, positive changes over time.

Sarah Dussault is one of YouTube’s most viewed fitness personalities. A certified personal trainer and health coach, Dussault works at Barry’s Bootcamp in Boston and is the author of healthy living blog Her first book, Get Skinny Again! The Right Exercises to Get Back Your Dream Body and the Secrets to Living a Fit Life (Page Street Publishing), is now on sale at Barnes & Noble. NBC’s the “Today” show named it as a top fitness book recommendation. 24 I parentguide News I April 2014



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As an occupational therapist and mother of six, my first instinct is to set structured goals for children with special needs. Yes, goals are essential. Yet focusing on the end point can distract from the vital need to play each day. We know this intellectually, but when we’re anxious for a child to reach the next level, we can lose sight of the bigger picture. Play is central to childhood development, and play is the medium through which children achieve their goals. Play is especially valuable in helping children with special needs engage with the world around them. Here are five ideas to incorporate a playful aspect into therapy and learning, inspired by experiences that I’ve shared with other parents.


Give your child a learning context that is personally meaningful. For example, if your child loves Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, use the film’s characters to coach about emotion and to decode facial expressions. When children become familiar with characters who maintain consistent emotional states (such as Happy or Grumpy), they are better able to articulate their own emotional states. Working within your child’s framework of understanding makes it easier to teach new skills. 26 I parentguide News I April 2014



Create a welcoming environment for learning. Clutter can be especially challenging for children with special needs, who may be sensitive to their physical surroundings. Aesthetic choices matter, too. Children with autism, for example, tend to perceive colors (particularly bold shades) with greater intensity. Invite your child to help choose a paint color for his play space, and take the time to minimize distractions before engaging in new learning activities.


Take learning one step at a time. Given that many children with special needs are prone to sensory overload, move with deliberate caution when introducing new endeavors. For example, if your child is learning a song, deconstruct the steps to reduce frustration. Make it a game, and begin by helping the child master the notes, then the rhythm, then the tempo, and so forth.

purchase a type of toy or therapy equipment, ask your child to choose between styles or colors. When children are encouraged to express themselves and are heard, they are more invested in the outcome. Aviva Weiss is a pediatric occupational therapist. Together with her husband, Haskel Weiss, she founded Fun and Function and designs toys and therapy tools for kids with special needs. Fun and Function is an award-winning company committed to high quality, affordability, great play value, and inclusive learning environments.


Create a sensory corner on a budget. Sometimes, even play needs a reboot button! By giving children a place to calm down and self-regulate, you enable coping skills and nurture independence. A sensory corner can be simple or elaborate, depending on your space and budget. For example, a pop-up tent, a portable sensory light, noise-reduction headphones, a metronome, chewies, and fidgets can safely channel energy and ease agitation.


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April 6: Flow Circus: Read Yourself Silly with Juggling and Magic, White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains, (914)4221480, Read Yourself Silly: 45 minute juggling & magic show in which Paul tells the story of how a trip to the circus

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April 1: Poem-in-a-Pocket Workshop, The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill, (914)737-0847, Children in elementary school through tweens and teens are invited to write a poem or find one you love, then join in this program on April Fool’s Day and create a fancy border to turn your special poem into a work of art. Put your poem in one of the library’s Poem Pockets for its Poetry Month display! 4pm. April 4: Spring Benefit for Support Connection, Hollow Brook Golf Club, 1060 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, www.supportconnection. org. Proceeds go toward Support Connection’s critically-needed free counseling services, support groups, and wellness and educational

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Do You Really Want a Rabbit for Easter?, Muscoot Farm, 51 Route 100, Katonah, (914)864-7282, Countless rabbits are purchased during the Easter season. Learn about what is involved in owning a bunny before you go to the pet store from the 4-H Rabbit Club. They need a lot of love and care. 1-3pm.

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inspired him to visit his library to learn more about juggling which led toDo balloons, magic,Want and the history for of the circus. Throughout the perforYou Really a Rabbit mance he models how learning through books can be fun and leads you to Easter?, Muscoot Farm, 51 Route discover new interests. See more at 2pm.

100, Katonah, (914)864-7282, Countless rabbits are purchased during the Easter season. Learn about what April 8: Pysanky at the Library, Chappaqua is involved in owning a bunny be- Public Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua, Children in grades 4 fore you go to the pet store from and up can learn how to make Pysanky: extravagantly decorated UkraitheEaster 4-H Rabbit Club. They need a4pm. nian eggs. Registration required. lot of love and care. 1-3pm.

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April 10: Read to Rover, Mt. Kisco Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco, Dogs love listening to stories! Come meet “Rover,” and read your favorite story. For school age children age 5 and older. This event also takes place on April 24. 4:30-5:30pm.

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April 11-12: Ajkun Ballet Theatre’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Whitney Music Magic Theater at New Rochelle High School, 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And BusterisKeaton therefore winged Cupid painted blind.” Bring the family to see the stagingShorts of Shakespeare’s with Live Midsummer Night’s Dream, filled with the most delightful on a roller coaster of emotional depth and humor. 7pm Musiccreatures by the Not and 2pm respectively.

So Silent Cinema Trio,12: Jacob Burns April Nature’s Amazing Engineers, Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Film Center, 364 Ossining, (914)762-2912 ext. 110, www.teatown. Spring Valley Road, org. The return of aPleasantville, healthy beaver(914)747-5555, population to the Hudson Valley is Manville Road, www.burnsamazing considering beavers were almost eliminated from North Getthat ready for an afternoon of outrageous America in the early 1900’s. Hike with Erin Baker to view a beaver lodge antics from Buster Keaton. Four shorts are on the program: and discover more about the essential services that beavers provide with Theengineering High Sign,skills. The Haunted Goat, and The Electheir ProgramsHouse, require The pre-registration. 10-11am. tric House. All feature new music that combines American ragtime, blues, bluegrass, and jazz. 12:30pm.

