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KiDS! A Special Section of The Rivertowns Enterprise March 10, 2017



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Kids! Cover Contest Winners Josephine Rose Costello COVER WINNER

T Inside Kids! LEARNING: From confidence to cooperation, kids learn early....... 4A PARENTING: Regular routines benefit even the youngest children........... 6A ALLERGY PREVENTION: Peanuts no longer on the no-no list................ 8A UNPLUGGED: Kids healthy, happy with active lifestyle......................10A HEALTH: Healthy eating habits for kids begin at home...................... 16A DE-STRESS: Don’t forget to set aside some ‘YOU’ time......................... 18A

his 4-year-old Californian gets playground weather all year and she couldn’t be happier. Josephine, the granddaughter of Irvington’s Bonnie Costello, was captured in her element over Thanksgiving during a holiday visit to the left coast. “It was such a nice picture on a beautiful day,” Bonnie said. “I got the picture and said, ‘Oh my goodness, I have to print this and hang it up.’” And send it to the Enterprise, of course! Josephine’s dad, Dan, is a Dobbs Ferry graduate. Last year it was Josephine’s sister, Antonia, winning Division 1. “I wasn’t there for that picture — this one I was,” Bonnie said. In addition to spending time on the playground, Josephine loves arts and crafts. “When she’s not doing that she’s at a playground,” Bonnie said. “She loves to do that and she even does a little bit of gymnastics. She loves her class every Saturday morning.” Bonnie gets to visit for birthdays and enjoys when the girls come to New York to see her. “She absolutely loves coming to New York,” Bonnie said of Josephine. “That’s one of her favorites. She just loves being in New York — walking outside, shopping.” The rest of the year it’s all about Facetime for the Costellos. “She’s really just a wonderful little girl, so loveable,” Bonnie said. “She always talks to us and when we get there she’s so excited.”

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laire turned 1 in January. She can thank her 2-year-old sister Emma for making her laugh and helping her become a winner. This was taken after a meal, but Claire was all cleaned up and raring to go. She is also a big fan of 4-year-old brother Bobby, the 2015 cover winner. “Bobby” was, after all, Claire’s first word. “It’s fun to see the bonds they already have at a young age,” mom Jen said. “She is super happy, laid back, easy going — definitely the easiest baby I’ve had,” Mom said. “She loves her siblings and loves watching them play. She loves calling out Bobby’s name all the time. He loves it. If he’s across the room he says, ‘I’m right, here, I’m right here,’ and goes up and gives her a big hug usually.” Claire is a bit of a copycat, wanting to do what her older brother and sister do and soon enough she’ll catch up to them. “Her favorite thing to do is watch them play,” Mom said. “That makes her laugh all the time. She also loves when they sing to her.” Bobby likes to make up songs with Claire’s name and Emma then tries to jump on board. The Battistas moved to Westchester from Colorado recently to be closer to family, in particular the kids’ grandparents, who live in Hastings-on-Hudson. By the way, Claire is the 10th grandchild of Carol and Don Battista.

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erry Christmas from the Treacy family! And you should know this photo of Irvington 2-year-old Brooke was not easy to get. But all you need is one perfect picture when it comes to little ones. The holiday card photo was taken at Silver Lake in West Harrison on day 2 of the photo shoot, according to mom Allison, who grew up in Hastings and whose mother lives in Dobbs Ferry. “We had to redo her Christmas cards because the first day did not go well,” Mom said. “She was exhausted and wouldn’t sit in the studio so we went back a few days later. It was unseasonably warm and we went outside.” The second time was a charm and so is Brooke. “She definitely is spunky and fun and I think that’s what it says is that she really does enjoy laughing and having a good time,” Allison said. “She’s a fun girl.” Brooke is also a daredevil who likes to put things together. She climbs higher and higher each time she goes to the playground and loves playing with her little pink tool kit. The screwdriver is her tool of choice. One of her favorite places to go is Matthiessen Park on the water. It’s a quick walk and the slides and sand put that smile right back on Brooke’s face no matter what.



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From confidence to cooperation, kids learn early BY LINDA LEAVITT

dren when they show empathy for others. Parents can foster these qualities by identifying emotions and modeling useful responses to feelings, like counting to 10 when you’re angry or explaining why you feel hurt or frustrated. Reading books and talking about the characters’ feelings helps children connect with others. Young children are naturally selfish, but they are also naturally empathic. In experiments, even babies detect abuse of one puppet by another and sympathize with the puppet who is being abused. Parents can tap into kids’ instinctive sense of fairness to teach kindness. “We try to help children see opportunities in disappointment,” said Mazel Tots’ Glassman. For example, a child who is upset because a desired color of paper is unavailable can be helped to see new possibilities in using another color, or trading with another child. “We try to help them understand what they can do, not so much what they can’t do,” Glassman said. Bove said Scarsdale Community Baptist also focuses on the positive. Whenever possible, teachers try to avoid negative commands. Instead of calling out “Don’t run!” they say “Walking feet!”


n his 1986 best seller, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” Robert Fulghum stressed sharing, playing fair and picking up after oneself. But today’s children are expected to learn these things before they go to kindergarten. Parents can make the transition to school easier by modeling and teaching behaviors that will help their children feel safe and happy, get along with other kids and respond positively to teachers. Safety first The most important thing to teach your preschooler is safety, and it’s a tricky one. You have to walk a fine line between warning of danger and making your child anxious and fearful. Involve your child in staying safe by asking him or her help you look both ways before you cross the street and watching for back-up lights in a parking lot. Tell your child you must be able to see him at all times on the playground or beach and assure him that you will never leave without him. Instruct her never to leave the area with anyone other than you, or a friend or relative you designate. If your child is lost in a public place, tell him to look for a policeman or another mother with a child and ask for help. Children need to know their parents’ full names and address. If you’re off to the zoo or other crowded place, consider writing your cell phone number on a piece of paper and putting it in the child’s pocket. Be sure to tell the child it’s there. Building confidence Giving your children the freedom to run around and explore in an enclosed place like a playground helps build confidence that will stand them in good stead when they start school. Jody Glassman, director of the Mazel Tots program at Scarsdale Synagogue, believes “It’s really important for parents to help their children feel capable. Don’t carry them into school, let them walk. Be encouraging and make them feel you have faith in them. Your worries should be your own and not put on the child.” If you are posi-

tive about going to school, your child will see it that way too. “Self-love and confidence help children function within a community,” says Dina Bove, director of Scarsdale Community Baptist Nursery School. It requires patience to stand by while a child learns to dress herself, put her toys away or help unpack groceries, but children who can do these things are more self-assured and better prepared for school than kids who are accustomed to having everything done for them. At Scarsdale Community Baptist, kids have rotating jobs like setting the table for snack time, feeding the fish, leading the line to the playground and taking care


of the class library, Bove says. These tasks make them feel like productive members of the group. Socializing For most children, preschool at age 2, 3 or 4 is the first communal experience without a parent present. In these early years children are “learning how to become a friend and get along with people, not just one on one in a playdate, but also as part of a group,” said Jane Arcaya, director of Elmwood Nursery School in White Plains. “Kindness and empathy” go a long way, she said, adding, “Children learn to go with the flow, give and take.” Bove says her teachers emphasize kindness and make sure to praise chil-

Sharing Sharing can be a major challenge, but it’s an essential part of getting along with others. Simple board games that don’t require reading teach turn taking, following rules, fairness and winning and losing gracefully. At Mazel Tots, teachers “have a variety of ways to handle sharing,” Glassman said. Children are taught to say, “When you’re done with that, I’d like a turn.” Sometimes teachers use an egg timer and tell the child, “When the sand runs out you can find a new toy or give the toy you’re playing with to someone else.” A kitchen timer also works as an impersonal way of saying “time’s up.” Preschoolers are as covetous of other kids’ toys as they are zealous in guarding their own. It’s not uncommon for young children to take a playmate’s toy, hiding it or claiming the other child gave it to them. CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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Rather than accuse a child of lying or stealing, a parent could suggest that the friend may only have meant to lend it and insist that the child offer to bring it back. Manners Even children as young as 2 can learn basic manners. This includes not only “Please,” “Thank you” and “You’re welcome,” which are easy to teach and model, but also “Hello,” “Goodbye,” “Excuse me” and “I’m sorry.” Children should be taught to respond, with eye contact, when spoken to, not to interrupt, not to call people names or use bad language. Parents should monitor their own language and manners and be willing to apologize when the situation warrants it. Being polite to a child is not a sign of weakness. In some cases, “Sorry” is not enough. If a child has caused serious damage, parents should help him find a way to make amends. If he broke a friend’s toy, you might suggest he give the friend a toy of his own. Transitions and routines Children love routines. They like to know what to expect and delight in having their expectations met — that’s why they want you to read the same book over and over again. Following routines at home is a great way to prepare your child for the routines of a school day. But transitioning from one activity to another is a major challenge for children


who become very involved in play. Getting out the door in the morning can be stressful. Here again, the kitchen timer can be a boon, as can learning to tell time. If children can read numbers on a digital clock, parents can ask them if it’s time to get ready. One school of parenting holds that parents should apply natural consequences whenever possible. Often, the consequences of not doing what one should are too dire to risk. But if there’s an optional outing and a child is balking about getting ready, a parent can explain that if you don’t leave by a certain time it will be too late to go (the museum will close, it will get dark out, etc.) and let the child miss the outing. Dramatic play Children practice skills, try on different roles and learn to express their feelings primarily by pretending. Dramatic play is a vital activity for children at Elmwood Nursery School. “There’s always a scenario going on,” Arcaya said. The children are building something, playing restaurant, making lunch for a teddy bear. “If you pretend play with your kids at home, you prepare them to play with friends,” she said. “It’s Important for your child to be at ease with other children, follow the flow of sustained play, have relationships, be open to trying new things.” Versatile toys that encourage imagination are best. By the time they’re 5, most of today’s kids are well socialized and ready for all the new adventures that await in kindergarten.


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Regular routines benefit even the youngest children BY EVE MARX


aylor Gaines is a Katonah mom and preschool teacher at Play Care in Chappaqua. Working with 2-year-olds, she knows what kids need. “Routines help children feel they have some control and helps them learn independence,” she said. Gaines uses signifying bells in her preschool classroom to help children master transitions. “Whether it’s time to start cleaning up, or to prepare to go outside, there’s a bell that tells them they are about to change what they are doing,” Gaines said. As the school year moves on, Gaines builds on established routines so the children know when they hear the bell something is expected of them. “When they hear the bell at snack time, they know it’s time to get their place mats and water bottles and sit in their seats,” Gaines said. “We just started adding to that getting napkins. Adding to established routines over time means learning new tasks isn’t overwhelming. Routines instill great independence over time. It’s also a great method for working with children who have sensory issues, because once they get used to something you’re not changing it, you’re just adding on.” Cynthia Shaster Schmitt, another Katonah parent and occupational therapist working with young children at Theracare in White Plains, said routines are “the most important element when working with kids with special needs.” “Typically special needs children thrive on routine,” Schmitt said. “It helps them navigate their world when they know what to expect. The most important thing for any child to learn in preschool is not their letters or their numbers, but how to follow a daily routine and navigate changes within the structure of the day.” Erika Glick is the owner and director of Katonah Village Kids. “Routines are important because children feel safer when they know what to expect,” she said. “Routines are calming for children. Routines provide a sense of security.” When children understand expectations and can live up to them, this en-

hances their confidence, according to Glick. “A predictable routine allows children to feel safe and develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives,” she said. “As this sense of mastery is strengthened, they can tackle larger challenges.” Routines are also useful for eliminating power struggles and increases cooperation, a boon, obviously, for parents. What can parents do to foster the routine habit? “Parents are probably already fostering routines at home without even realizing it,” Glick said. “Bedtime routines, washing hands before a meal, various self care tasks become predictable for children.” Glick said that while it may be tempting

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— and more efficient — for parents to do certain jobs themselves, it benefits children, even very young children, to have a feeling of independence. Routines, Glick added, are also a way of fostering connection: “That expected snuggle at bedtime, conversations at dinner, singing while you’re waiting for something, these are wonderful opportunities for connection.” A good pre-school, Glick said, models for families how to implement and facilitate routines. “It’s important to remember that a routine is not necessarily a schedule,” Glick said. “The two are not synonymous. Life is unpredictable and the ability to be flexible is key. If you are

able to model how to handle changes in routine and deal with stressful situations that spontaneously arise, that reinforces the fact that establishing a routine is part of a process.” Just like any other process, establishing and reinforcing routines takes time, effort, and consistency. “But the payoff is immeasurable,” Glick said. For many parents, sticking with routines can be a challenge. “You know that you’re not going to get your kids in bed at the exact same time every night,” Glick said. “But the kids CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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should know that before bed they always brush their teeth.” Even if things don’t always go as planned, she said, make sure the important routine is accomplished: “Even if you were out until midnight, they still brush their teeth before getting into bed. They learn teeth cleaning is always followed by bedtime. It’s the routine of the teeth cleaning that helps them understand what happens next.” Cheryl Smith, the Director of St. James The Less Nursery School in Scarsdale, uses a daily schedule chart “with picture and word clues” for they day’s activities. “These help the children to understand what is coming next,” Smith said. “Imagine a child is playing in the blocks. They can look at the schedule and know that soon it will be snack time. This gives them time to understand that their activity will end and to anticipate what comes next. Each day the schedule clues are changed so they know the routines for that day and can anticipate a day’s special activity Math Math Mathspecial visitors, playground, Math etc. — music, Help Enrichment Help Enrichment We have found especially with children who are anxious about transitions that having a visual guide to their day is very helpful.” The St. James The Less program is playbased and is balanced between free play, small group activities, one-on-one teacher interactions, morning meeting as a large group and daily activities like snack, reading, music, outdoor play or large

