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Westchester Birthday Directory

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Ages 8-12. Tradition on a new note. Piano Instruction for the child of the new millennium.

Health............................................................................ 36 Bring out the musical Insight and items for your family’stalent care. in your child!

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Health & Fitness

Essential products and information for your brood.

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Travel Directory.............................................................. 28 Attractions and accommodations for great getaways.

Calendar of Events........................................................ 39

Childhood Concussions... 22

A comprehensive listing of your neighborhood’s classes, events, and performances.

Part 1: An introduction to traumatic brain injuries.

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Publisher Steve Elgort Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina

Camp Friendships....................... 8 How lifelong bonds are forged in the summer.

Managing Editor Donald McDermott Associate Editor Samantha Chan

Summer Day Care..................... 10 Options for every family.

Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli

Coaster Craft............................... 12

Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski

Pick Puerto Rico........................ 26

Contributing Writers Kelsey Banfield, Dr. Charles Bowers, Dr. Alisa Gean, Jess Michaels, Kara Mayer Robinson, Teresa Taylor, Louise Weadock, Dr. Steven Weinfeld, Angeli Zankel

Is a C-Section Right for You?....... 32

Advertising Managers Deirdre Antoniello, Karen Gibofsky, Bill Scalzitti

Create a Father’s Day gift with fabulous form and function.

Accounting Teresa Pinargote

Five fab spots for family fun.

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The reasons for and risks of Caesarean delivery.

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Advertising Sales Representatives Julie Leonoff, Karin Mikelis, Jacalyn Rose, Susan Rush, Jennifer Serpi, Amy Smith, Rena Spangler, Felicia Stafford,

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PGTV Producer Beth Elgort

Summer care tips for comfort and style.

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Camp Friendships....................... 8 How lifelong bonds are forged in the summer.

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Summer Day Care..................... 10 Options for every family.

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Pick exciting Puerto Rico........................ 26 win some very products Five fab spots for family fun. and/or services featured in this issue’s Is a C-Section Right forcolumns. You?....... 32 Womom, Travel, Update, and Health P. 8

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The reasons for and risks of Caesarean delivery.

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PGTV Producer Beth Elgort Submission of articles, photographs and artwork is welcome. All material must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. PARENTGUIDE News assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of submitted material. PARENTGUIDE News reserves the unrestricted right to edit or otherwise alter submitted material for publication. PARENTGUIDE News, ISSN08961468, is published monthly by PG Media Network Corp., 101 E. Park Ave., #358, Long Beach, NY 11561; 212-213-8840. Copyright 2013 PGMNC. All rights reserved.

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Letter from the Editor U The season we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s time to don beach gear, lounge poolside, explore local parks and playgrounds, and (safely) soak up the sun. After a harsh winter, we’re all in need

of some R & R. Even the little ones are in need of the summer break. If they’re enrolled in camp or summer programs, they’re likely looking forward to making new friends and reuniting with old ones. Discover the appeal of such bonding in “Camp Friendships” by Jess Michaels, who points out why these relationships work and are so important. You may also be celebrating a special day soon in addition to the seasonal change. Find the perfect party place, entertainer, or service in our Birthday Directory. It’s filled with tons of options to fit your child’s personality. To supplement your party planning, turn to Kelsey Banfield’s “Six Tips for Easy Entertaining.” The author discusses different ways to limit stress and up the fun factor for you and your guests. Another day of note this month honors our dearest dudes. Show Pops how much you care this Father’s Day by entering

by Rachel Kalina

the Me and My Daddy Photo Contest for the chance to win a great prize. And surprise him with Angeli Zankel’s D.I.Y. photo-based project from “Coaster Craft.” The personalized keepsakes can be made with kids. Of course, the key to a wonderful summer is safety. In addition to practicing good skin care and sunburn prevention, get educated about traumatic brain injuries that can occur during sports and other activities. “Childhood Concussions” by Dr. Alisa Gean explains why these types of injuries affect children differently than adults and presents symptoms of which parents, coaches, and caregivers should be aware. Need ideas for how to avoid the dreaded “B-word” now that school’s out? With our extensive Calendar of Events, you won’t have to hear “I’m bored!” And when you need a respite, visit and The Sandbox Social blog to see what other parents are up to, as well as our Contests & Giveaways page to enter to win fantastic prizes. Have a sweet start to summer!

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DON’T MiSS Still Transforming

The popular Transformers film series continues with this fourth entry from Director Michael Bay. Mark Wahlberg stars as an automobile mechanic who makes an amazing discovery that brings down the Autobots, the Decepticons, and one paranoid government official. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27.

Even More Amazing

Based on the hit action film, Amazing Spider-Man 2 the video game offers hours of fun for the gamers in every family.Activision invites you to lead your favorite wall-crawling hero on an adrenaline-fueled search for dangerous criminals in the underworld of Manhattan.The new release is available now for the PS4 game system.

A Dragon’s Tale

Return to the mythical world of wild dragons and burly Vikings when How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes to theaters on June 13. Paramount Pictures’ animated action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s dragon slayers. Catch the action in 2D and 3D.

Back on the Prairie

Relive all of the wholesome family fun of Walnut Grove when Little House on the Prairie Season 2 comes to DVD. Starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, the six-disc set of the popular Emmy-winning series comes complete with 21 episodes, as well as many bonus features. Pick up your copy in stores or online today.

Winter in Summer

The weather outside is warm, but every day is a snow day with Disney’s Frozen: Olaf ’s Quest. Based on the smash hit film, the video game follows your favorite snowman across 60 imaginative levels inspired by the mythical kingdom of Arendelle. Join in on Olaf’s Quest now for the Nintendo 3DS.


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Hello, Kitty

Strap on your helmet, and get ready for some old-fashioned racing with Hello Kitty Kruisers. Choose from ten different racers; play with as many as three other friends; and race across land, sea, and air in this delightful video game. Rated E for Everyone, Hello Kitty Kruisers is available now for the Wii U game system.

Over the Falls

One of the Disney Channel’s most popular animated shows is ready to come into your home on DVD. Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales follows 12year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines as they uncover mysterious surprises, quirky characters, and hilarious adventures in the town of Gravity Falls.The six-episode DVD set is available now.

Start Your Engines

Fathom Events and Mattel put the pedal to the metal by bringing Team Hot Wheels®:The Origin of Awesome to select cinemas nationwide.The animated feature follows Gage, Rhett,Wyatt, and Brandon as they take on the mysterious black car that is transforming their town into a chaotic mess.The special two-day release is held on June 7 and 8. Check your local listings.

New from Nick

Nickelodeon proudly presents an exciting new app for preschoolers.The Nick Jr.App is populated by characters and clips from some of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows, from Dora the Explorer and The Backyardigans to Bubble Guppies and Blues Clues. Download yours today.