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April 15: Big Truck Day, Chappaqua Public Library, 195 S. Gree-

April 19: Earth Day Earth Day at Hilltop Hanover, Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights, It’s time to honor Mother Earth at the farm. Explore the farm’s trails, and meet farmers. The event kicks off with a guided woodland hike and continues with scheduled tours of the property. Bring a picnic or feel free to browse the offerings of nearby eateries. 10am. 30 I parentguide News I April 2014

ley Ave., Chappaqua, The Big Trucks are visiting the Chappaqua Library, and so should you! See and climb on exciting like fire trucks, ambulances, a police Humvee, moApril 6:vehicles Pet Points torcycle, school buses, and assorted construction vehicles, which will theReally parking lot. a 10am-noon. Dofill You Want Rabbit for

Easter?, Muscoot Farm, 51 Route April 17: Montessori Assistant’s Workshop: How You Make the Differ100, Katonah, ence!, Center(914)864-7282, for Montessori Education NY Office, 785 Mamaroneck, www.cmteAve., White Plains, (914)948-2501, rabbits areAssistants, purchased duringaides, the specialists, administrative assistants, substitutes, parents, and people a career in Montessori are encouraged to Easter season. Learnconsidering about what attend thisinworkshop, a basic is involved owning agiving bunny be- overview of the adult’s role in the Montessori environment. Discover why Montessori education makes a fore you go in topeople’s the petlives. storeSign from difference up by April 7. 10am-3:30pm. the 4-H Rabbit Club. They need a lotApril of love care. 1-3pm. 19:and Amazing Amphibians, Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Drom-


ore Road, Scarsdale, (914)723-3470, wwww.greenburghnaturecenter. org. Discover the slippery, slimy, cold-blooded world of amphibians. This informative, hands-on program lets you meet some local amphibians up close. Then, walk to the forest and pond to see what other amazing April 12:critters live there. 2pm.

April 26: Seussical Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, Watch a crazy quilt adventure based on the Broadway version of the show by the same name. Use your imaginations and minds to soar and save the day! Appropriate for kids ages 4 and older. 11am and 1:30pm.

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April 19: Greater Ossining Earth Day 2014, Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Music Magic Westerly Road, Ossining, The 5th Annual Earth

Buster Keaton Day event is a family day to help keep Ossining beautiful and learn about livingwith a more sustainable life. The day will be dedicated to the memory of Shorts Live musician Pete Seeger by tying his teachings to the celebrations throughout Music by the Not the day. Aside from community and environmental organizations, there Sowill Silent Cinema be artisans, food, demos, and great music, all on the Ossining waterTrio, Jacob Burns front. 11am-4pm. Film Center, 364 April 21: Monday Afternoon(914)747-5555, Storytime, Barnes & Noble City Center, Manville Road, Pleasantville, www.burns230 Main St., Get White Plains, ready for(914)397-2420, an afternoon of outrageousYoung chilantics from Buster Keaton. Four shorts are on the program: The High Sign, The Haunted House, The Goat, and The Electric House. All feature new music that combines American ragtime, blues, bluegrass, and jazz. 12:30pm.

storytime. Appropriate for children in nursery school through young elementary. This program takes place every Monday. 3:30pm.

April22 30:- Cinderella Everywhere April 30 Chappaqua Library, 195Harrison S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua, April 22: MusicPublic with Dawny Dew, Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave., Harrison, Enjoy as los children’s Dia de ninos, orsongs, dia destories, los and rhymes intohas fun-filled for childrenworldwide. ages 6 months-6 libros,are is aturned day that comeactivities to be appreciated On years. She and her puppets Sonny, Googoo, andof Gaga enchant it, children, families, and the importance reading areand cel-delight children of all ages. Singing and the natural interaction with her audience ebrated. At the library, enjoyand Cinderella, a story that been create a session of fun, laughter, learning. 10:30am andhas 11am. adapted worldwide in many different cultures and languages.

April 24: Family Services of4pm. Westchester Diamond Anniversary Gala, Registration is required.

April 19: Earth Day Earth Day at Hilltop Hanover, Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights, It’s time to honor Mother Earth at the farm. Explore the farm’s trails, and meet farmers. The event kicks off with a guided woodland hike and continues with scheduled tours of the property. Bring a picnic or feel free to browse the offerings of nearby eateries. 10am.

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VIP Country Club, 600 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle, Celebrate 60 years of making a difference in Westchester County with its Diamond Anniversary Gala, which recognizes honorary chair Penny

April 30: Cinderella Everywhere Chappaqua Public Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua, Dia de los ninos, or dia de los libros, is a day that has come to be appreciated worldwide. On it, children, families, and the importance of reading are celebrated. At the library, enjoy Cinderella, a story that has been adapted worldwide in many different cultures and languages. Registration is required. 4pm.


Johnston-Foote, the daughter of FSW founder Marjorie Dammann as well as all former Board Chairs and CEOs for their achievements and impact on the agency and community. 6pm. April 26: Earth Day Celebration, Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco, (914)666-8448, This celebration includes a number of programs to help visitors discover different parts of our Earth. Enjoy a hike, build a hummingbird feeder, or learn about endangered animals. 10am. April 26: YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Patriot’s Park, Tarrytown, Adjacent to 120 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, Healthy Kids Day is a day that celebrates how health, fitness, and safety can be fun, and introduces children to special YMCA programs and activities to increase physical activity and encourage families to spend more time out of doors and at the Y, playing and interacting with one another. 11am-3pm.

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