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ALLERGY PREVENTION: Peanuts no longer on the no-no list into changes to the guidelines for the prevention of peanut allergies in the United States. The new guidelines, for both pediatricians and parents, were announced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the beginning of the year. The guidelines come as a result of research that shed new light on effective ways to prevent peanut allergies from developing in children. Researchers conducted a clinical trial called “Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP)” with more than 600 infants considered to be at high risk of developing peanut allergy because they had severe eczema, egg allergy or both. The scientists randomly divided the babies into two groups. One group was given peanutcontaining foods to eat regularly, and the other group was told to avoid peanut-containing foods. They did this until they reached 5 years of age. By comparing the two groups, researchers found that regular consumption of peanutcontaining foods beginning early in life reduced the risk of developing peanut allergy by 81 percent. Pediatricians are already embracing the new guidelines. “The idea is that exposing children early to peanuts significantly lowers their risk of peanut al-



or years, parents have avoided peanuts. The roasted nut — one third of the ingredients in the iconic American childhood classic PB&J — has been effectively ostracized. It begins its solitary confinement on the list of nonos for parents when they introduce foods to their babies. Why take the risk that a child might be allergic? While peanuts won’t be appearing in school lunch rooms any time soon, new information about effective ways to prevent the rise of peanut allergies in children is changing the way parents and pediatricians view the much-maligned nuts and their place in children’s diets. Whereas parents were often cautioned to avoid exposing children to peanuts in infancy in case of allergy, recent scientific research has shown that peanut allergies can in fact be prevented by introducing peanut-containing foods into the diet of children early in life. “Contrary to our prior thinking,” said Dr. Subhadra Siegel, M.D., a pediatric allergist and immunologist at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, “early exposure to peanuts is preventative. Before the study, it was grey.” This new thinking has been integrated


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lergy,” said Dr. Robert Rosenberg, M.D., of Hartsdale Pediatrics. “It is not necessary to limit peanut exposure. The idea is to develop tolerance by exposure.” Based on the strength of the LEAP findings, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, worked with professional organizations, federal agencies and patient advocacy groups to develop clinical practice guidelines to address the prevention of peanut allergy. Allergists are quick to highlight the details of the guidelines. “This is about prevention,” stressed Dr. Craig Osleeb, M.D., a pediatrician who specializes in allergy and immunology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. “It has nothing to do with kids who are already allergic. And kids at high risk need to be evaluated first. These are important points.” For children who do not present risk factors for peanut allergies, peanut products (not peanuts themselves, which are choking hazards) should be introduced with solids and definitely before 11 months of age, said Dr. Osleeb. Pediatricians should be talking about peanuts with parents when the begin talking about solid foods, he said, by 4 to 6 months of age. The important things to keep in mind are whether the kids are at low risk for



peanut allergies, high risk for peanut allergies or already allergic to peanuts. Each type of patient requires a different approach to the goal of peanut-allergy prevention. “What I talk to parents most about now is early introduction of peanuts for children at low risk for peanut allergies,” Dr. Siegel said. “But of course there are kids that are truly peanut allergic… For high-risk kids, it makes sense to work with an allergist.” Dr. Siegel said she will sometimes recommend children at high-risk for peanut allergies take a “challenge test” in her office, where peanuts can be slowly introduced and reaction can be monitored. She also recommends waiting until children who are at high-risk for peanut allergies are old enough to express themselves clearly if they are having reactions like lip swelling or difficulty breathing before introducing them to peanuts, even in a controlled, medical office environment, as the symptoms of adverse reaction can be difficult to see in infants who cannot yet express themselves clearly. The move to prevent peanut allergies in children comes on the heels of studies that confirm a growing suspicion among parents: that peanut allergies occur in much higher numbers of children today than when they themselves CONTINUED ON PAGE 15A

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UNPLUGGED: Kids healthy, happy with active lifestyle BY MAJA TARATETA


like to move it, move it! I like to move it, move it!” So sang King Julian in the movie “Madagascar.” But getting kids to “move it, move it,” and be “physically fit, physically fit, physically, physically, physically fit,” to quote the song, is getting harder and harder. As children become more “plugged in” at a younger age, the resulting decrease of physical activity is taking a toll on their fitness, health and mental well-being, experts say. Physical activity is key to good health. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: “Regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes health and fitness. Compared to those who are inactive, physically active youth have higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and stronger muscles. They also typically have lower body fatness. Their bones are stronger, and they may have reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.” They also have a better chance of being healthy throughout their lives. “Youth who are regularly active also have a better chance of a healthy adulthood,” the CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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Guidelines continue. “Children and adolescents don’t usually develop chronic diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, or osteoporosis. However, risk factors for these diseases can begin to develop early in life. Regular physical activity makes it less likely that these risk factors will develop and more likely that children will remain healthy as adults.” The problem preventing today’s kids from participating in physical activities? There is a confluence of issues, beginning with screen time. Among high school students, 35 percent report watching three or more hours of TV per day. Not to mention the countless hours wasted in the “black hole” of cell phones, social media and texting. Children ages 11 to 14 consume more than eight hours of digital media every day. For children ages 8- 11, more than five and a half hours of digital media is consumed daily. And the consumption of digital media is leading directly to a decrease in physical activity. Only 11 percent of girls and 24 percent of boys in high school said they were physically active at least one hour per day, which is the minimum recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Coupled with the recent cuts to gym classes and diminished recess time in some schools, and the movement from walking or bicycling to school to getting there via bus or car rides, the physical fitness of America’s kids is on a decline that experts say should be counteracted by



encouragement from families to “get a move on.” Starting early can make a big difference in developing healthy fitness habits. “The best way to teach a healthy lifestyle is to incorporate physical activities at a young age,” advised Haley Ruotolo, assistant skating director at Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford. “It is very important for children to learn that being active can be fun and exciting. At each stage of development children naturally learn new elements of fitness, from crawling and walking to running and climbing. Children can be introduced to physical fitness programs as young as the toddler age.” At the skating academy, children can start as young as 3 years old, Ruotolo said. Children begin in the Parent and Me class, where they learn to “fall down, stand up, march and glide on the ice, all with the comfort of their parent by their side. We teach through games and activities that are engaging and age appropriate,” she said. Some activities can begin even earlier. At Purchase College, Director of Aquatics Chris Klint says swimming classes start at 6 months of age, and actual lessons start at age 3. “I feel that kids of all ages should be involved in swimming all year long,” she said, noting that she is, of course, biased to the water sport she loves. “It is a skill they will be able to do all their life and will be even more important if they have CONTINUED ON PAGE 12A

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to rehab from injuries, suffer with asthma, get older and cannot be active with higher impact sports such as jogging and running, or playing basketball.” Getting involved in physical activities is more than just good for the body. It can also directly counteract the negative effects of too much screen time. “The first thing it does is get them moving,” Klint said. “Secondly it makes them engage with other people, adults and children. They learn to look at people in the eyes and actively listen to directions, corrections and praise.” “As long as we can keep kids engaged and having fun with physical activities like skating,” said Ruotolo, “they realize that they would rather spend their time moving than participating in digital activities.” Being active can also bring emotional benefits. “I have had doctors, social workers and school psychologists send students to me because of self-esteem issues, lack of confidence, anxiety, and other concerns,” Klint said. “I have seen these children blossom and gain selfworth and pride in learning new skills.” Some kids are involved in plenty of sports and other physical activities — maybe even too many at one time. This, coupled with academic and other pressures, said Betsy Kase, owner of Yoga Haven in Scarsdale and Tuckahoe, can lead to stress and emotional imbalance. Her


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antidote? The mindfulness and coping mechanisms of yoga. “We know physical activities are important for their bodies — to stay healthy, we have to move,” Kase said. “Yoga is a complement… Exercise, yoga and relaxation make you feel good.” Starting yoga early helps build muscle memory. “We want muscles to be pliable, strong and supple,” Kase said. “We get locked into this strength thing.” Like all types of fitness, yoga offers benefits to children beyond the physical. “Focus, concentration, adaptability, managing stress,” Kase listed. “It is important to connect mentally to our bodies, to teach

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children to listen to their bodies. We tend to ignore our bodies. Becoming a good listener to your own body… is something that can make a change in someone’s life.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting screen time for children to less than two hours per day. But a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that young people spend more than seven hours per day on average consuming digital media. However, putting down the cell phone, tuning out social media, walking away from the video game and turning eyes from TV screens is more than just a way to improve physical fitness. The consump-

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following: · Children and adolescents should have 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. · Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous intensity physical activity at least three days a week. · Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents


should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least three days of the week. · Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least three days of the week. · It is important to encourage young people to participate in physical activities that are appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety.

tion of digital media has been shown to produce changes in brain chemistry and hormones that increase irritability and cause depression and other mood concerns. Gaming has been shown to release so much dopamine — a feel-good chemical in the brain — that children effectively become “hooked” on electronics. “When kids are on video games, social media and texts, they get a dopamine hit, like a high,” Kase explained. “Yoga movement clears the system, teaches patience and calms the system.” Instead of the sympathetic nervous system being on all the time — also known as fight or flight — the parasympathetic system gets turned on, brining relaxation and healing, she said. “We need to actively turn this back on,” Kase urged. “The way is through exercise, yoga and mindfulness.” Getting kids moving can take serious effort, and is best achieved by example, said the experts. “Kids love to get fit with their families,” Ruotolo said. Going outside for exercise can also make important inroads in counteracting screen time stresses. According to an article in Psychology Today, “Research has shown that time outdoors, especially interacting with nature, can restore attention, lower stress and reduce aggression. Thus, time spent with electronics reduces exposure to natural mood enhancers.” The article is, fittingly, titled “Screentime is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy.” Fitness can help.


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Help your child go to the head of the class The education children receive today will help them throughout their lives. School is the fundamental component of the learning process, but education doesn’t stop when kids arrive back home at the end of the day. “Education and family go hand in hand,” says Ellen Marks, curriculum director of Bricks 4 Kidz, an award-winning summer camp and after-school program. “Parents who take an active role by supporting classroom learning will not only see their kids’ education blossom, but their relationship with them, too.” The start of the new year is the ideal time to evaluate what you’re doing right and where you could improve in regards to supporting your child’s education. Marks offers these smart ideas guaranteed to help you keep this resolution in 2017 and beyond: Connections to real life: One of the best ways to help kids understand classroom lessons is to connect the material to everyday experiences. Practice fractions while cooking. Chat about biology as birds fly by the window. Learning moments are all around, you just have to point them out. Daily conversations: With a fun, no-pressure approach, go over what your children learned in school. If they don’t want to talk right after school, wait until later. During or after dinner may allow enough transition time so you’ll find they’ll open up more. Positive attitude: Kids will mirror your attitude toward your work as well as how you view their school, homework and teachers. Stay positive, respectful and model resilience during difficult times; you’ll find they’ll do the same. Enriching activities: Select fun afterschool activities that emphasize cognitive

development while building self-esteem. For example, Bricks 4 Kidz uses relatable tools like LEGO Bricks to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Learn more at www.bricks4kidz.com and sign up for an After School class. The parent-teacher relationship: Sending check-in emails, attending conferences and volunteering are ways to build strong relationships with teachers. Be proactive about asking where your child excels and what areas they may need additional help. Homework help: Good study habits are essential to excelling at school. Create a comfortable homework space with adequate supplies and few distractions. What’s more, be an active partner in your child’s homework and assist when needed with gentle guidance and encouragement. Reading buddies: Reading together can instill a lifelong love of literature. Try reading the same books your child is assigned in school so you can foster a good discussion about characters and storylines. When you both finish the book, rent the film version and plan a movie night. Active learning opportunities: Reading, writing and solving math problems are passive learning activities. At home, encourage active learning where your child builds models, creates art projects and can ask questions. It’s amazing to watch their minds work and see what they create. Health and wellness: A child must first be well before they can effectively learn. Make sure kids stay fueled with a variety of healthy foods. Next, ensure they get a good night’s sleep. Full, well-rested kids are always ready and eager to learn. — BPT C








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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released the following guidelines in January 2017 to provide a starting point for conversations with an infant’s healthcare provider about how best to prevent the development of peanut allergy. Guideline 1 If your infant has severe eczema, egg allergy, or both (conditions that increase the risk of peanut allergy), he or she should have peanut-containing foods introduced into the diet as early as 4 to 6 months of age. This will reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy. Check with your infant’s healthcare provider before feeding your infant peanut-containing foods. He or she may choose to perform an allergy blood test or send your infant to a specialist for other tests, such as a skin prick test. The results of these tests will help to determine if peanut should be introduced into your infant’s diet and, if so, the safest way to introduce it. If your infant’s test results indicate that it is safe to introduce peanut-containing foods, the healthcare provider may recommend that you introduce peanut-contain-

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introduced into the diet around 6 months of age to reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy. However, this should be done with your family’s dietary preferences in mind. If peanut-containing foods are not a regular part of your family’s diet (and your infant does not have severe eczema, egg allergy or both), do not feel compelled to introduce peanut at such an early stage. Your child’s healthcare provider can tell you whether your child’s eczema is mild to moderate. You may then choose to introduce peanut-containing foods at home. However, if you or your healthcare provider prefer, the first feeding can be done in the provider’s office under supervision. Guideline 3 Finally, if your infant has no eczema or any food allergy, you can freely introduce peanut-containing foods into his or her diet. This can be done at home in an age-appropriate manner together with other solid foods, keeping in mind your family’s dietary routines and preferences as described in Guideline 2. — Maja Tarateta