Aussie Audio

Listeners of all ages will be transported to the magical landscapes of the land down under with Australian Playground.The new CD release features music from one of Australia’s most compelling children’s performers. Copies are available at select book, gift, health food, children’s, and other specialty shops. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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June Standing Together

Autism touches countless families across the world, the country, and right in Westchester County. On June 1, join fellow community members on the campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital Westchester Division, 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, for the 2014 Westchester/Fairfield Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Registration begins at 9am, and the walk kicks off at 11am. All ages are welcome, and though participation is free, fundraising is encouraged. Contact or (646)385-8523 with questions.


Getting Crafty

by Samantha Chan

Circling the Sites

Gather up your whole family, and get to Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises for a 75-minute, family-friendly adventure with a live tour guide and entertainment. During special Kid Cruises, offered June 21 and throughout July and August, families enjoy breathtaking photo opportunities of NYC’s biggest attractions, as well as food, drinks, prizes, and giveaways. Boarding begins at 9:30am, and ships sail at 10am. The cruises dock at Pier 83 at West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Book your cruise today by calling (212)563-3200 or clicking on


Taking to the Streets Celebrating Greatness The Bronxville Sidewalk Sale is open The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester • 212-213-8840 on June 6 and 7, 10am-6pm, with hosts its 20th Annual Humanitarian Award Din-

It’s Father’s Day — or almost Father’s Day — at the Field Library on June 12. Get ready for the holiday with crafts beginning at 4pm. Bring your little ones through teenagers to the 4 Nelson Ave. location in Peekskill. Materials are provided to make something special for the man of the house. For more information on this and other library events, log onto

ner on June 7, 6:30pm, at Lexus of Mount Kisco, 275 Kisco Ave. The Humanitarian Award is to be presented to club alumnus and longtime board member Stuart Marwell, president and C.E.O. of Curtis Instruments. The gala features fundraising auctions, a plated dinner, a special tribute journal, and more. Find out how you can get involved by dialing (914)666-8069, ext. 111, or logging onto

vendors, entertainment, and plenty of children’s activities. Don’t miss this opportunity for great deals and steals all day. Bring the family down to Park Place in Bronxville for all the fun. Additional details on this and other community events may be found at Samantha Chan is the associate editor.

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ummer camp is a place where strong friendships are made. Ask a child about peers who went to camp last year or an adult about people who attended 25 years ago, and you’ll discover the same thing: Camp friends are some of their closest friends. American Camp Association research has found that 96 percent of campers say that camp helped them to make new friends and 94 percent say camp helped them to get to know campers who were different than themselves. But what exactly is it about camp that fosters these strong friendships? At camp, children have the freedom to be themselves without the pressures of school or the constraints of who they may be at home. When children go to school with the same children each year, they may be categorized as the shy or the studious child. Camp allows children to reinvent themselves and be who they want to be in a positive, supportive environment. The shy child may become the outgoing child, and the child who may be not be the athletic kid at home can become entrenched in sports at camp. Camp is an intentional community, one where children return each summer and are reunited at the place they love. Children eat together, participate in a myriad of activities together, share traditions, and sometimes live communally in bunks together. In this environment, children must learn to share, make decisions as a group, and respect each other. Through all these shared experiences, bonds are formed and friendships are made. The camp environment also allows for children to try new activities each day. And when they succeed together, whether it’s reaching the top of the climbing wall or going down the zip line, they connect over the experience. Camp is also a place with strong traditions and rituals; sharing in these as a community allows for friendships to grow. Camp professionals are trained in the management of group dynamics. Counselors are trained to empower children in their group so they feel comfortable and to encourage each child to contribute to the group, showing him that he is valued. This leads a child to feel confident in a group, making it easier to find friends. With so much technology in the lives of today’s children, camp gives children a respite from it all. The majority of summer camps ban most technology, including TV, smartphones, tablets, and computers. As a result, children engage with each other face to face, building stronger friendships. For parents worried about their child going to camp without a friend from home — don’t fret! Children make friends at camp quickly. Many camps even host pre-camp events for first-time campers so they can meet new friends before the first day. Other camps host spring festivals at and welcome all new families. Even without these events, children will meet friends on the first day of camp. Whether it’s on the bus to camp, at the first shared meal, or during icebreaker games, children will begin to open up to each other. In no time, you will be hearing about all the new friends your child is meeting at camp. If your child does decide to go to camp with a friend, speak with the camp director and let him know that these children are friends from home. Consider putting them in separate bunks. This will help your child to be more outgoing in making new friends instead of just defaulting to his friend from home. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home from camp with a new saying, “Living 10 for two.” What does it mean? Kids wait 10 months of the year for those two months at camp, where they get to be with their friends again. Jess Michaels is the director of communications for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the summer camp experience.

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


June 30-July 25, 2014 Half-Day and Full-Day Sessions Available Only a few spots remain!


Y+ILHCHAM Proof Y@N?LHIIHM The Windward School Summer Program is designed for students in third through ninth grades who want • 212-213-8840 Y#RN?H>?>";S 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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Summer y Da Care by Teresa Taylor

Options for every family. What do you mean the kids aren’t going to be in school all day? Three words that panic any working mother: “Day care failure.” Now that school’s out, it’s time to explore summer care plans so your career can stay on track and your family can, too. Traditionally, an ideal day care system has three options: a friend, a coworker, or a relative. There are also camps, programs, and certified day care centers. The more caregiver choices you have, the better!


Ask for help. The hardest thing to do is ask for help. The fact is that having the kids go to school was part of your day care system. Now is the time to put your pride away and ask a family member or friend for help. Maybe the in-laws can visit for a week to spend quality time with the kids?

As all the hard work you did to get day care in order during the academic year is thrown out the window, and you need another plan for three months. It is all about creating alternatives, options, and backup plans, as well as asking for help. You can’t take the mother out of the career woman or the career out of the mother, so use both to your advantage. Read on for five tips to help you have success at home and work during the summer.


Plan a “real” vacation. If you don’t plan it on your schedule, it won’t happen.You don’t have to spend a lot of money; camping or visiting relatives and friends is just fine. This could be a time for you to disconnect from the office for a few days. Put someone else in charge at the office, and it will be a good development opportunity for them.


Bring work home. If you can, try to leave work a little early and take advantage of the long summer days. You will need to make up for the time and work on a few things at home, but at least you get to spend an extra hour or two with the kids. Depending on their age, it is also a good time to introduce the concept of kids staying home alone for an hour.



Camps can be great! There are fabulous camp opportunities that the kids really enjoy. We are the ones that feel guilty and inadequate during separation. The kids will enjoy the change and probably learn something at the same time! Ask others for camp suggestions, and visit for resources and articles.

It is a two-way street. You likely have a co-parent in finding a solution. Engage your partner. This is not just your issue to solve, it is a family issue. Both of you are going to have to adjust for the summer months. Meet in the middle and find a schedule that works for everyone.