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Healthy eating habits for kids begin at home BY MAJA TARATETA


kinny. Low fat. No sugar. Low cholesterol. Whole grain. All natural. Gluten free. Diet. And how about the famous, “You can have your dessert only if you eat all your vegetables.” Experts agree, marketing buzz words can lead to mistakes when it comes to families hoping to develop healthy eating habits in their children. And so can rewarding food choices. But nutritionists and others involved in helping develop healthy eating habits in families also agree that it is never too early to begin to encourage a family focus on nutrition. “Research shows early intervention is a learned behavior that over time lowers chronic disease incidence such diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer,” said Linda Arpino, RDN, CDN, FAND, who specializes in chronic disease prevention at Life Forces Nutrition in Stamford, Conn., and Rye Brook. Amy Rosenfeld, MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietician (or nutritionist) who is also the youth program coordinator and coordinator of the president’s junior leadership council in the department of Community Health, Education & Outreach at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount

Kisco, agrees that sooner is better when it comes to developing healthy eating habits. “Research and clinical practice show that eating habits are very difficult to change as children age — the earlier children develop healthy habits the better off they are,” she said. “In fact, food preferences and eating habits develop as early as the first year of life.” Erica Leon, MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD, is a certified eating disorders registered dietitian and a certified intuitive eating counselor in White Plains. “It is important to develop healthy eating habits early on because children are like sponges soaking up all the information around them,” she said. “From birth, when an infant has the first bottle or breast milk, they are learning to satisfy their body’s need for nourishment. Babies will generally stop drinking milk when they are sated. In other words, they can internally regulate their intake, which is important for regulating their normal, healthy body weight.” Many experts say healthy eating habits can actually begin before a baby is born. “Some research even suggests that what a mother eats during pregnancy and breastfeeding influences her child’s taste preferences and eating habits later on in life,” Rosenfeld said. “Children are never too young to develop healthy eating habCONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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its, but I recommend starting with the introduction of their first foods.” So what is healthy eating? “Consuming nutrients required to maintain health over a lifetime,” Arpino said. “These nutrients not only include the basic carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water, but the thousands of phyto-nutirients found in plant-based foods.” Said Rosenfeld, “Healthy eating is about incorporating a variety of whole, unprocessed foods into your diet that provide the nutrients needed to maintain your health and energy levels. These nutrients include lean protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fat, water, vitamins and minerals.” “I define healthy eating as having a wide variety of foods in moderation,” Leon said. “Healthy eating means there is no deprivation and recognizes that some foods are more nutrient dense than others. In other words, there are some foods we eat more often for their nutritional benefits — ‘everyday’ foods like dairy, lean meats and fish, legumes, fruits, vegetable, whole grains, and healthy fats, and ‘sometimes’ foods we enjoy, but eat less frequently, like sweets. However, I never describe foods as good or bad and never place any moral judgment on a food value.” There are many ways parents can promote or encourage healthy eating in their children. Arpino advises including three food groups at each meal: protein, vegetable or fruit and whole, unprocessed

grain or starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, and choosing protein more often from plants, such as beans, lentils, tofu and nuts or nut butters. She also says families should avoid eating on the run, something that is often easier said than done, but is very important. “Plan meals to be relaxed and sitting down without distractions,” Arpino said. “This helps hormonal balance and lowers adrenal and cortisol build up.” Arpino also advises limiting foods that are high in sugar, salt and saturated fat from animals, such as cheese. “Select less-processed foods using whole, fresh fruit and vegetables, not veggie chips,” she said. Rosenfeld has five top tips for parents to promote healthy eating. The first? Model good behavior. “Children learn what, when and how much to eat through their own experiences with food and, of course, by watching others,” Rosenfeld said. “A child learns food habits from Mom and Dad. Think about it, if you make healthy choices, your children are more inclined to follow your lead. Eat with your children so they can see what healthy eating looks like. If it is too early for your dinner time, have a portion of veggies with them while they eat. Let them eat off of your plate — sometimes your food just looks more appealing.” Second, encourage self-regulation. “InCONTINUED ON PAGE 22A

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PARENTING: Don’t forget to set aside some ‘YOU’ time BY MARY LEGRAND


arents with young kids and teens often feel immerse — even on the verge of drowning — in the neverending process of raising their children. The kids can be in one’s face, 24/7, and mostly that’s fine. But many experts agree that parents must find time for themselves, too, both as individuals and couples. Doing that may quite literally save one’s sanity, but more importantly, make parents better at the job of raising children. Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D., in an online Parenting magazine response to a question from a parent on parenting.com, wrote, “Parents need their own downtime and personal lives. If you are spending all of your free time running your children to their commitments, you’re not taking good care of yourself. Your marriage needs time for you and your spouse to have an adult conversation. If you are single, your romantic life needs you to have energy to spend in connecting with other people.” Also on parenting.com, Deborah R. Gilboa, M.D. offered advice on the physical aspect of regularly stepping back from parenting. “When adults take time for ourselves we relax,” she writes. “Blood pressure is lowered (unless ‘time for yourself’ means smoking or eating a whole lot of junk food!). We smile more, sleep better and have a more positive outlook. All of these factors combine to help us to be more positive in the rest of our lives — at work, at home and with those we love.” Dr. Gilboa notes that many parents give up working on their own hobbies or stepping away from parenting “because they believe that there is no time, or their family needs them too much. Help your family value you more by valuing yourself. Your children will learn to show you respect when you show yourself that same respect, by pursuing an interest, hobby or activity that brings you pleasure. Your family members will have the opportunity to each take on one extra responsibility to free you up for a few hours a month while you do something that brings you joy. And they will find out how resilient they are when they step up and do a little more.”

Doing this, according to Dr. Gilboa, will help children repeat the patterns of their parents, and, in doing so “create a healthy pattern in your home, where adults value their own passions and make a little time for those interests. Do you want your kids to grow up and value themselves and their abilities? They will learn from you, by example!” Women may disregard themselves more than men. On today.com, experts say that’s no surprise. “Women often feel guilty about taking time for themselves,” writes psychiatrist and Today contributor Dr. Gail Saltz. “There is some maternal ideal of being self-sacrificing that just isn’t consistent with having time for yourself. You have to put on your oxygen mask first. If you go to pieces, everyone is going down with you. So you have to give time to yourself. That is healthy — not selfish or narcissistic. That is a tough concept for a lot of women.” Even 15 to 30 minutes a day spent stepping away can suffice, Dr. Saltz notes in today.com, acknowledging that moments of free time can be few and far between for women: “Nobody is super human. If you

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are caring for your parents [in addition to children], ask other family members to pitch in, too. It’s okay to ask for help.” From the website scanva.com, a section titled “Self-Care for Parents” offers practical advice. “Many parents today are overwhelmed with the stresses of family life,” scanva.com reads. “In fact, a lot of parents feel like they’re just treading water trying to keep up with the daily tasks associated with caring for children. Being a parent is not easy — it can feel as though we’re constantly focused on our children: feeding, clothing, teaching, disciplining and more all day long. But are you taking time to focus on yourself, too? If you’re like most parents, you need to be told that you’re worth focusing on, and that it’s okay to take time to take care of yourself.” Scanva.com suggests that physical self-care for parents can include “eating regularly in healthy ways; getting enough exercise; receiving regular, preventative medical care; sleeping enough; getting time away from the phone, email, TV, etc.; and spending time outdoors in fresh air and natural light.” If parents are not doing these basic

things, “It’s time to rethink your daily routine,” scanva.com writes. “Maybe getting up 30 minutes early would give you a chance to take a walk or make breakfast before your children wake up, and going to bed an hour earlier would allow for more adequate sleep.” Scanva.com’s suggestions for emotional/social/psychological self-care can include “spending time with friends and family; staying in touch with other people in your life; expressing emotions, allowing yourself to cry and finding things that make you happy; reading; working on your marriage and other relationships; getting a massage or going to a spa; reducing stress; and saying no to other responsibilities.” The website’s suggestions for artistic/ creative/spiritual self-care can include “giving yourself quiet time for self-reflection; attending a local place of worship; writing in a journal; spending time out in nature; and enjoying a hobby or trying something new.” Jennifer Patterson, ARCT, writes in psycentral.com about “The Benefits of Solitude for Kids and Parents Alike.” “By the CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE


time they’re born, [children] need to be loved and played with and stimulated,” she writes. “But that doesn’t mean you have to be hanging over their shoulders every minute of every day. There’s a line parents must balance between giving their children enough attention and overwhelming them with too much attention.” Patterson counsels that “allowing your children (and yourself) to have ‘me’ time enhances both of your lives, and can even strengthen your bond with each other. The goal is to balance family time with solitude. Take a look at the benefits of solitude and how to find the time for it.” There is “a lot of power in allowing both children and adults to spend time by themselves,” Patterson writes. “Experiencing solitude helps individuals learn certain tasks, think creatively and deal with their emotions. The right amount of time spent alone can even improve empathy and social skills.” Patterson acknowledges the busy nature of parenting these days: “According to one study, time spent actively engaged in teaching and playing with your kids has increased in recent decades, even though parents are working more than they used to. That means parents and children are spending less and less time alone. What’s worse is that if you leave your children alone — to ride their bikes around town, or to play games in their own bedrooms — there’s a good chance you’ll be judged for ‘neglecting’ them. Remember this: soli-


tude and neglect are not synonymous.” She offers the opinion that quality time with children is more important than the quantity of time. “In fact,” Patterson writes, “as you spend more and more time with your kids, the effect on your children can worsen. When parents don’t get enough solitude, they become stressed and sleepdeprived, which adversely affects their kids. When you feel wiped out, exhausted or anxious, you aren’t giving your kids your best. What does matter is the quality of time you spend with them. Again, balance is key. Both children and parents need time spent together and apart.” Patterson’s practical solutions for those wondering how to follow her suggestions include reevaluating everyone’s schedules, perhaps even dropping an activity or two: “Taking on too much will only stress everyone out, and for health and well-being, you all need a couple of minutes alone every day. “Your time of solitude is a time to relax. You may use it to meditate or pursue a hobby. It is not a time to do chores, or check your work emails before bed. Try to take your ‘me’ time day by day. Go with the flow. Will it help you de-stress today? What are you in the mood for? Taking alone time may seem selfish in the eyes of other parents. If you’re met with judgment, remind yourself this is truly in everyone’s best interest. Give yourself permission to take a break and recharge. When you take care of yourself, you can better care for your children, because you’ll be operating at your best. And so will they. It’s a win-win scenario.”

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BOARD GAMES: Quality time, learning and fun BY MARY LEGRAND


ost adults have fond memories of playing board games with their parents and friends. It turns out that what we as children and teens thought was “just” fun also has wide-ranging benefits, the first of which may simply be spending time together with peers or family members. The website scholastic.com notes that “what your child most wants — and needs — is to be with you with no goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. He wants you to take pleasure in him, play with him and listen to him. Nothing bolsters his self-esteem more! So why not pull out an old board game tonight? Playing games is an easy way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together. As an added bonus, board games are also rich in learning opportunities. They satisfy your child’s competitive urges and the desire to master new skills and concepts.” Scholastic’s experts include number and shape recognition, grouping and counting; letter recognition and reading; visual perception and color recognition; and eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity in the skills reaped while playing board games. “Games don’t need to be overtly academic to be educational, however,” scholastic.com continues. “Just by virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally sharing, waiting, taking turns and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child’s attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game.” Scholastic’s viewpoint on games for pre- and primary CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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strategy, persistence and critical-thinking skills.” Scholastic’s picks for the younger set include Scrabble Junior, “the younger cousin of the tremendously educational and challenging Scrabble, which we all know and love;” Boggle Junior, “in which players link pictures to letter and words,” teaching letters, words, spelling and matching skills; Zingo, a Bingo-style matching game that encourages quick thinking; Monopoly Junior, which develops math, color recognition, reading, reasoning and social skills; Junior Labyrinth, in which “players have to figure out what to do when circumstances change unexpectedly—a good life skill to learn.” Jonathan H. Liu, who writes geekdad. com, suggests games for young kids based on the skill sets these games provide. For example, he believes the game Tsuro, “or other games in which each turn is short,” work well for children who are just beginning to play games. Math skills can be learned through playing Numbers League, “or nearly any game with numbers,” Liu writes. “Not every board game requires math, but a vast number of them do rely on at least some basic arithmetic. Playing games will give your kids practice, improving their math skills and setting them up for STEM careers down the road.” There are “all sorts of benefits to exercising your brain when you’re older, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start young,” Liu writes. “Playing games is a great way to keep your mind flexible and active.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 23A


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foods set children up for a difficult relationship with food,” Leon said. “If a home is too health conscious it can feel deprivational and a child will often seek out the food on their own, and eat lots of it. Also, rigid attitudes about food and worries about the prevention of obesity can backfire and unintentionally lead to disordered eating. If a parent has a general emphasis on appearance and weight control, it can promote eating disordered behaviors.” Going it the complete opposite direction and letting kids eat whatever they want is also not a good choice. “If parents do not set any limits around meals, such as eating haphazardly, not having regular meals and snacks available, a child may also eat haphazardly, having more snacks than meals and crowding out important nutrients,” Leon said. “Parents need to be mindful of their language and messages around food that can unintentionally contribute to poor body image or selfesteem.” Rosenfeld said developing a “healthy relationship with food” is equally as important as developing healthy eating habits. “I encourage people of all ages to develop an appreciation for healthy food as well as special treats,” she said. “Food should be viewed as a form of nourishment that fuels our bodies — rather than ‘good food’ or ‘bad food.’ Instead, look at food in terms of ‘sometimes foods’ and ‘everyday foods.’ If you develop this relationship with food, healthy eating will be sustainable.”

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He offers the suggestion of playing Ghost Blitz or Set to benefit this goal. “More complex games require you to think about not just what you’re doing this particular turn, but what your long-term strategy is,” Liu writes. “It doesn’t help to capture your opponent’s pawn if it means they’ll take your queen in the next move. The ability to think ahead while playing games will help your kids think ahead in real life, too.” Toward that end, Liu suggests that children play Pirate Dice, or Robot Turtles for young kids. “Actions have consequences,” Liu writes. “Your actions can have positive and negative consequences on both yourself and on others. Games give you a closed environment in which the cause-and-effect can be more easily tracked, but they help develop a mindset that will help you think about the consequences of your actions in a real world.” He suggests Zooloretto Mini as a game to play to emphasize this trait. “After your kids understand that actions have consequences, the next step is the ability to make difficult decisions,” Liu writers. “Games often require you to choose between equally rewarding (or punishing) options, and playing them builds your ability to decide which criteria are relevant and what to ignore, and how to balance risk and reward.” To that end, Liu suggests playing the game Tahiti, in which “carrying more stuff means you get fewer actions, resulting



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favorite chewy toy and hear the Barney clean up song. Sophia cries during diaper changes. If her teacher is out sick, she can have a meltdown before lunchtime. Her mother wonders if she will ever be able to take her daughter to big family events without a scene. Sophia is currently in a special needs second-grade classroom. Jake has always resisted new foods or games, and is slow to warm up to strangers. He can get carsick while driving to the grocery store. When school begins, Jake complains that the long sleeves of his new clothes “hurt” him. He loves to use his backyard trampoline to relax after school. His mother wonders to herself how he will handle middle school social events while she sneaks pureed vegetables into his favorite comfort foods. Jake is in Little League and takes karate lessons. He attends a typical fifth-grade classroom. The common thread What do these children have in common? Their sensitivity makes life much harder for them. Having loving parents isn’t enough to help them overcome their discomfort, anxieties or fears. Alex is a gifted child, routinely overwhelmed by the complex thoughts and intense feelings that his brain generates effortlessly. Sophia has been diagnosed with autism. She has exceptional difficulty

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with multi-sensory processing, situations in which she has to concurrently interpret and respond to touch, sound, sight and movement. Jake’s comfort level with most sensory-based experiences is very low, but he is able to handle the demands of school and home life with lots of encouragement and adaptations. Sensitive children are not seeking attention or avoiding responsibility. Telling them to stop their irrational behavior simply doesn’t work. Current researchers theorize that certain forms of sensitivity are based in the brain’s unique structural arrangement and wiring. Although the structure of the brain is permanent, targeted therapeutic experiences and interactions can create new connections and alter a child’s perception and behavior. Regardless of the reason for increased sensitivity, every child can expand their comfort zone when the underlying issues are recognized and they receive effective treatment. Without it, children can interpret comments like, “There’s nothing to cry about,” as a denial of their experience, or worse, as criticism and rejection. Helping sensitive children thrive Understanding a child’s situation often begins with a structured parent interview and observation of the child’s reactions to everyday events and experiences.

There may be specific situations that are priorities for the family, such as sleep or aggressive behavior at school. It is important to look at other issues that can influence behavior, such as ADHD, dermatological or digestive problems and allergies. Parents (and children, based on their level of comprehension) need to learn about the ways that sensitivity manifests as challenges in daily life. Receiving an explanation for behavior can be enough to shift the family dynamic away from blame and toward engagement. The child’s home and school environment may be arranged to reduce sensitivity. These can be simple changes, such as altering the ambient lighting and sound or different mealtime or morning routines. These minor differences will not inconvenience their peers or family members, but they can make an immediate difference in a child’s behavior. When sensitive children are young, they are still learning how to tolerate limits on their behavior and express their emotions. These skills are important for all children; they are building blocks for self-calming and developing trusting connections to others. Sensitive children may need direct training in social and emotional communication, delivered with more warmth and compassion than typical children require. Choosing the

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right tone and approach for sensitive children is essential. Failure to take their sensitivity into account can result in a child interpreting instruction as criticism. Finally, children can benefit from therapy that provides targeted play experiences that change a child’s ability to handle input and alter their understanding of themselves in the world. As children reach a cognitive age of approximately 7-8 years old (the gifted child will achieve this level sooner) they will be capable of learning how to manage their sensitivity in daily life without adult intervention. Therapy then becomes more like a coaching experience, with the child as an active partner. Addressing sensitivity Alex knows that if he uses his “rescue breathing” he can calm down when he is frustrated at school or when plans change without notice. A weighted blanket helps him sleep more deeply. When he becomes upset, he wraps himself in his blanket while reading. His parents realize that Alex needs daily solitude to process his complex thoughts and feelings, so they are no longer worried that he is antisocial or depressed. Sophia’s mother has learned to use both consistent routines and targeted sensory input when she is helping Sophia get dressed and change her diapers. She uses specific activities in the morning

to start the day on a positive note. She now brings Sophia to family gatherings early to avoid overwhelming her. Sophia is more calm and focused, which has resulted in faster progress with speech. Her therapists are thrilled. Jake is now able to wear new clothes without a struggle and he can handle short car rides easily. His teachers report that he is enjoying messy art classes. His mother can offer Jake a new food occasionally without a meltdown. Jake has more strategies to calm down without automatically running outside to his trampoline. Compassion and warmth Intense sensitivity has a positive side as well. Sensitive children may grow up to fight for social justice and they often show immense kindness to their friends or to strangers. The unique challenges they face in childhood aren’t insurmountable obstacles to a happier life. They can become more tolerant of their world and move through it with more enjoyment when they receive the support they deserve. Cathy Collyer, OTR, LMT is a pediatric occupational therapist in private practice. Visit tranquilbabies.com




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Helping kids thrive through emotional intelligence BY DENISE DANIELS (NAPSA)—As most parents know, small children have no problem letting out their emotions. But how well do they understand what they’re feeling? That skill is known as Emotional Intelligence (EQ), the process by which children learn to recognize, understand and manage their emotions — and EQ is key to a child’s success in life. According to Marc Brackett, Ph.D., director of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, “Research shows that children who learn EQ skills have less anxiety and depression; have fewer attention, learning and behavior problems; are better problem solvers; display greater social and leadership skills; and perform better academically.” Fortunately, young children can learn simple EQ strategies that will help them manage their emotions in a socially acceptable manner. What you can do Here are a few things parents can try: • Teach children a vocabulary for their emotions so they have names for their feelings. • Encourage them to express emotions through conversation and play, music, art or exercise. • Create a safe, nonjudgmental environment where kids can share thoughts and

feelings — and validate those feelings without telling them how they should feel. • Be a role model for expressing emotions. • Read together and talk about what the characters in the story might be feeling. Now, a new line of books and toys for children between 3 and 7 can help kids learn EQ skills while having fun with five colorful little detectives known as The Moodsters. Each Moodster represents a different emotion — anger, happiness, sadness, love and fear — and they come to the rescue whenever there’s a feelings emergency. The Moodsters give preschoolers a vocabulary for their emotions and strategies to manage them.

With a curriculum rooted in decades of research, The Moodsters help kids handle the everyday challenges of growing up and can foster conversations between parents and preschoolers about feelings. Books and toys • Moodster Meter and Storybook: Young children often don’t have the verbal skills to put their feelings into words. The Moodster Meter puts those tools in the child’s hands — literally. This interactive teaching toy gives children a basic vocabulary of feelings. There’s even a special Power Up button so children can point the arrow to the Moodster that represents how they feel, opening doors for calm communica-

tion about emotions. • Feelings Flashlight and Storybook: Shining a light on feelings has never been easier — or more fun. Before nap time or bedtime, point the flashlight toward the ceiling or a wall and The Moodsters will appear, offering wisdom and humor for every emotion. Included is “The Scary Sleepover” storybook. • Moodster Mirror and Storybook: Preschoolers are often blissfully unaware of how their emotions show on their faces or how to read others’ faces for clues to their feelings. Moodster Mirror helps them make the connection between feelings on the inside and facial expressions on the outside. Kids make a happy, sad, angry, scared or loving face into the Moodster Mirror and can see what these feelings look like. By turning the dial, kids select the matching Moodster to hear the character’s wisdom about that particular feeling, which will help kids recognize their feelings and nonverbal cues. Included is “A Time To Be Kind” storybook. Made by Kids Preferred, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plush toys and gifts. For more information visit www.themoodsters.com and www. denisedanielsparenting.com. Denise Daniels is a Peabody Award–winning broadcast journalist, parenting and child development expert and author who specializes in the social and emotional development of children.

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DAY CAMP GUIDE Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at Ann & Andy’s 2170 SAW MILL RIVER RD. ELMSFORD, NY 10523 (914) 592-3027 Directors: Cheryl Anstett, Debbie Asadoorian annandychildcare@yahoo.com www.annandandychildcare.com Philosophy: Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at Ann & Andy’s is a one- to nine-week summer camp program with an emphasis on outdoors. Situated on 5 acres with 15 playground, the outdoor program includes baseball, soccer, climbing wall, bocce ball court, zip line, mini-golf, color games, kickball, basketball, dodgeball, drama, arts and crafts and more. Campers ages 3-10 take ageappropriate trips to bowling, swimming, theater, etc. (if applicable) and campers ages 11-14 take fun, recreational, educational and culture trips weekly, including Lake Compounce, Mountain Creek, white water rafting, on and off Broadway theater trips, Liberty Science Center and Maritime Museum. Acres of Adventures offers customized schedules, individualized attention and hot lunches daily, as well as barbecue Fridays. All buildings are air-conditioned and there is also have a computer lab. Acres is licensed by the health department and has experienced counselors. Enrollment: 200 Camper-counselor ratio: Infant/toddler, 4:1/5:1; 2s, 6:1; 3s, 7:1; 4s, 8:1; ages 5-14, 10:1 Calendar: June 26-Aug. 25 Hours: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Rates vary by age. Call or visit website. Special programs/other: Family owned and operated since 1973.

Alcott School Fun in the Sun Summer Program 27 CRANE RD. SCARSDALE, NY 10583 (914) 472-4404 Site Director: Pamela Serra PSerra@alcottschool.org 535 BROADWAY DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 693-4443 Site Director: Sarah Marinelli SMarinelli@alcottschool.org Executive Director: Monica Zenda MZenda@alcottschool.org alcottschool.org Philosophy: The Fun in the Sun Summer Program is designed to be an enjoyable summer experience for the child attending for the first time or for the experienced preschooler. The program encourages outdoor play, hands-on science and nature exploration, water play in sprinklers and water tables, openended messy art, tricycle riding and group games, among other activities. Each well-equipped classroom is staffed with experienced Montessori teachers, assistants and summer counselors. The multicultural program is enriched by early childhood music and nature specialists. Indoor gym is available on rainy days. Classrooms are air-conditioned. Enrollment: 110/location Camper-teacher/assistant ratio: Toddlers, 4:1; 3s-5s, 6:1 Calendar: June 26-Aug. 4. Children may enroll for four-six weeks.

Hours: Toddlers, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m./noon; 3-5-yearolds, half day, 9 a.m.-noon/1 p.m. depending on the location.; 3-5-year-olds, full day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; extended day program (3s-5s, only in Scarsdale), 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (early drop-off at 7:30 a.m.; late pickup at 5:30 p.m.). Early drop-off and late pick-up is an additional fee. Fees: Vary by number of weeks and days child attends.

Ardsley Community Nursery School Summer Camp 21 AMERICAN LEGION DR. ARDSLEY, NY 10502 (914) 693-4932 Director: Dr. Gloria Wolpert drwolpert@aol.com www.acns.us Philosophy: The ACNS camp program consists of a friendly and inviting atmosphere containing a lovely shady playground and air-conditioned classrooms. Caring staff personalize attention to each child through arts and crafts, science activities, songs, stories and dancing. There is daily outdoor painting, water play and sprinklers. Emphasis is on having fun and making friends to improve language and social skills. We are diaper friendly. Enrollment: 20 Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 (two teachers per group) Hours: 9-11:45 a.m. Transportation: No Fees: $1,300 for full six-week season. Partial attendance is possible. Special programs/other: Arrangements can be made by request.

Ardsley Day Camp 700 ASHFORD AVE. ARDSLEY, NY 10502 (914) 295-5706 Director: Sean Grady camp@ardsleyschools.org ardsleydaycamp.org Philosophy: Ardsley Day Camp has programs for campers pre-k through sixth grade. All programs are run by certified teachers. ADC is fun in the sun for everyone. Enrollment: 250-300

Camper-counselor ratio: 12:1 Calendar: June 26-Aug. 4 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Early drop-off option, 8 a.m. Transportation: No Fees: Vary based on program/enrollment period. Special programs/other: Project Adventure, Discover Technology, sports, arts and crafts, movement, science and nature, music, storyland, swimming in private indoor pool.

The Beginner’s Club Theater Arts Summer Camp 18 FARRAGUT AVE. HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY 10706 (914) 478-2334 (PHONE) (914) 693-2092 (FAX) Directors: Mary Cahill, Amanda Kupillas fivecornersprogram@gmail.com Philosophy: Mornings will be filled with a kaleidoscope of creative art experiences, music and movement, yoga, water activities and outdoor fun in a private playground. This summer, Beginner’s Club will be exploring the story of Aladdin through song and dance with gifted theater arts dance and music teachers. Enrollment: n/a Student-teacher ratio: n/a Calendar: July 3-28 Hours: Camp: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (extended day available) Fees: Available upon request Special programs: Music, movement, dance and yoga. Call or email for more information.