Teresa Taylor is a nationally recognized, Fortune 200 executive who brings integrity, focus, vision, and agility to corporate leadership while advising companies, government agencies, and others on a successful business model. Her book, The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work-Life Success (Greenleaf Book Group Press), inspires women to succeed professionally and personally. Learn more at 10 I parentguide News I June 2014

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Coaster Craft

Create a Father’s Day gift with fabulous form and function.

by Angeli Zankel

This is an unique, affordable project that you and your child can make for Father’s Day. Any dad would love a personalized gift like this coaster set! Tiles (about 20 cents each) and most of the supplies may be found at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Parental supervision (or participation!) is recommended, and discretion should be used to determine age appropriateness.

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•Computer printer •Computer paper (matte) •4-by-4-inch tiles •Foam paint brush •Scissors •Permanent glue •Gloss sealer (spray preferred) •Mod Podge Gloss glue •Cork discs

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Step 1 - Choose one photo per tile. Print the photos of your choice, and cut each one into a 4-by-4-inch square. Step2 - Start with one tile. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge Gloss glue onto the “shiny” side of it with the foam paint brush. Make sure your strokes are nice and even when applying the glue. Place your photo image side up on the tile, and gently press it down while smoothing out any bubbles. Allow the Mod Podge to dry for approximately five minutes.

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Step 3 - Once the photo has dried, apply an additional coat of Mod Podge on top of the photo on the tile. Evenly distribute the Mod Podge, and let it completely dry. Step 4 - Apply your second and last coat of the Mod Podge once more on top of the photo. Once dry, the tile with photo should look like the image on the right.

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Step 5 - Take your tile outdoors for adequate ventilation, and spray it with the gloss sealer to give it a nice finish. Steadily spray the coaster with the sealer until you are satisfied with the gloss finish. Let it dry for at least one hour. Step 6 - Complete the project by gluing the cork disc to the back of the tile with permanent glue. Step 7 - Let the tile air out for about a day. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for each tile you create. Carefully stack your coasters, tie a ribbon around them, and get ready to see Dad smile!

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Six Tips for

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Easy Entertaining


by Kelsey Banfield

s parents, it’s easy to feel pressured to throw our children perfect birthday parties they will remember forever. And, as a mom of two kids, I have had firsthand experience learning what works and what doesn’t when it comes to birthday party entertaining. And I’ve realized: Parties don’t have to be stressful! Here are my go-to entertaining tips to help your next birthday party or get together run smoothly. 1) Start with an empty dishwasher. Even with a small gathering, dirty dishes pile up fast. To save yourself from a post-party sink full of dishes plus a full dishwasher, be sure to run and clear the washer before guests arrive.

2) Prepare a family-friendly cheese platter or cheese-fruit kebabs. A cheese platter is a wonderful option for simple get-togethers as well as large parties. I like to serve unexpected but family-friendly and mild cheeses such as creamy Havarti or Gouda so even picky eaters are happy. Fruit kabobs offer a fantastic but simple way to serve fruit to kids. Layer grapes, strawberries, blueberries, or apples with your favorite kid-friendly cheese. The kabobs are perfect for grabbing and eating. (Just be careful that the skewers aren’t too sharp and are safely discarded after use).

3) Only place two items in the oven. In order to avoid a holdup at the oven, plan your menu to include no more than two items that need to be baked or heated. Unless you have an industrial-sized oven available (lucky you!), it’s difficult to time multiple baked items so they’ll be ready for the start of an event. Plus, cold foods are incredibly kid friendly and easy to prepare ahead of the party.With these types of munchies ready in the fridge, you can quickly satisfy hungry tummies at a moment’s notice. Don’t fret about preparing a four-course gourmet meal. Instead, make memories with your child and enjoy interacting with your guests.

5) Capture the moment. I usually try to carry a camera with me throughout the day to make sure I’m getting snapshots of special moments. Investing in a neck strap for your camera is worth it. It’s a lifesaver to have your hands free and ready to fill an empty glass or help with opening presents.Another option is to ask family or friends if they can help out. If you have a friend or sister who is a great photographer, she might not mind taking a few pics so that you get plenty of photos with your little ones. And, I always try to capture a few pictures before the party starts (while the kiddos are still clean!).

6) Have a two-bite maximum. Don’t serve anything that can’t be eaten in two bites, especially if you are hosting an event where children will be running around and adults will be standing most of the time. It makes conversation much easier when you are not fumbling around with a plate full of food, cutlery, and a beverage. One of my favorite kid-friendly recipes is a Havartiand-Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich that’s cut into snack-size quarters (see sidebar for recipe). 4) Pick a unique theme. My kids are constantly getting invited to birthday parties, and to ensure their own special days standout, I pick party themes that are as unique as they are. For inspiration, I look for theme ideas in the things my kids love, such as their favorite colors, books, animals, characters, etc. Once a concept is sparked, Pinterest offers additional resources to make the details happen.

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hether it’s your baby’s first birthday or a neighborhood get-together, always do what makes you feel most comfortable, festive, and lets you enjoy time with your guests. Hopefully these tips will not only get you through your next event, but also help keep planning fun, simple, and stress-free.

Havarti-and-Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich


•2 slices sourdough bread •1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided •2 ounces Arla Dofino Creamy Havarti cheese •½ ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced




1. Place two slices of bread side by side, and spread the top of one with ½ tablespoon of butter. On the second slice, layer Arla Dofino Creamy Havarti cheese followed by the thinly sliced pear. Close the sandwich with the buttered bread slice, butter side up. 2. Add the remaining butter in a nonstick skillet, and place it over medium heat. Swirl the butter so it coats the bottom of the pan. Place sandwich in skillet with non-buttered bread side down, and cook until the bread is toasted and golden brown (about 4 to 5 minutes). Flip the sandwich, and cook the other side for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the skillet, slice into quarters, and serve. • 212-213-8840

Kelsey Banfield is a mom and a foodie and believes these titles should never be mutually exclusive. She’s also the author of the Naptime Chef blog and cookbook The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life (Running Press). Her blog features everything from family-friendly recipes to food articles.