Camp Concordia CONCORDIA COLLEGE 171 WHITE PLAINS RD. BRONXVILLE, NY 10708 (914) 395-4848 Director: Michael McCoy www.concordiasummercamp.org Philosophy: Camp Concordia offers an amazing variety of enrichment, music, art and sports programs for early childhood (ages 3-5) and grades 1-9. The camp strives to provide your child with an exceptional summer experience by fostering a life-long love of learning and promoting enthusiasm for physical activity through sports. Basketball Camp is taught by college coaches in the spacious Meyer Athletic Center. The

Sports Camp for early childhood offers age-appropriate sports activities and grades 1-9 offers soccer, baseball, tennis, basketball, dodgeball, floor hockey and more. The Conservatory of Music offers exceptional programs in musical theatre, piano, violin, guitar, vocal arts, chamber music and band bash. The Early Childhood Enrichment Program offers music, art, science, literacy and indoor and outdoor play. The Enrichment Program for grades 1-9 offers exciting classes for web design, science, cooking, robotics, dance, art and more. Enrollment: Early childhood, 120; enrichment grades 1-9, 200; sports camp grades 1-9, 400 Camper-counselor ratio: Early childhood, 5:1; grades 1-9, 10:1 Calendar: Early Childhood Mini Camp: June 12-23; Main Camp: June 26-Aug. 4; Early Childhood Enrichment Extended Program: Aug. 7-17; Basketball Camp: Aug. 7-11 Hours: Morning programs: 9 a.m.-noon; afternoon programs, noon-2 p.m., noon-3 p.m. and noon-5 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available from 8-8:45 a.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. on a daily basis. Transportation: No Fees: See website. Early registration, sibling and package discounts are available. Special programs/other: Water inflatable fun Fridays.

Camp Hillard 26 ELIZABETH ST. SCARSDALE, NY 10583 (914) 949-8857 Directors: Jon and Jim Libman camp@camphillard.com www.camphillard.com Philosophy: Campers learn skills while having fun in a safe, active and well-supervised environment with first class facilities and superb staff. Celebrating 89 years of one-family ownership. Located on 20 beautiful acres in the Edgemont section of Greenburgh. The program is a balance of outstanding swimming and sports instruction combined with high quality creative and performing arts programs and exciting special events. Enrollment: 800 Camper-counselor ratio: 3:1 Calendar: June 26-Aug. 18 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Door-to-door air-conditioned school buses driven by professional drivers and supervised by camp staff. Fees: Mini day: 3s and 4s, $7,175; Full day: $9,175 (both programs include transportation and lunch). Any four, five, six or seven weeks also available. Call or visit website for more information. Special programs/other: Activities include swim instruction in seven heated pools, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, softball, lacrosse, flag football, tennis, gymnastics, pony rides, arts and crafts, drawing, painting, jewelry, ceramics, nature, theater, music, zip line, flying squirrel, climbing wall, mini golf, archery, gaga, mini sleep away program, day trips, horseback, golf and sports specialization programs for older campers.

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The Rivertowns Enterprise 2017 p DAY CAMP GUIDE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28A info@ramaquois.com www.ramaquois.com Philosophy: Ramaquois is a magical camp where children experience a sense of adventure, meet new challenges, create wonderful memories and make lasting friendships. Camp Ramaquois was formerly a resident camp and is now “a day camp as complete as sleep away camp.” From adventurous activities to creative arts to athletic activities, boys and girls ages 3-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities. Situated on 44 acres in Rockland County, the camp’s facilities include a 5-acre crystalline lake, nine heated swimming pools, a splash park, an aerial adventure park, tennis, basketball, volleyball and pickle ball courts, hockey rinks, ball fields, soccer fields and a nature area with petting zoo. The many air-conditioned buildings include an indoor gym, indoor dining room and air-conditioned specialty cabins. Group bunks have bathroom facilities and cubbies for campers to store their gear. Enrollment: Ages 3-15; register online. Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: June 26-Aug. 17. Full eight weeks or seven-, six- or four-week options. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Door-to-door mini school buses servicing Rockland, Bergen, Manhattan, Riverdale, lower Westchester and Greenwich driven by certified professional school bus drivers. A bus counselor oversees safety and provides planned activities on the bus. Fees: Call for fees. Tuition includes transportation, hot lunch, snack, towel service, craft materials and two camp shirts. Camp shirts are uniform. Special programs/other: Exciting Trail Blazer optional trip program for grades 3-10. Optional overnight trips for grades 5-10. Tenth grade leadership program. Visit website or call to set up a personal tour.

Central Park Dance 450 CENTRAL PARK AVE. SCARSDALE, NY 10583 (914) 723-2940 Directors: Maria Bai, Mario Lastrada info@centralparkdance.com centralparkdance.com Philosophy: Under the artistic direction of Maria Bai, who is accompanied by a talented and generous staff of teachers, students will receive personal attention in a nurturing environment. At Central Park Dance, summer is sure to be a stimulating and enlightening experience for your children, allowing them to indulge their creativity and gain the confidence of seeing their work produced. Enrollment: Partial and full enrollment available Camper-counselor ratio: 8:1 Calendar: June 29-Aug. 14 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Call for fees. Ballet, tap and jazz shoes are free when you register for full enrollment. Special programs/other: Bus transportation to see a Broadway show. Voted Westchester Magazine’s annual Best of Westchester editorial pick for best ballet program.

Challenge Camp SCHECHTER WESTCHESTER 555 WEST HARTSDALE AVE. HARTSDALE, NY 10530 MAILING ADDRESS: 1250 CENTRAL PARK AVE. YONKERS, NY 10704 (914) 779-6024 Director: Carole B. Berman

info@challengecamps.com www.challengecamps.com Philosophy: Open the door to a delightful and meaningful summer of fun and learning for your bright, curious child at Challenge Camp, an ACA accredited camp in Rye. Courses include 3D printing, cooking, magic, Minecraft, robotics, video production and more like sports and swimming. Challenge Camp is dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for children to realize their intellectual and personal potential. Bus transportation and early/extended day options. Enrollment: 400 Camper-counselor ratio: 10:1 Calendar: Session 1: June 26-July 21; Session 2: July 24-Aug. 11 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 8 a.m. early drop-off to 6 p.m. extended day Transportation: Bus service Fees: Full seven weeks, $5,250; four weeks: $2,900; three weeks: $2,350. CIT program: seven weeks, $1,750; Session 1 or 2: $1,000. Optional early drop-off at 8 a.m.: $175 or Session 1 $100, Session 2 $75 or extended day (4-6 p.m.), $500, or Session 1 $275, Session 2 $225. Sibling and referral discounts available.

Christian Pre-School Summer Program DOBBS FERRY LUTHERAN CHURCH 43 ASHFORD AVE. DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 693-0026 Director: Barbara Bayer-Mertens dfchristianpreschool@yahoo.com www.dfchristianpreschool.org Philosophy: Christian Pre-School teaches love and loves teaching. The summer program offer children ages 2.5-5 years old a balance between learning through play and more structured opportunities for learning through hands-on activities which create the foundation for their educational future. CPS accepts only 24 children per summer, which enables nurturing individual attention and careful, safe supervision. Time is spent both indoors in spacious and engaging preschool classrooms as well as outdoors in a large, shady backyard. Kids participate in arts and crafts, songs, stories and games, sprinklers and water play, a daily ice pop break and much more. All families are welcome. Enrollment: 24 kids ages 2.5-5 Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 Calendar: Four weeks in July Hours: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $500; $100 deposit must accompany registration form.

Community Nursery School Summer Session 343 BROADWAY DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 693-9072 Summer Director: Maggie Betz School Director: Linda Jo Platt cnsdobbsferry@aol.com www.cnsdobbsferry.com Philosophy: Children learn by doing, by experiencing with all of their senses. Summertime is a time for exploring, discovering and making new friends while running, biking, digging for worms and making sand castles and mud holes. CNS offers a child-centered program where children are free to express their interests and explore their environment within a safe, nurturing place. The large outdoor area includes sun and shade with a tree house and slide, a large sandbox, swings, a large grassy lawn, life-size boat and a trike riding area for pedaling, scooters, shooting baskets and bouncing balls. A large indoor playroom

equipped with a climb-in sandbox and dinosaur digging pit, tunnels and slides and fully equipped preschool classrooms are available for rainy days. Enrollment: 40 children entering 3- and 4-year-old classes in September Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 Calendar: July 3-28, closed July 4 Hours: 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $950 for four weeks, $450 for first two weeks, $500 for second two weeks. Registration fee $50.

Creative Beginnings Children’s Center 112 WEST HARTSDALE AVE. HARTSDALE, NY 10530 (914) 428-1200 Director: Susan Stevenson susan@cbcc.org crebeg.com Philosophy: Creative Beginnings Children’s Center is an independent, privately owned early childhood center located in Central Westchester County. For more than 25 years, CBCC has offered a year round, full day program, serving the educational and child care needs of working families with children ages 18 months to 5 years old. The center, which is New York State licensed, strives to give the safest and highest quality care for each child in our program. The educationally enriched program is a place where every child learns at his or her own pace using individual styles of learning and growth. The center fosters a program of respect and kindness for all cultures and diversities of people. Enrollment: Programs for toddler, nursery and pre-k. Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Calendar: Open year-round Hours: 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Call for fees.

Dance & Theater Arts Studios 145 PALISADE ST. #376 DOBBS FERRY NY 10522 (914) 231-9179 Director: Janetta Betz janettabetz@optimum.net danceandtheaterarts.com Philosophy: A process-oriented performing arts school where children learn how to achieve excellence through self-discipline and the mastery of technique. Experience the joy of achievement with unique summer camp programs at affordable prices. All camps include training in acting, voice and dance. In addition, morning sessions feature art, puppetry and set design, there are a variety of afternoon classes and evening sessions with a custom-made musical revue and final performance. Students of all ages and stages are encouraged and welcomed into this positive and gentle learning environment. Enrollment: 12/session Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 Calendar/hours: Morning session: Music, Art & Movement (ages 3-7): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, eight weeks, June 26-Aug. 18 (enroll for one or more weeks). Afternoon session: an intensive once a week class, eight weeks, 3:45 or 4:30. Tuesday: Animated Classics Song & Dance or Jazz/Hip-Hop I; Wednesday: Pre-School Ballet or Elementary Ballet; Thursday: Creative Modern or Jazz/Hip-Hop II. Evening session: Broadway/Glee Musical Revue (ages 8-16), MondayFriday, 6-8:30 p.m., from July 10-21, July 24-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-18 (enroll for two weeks). Transportation: No Fees: $250/week for morning/evening camps or $200 for afternoon camp Special programs/other: Private lessons available in June, July and August. Call for info/requests.

Days of Wonder Child Care Program 343 BROADWAY DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 693-2980 Directors: Jennifer Dawber, Cecilia DeMeo info@daysofwonderchildcare.org daysofwonderchildcare.org Philosophy: Days of Wonder is a non-profit child care program licensed by New York State and Westchester County. For over 45 years, Days of Wonder has nurtured and loved thousands of children in the tri-state area. Enrollment: Toddlers through pre-k 4s Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Calendar: Closed 16 days per year Hours: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Call for info.

Dobbs Ferry Karate 96 MAIN ST. DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 693-3707 dobbsferrykarate.com Philosophy: No martial arts experience needed. Daily karate and fitness classes, trips to the park, arts and crafts, weekly guest entertainers, movies, sports and swimming. Enrollment: Ages 4 and up Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free early drop-off and extended stay available. Calendar: Nine weeks, July 3-Sept. 1 Transportation: no Fees: Call for fees. Family discounts available. Specials programs/other: Weekly field trips. Attend four weeks and receive your next karate belt.

Ethical Culture Nursery School Summer Camp 7 SAXON WOOD RD. WHITE PLAINS, NY 10605 (914) 948-1132 Director: Ea Jensen mynurseryscl@gmail.com www.ecswnurseryschool.com Philosophy: This program, for 2s and 3s (from current 2s and 3s classes), includes outdoor play, water, sand, mud, work in the vegetable garden, art experiences and music. Enrollment: n/a Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: Monday, June 26-Friday, July 28 (five weeks) for four or five days per week (choose either one or all five weeks) Hours: 9 a.m.-noon Transportation: No Fees: Available upon request. Special programs/other: Incoming 2s Camp, July 5-26, 9-10:15 a.m. This program is for children who have signed up for the 2s program starting in the fall 2017.

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The Rivertowns Enterprise 2017 p DAY CAMP GUIDE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29A fivecornersprogram@gmail.com hastingspreschool.com Philosophy: Five Corners is offering a summer of fun. This home away from home, nurturing environment will enrich and secure your child’s journey through his or her early childhood years. Activities include circle time, story time and indoor play time with a center-like approach with outdoor fun, water play, sprinklers, boat floating, bubbles, bicycle wash, clay, music, dramatic play, riding toys, games and more. Special events will include music and movement with a music teacher, dance with an accredited dance teacher and police officer and fire truck visits. Other fun days include luau day, crazy hat day, pirate theme with treasure hunts and lots more. Enrollment: n/a Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Calendar: June 12-July 28 (choose from one to seven weeks) Hours: 9:05 a.m.-noon (3- to 5-year-olds); 9:25-11:25 a.m. (2-year-olds) Fees: $190/week

French Immersion Camp FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK 111 LARCHMONT AVE. LARCHMONT, NY 10538 (914) 413-3665 Director: Sara Parson-Lobner camps@fasny.org www.fasny.org/camps Philosophy: Using years of excellence in bilingual education, FASNY has designed a unique program where children will learn French by doing. Research shows that an early start, teachers with native fluency, total immersion and practical experience are essential steps on the path to language proficiency. From experience we know that, if the enjoyment is there, the learning of the language will naturally take place. That’s why FASNY’s program revolves around fun, hands-on activities led by native French instructors who will stimulate the children’s conversation skills, but also open them to the French and Francophone cultures. FASNY welcomes preschoolers as young as 3 years old, half day or full day, as long as they are potty-trained and ready for this wonderful adventure. In small groups, the children will hear and speak French all day through fun activities that will respect their rhythm. Quiet time is also scheduled. The program for children in grades 1-5 will stimulate their conversation skills while exposing them to fun and unique activities such as music in French with our artist-in-residence, cooking, science and technology projects, dance and yoga, art, sports and more. There is one hour of French class per day for all campers. Enrollment: Ages 3-13 Camper-counselor ratio: 8:1 Calendar: June 26-July 21 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with optional extended day Transportation: No Fees: Half day, $250; full day, $500.

Future Stars Summer Camps SUNY PURCHASE COLLEGE 735 ANDERSON HILL RD. PURCHASE, NY 10577 (914) 273-8500 Director: Jordan Snider purchase@fscamps.com www.fscamps.com Philosophy: Dreaming of a place where your child can advance his or her skills as well as have the time of their life during the summer? Look no further than Future Stars Summer Camps located at state-of-theart facilities in the heart of Westchester. The staff and

limited enrollment allows campers the opportunity to maximize their skill development and become well-rounded athletes and individuals. Campers can choose and combine weeks from 19 personalized specialty programs: tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball, boy’ and girls’ lacrosse, flag football, football, multisports, field hockey, cheerleading, volleyball, circus arts, magic, softball, diving, horseback riding, swim, STEAM education and rising stars (the youngest campers). Each program includes three to four hours of specific training in the chosen sport, as well as supervised recreational swimming and instructional swim for Rising Stars. Campers are encouraged to play with confidence, enthusiasm and a genuine love of the game. Enrollment: 600 ages 4-16 Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: Weekly June 19-Aug. 25 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Door-to-door transportation available from most of Westchester. Fees: Call for fees Special programs/other: Lunch option available.

Greenburgh Nature Center Summer Camps 99 DROMORE RD. SCARSDALE, NY 10583 (914) 723-3470 Director: Anne Jaffe Holmes ajaffeholmes@greenburghnaturecenter.org www.greenburghnaturecenter.org Philosophy: GNC camps allow children to connect with the natural world via age-specific activities that encourage the spirit of discovery. Each session includes extensive exploration, creative play, and incorporates conservation and sustainability practices. · Bugs & Butterflies: For kindergarten/first grade, July 10-14, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Campers explore the roles of naturalist and biologist as they discover the fascinating facts about the forest, its diverse habitats and the variety of animals that call it home. Campers learn about tracking, shelter building and invertebrate sampling. Each day includes animal interaction, crafts and an array of nature-themed activities. · Muddy Sneakers: For kindergarten/first grade, July 17-21, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Kick off your summer with good ole-fashioned outdoor play. Run, jump, climb, giggle and twirl through our forest and down to the vernal pond. Campers will be introduced to the wonderful world of macro invertebrates and wiggling worms. Get ready for a muddy good time. · Nature Quest Grades two and three, July 24-28, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Your child will go behind the scenes of the nature center as they meet and care for the rescued and rehabilitated animals that live on grounds. Children will learn about animal behavior as they spend time with our furry, feathered and scaly friends. Campers will also explore our fields and trails with engaging activities focused on developing fundamental survival skills · Walk on the Wild Side: Grades two and three, July 31-Aug. 4, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. What’s the difference between wild and tame? Why do coyotes and dogs look so similar? Take a walk on the wild side with an expert naturalist as we traverse the trails and learn about magnificent wild creatures that inhabit the preserve. · Creature Feature: For kindergarten/first grade, July 31-Aug. 4, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Each day we will discover a new featured creature from the animal kingdom in this week of creature fun. We’ll touch the world’s softest animal, find out what hides in our forest during the day and who’s out at night. Get ready to keep on creature adventuring. · Stayin’ Alive: Grades four and five, Aug. 7-11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Campers learn about wilderness survival as they explore GNC’s 33 acres of varied terrain and

participate in exercises such as fire building, shelter construction, animal tracking and plant identification. Activities foster leadership and critical thinking skills. Campers will also spend time interacting with the nature center’s diverse animal population. · Hunters & Gatherers: Grades four and five, Aug. 14-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ever wonder what it was like to live off the land? Spend a week and go back in time to learn Native American tips and techniques of survival. Campers will test structure-building skills, forage for native foods, play traditional games and much more. · Forest Adventures: For kindergarten/first grade, Aug. 21-25, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Who would win in a race, a beetle, a cricket or a butterfly? Find out with the essential entomologist tools — bug boxes and butterfly nets — and bug-out at the nature center. · Rappin’ Reptiles: For kindergarten/first grade, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. What is coldblooded, has scales and lays eggs? Reptiles. of course. Your child will spend the week meeting a wide range of reptilian friends with an expert naturalist. Give a tortoise a bath, feel the scales of a snake and dive into the wild world of radiant reptiles. Enrollment: n/a Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Transportation: No Fees: Bugs and Butterflies, Muddy Sneakers, Nature Quest, Walk on the Wild Side, Creature Feature, Forest Adventure and Rappin’ Reptiles camps fee per session: $300/child plus $85 membership fee; Hunters and Gatherers and Stayin’ Alive camps fee per session: $400/child plus $85 membership fee.

GymCats Gymnastics Center ONE ODELL PLAZA YONKERS, NY 10701 (914) 965-7676 info@gymcats.net gymcats.net Philosophy: The goal at GymCats is to build a physical and mental foundation for all sports and to promote athleticism and good health through participation in gymnastics. While the program offers a fun-filled good time, it also enriches the development of children by providing attitudes and skills that carry over to many of life’s activities. GymCats offers quality instruction by qualified coaches in beginner through advanced gymnastics in a fully air-conditioned facility. There is a low student to teacher ratio, separate groups for boys and girls of different ages and no experience is necessary since GymCats specializes in beginners. Enrollment: Choose up to eight weeks. Calendar: Jun 26- Aug. 18, closed July 4 Hours: Full day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; half day, 9 a.m.-noon. Extended hours 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for additional fee. Transportation: No Fees: Visit website. Ten percent super early bird discount if enrolled by March 31. Five percent early bird discount by April 30. Discounts for multiple weeks.

Happi Nest Day Camp 15 NORTH BROADWAY IRVINGTON, NEW YORK 10533 (914) 591-5588 Director: Deena Goldsmith happinestirvington@gmail.com www.happi-nest.com Philosophy: For 37 years, Happi Nest has afforded young campers a bucolic, relaxed, friendly and sheltered camp experience with activities and supervision needs for ages 2.5 to kindergarten. At least one staff member for every 2.5 campers creates a unique and safe experience on over three fully fenced in grassy acres. Enrollment: Approximately 50 campers Camper-counselor ratio: Better than 3:1 Calendar: June 28-Aug. 8

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; extended afternoons 12:302 p.m. There is a limited offering for three days a week. Transportation: No Fees: Call for fees. Special programs/other: Daily music specialist. Three special events weekly (carnival, Olympics, scavenger hunt, passport to fun and more).

Hoff-Barthelson Music School Summer Arts Program 25 SCHOOL LANE SCARSDALE, NY 10583 (914) 723-1169 Director: Joe Piscitelli summerarts@hbms.org hbms.org Philosophy: The program offers a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable summer experience in music, visual arts and theater for second-10th-graders. Lessons, ensembles and weekly concert performances. Basic morning program can be combined with a variety of extended day options, such as world drumming, musical theater workshop, chamber music or jazz workshops, wind serenade, composers corner, music tech lab and HB Rocks! guitar ensemble. Enrollment: Second-10th graders Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: June 26-July 28 Hours: 9 a.m.-noon for basic program; extended day options to 2 or 5 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: See website. Early bird discount on full program until March 31. Special programs/other: Scholarships available.

Hole-In-One Junior Golf Camp DUNWOODIE AND SPRAIN LAKE GOLF COURSES, YONKERS; HUDSON HILLS, OSSINING; MAPLE MOOR, WHITE PLAINS; SAXON WOODS, SCARSDALE; AND MOHANSIC, YORKTOWN HEIGHTS (914) 231-4673 Director: Beth Bricker babc@westchestergov.com www.parks.westchestergov.com/children-camps Philosophy: Young people ages 10-17 can learn the fundamentals of golf and hone their skills under the direction of top PGA pros in Westchester. Enrollment: Varies Camper-counselor ratio: Varies Hours: Vary Transportation: No Fees: $50/session

Hudson Country Day Camp 340 QUAKER RIDGE RD. NEW ROCHELLE, NY 10804 (914) 636-6202 Director: Dumindra Hathurusinghe info@hudsoncountry.org hudsoncountry.org Philosophy: Summer fun in a safe, nurturing environment. Enrollment: 150 Camper-counselor ratio: 2s, 5:1; 3s-8s, 6:1; 9s-11s, 8:1 Calendar: June 26-Aug. 18 Hours: 2s, 9 a.m.-noon; 3s-5s, 9 a.m.-noon or 9 a.m.4 p.m.; 6s-11s, 9.a.m.-4 p.m. Extended hours available 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Transportation: Optional Fees: Call for information Special programs/other: Special activities include swimming, sports, science, crafts, nature, karate, gymnastics, yoga and dance. Trips for campers 6 and older. CONTINUED ON PAGE 31A

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Irvington Summer Day Camp DOWS LANE SCHOOL IRVINGTON, NY 10533 (914) 591-7736 Director: Maureen DePaoli mdepaoli@irvingtonny.gov www.irvingtonny.gov Philosophy: An affordable camp that will provide a variety of activities and special events. The camp staff will provide a safe and fun environment for all children. Great staff, great trips and great fun. Enrollment: Age 3 by July 3, 2017, through eighth grade Camper-counselor ratio: 3s through first grade, 5:1; second through fourth grades, 7:1; fifth through eighth grades, 10:1 Calendar: July 3-Aug. 4 Hours: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Extended hours: 8:309:00a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (additional fee). Transportation: No Fees: Call or visit website. Early bird fees on the following dates: Wednesdays, March 15, April 19 and May 17, 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays, April 22 and 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Special programs/other: Recreation swimming on Mondays for grades 2-8. Spray pools on Mondays for kindergarten and first grades. One off-site trip per week for k-8. All campers bring snack/lunch daily. Camp Specialists: arts/crafts, creative movement, dance, drama, music, nature, multi-sports, yoga. Special events include barbecue, camp showcase, carnival, color wars, entertainer, hiking, theme days and more. Visits to village parks, O’Hara Nature Center, tennis court and more. Preschool program is available for 3-4-year-olds (3 by July 3, 2017 and toilet trained). Each group led by teachers, mature college and high school staff.

Mathnasium of ArdsleyIrvington 875 SAW MILL RIVER RD. ARDSLEY, NY 10502 (914) 693-4444 OR (914) 295-2252 Owner/director: Brigitte Tanner ardsley-irvington@mathnasium.com mathnasium.com/ardsley-irvington Philosophy: Mathnasium loves kids and Mathnasium loves math. Every student has the ability to learn math and camp is a combination of supervised game hour and math instruction (one hour each). Enrollment: n/a Camper-counselor ratio: 2:1 to 4:1 Calendar: July and August, Monday-Thursday, 3-5 p.m. (Math only 3-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday.) Transportation: No Fees: TBD. Monthly and session rates will be available soon.

Mitchell Spearman Junior Golf Summer Camp DORAL ARROWWOOD 975 ANDERSON HILL RD. RYE BROOK, NY 10573 (800) 733-1653 Director: Joanna Dove info@mitchellspearman.com www.spearmanjuniorgolf.com Philosophy: Premium instruction and a positive learning experience are the foundations to golf success. The camp works on all aspects of the game — full-swing, short game, putting, on-course strategy and play — as well as utilizing the latest in technology.

Enrollment: Ages 6-16 Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 Calendar: June 5-Sept. 1 Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Fees: $1,195/week. Sign up for one week minimum. Multi-week, multi-golfer and early registration discounts available. Special programs/other: Winter indoor program running now. Max six per session. Spring program outdoors commences April 1. Many sign-up options running Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. and weekends 2-6 p.m. Minimum one day per week. Two-hour classes. Pee Wees for ages 4-7 will beheld Wednesdays and Sundays. Join in any time as long as space is available for one-hour classes.

Mohawk Day Camp 200 OLD TARRYTOWN RD. WHITE PLAINS, NY 10603 (914) 949-2635 Director: Adam Wallach Fun@CampMohawk.com www.CampMohawk.com Philosophy: Mohawk Day Camp is excited to celebrate its 88th summer. Mohawk provides campers with an authentic, traditional camp experience with a focus on aquatics and instructional programs in sports, adventure, creative/performing arts and adventure. Campers ages 3-13 are placed in gradespecific groups led by teachers and college-aged counselors. Facility highlights include eight heatedpools, 14 tennis courts, two field houses, farm, water slides, ropes course and more. New for 2017 Mohawk is adding a Performing Arts Center, which includes a theatre, gymnastics center and dance studio. Tuition includes air-conditioned bus transportation, daily snacks, hot lunch, towel service and camp apparel. The mission at Mohawk Day Camp is for campers to have fun, be active and enjoy a spirited and caring community where they can grow. The carefully selected and trained staff has an unrivaled knack for inspiring fun, fostering camaraderie and creating a safe, supportive and stimulating environment. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit the website or call the camp office. Enrollment: n/a Camper-counselor ratio: 3:1 Calendar: Main Camp, June 26-Aug. 18 Hours: Full day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (ages 3-13); mini day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (ages 3-entering kindergarten); half day, 9 a.m.-noon (ages 3-4) Transportation: Door-to-door on air-conditioned buses with counselor, included in tuition. Fees: Call for tuition and flexible enrollment options.