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Alcott Montessori School 535 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 (914)693-4443 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914)595-7551 The Alcott School Crane Road gym is available for birthday parties for children from the age of 2 to 6 years. The gym and playground hold up to 25 preschoolers. The school provides small chairs and tables, while parents must provide their own refreshments, paper goods, entertainment and decorations. An Alcott staff person is in attendance during the party. The affordable party affords party-throwers 1.5 hours of staff person supervision. For more details and an application, call (914)472-4404 for the Scarsdale location.


celebration without heading south of the border? Then take an unforgettable trip to the moon! The Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, that is. With four convenient locations throughout the Bergen County area and one in Westchester, the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe presents visitors of all ages with a bright, airy atmosphere that is brought to life by a unique lighting style and artistic decor. An outgoing, child-friendly staff is always waiting to greet your little ones. The Blue Moon is fully equipped to provide the party of a lifetime for as few as 10 to as many as 60 kids ages 4 and up. Your party guests will take part in a fun-filled celebration that includes a mouth-watering menu. Children will love Blue Moon’s delicious selection of Chips and Salsa; Burgers and Fries; Beef or Chicken Tacos; Grilled Cheese; Pasta and Hot Dogs. Families can choose from buffet style or table service. For your added convenience, Blue Moon can also provide a birthday cake and all of your paper goods. Families are always welcome to liven up the festivities by inviting their own entertainer to the party. Children’s birthday parties at the Blue Moon are available 7 days a week! In addition to their wonderful birthday party packages, the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe also offers take-out, private parties and catering for all occasions. Call their main office today at (201)848-4088 to find out more!

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Central Park Dance 450 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914)723-2940 Central Park Dance, where every student is special. With more than 175 weekly classes, and more than 30 years of experience, Central Park Dance offers Westchester’s highest quality programs at every age and level. Have the birthday party of your dreams! Choose from hip-hop, jazz, ballet, fun-n-fit, hip-hop princess, fairy tale ballet, hip-hop boys, DJ and more! The unique party syllabus is designed to cater to every age group and can be customized. Voted best of Westchester 2013, members of the party staff at Central Park Dance have been regarded as the finest in the area. In the state-of-the-art facility, guests are provided with a fully decorated spacious studio, a delightful and comfortable room to serve food and beverages, paper goods, custom invitations and an experienced, attentive staff that will make your party truly spectacular and memorable. Rentals are also available for parties, for more information call or visit Come and experience the ultimate dance party!


Funfuzion 19 LeCount Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801 (914)637-7575 Funfuzion at New Roc City is Westchester’s Largest Indoor Entertainment Center and the only entertainment megaplex of its kind in Westchester County that offers five distinctive entertainment venues under one roof! It is open seven days a week including holidays, so the fun is ongoing-- rain or shine! Chooze or Fuze your funtastic experience from video games, rides, glow bowling, glow mini golf, billiards, and indoor go-karting. Funfuzion’s premiere featured attraction, their multi-level, state–of–the–art, Level-12 Lazer Tag Arena is full of action-packed fun! Use your FUZE card for anything in the facility, including food and beverages in two delicious cafes! Funfuzion is the perfect location for an extraordinary event, featuring traditional meeting rooms for business, as well as sophisticated party spaces that can accommodate groups of all sizes! A variety of special offers and events are available, including the World’s Greatest Birthday Party or Teen Party, which features unique interactive entertainment experiences. Check out other fantastic offers such as Wacky Wednesday packages starting at 4pm every Wednesday, or the Unlimited Bowling Block on Mondays starting at 5pm. For more information, please call (914)637-7575 or visit the website. Jodi’s Gym 25 Hubbels Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 (914)244-8811 244 E. 84th St., NYC 10028 (212)772-7633 Looking for an action-packed, fun-filled birthday party your kids will flip over? Jodi’s Gym is the place. Kids 1-12 years your needs, your neighborhood

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OnTrack Sports Center 29 South Depot Plaza, Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914)909-2974 OnTrack Sport Center is a 26,000-square-foot indoor sports facility located adjacent to the Tarrytown train station. The field house boasts two indoor turf fields for small-sided games or team training. Besides offering sports instruction, recreation and competitive programs for both youth and adults, OnTrack specializes in customized birthday parties. Younger children might prefer an unstructured Playzone party with air castles, tunnels, tent house, and balls; or add a party professional for added fun and games. Older children just like to play sports– with or without one of OnTrack’s coordinators– just pick your favorites: Soccer, Kickball, Touch Football, Capture-the-Flag, Relay Races, then wrap it all up with a “parents vs kids” Dodgeball game or Tug-o-War. Find out why OnTrack was selected the Best Indoor Sport Center by Westchester Magazine (Best of Westchester 2009). No gimmicks, just the best stress-free parties around. OnTrack also offers batting cages, baseball training, group fitness and Zumba classes. For more information visit or call (914)909-2974.



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at The Play Group Theatre. Celebrate in the Theatre: Bring your child and guests to a PGT MainStage show. Enjoy the magic of live theatre, at affordable birthday party prices! After the show, you can bring your party on a backstage tour where you will get a behind-the-scenes up-close peek at the stage, dressing rooms, sets, props and costumes— and you might even meet the cast! Party packages now include a party room and quality cupcakes or cake. Celebrate in the Studio: Celebrate your child’s birthday with a theater games party in the Studio Theatre. Led by a PGT teaching artist, the children enjoy an hour of theatre games and fun. Party activities can include music, crafts, props, costumes and games that can be tailored to specific themes or ideas of the birthday child. Located in downtown White Plains, PGT’s spacious new theatre complex is the perfect place to celebrate your child’s next birthday! • 212-213-8840

Tom Thumb 1949 E. Main St., Mohegan, NY 10547 (914)528-KIDS(5437) Dynamic Gymnastics, on the Tom Thumb Campus, offers an excellent birthday party package that makes your child’s party fun for all ages. Your party includes one hour of gymnastics fun and party games with the coaches on the gym floor. Children under three may participate if an adult accompanies them. There is also a one hour party time held in our upstairs party room which overlooks the gym. Parents may bring food and/or drinks to serve to the attending children. There is a minimum number of guests is ten children for each party. For each additional child there is an additional fee. Members of Dynamic Gymnastics or Tom Thumb Preschool receive special pricing. A deposit is required for all parties, half of which is refundable if the party is canceled at least 48 hours ahead of scheduled time. You may schedule a party on Saturday at 4pm or 5:15pm, or on Sunday at 11am, 12:15, 1:30 or 2:45pm. For additional information or to reserve a party time please call (914)528-KIDS(5437). For your convenience, postcard invitations are provided with room for your information and directions are printed to Dynamic Gymnastics.


YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester 250 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605 (914)949-8030 Celebrate Your Special Day! Are you having a birthday? An anniversary? A baby shower? Have your next party or function at the White Plains YMCA. Choose from several rooms and party packages. The YMCA’s team would love to help host your next special event. Specialty packages include activities such as arts & crafts, sports & fitness, dance, gymnastics, and pool parties. Mention “YMCA Party” to receive preferred pricing from Famous La Famiglia Pizza and Buttercup Bakery. For more information, dial (914)949-8030 or e-mail your needs, your neighborhood


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by Dr. Alisa Gean


Childhood Concussions

An introduction to traumatic brain injuries.


elieve it or not, childhood is one of the highest risk periods for experiencing traumatic brain injury (TBI) from sports-related concussions, motor vehicle accidents, and falls. TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in children. There are at least 3.5 million new childhood TBI cases every year, and nearly 5.3 million Americans (2 percent of the population) are currently living with a TBI disability. The nearly 3,000 youth football leagues across the United States with approximately 600,000 players present just a small sampling of the kids that are at risk for TBI. This number does not include children who participate in soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and hockey. Fortunately, the majority of TBI in children is classified as “mild,” often termed a concussion. In this author’s opinion, however, the classification of “mild” can be misleading as the injury may lead to disabilities that are associated with a variety of longterm social, behavioral, and reasoning difficulties. Although most concussions resolve on their own within days to months, a small minority of patients will experience persistent symptoms. 22 I parentguide News I June 2014

Children and adolescents are not little adults. Children’s brains are continuously developing, which means an injury would affect them differently than it would an adult in the following important ways: •A child’s brain, because of its early growth, is large and heavy relative to other parts of the body. It is poorly stabilized by weak neck musculature and is often the leading contact point on impact. •A child’s face provides less protection because a child’s facial skeleton is relatively small. •A child’s brain is more susceptible to tearing of the white matter (i.e., the “wiring” of the brain). This shearing injury is currently thought to be the primary cause of a concussion. Hence the slogan: “Wire together, fire together. Out of sync, lose your link.” •Brain swelling is more common in children than in adults as a child’s brain fills up the entire skull and there is no room for additional blood or brain swelling.

•The skull of a child is thin and provides less protection for sports that do not use head gear (e.g., soccer, baseball). •A child’s nervous system is constantly evolving (through age 24 in males and 20 in females). Consequently, the effects of a head injury on the developing brain are likely to interfere with neurodevelopmental processes. •Young patients are more prone to the “second impact syndrome” (SIS). This syndrome is believed to occur when a second concussion, even one of lesser severity to the first, re-injures the previously healing brain and results in death or devastating injury.

What should a parent and coach look for in a concussion? Concussions remain a symptom-based diagnosis, and they can be difficult to diagnose clinically. Early warning signs include: headache, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, balance problems, sensitivity to light and noise, memory problems, sleep disorders, and mood disorders. A loss of consciousness (LOC) is not necessary for the diagnosis of concussion. Indeed, only 10 percent of concussed individuals experience a LOC, with many incidents going unnoticed. However, a concussion typically does involve a period of short-term forgetfulness. Parents and coaches should be aware that athletes may minimize or fail to report their symptoms because of a strong desire to continue playing, or a belief that their symptoms

are mild enough to play through. Children who sustain a concussion are required to be removed from play or strenuous activity until clearance by a health care provider. TBI may be common, but it is also avoidable. To focus on prevention, parents should ensure children wear protective gear and play in a safe environment with heat and hydration precautions. If enrolled in supervised sports, children should have coaches that have been certified and can recognize possible TBI signs. Kids should continue playing outside and benefit from the rewards that playing sports offer. That 419 Parkteam Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 being said, everyone should understand the signs of a TBI injury, take proper steps to TO:and stop play immediately if FAX # prevent them, a TBI may have occurred.


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lthough we associate it mostly with carefree fun, there is also science involved in child’s play. The latest educational research shows that from infancy on, play teaches us the valuable skills needed to strengthen our bodies and develop our brains. Play improves a child’s ability to identify, sort, react to, and expand upon the information presented to him in an environment. Children learn best by experiencing the world with their senses. They need to see, feel, hear, smell, and even taste things to understand them fully. A child is in an optimal learning situation when he participates in activities that utilize his senses. This is called “sensory play.” The more children use their senses, the more completely they learn. The science of play actually starts at conception! Playfully, to build leg and abdominal muscles, an unborn infant uses his legs to push off a uterine wall, causing him to flip and tumble. Once a child is born and through his adolescence, he should be surrounded by materials that invite use of the senses and provide quality learning opportunities. Engaging the senses during exploration enables children to develop communication, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Self-confidence and social development increase as children master what they are trying to achieve. More importantly, sensory play leads to imaginative play, which is crucial for emotional and cognitive development. Imagination helps children anticipate scenarios, too. When my children were growing up, I created a learning wonderland in our house based on research I conducted while at Johns Hopkins University. You, too, can make sensory-rich environments or scenarios for your kids. All you need to do is clear out an area like the basement, family room, or even the garage to use for playtime. Next, rummage through closets, storage items, and your kitchen to find creative learning tools. Then, pull it all together while being especially conscious of the five senses, which can be incorporated in the following ways: 24 I parentguide News I June 2014

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baking can offer a great way to boost math skills while stimulating the senses. With a chocolate chip cookie recipe, all of those spoon, cup, liquid, and solid measurements enable math practice and tickle the sense of smell. Another time, try creating a “smell test” station with dip sticks in oils, perfumes, and other aromatherapy items (being mindful of allergies and sensitive noses, of course).

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to explore and see the world with scavenger hunts and nature discovery. Find tips to foster nature-based activities at www.parentguidenews. com/Articles/NaturalSplendor. In a different play session, bring out some black lights, and see the kinds of effects they create on different colors and surfaces. The lights can also be used for calming behavior.

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special headphone experience by streaming a range of different sounds like music, banging, drumming, etc., through them. In addition, your children can form a rock band with microphones, bongos, and tambourines.


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Some other fun, sensory-rich learning activities to try are game nights, creating photo exhibitions and art galleries, rock collecting and polishing, knitting, sewing, and carpentry. Within the context of free multi-sensory play, children learn how to make friends; use motor skills; and assimilate the symbols required to read, write, and calculate. You can’t go wrong as long as you keep learning and fun in mind! Anything you do will be a success when you make a conscious effort to be as creative as you can. The more sensory-rich your fun zone, the more scientific your play becomes. You’ll be amazed by how much your children can teach themselves. Your child’s growth in strength will also help him feel peace, comfort, joy, and a positive attitude of “Yes, I can!”


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Many people think Puerto Rico is all about piña coladas and hotel spa treatments. Not so! There’s oodles to do outside resort walls for kids and adults. Read on for the top five picks for family fun on the island that boasts it all: beaches, deserts, caves, rivers, and a rainforest.

1) Old San Juan

Viejo San Juan (as locals know it) is a seven-square-block area of cobblestone streets and pigeon-filled plazas. Quaint and charming, it’s more reminiscent of a European city like Barcelona than an old Caribbean port. It’s the perfect place for relaxed strolling with kids. There are parks and plazas around practically every corner, and the area’s not hurting for kid-friendly, yet authentic food. Head straight for El Morro National Monument, a fort surrounded by gargantuan stone walls and cannons. Built way back in 1540, it’s pretty much a maze filled with tunnels, dungeons, ramps, and secret passageways. Bring spare change to buy a kite to fly on its vast grassy area, where kids can run free while you savor the fabulous views of San Juan Bay.