216 CENTRAL AVE. WHITE PLAINS, NY 10606 (914) 761-3900 Director: Jake Robinson info@musiced.org www.summeratmcw.org Philosophy: The conservatory’s signature summer program for ages 5-11 engages your child while providing the educational experience you’re looking for. This fun, enjoyable program includes instrumental ensembles and instruction, singing, acting, musical theatre, composing and more, taught by a fabulous faculty. Enrollment: n/a Calendar: June 26-July 7 (closed July 4), July 10-21, July 24-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-18 Hours: Monday-Friday, half day or full day. Early drop-off and extended day options. Transportation: No Fees: Call or visit website Special programs/other: Take advantage of the convenient “mix and match” schedule. Sign up for two, four, six or eight weeks. With early drop-off and extended day options, Summer Music & Arts is a flexible program.

MVP Basketball Camp 29 HOMESIDE LANE WHITE PLAINS, NY 10605 (914) 946-1231 Director: Noel Muyskens nmuyskens@mvpbasketballcamp.org www.mvpbasketballcamp.org Philosophy: The camp teaches boys and girls from 6-16 the fundamentals of basketball and allows for plenty of gameplay within relatively narrow age groups. Enrollment: 250/week Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 Calendar: June 26-Aug. 4 in Rye and White Plains Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Early drop-off and extended hours available. Transportation: Busing options vary by week from Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and Yonkers. Fees: Five-day camps, $400/week. Multiple child and multi-week discounts available. Special programs/other: Quality coaches and great guest speakers helped MVP get recognized as a “Best of Westchester” day camp.

The Nature Place Day Camp 285 HUNGRY HOLLOW RD. CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY 10977 (845) 356-6477 Director: Ed Bieber camp@thenatureplace.com www.thenatureplace.com Philosophy: Nature-oriented and non-competitive. Enrollment: 250 Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: July 3-Aug. 11 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Bus service from throughout Westchester (included in the cost of tuition) Fees: $5,650 for six weeks, $5,150 for five weeks, $4,250 for four weeks.

NYGKA Black Belt Academy 558 WARBURTON AVE. HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY 10706 (914) 478-0508 Director: Shihan Jim Chillemi nygka@aol.com nygka.com Philosophy: NYGKA’s mission is to enhance the life of every single student by providing them with the skills necessary for life. These skills include overall physical fitness, speed and agility, self-protection, confidence, discipline, respect and awareness. NYGKA introduced the Mission Bully Proof program to many of students, parents, neighbors and friends and will continue to do so throughout the year and beyond. This program seeks to bring further awareness to problems and circumstances associated with bullying. NYGKA hopes to help not only its students and their families, but the local community, as well. Enrollment: n/a Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 Calendar: June 26-30 and July 10-14 (Yellow, Green, Purple, Brown and all level Black Belts) Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $700/week. Lunch, beverages and snacks included.

On Hudson Dance Studio Inc. 558 WARBURTON AVE. HASTINGS ON HUDSON, NY 10706 (914) 478-0508 Director: Andrea Chillemi onhudsonnygka@gmail.com Onhudsondance.com Philosophy: Students will be exposed to various styles and genres of dance in a condensed two-week intensive. They will have a blast while getting into awesome dance shape. They will be able to sample many styles of dance taught by the professional staff in our air-conditioned, sunny, spacious studio overlooking the Hudson River. Ten years and older with prior dance is experience required. Enrollment: 20 Camper-counselor ratio: 10:1 Calendar: July 17-28 Hours: 10:30a.m.-3 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $550 with early discounts.

The Play Group Theatre ONE NORTH BROADWAY WHITE PLAINS, NY 10601 (914) 946-4433 Director: Jill Abusch jill@playgroup.org playgroup.org Philosophy: PGT Summer Theatre provides an artistically dynamic, creatively challenging summer experience, within a supportive, nurturing and collaborative environment. Choose from six-week MainStage and three-week options for the Teen Conservatory (ages 14-and-over), the Young Actors’ Ensemble (ages 11-13), the PGT Kids (ages 7-10) and Little Theatre (ages 4-6). Classes vary each day, including acting, musical theatre, dance and movement, Shakespeare, stage combat, improv and more. The day also includes rehearsal with each program culminating in a performance. A trip to Broadway, an improv workshop with New York professionals and weekly special days complete the PGT Summer experience. One-week improv and new design/tech programs are CONTINUED ON PAGE 32A



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The Rivertowns Enterprise 2017 p DAY CAMP GUIDE Camp Twelve Trails season, June 29-Aug. 18. Hours: Vary. Extended hours available. Transportation: Camp Twelve Trails RT transportation from JCC to campgrounds in Pearl River (Rockland County), included in fee; ask about community pickup. Fees: Call for fees.


also available. PGT’s professional staff is dedicated to providing an artistic haven for children and teens of all ages and levels of experience. Get in on the act. Enrollment: 100 Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: MainStage, July 10-Aug. 18; first three-week session, July 10-28; second three-week session, July 31-Aug. 18; one-week session, July 31-Aug. 4. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Little Theatre, Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Transportation: No Fees: Vary by program.

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RiverArts Camps P.O. BOX 60 HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY 10706 riverarts.org/camps SUMMERARTS WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS 2017 FIRST REFORMED CHURCH 24 FARRAGUT AVE. HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY 10706 (914) 412-5120 Director: Helen Elliott summerarts4kids@riverarts.org RIVERARTS SUMMERJAZZ CAMP, 2017 DOBBS FERRY HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC SUITE DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 412-5120 Directors: Ron Vincent and Nancy Kennedy musicprogram@riverarts.org RIVERARTS SUMMERMUSIC, 2017 DOBBS FERRY LUTHERAN CHURCH 43 ASHFORD AVE. DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914) 412-5120 Director: Kate Ashby musicprogram@riverarts.org Philosophy: RiverArts is offering three programs: • SummerArts 2017 Workshops for Kids: Now in its 34th season, RiverArts will offer SummerArts 2017, a series of multi-disciplinary workshops for children entering grades 3-9 who have a keen interest in the arts. The workshops are staffed by artist-educators committed to their craft and to working with young people. The atmosphere is always friendly, creative and fun. • RiverArts SummerJazz 2017: Students will have a chance to immerse themselves in music, playing in ensembles with dedicated peers and learning from some of New York City’s finest jazz artists. • RiverArts SummerMusic 2017: Private Lessons in piano, strings, trumpet, guitar, voice and percussion taught by nationally renowned faculty at convenient after camp hours. Enrollment: SummerArts: 40 students/week. Jazz Camp: Space Limited, enroll early. Camper-counselor ratio: SummerArts: Four artisteducators per day, rotates throughout the week and five counselors/week. Jazz Camp: Five professional jazz musician/educators rotating throughout week. Calendar: SummerArts: Aug. 14-18, Aug. 21-25 and Aug. 28-Sept. 1 (come for one week, two weeks or all three). Jazz Camp: July 31-Aug 5 and Aug. 7-12 (come for one week or both weeks). SummerMusic: June 26-Sept 1. Hours: SummerArts: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jazz Camp: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. SummerMusic: Lessons scheduled when student is available. Fees: SummerArts: One week, $440; any two weeks, $825; all three weeks, $1,225. Jazz Camp: One week, $600; both weeks, $1080. SummerMusic: $40/30-minute lesson, $55/45-minute lesson, $70/60-minute lesson. Special programs/other: Early Bird discount if paid by May 15 for SummerArts 2017 Workshops for Kids and RiverArts Jazz Camp 2017.

The Rivertown Preschool Program 78 MAIN ST. HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY 10706 (914) 478-6181 Director: Maria Monteiro contact@rivertownpreschool.com rivertownpreschool.com Philosophy: Creative arts preschool where creativity and learning go hand-in-hand. Enrollment: 18 children 3-5 years old Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: Ongoing all summer Hours: 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Upon request Special programs/other: Music, dance, gymnastics, water play, sprinklers, pottery and more.

Sew Happy Sewing Machine & American Girl® Hand Sewing Camps FENOM FITNESS 67 GRANT AVE. HARRISON, NY (917) 885-7716 Director: Kim Mulcahy kim@sewhappyusa.net www.sewhappyusa.net Philosophy: Fashion Camps are boutique camps tailor made to inspire potential fashion designers and fashionistas out there. The difference between the Sew Happy Fashion Camp and other fashion-type camps is they teach the kids how to design and sew wearable garments and accessories. The kids make great new friends and connections and often move on to advanced sewing classes and workshops with Sew Happy. At Fashion Camp, the kids work through fun design challenges, sometimes in groups, sometimes alone to create unique garments and they plan and orchestrate their own fashion show and photo booth on the last day. At American Girl® Beach Vacation Camp the kids bring their 18-inch doll and enjoy making a bathing suit, sun dress, towel, beach bag and other accessories for her. In addition to hand sewing they enjoy games, arts and crafts and play time with the dolls in our doll sized beach cabana. Enrollment: There are camps for ages 6-13 (depending on the camp) and kids are grouped by age with

age-appropriate projects and assignments. Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 Calendar: July 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, Aug. 14-18, 21-25 Hours: Full day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Full day, $600. Half day, $350. Materials are included. Special programs/other: Sew Happy is also offering three weeks of sewing camps at CampInTouch at Greenwich Academy (greenwichacademy.org) during the month of June. There are also offer workshops, classes, camps and after school clubs year-round.

Shames JCC on the Hudson Day Camps: JCC RIVER FRIENDS DAY CAMP CAMP TWELVE TRAILS 371 SOUTH BROADWAY TARRYTOWN, NY 10591 (914) 366-7898 JCC River Friends Camp Director: Melissa Deierlein MDeierlein@ShamesCC.org Tinyurl.com/RiverFriends Camp Twelve Trails Camp Director: Adam Benmoise Abenmoise@ywashhts.org Camp Twelve Trails Inclusion Division Director: Steve Fondacaro CampTwelveTrails.org Philosophy: At JCC River Friends Day Camp (ages 2-6), onsite at the brand new Shames JCC campus in Tarrytown, there is plenty of spirit. The JCC offers an authentic day camp experience with daily swimming (ages 3-6), great specialists (science, karate, soccer, yoga), lots of outdoor fun (water play, playground, t-ball), day trips (ages 4-6) and air-conditioned indoor spaces for art, gym, cooking, Jewish culture and more. At Camp Twelve Trails Day Camp (grades k-10), all kids — athletic, artistic, adventurous and inquisitive — find what they are looking for in this specialty camp wrapped in a contemporary camp with swim, Shabbat, theme days and more. The “Neighborhoods” are Discover (science and technology), explore (outdoor adventure), Create (arts and drama), Play (sports and fitness) and Grow (farm to table). There’s even an inclusive experience with enhanced staffing (2:1 or 5:1) for ages 5-15 and over with mild to moderate developmental and autism spectrum disorders. Enrollment: Varies Camper-counselor ratio: Varies Calendar: JCC River Friends season June 26-Aug. 11;

HARBOR ISLAND PARK MAMARONECK, NY 10543 (914) 777-5050 Director: Ryan Horn CampsHI@SportimeNY.com www.SportimeCamps.com/HI Philosophy: All camps offer appropriate level of learning, playing, competing and summer fun. Facilities include nine tennis courts in a beautiful park. There are three distinct summer junior tennis camps: Tennis Camp for children ages 3-7, Junior Tennis Camp for advanced beginner to intermediate players ages 8-14 and Elite Training Camp for competitive juniors of all ages. Enrollment: 50/week Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 Calendar: June 26-Sept. 1 Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or half-day options. Extended camp available. Fees: Call for fees.

Squire Advantage and Squire Sports Academies MARIA REGINA HIGH SCHOOL HARTSDALE, NY 10530 MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. BOX 885 SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY 10591 (914) 328-3798 Director: Matt Davanzo squirecamps@gmail.com Squirecamps.com Philosophy: Squire Camps, set in Hartsdale on the Maria Regina High School Campus in the heart of Westchester, is celebrating its 44th season and offers unique and varied opportunities for children ages 5-15. Squire Advantage is a totally individualized program for the inquisitive child who wishes to explore and expand his or her interests. Advantage Primary (grades k-3) and Advantage Choice (grades 4-9) enable campers to custom design their own schedule by choosing three morning and two afternoon courses from a selection of over 50 offerings, which include digital photography, robotics, rocketry, 3D printing, sports, swimming, Legos, cooking, magic, science and more. Squire also offers a tennis academy and an all-sports academy. Squire Sports programs provides an outstanding competitive program for athletes who are interested in improving their skills and having fun while doing so. Early drop-off from 8 a.m. on, hot lunch and a morning snack, as well as a t-shirt and water bottle, are included in all programs. Classrooms and dining hall are air-conditioned. Transportation and extended day are available. Instructors are New York State certified teachers. Open House March 11 from 1-4 p.m. Enrollment: 200 for Advantage, 50 for Sports Academies Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 or better Calendar: June 26-Aug. 11 Hours: 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. for Advantage; 8 a.m. drop-off included and extended day until 5:30 is optional. Transportation: Yes Fees: Vary. CONTINUED ON PAGE 33A

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Summer Play Camp at Blue Rock School 110 DEMAREST MILL RD. WEST NYACK NY 10994 (845) 627-0234 Director: Giti Koenig Summerplaycamp@BlueRockSchool.org SummerPlayCamp.org Philosophy: Summer Play is a small camp on beautiful, wooded acres on the Blue Rock School campus. The cozy and beloved day camp offers scheduled activities in the morning and choices in the afternoon. Campers explore art, music, drama, swimming, woodworking, sewing, gardening, hiking, games and sports with mature group leaders that are teachers, artists and educators with many years of experience nurturing children. They love working at the camp and return year after year. Teenagers work only under adult supervision in the popular CIT program. Everyone helps create and performs in the musical and end-ofseason drama, which family and friends are invited to view. Community, warmth and kindness abound. Enrollment: 70 campers ages 3-12 Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 Calendar: Six weeks, June 26-Aug. 4 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (9 a.m. early drop-off); optional, 4 days. Transportation: School van only if there is demand Fees: $440/week (four days), $500/week (five days). Full season pricing, sibling discounts. Special programs/other: Exciting excursions for older groups. DIY program for kids 9-12: bread and pickle making, baking and sewing, ukulele, flamenco, and drums are just some of the things children can choose to learn. Ask about free CIT and half price Jr. CIT programs.