2) El Yunque

A rainforest is part of the United States — who knew? El Yunque National Forest is super-accessible. Only an hour from metropolitan San Juan, this hotspot places you in thick of the jungle. You can drive right in and park within just a few steps of plenty of cool observation areas, waterfalls, hiking trails and lookout points. There’s also a welcome center to get a better grip on what to see. Kids get a huge thrill out of all the coquis, a.k.a. tree frogs, which make non-stop “ko-key” noises. Keep your eyes peeled for the Puerto Rican Amazon parrot, one of the most endangered birds in the world, but don’t hold your breath — spotting one isn’t a sure thing. Bring rain gear — it is, after all, a rainforest, and 100 billion gallons of rainwater is dumped on it every year.

3) Ponce

Drive to the southern side of the island to find calmer waters — the south touches the Caribbean Sea, while the north is on the Atlantic Ocean — and a genuine feel for local living. Go to the town square for the Old Ponce Fire Station (Parque de Bombas). It’s an awesome firehouse painted with bold

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red and black stripes and a surefire kids’ attention-grabber. Then walk over to Ponce’s boardwalk, Paseo Tablado La Guancha, for good local eats and a ferry ride to Coffin Island, which has gorgeous beaches and an old lighthouse.

4) Rio Camuy Cave Park

The cool factor in the caves at this locale is through the roof. It’s the third-largest cave system in the world, formed more than a million years ago. Translation: Convincing kids to visit is as good as done. The trails take you 200 feet down into the earth. You can take a trolley ride through the caves and sinkholes, which have some odd types of fish (they’re blind!), plenty of bats, and tons of ferns. Go on your own or prearrange a guided tour; either is an adventure. This isn’t just a way to kill an hour — plan on an entire day. Bring a picnic lunch, a camera to record all those crazy stalactites and stalagmites, and some extra coin for souvenirs.

5) Your hotel

Yes, my favorite Puerto Rican adventures are outside hotel walls. But truth be told, some of the best family resorts in the world are in Puerto Rico, so why not sink your teeth into them? Most offer multiple pools, gobs of beach activities, lively family events, a fully equipped recreation center, and a daily kids’ club. Spending a few days on the property is just plain good judgment! My suggestion: Alternate between active excursions and leisurely resort days and you’ll go home relaxed, refreshed, and revived.

Where to Stay

- Top pick: El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort that has its own private island and beach, an onsite water park, dozens of water activities, restaurants galore, and kids’ adventures around every corner. - Another good choice: The Caribe Hilton, which is close to Old San Juan, has plenty of pool action and grounds with peacocks, swans, turtles, and a rooster or two.

What to Wear

Colorful casual is the theme here. Plan for heat and humidity. Walking around town calls for comfy and supportive-but-stylish shoes. Photo Credit: Ken and Nyetta via

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Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Pier 83, W. 42nd St., NYC 10036 (212)563-3200 If you want to experience the best of New York, a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise is for you. Whether it’s seeing the skyline from a new perspective, or capturing a landmark photo, they help you make that memory. Circle Line has hosted more than 60 million guests since 1945 and is considered “America’s Favorite Boat Ride.” They have something for everyone. Choose from five different leisurely tours including the famous Full-Island Cruise, the landmark-spotting Semi-Circle Cruise, the quick and easy Liberty Cruise or the sunset Harbor Lights cruise. New this year, all cruises include all new tour content created in partnership with the New-York Historical Society, creating an enthralling narrative of the history, culture and landscape that make New York Iconic. The thrill seekers in the family can take a ride aboard the BEAST Speedboat– a 30-minute ride of pure excitement! Special event cruises include the popular Kids Cruise series (May 31, June 21, July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23, and October 25), fantastic Fourth of July fireworks cruises and family-friendly Bear Mountain cruises in the fall.Visit www. or find Circle Line on Facebook for more

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C-Section Right for You? For some pregnant women, the idea of scheduling a Caesarean section sounds convenient and practical. Compared with traditional labor and delivery, getting wheeled into a surgery room on a scheduled day seems like it would be less painful and more controlled — but is it? The truth is, while C-sections have benefits and can be necessary to protect the baby or the mother, they still carry significant risks. That’s why the decision to have one should be carefully weighed. How do you know if a C-section is right for you? Of what should you be aware beforehand? What exactly are the risks involved, and how can you best heal from one? Here’s a look at what you need to know about Caesarean deliveries.

What determines the need for a C-section?

The main thing to keep in mind with C-sections is that they exist is to protect mothers and babies. When complications arise, a C-section provides a way to intervene surgically to protect them both. According to, “A C-section might be planned ahead of time if you develop pregnancy complications or you’ve had a previous C-section and aren’t considering vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Often, however, the need for a first-time C-section doesn’t become obvious until labor is under way.” When a mother has health conditions like an unstable heart disease or high blood pressure, or when a baby has health concerns such as fluid on the brain, a C-section may be scheduled before labor ever starts. But in other cases, a C-section may become necessary when labor has already started for the following reasons:

The reasons for and risks of Caesarean delivery. by Dr. Charles Bowers

Stalled labor. When a mother’s cervix isn’t opening properly despite hours of labor or when a baby is too big to fit through the birth canal, labor is stalled and a C-section may be needed. Breech birth. When the baby is in an abnormal presentation like feet first or shoulder first, a C-section may be necessary.

Baby is in danger. During labor, if the baby’s heartbeat changes significantly or a doctor is concerned about the baby’s oxygen supply, a C-section offers a way to get the baby out quickly without prolonged health damage.

Problems with the placenta or the umbilical cord. Some typical birth complications include placental abruption (placenta detaches from the uterus before labor is completed), placenta previa (placenta covers opening of cervix), or problems with the umbilical cord (when it slips through the cervix before the baby or gets compressed during contractions), any of which threaten safe vaginal delivery.

Multiples. Mothers carrying multiple babies will often have one or more of the babies in an abnormal presentation, making vaginal delivery difficult.

Additionally, once a mother has had a C-section, it is often suggested to deliver future children the same way, depending on the type of incision and other factors.

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Risks of C-sections

A C-section is a major operation, and, like all major surgeries, it involves risks. Babies born after elective C-sections may have a greater chance of breathing problems at birth, as well as other injuries. For the mother, risks include: •Increased bleeding •Blood clots •Inflammation and infection of the uterus membrane •Reactions to anesthesia •Wound infection •Surgical injuries to bowel and bladder •Greater risks for future pregnancies

How can you prepare for a C-section?

The best preparation for a C-section is knowledge. Ask your healthcare provider about any questions you have so you know what to expect. He will likely order blood tests to prepare for the unlikely event of a transfusion, and there may be other details he can help you understand. Most importantly, prepare yourself to rest well after a C-section. For a few weeks after surgery, you will probably need help with meals, housework, and childcare if you have other kids. Plan accordingly so your body has the proper time to heal. Dr. Charles Bowers is a retired obstetrician/gynecologist with more than three decades of medical experience. He now works for Ross Feller Casey, LLP, as a medical forensic evaluator. Discover more at

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For the Woman behind the Mom

It’s time to cast off heavy socks and boots in favor of open-toed shoes and sandals. As your feet emerge from hibernation, consider thes following tips for summer foot care.