Teaches Basketball Camps 59 SOUTH GREELEY AVE. CHAPPAQUA, NY 10514 914-238-0278 Director: Terry Teachout teacheshoops.com Philosophy: Teaches is celebrating its 30th year of camps. The success is based on all children participating and having fun. Various skill levels welcome. Throughout the week there are a variety of competitions and league play for everyone. Structured teams make league play organized with an assigned coach to each team for the week. Every camper receives a basketball, bag and camp shirt. There are various locations throughout Westchester County: Rye Brook, Chappaqua, Armonk, Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, Yorktown,

Cortlandt and Rye. Also Ridgefield, Conn. Enrollment: 30-100/week Camper-counselor ratio: 7:1 Calendar: June 26-Aug. 25. You can enroll for one week at a time or multiple. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $325-$440 Special programs/other: Teaches offers unique NBA player camps. Throughout the summer different locations will be NBA player specific, a great way to meet and experience celebrity players. Teaches also has two weeks of Shooting Camps in Armonk.

United Martial Arts Centers Summer Camp 15 CENTER ST. ARDSLEY, NY 10502 (914) 479-5900 umacardsley@gmail.com umacardsley.com Philosophy: UMAC Summer Camp offers martial arts training and more. Children will learn tae kwon do, go on a field trip to Lake Compounce, do arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor training, plus games and activities. Enrollment: Beginners and more advanced, ages 6-12. Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Calendar: TBA. Register for up to seven weeks. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Early drop-off at 7:30 a.m., late pickup at 6 p.m. for additional fee. Transportation: No Fees: Visit website. Early registration discount expires March 31.

Westchester Community College Center for the Arts Art Camp WESTCHESTER COUNTY CENTER 196 CENTRAL AVE. WHITE PLAINS, NY 10606 (914) 606-7500 Director: Lisa Santalis Arts@sunywcc.edu Sunywcc.edu/arts Philosophy: Explorations may include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and more. Students will be introduced to and work with a variety of quality materials and will experiment with different styles, inspired by artists and art movements. This interactive program blends fun with fine art (clay sculpture, drawing, painting, digital art, crafts, mixed media, architecture). Enrollment: 60 Camper-counselor ratio: 16:1

Calendar: June 26-Aug. 18 Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $160-$728, plus $8.25 registration fee Special programs/other: Other programs offered are public speaking and debate camp, teen art institutes, fashion camp and teen art portfolio development.

Westchester & Fairfield Swim Camp MAILING: P.O. BOX 34 PLEASANTVILLE, NY 10570 PHYSICAL: PACE UNIVERSITY 861 BEDFORD RD. PLEASANTVILLE, NY 10570 (914) 588-2971 Director: Katherine Palladino kpalladino@westfairswim.com westfairswim.com Philosophy: Developing an important life skill while having fun doing it. Camp focuses on individual swim development and water safety for all levels of campers between the ages of 4-14. Swimmers receive instruction in small groups where the children are of similar age, skill and experience. Every camper is personally monitored to ensure there is improvement in this life-saving skill. Extra private instructional swim time is provided when needed. To balance out the day, a variety of land activities are built in such as field games, fun fitness, obstacle courses tie-dying, carnival days and scavenger hunts. The unparalleled staff includes seasoned American Red Cross Water Safety instructors and teachers selected for their expertise, but also for their ability to be exceptional role models. Enrollment: 85/week Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: June 26-July 28 Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Extended hours available. Transportation: No Fees: $425/week Special programs/other: Junior Lifeguard Training.

Woodlot Christian Preschool/ Elementary Enrichment Program 25 OAKLAND AVE. TUCKAHOE, NY 10707 (914) 779-0368 Director: Yvonne Flores ybflores@aol.com WoodlotChristianPreschool.com

Philosophy: A place where children learn in an atmosphere of love and joy. Enrollment: 38 Camper-counselor ratio: 7:1 and 8:1 Calendar: TBA Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fees: Five mornings, $175; full days, $350 Special programs/other: Weekly themes: fabulous friendship, creative arts, science, math, health and fitness, literacy and music.

Woodmont Day Camp 420 PHILLIPS HILL RD. NEW CITY, NY 10956 (845) 638-0700 Directors: Ilisha and Sam Borek info@woodmontdaycamp.com woodmontdaycamp.com Philosophy: Woodmont Day Camp is a camp where each child will feel the warmth and comfort of home. Your child will experience a dynamic program in an environment fostering growth and independence. Enrollment: n/a Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: June 26-Aug. 17 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Yes Fees: Upon request Special programs/other: Teen travel programs available for seventh-ninth-graders.

YWCA Summer Camps YWCA WHITE PLAINS & CENTRAL WESTCHESTER 515 NORTH ST. WHITE PLAINS, NY 10605 (914) 949-6227 Philosophy: YWCA Summer Camps strive to create the perfect setting in which children can experience the best of summer camp: develop lasting friendships and memories, increase self-esteem by meeting fun new challenges and learn and play in a nurturing, individualized, safe environment. Camp Funkist for children turning 4 through teens, while the Gymnastics Summer Program for ages 6-15 features seven actionpacked weeks of fun on all the Olympic events. Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Calendar: Begins June 26 Hours: Vary by program. Early drop-off and late pickup for an additional fee. Transportation: Fees: See website. Special programs/other: Minimum of two weeks required for gymnastics program.



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Popular kids can help curb bullying BY DR. COLLEEN LOGAN

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From age 8. Use a sewing machine to make your own clothes and accessories and show them off at our photo booth and fashion show.

From age 6. Learn step by step how to complete a project using kid-friendly fabrics, colorful threads, yarns and embellishments. Make a pillow, a bag and a stuffed animal! Games, arts and crafts, and more!

From age 6. Make a bathing suit, sun dress, towel, beach bag and other accessories for your 18” doll. In addition to hand sewing, enjoy games, arts and crafts and play with the dolls in our doll-sized beach cabana!

For info call (917) 885 7716 or www.sewhappyusa.net Camp Location: Fenom, 67 Grant Avenue, Harrison, NY

(NAPSA)—Contrary to previous research that suggested that as students’ popularity increased so did their bullying behavior, many parents may be surprised to learn the results of a recent study from Princeton, Rutgers and Yale Universities. It found that popular kids who publicly stand up against bullying may actually help more than school officials’ efforts to curb the behavior. While this new research is hopeful, targets of bullying are

more likely than nontargets to consider suicide, which leads to nearly 4,600 young lives lost each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Signs of bullying: Warning signs that children have experienced bullying include depression, anxiety, loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. They may also experience a deCONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE


(NAPS)—Experts say play is an impor­ tant part of kids’ daily lives, teaching social skills, problem solving and cognitive devel­ opment. Parents can get expert advice, play tips and ideas based on their children’s ages and developmental stages from the Genius of Play website at www.thegeniusofplay.org. Kids can enjoy fun activities, easy­to­ read stories and beautiful illustrations in Tanille Edwards’ “Jordan & Justine’s Week­ end Adventures: Wildlife Parts 1 & 2”, while learning about protecting nature. Half the profits go to the Wildlife Alliance. More at www.firefliesentertainment.com, www.wild lifealliance.org, www.jordangogreen.com and (212) 561­1654. Parents can teach kids to be upstand­ ers—not bystanders—about bullying, says Dr. Colleen Logan, program director for the MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at Walden University, who spe­ cializes in bullying issues. Learn more at www.WaldenU.edu/bullyprevention. The popular YouTube show for kids “Talking Tom and Friends,” created by mobile leader Outfit7, has been viewed nearly 850 mil­ lion times. The show is based on the series of apps with 5 BILLION downloads. Check it out at www.youtube.com/user/TalkingFriends. Parents of infants or toddlers should replace corded window coverings with cordless ones certified by the Window Cov­ ering Safety Council, which has created the Best for Kids program. Learn more at www. windowcoverings.org. Kids need outdoor play to be active, burn up excess energy and have fun, says Joan Law­ rence, also known as “The Toy Safety Mom.” You can find steps you can take to protect them from injury at www.PlaySafe.org.

To help prevent learning loss when school’s out and fight the achievement gap, the YMCA offers the Power Scholars Acad­ emy to support K–8 students in literacy, math, enrichment activities in STEM and the arts, along with a health curriculum. Learn more at www.YMCA.net. AbsencesAddUp.org offers parents and community members information on the importance of school attendance and resources to learn how to help children who are struggling in school, being bullied, managing chronic illness or dealing with mental health challenges. Absences Add Up is run by the U.S. Department of Edu­ cation, the Charles Stewart Mott Founda­ tion and the Ad Council. The 4­H Food Smart Families program provides families with nutrition education, cooking skills and food budgeting skills to bring more affordable, nutritious foods into their households. Moodster Mirror, Meter and Flashlight books and toys can help children 3 to 7 years old learn the importance of feelings and how to manage them. Made by Kids Preferred, they’re available at Target and Target.com. Learn more at www.themood sters.com.



crease in academic achievement and participation. Long-Term Effects: Those who were bullied and survive the challenging tween and teenage years may face mental health issues in adulthood, including from anxiety and depression, and may even consider self-harm and suicide later in life. While all children face conflict, disagreements among peers can usually be resolved in some way; however, experts say, it’s the repetitive nature of bullying that can cause harm. Even as kids start standing up for each other, parents must remain involved and watch what their kids say and do face-to-face and online. Consistent and early intervention at schools and in the home can help mental health issues in adulthood as a result of bullying. During October, which is Bullying Prevention Month, and throughout the year, you can encourage your children to stand up for their peers. One way is to approach bullying from a strength stance and teach youths to be upstanders, not bystanders. What kids can do Children should be encouraged to say something if they see bullying behavior. By standing up and saying, “That is not OK,” they will show others that bullying will not be tolerated. Kids should also get a responsible adult involved and properly report the bullying incident. Bystander silence won’t help curb the bullying behavior.


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Befriending those who are bullied can go a long way. While there are many reasons bullies pick their targets, those who seem less vulnerable may no longer be targets. Participating in school zero tolerance policies can help shape the future of bully prevention methods. As kids are empowered to stand up for each other, administration and faculty as well as parents should reward the good behavior instead of only punishing the bad behavior. To help even more, children can actively participate in anti-bullying activities and projects. Dr. Logan, program director for the MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at Walden University, specializes in bullying issues, including personal and societal impacts along with effects within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. She is a past-president of the American Counseling Association. Learn more about encouraging upstander behavior at www.WaldenU.edu/bullyprevention.

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ARDSLEY Ardsley Community Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-4932 DOBBS FERRY Alcott Montessori School . . . . 693-4443, 472-4404 or 595-7551 Chabad Pre-school. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6100 Christian Pre-school, Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church . . . 693-0026 Community Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-9072 Greenburgh Hebrew Center Nursery School . . . . . . . . . 693-5121 Hudson River School of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-9481 HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON Five Corners Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-2334 Goddard School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-1390 Hastings Co-op Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-3777 Rivertowns Pre-School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6181 Temple Beth Shalom Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-3833 IRVINGTON Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-4104 TARRYTOWN The Early Childhood Program at JCC On Hudson . . . . . 366-7898 The Children’s Garden Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 631-1607


John Cardinal O’Connor School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-9330


ARDSLEY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT Superintendent of Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6300 Board of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6300 Concord Road Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-7510 Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-7564 High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6300 DOBBS FERRY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT Superintendents Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1506 Business Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1500 Springhurst Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1503 Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-7640 High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-7645 HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Superintendent’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6200 Board of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-2900 Hillside Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6270 Farragut Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6230 Hastings High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-6250 IRVINGTON Superintendent’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-8500 Dows Lane Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-6012 Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-9494 High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-8500


Hackley School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 631-0128 Masters School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1400




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(non-emergency numbers) ARDSLEY Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1700 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1700 Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-1700 DOBBS FERRY Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .693-5500 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .693-3000 Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .693-5500 HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .478-2344 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .478-2344 Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .478-2344 IRVINGTON Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-5151 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-9867 Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-8080

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P.O. Box 119 P.O. Box 444 P.O. Box 405 P.O. Box 161

RECREATION Ardsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-8012 Dobbs Ferry Recreation & Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-5505 Greenburgh Nature Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 723-3470 Hastings-on-Hudson Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-2380 Irvington Recreation Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-7736


Ardsley Children’s Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-6686 Ardsley Pals -5th & 6th Grades, Middle School . . . . . . 674-1222 Around The World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 479-0762 Aspire - Hastings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-5521 Beginners Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-2334 Days of Wonder Child Care Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-2980 Dobbs Ferry After-School Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-2406 Irvington Children’s Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .591-8182 Little Village Day Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-0600


POST OFFICES Ardsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-0476 Ardsley-on-Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-7299 Dobbs Ferry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 693-0451 Hastings-on-Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-3786 Irvington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-6487

THE ARTS The Hudson River Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 963-4550 Irvington Town Hall Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 591-6602 Newington Cropsey Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-7990 Rivertowns Art Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 476-2321

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Profile for The Rivertowns Enterprise

Rivertowns Enterprise Kids! 2017  

Rivertowns Enterprise Kids! 2017