Sporting sandals? Stability, support, and protection should be top-of-mind when you’re sandal shopping. Look for a sandal with a low, stable sole and a heel cup that allows it to remain properly aligned on your foot while you walk. A toe cap will keep your toes from being stubbed. And don’t forget arch support, which helps distribute pressure evenly and makes sandals more comfortable. What about flip-flops? They’re everywhere, and while they may have a limited place in your warm-weather wardrobe, flip-flops should not be worn as an everyday summer shoe. Flip-flops provide zero support for your feet and ankles, and their structure leaves you open to toe stubs and ankle injuries. Limit your flip-flop use to the poolside or for short strolls up the block. Never wear them on uneven terrain. Pass the sunscreen. When you’re slathering on sunscreen everywhere else, remember your feet need sun protection, too. The upper surface of the foot generally lies perpendicular to the rays of the sun when standing. This positioning makes your feet susceptible to more ultraviolet radiation than other parts of the body.

Tips for kids:

Foot hygiene can be challenging for children in summer, especially if they wear sneakers without socks. Going sockless can create a breeding ground for bacteria inside kids’ shoes. Encourage your kids to wear lightweight socks, or try light summer shoes with mesh uppers that can be easily washed to control bacteria growth and odor.

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Summer care tips for comfort and style.

Creams generally are a better option than spray-on sunscreens, which may not cover all areas of your feet well enough. Rub sunscreen liberally over the tops and sides of the feet, as well as in between toes. Remember to reapply sunscreen to feet and legs throughout the day, especially after swimming. Open shoes equal dirt and dryness. Ever notice how much dirt and sand accumulate on your feet when you’re wearing sandals or going barefoot? Clean feet resist infections, so wash your feet regularly and carefully, including in between your toes. Dry thoroughly with your own towel, not a towel you share with others. If dryness develops, apply moisturizer to the soles and the tops of your feet. Some pre-pedicure advice. Before heading to the salon, inspect your feet. If you find cracked skin, cuts, or blisters, you should delay your visit until the skin is healed. These skin problems can provide an entry point for bacteria, which could lead to infection. Most nail salons are careful about cleaning footbaths between clients, but any bacteria left behind can cause infections in open skin. Watch those bare feet. When you’re at the beach, avoid walking barefoot along rocky shores or uneven surfaces. It’s easy to cut or bruise your feet or ankles when wading. And if you’re taking to the woods or wild grassy areas, cover your feet and legs with shoes and socks to prevent ticks from attaching to bare skin. Some ticks carry Lyme disease, and covering up on hikes can help protect you. Steven Weinfeld, M.D., is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, specializing in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). The AOFAS maintains a patient-education website,, which features articles on various foot and ankle conditions and their treatments.

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June 1: White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival, Tibbits Park, 1 N. Broadway, White Plains, www.whiteplainsoutdoorartsfestival. com. The 52nd Annual White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival is back with unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry, handicrafts, and art work. Also, the event includes an exhibition of student art, a raffle of items donated by vendors, a variety of food vendors, and a children’s art workshop. 10am-5pm. June 1: Barnard Carnival, Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center, 129 Barnard Road, New Rochelle, (914)576-4386, The Barnard Carnival is geared towards toddlers to elementary aged children. There will be rides, arts and crafts, face painting, food, and other activities sure to provide fun entertainment for the afternoon. 1-4pm.

June 4: Let’s Pretend and Celebrate with Nora Maher, Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, (914)631-7734, www. This event is for young children and their parents or caregivers. The fast-paced class includes the reading of a story, songs, music, and movement. 11am.

June 8 - 14 June 8: Hastings Flea, Zinsser Commuter Parking Lot in Downtown Hastings, Across from the Hastings MetroNorth train station, Hastings-on-Hudson, Experience one-of-a-kind vendors in one of the most beautiful villages along15: the Hudson. Browse handmadeDad crafts, home goods, June World’s Greatest jewelry, and unique vintage and antique clothing, collectables, and furniture. Expectthecrafts, good food,Greenburgh and a few surDad’s Day: What’s Buzz music, with Honeybees?, Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, (914)7233470, Grab dad and head to the nature center to learn about the busy lives in a honeybee hive. Learn why and how bees are critical players in the lives of humans and in the global economy. The program includes a taste test of locally harvested honey. 2pm.

June 6: Astronomy Night, Stamford Museum, 151 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, Connecticut, (203)977-6521, www. Part of a series of exciting Friday night astronomy programs in the observatory, visitors have the opportunity to view the night sky, planets and stars through a 22inch telescope (weather permitting). 8:30pm. June 7: Children’s Performance: Family Market Day, Library Green, Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, (914)632-8254, Noted children’s performer Kurt Gallagher plays the guitar, ukulele, slide whistle, and more for the crowd. There’s also a puppet show. All ages are welcome. 11am-noon.

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June 20-29: 75 Years in the Making Disney’s On The Record, White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, This performance tells the story of a recording session that changed the lives of a young singer, a pop diva who meets her match, and a matinee idol who meets the “new kid” who could take his place. This show-stopping new musical June 28: All Going Camping features 64 of theWe’re most beloved songs ever written from some of the most popular films ever made during the past Great American Backyard Campout, www.backyard75 years. Times vary. Get together with neighbors and friends or just the family for the annual Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored by National Wildlife Federation. This is the perfect time of year to get outdoors and teach young children how nature makes you happier and healthier. Not sure how to plan your campout? I parentguide News I 39 Go online for packingJune lists,2014 recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, activities, games, and more. You set the time!


Calendarof Events prises. The event continues every second Sunday of the month through October. 10am-4pm. June 11: Musical Mommy and Me Featuring Shir Fun, Chabad of the Rivertowns, 303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, (914)6936100, The popular Hebrew music program for tots, babies, and their caregivers brings live music with an original vibe and beat for families to enjoy. 9:45am. June 12: Party on the Pond, James G. Conservancy, Sheldrake Environmental Center, 687 Weaver St., Larchmont, www. June 7: Sweet Sensation This annual fundraising gala presents the unique opportunity for the community to come together and The 77th Annual Strawberry Episcopal Church explore the conservancy propertyFestival, in its evening splendor. Adof St. Mary the Virgin, 191 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua, vance tickets required. All ages welcome. 6:30-10pm. Bring the entire family down to the sweetest eventDay, of the summer complete crafts, June 14: Colonial St. Paul’s Church Nationalwith Historic Site, 897 rides, food, music, and attic treasures! 11am-4pm. S. games, Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon, (914)667-4116, sapa.Experience Colonial-era-style music, dancing, crafts, games, and arms, special tours of the Church Bell Tower and the colonial section of the cemetery, and many other events. Noon-4pm.

June 15 - 21 June 15: Father’s Day Fishing Derby, Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco, (914)666-8448, A special opportunity for June 14: Colorful Convention dads and their kids, ages 5-12. The Sanctuary suspends its “No New York Comic Center, 198 Fishing” policy for Fest, one Westchester day, Father’sCounty Day! Interested particiCentral White Plains,, pants mustAve., pre-register by June 13, and supply their own equipment and bait. All fishingBrought is catchto and release only. Westchester by1-3pm. the promoters of the Asbury Park Comicon, this show honors the June 15: ofAll That See Jazz,guest The ofHoff-Barthelson Music School, culture comics. honor Scott Snyder along 25with School Lane, Jazz department students special guests Mark Waid, Herb Trimpe, Bob Camp, perform in world of a 10am-6pm. jazz composition commissioned Larry the Hama, andpremiere many more. for them by internationally celebrated baritone sax player Gary Smulyan at this annual event. 6pm. June 18: Petite Concert with Chi-Chi Bestmann, Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, (914)722-1303, www. Enjoy a family concert with violinist and

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June 20-29: 75 Years in the Making Disney’s On The Record, White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, This performance tells the story of a recording session that changed the lives of a young singer, a pop diva who meets her match, and a matinee idol who meets the “new kid” who could take his place. This show-stopping new musical features 64 of the most beloved songs ever written from some of the most popular films ever made during the past 75 years. Times vary. conductor, Chi-Chi Bestmann. Child-friendly, informal, and interactive concerts where the youngest of listeners, from newborns June 28: We’re All Going Camping to preschoolers, can discover the violin and viola. 10am. Great American Backyard Campout, Get together with neighbors June 21: Minecraft Build-Off Tournament, Digitaland Artsfriends Experience,or170 Ave., Suite 100, Love justHamilton the family for the annual Great American Backplayingyard Minecraft? Join The Digital Arts Experience for the Campout, sponsored by National Wildlife Federafourth tion. Minecraft run wildand in This isTournament the perfectand timeletofyour yearcreativity to get outdoors a build-off tournament! All participants go home with a small teach young children how nature makes you happier prize regardless of win lose! by campout? the Microsoft and healthier. Notor sure howSponsored to plan your Store. There is to be a rafafle where participants may win an Go online for packing lists, recipes, nocturnal wildlife XBOX 360! Register online at guides, activities, games, and more. You set the time! orgs/TheDigitalArtsExperience. 1-3:30pm.

June 22 - 30 I had forced the website to the second June 22: Big Equipment Day, Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers, (914)864-7282, Bring line so it wasn’t split... is it better to Dad for an inside look at Muscoot’s tractors, trucks and gators. 1-3pm. leave it this way? June 25: SummerFest: Concert on the Green: The Amish Outlaws, Cross County Shopping Center, at the Crossroads of the NY State Thruway and Cross County Parkway on the Green between AX Armani Exchange and Adidas, Yonkers, Bring friends and family to enjoy a night of music under the stars. Bring beach chairs and blankets to enjoy the show on the Green, in the center of the mall. All shows are family-friendly. 7-9pm. June 29: My First Movies, Citi Center Cinema de Lux White Plains, 19 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, www.myfirstmovies. com. A fun and stress-free experience, My First Movies turns your local theater into a joy and music filled playdate for young children and their parents. Designed expressly for toddlers, this event features short, fun and educational films shown in a theater where the lights are on and kids can dance, sing and enjoy themselves. The program continues Sundays and Wednesdays. 10am.

All Month Long Through July 27: Mary Poppins, Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, One of the most popular Disney films of all time is now capturing hearts as a hit stage musical. Based on P.L. Travers’ cherished stories and

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Great American Backyard Campout, Get together with neighbors and friends or just the family for the annual Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored by National Wildlife Federation. This is the perfect time of year to get outdoors and teach young children how nature makes you happier and healthier. Not sure how to plan your campout? Go online for packing lists, recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, activities, games, and more. You set the time! • 212-213-8840

the classic Walt Disney film, this delightful musical is a show you and your entire family are sure to treasure. Times vary.

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All Month Long: Sign Up for Pathways to a Peaceful School, so Center it wasn’t split... is itEducation better to& CMTE|NY, Hosted line by the for Montessori, at the leave it; way? Radisson Hotel, 1 Radisson Plaza, New Rochelle. This, first of its kind in Westchester, conference is for Montessori teachers, Montessori school owners and/or directors and board members. The per-person fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. The focus is on creating a peaceful Montessori school community at your school. More information regarding the presenters and workshops can be found online. Registration deadline is July 10. Sundays in June: Bicycle Sundays, Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains, www.countycenter. biz. During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, walkers, scooters and strollers. The course runs from the Westchester County Center in White Plains, south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a round-trip of 13.1 miles. There are many points of entry and exit along the way. Parking is available at the County Center lot. The program continues on Sundays in September. 10am-2pm.


Sundays in June: Family Fondue Sundays, The Melting Pot of White Plains, 30 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, (914)993-6358, Come for fun fondue dining where parents can enjoy three-course meal, while kids younger than 14 can have two courses for a fixed price. Noon-4pm.

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1 Specifically designed for young children, The Kids Tablet 2 from Polaroid comes with more than 70 kid-friendly apps, including 25 Disney and Marvel apps and books, as well as games, educational content, and more. 2 Touted as the world’s thinnest USB cable, the ChargeCard from NOMAD can go where bulky cables can’t, making it the perfect tool for everything from quick road trips to worldwide travels. 3 Choopie creates innovative, affordable, and stylish products for families. Check out the company’s Citygrips, perfect for protecting stroller handles, and Cityhooks, which provide extra gear-carrying options for parents on the go.

6 Designed to help keep your electronics safe and dry, Bheestie Revive is effective and essential to have on hand whenever your electronics encounter a major water mishap. 7 Pack’Ems are the perfect companion to your kids’ lunch and snacks. They come in two different sizes, feature a gusseted bottom for standing, and are dishwasher safe. 8 Featuring bright colors, modern designs, and adjustable flow rates, Evenflo’s brand-new line of Triple Flo Cups were created to grow along with your child.

4 Screw Top Squeez’Ems are eco-friendly, reusable food pouches for pureed or blended foods. They’re easy to fill, clean, and store.

9 Discover the power of a vacuum without the hassle of a cord thanks to the Dyson DC59 Animal. The state-of-the-art model includes a digital V6 motor, 2-Tier Radial cyclones, and a battery made for maximum suction.

5 The new TOZZ football and the DIZK flying disc are made with a special glow paint to offer hours of fun during the day and at night.

10 Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature Pacifiers feature a symmetrical orthodontic shape to cater to your child’s age group. They’re available in exciting modern designs and colors.

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